Sunday, March 30, 2014

Noah, the Movie - A review

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I don't usually watch movies, but when I do, it is because my daughters take me.  The shared family experience is more valuable to me than any other one derived from any of the  movies themselves, regardless of the content.

This Saturday, my youngest daughter treated us to Noah, the movie.  While I had read reviews ranging from "a typical far left Hollywood tree-hugging piece," "pervasively pagan" and  a "far departure from the Biblical account" I approached this movie as I do any other one such as The Passion, or The Son of God asking questions such as:  why am I attending?  Is it the aesthetic value?  Is it entertainment?  Is it for its informative value?

In this case, the priority was the family experience, followed by the entertainment value.  I did not expect a Bible study, nor did I expect to learn much.  I also did not expect it to be a major departure from a typical Hollywood production.

With such criteria, the family experience did not disappoint, and the movie was not bad. On a scale of 1 to 10, I  would give it an 8 for its entertainment content:

The first 1/2 hour or so was too slow, bordering on boring.  On the other hand, I loved the fashion statement throughout the movie, sort of like nouveau-Woodstock.

Once the Watchmen, the sci-fy Transformer-like fallen angels guarding Methuselah were introduced, I began to see the movie for what it is: a cartoon.

In Bible accounts, protagonists such as Abraham, follow God's instructions on faith, not knowing what the end states are.  Others such as Moses and Gideon make up excuses as to why they are not right for the assigned job. Jonah downright refuses to obey God, until he is made an offer he cannot refuse.  In each case, God is portrayed as jealous.  In each case, God makes sure that when any extraordinary event the most ordinary servants are involved in, the credit goes to God.  In each case, the protagonists do as he is told in blind faith, not knowing necessarily what the end game is, as in Psalm 119: "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path"

In the movie, Noah's conversation with God is confusing.  On the one hand, Noah knew the Creator had given him an assignment,on the other hand, he  was unsure as to what the assignment was.  In the end, he concluded he failed.  Not a good biblical Noah, and the Creator is certainly not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob -   While this Noah saved the living creatures, he was guilty of assuring man's survival.


The reaction from the attendance to the movie was similar to the reception the President got from his recent international travels: bewilderment, confusion, a sense that we heard it all before, but don't believe he means it, and  only one person clapped.

For those critics who think the movie is pervasively pagan, they should not see this movie.  In fact, they should not watch any Hollywood production.

For those who expect this movie, to be faithful to the Bible,  they should not see this movie.  In fact,
they should not watch any Hollywood production.

For those who think this movie is a blatant environmental advertisement,   they should not see this movie.  In fact, they should not watch any Hollywood production , then they should enroll in a critical thinking class

For those interested in the aesthetic value, go for it!

For those looking for evangelizing tools, go for it.  While the movie is far from faithful to the Biblical account, it can be as a starter.  For every man an answer.

Homeowner association has duty to protect records and documents

Handing over the association's documents and records, including titleholder information and accounts, to a management company creates a security issue.


c)2001-2014 D.VANITZIAN. All rights reserved. The Associations and Common Interest Living articles and columns may not be reprinted or retransmitted in any form without the express written consent of the copyright holders. The authors take no position regarding any documents or accompaniments that may be enclosed with, attached to, or alongside said article reprints or distribution.  Los Angeles Times, Real Estate Section, "Associations," March 30, 2014 titled Homeowner association has duty to protect records and documents by  Donie Vanitzian, Special to The Times


By Donie Vanitzian

March 30, 2014

QUESTION: I'm the president of our homeowner association mainly because no one else wants the job. We live in a prestigious area of Los Angeles and have fewer than 30 units. Because nobody wants to be on our board we hired a management company. They're not a California company. Their head office is out of state, and we've never seen or been to their California place of business and do not know where it is or that they even have a California office. A management representative came and picked up our files and documents, including owners' personal information and accounts, and gave us their P.O. box number. All we have to do is pay them. So far there have been no complaints until an owner asked the board where our files were. Do we have to give the owner the management company's physical address?

ANSWER: Whether you have 30 or 3,000 units, removal, let alone relinquishment, of the association's original documents and records, including titleholder information and accounts, should be treated as a security issue.

Homeowner associations should have in place not only security procedures but also a procedure detailing chain of custody protocol so that its records and documents can be tracked and accessed at any given time. Many of the problems that lead to litigation in these communities occur because there appears to be no type of central control and no written assurances of security from third parties with access to this information or who have physical custody of the records.

Owners with concerns that their personal information is being mishandled or disclosed, or wanting to know where their personal documents are being housed, need written assurances from the board as to safekeeping methods. Directors that liaison with third-party vendors should require written assurances from management companies regarding all association documents, titleholder information, board correspondence and other matters concerning privacy. Under Civil Code section 1798.83(e)(3), "disclose" means to disclose, release, transfer, disseminate or otherwise communicate orally, in writing, by electronic or any other means to any third party.

In addition to association-related document control, board directors have a duty that cannot be delegated to actively take necessary precautions to protect all owner and resident-related personal information and data from theft or criminal activity. This includes implementing security measures to protect all such information.

Hiring a management company does nothing to reduce the board's obligations. It only adds the additional duty of overseeing management, pursuant to Corporations Code 7231(a). Paying a non-vetted third party to store such items at an undisclosed location is a huge liability to the association. The entity in possession of such corporate documents is also vested with "custody and control." Those duties remain with the board, and should never be allowed to be turned over to a management company representative or anyone else.

If the association has obtained a resident's or owner's personal information, including such things as employment information and Social Security number, it must also provide written assurances of its safeguarding of this information and should describe what happens to the information after the owners sell their property.

