Friday, August 31, 2012

Orange County's Dirty Public Safety Secret- Hate Crimes

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 It never ceases to amazes us how politicians always flock to get associated with the "safest city" nominations and or awards.  For example, the Orange County Sheriff's Department's blog will usually proudly post a press release announcing how happy the department is because a city like Mission Viejo is one the safest cities. 

Then there is the  Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) 2009 Uniform Crime Report indicates that the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is  the safest city in the State for cities with a population greater than 20,000 residents, marking the ninth consecutive year that the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has been identified as one of the safest communities in Orange County and the State.

Or what about Irvine being named the Safest City in Southern California.

Now, we continue to assert that whether a city is the safest city in the county -  the state or the nation -  or not is primarily a function of residents and local governance, not law enforcement. Take for instance the leadership demonstrated by the cities of Lake Forest and Mission Viejo: Lake Forest's ordinance issuing a 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in the city or the Mission Viejo City Council  pioneering work with underage drinking, being the county's first to pass the Social Host ordinance.  Certainly these two cases illustrate a more cost-efficient and proactive approach to public safety than say theAVOID program final 2009 Holiday results  which required three law enforcement agents  for every  arrest.  

What about the other 11 cities or the unincorporated areas?  What about Coto de Caza with the highest crime rate in history in early 2010.  After all, only common denominator is that the OCSD is the law enforcement agency.  What does the OCSD do differently in the safest city, as opposed to the least safe city under its watch?  The answer?  Nothing, Zilch, Nada, Nicht!
Newsflash:  Whether a city is the safest city in the county or not is primarily a function of residents and local governance, not law enforcement

Does anyone care that hate crimes in Orange County jumped 14 percent in 2011, according to the 20th annual report from OC Human Relations, released yesterday? According to Rusty Kennedy, executive director of OC Human Relations, last year, there were 64 documented hate crimes reported, up from 56 in 2010


In 2009, 77 hate crimes were logged. There were 82 in 2008 and 101 in 2007.

Hate crimes involving religious bigotry were also up, according to the report. Eight of the 15 religious hate crimes targeted the Jewish community, seven were against Muslims and the rest involved Roman Catholics and Mormons.

However African American residents have been the main target of OC hate crimes going back to 2003. Although only 2 percent of Orange County residents are black, 30 percent of hate crimes last year targeted African Americans.  Just last week, vandals painted a swastika on the porch of a black family in Ladera Ranch, Kennedy said.

There were seven incidents involving Latinos, Kennedy said, adding that the commission believes Latino hate  crimes are under reported

"The Human Relations Commission has been issuing this report for 20 years, and I think for us, we want to say the county does not accept this type of hate," Kennedy said. "In this time of partisan politics there are the kinds of things that divide us, but one thing that brings us together is our stand against hate crimes."

Bridges,'' Kennedy said. ``Really, at its core, it's to fight hate and bigotry.

Our question is, where are the politicians taking credit for low crime rate in Southern California?  Where is Sheriff Hutchens?  Is hate crime against African American and Latinos a necessary evil?

WARNING! Repeat sex offender to be released into community today- OCDA

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - The Orange County District Attorney's Office (OCDA) issued a warning today to inform the public that a rapist who continually fails to register as a sex offender will be released into the community after a jury determined that he did not meet the criteria of a sexually violent predator (SVP). Dennis Craig McDaniel, 55, will be released this evening, Aug. 31, 2012, and has indicated that he plans to move to Fort Worth, Texas, to a residential treatment facility. McDaniel is no longer on parole but will be required to register as a sex offender within five days of release and be listed on the Megan's Law website.

Deputy District Attorney Peter Finnerty tried the case on behalf of the OCDA and following the jury's decision today argued a motion for a new trial. The motion was denied by the Honorable David Hoffer and the respondent was ordered released.

The OCDA believes McDaniel poses a danger to the community based on his numerous sexual crimes of a predatory nature, repeated failure to register as a sex offender, and multiple parole violations indicating that he in incapable of following the law.

Under the law, persons convicted of a sexually violent offense are subject to mental health reviews by the Department of Mental Health (DMH) once they have completed their criminal sentence. If DMH determines that the respondent is likely to reoffend a sexually violent crime, the OCDA may file a petition to have the respondent civilly committed and a jury is presented evidence in a trial to decide if the respondent is a continued threat to the community.

There are three criteria that must be met in order to designate a person as a SVP. First, the respondent must have committed at least one sexually violent offense.  Second, he/she must be diagnosed with a mental disorder.  Finally, it must be found that he/she is likely to re-offend unless he/she is held in custody and treated.

