Jun 292020

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 dealThomas 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.

Medical importer launched by GOP consultants prompts complaints, federal investigation

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…

Jun 252020

All four donors are Democrats, by the way

The first official act of Supervisor-Elect Suzanne Jones is to move the office literally across the street to a new suite that will cost the County $5K a year more than the office Kirk Uhler currently has.

That also involves county staff moving her office at a cost of about $10,000-$15,000 to the taxpayers of Placer County.

It gets better – despite having her election certified three months ago, Ms. Jones has yet to reach out to any of the department heads in Placer County. Perhaps she is so impressed with herself that she is waiting for them to call her? Or, perhaps she does not care as she is now beholden to the NIMBY’s in Placer County.

Given that she is going to have a direct impact on the entire county, you’d think she would meet with the department heads.

Got it? $5K a year more + $15,000ish for the move. She has already cost Placer County $30-$35K and she has not taken office yet.

On that note – one Viktor Bekhet had his attorney contact me in an attempt to bully me in to not writing anything about him and pulling anything I had written about him down or something like that.

Not bad. Another legal demand letter (Number 29 in my career) and someone who called the cops on me courtesy of her crew. Why am I not surprised that Jones is already costing the taxpayers money and developing “goodwill” among county staff?

I can hardly wait to see what her Municipal Advisory Committee looks like.

P.S. Supervisors get full County Benefits, too. This means any of Suzanne Jones’ therapy visits once she takes office are also covered in full. Given what I think of her mental state, that alone could be millions.

Jun 242020

Pictured, CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson’s Consultant Jeff Randle

While Jessica Patterson and Marie Waldron once again run and hide, the details about the behavior of Phil Ting and Lorena Gonzalez get worse and even more graphic. While Jessica Patterson attempts to fund-raise off of key issues, yet avoids the media about the same issues, how many more Women are being exploited in Sacramento?

While Patterson had some carefully parsed statements about Bill Brough (only AFTER he lost his primary) she has been conspicuously silent on Phil Ting. Marie Waldron is too busy advocating for the early release of felons and enjoying fleeting favor from Gavin Newsom to worry about a major scandal within the ranks of the alleged party of Women.

Part two of an explosive Expose’ on Phil Ting dropped today.

Carmel Foster is the victim, she was used for sex by Phil Ting after Ting connected with her via a website known for ties to human trafficking. Lorena Gonzalez, the sociopathic author of AB5 also exploited Foster WHO WAS HOMELESS DURING MUCH OF THE TIME SHE WAS USED AS A PROP FOR AB5:

Ting, however, was not alone in his duplicity. Others were also used to manipulate Foster during a vulnerable time into becoming, as she puts it, California’s “poster child of domestic workers”.

Manipulated by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez and AB5 supportive unions

Foster’s testimony for Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s AB5 was stage-managed through the California Domestic Workers Coalition (CADWC) under the umbrella of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), and the California Federation of Labor.

Issue 1: here is the connection to the big union groups.

Issue 2: Connection to the Sociopath Lorena Gonzalez.

“The funny part is, when I was in a homeless shelter that’s the only time Phil did not contact me,” she said. “I was there for maybe 2-3 months, maybe less. I didn’t come to America to be in a homeless shelter. This is what the courts, this judge [the Family Law divorce judge Christine Carringer] wanted for me. I said, you know what? I’d rather go clean toilets.” – Carmel Foster
Carmel Foster – willing to work to evade homelessness

Foster discovered the Handy app in early 2017. Handy was a new platform where users could book cleaning services and handyman work. She decided to become an independent contractor.

“So, I got onto the Handy app and started gaining clients, cleaning houses—this is when he started contacting me again.”

While Foster enjoyed the flexibility Handy offered, she did not care for the way the rating system dictated a sliding scale in her wages. That scale being dependent upon whether someone rated her work high or low. She also didn’t like the fact that she could not take her good reviews and ratings with her when she wished to work on other platforms, like Thumbtack and Uber.

Issue #3: SHE WAS HOMELESS during much of this period of time. And when trying to survive, Ting contacted her for sex again.

