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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Franking Privilege

Steve Frank, the only advocate for the re-election of Celeste Greig as CRA President, has noticeable shifted his tactics in the last few days. While he has never attempted to rebut any evidence or allegations against Greig, he has—up until recently—tried to discredit the message by smearing the messenger; George Park. Park has crushed Frank & Greig with a tsunami of evidence that both have failed to act in a professional manner and in accord with established CRA rules and procedures. What I have published on this blog is only a portion of the available evidence.

Now each time Frank’s candidate is hit with another email from Park, his reaction is to release a copy of his resume. This is damage control for Frank but does nothing for Greig but let her twist slowly in the wind. Frank is distancing himself from Greig and trying to rehabilitate his own reputation. He is like a political consultant that has successfully drained the client of their bank account two weeks before the election and then left them to fend for themselves; while he goes off to a help himself to someone else’s campaign loot.

This is not just a metaphor for Greig’s campaign for President; this is what consults regularly do ever two years to their clients. Now you know why our guys usually loose. Every two years, our party hires the same consultants and gets the same results, only the candidate names change, the rest of the apparatus remains the same.

Frank is currently in strategic withdrawal and trying to position himself to keep his reputation in tact so he can live to fight another day. Whether Celeste realizes that she is under the bus yet is a debatable point. I think behind the scenes Frank will try to narrow the margin of defeat for Greig via his games in the Credentials Committee but there are very few uncommitted players left on the board.

My other reason that I think Frank is done with a vigorous defense of his client is that he has outed two key moles—folks funneling information to him. Here is the account from Aaron Park:

I have not seen a campaign as bizarre as this one has been.

Recently, Steve Frank exposed Bill Cardoza as the source of some of his information when he responded to en email from Placer CRA President Ed Rowen by forwarding an email Rowen sent to Mr. Cardoza complaining about the prospect of Steve having access to Placer’s roster. The only way he could have received a copy of that email would have been from Mr. Cardoza.

Last night - I received a forward of an internal Briscoe campaign email from Steve Frank that was forwarded to him by CRA Board Member Steve Macias. Mr. Macias admitted that to me in a phone call then emailed me to say that he was not going to pull his endorsement of Celeste, thereby confirming that his forwarding of the email was a deliberate act.

Why Mr. Frank exposed the leak in our (Team Briscoe) campaign team is beyond me.

Both Cardoza and Macias have been sources of valuable information to Frank so why did he burn them? Cardoza was likely leaking data and had been accused of such but Macias was operating below anyone’s radar and funneling inside info from Celeste’s opponent. Whether coincidence or not, Macias has ties with John Stoos but I am not aware that Stoos has any current interest or involvement in CRA.

Steve Frank’s conduct in this whole mess is a mystery. Maybe for him all politics really is local and friendships transcend principle and common sense. Or maybe he has an economic interest in the outcome. However this election turns out, we are witnessing the last hurrah of people that Barbara Alby brought into CRA in the 1980s and 90s. I wish they would “go quietly into that good night” but they want one last bite at the apple. Perhaps Celeste’s motives to run for President are not too different than Jerry Brown wanting another turn at being Governor. I can hear Carroll O’Conner singing, “Those were the days.”

 

Posted by william on 04/17 at 04:11 PM
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Coffee, Tea and a Vote for Me

CRA Membership Secretary George Park has fired what could be his most devastating shot at Celeste Greig thus far. Here is the bulk of the email.

Contrast this with Chatsworth Northridge Republican Assembly (CNRA), a proported franchise of Congressman Buck McKeon’s just like the RAGSCV.  This unit fits the classic definition of a “Paper Unit” or “Zombie”, as it seems to come to life at the most special time of year. (Hint, anytime that requires delegates) Twice in the last 13 months, it has been “reorganized”.

This is also CRA President Celeste Greig’s home unit.

CNRA was born in President Celeste Greig’s living room in 1991, with the help of Steve Frank (View the original minutes here).

The most recent “reorganization” appears to have occurred on March 18th in CRA President Celeste Greig’s living room. She notified me 9 days after the fact on March 27th, the same night she headlined the Buck McKeon RA (RAGSCV) fundraiser (View the invitation here) with guest Democrat Ed Headington (who ran against SCVRA member and current Assemblyman Scott Wilk).

Her email reads, “Last Week as the highest CRA member in Los Angeles County and statewide President, moreover as the founder of the Chatsworth-Northridge R.A. it has been painful for me that for the last few years there has not been any activity with the Unit, there for I called and attended a re-organization night meeting, on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chatsworth, CA.” ( View President Greig’s email here)

By her own words, she acknowledges that the unit has been dead for a few years.

CRA President Celeste Greig also indicated that the reorganizational meeting did not result in a board of directors being elected. In addition, she indicates that two of the eleven alleged members were going to join sometime after Easter. Furthermore President Greig did not report whoever these members were to the CRA Membership Secretary.  Where are the membership applications?  Why is there no roster?

So why did the President of the CRA call a reorganizational meeting without notifying a single other CRA officer except Steve Frank and why were there no officers elected at this alleged meeting!?  How can one hold a “reorganizational meeting” without electing a board?  Exaclty what was “reorganized”?  Another question that needs to be asked is this: Why does Congressman Buck McKeon view the CNRA as just another one of his “CRA franchises”?

There is a key issue that will play heavily in part two of the Greig-Frank Living room Dilemma – the By-Laws of the CNRA have a residency requirement.  (They are linked here)

Re-read Celeste’s email, you will see that she does not know the by-laws of her own home unit as she has accepted the transfer of Steve and Leslie Frank on behalf of the non-existent officers of the CNRA. (See Link) (Click here to read Steve Frank’s transfer request.) 

This email and linked attachments illustrates that Greig is indeed treating the CRA as her little Cub Scout Den. Just like the Democrats that Steve Frank keeps claiming that we should be fighting, Greig finds the rules she has sworn to uphold as impediments to doing what she wants. No wonder the CRA is such a mess; we want to hold the Democrats to a standard that we are not willing to uphold ourselves. This is hypocrisy of the highest order.

Look at this extended portion of Greig’s email which Park quoted above.

Last week, as the highest CRA member in Los Angeles County and statewide President, moreover as the founder of the Chatsworth-Northridge R.A.

It has been painful for me that for the last few years there has not been any activity with the Unit, there for I called and attended a re-organization night meeting, on Monday, March 18, 2013, in Chatsworth, CA.

I collected individual checks (which you accepted last year), all payable to CRA for the amount of $25.00 each.

My neighbors are also going to join and will be given me their $40.00 check when they get back from their Easter vacation, so I know that you’ll join on my excitement that the Unit once again is going to be alive, functional and ready to work hard to elect and re-elect Conservative Republicans in the area, moreover to increase voter registration.

However, at this time we do not have a Board yet, nor a checking account (there was none at least for the last few years that I know of), my goal right now is to get more members, we are planning to have another meeting early in May and then elect a board.

So at this time we have 11 members (including myself and Mr. & Mrs. Steve (Leslie) Frank who live about seven or eight miles from Chatsworth.

