Monday, December 28, 2020

For-Profit Criminal Prosecution Violates Due Process, A Trending Problem

On two different cases, at the El Monte Courthouse, I objected when the government permitted  private lawyers to act as criminal prosecutor, which I argued violates both state law and our Constitution. The first time, my motion was denied. After appealing the judge, that judge denied that the ever motion was ever presented before him. In the second instance, my motion was denied by another judge. We have a trending problem in this country. When politicians can't get the public prosecutor to file criminal charges in a case, those politicians then waste taxpayer money in hiring private lawyers to act as a public prosecutor in order to maximize profit for lawyers and to intimidate citizens from speaking out against these politicians. The problem with this practice, as I'll explain below, is that it's unconstitutional.

The Baldwin Park School District hired two attorneys to criminally prosecute me for a traffic ticket, after I outed the fact that their school police chief, Jill Poe, was a fraudster, felon, and serial sexual predator. Poe was then hired to work amongst children as young at the age of five. 

The school district was upset. First, they asked the District Attorney to prosecute me. But that didn't happen.

So they had to turn to illegal options. The District then  hired Alfonso Estrada, a partner of the firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo. They also hired Sarah Lustig, an associate, to draft the papers. 

The problem with this entire practice is that this firm probably charged $10,000 to $20,000 to prosecute a $238 traffic ticket. In short, money that could've been used to enhance the student's education was directed to a private law firm. 

The Baldwin Park School District, which I was a student of, is a failing school district. The school district's performance is abysmal. U.S. News ranks Baldwin Park School District at 4,418. It says only 17% are college ready. Only 51% are meeting minimum literacy requirements. And only 17% are proficient in mathematics. So shouldn't we be spending this money on the students, instead of on private attorneys to punish a journalist?

Besides the financial misappropriation, this entire practice is unconstitutional. The 5th and 14th Amendment of the our Constitution guarantees us Due Process in a criminal proceeding. Traffic tickets are governed by criminal and not civil procedure. 

The reason the practice is unconstitutional is that the accused has a right to have a fair and impartial prosecutor. The prosecutor has the right to drop charges or give the accused a reasonable plea bargaining. But if that prosecutor is getting paid per the hour, she will not drop charges and will drag out the case to maximize profits at the expense of the taxpayer.

Furthermore, in California, city prosecutors need to receive consent from the District Attorney to prosecute cases. Here, Lustig and Estrada did not do so.  And number two, school districts are not permitted to criminally prosecute people. Aren't schools supposed to be in the business of education, not punishing people criminally? (The latter is the job of the prosecutor's office.)

When I brought the issue before the presiding judge of El Monte, he denied my request without even analyzing the issue. Then, at trial, I brought it up again, and Villeza lied and said he didn't know what I was talking about. (The entire proceeding had to be the most kangaroo and corrupt affair I ever faced before a judicial officer. I ended up reporting him to the judicial council. More on him, later.)

This problem wasn't limited in my traffic case. The City of Baldwin Park also hired a private law firm to prosecute one of my clients, who was also protesting the City. (The case has been appealed).

Although I had a right to appeal, the appellate courts failed to give me a review on the issue. I did however receive a Supreme Court order for the Court of Appeal to review my case. And guess what? The Court of Appeal denied giving me a review again.

So you know what I had to do? 

I filed a writ of cert at the United States Supreme Court. In my petition, I asked one question only: Can a for-profit law firm, without supervision from the public prosecutor, be contracted out to criminally  prosecute  someone and still be impartial and fair under the Due Process clauses of the 5th and 14th Amendments? (What does a Defendant have to do to get a fair hearing in this town? Go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court?)

If you read my writ, you'll see that this problem of private criminal prosecution is trending all over Southern California, Texas, and Alabama. For instance, in Southern California, the impoverished City of Indio hired a private law firm to prosecute an older Hispanic lady for having too many chickens. She was fined $4,000. This practice is really outrageous, bad for society, and only benefits these private law firms that have nothing else better to do but prosecute old ladies with chickens, an activist who didn't run a stop sign, and other activists who put up signs of politicians.

I'm presenting this problem at a time, when all around the world, a state of emergency has been declared. Nonetheless, this doesn't excuse the government from providing us with Due Process to challenge its power. John Cusack once said, "It's a very frightening time when something as basic as due process is seen as somehow radical."

Friday, December 25, 2020

Reconciliation by Gandhi; Merry Christmas

(c) GettyImages
I never suspected that Gandhi had such a bad fight with his wife, Kasturba, who he affectionately called "Ba". (Incidentally, Gandhi had an arranged marriage at the age of 13). I just read an insightful piece by Gandhi about reconciliation and his wife that I wanted to share today on Christmas day

Now, most of you will know who Gandhi is, but I have a lot of readers on my blog. One day, a 19 year old asked me who the photo was on the book I was reading? I said, "Gandhi." He asked, "Who's that?"

In short, Gandhi was an Indian native, London-trained lawyer, who led the nonviolent revolution against the British empire to win India its independence. A Hindu extremist (though the Indian Times now disputes this) assassinated him, glorifying Gandhi as a martyr.

Gandhi's been elevated to a saint; so, I never thought he would have such a vicious argument with his wife. To give you some background on what happened, Gandhi and his wife both belonged to the merchant class family in India at a time where the caste system was officially in place. The lowest class of people were untouchables. The Hindus believed that the untouchables were cursed by the gods and reincarnated as the dregs of the earth. To even drink water from the same well meant that one would become cursed. So they weren't touched; hence, the name untouchables. (Gandhi incidentally called them the Children of God.)

While Gandhi was practicing law in South Africa, he didn't have any plumbing in the office. He didn't believe in having servants. So, they emptied the chamber pots of even his law clerks. If you don't know what that means, it means they defecated in pots and had to be emptied and cleaned. Gandhi and wife served his employees by doing so.