If a unanimous jury finds beyond a reasonable doubt that the respondent meets the SVP criteria, the respondent is committed to a secure mental care facility for treatment until he/she is safe for release.

Evidence Presented in SVP Trial
During the SVP trial, the OCDA presented evidence that the respondent has a lengthy criminal history involving multiple sexual and violent arrests and convictions and inability to abide by the law, as evidenced by his repeated parole violations.

In 1976, McDaniel was convicted in Orange County for indecent exposure for exposing his penis to a woman in a public place. He was ordered to register as a sex offender.

In December 1978, McDaniel was driving at approximately 6:30 a.m. and passed a 19-year-old woman walking down the street in Santa Ana. The respondent parked his truck, approached the victim, and asked her for the time. He then passed her, turned around, and approached the victim from behind. McDaniel grabbed the victim and began to drag her across the street. The terrified victim fought to get away and bit the respondent, who then released his grip. The victim was able to escape. McDaniel was charged with assault to commit rape and was later convicted of a lesser offense for false imprisonment. He was sentenced to three years of formal probation.

In February 1991, McDaniel met a 46-year-old woman in a parking lot outside of a bar in Stanton and asked her for a ride home. The victim obliged and allowed the respondent into her car. Once inside the vehicle, McDaniel grabbed her and pushed it toward his groin in an effort to force the victim to orally copulate him. The victim managed to open her car door and escape, and the respondent fled the scene in her truck. He was arrested for attempted forcible oral copulation but was later convicted of a lesser offense for grand theft. The sentence was combined with a pending un-related perjury case against the respondent and he was sentenced to two years in prison.

In 1993, the respondent attacked his then-girlfriend in Orange County and was arrested for violating parole. He was sent to state prison on a parole violation for one year.

In July 1994, McDaniel observed a 44-year-old woman near Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa. The respondent began speaking with the victim, who indicated to McDaniel that she was not a prostitute. The respondent then offered to give the victim a ride to the motel where she was staying, but instead drove her to a remote industrial area. McDaniel pulled the victim from the car and repeatedly raped her and forced her to orally copulate him. He was arrested on charges of two counts of forcible rape, two counts of forcible oral copulation, and one count of penetration by foreign object. He was convicted in April 1995 of one count of assault to commit rape. For this crime, he was sentenced to nine years and four months in state prison. He was paroled in June 1999 and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life for this crime.

In November 1999, only a few months after being released from state prison, McDaniel was arrested for a parole violation for solicitation of a prostitute. He was paroled again in November 2000, but was re-arrested for violating parole in June 2001 in Orange County for failing to register as a sex offender. He was paroled again in the spring of 2004, but re-arrested shortly thereafter in July 2004 for another solicitation of prostitution parole violation. He was paroled in November 2004.

In July 2005, McDaniel was arrested again for a parole violation for failure to register as a sex offender in Orange County and was sent to state prison for a four year sentence for the parole violation and additional unrelated felony convictions.

On Oct. 29, 2008, the OCDA filed a petition to have McDaniel committed as an SVP and he was sent to Coalinga State Hospital in November 2008 pending his SVP trial.

During the trial, two independent DMH mental health expert evaluators testified that the respondent has multiple mental disorders including paraphilia NOS, anti-social personality disorder, and poly-substance dependence. The mental health experts testified that McDaniel has a high likelihood to commit additional sex crimes and scored higher than 99.1 percent of other similarly-situated sex offenders regarding likelihood to re-offend.

Since being committed at Coalinga State Hospital, the McDaniel has refused to participate in self-help programming or seek therapy or counseling.

Rulings by the Court
Prior to the trial, the OCDA argued on the record that the respondent has admitted to additional violent and sexual crimes against women, but the court ruled that the evidence of those crimes could not be presented during the SVP trial. The court determined that evidence of those crimes would be prejudicial because McDaniel was arrested but the cases were dismissed or resolved for lesser non-sexual convictions, despite the respondent's own later admissions.

Following the jury's decision today that the respondent did not meet the criteria for SVP, the OCDA e argued a motion for a new trial based on the fact that evidence regarding the attack of multiple additional female victims was excluded by the court and should have been available to the jury. The motion was denied this afternoon and the respondent was set to be released this evening.

McDaniel's lifetime sex offender registration bars him from entering County recreational areas and City parks that have passed the Sex Offender Ordinance, with exception to Irvine. Visit to read the prior press releases on the County's Sex Offender Ordinance as well as the 13 other cities that have enacted the Child Safety Zone Ordinance including Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest, La Habra, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.

