Sep 202021

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Gene James experience. 100% Credit to the San Clemente Times and several fine folks from San Clemente that sent me all kinds of stuff. I had to wait until the Recall Election was clear and the recriminations before I could get to this. I am reprinting the SC Times article un-edited and with no commentary. We all know Gene James is a disaster with liens, judgements, several busted marriages with abuse… so this fits right in. Recall this loser, people.

By Shawn Raymundo

An audio recording of a June 25 traffic stop involving Mayor Pro Tem Gene James made public by a local media outlet has the elected official taped in a “confrontational” encounter with a deputy sheriff.

In the nearly 11-minute recording of the stop first published by Local Story TV, James, who campaigned on a pro law-enforcement stance, denied any wrongdoing, and was—as police describe in subsequent written reports—“confrontational,” “visibly upset” and “defensive,” while also accusing Deputy J. Medina of ulterior motives.

“I stopped you because you came off the freeway offramp without stopping before you made the right-hand turn,” Medina explained to James in the parking lot of the McDonald’s off Avenida Pico and the 5 Freeway. “Did you see the red light?”

“Look, of course, I saw the red light. If you think I didn’t stop, let’s just go with that. OK?” responded James.

“Because I know what this is about,” James added.

Replying, Medina asked the councilmember, “What is this about?”

“Your (expletive) boss, (Edward) Manhart,” James said, referring to San Clemente’s then-chief of police services.

After a brief pause, Medina said he didn’t know what James was talking about, nor did he know who the elected official was.

“All I know is, you ran that red light,” the deputy said.

San Clemente Times made multiple attempts to reach James for comment over the phone and through email, but as of this posting, he had not yet responded to those requests.


In the run-up to last year’s city council race in which James was seeking reelection, he campaigned for standing “with our sheriff deputies.” His campaign materials also touted the construction of a new OCSD substation at City Hall as an accomplishment.

“Under my leadership as your councilman, a new sheriff substation was approved and a new Public Safety Committee with community representation was created,” his website stated. “Let’s strengthen the bonds between our city and OCSD and not weaken them.”

The city on Tuesday, Sept. 21, is set to host a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new substation.

James demonstrated support for law enforcement during an April 2019 council meeting in which he, speaking then as a private citizen, slammed Councilmember Kathy Ward, the city’s current mayor, for making critical remarks about OCSD’s handling of the homelessness issue.

Responding to an interview request with the “John and Ken” radio show on KFI AM 640, Ward had stated in an email that “Our Council cares very much about the situation. It wasn’t until the sheriff’s ‘wussed’ out on us that programs stopped working.”

Irked by the use of the word “wuss” to describe the “brave and dedicated men and women” who serve as officers in San Clemente, James had demanded Ward issue an apology for her comments, which he called “grotesquely beneath contempt.”


“Blaming our deputies for inadequate measures and actions of the previous council is grotesquely beneath contempt,” he had said, later adding, “Ms. Ward, you owe the men and women of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department an apology. It’s called courage, class, ethics and leadership.”

Those comments and demands for an apology, however, contrast with James’ behavior as described by a pair of internal OCSD memos. Following the June 25 stop, Medina, along with his superior, Sgt. M. Hudson, filed reports directly with Manhart that outlined the elected official’s confrontational and defensive manner.

“I explained the reason I stopped him. Gene admitted he saw the red light and became confrontational and visibly upset,” Medina, recounting his experience with the councilmember, wrote in the memo.

“When Deputy J. Medina approached his vehicle, James was immediately on the defensive, making statements about knowing why he was pulled over,” wrote Hudson based on his own listening of the audio recording. He added that “James continued to raise his voice at (Medina).”

Hudson had been listening to Medina’s radio communications during the stop, when he overheard police dispatch confirm James as the owner of a gray pickup truck. He requested that Medina contact him immediately after the stop.

“I recognized the name as possibly San Clemente’s Interim Mayor. I waited for Deputy J. Medina to clear the car stop and advised him to call me asap,” Hudson wrote, later praising Medina. “I listened to Deputy J. Medina’s PVS audio. Deputy J. Medina was professional and explained in detail to James what he needed James to provide to him, and why he was stopped.”

