Todd Kincannon Was The Outlier For Everything Craven and Wrong with America.

I jumped on Twitter about five years ago and immediately, uneasily, recognized Todd Kincannon was an outlier.  I just didn’t realize Kincannon was the outlier for everything craven, and crazy wrong about America.

Unfortunately, as the former head of South Carolina GOP, and a local staple of FOX News, what I didn’t recognize, was Kincannon was the outlier for the misogynist, racist, politics and policies Donald Trump would echo.  Given Kincannon’s popularity, obviously I should have guessed something was coming.  Too bad no one is seriously considering Trump’s mental state.

Because Todd Kincannon made the news again, yesterday.  For proclaiming himself Jesus Christ, and slaughtering his dog, in the home of his (now terrified) parents.  Parents who allowed Kincannon to live with them, in spite of Kincannon’s past threats to do them harm. (Stay tuned for body cam coverage.)

Could someone please speak to the elder Kincannons about that?  For those who followed the earlier saga, it was Todd’s, Mother’s dog.  Not “Noodle” the dog belonging to his former wife, Ashely, who jumped from the car after Todd threatened her.  The Simpsonville Police didn’t bother to return her dog, although the Family Court judge ordered Todd do so.

Todd’s mother called 9-1-1 from behind a locked, bathroom door.  It was Todd’s second, outbound trip.  Todd’s first trip to the loony bin, was for threatening attorneys and possibly judges during a hearing where Todd was suing the State of South Carolina.

Using hate as a political tool

But with 55k rapid dog followers on Twitter five years ago, I recognized with Todd Kincannon, something was in the air.  I just wasn’t sure what.  Todd’s book project — supposedly real, Free Speech in America, gave me pause.

Typical of Kincannon, he blamed me for his book project being put on hold.  (I’d reported Kincannon to the State Bar of South Carolina, adding my impression was the State Bar was not equipped to handle attorneys with significant mental health issues.)

Kincannon threatened to sue me.  Constantly.  Ultimately, the Court stepped in, and put Kincannon on Incapacity status.  Not because anyone was worried about me.  The Courts typically don’t care about threatened women. (No less than 2,000 women were killed in the U.S. in 2015.  Media remained mute.  There were no headlines.)

Trump feasts on misogyny.  Trump is a product of television, which also profits from misogyny.  48 Hours, Dateline, profit from ads for their weekly, “Who killed [insert female name.]”  For Entertainment, consider the number of Housewives who voted for Trump on Bravo TV. [Full Disclosure:  I once had a client who was affiliated with the show.]

Suspended attorney Todd Kincannon had big dreams for his hate speech.

But prior to getting his license yanked, Kincannon directed his 55k followers to attack me on Twitter, they hastily, rabidly, complied. (Twitter didn’t mind.)

Meanwhile, I suppose people figured out, while sane people often recognize crazy,  we wrongly assume crazy will not succeed.  Trump keeps proving we should have known better. Because Kincannon was wildly popular in 2014, long before Trump made the U.S. the scene of a disaster, with a little help from Twitter, Google, and Facebook.

So.  Now we know an American, core truth.

Crazy people will use misogyny and racism for their political and financial advantage.

At least Todd sort of admitted an awareness he was not mentally fit.  Trump and his minions, remain in denial.

Because like attracts like.  To wit:  Chuck Johnson.  Johnson got kicked off Twitter, but he did work with the Trump minions. Johnson was on outskirts…yet, involved.

The solution ain’t hard.

We must get back to the basics.  Misogyny and racism are learned, mental illnesses.  Apparently we haven’t evolved to understanding that to be a healthier nation, we must take a long look in the mirror concerning America’s embedded-in-Congress, issues.

As KKK members demonstrate, teaching their young to hate, racism is a learned, mental illness. Like a cancer of the soul.

Babies taught to hate practice hate with nary a second thought.  This is how racism metastasizes from one generation to the next.  And if you’re beating your wife both are demonstrating how to role model misogyny.