Bail bond employee convicted of soliciting clients from Orange County jail

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - A bail bond employee was convicted today in an 8-co-defendant scheme to illegally solicit inmates as bail clients from Orange County Jail. Ernesto Perez, 38, Burbank, pleaded guilty to six felony counts of negotiating bail without a license and was sentenced to one year in jail and three years formal probation.

Cynthia Cheryl Shirey, 43, pleaded guilty June 14, 2012, to one felony count each of violating bail license regulations by permitting an unlicensed person to solicit and negotiate bail bonds on her behalf, violating bail license regulations by using a fictitious name to conduct bail bonds business, violating bail license regulations by failing to keep complete records of all business done under the authority of her license, and violating bail license regulations by transmitting to another person a fictitious communication authorizing the solicitation or negotiation of bail. Shirey was sentenced to nine months in jail and will have her bail bonds license revoked by the California Department of Insurance (CDI) as a result of the conviction.

Richard Anthony Arant, 29, Silverado Canyon, pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2011, to five felony counts of soliciting bail without a license and two felony counts of violation of bail license regulations. He was sentenced to 16 months in jail. Arant was in custody for misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and driving on a suspended license (Case #11CM01467).

Jonathan Thomas Campos, 28, Long Beach, pleaded guilty April 29, 2011, to two felony counts of violation of bail license regulations and two felony counts of soliciting bail without a license. He was sentenced June 24, 2011, to two years in state prison for this case. He was sentenced to an additional two years, totaling four years in prison, for two other criminal cases (Case # 09HF1568 and Case #10WF1614), for which he was incarcerated at the time of the bail bonds scheme.

Jason Anthony Gatewood, 24, Fullerton, pleaded guilty Jan. 3, 2012, two felony counts of violation of bail license regulations and four felony counts of soliciting bail without a license. He was sentenced to 240 days in jail and three years of formal probation. At the time of the crime, Gatewood was in custody for felony false imprisonment by violence (Case #10CF1804).

Vaughn Michael Hutchins, 27, San Clemente, pleaded guilty to a court offer July 8, 2011, to four felony counts of soliciting bail without a license and two felony counts of violation of bail license regulations. He was sentenced to one year in jail and three years of formal probation. At the time of the crime, Hutchins was in custody for two felony counts of commercial burglary and misdemeanor providing false information to a police officer (Case #11CF0286).   

Frank Matthew Tokeshi, 51, West Covina, pleaded guilty to a court offer Nov. 29, 2011, to four felony counts of soliciting bail without a license and three felony counts of violation of bail license regulations. He was sentenced to two years in state prison. At the time of the crime, Tokeshi was in custody for felony possession for sale of a controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs (Case #10WF2031).

Mark Ward, 49, Las Vegas, pleaded guilty Oct. 28, 2011, to one felony count of violation of bail license regulations and two felony counts of soliciting bail without a license. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years of formal probation. At the time of the crime, Ward was in custody for felony attempted murder, domestic violence with corporal injury, and residential burglary (Case #10HF1909).

Law Addressing Bail Bond Practices
California law prohibits licensed bail bond agents from soliciting bail business from any inmate or incarcerated person.

The law prohibits any person from negotiating the execution or delivery of bail unless they are a bail bonds licensee. Even for a licensed bail bondsman, California law prohibits bail bond licensees from unlawfully soliciting bail business from any inmate or incarcerated person.

California law prohibits any person without a bail bonds license from soliciting or arranging for the bail of another for compensation or receiving commission for a bail transaction.

Conduct by Defendant Perez and Six Inmate Co-defendants
Between Aug. 5, 2010, and March 15, 2011, defendants Arant, Campos, Gatewood, Hutchins, Tokeshi, and Ward were in custody in the Orange County Jail. During this time, Perez plotted with these six co-defendants to solicit other in-custody inmates to contact Perez to provide their bail. Perez was employed by Plotkin Bail Bonds but is not a licensed bail bondsman.

On 49 occasions, Perez acted as a bail bondsman without a license by negotiating with inmates to post their bail. Arant, Campos, Gatewood, Hutchins, Tokeshi, and Ward received payment from Perez in the form of money posted to their jail accounts in exchange for the illegal solicitations on behalf of Perez.

On numerous occasions during this time period, Perez used a legitimate bail bond license number belonging to a licensed bail bondsman from Bakersfield without the victim's knowledge or consent to log into an Orange County Sheriff's Department database accessible only to licensed bail bondsmen to look up inmate bail information.