Association directors have a duty to inspect, manage and safeguard such documents, and titleholders have a right to inspect them, according to Corporations Code sections 8330, 8333, 8334; Civil Code sections 5200, 5210.

The owner's inquiries about the management company are within his rights. Owners have a right to know the location of their and the association's documents and be able to inspect them on request. Further, the management company's P.O. box number does not fulfill the requirements of Civil Code sections 5310, 5655, wherein the association shall provide an address for overnight payments of assessments; owners have the right to receive a payment receipt and such receipts must be provided on request. The receipt shall indicate the date of payment and the person's name that received it. If this owner makes a demand for inspection that the board cannot satisfy, then the owner can bring an action to enforce his rights and will be entitled to the costs associated with enforcement, including reasonable attorney's fees, under Corporations Code sections 8336, 8337.

Pursuant to Civil Code section 5655(c), the association shall provide a mailing address for overnight payment of assessments. If these payments are going to a management company, there should be a physical address where owners are able to deliver a payment in person, even if it is an after-hours lockbox.

As fiduciaries entrusted with the interests of the association and its titleholders, the board should ask itself why sensitive documents were delivered to an out-of-state company with no investigation regarding its California operations.

Owners are encouraged to take steps to protect themselves from identity theft. If the board has no rules regarding security and safekeeping of such information, it should make them now. Any vendor who fails to abide by those rules should be terminated.

Zachary Levine, partner at Wolk & Levine, a business and intellectual property law firm, co-wrote this column. Vanitzian is an arbitrator and mediator. Send questions to Donie Vanitzian JD, P.O. Box 10490, Marina del Rey, CA 90295 or noexit@mindspring.com.

http://www.latimes.com/business/realestate/la-fi-associations-20140330,0,3563219.story#ixzz2xSSeXXIm


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Laguna Nigel Soccer Coach Arrested for Lewd Acts with a Minor


The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, California – On Wednesday, March 26, investigators from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Detail arrested Ronnie Gamez,  in the city of Laguna Niguel for lewd acts on a minor stemming from an incident in early March 2014.

Parents of the victim found inappropriate communications between their child and Gamez, and reported the incident to law enforcement. The inappropriate sexual relationship allegedly began in February 2014 through March 2014.

Ronnie Gamez,27, Laguna Niguel, is a soccer coach associated with several south Orange County club organizations.   Gamez’s position as a soccer coach for U11, U13, and U17 girls’ soccer may have provided him access to additional minors who may have been victimized.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying any additional victims.

Anyone with information regarding possible additional victims or any information they believe may assist in this investigation is asked to contact the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Detail at (714) 647-7419, or submit an anonymous tip to OC Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.





Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Waging War on Homeowners Associations Inner Circle

LETTERS

Laguna Woods Village:




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Saddleback College Steamroller WoodBlock Event April 25th


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA— During the Saddleback College Steamroller WoodBlock Event on Friday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Theatre Circle in the Fine Arts and Media Technology complex, the art students will be printing their large format woodblocks using a three-ton steamroller.

Community and student activities during this event include custom t-shirt printing, woodblock carving, sale of student prints, a music performance, food trucks, a remote broadcast by KSBR, and much more.  Come join us and watch as the steamroller is driven over inked woodblocks and students “pull” their prints on paper and fabric.  Prints will be on display for viewing at the event as they are created.

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.

Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, normally on paper. Printmaking normally covers only the process of creating prints with an element of originality, rather than just being a photographic reproduction of a painting. Except in the case of monotyping, the process is capable of producing multiples of the same piece, which is called a 'print'. Each piece produced is not a copy but considered an original since it is not a reproduction of another work of art and is technically (more correctly) known as an 'impression'.



Printmaking (other than monotyping) is not chosen only for its ability to produce multiple copies, but rather for the unique qualities that each of the printmaking processes lends itself to. Prints are created by transferring ink from a matrix or through a prepared screen to a sheet of paper or other material. Common types of matrices include: metal plates, usually copper or zinc, or polymer plates for engraving or etching; stone, aluminum, or polymer for lithography; blocks of wood for woodcuts and wood engravings; and linoleum forlinocuts. Screens made of silk or synthetic fabrics are used for the screen printing process.

Other types of matrix substrates and related processes are discussed below. Multiple impressions printed from the same matrix form an edition. Since the late 19th century, artists have generally signed individual impressions from an edition and often number the impressions to form a limited edition. Prints may also be printed in book form, such as illustrated books or artist's books

Saddleback College is located at 28000 Marguerite Pkwy 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 third 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 over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals.  For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visitwww.saddleback.edu/arts.  

WOHASSIC - War on Homeowners Association's Inner Circle



LETTERS


 I would like to thank you for your many well written comments on the governing documents. Not many understand the value of these documents but you have. We must get our message out to all who will listen. We are at
 war with the "Inner Circle" the so called board of directors.




 





Paul Loughrey



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Billy Hammett sentenced in racially-motivated attack against a man and woman.

Billy Hammett sentenced in racially-motivated attack against a man and woman.


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Billy James Hammett, 30, of Marysville, Calif., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez to serve 87 months in prison for violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act in a 2011 racially motivated attack against a white man and an African-American woman in Marysville.

