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“Nevada was recently rated the nation’s fifth most corrupt state by a highly respected, Pulitzer Prize winning, non-partisan, non-profit group in D.C. NLV may be its most corrupt city”
North Las Vegas, Nevada
November 21, 2015
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman told us years ago, “If they are not talking about you, you don’t matter.” Apparently, we matter!
On the heels of threats against Steve Sanson and Veterans In Politics International (“VIPI”) over the corruption that VIPI is exposing in North Las Vegas (NLV), several problematic NLV Police Officers’ Association members recently formed an entity called “Nevada Veterans In Politics.”
This group, obviously trading off VIPI’s name and history of exposing corruption, is seeking to confuse voters and other endorsing organizations to undermine VIPI’s work in cleaning up dirty cops and politicians in NLV.
The primary purpose of NLV’s Police Officers Association is to defend cops accused of wrongdoing. It makes sense then that the problematic elements of this union would fight tooth and nail to stifle VIPI.
According to its press release, the new group’s stated purpose is to “support and recommend candidates who pledge to vote about issues that will help veterans and their families.” The group will be holding endorsement interviews for candidates in the near future, and claims to be looking for additional board members.
Before joining or interviewing, ask yourself: “Am I being part of the problem or part of the solution?”
The Officers of this new group are as follows:
President and Director – Michael Yarter. Yarter is the President of NLV’s Police Officers’ Association. Yarter earns $194,692.48 per year in salary and benefits from the broke City of North Las Vegas.
As VIPI recently reported, according to sources, Yarter has either directly or through Political Action Committees funneled over $20,000 to the campaign to recall North Las Vegas Municipal Court Judge Catherine Ramsey for being “a stickler” on the law, and to NLV’s City Attorney Sandra Morgan’s judicial campaign to replace Ramsey.
We previously reported on Morgan’s solicitation of judicial campaign funds in apparent violation of Nevada’s campaign finance laws. It is perhaps not a coincidence that Morgan refuses to file a campaign contribution and expense report despite our urgings that she do so.
We also previously reported on what appears to be blatant ethics violations by Morgan — As NLV’s City Attorney, Morgan is Ramsey’s lawyer. Working to recall your client and running a campaign to replace her before she is even recalled, stinks of conflict of interest. None of this is good for a City Attorney, let alone for an aspiring judge.
Secretary: Loran McAlister. McAlister is the Vice President of NLV’s Police Officers’ Association. He was involved in an officer-involved shooting on March 26, 2012 and was the subject of a civil rights lawsuit on November 3, 2014. McAlister receives $204,367.83 a year in salary and benefits from broke NLV.
Treasurer: Jason Scarale. Scarale is NLV’s Police Officers’ Association Board Representative. He was involved in an officer-involved shooting on September 22, 2015 and was the defendant in civil rights lawsuits in 2002 and 2014. Scarale receives $222,977.62 a year in salary and benefits from broke NLV.
Presidential Strawman Richard Carreon. Yarter issued a press release dated November 18, 2015 announcing Nevada Veterans In Politics (NVIP’s) formation, and naming Richard Carreon as its President. Notwithstanding that Nevada’s Secretary of State Records show that Yarter is actually NVIP’s President, let’s take a look at who Carreon is:
Carreon was VIPI’s Nevada Chapter President from April 12, 2015 to July 27, 2015; three days after VIPI came out with an article exposing the corruption against Judge Ramsey, Carreon resigned. VIPI offered him the title after Carreon lost his bid to unseat NLV City Councilwoman Pamela Goynes-Brown.
Carreon was unemployed and jumped on the opportunity in order to gain name recognition given his political aspirations. During the time he worked with VIPI, he never paid dues, and did not have access to VIPI’s confidential information, including VIPI’s membership list. As we now see, this was a smart decision on our part.
Being unemployed, Carreon who is a photographer by trade, was hired as a photographer for Sandra Morgan. When VIPI started exposing Morgan’s wrongdoing, Carreon resigned from VIPI claiming he wanted to spend more time with the City in order to boost his electability. Although he may actually have been pressured by folks in NLV to resign from VIPI, his stated desire appears to have come to fruition. Carreon’s ambitions have now put him squarely in bed with some of NLV’s problematic “public servants.”
Carreon’s loyalty is for sale to the highest bidder.
Ryann Juden, NLV’s Assistant City Manager once said “we can sell this to the Low Informed Voters” and “the media works for us.”