Conduct by Defendant Shirey
Shirey is a licensed bail bond agent who worked with Perez at Plotkin Bail Bonds. She permitted her unlicensed co-defendants to illegally solicit and negotiate bail bonds on her behalf with inmates in the jail. She conducted business under the name Bail Star Bail Bonds without receiving authorization to use the business names by CDI.

When visiting inmates in jail, bail bond agents are required to complete a Bail Bonds Visitation request form. This form is intended to prevent unscrupulous bail bond agents from gaining access to the jail to engage in illegal client recruitment. Shirey filled out false information on this form, claiming that her company had been initially contacted directly by the inmate or inmate's family, in order to gain access to the jail to speak with inmates who had been illegally solicited as clients by her co-defendants.

Bail bond agents are required by law to keep complete and accurate records of all business done under the authority of their license to be available for inspection. On March 15, 2011, Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) detectives reviewed Shirey's records. She failed to complete her records and failed to document how the agent or company was initially contacted by several inmates for the purpose of arranging bail.

This case was investigated by OCSD.

Fertilizer Piling Up in Laguna Woods Village


I received this information from a resident, and I believe it is important enough and valid enough to circulate to anyone on your mailing lists.  What is so sacred about the landscape budget that this board is bound and determined to keep...and add a whole lot more money in  a period of economic chaos?  They could save a bunch of money by cutting the amount of fertilizer used on the grass in the spring....the stuff grows quickly enough without it...pour it on, and the lawns need mowing more frequently.  $24 per month increase...not great economics for that rate in four years that’s nearly another $1200 per year per manor...again...remember the Third board in the early 2000’ year they upped the monthlies by $65...this crowd is certainly not concerned with my situation...nor those of my fixed income neighbors.  These are still mostly  1K SF 40 year old manors that people simply will not buy into with those kinds of carrying charges...are these people delusional, or is it something else?  At any rate...I don’t trust the board majority to look after my interests...austerity in a period of bad economics for everyone....except for retired CEO’s....what can I say?
That is exactly what will happen with assessments. The landscape budget is out of control and no work is being done of any real value. The dry rot and plumbing are the biggest problems in the entire mutual (and community at large but our money goes to Third and GRF).

The elections are very corrupt and the screaming of innocence at the last board meeting was amusing in that …to paraphrase….me thinks they protesteth too much. One member has been sending all the information to the IRS and they will investigate.

The present board has reduced contributions to the reserves at our peril! During discussions about what to do with the money El Toro Water District is returning to us via GRF, Tso wanted to put the money in the general fund and reduce assessments this year by $7.50 pm/pm but was finally voted down and the money went into the Disaster Reserves keeping in mind “the huge expense we are facing soon.”

In order to pretend to keep assessments down for 2013 this board already reduced contributions to the reserves but continued to allow LANDSCAPING to run amok. Plus, they keep adding employees.

The three POV candidates will do as they are told by PCM and by the lawyers who are pro management and don’t really care about the membership. The membership is what provides them with employment and they will fall without us and should be paying attention to the needs of the membership rather than the wants of STAFF. If you have read the Kelly Richardson written changes to the Board Meeting Rules you will see exactly how the lawyer and management want things run around here. Richardson says the STAFF and the PRESIDENT alone should prepare the agenda and everybody and anybody else wanting an item on the agenda must come with hat in hand and on their knees to beg to have it included.

Once again the cart is before the horse. The order of peck is supposed to be MEMBERSHIP/Boards over PCM. GRF is a lateral board NOT a superior board and they think they are superior. If we don’t get some people out of their complacency and voicing their needs, concerns and wants this place will be a complete disaster.

Mike Straziuso stood in front of the Board before he was elected (the second time) to the board and whined that the drought was over and the expense for water was bogus and he wasn’t going to preserve water himself. Now water expenses are greater than Landscaping and they are completely out of line.

Judith Troutman has only been here 2 years by her own admission. Juhan has a conflict of interest in that his wife is part of the City structure. Bayer is universally disliked according to the golfers….where he has held sway as pro PCM for years. Pathetic. And we pay for it as members.

Paul Hutchins


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New Golden Rain Foundation Rules of Engagement
On the heels of the Golden Rain Foundation?s (of Seal Beach) decision to appeal the recent Court of Appeals decision, on a financial transparency lawsuit, to the state Supreme Court, the embattled GRF HOA board of directors recently decided to enact...

$2 million Verdict Returned Against Homeowners Association
Conduct constituted malice, oppression, or fraud and committed by one or more officers, directors or managing agents of the HOA - Presiding Juror Earlier this week a jury in a case filed in Superior Court of California Riverside, a jury ruled in favor...

