Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sacramento State Senate Crime Wave

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(Mod: The good news just keeps rolling in. We are now up to three California State Senators who have been busted for corruption by the FBI over the last several months, with hopefully even more on the way. I don't know about you, but I just can't get enough of this kind of news. Maybe we should start an entirely new blog just to keep track of all the state pols now being hauled off to the pokey. Below I have compiled some newspaper stories that detail each of these three recent arrests. California has become a de facto one party run state not really all that unlike some of the corrupt third world countries we Americans used to have the nerve to revile. For many today it is becoming increasingly hard to even tell the difference.)

State Sen. Ron Calderon, brother indicted (SF Gate.com link) California state Sen. Ron Calderon and his brother, former Assemblyman Tom Calderon, were indicted on federal public corruption charges Friday stemming from a wide-ranging investigation that ensnared the senator's children and a hospital executive.

The U.S. attorney's office announced the charges at a press conference in Los Angeles and said the lengthy investigation into the brothers' activities may lead to additional arrests.

Ron Calderon, 56, has agreed to surrender Monday on 24 counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, bribery, conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and tax fraud, officials said. The allegations, if proven, carry a combined maximum of 400 years in prison.

His brother, Tom Calderon, 59, surrendered Friday morning after he was indicted on seven counts of money laundering. The allegations against Tom Calderon carry a combined maximum sentence of 160 years.

California State Sen. Leland Yee, gang leader known as ‘Shrimp Boy’ arrested in FBI raids (Pasadena Star News link) A California state senator who was lauded for his efforts to make government more transparent was arrested Wednesday along with a onetime gang leader known as “Shrimp Boy” during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area, authorities said.

FBI spokesman Peter Lee confirmed the arrests of State Sen. Leland Yee and Raymond Chow, but declined to discuss the charges, citing an ongoing investigation. Yee was scheduled to be arraigned in federal court in San Francisco later Wednesday.

The agency was executing numerous arrests and search warrants in the Bay Area, FBI Special Agent Michael Gimbel said outside the offices of Ghee Kung Tong, a fraternal organization in San Francisco’s Chinatown that Chow reportedly headed. It was among the sites searched. Firefighters were seen going inside with a circular saw and later said they had cracked a safe.

Yee is the third Democratic senator to face charges this year. Sen. Rod Wright was convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying about his legal residence in Los Angeles County, and Sen. Ron Calderon has been indicted on federal corruption charges. Wright and Calderon are taking a voluntary leave of absence, with pay, although Republicans have called for them to be suspended or expelled from the Legislature.

Mark Hedlund, spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, confirmed that the FBI searched Yee’s office in the state capitol on Wednesday, but he said he had no information about the arrest.

“We’re hoping for more as we go through the day,” he said.

Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said he had no comment and did not know anything about the investigation.

State Sen. Roderick Wright found guilty of perjury, voter fraud (Los Angeles Times link) Los Angeles jury Tuesday found state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, a fixture in area Democratic politics, guilty on eight felony counts of perjury and voter fraud.

Prosecutors said Wright, the first member of the Legislature to be convicted of a felony since the Shrimpscam sting of the 1990s, could face more than eight years behind bars and be banned for life from holding other elective office. It is unclear whether he must forfeit his Senate seat.

The lawmaker, who sat with his head bowed as a criminal courts clerk read the verdicts, had no comment. But his attorney said they would appeal. Judge Kathleen Kennedy set sentencing for March 12.

Wright, who was indicted by a county grand jury in September 2010, remains free on $45,000 bail.

Under the state Constitution, a lawmaker can be expelled from the Legislature on a two-thirds vote of his or her house. In some cases, legislators have resigned voluntarily.

The Tattler is challenged on The Patch

(Mod: The Patch still exists, sort of, and in our idle hours we have been posting links to some of our articles on there. It is pretty much an automated page now, and no longer has a human editor. It is open to whatever you might wish to plug in. A reader questioned us about an article regarding one Sierra Madre pol, asking the following question.)

