|Maxi Taxer Gene Goss|
We have been posting notices on the Patch from time to time about some of the new City Council campaign revelations being written up here, and a few responses from those remaining Patch loyalists active on that site were left for us. Here is how one Patch reader put in what is a very reasonable request.
Marcielle Brandler March 26, 2014 at 12:28 PM - With all the links you have in your blog, can you provide the link to Gene Goss's campaign records, so I can see for myself what ill wind flies through his campaign, as you so say it does?
Marcielle's request here is, in my opinion, a sound one. Because it is true, we had never posted Goss's 460 Form showing proof that the treasurer for his second run at a City Council seat here in Sierra Madre is indeed the somewhat infamous and notorious Yolanda Miranda. Treasurer to so many of the Calderon family's ethically troubled political efforts, among other things.
To clear this oversight up, here is Gene Goss's 460 Form. As personally autographed by his campaign treasurer, Yolanda Miranda of Calderon family fame.
Just in case you haven't been following this matter and don't have the foggiest notion who Yolanda Miranda is, or why anyone would actually care, here are a few newspaper accounts that should give you an idea of just how controversial a campaign treasurer Gene Goss is in cahoots with right now.
But first you need to know this about Yolanda's patron, State Senator Ron Calderon. Here is a Feb 21 Los Angeles Times article detailing his difficult legal situation (link).
State Sen. Ron Calderon took $100,000 in bribes, authorities allege - State Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted in a sweeping corruption case, accused of taking about $100,000 in bribes.
Federal authorities allege that Calderon (D-Montebello) took the bribes from a Long Beach hospital official as well as people connected to what he believed was a Hollywood studio. In fact, the studio was an FBI front and the business associates were FBI agents. Authorities claim Calderon received cash bribes, trips and dinners in exchange for "official acts."
Calderon, 56, faces 24 counts of fraud, wire fraud, honest services fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.
"Public corruption is a betrayal of the public trust that threatens the integrity of our democratic institutions," U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte said at a news conference Friday.
Calderon's brother, Thomas, faces charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering. Thomas Calderon is a former assemblyman who most recently served as a consultant for the Central Basin Water District. Authorities allege that Ronald Calderon took bribes from Michael Drobot, the former owner of Pacific Hospital in Long Beach.
The Calderon brothers are obviously in some deep dutch with the FBI, and both will probably soon find themselves heading off for long stretches at Club Fed. But in the meantime a defense fund has been set up. And who is the treasurer of this effort? Yolanda Miranda.
California state Sen. Ron Calderon sets up legal defense fund (link): Well-known for fundraisers at out-of-state golf courses and plush resorts, state Sen. Ron Calderon has a new reason to solicit money from friends, family and the interest groups that do business in California's Capitol.
The Democrat from Montebello has established a legal defense fund to cover expenses related to his "public corruption investigation," according to a letter Calderon filed with the secretary of state this week.
"These funds will be only to pay the attorney's fees and other legal costs related to the defense of the candidate as well as administrative costs directly related to compliance with record keeping and reporting requirements," says the letter signed by Calderon and Yolanda Miranda, treasurer of Calderon's committee.
Would this be the kind of association you would want for your campaign if you were a candidate? I doubt it. Having the treasurer of a disgraced California State Senator's criminal defense fund handling your City Council campaign finances could cause unnecessary damage to your reputation. You'd probably want to select somebody else, right?
A reader took note of Gene Goss's delicate position in the Yolanda Miranda matter just the other day, and posted this information for us:
In a Pasadena Star-News story about the Bell corruption scandal, they identify Yolanda Miranda and Associates as "a Covina-based political consulting firm." This political consulting firm is listed as Gene Goss' treasurer and has received $250 from Gene Goss' campaign.
Gene Goss is one of those people who claims he is going to keep it local, but doesn't. So basically Gene is lying and has been lying from the beginning of his campaign.
The Pasadena Star News article our commenter refers to above is called "Cooley terms Bell scandal 'corruption on steroids'" (link). Gene Goss's campaign treasurer does gets a big shout out there, and with a whole new cast of characters.
(Councilmember George) Cole, Bell's former mayor, has several long-standing ties to the San Gabriel Valley. In 2006, Cole worked with Jeff Monical, who runs Lavell Communications, a political consulting firm in Alhambra. Cole's connection to the San Gabriel Valley also includes a long affiliation with Yolanda Miranda and Associates, a Covina-based political consulting firm.
The former mayor is also linked to state Sen. Gil Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, who represents South Pasadena. In 2004, Cole paid Cedillo's spokesman Conrado Terrazas $2,816 for "professional services" related to Cole's run for Bell City Council.
At a recent Monterey Park dinner honoring Cole for charitable work he performed in Montebello, Cedillo declined to discuss the association. In recent days Cole bragged to associates that his political ties made him an unlikely target in the criminal probe.
I think we've made our point. But if you want to read more, click here.
Bill Coburn has no problem with any of this
Bill Coburn, the master of all he types at the SierraMadreNews.net blog, is a man who has almost never failed to throw his support to the candidates of the Mayberry Mafia, or the taxes they love. And Bill doesn't seem to have any problem with Gene Goss's troubling choice for a campaign treasurer. So much so that he has now made the two time maxi-taxer candidate his sole choice for City Council in this April's election. Here is how he puts his ringing endorsement of Gene Goss (link):
As I let him know back in mid-February, SierraMadreNews.Net endorses Gene Goss for City Council, just as we did in 2012. As I said at that time, “Gene has studied politics for much of his adult life, he has a Masters Degree in Political Science. Heck, he teaches it at Long Beach City College. I think that knowledge might be helpful to the City. His experience as Technology Committee Chair at LBCC might also come in handy in assessing the City’s methods and policies regarding technology. As an academic, he will bring analytical skills to the table as well.
However, all is not completely well at the News.net. There are three City Council seats up for grabs in Sierra Madre this year, yet Bill has decided to only endorse one candidate, Gene Goss. Here is how Bill describes his decision making process:
Because this year, for the first time, I’m only endorsing one candidate, though there are three seats open. The reason being, that for me to offer the News Net’s endorsement to a candidate, I have to support them fully, and I have to feel strongly that I’m doing the right thing by giving them the News Net’s endorsement, thereby encouraging News Net readers to vote for that candidate. And in this campaign, while I will vote for two other people, and I will offer them limited support, I don’t feel it’s appropriate to encourage other people to vote for someone when I’m not even 100% convinced that I’m making the right choice. I have questions and concerns about the other candidates, and I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to recommend that you vote for someone while those concerns exist, and so I’m withholding the News Net endorsements for the other two seats.
Bill's inability to endorse either Denise Delmar or Rachelle Arizmendi is hardly surprising. Neither of those candidates support the Measure UUT tax hike, and to Bill that would be anathema since he has never opposed a tax increase in this town, nor even contemplated doing so. If the city asks for more money, in Bill's mind you click your heels and cough up that cash without question.
But what must be troubling for the likes of Chamber of Commerce executives such as H. Susan Henderson, Carol Canterbury and Nancy Walsh is that Bill Coburn has not given an endorsement to Noah Green. Even though their hand-picked candidate, Chamber VP Green, does support the utility tax increase, along with all of that other Bart Doyle bunkum Bill always supports, he does not get a SierraMadreNews.net nod.
Now that is news.