Aug 192019
 

Well – the City of San Clemente paid Major Dem Donor Harvey Englander $97,000 to execute Sun Tzu’s Art of War in Southern Orange County. Speaking of Sun Tzu, your intrepid blogger would have never found this had neither Bryan Maryott nor Bill Brough sold out Republican Values for NIMBYism.

Research shows in April of 2017, Bill Brough took $1000 from Business for a Better San Clemente – was this the down payment for Mr. Brough’s sudden reversal on the Toll Road Project?

There is a famous saying in Politics – “If you don’t pay me to do a job for you, I will do a job ON you”. This is also known as racketeering (albeit a soft form that may or may not be illegal – but surely unethical) It sure looks pretty close to what Harvey Englander is doing! It appears that the jilted senior Englander went to the City of San Clemente after his son got sent packing in little pieces by OC TCA.

So, Harvey, Just Why Did You Solicit San Clemente? Inquiring Bloggers Want to Know

I am not sure if Sun Tzu was in to racketeering, (which I think Harvey is doing) but Harvey seems to see himself as some sort of apostle of the guy.

Remember, CA-49 Candidate Bryan Maryott and the scandal-riddled William “Bill” Brough have signed on with the City of San Clemente in their virulent opposition to the Proposed Toll Road. How Virulent you ask? Read on.

Click here to see the “Contract” San Clemente Took Out on the OC TCA.

“the path to success is to increase public antagonism towards the agency; its board of Directors within their home cities, taxpayers and even some environmental groups.” (Page 2)

The quality of decision is like the well-timed swoop of a falcon which enables it to strike and destroy its victim.  At EKA, this mean that having a well thought out timetable enables us to be offensive in our activities and be prepared to take a “kill-shot” when the opportunity is presented.”  (Page 1 – Italics quote Tsun Tzu’s Art of War)

This apparently includes filing a ton of Public Records Requests from each city where TCA members reside. Research shows that a small group of extreme left-wing and/or NIMBY radicals are attending local government meetings specifically to harass people in their City Council Meetings that sit on the OC TCA.

Given the fact that physical violence and mass shootings have invaded the body politic (See Also Antifa, the Violent Separatist Movements or supremacy movements), Harvey’s comments and approach are in poor taste at best and at worst may well be part of a national strategy on the left. 

Public antagonism is also sure to include the Hit Piece Harvey Englander is sure to have helped get in to the LA Times. Given that he has donated to a slew of people like Xavier Becerra, Howard Berman and Wendy Greuel – he is sure to have all kinds of connections in LA County. Given that the LA Times is usually a disreputable left-wing rag, it makes perfect sense.

Given the cowardice that usually rules Republican Politics anywhere, I could understand how a hardened democrat donor like Harvey Englander would adopt Saul Alinsky style bully tactics. Sun Tzu was honorable and did not engage in deceit or threatening innocent people like it appears Harvey Englander is organizing. Sun Tzu, if he were alive today would reject Harvey Englander and would be disgusted by Saul Alinsky.

“We envision running this engagement like a ‘campaign,’ designed specifically at moving stakeholder sentiment against the TCA’s plans . . . so that projects are studied and litigated for decades in the same type of campaign that was utilized to kill the 710 North freeway.” (Page 3)

Too bad for Englander, the current consultant for the TCA got the enviro lawsuits remedied and the enviro groups are now neutral or supporting the toll road!

“Investment in research is essential to understand stakeholder sentiment and tailor messaging.” (Page 4)

“EKA also proposes that the City engage a law firm separate and apart from the City Attorney firm . . . it is important to have a firm who is prepared to litigate immediately. EKA will provide recommendations…” (Page 4)

“Probolsky Research specializes in opinion research on public policy.” (Page 4)

It appears that San Clemente Used Taxpayer Dollars to fund the Polling Adam Problosky did. This is key as the poll has never been shared publicly…

Harvey went to the City of San Clemente on June 9th 2017.

