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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Park Family Shakedown: Money, Blogs, and Phony Members

In my last blog, we established that the dictionary definition of fraud involves intentionally or knowingly deceive or cheat, in order to cause some financial detriment to another and to engender personal financial gain.

And that got me to thinking. In his posts, Aaron often tells us more about his motivations than he actually does about the actions of others. Rush Limbaugh has the same observation about Democrats. They accuse others of what actually motivates them.

Over the last few weeks, Aaron’s whole campaign is that everyone in CRA commits fraud and only he and George can protect CRA from this evil. After posting my blog last night, I got to thinking about fraud and the Parks and the one name popped into my head and I said “gotcha.” That name is Igor Birman.

As we all know, much of the animosity that Aaron has with Nevada Republican Assembly concerns the endorsement or rather non-endorsement of Tom McClintock prior to the June election last year. Nevada RA thinks Tom McClintock is a rock solid conservative and Aaron helped to block McClintock’s endorsement by the local CRA endorsing convention. This was the “local” endorsing convention held at the CRA convention in southern California—the better part of 400 miles from CD-4. As you recall, John Briscoe was not happy with the result and had the CRA Board pass a resolution thanking Tom for being a great Conservative at the Board meeting on March 15, 2014 in Burlingame last year.

At the same time Aaron is going out of his way to throw “bricks” at Tom McClintock, Aaron is on his blog singing the praises of McClintock’s Chief of Staff, Igor Birman, who is running for congress in a neighboring Congressional District. On his blog, Aaron proclaimed over and over that Igor was the only true conservative in the race. The other conservative, Elizabeth Emken, was constantly portrayed by Park as a RINO despite the fact she was in agreement with Birman on most issues.

Can you see the logical dilemma here?
Igor’s claim to fame and qualification to run for Congress is his association with McClintock.
Simultaneously Park denies McClintock’s endorsement by CRA because McClintock is unfit.

How can both be true? What is the difference?

Money.

It is no secret that Park accepts money from candidates for favorable treatment on his blog. It also may be the case that refusal to utilize his “consulting services” might create unfavorable treatment on the blog.

But in the case of Birman there was more at work than favorable treatment on a blog.

During the same period of time that Park was singing the praises of Birman, a CRA chapter in the district in which Birman was campaigning experienced a sudden and unexplained growth spurt. This growth was so remarkable that at the March 2014 board meeting in Burlingame, George Park sang their praises as the largest percentage of growth in all of California. In fact, the Sacramento Republican Assembly doubled in membership in the first part of 2014.

Let’s look at this growth:
• None of these new members ever attended a meeting before joining.
• Only about two ever came to a meeting after joining. Both were associated with Birman.
• All paid cash for their memberships.
• No dues or membership applications were submitted to club officers. Not the President, VP, Secretary, or Treasurer.
• All money and membership applications were reportedly give directly to George Park.
• Park does not live or work in Sacramento County. The new members reportedly went to the offices of Park Family Insurance to pay their dues.
• This happened over 25 times.
• When Birman came in third in June, all these folks simply vanished.

The SRA membership drive seemed like an aborted effort to insure that Birman’s campaign had a stranglehold on the chapter for the purposes of an endorsement. If the newly created Investigative Committee wants to find some real fraud, I suggest that they dig into this matter.

When it comes to the Parks and fraud, Methinks thou dost protest too much.

Posted by william on 04/29 at 02:03 PM
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Fraud Claim Falls Short of Definition

Aaron Park circulated a series of campaign tracts to members of the CRA Board and then posted them on his blog on April 17th. This begins my analysis of Aaron Park’s political tracts.

CRA Coup Attempt Exposed – Part One
http://www.rightondaily.com/2015/04/cra-coup-attempt-exposed-part-one/

Why the push for a May 30th Board Meeting to Oust George and Aaron?

The push for the May 30th meeting was begun by John Briscoe. He backed down and seven of the CRA VPs and some others felt that the meeting was overdue. The meeting after the CRA Convention was not valid—no quorum was established—and the necessary appointments needed to fill Committees created by the Bylaws were left vacant. The Parks were not invited to this conference call because their fate was part of the discussion.

Prior to resigning, Briscoe had asked the Parks to resign several times.

I go thru all this to say that Aaron does have reason to feel that the May 30 meeting is to oust him and his brother. They can still resign from the Board, that way they might stay in CRA but be confined to Placer County. Some say they have burned that bridge too and they just need to go.

And this brings us to the main topic of this tract, the alleged fraud of Santa Clarita RA. Aaron proclaims:

Massive Fraud in Santa Clarita RA!

It is simple. Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright, David Gauny, Dana Schlumpberger and John Rogers from the Santa Clarita Valley RA are hiding something huge. They along with Mark Gardner, Tim Thiesen and Carl Brickey want George and Aaron Park out of CRA badly:

Why, because – “over 10% of the SCVRA’s Membership is fraudulent.”