Walk thru this email and marvel.
Celeste is highest ranking CRA member in LA County but she can’t attend the reorganizational meeting in Ventura which is right in her backyard while us poor shmucks in Sacramento are on the road before 4 a.m. so we can attend! Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Celeste’s home CRA unit had no activity for last few years, so why is the club still on the books? Perhaps she has taken the same leadership skills used on her own unit and applied them to the State organization; after all it worked so well for Tom Del Beccaro in the CRP. Perhaps this explains Park’s assertion elsewhere that CRA has lost 1,000 members since the 2011 Convention.

Notice that the reorganizational meeting is noticed to others on the CRA Board only after it has taken place; contrast that with Ventura RA where about 90 Board members received multiple advanced notices.
Celeste then talks about collecting dues. This is the first of two mentions in the email where she admits to collecting dues from individual members. According to her account, she took them directly to the bank and deposited them. The good news is that she did make copies of the checks. The bad news is that she never had anyone complete membership applications because later she states,

“…therefore today I’ll be going to the nearest Wells Fargo branch and make the deposit for $200.00, I have make copies of the checks, and I’ll be sending them to our CRA Treasurer Mr. John Fugat for accounting purposes and send you a separate list, as I’m waiting for more of their information such as phone numbers and email addresses that are not on the checks.”

As quoted above, Park asserts that he is still waiting for the Chatsworth roster.

Then as Park points out, Steve and Mrs. Frank have a problem. They can’t be members of Greig’s phantom CRA unit because the Bylaws on file with the Membership Secretary require that Frank must live in Chatsworth-Northridge in Ventura County. This requirement dates back to model bylaws issued in the heyday of WordPerfect and MS DOS; it requires that members must be registered to vote within the boundaries of the local Republican Assembly; not eight miles away.

The bottom line is Celeste failed to revive her old unit with the necessary number of people to have an active CRA chapter. Technically this leaves both Frank and Greig as homeless in terms of a local chapter. They are members at large.

 

 

Posted by william on 04/17 at 12:34 AM
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Empire Strikes Back: Part 3

As I sit down to write this blog, the next step in the Celeste Greig/Steve Frank campaign for continued control of the California Republican Assembly is underway. Credentials Committee Chairman, Bill Cardoza, is emailing every club roster one at a time to others on his committee and who knows who else. This is not simply names of members but home addresses, telephone and email addresses as well. As of this writing over 89 such mails have been sent.

Cardoza and his committee have no need to review this information. He is charged only with credentialing delegates. The Membership Secretary, George Park, is charged with verifying chapter membership. Chapter membership is what determines the number of delegates that a group can have. They should be complementary in nature not confrontational.

Clearly, Cardoza is positioning the Committee to nullify all work done over the last two years by Park and trying to re-invent the wheel. As I have stated before, I believe Park to be fair and conscientious in his work as Membership Secretary. This effort is the latest attempt to give Steve Frank a lever to try and find grounds to disenfranchise delegates not favorable to his slate.

Again, Steve Frank should resign immediately from all three committees to which he is assigned due to the inherent conflict of interest not only as a candidate in the upcoming elections but as the campaign architect on behalf of Celeste Greig. He is not an impartial and disinterested party trying to see that the rules are evenly enforced.

The other issue that I must raise is that Bill Cardoza is needlessly and wantonly exposing the CRA to both civil and criminal prosecution for this data dump of personal information. As I keep saying, the CRA is a California Corporation not a Cub Scout Den. Cardoza is making public, information that should be kept private. It appears to me that he is violating the Statewide CRA Bylaws by doing anything with this information. Only the entire Board has the authority to do what Cardoza is unilaterally doing.
• Does Cardoza know if he just compromised any information about an undercover law enforcement agent?
• Or a just handed some identity thief your private information?
• Did he violate State or Federal privacy laws just so Steve Frank could have more ammo?
He doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. I know that members of his committee have expressed these concerns and his only response is to continue emailing more personal information.

At the very least, he is a fool for not scrubbing the personally identifying information from these lists before making them public. He also, clearly does not have the technical expertise to operate Microsoft Excel or he could have reduced everything he is currently spamming into one file, password protected it and then sent it to others on his committee.

I know some people will think I’m harsh but I have been in, under, and around computers for twenty years. Cardoza is sending the information unsecured thru a public network to multiple public servers, to multiple computers that are not secured; furthermore, some likely have viruses and rootkits that enable other to view the contents of the hard drives. How many people that receive this info have unsecured wireless access to their data? How many will take their computer to their local Best Buy where the data will be backed-up and then viewed after the computer has been repaired? Public Wi-Fi at Starbucks? My point is that once all this has been released, he has no control where the info will go or to whom.

Cardoza’s unilateral actions are not good news for the Credentialing process. His Committee has still not met; even though the Convention begins in less than two weeks. He has released no reasons for this data dump. Several chapters have previously instructed Cardoza in writing not to release their information; but he did anyway. He has still not proposed written guidelines that will be used to perform the duties his committee. He appears to be out of his depth in his handling of the Credentialing Committee. He appears to be doing the bidding of others; following and not leading.

One Credential Committee member responded to concerns of this email tsunami raised by another member with the assertion that he couldn’t trust that Park’s info was accurate. My response is that Park takes his obligation as a Board Member seriously and knows that he has a fiduciary responsibility to be accurate. Park is a Board officer of a corporation. Park has the same responsibility for accuracy as the Treasurer does to make sure the bank balance is correct.

Lastly, if this release of personal information does go FUBAR, the CRA, its Board, and Cardoza (personally) will be held responsible in any judgment that is rendered.

Posted by william on 04/13 at 06:44 PM
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Parole Units Continue to be Gutted

Jerry Brown continues to release dangerous prisoners back into society while simultaneously cutting the ability of the Department of Corrections to keep track of these folks. The parole portion of the Corrections Department is being severely cut back; both in terms of officers and facilities. As offices close, the physical distance between parole officers and parolees increases. This coupled with fewer officers will eventually lead to more crime in our state.

The purpose seems to be to build the false case that only higher taxes will protect us from criminals. Unfortunately, nothing can protect us for the criminals in office.

Below is the current list. It was announced today that five more parole units were closed.