GRF 2009 Budget Review, Be There or Be Out of Luck!
Letter from LWV resident M. Curtis inviting concerned residents: Tomorrow (Tuesday, July 22) at 9AM, in the Community Center Board Room, GRF will have a Special Corporate (all boards) meeting to review next year's budget. See the...

Different Homeowners Association, Same Issues
I assume that you are a member of the Walnut Creek Leisure World Association, or is this another HOA in the area? We have had many comments of similar problems by HOA's who happen to run into our website and I'm glad that you contacted me

The Right LWV Leadership for Such a Time as This?
Is this general manager (Milt Johns) over his head in his management skills? Can someone come out with only experience from the garden to manage a 90 million dollar business without a conflict of interest? When is the last time Mr. Johns lowered our costs...

Working to Serve, Or Serving To Work - Letter to OC Register Columnist
Another good column. I was wondering if there was ever any serious consideration to any non-union government employee for the position of publicly elected Sheriff by either the Register or Supervisors? That is all I see in your Top Five selection and...

To Destroy a Community, or to Destroy the Status Quo?XThat is the Question in this Letter to the Menifee SCCA Board of Directors
First of all I have no intentions or no desire to destroy "our community". However, I must ask you to please define what you think the community is, what it is you think I am threatening to destroy?Secondly, Sun City has been declared a "blighted...

June 2, 2009 GRF Meeting - The Shut Up Rule in Effect
All residents want form Mr. Stuller is a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T - Click here for the rest of the story
Desperate HOA Directors - Your Are Out of Order!

June 2, 2009 Golden Rain Foundation annotated board Meeting - as Board President denigrates fellow director and cancer patient Michael Curtis, while defending property management company's actions  Click here for the rest of the story.. 
Desperate Directors of Laguna Woods - The Facts Behind the Fiction Part Two - Click here for video

If you thought farming subsidies were bad, you should see the Laguna Woods Village nursery subsidies!  Click here for video clip
Keep out! - Nursery is a Dangerous Place...... for Inquiring Min

What we do with your money is none of your business: Click here for  video clip
Do not Ask, PCM Won't Tell: The LWV Accounting System - O

How about some RR with MM in SS12?

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Leavenworth, WA – How about some rest and relaxation with a Masquerade in the Meadows Saturday September 2012?  But wait, there is more.  The gala dinner in this breathtaking venue features wine tasting, silent auction, dinner at sunset under a twinkling tent in the meadow, concert under the stars featuring vocal selections from Broadway's "Phantom of the Opera" and wonderful chamber music selections, gourmet dinner from the chefs of Ivy Wild.

The event is a celebration of  17 years of extraordinary music at the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts we often refer to as the Vienna of Central Washington.

Masquerade encouraged Reservations required- reserve your seat today! Tickets $100/per person

Icicle Creek for the Arts, a  Destination for Extraordinary Performances & Inspired Learning Experiences Dedicated to celebrating excellence in the lively arts and inspiring generations of students, artists and audiences through exceptional educational 
experiences, live performances, and special events is a 501(c)3 not for profit organization. Donations go directly to support the programs at Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, including scholarships for area children. 



Thursday, August 30, 2012

Internationally known high-brow/low-brow artist Rick Reese joins Saddleback College Faculty


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  – The Division of Fine Arts and Media Technology at Saddleback College announced the addition of internationally known high-brow/low-brow artist Rick Reese as a new addition to its faculty where he will be teaching Intaglio (printmaking) and Relief I-III and Drawing I. 

Art Department Co-Chair, Patricia Levin, raved about Rick saying that he “…brings new energy and a contemporary focus to drawing and printmaking at Saddleback College. His enthusiasm for art is contagious, and I know as a working artist he will be a fantastic role model for our students,” while Art Department Co-Chair, Veronica Obermeyer, stated, “We are excited and proud to have Rick Reese join our department. Rick’s expansive industry and teaching experience will further strengthen our core foundation drawing classes and printmaking.”

Born in Southern California but raised in Northern California, Rick got his start working in the comic book industry (The Simpsons & Futurama) in the early 2000s. The next few years would see him working as a designer and illustrator in the toy industry, making graphics for action sports companies, and working for clients and galleries across Southern California. 