First, you have to think how humble Gandhi was to empty the chamber pot of his employee, as a lawyer and employer. I don't think I could do it. And his wife didn't have a problem with it, except when it came to a Christian law clerk who was from the untouchable class. Ba didn't want to do it. So, Gandhi forced her to do it and commanded her to do the duty cheerfully.

Ba shouted she was leaving the house and all the intolerable rules. So Gandhi grabbed her by the wrist and took her to the gate. 

Ba, with tears streaming down her face, told Gandhi, "Have you no sense of shame. Must you so far forget yourself? Where am I go to? I have no parents ore relatives here to harbor me. Being your wife, you think I must put up with your cuffs and kicks? For heaven's sake, behave yourself and the shut the gate. Let us not be found making scenes like this!"

Gandhi said that he felt ashamed. Gandhi welcomed Ba back home and concluded that if she wasn't going to leave him, he wasn't going to leave her.

Fast forward over 20 years later. Husband and wife are back in India.

Ba stood by her husband's side, when Gandhi led the Salt March to the Arabian Sea. At the time, the British were overtaxing the Indians by monopolizing salt and prohibiting them from purifying their own salt. Gandhi objected and led a 241-mile march to the Arabian Sea. 

When he reached it, he picked up a rock of salt and declared, “With this, I am shaking the foundations of the British empire." (The American revolution may have started with a gunshot heard around the world, but Gandhi's revolution started with a declaration that was heard all around the world.)

As a result, and predictably, the British arrested Gandhi, his followers, and Ba. She died in prison serving Gandhi and the cause of Indian (both Hindu and Muslim) independence.

Merry Christmas to everyone.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Update on Life - August to December

Me at a Roman Ruin

Last time I updated everyone was around August. I've been busy with  pro bono litigation, but now that the holiday season is coming, things are slowing down and I can write more. 

I've been wanting to write for awhile now, but the truth is that I've had no energy or time to. My mind's generally been spent. A lot has happened from August to December of 2020, and I'd like to report on that in the coming weeks. 

Since so much of what has happened was and is important, these events all deserve their own article. So what do I want to say now?


Well - there's no ignoring the fact that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives, at least in Los Angeles. I have friends in New Zealand who are not in lockdown. We are arguably on stricter lockdown now than we were when the virus first appeared here. I read today that Washington DC has followed what the government is doing here. A strip club recently won at court that the lockdowns are illegal for strip clubs and restaurants.

As a trained biologist, I found and still find it hard to believe that there's a virus causing this pandemic. I know it's controversial what I say, but when I studied microbiology, the key test to prove viral causation is Koch's Postulates. (I personally have my own views of some of the flaws of this test, but so far, it's what the scientific community has agreed upon to prove that a pathogen causes a disease.)

Back in April 13, 2020, I wrote an article about how the coronavirus fails Koch's Postulates. Since then, more critics have followed suit and repeated such claims. I still haven't seen any proof that Covid-19 passes Koch's Postulates.

For those of you who don't know, to prove that there's a Covid-19 virus, the infected lung fluid, when injected into a healthy person, has to replicate the illness. Has that been done yet?

Of course, like with most disease, the medical community says better to be safe than sorry. But at what cost? The destruction of a great majority of small businesses? What about the increasing suicide rates? What about the increasing levels of stress and depression? 

What about the fact that most of the students between kindergarten and high school won't be getting educated? Studies are already showing that the number of students failing has doubled, if not tripled. What's even more concerning is that the poor and those with learning disabilities are disproportionately affected. A news report I watched said that only one-third of students attend every class online.

So, what's the cost of being safe? I ask you again.

Now, before people start barraging me with criticism, my brother and I have a mutual friend, who is a nurse. Through hearsay, I'm told that the intensive care units are full and that people are dying. 

So, let me investigate and get back to you. (Allegedly, this mutual friend was vaccinated and the reaction was horrible. He had the chills, fever, and body ache.)

But in any event, even though a virus might not cause a disease, doesn't mean a disease isn't out there. What it does mean is that we need to start looking at other factors. I'm reading a book that says that the two main factors besides pathogens that cause disease are (1) toxins, and (2) nutritional deficiencies. 

Why is that none of these experts are looking into those factors, and instead, concentrating on being virus hunters? A thorough investigation for causation requires exploration of all three.

Anyways, I have more to say, but later. I'm still researching and have thoughts on all this. The general mortality rates reported hover around 2% by region. At the very least, we as a society need to rethink how to redraw these policy lines, so that the rest of the 98% aren't damaged, harmed, and ruined by 2% of the population that are dead or dying. 

Incidentally, about over two weeks ago, I was in contact with someone who tested positive. I generally didn't have any symptoms. With the exception of buying food and exercise, I had to self-isolate for that time.


I've been busy in this area, and I want to report my most important cases here. More to come over the weeks on that.


Manuel Lozano, the city's most corrupt and evil Mayor, has finally been voted out. More on him later, but the former mayor has left a wake of corruption, brokenness, bitterness, and a legacy of destruction behind him. I'm finally glad people woke up and saw the light.

To prove how self-focused he is, Lozano named the Council Chamber after him at his final council meeting. The new council, at their first meeting, revoked the name. There's no politician we had in our history that ever had such gall.

Also, if you didn't know, the City Attorney, Robert Tafoya (who I have constantly stated on this blog is unethical) is finally being investigated by the FBI. The activists here are fairly certain that former Council Member Ricardo Pacheco has or is also being investigated too. It has not been confirmed if search warrants were served on Lozano too. (Any tips are welcome.)

Since these recent events, I read a quote by Gandhi that rang true. Gandhi said, "When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall."

So that's it for now. You should be hearing more from me.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Former Baldwin Park's Housing Director Accuses Finance Director, Rose Tam, of Laundering $7 Million of Housing Funds; Lawsuit Filed.

Rose Tam, Finance Director

A lawsuit filed by Baldwin Park's former housing manager accuses current Finance Director, Hong Tam

(also known as Rose Tam and Hong Fang) of laundering $7 million of state and federal housing funds meant for low income residents of the City, which she allegedly co-mingled with other funds. (The City has refused to acknowledge the lawsuit in its agendas in violation of the Brown Act. For your information, the case no. is 20STCV17682).