Hammett pleaded guilty on Dec. 17, 2013, and his co-defendants, Perry Sylvester Jackson, 28, and Anthony Merrell Tyler, 33, have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

According to documents filed with the court, around 10:45 p.m. on April 18, 2011, a white man and an African-American woman parked their car at a convenience store in Marysville.  Shortly afterward, the three defendants, each of whom has white supremacist tattoos, attacked the man and woman based on race.  After calling the male victim a “[racial slur]-lover,” Jackson punched him twice in the head through the open passenger window.  At the same time, Hammett kicked the woman in the chest.  A few seconds later, Tyler smashed the car’s windshield with a crowbar.   As the attack continued, the woman managed to take refuge inside the convenience store.  All three assailants then descended upon the male victim and began attacking him in the parking lot.  He sustained abrasions on his right forearm and knees, while the woman suffered bruising to her chest.  At the end of the incident, Tyler used a racial slur to refer to an African-American witness.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Mendez said he found surveillance video footage of the assault “disturbing.”  He noted that Hammett’s attack on the victims was “unprovoked and unwarranted,” and that the victims continue to suffer.

During the sentencing hearing, Judge Mendez also specifically considered Hammett’s background and criminal history, which includes a conviction in 2006 for assaulting a 72-year-old black man, also in Marysville.  According to court records, Hammett made racial comments immediately before the unprovoked attack.  In addition, Hammett has been affiliated with a number of white supremacist gangs, including Supreme White Power.  He has tattoos of the words “white power” across his abdomen, a large swastika on the right side of his torso and the word “skinhead” written across the top of his back.  Judge Mendez stated during the sentencing hearing that Hammett poses “a serious threat to the public.”

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Drive to court on suspended license, you may get caught: DUI Court Sting Operation



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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Deputies from the Orange County Sheriff's (OCSD) staked out offenders who had been told by a judge not to drive and/or who had been previously notified their license was suspended for DUI and arrested three individuals Monday, March 24 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach

The Offenders were followed by deputies from courtrooms to their vehicles to ensure that they were not driving.  Those who chose to drive were stopped by waiting deputies in the area.  The three individuals were then arrested for driving on a suspended license and their vehicles were impounded for thirty days.  All three individuals were cited and released at the scene.

Those arrested could face additional jail time, long driver license suspensions, along with other financial hits including attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job or job prospects.

The OCSD states that DUI Court Sting stakeout operations, along with regularly scheduled high-visibility DUI enforcement, serve as a proven deterrent with the goal of keeping impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness among the public of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

This special DUI operation was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Vahe Tahmasian, found guilty by a federal jury in Los Angeles for his role in a $1.5 million Medicare fraud scheme



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Rancho Santa a Margarita, CA - Vahe Tahmasian, 36, of Glendale, Calif., was found guilty on March 21, 2014, in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, six counts of health care fraud and six counts of aggravated identity theft, according to announcement made by Acting Assistant Attorney General David A. O’Neil of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney AndrĂ© Birotte Jr. of the Central District of California, Assistant Director in Charge Bill Lewis of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Glenn R. Ferry of the Los Angeles Region of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) made the announcement.

The evidence introduced at trial showed that between April 2009 and February 2011, Tahmasian operated a Medicare fraud scheme at Orthomed Appliance Inc. (Orthomed), a DME supply company in West Hollywood, Calif.   Tahmasian and his co-conspirator, Eric Mkhitarian, purchased Orthomed from the previous owners and put the company in the name of a straw owner.   The defendant and his co-conspirator then stole the personal identifying information of Medicare beneficiaries and doctors in the company’s patient files and used that information to submit a large volume of fraudulent claims to Medicare.   The evidence showed that during a three-month period in late 2010, Tahmasian submitted more than $1.2 million in fraudulent claims to Medicare for services that were never prescribed by a physician and never provided to the Medicare beneficiaries.   Tahmasian and his co-conspirator then took out more than $622,000 in cash from the company over a six-week period in early 2011.   The evidence at trial showed that Tahmasian used a fake California driver’s license during the course of the fraudulent scheme.   Tahmasian submitted a total of $1,584,640 in claims to Medicare and received approximately $994,036 on those claims.

Mkhitarian, Tahmasian’s alleged co-conspirator, remains a fugitive.

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Los Angeles Region of HHS-OIG and brought as part of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, under the supervision of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Chief Benton Curtis and Trial Attorney Alexander Porter of the Fraud Section.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Board has duty to ensure homeowners association notices are delivered

California laws dictate how to deliver notices to residents and owners. The association board should be held accountable.


By Donie Vanitzian

c)2001-2014 D.VANITZIAN. All rights reserved. The Associations and Common Interest Living articles and columns may not be reprinted or retransmitted in any form without the express written consent of the copyright holders. The authors take no position regarding any documents or accompaniments that may be enclosed with, attached to, or alongside said article reprints or distribution.  Los Angeles Times, Real Estate Section, "Associations," March 23, 2014 titled  Board has duty to ensure homeowners association notices are delivered by Donie Vanitzian, Special to The Times

QUESTION: Our association board allows the manager to control all the homeowners association notices that owners are supposed to get. The manager picks and chooses who will receive notice of meetings, elections and other important issues. Sometimes she puts these vital notices in a locked glass case, way at the other end of our huge complex, takes a picture of them as proof the notices were put up, then orders the security guards to remove those same notices from the case after the snapshot. As a result, owners do not receive proper notice of anything that goes on around here. How can owners get notices?

ANSWER: Posting a notice, then immediately removing it violates notice requirements and good judgment. The board, not management, and certainly not security personnel, manages the association. The board is vested with the duty of supervising management and ensuring that all notices reach their intended recipients, titleholders and residents. As a result, owners must address problems regarding delivery of notices with the board and ensure that the board is held accountable.

California's common interest development act addresses how "general delivery" or "general notice" should be delivered to residents and owners. Those methods include:

•By first-class mail, fax or electronically.