Then Harvey got the Contract on July 19, 2017 With NO QUESTIONS ASKED. It is as if the San Clemente City Council knew what they were doing and did not want to clutter their conscience. Shortly after this, William “Bill” Brough joined the opposition to the TCA, telling few of his change of heart until the bill he introduced in early 2019 became public. What did Harvey Englander promise or give Bill Brough? What did the City of San Clemente promise or give Bill Brough? Bryan Maryott is in the opinion of this blogger not smart enough to extract a price for his stupidity. 

Very interesting find indeed.

It appears that Harvey Englander and crew had themselves a social media project as part of their bully campaign. 

Back to the article in the Los Cerritos News:

…Entry in Englander’s proposal shockingly wrote, “increase public antagonism toward the TCA’s Board of Directors within their own cities.”

Got it? Harass Councilmembers in their own cities.

After learning of the antagonism campaign, one local councilperson, who wanted to remain anonymous because they had already received threats, told HMG-LCCN, “this was blatant, I would think twice hiring a firm who called for antagonizing people, it’s outrageous.”

Some of the more egregious steps Englander outlined in its antagonism campaign included:

1. A San Clemente “taxpayer or City-sponsored” lawsuit
2. The San Clemente City Council demanding TCA study a tunnel similar to the 710 freeway “demanding a study is both time-consuming and a heavy expenditure on the agency.”
3. Potential legislation- kill TCA’s borrowing capabilities  and “research whether legislation could be introduced to reduce further bonding authority for TCA.”
4. CPRA requests (public records requests) regular requests under the CPRA should be made for staff and consulting salaries and other expenditures.

Stay tuned for more about item #3

HMG-LCCN has learned that the campaign has done its job related to the last step listed, CPRA requests. In a little over 1.5 years, the TCA has received well over 210 requests for public documents-almost twelve per month – with sources telling HMG-LCCN that the requests have cost the TCA well over $100,000.

The “recommended approach” Englander envisioned was “running this engagement like a ‘campaign’ designed specifically at moving stakeholders against TCA’s plans in and around San Clemente so that various projects are studied and litigated for decades.”

And the word “committee” could land the San Clemente City Council in legal hot water for misuse of public funds.

How did the City of San Clemente and Harvey Englander break campaign finance law? Have a look:

If a city or school district seeks to spend money on an issue, for example a sales tax measure for the city or an infrastructure bond for the schools, the Fair Political Practices Commission mandates the opening of an expenditure committee, attaching a name to the committee such as “Yes on Sales Tax Measure.”

Englander called their engagement a “campaign” with an objective of defeating the toll road extension; it was not a lobbying contract, which cities are allowed to engage in.

The designation could trigger an FPPC investigation of the contract.

“It is a shame the extension has reached this level,” said the local councilperson, “Venture has done an extraordinary job, while people involved in the project, including me, had threats upon their lives for supporting the project. I myself had two and reported them to the Sheriff’s, I know of another who received threats also.”

DEATH THREATS!? REALLY HARVEY???

Stefanie Sekich-Quinn, coastal preservation manager of the Surfrider Foundation, said in a statement after learning about the document, “based on what we know, this misleading (Englander) $100,000-plus PR campaign was designed to pit San Clemente neighbor against San Clemente neighbor. It represents a shocking waste of taxpayer money.”

Oh mama. Harassment at Council Meetings. Abuse of PRA Process. Facebook Pages. DEATH THREATS? Lawsuits? Planting Stories in the LA Times? Is this what the City of San Clemente signed up for? Is this what Bryan Maryott and William “Bill” Brough Signed up for?

Where is the OCGOP? They should take out the trash. The whole San Clemente City Council should be recalled along with Bryan Maryott for the immoral, terrorist, Saul Alinsky tactics they have aligned themselves with. 

Bill Brough? It makes sense he’d swim in this sewer too. 

All this and their buddy Harvey Englander gave $2000 to Mike Levin… to be continued.

Aug 172019
 

That’s right folks, the massive Rate increase that Placer County Treasurer Tax Collector Jenine Windeshausen made all about herself has been forestalled.

In an emergency meeting of the Pioneer Energy Board – on a motion to reconsider, the massive 25% rate increase has been forestalled.

Sitting in for Greg Janda, Rocklin Mayor Joe Patterson voted to forestall. Sitting in for Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler, Supervisor Bonnie Gore voted to forestall. After getting rheemed by his colleagues, Peter Gilbert from Lincoln voted to forestall.