Regarding the City's finances, Ruelas' lawsuit suggests that Tam is responsible for taking funds that are meant to help housing for the poor, and instead spent it on the raises of the City Council and administrators.

Ruelas claims of financial misappropriation are consistent with Baldwin Park's adopted 2019-2020 budget. In it, the City budgeted $77,134.20 for its elected officials for only having to show up to two meetings a month. That's over $6427 to show up to two meetings a month.

In five years, the finance department, where Tam works, has increased its budget from $239,722 to $385,671. This is a 61% increase. 

In five years, the CEO office increased its budget from $352,441 to $479,149. This is a 36% increase. By raises alone, it's clear who the City Council likes.

A recent review of current city official and administrators verifies the allegation that the City steals from the housing fund to give itself raises. According to  California Transparency for the year of 2019 - here's what Baldwin Park's officials and administrators brought home:

Mayor Lozano and the City Council Members made $50,678.68. (This is to show up to two meetings a month.)

Shannon Yauchzee made $374,100.04. But when it came to disclosing his paychecks, Yauchzee refused to disclose his pay 

Rose Tam, Finance Director made $300,748.95. 

Manuel Carrillo Jr., Parks and Recreation Director made $293,464.25.

Samuel Gutierrez, Public Works Director made $248,940.30. 

Benjamin Martinez, Community Development Director made $240,487.02.

Furthermore, Ruelas' accusation and lawsuit comes at a time when the City of Baldwin Park has failed its audit. According to the State Controller report, the City has “serious'' lack of internal financial control measures, “resulting in poor contracting and accounting practices and a questionable pay increase for a top city official.'' Almost 50% of the city's internal controls are not functioning. In other words, city officials and administrators are treating the city's bank account like their own personal one.

This information was revealed to local activist, forty-two year-Baldwin-Park-resident, father, grandfather, and retired blood technician, John Rios. Rios had to mortgage his house to support his two adult children and two grandchildren. This is because his ex-wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. 

Regarding the City's housing vouchers, Rios was told that there was no more money to aid him on his mortgage from the housing fund, even though he would be in the class of people who qualify. According to Rios, his children and grandchildren have it worse financially because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and without his support, they would be on the streets. Upon hearing about the housing misappropriation, Rios stated:

"If you're in government, city council, you have to be honest. I can't stand people who lie to the community. They're using money that should be used to help the community and instead, use it for their own benefit. I throw in their face at council meetings that they're robbing us. That's why they want to stay in office; so, they could keep stealing from the community. Really, the Attorney General of the state and the feds really need to get involved."

At the last council meeting, the City Council deferred on voting whether to outsource the city jail or lay off more staff because an election is on the horizon. But given that the management and city officials are eating up a huge amounts of taxpayer money - it won't be long until city services are cut, if not gone altogether. 

As Nobel Laurete, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, said in a 2006 interview regarding the collapse of the Soviet Union, "[T]he most unprincipled thieves enriched themselves through the unimpeded plundering of the [People's] property".

Friday, August 7, 2020

Update on Life - June to August

Summer's come and is leaving soon. Since I last wrote, a pair of red-headed finches set up a nest outside my bedroom window. Four chicks hatched. And when those chicks were ready to fly - they were gone. The male finch had the most beautiful song, a kind that can drive out evil. I believed he was singing for me. My mother would say - "He's not singing for you." But she agreed, that his voice sounded light and airy and cheered up even the most sick soul. It was amazing to see the four little chicks being raised and fed by both parents every morning.

I'm sure, if the Emperor of China had heard his aria, he would spend a fortune and request all his ministers to catch the bird and have it caged. But if that happened, would the song be the same?

Red headed finch
So; imagine my sadness, when the family was up and gone one day. They didn't even tell me they were leaving. All that was left was an empty nest.

Joy can come from such random events, and during this season, that was one of them. It was amazing to wake up every morning to hear beauty and truth.

I just hope next season they come back and set up a new family.

My mom's taken to feeding a cat family - a father, mother, and kitty. I told her not to, because now they won't leave. But she told me, "Well, I imagined how sad it would be if Jeh Pan [our cat, named Trial] became homeless. Who would take care of him? So, I'm going to feed them."

I sighed, annoyed. But what could I do? No amount of talking or reasoning was going to change her mind.

On a sadder note, one of our hens died as well. There was a territory fight amongst the three hens. And the bully one harassed the weaker one, which flew over to the neighbor's yard, which had a dog. The dog bit into her, and that was it. She was done.

That was hard for my mother - as that was her favorite hen. She came to us in bad shape. A random person gave it to her. But after raising it for a few years, it looked like a beautiful chicken - with brilliant feathers and a great personality.

The ironic part was that she asked me to clip it's wings a few days before it died, but I was too busy. And another thing - I never ever seen it fly so high. What a bad incident. Well, I'm looking for another hen - if anybody knows of one.

Tom Cruise, in A Few Good Men
Sorry, I haven't updated in awhile. Court's opened back up, and as a result, everything has become due in July. It reminded me of a scene from A Few Good Men, when the legal team works over 12 hour shifts and orders in Chinese food, while they're strategizing and researching what to do for trial.

Although legal work isn't physically laborious, it definitely starts to take a toll on the body. I told my friend that I don't think humans are meant to do so many hours of this kind of work. (Soon, I'll update everyone on my cases.)

For now, I'll say it's been a tough fight, but I feel alive and well and I can keep fighting on. As the Scriptures say "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." (2 Cor 4:8-9, NIV).

Back to Scripture, I was leading a Bible Study. It's been interesting, because I didn't expect to do this. But I'm convinced more now than ever that young people are hungry to learn about truth, spirituality, and faith.