As interest in his gallery work began to grow, Rick was invited to participate in shows both nationally and internationally garnering recognition for his densely-painted pieces that draw inspiration from both “high” and “low” brow culture, occupying the gray area between the two. Shortly after beginning the move to becoming a gallery artist, Rick began teaching at Cal State Long Beach and soon thereafter started working on a master’s degree in order to focus his work and reach a new audience. It was during that time of intensive studio work that Rick began to explore printmaking as a valuable part of his creative process and he began incorporating it into his art. Freely combining traditionally separate disciplines, and continuing to blur traditional and contemporary art practice have naturally been part of both his artwork and teaching experience.

High art is considered artwork that shows a particular style done by a master or innovator, such as Picasso, who had many styles different from others who were painting at the time. He did something completely new that opened the door to more abstract art.

Low art is more like folk art or art done for the masses, such as the Elvis portrait on a velvet canvass.

The Art Department believes that a person’s reflection of life is manifested through his or her art.  Students are able to fully appreciate artistic expressions through study, observation and experience.  The art faculty and staff are committed to offering the strongest foundation in the arts that will allow students success in college as well as in their ongoing roles as artists.
Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo, just east of Interstate 5 at the Avery Parkway exit.  Free parking is available in Lot 12.  Take Avery Parkway to Marguerite Parkway turn left to the third traffic light, which is Saddleback’s Marguerite entrance. Turn right into the campus and take the second left to “Theatre Circle,” turning right into Lot 12.


Located in Mission Viejo, Saddleback College provides quality higher education and training to the greater south Orange County community.  Having served more than 500,000 students since 1968, Saddleback College offers more than 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please  For Fine Arts events, visit

HB Married teachers convicted of unlawful sex with a minor

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Ranch Santa Margarita, CA - Daniel Alma and  Gay Davidson-Shepard, married school teachers were convicted today of having an unlawful sexual relationship together and on their own with a 17-year-old male high school student.

Daniel Alma Shepard, 63, Huntington Beach, pleaded guilty to three felony counts and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Gay Davidson-Shepard, 60, Huntington Beach. Pleaded guilty three felony counts and one misdemeanor count each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of a protective order. 

According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office, the Shepards are expected to be sentenced to the court offer of three years formal probation, counseling, and 60 days of community service. Shepard was sentenced to two years in prison and Davidson-Shepard was sentenced to four years in prison, both stayed pending completion of probation. The OCDA  intends to object to the sentence at the sentencing hearing. 

At the time of the crime, Gay Davidson-Shepard was a teacher at Mesa View Middle School in Huntington Beach and her husband Daniel Shepard was a teacher at Westminster High School in Westminster. 

Daniel Shepard met John Doe while the victim was a student at Westminster High School. In March 2009, Daniel Shepard and Gay Davidson-Shepard groomed the 17-year-old victim by regularly inviting him to their Huntington Beach home to drink alcohol, eat, play board games, and watch movies. 

In April 2009, the dShepards sexually assaulted the victim for the first time, while John Doe was at their home. On a weekly basis beginning in April 2009, the Shepards got John Doe intoxicated by providing him with alcohol and then engaged in illegal sex acts with the victim in their home.

In March 2011, the victim disclosed the sexual assault to his mother. John Doe's mother contacted the Westminster Police Department, who investigated the case and arrested the defendants on April 20, 2011. 

On Nov. 28, 2011, while out of custody on bail for the sexual assault and subject to a protective order barring her from contacting John Doe, Gay Davidson-Shepard violated the protective order by calling and texting the victim numerous times.


DUI Santa Ana Man charged with killing a woman


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Steven Todd Newcomer will be arraigned tomorrow for killing a woman by crashing into her motorcycle after making an unsafe turn into an intersection according to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA) office.

Newcomer, 44, Santa Ana, is charged with one felony count each of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated without gross negligence and hit and run causing death. Newcomer is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012

At approximately 8:40 p.m. on April 12, 2012, 32-year-old Kimberly Krause was riding her motorcycle eastbound on Chapman Avenue approaching the intersection at Pioneer Lane in Garden Grove. Newcomer is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol westbound on Chapman Avenue toward the same intersection. 


As Krause legally passed through the intersection on a green light, Newcomer is accused of making a left turn in front of the victim without yielding to oncoming traffic. The defendant is accused of crashing into the victim and throwing her from her motorcycle. Newcomer is accused of briefly stopping at the scene before fleeing into a nearby residential complex to a friend's home. He is accused of failing to call 911 to seek help for the victim. 

Officers from the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD), who investigated this case, responded to the scene and located Krause lying at the corner of the intersection. She was transported to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and pronounced dead at 9:01 p.m. due to multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. 

