Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Mayor Trial Results - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The results of the Mayor's trial are almost all in, although the final ruling has been giving.

The Bad
The bad part of the Mayor Trial is that the judge tenatively ruled for the Mayor that I have not met my burden.

I was disappointed in the court that it tentatively ruled against me for the Abuse of Process claim. Abuse of process exists when ANY judicial process is abused. For some reason, the court said it didn't apply to the filing of a new lawsuit. Why it believed that, I'm not sure?

Furthermore, regarding malicious prosecution, the court stated that the Mayor may have a defense because he in good faith consulted with an attorney. I pointed out that the key term is "good faith." There is no good faith consultation with an attorney, if the Mayor was attempting to get a TRO against me because he was motivated by revenge.

Not all was lost though. I believe the court found Mr. Lozano to be in the constant habit of perjuring himself and being motivated by retaliatory and ugly motives.

The Ugly
In court, Lozano lied in four instances. The people in court were disgusted when Lozano was caught in his lies. Let me remind the reader, this is illegal. It's called perjury.

The Mayor first said that he got a restraining order against me because I opened the gate and tried to attack him at the podium.

I stated, "Lozano's allegation states that this happened in June to July, 2013. This is impossible. I was in Europe then."

Ct: "Mr. Lozano were you talking about another time?"

Mayor: "Oh, I can't remember."

Ct: "Mr. Cook could this have happened at another time?"

Cook: "It may have happened in May, after the City fired the boxing coach."

Ct: "Why would you approach the podium gateway?"

Cook: "Because, like the gateway here, the clerk is next to it. I hand papers to the clerk during City Council meetings. And Mr. Lozano and the police prevent me from passing them out."

Ct: "Is it true that he passes papers to the court?"

Mayor: "Yes, he does some time. But he still tried to jump over the gateway."

Cook: "And, after I jump passed this gateway, can Mr. Lozano tell the court what I do after?"

Mayor: "He just keeps attacking me."

[The point is that I never jumped over the gateway.]

At that point, my friends Gordon and Julian testified that they were at the meeting. The Mayor accused Julian and I being schemers against him. Julian testified that he worked for the City for 17 years but then the City fired. The judge looked upset by it all. Gordon then said he was at that meeting too and that I never tried to pass the gateway.

The court then asked why I stood up and screamed at Mr. Lozano at City Council Meeting.

Cook: "One time, when we came to serve the city with a lawsuit, the Mayor shutdown public comments period. He's not supposed to do that. So, I brought the boxers to speak out against the city at another time. Then, the Mayor said he was going to shorten public comments from three minutes to two minutes. So, I stood up and started saying, 'That's not right. You can't do that. If you want to do that, go amend the city ordinance.' I had to speak loudly because the Mayor has a microphone, and I don't."

Lozano: "Yes, Your Honor. I made a mistake of cutting public comments from three minutes to two minutes. . . . But Cook stalks me. He knows where my favorite restaurant is and waits for me there."

Cook: "Yes, I guess I've gained psychic abilities now and just know everything about Mr. Lozano." I went to explain how I bumped into Lozano at that restaurant coincidentally after he arrested me because Julian texted me to come. Julian testified to this.

Lozano started shaking at this point. He was sweating. And his face looked more and more evil.

Then the court asked me why I purposely yelled at Lozano at the Park in front of his 90 year old father.

Cook: "Can Mr. Lozano explain when I ever met or seen his father? How am I supposed to even know what he looks like?"

Court: "Mr. Lozano, even if he stood in front of your father, how was Mr. Cook supposed to know who he was?"

Mayor: "Well, Cook always attacks me. He's a fabricator and a perjurer. He even posted my bankruptcy online. I just needed to file it because I was reorganizing my debt. And that report - it has my family members' names and addresses."

Court: "So, you're saying that Mr. Cook would know what they looked like by having that information?"

Mayor: "Yes."

Cook: "I didn't know by having names and address information, that would tell me what people's faces also looked like."

Court: "Let's move on."

The highlight of the trial was when Lozano tried to claim that he couldn't be sued because he was immune under prosecutorial immunity, which is a law that protects prosecutors (and some times police officers) from being sued.

Cook: "I know that Mr. Lozano is a security guard, and in his mind, that makes him a security guard, but I'm sorry he still is not a prosecutor on behalf of the city. Now, if Mr. Lozano would like to say that it's in his employment description to file restraining orders against citizens, then I suppose immunity would apply."