I'm sure some people will criticize me, because of Los Angeles reentering lockdown and the pandemic. But, it is my personal faith that we can't be concerned with only keeping our bodies alive. We're spiritual beings that need to have our souls fed and nourished too. This is why Jesus said - ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' (Matt. 4:4, NIV). Also see the Scripture that says: "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them." (Matt. 18:20).

I'll give one sample of our lessons. Yesterday, we had a lesson on character. And what is it? What does it look like? Why is it important?

Romans 5 states, "Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us." (v. 3-5, NIV).

Sophie Scholl
(C) Olilolly11
In today's world - people are so concerned with their outer image. Their clothes. Their cars. Their shoes. Their body. But Proverbs 31 states that character should be what people see in us. For people with character are clothed with "strength and dignity." (v. 25, NIV).

But can you physically see character? Does it have a color? What's the material its made out of? No; it's not an object that's physical. But you can certainly see it when people have strength and dignity as their outerwear. And that was the summation of our lesson, though obviously there was more to it.

And other than that, I've been running a lot - since the boxing gym has been closed. This week, I estimate in five days, I've ran 40 miles. I feel good; I feel amazing. And I love running at night - in the peace of the open sky, moon, and night animals - such as my owls and coyotes.

At home, I've also been learning more on food and repair. Before court opened up, I finally fixed my oven and water heater. The oven particularly was difficult to diagnose, because of electrical problems. I haven't had time, but I'm hoping to celebrate and bake southern country biscuits and banana and bacon cookies.

Fermenting peppers for chili paste.
But in general, my mom does the cooking, which she relishes. I've been relegated to doing a lot of cold cooking - especially the making of sauerkraut. Also, I figured out how to ferment peppers to turn them into homemade Tabasco and Sriracha. I'm fairly certain the live bacteria are vital for good health.

Recently, I successfully also did a lactic acid fermentation on tomatoes to make ketchup. After, I added truffles and fish sauce. Honestly, best ketchup of my life. Really; I'm getting good at all of this fermentation - which is a lost art.

But a special tribute to my mother. She's taught me a lot - as she knows how to make her kimchi. And she's even said - "You just copy all my techniques." Well; of course. For the most part - fermentation comes down to the correct techniques and expertise. I feel like I'll be keeping that part of our family legacy alive.

I just ended with an insight I learned by watching an interview with one of the most revered ceviche Chef, Chef Javiar Wong. When I was in Lima, Peru, I tried to get a table there, but it was booked. If I remember correctly, his place was booked straight for two months.
Chef, Javiar Wong

In his interview, he says that mastery of ceviche comes down to simplicity. Wong says that he would die a happy man if he could figure out how to simplify it even more. I was wowed by that insight.

Even before watching the interview, this week, I was thinking the same thing. If I could only make the practice of law simpler - it would look like art and elegance.

Until next time,


Friday, June 19, 2020

City of Baldwin Park Fails State Audit; Corruption Exposed

Manuel Lozano, outside court parking lot,
being sued personally
California's State Controller's Office published a report, which states that the City of Baldwin Park failed the audit because of corrupt practices. According to the report, the City has “serious'' lack of internal financial control measures, “resulting in poor contracting and accounting practices and a questionable pay increase for a top city official.'' Almost 50% of the city's internal controls are not functioning. In other words, city officials and administrators are treating the city's bank account like their own personal one.

For instance, city officials and administrators ran up credit card expenses over $153,820. Imagine if you had a credit card where you can run up $10,000 a month and not have to pay for it. Of that money, the auditors discovered that about $9,000 of that money was spent on "meals, hotels, online retail-store purchases, and other miscellaneous expenses without itemized receipts or descriptive invoices." Former Council Member Ricardo Pacheco has been known to max out government credit cards as well at strip clubs.
Unemployed Council Member Pacheco in his new
Mercedes Benz
Other problems are that the Council Members and Administrators want the City to pay for incredible lifetime benefits, even when they stop working for the City. For instance, although former Chief of Police, Michael Taylor was already making the maximum amount as chief of close to $200,000, he still demanded an extra $41,233 increase, rendering his pay closer to $250,000. This way, Taylor and his wife will get paid exorbitant paychecks, even though he's already been fired from Baldwin Park (twice, actually). (In fact, Taylor admitted to marrying his wife, so she could receive benefits, to screw over Baldwin Park financially for firing him.)

As an aside, Taylor paid back Pacheco to vote for his lucrative pay raise. After Taylor was elected on West Valley Water, he created a new job for Pacheco as an assistant general manager, but Pacheco was exposed for maxing out credit cards at strip clubs. Instead of punishing Pacheco, Taylor voted to pay Pacheco over $142,000 for spending government money at strip clubs.

Amongst a slough of other problems, the audit discovered that millions of dollars have gone missing. $507,176 went into a project that was discontinued after a year. $3.4 million is unaccounted for with a contractor called AAE, owned by Sid Mousavi. Did this money go back to the public officials and administrators? In total, that makes closer to $4 million missing.

Proof of Lozano's personal bankruptcy,
note his social security number belongs
to an undocumented farm worker p. 1
The City Manager, Shannon Yauchtzee, disputed the audit's findings. Even though millions of dollars are missing and the City is and will be paying extravagant bonuses to him, administrators, the Mayor and Council Member, Yauchtzee said that the problems were of "non-conformance" and not problems of "serious deficiencies" as alleged by the auditor.

Clearly, Yauchtzee and the City Officials are in denial that the findings are valid and raise concerns.

The audit only covered the years of 2016-2018. Therefore, it didn't pick up on the fact that in 2019 - the City Council voted to budget themselves approximately $6,700 a month for going to two meetings a month. Imagine getting paid $3,350 for going to a meeting and voting.

Currently, the Mayor has alleged the City is in a financial crisis. Thus, the parks and recreation program, including athletics and the senior center are closed. And although there is nothing for the Director of Parks and Recreation, Manuel Carrillo, to manage, he continues to get paid over $250,000, if not closer to $300,000 when benefits are included. (It's been alleged Carrillo hasn't even graduated form high school.)