Approximately 10 minutes after the crash, Newcomer is accused of being located by GGPD walking inside the residential complex near the crime scene. He is accused of displaying objective signs of alcohol intoxication including bloodshot eyes and emitting a strong odor of alcohol. At midnight, over three hours after the crash, the defendant is accused of having a blood alcohol level of .14 percent. 

More FICO Scoring Scams

By Bill Kirkendale 

William Kirkendale

Coto de Caza, CA - Now it seems we have a whole bunch of new phony FICO scores to contend with. More money in the bank for  the ultimate scam artists the FICO score company. Let's see how bad this scam has now become.

You now have a separate FICO score for each of the following...
  • Your Auto score
  • Your Mortgage score
  • Your Bank card score
  • Your Installment loan score
  • Your Personal finance score
  • And finally your how you perform in bed score

As an American citizen I can't believe how far we've come in our ability to scam people with these kinds of outrageous schemes with complete immunity. No one watches these people and it seems no one cares about these people and all the damage they can do to destroy your personal reputation and moral character.

The fact is every single Score they put out is arrived at in a way that has nothing to do with the  truth or factual accuracy.  This is because all these scores are arrived at in secret and from phony algorithm formulas the FICO company made up out of thin air.

To read more you can go to Mr. Kirkendale's website 


Camino Real Playhouse goes retro with its production of BOEING BOEING


Posted by CotoBlogzz - Updated 8-31-2012 with updated dates and photos.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – San Juan Capistrano’s  Camino Real Playhouse goes retro with its production of BOEING BOEING, a stylish 60s non-stop comedy directed by by -San Juan Capistrano‘s Robb Rigg described as “  …a side-splitting farcical comedy, which held the World Record for being the longest running comedy in London's West End, this sexy 'tongue-in-cheek', production, will be stylishly 60s retro and one of our most mischievously funny productions”

The cast of BOEING BOEING includes: Cheryl Pellerin-Anaheim, Alexandra Auckland-Ladera Ranch,
Nicol Maurer-Irvine, Gina Treasure-Lake Forest, Bob Doll-Aliso Viejo, Eric Bergstrom-San Juan Capistrano.  There is even a Gala Night planned, the  first Saturday which includes a buffet dinner, catered by SUNDRIED TOMATO prior to the performance

Rhonda Koening in a review of BOEING-BOEING published in the UK Independent in aJanuary 2007 writes:
“It may have been a Sixties success for Tony Curtis, but why on earth are some of our greatest classical actors appearing in a revival of 'Boeing Boeing'? And how is it that the sexist jokes remain, but the one about Islam has gone?

Gina Treasure as Bertha, Cheryl Pellerin as Judith

Eric Bergstrom as Bernard, Nicol Maurer as Janet, Bob Doll as Robert

Ms. Koening’s review provides the following backdrop: “When audiences flocked to Boeing Boeing, England was a different place. Censorship of the theatre was still in force, and offstage, too, the country had more in common with the financially and morally straitened Fifties than with a decade soon to be a synonym for sensual indulgence. When few people had set foot in an airplane, stewardesses were seen as glamorous and sophisticated - playgoers of 1962 no doubt agreed with Bernard that such girls were the crème de la crème because "apart from being beautiful, they have to be healthy, good at cooking, good at nursing, witty, wise and friendly,” and “..since the Sixties there have been broader social changes than those wrought by prosperity and sex. It is no longer possible for decent people to dismiss someone of a different race or gender as not quite real. Part of this is increased worldliness. Women are no longer assumed to be interested only in fashion and babies. “

If you think Ms. Koeing is spot on, attend a performance and let us know.  In fact, attend a performance and let us know – we may just publish your review!


 Bernard, a successful Parisian architect, juggles three flight attendant fiancées: an American woman (Janet), a French woman (Jaqueline) and a German woman (Judith). He tracks their airlines' timetables, and his long-suffering housekeeper, Bertha, reluctantly resets the menus and bedroom decor depending on the arrivals and departures. Bernard has been successful at convincing each woman that she is the only one. Bernard's old school friend Robert arrives unexpectedly, and Bernard proudly explains to his wide-eyed visitor how he makes his busy romantic schedule run smoothly. He also has a fallback plan for keeping his fiancées separate, involving his country house. Unfortunately for Bernard, a new, faster Boeing jet has been introduced, changing the timetable. Weather delays occur, and complications arise when the women's behavior does not match Bernard's careful planning.