2013 Information Bulletins
Note: Items marked N/A are not related to parole
13-01 ANNOUNCING THE ACTIVATION OF THE LOS ANGELES GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM DISTRICT & CONSOLIDATION OF PAROLE DISTRICTS IN REGION III
13-02 ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF PASADENA PAROLE UNITS 1 AND 3 IN REGION III
13-03 ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE BOARD OF PAROLE HEARINGS, SACRAMENTO DECENTRALIZED REVOCATION UNIT
13-04 ANNOUNCING THE INTENT TO REORGANIZE & CONSOLIDATE PAROLE DISTRICTS WITHIN REGION IV
13-05 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE OROVILLE PAROLE UNIT IN REGION I
13-06 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE SAN LEANDRO PAROLE UNIT IN REGION II
13-07 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE MODESTO 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION 1
13-08 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE BUENA PARK PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-09 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE ORANGE 2 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-10 N/A
13-11 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE PASADENA 3 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION III
13-12 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE FRESNO 3 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION 1
13-13 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE FRESNO 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION 1
13-14 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE FRESNO 4 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION 1
13-15 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE FRESNO 8 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION 1
13-16 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE POMONA 2 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-17 ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE FULLERTON PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-18 REVISED - ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE LONG BEACH 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION III
13-19 REVISED - ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE LONG BEACH 2 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION III
13-20 REVISED - ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE LONG BEACH 4 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION III
13-21 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE LONG BEACH GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-22 ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE ORANGE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-23 ANNOUNCING THE ACTIVATION OF THE NEW ORANGE GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM 2 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-24 N/A
13-25 ANNOUNCING THE REORGANIZATION AND CONSOLIDATION OF PAROLE DISTRICTS WITHIN REGION IV
13-26 ANNOUNCING THE REDISTRICTING OF PAROLE UNITS INTO THE REGION III SOUTHEAST DISTRICT
13-27 ANNOUNCING THE RENAMING OF THE GLOBAL POSITIONING UNITS IN REGION III
13-28 N/A
13-29 N/A
13-30 REVISED - ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE OCEANSIDE PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-31 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE ESCONDIDO 2 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-32 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE EL CAJON 3 AND 4 PAROLE UNITS IN REGION IV
13-33 ANNOUNCING THE RELOCATION OF THE SAN JOSE 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION II
13-34 N/A
13-35 N/A
13-36 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE SAN JOSE 4 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION II
13-37 N/A
13-38 N/A
13-39 N/A
13-40 N/A
13-41 N/A
13-42 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE CONCORD 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION II
13-43 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE BAKERSFIELD 4 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION I
13-44 ANNOUNCING CLOSURE OF THE REDDING 1 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION I
13-45 Announcing the relocation of the Inland Global Positioning System (GPS) Parole Unit in Region IV
13-46 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE COSTA MESA PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-47 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE OXNARD PAROLE UNIT IN REGION II
13-48 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE ONTARIO 1 AND 2 PAROLE UNITS IN REGION III
13-49 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE MORENO VALLEY 3 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION IV
13-50 ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE OF THE FRESNO 6 PAROLE UNIT IN REGION I

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Steve Frank’s Conflicts of Interest

I really tried to sit-out the email war today between George & Aaron Park v Steve Frank. However, the rhetoric has gotten to the point where I need to chime in again. Two issues surfaced today that deserve comment.

First, something I was aware of went public today in a big way. The Park brothers have been tracking the fact that Steve Frank is calling individuals to ask for their support in the upcoming CRA elections. It appears that Frank is working a list of delegates obtained by Bill Cardoza, the chairman of the Credentials Committee. This is based on two chunks of data: George Park didn’t provide the list to Mr. Frank and the persons contacted had requested to Cardoza that their names not be share with Frank.

The theory is that the only Board members with lists are Park and Cardoza. Park and Cardoza are both on the Credentials Committee. Cardoza is the Chair of the Committee. Park has the list due to his duties as Membership Secretary. Cardoza was going to work off info shared by Park but suddenly opted to request his own information. Cardoza has fumbled this task badly and kept requesting and countermanding information requests.

Please note that Cardoza has not called any meetings of the Credentials Committee and Cardoza is conveniently out of town for the next week on business. This leaves all the heavy lifting of the committee to be done at the last minute. Thus far, no materials have been shared with Committee members. They have not conducted any official business.

Many suspected Cardoza’s real task was to acquire lists for Frank to use to assist Celeste Greig. Some outside the Greig camp suspect that Frank would use data to find grounds to disenfranchise delegates using his powers on multiple committees related to the convention. Frank is on Bylaws, Credentials, and Rules Committees. He is also a candidate for one of the CRA Vice-President slots.

Is any besides me bothered by the obvious conflicts of interest bundled into Steve Frank? Frank can have his cake and eat it too. What a dream gig. He is both a candidate and a person able to select not only the people that can vote for him (Credentials); but the rules under which they can vote for him (Rules & Bylaws). He is not just a committee member but Chair of the Rules committee. One can’t help but utter the phrase, “Russian Election”.

Clearly the fact that Celeste Greig has to rely on Frank to fill three committee slots and be a candidate on her slate is proof the she either has a small bench of supporters or she needs Frank to keep his thumb on the scale to tilt things her way. You would think that a political operative of her vast experience would know to avoid such blatant conflicts of interest. Frank is reportedly an attorney and as such he knows to avoid such dilemmas.

The second issue today that is subtle but making a bigger splash is related to the Board vote on the Committee assignments mentioned above. Janine Heft, Corresponding Secretary, sent out a ballot for several committees that are related to the upcoming convention. These assignments were the choices made by Celeste Greig. The list was in the form of a consent calendar, it was up or down on the whole thing.

The vote via email provisions of the Bylaws require that a majority of Board members must vote or the motion is deemed to fail. As a result, many members purposely did not participate in hopes that this motion would be unsuccessful.

The rumor mill version of the voting was that with a day to go the measure was failing and the Greig team began calling in an attempt to get enough votes for the committee slate to be approved.

Heft reported that the measure had passed with 39 YES votes but what she never gives out is the size of the voting universe? How many people could have voted but didn’t? In this particular vote that is an important number. Yesterday Tom Hudson reported to me in the course of another discussion that the max size of the Board can be is 111. This number assumes that all 40 senate districts have both a director and deputy director.

Here are samples of this vote being discussed today.

Aaron Park

First off, in an email Steve Frank revealed that I did not vote on the convention committee appointments. The only way he could know that is if the corresponding secretary broke with her long-time policy of not revealing how board members voted on on-line board votes and told him.

Steve Frank

Aaron, what I said was you did not vote against me for the Credentials Committee.  The Secretary announced that the vote was 39-0—NO ONE VOTED AGAINST ME.  It does not take a rocket scientist to understand that.  Since no one voted against me, and you are a voting Board member, you could not have voted against me, since the vote was 39-0.

If the reports of lobbying for the vote had not happened, I think Park would have reacted differently to Frank’s comment. However, Aaron truly believes that since there were reports of members being lobbied to vote that Heft in fact did let someone know the vote was in trouble.

He wrote,

“…on the night of vote deadline I got two panicked emails from Celeste forwarded to me. She was demanding people from the board vote. The verbage in those emails indicated that less than a simple majority had voted on the appointments. Celeste could have only known that if she was given the information by someone who was tracking the votes.”

I don’t know what to make of this whole thing. I can see both points of view. I know that there is more information that has not been released publicly but I don’t see an upside to dragging Heft into the presidential sparring.

Posted by william on 04/12 at 01:42 AM
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Iran has Time Machine?

Today, the Telegraph newspaper is reporting “Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’”
Their story appears here, but when I read the headline, this is what I expected to read:
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Iranian scientist, Abdul McFly, claims his invention will take you from the 7th century to the 21st century simply by driving his mechanical invention at 88 mile per hour from Iran to virtually any other country in the world. Religious rulers in Iran were angered by McFly when he told them that in the future there would be air conditioning, running water, indoor plumbing, and virgins would be in short supply on television.