Now; it appears that the extravagant costs of the administrators and public officials, like Mayor Lozano, are getting paid so much that the City can't pay for its basic services to the public. In other words, the City's brass is getting paid incredibly more, while doing almost nothing. This is the logic of the Lozano administration. Only if we can all make millions for kicking back.

For these reasons, the public protested Mayor Lozano and Council Member Garcia and Hernandez, accusing them of being corrupt and demanding their resignation. Lozano is asking for a federal bail out of $6 million to solve the problem.

Such thinking has led to his own personal bankruptcy once, if not more times. Because a bankruptee is leading the City, it's not surprising the it's moving in the direction of a municipal bankruptcy rapidly.

The solution to the problem is that the public needs to know where all this money went. For this reason, U.S. Supreme Court Justice stated, "Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman."

Friday, June 12, 2020

Baldwin Park City Council Member - Ricardo Pacheco Resigns

Baldwin Park Council Member looking angry for losing
Free Speech lawsuit
After 23 years of being an elected official, Baldwin Park Council Member Ricardo Pacheco finally resigned around June 10th, 2020. Pacheco's resignation follows an investigation that exposed him for maxing out a government credit card at strip clubs. The expose also forced him to resign at West Valley Water as assistant general manager - a position that Baldwin Park's former Chief of Police created just for him. Pacheco's tenure as council member has been marked by corruption, retaliation against Free Speech, and huge financial damage to public agencies and the places he's worked. Pacheco leaves behind a legacy of harm.

In an unprecedented lawsuit, which was adjudicated in March 26 of 2019, Pacheco cost the City over $9 million, because a jury found that he sexually and racially discriminated against the former Chief of Police - Lili Hadsell.

Pacheco also cost the City significant legal costs for retaliating against citizens for criticizing him. In his first lawsuit, he sued local businessman Greg Tuttle, who was investigating Pacheco for soliciting donations from lobbyists in Santa Barbara. The court warned him that citizens have the right to Free Speech; nonetheless, he persisted in retaliating against those who criticized him.

In his second lawsuit, Pacheco fined and enforced a collection agency against Tuttle, because he hung a sign of Pacheco depicting him as a jackass and alleging that Pacheco was corrupt. The federal court awarded damages to Tuttle, holding that Pacheco and the City's retaliation was unconstitutional.

Sign that's triggered another First Amendment Lawsuit
A third lawsuit is now pending, in which Pacheco sought criminal charges against a citizen and resident for hanging a jackass sign, alleging Pacheco to be corrupt. Pacheco also fined the citizen $12,400 for hanging this sign.

Also back in the spring of 2014, Pacheco voted to fire boxing coach Julian Casas for complaining about receiving a forty cent an hour raise, after working at the boxing gym for 20 years.

These First Amendment lawsuits have been estimated to cost the City about one million in legal costs and damages. Currently, the Mayor of Baldwin Park is alleging the city is now in a budget crisis. But Pacheco pursued these legal actions, because in his mind the taxpayers, instead of him, were paying for it. Now, the State of California's Controller's office has finished its audit and will soon release its report.

Pacheco's career history has a wake of forced resignations, in which taxpayers were seriously harmed. In 2003, Pacheco was forced to resign from the City of South Gate as city manager, after being accused of sexual harassment by an employee. The taxpayers ended up paying him $93,000 to resign, which after adjusting for inflation, is closer to a $150,000 today.

At West Valley Water, Pacheco was paid approximately over $142,000 for being forced to resign, after being exposed for using a government credit card at a strip club.

Pacheco, unemployed, in his new white Mercedes
And even though he's resigned, Pacheco and Mayor Lozano voted to have lifetime benefits for being elected officials. The estimated costs for these life time benefits is over $1.5 million to the taxpayers.

The reason for Pacheco's resignation have not been confirmed, but there have been allegations that the FBI is investigating him. Pacheco was asked if he had anything he'd like to contribute to the story and whether it was true the FBI was scrutinizing him. Pacheco provided no comment.

Pacheco's resignation announces the beginning of the end of a generation, in which Baldwin Park has suffered financial and civic harm for over twenty years. But as Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Let us realize the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Chief of Police accused of brutality and racism; Chief alleges retaliation for refusing to cancel standardized tests for Mayor's favored officers

Council Member Ricardo Pacheco, Council Member Monica Garcia,
and Mayor Manuel Lozano (from left to right)
Yesterday evening, Baldwin Park's Chief of Police, Steven McLean openly stated, "Mr. Mayor, Mr. City Attorney, Mr. Hernandez, Mr. CEO I'll see you in court. The corruption stops tonight. . . .Your time is up."

Mayor Manuel Lozano responded, "Ok; I don't know what that's about." The City Attorney, Robert Tafoya also echoed that ignorance.

After being employed as chief for six months, McLean is now on stress leave, unable to make any official police decisions. The Chief is fearful that he'll be the target of attacks from protesters after an anonymous officer accused him of police brutality and being a racist.

Earlier in the evening, the City Clerk, Jean Ayala read a 10-minute anonymous letter from an officer in the police department during public comments period (46:53-56:37). The letter stated that the chief had no character or ethics. Allegedly, the Chief "endorsed aggressive police tactics. Use of force incidents are at an all time high."

The accuser stated that the Chief has a helmet that was affiliated with the crime gang Bandidos and gave preferential treatment to some officers, which amounts to discrimination, because the Chief "needed a caucasian on the team." (McLean's origin however come from both Honduras and Costa Rica. McLean considers himself Hispanic.) The anonymous accuser asked for Chief McLean to be removed from office.

According to McLean, the letter and his stress leave are really retaliation for not cancelling standardized testing for three officers that Lozano wants to personally promote. McLean stated that when he first became chief, he interviewed all 102 officers. According to the majority of them, the largest problem in the Baldwin Park Police Department was corruption regarding police promotions. For this reason, McLean wanted to implement standardized testing for promotions.

