Saturday, November 14, 2009

POLITICAL PIRATES OF WEEK: Four SAN JACINTO CITY COUNCILMEN Indicted on 155 Counts of Bribery, Money Laundering, yada, yada

What's THE REaction: 

My New Hero:
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco!
Wanted: Four NEW residents to SERVE as ELECTED OFFICIALS on the City Council in San Jacinto, CALIFORNIA.  This place has to be more corrupt than The City Council in  ___________________ (fill in the blank, your pick).  Amazing corruption in the quiet little desert enclave of San Jacinto, Ca. 

I wonder if Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley would actually have the guts to nail some of our corrupt local elected officials around LA County  like Riverside DA Rod Pacheco did this week? Thanks, DA Pacheco for "walking the walk" instead of just "talking out of both sides of your mouth." 

BTW, check out the cheesy, over the top, city produced video clip of  "wonderful" life inside San Jacinto City Hall.  Are you kidding me. LMAO. How about a reality check.  This town needs a total overhaul.
--Randy Economy

RIVERSIDE – On November 12, 2009, a 155-count indictment against nine people was unsealed revealing massive corruption among elected officials in San Jacinto, along with their friends, family members and business connections.

“These illegal activities threaten the integrity of our democracy,” said District Attorney Rod Pacheco. “These elected officials were entrusted with power and misused that power to advance their own political ambition and to satisfy their greed.”

Steven Russell Holgate, 62; James Williams Ayres, 48; Nancy Jo Ayres, 44; Byron Jerry Ellison Sr, 70; Jimmie Dale Stubblefield Jr, 41; John Richard Mansperger, 41; Scott Douglas Shaull, 45; Robert Edward Osborne, 69; and James Walter Potts, 67, have been named in the 155-count indictment.

The indictment, which includes 56 felonies and 99 misdemeanors, lists each of the nine defendants and their respective counts. Four of the five San Jacinto City Council members have been included in the indictment. They (left to right)  are Mayor Dale Stubblefield, Vice Mayor John Mansperger, Councilman James Ayres and Councilman James Potts.

On April 14, 2008, the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office received information that set forth various improprieties in the activities of San Jacinto City Councilman James William Ayres. In the following month, an investigation was commenced to review and verify the accuracy of the allegations set forth in the letter. Over the next 18 months investigators prepared and executed 32 search warrants including search warrants on the residences of San Jacinto Council Members Ayres, Mansperger and Stubblefield.

At the conclusion of the investigation it was determined that the council members and various campaign contributors had been engaged in a conspiracy to launder campaign funds into campaign committees which include those of Nancy Jo Ayres for San Jacinto Unified School District board of trustees and the 2006 primary election for James Ayres in the 65th Assembly District.

The conspiracy was designed to avoid the disclosures mandated by the Fair Political Practices Act and to avoid campaign contribution limits. The investigation further disclosed improprieties in the financial relationship between Stephen Russell Holgate, James William Ayres and Nancy Jo Ayres. Several other people played key roles at various stages of the inappropriate financial dealings.

The case, RIF153642, is being prosecuted by Supervising Deputy District Attorney Michael J. Cabral and Senior Deputy District Attorney Deborah Lucky.

--Randy Economy Blog

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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!