Apr 132021
 

Did you know that Doug LaMalfa’s Chief of Staff went to Shasta County and trashed Placer County? On the heels of the Placer GOP leading an effort to clear the democrats off of three school boards, electing Danny Cartwright to Loomis Town Council and defending Tracy Mendonsa in Roseville, you’d think someone as politically savvy as Spannagel would recognize the success?

To do so would be a tacit admission that the controlled franchise system set up by David Stafford Reade in the North State is a failure. (except for those all important convention delegates of course) Spannagel literally told the Shasta GOP that the Placer GOP is a failure because the Placer GOP does not raise money for their Republican Members of Congress. This is selfish and stupid – yet consistent with the 20 years of negative history I have with the Reade/Nielsen/LaMalfa regime.

Remember the end game folks. As I type this, the CAGOP “leadership” are trying to figure a way around the by-laws to endorse Faulconer.

Steve Frank got an excellent scoop from Shasta County:

  1. Shocked to see that the Chair of the Shasta County Republican Party has left the GOP.  Instead she has decided to join the cult of personality. 

Read her email carefully—she is not supporting folks on her committee for their promotion of REPUBLICAN principles and values.  Instead, Cathy Kneer is promoting the Cult of Personality—either you support certain people or you can not be a member of the Committee.  No free speech, no diversity of IDEAS—just either support a couple of elected officials and a State Chair that does not register voters, does not run candidates for office, takes credit for the work others do without any support or direction from her.  Like Moscow and China, Cathy Kneer supports the Cult of Personality—not the values of the Republican Party.  Any wonder folks no longer participate with the official Party?  The Party has decided it does not want independent thinkers, just drones who do what they are told—even as the Party is diminished. 

Did I mention the Shasta County Republican Party had only three people file for the Committee?  The rest were “appointed”, so you know no GOP’ers were appointed who were not willing to support the Cult of Personality instead of the Republican Party.—who would run for Central Committee or ask to be a part of it when the Chair says you will support certain people—otherwise leave the room and do not come back.

Then you have GOP County Committees like L.A. and Ventura that hold their meetings in secret and do not allow registered Republicans to even attend unless they are members of the Committee!

I would hope the the Dahles, LaMalfa and Patterson demand Kneer retract and apologize for her email.  If they don’t, it shows they are supporting turning the GOP into a Cult of Personality–thanks to the person in the LaMalfa office for alerting me to this email.

Hello,

The Shasta County Republican Central Committee will meet next week on April 15th at the Salvation Army Headquarters.

I want to let you all know that our bylaws have been updated and are being processed as we speak.  I believe they will be available by then.

As to the filling of vacancies on the committee, we have to be very careful as there is a faction out there trying to take over Central Committees to change the focus.  So, as we get settled, I will be talking with folks to see if their support lies with our Republican Leadership, including Jessica Patterson, Megan Dahle, Brian Dahle and Doug LaMalfa.

I will be sending out an agenda soon.

Thanks,

Cathy Kneer

(sad to see a political Party in America run for the power of a few over the principles of many)

Remember – only 3 people filed for Shasta County GOP Cent Com. When LaMalfa’s crew had a 4-2 majority, (3 elected and 3 ex-officio met to organize) they abused that majority to appoint 18 Doug LaMalfa staffers and donors to that body. It is fascinating that Cathy Kneer put the agenda of Spannagel in such plain terms in her email – but this has been the M.O. of every David Stafford Reade franchise County Party and “volunteer” Club they have created and maintained to create paper endorsements for their paying candidates.

Butte County? Same stuff. Their Chair Saolo Londono who is a staffer himself has been noted for raging on people he disagrees with (perhaps he is next in line for chair as he shares that key attribute with Jessica Patterson) and he has refused to share any information with anyone he does not like. Several people within Party leadership have noted no one outside Saolo, Spannagel and Reade know who the members of the Butte GOP are. Given that Butte is now a purple at best county (Chico is only 27% Republican and Paradise Burnt causing many Republicans to leave Butte County), you’d think there would be more cohesion there.

Nope – command and control is the order of the day.

Then there is the curious case of Yuba County. One person filed. Somehow, Stephen Heter who works for David Stafford Reade is the Chair there. Yuba did not have a legitimate organizational meeting and when your intrepid blogger called Yuba out on it – the response of Jessica Patterson was to appoint several people from the contested counties on to the proxies and credentials committee in order to cover up the violations of the by-laws. I will type again that I have spoken to a couple of attorneys who agreed that I’d beat the CAGOP in court for the blatant violations of their by-laws but would get little if anything in a settlement. This is why the corruption is so rampant within the CAGOP.