Posted by william on 04/11 at 11:57 AM
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CRA Course Correction

After many emails over the last two days, I was able to get CRA to find a way to keep several members on the Board that were slated for removal.

This started by my asserting that the March 2 Board meeting was invalidly noticed 13 days instead of 14 as required by the Bylaws. By my math Feb 17 to Feb 28 was 11 days plus two in March equals 13 days. It helps when Bill Gates agrees with you. Try A3=A1 minus A2 in Microsoft Excel and you get this:
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Subtracting Dates in Excel 2013

While the CRA was not willing to concede they blew the meeting notification, the leadership has pledged that they will reassign these wayward souls to the Board to fill their own vacancies. This keeps the March 2 meeting legit and keeps the Board mostly status quo. Had I not raised a ruckus, five to eight folks would have been tossed off the Board. This likely would not affect the outcome of any races for officer’s elections but it has the appearance of mischief.

Per CRA Bylaws, Board members are only allowed to miss two meetings during a two year term. The removal from office is automatic; thus when you miss the second meeting, you are never notified of the removal, it just happens. You are cut-off. It has been the practice that no communication is made with a person being removed. You just notice that your email box is quieter.

A few years ago, I was removed as Voter Registration Secretary after missing one meeting; not two as required by the Bylaws. I didn’t know I was off the Board until I heard I had been replaced. By then it was too late. It turns out that I was never marked as present at a Board meeting concurrent with a CRP Convention. After an hour of this two hour meeting, I had to attend a meeting with Steve Poizner held in an adjoining room. This was during his run for California Governor. My purpose attending the meeting was because I was the CRA Voter Registration Secretary. The irony was that doing my job cost me my job.

Once a vacancy occurs, the President has the option of filling the vacancy with the person of her choice or leaving it vacant until it can be filled. When CRA is less than three weeks from their Convention and the deck chairs start getting shuffled, it has the appearance that people are trying to tinker with the vote.

Once I got word of the offer to restore people to the Board, I began to dial back the rhetoric. I went from napalm to small arms fire. I was about to get nuclear on the subject but thankfully that was not necessary.

I am grateful to Tom Hudson and Karl Heft for engineering this arrangement. Furthermore, Celeste Greig had to sign-off on this in some capacity. Thanks for finding a way to do the right thing.

The Sith Lord says he’ll believe it when he sees it but I will give the Board the benefit of the doubt.

Posted by william on 04/11 at 01:43 AM
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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Empire Strikes Back: Part 2

The way money is handled can be either an orderly process or a chaotic, clumsy and haphazard one. Order prevents fraud, disorder invites it.

I have twenty years of experience in accounting including payables; receivables; payroll; sales and employment taxes; just to name a few areas that I have worked. In business, anything received in the mail is opened, date stamped, and routed to the appropriate person for further handling. When handling money, tasks should be divided between various employees and subjected to processes that verify correct handling of funds.

In offices where I have worked, all checks were copied twice. One copy was kept with the deposit slip and the other attached to the invoice that the check was paying. This was kept in a vendor file. In a matter of minutes I could lay hands on any invoice or payment that I ever touched and present it to the boss or outside auditor.

In volunteer organizations, these types of practices are important to maintain. When, I was a treasurer in my local CRA chapter, I have made copies of all deposit slips and all checks that make up the deposit. I also kept copies of membership applications for all people joining the club. I also have copies of all checks written and invoices that were paid with these checks. When these types of practices are not followed then you lose control of the funds and chaos begets more chaos.

This is a tale of chaos resulting in people in CRA not following Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or the governing Bylaws.

As currently written, membership dues and applications are sent to the Membership Secretary. The Membership Secretary updates the records and verifies applicant’s voter registration and stuff like that. The funds are sent to the Treasurer to be deposited.

As a result of the 2011 leadership fight, the Membership Secretary is on the look-out for mischief. Red flag items include large checks that pay dues for large groups of people instead of individual checks from members, unsigned membership applications, and the like.

Additionally, certain clubs have a reputation for bouncing checks. Checks received at conventions have even a higher rate of being bounced. In the past, it has been possible to show-up at the convention, pay dues with a fraudulent check, vote for the officers of your choice and go home leaving CRA holding the bag.

Instead of supporting processes that are designed to protect individual officers and the group as a whole from fraud, certain officers try to circumvent this process. When that officer is the statewide President then it becomes a bigger problem.

It is not unusual for an owner of a small business to take shortcuts when it comes to money; oh the stories I could tell about that…; however, the President of a corporation with franchises all over a state like California is another matter. This is effectively what CRA is, a California corporation with many franchises. For the President to ever touch a check from a member is a violation of established procedures. She may occasionally cosign a check that pays a bill—I’m assuming two signatures are required to write a check; this may not be the case but should be—but generally check handling should be left to others.

The current CRA President is frequently handling money from members and depositing funds in the corporate bank account. By doing so, she is bypassing both the treasurer and membership secretary and thus the system of checks and balances established to protect the organization. From what I know, she does not make copies of these checks and deposit slips; instead she simply sends an email as the mood strikes her stating that Bob, Mary and Steve paid their dues. If she happens to forget then the treasurer has to hunt her down and see what she has been up to in order to reconcile the account.

Along these lines, another money handling screw-up has surfaced.
On February 22, 2013, Membership Secretary George Park sent an email about paying dues and other deadlines to chapter Presidents and Board members. The applicable portion for this discussion appears below:

6. When mailing membership dues to me, please use the following mailing address, with no signature requirement. My mail box is locked and very secure; I will not accept FedEx, UPS or any US Mail that has been sent with a signature requirement. Again, use regular US Mail with no signature required.

On March 14, 2013, this email was sent to CRA President Celeste Greig and others:

Please see the letter that has gone out to all CRA Units. Please also note Item #6. I just rejected a certified mail envelope sent to my office. I will not accept certified mail or any postal mail that requires a signature. I also will not accept Fed Ex or UPS packages. All membership mail must be sent to my home address and not to my office. I have consistently reiterated these details in multiple communications since I have been membership secretary. I wanted to bring this to your attention as an FYI. Thanks

Yesterday, April 9, 2013, Park sent out an email that included the following:

(Click Here) to see an email sent to CRA President Celeste Greig after I rejected a Certified Mail Envelope that she mailed me. This email was cc’ed to the entire CRA executive board on 3/14/2013.  Why was Celeste collecting the RAGSCV unit dues?  Why did she send their dues registered mail with a signature required?

Once again, Greig is interjecting herself into the money end of the corporation. Why is she handling dues for a local chapter? Where is the treasurer of the chapter? Why can’t they send in their own dues like the other 50 odd chapters? Why send money to Park with a signature required? For about seventy-five cents—which is cheaper than the postage Greig paid—she could have sent the money with a delivery confirmation that requires no signature. Again, she should not be handling money.