Carmel Foster becomes a spokesperson for the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)

Even though she had only worked for Handy for a short time, she would end up testifying about her experience at an April 2019 Labor Committee hearing in support of Asm. Gonzalez’s AB5. Foster says her testimony was scripted and crafted by the NDWA, and the fact that the testimony was printed on the organization’s letterhead appears to support this.

Issue #4: After trying to earn money as an independent contractor she was prevailed upon to attack the very source of her income.

Issue #5: The second installment includes redacted emails proving the Labor Unions scripted her testimony (WHILE SHE WAS STILL STRUGGLING TO STAY OFF THE STREET!!!)

The abused woman later filed a wage and hours claim related to some of the odd jobs she worked which led to another chain of events – including staying at the home of a well-known Labor Leader Sarah Leadem. The organization handling her claim was the CADWC, which looks like a front rather than a legit union.

The Unions Push Back

In an article in the California Globe referencing a past article, political journalist Katy Grimes also covered Foster’s assertion that she stayed in the home of an employee of CADWC. Ms. Grimes alerted this writer that she received an email from Kimberly Alvarenga, Director at the organization, alleging that this information was not accurate.

However, a text chain between Foster and Leadem showed that Leadem did indeed make the offer and supplied Foster with her home address. Foster claims she stayed with Leadem for four days between October 31 and November 3, 2017, and after that period, Leadem arranged for Foster to stay at another location.

Issue #6: The swamp and the incredibly small world of the leftist union type groups. Is this why CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson and her handlers won’t do anything?

There appears to be a concerted effort on the part of the California Labor Federation to distance themselves from Asm. Ting, Foster, and the organization’s involvement in AB5.

When Vega, who sat next to Foster at the April 3 Labor hearing prepared to give her introductory remarks and introduce Foster, Vega said, “My name is Caitlin Vega of the California Labor Federation, proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill”. See timecode 1:50:35.

Since Vega is no longer in the employ of the California Labor Federation and the organization looks as though it is trying to get as far from this scandal as possible, does this mean that California Labor Federation is no longer proud to support the AB5 law? If so, millions of independent contractors and freelancers would rejoice over a public renunciation. But we won’t be holding our breaths.

Issue #7: If there was no problem, why are the unions trying to run away from Phil Ting? Why then is Marie Waldron Silent? Did Gavin Newsom tell her to back off or no more committees?

The victim did not know that Phil Ting knew all these other players. While the connections would be obvious to the political insider world that reads this blog, it is not so obvious. After staying at the home of Sarah Leadem, this happened:

Dual Allegiances Revealed

It was in 2018 when Foster disclosed to Leadem that:

“I was sleeping with Phil Ting. I never knew she knew him. I was put right in the Lion’s den to tell you the truth.”

Sarah Leadem talks with keynote speaker Phil Ting at the California Domestic Workers Alliance Rally Day in San Francisco, March 9, 2018. Photo: Carmel Foster

Foster said she had no idea that Sarah Leadem and Phil Ting knew each other until she discovered this photo of Leadem introducing Ting at a rally in support of SB2314.

It is one thing to enter into a sexual dalliance with one person. It is quite another to find out you’ve become the victim of a  disinformation train. In Foster’s mind, it had become an agenda of sex and political sport. So, she employed her own self-protective measures, like preserving emails and texts. And recording phone calls.

Part III of this series will reveal more details from that preservation.

That’s right, Carmel Foster figured out she was being used and at that point started saving every communication. The swamp is getting exposed in California and the CAGOP “Chairwoman” that we are supposed to be in awe of is refusing to engage on behalf of abused women even though she is the first female CAGOP Chair ever. For her part, Marie Waldron is continuing her pattern of weakness, avoidance and straight out collaboration. The refusal to lead from CAGOP Leaders once again illiustrates why the GOP is at 23% and falling in California.

I can’t wait for Part 3, because it will come out long before we hear anything from CAGOP chair Jessica Patterson or Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Waldron.

Jun 222020

This is the same Politico that is hunting GOP Congressional Candidates including CA10 and GA14, so whenever they jump in to a budding scandal you need to be very skeptical.

The story about Phil Ting is getting traction even as CAGOP Chair Jessica Patterson ignores it. (What about protecting and defending women?) Also appearing to try and avoid the situation are Assembly Permanent Minority Leader Marie Waldron and the Comms Guy Matt Fleming.