Robert steps in to help Bernard by keeping one or more of the women busy as they arrive ahead of (or behind) schedule. It becomes more and more difficult for Bernard, Bertha and Robert to keep the women separate once they all arrive, and the lies told become more and more difficult to reconcile. Bertha is exhausted and threatens to quit. Eventually, the situation is combed out, with Robert becoming involved with the forceful Judith, Bernard keeping the feisty Jacqueline, and the independent Janet leaving to find a more pliable husband.

Gala Night (first Saturday) $34 each. Includes a buffet dinner (catered by SUNDRIED TOMATO) prior to the performance.  * Premium seating available for additional $10 per ticket.

Performance Dates
Friday 9/28/2012 8:00 PM - $18-$28 (Preview)     Saturday 9/29/2012 6:30 PM - $34-$44 (Gala)
Sunday 9/30/2012 2:00 PM - $24-$34

Friday 10/5/2012 8:00 PM - $24-$34    Saturday 10/6/2012 8:00 PM - $24-$34    Sunday 10/7/2012 2:00 PM - $24-$34
Thursday 10/11/2012 8:00 PM - $24-$34    Friday 10/12/2012  8:00 PM - $24-$34
Saturday 10/13/2012 8:00 PM - $24-$34    Sunday 10/14/2012  2:00 PM - $24-$34

Tickets available at or Box Office Voicemail: 949-489-8082

Tickets available at or Box Office Voicemail: 949-489-8082

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Bill Kirkendale…..The Real Estate Curmudgeon…

What is a Real Estate Curmudgeon?
A Real Estate Curmudgeon is a no nonsense real estate professional who won’t take no for an answer in setting the true price value of your home  and will leave no stone unturned to sell your house at the highest price possible as quickly as possible…You don’t ever want to settle for mediocrity when selling your home. Call The Curmudgeon Bill Kirkendale today @ 949-981-5400
Outside of the real estate business a Curmudgeon is a person who has a reputation as being a no nonsense fighter for fairness, justice and good old ordinary common sense. Over the past five years or so the real estate market in Orange County has been rocked by scandal and total manipulation of home prices. Your home hasn’t lost its value. It’s your faith and trust in the government and the banking industry that has lost its value. You didn’t cause the uncalled for drop in home prices. These were the people who caused your home prices to drop.
The Wily Curmudgeon at your service…What is needed now is for a wily curmudgeon like me to restore our beautiful Orange county to its former prestige and stature. This is absolutely the most wonderful place to live and we should all be proud that we live here. Over the next five years I am going to personally, as your real estate curmudgeon agent, try very hard to restore Orange County and your home values to the place they once were……and in the process restore all our home values to what they should be…. Which should reflect the true value of best place in the whole world to live.
How am I different from the average real estate agent in Orange County? I am different mainly because of my attitude and curmudgeon like fighting spirit to restore us to the place we were five years ago. I don’t settle for incompetence and poor  excuses that Banks and Mortgage companies give us for their low value appraisals of our property. I know what my property is worth. They have no idea what my property is worth. The go by short sales. I go by real value sales. They perpetuate low prices. I perpetuate high prices. The time has come to change all the ridiculous rules and attitudes our banks and mortgage companies have to saddle us with low real estate prices…..and I know exactly how to do it.
Purposeful manipulation and devaluation of Orange County home prices.
Here’s an example of what is happening to us. Your neighbor down the street has lost his house to either an unfortunate foreclosure or forced short sale. His price for the same house as yours was 20% lower than the normal appraised value of your home. That means if your house were appraised properly at say $500,000 your friendly bank or mortgage company would try to tell you your house was now only worth $400,000. Why? It is because of this so-called “comparable” distressed sale that they claim should be priced on the market for $100,000 less. Than its true value…ABSOLUTE NONSENSE…
Your home hasn’t lost a penny in value. It’s the same house you owned a year ago that was valued at its true value of $500,000. So what happened to bring your house value down $100,000? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING…. but a bunch of greedy manipulating banks and mortgage companies who want to try and cheat you out of $100,000. As the only real estate curmudgeon around these days I won’t allow your house to lose $100,000 in value. I will fight to the death to sell your house for what it’s worth….$500,000 or better….and I won’t take no for an answer to anyone who tries to tell me differently.
So give this old curmudgeon a call.  I’ve been in the real estate business for over 50 years and I know exactly how to do this without you losing a penny or not being able to sell your home in a timely manner. The only way to do this is to have a Real Estate Curmudgeon like me in your corner…
To show your how curmudgeonly I can be you need to read the best-selling book I just wrote about the mortgage crises and the fallout from the great FICO credit score hoax we all experienced. I’ll be glad to give you an autographed copy.
Look forward to working with you.