About 90 days ago, McLean designed the standardized test Allegedly, the test was approved by the police association, the human resources department, and the city manager.

But according to McLean and a number of other police officers, three officers, Frank Real, Sgt. Cetina Gonzales, and Lt. George Huerta, were promised to be promoted by the Mayor, even though they lacked the experience or the qualifications for it. All three have been vocal about opposing standardized tests.

Chief Steve McLean
Even after being approved by the CEO, Shannon Yauchtezz, about a month ago, allegedly called up McLean to tell him that the Mayor pressured the CEO to cancel testing because of Baldwin Park's budget crisis. The CEO told the Mayor that the tests weren't too expensive, that they were already purchased, and that the Mayor should be reminded that the City had to settle a lawsuit for over $100,000 once, because the Mayor interfered before in the police promotional process.

Then a few weeks ago, Council Member Paul Hernandez visited the chief at the department and told McLean that the test didn't need to be followed. Hernandez stated that the chief could pick somebody who was bad at testing but "good at leadership" and possibly promote them over three or four other officers, who scored better in the exams.

McLean responded that the number one problem that the officers perceived in the department was nepotism and that he was going to make the process fair for everyone.

To that, Hernandez said that the Mayor and him wanted to meet with him at the Guadalajara Grill at 10:30A tomorrow in Baldwin Park.

McLean stated that would be fine, but that he would ask the Mayor and the Council Member two questions. One, do they want a fair, legitimate, and transparent process? Or do they want the promotion process to be designed to promote a select few?

At their 10:30A meeting, McLean stated that the issue of testing was never brought up.

Afterwards, the City Attorney texted McLean that he was being accused of insider cheating and that he was giving the answers to the test to some officers and not others. To this, McClean responded that he was giving tutorials to officers and the notes were from a lecture he was giving on test tasking. Furthermore, at that time, McLean couldn't have given answers to the test, because it hadn't been drafted yet.

Frank Real, one of the officer seeking a promotion and opposes testing has a bad reputation in the force. The last acting chief also refused to promote him. Furthermore, Real was named in a sexual harassment lawsuit (Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC333571) which looks like it settled. Finally, according to the Chief, Real and his family were used to structure over $20,000 in donations to the Mayor's political campaign. If true, this is a form of laundering money and evading campaign contribution reporting requirements. It also suggests a pay to play scheme within the police department.

The Mayor was asked to comment on Real and his family members contributing money. No comment has yet been provided. Furthermore, the CEO and the City Attorney have asked to confirm the facts in this article. They too have not commented either.

Currently, the decision of implementing testing has been left with the Human Resources Department, and not the police department. The department is determining whether testing has been compromised.

If fired, McLean would be the seventh police chief hired and fired in seven years in the City. Currently, there's a judgment of over $9 million being appealed against the City and a stack of pending lawsuits against it. The City's insurance deductible has been raised and the premium has already doubled from $350,000 to $700,000 a year because of them. But the Mayor has never mentioned lawsuits as a reason for the City's "budget crisis".

McLean has already stated that he's lost his reputation because of the Mayor and would like to be made whole again.

The controversy of Baldwin Park's police promotion process re-ignites the debate of cronyism, standardized testing, government accountability, merit, and affirmative action. According to Sunjay Adelaja, author of Mountain of Ignorance, “At the root of every form of ungodliness, injustice, nepotism, selfishness, every rivalry and competitive jealousy, is the monster called greed.”

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Exploring Ventura - Escaping Los Angeles Lockdown

Elder and me at Serra Cross,
Ventura County
Elder drove up from Baldwin Park to Ventura - his first road trip in his new black Audi. He didn't have his license yet, but he was driving on his permit, and I was there to guide him.

One day he called me and said, "I want to see the blue water."

"Oh - the bioluminescence?"

"Yeah - that."

"Ok - let's go this weekend. Ventura is out of lockdown."

He picked me up in his car, and we headed out of Los Angeles through the El Camino Real - also known as highway 101 or the King's Road.

"Let us go then, you and I, / When the [afternoon] is spread out against the sky / Like a patient etherized upon a table . . ."

In the car, I played PitBull's song - Time of Our Lives. I told him this our theme song, because we're going to have the time of our lives. "We'll pretend we're in another country and enjoy the day."

We started at a hike at the top of a hill, which overlooked Ventura. From there - you could see the blue Pacific Ocean. It was as blue as a the most peaceful moment.

At the top of the hill, I found some medicinal herbs growing wildly. I also found some wild flowers. We picked them to grow in my garden. We also plucked two flowers for our mothers. Something to show them that we remembered them.

The hiking trail was closed, and we were defying the law. We walked up to the top of the hill, which other people did too.

But when we returned to the car park, a police officer almost gave us a parking ticket. I told Elder - "What a Nazi. Doesn't he have anything else better to do on a Saturday than to come up to hill to prevent people going on a hike?" (Seriously, these government people have come to the point where they just don't want us to have fun.)

From there - Elder found parking by the City Hall. And we then walked around downtown. We went through the crowded tourist streets that sounded like muttering retreats.

We started at a bookstore that was 35 years old and owned by an older Norwegian woman. There were so many people in the store. And the store had a classic and quaint personality. In there, it was full of volumes of books of curious and forgotten lore.

I talked with here and greeted her in Swedish. She was taken back and said, "I can understand Swedish, but we say things differently."

"I learned, when I was in Stockholm."

She helped out other customers. I picked up an old book that showed all the hidden trails in California. It was from the 80's. I opened it up and showed Elder the different trails and pointed to them and said, "We can go there next time." "Or here." "Or here."

The store owner taught me how to say goodbye in Norwegian. She was happy we said it so formally and politely.

Then we went to a coffee shop - which was open and had tables outside for people to sit down at. I ordered a cappuccino - something I hadn't drank in a long, long time. And for Elder - a soy hot chocolate.