Ok, let’s define terms and then see if Aaron’s claim holds up.

Fraudulent: The description of a willful act commenced with the Specific Intent to deceive or cheat, in order to cause some financial detriment to another and to engender personal financial gain.
http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fraudulent

The same website also defines Specific Intent: The term specific intent is commonly used in criminal and Tort Law to designate a special state of mind that is required, along with a physical act, to constitute certain crimes or torts. Specific intent is usually interpreted to mean intentionally or knowingly.

So, if we combine the two then fraud is: The description of a willful act commenced with the state of mind to intentionally or knowingly deceive or cheat, in order to cause some financial detriment to another and to engender personal financial gain.


I will stipulate that “financial” is not the type of gain that Park is alleging here so what can it be?

I don’t think bragging rights to who has the largest CRA chapter is the issue so I can only conclude that the fraud that Park is alleging is related to Convention delegates.

The important question, is Park’s allegation true?

Look at the CRA Bylaws:

Section 11.06. Representation and Quorum. Each chartered Republican Assembly in good standing shall be entitled to select Delegates to each CRA Convention as follows: three Delegates for the first fifteen members and one Delegate for each ten additional members. Representation shall be determined by the records maintained by the Membership Secretary, as of thirty days prior to the Convention.

So for each ten members, Santa Clarita Valley is entitled to another Convention delegate. Assuming Aaron it correct that twenty odd folks should not be on the Santa Clarita rolls, then The Santa Clarita could send an extra two delegates to the convention.

So at this point I think it is fair to ask, did Santa Clarita send delegates to the Convention that they were not entitled to send?

Membership Secretary George Park determined that Santa Clarita could send sixteen delegates to the convention. So if fraud is the motivation for the inflated membership numbers that Park alleges then a reasonable person would expect that Santa Clarita would have maxed-out on their Convention delegates to take advantage of the fraud they are perpetrating, right?



Unfortunately for Park, Santa Clarita could only muster twelve delegates. Therefore, Park would have to rule out all other possible errors in the membership records and then disqualify fifty members before the delegate count might qualify as fraudulent. Plus he would still have to prove knowingly deceiving or cheating.

Now please remember that the Credentials Committee was not allowed access to the membership records to verify any delegate counts because George Park did not want the privacy of member records to be breached and for any membership information to become public.

Or was it just to keep the Placer RA records from scrutiny? You see this issue cuts both ways. Credentials had reports that Placer was the group cooking the books and when folks expressed interest in their records that’s when Park pulled the plug on any access.

The other issue that may be at play here is that George invoiced clubs all over the state for membership dues in 2015. These dues were based on old membership lists and his only instructions to the chapters was to add new members and pay the balance. He did not asked that people that had not paid dues be deleted or the list of members be verified before submission.

My chapter was invoiced for 35 members but only 24 had renewed their membership. Thus George’s membership roster contained a 31 percent error from 2014 to 2015. The membership difference in Santa Clarita seems to be within this margin of error.

But again, George was OK with the Santa Clarita delegate number 30 days prior to the Convention and had there been a problem it should have been given to the Credential Committee and not to his brother 30 plus days after the convention.

Posted by william on 04/29 at 12:24 AM
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Intro to Park’s Political Tracts

Now that CRA has adopted the Investigative Committee as a delay tactic and bought some individuals some time they don’t deserve to re-group, let’s do something that hasn’t been done yet, let’s go thru Aaron’s five posts from April 17th.

First, what is the purpose of the five posts and what type of evidence is actually presented?

Well, the first thing that you notice is that all five posts have a common theme and conclusion.
The theme is that there is rampant fraud in CRA, these guys therefore are bad (Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright, Tim Thiesen, Mark Gardner, and Carl Brickey) and out to get Aaron and George Park.
Aaron & George are they only ones that can protect CRA from this evil. In other words, this is a campaign tract.

The five political tracks are nothing but a series of hit-pieces designed to evoke an emotional response so that Board members would vote YES to the proposed July 25th meeting.

I have had extensive email exchanges with a devout Park supporter that actually thinks Aaron deserves a Pulitzer for the journalistic expose’ that he has presented. Amazing. Furthermore, this individual thinks this whole thing is my fault because my blog post of the previous day goes after the Park brothers and John Briscoe. I have no power, I’m just a guy with a keyboard.

Park’s logical fallacies are too numerous to dissect, his leaps in logic and guilt by association are laughable.

Aaron’s overall theme is erecting the straw man of fraud and the wrapper is vote Yes.

Here are the variations of the conclusions from the five tracts. Each repeats the same lie. A vote YES will move the Board meeting from May 3o in Santa Barbara to Fresno on July 25th. No, it actually would create a second Board meeting at Harris Ranch which is nowhere near Fresno.

