Senator calls on Steve Cooley to Investigate Rosenfield

It’s getting real out there. Senator Ted Gaines today called on Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley to investigate Consumer Education Fund based on problems revealed by their IRS form 990 filings.

Like we’ve shared before, the Fund has only one “charity,” Consumer Watchdog, who pays Harvey Rosenfield hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees. Who is the President of the Consumer Education Fund? One Harvey Rosenfield.

Gaines’ call for investigation is appropriate, and proof that someone needs to take a deep look at what Consumer Watchdog is doing and how they were allowed to create a variety of slush funds to enrich themselves. Of course all of this on top of enjoying a virtual monopoly on intervener fees in the state of California and writing a self-serving ballot measure to ensure they profit off consumers.

To read Senator Gaines’ letter, click here.

Notes On a Scorecard

A few notes on a scorecard after yesterday’s debate between Dan Lungren and Ami Bera.

Bera confirmed again that he is a candidate who runs on vapor.  Generally void of substance.  Sing song talking points.  Tired old platitudes.  There’s no there, there.  The only reason he’s in the ring is his vast network of friends and family donors from around the country.

Aside from repeatedly saying we all need to “roll up our sleeves” before launching into such Captain Obvious brilliance as, “life’s gotten hard for folks,” Bera apparently has been told by handlers to remind people he’s a doctor.  He began almost every sentence with “as a doctor.”

Well then. Since he wants to make a big deal about being a doctor, that seems to beg the obvious question, does Ami Bera make his living as a doctor?  The answer is no.

If Ami Bera were an honest man, he’d tell voters his principle occupation is “landlord.”

According to Bera’s 2012 candidate financial disclosure statements, he sits atop a real estate empire valued at $2.3 to $5.8 million.[1]

Gee, no wonder he has the “courage” to forgo his pension.  He’s a One Percenter.

Included in Bera’s real estate empire are three homes he bought in Sacramento County out of foreclosure.  So in other words, while some Sacramentans were losing their homes to foreclosure it was the good fortune of landlord Bera who picked up these properties at bargain prices.  Certainly nothing wrong with that… but let’s just be clear how this guy really makes a living. It’s worth noting he hasn’t received a salary from UC Davis since 2007.[2]

Of course the most curious part of Bera’s Real Estate Empire is the Colonial Motel in Downey, CA.

Three years ago after it was revealed that a registered sex offender lived at this motel owned by Bera, “Landlord Bera” moved quickly to claim he “sold” the property and didn’t own it any longer

In reality, he “sold” it to his brother for $750,000 but is carrying the loan.  In other words, he merely transferred title to his brother.  It’s a “lender take back” loan (making it easy for him to reclaim the property someday) and he still makes money off the Colonial Motel.[3]  In fact, he reported between $15k and $50k in income last year from owning that note.[4] And, the registered street address for Bera’s company, “Mango Management,” is the same as that for the Colonial Motel.[5]

So the questions the press never has followed up on to Bera should be, “why’d you simply transfer title to your brother when in reality you still essentially own the motel?  What are you trying to hide?  Is this an admission you shouldn’t have let a sex offender live in your motel?”

Why is this important?  It’s important because it reveals Bera’s character.  It’s evidence he’s not willing to take responsibility for his actions, but instead will just try to cover them up.

Want more evidence of his poor character?  Bera supported the High Speed Rail project two years ago, but now in the face of unpopular polling, he says he’s opposed.  Is this really the time to send spineless flip floppers in Washington?

Bera claims the Citizen United decision “corrupts our democracy” but hasn’t condemned the Super PACs funded by left wing organizations including the Sierra Club, AFSCME and SEIU spending over a million dollars on ads discredited by the Sacramento Bee attacking Lungren.

Ami Bera is a multi-millionaire landlord who desperately wants to be somebody.  That’s so true he even tells people he’s something he’s not. That’s right, Bera claims to be the “Dean of Admissions” at the UC Davis School of Medicine in campaign literature when in reality, and according to his own website, he was the Associate Dean. Big difference.  He’s either fraudulently padding his resume or he’s too reckless to take responsibility for a misleading error.

Bera’s never served on a parks board.  Never ran for school board.  He wants to jump right to the big job, even if he’s over his head.  He’s the wrong kind of person to send to Washington.


[1] Amerish (Ami) Bera Personal Financial Disclosure, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, filed May 24, 2012

[2] Sacramento Bee State Worker Salary Search, 25 Sep. 2012 <http://www.sacbee.com/statepay/>

[4] Amerish (Ami) Bera Personal Financial Disclosure, Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives, filed May 24, 2012

[5] Mango Management Statement of Information, California Secretary of State

Ouch!

Ouch. Our sometimes friend and sometimes adversary Steve Maviglio uncovered some pretty shocking allegations about Harvey Rosenfield and his friends at Consumer Watchdog. You can read his good work here.

Basically, Harvey created a non-profit corporation that made one grant (to Consumer Watchdog, obviously) and paid himself $100,000 plus $95,000 in expenses and his friend Jamie Court $200,000 to administer it. Wow. We knew Harvey was only interested in lining his own pockets and maintaining his comfortable Marina del Rey lifestyle but this is just plain sleazy.

Why aren’t they using that money to protect consumers? After all isn’t that their mission?  Or is the mission to make an easy buck?

 

Why does Dave Jones need Harvey, Consumer Watchdog and Friends?

Here we go again. Recently Dave Jones announced AAA will lower their rates for customers in Northern California.

Interestingly, Consumer Watchdog posted this news story on the reduction on their YouTube page, touting Prop 103’s role in lowering the rates. However, Jones’ own press release makes absolutely no mention of Consumer Watchdog or Prop 103. No credit, no mention, nothing.

This begs the question: why does DOI need Harvey to intervene in these cases? If their “priority at the Department is to fight for consumers to make sure homeowner insurance rates are fair and company profits are not excessive” as Jones states in the AAA press release, why do they need Harvey and friends at all? What are the taxpayer-funded actuary and lawyers doing over there? Are they so incompetent they need trial lawyers to do their job for them?

What we do know is that once again Harvey and Dave Jones are in bed together. Not only has Jones given Harvey a monopoly on intervener fees, they’re working together to pass an initiative that would force health plans in to their get rich quick scheme.

We’ll be watching.

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