•By inclusion in a billing statement or newsletter.

•By posting the document in a prominent location that is accessible to all owners, if the location has been designated for the posting of general notices by the association in its annual policy statement (the drafting of which is covered in Civil Code section 5310).

•By inclusion in television programming, if the association broadcasts such programming.

More details about delivery methods can be found in Civil Code section 4045 and section 4040, at http://www.leginfo.ca.gov.

Even with all those potential delivery requirements, it is still possible for owners to miss vital notices.

Here, it appears the manager may have devised a method to circumvent the laws and as a result has seriously disenfranchised owners of their rights. If feasible, and in fairness, the board could devise an additional method of notice that consists of hand delivery to all owner-occupied property and mail to non-resident owners. This is why it is so important for all titleholders to inform boards of more than one address for both notice and delivery purposes.

To be effective, according to Civil Code section 5260, any of the following requests shall be delivered in writing to the association pursuant to Civil Code section 4035:

•A request to change the owner's information in the association membership list.

•A request to add or remove a second address for delivery of individual notices to the owner, pursuant to Civil Code section 4040(b).

•A request for individual delivery of general notices to the owner, pursuant to Civil Code section 4045(b), or a request to cancel a prior request for individual delivery of general notices.

•A request to opt out of the membership list pursuant to Civil Code section 5220, or a request to cancel a prior request to opt out of the membership list.

•A request to receive a full copy of a specified annual budget report or annual policy statement pursuant to Civil Code section 5320.

•A request to receive all reports in full, pursuant to Civil Code section 5320(b), or a request to cancel a prior request to receive all reports in full.

Reminder: Under Evidence Code section 11, the word "shall" means "mandatory."

The manager's fraudulent and deceptive methods of "delivery" should be brought to the owners' and board's attention in writing and at an open meeting, along with demands that the board take appropriate action. Titleholders must ensure they have provided the association with accurate information for delivery of notices, documents and invoices and have requested in writing to receive individual delivery of all notices — including those posted in a glass case or bulletin board.

Zachary Levine, partner at Wolk & Levine, a business and intellectual property law firm, co-wrote this column. Vanitzian is an arbitrator and mediator. Send questions to Donie Vanitzian JD, P.O. Box 10490, Marina del Rey, CA 90295 or noexit@mindspring.com.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

OCR's Globe Bias favors Laguna Woods Village HOA Assoc. over Residents



LETTERS

From: Pamela Grundke
To: OCR/Globe's Barbara Potter
Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:08 PM
Subject: Letter to the Editor

Here is the letter I stated I would be submitting to be printed for the March 20th edition of the Globe; Letters To The Editor column!

Since there were special accommodations made for Mr. Wellikson, without any restrictions or the parameters of a cutoff timeframe, the same standard should allow my letter of response, the exact same accommodations!



Pamela Grundke



How Misinformed Can a Former GRF/Third Director Be?



Those who knew Howard Klein, the United Director who died voicing his opposition to GRF, were fully aware of what he believed. Even those who merely read the newspaper, also know that Howard Klein strongly opposed GRF’s wasteful spending (his words). He did not support the Recreation Master Plan and voted repeatedly to stop GRF.  Yet Mr. Wellikson, who did not even attend the tragic meeting and wrote only with hearsay, attempted to malign not only the president of United, but also the United Board.

My suggestion to Mr. Wellikson and the other "Titular Heads."  Stop using the tragic death of Howard Klein, as an excuse to excoriate and malign the United Board and especially United President Pat English!



This community overwhelmingly does not support constructing additional facilities. There have been numerous major studies, which document that opposition; yet the majority of Six on GRF continued, and Sy has spoken in favor of the continued waste.  His nasty letter was particularly hateful in light of the loss of Howard Klein, who was at the time speaking in opposition to GRF.  Sy attempted to rewrite the circumstances.
     Mr. Wellikson, have you no shame?

Pam Grundke
2214-B Via Marip

Friday, March 21, 2014

LAPD Officer Daniel Chun charged with teen relative child abuse over poor grades



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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Danirl Chin, a Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer has been charged with child abuse for repeatedly striking a teen relative, leaving welts and bruises, for poor grades and behavior.

Daniel Hun Chun, 39, is out of custody on $100,000 bail.  He  was scheduled for an arraignment today, and the arraignment was continued to May 6, 2014,


According to the OCDA, at approximately 4:00 p.m. on March 13, 2014, Chun is accused of confronting a young teen male relative about poor grades and other behavior issues. The defendant is accused of repeatedly hitting the victim with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back, and buttocks. He is accused of leaving welts and bruises on the victim.

A school counselor noticed the child's injuries and reported it to police.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Duke of the Family Protection Unit is prosecuting this case.

Former President of Russian Steel Producer’s U.S. Subsidiary Indicted for Hiding Assets in Secret Swiss Bank Accounts


Former President of Russian Steel Producer’s U.S. Subsidiary Indicted for Hiding Assets in Secret Swiss Bank Accounts

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- The Justice Department (DOJ) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that Victor Lipukhin, formerly a resident of St. Charles, Ill., was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo., for attempting to interfere with the administration of the internal revenue laws and filing false tax returns, .  The charges relate to Lipukhin hiding millions of dollars in several Swiss bank accounts held at UBS AG.  

According to the indictment, Lipukhin formerly served as president of Severstal Inc. (USA), a subsidiary of AO Severstal, the largest steel producer in Russia.  He lived in St. Charles from at least 2001 through mid-2007.

