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Trim the Budget? OK, Trim Embezzlement and Fraud FIRST, especially in Nonprofits and Government

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Some people (particularly my regular Parisian fan club? visitor from Paris) may wonder why I raise such a big stink about such small nonprofits, at time, that don’t file, don’t incorporate, and replicate like rabbits.  And particularly ones that have as part of their nonprofit purpose marketing a licensed very much FOR-profit item (usually a curriculum and training to certify people in affiliate marketing to captive audiences, like parents ordered into court-referred, court-mandated classes or counseling, or people in prison).

Well that’s basically because I notice patterns, I’ve dealt with some nonprofit that don’t put out what they publicize (and are funded for) and I can multiply.

I also think that if the US General Accounting Office (GAO) agrees with me, which it does, I might be onto something (although they’ve been pointing it out for longer).  I posted this before; there are more where it came from:

GAO, Reports & Testimonies, By Agency (HHS/ACF is our area):

(Note: This first one, August 2011, relates to safety of children in child care facilities, and is not addressing financial matters)

Child Care: Overview of Relevant Employment Laws and Cases of Sex Offenders at Child Care Facilities

GAO-11-757 August 19, 2011

Why GAO Did This Study

Very little is known about sexual abuse among children that are regularly cared for by more than 1.3 million child care providers every week in the United States. In this context, GAO was asked to (1) provide an overview of federal and state laws related to the employment of sex offenders at child care facilities and (2) examine cases where individuals who were convicted of serious sexual offenses were subsequently employed or present at child care facilities.

What GAO Found

Federal laws regulate the employment of sex offenders at federal child care facilities. For example, federally operated facilities are required to conduct criminal-history checks on employees, as are facilities receiving grants from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start program. At the state level, laws vary widely. For example, all 50 states require criminal-history checks for owners and employees of licensed child care facilities, but many state laws exempt facilities from licensing if they do not exceed certain thresholds, such as a minimum number of children. Penalties for violating licensing requirements can range from a $5 administrative fine to imprisonment for a term of years.

The cases GAO examined show examples of individuals convicted of serious sexual offenses who gained access to child care facilities as maintenance workers, spouses or friends of providers, a cafeteria worker, and a cook. At least seven of these cases involve offenders who previously targeted children, and in three of the cases, the offenders used their access to children at the facilities to offend again. Among the cases, GAO found instances of providers who (1) knowingly hired offenders and (2) did not perform preemployment criminal-history checks. GAO also found examples of facilities operating without licenses, and facilities that employed offenders while receiving federal funds. The following four cases illustrate the nature of the situations GAO identified.

(cases from Missouri, Kentucky, Washington, D.C. & New York featured)

Highlights Page (PDF)   Full Report (PDF, 32 pages)   Accessible Text

I find this interesting because our current administration has continued to really push Head Start, Early Head Start, Zero to Five and almost anything that would get those kids away from their Mamas (and Papas) at an early age.  Look at the budgets!

Here’s one on Child Support (Enforcement):

Child Support Enforcement: Departures from Long-term Trends in Sources of Collections and Caseloads Reflect Recent Economic Conditions
GAO-11-196, Jan 14, 2011
Summary (HTML)   Highlights Page (PDF)   Full Report (PDF, 41 pages)   Accessible Text

The CSE program is run by states and overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). States receive federal performance incentive payments and a federal match on both state CSE funds and, except for fiscal year 2008, on the incentive payments, which must be reinvested into the program. The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) eliminated this incentive match beginning in 2008, but the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [ARRA]  temporarily reinstated it for 2 years. **

. . .

 Preliminary HHS data show that total CSE expenditures grew by 2.6 percent in fiscal year 2008 as many states increased their own funding to maintain CSE operations when the federal incentive match was eliminated. Some state officials attributed this increase in part to state lawmakers’ broad support for the program. ***  In contrast to fiscal year 2008, a different picture emerged in fiscal year 2009, when the incentive match was temporarily restored but total CSE expenditures fell slightly by 1.8 percent, which HHS officials told GAO was due to state budget constraints.

Most states nationwide have not implemented “family first” policy options since DRA. Several state CSE officials GAO interviewed said they support “family first” policies in principle, but funding constraints prevented implementing these options, because giving more child support collections to families means states retain less as reimbursement for public assistance costs.

So, when you hear OCSE, HHS, or anyone else crowing about getting more money to the families than before, i.e., “pass through” or “Family First” just remember, the states agree in THEORY, but not in practice; maintaining their operations is more important than children having enough to eat.  I realize operations have to be maintained, but over the years, we have found that the child support system has dedicated itself to expanding programs and scope, i.e., creating “emotional support” by noncustodial parents, and other not-sufficiently-audited purposes and programs.

By the way, KIDS TURN of SF & San Diego comes under this category — as they are direct beneficiaries of pushing the access/visitation theme through the courts plus TANF reform of 1996.

(**ARRA — speaking of which, see the next report I’ve linked to here:)

ARRA Contract & Grant Recipients Misdeeds, and resulting Debts

Testimony

Before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, U.S. Senate

RECOVERY ACT

Thousands of Recovery Act Contract and Grant Recipients Owe Hundreds of Millions in Federal Taxes

Statement of Gregory D. Kutz, Director Forensic Audits and Investigative Service

For Release on Delivery

Expected at 2:30 p.m. EDT

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Also finding some real “anomalies” is the office responsible for auditing HHS — the source of all TANF (welfare), Child Support Enforcement, Medicaid, Head Start & Early Head Start, Abstinence, Marriage, Fatherhood, and Access/Visitation funding.  For starters; this office also manages Foster Care, ie., Titles IV-A, IV-D, IV-E, for starters.    Here’s just a little sampler (running to the millions) from last April:

BROWSING:

REPORTS:  “US Office of Inspector General, Health & Human Services, Office of Audit Services/ ACF reports 

04-06-2011
Review of Title IV-E Foster Care Costs Claimed on Behalf of Delinquent Children in Los Angeles County, California

Executive Summary

We estimated that for fiscal years 2005 and 2006, the California Department of Social Services (the State agency) claimed unallowable Title IV-E costs totaling $5.7 million (Federal share) on behalf of delinquent Los Angeles County children, consisting of $2.2 million in maintenance payments and $3.5 million in associated administrative costs. Title IV-E of the Social Security Act authorizes Federal funds for States to provide foster care for children under an approved State plan. For children who meet foster care eligibility requirements, Federal funds are available to States for maintenance payments, administrative costs, and training costs.

Of the 100 monthly maintenance payments in our sample, 80 payments were allowable, 18 payments were unallowable, and 2 payments could not be evaluated because the case files had been sealed under a court order. The 18 unallowable payments consisted of 13 payments and associated administrative costs for children who were not eligible for services and 5 payments for eligible children that included costs for unallowable services or for services that were not provided.

We recommended that the State agency (1) refund to the Federal Government $5.7 million for unallowable costs, consisting of $2.2 million in maintenance payments and $3.5 million in associated administrative costs, and (2) ensure compliance with Federal requirements by periodically selecting a sample of foster care case files for delinquent children to determine whether the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services made correct eligibility determinations and maintained sufficient documentation to support eligibility determinations and claimed payments only for eligible children, allowable services, and services provided. The State agency did not concur with our first recommendation or the amount of the recommended refund.

“delinquent L.A. County Children” in Foster care (??).  Note — this was from April 2011, and they reported on a whopping 100 cases from 6 years ago.  Of those 100, approximately 1 and 4 were inappropriate payments, and they want their money back.

The Samaans,

I also note that in the recent (Sacramento, CA area) where the two-year old daughter of a woman employed, working as an attorney under Attorney General Kamala Harris, was murdered on a child-abduction following court-ordered visitation; she could not save her own daughters’ life, and the father’s father (father couldn’t speak because he killed himself also), a Dr. Marak Samaan — had been terminated from a California University for criminal activity (pled down to misdemeanor) surrounding IMPROPER BILLING, THREE HABITUAL PRACTICES, in his PRIVATE PSYCHOLOGICAL PRACTICE.  While such criminal activity apparently lost him a tenured professorship, and (as of 2010) was about to have him lose his license to practice in the field of behavioral health, it apparently wasn’t sufficient to stop him from working for the courts as a psychologist!    This man blamed the family court system for his son having shot the kid and himself to death.  We are indeed in dark days, but I have got to believe that financial accountability and compliance with simple, basic regulations for nonprofits is a great barometer of individuals, nonprofits, or systems

Here’s one from OHIO, Hamilton County:

01-24-2011
Review of Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Claims for Costs Reported by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services

Executive Summary

Our review found $59 million (Federal share) in unallowable Administration for Children and Families (ACF) costs identified in the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ (State agency) report for services provided by child welfare organizations from July 1, 2001, through June 30, 2004. We conducted this audit at the request of ACF after the State agency identified a total of $216 million in unallowable costs reported by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services (County agency). The County agency inappropriately allocated the child welfare organizations’ costs through indirect cost pools. The State agency inappropriately claimed the costs because it relied on the County agency’s reported program costs and did not ensure that the County agency allocated the costs in accordance with the cost allocation plan and other Federal requirements.

BACKGROUND

INTRODUCTION

Within the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) provides funding to State, territorial, local, and tribal organizations for programs relating to children and families. State, county, city, and tribal governments and private local agencies provide services to eligible children and families.

Ohio’s Administration of Programs for Children and Families

In Ohio, the Department of Job and Family Services (State agency) administers ACF programs and other Federal and State programs related to health care, cash assistance, food assistance, childcare, child support enforcement and administration, foster care, and employment and training assistance. County agencies coordinate and provide these services to eligible children and families and report costs to the State agency. The State agency then claims these costs for Federal reimbursement.

On May 1, 2008, the State agency issued a report entitled Hamilton County Limited Review (State agency’s report) related to costs reported by the Hamilton County Department of Job and Family Services (County agency). The State agency’s report found that the County agency did not properly account for Federal, State, and local funds and recommended that the State recover $216 million. However, the State agency’s report did not clearly identify what portion of the costs recommended for recovery pertained to ACF programs. Therefore, ACF requested that we conduct this audit.

County Agency Child Welfare Service Costs

During our audit period, the County agency charged costs to the State agency for services provided by certain child welfare organizations:

• Under the auspices of the Multi-County System Agency, a consortium of county governmental entities, the County agency contracted for consecutive periods with Beech Acres and then with Hamilton Choices, LLC (collectively, BA/HC), to provide treatment and care for high-risk foster care children.

The County agency contracted with Magellan Behavioral Health (Magellan) to coordinate and administer the delivery of child welfare and mental health services to children and families.

Hillcrest Training School and Youth Center (Hillcrest), a county-operated, accredited community correctional/treatment center and training school for youth offenders, provided rehabilitative services to adjudicated youths (non-foster-care children) who were placed there by the Hamilton County Juvenile Court.1

What I’m pointing out here is that money goes from the Feds (through ACF) to the States, to County Agencies, that then contract out to provide services with various organizations, which may be LLCs, or other incorporated organizations.     There are many layers of transfer of money, and so many levels at which reconciliations and checks should happen, but apparently don’t.

Or here’s one from 2009 about grants that should be closed out, but weren’t:

02-05-2009
Review of Administration for Children and Families Grant Closeout Procedures

Executive Summary

We found that the 9,877 Administration for Children and Families (ACF) grants identified by the HHS Division of Payment Management (DPM) as eligible for closeout as of September 30, 2006, which had unexpended balances totaling more than $472 million, remained open in the payment system for several reasons. DPM is responsible for closing grants after receiving instructions from ACF or the HHS Division of Financial Operations. ACF is responsible for initiating closeout of grants. As a general rule, grants must be closed within 180 days after the end of the grant period (the cutoff date). However, the grants remained open after the cutoff dates because of staffing shortages; differences among the grant award, expenditure, and drawdown amounts in the payment system; or a lack of grant closeout procedures. Also, ACF and the Division of Financial Operations lacked follow-up procedures to determine whether DPM had actually closed grants for which closeout was initiated.

We recommended that ACF use the information in this report to ensure that grants are closed in a timely manner and to eliminate the backlog of grants eligible for closeout. In comments on our draft report, ACF described actions that it had taken or planned to take to implement our recommendation

And here’s one of my “favorite” topics:

02-09-2009
Review of Undistributable Child Support Collections in Tennessee From October 1, 1998, Through December 31, 2007

Executive Summary

We found that from October 1998 through December 2007, Tennessee did not recognize and report as program income $8.7 million ($5.8 million Federal share) in undistributable child support collections that met the State’s definition of abandoned property. In addition, the State reported incorrect amounts for undistributed collections. Within the Administration for Children and Families, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) oversees the Child Support Enforcement program. OCSE requires States to offset program costs by recognizing and reporting income from undistributable child support collections. Undistributable collections result when States receive child support payments but cannot identify or locate the custodial parents or return the funds to the noncustodial parents.

We recommended that the State report as program income undistributable child support collections totaling $8.7 million ($5.8 million Federal share), ensure future compliance with State laws regarding abandoned property, and correct reporting errors on the next quarterly Federal filing. The State said that it would implement our recommendations.

if you look at this, the detail adds: (sorry about the double-character resulting from copying from a ‘pdf’ file).

From October 1, 1998, through December 31, 2007, the State agency recognized and reported $907,012 in program income from undistributable child support collectiions.. However, the State agency did not recognize and report as program income $8,739,762 ($5,768,243 Federal share) in undistributable child support collections that met the Statte’s’sdeeffiinniittiioonnooffaabbaannddoonneeddpprrooppeerrtty.. In addition, the State agency reported incorrect amounts for undistributed collections on its quarterrlly report of collections (Form OCSE-34A) for December 31,2007.

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Yes, Foster Care assignment is another way (along with prolonged custody litigation, often inappropriate) to bring federal monies to the states to support children in the system.

This type of “millions unaccounted for” sometimes relates to accounting procedures (or lack thereof), misunderstandings on how to allocate this, or that, or disagreements between States and Feds.  However, notice that the HHS reports were habitually “Limited Scope Review” and that there were no real teeth behind any results — just “recommendations.”  Moreover, the HHS tends to say the States are really responsible, it just oversees (though not yearly, not nationwide and not consistently.  It’s too BIG to oversee everything, anyhow!)  The states tend to kind of blame the changing federal policies.  What very FEW of the discussions even brought up — UNDISTRIBUTABLE CHILD SUPPORT means that child support didn’t reach those children, while it was sitting around earning interest for the states.  Also underplayed, how “unresolved cases” is an excuse not to distribute, hence ENCOURAGING high-conflict litigation profits the states and counties (whilc stealing from the children it’s supposed to help, and hurting both parent’s work lives as they have to incorporate constant litigation into their job schedules, if possible).

THEN — there are other kinds of simply direct embezzlement and fraud coming up at the bottom level — nonprofits that get some of these contracts — as people in charge or their books, or in some cases, the senior executive of the place — just flat-out lie, steal, and get away with it, robbing taxpayers in ever more creative ways.

As a result of some recent (TV, Newspaper) news about embezzlement situations, I found this site:

http://fraudtalk.blogspot.com/

This one was on TV, because of who got hit with the issue:

Former Democratic Operative & Campaign Treasurer Charged With Bank Fraud In Potential Multi-Million Dollar Embezzlement

Kinde L. Durkee, 58, of Burbank, California, was arrested last week and charged with federal bank fraud in connection with an alleged embezzlement of possibilly millions of dollars from a number of campaigns, including that of Senator Dianne Feinstein(D-CA).  According to Feinstein, her campaign coffers have been “wiped out,” to the tune of millions of dollars.  Durkee’s political consulting firm, Durkee & Associates has run afoul of campaign finance laws in the past.  In the current criminal case, Durkee reportedly had control over 400 bank accounts and appeared to be embezzling cash for personal use — and then shuffling funds around different accounts to cover her trail, according to a federal complaint.  Media reports state that The Los Angeles County Democratic Party says they lost $200,000, RepresentativeSusan Davis (D-San Diego) alleges losses of more than $250,000 and Representative Loretta Sanchez(D-Garden Grove) says Durkee “emptied her campaign fund.”  The FBI complaint against Durkee alleges that she embezzled more than $677,000 from the Solario for Assembly 2010 campaign and spent the money covering bounced employee payroll checks, paying for her mother’s care at an assisted living facility, and paying Costco and Virgin Air bills.Read the story herehereherehere and here.

On the site “fraudtalk” (or near it, anyhow, I found this) is an article I recommend reading — ALL of us:

Non-Profits At Risk For Fraud & Embezzlement With Some Practical Recommendations To Protect Your Organization

By Christopher T. Marquet July 11, 2011

All organizations are subject to fraud, waste and abuse. However, non-profits seem to be especially susceptible to internal fraud and theft. In fact, based upon our analysis of more than 1,000 major embezzlement cases in the US in the past three years as outlined in our annual Marquet Report on Embezzlement, non-profits, ranging from small charities to large non-profit institutions, together with religious organizations, are the third most frequently victimized industry sector (behind financial institutions and government entities, respectively).

While embezzlement occurs daily at all types of organizations, we have tracked a large number of significant misappropriations at non-profits. This is in spite of the fact that many cases involving non-profits go unreported and unprosecuted – which is part of the problem. The damage, while significant, is not only financial. Institutional reputation, donor relations, future growth and fundraising, can all be negatively affected by a major defalcation.

We believe that this risk facing non-profits is the result of both a weak financial control structure and a general high level trust factor within a given non-profits community. Nevertheless, while that trust is generally well founded, there are still going to be wayward birds in every flock. A colleague once told me that in every organization, at any given time, there is always someone who is up to no good.

That’s why controls and checks should be habitual and are so vital!
… many embezzlers’ schemes last for years before they are found out. In fact, they often begin in good economic times, when it is easier to hide their schemes from otherwise more vigilant management….Consider the following 26 major embezzlement cases around the US in the news over just the past six months involving non-profits, totaling more than $10 million in direct losses:

June 2011 – Valerie Tebbetts, 54, formerly of Dorchester, Massachusetts, was indicted on charges alleging she embezzled more than $126,000 from The Living Center, a local HIV/AIDS charity group for which she had served as the executive director. According to prosecutors, over a period of more than 2 years, from September 2008 to November 2010, Tebbetts issued numerous checks to pay for personal expenses, including her rent as well as made numerous cash withdrawals from the charity’s accounts. Tebbetts was indicted on three counts of larceny by embezzlement over $250 and false entries in corporate books. Her case is pending.

NOTICE that the nonprofits have all kinds of emotionally appealing names, helping distressed and impoverished or vulnerable people.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t be nonprofits.  Well, these situations attract wolves, also, not just nice shepherds!

May 2011 – Gayle J. Tatman, 59, of Grove City, Ohio, was sentenced to 2 years in prison for embezzling nearly $213,000 from the Grove City Food Pantry for which she had served as treasurer. According to authorities, Tatman siphoned the funds, amounting to half of the non- profit pantry’s cash, over a period of 7 years, from May 2002 until April 2009. Tatman’s scheme involved forgery of checks and at least four of the organization’s bank accounts, including one that was supposed to have been closed out years ago. Tatman pleaded guilty in a plea agreement in January 2011 to one count of bank fraud.

Stealing from a food pantry — how callous can a person get!??!  But how come no one was checking her work more carefully?

Here’s another (I’m skimming the site):

April 2011 - An unnamed female former bookkeeper for the Washington State Superior Court Judges’ Association is being investigated for embezzling as much as $400,000 from the non- profit group. According to reports, the bookkeeper was fired in April 2010 after an internal investigation revealed the misappropriation. The thefts allegedly spanned “several years.” The matter has been turned over to law enforcement officials for investigation and possible prosecution. Specific details about the case have yet to be released.

If this is your state, follow up, let us know what happened.  Notice, unnamed, “possible” prosecution.  Also note a JUDGES ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit.

Here’s one from Northern California:

March 2011 – Thomas Ray Martin, 47, of Concord, California, was charged with embezzling about $162,000 from the Discovery Counseling Center of the San Ramon Valley, a Bay Area non-profit mental health organization where he had served as director. According to authorities, Martin used a debit card linked to the checking account of the organization to pay for personal expenses and luxury items. His misappropriations allegedly spanned more than three years, from July 2007 until September 2010. The thefts were quantified after an audit was conducted following allegations of Martin’s misconduct and he was terminated last October. Martin has been charged with 4 felony counts of grand theft by embezzlement and has pleaded not guilty. His case is pending.

This case was news recently; he got a local super-attorney, pled no-contest, paid back $100K, and the articles indicate his record may be cleared, it was an “unfortunate mistake” (excuse me, 3 years of “mistakes”) and the reporting emphasized, after all, he’s a “family man” with wife and children.

This angered me (if he were a single mother, or a single man — would there have been a different reporting?) — and I did a little background research.

Turns out the business license is suspended (but thanks to California Secretary of State “Business Entities Search” database shortcomings, we don’t know when); the CHARITABLE REGISTRATION is current — but they almost lost the nonprofit status for failure to file for several years and completely blowing off warning notices from the OAG.   It also turns out that this officer was practically the only paid director, whose salary went from $68K to $87K in a few short years, AND that the nonprofit gets grants or contracts from both the county and the local school district, in a very prosperous area, Danville California (former home of PAS promoter Phil Stahl, Ph.D.).

And that the group profits (about $20K/year) from marketing a curriculum licensed out of Kentucky called “Creating Family Connections.”   Same old idea; get some nonprofits together, get grants, get curriculum that is electronics-based (and easy to reproduce it), get your foot in the door and market it nationwide.  The state of Kentucky courts page also markets the (in)famous “Kids First” which comes from a (front group?) nonprofit individual (or 2) in Pennsylvania.  I’m getting tired of this and will most likely be back to finish telling at least this one story — particularly as the newspaper attempted to put the positive spin on it.

I also wonder at their being so quick to forgive, forget (though they did fire) the guy.  Maybe no one wants further prying, which I will probably provide anyhow.

Oh yes, the Creating Family Connections curriculum (substance abuse prevention) had a fatherhood connection.  I’ll try & follow up on this one:

http://courts.ky.gov/circuitcourt/familycourt/

History of Family Court
Kentucky launched an innovative and ambitious project when Jefferson County began a Family Court pilot program in 1991. It was the first such court in the state to focus solely on the needs of families and children. Family Court introduced a unique solution that would allow one judge to provide continuity by hearing all of a family’s legal problems and issues.

The Family Court model expanded beyond Louisville to suburban and rural areas across the commonwealth. The project’s success prompted efforts to make Family Court a permanent part of the Kentucky Constitution. Kentucky voters gave Family Court a resounding victory in November 2002 when the amendment passed in all 120 counties with more than 75 percent of the vote.

Today Family Court serves 3.2 million citizens in 71 Kentucky counties. Kentucky Family Court is so progressive and successful that it is considered a national model.  (site is co. 2009)

Here’s a sampler of classes being sold on this site — it really caught my attention months ago:

Go to Kentucky.gov home page

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For the “Cooperative Training and Divorce” link, the class is described, and anyone wishing to “start one in your area” is referred to:

Active Parenting USA Headquarters:
1955 Vaughn Rd. NW, Suite 108
Kennesaw, GA 30144-7808

Because I’m just such an inveterate snoop, I know that this one connects with the Parenting Coordination people.






ACTIVE PARENTING PUBLISHERS, INC. J312304 Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 6/24/1983
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They are in the “training the trainers” business like many others:

Active Parenting Training Opportunities

(Families obviously being deaf, blind, dumb and clueless without expert help…..)

Active Parenting Publishers, Inc., was founded in 1980 by Dr. Michael H. Popkin, a former child and family therapist and Coordinator of Child and Family Services for Northside Community Mental Health Centers in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Popkin” is a popular name for incorporation in Georgia, which allows people to search on Officer / Registered Agent names.  TOo bad California Doesn’t — maybe that Discovery Center might’ve found a prior embezzling history on Mr. Martin and saved themselves a lot of grief, and money.    Unless people just start embezzling and cooking books when they hit about age 45-55ff, possibly because the prior work grind wasn’t profitable enough for the desired lifestyle?

POPKIN MICHAEL H ACTIVE PARENTING PUBLISHERS, INC.  that’s THIS one, created “1983” not 1980….at least as to registration with the secretary of state of Georgia.
POPKIN RENAE MAHIN, INC.
POPKIN, G M DAR CRAWF PLUMBING, INC.
POPKIN, HARRY G. ATLANTA CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND FAMILY EDUCATION, INC. (formed 1985)
POPKIN, MARK J MARK J. POPKIN, P.C.
POPKIN, MARK J. G. M. POPKIN, P.C.
  MARK J. POPKIN, P.C.
POPKIN, MICHAEL ATLANTA CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND FAMILY EDUCATION, INC.  (ditto)

2nd entity — existed 1985-1992, administratively dissolved:

ATLANTA CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND FAMILY EDUCATION, INC. Current Name

Profit Corporation – Domestic – Information
Control No.: J515615
Status: Automated Administrative dissolution/Revocation
Entity Creation Date: 10/9/1985
Dissolve Date: 1/9/1992
Jurisdiction: GA
Principal Office Address: x x x x x
ATLANTA GA 30342-3001

Registered Agent
Agent Name: GANZ CHARLES D
Office Address: x x x x
ATLANTA GA 30309
Agent County:

Officers
Title: CEO
Name: POPKIN, MICHAEL
Address: x x x x x
ATLANTA GA 30342

APP delivers quality education programs for parents, children and teachers to schools, hospitals, social services organizations, churches and the corporate market. The Active Parenting model is heavily based upon the theories of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs (click here for more about Adlerian Psychology as it applies to Active Parenting).

The most popular program is Active Parenting Now, for parents of children ages five to twelve. Active Parenting Publishers is recognized as an innovator in the educational market and is committed to our mission of developing human potential through our programs.

APP operates out of Kennesaw, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. Our products are distributed throughout the US as well as in Canada, Japan, Korea, Kuwait and Sweden.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS AND CONSULTANTS

Susan Boyan, M.Ed.
Susan Boyan, M.Ed., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked with children and families since 1971 and has been in private practice since 1984. Mrs. Boyan is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also a member and research chair for the Georgia Play Therapy Association. Some of her other organizations include: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Association of Fathers and Children, Step Family Association, Association of Christian Counselors, Southeast Psychomotor Society and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics. She consults extensively and presents numerous professional presentations to national, state and local audiences. Mrs. Boyan does expert witness testimony and has written articles on Parental Alienation. She is a former special education teacher and rehabilitation counselor. Mrs. Boyan divorced in 1979. In 1981 she married and has two daughters. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia, with her family.

From Georgia Sec of STate, “Boyan” — both are dissolved, one in 2008, the other reads, 8/27/11 (?)

SUSAN BOYAN BOYAN & BOYAN, INC.
 (same name) NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC.

Odd;  A divorcelawyers site from Gaithersburg MD (Note:  Maryland is original? home of the Children’s Rights Council/CRC) says this “National Parent Coordinators Association” was formed in 1999, and that the concept originated with psychologists from Colorado, and reiterates the concept that the real problem is always parents failure to communicate, which a professional, of course, must solve — and thus take authority over almost every critical area of an adult or child’s life:  Don’t miss reviewing this site and learning where YOUR TAX AND PRIVATE$$ ARE GOING TO BE HEADING NEXT!

 

My records from the Georgia SOS show it was incorporated (“formed”?) in 2002, not 1999.  and has since been dissolved

 

Search Type: Starting With Search Criteria: national parent coordinators
Search Date: 9/17/2011 Search Time: 15:14
Click on the Business Entity Name or Control No to view more information.
Records Found:1
Business Entity Name Control No Type Status Entity
Creation Date





NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC. 0207284 Non-Profit Corporation Admin. Dissolved 2/11/2002

It filed every other year, approximately (I DNK what the GA requirement is to file for corporations, but one might assume yearly?) and then dissolved.  Perhaps there is a different type of coordination to be considered “at risk” here — with the state!

 

Current Name: NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC.
Image  Date Document

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2/11/2002 New Filing
5/8/2003 Annual Registration
2/4/2005 Annual Registration
1/26/2006 Annual Registration

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5/16/2008 Administrative Dissolution

 

 

The goal of a Parent Coordinator is to help parents learn how to communicate more effectively and thus avoid the conflicts which cause them to return to court. When a Parent Coordinator can reduce the need for parents to return to court, the conflict for their children is also reduced.

The concept of parent coordination dates back to the early 1990’s. In 1994, two psychologists from a high conflict study group in Colorado, Carla Garrity and Mitchell A. Baris, published a book about parent coordination called Caught in the Middle: Protecting the Children of High Conflict Divorce. Since then, there have been other studies and publications lending credence to parent coordination.

{{THE ORGANIZATION — TX ORIGIN “CHILDREN IN THE MIDDLE” same theme comes to mind.  }}

As Parent Coordinators have gained success in dealing with high conflict families, more states have begun using them in addition to other services, such as mediation, parenting seminars, custody evaluators and guardians ad litem. The difference Parent Coordinators bring to families in conflict is that they are often appointed long-term to work on problems that reappear after the litigation and other services have ceased. Since Parent Coordinators are often trained mental health therapists, they can understand the underlying emotional and personality issues that contribute to conflicts and can use their training to help deal with these issues.

There is no uniformity among states as to when and how Parent Coordinators are used. In 1999, the National Parent Coordinator Association was formed and is currently seeking to develop standards of practice and ways to encourage collaboration among Parent Coordinators. For more information about the organization, go to www.cooperativeparenting.com.

“cooperativeparenting.com” IS the “Cooperative Parenting Institute” I am challenging someone to provide a home state for:  It IS Termini and Boyan:

Mission Statement

Susan Boyan and Ann Marie Termini are co-founders of the Cooperative Parenting Institute (CPI). The CPI is an organization {what KIND — corporation, association, or what?} whose  (organizations are made of people, they are not people or a “who”) mission is to promote the healing and enhancement of family relationships.

The Institute offers a wide range of services and resources to assist families as well as professionals with a successful transition from a one to two home family. The professionals at CPI are dedicated to educating the public, judges, legal and mental health professionals on the effects of divorce and time-sharing arrangements on the development of children.

I have noticed the habit of, when websites define an organization, the systematic (though not universal) failure to mention whether it is a nonprofit or not, and if so, what state it is legally functioning in.  Some groups do, but when a group self-defines without corporate status, the FIRST step an onlooker, or person interested in evaluating it should verify is whether or not it exists LEGALLY as a business if it is actually doing any business.  If this can’t be looked up independently, one can contact the group and ask (and I’d cc that to the charitable trusts registry (if appropriate) AND secretary of state to wherever IT operates from, if not also the IRS) “are you a corporation, an LLC, an association and if you are a nonprofit, please send your EIN#.  As you are above-board and honest, I’m sure you won’t have a problem with this, right?  By next week, please. or email within 48 hours….

More from this site: (actually links to the Georgia site).

Susan Boyan L.M.F.T. is the co-founder and director of both Family Solutions Counseling Center(1) and the Cooperative Parenting Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. Practicing since 1982, Susan provides psychotherapy through Family Solutions and functions primarily as a child specialist, divorce coach, mediator and a parenting coordinator through the Cooperative Parenting Institute

(1) Search, just now :

http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/SearchResults.asp?FormName=CorpNameSearch&Words=All&OnlyActive=ON&SearchStr=family+solutions+counseling+center&SearchType=Search

No Records were found for the search criteria ‘Family Solutions Counseling Center’ on 9/17/2011 2:47:50 PM

There are, however, 28 organizations with the words “family solutions” in them — just none by this name.  Perhaps the website claiming co-foundership should get the actual verbatim name  in place: I’m not going through all the founding documents on these to find which one Ms. Boyan started, but is no longer a registered agent or officer of.

Search Type: All words Search Criteria: family solutions
Search Date: 9/17/2011 Search Time: 14:52
Click on the Business Entity Name or Control No to view more information.
Records Found:28
Business Entity Name Control No Type Status Entity
Creation Date





ADVANCED FAMILY SOLUTIONS, LLC 08087028 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 11/19/2008
AMERICAN FAMILY HOME SOLUTIONS, LLC 10036163 Limited Liability Company Active/Noncompliance 5/17/2010
ATLANTIC FAMILY SOLUTIONS L.L.C. 09068013 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 9/28/2009
BESTWAY HOMECARE AND FAMILY SOLUTIONS, LLC 10055018 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 8/2/2010
CHILD AND FAMILY COUNSELING SOLUTIONS, LLC 0681702 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 9/14/2006
CITYSIDE FAMILY SOLUTIONS, INC. 11047243 Non-Profit Corporation Active/Owes Current Year AR 6/20/2011
COMPLETE MULTI-FAMILY SOLUTIONS, INC. 10080716 Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 11/18/2010
CORPORATEFAMILY SOLUTIONS LLC 08070688 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 9/10/2008
FAMILY CARE SOLUTIONS HEALTH SERVICES TRAINING INSTITUTE, INCORPORATED 10066985 Professional Corporation Active/Compliance 9/23/2010
FAMILY CARE SOLUTIONS, INC. 06100235 Non-Profit Corporation Active/Noncompliance 11/14/2006
FAMILY CENTER FOR LIFESTYLE SOLUTIONS, INC. 0582944 Non-Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 12/9/2005
FAMILY CONCERNS & SOLUTIONS INC. 10071014 Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 10/11/2010
FAMILY SOLUTIONS AND CONSULTATION SERVICES, LLC 0441284 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 7/7/2004
FAMILY SOLUTIONS COUNSELING, LLC 07020302 Limited Liability Company Active/Noncompliance 3/7/2007
FAMILY SOLUTIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE PASSIONATE CARE,LLC. (LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY ) 10070303 Limited Liability Company Active/Noncompliance 10/7/2010
FAMILY TLC SOLUTIONS, LLC 10084570 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 12/7/2010
GEORGIA FAMILY CRISIS SOLUTIONS, INC. 0461102 Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 10/12/2004
GEORGIA FAMILY SOLUTIONS, LLC. 07065373 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 7/13/2007
KMCA FAMILY & FUN SOLUTIONS, L.L.C. 11066287 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 9/1/2011
LATIN AMERICA FAMILY SOLUTIONS OF GEORGIA INCORPORATED 11011875 Profit Corporation Active/Noncompliance 2/14/2011
MOM’S FAMILY SOLUTIONS, LLC 11041125 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 5/17/2011
MULTI FAMILY FLOORING SOLUTIONS, LLC 10069936 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 10/6/2010
MULTIFAMILY SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS, LLC 11044818 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 6/9/2011
MULTIFAMILY TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS, INC. 0614132 Profit Corporation Active/Compliance 2/27/2006
N’SPIRED BY ACHIEVEMENT FAMILY SERVICES AND SOLUTIONS, LLC. 08038877 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 3/31/2008
PIERCE FAMILY SOLUTIONS L.L.C 11003310 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 1/15/2011
POSITIVE SOLUTIONS FAMILY ENRICHMENT SERVICES, INC 0644115 Profit Corporation Active/Noncompliance 6/19/2006
PRN NURSING AND ALTERNATIVE LIVING FAMILY CARE SOLUTIONS, LLC 11005241 Limited Liability Company Active/Compliance 1/23/2011
Records Returned 1 of 28 total 28

Note:  The website showing “Cooperative Parenting Institute” of Georgia, with Ms. Boyan, lists a street address of 1936A North Druid Hills Rd, Atlanta.  Searching that address one finds (among other things) “Atlanta Psychotherapy Guild” and on a site copyrighted 2006, then “updated 2010″, alphabetical list of membership, the name Boyan does not appear; odd, if she is doing business at the same address, or taking mail for a business there.   It reads:

The Atlanta Psychotherapy Guild is an association of licensed psychotherapists of all disciplines including counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.

http://www.psychotherapyguild.com/about.html

(2) Search, just now:

: http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/SearchResults.asp?FormName=CorpNameSearch&Words=All&OnlyActive=ON&SearchStr=Cooperative+Parenting+Institute&SearchType=Search

No Records were found for the search criteria ‘Cooperative Parenting Institute’ on 9/17/2011 2:50:24 PM 

I will apologize in public on this blog if I am shown adequate corporation, nonprofit and it’d be nice also to see the professional qualifications too (at this point) for these two women, however, I would at that time note that a more straightforward approach might have been to stick with approximately ONE corporation, nonprofit EIN# if it’s nonprofit and state this on the site.  CRC does this..   However, I won’t expect too much of anyone wrapped up with the likes of the AFCC< given their corporation history, multi-state, and multi-metamorphoses as well.  It’s a family trait.

 

Back to the Maryland YourDivorceLawyers.com site:

Currently, approximately one-third of the states use Parent Coordinators. There are only four states with Parent Coordinator statutes: Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma and Oregon. Some states have used existing statutes which allow for “mediators” or “special masters” as a basis to appoint Parent Coordinators: Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Colorado, Hawaii, Massachusetts and New Mexico. Other states appoint Parent Coordinators absent statutory authority: Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Vermont.

NATIONAL PARENT COORDINATORS ASSOCIATION, INC. Current Name

Non-Profit Corporation – Domestic – Information
Control No.: 0207284
Status: Admin. Dissolved
Entity Creation Date: 2/11/2002
Dissolve Date: 5/16/2008
Jurisdiction: GA

and (there are several, listed alphabetically):

Ann Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S.
Anne Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S. LPCAnn Marie Termini, Ed.S., M.S., (Cooperative Parenting and Divorce) is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has worked with children and families since 1979. Respected in her field, she has conducted seminars on the national, state, and local levels. She has experience developing programs that meet the specific needs of professionals working with children and their families. Mrs. Termini has also published material in professional journals focusing on the therapeutic needs of children. She is a former officer for the San Antonio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and coordinator for special education services. She has been awarded Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Among her many professional activities, Mrs. Termini is a consultant for a family court in Pennsylvania and maintains a private practice. She resides in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, with her husband and two daughters.

They also run trainings for Cooperative Parenting, see my “APB” at the end of yesterday’s post.

read this material on the Kentucky Family Court website under “Cooperative Parenting”  Listen to the language.  I’m posting the link so as to show that the URL is indeed a “*.gov” site:   http://courts.ky.gov/stateprograms/divorceeducation/CPD.htm

The overall emphasis of Cooperative Parenting is to be able to offer children of divorce or unmarried couples a home environment free from being caught in the middle of their parents’ hostility and conflict. The goals of the Cooperative Parenting and Divorce “Group Format” are to:

  • Assist parents in shifting their role from former spouses to co-parents
  • Educate parents regarding the impact of parental conflict on their child’s development
  • Help parents identify their contribution to conflict while increasing impulse control
  • Teach parents anger management, communication, and conflict-resolution skills
  • Educate parents about children’s issues in divorce

Family relationships do not disappear when a marriage ends in separation or divorceFor the sake of their children, divorcing parents or unmarried parents should continue to communicate with each other in all matters of child rearing and wellbeing.**  A child’s adjustment to divorce is determined in part by how well divorcing parents share the joint responsibility of raising their children in a cooperative atmosphere.  Unrelenting parental conflict is the single most common cause of poor adjustment in children following a divorce. ***

This paragraph and statements are so broad, vague, and so do NOT apply to real life situations, real family court practices (which includes creating a “sole custody zero contact” custody order for parents who may disagree with the above philosophy for very good reasons — for example, one parent is abusing the children physically, sexually, or has threatened to kill or abduct them, BOTH of which situations continue to happen in the family law process – it’s so ridiculous a statement if taken as fact (and it is STATED as unequivocal fact, without qualification) — as to constitute a religious belief, and a ridiculous one, at that.

***If this is indeed a court of law, than adjusting children is NOT its business.  Of course, by now we should know clearly that though these courts do have laws, deal with laws (and they even have rules and procedures), in driving essence (besides the financial) they are courts of “psychology & counseling,” whether or not it’s called for.  The statement that anything (let alone the AFCC themesong, it’s one constant claim decade after decade, that anything “high-conflict” is bad  . . . . and we live in a country that participates in wars!) is a single cause of “poor adjustment” (adjustment to WHAT?  Being abused, robbed of their child support, having their lives in constant turmoil to satisfy the Federal/State child support enforcement check book balances?)

(sorry about that, but I did notice that Kentucky indeed has gone overboard in promoting parent education and every other kind of education — but when one looks closely, they are typically marketing for some out of state for-profit organization with an AFCC connection and some sort of government grants & contracts, usually, also)

Speaking of which — notice that this Marquette International said that nonprofits were NOT the main source of embezzlement and fraud problems — financial institutions and governments exceeded them in that aspect!

Meanwhile, please do stop by and read more from the Marquette International 2011 copyright description of how nonprofits can avoid this situation.  What I am more interested in ,however, is how citizens can detect (there are signals) when this behavior is habitual, and stop having taxes they pay for social services — or because not paying them could result in a jail term — which are then funneled to programs that steal, or with employees in them who steal.  Perhaps it’s time we re-examine the policy of creating a multi-tiered hierarchy through the US Income Tax, and allowing anyone with an idea and a penchant for forming a corporation (nonprofit of course) to have privileges in their particular desire to reform the world (or certain parts of it) into their own personal images — and not doing it from a level playing field.