I don’t think Propane Jane agrees with me concerning mental illness being learned/taught, but I love her, anyway.  And she’s way smarter than me in this area.  (Also, Propane is licensed to opine.)   🙂

Still, sane people have been very slow to realize media very much favors utilizing misogyny and racism, for profit.

My favorite example is CBS.  Actually, it’s a twofer.

  1.  CBS women participating in misogyny.  Their complicity was detailed in a piece titled,CBS – The Ick Factor.”  Talking to you, Nora O’Donnell. Dove-tailing with that,
  2. Was Les Moonves, a well-protected misogynist?

Good news!  The solution works both in business and politics.

Tom Peters is also a fan of the book titled, “The No Assholes Rule”

Crazy people are all about themselves

Remember that; then vote accordingly!

Will end with a quick note to all my fake-Christian, non-fans.  The “R” that used to stand for Republican, now stands for “Russia.”  Be brave.  Man up, or Ovary Up, as the case may be.

And in the language of evangelicals; Repent!  There’s still time!

Lastly,  a quick reality check. 🙂

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Summer Stephan, Mike Levin, and a swirl of truth, lies, and endorsements

How weird. No one is writing about Levin’s commitment to end relationship related murders.

Some facts to consider when voting on Tuesday.  Lost in all Summer Stephan ads screaming “prosecute” is the actual goal of the Office of the DA. It’s not thunderous claims to prosecute.  The job of the District Attorney is simple:  To search for the truth.  Often the DA will not do this.  Often the DA will depend on crime victims to make their case.  What?!

Kendra Beebe – Still no Justice

Kendra Beebe is Exhibit A, District Attorneys don’t trust juries, and are very reluctant to take a chance on one.  District attorneys often won’t prosecute unless they feel they have a slam dunk.  Also, some are lazy.  To wit:  Kendra Beebe’s attempted murder.

The District Attorney actually admitted Kendra’s ex-husband had a role in her 20+ knife wounds…but the San Diego District Attorney also, gave Kendra’s ex a complete pass.

So one must ask, how serious about searching for the truth, is the office Summer Stephan leads?  How interested in justice are they?

And why are so many, so called investigators, so darn lazy that they actually end up not running down leads provided to them, but working for the bad guys by letting the Statute of Limitations, run while they do, nothing?

Kendra’s case has way too many examples of the DA promising one thing, and some Supervisor, (talking to you, Jeff Dort) overriding a decision, but never looking at the file?

Past Behavior is Future Behavior

Now the King family returns each year for their marathon, and God bless them. Media is all over it, which is nice, although it would also be nice if media reminded the public the original goal of the King family non-profit changed from going after criminals with great GPS, to the much more positive, scholarships for students.  (Which I believe is better for the Kings, hearts).

Unfortunately, the Kings no longer live in San Diego and so they remain very much unaware of the reality of how often women are at risk of being murdered here…and up and down California.

As for San Diego. Whew. Folks. We got problems.  Dear King family.  We have big problems!

San Diego Police Department and, why didn’t the reporter ask the followup, “Why no arrest?”

Now and somewhat weirdly, missed by all media, is this fact.

Out of every candidate running for every office, Mike Levin is the only candidate to actively press for the kind of GPS that can’t be cut off, and provides would-be victims, real-time tracking information….at a lower cost than what San Diego uses.  (Harvey Weinstein is wearing the type of GPS that Mike supports.)

I made Mike aware of it after tipping NBC to the type of horridly, laughable GPS that doesn’t work, the current administration favors.  Please also know, the current administration, simply won’t change.

Click — to be mortified, while keeping in mind the NBC report was done in 2015.  If the DA was seriously interested protecting crime victims, then would someone please ask why San Diego County is still using junk GPS, when cheaper, more effective GPS Mike Levin supports is not used?

So if you thought Mike Levin was only interested in clean energy and the environment, guess again!  From Levin’s website on women getting attacked and effective GPS.

“Among other things, this would help prohibit stalkers and violent dating partners from having access to firearms. I will also advocate for active GPS tracking of violent offenders, which provides real‐time location information.”