Heter for his trouble screamed like a little girl on a zoom meeting at the CAGOP Convention about being persecuted (while the FBI was coming to my door, mind you) and has subsequently stonewalled local activists looking to get involved.

Yuba County, another franchise of Reade, Inc. Similar to Butte, the rules of engagement have been changing weekly as both Londono and Heter are trying to stave off any attempts from undesirables to get appointed or involved in their committees.

Shasta, Butte, Yuba – establishment franchise county parties. They are not even coy about it. Watch them all closely.

Apr 062021
 

Norma Torres-Barillas is quite a piece of work. She got in to an extended twitter fight with the President of El Salvador.

It is clear that Norma Torres-Barillas is completely out of touch. Perhaps she has been snorting some of the nasal dust that her countrymen have been transporting to the US through the southern border.

MEXICO CITY — El Salvador’s president is urging voters in a California congressional district to vote out its U.S. representative in the latest back-and-forth spat between the Central American head of state and one of Congress’ most vocal critics of the region’s leaders.

President Nayib Bukele and Democratic Rep. Norma Torres have been exchanging very undiplomatic barbs on Twitter this week.

National Palestinian Radio had an interesting take on Torres-Barillas sparring with the President of El Salvador

After the crazed Torres-Barillas (who hails from the home of MS-13 and has several associates that are communists) tweeted a cheap shot at El Salvador over video of two toddlers being thrown over the border fence by coyotes, the President of El Salvador lit her up:

El Salvador’s Bukele, an avid Twitter user, hit back fast with his own Spanish-language tweet. “Look ma’am, did you read that the children are from ECUADOR and not from EL SALVADOR? Also, this happened on the border of Mexico with the United States. What does El Salvador have to do with this?”

The Salvadoran president then told Torres that she should buy some glasses with a portion of her “financier’s checks.”

That appeared to be a reference to billionaire financier George Soros. Bukele has often blasted U.S. lawmakers critical of his administration for taking donations from Soros’ Open Society Foundations, which says it works on multiple projects throughout Central America to build “just, inclusive democracies” and has been at odds with Bukele.

My favorite part of the NPR article is the following:

A spokesperson for Bukele told NPR, seeking comment, that the president’s tweets speak for themselves. And a spokesperson for Torres said the congresswoman was traveling Friday and unavailable for an interview.

In addition to being a communist that supports human trafficking via open borders, Norma Torres-Barillas is a coward.

Apr 052021
 

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If you’ve read the first  eight parts of our series on Diane Harkey, you are probably wondering how a good conservative could be surrounded by so much drama and legal issues. This is why when I started calling people and digging up articles, I was fascinated in a bad way by what I was finding. I always knew Harkey completely differently than what I have been learning.

This is the $5,600,000 house Dan and Diane Harkey live in

I am also convinced that the DCCC did not do a thorough job of research on her in 2018. The reason had to be because they knew Levin was going to win easily. I am not sure if the DCCC or other political opponents uncovered everything I have found. The volume of information is staggering and Diane Harkey is not who she says she is. I can prove and defend that statement definitively based on what I have learned. In today’s blog, I am going to lay out the leading edge of the evidence that substantiates that statement. I don’t make that statement lightly as I know Harkey will use the legal system to settle a score.

It is my clear opinion that Diane Harkey has lied about her personal situation many times. One such occasion is related to the humiliating wage garnishment that punctuated her exit from the Assembly in to the corrupt Board of Equalization.

On August 5th 2014, Diane Harkey sent a letter to then California Controller John Chiang.

In it she made a couple of stunning requests and equally as stunning claims.

The claim: She is legally separated and thus should not be garnished. Based on my research, this claim was misleading at best and likely was an outright lie. I found no evidence of legal separation despite extensive research.

The Second Claim: Former Husband. Dan and Diane Harkey were still married at the time she wrote the letter. I will follow up in a bit with even more evidence of how profound this lie was and is.

The request: She asked for her legislative pay to stop alltogether. I can only describe this as a completely callous disregard for the victims and a desire to win at all costs. I believe this mentality was also at work in the bungled lawsuit against Mark Wyland.

We learned that indeed Diane Harkey’s wages were garnished for three months. On 8-12-2014, the OC Register reported the humiliating response to Harkey’s request to escape the consequences:

Diane Harkey, who is running for the state tax board, wrote Chiang on Aug. 5, asking him to suspend her state salary in order to avoid the garnishment.

Chiang’s office responded Monday, saying it could suspend pay to her, but was legally required to surrender the court-ordered garnishment of 25 percent of what remains of her $95,000 annual pay. She leaves office at the end of the year because of term limits.

