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howiewine April 20, 2014 at 05:34 PM
Remember when Bolling orchestrated the I-T letter to the Editor scam? Montague wrote a love letterRead Moret o Darius' hotel project by way of slamming Measure B. This elicited a counterpoint response by Bob Edwards which was promptly answered by a letter from Sarah Anderson, the developer's wife. Her response was not only a malapropism, neither she nor Bolling ever revealed the true nature of their relationship with Mr. Montague. Wasn't it journalistic malpractice to not reveal Mr. Montague's ownership of the commercial space known as the Feed Store Building next door to the proposed new hotel owned by the Andersons and their partners including Bolling? Didn't that create a major conflict of interest that any journalism student could have found guidance on on page 1 of any journalism "style book?" These people are "rapacious developers" to quote Bolling and don't resemble true philanthropists whatsoever. It's nothing more than the pay-to-play lifestyle come to roost in Sonoma.
howiewine April 20, 2014 at 08:17 PM
And not a word about Montague owning the building next door. I guess they thought everyone inRead MoreSonoma was stupid. ////////// Edwards’ boycott hurts community Thursday, November 14, 2013 3:02 PM By Index-Tribune Report Share: Editor, Index-Tribune: One thing we all seem to have in common is that we love our town and we all feel very fortunate to live here. It is one of the most beautiful places in the country, with an incredible history and small-town charm. As a small business owner in Sonoma, I have also had the opportunity to discuss Measure B with visitors and locals who shop in my store. There have been no heated discussions or arguments over the topic. We all need to understand the initiative in order to make an educated decision on the subject matter. I felt compelled to write this letter as a response to the attack by “Yes on B” committee member Bob Edwards on Jeff Montague, a local business owner who voiced his opinion on Measure B in an op-ed column a week ago (“‘Big’ isn’t big, and ‘B’ is more fear than fact”). Jeff owns Wine Country Cyclery and has said he will vote “no” on B. Bob Edwards responded to that letter by saying that he would not consider buying a $3,000-$4,000 bike from Wine Country Cyclery, but instead he would choose to spend his money online or in Santa Rosa. Now that is an “unintended consequence.” Shopping in our small town supports our local businesses and keeps our community alive and thriving. This negative attitude is not helping our community, it’s hurting it. I wish Edwards could have risen above all of this. I wish we could have had a community discussion about growth in Sonoma instead of Measure B. It would have been much more interesting to work together as a community to figure out how to grow our small town in a way that balances all the things that we love about living in Sonoma. To support Sonoma, please vote “no” on B. Sarah Anderson Sonoma
howiewine April 20, 2014 at 08:18 PM
howiewine April 19, 2014 at 08:54 PM
This self aggrandizement is really nauseating. However, the new image buff campaign reframingRead MoreDarius as a "PHILANTHROPIST" points to something big. Perhaps where a developer messing with SDC would only confirm BOLLING's "rapacious developer" description philanthropist would play better in his newspapers. It would be funny were it not so very sad. . https://www.flickr.com/people/121681333@N05/
Will Shonbrun April 20, 2014 at 03:14 PM
I dropped the following note on the clown who wrote this drivel about Anderson'sRead More"philanthropy& quot;: "Your article about Darius Anderson's philanthropy is the kind of crap that gives bullshit a bad name. Some of us know exactly who Anderson is and what he's done, including the two lawsuits in New York and New Mexico. You ain't fooling no one with this pathetic whitewash."
howiewine April 20, 2014 at 03:37 PM
The hubris is really quite unbelievable.
It's Not Difficult April 19, 2014 at 01:07 PM
I don't get it. What's the Cuba angle?
It's Not Difficult April 19, 2014 at 01:43 PM
Oh by the way howie, I noticed how you ONCE AGAIN deleted a comment thread you didn't like becauseRead Morei t contained damning evidence about your hero, Ralph Hutchinson (I only had to paste in his own words). Isn't this exactly what you guys keep calling a "cover up"?? Suppressing, ignoring or deleting information that you find to be unflattering? It's ok for you, but anybody else who does it participating in a cover up, eh hypocrites? Just like it's ok for you to be anonymous, but anybody else who does so is a coward. Right, hypocrites?
howiewine April 20, 2014 at 10:14 AM
The people who come here to keep tabs on the local miscreants aren't convinced in the least by your Read Morepersistence. All you are proving by your rants is that we are close to the main nerve. So keep up the good work and happy holidays.
howiewine April 19, 2014 at 08:43 AM
IND- Perhaps this will fit in your pipe so that you can smokeRead Moreit. http://sonomavalley.patch.com/gro ups/announcements/p/plaza-union-hotel-plans-dated-2012
It's Not Difficult April 19, 2014 at 01:10 PM
Oh of course, IT WAS PUBLISHED IN THE PATCH! By Ralph Hutchinson! Why didn't I think of that? OhRead Moreyea h, I did!