Lipukhin, a Russian citizen and former lawful permanent U.S. resident, kept between approximately $4,000,000 and $7,500,000 in assets in two bank accounts with UBS in Switzerland from at least 2002 through 2007.  In 2002, he and another individual opened a UBS bank account in the name of Old Orchard, a sham Bahamian entity.  The account was initially funded with over $47,000,000 transferred into the account from a previously maintained UBS account in the Bahamas.  In 2003, the other individual left the account, leaving Lipukhin as the sole owner and signatory.  Lipukhin also maintained another account at UBS in Switzerland in the name of Lone Star, another sham Bahamian entity.  He directed virtually all transactions in the accounts, typically through a Bahamian national who served as the nominee director of the Old Orchard and Lone Star entities to help conceal Lipukhin’s ownership and control.  However, he failed to report his ownership of these accounts and failed to report any income earned in these accounts on his tax returns.

According to the indictment, in order to further conceal his ownership of the undisclosed UBS accounts, Lipukhin utilized fictitious mortgages through an entity called Dapaul Management, controlled by a Canadian attorney, to conceal his purchase of real estate in the United States with funds from the UBS accounts.  This includes his purchase of a historic building at 18 N. Fourth St, in St. Charles, Ill., for $900,000 in the name of Charlestal LLC, a domestic entity controlled by Lipukhin.  He also transferred funds from his UBS accounts to the Canadian attorney for ultimate transfer to a domestic Charlestal bank account in order to conceal the source of the funds, then used the funds in the Charlestal account to pay for various personal expenses and to withdraw cash for personal use.  Finally, Lipukhin impeded the administration of Internal Revenue laws by attempting to prevent an automobile dealer from filing a Form 8300 – which is required for certain cash transactions over $10,000 – with the IRS in order to report Lipukhin’s cash payment to purchase an automobile.


U.S. citizens and permanent residents are required to report income from any source on their tax returns, regardless of whether the source of the income is inside or outside the United States.  Further, U.S. taxpayers who have an interest in, or signature or other authority over, a financial account in a foreign country with assets in excess of $10,000 are also required to disclose the existence of the account on Schedule B, Part III of an individual income tax return.  They must also disclose the existence of the account by filing a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts with the U.S. Treasury.

Teresa Adame gets two in state prison for attempted pimping

Teresa Adame gets two in state prison for attempted pimping


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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA -  Teresa Adame  who posted ads for two victims on the Internet was sentenced to two years in state prison yesterday on two felony counts of attempted pimping.

According to the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office, on June 6, 2013, Adame posted a sexually suggestive ad on a website known for prostitution with the purpose of soliciting sex purchasers.  Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD) officers discovered the ad and called Adame. The defendant arranged an appointment for the undercover officer to meet with the victim, 26-year-old Jane Doe #1.  The victim and the officer met and agreed on payment of $200.  Adame pre-arranged to collect a percentage of the money. The officer then terminated the meeting.

On June 11, 2013, undercover officers of the Anaheim Police Department (APD), working with HBPD, located another sexually suggestive ad on the same website. When contacted, Adame arranged a meeting  with the second victim, 22-year-old Jane Doe #2. Adame then drove the victim to a motel in Anaheim, which was the agreed upon meeting place. An undercover officer met the victim, paid her the agreed upon price, and then terminated the meeting.

Adame retrieved the victim from the motel and fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, Adame was arrested in a traffic stop.

This case was investigated by HBPD and APD. Deputy District Attorney Daniel Varon of the Human Exploitation And Trafficking (HEAT)  Unit prosecuted this case.

The Orange County District Attorney and the HEAT Unit targets perpetrators who sexually exploit and traffic women and underage girls for financial gain, including pimps, panderers, and human traffickers.





Thursday, March 20, 2014

Attorney General Issues First Report on Transnational Organized Crime in California


 Most recommendations on the surface make sense, but are not actionable and read more like warm and fuzzy stuff

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued the first comprehensive report analyzing the current state of transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) in California and the threats they pose to the state’s public safety and economy, including a set of recommendations to combat the increasingly complex issue of transnational organized crime in California, some which make sense

The new report titled Gangs Beyond Borders: California and the Fight Against Transnational Organized Crime, addresses the three emerging pillars of transnational criminal activity: the trafficking of drugs, weapons and human beings; money laundering; and high-tech crimes, such as digital piracy, hacking and fraud.

The report is a result of  research and consultation with federal, state, and local law enforcement, non-governmental organizations and academia.

The full report can be viewed here: https://oag.ca.gov/transnational-organized-crime

Highlights from Gangs Beyond Borders:

Mexico-based transnational criminal organizations traffic 70% of imported methamphetamine through the San Diego port of entry alone. California is the primary source of methamphetamine nationwide.

The Sinaloa Cartel is the most dominant Mexico-based drug trafficking organization operating in California and is responsible for trafficking most of the Mexico-produced marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine through Tijuana into California.

Transnational criminal organizations are using new technologies like social media to facilitate criminal activity, recruitment, intimidation and harassment.
Breaches of computer networks by TCOs have increased since 2009 and many originate from organizations based in China, Russia, Romania, and Nigeria, among other countries.

Last year, California state drug task forces disrupted 140 drug, money laundering and gang organizations, arrested nearly 3,000 individuals, rescued 41 endangered children, confiscated 1,000 weapons and seized nearly $28.5 million in anti-narcotic law enforcement actions.

The report presents includes recommendation, some which make sense.  Others are simply more legislation with questionable value:

Recommendations which on the surface make sense, these are not actionable and read more like warm and fuzzy stuff:

The California legislature should amend state law to target the leaders of transnational criminal organizations operating in California.