This bears repeating

Out of every candidate running for every office, Mike Levin is the only candidate to actively press for the kind of GPS that can’t be cut off, and provides would-be victims, real-time tracking information.

And now a word about Doug Applegate.  No.

Applegate’s character issues surpass his misogyny.  Also, he lies.  Applegate said he didn’t block me on Twitter, after I asked about his settlement with the State Bar on character issues.

Applegage isn’t even a smart liar.

Finally, some women are checking in on Doug.  See, https://www.womenagainstapplegate.org 

Kudos to them.  But let me just add this to the women supporting Applegate.  Was Filner not enough for you?  Stop supporting men who abuse women.

And now a word about Sara Jacobs.  Sara seems nice and smart.  Plus, Sara hires people who make good commercials.  Personally I like Sara.  Being smart, were I Sara, I would be calling Mike and start talking shop.

Sheriff

I don’t know that Dave Myers would be any different than Bill Gore, (Dave also blocked me for asking him tough questions – although I do have a nice voicemail about GPS saying he was excited to learn about it.  But, Dave is also a product of the current administration.  Meaning, my call was routed to a gatekeeper. Dave himself, never followed through.)

Still, jeez people.  How many retirement packages is the public going to give Gore and Dumanis? By the way, Gore opted to take the 5th Amendment while testifying in Congress after the Ruby Ridge killing of the woman holding a baby, many times.

Think about this

In 2015, over 2,000 women were murdered in the U.S.  Anyone aware of this knows why. Media.  Media is focused elsewhere.  Enough is enough.  Lets put people in office who will address this.  The #MeToo movement talks about the economic ruin of women who complain. Seldom addressed is the murderous end of too many women in America, often over money after a relationship ends.

Lets vote like it matters.  Seriously folks.

Lets vote like women really matter!

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Eskaton: OMG — What were you thinking?! (Part Two)

Between the “lies of omission” and false statements made by Eskaton personnel, deliberate or otherwise, it’s taken a bit of time getting the truth out. Yet, the initial problem remains.  The Board of Directors of Altavita remains in place instead of being sent packing.

When the problem arrives dressed as the Solution.

Be very careful when the problem arrives dressed as the Solution

The second problem? Appearance wise, it seems the Board is no longer in charge. But lets have a look-see at reality.

Eskaton employee Julie “I will always tell you exactly what is going on” Michaels, filed a Declaration against a certain Receiver…albeit without mentioning anything to the residents.

I mentioned this during one of Michaels “sales updates” in which she often characterizes herself as the sole source of accurate information.

So Not So

Example.  Julie Michaels completely mischaracterized my statement, and for her purposes, turned it into a question, in which she answered.

Deliberate false statements by Eskaton personnel, are not helpful to getting the truth out.

What actually happened, was I asked Juie Michaels why she didn’t let residents know she filed a declaration…what with her “open and transparent” and sole provider of accurate information and all. See below.

Apparently my question angered Michaels.   The very next day it was reported to Sherry a couple of minutes after Michaels was overheard in the cafe saying in reference to me,  “Well, we can’t ask her to leave…that would be a bigger problem.”  (Because truth is a problem?)

Sherry Ikezawa immediately sent Michaels this email.

Julie Michaels response was…silence.  Surprise!  Kidding.  Silence is not a new behavior from Michaels.  Nor is it confined to Sherry or myself.  Silence and stalling is, a pattern.

There was also no response to a letter I wrote to Eskaton founder, Todd Murch, with copies to Betsy Donovan, and, Mary Carruthers, after receiving no return calls from Michaels about a board member situation.   The year was 2016.  Perhaps it’s an Eskaton thing.

Appearances and Reality.

It could also be a Bellann J. Raile, of Cordes & Company thing.  Heard Bellann Raile was recommended by Mary Carruthers.  Do know Raile has less experience with CCRCs than the individual the banks recommended, which Michaels objected.  Either way, it’s a signal the Board that should have been sent packing after Rescon first voted they should resign, is still calling the shots.

I also know Raile has sold one Non-profit,years ago.  But she sold it to a For-Profit.

