Saturday, May 29, 2010

Prominent GOP Insider Represents and Supports Democratic Candidate

Why is John Lewis, whose own partner, VP Matt Holder, is an alternate on the OC GOP central committee supporting, endorsing, and working for a Democrat? It isn’t as if this was some up and coming blue-dog Dem that there might be hope of converting to the red side either. This is the notorious Tom Daly whom FFFF has been reporting on for several months as perhaps the most egregious and dubious waster of public funds that OC tax-payers have seen in a long time, maybe ever!

Clearly John Lewis isn’t doing it because he believes his own rhetoric…or does he? This mailer/advertisement says Daly is a “tax fighter has cut wasteful spending…” I suppose John Lewis has missed the news: Tom Daly has cost OC taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars of needless spending for the sole purpose of satisfying donors, their friends, and their families. No, I think Lewis got that memo. In fact, I think Lewis is a big part of that waste, though I don’t have any tangible proof. I have only heard the rumors about Lewis hanging around the OC Hall of Administration looking to get into the budget meetings of Daly et al. But the new security system makes it tough to sneak in and grease the wheels of department heads. Less the contrary be shown, these are still just rumors.

Regardless, why is this former California GOP State Senator working for Daly? According to his website, Lewis has worked on sports facilities. Does that include sports museums and sports hall of fame like what Daly has been working on? One can only guess.

The only reason I bring any of this up is because the OC Register did a short piece on this. In the article, Lewis says he doesn’t know why OC Assessor Webster Guillory’s photo was not included in the ad. That seems like a big OOOPS for a firm who touts being consultants to guys like Congressman Ed Royce and Assemblyman Chris Norby. The “mistake?” seems like something a high school intern might make, not a big time GOP (sometimes Democratic) consultant might make. So what gives?

And I haven’t even mentioned Hutchens, who, according to the Press Telegram, hired Gilliard-Blanning as her political consultant. I tell you, some of these “Republicans” sure get around. Maybe Guillory should call Gilliard so he can get his face out there to voters.  Until then, here is Wenster Guillory.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Rape at Santiago Canyon College - UPDATE

UPDATE:

I contacted Sgt. Dan Adams at Orange PD to see if there was anything new to report on this rape.

Below is the text from his message:
The alleged victim disclosed the information confidentially to staff at the campus and pursuant to the Clery Act they were required to report it to our department. Unfortunately, the alleged victim in this case did not want police involvement. Therefore, without cooperation from a victim it is nearly impossible for us to conduct an investigation of this nature. As far as I know there was nothing on surveillance video from the area as well.

I have not heard of any other reported rapes in that area.
I hope the victim will come forward and talk to police.  If you know anything about this case, please contact Sgt. Dan Adams at 714-744-7448  or dadams@orangepd.org. 



Checking my email this morning I found the following:


From: Weispfenning, John
Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 11:45 AM
To: # All SCC Email Users
Subject: CAMPUS SAFETY BULLETIN
Importance: High

On Wednesday, May 12, a student disclosed to an SCC administrator that a rape occurred in an SUV located in parking lot #3 on the SCC campus at approximately 10:30 p.m. on April 28, 2010. The suspects are identified as two males.


Campus administrators notified the Orange Police Department of the report.

SCC Safety has increased its patrols and recommends the following:
· Be aware of activity and those around you
· Use a “buddy” system to get to your vehicle, especially in the evening
· Report parking lot problems (burned out lights, etc.)
· Report suspicious activities

SCC CAMPUS SAFETY 714-628-4730

John Weispfenning, Dean and Public Information Officer
Santiago Canyon College
Orange, California 92869
714-628-5030

A Message from Bill Hunt

Dear Friends,

As many may know two police associations have decided to withdraw their endorsement of me by virtue of my participation in ascertaining the true facts on behalf of a certain defendant. While I respect their decision to do so I disagree with their reasoning. Long ago I took an oath to uphold the law and seek justice above all other things. While doing so may be unpopular under certain circumstances, it is and remains a fundamental right granted to all Americans. A healthy justice system operates as a whole. The Courts, District Attorney, defense attorneys, private investigators, probation officers and bail bonds men all are integral and necessary parts to our justice system.

The court system is designed to entertain and weigh facts without prejudice and to determine the guilt or innocence of an individual. No single component of the justice system is dispensable or should hold more sway than another. All individuals are entitled under the constitution to certain inalienable rights and fairness. There is nothing more unjust or unfair than to be incarcerated or denied liberty for a crime you did not commit.

I believe in standing on principle as opposed to popularity and will require any individuals under my charge to do the same.

Bill Hunt

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bill Hunt Helps Defend Innocent Latino While the Union Plays Politics


I was surprised when I heard that the Santa Ana Police Officer’s Association (SAPOA) pulled their endorsement for Hunt. Something in this story just didn’t sound right so I called Bill this morning to get his take.