We sat outside. Drank our hot drinks, and we watched all the people coming and going. They were happy and celebrating the fact that lockdown was over. People were bringing their dogs out. One girl had a beautiful Rottweiler, and I asked if I could pet it, and she was happy I did so. I always wanted one.

A number of people talked to us. Our theme was always the same - "We're here to escape the Los Angeles lockdown." There were other people from LA also escaping it. We saw a number of cars lining up to go to Channel Islands too.

Then, Elder and I walked around and sat down at a Greek Restaurant. He never ate at a Mediterranean Restaurant. We ordered a special set of fries that had lamb, feta cheese, and yoghurt on it. It was so amazing and incredible. The meat was so full of flavor and was juicy.

The restaurant was crowded and an elderly lady sat next to us and started talking to us. She said she lived part of her life in the South of France; so, I started talking to her in French. My French is bad, but I could still understand her and that was good. And I was happy that I could understand her.

After we finished our food, we walked to different antique stores and the owners of them would greet us and tell them about their lives and their stores and their stories. Telling one's story is a real American thing.

We walked to the mission, which was opened in 1782 - just six years after America became a country. The priest came out and lit palo santo wood - which smelled fragrant and holy and drove out evil spirits from the area. He spoke to us in Spanish and told us he was from Jalisco Mexico and was priest for 20-something years.

After, we walked around more. Then we bought some gelato - pistachio and strawberry. I don't think Elder had gelato and never had the classic pistachio one. We ate it. It was good and sweet and made one feel happy.

Girl making heart on the beach in
Then we walked to the beach and the pier and shot some photos. Sunset was coming and we had run out of time. I picked up some charcoal grilled pizza, and we had to leave Ventura.

I wanted to drive on the Pacific Coast Highway before nightfall. We made it just in time. And we drove down Highway 1 along the coast.

And at sunset, we got out of the car and sat down on the beach. There were other people around us, and we watched as the sun set below the horizon. You couldn't really see it well though, because there was too much mist in the air, which clouded the visibility.

Sadly - we were back in LA County though and police car came and chased us off. I told Elder - "They're evil, I tell you - like that police officer in Ventura who had nothing better to do than ticket hikers.

"We're back in LA Lockdown. They just don't want us having fun - because that means we don't believe in a crisis happening."

After, we drove through Highway 1, going through Zuma and Malibu and Santa Monica. And that was it. I played another song - Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. (Incidentally, I think Quick Silver is awesome in the new X-men movies - in which they play the song.) And the songs say -

But there never seems to be enough time 
To do the things you want to do 
Once you find them

That was it. Elder finished his first road trip, his first time to Ventura, and his first time eating Greek food and gelato. We never saw the bioluminescence, which used to be call the Blue Tides. But we had a good time, escaped lockdown for awhile, and made the most of a day. Maybe one day we'll find an old pirate's treasure map, find that treasure, and then strike it rich.

And I know exactly where to find the map. It's hidden in that old bookstore in Ventura.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Future Predictions on the Covid-19 Pandemic

Sailor with Telescope by Martin Aaraard
Although governments are easing restrictions on our lockdown, it appears that they have no intention of returning our freedoms to us anytime soon. When you identify the private, wealthy players behind those in power, it's clear what their agenda is.

Bill Gates

Straight from the horses's mouth, Gates says that we're not even halfway through the pandemic. Gates wants to vaccinate us all. If you don't believe me - watch his interview. Gates also doesn't want us to gather together anytime soon. He also doesn't want us participating in sports like before.

Gates seems to suggest that another outbreak will happen soon.


The World Health Organization supports Gates in his desire to vaccinate us all - even if some of us have immunity by antibodies. Perhaps, this is because the Gates Foundation is one of their primary donors.

WHO actually stated that antibodies don't confer any immunity. Unless laws of immunity change for this one disease, this one time, they're lying to us. It appears, they too want everyone to get vaccinated.

Rockefeller Foundation

According to Scenarios for the Future, the Rockefeller foundation published four possible scenarios for the future. One is called Lock Step. Lock Step is described as the following:

"In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain—originating from wild geese—was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months, the majority of them healthy young adults. The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers."

According to its opinion published in the Washington Post - the foundation wants everybody tested for Covid-19 and for businesses to implement changes for their employees. The foundation is heavily into the study of genetics and invests a lot in genetically modified foods.


Gradually, artificial intelligence software has been developed around the world to locate people wanted by the government. On April 14, 2019 - according to the NY Times, the Chinese government had developed artificial intelligence technology that could track at least half a million people. The title of the article is: One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority. It appears that this technology will be implemented for reasons of public health and to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cashless Society

Already, Sweden and New Zealand are virtually cashless. In being a cashless society, there's a record of every transaction - giving the government a clue and a window into our privacy and daily lives. Already, Nordstrom said it won't be accepting cash. In addition to surveillance, a cashless society ensures that governments can collect their taxes.

The Second Depression

On March 18, 2020 - I wrote about how the Second Great Depression has come. On April 9, 2020 - the Washington Post confirmed we're in a depression. Then, 17 million were unemployed. Now, 20.2 million are unemployed.

These financial problems have climaxed with this alleged pandemic. But even before it, our U.S. government owed $6.4 trillion in debt.

Historically, this type of debt leads to war. Will there be a war with China? If not, it's very likely the U.S. will sue China for this pandemic and clear out its debt to it.

The Solution

In order to combat the erosion of our civil liberties, protests and civil disobedience are now required; otherwise, certain freedoms we had may be lost permanently. The legitimacy of our government is rooted in our consent. The time to stop consenting has come.

5G Radiation - Potential Cause of Covid-19 Pandemic

I've just finished writing a draft of a paper titled: 5G Radiation – A Potential Factor in the Coronavirus Outbreak on the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship – An Analysis and Discussion of a Natural Experiment. One science journal has said it's potentially interested. Anyways, it does look like there's potential environmental and health hazards with this technology. (I'm currently working with people trying to get it published in a peer reviewed journal.) Here's the abstract and the introduction. If you know any physicists, doctors, statisticians,  mathematicians, accountants, or any other professionals who wouldn't mind being named to review my paper - let me know. If we have to self-publish it, we can still have a peer reviewed self-published paper. Also, if you have any feedback or know of anyone who wants to help me get this published, send me a note. (Article updated on May 9, 2020).