#1
Want to stop the Fraud and the Lynching? Vote Yes and support John Briscoe and give the Parks a fighting chance to defend themselves versus the Alice Khosravy / Wendy Albright / Tim Thiesen / Mark Gardner / Carl Brickey Kangaroo Court – move the board meeting to July 25th in Fresno.

#2
If you believe in Fairness, if you want to see the fraud dealt with – then vote Yes on the motion to move the board meeting from Santa Barbara to Fresno. If you support the fraud and you are interested in the lynching of the Park Brothers then join Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright and their crew and vote no.

#3
If you believe in Fairness, if you want to see the fraud dealt with – then vote Yes on the motion to move the board meeting from Santa Barbara to Fresno. If you support the fraud and you are interested in the lynching of the Park Brothers then join Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright and their crew and vote no.

#4
If you believe in Fairness, if you want to see the fraud dealt with – then vote Yes on the motion to move the board meeting from Santa Barbara to Fresno. If you support the fraud and you are interested in the lynching of the Park Brothers then join Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright and their crew and vote no.

#5
If you believe in Fairness, if you want to see the fraud dealt with – then vote Yes on the motion to move the board meeting from Santa Barbara to Fresno. If you support the fraud and you are interested in the lynching of the Park Brothers then join Alice Khosravy, Wendy Albright and their crew and vote no.


I plan to go thru the five tracks only because they are now the starting point of the mandate for the Investigative Committee. Please note that blogging is my hobby not my source of income as it sometimes is for Mr. Park so I may not get to them all in the next week.

 

Posted by william on 04/27 at 12:05 PM
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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Facts-Subborn Things That Just Won’t Go Away

I was minding my own business today and decided to read my email. Typically, Sunday is a slow day for news but wow! What my friend sent me was a bombshell. After reading it, all I could think of was the line from Forest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

What the email contained was just as ridiculous as the idea of giving 7th century barbarians supersonic jets and nuclear weapons; …but enough about Obama’s foreign policy.

It was the vote totals for the online vote to approve the Briscoe/Park delay and witch hunt committee. Depending on how you count it, the vote result is somewhere between 28 to 32 Yes votes and 28 No. The variance is due to four folks voting and then resigning from the Board before the voting period closed. A question has been raised if votes by people no longer on the Board should be counted.

The vote totals were announced by Tom Hudson as 32 Yes, 28 No. Hudson, who is not even president yet (Briscoe’s resignation date has not happened yet), has decreed it to be so.

The practical effect of this vote is that CRA will not inform authorities or the five Ventura folks that their data was posted on the Internet because this has now been classified as an email rumor that needs investigation and verification.


The Investigative Committee’s Mandate

I am asking for your Yes vote to approve a committee which will have full authority to investigate any and all allegations in email/blogs published/sent Friday, April 17.

Serious allegations have been raised both regarding the content and proprietary information used in the emails by the authors. This committee’s work will not be limited to Friday’s allegations but wherever else their investigation may lead from the allegations.

The committee will be charged to report to the entire CRA board at the next board meeting the results of their investigation to date. By passing this, the board directs all CRA units, board members and others associated with CRA to provide whatever records or documents that are requested by the committee in a timely manner. This committee is not intended to circumvent any other pending board action.

The following board members shall be appointed:

Chair, Vice President Dale Tyler

37th Senate District Director Jay Peterson

Recording Secretary Greg Powers

This committee is designed to remove the data breach as an issue between now and the May meeting.

The other day a Board member told me that the Board can’t act between meetings only the President. Well I think they found a way. As a result of this vote, not just individuals can be held liable for what happened but now the entire Board has put themselves on the hook for this release of private information.

Concerning this committee, Tom Hudson wrote on April 22, 2015:

The facts are in dispute and John Briscoe is in the process of appointing a committee to investigate the facts and report back to the CRA Board.

John Briscoe has not refused to comply with California law—and at this point, we do not have the facts to support the assertion that any laws have been broken.  We’ll see.

The good news is that everyone is taking this very seriously and I think we will get to the bottom of it fairly soon.

Misters Park, Park, Briscoe, Hudson, et al., The fact is that personal information of five members of Ventura Republican Assembly were posted on the Internet for just over seven days; From April 17 to April 24, 2015. It is the FACT that the information was released not why that is the issue.

CRA released private and personal information of members simply because they paid their dues to Ventura RA. They had an expectation of privacy when they paid their dues. Their private information was released. Such a violation is not limited to release on the Internet. For whatever reason, CRA lost control of the information, it was compromised. This triggers the statute. This is a fact.

Mister A. Park, got the information from G. Park—who happens to be the statewide Membership Secretary of CRA and the brother of A. Park. This is a fact.

Furthermore, said act of releasing personal information has been reported to the FBI, Attorney General of the State of California, and local law enforcement. Some media outlets are also aware of this situation. This too is a fact and one that CRA does not take seriously.

One of my sources-that also was going to report this incident to law enforcement—says that per statute, CRA is facing $5,000 per day fines until the release of information is reported to authorities. At that rate, ya’ll will be approaching a quarter million dollar fine by the May 30th Board meeting. I hear the Treasurer is good but you might need a good attorney by then.