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 Brandler

(Mod: I will be more than glad to do that. Check back here tomorrow.)

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85 comments:

  1. The irony of Yee being arrested for gun running is he had been a big sponsor for gun control legislation.

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    1. Noah Green wants to "Drastically limit or altogether eliminate guns." Check out the Mountain Views News archives, 12/22/12

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    2. after photoshopping out SMPD patches and flipping off campaign laws, it appears our very own John Harabedian is a Ca Senator in training

      cept he won't make it out of SM

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    3. I hope he does. maybe he can become some kind of useless and faceless bureaucrat in D.C.

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    4. SM should have 2 year terms instead of 4

      I can't believe that we will have Goss on the Council for 4 years and he's not actually wanted cause our alternative is the boy lawyer

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    5. Problem is that it takes so much time, energy and bucks to run, even in our little town.

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    6. Noah Green, if elected, would have absolutely zero, repeat zero power to change any type of gun law. God Bless the NRA

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  2. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/26/dem-state-senator-who-authored-gun-control-legislation-arrested-for-conspiring-to-traffic-firearms/

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  3. "Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder fired automatic weapons and missiles, and took him through the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the United States, according to the affidavit by FBI Special Agent Emmanuel V. Pascua."

    Your government in action!

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    1. Wonder if any of Sierra Madre politicians have any connections with this guy Yee?
      There are at a few connected to the Calderón crime family.

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    2. State Senator Yee maintains that he is still firmly in favor of gun control. Shoulder fired missile launchers are not to be considered guns.

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    3. More profit in running guns when tougher gun laws are on the books. Corner the market, anyone?

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  4. I wonder if Yolanda Miranda is doing the books for Yee and Wright too.

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  5. Disbarred attorney sentenced to 10 years for stealing from Metropolitan Transportation Authority

    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140326/disbarred-attorney-sentenced-to-10-years-for-stealing-from-metropolitan-transportation-authority

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  6. Shrimp Boy is suspected of stealing No On Measure UUT signs.

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    1. Breaking news:
      Shrimp Boy charged in Measure V related case - implicated in detonation of Crawford mail box.

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  7. Wonder where Bad Boy Bart fits in. That guy has to be guilty of what he has done to Sierra Madre. His list goes on and on as he has his fingers in so many things, like our kids education of all things. Wonder his connections with the 4 running for council in SM now? Look at the affiliates and follow the money. Oh, and why did councilman Joe Mosca leave after only 2 years of a 4 year commitment? Guess we'll never see him again.

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    1. Don't think we'll see Mosca again, I suspect he was connected to Matheson, didn't want that scandal involving him. Just a hunch.

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    2. Maybe that is what "civilty" means.

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    3. Like Lord Voldmort,, he will be back.

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  8. 7:41 that is funny, wrong mailbox, but it's still funny. That mailbox was on Park Ave, the street with plastic bags of dog doo deposited up and down the street.

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    1. I lost two mailboxes, but it was to baseball bats not explosives. That was shortly after I had begun writing pro Measure V articles for the Mount Wilson Observer.

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    2. It was Shrimp Boy. He was living in the Canyon back then.

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  9. Well, Shrimp Boy was his grannies nick name for his small stature and that could have been one mean, small-minded lady.
    If you want some fun today, find out what Otak Udang means as a Malay insult. Later I will report if any of the Tattler readers come up with an answer via the various internet resources.

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  10. What people don't realize is that it's in everyone's best interest to have a balance of both political parties in government. It's a proverbial system of checks and balances that way, which is what the founding fathers intended. This one party rule in Sacramento is bad for Republicans and Democrats alike. The heightened level of corruption outlined in today's blog doesn't bode well for the dems at all.

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    1. I guess we won't have to worry about the Super Majority after all.