Mayor: "See?! Your Honor. Mr. Cook keeps attacking me. I just want to let you know I work for a big, reputable department. Mr. Cook has to keep saying these things about me. He keeps attacking me. He's a perjurer and fabricator."

The audience laughed. I was smiling too. Even if I lost, that's a memory I'll have for the rest of my life. Someone told me, I should've added, "Maybe you shouldn't be a security guard too, if you think all words against you are an attack."

After the trial, the Mayor exited and Veronica, an activist said, "You're a slimeball."

The Mayor claimed his life was in danger. He had security escort him through the back doors of court because he didn't want photographers to sneak up and take a photo of him, like last time. I can't believe this is our Mayor. He's the most shameful Mayor in the world.

The Good
To conclude, I was really grateful that Veronica, Julian, Gordon, Rick, Alex, the LA Times, and San Gabriel Valley Tribune all showed up. 

My personal take on the case is that the small claims court doesn't want to open up litigation of abuse of process and malicious prosecution - which are complex torts. In short, they don't want to hear these activist cases.

I guess there's no real way to hold a public official, like a Mayor, who perjures you and defames your character, to try to paint you as crazy and get a restraining order against you, accountable. Let me add, he also did all this on taxpayer money. And this was a personal lawsuit. Personal! Why should the taxpayer pay for any of it?

In any event, the LA Times and Tribune were there to report on it. So, it'll be great, even if I lose, if they report on all this. People need to know how wrong this is to do to a citizen, all because he speaks the truth against these people.

These are the three lessons I learned from the whole ordeal. And if you're an activist, listen up. It can save you.

1. When dealing with city officials, always have witnesses with you. My witnesses, Gordon and Julian, proved the Mayor lied. Without them, it would have been the Mayor's word against mine, and the court will believe the Mayor over you any day.

2. The court system, as it is, encourages government (including police officers) to lie. We can't do it because we can get in trouble for perjury. But they can. And, it gives them an unfair advantage. And as evidenced here, they do lie because they can get away with it. We really need to have legislative reform about this.

3. Currently, there is no way for a citizen who is targeted and retaliated by the government to hold its members personally accountable. For instance, the Mayor kept asking the taxpayer to pay for his lawsuit and damages. Why? He personally filed this against me. If he shoots me or punches me, and I have damages, should the city pay for this too. No. And the law says that it is illegal to indemnify these people for such behavior, but they do it anyways. Take for instance, why did Los Angeles pay for Huizar's legal fees for sexual harassment? Why did San Diego do the same for Mayor Filsner? Sexual harassment is not part of a Mayor's job description - last I checked.

Those are the lessons. But hey - now I can tell everyone - I had it out with a Mayor - and I made him answer for his nasty and evil behavior in court. Now that was great!

Here's something to think about. I mean, what can a person do to hold someone accountable, who makes up instances of violent behavior to get a frivolous restraining order against you because you're exposing the person and all his corrupt misconduct? And just because they're a Mayor, he can do this again and again without being held accountable. Some thing is really broken in our system.

The Tribune wrote a piece on it here.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mayor Trial This Wednesday!

Date: This Wed., 2/25/2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: Alhambra Small Claims Court, 2nd Flr., Rm. NE2


Sunday, February 22, 2015

The City Still Refuses to Release Records

After getting a judicial order for the City of Baldwin Park to release records, not only has the City violated the order, it also has made it more difficult to get records. My only conclusion is that they're hiding something big.

In response to the records being requested from the judicial order, the City Attorney Robert Tafoya is now claiming that everything is out of scope. In other words, he's saying that what's being asked for is not within the order, but it certainly is when the order says release ALL records reflecting [various requests].

Now, instead of letting me view paper documents, the City has resorted to making me view all records on a notebook computer. I've told the City that I refuse to do so. So, the City says we don't have to make records available for you then. (Note, it's easier to not produce all the records, if you view them on a computer. And the City already likes to put all the documents out of order when I view them.)

This is unbelievable! The California Constitution says that records have to be made available. I got a judicial order against Baldwin Park. If a judicial order came against us, and we violated it, we'd be thrown into jail. They can't appeal the order anymore - either. So, it's final.