Yesterday Steve Frank again interjected himself into this controversy. Please note that Frank is a past President of the CRA Corporation. As someone in the business world and a past president, he above all people should know that the president should stay out of the business of handling money. Instead he fires back at Park stating,” Now he is upset that a club did not trust him to accurately record their membership and instead sent its membership checks to the CRA State President.”

Besides Frank again re-inventing the Bylaws to suit his bias, this is a personal attack on the Membership Secretary. Some folks may not like the stuff they hear George Park say but I have known him for a few years now and he impresses me as a man of integrity. Park took a shoe box full of junk and has done a good job of rebuilding the mess left by Peggy Mew. Somehow, I think that if I was to research it, that Mew was likely the Membership Secretary when Frank was CRA President. Thus one could say that Park is cleaning up the debris that Frank and others failed to deal with when they had the chance.

George Park is doing his best and is trying to get local chapters to follow the rules that have always been there, just not enforced. He takes his fiduciary obligation as a corporate officer seriously; others like Frank and Greig treat CRA like a Cub Scout den leader meeting.

Update
Sith Lord thinks Steve Frank Presidency was before Peggy Mew was Membership Secretary.

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Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Empire Strikes Back: Part 1

The CRA elites have been hard at work behind the scenes to insure that the status quo is maintained. As stated earlier, part of this strategy is keeping clubs that violate the rules—but vote the right way—in good standing so they will vote for the Greig Slate. (Please note that challenger John Briscoe has no slate.)

Antelope Valley RA has been given a pass after disgorging two years worth of paperwork and dues. They sent in rosters for 2012 & 2013 and a check for dues and as a result, they have been declared as a chapter in good standing. Please note that they were given a pass on paying any dues for 2011 and submitted their dues after the paperwork deadline for the upcoming convention. The stated reason for being given a pass on 2011 dues is that no current members have records that go back that far.

Antelope Valley did not follow the rules set forth in the State Bylaws but was given a pass in part because they have powerful patrons that neither faction in CRA feels they can afford to cross; in particular, George and Sharon Runner. Runner and his wife are listed as members of the Antelope Valley RA. AVRA claims a few other elected folks as members also.

Putting his best spin on this yesterday, Membership Secretary George Park released a statement praising the return of the prodigal son.

For over two years, the previous leadership of the unit simply never communicated with the CRA Membership Secretary and had not paid dues to CRA. Thanks to the efforts of CRA VP Tim Thiesen, we were able to make contact and in a conference call were able to resolve all the issues that existed.

The AVRA is one of the oldest units in the CRA and the new leadership is now fully reconnected with the CRA. VP Tim Thiesen made this possible through multiple phone calls. Thanks to Tim’s efforts AVRA is now go to go.

“I am truly grateful to Tim Thiesen for helping bring the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly back in to the CRA fold”, said George Park, CRA Membership Secretary, “It is gratifying to see the earnest commitment from their new president toward growing CRA and the Conservative Movement in the Antelope Valley!”

“Leadership means connection”, said Tim Thiesen, “and connection means sharing information and treating everyone fairly regardless of their opinions. To move CRA forward, the era of suspicion and stealth need to end.”

Reconnecting with the AVRA, on the heels of the wildly successful reorganization of the Ventura RA are two serious signs of progress in the direction of building a stable, healthy CRA going forward in Northern L.A. County and beyond.

Park can sure make lemonade from lemons.

 

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Being Frank

Being Steve Frank must be a lot like working as the White House Press Secretary for Barack Obama. Frank gets trotted out in public every few days to put lipstick on the sow that is the CRA Presidency of Celeste Greig.

Today, George Park dumped another steaming load of Greig’s past actions on her doorstep. An hour later, Frank was dutifully trotted-out to again attack the messenger.

In today’s installment, Park once again concentrated on the Republican Assembly of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. On their current membership roster, this group is claiming members:
• Living in Texas and Washington DC.
• People that never joined the club or paid dues.
• Not even registered to vote.

Frank and Greig defend the legitimacy of RAGSCV despite the fact that the Bylaws they are pledged to support require that CRA members must live in California and be registered Republicans in the Golden State.

Frank accused this malfeasance on the fact that Park is not doing his job.

The irony is that Frank and Greig are the reason that clubs like these are not disciplined for their failure to follow the rules. Park’s emails are informing the Statewide Board of the problems in the organization and making sure that the appropriate committees must confront these issues while not allow those enabling this aberrant behavior to sweep it under the carpet. In addition, Greig is exposed as failing to lead, thus building the case that she should be replaced as President.

Frank has ignored my advice to get a good rhyme to cover his crimes and instead opted for, “End the Fraud.  Let CRA grow—end the Drama.” You can tell what Frank believes by what he accuses the other guys of doing. He projects his values and tactics on to his enemies because he figures that they operate from the same motivation that he does. Let’s break down his slogan.

• “End the Fraud”: Park would agree that ending the fraud is his goal—the fraud perpetrated by Frank and Greig.
• “Let CRA grow”: The growth Park wants is orderly and organic, the growth Frank wants is cancerous and destructive.
• “End the Drama”: Ending the Drama is stopping the special treatment and exemptions allowed by Greig and Frank. If everyone followed the same rules there wouldn’t be any drama.

Being Frank is difficult when you have nothing to work with. He can’t defend the record of the incumbent so all that he can do is attack Republicans that desire to do the right thing. Being Frank is more like Obama’s press secretary than I imagined.

Maybe RINO should be Republican Incumbents Need Obfuscation.

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Friday, April 05, 2013

CRA: Fraud, Lies, and Video Tape

Membership Secretary, George Park, has fired off his first two installments in the continuing tale of fraud, lies, and misdirection which have been the CRA Presidency of Celeste Greig and her advisor, Steve Frank.

Park’s first salvo was a video recording of Frank misrepresenting the CRA Bylaws so he could prevent the largest chapter of CRA in California, Santa Clarita Valley Republican Assembly, from participation in an endorsing convention. The disenfranchisement was because the chapter was not supporting his preferred candidate in a regional endorsing convention.

Frank –while on camera—was blowing more smoke than a steam locomotive, as he prevented the rules established in the State Bylaws from being followed and instead substituted his own novel interpretation. He used his rank as a previous past statewide president as justification for buttressing his unique interpretation. After the endorsing convention, an appeal was made to CRA President Celeste Greig as statewide President. She upheld the actions of Frank.

I have experienced similar abuse at a CRA endorsing convention when I was barred from voting by John Stoos and Wayne Johnson because I did not agree with their candidate choice and the outcome was too important to be left peons like me. Interestingly, Frank, Stoos (at the time), and Johnson are all political consultants. Perhaps folks who make their living as political consultants should be barred from officiating at endorsement conventions in which they have a financial interest in the outcome.

Next, Park directed his guns at the other Santa Clarita CRA chapter, the Republican Assembly of Greater Santa Clarita Valley. This group has a short but colorful history. It is a club created for the benefit of one candidate. Park has documented that the chartering documents for this group contain improprieties. Some listed members not only say never joined the group but say they never paid any dues.