Also, Raile doesn’t seem keen to speak with me.  No return call, and when she’s at the Village, Raile also begs off speaking with me during “Social hours.”

But that’s not the reason I am completely over Eskaton and Railes sales pitch about caring about the safety of residents.  As a pragmatic reminder to anyone who may have forgotten: When the words and the actions don’t match, the truth is in the action.

In that regard, Raile has been the Official Receiver since February, and has not marketed the Village at all.  Including the five seconds it would take to list it on her website.

As the kids would say, “What’s up with that?”

Unfortunately it seems Raile has no apparent knowledge or interest in how much better non-profits are over For-Profits, when the time comes for an increase in medical care.

Studies show the reason is simple.  The goal of the non-profit is keeping the residents well and well cared for.  The goal of the for-profits, is geared to keeping the investors well padded, and cared for.  Typically this occurs by cutting staff. So it’s not even a “Do the Math” kind of statement.   It’s a basic, plain old arithmetic.

From the get, Raile and Eskaton have spoken soothingly to residents. However it’s been made it clear by their actions, they will deal with terrible For-Profits, in order to make the bondholders whole.  Which brings us to Pacifica.  Again.

Pacifica is Exhibit A why Eskaton cannnot be trusted. With a straight face, Eskaton personnel repeatedly stated residents would be happy with Pacifica as a Buyer.  Pacifica’s horrible record — including a killing, was, (Not a death…a killing. . . with one resident killing another ) was either unknown, or ignored by the Board.

In short, that the Board and Eskaton considered Pacifica as a Buyer should have been the alarm that sounded for every resident.  Yet somehow, it wasn’t.  More on that later.

What was Eskaton thinking?

After Eskaton was hired they immediately launched a campaign to find an experienced, CEO with CCRC experience.

Kidding!

Eskaton continued to follow directives from a Board bent on spending money like a drunken sailor.  To the surprise of no one, losses soared.

Money aside; how completely inept is the Board that refuses to resign?  Consider this example.

Per the Board directive (from the Bondholders) and the marketing firm recommended by the bondholders, Air Force Village West was renamed and rebranded as part of an effort to widen its appeal.  Apparently, no one thought to do a marketing survey.

Unfortunately, the “Brand” is now confused with Altavista, a Riverside Rehab center with scathingly bad Yelp reviews.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

But it’s important to keep one’s eye on the ball.  With Mary Carruthers as Chairman of the Board, Bellann Raile as the Receiver, and Eskaton trilling how wonderful things will be, and don’t worry, the Bondholders have a three-of-a-kind, advantage.

 Any good news?  Yes!  So glad you asked.  Lets talk failed campaigns!

Failed Campaign #1.

The whispering campaign against Sherry Ikewza began soon after Sherry Ikezawa filed suit.  (Ikezawa was warned this would happen.) When that didn’t work, (no one believed Sherry Ikezawa was in Assisted Living attempting to collect funds for her lawsuit), the Board did a double-back flip and announced their next goal to shut Sherry up.

 

 

Failed Campaign #2

Julie Michaels chirped she now had time to update the policy and procedures manual.  She announced she consulted with the best of the best, attorney for CCRCs, and now, there would be no talking about the lawsuit filed by Sherry.  (Michaels didn’t mention the suit filed by the banks.)

Julie went on to state there would a “No Talking” rule about the lawsuit in public areas, such as the dining room, the cafe, and other hot spots.  (Again;  I am not making this up.)  But if residents wanted to talk about litigation, Julie Michaels said they should go to her (I am not making this up) and she would….reserve a room for them to chat.

Wait.  No Free Speech in a retirement community loaded with Veterans? Exactly!I called the attorney the Board paid thousands for that piece of brilliant advice. Having done stand-up, I mentioned this would be catnip to any comedian — from Open Mic at the local comedy club, or sitting alongside Stephen Colbert.

He was not amused.  Mumbled something about believing it was a good rule.  A group of us met with Senator Roth.  To Senator Roth’s eternal credit, he laughed  and said, “Good luck with that.”

Next?