For James, the late-June traffic stop wasn’t his first open disagreement with members of the sheriff’s department.

In a Facebook post in December 2019, weeks after being sworn in to office, James publicized his frustration with Sheriff Don Barnes, accusing the sheriff of failing to answer questions related to the enforcement of “service-resistant” homeless people.

James had written then that he saw Barnes make “conflicting statements” related to OCSD’s position on the subject, which “only muddied the waters further.” He added that communications with Barnes had the councilmember “pondering the city’s relationship with OCSD.”

“I have spoken with Sheriff Barnes, and there is no doubt in my mind he has an extreme level of frustration with San Clemente,” James had written in the Dec. 29, 2019 post. “His words to me in a recent meeting at his office were, ‘I have no obligation to provide law enforcement services to the City of San Clemente.’”

This past June, during a city council budget workshop meeting, an exchange between James and Manhart got heated when the councilmember cut the former chief off from finishing his objection to an idea James had floated moments earlier.

“When I look at one deputy costing us about … $325,000—I don’t want to send shockwaves through OCSD—but it appears, to reduce by one deputy, that would give us some leverage in the budget to do some other things,” James said.

Citing the protests that San Clemente and other cities throughout the nation saw last year, Manhart opposed such a proposal and explained that he was concerned with the thought of eliminating public safety positions.


“I don’t know if you were paying attention last year to all the civil unrest issues and how many deputies,” Manhart said. “Additionally, I would never support anything like that, but you’re going to do what you’ve got to do, but I would absolutely never recommend that.”

“Capt. Manhart, I was paying attention,” James later responded.

“Then that wouldn’t be an issue then,” Manhart said, “because we would not be talking about losing a deputy if you saw the challenges that we have …”

“OK, I’ve had it,” James interjected, holding his hand up. “OK, that’s enough.”

It would be a month and a half later when James would find himself in the parking lot of San Clemente’s McDonald’s challenging an officer’s decision to pull him over for an apparent traffic violation.

During the recording of the stop, James reaffirmed his innocence, stating that he did stop at the red light before again inferring that Medina had pulled over the councilmember because of Manhart.

“I stopped, but I know what this is about,” James said.

“You did not stop, sir. I would have had no reason to stop you if you had come to a complete stop like you were supposed to,” Medina responded. “I don’t know what you’re inferring.”

“Yes, you do,” James said.

“If you’d like to enlighten me, I’d be glad to hear it,” Medina said.

“Listening to James yell at Deputy J. Medina and accusing him of pulling him over for ulterior motives, as well as having to be told multiple times to provide his insurance information, made me thankful the interaction was recorded,” Hudson concluded in his memo to Manhart.

In an emailed statement regarding the incident, OCSD spokesperson Carrie Braun described the relationship between James and Manhart, who was reassigned to OCSD’s air support in mid-July, as a “professional working” one.

“Captain Manhart’s relationship with Councilman James was a professional working relationship,” Braun said in the email.

Answering a question on whether Manhart’s reassignment out of San Clemente had anything to do with James, Braun said, “Captain Manhart’s reassignment to the Air Support Unit was in no way related to this incident, and in fact was planned prior to the traffic stop.”

Braun declined to provide further comment related to the incident.

Since July 16, Capt. Tony Benfield has taken on the role of the city’s police chief.

Sep 182021

Two College Republican Clubs Emailed your intrepid blogger. It looks like the leadership was brow-beat in to sending a second release after the first well-circulated release blasting Jessica Patterson for her failure.

This sure beats a couple of weenies calling the cops on your intrepid blogger, but it also shows the glass jaw of the oligarchy of controlled failure. Don’t worry kids, your intrepid blogger has your back. The leadership of the CAGOP hate me more than pretty much anyone else in politics for exposing corruption and ineptitude. I’ve been told if I was homeless and they had a dozen cheeseburgers in the passenger seat they’d drive right by me. Just remember who you are dealing with and it will all be put in perspective – there is no making nice with these people once you’ve crossed them. That is my message to the kids that sent this second release, you will gain nothing from it at all.

There are some master meme makers in the California College Republicans.