Bill was hired by attorney Ricardo Nicol to help look at a criminal defense case of Victor Manuel Lua who is charged with a Santa Ana assault and robbery. Early on Nicol and Hunt found holes in the prosecutor’s case. The suspect was a known gang associate of the Santa Ana street gang known as F-Troop who has a prior conviction on his record. Right there most of us would say case closed, guilty as charged. However, the justice system doesn’t work that way. In this case, Nicol and Hunt had to look a little deeper. The suspect had completed his four years of probation without any further legal troubles and appeared to be getting his life together. Ok, no violins please. At the time the crime occurred, the suspect was not in the vicinity. Hunt says the cell phone records don’t lie. Further the original description was of two shaven head Latinos in blue jeans on a single bicycle. The suspect on trial was wearing basketball shorts and slippers (us older folks might remember them as thongs or shower shoes). A gun was used during the crime and no gun has been found since. Lua was in his truck just 400 feet from the crime scene when the officers decided he looked like he could be one of the described perpetrators because his head was shaven much like many other Latinos in Santa Ana and he had a criminal record. Also worth noting is that Lua was “caught” in what many describe as a rival gangs turf, implying that Lua isn’t actually in a gang nor was he associating with a gang at the time the assault and robbery occurred. Simply put, this is a case of mistaken identity which the evidence in the case proves.

R. Scott Moxley reported via OC Weekly that “But Hunt disputes the assertion, saying that he was hired to work on a robbery case and recently attended a preliminary hearing but did not testify. He also says that his client, Victor Manuel Lua, is innocent of the charges based on evidence he's developed and that the gang allegation is tenuous at best: The 20-year-old Lua, he says, grew up in a Santa Ana neighborhood controlled by a criminal street gang and thus knows members but is not one himself.”

Hunt goes on to connect the dots for us. He thinks the DA began getting nervous when he started putting the pieces together and blowing up the prosecutions sure conviction. And we all know who the number two person at the DA’s Office is, Susan Schroeder, wife of Mike Schroeder. Yes, the same Mike Schroeder that gave us convicted felon Mike Carona; the same Mike Schroeder who is pushing hard to give us Craig Hunter, an Anaheim PD deputy chief. It’s obvious at this point that it looks like the Santa Ana PD dropped the ball with their due diligence and investigation. And everyone knows when the PD looks bad the chief looks bad and so enters SAPD Chief Paul Walters, possibly still disgruntled former sheriff’s candidate who appears to have finally given up on running and is now supporting Hutchens. You heard me correctly, he supports Hutchens.

Moxley reports this quote, "'Our members are very upset with Mr. Hunt,' one officer told the Weekly on condition of anonymity. 'He testified against us in court.'" Why do you suppose the anonymity? Is he or she afraid of something? What could a police officer be scared of?

No doubt Santa Ana police officers are upset and embarrassed for being called out in court over what appears to be a rush to judgment by the officers and investigators.

The real irony rests in two final thoughts. First, Bill Hunt has caught a lot of flack from immigrant rights folks who say he is a racist and anti-Mexican. This case alone clearly debunks that myth. Second, SAPOA provides assistance to its members who are charged with breaches in departmental policy and crimes. Their defense attorneys rely on private investigators to dig for the truth and protect them from wrongful prosecution and punishment. It seems highly hypocritical that this association would use their misguided logic to fulfill the political agenda of a handful of miscreants who are only concerned with their consulting contracts and political livelihood. You would think that it would have occurred to someone in the SAPOA that Hunt, as a PI, might work on criminal cases. But I suppose the SAPOA board members were too wrapped up in other matters or just didn’t care to know.


An interesting side note to the SAPOA and Chief Walters is that the SAPOA supported Hunt and the Walters supports Hutchens. Why not endorse the same candidate? Assuming the SAPOA endorses another candidate, who will they choose? Will they go against their chief by supporting the card-carrying union member Craig Hunter or will they fall in lockstep with their boss? You would think the SAPOA would realize the error of their decision and help the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) elect their candidate Bill Hunt. I suppose the various OC law enforcement associations, though, are truly disconnected from one another and don’t see eye to eye except where wages and retirement are concerned.



UPDATE:
I was able to speak with the defense attorney on the Lua case, Ric Nicol. He said that in most cases that involve Bill Hunt, Bill comes back from his fact finding missions with a recommendation that the defendant plead guilty and spare everyone the cost of a trial. Ric also said that the majority of defendants that he represents are minorities. Again, there goes the racism myth.


Ric went on to explain the role of the private investigator in cases like Lua’s. The PI is a fact gatherer. Their job is to collect evidence that the DA doesn’t bother to look for. In this case it was Lua’s alibi together with the mismatched descriptions that the DA saw fit to ignore. After all, it is up to the defendant to disprove the People’s case. In Lua’s case, the cell phone records, numerous friends and family, his clothing, facial hair, etc. are fairly conclusive evidence that he isn’t the perpetrator, all of which were disregarded by the prosecution.