Well - how are our laws supposed to protect us from the criminals who are running the city, when those same criminals have no regard for it?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Insights into Free Speech

I had an insight into Free Speech yesterday, and I wanted to share it with you. Harry Truman, former president, once said, "Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

If I read that two years ago, I wouldn't have really understood what it means. It means that once people inside the government want to shut you up, they'll do everything they can, in the most brutal and nastiest ways, until you shut up. That includes hurting those around you you care about.

Recently, a big newspaper outlet contacted me and asked for an interview about everything the City of Baldwin Park has done to me. The worst was when they fired Julian, who worked for the boxing club for 14 years and then gave all the other boxing coaches raises. Let's not forget the arresting and jailing and TRO and everything else.

Now, Carrillo's ordered Salas to be nasty to me in the boxing gym. I mean - come on, I just want to box, be trained, and that's it. But then again, it's in Carrillo's interest to make the gym the worst place on Baldwin Park for his own self-interest of getting rid of me.

So - Truman's right. The City's taken up a position against me to make my life as hellish as possible for speaking and writing the truth against them. You as my readers are seeing what the people in government do when you expose them.

Speaking the truth obviously has that great of an impact. So - don't stop doing it.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Baldwin Park's Middle Managers Have a Ferocious Sense of Entitlement

Michael Salas  Baldwin Park's Middle Management
Michael Salas's alter-ego Prissy Wendy Koopa

For once, I was trying to help improve the public relations of Baldwin Park by getting a newspaper article written about my boxing kids - who actually box and go to college. If you remember Lyle and Alex's article in the La Opinion here: Two Young Students Improve Their Scholarship With Boxing.

I was so grateful that the Spanish newspaper La Opinion wanted to write a story about Lyle and Alex. I know them both, and often times, when I write my letters to my boxers, I think of them. They've worked so hard and struggled their way to get into college - against all the odds. Baldwin Park is such a dump that US News says only 25% are competitive for college and that 70% of the students here don't even compare to other high school students.

La Opinion wanted to take pictures of Lyle and Alex boxing. So, they took it in the gym. At the time, the pro fighters the Zepeda brothers, their crew, and one of the boxing coaches was at the gym. Furthermore, other seniors are allowed in the gym.

The Zepeda brothers use of the gym is illegal by the way, and I've been pointing it out to the City over and over again. The reason is that they're a commercial outfit. In other ways, they make money, profit. And hence, their stealing city resources by using the gym for free. Why is it that they're allowed to use the gym for free and everybody else has to pay? I've been complaining about this point, over and over again, but when people legitimately use the gym, we get evicted.

So - Lyle and Alex were being interviewed for their story. The reason why is that La Opinion wanted to encourage Hispanic teenage males to do sports and pursue a high school education. Isn't that a worthy goal?

Well - not according to Baldwin Park's middle management - Michael Salas.

In hissy fitty mood, he asked a barrage of questions.Then an his outburst of rage, he told us: "ALL OF YOU HAVE TO GET OUT! TAKING PHOTOS IN HERE IS ILLEGAL!"

I asked him for the policy on why we needed permission and on photos.

He lied and said that it was in his office.

A subsequent records request stated there was no official policy. There was no official policy on photographs as well.

So - why did Michael Salas kick us all out of a public place for a good story that encourages our youth to go to college?

I'm a paying gym member! He can't kick me out. Why does he allow other people to use the gym illegally?

The property of the boxing club was paid for by the founders of In-N-Out to be entrusted to the City of Baldwin Park for the public's use. Therefore, it's not the City's property. It's entrusted to them. And I'm sure, the founder's wife, Esther Snyder (now deceased) wouldn't appreciate it that Baldwin Park kicked out some journalists and a paying boxing club member and some college kids for doing a story on the importance of college education.

I reported to the City Manager - who seems to have done nothing on the matter. Today, Michael Salas told me he had every right to kick us out because the gym is his. I mean - really this is incredible.

Salas has a history of poor performance and management. The Public Works Director, Daniel Wall, got so sick of him for screwing up and costing thousands of dollars of damage to machinery that Wall transferred Salas to the recreation program. I mean - why didn't they just fire the guy? They fired Julian on trumped up charges. But when it comes to firing people who are incompetent, they transfer people to work with children.

One reason that Mr. Salas was fired from Public Works is that he was abusing a part time worker by exposing him to hazardous waste and not giving him appropriate equipment. Wall, probably one of the few managers with commonsense, transferred Salas and promoted the young part time worker. Now Salas can abuse children.