Posted by william on 04/26 at 09:42 PM
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Is It Really Over?

Is the dust-up about the release of personal information in the rearview mirror now that the file is off the Internet blog site?

Unfortunately, “No.”

As far as I know:
• CRA has yet to report this incident to the authorities.
• CRA has not informed the five people directly affected that their information was out on the Internet.
• CRA has not offered the five people identity theft protection. I think they need to offer to pay any costs for people to secure their bank accounts; including paying for the printing of checks for these folks; especially if they had to open new accounts as a precaution.
• CRA has yet to secure and transfer the membership records from those responsible for the release of information so this won’t happen again.
• CRA also may have a problem because they did not already have a policy in place in case of an unauthorized disclosure of personal financial information.

This is the minimum that CRA should do. Most of the above are statutory requirements.

Also, CRA has not informed their membership (including the Board) about this breach.

This incident is far from over. I fully expect some legal repercussions for those involved but what form that will take only time will tell.

Posted by william on 04/25 at 04:55 AM
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Its Gone-Park Removes Personal Data

Aaron Park just removed the Ventura RA personal data from his website.

File Ventura-RA-Documents.pdf is gone


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thanks, Aaron

Posted by william on 04/24 at 09:31 PM
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Seven days

Its official, we have just past the seven day mark for Aaron posting the Ventura RA members checks on the Internet.
They went up on Friday, April 17th at 12:33

I just verified that they are still posted for all to see.

Posted by william on 04/24 at 04:30 PM
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Crossing the Rubicon

Once upon a time, a “third rate burglary” –a crime of little importance—brought down a US President and his closest advisors. Why? It wasn’t the crime but the cover-up that created the legal difficulties that eventually send many to prison and forced Richard M. Nixon to resign.

Is history about to repeat itself because some can’t learn from its lessons?

I think Aaron Park’s posting of financial information on the Internet on April 17th is bringing about the same phenomenon. CRA’s leadership has become complicit by their conspiracy of silence on this matter. The Board Members of CRA are personally liable for any criminal or civil fines brought as a result of Park’s actions.

I would think in a state were Democrats dominate all parts of government that a Republican group would need to act in a manner above reproach but maybe that’s just me.

Mr. Park knew it was wrong so he created a second file and linked it to his blog on April 20th. This is called an admission against interest. He knew what he did was wrong but will not own up to it.
Original file Ventura-RA-Documents.pdf
New file Ventura-RA-Documents1.pdf

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As I have written elsewhere, the top two leaders in CRA have chosen to do nothing to remedy this situation or to make restitution to the five people whose information is still on the web a week later.

Furthermore, I think it is clear that the CRA Board has “crossed the Rubicon” because they too have known about this and failed to act. As a group, they seem to be fine with ignoring the moral and legal obligation to right this wrong.

CRA keeps calling itself the conscience of the Republican Party. I think CRA has a severe case of Alzheimer disease and can only remember the glory days of old that never were. The legislature is about to make euthanasia legal, maybe CRA should be the first to exercise this new rite in California.

Addendum
A Board member has contacted me to dispute my attack on the Board as a whole. He states that the Board has done the only thing they can do under the Bylaws which is to call a meeting. Outside of a formal meeting only the President can act on behalf of the CRA.

Posted by william on 04/24 at 12:50 PM
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Modest Proposal

It occurs to me that Aaron Park might not be the smartest crayon in the drawer when it comes to administering his blogsite. So in a spirit of glasnost, I wish to offer a tutorial to help him do the right thing.

As you know, if you accidently delete the icon for Microsoft Word from the desktop on your computer, image you aren’t deleting the actual program. You are simply removing a link to the location of the file.

In the same way, if you change a URL (universal resource locator) to point to a different file, that’s all it does is point. A URL is a shortcut to something else located somewhere else. Typically it is in the format http://www.YourWebsite.com

I think if you meditate on this principle for about five milliseconds that you might be able to go to http://www.rightondaily.com/wp-login.php and do the right thing.

 

Posted by william on 04/23 at 10:17 PM
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Another Day and the Data Breach Continues

Ronald Reagan used to say “When your neighbor is out of work it’s a recession, when you’re out of work it’s a depression.”

Well now I guess we can say, “When Aaron Park posts someone else’s bank account information on the Internet it’s too bad, when your information is posted it’s a nightmare.” Or at least that is how I would feel. Unfortunately, Park’s idea of the Golden Rule isn’t “do unto others…”

A reasonable person would think that a Membership Secretary who purposely gives other folk’s personal financial information to his brother for the purposes of posting it on the Internet would be in trouble with both the organization that he serves as well as with the local sheriff but this is not the case. The CRA leadership’s response is “nothing to see here, move along. “  Would that still be the response of John Briscoe and Tom Hudson if it was their information? No, I think not.