They use weighted voting by population so those three votes represented 64% of the ratepayers.

Under parliamentary rules, someone on the winning side can request a motion to reconsider. Since Lincoln Councilmember Peter Gilbert defied the will of his colleagues in voting for Jenine’s scheme, he made the motion to reconsider after being threatened with removal from the Pioneer Energy Board. I am told Alyssa Silhi and Dan Karleskint were unwilling to kick him off and wanted to give him a second chance.

I was told by two people at the meeting that Gilbert was not the only Lincoln Councilmember in attendance at the meeting. Gilbert defiantly spoke in favor of the massive rate increase before voting to forestall it.

I was also told by yet another attender that Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes was openly hostile and nearly had a physical confrontation with someone in the hallway to add to this Loomis Town Councilmember Jeff Duncan was also combative and berated people at the meeting. (Loomis Mayor Tim Onderko came and spoke as a citizen against the massive rate increase)

It appears that people like Jeff Duncan and Jim Holmes have made this rate hike about themselves as much as any cover issues behind it.

The cover story for the massive rate increase was debt repayment and reserve requirements. What this means is that the Massive Rate Increase could come back at a later date. The staff, who along with Windeshausen were pushing for this massive rate increase were given direction by the board to come up with a plan for debt repayment and saving money in reserves systematically.

Given the way these things usually work with bureaucrats, expect them to come back with another rate increase proposal hidden behind some sort of halfway reforms and debt repayment plan. I hope I am wrong, but 22 years in this game tells me otherwise. Staff always wants more money.

Aug 162019
 

On my Facebook Page, I have been treated to a disturbing display of moral bankruptcy by myopic NIMBY’s from San Clemente mostly. They are so fixated on stopping the toll road that is going to be built in Southern Orange County that they are attacking the female victims and willingly looking the other way regarding Brough’s fiscal maladies.

Perhaps Bill Brough’s email should have been disclaimed with a Paid for by “Harvey Englander and the City of San Clemente”… it appears that Harvey has been helping Brough write legislation and talking points.

In a previous post, I detailed how Republican “Leadership” have been keeping Jessica Patterson (the CAGOP Chair) and the party at bay. The Assembly and Senate Caucus are full of staff and members who still resent that the little people rose up and led to Chad Mayes’ ouster as leader over the Cap and Trade debacle. Also, there are a ton of staffers that are go along to get along types that want to avoid conflict and enjoy drinks with their democrat colleagues at night.

To Marie Waldron, Shannon Grove, Pat Bates, Harvey Englander and the City of San Clemente the game is save Bill Brough. The Foreclosure does not matter. The Bourbon Barrel does not Matter. The Cigar Humidor does not matter. The $1800 dinner for 4 does not matter. The $2500 plane ticket for a family outing to a RedSox Game does not matter. Brough’s drunken exploits do not matter. (Waldron is the Assembly leader on the R side and Shannon Grove is the Senate Leader on the R side)

The only thing that matters to San Clemente is that bill that would “audit” the Toll Road Authority. Well, it turns out that Bill Brough lied about that too (or perhaps the San Clemente residents are lying too) – the bill would abolish the Toll Road Authority.

I do hope Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Marie Waldron is proud of the leadership vote she has been protecting. I also hope State Senator Pat Bates is proud of her protege too. Perhaps they can call Harvey Englander for some donations and a call or two to some other morally bankrupt dem donors while they are at it.

The Media Celebrated the WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP of the CAGOP. Now, it turns out that two of the women have been running interference for a legislator that has been a bully and a bastard to several women – including an email today where he “Outed” two of his victims in likely violation of state law. What a joke these women leaders are being made in to. That’s right – Marie Waldron and Shannon Grove (and/or their staff) have both been alleged by several insiders to have been holding CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson back from publicly engaging related to William “Bill” Brough’s serial sexual harassment of women. (amongst other things) It is also possible, though no one I have talked to has said as such, that Fred Whitaker the OCGOP Chair may have also been getting pressure from Republican “Leadership” to lay off of Bill Brough as well.