The Board attorneys, Eskaton and Michaels began making soothing sounds about the Department of Social Services coming in.  Wags sniffed, “Really?  Where was DSS 10 years ago when the Board first began spending the residents reserves?

To that let me just add, DSS doesn’t have a good record.  Google, “Sacramento Bee, FBI raids Riverside Nursing home.”

Or, click here for the Series on DSS thinking they had a great find with Sholmo Rechnitz.  (Fun fact.  Sholmo Rechnitz’s spokesperson is Sallie Hofmeister.  Sallie’s with Sitrick, and also speaks for Harvey Weinstein.)

Bellann Raile – Cordes & Company

By the way, the first declaration made by Cordes & Company Receiver, Bellann J. Raile, was full of gossip and innuendo.

It was also promptly kicked by Judge Craig Reimer.  Raile’s second declaration was also filled with “I was told”…

But in that Raile clearly demonstrated the lengths she is willing to sink to accomplish her goal clearly reveals she is working closely with the bondholders, through the Board and Eskaton.

Which means the initial problem, the Board that should have resinged, remains in place and harmful.

Best for last!

One concern is Raile expressed was Judge Riemer might not be “up” on Non-profits.

The reality is, Raile isn’t…but this lack of knowledge doesn’t seem to concern her… because although Raile claims she works for the Courts, the reality is judicial foreclosure was chosen by the Bondholders, precisely because a Receiver is used, to cue up the judge for how to rule.  For the Bondholders.

The residents?  They’re chopped liver.  Ask Bellann if she will recommend as part of the sale, returning the actuarial reserves the board spent.

What the hey.  If the Bondholders get their money back, why shouldn’t the residents also be made whole?

When people question why some of Altavita residents casually went along with a sale…I mentioned the learned helplessness that comes from common sense solutions constantly being rebuffed.  It’s a psychological aspect.  Reminds some of the Stockholm Syndrome.

Eskaton actions should match their words

But who the Board and Eskaton is beholding to explains why Eskaton, with a straight face, repeatedly stated residents would be happy with Pacifica as a Buyer.

Now what?

Part of me wants to shout, “Pay attention” folks.  But I needn’t bother. as the list of residents who are with Sherry continues to grow.

Still, with all this, some residents will continue to believe Eskaton personnel are looking out for their best interests.  Some will continue to believe Eskaton is “Open and Transparent.”  Some can’t or won’t, adjust to reality.

The earlier mentioned, “learned helplessness” may be why.  Learned helplessness is an active and destructive, dynamic.  Only Sherry Ikezawa is looking out for all the residents.  Including the less than charitable Diane Sweeney, who stood up at a meeting and said the older residents, should “Get over it.”  About Pacifica.

Dad’s 95.  When he needs it, I want great care for him.  Dad was a WWII pilot, POW, then escaped POW…and he also flew 108 missions in Vietnam as combat support…where he was awarded his third DFC.  I want the greatest of care for my Dad and all other residents.  Including Diane Sweeney.  Bless her heart.

Dad and other veterans deserve it.

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Altavita: Will the residents be able to save our veterans when so many don’t seem to care

Fellow resident Sherry Ikezawa stepped up for all veterans and filed a lawsuit after the Board of Directors ignored her questions

Sherry Ikezewa had had enough.  The still-active commercial property broker knew her retirement community, Altavita, the former Air Force Village West, was in financial trouble.

Worse, she knew after the board spent the actuarial reserves intended for residents, instead of filing for  reorganization, when the place was in peril.

Or put another way, from that old Bobby Darin song…

“Splish-Splash I Was Taking A Bath”

Sherry realized the residents were taking a bath.  And some joined in.

It wasn’t just blowing through the reserves.

Ikezawa, a resident since 2005, also knew Altavita’s Board of Directors, led by Mary Carruthers, a financial advisor with Stifel, was like all other prior, board members —  listening solely to and taking directions solely from, the bondholders.

Residents pleas to adopt prudent fiscal action?  Common sense actions such as canceling expensive remodeling, when the reserves were dwindling?  Ignored.  As a commercial broker, Sherry recognized what was going on, as did the Senior Housing Forum, an industry-related blog that puts the blame squarely on the board and management, in an article here.

