Seeno offices raided by feds

Seeno offices raided by feds

There are 46 comments on the Vallejo Times-Herald story from Feb 19, 2010, titled Seeno offices raided by feds. In it, Vallejo Times-Herald reports that:

Federal agents raided the headquarters of the Seeno development empire Thursday, hauling out stacks of documents from two office buildings at the heart of a 70-year-old family dynasty that has shaped much of East Bay suburbia.

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jitterbug

Pittsburg, CA

#23 Mar 18, 2010
the business empire has afforded the Seenos hefty political influence: Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics indicate the family has made at least $516,000 in contributions to federal candidates since 1989.
That includes sizable contributions to national and state Democratic and Republican party organs, as well as to California and Nevada politicians including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the environment and public works committee; House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez; former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; David Harmer, a Republican who sought to succeed Tauscher in last year's special election; and former House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.
In California, the secretary of state's campaign finance database shows the company and members of the Seeno family have given at least $435,000 to various state candidates and causes over the past decade.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaigns and committees received at least $65,585 from the family and its businesses, while likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Jerry Brown's campaigns received at least $45,500.
california-ot

Pittsburg, CA

#24 Mar 18, 2010
According to its Web site, Seeno Homes — encompassing A. D. Seeno Construction Co. and Legacy Luxury Homes — "has built homes for more than 30,000 satisfied families."

That may capture only a portion of its customers. According to a 2006 J.D. Power and Associates study, Seeno ranked worst among 16 Bay Area homebuilders in customer satisfaction. The company also has faced rebuke over environmental concerns.

In 1996, the regional water quality control board ordered a part of Albert Seeno's construction empire to pay $138,600 for erosion in a Petaluma subdivision.

Seeno agreed to pay $1 million in fines in 2002 for violating the federal Endangered Species Act by killing threatened red-legged frogs and ruining habitat in his San Marco subdivision in Pittsburg.

And in 2008, Albert D. Seeno Construction Co. agreed to pay $2.9 million to settle a civil case with the state Attorney General's Office over environmental issues at an Antioch residential project. State officials found that three creeks and four seasonal ponds had been filled in during home construction. The company also agreed to give about 60 acres of land to the East Bay Regional Park District.

As with many private firms, "we know they do things their own way" and "run their business the way they want to run their business," said Pittsburg Councilman Ben Johnson. He declined to "even speculate at this point and time what was being investigated."

With the housing bubble's loud burst in many of its core markets, Seeno homebuilding appears to have slowed dramatically. Its Web site lists just three "upcoming communities" — two in Oakley and one in Vacaville. At the same time, casino revenue across Nevada fell nearly 20 percent from 2006 to 2009.

Even so, the business empire has afforded the Seenos hefty political influence: Campaign finance records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics indicate the family has made at least $516,000 in contributions to federal candidates since 1989.

That includes sizable contributions to national and state Democratic and Republican party organs, as well as to California and Nevada politicians including U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.; U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., who heads the environment and public works committee; House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Martinez; former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; David Harmer, a Republican who sought to succeed Tauscher in last year's special election; and former House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo, R-Tracy.

In California, the secretary of state's campaign finance database shows the company and members of the Seeno family have given at least $435,000 to various state candidates and causes over the past decade.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaigns and committees received at least $65,585 from the family and its businesses, while likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate and state Attorney General Jerry Brown's campaigns received at least $45,500.

Among the family's greatest beneficiaries has been Oakland mayoral candidate and former state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata. The Seenos and their businesses gave at least $131,400 to his campaigns or committees under his control. Perata was the subject of a years-long FBI public corruption probe that ended this year with federal prosecutors declining to bring charges.
Destroying Hills

Pittsburg, CA

#26 Mar 18, 2010
MILITIA-AMERICAN STYLE

United States

#27 Mar 18, 2010
curious wrote:
<quoted text>I'm sure this post is written by a Seeno employee! The most corrupt builder in the country, Why is Contra Costa County Rob taking the time to post on little Benicia's Topix page? Damage control? They also own the Peppermill casino and have had to pay fines because of their ties to the Hells Angels. They tried to take over our town with the help of Bill Whitney, Alan Swartzman, Mark Hughes,Scott Strawbridge,The Whole Bidou Family and The Benicia Police Dept. I don't understand why people re-elected Swartzman and hughes? All the people of Benicia have to do now is vote for one more Seeno candidate and they and the Hells Angels will own our town! What jobs Have they created for Americans Rob ? I think you mean illegals that take jobs and social services and school resorces from Americans and then take all the money they make here and send it out of the country so it doesn't even benifit our local economy in these hard times. I don't know if they will be convicted but I'm 100% sure they're guilty! We all know their track record!
There should be an investigation into all properties built by Seeno. Code violations, height restrictions, etc. He has violated many of the limits and code laws and building inspectors have looked the other way. Do I smell payoffs?
audience member

