Woolsey makes bid for 10th term

Woolsey makes bid for 10th term

There are 153 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Oct 9, 2010, titled Woolsey makes bid for 10th term. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

Seeking her 10th term in Congress, Democrat Rep. Lynn Woolsey faces a Republican opponent who is voicing the same themes as many Tea Party candidates around the country while denying any direct connections to the movement.

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Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#123 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
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...and yet you're as partisan as can be (based on your posts).
Tea-publicans crack me up. They're all worked up now. They're all concerned with the size of government now. They're all afraid of things like "czar" nomenclature now. They're partisan political neophytes.
And you are partisan, shall I label you a socialist?
Then we can both act like 5th graders.

I think its' time for Woolsey to go, that puts me in the same camp as a lot of other Democrats.
I can't vote for Fiorina.
Brown may say me over before the election.
He needs to prove California won't be run like Oakland.
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#124 Oct 11, 2010
Kevin wrote:
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Which Woolsey and Boxer were part of. I'm glad you agree.
Now you are saying Boxer and Woolsey were for deregulating industry and eliminating government?
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#125 Oct 11, 2010
Kevin wrote:
And you are partisan, shall I label you a socialist?
Then we can both act like 5th graders.
I do not think that is how fifth graders act.

For most tea-publicans, anyone that does not want to deregulate and ungovern private industry is a nasty red state commie. Tea-publicans do not want government saying if industry can or can not pour acid on school children. They think government requiring food service to wash their hands after defecating a bit too socialisticy and big brothery. At the same time they want government to define marriage for society. They want government out of the way of corporations and heavily in the citizens life.

Tea-publicans want to abolish the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor. Tea-publicans want America and its government to be like that of the third world. They want to become Somalia. Cheap labor and no tax for their puppet master is their fantasy.
Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#126 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
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Now you are saying Boxer and Woolsey were for deregulating industry and eliminating government?
Nope. Boxer votes against the Glass-Steagall repeal.
I'm just saying Woolsey in particular is ineffective.
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#127 Oct 11, 2010
Kevin wrote:
I'm just saying Woolsey in particular is ineffective.
Which of the following accomplishments upset you?

http://www.woolseyforcongress.com/index.php...
Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#128 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
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I do not think that is how fifth graders act.
For most tea-publicans, anyone that does not want to deregulate and ungovern private industry is a nasty red state ****. Tea-publicans do not want government saying if industry can or can not pour acid on school children. They think government requiring food service to wash their hands after defecating a bit too socialisticy and big brothery. At the same time they want government to define marriage for society. They want government out of the way of corporations and heavily in the citizens life.
Tea-publicans want to abolish the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Department of Labor. Tea-publicans want America and its government to be like that of the third world. They want to become Somalia. Cheap labor and no tax for their puppet master is their fantasy.
So is that all part of Judd's platform? Or just FUD you made up? Like a 5th grader.
Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#129 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
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Which of the following accomplishments upset you?
http://www.woolseyforcongress.com/index.php...
Lynn Woolsey has sponsored 126 bills since Jan 5, 1993 of which 114 haven't made it out of committee and 1 was successfully enacted.
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#130 Oct 11, 2010
I'll ask again, which of the following accomplishments upset you?

http://www.woolseyforcongress.com/index.php...
Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#131 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
I'll ask again, which of the following accomplishments upset you?
http://www.woolseyforcongress.com/index.php...
It's a highlight list of 18 years. As I said before she has a less than 1% success rate in originating bills in 18 years.
Kevin

San Francisco, CA

#132 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
I'll ask again, which of the following accomplishments upset you?
http://www.woolseyforcongress.com/index.php...
Other than going on a Tea Bagger rant, what don't you like about Jim Judd?
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#133 Oct 11, 2010
Do you define the job as a bill originator?
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#134 Oct 11, 2010
Jim Judd is inept at representing a constituency. He didn't see reason to verbalize his disdain for government until 2009 which in my opinion illustrates his complacency during the most heinous times our nation has ever endured. His lips were sealed during the entire Bush administration.

Tell me, how does Judd feel about the cost of Wars?

What regulations does Judd want to eliminate?

What is the tax rate he wants?
5 minutes from court

Hayward, CA

#135 Oct 11, 2010
http://centerforjudicialexcellence.org/docume...

http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/registe...

What: Protest & Press Conference
When: Tuesday October 12, 8:00am - 1:30pm
Where: Marin County Civic Center - Under (2nd) Court
Arch 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael
This day of action will include the following:
8:00am - 1:30pm Flyering & Picketing
12:30 - 1:00pm Press Conference (with special guests)
5:00 - 9:00 pm Flyering & Picketing at Governor’s Debate
*Evening picket will be held at Angelico Hall at Dominican
University at 50 Acacia Ave. in San Rafael
Please come for part or all of the day's events!!

AOC & Marin Court Crimes Protest Please join the Center for Judicial Excellence, JusticeCalifornia and the California Protective Parents Association for a Day of Action as we protest the wholesale destruction of child custody evidence by the CA Administrative Office of the Courts and the Marin Family Court during a state audit of the Marin and Sacramento Family Courts.