Curiously, Steve Moran, the blog founder, never bothered contacting Sherry, before he published.  Had he done so, Moran would likely not have written:

  1. “There was a board of directors that was made up of a few residents, community members and some retired military folks who were not residents. They were good people, successful people. But they assumed management knew what they were doing and trusted that things would all work out.” –   [Had Moran contacted Ikezawa,  he would have learned many disagreed with the Board.  One recommended a DOJ investigation.  Others who complained were either forced out or left of their own accord.  Perhaps in disgust.]
  2. “Eskaton has done a masterful job of improving things” – [Again, Moran’s blog is for an industry-supported publication.  Plenty of residents acknowledge Eskaton eliminated some bloat, but, and crucially, opted not to search for a competent CEO.]
  3.  “The residents were too trusting.”  [Some residents were and are, proficient inLearned Helplessness.”  But quite a few were not, and complained mightily.]

As an aside,  Mary Carruthers is described by Ikezawa as “warm and personable” in her personal dealings.  A former boardmember described Carruthers’ personality in board meetings as “business neutral.”  I’ve spoken with Carruthers and came away believing she was good at making people believe what she wanted.

However, when two sides collide, I harbor no illusions where people who earn their livelihood in financial institutions, come down.  So, although, Steifel’s website proudly claims,

“Our founding partners’ defining principle – to “safeguard the money of others as if it were your own” – is as important today as it was in 1890.”

it seems overdue for a realistic, update.

Mary Carruthers – sued as Chairman of the Board of Altavita

In the case of Altavita, the allegiance owed by Mary Carruthers,  Chairman of the Board of Directors, by all actions, clearly are to the Corporation.  The residents?

Go fish.

So, as the Board seemed likely to continue stiff-arming residents questions, as well as common sense solutions Sherry and others before her suggested via Finance and Marketing committees; and since appeals to Senator Richard Roth and and Congressman Takano were met with – silence, (More on them, later,)

Sherry sued for herself, and the residents.

Uh-oh, Riverside.

On the other hand, it’s not as if seniors haven’t had a hard time hanging onto their homes in Riverside.  No, not when Riverside County had judges like Bill Sullivan.

When Judge Sullivan liked a house, he bought it.  By hook or by crook.   After about ten years, (!) someone within the County spilled the beans, and the investigation made news around the state.  Just not so much in Riverside.

Judge Sullivan “retired” as soon as the Commission of Judicial Performance began their investigation.  The Commissions findings read in part:

Judge Sullivan has stipulated, and the commission concludes, that Judge Sullivan
engaged in a pattern of improper financial dealings and fiduciary activities from the time he became a judge in 1987 until he decided to retire in 1999, after learning of the commission’s investigation. Furthermore, Judge Sullivan, on a number of occasions, used his judicial position to further his unethical schemes, all of which had the effect, if not the design, of benefiting him financially.”

The full findings and report on Judge Sullivan, is here.

Astonishingly, Judge Bill Sullivan was not prosecuted.

Next up?

Details of the other players.  Or, “OMG – Eskaton?! – What were you thinking!”

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CYD Showdown: Former Republican, Male-Feminist Challenging Totally Qualified Democratic Woman Candidate

Yep. I wondered if the “simple, yet hilarious search” was me taking him to task. It was. He understands so little. Vote for Polk. She gets it. Rodriguez-Kennedy is still reading the user manual.

The Daily Fold

by: Golden State Insider

The California Young Democrats, the state’s youth democratic arm, race for statewide president has heated up in recent weeks as the election draws near.

Will Rodriguez-Kennedy, the president of the San Diego Democrats for LGBT Equality and former Parliamentarian of the California Young Democrats, is facing off against Dyana Marie Delfín Polk.

Delfín Polk is well known in democratic circles and is a women’s rights activist, as well as the current VP of Finance for the California Young Democrats.

Rodriguez-Kennedy, on the other hand, through a simple, yet hilarious web search shows as one of his top results that he apparently doesn’t understand law, as revealed by a woman he was hassling regarding an online debate.