This then creates classes of people who do this, and a H U G E superstructure to enable, pay for, support, track, — and fail to adequately supervise, the whole mess.

Consider from Marquette International, Ltd. (British?)

Our research into this topic reveals that the most common types of embezzlement involve the following types of schemes, in order of frequency:

 Forging checks payable to cash, oneself and/or to personal vendors  Pocketing cash receipts meant for deposit into institutional accounts  Issuing extra paychecks and/or bonus checks through payroll to oneself  Submitting fraudulent expense reports for reimbursement  Submitting fraudulent invoices from phony or legitimate vendors  Abusing institutional credit card accounts for personal use  Electronic transfers of institutional funds to personal accounts and/or vendors  Pilfering institutional equipment and/or inventory

Clearly the most common risk to non-profits primarily involve fraudulent or forged check writing schemes as the cases above demonstrate.

. . .  and:

Bank reconciliations should be made by a different person than those that handle cash receipts and cash disbursements.

Know who your institution’s vendors are. As we can see from the above examples, embezzlers often create phony vendors and submit fraudulent invoices for payment.

Examine payroll records regularly. Some embezzlers issue themselves extra paychecks and bonuses through the payroll system, as we have also seen

As a general citizen, we can’t always see payroll records (UNLESS it’s a public entity or paid from one, then we can see payment records through comptroller’s sites, or request, do an FOIA letter) — but we can be on the lookout for “phony vendors” and corporations.  Although it’s not illegal to simply fail — or change one’s mind – – in a business, that happens — a constant rotation of business names by certain individuals, following name themes set by associations they belong to, and a high percentage of these continuing to lose their licenses for failures to file, or never bother to register AT ALL for a nonprofit status, while claiming it — is indication of a racket, and potential racketeering, i.e., RICO.

No wonder there is an ongoing economic crisis.  If we have given up the concept of (or desire, or even hope of) actually tracking what happens to our own wages after they  leave our own pockets and run off to the IRS, then we have lost sight of whose country we are living in.  The HHS and GAO cannot do it all; and what they DO get around to, does not have teeth anyhow.  It’s more concerned with retrieving federal funds (after all, those are federal agencies).

 

 

 

 


An Abundance of Profitable-to-Practitioners Family Law Terms, collated…

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Preparatory to writing up an informal post:

Court Litigants Toolkit:  Secretary of States Business Entity Search, Charitable Registry Search, Comptrollers, Assessors &amp; Nationwide Clues to “Whassup” in your area.

(Disclaimer:  I’m an amateur and this is not practicing law; it’s practicing Lookups, or more specifically, “Look-ats.”)

I’m more of a traffic signal person when there have been accidents on the road, which I think we have to acknowledge in the family law system, there are.  At least from the perspective of the families who lost members they are; from the perspective of “the system” they were justifiable attribution, I guess — because there has hardly been a major redirection since the whole train started, in the mid 1900s.

If you want professional advice, get a professional:  one for each problem you have, i.e., lawyer, a private or retired judge (who’s likely also now a:)  a mediator, or a reputable psychologist, if that’s not an oxymoron.  By then you should also need a financial expert.   Someone has anticipated your needs, because all 3 (excluding the judges) in one place in your local collaborative law group, and be assured when it comes to YOUR best interests, they will function as independent and self-regulating individuals because that’s what professionals in any field do (right?).

Take my advice at your own risk; I’m doing this for my impression of a civic duty, and in retaliation for having been scammed in the family law system for years because I trusted the local professionals to tell me the relevant truths for our family moreso than for their continued operations, which wasn’t thinking like a businessperson, obviously.

COMMON TERMS:  COLLABORATIVE LAW:

  1. IACP: Collaborative law,collaborative practice,collaborative divorce.

    www.collaborativepractice.com/ – Cached

    The International Academy of Collaborative Professionals provides a collaborative law alternative to the typical divorce experience. Locate a collaborative 

  2. Collaborative Practice Groups Around the World

    www.collaborativepractice.com/_t.asp?M=7&T=PracticeGroups – Cached

    iacp,collaborative law,collaborative practice,collaborative divorce 

  3. Collaborative practice – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collaborative_practice – Cached

    Overview and History. Collaborative Family Law (also called Collaborative Practice, Collaborative Divorce, and Collaborative Law) was originally a family law 

  4. Collaborative Practice California

Collaborative Practice is a new way to resolve conflicts in a respectful and mutually agreed upon process. Rather than turning the decision-making power over to 

Or, “ALTERNATE DISPUTE RESOLUTION:

  1. Alternative dispute resolution – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_dispute_resolution – Cached

    Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) (also known as external dispute resolution in some countries, such as Australia) includes dispute resolution processes and 

  2. RSI – Resolution Systems Institute (formerly CAADRS)

    Sep 8, 2011 – The premier provider of resources and services in court alternative dispute resolution, Resolution Systems Institute maintains an online Court 

    You’ve visited this page 2 times. Last visit: 7/7/11
  3. Alternative Dispute Resolution Law – Guide to Alternative Dispute 

    Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Arbitrators and mediators have an important role in resolving disputes.

  4. AAA – Arbitration, Mediation and other forms of Alternative Dispute 

    www.adr.org/ – Cached

    Find all the ADR information you need at aaauonline.org ». aaauonline.  More. Muscular Arbitration Conference Dispute Resolution Conference, Dallas, Texas 

  5. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR“) processes are alternative methods of helping people resolve legal problems before going to court. ADR involves an 

Jan 8, 2010 – The NYS Unified Court System is committed to promoting the appropriate use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution 

OR, PARENTING COORDINATION


  1. Parenting Coordination Central – The Premier Resource on 

    www.parentingcoordinationcentral.com/ – Cached

    The Premier Resource on Parenting Coordination. What is parenting coordination? how did it begin? how is it different from other services ordered by the court?

    You’ve visited this page 2 times. Last visit: 8/21/11

  2. Cooperative Parenting Institute | Home

    http://www.cooperativeparenting.com/ – Cached

    Parenting Coordination Training. Click Here to register for the first and only comprehensiveparenting coordination training program! 

    You’ve visited this page 2 times. Last visit: 8/21/11
  3. Cooperative Parenting Institute | Parenting Coordination Training

    http://www.cooperativeparenting.com/pctraining.html – Cached

    The Cooperative Parenting Institute (CPI) is an internationally recognized 

  4. PARENTING COORDINATION: a bad idea

    http://www.thelizlibrary.org/parenting-coordination/parenting-coordinatio – Cached

    parenting coordinatorparenting coordination, domestic violence, risk assessment, child custody research and studies, child custody evaluations, joint custody.

  5. Matthew Sullivan, PhD (Clinical Psychologist): Parent Coordination 

    http://www.californiaparentingcoordinator.com/ – Cached

    He is a pioneer in the field of Parenting Coordination, which he helped develop in Santa Clara County more than 15 years ago, and has led the development of 

  6. [PDF]

    Guidelines for Parenting Coordination Developed by The AFCC 

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    The Guidelines for Parenting Coordination (“Guidelines”) are the product of the  standards of practice for parenting coordination for North America and named 

  7. Parenting coordinator – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parenting_coordinator – Cached

    Parenting coordinator (PC) is a relatively new practice that is used, in some US states, to manage on-going issues in child custody and visitation cases by 

  8. Parenting coordination basics

    Most jurisdictions have no laws or regulations that outline a parent coordinator’s role, so their use and ethical obligations often vary, say experts. Even the names 

or, PROBLEM-SOLVING COURTS:

  1. Problem-Solving Justice | Center for Court Innovation

    www.courtinnovation.org/topic/problem-solving-justice – Cached

    Thousands of problem-solving courts are testing new approaches to difficult cases where social, human and legal problems intersect. In recent years, many in 

  2. Problem-Solving Courts

    Problem-solving court strategies include extended probation, frequent appearances before a judge, frequent meetings with probation officers, staggered 

  3. Problem  – Office of Justice Programs – U.S. Department of Justice

    Problem-solving courts began in the 1990s to accommodate offenders with Problem-solving courts seek to promote outcomes that will benefit not only the 

  4. Problem Solving Courts

    http://www.nycourts.gov/courts/problem_solving/ – Cached

    Welcome to the Problem-Solving Courts website. With the third largest population in the nation, the New York State Unified Court System serves the needs of 

  5. [PDF]

    Challenges and Solutions to Implementing Problem Solving Courts 

    http://www.sji.gov/PDF/Problem_Solving_Courts-BJA3-31-08.pdf

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    ecent years have seen the exponential growth of “problem solving courts,” also  concept of problem solving courts also has expanded to address societal 

  6. Problem Solving Courts – Home

    Problem solving courts represent a shift in the way the justice system traditionally handles offenders with issues involving substance abuse, mental health or 

  7. Indiana Problem Solving Courts

    This page contains information pertaining to the drug courts of Indiana.

  8. In Problem-Solving Court – New York Times

    Apr 26, 2005 – New York is creating new courts where judges are cheerleaders and social workers as much as jurists.

  9. NCSC: Research: Problem-Solving Courts Resource Center

    Dec 7, 2007 – tracked the growth of problem-solving courts; studied the theoretical foundation on which problem-solving courts are based; provided technical 


    Problem-Solving Courts Task Force Page

    Sep 29, 2009 – NACDL’s Task Force on Problem Solving Courts  To fully understand the ramifications of Problem Solving Courts, the Task Force conducted 7 


And of course, the UNIFIED FAMILY COURTS in which problems are solved:

  1. Family Courts – Court Programs

    http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/familycourts.shtml – Cached

    Unified Family Court is a fully integrated, comprehensive approach to handling all cases involving children and families, while at the same time resolving family 

  2. [PDF]

    Unified Family Court Brochure – Florida State Courts

    http://www.flcourts.org/gen_public/family/bin/ufcbrochure.pdf

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    UnifiedFamily Court . . . Families don’t think of their problems in terms 

  3. Unified Family Court

    http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/familycourt/ufc.aspx – Cached

    Sep 1, 2011 – Search Terms: Family Court. Family Court Department of the King County Superior Court. You’re in: Family Court » Unified Family Court. Share 

  4. [PDF]

    An Evaluation of Unified Family Court Pilot Sites in Washington State

    www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/content/pdf/UFCFinalReport.pdf

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    In brief, the evaluation found several benefits from Unified Family Court Unified Family Court is an important tool in improving Washington’s response to 

  5. Unified Family Court

    sfsuperiorcourt.org/index.aspx?page=195 – Cached

    Jun 3, 2011 – Unified Family Court. larger font size; smaller font size; font size; text only; text. Patrick J. Mahoney, Supervising Judge 400 McAllister Street 

  6. Unified Family Court – Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County

    Unified Family Court information from the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County.

  7. Thurston County Family & Juvenile Court

    Unified Family Court Project to Better Serve Families and Children. Thurston County was the first county in Washington State to co-locate all family and 

  8. The Unified Family Court – National Center for Preventive Law

    It is my view that by thinking about and sharpening these concepts, then applying them to aunified family court system, we will help save lives, reduce injury, and 

  9. University of Baltimore School of Law » Unified Family Courts

    law.ubalt.edu › … › CFCC and Unified Family Courts – Cached

    The Unified Family Courts, part of the Center for Families, Children and the Courts website.

  10. [PDF]

    Unified Family Court Evaluation Literature Review

    www.courts.ca.gov/documents/ufclitreview.pdf

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick View
    by A Hirst – 2002 – Related articles
    A. General Goals of Unified or Coordinated Family Court Programs .  B. Indicators/measurements used in other unified family court program evaluations that 

  11. News for unified family courts


FAMILY JUSTICE CENTERS:

 All these concepts keep the court business booming.  Accordingly, like churches in San Leandro, California — they can hardly be expected to operate in all different kinds of, old, buildings within a geographic area, which brings us to the topic of the real estate boom in courthouse construction and/or leasing.  Who’s paying for it?  While the USPO is laying off workers, and potentially (recent news), the Department of Defense, also, needs to cut $500 billion from its budget, which could send unemployment up by a full percentage point?

COURTHOUSE CONSTRUCTION FUNDS:

Now that the state has already taken over the distribution of child support, or rather, the states have, it’s time for California (largest court system around) to take over the courthouse buildings also:

Fees Fund Courthouse Construction Program

By Paul Shigley on 5 January 2009 – 11:31am

Although gigantic state budget deficits are threatening to stall thousands of public works projects in California, one major effort appears to remain on track: Courthouse construction. The $5 billion program for replacing, rehabilitating or expanding 41 courthouses has its own funding source in the form of civil filing fees and criminal penalties.

Four projects – new courthouses in Los Angeles County, Chico, Red Bluff and Woodland – have been approved and authorized, and eight others have been approved by the state Judicial Council and await final Department of Finance authorization.

“California’s courthouses are in a spiraling state of crisis,” the state Judicial Council reported last year. “Many buildings which house California courts are in a critical state of disrepair and antiquated design. Inadequate security has created dangerous conditions that place children, jurors, witnesses, litigants, visitors and court employees at risk.”

Legislation approved last year (SB 1407, Perata) authorized the issuance of $5 billion in lease-revenue bonds to be retired by new civil and criminal fees. The legislation increased numerous civil filing fees by $20 to $25, raised fees for motor vehicle license, registration or mechanical violations by $15, boosted traffic violator school fees $25, and imposed an assessment of $30 on each felony or misdemeanor conviction, and $35 on each infraction, including traffic offenses.

Like Jack Welch (see “courthousenews.com”) was saying, in filing a class action on this supreme conflict of interest:  “CONVICTIONS = COURTHOUSES.”

The construction program is a follow-up to the ongoing transfer of court facilities from counties to the state government. State lawmakers authorized the transfer in 2002, and court officials have been inspecting, reviewing and ranking the facilities for repair or replacement ever since, said Philip Carrizosa, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of the Courts.

“The counties are more than glad to get this off their budgets. As the counties had gotten more strapped financially, they had pretty much stopped taking care of the courthouses,” Carrizosa said.

Although the state has taken possession of many of the 451 court facilities, it continues to negotiate with counties over some seismically questionable buildings. Essentially, the state is requiring the counties to accept liability should a future earthquake damage these facilities, Carrizosa explained. The state’s negotiating position has eased, as several years ago it insisted counties bring facilities up to seismic safety standards before the state would accept the properties.

Remember that decades ago, the term was “CONCILIATION.”

“CONCILIATION got the courts JURISDICTION” and from then it was a matter of chutes and ladders game, basically:

Cindy Ross (California) summarized this beautifully many years ago, referring to the Washington DC-area “NAFCJ.net,” on how this works:

2/19/2003, Newsmakingnews:

Enacting Conciliation Court Law gives the family court jurisdiction over domestic violence cases, in violation of appropriate family codes and “child’s best interests” laws. For example, in California, while Family Code §3044 establishes a presumption that sole or joint custody for a parent convicted of domestic violence is not in the best interests of children,  Conciliation Court codes are used not only to assist abusive men get custody, but to help them avoid criminal prosecution. [16] Because blame is shifted to mothers by concealing evidence of paternal crimes against women and children, in the Conciliation Court, victims of abuse (not perpetrators) get convicted in accordance with PAS “threat therapy”. [17]

PAS court-ordered threats include jail terms for mothers and institutionalization of children to convince them that the abuse never occurred, but their mothers are crazy. [18] PAS threats have been linked to the death of at least one child. When forced to “choose” between visiting his violent father in a positive frame of mind, or having his mother jailed for his refusal, Nathan Grieco chose suicide instead. [19]

The Conciliation Court uses PAS methodology to give abusive men the legal upper hand. However, “shared parenting” has become the rallying cry of the fathers’ rights movement, primarily because joint custody also means no child support obligations. When AFCC affiliates assist fathers get custody and get out of paying child support, they instigate frivolous litigation for their own financial gain. They take kickbacks and other improper payments to rig the outcomes of the cases.

Judicial slush funds, such as the “hearts and flowers” fund exposed in Los Angeles Superior Court, are established using fees charged for child custody “training” seminars. [20] Because Conciliation Court codes specify how funding is dispersed to the court itself, huge sums of money are diverted out of federal and state block grants by AFCC affiliates, in the guise of “amicable settlement of domestic and family controversies”. [15] (See Codes 1800-1852).

The National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) was founded in 1994, to “lead a society-wide movement to confront the problem of father absence”, i.e., to embed the fathers’ rights agenda into government policies and programs. [21] In 1995, former President Clinton issued executive orders that directed federal agencies to review and “modify” all family programs and initiatives serving primarily mothers and children, to include fathers and “strengthen their involvement” with children. [22]

President George W. Bush, has appointed NFI founding officials to high level positions in the present Administration; Wade Horn is Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and Don Eberly is in the White House Office of  Faith Based Initiatives. Under the control of these and other fathers’ rights allies — especially former OCSE Commissioner David Gray Ross (a frequent presenter for CRC) — the federal Department of Health and Human Services Office of Child Support Enforcement has been turned into a men’s custody agency. While publicly touted as “responsible fatherhood programs” official federal documents say the purpose of their programs is to provide noncustodial fathers with free attorneys to litigate for custody. [4]

AFCC affiliated experts who have established federal “model custody” programs using PAS methodology, include Joan Kelly, a founding official of CRC, and Judith Wallerstein of the Center for the Family in Transition. Richard Gardner originally based his PAS theory on Wallerstein’s and Kelly’s research. [23]

Joan Kelly sets up family court services programs and trains judges and “special masters” (mediators with quasi-judicial authority), using Access to Visitation grant funding. She is also connected — primarily through CRC — to Michael Lamb, of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Kelly and Lamb promote materials developed by Richard Gardner (and other pedophiliac experts), in conferences and seminars regarding “parenting time” and “alienation”. [8]

Judith Wallerstein, is an advisor to NFI. According to CA NOW’s “Family Court Report 2002″, in 1986, Wallerstein provided testimony — along with David Levy of CRC — to the House committee on Children, Youth and Families. regarding the “problems of single female parent families”. [24]

Members of Wallerstein’s Center for the Family in Transition and Kelly’s  Northern CA Mediation Center, have “reformulated” PAS as “alienated children”, possibly to distance themselves from Richard Gardner. However, in addition to being connected to some of the most egregious local (Marin County, CA) PAS cases, as the “Northern CA Task Force on the Alienated Child”, their group promotes PAS custody switching methods and “threat therapy” at AFCC conferences around the country and the world. [25]

Wallerstein, Horn, Eberly and others connected to NFI, CRC and AFCC have expanded the Conciliation Court agenda to include not only divorce prevention, but marriage promotion. By merging conciliation court and fathers’ rights agendas with a “faith based” marriage “movement”, they call for even more federal programs promoting “two-parent” families, through “marriage initiatives” funded by TANF/Welfare grants. [26]

In the guise of reducing poverty and promoting child welfare, women are forced to stay married and mothers are punished for seeking divorces. In the guise of amicable custody resolution, federal programs enforce the systematic abuse of women and children. The pretense is that government programs produce responsible fathers and healthy families. The reality is that federally funded misogyny and pedophile protection programs are lining the pockets of corrupted court officials and appointees.

For further information, visit the website of the National Alliance for  Family Court Justice at http://nafcj.org/#_Favorite_Links”>nafcj.org/.

There are other factors, of course, but I don’t believe you could get a much more concise summary almost anywhere.  For a summary of the costs of this program, see FY 2012 budget, HHS/ACF/OCSE (etc.)

These truths haven’t basically changed, and because the people reporting them didn’t have multiple new terms to market, like the latest thing on the scene (BootCamp for New Dads, “neofathering” or “Parents Inside Out” cognitive restructuring programs, etc. . . . . ) it was primarily ignored, including by desperate mothers who listened instead to anyone who would report on their trauma.  The thing to report on, however, is what’s causing that trauma.  Which is systems — not personalities!  (except perhaps for those who designed it to start with, for which if you can grasp “Narcissism” that’s the basic concept.   Already at the top of the society in many ways (Wade Horn, HHS, etc.) why not fix or adjust it a little more?  Status quo is boring, right?)

Now I’m going to start another post, possibly more helpful.

By the way, anyone who can locate the PARENTING COORDINATION CENTRAL’s most current state of incorporation (if any) and whether it’s “nonprofit” — consider this an APB.  I haven’t found it in the states they appear to be doing business in:  Georgia, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Illinois (Chicago).  Perhaps there’s a registered tradename I’m missing somewhere, but last I looked the Parent Coordination Institute (or whatever it was called) with Ms. Termini and Ms/Mrs. Boyan, got shut down as a corporation.

 

Parenting Coordination Central

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.parentingcoordinationcentral.com/

Parenting Coordination Central is an all inclusive site offering valuable up-to-date information to parents and professionals on parenting coordination.  It is a central location designed for professionals to share their experiences and expertise.  The goal is to increase awareness and provide educational material on the process of parenting coordination. 

More than one million children each year are affected by divorce and family separation. Half of these children will be raised in families where parents remain in conflict. Many of these parents engage in ongoing litigation over their children for years.** Children raised in an atmosphere of unrelenting conflict are four to five times as likely to grow-up with serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. Not only are high-conflict cases damaging to innocent children, they require an inordinate amount of court time and mental health services.** Consequently, high-conflict divorces pose grave concerns for mental health and legal professionals. In order to minimize the adverse effects of divorce on children and families, many parents are encour-aged or court ordered to work with a parenting coordinator.

 

**Notice the professional is unable to distinguish whether one side in the litigation is consistently filing actions; they are lumped together, although in ANY court proceeding, someone filed a complaint (or an OSC) and someone has to respond to it.  Also note:  the concept that a biological parent might actually be acting in the best interest of the child is not even considered.  The concept that court orders or penal codes have been violated, and another parent wishes to address this is also “off the table.”  The class divide here is basically “Bad parents / Good professionals,” and something around the level of elementary school paradigm, adapted for an adult culture.    That’s clear displacement of blame through vagueness.

**’require an inordinate amount of court time and mental health services.”  — this ongoing conflict justifies the need for mental health services, and contributes to the crisis at times requiring them.   By switching custody to an unsafe parent, of course there is going to be more litigation!

Parenting Coordination is a non-confidential, child centered process for conflicted divorced and divorcing parents. It is a form of dispute resolution for parents in which mediation would be inappropriate or ineffective due to high levels of conflict. “

I did a 4-part series on who is pushing parenting coordination (i.e., AFCC professionals), and published parts of its handbook, which is hostile to mothers and a roadmap to how to “justify” getting kids away from the moms.   Calling it child-centered is a misnomer — it’s professional-centered.  Calling it NON-CONFIDENTIAl is true, and that’s another drawback, and reduction of appropriate due process for these life-changing situations.

 

But the best indicator I have is for how few years people can keep their own corporations legally registered.  These people are charging for their trainings.  So what state are they registered in, and if as a nonprofit, where are the last several 990s?  I’d like to see if the income has been reported honestly.

 

ALSO NOTE:  The pairing of a nonprofit with a for-profit in government networking circles (plus being an advanced degree psychologist or judge) is GRRReat for income.  Also good for the profession — form multiple nonprofits, similar but identical (make sure to have SLIGHTLY different personnel on the boards of the directors, to keep people like myself on their toes) and cite them as if they were independent professionals who suddently decided do to do business with you on the basis of merits of the program, lending it more credibility.

For example:  Ohio Network of Practitioners for Fathers and Families, Center for Families and Children, and  “Community Endeavors Foundation” (formerly, at least for part of its history, Killpack Foundation”) basically consisting of some college classmates who had some brilliant ideas and at least some of who also had some government (Fatherhood Commission of Ohio) connections.

(those names are approximate, see the post for more detailed accuracy on ONPFF, CFC and etc.)

By the time we have tracked down corporations for one of these, there will be more.  However, I hope to gain some momentum on the fields of practice enabled by the access/visitation funding, including “Compromise of Arrears” after raising it too high, or setting it too low, to start with.  The whole OCSE seriously needs some light to be shined on its operations.  Perhaps I will contact California Protective Parents Association, as shining the light on problems is their “thing,” after which I think the appeal to the higher nature of whatever (crooks) have been in the neighborhood will be abashed and reform themselves under the clear light of a judgmental public, and someone else will fix the problem.  Like, for example, “Center for Judicial Excellence” with all its wonderful contacts (the OVW?, Dr. Phil, Oprah, California legislator Mark Leno, etc.)

Written by Let's Get Honest

September 16, 2011 at 9:01 am

Right to Work (states) and “Creating Jobs:” HR 2587: Talk about asking the wrong questions!

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I don’t sleep much, or well, most of the time.  This morning I woke to a televised discussion of House Bill H.R. 2587, which made (portions I heard) zero progress between “Union Protects American Workers”  and “Unions Are Destroying American Workforce and companies will outsource to overseas.  I saw three women, total, speak — one from Connecticut (anti-HR 2587), one from Tennessee (the cosponsor of HR 2587) and one from the U.S. Virgin Islands, who, referring to her pastor, said “have compassion” (presumably anti-HR 2587).

 

Here’s a map of “RIGHT TO WORK STATES” for a visual from a partisan site — notice the distribution of the colors:

 

http://www.nrtw.org/rtws.htm

National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

(Note:  My putting this first doesn’t indicate favoring it; i just figure some readers may not know what the term means.  I’ve been involved with other things, and didn’t!)

 

 

Sorry, but I couldn’t help noticing the ones adamant against interfering with the business tended to be from southern states which earlier, protested interfering with slavery to the point of seceding from the U.S.   Mostly west, a solid vertical stripo from TEXAS -OK_KS_NE_SD_ND (Michael Hayes of Texas OAG could drive straight north, turn right at the border to Minnesota for the National Fatherhood Summit, and not hit a unionized state before MN).  Colorado & NM are unionized, and we unionized states also have the west coast covered, plus Alaska and Hawaii.  There you have it (and the northeast).

 

AFL-CIO on “RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS:”

AFL-CIO Logo

 

Right to work laws lower wages for everyone. The average worker in a right to work state makes about $5,333 a year less than workers in other states ($35,500 compared with $30,167).[1] Weekly wages are $72 greater in free-bargaining states than in right to work states ($621 versus $549).[2] Working families in states without right to work laws have higher wages and benefit from healthier tax bases that improve their quality of life.

Federal law already protects workers who don’t want to join a union to get or keep their jobs. Supporters claim right to work laws protect employees from being forced to join unions. Don’t be fooled—federal law already does this, as well as protecting nonmembers from paying for union activities that violate their religious or political beliefs. This individual freedom argument is a sham.

 

And here’s a (pro-“Right to Work”) SF Examiner EDITORIAL from last May,  summarizing.  I figure there are other parents who, like me, have been in family court survival mode for so many years, they perhaps missed this one:

 

By: Examiner Editorial | 05/18/11 9:00 PM

“Danaher’s closing,” said Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., lamenting the loss of a plant that had employed 330 people in his state. “Now those jobs are going to Arkansas and to Texas.”

It was April 2005. Neal was taking the opportunity during a House committee hearing on competition with China to complain instead about how Massachusetts was losing jobs to states with less-hostile business climates.

The Ways and Means Committee chairman in 2005, California Republican Bill Thomas, mildly rebuked Neal’s deviation from the topic, saying Massachusetts had shot itself in the foot with high taxes and compulsory union membership.

(the key word, there, being “republican” in connection with Ways and Means Committee….)

“At some point perhaps the good citizens of Massachusetts will pick up the drift,” Thomas said.

Businesses often consider government interference when they make decisions about where to locate. One instance of such interference is the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which established a regimen of special treatment for labor during an era when nearly one in three employees were union members.

Today, unions have lost relevance for more than 93 percent of American workers in the private sector, but this law remains with us, harming the ability of American businesses to compete. To see its results, we need only look south and west, to the success of our nation’s 22 right-to-work states.

Section 14(b) of the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 allows states to pass right-to-work laws, which bar union membership from being used as a condition of employment. In practice, these laws make unions significantly less powerful and less disruptive than did the original NLRA rules, and with tremendously positive economic results for everybody concerned.

A recent study by the staff of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., pointed to some revealing data. Between 1993 and 2009, right-to-work states created jobs twice as quickly as states where forced unionism is permitted, and they enjoyed 10 percent faster growth in personal income (FOR WHOM??). Right-to-work states account for only 40 percent of the U.S. population, but they hosted 60 percent of the nation’s new businesses from 1993 to 2009.

Such data contrasts mightily with facts such as this: Unions spent $400 million to elect President Barack Obama and Democrats in 2008 largely because of promises to use the federal government to restore labor to its former strength. The centerpiece of that effort was card check, which would have abolished secret ballots in workplace-representation elections if it hadn’t failed in Congress.

So now the Obama campaign to rescue dying unions is focused on the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB, controlled by Obama appointees, has filed a complaint against Boeing for expanding its manufacturing operations into DeMint’s right-to-work state. Obama is only trying to help his union campaign donors — as usual — but this effort is bound to backfire.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/2011/05/right-work-states-doing-good-country#ixzz1Y4Lfsqwk

 

 

PRO-HR 2587:

The “Unions are Bad” POV from “www.biglaborbailout.com”

Congress to Vote on Landmark Job Protection Bill

Today, the House of Representatives will vote on legislation that could end the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) assault on right-to-work states. H.R. 2587, the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, would prevent the NLRB from ordering a business to close or transfer work. Every Member of Congress interested in workforce fairness needs to support this legislation!

Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina introduced H.R. 2587 in response to the NLRB filing a complaint against Boeing for locating an assembly factory in right-to-work South Carolina. If the NLRB’s complaint is successful, Boeing would be forced to shut down its South Carolina plant and relocate work to its unionized facility in Washington State. That move would cost 1,000 much-needed jobs in South Carolina.

This unprecedented action by the NLRB is a threat not only to Boeing’s workers in South Carolina, but to every right-to-work state in America. The precedent it would set would encourage government interference in private business and discourage businesses from expanding and hiring in right-to-work states. It would stifle job creation at a time when the unemployment numbers are some of the worst our country has seen in the past century.

ANTI-HR 2587:

House Republicans Put Boeing Over Workers’ Rights in Bill to Cripple NLRB

by Mike Hall, Jul 21, 2011

Republicans on the Education and Workforce Committee today rammed through a bill (H.R. 2587) that would cripple the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) ability to protect workers from management retaliation for exercising their rights. The bill was passed on a 23-16 party-line vote.

The Republican bill, which ranking minority member Rep. George Miller (D) dubbed the “Eviscerate Workers’ Rights and Ship Jobs Overseas Bill,” is aimed the NLRB’s recent decision to file a complaint against the Boeing Co. The NLRB charges that Boeing moved production away from its Washington State facility in retaliation for the workers exercising their right to strike, and that’s against the law.

Says Miller:

The legislation is nothing more than a rush to protect one special interest to the detriment of all American workers. This bill presents American workers with a choice: You can have your rights or you can have your job. But you can’t have both.

Interesting.  Because it was clearly demonstrated to me as a woman, and a law-abiding one, and a mother — that I could have ongoing contact with my clients / employers OR I could know where my children were and maintain some contact with them — but not both, because certain people in power decided that feminism and fatherlessness was a credible social threat and responsible for poverty, abuse, etc.   And it was expedient that one — actually lots of “ones” cumulatively — real individual, real lives and real work stability — be sacrificed for the (ethereal and theoretical) common “good.”

In short, if I believed I had some legal rights or equal standing on almost any category of vital life issues, I was welcome to continue this fight into my retirement.  Or, I could submit, after years of income loss and repeated violations of existing family court orders (which I eventually found out meant nothing, basically) and give up, without children, start again as an aging female worker outside of the former profession and without significant social contacts in it.

Approximately six years ago I realized that this “jobs model” didn’t apply to parents in the family law system with a custody dispute; primarily anyone leaving violence or who had TANF involved.  Why?   Because of patterns set in the 1990s, further enabled by faith-based initiatives, primarily aimed at keeping women in their place and a man in every child’s life, even after many times, those men ended up killing the women and/or the children.

What also was driving the men, many times, was the same awareness of how extortionist and unfair the child support system was to them, overall, and/or insulting their intelligence by forcing them to submit to classes about parenting, children, or “conflict” which any young person who’s gotten up to 5th grade in life usually already knows and has witnessed, unless they have succeeded in hiding, dodging, and laying down flat in many social situations, or become superb negotiators already.

Read on some….  and this is a SF Bay Area California Legislator talking:

The bill will  l take away the NLRB’s authority to remedy unlawful conduct like Boeing is alleged to have engaged in. H.R. 2587 would apply to cases currently being considered, including the legal action against Boeing.

In a letter to the committee, AFL-CIO Government Affairs Director Bill Samuel says the bill would “cripple workers’ rights, hobble the NLRB, make it easier for companies to ship jobs overseas and create a new race to the bottom for American workers.”

H.R. 2587 will take away the NLRB’s authority to restore workers to their jobs when companies simply eliminate work in order to eliminate workers who are pro-union or when companies eliminate work in order to avoid their legal obligation to bargain.

[The bill] will have dire unintended consequences as well. It will make it easier to ship jobs overseas because it legalizes the most despicable form of outsourcing—the illegal kind—by keeping the NLRB from being able to stop it. The bill will remove one of the only tools preventing work from leaving the U.S.

Miller says the freedom to organize and collectively bargain is “meaningless if there is no effective remedy when they are violated.

Welcome to MY world.  Born, raised, working in the USA until unenforceable restraining order, unenforceable child support order, and unenforceable custody order booted me out of the workforce, and removed the incentive for the father of my children too.  These were not, actually “unenforceable” but so many incentives to use “discretion” according to the whimsy of the latest theory (fatherhood, abstinence education, you name it) (federal incentives to the states) (Prolonging custody disputes for the sake of accumulating interest on the “undistributable arrears”) and other nonsense — but common practice — made the concept of actually building ANYTHING and expecting to maintain it in the workforce became a moot point.

Here’s the bill summary:

H.R. 2587: Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act

(aka “Outsourcer’s Bill of Rights.”)

The following summary was written by the Congressional Research Service, a well-respected nonpartisan arm of the Library of Congress. GovTrack did not write and has no control over these summaries.

7/25/2011–Reported to House amended. Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act – Amends the National Labor Relations Act to deny the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) any power to: (1) order an employer (or seek an order against an employer) to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment; (2) rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting, outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations; or (3) require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location. Applies the amendment made by this Act to any complaint for which a final adjudication by the NLRB has not been made by the date of enactment.

Here’s the NLRB:  It is an agency of the U.S. Government.   I just read through an interesting case (March, 2011 hearing before an Administrative Law Judge) in which a  group called Human Services Projects Inc. d/b/a/ Teen Triumph, was reprimanded and forced to give back pay to a worker fired in retaliation for protesting its practices, (engaging in protected behavior).  Of note (para. 30) the nonprofit (presumably) went to San Joaquin Superior Court and got a restraining order on the individual worker, Jake Wallace — and he was not given notice of the hearing.  Available here:

32-CA-025262 JD(SF)-15-11 Human Services Projects, Inc.d/b/a Teen Triumph
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Their business was group homes for sex offenders & youths, and they got $50,000 of federal help, it says:

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1821256 05/15/1992 ACTIVE HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS, INC. MARTI H. FREDERICKS
C0821069 07/15/1977 DISSOLVED HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS, INCORPORATED BRYAN MORSE

 

 

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS, INC. 085852 Charity Current STOCKTON CA Charity Registration Charity
HUMAN SERVICES PROJECTS, INCORPORATED Charity Not Registered STOCKTON CA Charity Registration Charity
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(a quick lookup of street address of the bottom “not registered” one shows it’s the same person as incorporator on the founding documents of the Top, legitimate one.)

Another quick skim of their listed assets/income show that, despite this hard economy, this particular groups’ revenues are ONLY increasing steadily.  Here’s its business:

(B) The specific purposes for which this corporation is organized is to provide for the development, evaluation and implementation of humans services programs including, but not limited to clinical and residential treatment programs to serve children, adults and/or juveniles with emotional, or developmental problems, economically disadvantaged and minorities.

THREE: The name and address in the State of california of this corporation’s initial agent for service of process is: David F. Scatena

3188 Sea Gull Lane Stockton, CA. 95219

Note:  It came before the NLRB because of mistreatment of its employees and retaliation against one of them for complaining

It has nothing on file since 2008, either RRF (charitable registration) or IRS form.  In the 2008 RRF, it notes which governmental agencies are supporting its operations:  Note:  The Fredericks (Mr. & Mrs.) were the people the NRLB complaint was about, and who told the employees if they didn’t like working there, they could quit…

STATEMENT 1

FORM RRF·1, PART B, LINE 1 FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

1. SEE “KEY EMPLOYEE” DEALINGS STATEMENT ATTACHED.

2. THE ORGANIZATION WAS OBLIGATED TO MARTI FREDERICKS (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR) AND J CRAIG FREDERICKS (CFO) FOR A CONTINUING AMOUNT REPRESENTING A PORTION OF THE PURCHASE PRICE (ORIGINAL AND CONTINGENT AMOUNTS) OF CORPORATION STOCK PURCHASED FROM THEM IN 2002. THE BALANCE DUE THE FREDERICKS’ AT YEAR END WAS $22,150.

(???) . . . . .

3. THE TAXPAYER WAS OBLIGATED TO MARTI AND J CRAIG FREDERICKS (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CFO, RESPECTIVELY) FOR THREE (3) WORKING CAPITAL LOANS MADE DURING 2008. THE FIRST WAS FOR $30,000 AS WAS PAID BY YEAR END. THE SECOND WAS FOR $40,000 AND WAS PAID BY YEAR END. THE THIRD WAS FOR $30,000, OF WHICH $10,000 WAS PAID BY YEAR END, LEAVING A YEAR END BALANCE OF $20,000.

STATEMENT 2

FORM RRF·1, PART B, LINE 6 GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT PROVIDED FUNDING

STATE OF CALIFORNIA, THROUGH NUMEROUS COUNTY JUVENILE PROBATION AND SOCIAL SERVICES AGENCIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: SAN JOAQUIN, SACRAMENTO, STANISLAUS, CONTRA COSTA, ALAMEDA, AND SOLANO. NO PRIMARY MAILING ADDRESS, CONTACT PERSON, NOR TELEPHONE NUMBER IS USED

Most significant activities (per 2008 IRS, Part 1):  Sounds a little maudlin:

Briefly describe the organization’s mission or most significant activities: _”To develop and operate programs to assist youths and adults in the enrichment and enjoyment of their lives, to rekindle their hopes and dreams; to support them in celebrating life; to work in the community to create a better, safer and healthier environment for this.

Program Service Accomplishment 1:  Actually was operated at a $16,000 profit, (Expenses $2.454,123 ; Revenue $2.470,708)

  50 adolescent males were treated in a 24-hour residential program for sexually abusive youth with co-occurring behavioral and mental health problems.

(Perhaps the employee low wages contributed to the profit)  COST per male, for one year, thus about $122,706.15 per individual).  Mr. & Mrs. Fredericks (presumably), ED & CFO, are earning collectively about $187 plus? about $100K in other columns for 40 hour week each (approaching a judges’ salary, eh?).  “Reportable income from related organizations.

The organization also operates as a “representative payee” for 500 Social Security Beneficiaries and keeps their assets in a common account audited by the SSA, managing their affairs, etc.

I find it VERY interesting that the Director, “Marjorie Harris (1st husband?) Fredericks” was originally a Marriage and Family Therapist, running this entity had been contracting since 1980 (under this corporation) with a San Joaquin Mental Health,** but evidently saw that it’s be expedient to get some real estate background.   In 1990 she got into a real estate program(a 9-month program somehow? resulting in a “Masters of Science”) and then aimed for HOUSING for the low-income and elderly.    She reincorporated this Human Services Project in 1992, and in general showed a real aptitude at getting those contracts and dealing with severely compromised populations, and housing them.

**(the NRLB record mentioned that Ms. Fredericks was able to get an UNNOTICED restraining order on one of her employees from the local court; interesting).

The website shows only 1,763 visitors — that’s fewer than I get in a month.  Maybe not too many people are checking up on it.

Who we help:

 The Mental Health Services Act was passed in 2004 and provides new money for many different and and new mental health services and supports. The population to be helped under the MHSA is defined as adults and older adults who have been diagnosed with or who may have serious and persistent mental illness, and children and youth who have been diagnosed with or who may have serious emotional disorders, and their families. The MHSA is specifically targeted to reach consumers (and potential consumers) who are unserved, underserved and/or inappropriately served under current mental health support programs.
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This CEO is one smart cookie.  First, she goes into psychology and gets up to a Masters level (see AFCC, see the 9 highest paying jobs with least hours of work article recently posted), and then figures out to go into real estate as well.  Knowing already how to get contracts, moves with ease in and out of “for profit” situation and ends up in “Nonprofit” with a plenty high salary; between she and her husband, well over $200K as employees of their own corporation, and somehow the corporation still owes them about $22,000 for stock (?)