Scott and Vanessa Wilk never signed the petition for Charter. Both Assemblymember Scott Wilk and his wife Vanessa Wilk (also a Deputy Senate District Director) have certified via email that they never signed the RAGSCV petition for charter…Neither Scott nor Vanessa ever paid dues, and did not fill out membership applications!

Links to Vanessa and Scott Wilk emails denying joining the RASCV chapter.
http://facebook.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=09481cd56ce10ffb0a0b670be&id=935f0ce6fa&e=52fe8ff225
http://facebook.us5.list-manage.com/track/click?u=09481cd56ce10ffb0a0b670be&id=9916194813&e=52fe8ff225

Normal folks call this evidence but not Steve Frank. He refuses to deal with the facts. Instead he employs Zen and the Art of Political Science. He just wishes all the negative energy that he radiates not be held to his account. Instead he says, “If you do not have anything positive, unifying or productive to say—keep it to yourself. Don’t harm CRA for a personal agenda.”

Frank seems more akin to Rodney King screaming, “Can’t we all just get along?” Clearly he has one set of rules for his friends and a different standard for everyone else. Isn’t that one of our complaints about Democrats?

Steve’s line of argument is old, tired, and uninspiring. I think he needs a new tactic. I think he should follow the advice given in the Paul Shanklin parody Drag the Dog. In one portion James Carville and OJ Simpson have the following discussion and how Bill Clinton should handle the affair with Monica.

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JC “Listen-up and just do what he says.”
OJ “Hey, I got here as fast as I could. What’s the situation?”
JC “Well it ain’t so good. They got they got tapes, gifts, witnesses, clothing, DNA, finger prints.”
OJ “That don’t mean anything. Do you have a rhyme?”
JC “A what?”
OJ” Like, he can’t quit, she’s just a twit.”
JC “Man you’re good.”

Yeah, Steve Frank needs a rhyme! Truth is not on his side. His only hope is to raise obfuscation to a whole new level. Hey Steve, get a rhyme ‘cause your outta time.

 

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Wednesday, April 03, 2013

CRA Paper Clubs Again Allow Mischief

I guess that I’m sort of old fashioned. I think everyone should play by the same rules. I think your friends and enemies should be held to the same standard. In politics this makes me a fossil or a pariah.

Within the California Republican Assembly, the ranks of membership are dwindling. They have been for several decades. The leadership of the organization has been in denial of this fact whenever possible.

“Paper clubs” were routinely resurrected each election cycle for the purpose of securing endorsements for candidates. Paper clubs typically had no active members and no regular meetings but were magically able to field delegates for endorsing conventions. Memberships were often paid by patrons of the group—usually in the form of a check from a candidate or political consulting firm. This practice was happening without much concern by the Board. As the Bylaws were interpreted, it took about two years to declare a chapter defunct. Those in charge of membership were reluctant to declare any chapter defunct. It finally got to the point were almost half the chapters in the State were non-existent.

A big red flag to the CRA that paper units were a problem was when Mitt Romney was able to capture a number of these local chapters and secured the endorsement in the Primary against John McCain. Ironically, Romney suspended campaigning prior to the California primary election. At the same time, several local candidates for State Senate and Assembly were also able to repeat Romney’s success on a smaller scale. CRA however failed to take any action to fix the paper clubs.

In 2011, the challenger for CRA President tried to capture these paper clubs and then send delegates to vote for her. (She helped Romney and others in the past and knew the drill.) She was given much help in the effort by the Membership Secretary. Had the Membership Secretary done her job, the opportunity for a hostile take-over would not exist because the paper clubs would have been weeded from the membership roll. Also, the Membership Secretary knew where the paper clubs were buried and how to re-animate them. As a result, the CRA was finally forced to trim much of the deadwood from its ranks.

What finally blew-up the scheme of phantom chapters was that the existing Board felt so threatened by the contested CRA Presidential race that they decided to have clubs provide not just delegate names but also rosters of chapter membership. Local chapters were forced to prove that they were sending the correct number of delegates based on actual membership in order to vote at the convention. Had the challenger been able to have actual members in the paper clubs and not tried to over-reach by sending delegates for clubs with no paid members, she likely would have won. The process of challenging clubs that failed to provide membership lists to the parent organization took a full day. The Membership Secretary refused to release the information thus necessitating the tribunal that was held.

Two years later and on a smaller scale, the same thing is happening again. A few important differences are in the mix this time around. First, the new Membership Secretary is aware of the misbehaving clubs and intends to call them to account. Second, the current President is staunchly defending the remaining paper clubs because she thinks that they will support her for re-election.

It is unfortunate that the sitting President has so little faith in the rules of the organization and her ability. Unlike her challenger in 2011, the new Presidential candidate will not be resorting to litigation to make the sitting President follow the rules. The Membership Secretary is strong and has little tolerance for B.S. He will remove the paper clubs as a factor and let the race be based on delegate turn-out and not parlor tricks.

My sources tell me the universe of paper clubs causing the most concern is about five chapters. Of these, the one that is getting the most attention is Antelope Valley. They have not responded to any communications from the Membership Secretary since 2011. They have not sent dues to the State organization or information on membership as required by the Bylaws. It took a series of phone calls to the Chairman of the California Republican Party and a State Senator to get a response from them.  Below is how Membership Secretary, George Park, described it in a recent email:

You will see in this email that you have several major violations of CRA by-laws that are not simply fixed with a list and a check, and this is the basis as to why I will be asking the entire CRA board, CC’ed here to suspend your charter as discipline for the these violations of the CRA By-Laws.

Everyone receiving this email needs to understand that I contacted Jim Brulte who then referred me to Senator Knight’s office and only then was I able to break a two-year silence of no contact from the AVRA. It cannot be said that I am acting arbitrarily as I have gone above and beyond to contact the AVRA.

Why did I have to call Jim Brulte and then Senator Knight to get them involved before I could finally get a response? I deserve an answer to this question. I think it is a question that any reasonable person in my position would ask.

Here are the current violations of CRA By-Laws that I know of at this time for the AVRA:

1. Failure to provide records under section 10.07 of the CRA By-Laws - since we were able to make contact, I have made several requests for records that have not been complied with. I need you to assist me in getting all of the items that I requested. These are the same items that the other 50+CRA units have provided. AVRA should provide them as well.

2. I still have not received an explanation for why my communication with your leadership in the last two years was never replied to. The AVRA may owe several hundred dollars in back dues and I’ve yet to receive any information about your 2011 or 2012 membership.

3. In 2012 - your unit attended a CRA local endorsing convention with expired dues and no valid members on the CRA’s master membership records. This is a violation of section 4.08 remittance of dues, if your unit participated in more than one endorsing convention then there are multiple violations. The $275 check notwithstanding, both lists you have given me in 2013 show that your unit easily had more than 11 members in 2012 - however, that $275 check was not accompanied by any documentation. The AVRA has never until today provided me a membership roster.

4. You sent me a list a few days ago with 18 members on it and a check from your personal trust account. Now I have another roster with 36 members and a copy of a unit check. Please explain what happened? Where did all the members appear from?