If this is true, Jessica Patterson should be hopping mad and Fred Whitaker should call Pat Bates, Marie Waldron and Shannon Grove out. These women should be ashamed of themselves for putting their egos ahead of the needs of other women – especially since it is likely that all three of them have been mistreated themselves at some point in their professional lives!!! (I’ve yet to meet any professional woman that has not been harassed or physically contacted in an inappropriate manner at some point in their career)

Now the hero of San Clemente William “Bill” Brough can add bullying female harassment victims to his list of maladies.

In 2017, I called Jennifer Beall (then a staffer of Bill Brough) as I had been told about the Lisa Bartlett incident in 2011 and that there was a resulting complaint about it to Assembly Rules. Beall then spoke to Bill Brough about it and he denied the existence of a complaint. A reporter has also asked Assembly Rules for Public Records and was told there were none. We have since learned that was a lie – a complaint did exist from 2015 and Bill Brough knew about it. I did the right thing by contacting the subject of the misconduct’s staff to get comment and as such, I did not write anything about the Lisa Bartlett incident in Early 2018 because I had no proof.

The Assembly Rules complaint in 2015 was not filed by Lisa Bartlett as it turns out, it was filed by someone else!!! (who Bill Brough later outed in his screed sent out today)

Bill Brough sent out a rambling email to the Orange County GOP and likely several others attempting to defend himself. He used carefully selected statistics (Which I believe were provided and parsed by Harvey Englander) and partial statistics to trash the toll road for about 600 words and then a bunch of bashing female victims while claiming victimhood that included the following:

 

Regarding her 2011 allegation against me – Lisa Bartlett did not tell the truth. Bartlett repeatedly told the media she filed a complaint with the city. In fact, no complaint by Bartlett was ever filed with Dana Point, and her story has been ever-evolving.

Of the other unfounded and false allegations made against me, HXXXXX BXXX was found without merit, Maria Elena Banks told two people – an elected official and another individual – that “she was asked to do it by someone in return for a job,” the final person, JXXXXXXX (Wrong Last Name), I met once in 2015.

During the 2018 primary, Bartlett’s former campaign manager Jeff Corless (he also consulted for Ed Sachs in his 2018 campaign against me) tried to push the same story with a local blogger, Aaron Park. My campaign manager discovered this and the blogger decided to not write about the story then, but is now launching daily, personal attacks against me – all that are false.

 

(Please note: Jeff Corless / Venture Strategic was never Ed Sachs Assembly Campaign Consultant and are not now.)

Bill Brough just mentioned two female victims of his behavior by name despite their requests for confidentiality. As I have written previously, Women who make harassment complaints risk losing their jobs. This is also illegal and could very well expose Brough to serious civil liability for bullying and retaliating against people that made valid complaints related to his behavior. Perhaps Bill Brough’s Wife (who is an attorney) will defend him against the lawsuits – since it appears their talking points have been “Why don’t they sue me”?

It is also clear in what I believe to be an act of drunken bravado that Bill Brough believed he could bully the two women whose names I X’ed out in the snippet of his email.

It is also clear that Brough’s reputed substance abuse is taking a toll on his judgement. If you read Bill Brough’s email in its’ entirety and you are a would-be donor, you are likely going to look elsewhere for a beneficiary.

I will say it again, if political leaders do not stand up and defend women, who will? This blogger will defend all of Bill Brough’s victims and will stay on this developing train wreck as long as it takes for the Republican “Leadership” to take out the trash. 

Below is a sick, sad Irony from Bill Brough’s Facebook page – sponsoring an event for Women with Senator Pat Bates. Women’s Safety and Self-Defense. Imagine that.

P.S. The OCGOP Central Committee Meets on Monday 8-19-2019. I am sure Bill Brough will be a top topic of discussion.

Aug 162019
 

I’ve spoken with several insiders this week. As such, I have gained some clarity as to what is going on. The exclamation point was David Carney appearing in a politico article trashing the President and the President’s former Campaign Manager. Corey Lewandowski is looking at running for US Senate in New Hampshire. It is believed that Corey Lewandowski would turn an easy re-election for Jean Shaheen in to a war.