This paper analyzes the data retrieved from the Covid-19 outbreak on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship to determine whether the newly deployed 5G wireless radiation was a factor in the infection and deaths within that isolated population. 5G radiation is generally within the frequencies of 5 Gigahertz (GHz) to 60 GHz, which is a shorter frequency range than the 4g wireless technology radiation currently and commonly in use. Shorter radiation frequencies are known to cause cellular damage. The data shows that 19.2% of the entire population was infected and that 0.27% of the total population died. The mortality rate of the infected was 1.4%. There was a 500% increase compared to the expected death rate of the population of a median age of 62. This paper demonstrates that the virus itself cannot account for the above statistics and other factors must have contributed both to higher infection and mortality rates. To compare to a set of control data, this paper drew from American average annual mortality rates by age, American flu statistics, and coronavirus statistics from the populations of Sweden and Lombardy, Italy. When the Diamond Princess data was compared to the controls, it’s clear that the death and infection rates of the Diamond Princess significantly surpass the death and infection rates of all the control data. Ongoing use of 5G can result in potential harm to populations. For the above reasons, this paper concludes that 5G wireless technology radiation is a probable factor for causing Covid-19 outbreaks, but still identifies other causes that still need to be tested. Governments are recommended to impose a moratorium on 5G wireless technology, until it can be proven that this technology is safe for humans and the environment.

I.               INTRODUCTION
At the time of the Covid-19 outbreak on the ship, the Diamond Princess had satellite 5G technology  called O3bm, which is a network of 20 satellites, which enables wireless communication technology, apparently at the frequency of 29 GHz. The ship’s dimensions are 290m x 48m x 62.5m (length, width, and height respectively). There were 3,711 people on board. Therefore, one can infer that that the 5G radiation density per person was higher on the Diamond Princess than in a more dispersed population inside a city or country.
According to the American Center for Disease Control (CDC), out of the “3,711 Diamond Princess passengers and crew, 712 (19.2%) had positive test results for SARS-CoV-2 . . . . Of these, 331 (46.5%) were asymptomatic at the time of testing. Among 381 symptomatic patients, 37 (9.7%) required intensive care, and nine [or ten] (1.3%) died”. To test whether 5G is a factor in Covid-19 infections, one can study the epidemic of Covid-19 on the Diamond Princess Cruise ship as a natural experiment. 
The identification of 5G as a factor in the Coroanvirus pandemic is important to identify as a factor for a number of reasons. As of the time of writing this paper, 2.3 million are infected and 158,600 have died worldwide. Currently, two scholars have already identified that 5G radiation is correlated to Covid-19 infections.

Correlation is not causation however, and thus, the next step would be to further identify causes that could be contributing to this pandemic. Such information is critical for doctors, scientists, and government in treatment and promulgating public health policies. Furthermore, the health consequences regarding 5G are now also becoming issues of censorship and mass confusion and hysteria.
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of 2019-nCoV, now called the Coronavirus or Covid-19, as an international public health emergency. At the same time, a number of activists, actors and actresses, and conspiracy theorists have alleged that the cause of the virus is the new mobile phone technology known as “5G” or 5th generation of wireless communication technology. 5G operates by carrying data by radio waves in the general frequency range of 5 GHz to 60 GHz. The 5G-allegations have led to the incineration of at least fifty 5G tower in the United Kingdom.

YouTube has enforced policies to remove videos that allege that 5G causes Coronavirus outbreaks.  YouTube has stated that such theories “pose[s] threat to public health”. And yet, most of these allegations for and against 5G appear to lack evidence based arguments.
By analyzing the data presented by the Diamond Princess Incident, this paper shows that 5G radiation is a potential factor triggering Covid-19 infections. Other factors, such as age, and the virus’ inherent lethality are analyzed and discussed. A moratorium should issue until more studies can assure that 5G wireless technology is safe for humans and the environment. Already, several Swiss regions have suspended 5G because of concerns  of risk to health. In Europe, as of April 29, 2020, 361 scientists and medical doctors have called for 5G suspension. In the United States, professionals have also called for this kind of moratorium.

The full paper, peer reviewed or not, will be available soon.

A physician, Magda Havas also published her study that states with 5g towers have higher Covid-19 deaths. 

There's also been a Spanish study by Bartomeu Cifrethat shows that there's a correlation too in Spain between Covid-19 deaths and 5g technology.

It appears that Google and YouTube are calling the idea of even proposing that this technology is unsafe as being "dangerous". Nonetheless, if 5G was a drug, these results would cause it to fail any kind of distribution under the FDA. 

I don't understand what's so "dangerous" about asking to test this technology further before implementing it. Already, Switzerland has suspended 5g, until more testing is conducted.

End Notes
[i] A photo of the O3b mPOwer technology can be seen in this photo of the Diamond Princess docked at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in the Port of Yokohama in Japan on Feb. 27.
[ii] On February 25, 2018 – Via Satellite announced that its “Princess Cruises achieved the most bandwidth ever delivered to a mobile platform, verifying during a demonstration 2.25 Gbps and a peak of 2.6 Gpbs.”[ii] In contrast, 4g maximum speeds are at 100 megabytes per second.
[iv] According to SES’s own investor brochure, since 2018 – O3b mPOWER can operate at 29 Gigahertz (GHz). Although Princess Cruise has not explicitly stated it, it can be inferred from the above information that the high speed wireless internet during the Covid-19 outbreak on the Diamond Princess can be classified as 5G. (
[x] Both YouTube and Google are corporations, which primarily exists to earn profits. Here, censorship is in the self-interest of these IT companies, because more wireless users can be presumed to earn these companies higher profits.