Another service they offer is managing government disbursements for compromised people.  Starting to remind me of Viola STtroud (Genia Shockome case) and friends:  “ACTION PAYEE SERVICES” from the same group.

Our Mission

To establish caring, honest relationships with persons who need assistance managing their finances while empowering them to be successful by providing them aid in fulfilling their financial obligations and responsibilities.

This program is offered to adults who are unable to manage their finances without assistance; and to children, who Social Security determines require the protection offered by a payee relationship.  The payee program provides a vital service to consumers, by helping them gain greater stability without the stress of struggling with their finances.  Emphasis is placed on assuring that all consumer recipients have appropriate housing and availability of weekly funds for purchase of food and the personal items required for daily living.  Expenses paid for the children serves must all be individually approved by Social Security to ensure the proper use and application of funds to the benefit of the child.

(suggest — read the NLRB audit.  )

Ah well…..

Obviously I am going to be interested in companies in this field.  Did they incorporate here?  (from the list of 197 “Human Services Projects Inc.” companies.  NOTE;  California site  (it seems) does not allow you do to an “Exact Search” so if the company you want has a common name, you are S.O.L. and have to guesstimate on which page it might show up, as there are also only allowed 10 search results per page, unlike MANY other public-access databases in this world, including the California Attorney General’s Charitable Registry Search.

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1022232 03/26/1981 DISSOLVED HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES BARBARA LANE
C1506443 12/29/1988 DISSOLVED HUMAN RESOURCE TRAINING SERVICES, INC. DAVID M JORDAN
C2744252 04/25/2005 SUSPENDED HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTING SERVICES INC. SPIEGEL & UTRERA, P.A., WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS SPIEGEL & UTRERA, P.C.
C2844199 10/03/2006 FORFEITED HUMAN RESOURCES CONSULTING SERVICES, INC WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS HR BUSINESS STAFFING BLANCA ROMERO
C1739018 02/10/1994 ACTIVE HUMAN RESOURCES CONTRACT SERVICES, INC. COMSTOCK & SHARPE, INC.
C3272760 01/19/2010 ACTIVE HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES, INC. JAMES C OZELLO
C1879287 12/10/1993 SUSPENDED HUMAN RESOURCES SUPPORT SERVICES INCORPORATED JAY GREENHOW
C1691229 08/15/1991 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES ACADEMY, INC. NOVEL E. STOKES
C2146636 09/09/1999 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES ALLIANCE OF LOS ANGELES JOHN RUSSELL
C1585136 04/17/1987 FORFEITED HUMAN SERVICES AND CONCERNS, II MICHAEL DAVID FOX

 

Forfeited, Suspended Dissolved . . . . . 2 out of 10 active.  Next page has only 1 out of 10 active:

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0867470 06/14/1978 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES AND MANPOWER TRAINING
C0729827 01/23/1975 ACTIVE HUMAN SERVICES ASSOCIATION SUSANNE SUNBERG
C0734379 04/14/1975 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES ASSOCIATION OF SANTA BARBARA COUNTY BARBARA MARGERUM
C0547827 06/20/1968 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES BUREAU, INCORPORATED
C1258115 10/01/1984 DISSOLVED HUMAN SERVICES CENTER, A PSYCHOLOGICAL CORPORATION ARLO THOMAS, PHD
C0777114 08/25/1976 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES COLLABORATIVE
C0843200 04/10/1978 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES CONSORTIUM CAMERON THOMPSON
C1137205 03/18/1983 DISSOLVED HUMAN SERVICES CONSULTING, INC. DOLORES A CUTLER
C1009649 11/20/1980 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES CONTINUUM OF LOS ANGELES COUNTY, INC. JOHN BROWN
C0892163 07/20/1978 SUSPENDED HUMAN SERVICES COORDINATING COUNCIL OF SAN MATEO COUNTY CORPORATION
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

 

I’m going to propose that man of these are organizations which were hoping to operate primarily from government-based grants.

NLRB Logo

(sorry about that diversion into a specific NLRB case in my state).

 

 

ALTERNATE QUESTIONS TO ASK:

HOW COME WHEN THE WEALTHIEST PEOPLE AROUND GOT WEALTHY BY ACQUIRING ASSETS, INVESTING IN STOCKS (NOT ALL US, I’M SURE), BY INHERITANCE, AND BY LEARNING HOW TO EXPLOIT THE US TAX LAWS TO THEIR ADVANTAGE — ARE THESE SAME PEOPLE TALKING ONLY — AND ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY, WHEN IT COMES TO THE NATIONAL PRESS — ABOUT “JOBS”?

We have created a high, deep and wide society where mobility is restricted the more institutionalized the educational system is into forcing certain classes into “jobs” whiel failing to mention the classes that are from youth (and many times by not having to attend the local public school, where this ain’t taught) how to run businesses, acquire assets, leverage holdings, buy & sell, to learn things about compound interest, investments, and to develop a superior set of skills and — more important even — attitudes.

While the so-called “lower” (that’s in wealth, not necessarily character, but the treatment implies, it IS “Character”) get taught how to submit to authority or else (or be medicated), get sorted and labeled in the k-12 system, graded, spat out or promoted according to very arbitrary standards (many times) and not really informed just how much of a union-based system contributes to who gets elected from state to state.

 

 

FY 2012 HHS BUDGET:

The HHS budget (this, from the white house) gets $79 billion.   A lot of this goes into character formation — and I’ve been showing some of the “characters” of the organizations so intent on teaching this.  For one, they don’t file taxes right, stay incorporated, register as charities when they are claiming to be some, and they pretty much repeat the same general concepts to each other in conferences which are sometimes paid for by the public.

In the courts, the business of the courts is getting externalized into nonprofits which are initiated and formed by people often times staffing the courts.

Even a single man convicted of a traffic ticket (some of the highest-cost, most-aggressive enforcement areas around) figured out that his conviction was to help build courthouses (see yesterday’s post).   We know that the child support cases to bring monies to the county and that BOTh the HHS/OIG/OAS and the larger scope GAO have already stated clearly that — you guys don’t know where the money is.  That grantees and contractors of federal (I believe it was ARRA, but might have been DRA) grants — are possibly in violation of tax codes to tune of $350 BILLION for grant amounts of $275 BILLION, and several of the ones audited were known to be involved in criminal activities, etc.

FROM THE WHITE HOUSE SITE:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/health.pdf

HHS is asking $79 billion for the 2012 budget.  $17 BILLION of this went to ACF (Administration for Children and Families) in 2010, and $16 bil. estimated for 2010.  First of all, no one is really overseeing where this goes.  Second of all, at least as to OCSE, they are going to exceed the estimate.   Third of all, although it seems that Dads and Moms BOTH hate the OCSE, I do believe the evidence shows that since about 1994, it has been re-tooled to become a “let’s promote responsible fatherhood” organization — which funds aren’t tracked properly but we know they ARE diverted from what might otherwise actually reach children in order to test and evaluate specific theories about what inspires a man to pay, or not pay, child support.

Then more reports are written assuming that he’s not paying because he can’t. All kinds of theories can be proposed and tested BY LAW because the Secretary of Health and Human Services (per 45 CFR 303.109, as I recall) has the authority to require states getting access visitation grants to assist this office (HEad of HHS) with projects as it sees fit.

And what projects they are!

From the same source, the summary claims this budget:

Supports Responsible Fatherhood. The Budget encourages fathers to take responsibility for their children by changing policies so that more of fathers’ child support reaches their children while continuing a commitment to vigorous enforcement. The Budget increases support for States to pass through child support payments to families, rather than retaining those payments, and encourages States to provide access and visitation services that can improve a father’s relationship with his family. The Budget targets additional State incentives based on performance, which continues an emphasis on program outcomes and efficiency.

This is baloney.  First of all “encouraging” anyone to do anything doesn’t require them to.  Period.  FOr example, the Feds encouraged the states to actually pass through more money to the families, called “family first” but the States complained that this would screw up their budget and resisted.

One summary of the situation reads thus:

90% of the parents paying child support are fathers.   Using child support enforcement programs as a vehicle, these extortion-based programs force fathers to choose between criminal penalties (for nonpayment) and inciting “high conflict” family court litigation to create a “need” for their own publically funded services.  These IRresponsible programs cash in on “incentives” (TITLE IV-D ones, I’ve blogged this, meaning the $2 Federal to $1 State incentives with a complicated basis of determining it) by placing children in UNSTABLE homes, then starving the entire family onto some sort of public assistance.

The (unlawful) programs are supposed to be administrative, but they use quasi-judicial powers to CREATE, amend, and enforce court orders without judicial authorization.  The agency does not provide due process, nor does it have to show you your file!

Judges “have to” look the other way {{I’m still thinking about whether I agree with that one}} because if they object, they will lose their HHS funding, and at the same time the judge has to accept responsibility for the agency’s badly managed or even crooked interference when litigants are hurt.

I believe this person (unidentified but I don’t think I’ll be sued for copyright on it!) is showing us that JUDGES do not always know what the CHILD SUPPORT AGENCY is up to in specific cases.   Litigants are told visitation is SEPARATE from child support, but the sheer existence of these access and visitation programs (which custodial parents — trust me — are NOT even told exist) is to tie them both together.  The Federal Government (OCSE, HHS officials or former ones, including Wade Horn, Ron Haskins, and so forth) officially believes that if men are reconnected with their children this will produce a character change resulting in more child support payments.

Never mind that these men, at times, know that private groups getting government contracts to chase them down and garnish their wages are caught sometimes in fraud, overbilling, double-billing or even fabricating child support (or medicaid) cases — and STILL get yet more contracts with the government:  Maximus, SupportKids, etc.

That said, I personally find no excuse for judges sitting on the boards of, for example, Kids’ Turn, or all over the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, privately conferring about how to best treat the family court litigants they or their colleagues have helped destroy previously and who are actually showing anger or distress / protest about that treatment — and then make up new professions (to be organized into similar-titled nonprofits, i.e., “COLLABORATIVE LAW”) after the last round (Parent Education) got out’ed or is about to be (by others like myself reporting on it).

This has been going on long enough that second generations of children eliminated from contact with their mothers due to “fatherhood” programs in the courts and around child support — are showing up broke, homeless, or trying to retain custody of their own kids.  Although he has BARELY acknowledged this, even attorney general Eric Holder has acknowledged this in a statement at a conference put in on part by (fatherhood-supported) Family Violence Prevention Fund and (as I recall) either the NCADV, or the NCJFCJ (National COuncil of Juvenile & Family Court Judges), or all three of them.

As referenced here:  (NOTE:  I do not appreciate the language or tenor of this blog, though there is plenty cause to be angry.  I also do not associate with its author because of this and other matters. Nevertheless, here you are:  U.S. Attorney General Actually Admits, and provides the link)

From http://ncmbts.blogspot.com/2011/02/eric-holder-why-are-mothers-who-are.html

It look like (fatherhood.gov) Holder Knows Abusers get Custody of their Children, HE SUPPORTS IT! And Finances it. WTF?

AG Eric Holder

Eric Holder Knows about Batterers Getting Custody and HE SUPPORTS it with Fatherhood.gov.

Last year 2010 he plays a mentor to Fathers in Prison getting out and being ‘dad’. See Fathers Day 2010 where Obama gave 500 Million dollars MORE to the Fatherhood Initiatives.

See Video here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eRJBkoq1DXs

Obama steps up fatherhood advocacy with new mentoring initiative:http://www.washingtonpost.com/wpdyn/content/article/2010/06/21/AR2010062100006.html

Original Domestic Violence speech of Holder here:http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090602.html

 

(The blogger then goes on to say “Fuck that Shit!”(in bold print) and suggests a march on Washington.  Rather than an internet or in-person trip to the local county assessor’s office, or secretary of state to find out who is doing business where.  Did I mention the comptroller’s office?)

HERE’s the setting (note:  Year, 2009):

 

Attorney General Eric Holder via Video to the National Summit on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment
~ Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Remarks as prepared for delivery.

Good morning and welcome to the National Summit on the Intersection of Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment. I want to thank you for attending this very important conference. Domestic violence, in particular children exposed to domestic violence, is an issue that I have worked on for much of my career in public service.

As a judge at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia I saw first hand the suffering and long-term trauma experienced by children exposed to violence. As the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, I created the first Domestic Violence Unit in the office’s history. As Deputy Attorney General during the President Clinton Administration, I helped to launch the U.S. Department of Justice’s Children Exposed to Violence Initiative, as well as the Safe Start Initiative. And now, as Attorney General, I am committed to reinvigorating our work on this very important issue.

The Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Family Violence Prevention Fund has planned this meeting to continue a conversation that began almost a decade ago, at the first National Summit held here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. That meeting brought together domestic violence advocates, child abuse workers and judges to address the critical need for coordinated services to family members victimized by both domestic violence and child abuse.

This summit brings together a broader cross-discipline of professionals who do not commonly work together: domestic violence and child advocates, judges and other court personnel, attorneys, child welfare workers, guardian ad litem, mental health workers, researchers, and policy makers. While you may not always work in concert on this issue, you share a vision for safe and healthy families. 

Gee, almost everyone was represented there except openly acknowledge fatherhood practitioners (although groups that endorse and take funding from fatherhood movements were most definitely present), and actual mothers who lost custody courtesy “parental alienation theory” or someone who spouted it while switching custody to the batterer and knowing that their courthouse, at least, would be getting some funding from a county-based intervention program of some sort.

As you are gathered here in this beautiful location, I hope that you will forge new alliances and a collective leadership that will help identify solutions that will have a lasting impact on the lives of mothers and children traumatized by family violence. I ask that you consider ways the Department of Justice can renew and strengthen its efforts to address this problem. We want to draw upon lessons gleaned from your work in communities throughout the country. We also want to know what has been left undone.

Some of the topics that you will address may be more challenging than others. I hope you will especially discuss the most difficult issues I know many of you confront in your work:

  • Why are mothers who are the victims of domestic violence losing custody of their children to the courts and to the child protection system? 
  • Why are children of color over-represented in the child protection system? 
  • Do children need a relationship with their fathers even when their fathers have been abusive to them and their mothers in the past? If so, what does that relationship look like?
Did it occur to anyone present to ask such a mother how it happened?  As to children of color over-represented in CPS system, not to mention, men of color over-represented in the prison system, not to mention both women and men of color overrepresented in the ranks of the unemployed and poor, in Congress, and many other places, I propose two possible answers (which some to mind), #1 greed and #2 racism, institutionalized.

I ask that you explore all of these things while always remembering that the needs of children who are exposed to violence are inextricably linked to the needs of mothers who are the victims of domestic violence.

How heartfelt.   I think Attorney General Holder is a remarkable man, and I don’t hold anything against him.  However fatherhood is now entrenched in the system, and here his with no doubt equal eloquence, addressing some fatherhood practitioners:

I’ll link to it from our Ohio Organization based on the ??MIA National (NPNFF) organization I’ve been mentioning:

http://www.opnff.net/white_house_fatherhood.asp

White House Conversations on Fatherhood

 This national conversation began on Father’s Day weekend with an event hosted by President Obama at the White House. The Conversation will reach communities across the country in the coming months through a series of Town Hall meetings.  The outcome of the Conversation on Fatherhood will be to inform federal policies supporting the development of strong fathers and healthy families.

Town Hall meetings will explore ways in which fathers, community organizations and the government can come together to encourage responsible fatherhood and strong communities, reconnect youth who have fallen away, and strengthen our nation’s families.

If you missed watching President Obama’s Town Hall media event on Friday, June 19, 2009, on “Fatherhood and Personal Responsibility”, I suggest you make every effort to review it!  It is the kick-off to a series of similar town hall meetings that will be held in various parts of the country in the near future.

 

and  (note:  same year as the National Summit, above).

Atlanta, Georgia, December 15, 2009: The third in the series of White House Conversations on Fatherhood was held in Atlanta Georgia and co-hosted by the Department of Justice and the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships – click here to read coverage of the Fatherhood Forum on the President’s Advisory Council blog.  Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the event, stressing the intersection between fatherhood and criminal justice issues: the importance of working with incarcerated and reentry fathers as well as their children and families.  Click here to read AG Holder’s speech.

Let’s listen to part of it:

 

Let’s be clear — a father’s role in the life of a child is irreplaceable. I know this not just from the studies and the research that I’ve read and that I will share with you later, but from my own experiences parenting two teenage daughters and a 12-year-old son. And believe me, when I’m not up late thinking about how I can help to keep our nation safe, I’m up late thinking about how I can help my kids. It is both my commitment to public safety and my concern for my own children — and for all the other children throughout this country — that brings me here tonight.

I’m honored to be joined here this evening by fellow dads and leaders focused on fatherhood. In the course of our discussions, I hope we will be open and honest enough to ask ourselves tough questions — father to father, parent to parent – about what our communities and the federal government can do to strengthen our families and support those fathers who are trying to do the right thing . . .

 

and — this is a larger segment, browse and at least catch the drift:

 You simply cannot be a real man if you don’t do all that you can to care for those who have the greatest right to depend on you. We cannot leave this awesome responsibility to the women in our lives and in our communities who too often labor alone, taking care of our sons and daughters. This must end.

I don’t pretend that this is easy, especially for fathers who have been incarcerated. So I come here with great respect for those of you who have made some mistakes, but have chosen to appear here tonight because you know that someone else is counting on you.

People sometimes make bad choices. As a result, they end up in prison or jail. But we can’t permit incarceration of a parent to punish an entire family.

More than 1.5 million American children have fathers in prison. More than half of these children are African American. And we know that children of incarcerated parents suffer from: the physical and emotional separation; the stigma associated with having a parent detained; the loss of financial support; and the disruption caused by introducing new caregivers into a child’s life, no matter how well meaning those caregivers may be. As a result, children of incarcerated parents often struggle with anxiety, depression, learning problems, and aggression, undermining their own chances of future success. We know that in many cases maintaining relationships with their parents during incarceration can improve the lives of children, and yet too often our policies have failed to support these relationships.

Actually, there are multiple programs specifically designed, and federally supported, to connect incarcerated Dads with their kids AND to modify their child support downward AND help them craft requests to modify custody to give them MORE time with children.  Maybe it’s not enough — but these DO exist and can be/are funded no doubt under the “Access and Visitation” funding, set to increase radically in FY 2012, it seems.

Even when fathers are released from prison and return to their families, we have failed to properly support family reunification. We don’t adequately address such pressing issues as the role that these fathers will play in their children’s lives. And yet, if we care about what happens to these children, their families, and their communities – if we care about public safety – we have to help these men play a central role in their children’s lives.

Research reveals that incarcerated men who maintain strong family ties while behind bars are more successful when they are released. They have an easier time finding jobs and staying off drugs. In fact, a recent study done for the Department of Health and Human Services found that people who were married or in committed relationships were half as likely to use drugs or commit new crimes after they were released from incarceration.

 

What happened to the comments at that other National Summit, the question:

Do children need a relationship with their fathers even when their fathers have been abusive to them and their mothers in the past? If so, what does that relationship look like?

I think the FIRST question should be answered before elaborating upon the 2nd question.  however that first question — if he were honest — already HAD been answered, and years earlier, by the fatherhood movement through HHS/ACF/OCSE to start with.

From (green font, above), the 2009 speech by AG Holder to the fathers in Atlanta, 2009, I deduce the same message that I’ve gotten right along:  It’s OK to USE contact with children in an attempt to try to reform fathers, i.e., Innocent Children as Character-Correction Bait.  Because if we don’t use those children to reform the fathers, those angry and unrepentant fathers might go bothering others, not related to them, and THAT, we can’t have.  But for invisible, unreported, child molestation and other crimes against children, well, let’s just not talk about that in the same breath as “fatherhood activity promotion.”  Sure ….

 

HERE (going on, same speech) he is going to talk about some fatherhood programs to reconnect men with their families post-incarceration.  Were these brought up at the other conference, on intersection of domestic violence and child maltreatment, asking why mothers were losing the custody to batterers?  Of course not.  Would that have been politically expedient??

I’m happy to note that in Tennessee, the city of Memphis has hired a family liaison who works with formerly incarcerated people to help them reconnect with family members when they return to town. In South Dakota, the Department of Corrections has launched a Fatherhood and Families Program to address the challenges faced by incarcerated fathers and to promote healthy relationships.

So, how’s that one going?  Who paid for it?  Were some of these fathers in arrears in child support, or engaged in a custody battle, or did this program help them START such a battle?

And in Oregon, Marion County is deploying an evidence-based parenting curriculum called “Parenting Inside Out,” and a family reunification curriculum called “Restoring Relationships.” These are just three examples of how we’re shifting resources to support family reunification for formerly incarcerated people and their families.

I “couldn’t” resist.  (I’d run across this phrase before).  It’s a FOR-profit registered trademark of (to be found out), another high-profit low-overhead curriculum to be marketed to captive — literally — audiences to help them:

 

 

 

Curriculum

Parenting Inside Out (PIO) is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral parent management skills training program created {BY??? _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _} for incarcerated parents through a six-year collaboration of scientists, policy makers, practitioners, and instructional designers. Both the information in the program and the way that information is presented were informed by knowledge derived from research and practice.

At the core of Parenting Inside Out is the Parent Management Training (PMT) curriculum, which appears on the “best practice” lists of: the American Psychological Assoc., the US Department of Health & Human Services, and the Office of Victims of Crime, the US Department of Justice. PMT includes communication, problem solving, monitoring, positive reinforcement and non-violent discipline techniques. Researchers built upon the PMT curriculum to make it effective within the context and restrictions of parents and families involved in the justice system. {{they had another market application and adapted to it…}} In addition to the scientists, practitioners and curriculum designers who contributed to the PIO program, inmates and their families were extensively interviewed to ensure the program addressed the real needs and issues they experience.

(Looking up “Parent Management Training, I find a Yalechild psychologist, Alan E. Kazdin, Psychologist.  I TOLD us the best line of work with an advanced degree is psychologist, right?  (Or Wall Street 24/7 did))

Parent Management Training for Oppositional, Aggressive and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents

About the author

Alan E. Kazdin, PhD, is Director and Chairman of the Child Study Center and John M. Musser Professor of Psychology at Yale University School of Medicine. He also directs The Child Conduct Clinic at Yale University , an outpatient treatment service for children and their families. His research focuses primarily on aggressive and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents and the influences that contribute to child dysfunction and therapeutic change. He has published more than 550 articles and chapters and written or edited more than 35 books on child and adolescent behavioral disorders, treatment, and methodology and research design.

Wonder if he eats lunch, or ever collaborates with the Pruetts, Kyle or Dr. Marsha Kline (of AFCC note?)  (Child Psychiatry center at Yale).

Description

Among the evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents, parent management training (PMT) is without peer. No other treatment for children has been as thoroughly tested and as widely applied as has PMT. In Parent Management Training, Dr. Alan Kazdin brings together the conceptual and empirical bases of this treatment, as applied to children and adolescents with oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior.

And, I was wrong to mention OFI — it’s OSLC (Oregon Social Learning Center).  Close enough for jazz…  That’s their logo:

Utopia Airways

(from their site, where I’ve been before):

A number of preventive interventions have also been developed at OSLC. The prevention studies involve intervention with a variety of populations. Most include a focus on testing the effect of parent management training with specific populations, such as with recently divorced mothers, with step families, with the siblings of at risk youth, with incarcerated fathers and mothers, with mothers and fathers involved in community corrections, with at risk girls involved in the child welfare system, and with youth at risk for substance use. A universal school-based prevention program, Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers, was designed to promote healthy behavior at home, in the classroom, and on the playground (etc.)

 

(see below) as “slaves” were the profits of previous generations, and stocks (etc.) are of wealthy families/individuals today, the access to populations on which to test “interventions” is a source of PRODUCING ONGOING PUBLICATIONS AND STUDIES for psychologists and psychiatrists.  In a nutshell, it’s WHAT THEY DO.  They then can develop and market curriculum (making a name in the process) through government networks and also supported by them — particularly if it’s anything about better controlling an unruly and possibly violent population.  I”m starting to get angry at the scope and prevalence of this.

The concept of continually experimenting and demonstrating on already distressed (or OPpressed) populations, for fame and profit, is offensive, to me at least.  In this sense, by continue to force people back onto welfare, or back into the courts, there is an UNENDING source of lower-caste (supposedly) or Needing Our Expert Help people available to anyone who can scramble or collaborate to the top of the pack when it comes to curricula.  It of course helps to have a Ph.D. and get some grants under your belts.   Just as traffic violation convictions help build courthouses, people getting incarcerated serve any number of purposes and industries, including the social scientists and those wishing to study their “minds” and try to get inside them.  The less ethical among these also (when in individual situations have too often gotten inside some of those (Minors’) pants as well, sometimes getting caught, sometimes not– but usually enabled by the incessant thirst to be able to manipulate human behavior into something politically acceptable and correct.  Such as into LOW-CONFLICT with ABUSIVE AUTHORITY.

 

Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO)

Parent Management Training-Oregon Model (PMTO) is a behavior intervention program designed by Dr. Gerald Patterson and colleagues at the Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC). OSLC is a world renowned research center in the area of antisocial behavior in children. The behavior interventions used in PMTO are based on over 30 years of research on families with children and adolescents who have serious conduct problems. Patterson and his colleagues have identified five core parenting skills that have the most impact on improving serious behavior problems in children. PMTO is a family intervention designed to help parents use the following five core parenting skills:

 

Is it going to tell me, easily, which CORPORATION? is marketing this, and if it’s a nonprofit?  No.  But look at the telltale marks (cf.  BootCamp for New Dads): Does it bear (its authors) any relationship to the AFCC-affiliate (generic term, that’s my sarcasm) “OFI” (Oregon Family Institute)?

 

Purchasing Parenting Inside-Out

The Parenting Inside Out program consists of two parts: Coach/Coach Supervisor Training and the Curriculum usage and materials license.

Training classes are three days long. Regular training classes are scheduled in Portland, Oregon. Custom classes can be arranged for your organization at your location. 

For further information and price quotes, please contactmindy@childrensjusticealliance.org or call 503-977-6399.

My “TESS” (US patent search database) shows that the holder of the trademark “parenting inside out” is this Children’s Justice Alliance, an Oregon nonprofit.  It was filed for in 2008 and in use since 2009 (i.e., Eric Holder mentioning it in 2009 also). ["USPTO.gov"]    So now I look up that nonprofit at Oregon Secretary of state:

Record No Entity Type Entity Status Registry Number Name Status Name Assoc Search
   1 DNP ACT 174099-96 CUR   CHILDREN’S JUSTICE ALLIANCE

http://www.childrensjusticealliance.org/

The Children’s Justice Alliance was formed in 2004 by Claudia Black, Ben DeHaan, Sharon Darcy, and Mark Eddy, PhD. to take a programmatic and systemic approach to improving outcomes for children whose parents are involved in the criminal justice system.

(written after looking up this group, and then seeing “pathfinders of Oregon.”  SHARON DARCY is on the board of Pathfinders of Oregon) as of 2010).  Google Maps shows them also at the same address>  7800 Sw. Barbour, Portland

The primary impetus for creating the Children’s Justice Alliance was to give parents and families the tools they need to break the preventable cycle of intergenerational criminality.

Many donors, many other nonprofits organized to provide or distribute this curriculum.

In addition to the Oregon Department of Corrections and the Oregon Department of Human Services, other partners include: community justice, law enforcement, the courts, K-12 education, higher education, early childhood providers, mentoring programs, mental health agencies, researchers, CASA and Girl Scouts Beyond Bars.

 

 

 

PATHFINDERS of OREGON  / Center for Family Success:

Record No Entity Type Entity Status Registry Number Name Status Name Assoc Search
   1 ABN INA 128755-97 CUR   OREGON PATHFINDER
   2 DNP ACT 358132-86 CUR   PATHFINDERS OF OREGON

 

From this description I learn that Pathfinders of Oregon (itself a 501(c)3 delivering cognitive behavioral therapy (yada, yada) partnered with “Children’s Justice Alliance” in 2003.  However, prior to 2003, “Children’s Justice Alliance” didn’t exist — so it was formed as a nonprofit to market (etc. etc.).

Pathfinders, a 501 (c) (3) social service agency, was founded in 1993 to operate cognitive-restructuring programs for the Oregon Department of Corrections. Since that time its mission has broadened to include prevention and intervention strategies that are aimed at keeping at-risk clients from entering the criminal justice system. Pathfinders expanded its services to provide parenting-skills training and to operate an alternative-incarceration program in the prisons, as well as cognitive and parenting programs for some Oregon counties. In 1999, Pathfinders began to operate an alternative school for pregnant and/or parenting teens with funding from Portland Public Schools (PPS). In 2008, with additional funding from PPS, Pathfinders opened another school in East Multnomah County.

In 2003, Pathfinders formed a partnership with the Children’s Justice Alliance (CJA) to serve as the official service delivery arm of its programs. Through CJA, Pathfinders provides services to clients who are involved with the Oregon Department of Human Services; it has also provided family based services funded by the United Way and other governments and agencies, such as the City of Portland and the Department of Labor. It is with CJA that Pathfinders operates two Centers for Family Success, where clients can obtain training as well as wrap-around services, helping them stabilize their families and avoid involvement in the criminal justice system. Pathfinders has a long history of meeting (or exceeding) contractual obligations in all of its programs.

Since 1993 Pathfinders has provided training for more than 27,500 inmates, including 3,000 female inmates. Classes have been provided in every state prison in Oregon. Pathfinders has provided parenting training to over 1,000 clients of the Department of Human Services who have involvement with the criminal justice system.

what is a “Client of the Department of Human Services” also involved in the criminal justice system?

Here, we see that Pathfinders had access to the Criminal Justice System, and somehow, the people starting CJA had access to the HHS system clients. I suspect that if we looked further, the incorporators of CJA probably were social workers or in some manner DHHS (Oregon) employed…..  But in fact, the actions they are involved in include, central, marketing a curriculum aimed at behavioral modification, basically.

 

This alliance, around since 9/23/2003, has had changes of address, of registered agent, and its current address is shared with the “Children’s Trust Fund

Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon 

Your donation will fund programs through the Children’s Trust Fund to help prevent child abuse, neglect, and to strengthen families.

Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon
1410 SW Morrison Street, Suite 501
Portland OR 97205

Record No Entity Type Entity Status Registry Number Name Status Name Assoc Search
   1 FNP ACT 247301-86 PRE   CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND  (later became National Drug & Safety organization — this is WDC based)
   2 ABN ACT 028015-95 CUR   CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND OF OREGON  {{STARTED 2001}}
   3 DNP ACT 317425-88 CUR   CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND OF OREGON FOUNDATION Search

 

The Children’s Trust Fund is supposed to stop child abuse:

CTFO logo - link to Home page

History

In the mid 1980s, at the urging of child welfare advocates and professionals, Congress passed noteworthy legislation to respond to the growing increase of child abuse and neglect incidents. In response, the Oregon legislature enacted the Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon (CTFO) in 1985. This groundbreaking agency was mandated to prevent the generational cycle of child abuse and neglect to innocent children in Oregon. Over the past 25 years, this now independent non-profit foundation has served our state in the following ways:

  • fostered leadership to promote and strengthen local networks interested in child abuse prevention
  • distributed over $9 million donated funds to effective local programs serving thousands of Oregon families
  • monitored program delivery through quality outcome studies
  • advocated for legislation and public policy to protect our children, enhance family functioning, and support prevention activities statewide

Organizational Structure

In 1999 the Oregon legislature statutorily privatized the CTFO. Following a two-year transitional process, on July 1, 2001 the CTFO became a new, non-profit legal entity, the CTFO Foundation. The activities of the agency are directed by a 25-member volunteer Board of Trustees, 20% to be appointed by the Governor. Staff members are hired by the Board to conduct the activities of the agency. All CTFO’s administrative expenses are paid by public funds as part of the state’s commitment to fostering prevention activities in Oregon. Therefore, 100% of all donated funds go directly to support the local programs’ commitment to prevention.

So whoever is best, most experienced, most connected, and/or fastest at developing “prevention programs” is most likely to get on the top of that faucet.  It appears (judging by when the Parenting Inside Out and Children’s Justice Alliance were formed, that someone figured out how to get their curriculum to the head of the class, and to “every state prison in Oregon.”   Downloadable PATENTED curriculum, license for training, train the trainers — it’s the name of the game, baby!  Do this nonprofit and get your distribution network to be courtesy the state incarceration (and/or TANF?) population and you’re “IN like FLINT.”

 

 

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER CONTINUES TALKING TO FATHERS IN (as I recall) ATLANTA, Dec. 2009)

 

Similarly, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded 13 grants to encourage responsible fatherhood and to help strengthen family ties among men returning from incarceration. Those programs are undergoing a national evaluation, and the results of that evaluation will help us ensure that we are implementing data-driven, evidence-based programs that work to keep families together and communities safer.

In the meantime, we’re learning some important lessons. We’re seeing encouraging results from parenting programs in prison. Men who participate in these programs are more positive about their role as fathers, and they have more frequent contact with their children.** Relationship intervention programs have also shown promise in improving communication between formerly incarcerated parents and their children.

**Access Visitation, that’s the purpose…..

 

What I’m saying is that we are seeing a lot of MOTHERless children in society these days.  In this I’d include both situations such as my own or similar (became noncustodial after leaving an abusive relationship, children shifted to the abusive parent in an apparent attempt to keep the litigation going when it otherwise might have settled itself) — and parents (male/female both) who are unavailable emotionally simply because they are extorted into this battle, to the supposed “consternation” (but in truth, profit and a lot of it) of the related court professionals.

 

. . . .

Today, I was very bothered by the HR 2587 discussions, and the failure of any of the (largely male) House of Representatives speaking to actually put out identifiable link to anything besides claims — one claim, the counter claim, another claim, the counter-claim.  Meanwhile, there’s a whole lot of child support sitting around in agency coffers being UNCLAIMED because no one is talking about that; we are essentially as a nation trafficking in anything “children” to draw some funding down, as well as literally it seems in many cases.

 

MOREOVER who is to determine whether, for poor people, that J O B S are the answer (when those talking about it live off their own assets, AND sometimes jobs, including for Congress) — when another definition (which I didn’t get to today) is that to hold a J>O>B entails a whole set of relationships which, bottom line, get right back down to the tax code and to who is ABOVE BOARD and has wages EASY to be garnished, and who (on the contrary) is operating and owning/selling businesses (or, profiting from the rise AND/OR fall of those businesses in the form of stock, options, short-selling, futures, etc. and terms not taught K-12 and in a lot of liberal arts colleges (as required courses) either.

INCOME – EXPENSES – TAXABLE INCOME (see “Human Project Services, Inc.”) = you own a business.

INCOME – TAXES – EXPENSES OUT OF WHAT”S LEFT = you work for someone who owns a business.

INVESTMENTS IN BUSINESS — what’s that?  (for most of America, including Middle Class America.  Just leave it up to the experts).

 

Talk about “jobs might be outsourced” in my book just about compare to someone associated with the SF COurt system saying, ominously, “divorces MIGHT take more than a few months!”   (talk about detached from reality — anyone know how long a typical divorce that comes through the court takes, at all?)

 

I found this group — and publication today.  You might find it interesting reading:

 

INSIGHTCCED.org — CLOSING THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP

At least these people are talking about WEALTH vs. JOBS!

Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative

Who We Are:

The Insight Center’s Closing the Racial Wealth Gap Initiative is a national effort to address the wealth gap that leaves the average American family of color with only 16 cents for every dollar owned by the average white family. To close this gap in the next generation, we have brought together over 150 scholars, advocates, and practitioners of color to inform the national economic debate with diverse perspectives and provide policy solutions to create a more inclusive and equitable future for all Americans.

Why This Matters:

Unleashing the potential that exists in all our communities to generate economic growth is essential to ensure a globally competitive economy, but it depends on our nation’s commitment to eliminating inequities and providing opportunities for all families to build their wealth (assets minus debts). Without wealth, families and communities cannot become and remain economically secure. Public policies have and continue to play a major role in creating and sustaining the racial wealth gap, and they must play a role in closing it.

 

Our Attorney General (representing pretty much Administration policy):  Without Fathers connected with their children, our communities are not safe (or economically secure) even if those Dads have been in prison (by extension, possibly for assaulting their wives or children, in part, or other dangerous activities.  By contrast with how women get in prison (also on the last 3 blogs, I believe), which has been shown to be substance abuse — often related to prior serious physical abuse, incl. prior to age 18, i.e., rape, molestation, trafficking.  Look at the post before Corrections Corporation of America; in other words THEIR road down often begins with abuse, followed by an eagerness to incarcerate over drug-related nonviolent offences, and privatization of the prison industry, etc.

 

WEALTH FOLLOWS TAX ADVANTAGE:  TAX ADVANTAGE HELPS PRESERVE WEALTH:

Now from this publication (theirs):

Historical Roots of the Racial Wealth Gap

The long-standing American belief is that anyone can make it to the top by just working hard and tugging mightily on those proverbial boot-straps. From the pioneers to the financiers, American heroes are acclaimed as self-made men, succeeding on pure grit, gumption, and ingenuity.

From this logic it then follows that if certain people have not achieved financial success, they must not be hard-working. Poor people, particularly people of color, are described as lazy, wanting something for nothing, unwilling to learn English, incapable of saving, uninterested in education, and so on. In short, the common wisdom is that both wealth and poverty are the result of personal behaviors.

 

While it may sometimes seem that individuals laid each building block of wealth with their own effort alone, in fact, the invisible hand of government has helped families of European descent erect their asset structures during every period of U.S. history.

a. Public Policy and Wealth Building in U.S. History

The founders of this American democratic experiment rejected the idea that a person’s future should be decided by the accident of their birth. Instead, they believed that the opportunity to rise economically and socially should be available to everyone willing to work hard and serve the common good. During the Revolutionary War, the brilliant leadership of many ordinary men cemented the belief that all are capable of greatness. The promise of opportunity has drawn immigrants from all over the world, many of them arriving with nothing but their dreams, their drive, and their capacities.

But how can people move beyond a subsistence living toward being able to create new value for their families and for society? Farmers coming from Europe needed land to till, youth with inventive minds needed education, workers needed wages high enough for saving, and entrepreneurs needed access to capital to start businesses.

Throughout U.S. history, federal and state governments have provided “wealth starter kits” for some to turn their work into worth. For example, governments have given gifts of land, free public education, government- backed mortgages and farm loans, a social safety net, and business subsidies to white families, sometimes exclusively and usually disproportionately.

(AS YET, WOMEN NOT MENTIONED….))

These government investments jump-started our economy more than once, an economy that has leapt forward with dynamism and innovative power, turning the U.S. into a global economic powerhouse in a short span of time.

and, post WWII

Take the post-World War II GI Bill as an example. In the largest federal public benefits program in our history—$50 billion in today’s dollars and 15% of the national budget—7 million mostly working class, overwhelmingly white young men who might otherwise not have had the opportunity for post-high school education received college and vocational training paid for by Uncle Sam. Millions also got low-interest government-backed mortgages that made it possible for them to buy their first homes. These programs unleashed tremendous intellectual, professional and entrepreneurial talent and created a large, stable, educated and home-owning middle class with a stake in American success. The GI Bill returned seven dollars to the nation for every dollar invested, and helped lead to an era of unprecedented and widely shared prosperity.11

But due to discrimination in college admissions and in the housing markets, soldiers of color who fought just as valiantly and sacrificed just as deeply as whites were far less able to use the benefits. They, and the nation, could have made even greater advances if there had been equal access to the programs to which all veterans were entitled.

I’m sure this is true.  I am just wondering why no mention made of 1913 — personal income tax, and 1933, etc. developments!

b. Obstacles to Asset Building in Four Communities of Color12

Throughout U.S. history, beginning with the founding documents of our nation, deliberate government policies transferred wealth from nonwhites to whites and blocked people of color from asset ownership. But the specific mechanisms have varied for each group of color. A brief review of American history reveals a consistent pattern of race-based policies that created the deep racial wealth gap that divides our population today.

 

as is this:

 

African Americans: Black labor, white wealth

While both European and Africans were both initially indentured servants, the status of Africans was fixed by law; they alone were placed into permanent servitude. When indentured servants finished their terms of work, many received plots of land, their “wealth starter kits.” As enslaved people, African Americans not only were denied the right to earn a wage—it is estimated that if they had earned wages there would be four trillion dollars in the Black community today—they could not turn their own work into wealth. In fact, they were tangible assets, listed as such in the financial ledgers of their owners. The South was the richest region of the country up to the Civil War, and most of that wealth was held in the form of slaves. Like stocks and bonds today, possessing enslaved people brought greater return than their initial cost, both through the products their labor created, and through their production of more units of wealth—enslaved children. The slave system became the basis of the entire U.S. economy. Enslaved people created wealth for plantation owners in the South, slave traders, bankers, and insurance companies in the North, and the cotton they produced fed the burgeoning garment industries. If hard work alone were the basis of wealth, then African Americans today would be the wealthiest people in the United States.