David Carney and his fellow swamp dwellers have some insiders recruited to run for those seats.

And Dave Carney, a longtime New Hampshire-based strategist who’s worked on an array of statewide Republican campaigns, called the idea of a Lewandowski candidacy a “joke.”

“He adds nothing to the ticket and doesn’t help the president or the ticket in any way,” Carney said. “Corey is a political hack. Political hacks make bad candidates generally.”

I had characterized David Carney as a Trump guy, slowly over the last month I had been walking that back… especially as I learned how he got hired by the Assembly and State Senate caucuses. Now, here is Carney going full anti-trump attacking Corey Lewandowski.

Considering that recently, your intrepid blogger had a public dust-up with Senate Permanent Minority Leader Shannon Grove, and I have been forced to bomb Senator Pat Bates for her role in trying to protect the embattled (and scandal-riddled) William “Bill” Brough, I’ve been looking for answers.

This week several insiders requesting confidentiality helped provide some context for what I have been seeing.

I’ve been accusing party leaders of having “Stockholm Syndrome” – this appears to be true of the leadership in the two GOP Caucuses. It has been confirmed repeatedly that there is no discipline in either caucus and it appears that the individual members are “on their own”. There appear to be a few exceptions, but most staffers appear happy to draw a paycheck and go out drinking with their democrat colleagues after work.

There also appears to be little or no vision from the leadership of either Republican Caucus in the legislature – borne out in the absolute lack of messaging on SB27 before it passed both houses of the legislature.

This is why David Carney publicly attacking Corey Lewandowski matters. The people that were celebrating the passage of SB27 (the Trump Tax Return Bill) appear to have been Caucus staffers and staffers of members (like Chad Mayes for example) – but not the elected leaders or consultants of the State Party. Now you have the “Leadership’s” $25,000 a month consultant in the national media attacking Trump’s former campaign manager. It is unlikely Carney would do this without thinking there would be no consequences from his clients in California.

I had not been providing clarity in past posts, so let’s separate the two. Jessica Patterson and the CAGOP are separate from “Leadership”. “Leadership” are the consultants, staffers and elected members in “Leadership” of the two caucuses in the state legislature.

I’ve written in recent posts two important things about Madam Chairman of the CAGOP. #1 People have been restraining her from being more aggressive in public and #2 She has raised a fair amount of money for the CAGOP. (something like $2 Million)

As a new #3 It appears that Jessica Patterson (Madam Chairman) and her crew may well have accounted for most of that money raised.

For 22+ years, I have seen a pattern of hostility and resentment between “leadership” and the CAGOP. “Leadership” would prefer for the CAGOP to just go away, as typically they only involve themselves in officer elections and little else. An independent CAGOP is annoying to people that don’t want to be bothered upsetting the status quo.

What are the stakes? Stephen Choi, Tyler Diep, Tom Lackey and Jordan Cunningham could all lose their assembly seats. Jay Obernolte and Chad Mayes have watched their districts slide. Randy Voepel’s District is completely encased in the Duncan Hunter congressional seat. Then there is the scandal-riddled Bill Brough! With no vision or Cohesion, the Assembly GOP Caucus are like sitting ducks. The Senate Caucus is not in much better shape with at least three of their members considered vulnerable: the Catherine Baker clone Ling-Ling Chang, John Moorlach and Scott Wilk.

It has been put to me emphatically that Jessica Patterson is quite upset by the Bill Brough scandal (among others) but has not intervened because of “Leadership” who believe that the Bill Brough situation is their territory. (remember, Mrs. Patterson has called one of the victims to offer support) It has also been put to me by several insiders that the holdover staff of the CAGOP – many of whom are retreads from Senate or Assembly Jobs have been fighting Jessica Patterson’s desire to be aggressive. Should Jessica Patterson assert herself over the leadership, she would risk losing their support and thusly a couple hundred delegates to the CAGOP – this is the brutal reality of the current rules of engagement in party politics.

The Assembly Caucus and State Senate Caucus’ alleged interference in the Bill Brough situation may also have caused OCGOP Chairman Fred Whitaker to be much slower to engage on the issue. Given the meltdowns and issues I am seeing, I am open to any possibilities. Given that so many that get elected to the Assembly and State Senate could care less how small the caucus gets (as long as they are one of them), I discount none of the stories I hear of extreme and unhealthy behavior.