United States

#28 Mar 18, 2010
i hope gomes office is raided next by the feds
The patriot

Vacaville, CA

#29 Mar 18, 2010
jitterbug wrote:
<quoted text>
First of all, you need to get your facts really straight. The Seeno family does not have any ties with the Hell's Angels. There was ONE Hell's Angel named Art Carasis who was dealing drugs with Victor Bustos, who was Mr. Seeno, Sr.'s driver when he was getting old and retired. After they got caught (Vic & Art), the newspapers, etc. blew the whole thing out of proportion. That is where the misconception lies. So get the facts straight before posting. No one was arrested. There have been no convictions. When the facts come out, then we will see what happened. Distortions are made when facts are not even considered.
"The limo driver for 0ld man Seeno was dealing drugs with a Hells Angel" First of all there is not one Hells Angel that does anything on his own! They are a tightly controlled criminal enterprise. This is way bigger than that! and the relationship between the H.As and Seeno is way bigger. The first allegations stemmed from the PepperMill Casinos that Seeno also owns, the H.As are very involed in this endeavor and the state of Nevada almost Took their gaming lic. This is how dumb Seeno Jr. is! He actually had someone post on here that there really is a link between himself and one of the most notorious gangs ever, but it was just a limo driver that happen to know a gang member, and they were making money selling drugs. Seeno Jr. is a complete idiot that is driving the Seeno Corp right off a cliff.
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#30 Apr 7, 2010
In the 70's & 80's the Seenos knowingly built 1000's of foundations 4" too low in order to skim extra profits. They had all the building inspectors payed off. Steven Brookshire, Patricia Brookshire Seenos son, is & was the main man in a multi-million $ drug manufacturing/distribution mafia thru most of the U.S. A lot of business was run thru the Peppermill. Richard Seeno, Jr's young brother, was one of the top illegal drug lab chemists involved. His wife has since thrown him out of the house- he lives @ the fire station in Clayton, some how. Seeno is the west coast Bonnano Organized Crime Family, it's widely known. Harry Reid, crooked Nevada senator , is a partner with them in Coyote Springs Dev.When Seeno was asked "how much money do you want to make by doing away with all the good local union help, he replied " how much is there ". Well, unfortunately the CIA Black Bag Division lets him make all he wants aka Oliver North. Respectable business? Fuck NO!!
Watching

Vacaville, CA

#31 Apr 7, 2010
OOH_BLACK_BAG wrote:
In the 70's & 80's the Seenos knowingly built 1000's of foundations 4" too low in order to skim extra profits. They had all the building inspectors payed off. Steven Brookshire, Patricia Brookshire Seenos son, is & was the main man in a multi-million $ drug manufacturing/distribution mafia thru most of the U.S. A lot of business was run thru the Peppermill. Richard Seeno, Jr's young brother, was one of the top illegal drug lab chemists involved. His wife has since thrown him out of the house- he lives @ the fire station in Clayton, some how. Seeno is the west coast Bonnano Organized Crime Family, it's widely known. Harry Reid, crooked Nevada senator , is a partner with them in Coyote Springs Dev.When Seeno was asked "how much money do you want to make by doing away with all the good local union help, he replied " how much is there ". Well, unfortunately the CIA Black Bag Division lets him make all he wants aka Oliver North. Respectable business? Fuck NO!!
It wouldn't surprise me if everything you are saying is true! Do you have any proof of Harry Reid being partners with Seeno? And can you prove Richard Seeno is living in a fire station Clayton? I wonder if this is why the Feds just raided Seenos offices
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#32 Apr 8, 2010
Watching wrote:
<quoted text>It wouldn't surprise me if everything you are saying is true! Do you have any proof of Harry Reid being partners with Seeno? And can you prove Richard Seeno is living in a fire station Clayton? I wonder if this is why the Feds just raided Seenos offices
I sure do!! Marina Ternes Seeno lives on the corner of Oakhurst Dr. & Yolanda Cir. in Clayton. Knock on the door & ask. As far as Harry Reid goes, Google "Harry Reid partners Coyote Springs". You will blow your mind on the info. Coyote Springs is for the most part Thomas Seeno & Mafia buddies. Seenos son-in-law Clyde Miles is going to do their building, 1 hour northeast of Vegas. Google "Clyde Miles Const." The Mafia, CIA, & Govt. are all in bed!!