VIPI has operated in Nevada since 1992. We are not going anywhere, and certainly not in response to a misguided campaign by the very people we are working to expose.
In 2004, we defeated efforts by Ed Gobel to take our name. We will do the same again. The name Veterans In Politics is protected under state and federal laws and we will take all legal steps to defend it.
Be informed, draw your ethics line, and be part of the solution.
North Las Vegas, Nevada
November 17, 2015
On November 5, 2015, former North Las Vegas top Human Resources employees, Bachera Washington and Tammy Bonner, filed their second complaint against the City of North Las Vegas with the State of Nevada’s Local Government Employee-Management Relations Board (EMRB).
In their first EMRB complaint, which settled in 2014, Bonner and Washington alleged that Mayor Lee wrongfully interfered in North Las Vegas’s personnel matters in violation of the City’s charter, and also, that he discriminated against them for racial, religious, or political reasons. In that case, Washington and Bonner had been promoted by the Director of Human Resources to take on the additional responsibilities of the retiring Development Specialist. The additional responsibilities came with a pay raise. Shortly thereafter, the Mayor purportedly received an anonymous call complaining about Washington and Bonner’s pay raise, in response to which, he thereafter orchestrated a retroactive salary cut for them. That case settled with Bonner and Washington getting a pay raise for their new responsibilities, though not as much as they originally received.
The legal claims in this latest complaint mirror those of the first one, but this time based on the Mayor’s alleged “bypassing of Washington and Bonner as it related to Human Resources recruitment standards, and the obvious hiring trend of white, LDS personnel who did not meet the minimum requirements of the classification specifications for the positions into which they were hired.” Washington and Bonner also claim that they were wrongfully terminated in May 2015 in retaliation for their prior complaints against the City.
Here’s what this latest complaint says happened:
After settling their salary dispute with the City in December 2014, Bonner and Washington started being excluded from all management decisions affecting collective bargaining, even though they were the highest ranking employees in the Human Resources Department.
In February 2015, without Bonner or Washington’s input, the City hired Cass Palmer as its Director of Parks and Recreation. Yet, Palmer had no background in Parks and Recreation, but instead had an extensive background in Human Resources. As such, Palmer, rather than Washington or Bonner, led the City’s collective bargaining negotiations with the firefighters and police supervisors. Washington and Bonner were excluded from the process.
According to Washington and Bonner, they complained to the City Manager, Dr. Quong Liu, about being stripped of any meaningful Human Resources work to perform. They requested a bi-monthly meeting with Dr. Liu so that they could be involved in the City’s hiring decisions. Although Dr. Liu obliged, he requested that Kari Turkal-Bennett sit in the meetings “to take notes.” Turkal-Bennett not only took notes, but she also then met with the entire Human Resources staff and compiled information on each of their jobs. This information was then used by the City to prepare a Request for Proposals to outsource North Las Vegas’s entire Human Resources department, including terminating Washington’s and Bonner’s jobs.
According to a May 21, 2015 Review Journal article, the City of North Las Vegas’s Human Resources department at that time consisted of eight positions, three of which were. By way of comparison, the Human Resources departments of the City of Las Vegas and Henderson each employ over 20 people.
According to Washington’s and Bonner’s complaint, the City’s Request for Proposals was published on March 12, 2013. On May 20, 2015, the City Council met from 6pm to 7pm and after “limited discussion,” passed its resolution to outsource the entire Human Resources department to Prism Global Management Group. According to the complaint, Prism Global is a company with LDS ownership, and the Council decided to outsource the department “despite the absence of any significant savings to the City through outsourcing.”
The next day, the Human Resources Department employees were given paperwork informing them that they were being laid off. Although the Mayor had allegedly found or created positions throughout the City for people the Mayor wanted hired, Washington and Bonner were told that there were no positions to which they could be transferred. This despite the fact that the North Las Vegas Fire Chief Lytle had several times advised City Manager Dr. Liu that he would like to have Bonner transferred to a fully-funded vacant position within the Fire Department.
Although Washington and Bonner were terminated that same day, their final checks were dated May 20 — the day before the City Council even met or voted to outsource the department. This implied that the decisions to outsource the department and to terminate Washington’s and Bonner’s positions were actually made behind closed doors prior to the City Council meeting and that the meeting was a sham or simply a “formality.” Also, according to the complaint, “Washington who is black and non-LDS was immediately escorted out of City Hall by security. Human Resources employee Darlene Rosenberg, who had already made a decision to retire, and was white and LDS, was permitted to stay until the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2015).”