While I have been critical of David Stafford Reade for many years, I will reiterate that he is a conservative who “gets it” with regard to campaigning. (If I had an insane moment and wanted to run for Assembly, I’d show up at Reade’s office with $500K for my campaign and a contract for him to sign to run it.) It also appears that some of the consultants, (along with Jessica Patterson) who may or may not include David Reade have had arguments with the same CAGOP staffers that just want to go along to get along. This internal fight is occurring while the GOP caucuses are shrinking so small you could fit them in a mailbox and while those feckless, lazy Staffers and “leadership” people are calling the base of the GOP racists! (Along with their drinking buddies from the other party.)

I am open to the possibility I very much misread the internal struggles within the CAGOP. If this read today is correct, then it explains that the steady stream of CAGOP Staff turnover means that the feckless cowards are being eliminated in favor of new staff that want to “Take the Fight to the Democrats”. It is impossible to be aggressive against the democrats if you secretly support running trump off the ballot and are calling his supporters racists…

The new information about David Reade and Jessica Patterson gives me a better perspective for the resolution of the CAGOP Platform. It also informs me for how efficiently the College Republicans issue is being handled at the state level. Both appear to want to fix problems quickly with a minimum of collateral damage and get to kicking some dems out of office.

I am open to the explanation of internal workings (staff and conflict resolution) being true as again the “Stockholm Syndrome” among the ranks of “leadership” is palpable. It is like the “leadership” are happy being captive and playing in a shrinking sandbox as long as they get the committee assignments they want and their allocation of pork barrel projects for their districts. Meantime, the rest of us eat —- while Bill Brough harasses women and spends his campaign cash on Bar Tabs, Junkets and Burbon Barrels with his colleagues blissfully ignorant of the whole thing.

I can put up with a lot of squishyness in CAGOP leadership if they are willing to be aggressive and burn stuff down. In fact, If Jessica Patterson, David Reade and crew succeed in remaking the culture of the CAGOP in to an aggressive campaign machine – there would be a lot less controlled failure and #WINNING may return to the lexicon of the CAGOP. This would be despite the best efforts of “leadership”.

Interesting stuff.

P.S. None of the above means I am happy with the party committee makeup or the way the platform drill was resolved (even though I like the result). But if you support the CAGOP, then it goes without saying that criticism needs to be balanced with facts and acknowledgement of things you agree with. Meantime, there is Bill Brough… oh the irony…

Aug 152019
 

Kevin Kiley is broke after running through something like $1,100,000 trying to make the next step up the ladder to what looked like a plan to run for Congress.

Click here to see his 2020 Assembly Account with $4900 in Net Cash.

Click here to see his 2019 State Senate Account still showing a net -$109,000. What a waste of a Million Dollars.

Click here to see his 2020 State Senate Account drained down to $2200 – as money was transferred in to the 2019 account post defeat in order to pay bills. (Perfectly legal by the way)

The good news for Kevin Kiley is that your intrepid blogger received information that Fiona Ma was attempting to promote his democrat opponent at a recent event. The erstwhile democrat candidate appeared to be a blithering idiot. I’d rather get run over by a train than willingly vote for a democrat given a Republican alternative.

The issue for Mr. Kiley however, is that Congressman Tom McClintock is underwater on his favorables (news flash) and his suicide bomber opponent has $330k of Silicone Valley Techno Commie money in her Congressional Campaign account. The resulting vote harvesting drill will tighten his margin in Placer County unless he mounts some sort of counter effort. (And does not just spend it all on mail and radio) The opponent to McClintock is a 50 year old AOC clone, so she is out there with Che Guevarra so that will help as well.

If the democrats were serious about challenging McClintock or Kiley they could go to the Sacramento Zoo and have better luck finding opponents.

I am expecting Kiley’s liberal millionaire donor base in the Bay Area to make sure he has enough money to walk and chew gum at the same time. The PAC donors from the Sacramento Cesspool will also do their part as well.

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