BACKGROUND ABOUT THE AOC & MARIN COURT CRIMES PROTEST

Marin’s family court problems have been the topic of lurid headlines for the last 10-15 years.

In late June 2009, Marin was one of two counties of 58 in California selected by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to be investigated by the State Auditor, due to ongoing reports of illegal and inappropriate conduct that was harming innocent children. The vote to investigate Marin and Sacramento Family Courts was unanimous- 12 Republicans and Democrats voted to thoroughly investigate the use of court appointees in family courts to ensure that children are not being harmed.

Less than three months later, Marin Court Executive Officer Kim Turner, Presiding Judge Verna Adams, the California Administrative Office of the Courts, and Marin Family Court Services engaged in a mass destruction of Marin Family Court Services child custody documents. The destroyed mediator working files and notes contained such things as pictures of children's injuries, witness statements and letters, notes of interviews with parents, children and third parties, medical reports, police reports, and much more.
5 minutes from court

Hayward, CA

#136 Oct 11, 2010
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/registe...

This past Spring, after an unprecedented eight month delay in the family court audit, the California State Auditor released correspondence sent to the Administrative Office of the Courts in which the Chief Legal Counsel for the Auditor was forced to threaten the AOC with subpoenas in order to access the needed court records and personnel in order to conduct the family court audit. The letter details the numerous attempts that were made between July 2009 and March 2010 to gain the full cooperation of the courts, and the court's unreasonable delay in providing full and unfettered access to all of the individuals and records necessary for the completion of the audit.

Shortly thereafter, an agreement between the State Auditor and the AOC was reached, and the audit resumed.

Last month, the Administrative Office of the Courts (which approved the document destruction, although it was well aware of the reports of Marin County Family Court misconduct) investigated ITSELF by conducting a very limited internal investigation of itself and some Marin County Family Court personnel (while failing to interview the former Family Court Services supervisor who took part in the destruction before suddenly “retiring”). Their brief report states that the document destruction was done to “make space”- not to destroy evidence to keep it from the California State Auditor. The AOC states in their report's Overall Conclusion that there is "nothing that appears to be illegal concerning the destruction of mediator working files, or the destruction of 'handwritten notes' prepared by mediators in family law matters included in those files."

A review of California Penal Code sections 135, 96.5 and 182 raises significant questions about this overall conclusion by the AOC, which is why we are gathering to protest and call for a formal criminal investigation into this weeks-long shredding party.

Please come back often to this site for regular updates on the AOC & Marin Court Crimes Protest.


HELP SPREAD THE WORD

Click here to download and circulate the flyer for the upcoming Marin Court Crimes Protest.

Click here to download a copy of the AOC's report about the Marin Family Court's destruction of documents.

Click here to read CJE's press release about the Marin Family Court's destruction of documents.

Click on the link below to read the Marin Independent Journal article about the court's destruction of documents.

Marin Independent Journal
Friday, August 6, 2010
Document purge in Marin family court draws scrutiny.
5 minutes from court

Hayward, CA

#137 Oct 11, 2010
Presiding Judge Requests Audit of Marin Family Court

AOC Audit About the Alleged Destruction of Marin County Mediation Files To Be Complete By Mid-August

SAN RAFAEL- History is repeating itself in Marin County. It was recently confirmed that the Superior Court of California in Marin is undergoing an investigation by the Internal Auditing Services of the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). This new audit was requested by Marin Presiding Judge Terence Boren to explore the alleged improper destruction of family court records by mediators there, and a report detailing the internal audit’s findings is due within weeks.

It is believed that the new AOC investigation stems from the sworn testimony of Marin County Family Court Services mediator Meredith Braden. Braden testified in April 2010 that in the Fall of 2009, Marin Family Court Services mediators were told to destroy mediation custody records while a legislative audit of the Marin Family Court was underway. Braden testified that to the best of her knowledge, Marin Court Executive Officer Kim Turner gave the direction to destroy mediation custody files.

"We want answers to the relevant questions: who gave the orders, who knew about the orders and who destroyed the records? Exactly which records were destroyed, when and why? Let’s make sure that the AOC obtains and reports truthful answers to these critical questions and then takes appropriate disciplinary action against those involved," said Marin family law attorney Barbara Kauffman.

Kauffman obtained an official copy of the transcribed testimony and forwarded it to Chief Justice Ron George, members of the California Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors. She asked elected officials to take action and seek a formal investigation to determine if the destruction of records violated state law, including Family Code section 1819, and Government Code Section 6200. Kauffman noted that mediation custody records often contain important case information that is not a part of the official court file. For example, in one of Kauffman’s cases, a child had reported to a mediator that his father hit him, but the mediator had not included the child’s comment in her mediation report. The child’s report of being hit was discovered by a review of the mediator’s hand-written notes which are kept in the mediation custody files.