On May 25, 2015, Kari Turkal-Bennett was appointed to supervise Prism Global Management. Turkal-Bennett allegedly had no significant prior Human Resources experience. Washington and Bonner claim that either of them could have performed this job instead of having their jobs terminated.
Washington and Bonner seek the retroactive reinstatement of their employment with the City of North Las Vegas, as well as declaratory relief and a cease and desist order from the Court prohibiting the City’s labor practices.
The City’s Answer to the EMRB complaint is due on November 25, 2015.
(VIPI) Veterans In Politics International do not condone Domestic Violence! We supported Artur Terabelian in his quest to regain his child that is relocated to another state, but when we found out that his group “Veterans Fathers Rights” only supports his own quest to regain his child and several allegations of Domestic Violence by several women. We have sever all professional ties indicated in an e-mail below:
Dear Mr. Terabelian;
Due to the controversy surrounding your domestic life, Veterans In Politics, International, Inc. has no choice but to sever all professional ties with you and your domestic issues.
The issues surrounding you are at odds with the sensitive political nature of the business in which Veterans In Politics, International, Inc. Is involved.
May you reach all your future goals.
Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact myself, or Steve Sanson, VIPI President.
Thank you for your understanding.
VIPI Auxiliary Director
“More Bad Judgement Calls by NLV’s Sandra Morgan – Deputy City Attorney Now Suspended From Practicing Law”
North Las Vegas, Nevada
November 5, 2015
Would you hire a Deputy City Attorney to represent the City of North Las Vegas in criminal court if he had eight (out of ultimately 13) State Bar ethics cases pending against him? North Las Vegas City Attorney Sandra Morgan did.
In 2013, City Attorney Sandra Morgan hired Thomas Fronczek, a 2009 graduate of her alma mater the William S. Boyd School of Law, to replace then-Deputy City Attorney, Stephen Webster. She hired Fronczek notwithstanding the fact that at that time he had eight State Bar cases pending against him for ethics violations.
While Fronczek had not yet been found guilty of any offense and had the right to be presumed innocent, Morgan as the City Attorney had an equal obligation as North Las Vegas’s top law manager, to hire a criminal prosecutor with the highest level of ethical standards and competence. In explaining the critical role that prosecutors hold in our society, H. Richard Uviller, a former prosecutor and Professor of Law at Columbia University, wrote:
“…the public prosecutor strives to maintain an upright stance in the stained halls of criminal justice . . . Virtue is the cherished ingredient in his role: the honorable exercise of the considerable discretionary power with which our legal system has endowed his office. Daily, the ethical fibre of the prosecutor is tested – and through him, in large measure, the rectitude of the system of justice.”
Moreover, there is often stiff competition for these coveted prosecutorial positions, allowing the City Attorney to hire the best and the brightest of the candidates. Having eight pending State Bar cases should have at a minimum raised a red flag for Morgan during the hiring process, if not sounded an entire orchestra of alarms!
On September 18, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court in a unanimous decision that resolved all 13 bar cases against Fronczek, imposed “a two-year-and-six-month suspension, with two years stayed and six months actual suspension, commencing on the date this order is filed.” Fronczek is unable to practice law until at least March 2016.
In the negotiated plea bargain, in which Fronczek was represented by top criminal defense attorney, William B. Terry, Fronczek pled guilty to the following ethical violations:
Rules of Professional Conduct (RPC) 1.3 — Failing to act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client;
RPC 1.4 — Failing to adequately communicate with a client;
RPC 1.15 — Failing to safe keep or return a client’s property (retainer funds);
RPC 5.3 — Failing to adequately supervise non-lawyer assistants;
RPC 5.5 – Assisting another person in the unauthorized practice of law; and
RPC 8.1(b) — Knowingly failing to respond to a demand for information from an admissions or disciplinary authority.
The cases reportedly arose from a period in which Fronczek hired an office manager named Jesse Cisneros to manage his office including his client trust account. During this period, Fronczek wholly failed to supervise or impose checks and balances on Cisneros, enabling Cisneros to embezzle $113,980 of Fronczek’s clients’ money. It is basic ethics that every attorney has a fiduciary obligation to safeguard his client’s money and that means closely monitoring and supervising client trust accounts. In all, 13 clients lost their money.