And this is precisely the point. When people have one set of rules for others and a different set for themselves, this is wrong. Frankly, this is why so many people no longer participate in the political process. We all know that those in politics are hypocrites.

Virtually all the folks involved in CRA claim to be good, church going folks that love God and believe the Bible; however, if the Bible has no effect on the way they treat others and has no application to the way they live their lives then what good is all this church stuff? The Bible says to love your enemies but we can’t even show love and respect to our fellow Christians. We treat them like crap, not like image bearers of God.

When people are unwilling to admit they are wrong—this is anathema in politics where power is everything—and ask for forgiveness and offer restitution to those they have wronged, then their faith is good for nothing but to be trampled underfoot.

Do folks like Charles Monger see us acting in a way that causes him to admit that those folks in CRA really love each other even when they disagree? They always find a way to come together and help each other.

When’s that last time you heard someone say they were really glad to share the gospel with Rodney Stanhope and we all need to pray for him?

CRA is broken because her people are broken. I love Aaron and George Park and have enjoyed their company in the past but they are behaving badly right now. Instead of looking at their actions and how they affect others, they are just doubling down on their bad behavior.

I know my behavior is a mystery to many because I don’t show loyalty to people in the way they expect. People will fail. I try to be loyal to Principle and judge situations by an external standard. I want folks to play by the rules and not try to put their thumb on the scales. Agree to the rules and live within them. Don’t cheat.

If you have followed my blog or life, I have been an opponent of folks like the Parks, Karen England, Tim LeFevre, Steve Frank, Celeste Greig, Barbara Alby and a host of other that you would recognize. But at other times I have been a supporter of all these folks too. I call ‘em like I see ‘em.

For example, even after Karen failed to take over CRA, I still sent my son to her City on a Hill. It’s a great program; …even if for one week every summer, the Governor of California is Karen England. ( -:

I try to keep my disagreements to the actions and policies of people and not get personal. Have I always held to this standard? No, and for that I’m sorry.

Aaron, take this stuff off the Internet and stand-down. Ditto for George. I think you both need to resign from the Board and apologize to the five individuals that you have put at risk. I would like you to stay in CRA but you have weaponized the membership records and this must have consequences. You have violated the trust invested in you by CRA. I know both sides are ready to go 15 rounds but what for?

Posted by william on 04/23 at 12:42 PM
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

CRA President John Briscoe Resigns

CRA President John Briscoe has announced his resignation. Per succession rules in the Bylaws, Executive Vice-President, Tom Hudson will be the next President.

In a letter to Hudson and copied to the Board, Briscoe wrote

I will work with you for a smooth transition.  I understand that per board rule my resignation cannot be effective for two weeks but I have no intention of reversing it. We can use that time to make sure you are up to speed when you assume the Presidency.

Posted by william on 04/22 at 06:47 PM
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CRA Summary and Data Breach Day Five Update

There are a lot of new readers wondering what is all the controversy happening in CRA and asking the Rodney King question, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

Here is a summary to date.

The factions break up into two camps with some folks in the middle wondering, what’s going on?

In the first camp are George and Aaron Park. George is the silent tiger of the group and Aaron is the more vocal kitten. They are literally brothers in arms. The problem with the Parks is that you are either friend or foe. They can’t be with you on one issue and against you on another. The thought of building coalitions is not part of their vocabulary. George, as Membership Secretary of CRA, has tremendous power within the organization; especially, now.

The other faction is comprised mostly of refugees of the now vacant Charter Review Committee. The main players talked about on Aaron’s blog are Tim Thiesen and Alice Khosravy. Charter Review is charged with working with local clubs to build CRA. Clubs that need help are supposed to get it thru this Committee.

Members of the Charter Review Committee have been targeted by the Parks. The Parks are angry about three units for very different reasons.

First they are angry about the existence of Nevada RA. They want it wiped from the CRA map. Tim Thiesen failed to make a good enough case to punish them at the January CRA Board meeting. Since the Board did not achieve the 2/3 vote needed to punish Nevada RA, the unit was granted an opportunity to comply with the demands of Charter Review and given until the March convention to do so. By the time of the convention, they had done everything required of them. They were overseen by Carl Brickey who will vouch for this. Instead of welcoming them back into the fold as members in good standing, the Parks continue to cry foul but dared not act against the unit at the convention.

Second is the Santa Clarita RA. The Parks gladly helped to dismantle the other Santa Clarita unit calling it the puppet of a local congressman and his political allies. They were proud of their apparent victory. Success has many fathers but failure, that’s Alice’s fault. Her greatest sin was to inquire about the composition of the Placer County RA. She had heard that they had some paper members and tried to see if there was some factual basis for this allegation. George responded by locking up all membership records about a month before the Convention. Ever to this day, he is still holding the records hostage. Blocking access to membership records prevented Charter Review from doing a proper job of clearing delegates for the Convention. They were forced to take the position that all delegates assigned to the convention were OK to seat because Park left them no way to disqualify anyone.