 

THE CONVERSATIONS WE NEED TO HAVE TODAY, AS WELL AS THIS ONE, IS TO ACKNOWLEDGE HOW THE SAME SYSTEMS OF CONTROL OF OPPORTUNITIES  — in good part through the accumulations & centralization of government enabled by IRS collections — CONTINUE TO EXPLOIT CERTAIN POPULATIONS, BOTH OF COLOR (PRIMARILY) but INCREASINGLY OTHERS — AS TANGIBLE ASSETS OF THE “HUMAN RESOURCES PROJECTS” OF THIS WORLD — the HHS / ACF / OCSE / “FATHERHOOD” and . . .and… (sorry ladies…)  “DOMESTIC ABUSE PREVENTION” projects  and . . . .and the “THERAPEUTIC JURISPRUDENCE / PSYCHOLOGY-BASED LAW programs — almost ALWAYS started from Top-Down (if you look into the organizations) . . .

are still a factor of our economy not yet having addressed that it began in slave labor. The forms of slavery have simply changed.

 

f. Business Ownership

The rate of business ownership for people of color is only about half that of whites; 14% of white families but only 7% of families of color owned equity in a business in 2007.74 And for those who do have business assets, the median value is only $60,000 for people of color, compared with $112,500 for whites.75 Asian businesses are the most successful of minority businesses, because they often are in the import/export trade and have access to the global marketplace, suggesting that this is a successful strategy for increasing wealth in other immigrant communities with international ties.

 

Business start-ups are financed most often by bank loans only for white men; women and people of color are more likely to use credit cards, as seen in Figure 11. Credit card interest rates are usually higher than loans from banks, putting the borrower at greater risk of failure.

 

And yet some more (I am skimming this lengthy document).  I believe, though it is more laborious, it is possible to stop thinking in terms of the slave-master relationship of jobs only to the investment/sales/business language that actually leads to something approaching acquiring of assets, which really should be EVERYONE’s goal, for their own families and communities, and so time would become available to participate politically and better track what politicians have been, in fact, doing while one was at work!

Reasons for the Business Ownership Gap

The wealthiest individuals in communities of color have traditionally been business owners; but the limits of their business success have largely been defined by the boundaries of their own communities. While there were Black-owned businesses before the Civil War with mainly white patrons, after the war, the development of a segregated society ended that.80

During a century of segregation, African-American businesses did not have access to the white market. The Chinese were run out of mining claims; their business opportunities were limited to jobs that no white man would consider: laundry and cooking. They started these businesses that were traditionally women’s work in the mostly male mining towns in the mid-1850’s, and it became a small niche market that continued throughout the 20th century. Japanese were explicitly prohibited from owning corporations in the early 20th century.

Because of their limited capacity to raise capital and the smaller size of their market, and because they were discriminated against in government procurement processes, minority businesses have not created the levels of wealth of white-owned businesses up to today, with a few individual exceptions. The profile of minority-owned businesses is different from that of whites. Besides the high proportion of micro-businesses, businesses often are family affairs or formed by a network of friends; co-operative ventures are more common. They tend to be deeply embedded in their communities.

While providing services, job creation and wealth creation in these markets are strengths, small family businesses and cooperatives usually don’t expand to allow greater wealth creation. One reason is the lack of access to the amount of start-up capital that would support larger businesses. Discrimination by financial institutions in the provision of business loans is what needs to be addressed so that businesses of all sizes and in all locations can be established by people of color. Research shows that African-Americans are less likely to receive business loans than white people and those who do receive substantially smaller loans than whites.81 This is true even when African American and white entrepreneurs have the same level of education, equity capital, credit rating, business size, industry, and previous business experience.82 Successful entrepreneurship also requires business and market-based knowledge specific to the rules of the nation, state, and local community; such knowledge may be gotten through social networks in white communities, but may sometimes be lacking in minority and especially immigrant communities. * * * Reliable information and social networks are also necessary to gain access to capital. As for other types of loans, credit-scoring methods can be a barrier, and networking opportunities with potential funders may be limited.

 

* * * I will likely differ from these authors in one aspect.  I believe the public school system exists primarily AS a caste-sorter, and to slow down economic mobility. I have worked in urban and suburban communities (in the schools) and lived in them; the marked difference is that the suburban parents, often able to exist on one-income, a high one, have a parent free to run around and supplement the college-bound-curriculum with afterschool and enrichment activities — or to contribute to, fundraise for, or get involved as a parent in those schools.  I know this in part (also as a single mother) because I profited by working for some of those organizations and individuals that knew, unsupplemented public school wasn’t going to make it for their kids.

The public schools, and their textbooks (particularly trendsetters California and Texas) are among the most censored books around, including self-censored.  Meanwhile, library funds and arts, “enrichment” etc. activities are often on the chopping block because the kids aren’t learning to read and do math properly.

These schools are ESSENTIAL to perpetuating the slave-based economy (whether within the US or outside it) because without this heavily subsidized indoctrination organization, also highly political (i.e. NEA and NTA contributing to political campaigns, usually Democrats) , people might have time to discover some of the networks that might leak out some financial smarts, or jargon — and act on them.   Then where would Corrections Corporation of America, and its stock, be?

 

I wonder — I really wonder — how many Congressmen, and the few women, actually got to Congress by working normal jobs.  I also wonder how many of their school-aged children attend public schools, overall?   I suspect, very few.   Until we are as a nation willing to put more women in Congress, at least 30%, (I do not include Michelle Bachmann in the recommended number, although a little too late for that, obviously!)  …   This idiotic perception that it takes a MAN and only a nurturing etc. MAN to raise a REAL child (President Obama excepted?), therefore EVERYONE should support any program which says (whether or not it does) it support “fatherhood” (whatever that really is, whatever stereotype….) . . . . . .

We’re probably going down for the count financially.  We will have society organized in the hierarchy, and those at the top will be clueless as to those whose lives they direct actually have to live, or what their needs are.  They could not get to Congress without a little hero worship, so the temptation to provide new “solutions” all the time, never ceases.  And so the codependent relationships continue. . . . .. .

 

I actually have this crazy idea that if the attorneys and judges (add “mental health practitioners”) can be so smart as to “outsource” justice to nonprofits they themselves run, and then complain about clogged courts — that we, the people, could “OUTSOURCE” them by simply solving our problems without their help.  Problems such as marriage, divorce, domestic violence, property transfer and who knows what others?

And stop asking crooks for help to reform things they are profiting from, starting with the child support system.

 

I sign this as a mother who went from abuse  to prosperity as a single mother, to family law system (overnight), back into poverty with my children’s education consistently downgraded, a factor that REALLY irritated and stressed me even further, and rapidly devolving into dependency again — and overnight removal of y kids by my ex, in violation of a standing court order, and with the family court not even blinking its eyes, just “stamping the rubber” of the court-connected crony (mediator, in this case), and even for a season BACK on the system.

And I know women who went homeless from the same process.

 

Too many people have bought into this system.  The two institutions that I see MOST working in concert with each other are financial institutions:The IRS and the OCSE.  They even have their information gaps, too.  The enablers are the family court gatekeepers.

 

This article I have been quoting does admit (though I will come to a different conclusion from them about it, I think):

 

The tax code is the nation’s wealth budget. Taxes are an investment we all make in each other’s, and our nation’s, future: the shape of that future can be seen in our tax code. Within the tax code is embedded our nation’s wealth DNA, determining who is helped to expand their net worth, and who pays what share of the nation’s expenses.

 

True.  And my readings of the various GAO and HHS/OIG/OAS reports, state-level incorporations, and state-level nonprofit registrations, and a good many articles of incorporation plus IRS tax returns available (for nonprofits) — tells me that this investment has been serious mis-appropriated and not even stewarded well.  NO ONE KNOWS WHERE IT GOES!  AND THE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE ADMITTING THIS TO EACH OTHER! 

Moreover there is also a technology gap when it comes to internet access to informationa bout there it goes; it is VERY timeconsuming for a person without assets to invest in, for example, a services like “FEDMINE” or “MapVisual” (whatever site it was trying to charge me $600 for more relationship maps the other day) — are disadvantaged.  MORE of our time will be used to find LESS available — and not necessarily accurate (read all the disclaimers) information, or complete information — about WTF happened to that fund, or those $$ collected.

Reason for the Gap in Tax Advantages

Throughout U.S. history, taxes have been used as a mechanism of wealth redistribution from people of color to whites. In the mid-1800’s when people flocked to California during the gold rush, special taxes were levied on Chinese miners and laundries, inhibiting their capacity to build wealth.

(Note:  The US began before the 1800s.  Note2:  Compulsory public education, nationwide, really took off in the late 1800s, and was in good part (at least eventually) modeled on a military state, Prussia.  Another motive for getting it passed was fear of the immigrant Catholics by traditional protestant groups.   Samuel Blumenfeld, John Taylor Gatto…..)

Taxes paid by Chinese accounted for 25% of California’s taxes between 1850 and 1870, but the Chinese, unable to become citizens, did not receive any tax funded services.Poll taxes only on African Americans prevented them from voting for nearly 100 years.

And when African American males got the vote, no women of any color could vote, that took longer.  Should’ve been mentioned here.  Why?  In part, because empowering a formerly slave population — or, rather, HALF of it — indicated a desire to hold onto a substitute slave population.

 

In some Southern states constitutional limits were placed on property taxes in order to keep Black schools underfunded and the population undereducated; the Alabama law still exists.102 While Latino and other immigrants pay taxes, they are not eligible for tax-funded benefits. For example, the high-school valedictorian children of undocumented workers have been barred from going to public universities at the in-state tuition rate in the state where they reside.

Ironically, just as Native American tribes are finding ways to develop business enterprises such as casinos on their reservations, new tax policies are being passed by states to require them to share their resources, even though tribal governments are legally sovereign and tax-exempt.

Current tax policies are redistributive—from the poor to the wealthy. Those with lower tax liability, or no liability due to low incomes, subsidize the breaks given to those who can afford to pass down large estates to their children, to invest in stocks, and save for retirement and their children’s college educations.

(apparently authors approve of the estate tax.  I don’t know enough about this to take a stand).

Laying the Foundation for Equitable Economic Growth (on page 31)

a. Asset Development Over the Life Span

A comprehensive approach to asset accumulation must recognize that wealth building should unfold over the course of a person’s life.

Saving, not spending

Today, children are bombarded, even in school settings, with advertisements that promote consumption, and there is no financial education that teaches them how to use money wisely. In fact, sometimes spending is described as patriotic.

OF COURSE — GUESS WHO PROFITS from turning America’s children (most, not all of them) into — if not prison fodder — now-oriented, over-consuming, materialistic, and gang-forming individuals (white-collar or other kinds of gangs)?    We are paying interest on debt, the name of the game is international corporations and international banking.  Is this still “news?”   WIthout the overconsumption, the global “economy” will melt.

Suggested reading:  Susan George, on “Maldevelopment” model, IMF, etc.

@@@Susan George is a well-known Franco-American political and social scientistactivist and writer on global social justiceThird World poverty, underdevelopment and debt. She is a fellow and president of the board of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. She is a fierce critic of the present policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (IBRD) and what she calls their ‘maldevelopment model’. She similarly criticizes the structural reform policies of the Washington Consensus on Third World development. She is of U.S. birth but now resides in France, and has dual citizenship since 1994.@@@

In 1974 she attended the World Food Conference in Rome, Italy where she felt that corporate agribusiness representatives dominated the proceedings.[1]

In 1976 her first book was published: How the Other Half Dies: The Real Reasons for World Hunger.[4]

(a review of a 1980s book, “A Fate Worse Than Debt” gives a background of this person, and is a book I’ve read which explains the costs of transforming another nations’ economy into a “debt-servicing” (exporting products) economy — which then the more “developed” companies must be trained to consume their products.   It talks about the IMF and more.  I can’t summarize it here, but it helped explain to me the INSANE drive to turn people into consumers of products and services they just don’t need, and who, exactly, that profits.)

In 2004 she half-heartedly supported the candidacy of U.S. senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, for president. While she had canvassed for Kerry in Pennsylvania, she wrote for OpenDemocracy.org (November 3, 2004), “we all thought [Kerry] had a very good chance, even though everyone admitted it was hard to get really enthusiastic about him…. The man isn’t the most charismatic ever to walk the earth. But at least he’s not a proto-fascist or a go-it-aloner, and that’s what we seem–apart from a last-minute miracle–to be stuck with now. With four years clear ahead of him and no re-election to worry about, I fear Bush and the ghastly neo- con/neo-liberals around him will now go on the rampage. They can continue with impunity their attacks on the Constitution and on hard-won freedoms; while profound economic inequalities and religious obscurantism spread throughout the country.”

Back to my friends commenting on how students are pushed to consume, not save:  There’s a reason why:  that reason is the global economy, from which the wealthy are taught to profit, whether or not anyone else does.  It has also to do with debt service, the Federal Reserve, the INCOME tax (enabling centralization and redistribution of wealth, as you have so well noted) — and also enabling these antiquated but purposeful (and their purpose is dumbing down and establishing a captive audience prone to consumption, bullying, and illiteracy) so-called public schools.

 

But saving is a habit that can begin early in life to encourage future orientation. After World War II for example, children were taught to save by being able to bring money to school a little at a time to buy U.S. Savings Bonds—saving was encouraged as a patriotic act. Even small amounts, deposited regularly, can through the magic of compound interest yield many times more than what is put in initially. Money deposited in transactional accounts such as checking, savings or money market accounts represent a source of readily available funds, while savings put into investments such as stocks, bonds, retirement and college savings accounts are longer-term investments intended to appreciate over time.

 

And in California,three Los Angeles judges attempt to shut down the entire state’s homeschooling population — in this millennium, a practice which actually gives children (and their parents) time to become more involved in their communities, and often to start and maintain businesses (ONE way to learn to save), or more time to develop skills and talents that a school day modeled on the work day (8 to 5, 8 to 3, etc.) doesn’t enable.

Or ways to fail to acquire some of the worse social habits (sexting, raping others, bullying, forming gangs, etc.) that kids are prone to develop when herded together and boxed up, regulated, and taught over and over again that they really can’t be trusted, but the best thing is emotional dependence upon whoever is at the front of the classroom which, FYI — will be constantly changed as they get older….

 

People produce more, and better, when they are not treated like, or regarded as, cattle.  Alas, the tax system as it exists encourages and enables a whole thickening layer of professionals who believe, perhaps innocently, perhaps sincerely — but wrongly! — that this is their function and calling in life.

 

Meanwhile:

http://bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com/2009/09/economy-signs-of-impending-meltdown-are.html

 

 

(i went looking for the image, and otherwise don’t know this blog — but it’s talking, 2009.  I’m going to end — one has to stop somewhere! with his quote of a GAO man, as I was recently quoting the GAO telling (whoever it told) that “since 1992″ they’ve been talking about how one needs to require that federal grant and contracting recipients ought to, er, pay taxes and file right themselves, i.e. follow some rules.  Also, that no one knows how much money is owned when even a single entity doesn’t file.  They identified 17,000 out of 80,000 (actually looked at, which is not the whole, I”m sure) who didn’t even register a number with the government contracting database, as they are required to!  They also estimated that the taxes and penalties owed EXCEEDED the DRA (or ARRA) funds distributed, about $350 B (not M, “B”) to $275.  At least from what the GAO could speculate based on its information.

 

So, here we are:

finally, the former head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Mr. David Walker, has been sounding the alarm for some time about the implications of US Government deficits for the ordinary man and woman in the street. In an interview in the Wall Street Journal, he waxed eloquent on the dangers of the current situation. An extract:

Mr. Walker, a 57-year-old accountant, didn’t set out to be a fiscal truth-teller. He rose to be a partner and global managing director of Arthur Anderson, before being named assistant secretary of labor for pensions and benefits during the Reagan administration. Under the first President Bush, he served as a trustee for Social Security and Medicare, an experience that convinced him both programs are looming train wrecks that could bankrupt the country. In 1998 he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to head the GAO, where he spent the next decade issuing reports trying to stem waste, fraud and abuse in government.

Despite many successes, he was able to make only limited progress in reforming Washington’s tangled bookkeeping. When he arrived he was told the Pentagon was nearly a decade away from having a clean audit, or clear evidence that its financial statements were accurate. When he left in 2008, he was told the Pentagon was still a decade away from that goal. “If the federal government was a private corporation, its stock would plummet and shareholders would bring in new management and directors,” he said as he retired from the GAO.

Although he found the work fulfilling, Mr. Walker said he decided to leave last year with a third of his 15-year term left because “there are practical limits on what one can—and cannot—do in that job.”

. . .

“We have four deficits: a budget deficit, a savings deficit, a value-of-the-dollar deficit and a leadership deficit,” he tells one group. “We are treating the symptoms of those deficits, but not the disease.

 

AND:

Our $56 trillion in unfunded [US Government] obligations amount to $483,000 per household. That’s 10 times the median household income—so it’s as if everyone had a second or third mortgage on a house equal to 10 times their income but no house they can lay claim to.” As for this year’s likely deficit of $1.8 trillion, Mr. Walker suggests its size be conveyed thusly: “A deficit that large is $3.4 million a minute, $200 million an hour, $5 billion a day,” he says. That does indeed put things into perspective.

Despite an occasional detour into support for government intervention, Mr. Walker remains the Jeffersonian he grew up as in his native Virginia. “I view the Constitution with deep respect,” he told me. “My ancestors and those of my wife fought and died in the Revolution, and I care a lot about returning us to the principles of the Founding Fathers.”

He notes that today the role of the federal government has grown such that last year less than 40% of it related to the key roles the Founders envisioned for it: defense, foreign policy, the courts and other basic functions. “What happened to the Founders’ intent that all roles not expressly reserved to the federal government belong to the states, and ultimately the people?” he asks. “I’m pleased the recent town halls show people are waking up and realizing it’s time to pay attention to first principles.”

Again, there’s more at the link. The paragraph in bold print is my emphasis. The whole interview with Mr. Walker is recommended reading.

Folks, if you aren’t paying attention to these authorities; if you aren’t actively looking at your financial situation, right now, and deciding what you’re going to do to ride out the storm that’s bearing down on us (and believe me, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet, as far as financial storms go!), thenyou’re about to be swimming for your financial life – without a lifebelt.

It’s coming, friends, and it’s going to get much worse before it gets better. Be prepared.

Peter

Posted by Peter at 9/11/2009 10:24:00 PM
Here (see top of post) is an article relating the RIGHT TO WORK and teacher’s union situations.  Date:  August 18, 2011 and it’s talking about performance vis a vis spending, California (Union) to Texas (right to work):

Commentary: Right-to-work states, not union, create needed jobs

By Mark Fantozzi

For the Cupertino Courier

Posted: 08/18/2011 08:03:26 PM PDT
Updated: 08/18/2011 08:03:26 PM PDT

Despite a $6 billion windfall in tax revenue, the unions representing government employees and teachers are clamoring to raise taxes. Instead of allocating the money from this windfall for education and safety, the Legislature spent it on programs such as requiring hotels to provide fitted sheets on their beds (I am not kidding). By the way, this bill was supported by the hotel workers union. This way, the Democrats blow the money on nonsense and claim they still need to raise taxes.

Just to show you how bad things really are, San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant is being sued by the city’s employee union because he refuses to hire an administrative assistant that he says he doesn’t need. He wants to save the taxpayers’ money, where the union wants to spend it for no other reason than to support a union position.

To go even farther, the teachers union is urging Gov. Jerry Brown to extend taxes that are due to expire at the end of the year, without a vote of the people. David Sanchez, the union’s president, says he is afraid that voters will reject the taxes if they’re put on the ballot after they expire in June. As usual, they threaten further cuts in school spending if taxes are not raised. But the reality is that despite recent cuts, education spending and the student-teacher ratio are about the same as they were in 2004.

From 1970 to 2005, school spending per pupil–adjusted for inflation–doubled, while achievement


scores were flat. Over roughly that same time period, public school employment doubled per student, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington. Comparing Texas and California, both have very similar demographics, yet Texas outperforms California on all four national tests across the demographic groups, despite spending less money per pupil.Between 2004 and 2007, the state (Calif?) increased K-12 and community college funding to $56 billion from $47 billion. Even as student enrollment declined, schools added 4,000 teaching, 2,100 administrative and 5,200 student support jobs. Meanwhile, school districts that experienced a boom in property tax revenue increased teacher benefits and salaries. Those of you who voted for Measure C should feel a bit suckered right about now.

(The rest of the article is a good read also, showing how a failing school district tried to outwit parents that tried to turn a school into a charter; the tricks of the trade.  It then related this to Gov. Brown’s quick replacement of the state Board of Education on taking office….)
ED.gov describes the US Dept of Education in glowing terms, from 1867 to present but, kind of like HHS when it comes to who’s really responsible for:  child support enforcement, or the family law courts, etc.  — it’s not really their responsibility, it’s the states.  HOWEVER, there is a history of increasing federal control… and expansion.   Interesting read:
The Federal Role in Education

OVERVIEW

Education is primarily a State and local responsibility in the United States. It is States and communities, as well as public and private organizations of all kinds, that establish schools and colleges, develop curricula, and determine requirements for enrollment and graduation. The structure of education finance in America reflects this predominant State and local role. Of an estimated $1.13 trillion being spent nationwide on education at all levels for school year 2010-2011, a substantial majority will come from State, local, and private sources. This is especially true at the elementary and secondary level, where about 89.2 percent of the funds will come from non-Federal sources.

That means the Federal contribution to elementary and secondary education is about 10.8 percent, which includes funds not only from the Department of Education (ED) but also from other Federal agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start program and the Department of Agriculture’s School Lunch program.

The Federal Role in Education

 

Section I. Summary of the 2012 Budget

During his first two years in office, President Obama has combined unprecedented support for America’s students and schools during tough economic times with extraordinary leadership in promoting transformational reforms at all levels of our education system. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) delivered nearly $100 billion to States and school districts to help address budget shortfalls and meet the needs of schools and students in the midst of the most severe economic recession since the Great Depression. This funding helped save or create an estimated 400,000 jobs, including 325,000 education jobs. The Education Jobs Fund, passed in late summer of 2010, is helping cash-strapped States and districts keep tens of thousands of teachers in the classroom during the 2010-2011 school year.

At the same time, President Obama recognized the need to not just recover from yesterday’s economic recession, but to take bold action to ensure America’s success in tomorrow’s global economic competition. This is why the President used $4 billion in Recovery Act funds to create the Race to the Top program, an initiative he has described as “the most meaningful reform of our public schools in a generation.” Race to the Top helped support more than 40 States in raising their standards for teaching and learning, and has brought together State and local leaders—Democratic and Republican—to work collaboratively to implement their best ideas for improving their schools.

Obama was elected in great part by Teacher’s Unions, and every time he gets on TV, or Arne Duncan does, talking about “our children” and “our Schools” I wonder what happened to the other paradigms and types of schools that actually still DO exist — miraculously — and are often outperforming the public schools — because they are following different models!
If I am reading “FOLLOWTHEMONEY.org” right here (I filtered to find “industry” influence, choosing the Education Industry, and with in it, Public school teachers, adminstrators, here’s the charts and breakdowns of these industries contributions to:  POliticians (by party) and Ballot measures.
Notice the year 2008, when our current President was elected:
Industry Influence Graph
ANYTHING stand out to you about this chart?  The tall line is Ballot Measures, 2008 (by $$ contributions of Education Industry to)
By charts, below here:

TABLE 1: Government Agencies/Education/Other Contributions to All Candidates and Committees
Year Total Donations to Democrats Donations to Republicans Donations to 3rd Parties or Nonpartisan Donations to Ballot Measures % to Dems % to Repubs
2000 $43,030,573 $23,234,988 $18,864,586 $930,999 $0 54.00% 43.84%
2001 $4,040,809 $2,008,023 $1,875,486 $157,301 $0 49.69% 46.41%
2002 $104,491,756 $39,312,126 $30,266,001 $2,244,486 $32,669,143 37.62% 28.96%
2003 $12,892,585 $6,229,338 $2,995,942 $192,999 $3,474,306 48.32% 23.24%
2004 $138,123,305 $21,858,519 $16,584,879 $965,028 $98,714,879 15.83% 12.01%
2005 $5,199,753 $1,284,171 $954,532 $81,013 $2,880,037 24.70% 18.36%
2006 $85,987,590 $37,251,640 $26,800,365 $1,555,730 $20,379,855 43.32% 31.17%
2007 $5,727,593 $1,990,972 $1,829,239 $357,874 $1,549,508 34.76% 31.94%
2008 $242,917,042 $28,232,169 $18,316,324 $1,317,255 $195,051,293 11.62% 7.54%
2009 $6,415,047 $1,253,826 $1,777,655 $457,111 $2,926,455 19.55% 27.71%
2010 $119,035,646 $50,021,793 $44,349,152 $2,491,182 $22,173,519 42.02% 37.26%
2011 $732,921 $278,576 $444,378 $200 $9,767 38.01% 60.63%
Of the “$195, 051,293″ contributed to “Ballot Measures” in 2008, it appears that $180, 887,710 was in my state of California:


Year Total Donations to Democrats Donations to Republicans Donations to 3rd Parties or Nonpartisan Donations to Ballot Measures % to Dems % to Repubs
2003 $1,799,113 $0 $0 $0 $1,799,113 0.00% 0.00%
2004 $75,922,964 $0 $0 $0 $75,922,964 0.00% 0.00%
2005 $1,857,331 $0 $0 $0 $1,857,331 0.00% 0.00%
2006 $12,331,231 $0 $0 $0 $12,331,231 0.00% 0.00%
2008 $180,887,710 $0 $0 $0 $180,887,710 0.00% 0.00%
2009 $266,100 $0 $0 $0 $266,100 0.00% 0.00%
2010 $17,584,809 $0 $0 $0 $17,584,809 0.00% 0.00%

Well time to post this baby…..

 

 

Written by Let's Get Honest

September 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm

How Traffic Tickets Help City Budgets, and Build New Courthouses….during a Budget Crisis

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Recommended Reading

I just had someone post a post-length comment to my May 28th, 2011  “What’s Money Got To Do With It?” post.

It talks about judges’ requirements to file their Form 700 (Statement on conflicts of interest), the “high-conflict” relationship between Presiding Judge Katherine Feinstein & the Administrative Offices of the Courts,  and many (many!) other issues.  It is recommended reading; besides commentary specifically on the SF Courts circus (“we’re going to fire everyone!  Courthouses will be shut down!  Divorces will take more than a few months (Say WHAT??)”   “No we’re not — the AOC is going to rescue us with a few million, no strings attached.”  “Wait a minute, there ARE strings attached?  We object! !!”  (and other infighting between the trial courts, the AOC and the Judicial Council) — you will probably learn something about what can get a judge disqualified, including falsifying expense reports.  Although I tend to think that anyone filed for such a “minor” matter probably offended someone in power on another level as well.

We are not, really, amused about the family squabbles (very high-conflict) and cross-accusations between the San Francisco Superior Courts, the California Administrative Office of the Courts (that’s ALL California Courts, but it happens to have an SF address), and the California Judicial Council, (that’s for ALL California Judicial matters) of which the AOC appears to be a subset, and a subset of that is the AFCC-professionals-led ‘CFCC” which of course is all about the welfare of families and children….

I’d like to point us to “Courthousenews.com

Courthouse News ServiceCourthouse News Service

Courthouse News Service is a nationwide news service for lawyers and the news media. Based in Pasadena, California, Courthouse News focuses on civil litigation, from the date of filing through the appellate level. Unlike other Internet-based publishers that simply aggregate information prepared by other content providers, Courthouse News publishes its own original news content prepared by its staff of reporters and editors based across the country.

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C1909963 08/25/1997 ACTIVE COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE WILLIAM GIRDNER
It’s also registered in Nevada as a foreign (out of state) corporation:  in Rhode Island as a News Wire Service focusing on civil litigation,
trademarkia” says this trademark (name of company) is actually “dead” circa 1997 (formation, I gather)  However it’s also registered in Arizona as

e: COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE, INC (FN)
and probably a few more places.   Anyhow, it’s definitely interesting.  And from this we get (along with the latest scoop on the SF Courthouses scandal) an interesting class action, article July 29, 2011 (i.e., recently).
A man tired of getting screwed in traffic court figured out that criminal convictions, by statute, contribute to COURTHOUSE BUILDINGS through a “Courthouse Construction Fund.”   This to me sounds similar to the concept of “extended custody litigation = county /state gets to hold onto collected child support, collect INTEREST on it, get more federal incentives (Title IV-D) in fact, get gold stars from the HHS for, between them, earning money on our distress.  As this money comes to the county level, it is in the county’s best interests to actually fail to collect child support well, and exacerbate family law cases, not to mention get various grants to come to the courts to facilitate dealing with all the flawed, angry, and sometimes confused, parents coming through its doors, which are clogging the dockets.  Clogged dockets then justify more buildings, money, and programs — which brings up the question:
WHO owns the buildings? (usually a corporation.  Who is on the board of those corporations?)  Who is leasing the buildings (answer:  the public).  Who is on the boards of the nonprofits that get the grants to come to the courts that are held in those buildings?  Well, that varies from place to place, but I have a general idea of where some of these individuals conference together to figure out what to call the next round of  “Family Solutions” for their problem-solving Unified Whatnot Courts.
For example, in San Francisco, there is a Pre-Trial Diversion program.    “PTD” is described (for US attorneys) here:  Pre-Trial Diversion is a national practice, and there’s an agency to discuss it:

The National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA) would like to thank the United States Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance for its funding of this document and continued support of pretrial diversion programs.

Anyhow, here’s San Francisco’s Pre-Trial Diversion Project, Inc.

Pretrial Diversion

The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project (SFPDP) provides first-time misdemeanor offenders with court-proceeding alternatives and services such as anger management, parenting, domestic violence, and substance abuse counseling and education.

For more information, contact us at info@pretrial.com

 

I.e., where a victim of DV may wish the matter to be treated as criminal (particularly where injury is involved, or serious threats to life & limb after serious injury), the court’s interest might just be to divert it into counseling instead.  CLogged dockets, you know.  Notice, to find out about it, the address is a *.com, not a *.gov.  It’s an “INC” meaning it’s a corporation.  OK, here I go:
San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project, Inc.
567 Seventh Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Telephone: (415) 626-4995 
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0763761 02/11/1976 ACTIVE SAN FRANCISCO PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROJECT, INC. WILLIAM S LEONG
The first thing I notice is that it’s been around for a long time, and that its registered agent sounds real familiar, as does the process.  A 2008 monograph (with DOJ support, via a grant) describes the concept, and comments that this hasn’t been studied/surveyed, summarized, etc. since 1982!

Background

Over the past few years, criminal justice practitioners have rethought their approaches to crime prevention, adjudication, and punishment.

As they were not publishing this and telling the rest of us so much, are we to be telepathic and understand that the criminal laws are no longer to be taken as such?

Growing corrections populations, larger court dockets, and the rising number of former prisoners returning to American communities have forced localities to be as smart about using criminal justice resources as they are tough on those who commit crimes. In the last decade, America’s criminal justice systems have become laboratories for innovative programs and collaborative problem-solving approaches. A body of developing research suggests that these approaches can reduce crime, promote better victim services, and enhance public trust in the justice system.

Interestingly, many of these problem-solving approaches are based on the well-established concept of pretrial diversion—community-based alternatives for nonviolent defendants to better address the underlying social and psychological reasons for their criminal behavior. Specialty courts, community-based sanctions for quality-of-life crimes, and services and training for former prisoners all have at their core the idea of using methods outside of traditional case processing and sentencing to provide meaningful interventions and sanctions for criminal behavior and to help reduce future criminality.

Pretrial diversion programs have operated successfully at the federal, state, and local levels for decades providing close supervision and needed services to thousands of defendants each year.

This particular corporation is a nonprofit:

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
SAN FRANCISCO PRETRIAL DIVERSION PROJECT, INC. 020881 Charity Current SAN FRANCISCO CA Charity Registration Charity
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it has quite a decent budget:

iscal Begin: 01-JUL-08
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-09
Total Assets: $466,382.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $3,959,457.00
RRF Received: 03-MAY-10
Returned Date:
990 Attached: Y
Status: Accepted
Fiscal Begin: 01-JUL-09
Fiscal End: 30-JUN-10
Total Assets: $396,321.00
Gross Annual Revenue: $3,527,864.00
RRF Received: 17-FEB-11
Returned Date:
990 Attached: Y
Status: Accepted
It’s purpose (incorporating documents) show a contract with the city to provide alternative to the criminal courts, at the discretion of the Municipal Court.  Some letters may have not described well, and the doc’t is available on-line.

Statement describing progress and accomplishments during the year in carrying out exempt (charitable) purposes.

San Francisco Pretrial Diversion·Project, Inc. was formed in February, 1976 to undertake financial and accounting responsi- bilities for operation of a court diversion project in San Francisco. The corporation signed a contract with the City and County of San Francisco undertaking this responsibility and now receives LEAA funds through the City to be disbursed for operation of the Project. The Project itself commenced operations in April, 1976, when it began to receive the’first referrals of misdemeanor defendants from the Municipal Court. These defendants are interviewed from a program of education, training, counseling or other activities .. The Diversion Project reports back to the Court with a recommendation for or against diversion three weeks after the referral. If the Court decides to divert the defendant, criminal proceedings are suspended for a period of 90 days to one year. If the diverted d~fendunt completes the program assigned satisfactorily and conforms to the other conditions of diversion, the charges against him are dismissed. At present the Project is receiving approximately 150 misdemeanor oefendants each month for evaluation and recommendation. Approximately 100 defendants are being diverted by the Municipal Court each month. The Project currently has a caseload of approximately 500 persons,

Wow.  Sounds like fatherhood programs too — the individual is over the barrel for something (probably child support payment) and then is diverted to another program.  From the Website: In reading websites, we are basically reading the folklore of an organization.  Here’s this one’s:

Who We Are

 
The SFPDP building entrance.

 

 

The San Francisco Pretrial Diversion Project (SFPDP) organization was established in 1976 through the joint efforts of a group of socially conscious citizens, the San Francisco Bar Association and the Judges of the Municipal Courts.

Their experience had shown that most individuals charged with a misdemeanor offense did not benefit perceptibly by jail time. They were convinced that both the goals of crime prevention and rehabilitation would be better served by an alternative program of education, rehabilitation and community service work. SFPDP was formed to provide “first time” misdemeanor offenders of non violent charges an opportunity to have their case dismissed by completing a program.

Continuing our tradition and philosophy of “Dignity and Respect, Compassion and Accountability,” SFPDP added more programs designed to address various needs of the Courts, the Clients and the Community.

 

 

 

Interesting concept.  The SF Bar Association, some Municipal Court Judges, and “socially conscious citizens” decided there was a better alternative to the justice system, and so simply went about making one.  What a grass roots effort:

re:  Socially conscious citizens:  There are just 4 people listed as incorporators on the founding documents. We’re going to look at who:

Irving Reichert, Jr., Frank E. Farella, Robert G. Sproul, Jr.. and for 4 months? only Thomas H. Gee (same address as Reichert).

One was Mr. Reichert, who as we see above was Exec. Dir. of the SF Bar association at the time, i.e., an attorney.

 

(1) IRVING REICHERT, JR.

One of the original signers (and the registered agent) was Irving Reichert, Jr., (d. 1997)  who apparently got some of the ideas for this from the British system, after a Ford Foundation study/travel grant 1972ff..

Irving Reichert Jr., renowned Bay Area attorney and dedicated legal reformer, died of a heart attack Saturday at his home in Palo Alto at the age of 76.

Mr. Reichert had a long and varied legal career. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, he was a law clerk to former state Court of Appeal Justice Raymond Peters before joining the San Francisco district attorney’s office, where he was an assistant district attorney from 1951 to 1958.

. . .

In 1972, he received a Ford Foundation Travel Study grant, which took him to England for a year to study the British criminal justice system.

He returned to the Bay Area in 1973 and served as a consultant to the American Justice Institute and the Santa Clara County Criminal Justice Pilot Program.    From 1975 until 1985, Mr. Reichert served as the executive director of the San Francisco Bar Association, concentrating on expanding its role in providing legal services for the poor and enlarging its involvement in the criminal justice system.

In 1987, he came out of retirement — neglecting “my promising career in lawn bowling” — to take charge of the Own Recognizance Bail Project, a program that he had been instrumental in founding several years earlier.

 

 (2)  FRANK E. FARELLA

Partner in Farella, Brown & Martel, LLP.   He does mergers and acquisitions with an interest in the beverage / wine industry in particular.

FRANK E. FARELLA, PARTNER

Frank E. Farella, a founding partner of Farella Braun + Martel, maintains a diverse practice in corporate, financial and international transactions.  The firm knows quite a bit about formation of trusts, nonprofits, family estates, etc. and publishes on these and other topics.

Frank E. Farella Mr. Farella owns and operates his family’s vineyard and winery in the Napa Valley, Farella-Park Vineyard and is a member of the Napa Valley Vintners Association.

Mr. Farella served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in 1978.  He chaired a California State Bar Committee and authored the California legislation requiring attorneys to arbitrate fee disputes.  He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Corporate Law for almost three decades.

 

(3) Robert G. Sproul, Jr.

JusT FOR THE RECORD, ROBERT, JR.’s father was president of UCBerkeley, which explains why there’s a “sproul plaza” named after him.  He died one year before formation of this organization, SF pretrial diversion project.  There is a “robert G. Sproul, Jr. Award” which I see relates to pro bono, civil rights, diversity, etc.

 

 

I can’t find much about this person except who received awards named after him, at this time. There is an oral history about his father (in 2 volumes) at UCB

(4) Thomas H. Gee

Born in Canton, China, was a SF attorney and Library commissioner (Secretary of this organization) and died in March 1999.  “A native of Canton, China, Mr. Gee came to the United States in 1929. He was a 1941 graduate of San Jose State College. He served as a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, and was assigned to the U.S. Military Intelligence Language School. He was a 1954 graduate of Lincoln University Law School and a longtime administrative law judge for the state of Nevada in Las Vegas.   

He served as president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in 1948 and in 1991. In the 1970s, he was a founder and administrator of Northeast Medical Services, a Chinatown health organization. He also served on the boards of two other prominent Chinatown social service organizations, On Lok Senior Health Services and Self Help for the Elderly.

(IF I have the right Thomas H. Gee).

Corporationwiki mentions him as president of a ” Commercial and Industrial Development of San Francisco Chinatown, Inc”

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C0663011 08/17/1972 SUSPENDED COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN, INC. SAMUEL NG

Organization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN, INC. EX513099 Charity Exempt – Active SAN FRANCISCO CA Charity Registration Charity
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Interesting how this one can still be active — look at the details!

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Full Name: COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT OF SAN FRANCISCO CHINATOWN, INC. FEIN:
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Registration Number: EX513099
Record Type: Charity Registration Type: Charity Registration
Issue Date: 12/31/1990 Renewal Due Date: 5/15/1991
Registration Status: Exempt – Active Date This Status:
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(do you see an EIN# there?  I don’t either….)  There is a Chinatown CDC still active, a compilation (April 1977) from other organizations:

On April 1, 1977, five grassroots organizations came together and created the nonprofit community development organization theChinatown Resource Center (CRC).  The newly formed CRC comprised of organizations that advocated for affordable housing, tenant rights, open space, transportation and revitalization issues –y it

So, obviously these people that started SFPD in 1976 were socially conscious, socially active individuals (it also being the 1970s!) of very influential backgrounds (Sproul, Reichert, Farella, all of them) at least at that time, movers and shakers. So they figured out that it was time to change the criminal justice system in SF by diverting cases; incorporated and did so.  So maybe I should give the Family Justice Center folk a break — after all, everyone is doing this, right?  Being employed by the public in the legal, law enforcement, district attorney, or family law (etc.) professions — and simply, while there, CHANGING them, because some had a brainstorm that doing so would be a good idea.  They just forgot to run it by the public — who was paying — and the poor  — who would be most affected by it.

ANYHOW, the 2009 IRS shows about $4 million of gross receipts ($605K from program service income) of which $3.6 million was spent on services (not described in much detail), $102K for Mr. Leong (salary); there are no contractors, there are thousands in “professional fees” and there is a “management committee” which is composed of (I’m going to list them):

Judge Herbert Donaldson

Judge Kay Tsenin Judge Teri Jackson Judge Loretta Giorgi

Commissioner Ron Albers

District Attorney Kamala Harris represented by Greg Barge

Public Defender Jeff Adachi represented by Kwixuan Maloof

Patrick Boyd, Chief Adult Probation Officer

OK, if I am not mistaken, all these judges are paid by the state (not counting any undisclosed fringe benefits).  The commissioner, district attorney and probably public defender and probation officers are probably paid by City & County of SF.  Moreover, the SFPD is also paid by contract with the City.   Lord knows if there are also private donations — but how is this not a conflict of interest?