5. I have asked for membership applications for each of your members as I have absolutely no membership records in your file. Please make sure that I get signed membership applications from all your members before the April 26th start of the convention. Please also provide copies of members dues checks to show that they paid their dues individually.

6. Section 10.06 of the CRA bylaws is clear about the requirement to submit periodical reports of membership to the State CRA membership Secretary - you have failed to do so in 2011,2012 and 2013 - the duration of my current term. If someone advised you not to communicate with me, please let me know as I think it would be appropriate for the CRA Board to hold that person accountable for this error. If not, then I ask again for a complete explanation to be provided not just for me but for the CRA Board of Directors.

7: Section 10.04 and 10.05 of the CRA bylaws are clear about elections of delegates and unit leadership. Since you had no paid members in 2012 - this was impossible. Since I have received no records whatsoever - it is likely that the delegates the AVRA sent to the 2012 L.A. County endorsing convention were not eligible to participate. The AVRA’s failure to provide requested records is additional grounds to challenge your delegation should you decide to participate in the 2013 convention. Once again if any CRA Officer advised you not to communicate with me, please let me know right away.

8. Section 4.06 of the CRA bylaws is very clear about assignment to a Chartered Republican Assembly you are eligible to join. Section 4.05 indicates that local units set their own membership requirements - the by-laws you’ve had in force since your unit was chartered indicate that a perspective member must live within the territory of the unit in order to be eligible to join. The second list you gave me has 3 ineligible members. This is a violation of your own by-laws, and Section 4.05 and Section 4.06 of the State CRA By-Laws. It is likely, had you provided records in 2011 and 2012 that you’d have had the same violation in those years as well.

9. Section 6.02 of the CRA bylaws deals with non-attendance at annual CRA conventions. Your unit has not attended a CRA Convention for the entire time I have been membership secretary. While I am grateful for your sudden interest - the by-laws of the CRA are clear about the consequences of non-participation in CRA Conventions.

10. Section 6.04 of the CRA bylaws is clear - it was cited in the Jeopardy letter I sent your unit. Even after sending that letter I went to extra lengths to reach out. Perhaps those giving you advice have made claims that have only added to your confusion. Please direct your attention to the following sentence:

Any Republican Assembly that fails to conform to these Bylaws may have its charter and membership suspended or revoked, or may be otherwise disciplined, by a two-thirds vote of the Board of Directors.

The current President’s most vocal supporter—nicknamed the “co-president’; Steve Frank—responded to the above with an email full of personal attacks on the Membership Secretary. He never touches on the substance of the problems with the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly.

I happened to be with Membership Secretary Park when the CRP Chairman was contacted about another matter and the subject of Antelope Valley RA was brought up. The chairman mentioned that he had just spoken at the Antelope Valley RA meeting about a week prior to this phone call. The Membership Secretary asked Mr. Brulte about contacting the wayward chapter and told him the trouble he had experienced trying to get a response to his repeated communications. After several more calls, apparently Antelope Valley finally responded and broke their two year silence.

Look how the co-president—Steve Frank—characterized the above exchange between Park and Brulte in a recent email.

While CRA is a chartered organization of the California Republican Party, the CRP chair, in this case Jim Brulte, has nothing to say or do about the internal workings of the CRA.  Oh, and neither does a State Senator.  We are happy that Senator Knight is a member of CRA, but he is not on the Board.  Could this type of phone calling be why legislators stay away from CRA.

This statement has no basis in reality. Remember I was present when Park and Brulte spoke. Brulte mentioned Antelope Valley to show he was trying to work with local Republican groups that Park was familiar with and at that point the subject of contacting Antelope Valley was brought up. Mr. Frank was not there and will not accept the word of the people who were. Frank cannot be frank. Truth is a barrier to his narrative so he chooses to ignore it.


Frank then bloviates more:

I also note that in a previous email to the Antelope Valley Republican Assembly, George has said he is going to recommend that the AVRA be “suspended” for 15 months.  Isn’t that an odd number of months.  Could it be that using that number he would disallow the AVRA from participating in the convention this year and next?  Since they do not support him, I am sure he prefers they not vote.

My understanding is that Antelope Valley did not submit their current dues and membership roster by the Convention deadline and are thus ineligible to participate in the April 2013 Convention. Who AVRA might support at Convention is a mute point when they don’t submit the require documents to attend. Again, Frank is not interested in the facts; he just wants to inflame the situation. His purpose is to divide. He has no interest in helping the organization. In fact, Frank thinks the above listed problems should be no barrier to participation in the upcoming Convention.

Because of their conduct, I think the CRA Board should put a bullet in Antelope Valley and make them go thru the entire re-chartering process. I think suspending AVRA is a kindness they may not deserve. However, if they are subject to suspension and then comply with the requests noted above, I know that the Membership Secretary would want them restored as an active chapter. The 15 months is a “grace period” not a mandatory suspension period. Again, Frank is not interested in anything that might be contrary to his narrative.

There are continued murmurings that Frank & his faction are desperately trying to work out a strategy of victory base on weasel tactics because they are fearful of a stand-up fight. The games are definitely afoot. Watch this space for more.

 

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter 2013

He is Risen

Matthew 28:

5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.  7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”  8 So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.  9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.  10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Walking Dead S-3 Finally Predictions

This week-end marks the season three finally of The Walking Dead. The war with Woodberry appears about to explode. In the previews, you can see a guard tower at the prison explode so it looks like the Governor and company will attack.

Based on what I think I know, this is what I will look for on Sunday night:
• The contract with the small town where AMC is filming the Woodberry portion of the series was a two year deal, thus I think the Woodberry story line will not wrap-up until next season.
• Daryl will be out for payback after last week’s episode. Will he act like a berserker and shoot everything that he sees (most likely) or be like a sniper, waiting for a kill shot?
• The actor that play Rick reportedly said 27 will perish in the finally.
• The “Rick is crazy” story needs to fade away.
• Baby—reportedly, the baby did not live in the comic so I think she will stay with someone in Woodberry once the Governor is dispatched. Even in this show, I don’t think they will kill an infant. Typically babies are written out of story when not needed on a television show.
• One of the following will perish—Hershel, Maggie or Glen. Glen proposed to Maggie and her dad approved. They would not show this if it did not matter.
• Andrea will meet her end.
• The Governor’s helper will betray him and then perish.
• Rick’s son will kill someone in a cold and ruthless way.

How the Governor should be killed-off:
My idea is that he will lose his other eye and then be surrounded by walkers. The camera will pan back for a wider shot and fade to back as he screams.

Update 04-02-2013
I made ten comments/predictions on the finally of The Walking Dead Season 3. So how did I do?
Correct I said that the Governor & company would attack the prison.
Wrong I said the town of Woodberry would continue into next season—not known but I’m thinking I was wrong on this one.
Wrong Daryl did almost nothing in the episode so I was wrong about him.
Correct Rick rumor of 27 dead was right-why was a surprise twist.
Correct It looks like “Rick is Crazy” was put to rest.
Wrong Baby not living happily ever after in Woodberry
Wrong Hershel, Maggie and Glen live into next season?
Correct Andrea is gone-right big-time
Correct Governor’s helper is gone
Correct Rick’s son kills someone in cold and ruthless way

6 Correct
4 Wrong

Six correct is not bad for 46 minutes of television.