Ventura RA is the third leg of this story
. The Parks took the chapter away from Steve Frank and ran a recruiting drive that netted over 40 members to the club. It was their greatest revival of a club in the state and they were very proud of the achievement especially since it was in Celeste Greig’s backyard.
Things went south during the last election cycle when some endorsements didn’t go Aaron’s way and now he is gunning for the unit.

Remember, everything with the Parks is personal.

All this was in play when the Convention was held in March. John Briscoe did not want to deal with the hostility coming from the Park camp. He ignored other Board members asking him for relief. He adopted a delay and defer tactic. This resulted in the defacto abolishment of the Charter Review Committee and a huge transfer of power to George Park. The only Board Officers that currently have any duties are the President, Treasurer and Membership Secretary.

The chain of command created in the CRA Bylaws is President to Vice-presidents (assigned to various regions of the state) to Senate District Directors to local units. However, Briscoe failed to make assignments to the ten Vice-Presidents so the Senate District Directors have no one assigned to help and support them. In effect we have a head and feet and no limbs to coordinate movement.

Against this backdrop, the CRP overwhelmingly welcomes the Log Cabin Republicans into the fold—which by the way Aaron Park reportedly knew about before the Convention but told no one. The Log Cabin recognition by the CRP does not bode well for the future of the state platform as we know it.

Did you know that elections are winding up right now for representatives to be elected to the CRP Platform Committee? Yet CRA has no way to execute a coordinated campaign to get folks on our side elected because we have no VPs assigned local clubs. Furthermore, it is widely reported that President Briscoe took a pass on offers to coordinate such a campaign with the Tea Party.

Against this backdrop, Briscoe called a conference call earlier in the month with at least seven of the Vice-Presidents and proposed a meeting for May 30th in Santa Barbara. As I have reported, he backed down from this idea. The VPs and others, tired of both the Parks and the lack of leadership by the President decided to call for the meeting anyway.

After the meeting call was publicized, the Parks got Briscoe to propose a second meeting for July 25th. They tried to bluff people with the idea that the July meeting was a substitute instead of having a May meeting. They knew this was contrary to the CRA Bylaws and Robert’s Rules of Order but they tried to get away with it just the same.

On April 17, during the online voting time for the July meeting, Aaron attempted to sway people by blitzing members with five tracts. He then posted them to his blog. In doing this, Aaron posted personal information on members of the Ventura RA. Part of this post included copies of checks from five members. The information includes routing numbers, names, addresses, phone numbers, and bank account numbers which are still legible. In short, all the goodies anyone would need for identity theft. This document is still available on the Internet five days after it was posted.

• John Briscoe has so far refused to notify these folks that personal information was posted by officers of CRA. I know that other have reached out to these individuals to tell them.
• Briscoe has also not secured the records of these and other CRA members. They are still in the possession of George Park.
• Briscoe has refused to offer these individuals a one year subscription to LifeLock or other identity protection company as required by law.
• He has also refused to notify law enforcement of the security breach.
• Briscoe’s failure to follow the law has put all current Board members at risk to civil and criminal prosecution for which they can be held personally liability.

Oh, and our resident attorney, former Parliamentarian and Executive Vice-President, Tom Hudson says this is nothing to worry about.

The facts are in dispute and John Briscoe is in the process of appointing a committee to investigate the facts and report back to the CRA Board.

John Briscoe has not refused to comply with California law—and at this point, we do not have the facts to support the assertion that any laws have been broken.

Tom I have purposely not publicized how to find the documents because that makes me an accomplice after the fact; however, I have given the way to find them to two individuals that have promised to contact law enforcement. I have tested it and can access the offending information via any smart phone or PC with an Internet connection in less than a minute. Even if this was only posted for one hour, it is still as much of a violation.

So that’s where we find ourselves today. Watch this space for more details…

 

Posted by william on 04/22 at 01:56 PM
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Short Rebuttal to Right On Daily Part 6

I typically don’t try to dismantle someone else’s blog posts but this one deserves such a response. Below is the blog posted by Aaron Park yesterday, April 20th.

The setting is this, Aaron is adding his comments to the announcement for the May 30th CRA Board meeting called by 22 Board members.

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Original meeting announcement in black.

Aaron’s commentary in blue as it appears on his blog

My comments in green.

Isn’t HTML great?

The CRA Coup Attempt Part 6 – The Agenda from the Lynch Mob

Please note that I will be adding comments for emhpasis. The perpetrators of this conspiracy decided that they were going to usurp John Briscoe after the 2015 CRA Convention because they knew he could not have been beaten for re-election.

Briscoe’s re-election slogan was “expect even more” but did he deliver? No. At the Board meeting after the Convention, Briscoe aborted the whole thing and never did even the rudimentary business required for the operation of the organization. When he gaveled the meeting over, none of the ten vice-presidents were assigned any territory or units to oversee and virtually all Committees defined in the Bylaws were empty. He left the organization rudderless and without direction.