There is also a “mentor court” since 1996….based on (it says) a model from (across the bay) Oakland Court

Another way someone can be induced to participate in an SFPD-style alternative is to get a PARKING or TRAFFIC TICKET.  That’s not too hard to do in overcrowded San Francisco!    Going into community service after being dinged (or hit) with a ticket, is kind of interesting when one thinks about who set up and paid for this to start with — Bar Association, Judges, and paid for by the City.  So, ostensibly, but assigning enough traffic tickets, some real community service might get done.

Project 20 
The Project 20 Fine Alternatives program is for people who cannot afford to pay their parking tickets or traffic violations. People are assigned community service hours in lieu of paying.

Project 20 serves the City and County of San Francisco. All clients must have a referral from either of these departments to participate in Project 20. Out-of-county cases require a referral from the California League of Alternative Service Prorgrams.

For Parking Tickets: Clients are referred from the Department of Parking and Traffic. DPT is located at 11 South Van Ness Ave., (415) 701-3000.

For Traffic Violations: Clients are referred from the Traffic Division at the Hall of Justice, 850 Bryant Street, Room 101.

I wonder what kind of “bang for the buck” a traffic ticket translated into free cleanup etc. services for the city would be:

Q: HOW MANY HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS MUST I PERFORM?
A: The number of hours is determined by the amount of the fine assessed and the type of fine incurred. Parking and traffic fines are assessed at different rates.  For parking fines, community service is performed at the rate of $6 per hour, for example: $120 parking fines would require 20 hours of community service.  For traffic fines, community service is performed at a rate of $10 per hour.  Please note that Project 20 does not set these rates.

. . .

Q: IS THERE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF CITATIONS ALLOWED FOR Project 20 WORK? 
A: Yes, there is a limit of 10 citations total (or $250.00) per vehicle per calendar year, (January 1 through December 31). Beyond this, a citizen can still sign up for Project 20 but will be required to pay 50% of the contract fine amount, and the remainder can be worked off in community service hours.

Q: CAN I DO MY Project 20 WORK ANYWHERE?
A: No, since the citations were issued in San Francisco, the community service must be completed in San Francisco. We encourage clients to participate with the NEW citY! DPW community service project because it’s the quickest way to complete the program while helping to beautify San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Q: IS THERE A SIGN-UP FEE?
A: YES! Project 20 charges a nominal program administration fee which is based on the amount of assigned community service hours.

Q: WHY MUST I PAY A PROGRAM ADMINISTRATION FEE TO DO Project 20?
A: Project 20 operates solely on program administration fees collected. This program receives no city, state or federal funds and its existence relies entirely on the nominal fees paid by its clients.

So, if someone gets fines totalling $250 / year, San Francisco can get approximately one week (6 X 40 hours) of work from the individual if it was a parking ticket.   
Or, depending one’s category of need, you might get this kind of help, or I saw acupuncture also listed.
SELF-AWARENESS/ DRAMA THERAPY STRESS MGMT/DRUMMING
Introduces clients to strategies for curtailing obsessive thinking, anxiety, depression and hostility. During these weekly groups, participants learn to utilize relaxation techniques and conflict resolution using drama therapy, non-verbal drumming, and meditation techniques.

I have a few problems with judges, district attorneys, probation officers, and a court commissioner, encouraged by prominent attorneys, to take into their hands whether or whether not to divert what would be a criminal case, perhaps a domestic violence case with no criminal past, into “diversionary” activities designed to reform the individual.  That this reform will help — and because the prisons are overcrowded — is a theory.  I have a problem in particular with this one, from San Francisco:  I’ve excerpted a few paragraphs, and to the right, you’ll see I actuallys tarted a page investigating this case from 2005.  At least, in 2005, that’s when they found the woman’s body in the trunk of a car.  McAlpin is the man (the aggressor), and Melnitchenko is the woman (the victim):

- On Dec. 23, 2001, McAlpin went to Melnitchenko’s place of work in San Francisco, forced his way in and threw Melnitchenko against a wine crate, prosecutors say. Charges were filed, but McAlpin went free pending the outcome of the case.

– In March 2002, McAlpin went to Melnitchenko’s home in San Francisco, put his hand over her mouth, pinched her nose and held her so hard that her mouth bled, according to prosecutors. He held her hostage for two hours, at one point ripping the phone out of her hand, prosecutors say. He was arrested and jailed briefly.

– In July 2002, McAlpin, who was free again despite the two pending cases, allegedly broke in to Melnitchenko’s home. “He said, ‘If you don’t come back to me within a week, I’m going to kill you, bitch,’ ” Cogan said. He fled when San Francisco police arrived, leading officers on a pursuit to the East Bay, prosecutors say. He later turned himself in.

– On Oct. 31, 2003, McAlpin admitted to stalking, assaulting and threatening Melnitchenko in charges stemming from the three cases.

– In December 2003, Cogan sought a six-year prison term, but McAlpin was allowed to plead guilty, over prosecutors’ objections, to retired Judge Herbert Donaldson, who sentenced him to time served and probation. “We felt his acts were so significant to warrant state prison, even without a prior criminal history. I brought in Anastasia, her mom and sister to testify,” Cogan said. The judge, she said, granted probation “over our strong objection.” Donaldson also ordered McAlpin to undergo counseling and spend 52 weeks in a domestic violence program.

– On Aug. 1, 2004, McAlpin allegedly tried to kidnap Melnitchenko as a co-worker escorted her to her car after work. McAlpin allegedly slapped her and carried her down the street, saying: “You’re dead, bitch!” Melnitchenko escaped when a passer-by sprayed McAlpin with Mace. Melnitchenko suffered scratches to her face, prosecutors said.

– In October 2004, Melnitchenko failed to show up at the preliminary hearing in the case and could not be reached, despite what prosecutors described as “numerous attempts.” Upton said Melnitchenko was doubtless scared of her attacker and justifiably afraid of testifying. “If the system had sent a message it could protect her, she would have moved forward.”

– On Dec. 1, 2004, the case was resolved with a guilty plea and a sentence of one year in jail.

- In the spring of 2005, McAlpin was freed under a judge’s order that he attend domestic violence classes and come to court each month. He had progress reports in April, May, June and August, but failed to show twice, including this month. A judge issued a bench warrant for him on Oct. 13.

I forgot to identify the article — here is the title and credits:

Slaying suspect’s violent past / 8 felony convictions, but he’d never been sentenced to prison

October 25, 2005|By Jaxon Van Derbeken, Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writers

Scott McAlpin stalked, harassed and threatened his former girlfriend for three years, once even carrying her down the street in an attempted kidnapping until someone maced him, authorities say.

They had no children together, and I don’t recall, but believe had never lived together.  Apparently this young man felt that an immigrant had no right to say No!

On Monday, the 24-year-old El Sobrante man was accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Anastasia Melnitchenko, 21, of San Francisco, and stuffing her body in the trunk of his Honda Civic.

The retired judge who gave this man opportunity to kill his ex-girlfriend, sentenced him to time served and probation, was also socially conscious, compassionate, understanding progressive, and presided over a “behavioural court.”  The photo is from his obituary (2008, of cancer):

Judge Herbert Donaldson dies: ‘A born jurist

December 10, 2008|By Michael Taylor, Chronicle Staff Writer

  • Superior Court Judge Herbert Donaldson presides over behavior court at the Hall of Justice. Judy Mauve, who has a court file many inches thick, is now out of jail and in a treatment program - which is where the judge, DA and public defender agree she should have been all along. The problem is that too many people like her - with major mental illnesses - are in jail. She's spent more than a year behind bars and has more than 50 arrests for everything from arson, drug possession to prostitution. Diagnosed as bipolar and severely depressed, she now appears every other week before a judge who presides over an unusual new program - behaviorial health court. Event on 8/7/03 in San Francisco. MICHAEL MALONEY / The Chronicle
    Superior Court Judge Herbert Donaldson presides over behavior court at the Hall of Justice. Judy Mauve, who has a court file many inches thick, is now out of jail and in a treatment program – which is where the judge, DA and public defender agree she should have been all along. The problem is that too many people like her – with major mental illnesses – are in jail. She’s spent more than a year behind bars and has more than 50 arrests for everything from arson, drug possession to prostitution. Diagnosed as bipolar and severely depressed, she now appears every other week before a judge who presides over an unusual new program – behaviorial health court. Event on 8/7/03 in San Francisco. MICHAEL MALONEY / The Chronicle
    Credit: Michael Maloney

Herbert Donaldson, a retired Superior Court judge who was widely known in San Francisco for his role in gay organizations long before it was either acceptable or fashionable, and for his tenure as one of the city’s more compassionate and community-oriented jurists, died Friday at his home in San Francisco, surrounded by his friends and his three cats. …

During the 1960s, he was chief attorney for the central office of the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation,** which provided legal services for the poor. Four years after his 1999 retirement from the bench, he served a three-year term as the first judge of the newly created Behavioral Health Court, a special branch of the San Francisco Superior Court system designed for defendants with mental health problems.

Jennifer Johnson, a deputy public defender in San Francisco, said Monday that Judge Donaldson “was instrumental in shepherding us through the process of breaking down barriers between agencies that don’t traditionally work together.”

**in 2000, this group, merging with two East Bay groups, became “Bay Area Legal Aid.”  See URL for description..  they handle domestic violence issues — but not as criminal matters; they do not deal with criminal matters, but claim to provide domestic violence protection, and I’m sure, do provide some.

Priority Areas

Practice Areas

  • Domestic Violence Protection: BayLegal helps those needing to escape from dangerous or abusive home situations. Domestic violence survivors are assisted in stopping the violence and creating safe and stable homes for themselves and their families. BayLegal handles all family law matters related to domestic violence, including full legal representation in dissolution proceedings,** including obtaining support orders and protective orders, and also assists immigrant victims of domestic violence and victims of sexual assault.
  • Economic Security:  BayLegal assists low-income Bay Area residents who need help getting or keeping their basic safety-net benefits. BayLegal helps people through direct legal representation, education, outreach, and also provides training to public benefits workers. BayLegal’s economic security work is designed to help families achieve basic economic self-sufficiency.
  • Homelessness Prevention and Expanding Affordable Housing:BayLegal helps low-income Bay Area residents with housing issues. BayLegal staff works to prevent homelessness, preserve and expand affordable housing, and fight illegal evictions.
  • Health Care Access:  BayLegal helps low-income Bay Area residents get the health care services they need. Attorneys assist people with enrolling in and obtaining uninterrupted services from health insurance programs.

Clients Served
In 2008, more than 70,000 people benefited from Baylegal’s services.

Funding
BayLegal is funded by a combination of government and private grants, as well as corporate, law firm and individual donations. We are the only organization in the Bay Area to receive federal funds from the Legal Services Corporation.

This (from their 2000 IRS 990 statement) describes the merger and who “Legal Services Corporation” is:

Bay Area Legal Aid (formerly San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation) EIN #94-1650231 Details of Name Change

In 1999, the Legal Services Corporation consolidated six Bay Area service areas into one service area. The Boards of five programs obtained a $15,000 grant to consider a merger. A merger consultant worked with six entities: Community Legal Services, Inc. (CLS), Contra Costa Legal Services Foundation (CCLS), San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation (SFNLAF), {{Judge Donaldson, founder}} Alameda County Bar Association, Legal Aid of the North Bay, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County. By June of 1999, only CLS, CCLS, and SFNLAF remained in merger discussions and the Boards voted for merger. In November 1999, the designated new Board of Directors hired Ramon Arias to become the Director of the new program named Bay Area Legal Aid. SFNLAF was renamed Bay Area Legal Aid as the surviving corporation. A core of private attorneys from large law firms prepared the major documents and conducted a due diligence review of the program. Local bar associations designated new board members during the week of December 8, 1999, and on January 3, 2000 the new board held its first meeting.

Bay Area Legal Aid (BALA) is a California not-for-profit corporation that began operations on January 1, 2000. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC), a not-for profit corporation established by Congress to administer a national legal assistance program, primarily funds BALA. BALA provides specialized legal assistance in the areas of welfare, domestic violence and fair housing, among others, for very low-income residents of the San Francisco Bay area.

The 5 officers (apparently 4 of them attorneys) are moderately paid, all under $100K.  BALA shows $10.4 million assets and $9.5 revenues, as of 2010.
Legal Services Corporation is itself a 1974 founded, Washington DC-based nonprofit with an usual start:

LSC-funded programs provide a wide range of civil legal assistance to their clients. The most frequent cases involve:

  • Family law: LSC programs assist victims of domestic violence by obtaining protective and restraining orders, help parents obtain and keep custody of their children, help family members obtain guardianship for children without parents, and provide representation and assistance on other family law matters. More than a third of all cases closed by the local programs are family law cases.
  • and….
  • Who are helped by LSC-funded programs?

    Three out of four clients are women — many of whom are struggling to keep their children safe and their families together. Overall, the clients are the most vulnerable among us and are as diverse as our nation, encompassing all races, ethnic groups and ages, including the working poor, veterans, homeowners and renters facing foreclosure or evictions, families with children, farmers, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, the elderly and victims of natural disasters.

AND — get this:   “Board of Directors Profiles

LSC is headed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. By law, the Board is bipartisan: no more than six members may be of the same political party.
I’m looking at the board members, and so far, all of them were appointed by our fatherhood loving President Obama in 2009, including CHarles N.W. Keckler, with this background, including Harvard undergraduate and experience in Chicago:

Charles N.W. KecklerFrom 2007-2009, Prof. Keckler was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families where he worked on regulatory matters and oversaw networks of federal grantees providing billions of dollars of services to disadvantaged populations. In this role, he testified before Congress and led the United States diplomatic delegation to the Organization of American States Conference on Social Development.

Prior to his work with HHS, Prof. Keckler taught civil procedure and comparative law for two years at George Mason University School of Law. He began his academic career as a lecturer at Northwestern Law School. He previously practiced as an appellate and trial litigator with Mayer Brown in Chicago….

I’m beginning to understand why, in the years of my family law (in this Bay area, though not SF) I was completely unable to get ANY help from Bay Area Legal Aid.
ANYHOW, this retired Judge Herbert Donaldson, sentenced, incredibly, McAlpin to “time served” after which he went out and murdered his girlfriend, as he’d promised her he would.   Somewhere in there, the domestic violence intervention program nonprofit also got itself a warm body, probably good for the next round of grant applications at the time, although I imagine the negative press was a bit of a drawback this time.
Note:  this is not the only murder to follow a diversionary sentence to Batterers Intervention (or anger management) classes.
Now we are ready to look at this COURTHOUSE NEWS recent NEWS: and I have a little more research to do on this Courthouse Construction Fund:

     SACRAMENTO (CN) – A federal class action claims California’s Administrative Office of the Courts and the state Supreme Court are “using the Administrative Office of the Courts as a collection agency to build new courthouses for themselves,” by adding fees for a “Courthouse Construction Fund” to traffic tickets and other fines.
     Lead plaintiff Jessee Welch Jr. calls this “self dealing” by the defendant agencies, which have an unbearable conflict of interest that can be expressed by a simple equation: “Convictions = Courthouse, No Convictions = No Courthouse.”
     The budget disaster suffered by California’s Administrative Office of the Courts has been extensively reported by Courthouse News. Welch says that “the sole source of money for the courthouses is the ‘Courthouse Construction Fund.'”
     “The entire funding scheme implemented by statute and being embraced fully by the court is an assessment that has as its sole condition precedent the conviction of people,” Jessee Welch says. “If there is no conviction, there is no assessment. Without assessments there can be no courthouses. The court wants courthouses. Therefore, the court must convict.”
     He adds: “There is a dollar for dollar, conviction for conviction, direct benefit bestowed upon the Court. The very court that will make the rules, interpret the laws, determine credibility, and exercise almost unfettered discretion in every criminal case. All state appeals, up to and including the Supreme Court of California, have the same issue of ethics and conflict of interest and are therefore incompetent to hear this case.”
     Welch says he got a speeding ticket in June 2009, which he fought unsuccessfully.
     He claims that he was “denied evidence, ordered to return to court numerous times, denied numerous dismissal motions, and subject to unethical conduct by both the prosecutor and the traffic commissioner. Welch, finally exhausted by the burdens placed upon him and under the advice of counsel, plead[ed] to the offense and filed a timely appeal.” But he lost that too, so he paid the fine and the cost of his insurance increased.
     Welch claims no California court should hear his case, as they all have the same conflict of interest.
     “If (any) person is found to have violated any law, i.e. found guilty or admits, then the Administrative Office of the Courts shall impose an assessment. The sole purpose of that assessment is to build new courthouses for the benefit of the very court that heard the case. In fact, the fund the assessment must be deposited to is named ‘Courthouse Construction Fund.'”
     Welch says the courts violated his right to due process: “the California court hearing Welch’s case never informed him that the California court was going to construct new courthouses and the sole source of money for the courthouses is the ‘Courthouse Construction Fund.’ Welch was not told that to contribute to the ‘Courthouse Construction Fund’ Welch must first be found liable for any offense.”
     He claims to represent all people whose cases were heard by California’s criminal courts.

Well, THAT’s interesting!
HEre’s a sample article, same timeframe:  “Group Wants to Cut Courthouse Fund
A California court budget group recommended a $60 million cut to the courthouse construction fund last Friday, possibly affecting the proposed $58 million Santa Clarita courthouse.

The $60 million cut was recommended by the Trial Court Budget Working Group to help pay daily court costs for the Judicial Branch of California, said Philip Carrizosa, spokesman for the Judicial Council of California Courts’ Administrative Office of the Courts.

“We don’t know yet how this will affect individual courthouse projects, such as the one planned for Santa Clarita,” Carrizosa said. “But our plans are to continue with negotiations with Los Angeles County to secure a site for that courthouse.”

This cut comes after the state borrowed $310 million from the courthouse construction fund and took $350 million from the judicial branch’s general budget to help balance the state budget.

The state has not said when it will give the $310 million back to the courthouse-construction fund, Carrizosa said.

According to Carrizosa, members of the Court Facilities Working Group will decide how to proceed with court construction in light of the recent cuts.

The California Legislature approved the courthouse-construction fund in 2008. Court-user fees were supposed to generate $5 billion over 5 years for the fund, but the fund has less than $100 million in it now, Carrizosa said.

Currently, 41 courthouses are waiting to be built or updated by the courthouse construction fund. Sixteen of those projects are projected to cost over $100 million each.

A little more info from January 11 (official stuff) and I’ll be back on this one!

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September 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm

(Speaking of CCA profits): Franklin County, OH Judge allows sale of 5 prisons; there are 3 out of state bidders

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Speaking of Correction Corporations of America, and

Remember, I blogged once on “The Business of Detention” which appears to be an excellent investigative project:

Business Of Detention Home

and Corrections Corporation of America

and political lobbying, which did produce profits:

To complete the seamless connections between CCA and its federal funders, the company has hired former government officials to head key programs.

CCA’s Senior Vice President Mike Quinlan is credited with obtaining its credibility among federal clients after coming to the company with a 22-year career in public sector corrections and serving as Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons from 1987 to 1992.

“The collective corrections experience of CCA’s operations and management team, much of it gained during distinguished careers in federal or state corrections systems, is one of the most impressive in the country,” said Quinlan on the company’s website.

In 2004, after nearly 25 years with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Kim Porter joined CCA as Senior Director of Federal Customer Relations. Porter’s primary responsibility is to manage CCA’s relationship with ICE. Anthony Odom came on board to manage CCA’s relations with USMS after he retired in 2004 from a 32-year career with the agency.

CCA’s general counsel, Gustavus Puryear IV, could give the revolving door another turn. Puryear made headlines this year when President Bush nominated him for a federal judge seat in the Middle District of Tennessee, where CCA is headquartered. Puryear has worked as a speech writer for Vice President Dick Cheney. He testified during a Senate hearing that he would recuse himself from cases involving the company.

Among the politicians strongly connected with CCA is Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander.  This listing service of the top 10, top 50 (etc.) richest Congressmen & women, shows him at #24.  A browse through this list shows clearly that among these wealthy, next to ZERO of them got that way through jobs.   They have real estate, they have stocks, and some of the younger members seem to have holdings (or run business) involved in Technology, which seems smart as it is EVERYwhere.  Others married Rockefeller relatives, etc. Topping the list is Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts in 2010.  This talks about their losses.  Despite those losses, they are Congresspeople, often with spouses (and assets in the name of those spouses) beneficiaries of family trusts and “blind trusts.”  They vote on things such as how society will look for people who have none of these options, including where incarcerated family members may be dwelling, and who is handling how to get profits from THAT company.

This is from 2009

24. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
$12.13(that’s million)

The Tennessee Senator remains financially steady, reporting a slight 2 percent dip in his minimum net worth in 2008.

Alexander reported the sale of at least $1.5 million in stock of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, a national workplace child care services provider. The sale included stock Alexander previously valued at $500,000 to $1 million, as well as stocks held by his wife previously valued at “over $1 million.”

The Senator continues to own $5 million to $25 million of stock in Processed Foods Corp., a Knoxville-based company where he served on the board prior to his election to the Senate in 2002. His wife also owns “over $1 million” in company stock.

The Alexanders also list numerous real estate holdings, including commercial buildings and undeveloped properties, such as a Nantucket, Mass., plot that Alexander values at $1 million to $5 million, which his wife also lists as an asset valued at “over $1 million.”

By Contrast, the 57-year old Sen. Mark Harmon, a freshman legislator, ranked #5 in 2009.  Just for information:

5. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.)
$72.37 million

The Virginia Senator lands on the highest rung among the 11 freshman lawmakers who joined the 50 wealthiest Members of Congress.

Warner made his fortune as a co-founder of Nextel telecommunications company and via an investment in Columbia Capital.

Among his assets, Warner is the beneficiary of the MRW Trust, which initially served as a blind trust after his election to the Virginia governor’s office in 2001 until 2006. The fund includes a money market account valued at $5 million to $25 million, as well as numerous city and state bonds.

Nonetheless, Warner reported nearly $19 million less in personal wealth than he did in his previous financial disclosure form filed as a candidate ahead of the 2008 elections.

Warner reported $9 million less in U.S. Treasury notes than he did as a candidate. He also reduced the value of two investment funds, Pointer LP and Signature Financial Management, both of which dropped from the $5 million to $25 million category to the $1 million to $5 million column.

In addition, Warner reports holdings in three investment partnerships worth $5 million to $25 million each.

Co-founded Nextel.  Investment.  Set up as a beneficiary of a blind trust (the trust spins of interest or other income, obviously).  That it has city and state bonds means the city and state owe the trust money at interest; that’s what (as I understand the term) BONDS are.    Also Treasury notes, and investment partnerships.  He’s a Harvard grad, no military duty …..After losing $19 million, he still ranks at #5.  He’s married with three children.

Now remember those women in the Chowchilla (or wherever) prison system, as reported in 2000, that may not have $5.00 and if they need more than 5 sanitary napkins (did anyone say tampons?) per month, may have to sell themselves for sex to get some more.  THis may be tricky when rape (not actually paying with bartered goods for services) is already clearly a problem in prisons.  And many women who got to prison had experienced abuse before getting there, possibly related to their drug habits, not that it’s an excuse.

(Sorry, I can’t resist).   “Roll Call” this August 15 (by Amanda Becker) shows the Bachmanns (as in Michelle Bachmann) with about $2.8 million:

Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann has assets worth up to $2.8 million, the largest of which are the building housing her husband’s psychotherapy clinic and a family farm, according to disclosure forms she filed late Friday.

Anyone ever think about tracking the real estate in which family law business is transacted?  I know I have…..

What if women’s prison was in Ohio?  So here’s Corrections Corporation of America, that invested lobbying and  has former prison board employees on its board:

Well, here they are again.

Ohio to Proceed With Sale of Five Prisons

After Judge Denies Delay Request

By Mark Niquette – Aug 31, 2011 1:32 PM PT
(THIS IS THE ENTIRE ARTICLE< FYI):

Ohio will proceed with its plan to sell five prisons after a county judge denied a request today for a temporary restraining order to stop the sale.

The Rehabilitation and Correction Department scheduled a news conference for tomorrow in Columbus to announce the contract awards, the department said in a release.

“We believe our process is sound,” Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for the department, said by telephone from Columbus.

ProgressOhio, a Columbus nonprofit group that describes itself as a “progressive voice for Ohio citizens,” filed a lawsuit to block the sale on grounds it violated the state constitution.

Judge Patrick E. Sheeran of Franklin County Common Pleas Court declined to issue a restraining order and set a hearing for Sept. 13 in Columbus to consider legal arguments.

“Neither the selection of bidders nor the awarding of a contract will constitute irreparable harm for purposes of this motion,” Sheeran wrote in his 16-page opinion.

Ohio wants to sell five prisons, including one that’s closed and two that are privately operated, to raise an estimated $200 million to help balance its budget.

Three companies submitted bids in June to buy and operate the facilities, according to the correction department. They are: Nashville-based Corrections Corp. of America Inc., Geo Group Inc. (GEO) of Boca RatonFlorida, and Management and Training Corp. of Centerville,Utah.

The state offered three combinations of prisons for sale and might award packages to different bidders, the agency has said. The department plans to sign contracts by Sept. 1 for companies to assume operation of the prisons by Jan. 1.

ProgressOhio and other opponents of the sale say the state won’t get a fair value or realize the projected savings of $6.6 million annually. Ohio’s alternative is closing prisons and sending thousands of inmates out of state, Gary C. Mohr, director of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, has said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mark Niquette in Columbus, Ohio atmniquette@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net

So the companies running the Ohio prisons would be run by groups from either TN, FL, or UTAH.
For starters ,the state could start looking into its Fatherhood Commissioners, Practitioners, Trainers, Promoters, and so forth.  Make em file and if they have employees, have them report the income.
Franklin County is building a new courthouse, too.  Wonder who the contractors are, who owns the real estate.
The Franklin County Court of Common Pleas – General Division, in conjunction with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners, is in the process of building a new courthouse.The new Franklin County Courthouse, scheduled for completion in 2010, physically symbolizes both the literal and figurative concepts of Transparency of Justice through the inclusion of vast areas of glass across the building’s facade.Much more than symbolic, the glass is an integral component in the building’s energy conservation systems, making this the firstLEED certified courthouse in the State of Ohio

Franklin County, like most counties, is paying somewhere for fatherhood classes, turning hot young males into nurturing dads and helping to heal the wound:
(OPNFF and BOot Camp For New Dads is in here.  Translate — some tax-exempt, unreported? $3,000 grant from Community Endeavors Foundation, maybe, followed by collective sponsorships in public circles to teach dads how to nurture — and of course there’s no overhead anywhere, and all this funding is properly accounted for and reported.  Yeah: This is just a section from the site:   http://www.cul.org/father.aspx
Scope of Services
Provide a classroom curriculum that develops the attitudes and skills needed for responsible fatherhood and helping men discover and cultivate their nurturing potential. Assistance with issues regarding child support, visitation, and family law matters, ultimately advocating for policy change/implementation that make these very areas more father friendly.Partners
Columbus Urban League’s (CUL) – African-American Male Initiatives (A.A.M.I.)
Columbus Urban League’s Head Start
Ohio Commission on Fatherhood (OFC)
Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency (FCSEA)
Ohio Practitioners Network of Fathers & Families (OPNFF)
Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Family & Volunteer Services)Target Audience
Class Curriculum – ‘Nurturing Father’
African-American fathers between the ages of 16-35 referred by CUL Head Start, Franklin County Child Enforcement Agency & Juvenile Court System. There will be a dual class format (One AM – One PM) on 3 month cycles. Each class will consist of 12-15 fathers giving us the ability to serve 100 fathers per calendar yea

Have you “GOT” this yet?  The local child support agency shepherds (refers) business to the fatherhood class providers.  Shepherds or extorts, depending on one’s point of view.
Public Awareness / Advocacy Agenda

The Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Family is a Statewide Network of fatherhood practitioners and stakeholders. The Network was founded in February of 2004 by a small group of diverse and passionate individuals from both the public and private sector.

PUBLIC SECTOR = access to monies.  FOUNDED IN 2004, INCORPORATED IN 2007, and I cannot tell if it has properly registered as a nonprofit anywhere, yet.   

Mission Statement

The mission of OPNFF is to enhance the outcomes of children, families and communities by providing training, support and strength to the professionalism of fatherhood practitioners.

Examples of Policy Agenda:

 Update legislation to give unmarried fathers rights when paternity is established,
   thus not allowing mothers rights to be superior. Fathers should not be considered
   below mothers on any scale.

 Mandate cooperative parenting programs. Divide and conquer does not work.

 Fathers should have the same access to benefits and assistance programs as
   mothers.

 One Stop Shops to deal with Custody/Paternity/Support issues efficiently.

 Fathers should be first considered in situations where children are taken out of the
   home, as now, paternal grandparents and foster homes are the choice.
From the FATHERHOOD COMMISSION PAGE, obviously this section of the Midwest is hurting for fatherhood programs:
Ohio Commission on Fatherhood Funded Programs

Funded Fatherhood Programs
The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood awards grants to exemplary fatherhood programs throughout the state of Ohio each biennium. The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood recently completed another round of fatherhood grants for 2010-2011. The Commission awarded grants to nine fatherhood programs located through out the state of Ohio in the amount of $1.5 million.  More>>
Fatherhood Regions
Fatherhood regions mirrors Ohio Department of Development regions. This map will reflect fatherhood programs, activities, fatherhood initiatives and resources within each region. More>>
Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative
On January 18th, the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood launched the Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative.   Eleven counties (including Franklin County) have been selected to participate in this pilot project.  The Ohio County Fatherhood Initiative is a six-month process during which county leaders identify specific needs in their county and develop a fatherhood action plan.  If your county would like to participate in a future training, submit the on-line form to be added to the waiting list.   More>>

(in the detail here, I notice:  “Who will provide the training?

The Ohio Commission on Fatherhood will provide technical assistance and contracted with the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) to provide free training to all counties. “

This is why cronyism (The Wade Horns & Don Eberlies of this world) needs to be stopped where it first starts.  Shame on the DV agencies for failing to report properly on this movement, to this date! !!!    !!! (why?  because they get a piece of the pie, too!)

What they are training is how to drum up more business for the same old network — set up fancy or at least assisted websites claiming one thing or another, then reference these in personal resumes, and get expenses-deductible conference access.   It must be so rewarding!

Training participants could have either/or business or faith-based entity.  Great.   Find a patriarchal church and train them how to get on the gravy train and elevate fathers, who are so oppressed by feminists!

Who can participate in the training

Each county must identify their County Leadership Team who agrees to take part in the training and must consist of:

    1. County Commissioner or State Representative
    2. Family or Domestic Relations Judge
    3. Director of Child Support
    4. Director of Child Welfare
    5. Leader of a local faith-based entity or business

Elected officials, judges and directors can assign a designee to represent them in the training but are asked to review and provide input into the planning process.

Custodial Mothers will be completely uninformed that this leadership team has assembled, and is taking aim at THEM and their children.  They may be invited to participate, but I doubt they’ll truly understand the depth, breadth, history, and height (piled higher and deeper) of who is behind their “classes.”

And an interactive county map of ohio, too!  Cool!  Do we have one for those five prisons, too?

OPNFF is also advertising the (now past) 2011 Minnesota Fatherhood Summit that I blogged on early in 2011, i.e.., Texas Attorney General OFI (Office of Family INitiatives) had its man on the scene, Michael Hayes.  I believe he’s also on the supervised visitation network??  (DNR for sure).

ON one of their resource pages, here’s our friend Rep. Danny K. Davis (as in, crowning Unification Church leader Sun Myung Moon and promoting more fatherhood funding, typically).

DANNY K. DAVIS (IL-07) Presents: COMMISSION ON PATERNAL INVOLVEMENT IN PREGNANCY
TO ISSUE RECOMMENDATIONS AT CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING

Representative Danny K. Davis and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Health Policy Institute—the nation’s leading research and public policy institution and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color—released and discussed of new policy, research and practice recommendations in a report from the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes on Thursday May 20th.  Click here to download the press release.

Assembled in 2009, the Commission on Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy Outcomes (CPIPO) is an interdisciplinary working group of scholars from the social sciences and public health community whose goal is to raise public awareness of the need for paternal involvement in pregnancy and family health.  CPIPO’s recommendations are intended to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in pregnancy outcomes by offering best and promising practices to address policy barriers and increase the involvement of men and expectant fathers in maternal and child health research and clinical practice.    

   

OPNFF is taking donations on-line:

OPNFF is now accepting online donations! 

Donate

I am looking to see if its website self-identifies as a nonprofit.  It doesn’t, at least not visibly on the home page.  OR on the “About Us” page either.
It’s corporate status (again, dating to 2007 NOT 2004) states it’s a nonprofit.  I see no EIN and would like to.  Clearly someone is funding it:  They are soliciting funds, right?  (see above).

From the “ABOUT US” page describing the formation of this entity:

As a result, a Network Planning Council was formed and the first meeting was held in Columbus on August 8th, 2003. At this time all background information was reviewed in order to develop a strategic planning process. Monthly meetings were facilitated by consultant John Smith of NPNFF (National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families).  The Council continued to meet monthly in Columbus and developed an organizational frame work. A mission statement was crafted along with a vision, principles, goals and action steps.  In April of 2004, the Planning Council completed its work and the first Board of Directors of OPNFF was elected.

Right there it should say, they incorporated, or became a nonprofit.  It doesn’t, because they didn’t.  They had a “board of directors” but where was the corporate entity?  Or are they an “association” (but filed as a corporation) or what the heck do they consider themselves, business-wise, and tax-wise?

Instead of telling some timeline and pertinent truths about THEMSELVES, they simply go into their agenda next…..

OPNFF seeks to advance a fatherhood and family agenda in partnership with public agencies, grass roots faith and community based organizations, and local and state government entities.

I don’t do facebook, but apparently theirs claims nonprofit status:
  1. Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF 

    http://www.facebook.com/…/Ohio-Practitioners-Network-for-Fathers-and- – Cached

    Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (OPNFF) – OPNFF is recognized as the one-stop organization  Non-Profit Organization · Cleveland, Ohio 

In looking up this group (while I’m on it) this Fatherhood.hhs.gov source, obviously not current, lists Vicky Turetsky at CLASP (now she’s head of the OCSE) and also this interesting positioning of the organization I’ve reported on quite a bit in this blog:  CPR with Jessica Pearson (also co-founder of AFCC, I believe, and in recent (this summer) posts, I showed some corporate status printouts to give pretty good justification of that assumption, when one embodiment of AFCC (en route to its present corporate status) showed a street address in Denver identical to where CPR then was doing its business, which I proved on the post.  This is your woman:

SOURCE:   http://fatherhood.hhs.gov/involv-non-res00/res-org.htm

TITLE OF PAGE:    Involving Non-Resident Fathers In Children’s Learning ~ Resources on Fathers and Families

The first group listed under “Research Organizations” (possibly alphabetical) – – this apparently in the year 2000:

Research Organizations

The Bendheim – Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing
Phone: 609-258-5894
http://opr.princeton.edu/crcw
Sara McLanahan, Center Director

CRCW is located at Princeton University. The Center is concerned with a broad range of children’s issues, including education, healthcare, and income sufficiency, and supports basic research as well as evaluations of particular policies and programs. The Center has recently undertaken a major new project, the Fragile Family and Child Well-being Study, to learn more about nonmarital childbearing and its effect on family relationships and child development.

Recent work on fathers and families

  • Fragile Families Research Brief: “Dispelling Myths about Unmarried Fathers,” June 2000.
  • Testimony of Sara McLanahan before the Subcommittee on Human Resources, Committee on Ways and Means, U. S. House of Representatives April 27, 1999.
  • Fragile Family City Reports: Austin, Texas and Oakland, California.
AND:

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)
Phone: 202-328-5140
www.clasp.org
Vicki Turetsky, Senior Staff Attorney

Through education, policy research, and advocacy, the Center for Law and Social Policy seeks to improve the economic security of low-income families with children and secure access by low-income persons to the civil justice system.

Recent work on fathers and families

  • “What If All the Money Came Home?”
  • “Realistic Child Support Policies for Low-Income Fathers.”
  • “Pursuing Child Support for Victims of Domestic Violence.” In Battered Women, Children, and Welfare Reform: The Ties That Bind.
  • “Testimony of Vicki Turetsky before the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Committee on Ways and Means (October 5, 1999).”
  • “Models for Safe Child Support Enforcement.”
  • “TANF Funds: A New Resource for Youth Programs.”
AND:

Center for Policy Research
Phone: 303-837-1555
Jessica Pearson, Director

The Center for Policy Research works with public and private sector service providers to plan, develop, and test projects that improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice system and human service agencies.

Recent work on fathers and families

  • “OCSE Responsible Fatherhood Programs: Early Implementation Lessons (with Policy Studies, Inc.)
  • “Evaluation of the Parent Opportunity Project.”  {{http://NAFCJ.net flags this program as one compromising custody cases, as I recall}}
  • Programs to Increase Fathers’ Access to Their Children.” In Fathers under Fire: The Revolution in Child Support Enforcement.
  • “Parenting Alone to Multiple Caregivers: Child Care and Parenting Arrangements in Black and White Families.” Family Relations 47(4). 343-53.
scroll down and you have a MAJOR federal contractor, MDRC (I’ve blogged them also) — one of those ARRA nonreporting ones?  Probably not, but what about subgrantees?  Subcontractors under MDRC?  Either way, they’re in on the research:

Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation  (revenues around $80 million, 67% of this federal?  I DNR — can refresh info at their site)
Phone: 212-532-3200
www.mdrc.org
Virginia Knox, Senior Research Associate

The Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation conducts primary research and designs and implements demonstration projects on a variety of issues related to helping families obtain economic independence, including teen pregnancy and fatherhood issues.

Recent work on fathers and families

  • “Promoting Participation: How to Increase Involvement in Welfare-to-Work Activities.”
  • “Fathers’ Fair Share: Helping Poor Men Manage Child Support and Fatherhood, A Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation Study.’
  • “Building Opportunities, Enforcing Obligations: Implementation and Interim Impacts of Parents’ Fair Share.”
Under the category “PRACTICE” we find the cleveland group:

Center for Families and ChildrenScope–LocalPhone: 216-451-2359In Cleveland, Ohio,  the Fathers and Families Program of CFC, together with its Council of Fathers, provides peer support, community activities and programs to help equip fathers with the tools necessary to strengthen themselves, their families and their communities and help families as they make the transition from welfare to work. The Center has produced a monograph, Fathers Count, A Manual for Developing Fatherhood Programs, to help other communities learn from their experiences in developing a fatherhood program.

(aka monkey see, monkey do.  This group learned from other groups and is doing similar things in similar manners, it seems….)
and:
Father Resource Program, Wishard Health Services
Scope—Local Phone: 317-630-2486
Wallace McLaughlin, DirectorThe primary goals of the Father Resource Program are to develop the capacity of young fathers to become responsible and involved parents, wage-earners, and providers of child support, and to assist fathers in developing the skills and behaviors necessary to cooperate in the care of their children, regardless of the character of the relationship with the mother.LGH comment:This description fails to even mention that it’s in INDIANA (prime fatherhood state, see “Evan Bayh” (Jr.)  and that in Indiana, CRC (that’s Children’s Rights COuncil) has a link on the child services page, not to mention Fathers and Families, a direct link on the child support page.  Don’t quote me on that– just go take a look.  It’s unbelievable that in this day and time, it could be still assumed that mothers do not pay custody and are not noncustodial parents, in good part through some of these programs’ earlier groundwork and networking!

scroll down some more, and here is this group that at least in Indiana got its corporate status revoked, and we see no IRS filings since 2007:

National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families
Scope—National
Phone: 800-34-NPNFF or 202-737-6680
www.npnff.org
Preston Garrison, Executive Director

The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families is a national, individual-membership organization whose mission is to build the profession of practitioners working to advance the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children.

(see yesterday’s post).

Policy and Advocacy

Center on Fathers, Families and Public Policy
Scope—National
Phone: 608-257-3148
www.cffpp.org
David Pate, Director

Through the provision of technical assistance, policy research, and public education, the Center on Fathers, Families and Public Policy works to place child welfare at the center of public attention. The center’s recent projects include the Legal Assistance Project for states that are Partners for Fragile Families sites, the Common Ground Project with the National Women’s Law Center, and a colloquium series on “Negotiating Child Support.”


Children’s Rights Council
Scope—National
Phone: 202-547-6227
www.vix.com/crc
David Levy, President

The Children’s Rights Council (CRC) is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents’ marital status. CRC has chapters in most of the United States.

Remind me some day to find out how many other boards Mr. Levy (along with Ron Haskins and similar personnel) are currently on.

I found another funder of the Cleveland-based CFC (Center for Families and CHildren) which also mentions the Ohio group:

http://www.oneillfdn.org/_dpl/fatherhood_programs

Fatherhood

Fatherhood Programs

The Foundation’s first fatherhood-focused grant was made in 1995 to the “Fathers & Families Together” (FAFT) project at the Center for Families and Children in Cleveland.