There were two OC cases which Ric sited as being noteworthy because the defendants were found guilty solely on eyewitness testimony and whom were later vindicated. The first is the story of Arthur Carmona, a 16-year old kid who was wrongfully convicted of a robbery in the late 1990s, due to bad witnesses and a shoddy defense lawyer (Larry Agran). Read more about Carmona’s battle: http://www.ocweekly.com/2000-08-31/news/the-kid-is-free

The second case was that of Dwayne McKinney. ABCNews.com reported this on October 8, 2008:
“He was arrested for car theft and also jailed for attempted robbery. When he was 19, in November 1980, he was shot in the leg by a rival gang in what he said was one of the first drive-by shootings in Los Angeles' notorious South Central neighborhood.

In December 1980, McKinney's life took a turn for the worse. He was pulled over for a routine traffic violation, but what happened next was anything but routine. McKinney was accused of a much more serious crime: first degree murder.”
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=5987657&page=1

The story continues…:
“Twenty-five years ago, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas was the young deputy district attorney assigned to the Burger King case. Armed with eyewitness testimony, he never doubted McKinney was the cold-blooded assailant sought for the killing.

‘The people who were put into a meat cooler by the assailant, and looked at him, told me that was him,’ Rackauckas said.

Rackauckas went on to describe the horrible scene that faced the surviving Burger King workers.
When they emerged from the meat cooler, Rackauckas said, ‘They saw the young manager there with his head on his desk in a pool of blood.’

Rackauckas asked the jury to make McKinney pay with his own life.

But McKinney was nowhere near the Burger King that night, and even presented witnesses who had seen him elsewhere during the time of the robbery. McKinney tried to point out that his injured leg would have made it impossible for him to leap over the restaurant counter, as witnesses described.
But, he said, ‘No matter how loud I yelled or how loud I screamed, no one really heard me because my lifestyle basically said just the opposite.’

The jury didn't believe McKinney's words or his witnesses. They found him guilty. Although McKinney escaped the death penalty, he was ultimately sentenced to life without parole.”
http://abcnews.go.com/TheLaw/story?id=5987657&page=2

In the latter case you have suspect who already has a criminal record. This helps plant a seed in the mind of the officers of suspicion and prejudice. For the street cop, this is that gut feeling that keeps you alive, day in and day out. It is a necessary tool that is developed quickly out of the police academy. However, for the police department investigators and DA investigators this prejudice should take a back seat to the facts of the case. The element of time is now on your side. There is no looming danger, no more car stops. This is where their fact-finding job begins.

Ric Nicol went on to explain that the DA has their own investigators who are supposed to go find all of the facts. Because relying on them alone does not give a defendant a much confidence that someone is looking out for their rights because the prosecutor may not like the evidence that the investigator conjures up, the Public Defender’s Office also has their own investigators. These are sworn police officers whose soul purpose when they get to work is to uphold the constitution. However, some of us have the resources to pay for our own defense attorney rather than rely on the Public Defender’s Office. That defense attorney doesn’t have an army of cops available to investigate their cases, so they must hire their own investigators, like Bill Hunt. According to several sources, PI work is the number one job of “retired” cops. With that in mind, are all of those cops who retired on sweetheart pensions all bad guys simply because their clients may be found guilty? Of course not! In fact there are few jobs a retired cop could do that would still be with the spirit of upholding the constitution.

As Ric points out, it isn’t (usually) the job of the street cop to go and conduct a lengthy investigation and verify alibis. Their job is to hook and book, refereeing to handcuffing them and booking them into the jail facility. Leave the other stuff, the detail work, to the professional and licensed investigators.

Ric wrapped up our discussion with a profound thought. The Santa Ana Police Officer’s Association is doing exactly what many accuse Arizona’s new law of condoning: racial profiling of Lua with a smattering of criminal profiling. They assume he is guilty and therefore any defense to the contrary is unacceptable.  I hope the SAPOA will rethink their knee-jerk pull of their endorsement, but I have little faith that logic will prevail.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Self Serving Sidhu Boasts A Whopper

Who would have known that the man behind the mask was none other than OC's 3rd District Harish "Harry" Sidhu?

The Orange County Register's Jennifer Muir wrote up this little blurb on Orange County's 4th District race.  The only shocker reported by Muir is that Sidhu had 28 fast food restaurants in 2004.  And then to read that "Sidhu says he's most proud of steps he's taken to make Anaheim more "freedom friendly," such as deferring developer fees..."  So here is a guy that is in real estate development, has dropped fast food burger stands onto dozens of street corners and has the nerve to boast about being "freedom friendly" by deferring developer fees.  How convenient is that! 

Harry Sidhu might think he has created hundreds of jobs but I think once you wipe the grease off it's clear those are minimum wage jobs taking drive-thru food orders, flipping burgers, and mixing shakes. 

NOW THAT'S A WHOPPER!!!



I wonder if Harry uses E-Verify to check the status of his prospective and current employees... Maybe someone should do him a favor and just do it for him.

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My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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