Since: Jun 09

Walnut Creek, CA

#33 Apr 8, 2010
SEENO homes are garbage!
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#34 Apr 9, 2010
Watching wrote:
<quoted text>It wouldn't surprise me if everything you are saying is true! Do you have any proof of Harry Reid being partners with Seeno? And can you prove Richard Seeno is living in a fire station Clayton? I wonder if this is why the Feds just raided Seenos offices
Wingfield Development for Coyote Springs is Thomas Seeno, Senator Whittemere & Senator Reid. We wonder why Seeno gets away with all their gaming infractions. If it was me or you in front of the Commission, they would have pulled our license years ago & put us in PRISON where all the Seenos belong
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#35 Apr 9, 2010
I would like to shove a 2x4 up Jitterbugs ass- what about all the Federal tapes they have of Seeno, Al Jr. & the boys,@ Raider football games in the Seeno sky box with Hells Angels, several times. When the head investigator for the Gaming commission confronted David Seeno about it during he hearing for his license, David told him " I don't think you should judge me by the people I hang around with"
Let's put BinLaden on Seeno payroll, after all they won't judge us by the people we hang around with....
The Commissioner should have shot Seeno......
Watching

Vacaville, CA

#37 Apr 9, 2010
OOH_BLACK_BAG wrote:
I would like to shove a 2x4 up Jitterbugs ass- what about all the Federal tapes they have of Seeno, Al Jr. & the boys,@ Raider football games in the Seeno sky box with Hells Angels, several times. When the head investigator for the Gaming commission confronted David Seeno about it during he hearing for his license, David told him " I don't think you should judge me by the people I hang around with"
Let's put BinLaden on Seeno payroll, after all they won't judge us by the people we hang around with....
The Commissioner should have shot Seeno......
If the Seeno's are so well connected, and in bed with senators, why are the feds raiding them?
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#38 Apr 10, 2010
It could be for a variety of FEDERAL LAWS they have broken lately. Their friends may be running for cover here, despite the monetary contributions. If the IRS Criminal Investigations Unit & Secret Service is involved, it has to do with money & Federal financial crimes. The Seenos are famous for pay-offs of officials with cash, fancy hunting trips & Peppermill comp weekends (hookers & dope included), but sounds like they met their match here. Who knows, it may have all been staged to cover bigger things no one knows about- maybe they are in bed with the Secret Service & IRS, it wouldn't surprise me!!
Clayton Resident

Clayton, CA

#39 Apr 13, 2010
Hey, I could care less about the Seeno family, but the information here regarding Richard Seeno is not accurate. Regarding drugs, maybe you are confusing Ramey Seeno with Richard Seeno. Ramey is a 2nd cousin and has serious drug convictions. Richard Seeno has no criminal record whatsoever... I know him well.

I also know that his wife, Marina is an unhappy person, and I doubt that Richard did anything to deserve her displeasure. I know for a fact that in the marriage, Richard was faithful, generous, and a good provider... the things that usually trouble marriages... and, I know this all sounds crazy, but this is true... that is why these boards are scary sometimes with the bad information and rumors...

As far as I know, Richard is not involved in the family businesses. You might want to Google his name and see for yourselves.

I do not want to condemn or extol, I just want to offer the truth as I know it.

Thanks!
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#40 Apr 13, 2010
I'm glad to hear Richard is ok now & over his addictions. The reason he is not involved in family business is because his brothers kicked him out due to his past addictions- he was a big liability to them .Richard had fried brains for years- Marina could not take it any longer. I don't doubt that he was a good provider.
Clayton Resident

Clayton, CA

#41 Apr 14, 2010
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Okay, I get it. Sorry that you are so angry. You are probably a great person, but too often communication the internet has an odd effect on people...

I've always had a personal rule to never express oneself on the internet, in email or even in written letters in such a way that you would not express to that person or audience face-to-face.

It has worked well for me... and honesty has as well.

Take care, and in any case I enjoy your colorful and interesting dialog, but you obviously know very little on these subjects that you are commenting on.

Thanks!
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#42 Apr 14, 2010
Do you consider being employed by them for 25 years "knowing very little?" I used to snort coke with them. I appreciate your protection of Richard, he needs it.
Clayton Resident

Clayton, CA

#43 Apr 14, 2010
I cannot tell you what Richard did 30 years ago, I've only known him since he was married. I doubt that he was ever addicted to anything based on what I know about him, but hey, who knows?

Your statements that he ran a drug lab or whatever kind of makes the rest of your comments rather suspect though. I know what you mean by fried-brained too, but I think that he was born that way from what I can tell... I cannot tell you anything about the other Seenos, just Richard, and do not think that he has aquired many enemies or detractors as far as I know.

Listen, the next time that I see him I will ask him anything that you want to know. Gimme your questions and I'll get back to you sometime.

Thanks!
OOH_BLACK_BAG

Pittsburg, CA

#44 Apr 14, 2010
Richard used to be a super nice, extremely intelligent guy. I was hoping with all this bullshit going on that he is doing ok. You are right, we can't listen to everything we hear. For all we know, he may have been a patsy in a big game he wasn't playing. Evil people with evil motives are known to take advantage of nice guys- I am just concerned & those news reports certainly don't help!!

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