The program, which in its first year reached out to 60 men in Cleveland’s Glenville community, offered family life and community building activities; crisis intervention; mediation; and job counseling, readiness and placement. A follow-up group, the Council of Fathers, made up of Fatherhood program graduates, also received Foundation support.

Of the 385 men who participated from 1996 through 1999, 65% graduated from the program and over one-third obtained or maintained jobs. Since then, FAFT has served over 1,000 fathers and continues to strengthen father-child bonds as it helps men work toward self-sufficiency, the most important factor for successful fatherhood.

Translation:  about 33 men per year, or 6 per month participated (HOW much was the cost?)

Of these 385, 65% managed to complete whatever program that (someone else) paid for.   Of those 65% LESS THAN HALF got or maintained jobs.  FAFT does not claim to have helped men actually obtain self-sufficiency, only to have served 1,000 (in what timespan?) and work towards it.  By enrolling them in programs that aim them towards self-sufficiency (as propped up by foundations, not that I think it’s a bad goal) — they also then qualify for more grants, foundational help, or whatever.  It’s a win/win deal for both foundation and grants or help recipients, regardless of how well individual clients actually do.

A school that had a lower than 50% graduation rate would NOT be marked successful (I hope) in the US Public Education System.  As a parent, not to mention a former teacher, if I am involved in anything, I do not want it to have a lower than 50% success rate.  But such is life in the nonprofit world of donations and programs.

In 1999 the Foundation began offering support to the fatherhood program at Services United for Mothers and Adolescents (SUMA), now housed at the Talbert House in Cincinnati. The SUMA Fatherhood Project now also includes a partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation to provide legal services for fathers who have recently completed prison sentences.

. . .

The Foundation also supports the InsideOut Dad™ program for incarcerated fathers. Developed by the National Fatherhood Initiative®, it “teaches inmates to connect with their children on the inside and prepares them for a lasting relationship with their family when they get out.” This innovative program is utilized in five correctional facilities in northeast Ohio that return many inmate fathers to Cuyahoga County after their release. The InsideOut Dad curriculum has already been adopted as a state-wide standardized curriculum for inmate fathers in Indiana, Iowa and Washington State.

IT’S A DANGED “CAPTIVE AUDIENCE” MARKETING AFFILIATE SYSTEM!  Maybe this is why the prominent social thinkers behind NFI to start with were actually smart businessmen.  Maybe that’s why — even through their about $5,000,000 in outright HHS grants are disguised by multiple misspellings in the grant titles and principal investigators on TAGGS.hhs.gov database (my post yesterday) — they don’t need ongoing federal support — because they have program service revenues, train the trainer status, and copyrighted curriculum which I am SURE will not incorporate any anti-feminist, right-wing, or ultra-conservative religious values, right?

The Children of Incarcerated Parents Program, operated by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, has also benefited from O’Neill Foundation support.

That should go over real well for men of other faiths, or atheists/agnostics.  It would go over particularly well, one might speculate, with those of the Muslim faith incarcerated for nonpayment of child support and/or wife abuse…..

APPARENTLY THE FIVE FACILITIES A FRANKLIN COUNTY JUDGE IS ABOUT TO, OR HAS SOLD, TO THE BEST BIDDER, TO PRIVATE PRISON CORPORATIONS IN UTAH, FLORIDA, OR TENNESSEE.  GOOD LUCK TO THOSE YOUNG AND OLDER MEN.
They go on to mention OHIO NPFF positively and even number them (the web page contains no date reference, though):

The success of these fatherhood programs has had a noticeable influence on public policy; today the importance of strong, supportive fathers in families is well recognized. One evidence of this is the creation of the Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families. This organization, which comprises 500 social services professionals, recently released its Public Policy Agenda. It outlines key issues affecting the lives of fathers and families in Ohio, and recommends particular emphasis on: Child Support, {{always a high priority in any fatherhood program; it’s in part where the diversion of funds comes from!}} Job Training and Employment; Welfare Reform/TANF; {{see last bracketed comment; these are related}}; Fathers, Families and Professional Support; and Incarceration and Reentry.

In all the Foundation has issued about $4.8 million in Fatherhood-related grants, helping approximately 2,000 men and their families

Note as they say above, “helping” didn’t mean at least in one program, even a 50% success rate in finding or obtaining a job — the purpose of diverting TANF funds to fatherhood programs to start with (along with “emotional support” of children).  !!

VISUALLY:    $4,800,000 / 2,000  = $4,800/2 = $2,400 / 1 man “serviced”

At that rate, why don’t they just pay the child support arrears directly to the noncustodial parent (Oh I forgot — the SDU gets it, after which they get to hold it to accrue interest which they won’t report, and may — or may not — forward it to the children.  Alternately, they could perhaps find housing, a room to let, for $600 month somewhere, and pay 7 months conditional on seeking work activities or other appropriate stuff, so the man has a base of operation to look for work.
If the OPFNFF actually exists as a distinct entity and has 500 members, I find it strange it has very little income ??
This foundation was formed in 1987, with the help of some very successful Catholic businessmen, Hungarian and German origins and is local to Cleveland in origins also:

Under William’s stewardship, and that of his brothers (and later his son and nephews), Leaseway Transportation grew to become a billion dollar a year enterprise, with operations throughout the United States and in foreign countries as well.

Throughout his life, William was noted for his philanthropy. He died in 1983.

Dorothy’s life was spent raising her children and nurturing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Devoted to her family, she will long be remembered as a constant source of wisdom, courage and good humor to family and friends alike.

In 1987, Dorothy and her eldest son, William J. O’Neill Jr., established The William J. and Dorothy K. O’Neill Foundation, a private, family foundation organized to render support “exclusively for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, either directly or by contributions, to organizations which qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.”

Why is it that so many of the FOUNDATIONS which stem from personally successful corporate BUSINESS MEN (and women) and financially smart enough to put things into a family trust — are so intent that the people they wish to help get JOBS — rather than some of their business savvy, or any mentoring into how to start and steward a business.  I imagine THAT would help develop a sense of self-sufficiency!    So tax laws have changed — teach that!  Don’t teach “how to find your nurturing side” when nurturing sides are not what wealth in this country comes from (the opposite, in fact).
Makes you think — possibly it’s the innate sense of the successful to do homage to fellow-businessmen, and make sure there’s plenty of competition for jobs in those businesses they (or others) own.
Here’s this one as they TRUTHFULLy reported, it was founded in 1987:
Ohio Secretary of State's Office
Ohio Secretary of State's Office
704914 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 07/10/1987 07/15/2016 Active PEPPER PIKE CUYAHOGA OHIO
500769 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 07/05/1977 - Dead CLEVELAND CUYAHOGA OHIO
1 – 2
Agent / Registrant Information
LEAH S. GARY, PRESIDENT AND CEO
THE WILLIAM J. AND DOROTHY K. O’NEILL FOUNDATION 30195 CHAGRIN BLVD., #106
CLEVELAND,OH 44124
Effective Date: 07/15/2011
Contact Status: Active
Incorporator Information
SHELDON M SAGER
Filings
Filing Type Date of Filing Document Number/Image
DOMESTIC ARTICLES/NON-PROFIT 07/10/1987 G198_0989
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 03/23/1992 000000391181
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 06/19/1992 H376_0523
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 03/03/1997 000000391182
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 03/21/1997 5806_0351
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 11/21/2001 200132564922
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 12/06/2001 200134003042
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 08/07/2006 200621955252
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 09/15/2006 200625802106
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 05/16/2011 201113683790
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 07/15/2011 201119900965
They got letter of renewal notice mailed — but do you notice them going out of business for failing to file?
THe articles of incorporation (read them if you’re unfamiliar with foundations, family trusts) include purpose (a) — to receive or maintain real or personal property, and (c) — to distribute income so as not to become subject to income tax.
I also not that the Son (“Jr.”) in OH wa sin charge, and that apparently his mother Dorothy K at this time was living in Delray  Beach, Florida
Looking for them on national databases — I imagine these are all related to each other by family:
Most Recent Tax Period EIN Name State Rule Date IRS Sub- section Total Revenue Total Assets 990 Image
2009  346545084 Oneill Brothers Foundation OH 1955 03-pf 371,354 4,854,310 990
2009  311679171 The William E and Juliana P Oneill Family Foundation Oneill William E Ttee OH 2001 03-pf 82,498 267,757 990
2009  311530980 Oneill Foundation OH 1998 03-pf 54,866 906,488 990
2009  341910008 The Patrick J Oneill Family Foundation Vanik Thomas C Ttee OH 2000 03-pf -5,203 152,612 990
2009  341560893 William J & Dorothy K Oneill Foundation Inc OH 1987 03-pf -3,599,798 65,244,811 990

I do not have to go flying all over the place to find out if they have an EIN# — they obviously do.
(I’m not going to check in local registry as a charity in OH, probably they are smart enough to do that if required).
I just browsed the 2009 tax return.  They have around $68 million assets, and about $1 million income in dividends and securities.  They report their balance sheet (holdings), salaries — only the top 3 officers get paid:  President, about $158K, and the other two (EVP & Grants manager) under $70K.  The management firm is paid $488K.
They gave the National Fatherhood Initiative a $15,000 grant (somewhat larger than the other 501(c)3’s listed, as well as $1,000 here and $3,000 there.
Perhaps another way to save those five prisons from being sold off — teach others by mentoring —  communicate business skills, not just geting grants skills.
I have seen young children (rich and poor) learn incredible things no one expected they could, simply because we (colleagues and I) did.  This has been proven time after time (for example, look up JUMP ” Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies” out of Canada.   Don’t let them internalize the 7 lesson schoolteacher, but show how it’s wrong by conveying at least ONE skill in-depth.
Like accounting.  Or stewarding SOMETHING.  Stop patronizing people.
That said, feed a man, you’ve fed a man.  Feed a woman, you’ve fed a family.  Teach HER those skills and shut down the offensive OCSE which doles out blessings to some, encourages religious gender (apartheid, though nothing like Islamic gender apartheid that I just put a link up to)   and withholds them from other, backed up by the IRS, which turns its eye on and off some just as capriciously.  Teach them the tax history of this country honestly.  Put good books and info in front of people and stop propping up outdated textbook industries that are hostage to how the big guys in California and Texas do, and self-censor to match.
Stop elevating the Psychology and Training industries (along with the curriculum peddlers) which the 24/7 wall street site I quoted (today’s first post) says leads to the least work for a little advanced training (second step — judges!) by promoting “fatherhood” which is a rhetoric.
It’s being promoted just find within Catholicism, that’s not going anywhere soon, as well as in plenty of other religions.
There has to be a better way than the outsourcing AND concealing (by networks so diverse, it takes a Sherlock to figure out who paid off whom!) AND turning a blind eye in one’s grant recipients (or subgrantees) to tax-dodging agencies who fail to stay incorporated properly.
NEXT UP:  “Coordinated Parenting Institute” (or whoever the Susan Boyan/Anne Termini team is these days) and Lancaster County, PA court system.
I have yet to find out where they exist, although any of us can find out where they are running the expensive trainings in how to become a parenting coordinator and separate those children from their mothers due to her lack of trust in the parent coordinator, and for a good reason, too!
Want to hear another one, in re: wealth transfer through the courts?  This just out (or at least I just found it):
It beats even the Let’s Make Kids’ Turn the STatewide Standard effort of about 2002 (which I blogged earlier):
PUBLIC GUARDIAN TO EXPAND POWERS TO SEIZE ASSETS (Calif. AB 1288)

AB 1288, which is now in front of the California Legislature, would expand the time frame in which the Public Guardian’s office could take control of an elder’s assets, prior to filing for conservatorship over that individual.

Now hold on a minute. Does this bill actually state that the Public Guardian can come in and take over assets without a guardianship being in place? How in the world can that be allowed?

Well, the law authorizing this is already on the books, as Probate Code 2900, which allows the PG to seize assets based on “intent” to file for guardianship.

UUnbelievable.

AB 1288 would just give the Public Guardian a bit more time to hit the bank. As written into law, PC 2900 allows the PG’s office fifteen days to mosey over to the savings and loan and take all of Grandma’s hard earned cash, based on “intent” and without an official determination of incapacity by any court of law.

Wow. That’s starting to sound a bit like family law, which can switch custody (in practice does) without giving a reason why.  The law says they should, but I’ve seen it often enough (and experienced) to know how few clear remedies once a judge does this.  

AB 1288 would give the PG an extra chunk of time to do exactly the same thing and would include the option to kick out family or friends living with the proposed conservatee.

And, most tellingly, without even telling Grandma. The only notice that needs to be given to the prospective ward is if the assets are in a Trust. Sans that document , the PG can simply drive up to the bank, grab Granny’s dinero and take off like a bandit, and Granny isn’t even entitled to be told what hit her.

Parallel in the family law system — deals cut / on compromise of arrears, or the involvement of federal grants monies — around the child support system.  The custodial parent is NOT notified many times of major restructurings affecting what her (or his) kids get to eat, or, case in point, NOT.    There are certain forms which have, on the face of the form, “Notice not required.” and are handled, it appears administratively — outside the courtroom.  That’s what we get for letting AOC get so large.

But I need my future guest blogger (who I bet is reading this post) to outline that a little better.

According to Assemblyman Rich Gordon’s office (Gordon is the author of 1288), this is only to protect the elder’s assets from “injury or loss.” In an email on August 4, Gordon aide Margot Grant wrote:

“AB 1288 would provide that if the public guardian or public conservator determines that the requirements for appointment of a guardian or conservator of the estate are satisfied, and the public guardian or public conservator intends to apply for appointment as the public guardian or public conservator only if the real or personal property held in the trust is subject to loss, injury, waste, or misappropriation.

Case in point, suppose the public guardian lived, say, in Los Angeles County.  This is like asking the foxes if the chickens are at risk, and if so, feel free to take over the henhouse, and eat the weak ones.

Attorney General Bill Lockyer (found at “no-probate.com”) warns people about living trust mills scam:  I can’t say anything about this (how about the “I’m related to Bill Lockyer and want to head up one of the family justice center franchises?” and suddenly the pay goes up by $25K/year).

Caregivers can be a nightmare:

Seattle ‘caregiver’ raided 93-year-old’s life savings, prosecutors claim

(April, 2011) Alleged victim’s son: His father “was no longer the man he had known his whole life”
By LEVI PULKKINEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF
She was hired to care for the 93-year-old’s dying wife.
Instead, King County prosecutors contend, the 52-year-old Seattle woman inserted herself into every facet of his life, separated him from his children, then raided his life savings to the tune of $300,000.
Filing theft charges earlier this month, prosecutors claim Samantha Pierce bilked her elderly ward by winning his trust in the months after his wife’s death.
 
After a miser’s life, the self-made millionaire’s finances and health began to erode under Pierce’s care, Seattle Police Detective Elizabeth Litalien said in charging documents.
 
Still, the detective said, he thwarted attempts by his family to oust Pierce while she wrote more than $125,000 in checks to her children, obtained the title to a luxury SUV owned by the man and was preparing to buy a $2 million home on Lake Washington — sight unseen — with his money.
 
“Prior to his wife’s death, Pierce manipulated (him) into believing that she was the only one that would care for him and for his well being,” Litalien told the court. “She attempted, and often succeeded, in isolating him from a family that loved and cared about him.
Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Seattle-caregiver-split-93-year-old-from-1349181.php#ixzz1Xs9CegBt
 
That was not a probate example, but we get the picture of vulnerability in old age and the attraction of real estate. In fact family and probate law are often hand in hand.  More from the Phelan site:
 

We can only asssume that the folks in Sacramento are living in a bubble and haven’t gotten the skinny from Southern California yet. According to an aide in a Riverside County Supervisor’s office, who spoke under conditions of anonymity, “The Public Guardian’s office has been looting estates for years. That is old news.”

AB 1288 will be coming up for a vote shortly. It is only a matter of time before the hazy shroud of “intent” is lifted and the free- for- all begins, in earnest. I can foresee the day when turning sixty five will occasion an official “launch” party, as the birthday senior will make a run for the border . Getting out of dodge before one officially enters one’s “golden years” may turn into a race for the safety and security of a country which does not regard its elders as cash cows.

Mexico is looking better all the time….

(she writes)…

Very interesting…..
(in part…..)
This bill, sponsored by the Counties of San Mateo and Santa 
Clara, would authorize a public guardian or conservator to 
restrain access to a proposed ward’s or conservatee’s real or 
personal property for up to 30 days and also restrain access to 
the proposed ward’s or conservatee’s trust assets. CHANGES TO EXISTING LAW

1. Existing law provides that if the public guardian or 
public conservator determines that the requirements for 
appointment of a guardian or conservator of the estate are 
satisfied and the public guardian or public conservator 
intends to apply for appointment, the public guardian or 
public conservator may take possession or control of real or 
personal property of a person domiciled in the county that is 
subject to loss, injury, waste, or misappropriation, and may 
deny use of, access to, or prohibit residency in, the real or 
personal property, by anyone who does not have a written 
rental agreement or other legal right to the use of, or access 
to, the property. (Prob. Code Sec. 2900(a).)

Obviously out of state or out of county relatives, or even 1 mile away relatives, are not likely to be on the rental agreements.  Perhaps they should consider changing this!

Existing law authorizes a public guardian or public
conservator, in reliance upon a peace officer’s declaration of 
pending elder or dependent adult financial abuse, to take
immediate possession or control of the property of the elder
person and issue a 2901 Certification. (Prob. Code Sec.
2952(c)(1).)

Of course law enforcement is completely independent from the family/probate law by lack of association of collaboration.  See Family Justice Center (which conveniently co-locates them together to better serve victims of domestic violence, child abuse, child trafficking etc.) What are the chances this might tempt the peace officer (who are humans, not ethical deities) to make declarations in anticipation of a little cut of the action?This bill would provide that if the public guardian or public 
conservator determines that the requirements for appointment
of a guardian or conservator of the estate are satisfied and
the public guardian or public conservator intends to apply for
appointment as the guardian or conservator of a person
domiciled in the county, the public guardian or public

All of this is pretty much up to what’s going on in the public guardian’s and peace officer’s heads.  I think that’s a little too subjective for comfort, although I could see the desire to protect looting by relatives.

“Unfortunately, the
ÝPublic Guardian/Conservator] is legally prohibited from 
filing a TRO ÝTemporary Restraining Order] because they lack 
the standing to do so. A court will not allow the ÝPublic
Guardian/Conservator] to take any action on behalf of the
elder until a conservatorship is in place. Like a TRO, AB
1288 provides a means to maintain the status quo until the
matter can be adjudicated.
What some people continue to just not “get” is that there is a vital purpose behind insisting that someone actually have standing to take a legal action; jurisdiction is about the first thing to be handled in the pleading.  This is saying, let’s suspend that, after all we know public guardians are the good guys, right?
Sure, uniformly.
This site (alerting us to AB 1288) has also reported on the dual docketing system discovered by Joseph Zernik (intersecting with Richard Fine), in Computerized of Con-puterized and on a troubling topic called “Probate Murder” which, actually, can happen through medical neglect or overdose, or dosing with contraindicated medications.  It’s not that hard to kill off a frail, isolated, and dependent elder, after all, they are going to die eventually, right?
I can’t speak for everything on the blog (which I haven’t read all of), but to me, this is another issue to watch.  NOTE:  in taking a couple into the family court, if there are elderly parents on either (or better yet, both) sides, these assets may surface eventually as the parents start funding their kids court cases.  This is how Marv Byer found out about the things he did in the late 1990s, in Los Angeles County (See my “Shady shaky foundations of family law” post, on links to the right0.
The McNeill Foundation, it appears, did the right thing:  Along with business sucess, they knew how to protect their earnings.
Something to bequeathe to the next generations, along with how to make those earnings in a drastically changed tax environment and with major expansions of federal spending, plus integrating faith communities onto the grants streams (Bush, 2001), and what not.
If you want to learn a society, watch what it does to the lower classes (education, imprisonment, work -lifestyles sold to it) and watch HOW the upper classes (NOT the middle classes) do this.  Step back and just look at it.
The arrival of the internet enables two-way traffic, both abusive and enterprising.  As I have been narrating, it also facilitates the creation of what I call “nonprofit front groups.”  Consider yourself warned, in between hating the Tea Party, or the Progressives, that there are other ways to view the picture.
By the way, I started clicking on some of the spinoff websites supported by the nonextant “NPFF.org” domain:
So far, the first one,
http://supportingoursons.org/
whose FIRST link is “Donate Money”
Supporting Our Sons
http://supportingoursons.org/aboutus/aboutus.cfm
Copyright © 2001-2003 Supporting Our Sons, Inc. All rights reserved.
Supporting Our Sons, Inc.
555 Bryant Street #527  (= a UPS store….)
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Call toll free1-866-Our Sons (1-866-687-7667)
E-mail us at: Members@supportingoursons.orgOK, this should be showing in California then:

rganization Name Registration Number Record Type Registration Status City State Registration Type Record Type
SUPPORTING OUR SONS, INC. 117640 Charity Current PALO ALTO CA Charity Registration Charity
1
(they appear to have petered out as of 2008, after about 3 years (2002,3,4) of some good revenues — and not one single RRF filing shows up.  The revenues were over $100K for those years.  They should’ve sent in the forms.  Being small, maybe no one bothered to get on their case….)
Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2322789 12/12/2000 SUSPENDED SUPPORTING OUR SONS, INC. LISEN STROMBERG
similar names:

 

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2075425 05/24/1999 SUSPENDED SAVING OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS JOHN SANFORD, JR.
C3383724 03/21/2011 ACTIVE SAVING OUR SONS FOUNDATION KENNETH B BRIDGES

 

Websites Related To Npnff.org

nformation and resources about parenting in the Napa Valley. Offers events, meetings and school readiness.
Sounds good enough (but don’t be tricked int

 

Related Sites 

 

KidsPeace (Popularity: ): KidsPeace gives kids peace through mental health treatment programs, crisis intervention and public education. KidsPeace is a private, not-for-profit organization.
Children’s Rights Council (Popularity: ): National non-profit organization that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family, regardless …
New Parents Network (Popularity: ): A non-profit organization providing weekly multi-lingual parenting tips, PSA’s for radio, TV, newspapers, and kiosk software reaching low-income families in …
Every Person Influences Children (Popularity: ): Provides help to parents, teachers, and members of the community raise children to become responsible adults.
Kids First! (Popularity: ): The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media – a national not-for-profit organization that is a voluntary collaboration between the media industry, …
Supporting Our Sons (Popularity: ): National, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the development of the whole boy. Provides organization profile as well as information on …
New Jersey Parents’ Caucus (Popularity: ): A resource site. Discusses issues, lists events, includes a newsletter in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and has family support job …
Family First (Popularity: ): Non-profit organization provides various articles and other information on marriage, parenting and fatherhood.
o clicking on the website too often!)
this one is a going concern:  just write out the name of the state and you have the current website:

New Jersey Parents’ Caucus

275 Rt. 10 East Ste.220-414, Succasunna, NJ 07876


On January 24th, 2000, New Jersey’s Governor announced the new Children’s System of Care Initiative. Over the past few years, the Initiative was renamed The Partnership For Children, and finally the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services. We are proud to introduce New Jersey’s first three family support organizations under the Governor’s Partnership For Children: the Family Support Organization of Burlington County, Family-Based Services Association of NJ located in Monmouth County, Family Support Organization of Union County, Family Support Organization of Mercer County, Family Support Organization of Bergen County, Family Support Organization of Cape May/Atlantic Counties, and the Family Support Organization of Hudson County. Middlesex and Morris/Sussex counties are the next two geographic areas included in the 2003-2004 family support organization development. The remaining counties will follow suit as the funding will allow. As of 2006, all of the counties in the state of New Jersey have funded family support organizations.

Over the past few years, the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus has worked in partnership with SAMHSA -The Center For Mental Health Services (CMHS)Eli Lilly CorporationUnited Advocates for Children of CaliforniaPage Hill FoundationBen & Jerry’s FoundationBristol Meyers Squibb,OJJDP-Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention,Janssen PharmaceuticaNovartis,Trinitas RegionalMedical CenterGlaxo Smith Kline and a host of other organizations throughout the country to provide community education, training, advocacy, support, and information resources and referrals to parents, caregivers and professionals throughout the state of New Jersey.

Thats an awful lot of pharmaceuticals.  Seems to me Bristol Meyers had some connection to (Maximus), I DNR.


This one exists.  When asked “What Is It” the answer what it does is given.  It’s a fatherhood group, marketing programs, florida-based. It has a board of directors:
Family First logo
There are a “kazillion” family firsts in Florida, but I got lucky and clicked on the one with same street address, first:
Family First is a registered trademark owned by:

FLORIDA FAMILY COUNCIL, INC.
5211 W. LAUREL STREET, SUITE 102
TAMPA FL 33607
in connection with:  “

TELEVISION/RADIO ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES, GENERALADVICE CONCERNING MARRIAGE, PARENTING, FAMILY LIFE HEALTH, FAMILY RELATED ISSUES
first used in FL 1998, they filed to co-opt the name in 2004.
It’s a nonprofit formed in 1991 and unbelievably, seems to be filing at least its annual reports.

Document Number N41555
FEI/EIN Number 593043408
Date Filed 01/08/1991
State FL
Status ACTIVE
Most Recent Tax Period EIN Name State Rule Date IRS Sub- section Total Revenue Total Assets 990 Image
2009  593043408 Florida Family Council Inc FL 1991 03 2,883,791 897,181 990
$2.8 million, approx, grants, $115 program service revenue.  Already I don’t like them, talk about a vague nonprofit purpose “strengthen marriage/ family, promote fatherhood” (purpose #2)  PDF to the 2009 990 here
As to the nonprofit registration IN florida:
Non-profits corporations that solicit funds (charitable organizations) are also required to register with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Department publishes the “Gift Givers Guide” listing these charitable organizations. The guide is available online at http://www.800helpfla.com/giftgiversguide/
Back to the Division of Consumer Services' Homepage
They have to register here, too:
Florida Family Council, Inc., Tampa, FL Print
Also Soliciting as
Family First
Registration Number :CH1697 Expiration Date :11/30/2011
Revenue Source         : 08 – IRS 990 w/ Sch.A (12/31/2009)
Total Revenue : $2,883,791.00 Program Services Expenses : $2,137,353.00   88%
Total Expenses : $2,436,941.00 Administrative Expenses : $113,392.00   5%
Surplus/Deficit : $446,850.00 Fund-Raising Expenses : $186,196.00   8%
Statement Of Purpose
THE MISSION OF FAMILY FIRST IS TO STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY BY ESTABLISHING FAMILY AS A TOP PRIORITY IN PEOPLE’S LIVES AND BY PROMOTING PRINCIPLES OF BUILDING MARRIAGES AND RAISING CHILDREN.
Florida Family Policy Council, Inc., Orlando, FL Print
Registration Number :CH21143 Expiration Date :10/3/2011
Revenue Source         : DCS Statement of Support/Revenue (12/31/2009)
Total Revenue : $324,968.00 Program Services Expenses : $169,073.00   46%
Total Expenses : $366,963.00 Administrative Expenses : $90,666.00   25%
Surplus/Deficit : -$41,995.00 Fund-Raising Expenses : $107,224.00   29%
Statement Of Purpose
EDUCATION, AND INFORMATION, ADMINISTRATION, FUNDRAISING
The president is a high-priced + expenses motivational speaker, exactly who’s attracted to marketing marriage business:

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKERS / MARK MERRILL

Mark is the host of the Family Minute with Mark Merrill, a national daily radio program that reaches 2,400,000 people each week. The broadcast is heard on mainstream stations in 32 states, as well as Canada, XM and SIRIUS Satellite Radio and American Forces Network. He has appeared on numerous ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC network affiliates and network radio programs including NPR, CBS Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Network. His comments and writings have appeared in many publications including USA Today, the Washington Times and Sports Illustrated.
As an energetic advocate for the family, Mark speaks at conferences and events for companies such as Chick-fil-A, JPMorganChase, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. He also speaks at major events hosted by NFL teams, and at special engagements for dignitaries like First Lady Laura Bush and Governor Jeb Bush.

(CHICK-FIL-A is a fatherhood supporter).

Before founding Family First in 1991, Mark practiced law in Florida for seven years. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree as a Phi Beta Kappa in 1981 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida.

Charity navigator shows his 2009 salary as $199K and 8.19% expenses:
Name Title Compensation % of Expenses
Mark W. Merrill President $199,810 8.19%
Doubt his legal practice could beat that, or why would he have switched, here?
This is a NONprofit, but the behavior it’s engaged in is called marketing things on websites that end *.com.
Here’s a spoon.  Gag me with it.  Let groups like this start paying taxes and stop soliciting donations to promote their products under the umbrella of nonprofits with $2.8 million revenues and $200K officers…
An “all pro Mom” writes:
Post Susan Smith — All-Pro Mom
Anyone else questioning the propriety of Tony Dungy calling himself an “All-Pro Dad”? Your kid commits suicide, maybe you’re not Ward Cleaver.
  • Tony Dungy, President Clinton, James Dungy
  • Tony Dungy, left, included his son James in team activities, including this photo op with President Clinton in 2000.
  • (2005, his son, 18, commits suicide)
    he Dungys have four other children: daughters Tiara and Jade, and sons Eric and Jordan. James, their second-oldest child, was taking extension classes at the University of South Florida, the sheriff’s office said.

    James Dungy spent his senior year at North Central High School in Indianapolis and graduated this year. C.E. Quandt, the school’s principal, said Dungy was a personable student who never flaunted his father’s position.

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy has fumbled hisinvitation to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, according to CBN’s David Brody. A White House source tells Brody that Dungy couldn’t make two of the four faith council meetings.

“Because of the time commitment needed I have respectfully declined,” Dungy said in a statement to Brody.

The news should cheer the folks over at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, whotsked-tsked the president for the appointment in a March 31 statement:

“Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team, has well-known ties with intolerant Religious Right groups. In 2007, for example, he spoke at a fund-raising dinner for the Indiana Family Institute, a James Dobson-affiliated group that opposes gay rights, reproductive rights and separation of church and state.”

Dungy will work with the president instead on responsible fatherhood initiatives.

and:
Dungy is an evangelical Christian and at one point in his coaching career considered leaving football for the prison ministry.[4] Throughout his career, he has remained involved with community service organizations.[32] On March 20, 2007, Dungy aligned himself with a socially conservative organization, the Indiana Family Institute, and openly supported an amendment to the Indiana constitution which would have defined marriage as solely between one man and one woman.[33] Dungy also appeared in a testimonial video on I Am Second, in which he shares his story of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Hardly surprising.  I’m not criticizing Tony Dungy, but the practice of nonprofiting one’s way to even more fame and prosperity, marketing like this.  We do not need any more institutionalized Focus on the Family or anything like it.  Many of these people have made family & fatherhood an idol and are sacrificing to it, with other peoples’ lives and finances.    Have the relationship with Jesus Christ however you want to, but remember  the First Amendment is in the Bill of Rights FIRST for a reason, and the people who helped give you that freedom of worship were deists anyhow, for the most part, for all their shortsuits and blindspots — the design of this thing was good called the Constitution which President Bush helped alter significantly through executive orders — and is worth remembering at least, since we aren’t practicing it any more.
 
 New Parents Network (active website with an Entrance display you have to click past):

Our History

Ms. Karen Storek founded New Parents Network in 1988 out of her often frustrating experience stumbling across vital parenting information on a hit-or-miss basis. She realized that thousands of agencies had been specifically created to help parents and children, and that their information needed to be brought together, all in one easy-to-access, free location, using technology in creative ways to reach anyone, even those without computer and Internet access.

Over the years, New Parents Network’s dynamic library of parenting information has grown and the means of distribution has evolved:

©1988-2010 New Parents Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved – P.O. Box 64237 Tucson, AZ 85728-4237 – Tel: 1-520-461-6806 -
(NOTE:  I go FIRST to the “About us” page and look for a geographic location, then to that state to see how it incorporated, especially if it’s self-described as a nonprofit.  While I understand this seems like generic parenting stuff, I”m still going to go.
Arizona Corporation Commission (also see “coordinatedlegal.com” link I posted)

Written by Let's Get Honest

September 13, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Fun and Games looking at how Fat(h)erhood Groups self-propagate, (re)name their new “babies,” and (re)incorporate

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Original title:

Informal Toolkit for Mining Federal State and County Data on Court-Connected Groups &amp; Professionals

However, the “Teaching/Demonstration” aspect (or personality – maybe I’m MPD as a survival technique, who knows!) decided it was more fun to illustrate some drawbacks to certain existing databases commonly available (for free) to the public.  And how very few of them let you sort by EIN# or even DUNS#.

Generally speaking the better websites are not exactly free.  I discovered one today I really liked, and got my 5 free searches.  Now they want $600 a month, after I got hooked on lookups.

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One of the best i’ve found (to date) is FEDMINE.com.  Hoo boy!

 

ON THE VAGARIES OF INJUSTICE

Ashok Mehan is the sole founder and creator of FEDMINE.US, a company he started in 2004 playing around looking under the hood of his new Macintosh Pro computer, which came pre-installed with plenty of open source tools…. like MySQL, PhP, Perl, and the Unix command line interface to name a few. Ashok is a businessman, he never was and still not is, a programmer by any stretch of imagination. He never even learnt html, leave alone Unix or PhP!

But there was something about the ease of learning on Apple Computer products that allowed him to single handedly build a prototype that would eventually become the enterprise class suite of applications that FEDMINE.US is today. He learnt how to construct MySQL tables on his own, obtained an O’Reilly’s technical books subscription and learnt how to load data into the database, and hired a brilliant programmer 4,000 miles away to help him access that data. Needless to say, that was then and this is now.

{{which is what businessmen know how to do!}}

Ashok did try to throw in the towel on many occasions on the way to final product launch in the summer of 2007, but each time he found himself further along the Rubicon that he had crossed a long time ago. Essentially, there was no turning back, at least that is what his wife told him.

During the years building and growing his previous company from 1990 – 2002, he experienced the inherent difficulties many small businesses like his suffered while trying breaking into the federal sector, and he soon realized just how difficult the environment was, which not surprisingly remains so till today.

One of the most surprising things to strike Ashok was the fact that despite the US government being the biggest customer in the world, there were less than a handful of firms providing business intelligence information to track what the federal government was buying.

…”Given the sheer size of the roughly $800 billion spent by the federal government every year, federal professionals, government officials, congressional lawmakers, and large and small businesses of every kind require quick access to critical information on where the federal government is spending its dollars, and be able to do so with minimal or no research. “

Fedmine was formed in MD on 7/24/2008.  The founder has quite the background:

  1. Prior to FEDMINE, Ashok was the founder and CEO of SMAC Data Systems, Gaithersburg, MD, a company that was in business from early 1990 through 2002. At start-up and through 1994, SMAC specialized in semiconductor, computer and special PC hardware sales, servicing over 300+ computer resellers in the mid-Atlantic. In 1995 Ashok re-innovated his business by strategically investing in a state-of-the-art production facility capable of custom integration and assembly of 50,000+ systems and began implementation of ISO 9002 for his company. The firm grew to 75 employees in support of large high profile US defense and civil agency programs.
  2. In 1998 Ashok successfully transitioned the company yet again, this time into a technology integration services and solutions firm, steering SMAC through constant innovation and change. Portfolio of work performed was extensive and diverse while revenue grew past $25 Million. To aid his business model innovation efforts he attended several workshops of Prof. John Donovan at Cambridge University.
  3. Prior to SMAC, Ashok was at Zenith Data Systems where he spent several years selling technology to the federal government, a job he accepted after spending several years building and selling computers at one one of the area’s first computer manufacturing outfit at the time.
  4. Ashok holds an MBA in Information Systems, with a major in Expert Systems from Marymount University, Arlington, VA.  He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in 1978, and studied in Salzburg, Austria before coming to the US in 1984.

Here’s another bio:

Mr. Mehan was born and raised in India in a family where success was a fundamental core belief. He was fortunate to have studied at one of the country’s top institutions, and received the US equivalent of an Ivy League education. At the age of 24, he traveled to Salzburg, Austria where he completed a vocational management study in the hospitality industry. Mr. Mehan came to the United States in 1983, and chose to earn an MBA with a major in Information Systems while working full time. He completed his MBA in 1987, and founded his own company, SMAC Data Systems, in December of 1990.

He is not messing around!   Timing, vision, drive, etc.  This will strongly contrast with some of the (US-born most likely) individuals covered later in this post, who have specialized in forming nonprofits, failing to keep them going financially or legally incorporated, and apparently spend their times marketing products that capitalize on getting fatherhood grants from the US government, and teaching others how to do the same thing, while lobbying for more favorable child support circumstances . . .. What a contrast!

The company succeeded by seizing market opportunities as the computer marketplace matured. In the early 90’s, the company became well known for its knowledge of the computer industry, and grew rapidly by serving the needs of the many small computer manufacturing and reseller firms in the Washington metro area. While extremely successful and highly profitable, in early 1995 Mr. Mehan, a strong believer in strategy innovation, morphed his company from just selling IT products to a high-end systems integrator, and averted the rapidly advancing wave of competition from national chains selling similar products. Then again in early 1998, the company made another innovative move that expanded the company to a full service network engineering firm, and revenues surpassed $25 million with healthy profitability. Mr. Mehan sold SMAC Data Systems in mid 2001, and in September of 2001, he founded Adezza Federal Consulting, LLC, a firm specializing in helping small firms win government contracts. Adezza now has four government contracts that its clients are authorized to use for selling into the federal government ranging from consulting work in Information Security, E-learning and Network Engineering to software development. The company moved toward a Top Secret facility clearance for consulting with senior officials in the Department of Defense and Homeland Security arenas. Adezza has already proven successful for many small businesses, and continues to work very closely with government contracting firms to enhance their business development efforts.

 

 

Also linked to a:Home

http://www.secaf.org/member/ashok-mehan (guess he does their membership directory)

About Us

Founded in 2001, the Small and Emerging Contractor Advisory Forum (SECAF) enables the small and emerging government contractor to achieve maximum growth in a highly competitive marketplace. SECAF provides companies with business resources, access to influencers and government agencies, advocacy opportunities and education. With more than 250 members, SECAF boasts one of the highest organizational retention rates in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.

SECAF members include CEOs, COOs and CXOs of both small and emerging contractors

Seriously, this is fantastic information — and accessible by download and for a significant investment:

http://www.fedmine.us/fedconnect_bizopps/package.php

ranging from $4,950 to $150 for a training session.  The benefit being, obviously, if it’ll help someone get a federal contract….

Full Application Suite – 14 data sources

INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • Online Access License For:
    • Full FEDMINE™ Commercial Online Enterprise Application Suite
    • Federal Goaling Report Suite for each Agency, Bureau, and Contracting Office
    • Free setup of custom templates
    • Free setup of company and agency alerts
    • Free custom list of agencies, contacts in your industry codes
    • Online, Email and Phone Support 
    • Two Training Sessions included in annual subscriptions
Target : All
No of users : 1
Download Allowances: 20,000
Amount : $ 4,950

It’s probably worth it.  however, for the rest of us, there are the usual free, sometimes cumbersome, sometimes inaccurate, and not coordinated with other states, resources.  This looks like a pretty good list of secretaries of states (for corporate status), plus more:

 

This is a search engine for trademarks

USPTO “TESS

tess2.uspto.gov/

Here’s what looks like a pretty good state-by-state listing of secretaries of state, or wherever you search for a business entity:

http://www.coordinatedlegal.com/SecretaryOfState.html

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If you need to do corporate searches, you’ve come to the right place. 

Coordinated Legal Technologies has compiled the links on this page for legal professionals and others who are looking for quick access to the corporate information available in online searchable databases maintained by the Secretary of State for any given state.  The extent of information available and the way in which it is present varies from state to state. Some states provide only a business name lookup, while others offer search by officer and director names, and UCC filing information. Please be sure to check the hosting state entity for more information about the type of content offered and the time periods covered.


It’s important to understand their privacy policy also that in many states, by searching you have to openly identify yourself (presumably truthfully), not just figure out there’s going to be some software SOMEwhere figuring out your computer’s IP address.  Texas and DC come to mind as requiring you to “sign in” or forget it.   It’s still real useful.

 

Introductory Sarcasm:

The drift of my last rant is that behind much evil in this world is simply loving, and planning to get (by any means), at money more than loving, say, one’s neighbor (&/or one’s God).  You can guess where I got that concept from.

I do not approve of a centralized-control society because the momentum of the centralizing “spin” tends to create greater and greater quantities of “marginalized” populations, as defined by arbitrary indicators, few of which have anything to do with the individuals’ ethics, morality, willingness to work hard, care for their local communities and families etc.

Nevertheless, that’s what we have here, and I think it’s about time to undress some of the mechanisms which are decreasing the odds of survival (while promising the opposite) in more and more grandiose terms, while engaging in remote-access population manipulations. . . . ..