The only winner of this failed Board meeting was George Park. Park, not only prevented the Charter Review Committee from doing its job prior to the Convention, but went home after the Convention with no Charter Review Committee. As a result, all aspects of chapter oversight and development for the entire state of California were his alone. Park now has sole custody of all membership data of the statewide organization. His bad behavior was rewarded by Briscoe’s failure to lead.

Briscoe – President of the CRA decided not to appoint several committees in light of recent in-fighting within CRA in an attempt to let things die down. The perpetrators of the coup could not allow that – so they used a little-known section of the by-laws to call a board meeting and set an agenda over the top of the CRA President. I am going to add notes in the agenda items so the readers of the blog can get a clear picture of what is being done.

Aaron and George Park were the ones doing the “in-fighting” and were rewarded for their belligerence.

Briscoe, as I’ve repeatedly stated, was the one that got seven of the ten statewide vice-presidents to agree to the May 30th meeting on a conference call that the Parks were not invited to join. About a week after the meeting was tentatively scheduled; Briscoe got cold feet (my words not the VPs) and let it drop. However, he did not stop preparations that he had initiated to reserve a room and schedule a meeting in Santa Barbara. When it became clear that he would not set any meeting date in the foreseeable future, the VPs acted and made the meeting call.

The agenda in the announcement (below) that Aaron is bellyaching about is rather typical and includes the items left unresolved after the last meeting. The one that really frosts him is that his brother is not listed under Report of Officers.

As of this point – George and I are facing unknown charges brought by CRA Vice President Mark Gardner, who fancies himself as an intelligent arbitor of by-laws and rules. In truth, Mr. Gardner is a small-minded bully whose ego is so large (and thin) that he gets easily led around by the nose. CRA Vice President Tim Thiesen and Alice Khosravy are leading the coup from behind the scenes – that is until Khosravy’s membership fraud was exposed. The individual they used to send out this call is a board member named Carl Brickey who is sometimes employed as a campaign operative.

Aaron, the charges you are facing will be given to you in writing prior to the meeting. Ethical people are showing you more grace than you often show others. Your characterization of the members listed above is laughable. You’ve had it in for Alice for many months.

Board Member,

A Board of Directors meeting of the California Republican Assembly is hereby called for Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 9:00 am in the Cabrillo Room of the Courtyard Santa Barbara Goleta located at 401 Storke Road, Goleta, CA 93117.  This Board meeting is called pursuant to Article VIII (Board of Directors), Section 8.04 (Meetings) which states:

Section 8.04.  Meetings.  The Board of Directors shall meet at such times and places as may be determined by the Board or by call of the President.  If no meeting has been held or noticed to occur within thirty days, then one quarter of the Board may call a Board meeting.  There shall be at least two meetings each year; one immediately after the close of the Annual Convention.  Fourteen days’ written notice of the time and place of all in-person Board meetings, except the meeting at the close of the Annual Convention, shall be provided to all Board members by the Corresponding Secretary or by whoever called the meeting.

This extraordinary measure has been undertaken by 22 Board members to ensure that a Board meeting agreed to by the President and the Vice Presidents for May 30, 2015 in Santa Barbara on an April 7, 2015 conference call is scheduled.  Unfortunately, rumors have circulated that the President has decided not to call a Board meeting for this date and will not call a meeting until late summer.  Therefore, this notice is intended to guarantee that the Board meeting is called as agreed.

The following is the proposed agenda:

I.    Call to Order (9:00 am)

II.  Invocation

III.  Pledge of Allegiance

IV.  Welcoming Remarks

V.  Roll Call

a. Excused Absences

VI.  Adoption of the Agenda

VII.  Minutes of the Previous Meeting(s)

VIII. Filling of Vacancies

(This is where they intend to load the board with more drones who will vote to expel George and I, regardless of the evidence or legitimacy of the charges)

Vacancies are filled by people willing to do the job, not on some imaginary Park haters litmus test. Quit projecting your beliefs and motivations onto others.

IX.  Reports of Officers

a. Voter Registration Secretary’s Report

b. Treasurer’s Report

c. Communications Report – VP Alice Khosravy

(Note that this report did not include a report of the membership secretary in anticipation of George Park getting lynched)

 

The Board has been locked out of the membership records for several months—much of that time under the claim that ya’ll didn’t want membership information to be released to the public and to protect the privacy of members. Ironically, only people named Park have been posting it willy-nilly on the Internet for any and all to see. Thou hypocrites.

X.  Reports of Committees

a. Convention Sites – VP Mark Gardner

(This is a jam-down of a Fresno Convention in 2017, and to attempt to force the issue with minimal debate)

Who cares if there’s a convention in Fresno? Just because you and your brother won’t be in charge? Sounds like whining to me. Just a few days ago you and President Briscoe were singing the praises of a meeting at Harris Ranch. That’s about the same general area of the state.