And get this, Rodriguez-Kennedy used to be a republican activist, and changed his registration to democrat in recent years. He is currently a male-feminist activist, and appears…

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San Diego Style Misogyny – Will Judge Hayes mirror Judge John Meyer and Police Chief Zimmerman

Two words spring to mind when considering San Diego Judge John S. Meyer. “Peremptory Challenge.” See the Robing Room for reviews.

This story ends with a twist.

Will Judge Judith F. Hayes, follow the lead of Judge John S. Meyer in his disdain for women?

Short answer?  She did not.

Why not?

After all, San Diego is notorious for its disdain for women.

It’s not as if San Diego judges value women any more than say, San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

Zimmerman’s mindset would stun the senses in any other city.

Zimmerman is currently complaining about being asked to test rape kits for God’s sake. She says “No.”  Claims it’s not cost-effective.  This is utter bull.

The backstory on San Diego official disdain for San Diego women

I know this having discovered the high-tech, cost effective, life-saving solution that features would-be, victim notification ahead of time, should the person wearing such a device, begin to go violate the distance ordered to stay-away.  These immediate warnings would virtually end murders from restraining order violations. 

Murder investigations are very expensive, police-wise.  So why not use the type of GPS that can’t be cut off? A device that costs a lot less, and warns would-be victims ahead of time, in time to slip away, and save their own life?  I’d had meetings with both Chief Lansdowne and Zimmerman about this.

Why does San Diego resist life saving, cost-effective technology?

Dunno. Seems someone ought to investigate why San Diego continues using devices that not only don’t work, but which have cost people their lives, and sparked numerous lawsuits.

In 2015, I tipped NBC San Diego to the GPS horror show Police Chief Zimmerman prefers. Here’s their story “Problems with GPS in California Counties – sex offenders not monitored.”

However, way back in 2010, I requested the San Diego City Council buy effective GPS.  (Made the same request before the County.) 

I was in the City College auditorium the day after City College held a gathering to help process the murder of Diana Gonzalez.  Diana was slaughtered in a City College bathroom by her estranged husband, shortly after Bonnie Dumanis “declined to prosecute” in Diana’s earlier, kidnap rape by Diana’s estranged husband.

Attending the City College gathering, I spoke with officials from the Center for Community Solutions.  They said, “Thanks, we’re not interested.”  Yep. The day after Diana Gonzalez’s  murder, the Center for Community Solutions told me they weren’t interested in a GPS device that had real monitoring in real time, with human eye-balls watching the screen, who would immediate call would-be victims to notify them when the person with the restraining order was close to violating a court-ordered distance to stay away. 

(The second call would be to the police to notify them the location of the person violating the order, as the victim, armed with a head start, could slip out of the area.)

Also tried the many, so-called, “Domestic Violence” non-profits.  No dice with the Family Justice Center, either.  No dice for any of them.  (Told Mara Elliot about devices that work, when she was running.)

Too late I learned, it’s all a con…for which every official, participates.

What I learned was: I’m a slow learner!

Six years in, eventually I learned no one in San Diego, including elected officials Toni Atkins, Todd Gloria, Barbara Bry, and police chiefs William Lansdowne, and Chief Zimmerman. (Zimmerman couldn’t get me out of her office fast enough during our meeting) would ever be remotely interested.

Women should know just like Judge John Meyer, these people devalue women.  But then, so does the press. Here’s one, horrible example of reporting.

UT reporter wrote: “Juan Carlos Fernandez stalked his wife for months before showing up Nov. 13 her City Heights apartment, taking her hostage and killing her parents.” Reporter didn’t ask, “Why wasn’t he prosecuted.?”

End of the Backstory – now to the present.

Michael MacNeil – who *really* devalues women.  (Google the video, “Funny or Die, San Diego County DDA Michael MacNeil gets naughty on the taxpayers dime.”)

Misogyny takes work.  Disdain takes no effort at all.

Perhaps this is why disdain for women is so readily applied to San Diego women.