Questions have arisen over the couple’s marital status. Timothy Aires, attorney for the investors seeking payment of the judgment against Dan Harkey for breach of fiduciary responsibility, said he could find no record of a legal separation in the Orange County or Sacramento courts.

Harkey’s office referred media calls to her campaign consultant, Tim Clark.

Clark said the couple had been separated “for some time” but didn’t know how long, and declined comment on Aires’ inability to find documentation of the separation. He said Dan Harkey moved out of the couple’s Dana Point oceanview home and Diane Harkey remained.

Well it looks like Tim Clark lied again, similar to how he is lying (and has lied) in 2021 to protect John Moorlach in the midst of the rape cover-up scandal. Did Tim Clark simply repeat the lie from Diane Harkey about the separation and Dan’s living situation or did Clark know the truth when he lied?

Lloyd Charton, who lives two doors away from the Harkey home in the gated, exclusive community, is among investors owed money from Harkey and his bankrupt investment company. He said he’s seen Dan Harkey at least once in recent weeks.

“I wouldn’t say that I see him often, but I saw him a couple weeks ago when he had his usual Friday luxury car wash, with some of his luxury cars lined up in front of their home for the washer,” Charton said, adding that a Bentley, a Ferrari and a Porsche were among Dan Harkey’s vehicles.

Diane Harkey, 63, previously filed for divorce from Dan Harkey in 1998, with the filing dismissed in 2008.

The assemblywoman is favored to win the Board of Equalization’s 4th District in November. Her campaign spent $622,000 in the six-person primary and she finished first. She’ll face off against Democrat Nader Shahatit, an auditor with the tax board. Shahatit said he plans minimal fundraising and has declined to criticize Harkey, saying he is running a positive campaign.

Aires said the investors he represents will pursue Harkey’s tax board wages if she wins in November. Beside the wage garnishment, investors have asked the courts to give them $100,000 Diane Harkey loaned her campaign and an estimated $25,000 worth of horses owned by the couple.

There’s that Bentley again. I will lay odds if I was to speak to Lloyd Charlton, that he’d tell me he has seen a lot of Dan Harkey over the last several years at their $5,600,000 home.

As you can see from this Orange County Register story, the drama followed Diane Harkey in to the Board of Equalization. Except, we will learn that the Board of Equalization was a disaster in and of itself and Diane Harkey enjoyed the perks of office while the BOE spiraled out of control. And, she played the victim when challenged on it.

The San Diego Union Tribune actually endorsed Shirley Horton for the Board of Equalization over Diane Harkey and their words were damming:

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/editorials/sdut-shirley-horton-for-board-of-equalization-2014may27-story.html

Shirley Horton for Board of Equalization

By U-T SAN DIEGO EDITORIAL BOARD

MAY 27, 2014 5 PM

The Board of Equalization is an important if obscure agency that collects state sales and use taxes and dozens of other taxes and fees. It also referees disputes between taxpayers and governments.

It’s crucial that this agency has an appropriate balance between revenue-hungry bureaucrats and residents who deserve fair treatment. Which brings us to the decision that voters in San Diego County, Imperial County, Orange County and much of the Inland Empire have on June 3: They will be asked to choose among six candidates to represent the region on the BOE’s five-member governing board.

Only two of the candidates, both Republicans, are running serious campaigns. They both emphasize their determination to be a taxpayer advocate on a board otherwise dominated by government interests.

But only one has the requisite character to deserve election. That candidate is Shirley Horton, the former Assembly member and Chula Vista mayor. Horton has been a consistent supporter of lean, smart, business-friendly government and championed legislation to get information about sexual predators online.

Horton’s support for AB 32, the state’s deeply problematic 2006 law forcing a shift to cleaner but costlier forms of energy, was disappointing. But it would take acres of newsprint to list what’s been disappointing about the other serious Board of Equalization candidate, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey of Dana Point.

It was in 2009 that fraud allegations first emerged against Point Center Financial, a real-estate firm led by her husband, Dan Harkey. Though she has been listed as both a public officer and an employee of the company, she says she had nothing to do with the actions that led to three fraud judgments against Dan Harkey and Point Central Financial awarding $12.5 million in damages to about 80 investors.

Other facts are crucial and damning. As The Orange County Register reported in 2009, Diane Harkey spent $135,000 to launch her political career in 2004 with a successful bid for the Dana Point City Council. She spent $2 million more on a failed state Senate bid in 2006, a successful Assembly run in 2008, and on other political campaigns. Given that her campaign disclosure forms showed limited personal assets at the time, it is obvious that people would wonder if her career in politics is based on a family fortune built at least partly through fraud.