Enter Politico:

TING TUMULT: The California political world was abuzz this weekend after Assemblyman Phil Ting publicly admitted to an extramarital affair that had been alleged by a conservative website — and Ting’s emphatic denial of allegations that the woman in question had been exploited for political purposes. “The allegation that my bills or votes were ever driven by any personal consideration is false,” Ting tweeted. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon swiftly backed Ting up, accepting his apology and rejecting “allegations in a right-wing blog.”

Leaving aside Ting decision to use a false identity — including a photo of fellow Assemblyman Phillip Chen — to seek out partners on a website called “What’s Your Price,” the allegation of political malfeasance is a serious one. The story on Communities Digital News paraphrases Carmel Foster saying she was “exploited” by Ting, the California Labor Federation and the Domestic Workers Alliance. While Foster did indeed testify in favor of labor priority bill AB5, a Labor Fed spokesman told us he had not met with Foster or worked with her on testimony. A National Domestic Workers Alliance representative confirmed Foster worked with them from 2018 to 2019 on gig worker issues, during which Foster helped “develop a vision of fairness and pilot for home care training,” and said Foster testified voluntarily to her own experience.

We spoke to Foster this weekend, and her political grievance centered on her sense that her life story was used for legislation but not credited.Foster said she signed up for the gig-work program Handy and connected with the Domestic Workers Alliance for help filing a wage claim. She said Ting did not explicitly bring up the legislation or urge her to get involved. Instead, she said she was frustrated that he had not informed her of backing legislation that reflected her plight, including his vetoed 2018 bill to create a dedicated domestic worker program within the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and didn’t talk to her about the measure. “He used me for those bills,” she told us. “He used my story.” And she said she was angry to have been told what to say during an AB5 hearing.

Note the spin from Politico. #1 they parrot the talking points attacking the source of the allegations. #2 They allow Ting to get away with just an apology. #3 the amount of coverage related to the defense against allegations is more than double the allegations #4 They attempt to bracket the victim’s issues as some sort of bruised ego thing.

Since Politico has a pattern of defending democrats and attacking Republicans, it stands to reason that they are attempting to meddle on behalf of Phil Ting. It is a good thing there are two more parts to the Ting Scandal set to be released.

Dear readers, don’t hold your breath waiting for Jessica Patterson or Marie Waldron to weigh in. They did not have a whole lot to say about Bill Brough either, as Patterson waited until it was completely safe politically to comment on the Brough Caper. (Post Assembly Rules report validating one of the victim’s stories)

Meantime, let’s keep taking the trash out of the California State Legislature.

Jun 222020

Is this simple incompetency? Or is it more of the team McCarthy trying to wreck candidates he does not like?

As you recall, McCarthy and Emmer (the Congressman that is the figurehead in charge of the National Republican Congressional Committee aka NRCC) threw Ted Howze out with the bathwater over social media posts first aired on Politico.

Right On Daily burnt a local political consultant and the Chair of the CAGOP for being part of what looked like a planned assault on Ted Howze in #CA10. We believe the exposure of the insider machinations stopped the execution in its’ tracks. Ted Howze is still very much alive and competitive.

Then, a couple of weeks later Politico went hunting for a #GA14 Candidate, Emmer and McCarthy threw that candidate over the side as well in a continuing display of weakness.

Now comes this – a letter sent by the aforementioned NRCC in to #CA10 raising money off of the competitive #CA10 race. You read this correct, within weeks of screwing over Ted Howze, these same luminaries are trying to raise money off of his competitive campaign.

So, I thought #CA10 was no longer a priority for the NRCC?

For years, your intrepid blogger has told people to give to candidates directly after investigation (see also Deanna Lorraine or Joe Collins for examples as to why you need to investigate candidates before donating or participating).

Not only do we have CAGOP leadership dodging tough issues, hiding from democrat scandals, screwing over conservatives – but now we have them fundraising off of everything. At best, it is an act of gross incompetence.

The leadership has to change or else Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and Jarrod Nadler will have two more years of investigations and shutting down legislation. Or is this what the GOP leadership really wants? You have to wonder sometimes.