The Supreme Court ordered Fronczek to repay all of these clients for the full amount that he failed to safeguard. Fronczek was also ordered to pay the costs of the disciplinary actions and investigations. In addition, if Fronczek is found to violate the same rules of ethics again, the State Bar will recommend that the Supreme Court reinstate the two year stayed portion of the suspension “in addition to any sanction that may be warranted in the new matter(s).”
Fronczek was also ordered to notify the State Bar if he ever goes into private practice again, in which case he would have to obtain a mentor, approved by the State Bar, for a period of one year. One can only assume that the Bar did not require Fronczek to obtain a mentor if he stayed in government office, either because he would theoretically be supervised by superiors in the government, and/or he would not have access to client funds.
Either way, however, it is quite ironic that Morgan, who initiated a recall petition against Judge Ramsey in part because the judge was being a stickler on certain rules, seems to have had no problem hiring a prosecutor with multiple ethics cases against him.
But here’s the ultimate punchline: Now that Fronczek is suspended from practicing law for six months, who did Morgan get to replace him? Stephen Webster, the very prosecutor she initially saw fit to replace!
Putting it generously, the leadership of North Las Vegas continues to shine in mismanagement skills and bad judgement calls ….
Valentine’s Day Ball & Gala Guest Speakers Announced: “Damon Christopher & Judge Mark Stevens”
“Every Election is important to the State of Nevada. It is our sworn duty to educate the public on every candidate running for office. The Veterans In Politics Valentine’s Day Ball & Gala is a nonpartisan kickoff to our publicly tapped Endorsement Interview Process. Meet our members and panelist so they can get to know who you are and where you stand”
“On this day we encourage everyone to put their politics aside”
Reserve your dinner reservations and room before December 1, 2015 for a discount, a romantic evening, fine dining, dancing, and entertainment.
Next year marks the third occasion in Las Vegas history that celebrity entertainers, pageant queens, high-ranking elected officials, active duty military, veterans, candidates, members of the local media and many more will join together to celebrate Valentine’s Day in V.I.P. style.
Rowena Baraan-Krifaton founder of the Shine Family Foundation will be our Master of Ceremony, Damon Christopher Publisher of Distinguish Women and Men in Nevada and Mark Stevens Chief Judge (former US Marine) and Veterans Court Judge for Henderson Municipal Court will be our key note speakers…
For the past 25 years, Damon had the opportunity to observe and participate in the immense growth, prosperity, and collective community that have flourished in our great state. He has seen us expand our scope and influence in such areas as medicine, the arts, and higher education . . . all of which significantly affect our daily lives.
In 2010, Damon accepted the challenge to honor the leaders of this great state and joined Distinguished Publishing Company. He recognized the value of these historical books and worked as managing partner in the distinguished series publications. He now have the opportunity as publisher to carry on a proud family business name, salute the distinguished women and men with integrity and recognize their importance by documenting their life histories.
Damon stated: Moving beyond the challenges of the past, we’re engaging in innovative and progressive opportunities to rebound and establish a new era of stability and pride. Though our economic experience has been long, and often difficult, Nevada is a resilient state that fosters its strengths in countless ways. We’ve done it before, and we’re doing it again. Leading the way—and leaving their imprints on the resurgence of our state—are the unique individuals who are being recognized in these momentous books. Government leaders, community builders, business professionals, and others have contributed—and continue to provide–their intelligence, creativity, insights, and resources to grow and enrich our community and our state.
The idea of recognizing these amazing people was the impetus for establishing our Distinguished Women and Men publications. Carole Bellmyre, founder of The Distinguished Women and Men series, was first inspired to document the greatness of our state’s leaders 20 years ago when she crafted her first biographic recognition. These publications chronicle the accomplishments of today’s leaders within their pages. By observing and honoring leaders, we also know the importance of fostering new decision-makers. So, in 2000 Ms. Bellmyre established the Distinguished Scholarship Fund at UNLV and CSN as a way of reaching out to financially assist Nevada students an opportunity in attaining a higher education. I will continue the tradition of promoting higher education and propose expansion into mentorship.
Rowena is a journalist/writer, philanthropist and a business woman. She is born to a family of Politicians and high ranking government officials in the Philippines. Coming from a very affluent and politically inclined family, she was exposed to exemplary deeds of leadership, unwavering commitment to public service and strong sense of noblesse oblige and civic duty.