I wonder if the Governor will be back… New season, new show runner in October

 

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ventura Tea Party Leader Jumps into CRA Presidential Race

Background
These threads are in chronological order to provide some context. Additional details on the CRA Presidential race are found at http://www.rightondaily.com

Aaron Park, CRA Sergeant at Arms replied to a campaign email from Celeste Greig:

Madam President:

I wanted to report in on my activities this month.

Along with CRA membership secretary George Park - we drove 830 Miles Round Trip to Ventura County to clean up a *mess left behind by SDD Steve Frank. I am pleased to report that the Ventura RA was successfully reorganized with 35 members at the time (they now have 38) - most all of whom have never been CRA Members.

I’d like to make a specific request that we reach out to local Tea Parties in Ventura to let them know about the values of CRA and that there is now a functional Unit in their area.

Celeste Greig, CRA President wrote the following:

Yes, I know that must of you are saying “Not another drama, lets just move on and ignore the park brothers”, well that is what we have been doing for the last 5 years or so, and look where it has taken us.

Then she added:

What mess *? Steve Frank WAS NOT in charge or President of the Ventura County R.A. he only went and met with Regina Risolio last week to get the existing records from her, she was the President, NOT Steve, he was not even on the board, we have been trying to re-activate the Unit for a long time, and had good, solid conservative people who wanted to be part of it, not anymore.

After Park recommends that the CRA President reach-out to the Ventura Tea Party, their President George Miller, attacks::

Mr. Parks:

I have NO idea what you and your brother are smoking up there, but:

1. “Reorganizing” a CRA chapter which is supposed to be “Conservative,” using RINO’s, if not out and out Progressives, will win you no favor in Ventura County, from actual Conservatives and real Tea Parties.

2. Steve Frank was not running the VC CRA chapter. He came in very recently after the fact and tried to revive the corpse. From the looks of your shrinking membership (notwithstanding your phantom units and bought “members),  it doesn’t look as though there’s much of real substance left.  Add to that its endorsements of non-Conservatives, why bother?

2. We brought some Tea Parties into CRA in 2011, right before you staged your mischief surrounding the CRA Convention. At that time, most of us either exited, changed plans to join, or cut back radically on CRA participation. We haven’t forgotten.

4. Is this mere incompetence, or a deliberate attempt to destroy CRA and what it stands for? Your latest stunt seems to suggest the latter.

Regards,

George Miller

Please note that Celeste Greig was the one that inserted the idea that Steve Frank was “President of Ventura County RA” not Mr. Park as Miller claims.


Mr. Miller,


I received your email last night and wished to respond to it. Clearly someone gave you my address because we have never corresponded before.


Before responding I want to tell you a little about myself. I have been in CRA since about 1989 when I was recruited by Barbara Alby in the Narthex of Capital Christian Center in Sacramento. I have seen many changes over the years.  I was active in the Congressional campaigns of both Tim LeFevre and Barbara Alby. My daughter had attended City on the Hill youth camp that is sponsored by CRI. In 2011, I was supporting Karen England for President. My blog on the conflict between England and the Parks, et al was the basis of the court action taken against CRA.


http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_battles_to_verge_of_extinction—update/
http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_battles_to_verge_of_extinction—update2/
http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_delegate_amendment/
http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_hit_with_tro/
http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_board_loses_in_court/


I arrived at the April 2011 convention ready to vote for Karen England until I saw the circus that was staged on her behalf by Capitol Staffers and others. It was clear that she arrived with a host of paper clubs and was resorting to classic protest tactics I had only witnessed utilized by Leftists. It was a great disappointment to behold.


http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_delegate_fight/
http://www.reallyright.com/index.php/weblog/comments/cra_elections/

I also have disagreed with Aaron Park and others in their treatment of Rodney Stanhope. However, I have had a good relationship with Aaron and George Park for many years.


Unlike you, or Steve Frank or Celeste Greig, I was at the re-organizational meeting for the Ventura Republican Assembly. 


Everything Steve Frank said about the meeting prior to it actually taking place was false except that Mike Osborn would attend. Frank’s complaints prior to the meeting were that Osborn worked with Charles Munger and some of his appointments to CRP were from outside Ventura County. These arguments are rather weak. CRA endorsed most of Munger’s slate for the CRP. Celeste Greig had ample time to recruit opponents to the slate and did not. In the old days CRA ran a complete slate for all CRP offices and had an effective proxy drill. Secondly, a County chair can appoint whoever they want to appoint.


Mike Osborn is the County chairman of the Republican Party of Ventura County. The CRA is chartered by the Republican Party. It has been the practice that County chairs will be present at Republican events in their county. This is doubly so when a new group is organizing. I spoke to Mr. Osborn at the Ventura RA meeting and he claims to be pro-life, a supporter of the Second Amendment and wants lower taxes. That may not cover all 14 points of the CRA but it puts him squarely in the Republican column. What Mike Osborn seems to lack is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ—something that is beyond the scope of this discussion.


The Steve Frank email that was forwarded to you by Celeste Greig prior to the re-organizational meeting was full of bullet points designed to put a wedge between your group and the CRA. You did not show due diligence to check the truth of Frank’s assertions or attend the meeting as an observer. You were welcome to come and check it out. Like Steve Frank, you did not attend the meeting but you are perfectly will to misrepresent it because it fits your narrative. 


Better yet, if you wanted to, you could have had your Tea Party friends show up at George’s meeting, paid memberships and taken the Ventura RA right from under his nose. Since that didn’t happen it makes me wonder why you even inserted yourself into this issue.


No one claimed that Frank was running the VC CRA chapter as you assert in point 2 of your email. Frank—as a Senate District Director—was charged with helping to grow and assist CRA chapters in his assigned area. As I understand it, Ventura went from five chapters to zero. It appears that not until Frank and Greig did a headcount of possible delegates for the April 2013 Convention did they set their sights on reviving the chapter.


Neither Party in the 2011 CRA Convention battle is blameless. I am one of the few that publicly advocated following the existing rules to get thru the controversy. Had Karen England followed the rules and done thing according to the Bylaws she could have won. Celeste and her friends weren’t sure that following the rules would work so they shaded things to their side. For new folks coming into the group, it was not our finest moment.


I can understand your reluctance to be involved in CRA; however, with this email you have inserted yourself not only into an internal CRA controversy but you have chosen sides by the way you have done it.


One last irony that you remind me of is that it was Charles Munger that gave money to the Tea Party in Placer County to take-over their Republican Central Committee and boot out the CRA members.


I wish the Tea Party would either stay out of CRA affairs or pay dues so they can have a voice in what happens. Taunting from the sidelines does not advance either group. It only causes more folks sour on politics and register as DTS.


Sincerely,

 

Posted by william on 03/28 at 06:12 PM
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