Federal, state, and local law enforcement should use California’s State Threat Assessment System as a central hub for sharing information about transnational crime.

Federal, state, and local authorities should establish a unified maritime task force and associated radar network to counter maritime smuggling operations along California’s coastline.

Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies should increase operational coordination in combatting transnational criminal organizations

Businesses should adopt industry best practices designed to protect against cybercrime.

The Legislature should amend California law to enable prosecutors to temporarily freeze the assets of transnational criminal organizations and their gang associates before the filing of an indictment.

The Legislature should strengthen California’s prohibition against financial transaction “structuring.”

State authorities should partner with their Mexican counterparts to share intelligence and disrupt the illicit flow of money across the border.


Recommendations which do not make sense

The Legislature and Governor should fund five additional Special Operations Units across California.- what part of we are broke do people not understand?

California prosecutors need advanced training to combat sophisticated money laundering schemes.- this implies more funding for junkets such as the ones at the IRS.  What part of we are broke do people not understand?

State and local authorities should develop public-private partnerships to leverage technology against transnational crime.  On the surface it makes sense.  However, California is one of the most anti-business states.  Why only approach the private sector when the government needs funds? Totally asymmetric recommendation.


Next week, Attorney General Harris will lead a delegation of state attorneys general to Mexico to enhance  efforts to combat transnational crime. The delegation will meet with Mexican state attorneys general and federal officials to discuss the issues of drug, human and firearms trafficking, money laundering and high-tech crime.

The  delegation includes California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.

Laguna Woods Village Residents Voice March Meeting Today Thursday March 20th, at 6:30 P.M. in Clubhouse Five

LETTERS

We will discuss and disseminate information about the ongoing bias by the editor of the Globe Newspaper !


 Laguna Woods Village - California:


We will begin the meeting with a Tribute for United Director Howard Klein and Former United Director June Todd! 





Residents Voice will present an informative and very important discussion on the following subjects and Issues:

  • The GRF Trust/Contract. Detailed information and explanations for a more thorough understanding of why this document was necessary to build our community, the original purpose of the phrase "Sole Discretion" and why GRF continues to use those words and ignore the newly amended Bylaw 2.1.6.

  • Question; Loyalty and Board Directors; Loyalty to whom, the Corporation, Mutual Members or GRF?

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Attack on Free Speech and Dissent!
  First Amendment, Free Speech Rights, who does this restrain and protect, GRF, Board Directors , Mutual Members?
 The US Constitution and the California Constitution will offer insight to these questions.

  • Discussion on the Destructive Study of Clubhouse Two.
 

 

FRAMING!   Join in the detailed discussion and explanation of  FRAMING !

 

We are extremely fortunate to have Mr. Jonathan Adler as our special guest speaker who will present the program and the subjects for discussion with handout information. 

 

Questions, answers, comments and full detailed explanations will follow the presentation.

 

We will discuss and disseminate information about the ongoing bias by the editor of the Globe Newspaper !

 

We hope you will join us for this very important, informational meeting.

 

Coffee Bar and Refreshments will be served for your enjoyment

 

If you have any questions please contact me at 949.683.7317

 

 

Thank you,

 

Pam Grundke 


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Grammy® nominated Mindi Abair will guest on the next “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly


 The audience will be admitted free of charge but seating is limited.  Reservations can be made online at www.ksbr.org

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Rancho Santa Margarita,  CA –  Grammy® nominated saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair will guest on the next “Breakfast with Gary and Kelly ” radio for TV broadcast on Saturday, April 12th. The Saturday morning radio show will broadcast live starting at 9:00 a.m. from the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way in Mission Viejo.   

A studio audience will be allowed for the 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon show; doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with the final hour being videotaped for later broadcast. The program airs on the City of Mission Viejo’s MVTV Channel 30 and will also air on Saddleback College’s SCTV Channel 39 throughout the Cox Communication cable system in south Orange County.  







Mindi Abair is one of the most dynamic performers on the music scene today. In addition to her acclaimed solo work, Mindi was the featured saxophonist on the 2011 and 2012 seasons of American Idol, jammed with Paul Shaffer on the Late Show with David Letterman and joined rock legends Aerosmith for their 2012 summer tour. She is gearing up for the highly anticipated May 27th release of her newest work, “Wild Heart,” a star-studded affair that includes guest performances and collaborations with Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Booker T. Jones, Keb Mo, Trombone Shorty, Max Weinberg, Waddy Wachtel, and others. 



Now in its fourth season on TV, past guests on “Breakfast with Gary & Kelly” have included Al Jarreau, Dave Koz, Jonathan Butler, Debbie Reynolds, Linda Evans, David Benoit, Peter White, Diane Schuur, Keiko Matsui, Rick Braun, Paul Brown, Bill Cantos, Brian Culbertson, Nick Colionne, Spencer Day, and more.  Gary and Kelly have conducted numerous remote broadcasts from locations all over Southern California, including the Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach and Catalina Island, and they have hosted many celebrity guests.

KSBR is a community service of Saddleback College.  The program continues the partnership between Saddleback College and the City of Mission Viejo. For more information on the Radio on TV monthly series and how to become part of the audience for this very special February 8th show, please tune to 88.5 KSBR or visit their website at www.KSBR.org

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 over 300 degree and certificate programs to help students reach their personal, career, and educational goals. For more information, please visit www.saddleback.edu and for Fine Arts information, please visit www.saddleback.edu/arts
 

President Obama to speak at UC Irvine commencement celebration



Event marks 50th anniversary of President Johnson's dedication of campus land

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - President Barack Obama will speak to UC Irvine's class of 2014 in a commencement ceremony set for Saturday, June 14, in Angel Stadium of Anaheim, according to  UCI press release.