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  11. I hate to be in any position to have to defend Joe Mosca but when people throw out unfounded opinions and mistruths the comments become very "DIRTlike". He was initially very enthusiastic about our town and preservation, but apparently got turned by the "other side". If you remember, they hated him when he first ran. From his first vote, he disappointed so many of us. Lessons learned.
    However, he did not rent dogs for his campaign pictures as someone keeps saying in the comments of past, those were his dogs. Additionally, continuing to connect him with the awful Matheson man's misdeeds is nothing but mean gossip.
    Now, lets move on...we have given him too much power. We have work to do. Our budget, our water, our hillsides...the battle never ends!

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    1. I don;t disagree with you, but a good portion of the blame has to be put on the lack of closure on this issue. A Sierra Madre resident committed a horrible crime against children, was arrested and imprisoned in Canada, yet upon his return absolutely nothing was done. There was an investigation, but nothing was ever released. And our leadership on the City Council, rather than doing what they were supposed to do, did nothing outside of denying they ever knew the guy. Which is when the pictures came out the showed they were lying. Gossip is the natural result of such an abysmal failure of leadership. Sierra Madre needs closure on this issue, but will never get it. The whole thing smacks of a cover up. We are all shamed by that.

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    2. Joe worked both groups that is why he received so many votes. Only, he lied to one group. The truth came out at the first council meeting

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    3. I sure agree with you 9:36

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    4. sorry dude, Joe Mosca even said the borrowed the dog for his campaign photo twernt his dog

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    5. Well, I miss Steve.

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    6. I won't miss Josh Moran and his temper tantrums.

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    7. ...Although it was funny for Nancy Walsh to admit she hadn't accomplished anything in 4 years.

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    8. You have to admit the timing of his departure is quite suspicious.

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    9. I think Matheson blackmailed some of the city's special class. If he was registered by the city as a sex offender, then he would tell everything he knows. And Bob knows a lot.

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  12. It might be time to bring back public hangings to solve these political crimes and denture criminal's choosing the wrong path to make a 'good example' out of them?

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    1. At the least, tar and feathers and run them out of town. Makes for a great Facebook post!

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    2. It would make for a popular yearly event. Like the Wistaria Festival.

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    3. In China they have big corruption trials. Oftentimes high government officials find themselves up against the wall.

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  13. Shrimp Boy is Steve.

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  14. 8:46 is right. We just can't forget the past or were doomed to repeat the same mistakes in the future. So, we should remember the past but lets make sure we have the facts right first.

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    1. We pay a ton of tax money for law enforcement in Sierra Madre. In the Matheson case law enforcement failed. I don't care what people say just as long as they are saying something. As for leadership, Mosca was on the City Council when all this came down. He didn't say one peep.

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    2. Wish Mosca was here. That way he could deny knowing Matheson, you know, to show solidarity with Josh Moran.

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    3. I know nothing ... Nothing!!

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  15. 8:46 and 10:20,, as the photographer and acquaintance to Mosca, I know this, he had 2 dogs that lived with him for years, not rented or borrowed, his. So, lets sweep this out the door and be done with it. The facts mam, just the fact's.

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    1. 10:45 you've obviously mistaken me for someone who gives a d*mn about that.

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    2. And here I thought that was all you had to give!

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  16. Alert!

    I see that a Special Meeting of the UUT Oversight Committee is scheduled for tonight.

    The city calendar indicates that this committee hasn't met since July 10, 2013.

    The agenda doesn't appear to be online which is highly suspicious.

    It is supposed to be in Council Chambers tonight at 6:30 pm

    I would bet the purpose of this meeting (which was probably only noticed by tacking up a paper on a bulletin board at city hall) is to issue a "report" so that the Yes on UUT people can use it in campaign mail.

    Noah Green appears to be a member of this Committee.

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  17. I really liked the rented dogs story, never mess up a good story with the facts. LOL

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    1. What happened to those dogs?

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    2. Who let the dogs out?

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  18. Old age won out.