This is the meme of Controlled Failure. Well done by the kids on this one

Keep ’em coming kids… You have a GenX Fan #REALTALK #MEMEWARS

Jul 282021

Please note: The URL is changing to soon. will still point here for a while longer.

This story came to me by way of a CRA activist in Palos Verdes.

There are three prominent reasons why the CRNC has been failing college students across the country and its core values. 

Primarily, the CRNC has engaged in corrupt behavior and has punished those who voiced concern. The leadership of CRNC has allowed this to happen for years without any steps to address clear internal issues. They even used under-handed tactics to defederate the pro-Trump California College Republicans (CCR) in support of a Never-Trumper group, California Federation of College Republicans (CFCR). To top it off, Chandler even hid finances from his own appointed treasurer-Chandler is the only name listed on the IRS filings for several years.

The CRNC has a long history of mismanaging money, and has even paid executives high salaries and even additional funds for unclear reasons. In addition, there has not been a single year where the CRNC has been profitable. The CRNC has always spent more money than it has received, while paying ridiculous fees for consulting and other issues. 

Lastly, the CRNC has leadership that runs counter to America First. The CRNC has sided with groups with concerning beliefs. From being Never-Trumpers to supporting The Lincoln Project, there is no clear sense of leadership even representing the interests of the GOP. The CRNC has morphed into an organization that doesn’t reflect values that conservatives hold.

Some time ago, Jessica Patterson abused the resources of the CAGOP to crow about a resolution to the issues between the two College Republican Groups. Well, apparently there is more to the story.

Some of Jessica Patterson’s buddies at the CSU Long Beach CR let the cat out of the bag

The article talks extensively about how the CCR (Cal College Republicans) was torched, while their charter was handed to the other CR group in California. If it was an isolated issue it would be easy to explain, but jut recently the leadership also took out the Louisiana CR organization as well.

If you take the time to look at the document you will see the clear biases of the current leadership of the national college republicans. These were the people Jessica Patterson threw in with when she and her consultant handlers ran the CCR out of the CAGOP’s list of chartered organizations.

It makes you wonder.

Jul 122021

David Stafford Reade is Jessica Patterson’s campaign manager and is also Kevin Faulconer’s Grassroots coordinator.

The dramatic irony of David Stafford Reade decrying anonymous emails is hysterical. Mr. Reade has been the author of many anonymous attacks in the 20 years I have dealt with him.

That said, it is my belief that David Stafford Reade and/or people close to Reade recruited Ted Gaines to run in the recall to dilute votes off of Kiley.

Ted Gaines has infested office for over 20 years. 6 Years County Supervisor. 6 Years in the Assembly, 6 Years in the Senate, 3 Years in the BOE. He is also old and stale as the one-time rabid base he used to have has dissipated due to his indifference towards his district(s) and his long pattern of self-serving behavior including moving several times to facilitate runs for office for himself or his wife.

Gaines is from Placer County as is Kiley. So, the obvious play for the Faulconer Campaign is clear – Gaines is a judas goat to try and siphon support from the core of Kiley’s base.

In the last few years Gaines’ Chief of Staff was fired for grotesque sexual harassment, Beth Gaines was humiliated in an attempt to get elected El Dorado County Supervisor, the BOE was rocked by scandal while Gaines sat on the board and Gaines ended up being the last Republican member of the BOE. He has zero platform to run for governor, you’d have to be as drunk as Reade gets sometimes to think Gaines was running for any other reason than to screw Kiley.

It was put to me that Gaines was promised a ton of money (ostensibly from Faulconer donors and institutional donors with a vested interest in the status quo) so that Gaines would not have to work that hard to get re-elected to his final term in the BOE in 2022. Since Gaines is notorious for being entitled, lazy and having zero loyalty to anyone but himself, he was an ideal target for operatives who may or may not be David Stafford Reade.

P.S. Reade and Ashlee Titus’ business partner Thomas Hiltachk are working on another Faulconer-related project we will be talking about soon. Why do I mention Ashlee Titus? Her Husband David worked for Ted Gaines for many years. Thomas Hiltachk is the senior partner in the CAGOP’s Law Firm. The political cesspool is small and all of the players have multiple entanglements. If you think these connections had nothing to do with Gaines sudden appearance in the Governor race, think again.