The historic appearance honors the accomplishments of the more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students of the graduating class of 2014 and kicks off the campus's 50th anniversary celebration. In June 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson landed in a barren pasture to dedicate the land that would become UC Irvine. Johnson had only recently unveiled his Great Society agenda; groundbreaking civil rights legislation was passed by the Senate just a day earlier.

"I have come to California to ask you to throw off your doubts about America," Johnson said from the podium that day. "Help us demonstrate to the world that people of compassion and commitment can free their fellow citizens from the bonds of injustice, the prisons of poverty and the chains of ignorance."

Completing a historic circle, President Obama will speak to a diverse class in which nearly 50 percent are first-generation university graduates.

"We are thrilled that the President has accepted our invitation to deliver the keynote address at our commencement exercises this June," said Chancellor Michael V. Drake. "We will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking and dedication ceremonies of our campus. We are proud of the progress we have made during our first half century, and are looking forward to even greater achievements in the years to come."

UC Irvine extended the initial invitation to the president in an April 2013 letter from Chancellor Drake that outlined the accomplishments of the relatively young campus. That effort was followed this year by students and staff who solicited signatures on approximately 10,000 postcards from Anteaters of all stripes - students, faculty, staff and alumni. In March, a delegation delivered the postcards and a student-produced video invitation to the White House Office of Public Engagement.

The June 14 ceremony will comprise undergraduate, graduate and professional schools in a unified celebration. School-based ceremonies, in which graduates are individually recognized, will follow on Sunday and Monday, June 15 and 16, on the UC Irvine campus.

UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.



Download press release imageSherry L. K. Main / UC IrvineWilbert Cheng, student video producer/director, left, and Mamadou Ndiaye, UC Irvine's 7-feet-6-inch center, filmed the recorded invitation asking President Barack Obama to speak at the June 14 commencement ceremony. Ndiaye concluded the footage with a challenge:

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Barry Levinson, a Las Vegas HOA Attorney Pleads Guilty for Role in Multimillion-Dollar Fraud



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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA .  Barry Levinson, a Las Vegas attorney pleaded guilty march 3, 2014, for his role in multiple schemes to defraud his clients, to defraud the IRS and to fraudulently gain control of condominium homeowners’ associations (HOAs) in the Las Vegas area to ensure that the HOAs would steer business to a certain law firm and a certain construction company, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release

Barry Levinson, 47, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan in the District of Nevada to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.   Levinson is the 30th person to plead guilty in connection with the scheme to defraud HOAs in the Las Vegas area.  Levinson simultaneously pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion and one count of wire fraud, with the latter charge relating to his embezzlement of his legal clients’ funds.

Levinson admitted that from approximately August 2003 through February 2009, he participated in a scheme to control various HOA boards of directors so that the HOA boards would award the handling of construction-related lawsuits and remedial construction contracts to his law firm and construction company designated by Levinson’s co-conspirators.  This scheme was carried out in part by straw buyers who purchased properties in their names that were in reality paid for and controlled by other co-conspirators.  According to plea documents, Levinson’s co-conspirators managed and operated the payments associated with maintaining straw properties by running a so-called “Bill Pay Program,” by which co-conspirators funded the properties through several limited liability companies at the direction of a co-conspirator.   Many of the payments were wired from California to Nevada.

Levinson admitted that he was hired to represent the Park Avenue condominium complex, but he treated a co-conspirator as his client rather than the HOA itself.  Levinson also admitted that several of his co-conspirators rigged an HOA board election at Park Avenue.  Levinson admitted that, after a lawsuit was filed by the homeowners and a special election master was designated for the make-up election, he attempted to bribe the special election master.

Similarly, Levinson admitted that after a rigged election at the Pebble Creek HOA, the homeowners filed a recall petition.  Levinson was hired as the HOA general counsel at the direction of a co-conspirator and took several steps to deter the recall election, including firing the property management company and filing a lawsuit to stop the recall election.

Related to the tax evasion charge, Levinson admitted that he failed to file taxes for the 2005 to 2010 tax years and filed a false 2011 tax return.  Levinson also admitted that he took affirmative steps to evade taxes for the tax years 2009, 2010 and 2011, including concealing cash earnings from the IRS and telling the IRS that his business was no longer operating.

Finally, related to the wire fraud charge, Levinson admitted that between March 2010 and September 2011, he embezzled nearly $180,000 from at least nine different minor personal injury clients. Levinson also admitted that he stole another $65,000 from an individual for whom he was serving as an escrow agent.

As part of the plea agreement, Levinson has agreed to be disbarred by the State Bar of Nevada.

The case is being investigated by the FBI, IRS-CI and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Criminal Intelligence Section.

The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Chief Charles La Bella, Senior Deputy Chief for Litigation Kathleen McGovern and Trial Attorneys Thomas B.W. Hall and Alison Anderson of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section.   The Department also thanks former Trial Attorneys Mary Ann McCarthy and Nicole Sprinzen for their efforts in prosecuting the case.

HOA orders cancer survivor to remove pink ribbon




Breast Cancer Survivor Told To Remove Pink Ribbon In Home

March 18, 2014 3:52 AM

Linda Karp says the pink ribbon is a symbol of strength and hope.

NAPLES, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – Sixteen years ago Linda Karp beat breast cancer and she has been doing her part to keep the disease in the public eye.
So it was with pride that she put a large pink ribbon inside her home  of three years.
But not everybody was happy. Karp was shocked when she received a letter from the homeowner’s association to remove the ribbon.
“I’m not offending anyone. My neighbors are all supportive of breast cancer. I don’t know why they’re not,” she told WFXT-TV.
The board at Regents Park in Naples said the pink ribbon display was against the rules.
“Oh, I’m very angry… These people are being outrageously unkind,” Karp said.

