Friday, March 28, 2014

Candidate Gene Goss's California 460 Form Shows That His Campaign Treasurer Really Is Yolanda Miranda

Maxi Taxer Gene Goss
Recently on the now editorless and automated Sierra Madre Patch website, a reader there asked that The Tattler provide some additional information regarding the candidacy of Gene Goss. This in response to a link we had posted there about the endorsement of Noah Green by the Mountain Views News (link).

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.

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44 comments:

  1. wow, Gene Goss has studied politics for twenty years! well, I think the only thing he has learned from that is how to lie without any trembling of conscious. I don't think he knows anything about the US Constitution, (something he will have to take an oath to protect and defend when he is installed as a councilman), or if he does, he conveniently forgets to follow it.

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    1. Mr. Goss has never worked in an environment where he earns in direct proportion to his performance or contribution. Instead, he is familiar with a system where compensation is increased simply based on the length of employment. When these increases drain the existing stream of revenue, the bureaucracy simply increases taxes/fees to fund the increased cost. No analysis is ever done to cut costs, increase efficiency or deliver products in a less expensive fashion. He will make an excellent politician.

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  2. So what Bill Coburn is telling us is he is voting for a guy that has a Masters Degree in Political Science and teaches it at a City College level. That's his man. A professional politician with questionable ties to people who the FBI find to be persons of interests. Not one word of what good he can do for the town, only wants to raise taxes and hang with the same people who have put our town in this mess. The same people who have been running this town for the last 20 plus years. The same people who have Sierra Madre paying some of the highest taxes in the state, a state with the 2nd. highest taxes in the United States. What brilliant idea besides raising our taxes has Goss come up with to help Sierra Madre out of this financial mess. I hear lies of what we will loose if we don't up the taxes but not one word of how to save some money. Guess raising taxes is all these people know as that's where their pay checks come from, us tax payers. Sounds like more of the same to me.

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  3. Just can't imagine the fear these people must have to buy into the lies that even 2 CPA's questioned. It's obvious those who want to raise the taxes more don't have a thought of their own and fear the lies that have been spread.

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    1. The CPA's understand numbers and money and they are confident that the city will receive enough income with an 8% UUT. As one of them said: "It's simple math" And further added: "To believe otherwise is silly at best and deceitful at worst." Those who want to raise taxes obviously don't understand simple math and/or they are liars.

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  4. The most important vote you will ever cast in this election is a NO ON UUT!
    PLEASE VOTE NO, DO DO OTHERWISE IS JUST WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. To add to 6:54's comment - Goss has studied politics for 20 years, but remember, he said he didn't even look at the City budget, and he was sure no other candidate did. He was wrong about that, too. In her closing remarks in the debate, Delmar made it clear that she did study the budget, which is why she is convinced we don't need to keep the UUT at 10% and why she is voting no. Me too - a no vote on the UUT, and a yes vote for Denise Delmar, who has done her homework.

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    1. Neither Goss, Green, nor Arizmendi have looked at the budget or the General Plan. I am not running for council but I am familiar with both documents.

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  6. The choice of the treasurer is very troubling. Not just because of the criminal association, but just the sheer arrogance of it. This is my choice. Who are you to question it?

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    1. How did he choose this person? Personal friend perhaps?

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    2. Johnny Harabedian also uses the Calderon's treasurer. Did so in 2012. Kind of scary if you think about it.

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  7. How can you study politics for 20 years, all while teaching at a college, and not have a Phd?

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    1. How about, "He's not smart enough."

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    2. No time because he is announcing Little League games.

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    3. Just serving his time before he can dedicate himself full time to helping us all. Kind of like your new daddy. We are so fortunate.

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    4. Good question - in many community colleges, a Master's degree is required, but not necessarily a Phd. Universities however almost always require a Doctorate for their Teachers/Professors.

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  8. Gene has a steady paycheck and a secure government job subsidized by the citizens' tax dollars. Of course his solution to everything is to raise taxes. He knows nothing else.