Let's not forget that Mr. Salas is also a child abuser - who hired a criminal to work with the children. It was Rene Zepeda, Hey! The same Zepeda brother that gets to use the gym for free - while all of us have to pay. But for this - does Michael Salas get fired?

No, of course not. I believe he got a raise this year. Isn't this unbelievable? 

He denies making a $100,000 for sitting in his office, throwing tantrums, and acting like a princess. The police department constantly is asking for a raise. By eliminating his position, five police officers could get raises.

This article shows how upset I am at this administration and the way they treat guests and paying clients. We have to realize that when government employees behave this way, we really shouldn't have to listen to them anymore. People expect that the law applies to everyone fairly, that the government doesn't make up law as they go, and that members of the public are listened to. Is that too much to ask for?

In any event, Salas denies that he makes this much. I believe after you add up all his benefits, it does come close to $100,000. It's hard to tell my kids to work hard, be talents, and get a good education. It seems like you get more for doing the opposite.

Salas' total pay in 2014 was $84,807.43. His perk pay was $11,167.62. In total, for being a lousy manager, Mr. Salas makes $95,975.05 a year.

I'm sorry Mr. Salas that you called me a liar for saying you make $100,000. I guess my estimate was $4,000 short.

I suppose Baldwin Park pays you so much for exposing your employees to hazardous waste; getting fired from departments; hiring criminals to work with young children; kicking journalists, college students, and paying members out of the gym.

Well Mr. Salas you proved to me one of Einstein's most fundamental laws. Einstein said, "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Breaking News - Tribune Reports on Baldwin Park's Fake Corporation

The Demon Gluttony - The Real Spirit of Manuel Carrillo Jr.

Manuel Carrillo Jr., President of the Phantom Non-Profit Corporation

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune published an article today on how the City of Baldwin Park is running a phantom non-profit corporation - some times known as an alter-ego. With all the technical language surrounding law and corporations, it's difficult to grasp the level of corruption that the Baldwin Park Officials and Administrators like Manuel Carrillo Jr. - the Director of Parks and Recreation and President of the non-profit the Baldwin Park Community Center Corporation, have been engaging in.

First - the public needs to understand a simple concept. There are real non-profits and then there are fake ones. The first question to understand is why do people want to form non-profits. The answer is simple. So - they don't have to pay taxes.

There are two types of non-profits - the real ones and the fake ones. Real non-profits exist to help the public; so they don't make a profit; therefore, the IRS says, "Hey - we shouldn't charge you taxes because nobody is making a profit." Make sense?

But then there are bad people out there, like Baldwin Park and Manny Carrillo - who goes - huh, if I can get my money into a non-profit, then I don't have to pay taxes. So, Manny Carrillo is running a fake non-profit otherwise known as a shell non-profit, phantom non-profit, or alter-ego corporation. Think about this, why does a City need to run a non-profit corporation under its own Finance Department? That's right - to take in money and not pay taxes! You got it!

Well - the next question is where does the money go? For a real non-profit it goes to legitimate costs. Well - not for a fake non-profit. Baby, they get 100% of all that money back tax free. But how do you do they do it? Well, Manny Carrillo holds a sham event for children, and buys gift cards from Walmart and then gives it to who knows who. Let's let him answer that.

Story reported here:

So - this is what our elected officials are doing. And get this, Manny Carrillo gets paid for $200,000 for this. So, you know the people giving him raises are in on this.

In the law, the concept of getting back at this money launderers is through a principle called the alter-ego theory. What it states is that the non-profit corporation is really the same entity - not a different one - then the money launderer. Hence, the courts should hold the money launderer liable for anything the corporation does that's illegal. And that's what Casas and I sued the non-profit under. Manny Carrillo should be held liable for all the greedy deeds of the non-profit corporation.

Take a look at the pictures above. It's a picture of Manuel Carrillo and his familiar demon Gluttony. Really - even though Gluttony looks different and has a different name than Carrillo - they're really the same people in one. Well - same thing with the non-profit corporation. The BPCCC is really just Manuel Carrillo, which is really just his demonic spirit Gluttony.

Now that you understand that you can understand that - you can understand what the front page article on the Tribune is all about. Read it here:

From the e-desk of the Boxing Lawyer,

Paul Cook