Add to this that anyone who actually claims to understand money as the concept it is, rather than the piece of paper (or electronic indication of a payroll deposit) obtained by an employer, from which taxes and/or child support can be garnished, potentially — and even if the bank from which this was issued was recently granted a huge bailout by previous taxpayer contributions to the common (?) pool distributed by the U.S. G overnment, State, County, Local governments — but also with multiple tributaries in the form of federal (state, county, local) contractors and sometimes grantees — which are supposedly lifting the common burden of society such that the burden is less,  has probably forgotten his/her assigned place in the machinery, which is to participate in the tax-funded debt-creating society in hopes of some trickledown benefits and protection, sometime, somehow, maybe.

 

“Civilian” and Free-Access Databases sort on fewer fields, and are less accurate as to contents.   THey have varying sources, but they do exist.  Here are some of the national ones:

HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES GRANTS, already awarded:

http://TAGGS.hhs.gov

Drawbacks — inaccuracy, incomplete!

There are a number of grants with typos in it that I cannot attribute to a lowly database entry; if one searches by keyword “fatherhood” correctly spelled, for example, this $5 million set of grants would be missed:

Showing: 1 – 7 of 7 Award Actions




Recipient:
 NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE
Recipient ZIP Code: 20877

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support CFDA Number Agency Action Issue Date Amount This Action
2010 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 5 93.086 ACF 09-27-2010   $ 999,534 
2010 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 3 93.086 ACF 11-02-2009   $ 0 
2009 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 4 93.086 ACF 08-21-2009   $ 999,534 
2009 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 3 93.086 ACF 04-30-2009   $ 0 
2008 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 3 93.086 ACF 09-25-2008   $ 999,534 
2007 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 2 93.086 ACF 09-21-2007   $ 999,534 
2006 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 1 93.086 ACF 09-25-2006   $ 999,534 
Award Actions Count: 7 Award Actions Subtotal: $ 4,997,670


Page Award Actions Count: 7 Award Actions Amount for this Page: $ 4,997,670
Total of 7 Award Actions for 1 Awards Total Amount for all Award Actions: $ 4,997,670

or the word “responsible,” you’d miss this one, because the award title was misspelled.

Recipient: NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE
Recipient ZIP Code: 20877

FY Award Number Award Title Budget Year of Support CFDA Number Agency Action Issue Date Amount This Action
2001 90XP0023 THE RESPONSIBILE FATHERHOOD PUABLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM 1 93.647 ACF 04-09-2001   $ 500,000 
Award Actions Count: 1 Award Actions Subtotal: $ 500,000

 

What I don’t get is why someone hasn’t corrected the misspellingS sometime during the past decade.  What I just showed you is that ALL award numbers under “National Fatherhood Initiative” (think Wade Horn, who was formerly cofounder of it, then moved to HHS where obviously some help steering grants towards it ‘may” have been involved.)

A search by the principal investigator on this particular group might not work either, unless his name is really spelled “Christ~hopher Beard”  Or,  “Christhopher Brown”?

 

Fiscal Year Program Office Grantee Name City Award Number Award Title CFDA Number CFDA Program Name Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
2010 OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants AVE MULHERN $ 999,534
2010 OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CHRISTHOPHER BEARD  $ 0
2009 OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CHRISTHOPHER BEARD $ 999,534
2008 ACF NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CHRISTHOPHER BEARD $ 999,534
2007 ACF NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CHRISTHOPHER BROWN $ 999,534
2006 OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 93086 Healthy marriage Promotion and Responsible Fatherhood Grants CHRISTHOPHER BROWN  $ 999,534
2001 OPRE NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE GAITHERSBURG 90XP0023 THE RESPONSIBILE FATHERHOOD PUABLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM 93647  Social Services Research and Demonstration HEATHER THURMAN $ 500,000

Perhaps whoever is responsible for this is a recent graduate of a pubalic education program, and grew up in a faterless home and is slightly dyslexic when it comes to last names.   Look at your “QWERTY” keyboard if you’re near one, and (try to) figure out how the letters U or B are close by the “A” which just slipped in there for “PUABLIC”  and apparently no one read the output before officially entering it.  Or was it just spelling reaserch and demonstrashun?  (By the way, Heather Thurman is allowed to sign checks for the NFI, she should have a word with the HHS database data entry supervisors IF that was the issue.).

If I look at the actual dates of the award (dropping and adding a few fields), it becomes obvious that Mr. Brown had a name change just in time for a new award, after which a change of heart (or divorce from a same-sex marriage, complete with name-change?  Somehow, I think not) went back from being designated as “Mr. Brown” to “Mr. Beard.”

Program Office Grantee Name Award Number Award Title Action Issue Date CFDA Number Award Class Award Action Type Principal Investigator Sum of Actions
ACF NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 09/21/2007 93086 COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHRISTHOPHER BROWN $ 999,534
ACF NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 09/25/2008 93086 COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHRISTHOPHER BEARD  $ 999,534
OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 09/25/2006  93086  DISCRETIONARY  NEW  CHRISTHOPHER BROWN  $ 999,534
OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 04/30/2009 93086 DISCRETIONARY EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHRISTHOPHER BEARD $ 0
OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 08/21/2009 93086 DISCRETIONARY NON-COMPETING CONTINUATION CHRISTHOPHER BEARD $ 999,534
OFA NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE 90FB0001 NATIONAL FATERHOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE 11/02/2009 93086 DISCRETIONARY EXTENSION WITH OR WITHOUT FUNDS CHRISTHOPHER BEARD $ 0
Results 1 to 6 of 6 matches.

 

By the way, if you don’t (yet) understand why  I’m picking on this moderately sized by well-positioned group, read Talk2Action’s brief, 2007 summary of the situation with Mr. Horn’s & Mr. Eberly’s group called “Hand that Feeds

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Wade Horn has been very kind to Religious Right organizations, including the one that he founded in 1994 with Religious Right money — the National Fatherhood Initiative in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  Appointed by President Bush as Assistant Secretary for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services, Horn oversees an annual budget of  47 billion dollars.  Horn has shown that he knows all about the hand that feeds, and now, he has taken care to feed the National Fatherhood Initiative with a  “Capacities Building” grant in the amount of $999,534 from a program he started in his agency and called by the familiar-ringing name of the “Responsible Fatherhood Initiative.”
As Peggy Lee used to sing, ‘Nice work, if you can get it — and if you get it, tell me how.’

Serving as a go-to guy for the Religious Right has cemented Horn’s career.   The National Fatherhood Initiative, was born and bred to spout “traditional values.” It was founded in 1994 with $40,000 from the ultra-right Scaife Family Foundation, according to Media Transparency.org. Its original name — the National Organization of Fathers — was meant to serve as a male-fronted counter to the National Organization for Women (since NOW and feminists are evil, in their view), just as theIndependent Women’s Forum, with which Horn was also involved, was to serve as female-fronted counter, both groups parading “traditional values” in sneaky costumes for the Religious Right.

(Etc.)

to be fair, actually it was started by some “prominent thinkers” who just happened to have White House Connections, and be Bush Appointees? — in their own words:

NFI HISTORY

National Fatherhood Initiative is dedicated to giving our nation’s children a brighter future by educating and engaging fathers. No other issue is as pervasive and destructive as father absence. Father absence is strongly linked to poverty, teen pregnancy, juvenile delinquency, abuse, suicide, and a host of other issues.

After 1960, our nation’s communities saw a fourfold increase in father-absent homes, and the effect on our nation’s children and families is clear. Today, one in three children are growing up without their father; in the African American community, it is two out of every three children, and teen pregnancy, suicide, child abuse, and juvenile delinquency are more prominent than ever.

Finding a solution for father absence…

In 1993, Don Eberly, a former White House advisor and prominent social thinker, as well as several other scholars, met to discuss the growing problem of father absence in America, and, in 1994, the National Fatherhood Initiative was founded, based on the following principles:

  • Fathers make unique and irreplaceable contributions to the lives of children
  • Father absence produces negative outcomes for children **
  • Societies which fail to reinforce a cultural ideal of responsible fatherhood get increasing amounts of father absence
  • Widespread fatherlessness is the most socially consequential problem of our time.

** by this prominent social thinking then the solution for abusive fathers is to engage them more in childrearing, which is about how this works out in practice, too.

 

 

Back to work here:

 

Who IS CHristopher Beard/Brown anyhow?  I’ll ask my search engine.  Was it two different people?

  1. Christophe Beard – National Fatherhood Initiative

    www.fatherhood.org/staffnationalprogramming.asp

(broken link)  Hopefully not this man (note date — 2006):

Pastor At Haggard’s Church Resigns Over Sexual Misconduct

Christopher Beard Worked With Young Adults

POSTED: 1:31 pm MST December 18, 2006
UPDATED: 7:24 pm MST December 18, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A pastor who worked with young adults at New Life Church has resigned after admitting sexual misconduct and other mistakes just weeks after former church leader Ted Haggard stepped down over sexual immorality, church officials said.
Christopher Beard, who headed the TwentyFourSeven ministry that taught leadership skills to young adults, resigned Friday after admitting sexual misconduct and other mistakes, said Rob Brendle, an associate pastor at the 14,000-member church.
Brendle said Beard told church officials about “a series of decisions displaying poor judgment, including one incident of sexual misconduct several years ago.” The church said in a statement that the misconduct was with another unmarried adult several years ago. Beard, who worked with the church for nine years, has since married.

Apparently there is one man by each name, though neither of the names actually spelled “Christhopher.” (from “http://www.worldcat.org&#8221;)

by Christophe Beard; Karen Patterson; Christopher Brown; John Chacón; Steven Hane; Stephen Bavolek; National Fatherhood Initiative; Family Development Resources, Inc.

  Book

Language: English

Publisher: Gaithersburg, MD : National Fatherhood Initiative, ©2005.

LinkedIn Connection of Christophe Beard shows him directing the NFI from 2005 – 2009 and on the ECD (Early Childhood Development) team at NVFS (Nothern Virigina Family Services)

Here is Christopher Brown, FYI:

Roland Warren

Christopher Brown

Executive Vice President

p: 512.573.5508
cbrown@fatherhood.org

Christopher Brown is Executive Vice President of National Fatherhood Initiative.  Chris trains individuals and organizations on how to create father-friendly organizations and how to develop, market, and evaluate fatherhood programs.  He is the author or co-author of NFI curricula, including 24/7 Dad™, and many other products.  He has appeared a fatherhood expert in media outlets, including the L.A. Times, New York Times, Nick Jr. Magazine, and CNN.

Chris lives in the Austin, Texas area with his wife and two daughters, ages 15 and 12.

Also know that the burgeoning NFI now has a young, apparently single, former House of Reps intern as “Special Assistant to the President.”  She was an education major, too…. by which we know they are an egalitarian organization; they hire women, too in leadership positions:

Blaire Brachfeld

Special Assistant to the President

p: 240.912.1276
f: 301-948-4325
bbrachfeld@fatherhood.org

Blaire joined NFI in May 2011 and is responsible for planning and coordinating the President’s meeting schedule, travel logistics, correspondence, and research preparation. Additionally, she serves as liaison to the Board of Directors.Before NFI, Blaire interned with the US House of Representatives and the National Archives and Records Administration, working in the Nixon Presidential Library. She received a BA in Government and Politics with a minor in History and a focus in Education from University of Maryland, College Park in 2010, where she cheered for the Terps while a student. Blaire lives with her family in Silver Spring, Maryland.

You can separately look up the organization’s EIN# and search by EIN# to get a DUNS#, not that it’s helpful in any advanced (or other) searches.

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
NATIONAL FATHERHOOD INITIATIVE  GAITHERSBURG MD 20877 MONTGOMERY 879885986 $ 5,497,670

By the way, EIN# is  232745763

 

Anyhow, so much for word-based searches on TAGGS:

AHA! you think! I will use the numeric indicator, the DUNS# — that’s probably more accurate.  Which brings up the question, why doesn’t the TAGGS ADVANCED search make life simple for the rest of us, and include the field “DUNS” AND/OR ‘EIN’ in their Advanced Search capacities?  Imean, common sense database design says pick a SHORT and less prone to typos search field to identify specific entities, at least, does it not?  But in the TAGGS database, one cannot count on these, either –and would miss significant grants, again.  I found this out by being too quick on the “enter” key once, and hit “enter” before I’d keyed in a DUNS#, thus getting a listing of ALL grants (I think).   Which came up thus:

 

 

Here’s an EIN# search on a nationwide database called “990 finder” I use often enough. You can see by the Titles page that the name of this multi-state (or moving-target) network of fatherhood practitioners doesn’t always get entered in the same way — although it’s one EIN# (incidentally not showing as any grants recipient by HHS, per EIN search just now):

 

Your query: ( Organization Name: None Chosen , State: None Chosen , Zip: None Chosen , EIN: 522094433 , Fiscal Year: None Chosen )
7 matching documents retrieved (7 displayed) 

 

ORGANIZATION NAME

STATE

YEAR

TOTAL ASSETS

FORM

PAGES

EIN

National Practitioner Network for Father* and Family VA 2006 $21,807 990EZ 11 52-2094433
National Practitioner Network for Fathers and F VA 2005 $14,525 990EZ 11 52-2094433
National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families IN 2007 $20,908 990EZ 12 52-2094433
National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families DC 2002 $268,822 990 18 52-2094433
National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Family DC 2003 $276,692 990 14 52-2094433
National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Family Inc. VA 2004 $128,205 990 13 52-2094433
Pract Network for Fathers/Family DC 2004 $69,483 990 13 52-2094433

 

Search Again

A NCCSDATAWEB.ORG shows 990s for these same years (but unlike this one, not two for the year 2004) but reports revenue (not assets, as here) on the summary page, which displays this particular group as revenues “0.”   It would appear not to be a significant fatherhood group, although one cannot always go by the size of the web pages:

Filing in various years from:   DC (2002-2003), VA & DC (2004), VA ony (2005-2006) and IN 2007, after which we can deduce it went out of business, because no more IRS activity (or isn’t required to file because not earning anything?)

The 2007 form shows 10 different directors residing in:  IN (Exec Director John A. Smith), AZ, NC, CA (Los Angeles),GA, IL (Chicago) MA (Boston),  TX, and show contributions starting about $540K in 2003 (plus $10K membership fees) rapidly declining to $14K in a few years.  The “hours per week” the unpaid directors list as working for the organization is “0” and they were operating approximately $61K negative net “assets” i.e., in the red.  WATCHDOG.net (found if one types “EIN# and then the # sometimes into a search field) says per IRS documents they incorporated in 1998.  So what gives?

The IP status shows here:  NPNFF.org no longer pulls up anything, but supports these related websites:

Enter an IP address or domain name and receive a list of domains hosted on that IP address. 
(Domain, Host or IP address)

Notice that not one of the sites has any reference to “fathers” in the domain name.  Just parents, kids, home, family, etc….. but their real “parent” org is a fatherhood practitioners network.

 

LET’s TAKE A LOOK AT THE STATES IT WAS FILING 990s UNDER:

  • INDIANA

 

Indiana Corporate status of this group, which doesn’t have to file because it ain’t earning enough:

Entity Name Type Entity Type City / State
THE NATIONAL PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES, INC. Registered Foreign Registered Name

Name Searched On:

THE NATIONAL PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES, INC. (Registered)

Current InformationControl Number2002110400064 
Owner NameJOHN A. SMITH 

Address:
1003 K ST. NW STE 565, WASHINGTON, DC 20001


StatusExpired 
TypeRegistered 
Name Creation Date10/30/2002 
Name Date to Expire12/31/2002 
Name Inactive Date

Transactions:

Date Filed Effective Date Type
10/30/2002 10/30/2002 Name Registration

 

  • VIRGINIA
Entity Search

SCC eFile

SCC eFile may be used to search for Virginia and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and business trusts. Business entity details available in SCC eFile are: entity name, SCC ID, business entity type, date of formation or registration, status, principal office address (if required) and registered agent/registered office. You may also view an entity’s eFile history, including images of documents that have been filed using SCC eFile.

Clerk’s Information System

The Clerk’s Information System (CIS), an electronic database, also contains general information on file at the Commission for Virginia and foreign corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and business trusts. CIS provides more in-depth information than what is currently available in SCC eFile. Images of business entity documents are not currently available for electronic or online viewing, except for Corporate Annual Reports and documents filed via SCC eFile.

Not found.  When I searched only “Fathers and Families” the list was of course long, including some religious groups, contruction groups, and these two:

01764240 FATHERS UNITED FOR EQUAL RIGHTS, INC. Corporation Purged
02749257 FATHERS UNITED, INC. Corporation Purged

“Purged?”  Sounds rather final!  Let me check CRC in this state:

SCC ID Business Entity Name Entity Type Entity Status
04319968 CHILDREN’S RIGHTS COUNCIL – HANOVER Corporation Purged
S2485995 CHILDREN’S RIGHTS COUNCIL OF JAPAN(WYTHE CO) Limited Liability Company Fictitious name
03897691 CHILDREN’S RIGHTS COUNCIL OF TIDEWATER VIRGINIA,INC. Corporation Purged
F1026915 CHILDREN’S RIGHTS OF AMERICA, INC. Foreign Corporation Purged

(just messing around there.  I don’t find this “NPNFF” in VA…)

The one fictitious name is registered under Walter Benda & Associates, whose linked in shows him as if owning 3 different companies, two of which are ficititious names for the 3rd.:

Current

  • Owner at Blue Ridge Sun
  • Owner at Walter Benda and Associates, LLC
  • Co-Founder and CEO at Children’s Rights Council of Japan

Past

  • Publisher at MD NEWS Magazine
  • Publisher at Sunshine Media, Inc.
  • Vice President-Sales at Lenzkes Clamping Tools, Inc.

Education

  • University of Virginia – Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
  • Washington and Lee University

Recommendations

1 person has recommended Walter

Connections

98 connections

Blue Ridge Sun is a dealership for alternative energy products, and also provides design and installation services.
Located near the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Max Meadows, Virginia, Blue Ridge Sun is the first company that has installed  grid-tie residential solar energy systems in this part of the state (read more about this in the Wytheville Enterprise article in the “IN THE MEDIA” page of this website).
Our installation team brings long years of experience in the electrical, building, and plumbing trades.  Complementing this, the owner of Blue Ridge Sun, Walter Benda, brings specialized knowledge of photovoltaic design and installation.  He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and holds a MBA from the University of Virginia.  Benda’s professional career has included management positions with Fortune 500 companies as well as smaller start-up companies, in industries such as organic and natural foods, machine tools, and magazine publishing.  He also has founded and leads a non-profit organization.  (this CRC here?)  At least he has a real product and some contracting licenses!

 

(One needs to create a username and give out some data to sign onto this search site for DC):

  • DC
    Registered Agent JOHN W. DAVID
    Address Line 1 1003 K ST., N.W.,#505
    Address Line 2
    City Washington
    State DC
    Zip 20001-0000
    Country United States

Trade Name Information

Organization Name NATIONAL PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES (THE)
State MN
Status Revoked
Initial Date of Registration 2/25/2000
File # 200663
Organization Type CorpNonProfitForeign

what was the home state, as this is a “foreign” nonprofit?  (And why no search on their EIN# here?)

Trade Name Information

Organization Name NATIONAL PRACTITIONERS NETWORK FOR FATHERS AND FAMILIES (THE)
State MN
Status Revoked
Initial Date of Registration 2/25/2000
File # 200663
Organization Type CorpNonProfitForeign

WHO LISTS THIS NON-ENTITY (basically) as a FATHERHOOD RESOURCE?

It’s listed as a resource here:

http://www.fcnetwork.org/fatherhood/resources.html

Family & Corrections Network

     

 THE NORTH AMERICAN CONFERENCE ON FATHERS BEHIND BARS & ON THE STREET



It’s listed as if a major group under the US Office of Personnel Management, alongside other (more prosperous) fatherhood groups, and plenty of them:

http://www.opm.gov.edgekey.net/Employment_and_Benefits/WorkLife/OfficialDocuments/handbooksguides/Father/index.asp

They write:

Fatherhood



Fathers want to be active in raising their children.** Fathers are an integral part of their children’s lives, both in providing for their children’s economic needs and in ensuring a safe and nurturing environment. The Federal Government supports efforts to strengthen the role of fathers by encouraging them to take advantage of work/life programs, consult with work/life coordinators about options, and participate in parenting and child care seminars and support groups. Agency coordinators also support this effort by ensuring that work/life policies (leave entitlements and options) and programs (child care and support groups) are available and promoted to support fathers’ involvement with their families.

Fatherhood initiatives have been implemented at the Department of State, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, and Office of Personnel Management. Opportunities for partnering between the public and private sectors on fatherhood issues could leverage resources and provide a network of information for implementing fatherhood programs.

Additional information on fatherhood programs is available from the National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership www.npcl.org and other resources found below.

**Obviously they do, I’d say, generally speaking.  This must be why, when that instinct is frustrated, both highly educated affluent and less-educated poor Dads sometimes kill their kids and themselves, or their wives, or simply abandon them, requiring so many government programs to persuade the rest of us to invest in this truth, or in making this truth universally true, which it isn’t, because (like Moms) Dads come in all flavors.

And list this one right under NFI as:

National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families, Inc. (NPNFF)
1003 K Street, NW
Suite 565
Washington, DC 20001
202-737-6680
800-34-NPNFF

The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families, Inc. is a network established to foster communication, promote professionalism, and enhance collaboration among individuals working with fathers and fragile families.

They are listed in an ACF site as a reference in “Promoting Responsible Fatherhood Through Child Care”

http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/pubs/resp-fatherhood.html

Home

Here is a psychologist listing NPNFF.org (Even though you can’t access that site) along with other fatherhood groups:

http://www.drmichaeljdiamond.com/pr_links.html

 

and the TEXAS PTA “Every child, one voice”

Texas PTA  THis was posted in 2010 — I guess no one had been reading the prior 990s filings:

 

http://www.txpta.org/resource-library/entry/national-practitioners-network-for-fathers-and-families/

Resource Library

National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families

Links

  • Category: Programs
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  • Date Posted: January 28, 2010

Visit National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families »

The National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families, Inc., (NPNFF), is the national individual membership organization whose mission is to build the profession of practitioners working to increase the responsible involvement of fathers in the lives of their children. NPNFF’s programs and services are designed to foster communication, promote professionalism, and enhance collaboration among individuals working with fathers and fragile families.

THERE’S EVEN AN OHIO Practitioners Network, too founded in 2004, perhaps inspired by this one?

 

(Well this one doesn’t acknowledge the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families.  Perhaps they didn’t know about them?) Under research and policy they link to some of my “Favorites” though, notice that only one of these actually has the word “Fathers” in the title (typical).

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

www.clasp.org

Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP)

www.cffpp.org

Child Trends

www.childtrends.org

Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study

www.fragilefamilies.princeton.edu

National Conference of State Legislators

www.ncsl.org/statefed/welfare/fragilefam.htm

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse

www.fatherhood.gov

 

Even this VERY well-funded group lists (on its website) the elusive NPNFF as one of its “partners.”   (from TAGGS database)

Recipient Name City State ZIP Code County DUNS Number Sum of Awards
Fathers & Families Resources/Research Center  INDIANAPOLIS IN 46208-4705 MARION 876990719 $ 2,876,637

Of course the woud “Resource/Research Center” (or Institute) often in this field implies, like, a website:

Fathers & Families Center FUNDERS and PARTNERS

including:

 

National Partners

All Pro Dad

Center on Fathers, Families and Workforce Development

Family Resource Coalition of America

National Center for Fathering

National Center for Strategic Nonprofit Planning and Community Leadership

National Center on Fathers and Families

National Family Preservation Network

National Fatherhood Initiative

National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families (there they are.  They are in almost every listing!)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fatherhood Initiative

A LITTLE TIME WITH AN OHIO GROUP:

This Ohio group at least discuss how one Ohio-based Fatherhood nonprofit hosted a conference, where another nonprofit idea was “born.”

In May of 2003 the Center for Families and Children {{“CFC”}} of Cleveland hosted the first Fathers Matter Conference in the State of Ohio. With the support of Lee Fisher, CEO of CFC and Andy Calladine, Director of CFC’s Fathers and Families Together Program,  a diverse group of fatherhood practitioners and stakeholders was brought together to discuss the importance of Fatherhood and the barriers faced by practitioners.  Conference participants provided input through a survey and comments offered during the event were instrumental in assisting the conference organizers in taking the next step towards supporting FATHERHOOD in Ohio.

What’s funny — I’ve been around a lot of DV nonprofits, and most of them never even mention the term “fatherhood practitioners.”  I guess women are in these circles only educated to the minimum degree required for program participation; kind of reminds me of the days when women were not educated, period, in our country.   After all, did they need to voite? Yet here are the fatherhood practitioners meeting to discuss how to reproduce without intercourse with feminine (and certainly not with feminIST) organizations! Just Child & family Groups.

Most participants agreed that there was a need for a Fatherhood Practitioner network in Ohio. Many offered to be part of a Council that would use the ideas submitted by participants at the Fathers Matter Conference in order to establish a grassroots effort to support and educate Practitioners in Ohio.

Apparent this all took approximately 4 years, because here’s the Ohio Corporation status, there were 3 incorporators, one who was already involved with at least one other fatherhood grants-based (I’ll bet) group:

 

1689700 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 03/28/2007 07/27/2014 Active CLEVELAND CUYAHOGA -
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Incorporator Information
CALVIN L. WILLIAMS
MUQIT SABUR
STEVE KILLPACK

Center for Fatherhood and Family Dynamics

All Men, Dads and Father Figures

Center for Families and Children: Fathers and Families Together                        

CFC’s Fathers and Families Together (FAFT) program is designed to provide fathers with the tools to become caring, committed and responsible fathers. Goals are achieved in a variety of ways, including through participation in formally structured workshops and connection to community resources. The program is open to all men who are interested in developing fathering skills.


For more information, contact
Artis Gaines

FAFT Resource Advisor
Center for Families and Children
1941 S. Taylor Rd
Cleveland Hts, OH  44118

216.325.9124 direct

216.320.9533 fax

againes@c4fc.org


Center for Fatherhood and Family Dynamics

Resources for fathers and practitioners of fatherhood initiatives.  Fatherhood Development Workshops for fathers.

Muqit Sabur, Principal

3631 Perkins Avenue (4th floor, in Passages, Inc.)

Cleveland, OH  44114

IF YOU CLICK ON THIS ONE, it starts to look like a federal grants recipient:

with contact through a “Community Endeavors Foundation”

Healthy Fathering Collaborative
c/o Community Endeavors Foundation
P.O. Box 606194
Cleveland, OH  etc.

STEVE KILLPACK (see Ohio NPFF, above) is the contact at this foundation.

Boot Camp for New Dads

Interesting description of THEIR beginnings, here:

 

We Are Dads Helping Other Men Get a Good Start as New Fathers
In 1990, several of us sat down with our babies at the local hospital to “show the ropes” to men with their first child on the way. For three hours our babies smiled, slept, cried and did what babies do, and the “rookie” fathers watched us care for them without a mother in sight. Some rookies said they had never even held a baby before, so we handed them our own.

We “veterans” talked about our experiences and offered advice, and we all got to know and trust each other. Everything said in the room stayed in the room, so nothing was left off the table. The rookies were relieved to find their many concerns and even fears were common among dads-to-be. By the end, each man came to realize, “I can do this,” and went home with a new sense of confidence. And they did do it, and months later returned as veterans with their own babies to pass on knowledge to the next group of dads-to-be.

Located next to the El Toro U.S. Marine Base in California, Boot Camp benefited from a diverse group of fathers, a strength that was very apparent when a man of one race handed his baby to a man of another. The Marines also helped by suggesting a change to a more respectful name from the original “Bootee Camp.”

Expanding Across the U.S.
In the mid 90s, a fledging fatherhood movement, responding to absent, apathetic or abusive fathers in far too many families, took notice of Boot Camp. Characterized as a “nursery in a locker room,” with no women over two feet tall allowed, the media also discovered Boot Camp, and requests for the program from other hospitals started arriving. We successfully replicated the workshop in Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1996, and then offered it to other communities throughout the nation.

Naturally, no propagation was involved, this all just happened by excited referrals of an obviously great idea to actually target hospitals (and give them a $3,000 startup grant to purchase the curriculum) Notice the timing, though:

For more information, contact Steve Killpack, communityendeavors@earthlink.net

 

Initiatives
Cleveland Develops Boot Camp Network Throughout Region
In the fall of 2004, the Community Endeavors Foundation, a small independent foundation in Cleveland, Ohio decided to make an effort to target expectant and new fathers on a countywide basis by launching a childbirth education program designed specifically for fathers at every birthing hospital in Cuyahoga County. The Foundation has funded programs that engage and involve low income fathers in the lives of their children since 1996, but was concerned that they were not directly targeting a “magic moment” to engage fathers in the lives of their children: the childbirth process

The Foundation chose the Boot Camp for New Dads curriculum and contacted area-birthing hospitals to recruit them for the initiative. Seven hospitals expressed enthusiastic interest in participating. Community Endeavors purchased the program licenses for each hospital and arranged for the training of staff from a total of ten hospitals in the Greater Cleveland area (3 hospitals with existing BCND programs were also included in the training).

The response from the hospitals has been inspiring. Steve Killpack, executive director of the Community Endeavors Foundation noted, “Typically, these hospitals are competitors for maternity and other services. This particular initiative is unique because all of these hospitals have placed the focus where it belongs – on the fathers, babies and communities rather than on the health providers. It has been inspiring to witness these hospital systems join together to provide such a valuable community service.”

Each hospital received a $3000 grant from Community Endeavors to purchase the curriculum license from the national BCND program and cover their start-up costs. Thus, for a relatively small expense Greater Cleveland now boasts a universal program for expectant fathers in Cuyahoga, Lorain and Geauga Counties. Every new father in these three counties has an opportunity to participate in the BCND program.

The Foundation continues to support the program in a variety of ways: purchasing incentives; marketing the programs through rack cards, brochures and a website, www.neofathering.net, and sponsoring annual training for new and existing coaches and coordinators.

Nine Hospitals participate in the Greater Cleveland Boot Camp for New Dads initiative:

  • Cleveland Clinic Health System, which includes Fairview, Hillcrest, Huron and Marymount Hospitals
  • University Hospital Health System, which includes McDonald Women’s, St. John West Shore and Southwest General Hospitals
  • MetroHealth Hospital
  • Community Health Partners

For more information, contact Steve Killpack, communityendeavors@earthlink.net

 

The Community Endeavors Foundation has one interesting existence — filed in 1992, incorporator a William A. Fullmer (see “marketVisual.com” Knowledge Map) with multiple connections (and as a nonprofit), it was canceled for failure to file in 1997 (I believe in Ohio, nonprofits have to refile every 5 yrs, but I’m not sure).    (incidentally, “Knowledge Map” if it’s info is accurate has a great “knowledge legend” which color codes the relationship — whether executive director, family relation, nonprofit leadership, member, company ownership, general employee, business relation, etc., etc.  — great things to know).  5 years later (after cancellation for failure to file) it re-instated itself under a new name, changing “inc” to “Foundation.”  12/26/2002 (happy belated CHristmas?).  Then on 12/31/2002 (possibly tax deadline in sight here?), the Killpack Foundation “Merged Out of Existence” and Community Endeavors, Inc. became COmmunity Endeavors Foundation.

Killpack Foundation, originally formed in 1986, is graphically described as “Dead” (I hope these printscreens show….)

689283 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 11/24/1986 01/10/2005 Dead CLEVELAND CUYAHOGA OHIO
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Somehow it survived its merger with the above group and had a post-merge resurrected life of about 5 years, per the “Expiry Date”.

This one, too, had a little problem with filing timely and Steven Killpack’s name simply doesn’t show as incorporator or registered agent, oddly enough as the foundation seems named after him (or a relative).

Filings
Filing Type Date of Filing Document Number/Image
DOMESTIC ARTICLES/NON-PROFIT 11/24/1986 G040_1085
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 08/26/1991 000000243932
CANCELED/FAILURE TO FILE/STATEMENT CONT. EXISTENCE 12/26/1991 000000243933
DOMESTIC/REINSTATEMENT 07/25/1994 4199_0917
LETTER/RENEWAL NOTICE MAILED 03/30/1999 199908901047
CANCELED/FAILURE TO FILE/STATEMENT CONT. EXISTENCE 01/07/2000 200000800281
CERTIFICATE OF CONTINUED EXISTENCE 01/10/2000 200004600527
MERGED OUT OF EXISTENCE 12/31/2002 200236102222


5 years later, again failing to file, it was again cancelled (both times after renewal letters mailed reminding it to file), on 12/27/2007.  So far, not the best track record.  A YEAR later, it again reinstated itself, on 12/11/2008.  The process of telling the state you exist as a corporation APPEARS to involve a whopping $25 and a page or two of info, and must be far more challenging than coaching new Dads how to raise babies.   The registered agent is at a law firm too, it appears.

William A Fullmer, who appears to have tried several businesses and nonprofits in Ohio, has two active ones now in operation:  This Community Endeavors Foundation (which it appears Steve Killpack is trying his hand at now, and ERICO GLOBAL:)

(if names don’t show, one can search by incorporator name on the Ohio SOS site Erico being the top and Community, the 2nd row.

1670170 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 12/30/2006 Active SOLON CUYAHOGA -
832286 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 11/24/1992 Active UNIVERSITY HTS. CUYAHOGA OHIO
734027 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 10/05/1988 Cancelled WESTERVILLE DELAWARE OHIO
715146 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 12/30/1987 Dead COLUMBUS FRANKLIN OHIO
715174 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 12/30/1987 Cancelled COLUMBUS FRANKLIN OHIO
728799 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 07/15/1988 Dead COLUMBUS FRANKLIN OHIO
756195 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 09/06/1989 Cancelled NEWBURY GEAUGA OHIO
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Wm. A. Fullmer also appears to be highly educated, or have connections to at least some colleges and the state bar:  (See MarketVisual).  Incidentally Erico Global was incorporated by the famous (in my other posts) C T Corporation System and is a Delaware Company and (originally? issued itself 26,000,000 shares of penny (par value $0.01) stock) It is a mining company, supposedly incorporated in 2002 (but we show, above, 2006)

This is from “investing/ Businessweek

COMPANY OVERVIEW

ERICO Global Company, through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, and marketing of precision-engineered specialty metal products. It serves electrical, commercial and industrial construction, utility, and rail application markets in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. The company was incorporated in 2002 and is based in Solon, Ohio. (no transactions in the past year, i.e., it’s not trading?)

(it also has “no key executives”)

 

ERICO International is hiring and claims to have been in Cleveland area from 1903 (and probably was)

Here’s a list of “ERICO” international‘s contact address, including two addresses in Solon Ohio, but nothing called “Erico Global” at all.

 

ERICO United States
34600 Solon Road
Solon, Ohio 44139
United StatesUnited States
1-440-248-01001-440-248-0723

ERICO International Corporation Headquarters
31700 Solon Road
Solon, OH 44139
United States

United States
1-440-248-01001-440-349-2996
 

When I Searched only “ERICO” I found out there are 17 listings:  rows 1 & 3 – 11 (the “for-Profit”) listings all but the first one “Dead” followed by several “Registered Names” most of them “Cancelled” and dating as you can see here:  (I believe “business name” may not display, but you can see the other colums, or do a fresh search)

16961 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 12/14/1903 - Active SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
230233 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 10/23/1952 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
243633 CORPORATION FOR NON-PROFIT 12/15/1954 - Dead CLEVELAND CUYAHOGA OHIO
288502 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 02/27/1960 - Dead DAYTON MONTGOMERY OHIO
520485 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 08/01/1978 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
578995 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 07/29/1981 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
637276 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 07/05/1984 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
657131 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 06/20/1985 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
685126 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 09/11/1986 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
685206 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 09/15/1986 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
685205 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 09/15/1986 - Dead SOLON CUYAHOGA OHIO
RN110300 REGISTERED TRADE NAME 04/27/1988 - Cancelled - Conversion -
RN110301 REGISTERED TRADE NAME 04/27/1988 - Cancelled - Conversion -
RN110302 REGISTERED TRADE NAME 04/27/1988 - Cancelled - Conversion -
FN56551 FICTITIOUS NAMES 12/23/1991 - Cancelled - Conversion -
919901 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 10/12/1995 - Active CINCINNATI HAMILTON OHIO
1670170 CORPORATION FOR PROFIT 12/30/2006 - Active SOLON CUYAHOGA -
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There apparently is some connection between Fullmer, who is running ERICO GLOBAL (formed in 2006) and this fatherhood pusher, Steve Killpack, who took over Fullmer’s Community Endeavors, Inc., renamed it, and began allocating grants to hospitals for neofathering. net and other curriculum/training peddling endeavors.

And the OHIO PRACTITIONERS NETWORK which, when searched, comes up with plenty of out of state links, with domain name OHIO based:

  1. OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families 

    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families – fatherhood programs.

    fatherhood news

    http://www.opnff.net/fatherhood_news.asp
    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

    About Us

    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

    Michigan

    http://www.opnff.net/michigan_fatherhood…
    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

    Midwest Fatherhood Celebrations

    http://www.opnff.net/fatherhood_celebratio
    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

    history

    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

    Minnesota

    http://www.opnff.net/minnesota_fatherhoo…
    OPNFF – Ohio Practitioners 

NOTICE that the Ohio group — though it doesn’t LINK to NPNFF, actually mentions them as having been inspired by that group:
NOTICE THE TIMELINE:

As a result, a Network Planning Council was formed and the first meeting was held in Columbus on August 8th, 2003. At this time all background information was reviewed in order to develop a strategic planning process. Monthly meetings were facilitated by consultant John Smith of NPNFF (National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families).  The Council continued to meet monthly in Columbus and developed an organizational frame work. A mission statement was crafted along with a vision, principles, goals and action steps.  In April of 2004, the Planning Council completed its work and the first Board of Directors of OPNFF was elected.

OPNFF seeks to advance a fatherhood and family agenda in partnership with public agencies, grass roots faith and community based organizations, and local and state government entities.

In otherwords, they are not self-sustaining curriculum peddlers and incorporators, they need some help.  I’d be sure to take some help from a group that was, as of 2007, $61,000 in the hole, after which it apparently didn’t bring in enough to file an IRS form (I haven’t yet finished checking did it actually register as a business in the many states from which it filed what 990s it does have, let alone as a charity in those states….

OPNFF reports on collaborations with government agencies, and a particular emphasis on wealth-building (for DADs, that is) help for incarcerated followers, and of course Child Support Reform.  what I do NOT see is their stating they are a nonprofit organization and when they became one.  Because it looks to me as though they incorporated, down to a Board of Directors, in 2004 — and didn’t incorporate (busy??) til 2007.  IF there has been income, then this looks like tax fraud (at least as to reporting they have existed as a corporation) or at least room for this, following the habits of similar groups, who facilitate getting to the government grants stages and then rewriting legislation to favor fathers….

 


Ohio Child Support Policy

Building Assets for Fragile Families: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office of Child Support (OCS) was awarded a grant by the US Department of Health and Human Services to participate in an innovative program designed to improve the financial well-being of children by increasing the financial literacy and standing of parents who pay child support. 

The Asset Building for Financial Responsibility Program will connect low-income, non-custodial parents involved in the child support system with financial education and asset building programs.  The goal is to develop financial stability among the parents {{ you mean NONCUSTODIAL parents}} , so their children will receive the support they need to lead happy, healthy lives. 

Click here to read our ohiofathers.org press release on the project.  Scroll down the page to our policy brief section for a report on Financial Literacy and Low-Income Non-Custodial Parents.

and, on also on page http://www.opnff.net/child_support_policy.asp

In January of 2009, a Collaboration of the Ohio Office of Child Support (OCS), the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (DRC) and the Ohio Child Support Directors Association (OCDA) submitted a report to the State Directors of Job and Family Services and DRC making policy recommendations related to incarcerated and reentry obligors.  The recommendations are designed to empower parents so that they can successfully remove barriers to the payment of child support.  The Collaboration Report can be downloaded here.  Check back here for updates as these reform recommendations make their way through the State Legislature and get implemented.

 

 

OPNFF seeks to advance a fatherhood and family agenda in partnership with public agencies, grass roots faith and community based organizations, and local and state government entities.  In serving the entire State of Ohio, OPNFF has organized the state into five regions and has drawn from those regions to build the leadership body, with an emphasis on both urban metropolitan areas and rural and small communities.

 

In serving the entire State of Ohio, OPNFF has organized the state into five regions and has drawn from those regions to build the leadership body, with an emphasis on both urban metropolitan areas and rural and small communities.