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    1. Measure UUT is completely municipal employee union driven. The highest utility taxes in the state for some of the most costly benefits in the state. Including health plans that dwarf anything any other city offers. Of course Goss is in favor of this. He negotiated similar deals in Long Beach.

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    2. The Professor has a big fat pension coming to him in a few years. That's why he's supporting the UUT 25% increase - so all of Sierra Madre's city employees can get a big pension, too.

      Where's the tax payers' big pensions?

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  9. Bill Coburn has apparently had a huge break with the Chamber of Commerce - he is not supporting No(ah) Pants Green! While throwing the mightly weight of the Sierra Madre News Net behind Goss, not a word about Green. He will be even more persona non grata than he is now with the folks who make decisions for all things downtown. That he doesn't support Arizmendi and Delmar is not a surprise given his misonygistic partisanship for strong intelligent women the past few years. His pathetic break with the those in the Chamber is a biggie... a crack in the plaster of the former Chamber President.

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    1. Oh to be a bug on the phone line to listen to the conversation Bill and Susan must be having right now.

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    2. Ed Chen is the President of the Chamber of Commerce. He doesn't live here, and serves on two other city's COC's as well. Are we being well-served by these people? Judging by all the empty store downtown, plus their specially selected kooky candidate Noah Pants, it really does look like they're a disaster to me.

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  10. Bill Coburn is basically a nice man, he is just woefully misguided by the dirts. Wade out of the muck, Bill and come over into the light of truth.

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    1. I agree. Bill, come and be free!

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    2. Coburn does have some standards, which explains why he is not endorsing Noah. But why he is not endorsing Delmar who has more experience to be on the council than any other candidate, is beyond me.

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  11. I care about these things: No UUT. No new taxes at all. No big building projects carving into the forest. The same rate for water for everyone.

    Agree with that, you get my vote. You can go pants-less, bra-less, drink like a fish, smoke stinky cigars, waste gasoline, worship Satan, smoke pot, shoot dope. own weapons, sleep with your own gender. I don't care.

    Just don't make me pay for it.

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    1. Look! Thar's one of them real live Lib-er-tarians.

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    2. Look! Thar's one of them nosy get in yer bidnis guys!

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    3. Hey, does that mean I can go "pants-less, bra-less, drink like a fish, smoke stinky cigars, waste gasoline, worship Satan, smoke pot, shoot dope. own weapons, sleep with your own gender" with minor children in the house? I'm assuming that means I can skip that whole seat belt thing, too?

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    4. It depends, really. Which Realtor do you work for?

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  12. Amen 9:43, works for me. And the important thing here in town, we have shown no prejudices contrary to some publications. We try to vote for the one that would help the town out of this mess. Some talk big when running for office but their backs give out about the 2nd. year, why is that? Fear?

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  13. 10:29, not only can you do all of those things, but you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet, too. It would not make an iota of difference to me what you do as long as what you do doesn't harm another person. What you do ti and for yourself is none.of.my.concern.

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    1. So you'll pay for my medical bills when I crash w/o a helmet? Thanks, 11:18! I love America.

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    2. Call your own ambulance. The world isn't obliged to take the place of your parents.

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    3. So you're shutting down County hospital, 11:27? That doesn't sound civil.

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    4. How's your head feeling?

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  14. Ed Chen the Athens garbage bagman should be barred from Sierra Madre's Chamber of Commerce.

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    1. Isn't Ed Chen helping to run corrupt Tanaka's campaign for LA County Sheriff?

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    2. Tanaka is the reason I changed my mind about bringing the Sheriffs into Sierra Madre.

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  15. Harabedian is also connected to the Calderón crime family! He shouldn't be on our city council.

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  16. how many lumps, motorcycle stunt double?March 28, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKyhTX9LQEA&list=PLbEnzztYGph59ookgPBGQABXyy4UH2DM3

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  17. When are the Sierra Madre residents going to wake up and remove the city manager and her drones from office?

    They put us in this $20 million dollar mess...

    We need qualified employees to get us out of this mess they put us in?

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  18. Just don't vote for Goss or Green. VOTE NO on the UUT. Take away the money and you TAKE THEM OUT.

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