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  19. Scandals plague Democrats in California capital - So far in 2014, each month has brought news of another arrest or conviction of a Democratic California state senator. The separate investigations culminated Wednesday in the arrest of Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco on federal corruption charges that roiled the capital, leading one of Yee’s opponents in the race for secretary of state to call the Legislature a “corrupt institution.”
    http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20140327/scandals-plague-democrats-in-california-capital

    Democrats hold large majorities in both chambers of the Legislature and should be flying into election season this year, easily passing legislation and setting the agenda after taming California’s busted budgets and turning their Republican rivals into a “superminority” in the nation’s most populous state.

    But now their dominance could be dampened by new revelations of dirty dealings by Democrats in the state Senate. One senator was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, and two others face federal charges for alleged misdeeds that include accepting large financial bribes for friends and family in exchange for legislation and orchestrating weapons and drug trafficking to help pay off campaign debts.

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  20. If the City coordinated with the Yes on Measure UUT committee to have this meeting to supply their campaign with ammo then the City has broken the law by using taxpayer resources for the benefit of a political campaign.

    Someone should show up to the meeting, video tape it and demand answers about how and why this meeting was called and was the leadership (Nancy Walsh) of the Yes on Measure UUT campaign involved in calling this meeting.

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    1. This is what the city's site says when you try to look up the agenda:

      You searched for: DateRangeID >= Wed Mar 26 00:00:00 PDT 2014 and <= Fri Mar 28 00:00:00 PDT 2014 and Dept-CommID is in 'UUT Oversight Committee'

      No results found

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  21. This possibly illegal called and illegally coordinated "special meeting" tonight of the UUT Oversight Committee appears only on the city calendar.

    THIS IS A BROWN ACT COMMITTEE AND THEY ARE REQUIRED TO POST THE MEETING AT LEAST 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE.

    Someone run to City Hall and get a pic of the Agenda! The fix is in!

    Issue a public records act request for all emails of Nancy Walsh and Elaine Aguilar so after the election we can turn them in to the District Attorney for illegally coordinating with a a political campaign to misuse city funds/resources to benefit a the YES on Measure UUT political campaign.

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    1. The city doesn't honor public record requests.

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  22. Tattlers assemble with pitchforks and torches! Prepare the tar and feathers!

    "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers
    of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
    and having done all, to stand."
    Ephesians 6:11-13

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  23. The agenda is now online and with attachments the agenda is 171 pages long.

    http://docs.cityofsierramadre.com/tylercm/eagleweb/downloads/COMPLETE_UUT_OVERSIGHT_COMMITTEE_AGENDA_PACKET_03_27_14.pdf?id=DOC145S1.A0&parent=DOC145S1

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    1. A little late, don't you think? Did the Committee members have a chance to review it?

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  24. Is this meeting open to the general public???

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    1. The UUT oversight committee is absolutely open to the public. You may not speak unless recognized, but you are allowed to attend. you should go, it might be kind of amusing watching the city pull the wool over the oversight Committee's eyes. let all of us on the Tattler know what transpired, please.

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  25. If this is an attempt to sway anyone's vote on Measure UUT, then it is a sign of some real desperation. Most people have already made up their minds.

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  26. Reading all this civility stuff called to mind a great article I read in the MVN this week.

    It seems SMPD saw an unattended back pack out in the open. First thought: IT'S BOMB!

    That conclusion seemed correct as the town is full of crazy and uncivil Tattlers who are one step away from terrorism. And, as all crime fighters know, bombers always leave their bombs out in the open where they can be seen instead of putting them in a trash can where they can't be seen.

    So . . . SMPD closed off downtown and called in the Sheriff - the same one with the terrible hypothetical response time. My understanding from my source in the Bottle Shoppe is that it looked like the scene from Caddyshack where the kid leaves the Baby Ruth in the pool and Bill Murray has to clean up the mess in a Haz Mat suit.

    Turns out the backpack was a backpack and no more. Still, as MVN noted, our SMPD crime fighters again displayed valor in the face of grave danger. Just like SMPD did when it blasted that guy sleeping in the Murano and when they arrested that dad in front of his kids for shooting a water pistol at the CHIEF OF POLICE at the former water gun fest on Independence Day.