At the age 17, she was discovered and recruited by a renowned fashion designer. Her career path in modeling took Rowena all over the world with long stints on the runway in Europe, U.S. and Asia. She modeled for internationally celebrated fashion designers like Versace, Custo of Madrid, Calvin Klein as well as Asia’s best designers. She has been a celebrity guest in several TV shows in the Philippines and the U.S. Rowena has also been featured and has graced the covers of magazines such as WOMEN’s, MOD, Island Lifestyle, Season’s Magazine, etc. She has likewise done catalogues for European magazines.
In 1995, Rowena became the first Filipina to win the Ms. Asia Hawaii, World.
Rowena has successfully organized fundraising events and charity “meets and greets”. She helps and supports children from poverty stricken homes putting them through college and providing basic necessities. Her family established a foundation in the Philippines providing homes and shelter for the poor. While home in Las Vegas, she actively helps and supports Jude 22, Safe Nest, U.S. Vets, Catholic Charities, Blue Star Moms, and the homeless Veterans.
When Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines, Rowena was in Manila for her brother Wycliff’s (first gulf war Veteran) funeral. She and her entire family donated water filtration to affected areas as well as food, clothing, shelter, and medication. When she came home to Las Vegas, she helped organized charitable events to raise more money for the victims of typhoon Haiyan.
She has an abiding passion for helping others. The crown jewel of Rowena’s achievements and being a sister of a first gulf war Veteran who suffered from PTSD is the foundation she founded and established in May of 2010.
The Shine Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose main mission is to help the families of our US Military deployed and returning Veterans. Its objective is to provide the necessities for our military families as they return home and begin to re-assimilate to society. Through her foundation, she helped raise thousands of dollars in pledges and donations for families that are in dire need of financial aid and emotional support.
In 2012, Shine Family Foundation was the first and only foundation in Southern Nevada commended on the senate floor and given the Seven Seals Award by the Department of Defense. In 2014, for her outstanding achievements and leadership and recognition to her contribution in our State, Rowena was named as one of the “MOST DISTINGUISHED WOMEN OF NEVADA.”
He was on Active duty from 1988 to 1994 and Reserve duty from 1995-1997.
He has been a member of the Nevada Bar Association since 1991. Judge Stevens is licensed to practice at all levels including the US Supreme Court. He has also been very active in Henderson community activities.
Judge Stevens has been a Municipal Court Judge in Henderson since 2007 and served as a Deputy City Attorney. He established the Henderson Municipal Court Veterans Treatment Program which will be the main topic of his presentation. Judge Stevens was named as one of the “MOST DISTINGUISHED MEN OF NEVADA.”
More about the Ball:
The scheduled lineup includes a presentation of colors by the Marine Corps Color Guard, live-music by DJ Reign 4 Ever and a guest pianist and much More!
Guests will be received at 5-6pm PT for Cocktail Hour. Dinner will be served at 6PM start at $85 per person or $150 per couple and room prices start at $140 or two dinners and a Queen Size room for $280 with a complimentary breakfast before December 1, 2015.
There will be other Surprised Guest Speakers…
There will be several auctions and prizes. If you purchase a table or a dinner for a veteran you will automatically be placed in the grand prize drawing.
Make your reservations today for dinner and a room before this event sells-out go to www.veteransinpolitics.org and click onto Valentine’s Day Ball upper left corner 2016 or look for it at the bottom of the home page.
Veterans In Politics International continues to be the only non-profit veterans group that endorses political candidates and is also registered with the Nevada Secretary of State.
We have a lot of work to do, will you join us?
For additional information please contact Steve Sanson 702 283 8088 or Karen Steelmon 702 238 5134.
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Andre Haynes & Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Angie Morelli US Marine and Community Activist and
Dr. Danielle J. Duperret Activist on Family Court
Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Pearl Harbor Day
Steve Gregg President of ST Gregg & Associates (Life after Active Duty) and
Joe Sciscento Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Department 2
Andre Haynes & Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Mark R. Denton Clark County District Court Judge Department 13 and
Lisa Myers (discussing the abuse of LVMPD and Family Court)
Theresa Price and Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Laurie Bisch Candidate for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff and
Victoria DeLaGuerra-Seaman Candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 34
Andre Haynes & Lilly Babcock - Co Host
James Oscarson Nevada State Assemblyman District 36 and
Angel M Barboza Candidate for Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff
January 4, 2014
Lilly Babcock - Co Host
Tony Dunagan Retired Marine discussing the injustice with homeless veterans living conditions