Yet for five years, Harkey has seethed that this question is “sexist” and amounts to “slander”; she even briefly sued state Sen. Mark Wyland, R-Solana Beach, for his related criticism. Harkey has done so even though she has changed details on her original story — actions that invite further media scrutiny. She has done so even as dozens of other political figures faced similar tough questions about their families’ finances.

Both Harkey’s refusal to answer basic questions about her family scandal and her decision to depict herself as a victim are unconscionable. She is unsuitable for public service.

A final note: The decision to endorse Horton was made by the newspaper’s owners in consultation with some members of the Editorial Board. Editorial and Opinion Editor Bill Osborne, who has a conflict of interest, didn’t participate in this process or in the writing or editing of this editorial.

The SDUT missed a detail, the suit lasted until late 2015 when the appeals court let Harkey out of having to pay Mark Wyland’s legal bills, then she dropped the suit.

Diane Harkey walked in to the Board of Equalization with a 747 full of baggage, and what happened at the BOE only added to it. But, she is a victim and none of the scandals were her fault according to her. Oh and she had to fight two separate garnishments – one in the assembly and another attempted while in the BOE. Unreal.

Mar 302021
 

Today – I was graced with Diane Harkey’s latest installment of her 1990’s era consultant endorsement drill. In the 1980’s and 1990’s – candidates would announce one endorsement at a time in an attempt to muscle opponents out of the race against them. Along came the internet and an much more organized opposition and now endorsements don’t matter anywhere near what they did. Witness the number of “outsider” and anti-establishment candidates that are winning races.

In Harkey’s case – she announced the endorsement of former CA45 Congressman Mimi Walters who was blown out of office by Katie Porter. Side Note: Walters and her crew also aided in defeating Greg Raths the CA45 GOP nominee in 2020.

My Favorite part of the email:

Diane Harkey served from 2015-2019 as Orange County’s elected Taxpayer Advocate on the State Board of Equalization; from 2008-2014 as the South County’s State Assembly Representative; and from 2006-2007 as Mayor of Dana Point. In each of these positions, Diane capitalized on her business and public service experience. She fought for the rights and interests of Orange County taxpayers, families, employers and local communities. She always put the people first.

You have to love the hubris in all of the above statements, especially the two emboldened sentences. We have been and will continue impaling her with her own record of capitalizing on her life experience. (BTW – she was forced to step down as mayor of Dana Point due to a legitimate recall attempt against her)

That said, if she had properly capitalized on her life experience – she’d know that a sitting Congressman like Darrell Issa would be an endorsement worth having. Just sayin’

Oh well. Maybe on the next campaign for office #7 in 2024 after losing again in 2022 she can get that one right.

Mar 292021
 

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Diane Harkey is a victim. You can see her stipulate to that effect repeatedly throughout her history in office. We’ve taken some time to eviscerate that canard as it is clear there is siginifcant doubt that her narrative about her personal life is accurate.

She has been so set on proving that narrative that she sued Senator Mark Wyland for libel/slander over his assertions her self-funding of her campaigns was due to her husband’s shady and dishonest businesses. This lawsuit punctuated the ensuing campaign for her next office, BOE in 2014. With evidence that I am not sure Mark Wyland took the time to find, I believe that Mark Wyland was mostly right and could have proven his assertions – far beyond the threshold of libel. Enter the left-leaning but entertaining Orange Juice Blog:

According to Diane Harkey’s complaint, filed Aug. 26 in Orange County Superior Court, Wyland incorrectly portrayed the circumstances of the case by telling members of the Tri-City Tea Party, “Unfortunately there has been a lawsuit brought by a lot of investors of modest means against her and her husband for defrauding them…. There was a decision that those investors were defrauded and there is a judgment.”

Harkey, whose lawsuit was first reported by the political website San Diego Rostra, says Wyland’s statement was incorrect on several fronts. She was, at the time Wyland spoke, no longer a defendant in most of the claims against her husband. She also contested Wyland’s description of the investors as having “modest means”; she stated in her complaint that many of the investors have a net worth greater than $1 million.

So, you got that?  Diane sued Mark for $10 million because he said “a lot of the investors” were “of modest means,” whereas she contends SOME of the victims were actually rich.  WEAK TEA, Diane.  Sure, some of them were rich, but I’ve met a few of them now who are having to live on their social security, who have had to sell their homes, who have had to move in with their children, some have died waiting to see their money returned.  Diane’s other quibbles with Mark’s statement are equally inconsequential.

Just where did the money come from?

