Your intrepid blogger has been after Crooked Consultant John Thomas for a while. He really came on to my radar screen after his complete disaster in #CA45 and his insanely stupid decision to take on a self-funding disaster in AD-01. (at least I think he is crooked and this post will explain more of how I arrived at that opinion)
Now, John Thomas is being investigated by the DOJ and the Maryland AG related to his medical supply company Blue Flame Medical. Well, let’s add some more background to how Blue Flame got started.
Blue Flame President John Thomas’ link to Michael Cambron, President of California Healthcom (the company formed by Henry Huang, also the founder of Great Health Companion, a subsidiary of China’s state-owned Hakim Unique Group that Blue Flame stated it was working with to obtain PPE) appears to have sprung from a shady development deal under corrupt and now-indicted former Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford (who apparently John Thomas worked for.) Have a look for yourself:
I am still trying to grasp just how deeply China has penetrated all levels of government and the USA, aided and abetted by the Bush and Obama administrations. But, suffice to say, China does not have a monopoly on corruption, but they seem to attract a lot of the corrupt. John Thomas appears to be on the list.
See our expose on John Thomas’ terrible record as a political consultant. He seems to be just as inept at being a consultant and may even be crooked.
The link between Thomas and Cambron appears to go back to a shady Palmdale development deal. Thomas Partners Properties was given the $200 million deal by the City of Palmdale to build The Oasis Wellness Village. The Oasis was supposed to be built adjacent to the Palmdale Regional Medical Center “to further stimulate and supplement the resources and services provided by the Medical Center.” At the time, Thomas stated that they would be “working together” with the PRMC.* Michael Cambron’s LinkedIn profile lists that he was the “Director of Business Development” for UHS, Palmdale Regional Medical Center from 2011-2016 (and Crunchbase noted that “Dr. Cambron is the VP Strategic and Business Development at UHS and Palmdale Regional Medical Center.”)
The John Thomas $200 million dollar development deal with the City of Palmdale was announced in July 2015. Blue Flame listed this deal on their website to give themselves credibility, even though they never delivered on The Oasis project and Thomas Partners Properties even has a suspended license.
Are you noticing the pattern? Blue Flame has been getting HAMMERED in the media for failing to deliver on their vaunted Chinese medical supply contracts.
“Thomas registered Thomas Partners Properties with the California Secretary of State in 2013 and lists the firm on his LinkedIn page as an active healthcare real estate development company. The state says the company’s business license is suspended. A previous version of Blue Flame’s website touted Thomas’ ‘latest project’ as The Oasis, ‘a $200 million, 420,000 square-foot wellness village at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center that focuses on injury and disease prevention through the encouragement of healthy lifestyle choices.’ Thomas Partners Properties announced that project in 2015, with promises to break ground in 2016. Palmdale officials confirmed the project is still stalled, with no updates on when or if will move forward.”
Please note that in late 2014 John Thomas stated to a colleague that he was a consultant to the City of Palmdale. (I will lay odds this can be confirmed via City records.) It Doesn’t seem completely acceptable that Thomas was then given this massive development deal by the City of Palmdale in mid-2015, while now-indicted Mayor Jim Ledford was in office. (My source for this confirmation is known to me but requested confidentiality)
It doesn’t appear that the media that is tearing in to John Thomas’ Blue Flameout is aware of the direct connection between John Thomas and corrupt (now former) Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford, who gave Thomas the $200 million contract which appears to have first introduced Thomas to the future President of Henry Huang’s California Healthcom. Thomas’ connection with Mayor Ledford also led to an odd connection between John Thomas and Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris (who brought BYD a Chinese Auto Manufacturer to the same Palmdale/Lancaster region).
What did Rex Parris know about this fatally flawed real estate deal?
Again, in late 2014 John Thomas stated that he was a Consultant for the City of Palmdale.
Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris (BYD) signed on to be a trial attorney in a lawsuit against the City of Palmdale. Basically, Parris somehow knew about Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford receiving kickbacks from a consultant with the City of Palmdale and used the deposition in a voting-rights lawsuit as an excuse to grill Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford on the completely unrelated alleged corruption.
“…on a February morning in 2013, Parris peppered the Palmdale mayor [Jim Ledford] with questions for hours — asking him about politics, city affairs as well as details of his own life and work. Now, issues raised in the deposition have become part of a public corruption investigation into Ledford by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Last month, prosecutors charged Ledford, 64, with illegally receiving nearly $500,000 from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic statements.” https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-palmdale-20170726-story.html
It is a key question to understand how and where Rex Parris got his information from. Parris is a reputed to be a RINO. It is alleged that he hates #CA25 Congressman Mike Garcia despite endorsing him – evidence borne out by his pivotal role in helping Christy Smith get a vote center (5 days out from election day) in the most liberal part of #CA25 in order to help her campaign harvest ballots. Rex even has a facebook page dedicated to him – that details his hatred of Republican assemblyman Tom Lackey among other things.
“Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford has been charged with illegally receiving nearly $500,000 from local consultants and failing to publicly disclose the income on economic statements, prosecutors said Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that as part of the scheme, Palmdale paid Shaw millions of dollars and then she — through a nonprofit organization and another consultant — funneled money to the mayor. Between Aug. 1, 2009, and May 3, 2017, Ledford received about $5,200 a month through a series of shell companies, according to the criminal complaint. The mayor received more than $483,000 during that period, authorities say.” https://ktla.com/news/local-news/palmdale-mayor-2-consultants-charged-in-public-corruption-case/
So, is there a pattern of Corruption? We know that in 2014 John Thomas stated he was a consultant with the City of Palmdale under Mayor Jim Ledford. We know that Mayor Ledford has been charged with corruption and is awaiting trial for taking kickbacks from consultants hired by the City between 2009-2017. We know that in 2015 Thomas Partners Properties was given a huge $200 million dollar contract from the City of Palmdale under Mayor Jim Ledford to build the Oasis Wellness Village. We know that Thomas Partners Properties never built the Oasis Wellness Village.
Where did the money go? How much did John Thomas make on this deal? Did John Thomas pay off Jim Ledford? Did John Thomas double-cross Ledford and tip off Rex Parris? How come Rex Parris has not gone after John Thomas to get that any money paid from that $200 Million Contract Back? Or did Parris interfere with this project as the latest installment of the Palmdale versus Lancaster hate-fest? Or is it a combination of all of the above?
Was this failed Medical Center Deal the seed money for Blue Flame? Was it the inspiration for Blue Flame? Or was it both?
Regarding the Oasis Wellness Center, On May 7 OC Register reported: “Palmdale officials confirmed the project is still stalled, with no updates on when or if will move forward.” Yet, Thomas Partners Properties – which has a suspended business license – is/was (the brochure is dated 2019) attempting to sell a very similar (but smaller) project (including the same plot of land) under the new name Aurora Wellness Center: https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/856-W-Palmdale-Blvd-Palmdale-CA/17054596/ The shameless John Thomas is even using Mayor Jim Ledford’s exact quote when he praised Oasis, but have changed the name to Aurora. Don’t take my word for it, have a look at the marketing brochure included in that loopnet listing which shows that potentially doctored quote (to now show “Aurora”) and confirms it’s Thomas Partners Properties: https://images1.loopnet.com/d2/oRscP7gInj6ocMqDba4d-0dibK2XQzkrCES93CtMcUY/document.pdf
John Thomas has been in local media several times about the project:
“We have been pleased to have had extensive conversations with our neighbor, Palmdale Regional Hospital, and are hopeful they will be an active participant in The Oasis. Based on our meetings it is clear our vision at TPP is consistent with the hospital’s long term master plan. We look forward to working together with Palmdale Regional Hospital and the City to help make The Oasis become a reality,” Thomas continued. http://theavtimes.com/2015/07/01/the-oasis-wellness-village-coming-to-palmdale/
“…the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. The Oasis Wellness Village will be designed to attract medical care providers and services to the site and to further stimulate and supplement the resources and services provided by the Medical Center.” https://www.cityofpalmdale.org/DocumentCenter/View/4582/Oasis-Wellness-Village-Planned-Development-PDF
“LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Thomas Partners Properties (TPP) announced a first of its kind Wellness Village real estate development called The Oasis in LA County. Ultimately, the Oasis will offer a continuum of care adjacent to Palmdale Regional Medical Center. TPP is collaborating with nationally renowned leaders in healthcare to provide safe, reliable and branded healthcare providers. Groundbreaking is expected in June of 2016.” https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/thomas-partners-properties-announces-the-oasis-wellness-village-in-la-county-calif-300107799.html
Nothing has happened yet. It is time for the District Attorney and perhaps the FBI to take a look at this stuff. It is time for Rex Parris, John Thomas, Jim Ledford and others to answer questions related to this caper. What happened to the money? Who got it and for what? Oh, and there is the small detail of the medical center… it ain’t there yet folks (6 years later).
John Thomas – He’s the Blue Flame President and no one that values ethics or integrity should get within 1,000,000 miles of him.
To be continued, I am sure…