FINALLY (at long last) LinkedIn describes the Killpack Fullmer connection more fully:  The men met at UMichigan:

 

Steve Killpack

Board Member at Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families

Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area 
Nonprofit Organization Management
Current
  • Board Member at SIECUS
  • Board Member at Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families
  • Executive Director at Community Endeavors Foundation
Past
  • Member at Ohio Commission on Fatherhood
  • Coordinator at Healthy Fathering Collaborative
  • Family Planning Advisory Council at The Center for Community Solutions
Education
  • University of Michigan
Connections

205 connections

Websites
  • Company Website

AND these show the organizational connections (and some overlap of years, too):

 

Board Member

SIECUS

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2003 – Present (8 years)

Board Member

Ohio Practitioners’ Network for Fathers and Families

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2003 – Present (8 years)

Executive Director

Community Endeavors Foundation

Philanthropy industry

September 2001 – Present (10 years 1 month)

The Community Endeavors Foundation was founded by trustees Bill Fullmer, Steve Killpack and Jim Parker in 1992 as an Ohio Charitable Corporation and a Private Foundation. The three schoolmates, all of whom grew up in Northeast Ohio, shared a vision of “giving something back to the City of Cleveland and its families” in honor of their own families and their childhoods. The Foundation engages in grantmaking, direct charitable activities and provides technical assistance to fatherhood providers and small community based grass roots agencies. In addition, the Foundation is a recognized leader locally, statewide and in the Midwest region on programs and policies related to low income fathers and families.

Coordinator

Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2001 – Present (10 years)

A network of public and private agencies serving fathers and families in Greater Cleveland, Ohio

Member

Ohio Commission on Fatherhood ((THIS IS A GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED GROUP)

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2007 – 2011 (4 years)

Coordinator

Healthy Fathering Collaborative

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2001 – 2010 (9 years)

Family Planning Advisory Council

The Center for Community Solutions

Nonprofit Organization Management industry

2003 – 2009 (6 years)

 

Name changes for the latter group:

Effective Date Old Name
01/13/1917 THE CLEVELAND FEDERATION FOR CHARITY AND PHILANTHROPY
03/02/1972 THE WELFARE FEDERATION OF CLEVELAND
01/16/2004 FEDERATION FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING
06/03/2004 CENTER FOR COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

Corporate history shows that in 2001 it was cancelled (failure to file, what else? four months after a renewal notice was sent), reinstated quickly, had a registered agent change to “ACFB Incorporated” and then had some amendments to its articles of incorporation.

This man attended Univ. of Michigan for two years (did he get up to a bachelor’s degree somewhere?)  What happened between 1981 and 1992?

Fullmer (more searches on this site show) appears to be a lawyer, both in Ohio & West Virginia.  His relationship to ERICO GLOBAL shows as “family” by color code, visual map) so perhaps some inherited stocks, who knows?  (if it’s a legitimate entity despite we see it’s a recent corporate one — with no business transactions in the past 12 months per the investment listing above).    McDonalds LLP is a law firm, TRW  (another connection) became C T Corporation (actually I’m now getting a little dizzy with all the names) and another group he shows association with, “TRIMAS” is simply the agent for Delaware Corporation, whose Ohio registered agent is, lo and behold:

CSC-LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE (CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY)
50 W BROAD ST STE 1800
COLUMBUS,OH 43215
Effective Date: 12/13/2005
Contact Status: Active

So he’s a lawyer and knows how to incorporate, working alongside the mysterious — but on Ohio Fatherhood Commission — Mr. Killpack plus his various nonfiling corporations (The Killpack foundation having Fullmer as original incorporator, so I guess they were GOOD college buddies) and so forth.

 

There is an SF Doctor Steven Killpack, and a Utah Public Defender Steven Killpack . . . . this one has no middle initial….

The OHIO FATHERHOOD COMMISSION has some really “spiffy” graphics on its website.  Here’s the “meet the Commissioners” page, with spinning photos of each one over a graphic background, plus hyperlinks to everyone’s blogs:  You can click on any hyperactive photo (think of a merry-go-round) and it identifies the face.   http://fatherhood.ohio.gov/Commissioners/MeetourCommissioners.aspx  When you click on one, for a brief snapshot, the others continue rotating in the background, lest you lose interest.  THis is one of the perks of having some government backing for your groups:

Here’s our OPNFF man:

Commissioner: Steve Killpack
  • Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
  • Education: Kenyon College, Gambier, OH: BS Biology; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: MS Social Advocacy
  • Occupation: Executive Director, Community Endeavors Foundation Coordinator, Healthy Fathering Collaborative
  • Year started with Ohio Commission on Fatherhood: 2006
  • I became a Commissioner because…
    all children need and deserve a healthy and involved father in their lives…
  • Most memorable moment being a father, having a father or seeing an interaction with a father…
    holding my wife’s hand during the birth of our son, now 9 months old, with our 5 year old daughter at my side
  • Fatherhood has taught me… humility     {{? ? ? }}

HEALTH FATHERING COLLABORATIVE is collaborating with a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER on a WHITE RIBBON Campaign. This collaborative is:

(private “agency”??)  Notice mothers in this collaborative, do not share pronoun ownership in the children?  However, the website says “NEOFATHERING.NET” which connects to Boot Camp for New Dads marketing program…..

Who is this group?  Well, it’s a creation of Mr. Killack’s “Community Endeavors Foundation” described above.  While not filing regularly, they sure as heck have access to some wonderful HTML help in designing cutting edge websites, or closer to it than us word-pressing noncustodial mothers tend to have!  :

http://www.neofathering.net/about_us.asp

About Us

The Healthy Fathering Collaborative was established by the Community Endeavors Foundation in August 2001 as a working group of providers and funders providing services to fathers, fathers-to-be and young men in Greater Cleveland. The group meets bi-monthly, rotating the meeting among agency sites, allowing the members of the collaborative to become more familiar with each other’s programs.

The Healthy Fathering Collaborative welcomes all community-based and faith-based organizations serving fathers i** n Greater Cleveland, as well as representatives of a number of CIty of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County departments.  Agencies interested in extending current family programming to include fathers are also included. 

** basically the underlined & in red portion is saying, if you have a federal fatherhood grant or contract, we welcome you; alternately if you work in a City or County department (and conceivably might help us get our hands on one of those grants or contracts). …   because we are basically a nonprofit -originated program and obviously I come from a background that shows my ability to form nonprofits (whether or not I keep track of them and their corporate status) advertise new names for programs under those nonprofits, such as this one, and connect people in nonprofits that know how to do the same (although some of us are not that great at fund-raising without government help, to wit, NPNFF, who helped inspire US to get a start) — we are your baby. We welcome you, and between all our connections – and lack of adequate HHS oversight, really — it’s likely there are some goods to spread around in the name of connecting Dads with their babies, children, kids, and reducing their child support, especially when they are incarcerated for one unimportant reason or another. ….

 

 

Their graphic model (not that I can read the fine print) shows how there will be zero point in any child’s life at which Dad will not be there, starting with conception:

Lifespan of Fatherhood Service Model

 

The UMichigan was getting an MS in “Social Advocacy” and the BS from Kenyon (which Fullmer has a connection to as well). Mr. K. does not even bother to mention Ohio Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families although he’s one of the incorporators (when it eventually got around to incorporating in 2007).

 

 

As to NEOFATHERING.net (which also shows “BOOTCAMP FOR NEW DADS” hence probably tne “neo” in the domain name:

 

Who else supports boot camp for new Dads?  Aw, shucks, it was just a grassroots idea, a bunch of Dads got together and figured it out….

Funding Support
Funding for the expansion of Boot Camp for New Dads has been generously supplied by the following organizations

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation  (major fatherhood funder, conservative)
  • Irvine Health Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson Foundation
  • Orange County Commission on Families and Children
  • Pacific Life Foundation
  • Windgate Charitable Foundation

In addition, Revolution Studios has supplied substantial funding to BCND for movie rights to Greg Bishop’s life and Boot Camp for New Dads.

Dads Adventure, Inc. Provides Major Funding & Outreach….

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OK< where are they — Texas?   http://www.corporationwiki.com/Texas/McKinney/dad-s-adventures-inc/37612498.aspx

Irvine, CA? (Gregory Bishop):   http://www.corporationwiki.com/California/Irvine/dads-adventure-inc/42730429.aspx

Actually Dads Adventure Inc. owns the trademark “Bootcamp for New Dads” and Moms and a few others.  I love it at “trademarkia.com”

http://www.trademarkia.com/company-dads-adventure-inc-315522-page-1-2

 

 

Of course Trademarkia, like Dads Adventure, Inc. is a FOR profit, so it’s not easy to copy the summary information, as they are trying to sell me access to more detailed information.  Nevertheless:   In approximate order of trademarking, and designated “LIVE” or “DEAD” (and when):

  • Dads Adventure (LIVE circa 2000) Providing childbirth education to new fathers.
  • Daddy Bootcamp (DEAD circa 2001) formerly Bootcamp for New Dads, owner of the trademark…
  • Daddy Bootcamp (LIVE, circa 2006) educational services, namely workshops, seminars and classes for new fathers
  • Hit the Ground Crawling (DEAD, circa 2006) (identical descriptions; note the military analogy….)
  • Boot Camp For New Dads (LIVE, circal 2009) (identical description)
  • Boot Camp for new Moms (LIVE, circa 2011) (identical description, except for the obvious name substitution, “mothers.”
Categories:  Education; providing training, entertainment, sporting and cultural activities.   (What, toss the baby between parents?)
Trademark correspondent for Boot Camp for New Moms indicates that the person in Irvine, CA has filed about 208 trademarks, perhaps that’s his line of work.  Details on this one:
Word Mark: BOOT CAMP FOR NEW MOMS
Status/
Status Date:
FINAL REFUSAL – MAILED

8/5/2011
Estimated Response Deadline: 2/5/2012

Serial Number: 85250097
Filing Date: 2/23/2011

Anyhow I’m sure you know where I’m going next to look up this Irvine, CA corporation…. and happily it’s active!

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2004518 02/14/1997 ACTIVE DADS ADVENTURE, INC. GREG S BISHOP

 

DadsAdventure (the contact is “Alison Bishop”)

Since 1990, Dads Adventure and Daddy Boot Camp have had more than 300,000 men trust us to help them wrap their minds around becoming dads.

Actually make that 1997, not 1990 for “Dads Adventure” and 2001, not 1990 for “Daddy Boot Camp” according to the trade name registration searcher, above.  Minor detail.

Here’s the store, all moderately priced items:

How We Got Started in 1990

Dads Adventure Founder Greg Bishop
Greg Bishop, Founder of Dads Adventure and
Boot Camp for New Dads

My six brothers and I grew up taking care of babies, which happens when your parents have 13 kids. To us boys, babies were like puppies; while a lot of work at times, they were fun to play with. They made great amateur wrestlers and you could always make them happy by the time mom got home.

When my first child arrived, I was a natural at calming him when he cried and of course, making him happy. After four kids, other guys were asking me for advice, so I decided to help. It’s nice to be good at something important.

 

Here’s a form (tuition $400) to be trained as a New Dad Boot Camp sergeant (or whatever) at a DENVER hospital, mail checks to the address (of the California Corporation).  such a great business to be in, definitely a new and gov’t endorsed market niche.

Please note – You must be a licensed facility in order to participate in the Master Coach Training. Please contact Head Quarters at (949) 754­9067 to get information regarding licenses fees and first year dues.  (** remember above, how Community Endeavors Foundation was willing to spot hospitals $3,000 to get their licensure to market this New Dad stuff?)

 

Mr. Bishop, who has an MBA, is also President and FOunder of “Bishop & Associates” (same address) a “Trauma Care Specialist”)

Through our work with over 260 hospitals and trauma systems, we have developed a unique, client-friendly and cost-effective approach. Our client’s satisfaction is demonstrated by our ability to completely rely on word of mouth for new business.>>Read more about Bishop + Associates.

 

Greg Bishop, MBA

President/Founder

Greg has supported trauma care in all regions of the nation and at all levels of healthcare. His principle role has been strengthening the economics of trauma care in terms of research, education and advocacy. In this regard, Greg founded the Trauma Center Economic Study, Managed Trauma Care Project, Trauma Resource Network, and the Trauma Center Association of America.

Greg previously served as a hospital strategic planning consultant with Ernst & Young, received a Stanford MBA in Health Care Management, and an MA in Urban Studies from Occidental College. He is also founder and Head Coach of Boot Camp For New Dads, which since 1990 has spread across the U.S. and is now expanding internationally.

 

 

 

Now this is a pretty amazing service and accomplishment.  And connects to Georgia: (from the B&A site):

Georgia’s plan for a state of the art trauma system The Healthcare Georgia Foundation brought B+A in to assess the needs and opportunities for trauma care amidst a crisis in the state triggered by trauma center closures. This coincided with the establishment of the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission with $58 million in funding, which then engaged B+A to assist in designing a cutting edge trauma system that reflected best practices from across the nation coupled with the best ideas from Georgia.

The result is a state-of-the-art vision for a fully inclusive and integrated statewide trauma and emergency care system. It will create a new public service that will assure all who need a higher level of emergency care are transported quickly to the closest appropriate facility. This approach will produce the highest possible value for Georgia’s investment in trauma care for the decades ahead. An outline of the plan is as follows:

Anyhow, I just learned how to search USdatabase for a registered trademark and did so on “Boot Camp for New Dads”


Serial Number Reg. Number Word Mark Check Status Live/Dead
1 77864739 3810230 BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS TARR LIVE
2 75290339 2154992 BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS TARR DEAD

Trademark Electronic Search System (TESS)

BOot camp (the one marked dead) was active from 1997 – 2005 and address very close to:

Brainchild Educational Care 4605 Barranca Pkwy Ste 101B Irvine , CA 92604  (the address read as Suite 101E, same street #; medical practices nearby)

Entity Number Date Filed Status Entity Name Agent for Service of Process
C2462288 08/08/2002 DISSOLVED BRAINCHILD EDUCATIONAL CARE, INC. CORPORATION SERVICE COMPANY WHICH WILL DO BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA AS CSC – LAWYERS INCORPORATING SERVICE

 

The corporation it was registered to was Boot Camp for New Dads, Inc.  (see address Suite 101E) There is no record for this corporation in California, though

Boot Camp for New Dads

The new one was registered for filing in 2009 November, published for opposition 2010 April, and certified to Dads Adventure on June 29, 2010 (greet timing for Father’s Day….)   The Search database is called TESS:

 

Looking at their website, I notice they site HHS programs (but no link to it):

Initiatives
Boot Camp for New Dads Continues to Be Identified as a National Model

Boot Camp has long enjoyed recognition as the premier program for new fathers across the country. Recent additions to these accolades include the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ report titled: The Importance of Fathers in the Healthy Development of Children, which included a description of Boot Camp for New Dads and several of our programs as well as our Caring for New Moms and Troubleshooter’s Guide to Crying Babies.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy’s 3 year accreditation of the Family Support Program at Pearl Harbor recommended that Boot Camp for New Dads, run by Chet Adessa, become a Navy-wide best practice. Another important addition comes from Scaling for Impact: Strategies for Spreading Social Innovation in Stanford’s Social Innovation Review. It identifies Boot Camp for New Dads is as a model program for replication in new communities as it “offers support and a level of detail that makes implementation easy for local sponsors and helps assure the quality and success of the program while still affording the flexibility to adapt to local circumstances”.

 

So I looked it up, http://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/usermanuals/fatherhood/fatherhood.pdf downloaded, and searched for this group.  Sure ’nuff, here it is:

BOOT CAMP FOR NEW DADS (BCND)

Helping New Fathers

Formed in 1990 to help new fathers “hit the ground crawling,” a few fathers, with their babies in their arms, held an orientation workshop for men about to become fathers. When the “rookies” expressed apprehension about caring for babies, they were handed a baby to hold for the first time. Several months later, the “rookies” returned as veterans with their own babies to orient the next group of men, who in turn returned as veterans.

 

Also there’s the Denver based Bootcamp for New Jewish Dads: (in same publication):

SHALOM BABY— BOOTCAMP FOR NEW JEWISH DADS

Working with Fathers Prior to and Immediately after Birth

Boot Camp for New Jewish Dads is a program of the Shalom Baby Initiative, which is funded by the Rose Foundation of Denver and run by the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center. The goal is to provide programs and services addressing the needs of children ages 3 and under, to support new Jewish families, and to encourage Jewish affiliation.

A cornerstone of Shalom Baby is Jewish Baby University (JBU), a 6-week, prenatal class that combines Lamaze childbirth techniques taught by a certified instructor with Jewish family traditions taught by a local rabbi.

under this one, another Barranca Parkway Suite# (205) is listed:

Boot Camp for New Dads 4605 Barranca Pkwy, Ste. 205 Irvine, CA 92604 Phone: (949)786-3146 Web site: http://www.newdads.com

*which now redirects to “Dadsadventure.com”)

 

The 2006 publication which is aimed at preventing Child Abuse by engaging fathers, advertises the funds available to anyone who is ready to do this, up front

On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 into law. Due to the time delay between the writing of and the printing of this publication, this legislation was listed as pending on page 70. The new law provides $150 million for each of Federal fiscal years 2006 through 2010 to promote and support healthy marriages and responsible fatherhood. The funds will be awarded as competitive grants to government entities, faith-based organizations or community organizations.

Up to $50 million per year may be awarded to government entities, faith-based organizations or community organizations to fund activities promoting responsible fatherhood. Such activities may include parent education, counseling, education and career services to foster fathers’ economic stability, or a national media campaign to encourage appropriate parent involvement in a child’s life. Up to $2 million per year may be awarded as competitive grants to Indian tribes to demonstrate the effectiveness of coordinating the provision of child welfare and TANF services to tribal families at risk of child abuse or neglect. The remaining funds are designated for healthy marriage activities, which may include programs of premarital education, conflict resolution, marriage enhancement for married couples and programs designed to reduce disincentives to marriage in means-tested aid programs.

Got the general picture?

I also note that they, too, list NPNFF.org as though it were  a major going concern.  (Page 81)

Another group reminds me to follow up on the post “footloose in tuscaloosa” (Alabama):

THE CHILDREN’S TRUST FUND OF ALABAMA

Meeting the Needs of Noncustodial Fathers

The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) of Alabama, the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program lead agency for the State, works in partnership with the Alabama Department of Human Resources, to fund thirty-six programs designed to meet the needs of non-custodial fathers. Programs are designed to delay the onset of fatherhood with adolescent males before they are prepared for the emotional and financial responsibilities of parenting.

A list of “Grantees” to prevent child abuse show LOTS of Fatherhood Initiatives also get the funding:

If you scroll this 5-page list  and look at the “program type” you’ll count (and I just did) 21 read Fatherhood” although the organization name sometimes does, sometimes does not include any reference to fathers or fatherhood.  The grant sizes were $45 – $50,000 often, and I would wonder, locally, is anyone checking up opn what these groups are doing with their funding, and — are those groups which ought to file 990s, doing so?  Based on a sampler, I’d say that doing so appears to be rare.  Rather, they are out advertising, selling curriculum, having conferences in order to create NEW collaboratives, coalitions, and nonprofits (registered properly or not) in fact so busy doing this they let the corporate status expire, losing no sleep over that, and just go form another one, sometimes ina  different state.  When they run expensive seminars in one state or another, is this hidden under some OTHER corporation’s sponsoring name, or properly as a foreign corporation DOING BUSINESS in that other state?

 

In other words, in many ways these groups seem to be doing a fairly good imitation of what AFCC  folk do, far’s I can tell ….  See my blog.

I do not mean to say that Dads don’t need mentors, friends, some help outside Mom (especially when they may not want any coaching on parenting from a woman, just because she gave childbirth, what does she know? ) . . . .

BUT I do think we should stop trying to patent and market this at public expense to people who cannot abide by the laws of their states.  Or, at a minimum somebody should make sure they do.

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Boot Camp definitely grafts onto private and government charities:  In looking for it, I found “HFUW” (Heart of Florida United Way) had devised some program areas, named them, and then funded grants under them.  Boot Camp got funding under “Developing Healthy Children & Families”

 

UNITED WAY ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION OF NEARLY $15 MILLION TO LOCAL HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICE PROGRAMS

ORLANDO, Fla. (July 28, 2011) – Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) today announced that the organization will be distributing nearly $15 million to local health and human service programs throughout Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties for fiscal year 2011-12. Of that, HFUW announced that $6.25 million has just been awarded under the organization’s grant-making model, Investing in Results (IIR). Sixty-seven (67) programs will receive grants for services that support HFUW’s four focus areasBuilding Safe Communities through Education, Improving Financial Stability, Developing Healthy Children & Families and Alleviating Hunger & Homelessness. In addition, the organization will distribute another $8.42 million through HFUW administered programs, donor designations and state programs.

 

ANYHOW, I have some questions:

So who is supporting Mr. Killpack’s family — this Community Endeavors Foundation, which isn’t filing too often for which I can’t find an EIN (yet) and is it or is it not soliciting any income?  If it’s just a funnel for grants (is that a legitimate purpose for any foundation), and has more  than $5,000 assets, which I doubt), it has to file with the Attorney General.  As to organizations, per se, they only have to fail every 5 years in OHio, which this group run by some well-educated Ohioans (and one guy from Illinois, originally) failed at doing that, too, even after the SOS reminded them to.

Is that really who should be serving on a statewide Fatherhood Commission right alongside legislators, several of them?  (Senator, Rep)

 

I found these guidelines:

Annual Filings for Ohio Nonprofit Organizations

  1. Internal Revenue Service

    Form: Annual Return Form 990
    Due Date: 4 ½ months after end of fiscal year

    Internal Revenue Service
    Ogden, UT 84201-0027
    Information: (800) 829-1040
    Forms: (800) 829-3676
    Web Site: www.irs.gov/charities
    Filing Fee: $0
    Public Charities: Please note that, along with the new Form 990, the IRS has instituted a “phase-in” period to allow organizations time to adjust to the new form. For a detailed “phase-in” chart, please refer to the IRS website to determine which form to file (Form 990, Form 990-EZ or Form 990-N).
    Private Foundations: Submit Form 990PF, regardless of revenues.
  2. Ohio Attorney General

    a. Form: Annual Financial Report or Copy of Form 990
    Due Date: 4 ½ months after end of fiscal year

    Office of the Attorney General
    Charitable Law Section
    150 East Gay Street
    23rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-3130
    Information: (614) 466-3180
    Web Site: www.ag.state.oh.us
    Filing Fee: $0-200 (based on assets)
    If assets < $5,000: Filing Fee = $0
    If assets >= $5,000 and < $25,000: Filing Fee = $50
    If assets >= $25,000 and < $50,000: Filing Fee = $100
    If assets >= $50,000: Filing Fee = $200
    Note: Organizations that do not file a Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service and that have gross receipts of more than $5,000 or gross assets of more than $15,000 must file the Annual Financial Report.

    b. Form: Charitable Organization Registration Statement or Unified Registration Statement
    Due Date: 4 ½ months after end of fiscal year

    Office of the Attorney General
    Charitable Law Section
    150 East Gay Street
    23rd Floor
    Columbus, OH 43215-3130
    Information: (614) 466-3180
    Web Site: www.ag.state.oh.us
    Filing Fee: $0-200 (based on contributions)
    If contributions < $5,000: Filing Fee = $0
    If contributions >= $5,000 and < $25,000: Filing Fee = $50
    If contributions >= $25,000 and < $50,000: Filing Fee = $100
    If contributions >= $50,000: Filing Fee = $200
    Note: This filing is only required by organizations that solicit contributions in Ohio. Filing must be notarized.
  3. Ohio Secretary of State

    Form: Statement of Continued Existence
    Due Date: Once every five years, either from the date of incorporation or from the last corporate filing. Organizations should be notified by the Secretary of State when they are required to submit their renewal.

 

HERE’s a simplistic but clear enough 2008 document from the (then) secretary of STate of Ohio.  It reads in part (after explaining that you lose your incorporation status if you fail to file at least once every 5 years (in California, and probably other states, this is yearly), which Community Endeavors (in previous incarnations) did….    and this bit about filing tax returns, not to mention that simply incorporating does not qualify per se you as a nonprofit:

The Ohio Secretary of State does not grant nonprofit organizations tax-exempt status. In other words, your nonprofit organization does not automatically become tax-exempt upon filing its articles with the Secretary of State’s office. Any nonprofit organization that intends to solicit contributions or hold assets must seek a determination from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that it is a tax-exempt entity.

Which makes me think that corporations NOT intending to hold assets or seek contributions but just want to funnel money from one place to another should not be nonprofits to start with.   When they do, they somehow maintain tax-exempt status which is a privilege, without public accountability in the form of reading their IRS 990s and their state registrations as well.  Just let an employed private person try to never file income taxes do that!

Consultation with a tax adviser familiar with the Internal Revenue Code is critical to selecting the tax-exempt category most favorable to the nonprofit organization. In addition, the IRS form that must be completed to obtain tax-exempt status is lengthy and asks for detailed information about the nonprofit organization, including financial data. It is therefore advisable to have legal and/or tax consulting assistance when preparing and submitting the IRS forms and related documents.

If the IRS determines that a nonprofit organization is tax-exempt, it will issue the nonprofit corporation a tax-exempt determination letter. Be sure to preserve the IRS determination letter, because it will be needed to document the organization’s nonprofit status in the future.

 

Does this foundation (formerly not called a foundation, just an “Inc.”) hire anyone?  Because I see that under fatherhood commission, Mr. Killpack lists its baby “Healthy Father Collaborative” as his occupation (traditionally associated with who helps pay your food and mortgage etc.) Or is he a stay-at-home Dad and Mom does that? (aka, is it Glenn Sacks-style?).  Or is it his avocation?

More from that pdf:

 

Q: Is a nonprofit organization subject to payroll taxes?

A: Yes. Although a nonprofit organization may be exempt from the payment of federal and state income taxes, it is responsible for payroll taxes, including federal and state withholding and Social Security taxes. In addition, most municipalities in Ohio impose a city income tax and require employers to withhold the tax. Please consult your city treasurer’s office to learn more.

Q: Is a nonprofit organization subject to Ohio workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation laws?

A: Yes. As an employer, the nonprofit organization must comply with Ohio’s unemployment and workers’ compensation laws. Pursuant to these laws, the organization must establish workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation accounts and pay the appropriate payroll taxes.

Q: Is a nonprofit organization subject to other employment regulations?

A: A nonprofit organization may be subject to additional employment laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which governs employer sponsored retirement programs, and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission’s rules regarding hiring and employment practices

 

I may appear to be picking on the “little guys” here, just a few nonprofits out of Ohio, and one bankrupt? one out of Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, or wherever it really resides, probably Washington DC (NPNFF).   But how do we know how little they are with zero financial data?

ALSO OF INTEREST:

How can I check if my nonprofit organization is properly registered with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office?

Contact the Charitable Law Section at (800) 282-0515 for assistance and questions.

How do I know if my nonprofit organization might be exempt from any of the filing or registration requirements?

Non-profit organizations can ask the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to determine whether they are exempt from filing or registration. Please call the Help Center at (800) 282-0515 with questions.

Determination requests can be mailed to:

Charitable Law Section
Ohio Attorney General’s Office
150 E. Gay St., 23rd Fl.
Columbus, OH  43215

and

What happens if a charitable organization, professional solicitor or fundraising counsel does not file required documents or violates any provisions set forth in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1716?
Violating any requirements set forth in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1716 could lead to penalties imposed by the Attorney General’s Office and prohibiting the organization from raising funds in Ohio. A court may order an injunction, restitution, or an award of reasonable attorney’s fees and costs of investigation and litigation, and may award to the state a civil penalty of not more than $10,000 for each violation. The Federal Trade Commission also has jurisdiction over solicitation issues and may pursue action.  Additionally, local law enforcement may pursue criminal charges for activities involving theft or fraud. 

Tags:professional solicitors,nonprofits,charitable registration

Well, I’ve simply run out of time, and that’s all the fun and games for us today.  Remember the link to the SEcretaries of STate (above) which lists contacts by state, plus some more — and I’ll look for a similar listing of Attorney Generals (or wherever the charities have to be registered at state by state) so we can start to keep up with these CHILDREN FAMILY FATHER and of course COLLABORATIVE LAW /PRACTICE  confabulations as they waft about the globe leaving their footprints on local legislatures and state budgets.

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September 12, 2011 at 6:29 pm

The Boy Scout motto vs. Obama’s Ongoing Bailouts : 9/11 lesson = Creating a “911” mentality in America

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THEN:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice ownership and design — 7 buildings not just two were involved.

The World Trade Center
Height: 1,368 and 1,362 feet (417 and 415 meters)
Owners: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Architect: Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth and Sons consulting
Engineer: John Skilling and Leslie Robertson of Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson
Ground Breaking: August 5, 1966
Opened: 1970-73; April 4, 1973 ribbon cutting
Destroyed: September 11, 2001

The World Trade Center was more than its signature twin towers: it was a complex of seven buildings on 16-acres, constructed and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The towers, One and Two World Trade Center, rose at the heart of the complex, each climbing more than 100 feet higher than the silver mast of the Empire State Building.

Construction of a world trade facility had been under consideration since the end of WWII. In the late 1950s the Port Authority took interest in the project and in 1962 fixed its site on the west side of Lower Manhattan on a superblock bounded by Vesey, Liberty, Church and West Streets. Architect Minoru Yamasaki was selected to design the project; architects Emery Roth & Sons handled production work, and, at the request of Yamasaki, the firm of Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson served as engineers.

The Port Authority envisioned a project with a total of 10 million square feet of office space. To achieve this, Yamasaki considered more than a hundred different building configurations before settling on the concept of twin towers and three lower-rise structures. Designed to be very tall to maximize the area of the plaza, the towers were initially to rise to only 80-90 stories. Only later was it decided to construct them as the world’s tallest buildings, following a suggestion said to have originated with the Port Authority’s public relations staff.

Yamasaki and engineers John Skilling and Les Robertson worked closely, and the relationship between the towers’ design and structure was clear. Faced with the difficulties of building to unprecedented heights, the engineers employed an innovative structural model: a rigid “hollow tube” of closely spaced steel columns with floor trusses extended across to a central core. The columns, finished with a silver-colored aluminum alloy, were 18 3/4″ wide and set only 22″ apart, making the towers appear from afar to have no windows at all.

Also unique to the engineering design were its core and elevator system. The twin towers were the first supertall buildings designed without any masonry.

 

 

 

 

Explosion(s): Demolitions?

twin towers collapse 9/11 WTC demolition towers exploding

 

A 26-minute Youtube by onlookers (500 yards away from the North Tower) released on 9/11/2006.  It was filmed from their home and is disturbing to watch.

But it should be watched


Is it sacreligious to bring up this point of view/theory, today?  I have not researched this — and why, below:

from st911.org, 13 reasons for controlled demolition; I’m only posting the first 4 here; these are simple science reasons:

 

As the founder of Scholars for 9/11 Truth (st911.org), I would observe that
our members have established more than a dozen disproofs of the official
government account, the truth of any one of which is enough to show that
the government’s account cannot possibly be correct. Here is an overview:

(1) the impact of the planes cannot have caused enough damage to bring the
buildings down, since the buildings were designed to withstand them (as Frank
DeMartini, the project manager, has observed), the planes that hit were very
similar to those they were designed to withstand, they continued to stand after
the impact with negligible effects;

(2) the melting point of steel at 2,800*F is about 1,000*F higher than the
maximum burning temperature of jet-fuel-based fires, which do not exceed 1,800*F
under optimal conditions, so the fires cannot have caused the steel to melt,
which means that melting steel did not bring the buildings down;

(3) UL certified the steel in the buildings up to 2,000*F for at least six hours
before it would even significantly weaken, where these fires burned too low and
too briefly–about one hour in the South Tower and one and a half in the
North–to have even caused the steel to weaken, much less melt;

(4) if the steel had melted or weakened, the buildings would have displayed
completely different behavior, with some asymmetrical sagging and tilting, which
would have been gradual and slow, not the complete, abrupt, and total demolition
that was observed;

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.  Founder and Co-Chair
Scholars for 9/11 Truth

jfetzer@d.umn.edu
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/

Also summarized as:   “Firefighters know that you can’t melt a steel-structured skyscraper in 47 unless Muslims (can) Suspend Physics

Dovetailing of US Patriot Act/ HR 3162(Democrat opposition) with October 2001 Anthrax attacks to get a Democrat-Controlled Congress to pass it.

The “Patriot Act” was rushed through Congress in just six weeks. It was given a helping hand by the anthrax attacks. Following hard on the heels of the September atrocities, these attacks “brushed up” the horror and were neatly dovetailed with the stages in the passage of the bill. (See Richard J Ochs,  Government By Anthrax, for the “dovetailing”.) The Democrat-controlled Senate, whose leading Democratic Senators were “attacked” with anthrax letters, passed the bill with a 98-1 majority. That’s how well they stood up for liberty! That’s how easily they were manipulated and convinced to enact this authoritarian legislation. The Act was signed into law by President Bush on 29 Oct. 2001.  It is [now, "was"] valid for four years, i.e. until autumn 2005.  The Act’s provisions include detention without trial for non-citizen terror suspects, surveillance of mobile phone messages and email, and internet tracking. It also empowers the CIA to extend its intelligence-gathering operations from the foreign to the domestic field for the first time. About one thousand non-citizens of Islamic origin were initially imprisoned under the Act. They were often held incommunicado, and had difficulty accessing legal representation. On 7 December 2001, the FBI said they believed none was linked either to the September 11 attacks in particular nor to al-Qaeda in general. Not a single one! (The FBI tried to save face by saying that the attacks were planned in Europe and had little help in the US.) (Reported by USA Today.) Some still remain in detention.

Interesting Interventions (politechbot.com a site to blogroll)

About Anthrax in re: passage of Patriot Act: A little timeline

1) The anthrax attacks [WWW]targeted the US Democrat Senators who opposed Ashcroft’s Patriot Act:

October 2, 2001 (B): The “anti-terrorism” Patriot Act is introduced in Congress, but is not well received by all. [ Patriot Act, 10/2/01] One day later, Senate Majority Leader and future anthrax target Tom Daschle (D) says he doubts the Senate will take up this bill in the one week timetable the administration wants. As head of the Senate, Daschle has great power to block or slow passage of the bill. Attorney General Ashcroft accuses Senate Democrats of dragging their feet. [Washington Post, 10/3/01] On October 4, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and future anthrax target Patrick Leahy (D) accuses the Bush administration of reneging on an agreement on the anti-terrorist bill. Leahy is in a key position to block or slow the bill. Some warn that “lawmakers are overlooking constitutional flaws in their rush to meet the administration’s timetable.” Two days later, Ashcroft complains about “the rather slow pace ‘over his request for law enforcement powers’ Hard feelings remain.” [Washington Post, 10/4/01] The anthrax letters to Daschle and Leahy are sent out on October 9 and difficulties in passing the Actcontinue (see October 9, 2001).

2) The anthrax was from a US Army or defense contractor site, and the killer a trained scientist from the US (illegal) bioweapons program.

“This suggests that the anthrax was already in hand, and the attack largely planned, before Sept 11.”
anthrax reportFederation of American Scientists

3) The anthrax disruption of Congress allowed the US Patriot Act to pass [WWW]without it even being read!

“It’s my understanding the bill wasn’t printed before the vote – at least I couldn’t get it. They played all kinds of games,
kept the House in session all night, and it was a very complicated bill. Maybe a handful of staffers actually read it,
but the bill definitely was not available to members before the vote.”

This site here alleges the main anthrax terrorist was a (US Citizen) “Arab-hating Zionist Jew” which  makes me question the neutrality of this site.  However.

Los Angeles, Alta California – 2/26/2002 – (ACN) Jewish microbiologist Dr. Philip M. Zack may be behind the deadly anthrax contaminated letters that were mailed to NBC’s Tom Brokaw, Senator Tom Daschle and others, according to FBI sources. In a rapidly unravelling investigation by the FBI, it appears that the “Arab-hating-Jew” was behind a vile conspiracy to frame a colleague who was born in Egypt and who worked, along with Dr. Zack, at the U.S. Army’s Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases in Fort Detrick, Md.

La Voz de Aztlan has maintained from the beginning that the anthrax-laced letters seemed contrived and were purposely written to make them appear that they were coming from someone in the Islamic World. New information just released by the FBI confirms our suspicions. On October 9, 2001 we published “Anthrax Terrorists may be Zionists”

 

More to the point, here is a nice financial motives (in addition to, I still say, the US Patriot Act passage motives):    Look at the  leases!  (above:  It was a joint public project, between Port Authority of New York and New Jersey:  PANYNJ.

From Wikipedia, Larry Silverstein:

World Trade Center

During the 1990s, New York was suffering from the effects of the 1987 stock market crash, which led to high vacancy rates at the World Trade CenterGeorge Pataki becameGovernor of New York in 1995 on a campaign of cutting costs, including privatizing the World Trade Center. A sale of the property was considered too complex, so it was decided by the Port Authority to open a 99-year lease to competitive bidding.[13]

In January 2001, Silverstein, via Silverstein Properties and Westfield America, made a $3.2 billion bid for the lease to the World Trade Center. Silverstein was outbid by $50 million byVornado Realty, with Boston Properties and Brookfield Properties also competing for the lease. However, Vornado withdrew and Silverstein’s bid for the lease to the World Trade Center was accepted on July 24, 2001.[14] This was the first time in the building’s 31-year history that the complex had changed management.

The lease agreement applied to One, Two, Four, and Five World Trade Center, and about 425,000 square feet (39,500 m2) of retail space. Silverstein put up $14 million of his own money to secure the deal.[15] The terms of the lease gave Silverstein, as leaseholder, the right and the obligation to rebuild the structures if destroyed.[16]

 

Who is Larry Silverstein? A Brooklyn-born American businessman and real estate investor and developer.  Now, I’m blogging family law, this is the tenth anniversary of 9/11, and I’m talking real estate.  Well, one reason is, as to investors, it’s a huge source of wealth; everyone has to live somewhere and corporations do business somewhere.   If tenancy is full, the rents are usually at a profit compared to the mortgages, resulting in income, i.e., assets putting off wealth.  (meanwhile Obama is talking in terms of creating jobs — not income-producing assets, resulting in wealth — to the public at large).  Real estate is almost always relevant because it’s a source of money.  Period.

Larry A. Silverstein (born May 30, 1931) is an American businessman, and real estate investor and developer in New York City.

Silverstein was born in Brooklyn, and became involved in real estate, together with his father, establishing Silverstein Properties. Silverstein separated from his business partner, Bernard Mendik, in 1977, and bought a number of large office buildings in Midtownand Lower Manhattan in the late 1970s.

Sounds like he was a successful real estate investor and developer, too.

In 1980, Silverstein won a bid from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to construct 7 World Trade Center, to the north of the World Trade Center. Silverstein was interested in acquiring the entire World Trade Center complex, and put in a bid when the Port Authority put it up for lease in 2000. Silverstein won the bid when a deal between the initial winner and the Port Authority fell through, and he signed the lease on July 24, 2001.

July 24, August 24, September 11th — 9/11 was less than two months after the lease transfer, with said lease allowing reconstruction if the buildings were destroyed (why would buildings be destroyed — was this earthquake & fire country, tornado country?)

Soon after the September 11 attacks, Silverstein declared his intent to rebuild, though ran into dispute with his insurers over whether the attacks constituted one or two occurrences. A settlement was reached in 2007, with insurers agreeing to pay out $4.55 billion,[1]which was not as much as Silverstein sought. Silverstein also ran into multiple disputes with other parties in the rebuilding effort, including with the Port Authority. In an agreement reached in April 2006, Silverstein retained rights to build three office towers (150 Greenwich Street175 Greenwich Street, and 200 Greenwich Street), while One World Trade Center (previously referred to as the “Freedom Tower”) will be owned by the Port Authority as well as Tower Five which may be leased out to another private developer and redesigned as a residential building.[2]

Mr. Silverstein might have died in the attacks on the North Tower, except  his wife persuaded him to keep a doctor’s appointment, per 2011 comments from Silverstein Properties:

9/11 A Decade Later:  [WTC] Leaseholder Discusses Rebuilding Effort

Bobby Cuza | 09.02.2011 | NY1

Most New Yorkers know Larry Silverstein as the leaseholder on the World Trade Center. What they may not know is that he signed that lease in July 2001, just eight weeks before it was destroyed.

“The decision to acquire the trade center was, as it turns out, a terrible one. My timing was awful,” says Silverstein.   But Silverstein’s timing on 9/11 could not have luckier. Rather than attend a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World atop the north tower, his wife convinced him to keep a doctor’s appointment, saving his life.

One of his first decisions after the attacks was to move aggressively to rebuild 7 World Trade, which had also collapsed.

“We needed to do something quickly, because everybody was fleeing Lower Manhattan. Residents, residential tenants were leaving. Commercial tenants were leaving en masse,” says Silverstein.

The new 7 World Trade reopened in 2006, the first and, to this day, only part of the complex to be rebuilt.

 

You can go back and forth on this one, and many people do:

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(at a Los Angeles 2007 demonstration)