    Vote Yes on the UUT. Our continued saftey depends on it.


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    1. Maybe we could buy them some gym equipment.

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  27. The City likes to claim that the annual increases in the UUT all go towards public safety, not the general fund.

    However, this is not the case for recent years.

    According to this agenda document for tonight's "special" UUT oversight committee meeting, here is the UUT revenue for the last three years ending June 30:

    2011 $2,410,561
    2012 $2,344,714 (decrease of $65,847)
    2013 $2,522,994 (increase of $178,280)

    From 2011 to 2013, UUT revenue has increased by $112,433.

    According to this agenda document here are the public safety costs for the last three years ending June 30:

    2011 $4,993,105
    2012 $4,710,912 (decrease of $282,193)
    2013 $4,780,286 (increase of $69,374)

    From 2011 to 2013, public safety expenditures have DECREASED by $212,819.

    So it is crystal clear that for these years, the increase in UUT revenue of $112.433 DID NOT go to public safety because public safety costs DECREASED by $212,819.




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    1. Will the UUT Oversight Committee be able to get a report together in time for this weekend's special panic edition of the Looney Views News?

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    2. It's already been written for them...all the have to do is vote on the staff recommendation that the UUT increase is all used for public safety...even though it's not.

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    3. If that is true then they will have to change their name to the UUT Rubberstamp Committee.

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    4. The money went for pensions and Cadillac health plans. The UUT-OC won't get to see any of those numbers, though.

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    5. this UUT for public safety is such a sham! All the UUT revenues go into the general fund and thus can be used for anything from paying the police to buying paper clips.
      Also, since public safety represents more than 50% of the city budget and the UUT income represents 31% of the city income, why the UUT will never, ever cover all the costs of public safety. "Protect Siera Madre" campaign is based on a huge lie. Vote NO!!!! And tell your neighbors to vote NO too.

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  28. http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/government-and-politics/20140326/central-basin-water-district-director-in-lausds-teacher-jail

    COMMERCE >> Los Angeles Unified School District officials announced Wednesday that James Roybal, an elected director of the Central Basin Municipal Water District, is under investigation and has been placed in the district’s “teacher jail.” Roybal previously taught special education at Wilson High School in El Sereno, according to district records obtained by this news organization. He was placed in the teacher jail on Feb. 20, 2013, according to those records.

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  29. Here are the Committee Members of the UUT Oversight Committee:

    Tom Denison
    David Loera
    Natalie Morgan
    Amy Putnam - (Endorses Gene Goss)
    Joseph Widman

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  30. I've decided to vote only No on UUT.
    I can't be sure any of the candidates are not controlled by the Sacramento criminals.
    Best to vote no and not give them anymore of our money.

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  31. 3:16 - correct me if I am wrong, but isn't Ms Putnam the Treasurer of the Yes On UUT Committee? Headed by Nancy Walsh?

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    1. Yes, yes she is. Amy Putnam is the Treasurer of the Yes On UUT committee per the state FPPC filing.

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    2. Small world.

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  32. Just vote NO ON THE UUT
    Take the money out of their dirty hands.

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  33. Over on Rooster Coburn's SierraMadreNews.net site an endorsement is made. That is, only one endorsement, that being Gene Goss. He didn't endorse Noah, which is kind of notable. I'll bet he'll be getting a mighty earful from H. Susan Henderson-Poole-Carter.

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  34. Goss is part of the Sacramento Crime Family.
    Don't vote for him.

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    1. Coburn rates candidates by their potential obedience to the DIC.

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  35. what a complete jackass Coburn is. He says he has "questions and concerns" about the other candidates but doesn't have the integrity to say what those questions and concerns are. That is what a smear artist says.

    And how can he be "100%" sure about Goss after a few conversations. Coburn is either naive or stupid or both.

    I have questions and concerns about the integrity of Coburn. I wonder if Goss has paid him for advertising and the other candidates haven't.

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    1. It was a backhand slap at the Chamber's candidate, Noah Green. There is some bad blood there.

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