Perhaps this is why Wyland beat Harkey so bad in court that she lost an Anti-SLAPP, which is extremely rare. I also believe that if Mark Wyland had the evidence I now have, that the Circuit Court of Appeals would have never tossed the Anti-SLAPP (see that here from late 2015). With the spectre of paying Mark Wyland’s legal bills removed, Harkey dropped her libel/slander lawsuit against Wyland. At the time of that suit, I had seen Diane Harkey’s name on at least 4 cases in the Orange County Superior Court system. It was about the same for Dan Harkey.

There was discussion of the Harkeys’ many luxury cars – a Rolls Royce, a Mercedes, a couple Porsches, a Bentley, a Jaguar – and how a couple with all that could be too bankrupt to pay their elderly victim/creditors.  Mention was also made of the Harkeys’ $15 million jet plane, which is now sold – Diane had claimed to have never flown in it, but subpoenaed flight records showed her using it for frequent flights to Sacramento and back.

Did I use the phrase “knee-deep” earlier?  Diane’s whole career was started and bankrolled by money from her hubby’s crooked dealings, since she came out of the blue onto the Dana Point City Council in 2004. It looks with all the Harkeys’ foot-dragging that many more of the elderly investors are going to be dying before they see any of their money back.  And this morning I get a typical depressed message from Mr. Sipolski, the now-impoverished polio survivor who invested with Point Center:

Once again I face a miserable and meager Christmas because Dan Harkey, (husband of Assemblywoman Diane) even though he was convicted of Financial Elder Abuse and ordered to pay millions in restitution, has declared bankruptcy.

I doubt if I will ever see a cent of the jury award.

Once again I cannot afford anything this Christmas since the Harkeys have all my money.

And you can see, the “bankrupt” Harkeys are once again having their annual extravaganza next Tuesday…

(The blog continues on about a late 2013 fundraiser for Diane Harkey – who was still married to Dan Harkey at the time, much more on that coming soon)

I do find it amazing that Diane Harkey was able to transition from Assembly to the Board of Equalization with the spectre of lawsuits and her husband’s dirty businesses in the background. (Dan Harkey lost a massive lawsuit twice in court, therefore I have made the conclusion his business was dirty) I am also amazed that her political opponents were not able to make the assertions stick that Diane benefitted from Dan’s businesses. In 2018, Mike Levin buried Diane Harkey on this issue with just half a deck.

Harkey got lit up by the Cal Watchdog over the lawsuit drama.

Tort reform advocates “disappointed” by litigation

Harkey’s multi-million dollar claim for emotional suffering has “disappointed” advocates for tort reform.

“Assemblymember Diane Harkey has been a strong ally in the fight against lawsuit abuse,” said Tom Scott, executive director of California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. “We are disappointed that she felt this dispute needed to be settled through litigation, and we hope for a speedy resolution that avoids using scarce resources from our state’s already overburdened courts.”

That statement put CALA on the same side as their mortal foes, the consumer attorneys (often called “trial lawyers”). Brian S. Kabateck, president of the Consumer Attorneys of California, offered a strong rebuke of Harkey’s lawsuit and accused the lawmaker of having a hypocritical stance on legal reform.

“Some people dislike the legal system until they need it,” Kabatech told CalWatchDog.com. “Diane Harkey’s recent propulsion from so-called ‘tort reform advocate’ to major litigant, filing a lawsuit some would term facially frivolous, highlights the hypocrisy in her position.”

It appears from my research that Diane Harkey is well-versed in using the legal system to control outcomes and get what she wants. It is also clear that her lawsuit against Mark Wyland earned her a blizzard of criticism.

Messy intra-party feuds

In his long history of Republican political activism, [Steve] Frank can only recall one instance in which a CRP delegate has been rebuked for filing a lawsuit against a fellow party member. The provision was originally drafted to address a feud between rival young Republican clubs.

“It was messy and made the party look bad,” Frank said of the dispute. “The intent [of the provision] was to stop those suits from going public, and instead try to handle disputes internally.”

Already, the consumer attorneys have seized on the lawsuit to impugn the entire tort reform movement. The movement is a favorite talking point for Republican candidates.

“Using her office to routinely slam lawyers who represent truly injured and powerless victims, all the while planning to file her own lawsuit, makes a mockery of the entire tort reform movement,” Kabateck said.

Diane Harkey is also memorialized in the Ripoff Report forever: see it here. Kabateck and others should have checked the Orange County Superior Court’s website, there is a ton of stuff there.

In late 2014, while preparing to enter her next office (the BOE), the humiliation of a wage garnishment hung over her head, we will pick up there as our Diane Harkey Series Continues on our way to the BOE trainwreck of the mid 2010’s.