XI.  Unfinished Business

(This is where they intend to make committee appointments over the top of John Briscoe, including the By-Laws Committee and the Charter Review Committee with the 2/3 majority they get from loading the board)

Assigning Committees only needs 50 percent plus one vote. Why Aaron thinks anyone needs to stack to deck is ridiculous. All they need to do is bring your deeds into the light and the two thirds will happen. I guess you really think everything is about you. If so, learn to be disappointed.

XII.  New Business

a.  Complaints against Aaron Park and George Park

(This is the lynching)

On man’s lynching is another man’s justice.

b.  Vice President Territories

(This is called dividing the empire amongst the conspirators)

This is called doing the non-controversial job that the President abdicated at the last Board meeting. This is the foundation of a battle plan for the 2016 elections. Winning elections, now that’s controversial.

c.  Consideration of Amendments to Unit Bylaws

(This is where they will “fix” the by-laws of all the fake units like Nevada, Pasadena and Ventura in order to prevent the state board from being able to re-organize them for not meeting for long periods of time. They will also take territory away from the Glendale Burbank RA in order to cover Alice’s error in chartering part of the fraudulent Pasadena RA)

Paranoia. What is it with the Parks and Nevada RA? Nevada promised at the January Board meeting to comply by the Convention and they did and you can’t stomach it. Why? Because you don’t control the unit?

d.  2015-2016 Board Meeting Schedule

(This is where they will override John Briscoe and call board meetings until the next convention over the top of him)

If John wants to continue to lead from behind then maybe Aaron got this one right. At least the Board will have meetings and a purpose.


e. Compensation for victims of fraudulent actions by Membership Secretary & his Bro

One Year of LifeLock paid by CRA for people who have their financial data posted on the Internet

XIII.  Announcements

XIV.  Adjournment

The Board meeting will be hosted by the Santa Barbara Republican Assembly.  The registration fee is $40.00 per person through May 25, 2015 and includes lunch.  Payment is online through PayPal using the link After this date, the registration fee increases to $50.00, payable in cash only at the door.

The roster of the CRA Board of Directors currently lists 60 members.  Therefore, 15 members is the minimum required to call a meeting pursuant to Section 8.04 of the CRA Bylaws.  The following 22 members have agreed to this call to meeting.

 

Posted by william on 04/21 at 09:22 PM
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Parks Lose First Round: May 30 Showdown Set

Round one of the CRA dust-up results just came in.
CRA Board 1
Park Brothers 0

Vote totals
Yes 28
No 31
Abstain 1

The proposal for a July 25th Board meeting was defeated. Clearly it was outside the margin of cheating or some votes might have been tossed to change the outcome. Aaron Park said as much on his blog and his sister-in-law (Mrs. George) is the one counting the votes. Why people in this group can’t just follow the rules and live with the result is amazing and quite sad.

Again the May 30th meeting was properly called and will happen whether George and Aaron like it or not. Having a second meeting in July was a dumb idea. The Parks simply wanted it to try to trick people into the notion that it was an alternative to the May 30th meeting called per the Bylaws. Why President Briscoe went along with this “alternative” and called for an online vote is unfathomable.

The irony is that Briscoe originally agreed to the May 30th meeting on a conference call that George and Aaron were not invited to participate in. After the room was reserved by Santa Barbara RA, Briscoe got cold feet and the Board took it upon themselves to stick to the original plan.

Aaron and George can try to intimidate Board members all they want but the storm about to hit them is so beyond their comprehension that I actually feel sorry for them. If they knew what was coming they would gladly resign today.

I have been hearing that John Briscoe has made tepid requests over the last few weeks for the Parks to resign but he has finally put the request in writing in an email to the Board. I have obtained a copy of the email. In it Briscoe states that he has asked the Parks to resign; however, he then concedes that he hasn’t the power to remove them and the matter would have to wait to the next Board meeting.

One woe is past. Behold, still two more woes are coming… Rev 9:12

Posted by william on 04/21 at 03:04 PM
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Briscoe Refuses Corrective Action for Data Breach

CRA President John Briscoe refuses to comply with California law related to records published on Internet by Park brothers.

Briscoe has refused to inform CRA members that their names, addresses, bank account numbers, signatures and other personal information were published on the Internet on Friday. The data continues to be available on the Internet even though Aaron Park has finally killed the URL on his website. And Yes Virginia I can still get to it thru Internet search engines. Once it’s on the web it’s always on the web. Any parent with teens on Facebook knows this to be true.

Further, Briscoe refused to offer these individuals identity theft protection as required by statute.

http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=CIV&sectionNum=1798.82


Most egregiously the Parks are the sole custodians of membership records of the organization; thus, there is no reasonable assurance that this will not happen again. Again, Briscoe will not act.

Posted by william on 04/21 at 03:59 AM
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