Judge Meyer negated the hard work of San Diego Police, who were on the case when I dialed 9-1-1, after MacNeil showed up at my home to talk about a post I’d written back when he was a Deputy DA and busily demeaning women, right and left.

ABC reported MacNeil’s behavior in a segment teased as “Deputy DA accused of texting naked selfies on the job.”  ABC refused to ID MacNeil.  So I did.

MacNeil didn’t like it.  After stewing about it for a while, he began calling, and leaving chirpy, “Hi this is Michael! I’m an attorney in San Diego! Will you please give me a call?” messages.

Having seen some of MacNeil’s text messages, I declined to return his calls.

Then MacNeil showed up at my place and wouldn’t go away.  He returned three times, (and lied about it, later.)

He also knocked incessantly on my door each time he returned.

But San Diego Police were on the job. When I dialed 9-1-1, I told the operator I’d suspected MacNeil brought a gun with him.  When officers rolled up, MacNeil hopped out of his car, and they immediately confiscated MacNeil’s fully loaded Glock as well as his Concealed Carry Permit.

San Diego family law attorney, Michael MacNeil – curb side.

San Diego Police deemed MacNeil a “credible threat” to me and requested an Emergency Protective Order.  It was granted and they served him on the spot.  Then they accompanied MacNeil to his parents home in Rancho Santa Fe, and took seven more weapons, including two, long guns.

Officers told me to get a real restraining order as the Emergency Protective Order was only good for a week.  I applied for one, and had a little trouble getting MacNeil served.  As one Deputy said with a bit of humor,

“I drove up and MacNeil jumped in his car and drove right past my black and white.”

But officers were pretty surprised when a week later, I told them Judge John Meyer denied my request.  And this was after learning MacNeil was on three different mood stabilizers.

The “it’s all HER fault, excuse.”

Judge Meyer’s take?

I will never forget Judge Meyer’s take.  He said,

“Oh no.  An attorney with a restraining order is a career killer.” 

This was quickly followed by “He has a right to bring a gun to a conversation.”  Apparently this beats my Constitutional right to live in safety, without fear.

So I sued MacNeil for simple harassment.  Surprise.  He ducked service again.  Well, actually that part wasn’t surprising.  I expect to lose, but not because it’s San Diego and that would be normal.

I expect to lose for another reason.  Stay tuned for my next post.

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Attorney Mark Sableman: Truth wins out!

Mark Sableman, media attorney and expert mediator, was an early (2013) recipient of the now too common, “Fake News.”   I know this is true because I was the source.

What!?! Well, I was an unintended source. I recounted the first report, which was from a mid-western based, legal publication. However, Facebook ad buys aside, facts are important.

So just to be clear, in the beginning, Stableman was named as the Defendant in an auto-pedestrian accident with Sherry Claggertt listed as the pedestrian, Plaintiff.

Claggert’s counsel made what turned out to be some pretty wild accusations against Sableman – which were soon proved completely false.  Phone logs, people.  Phone logs proved Sableman’s account was the correct one. 

Mark Sableman - expert mediator

Neither myself and the first legal publication reporting, had the correct information.  However, as Sableman did not return my call, the incorrect stuck around.

Enter Bennet Kelley – aka: The Redeemer 

Bennet Kelley

Fast forward to September, 2017, and Bennet G. Kelley, founder of the Internet Law CenterMr. Kelley dropped me a nice letter to inform me my report was inaccurate.

A portion of his letter is below, in blue. Mark Sableman was right

Exhibit A

Defendant agrees with Mark Sableman

Everyone Agrees with Mark Sableman

When I called and asked Bennet Kelley and Mark Sableman why Plaintiff’s counsel would make such an outrageous claim, neither could explain.  (I hesitate to offer my take.) But given I usually spend my time writing about creepy attorneys, or those practicing law, sans license; speaking with them both was a nice change for me.

Also, neither man seemed too upset.  They just wanted the story updated. This is that.

Last, if someone calls to check something out, may I suggest the call be returned?  

After all, facts matter. 😂

The old journalism adage is true:  If your Mother says she loves you — check it out!

Internet high-five

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