Kim Turner is no stranger to controversy, or to AOC internal audits. From 1999-2005, she was the assistant to former Marin Court Executive Officer John Montgomery, whom she described as her "friend" and "boss extraordinaire." She became the Marin Court Executive Officer in 2005, after Mr. Montgomery was arrested on 10 felony counts of conflict of interest for funneling over $650,000 in court consulting contracts to his live-in girlfriend, acquiring property with that girlfriend and concealing the acquisitions, and taking out-of-state trips without proper court authorization. Turner knew about many of Mr. Montgomery’s questionable and/or illegal acts, and she reportedly signed off on some of them. She waited until January 2005, right before an impending financial audit of the Marin courts, to report Mr. Montgomery’s improper conduct to the Marin presiding judge. When questioned about her actions, Turner apparently claimed she was acting under either duress or intimidation.
5 minutes from court

Hayward, CA

#138 Oct 11, 2010
Notwithstanding the AOC’s criticism of Turner in its "Internal Audit Services Report" (Special Investigation 2005-004) prepared by the Finance Division of the AOC, she was selected by the Marin bench to replace John Montgomery, reportedly over the objections of nearly half of the courthouse staff.

In June 2009, as the vote was imminent on whether California’s Joint Legislative Audit Committee would approve an investigation of the Marin County Family Court, Chief Justice Ron George appointed Kim Turner to the exclusive 27-member California Judicial Council. Court observers and critics were aghast that Turner, herself the subject of scrutiny for covering up court misconduct, was selected to sit on this council, which sets policy for the California Judicial Branch.

The Center for Judicial Excellence applauds this important inquiry into the destruction of essential court mediation records, but we have concerns about the investigators’ potential for bias, given that the audit is being conducted by the Administrative Office of the Courts, which staffs the Judicial Council, of which Kim Turner is a member.

"This appears to be a case of the foxes guarding the henhouse" said Jean Taylor, Board President of the Center for Judicial Excellence, "but we will see. How can you defend the destruction of important and relevant custody records, while a state legislative audit that is focused on those records is going on?"

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Relevant Background Information

Government Code 6200
6200. Every officer having the custody of any record, map, or book, or of any paper or proceeding of any court, filed or deposited in any public office, or placed in his or her hands for any purpose, is punishable by imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years if, as to the whole or any part of the record, map, book, paper, or proceeding, the officer willfully does or permits any other person to do any of the following:

(a) Steal, remove, or secrete.
(b) Destroy, mutilate, or deface.
(c) Alter or falsify.

Family Code Section 1819
(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b), upon order of the judge of the family conciliation court, the supervising counselor of conciliation may destroy any record, paper, or document filed or kept in the office of the supervising counselor of conciliation which is more than two years old.

(b) Records described in subdivision (a) of child custody or visitation mediation may be destroyed when the minor or minors involved are 18 years of age.

Sworn April 2010 testimony of Marin Family Court Services mediator Meredith Braden (in a case involving a young child)
"Q. Okay. Well, generally do you have a file for each mediation case?
A. It’s a little complicated. We do keep files currently, but at one point the directive was that we were no longer keeping files. They were all destroyed.
Q. They were all destroyed?
A. Yes.
Q. Can you tell me who directed you to do that?
A. It was Kim Turner, to the best of my knowledge, yes.
Q. What do you mean by to the best of your knowledge?
A. I mean, we were told, through our supervisor at the time, that that was the policy from above him.
Q. Who was your supervisor?
A. Leo Terbeiten. But he has since retired.
Q. When did he retire?
A. At the end of 2009.
Q. End of December?
A. Yes.
Q. Okay. So between the period of September 21st, when you interviewed these parties, and the end of December, then were you instructed to throw away your files?
A. You know, I don’t remember the exact dates. There were — all of the files were destroyed at some point in the Fall. Obviously it was after September 21st. And then the policy was reversed at some point, also in the Fall, prior to December, but I couldn’t tell you exactly when. And so since that time we’ve been maintaining the files again."

A copy of the transcript of the mediator’s testimony can be sent to you upon your request".
Kevin

Ross, CA

#139 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
Jim Judd is inept at representing a constituency. He didn't see reason to verbalize his disdain for government until 2009 which in my opinion illustrates his complacency during the most heinous times our nation has ever endured. His lips were sealed during the entire Bush administration.
Tell me, how does Judd feel about the cost of Wars?
What regulations does Judd want to eliminate?
What is the tax rate he wants?
He's not a career politician.
Do you need me to read you his website? Really.
Kevin

Ross, CA

#140 Oct 11, 2010
kevin wrote:
Do you define the job as a bill originator?
Nice come back. LOL! She originated a lot of bills, one passed. If you don't originate bills, you're riding the coat tails of other people's legislation.

It can show a lack of leadership if you don't get support to pass your bills. Or NOT being on the same page as the rest of the United States. So why do the Blue Dogs Democrats have a particular dislike for Woolsey?

I don't think Woolsey is particularly horrible, I just think it's time for a change and Judd can do better. No need for a good guy and a bad guy. Just an opinion on who is better. If I thought he was in the "Bush / Cheney" mold, I wouldn't vote for him.
Dagmar

San Francisco, CA

#141 Oct 11, 2010
She completely represents my views and I'll vote for her every time she runs! The best representative I've ever sent to Congress!
kevin

San Rafael, CA

#142 Oct 12, 2010
Kevin wrote:
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He's not a career politician.
He wants to become a career politician.

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