Read More:
http://tampa.cbslocal.com/2014/03/18/breast-cancer-survivor-told-to-remove-pink-ribbon-in-home/

Monday, March 17, 2014

Paula Donnell, real estate company controller convicted of embezzlement



Paula Donnell, real estate company controller convicted of embezzlement

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - Paula Donnell, A controller for a real estate company was convicted Friday of embezzling over $370,000 from her employer.

According to the Orange County District Sttorney's (OCDA) office, Donnell, 54, Fullerton, was convicted in a court trial Friday, March 14, 2014, of one felony count of grand theft, five felony counts of filing a false tax return, and seven felony counts of filing a false statement, with sentencing enhancements for property loss over $200,000 and aggravated white collar crime over $100,000.

On June 3, 2002, Donnell was hired as the controller for Ultimate New Homes Sales & Marketing (UNHS). She was responsible for maintaining the company's accounting records, calculating and writing payroll checks for employees, handling employee benefits and insurance, and interacting with the California Employment Development Department (EDD) related to unemployment or disability insurance issues with current or former UNHS employees. She earned a base salary and a closing bonus for each home that closed escrow.

Between 2004 and 2010, Donnell embezzled over $373,000 from UNHS, by creating false entries in the company's check ledger to hide checks and online transfers made to the defendant, paying herself commissions as a sales agent even though she actually was not one, and paying herself the closing bonus far in excess of the company's actual home sales closings per month. On one occasion, during the housing recession, UNHS closed escrow on 27 homes and Donnell paid herself bonuses on 100 homes closing in that month.

In 2007, Donnell stopped paying herself payroll with taxes withheld and instead paid herself as an independent contractor with no taxes withheld. On March 17, 2010, Donnell claimed that she had been laid off and filed five continued claims for unemployment benefits with EDD. In the next two months, she fraudulently stated she had earned no money during that time period despite continuing to receive money from UNHS. On June 2, 2010, Donnell resigned from her position at UNHS.

Donnell's embezzlement doubled her income but she failed to report a majority of the embezzled funds on her state personal income tax returns from 2005 to 2009.

This case was investigated by the Anaheim Police Department, California Franchise Tax Board, and EDD.

Deputy District Attorney Megan Wagner of the Major Fraud Unit is prosecuting this case.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Don’t Test the Luck of the Irish - Designate a Sober Driver on St. Patrick’s DayDon’t Test the Luck of the Irish - Designate a Sober Driver on St. Patrick’s Day



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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – The Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) and the  Avoid 38 DUI Task Force will be deploying DUI saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints this St. Patrick’s Day in several communities throughout the area, looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.  These DUI patrols and checkpoints are, in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the signs of impaired drivers behind the wheel.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 269 people were senselessly killed nationwide in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday from 2007 to 2011.  Those fatalities were preventable
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When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it. If you know you’re going to drink, whether with friends at a pub or attending a party, designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely,” said Sergeant Yvonne Shull of the Sheriff’s Department Traffic Bureau. “There’s never an excuse for driving after drinking.”

According to NHTSA, in 2011, one person was killed on an average of every 53 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States.  Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations of 0.15% or higher, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08%.

To prevent these tragedies from occurring, Sheriff Sandra Hutchens recommends the following steps to having  a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day:     

Before the festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, Report Them! Call 9-1-1!  You could save a life.
And remember, if you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

The Task Force is funded through a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 


Friday, March 14, 2014

Concert Pianist Natsuki Fukasawa Presents a Master Class to Saddleback College Students


 
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Rancho Santa Margarita, , CA— As part of its Reflections of the Ocean Classical Keyboard Series Saddleback College  announced that Steinway artist Natsuki Fukasawa will present a master class on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. in Fine Arts 101. Saddleback and local students will perform.

On Thursday, April 10th at noon in Fine Arts 101, Natsuki Fukasawa will perform an exciting program of works by Beethoven including the famous “Moonlight Sonata” and Sonata op. 101, Chopin, Rachmanioff, and Godowsky’s brilliant concert paraphrase on J. Strauss’ Artist’s Life.” Admission is Free.



Fukasawa’s music career has taken her throughout United States cities as well as to Europe, Scandinavia, Israel, Australia, Brazil, Japan, and China. She performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Copenhagen’s Tivoli Concert Hall. She received many accolades and international prizes including rave reviews in Strad and Fanfare magazines and the Best Chamber Music Recording of the year from the Danish Music Awards. In 2012, Fukasawa was added to the distinguished roster of International Steinway Artists.

 Tickets  to the master class are $12 general; $10 seniors; $7 students; children FREE with paying adult; 2 for 1 for music teachers with MTAC/CAPMT ID. For tickets call 949-582-4656 (Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 4:00 p.m. or order your tickets online at any time at www.saddleback.edu/arts).

 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.

The Music Department has established a comprehensive program which is considered to be one of the finest in California: a complete lower-division curriculum for transferring music majors, numerous performance groups, private and group lessons, a full concert series with faculty and guest artists, and general music courses. The nationally-recognized faculty is dedicated to performance and to teaching in all areas such as vocal, instrumental, jazz, guitar, and piano.  Other music classes include harmony, musicianship, composition, history, and appreciation of western art music,
rock, jazz and world.

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 visit www.saddleback.edu.  For Fine Arts events, visitwww.saddleback.edu/arts