It's Not Difficult April 19, 2014 at 01:19 PM
If this is your smoking gun, you guys are even sadder than I thought. All those years and years ofRead Morea ngry typing, sitting alone with your computers, cramping your colons, sniping at strangers on the internet. And it all comes down to an unattributed CAD drawing never submitted to any city planner. You're a real Ed Snowden there, Hutchinson.
howiewine April 01, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Read Morehttp://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20140221/sen-ron-calderon-brother-tom-indicted-in-p ay-to-play-scandal-over-bribes-fraud-money-laundering
Anna Gomez April 02, 2014 at 02:27 PM
The FBI obviously investigated Calderon for a long time to make sure they had an open and shutRead Morecase. Most likely Calderon was unknowingly surrounded by FBI agents in Cuba if not working with the FBI to catch a bigger fish as part of a plea deal. I'm guessing they will be on Darius like guava jelly on a Pan Suave next.
Ralph Hutchinson April 04, 2014 at 01:27 PM
Did Darius have involvement with this CA Senator Leland Yee and his gun running? Did he raiseRead Moremoney for his campaign? Do favors for each other? Aid and assist gun running efforts? Did Cuba have anything to do with it? Did Darius take Yee to Cuba with him connected to any of that business?
Anna Gomez April 17, 2014 at 12:05 PM
Those protesters were your local postal employees. Here is a quote "The Staples deal willRead Morerepla ce full-service U.S. Post Offices with knock-off post offices in Staples stores that are not staffed with U.S. Postal Service employees." Postal Union members are not a fan of this so they are taking it to the streets. Good for them - raise hell.
Anna Gomez April 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I have a question. What happens when Staples goes further down the tubes and takes your PO box with Read Moreit?
Rock Fan April 18, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Thank you Anna , I didn't have clue as I was just driving by . Another situation that may not endRead Morewe ll .
Anna Gomez April 12, 2014 at 02:49 PM
I always knew that the BS "system upgrade" at the Sonoma-Index was an all out scrub job.Read MoreW hat a bunch of big mouth cowardly liars they turned out to be. As far as Cutting goes, it looks like he was the fall guy. On a happy note, judges aren't stupid. They look at who had what to gain and "reasonable" excuses. The "I didn't know" response wouldn't be reasonable. Enjoy your time in the big house folks!
howiewine April 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM
These charges in the complaint don't include anything about Sonoma Valley Bank's PetalumaRead MoreGreenbriar Apartments loans which if reports are true include more abject failure to supervise by the bank's Board Loan Committee. Had one single Board member, all of whom can be described as real estate investors, been concerned enough with a loan that vastly exceeded Cutting's approval limit of $750,000 driven a lousy 15 miles those loans may have never been made. So why did they never make the drive??? Cutting had an approval level to $750,000 which is a lot less than the millions the Board approved and authorized. Were their any pictures of the property attached to the credit/loan request? Was the fact that Madjlessi had defaulted to PFF/US Bank 2 months prior to SVB funding their entry into the Petaluma project based on "character lending" to a "known" entity who had a very checkered past even a speed bump of a consideration? That sailed into the transaction as fast as they could it would seem. ============================================Bottom line============================ Sean Cutting did not have the appropriate bank experience or street smarts so the Board of Directors limited his ability to approve loans to $750,000 or less. To say now that he created some huge scheme without any knowledge of Mel Switzer and the Board Of Directors is simply unbelievable.
howiewine April 16, 2014 at 03:39 PM
This blog is too fact laden for "It's not difficult."
Jim Pacheco March 29, 2014 at 03:18 PM
Keep up the good work on reporting on this case. It is certainly a story that won't be covered inRead Moret he local papers.
Rock Fan April 05, 2014 at 01:09 PM
Does sound like a heap of trouble . Interesting , thanks .
Ralph Hutchinson April 10, 2014 at 03:44 AM
SVB indictments came down Bijian 29 counts money laundering and wire fraud. Sonoma Bankers wereRead Moresaid to have received indictments today as well.
Ralph Hutchinson April 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM
Well they diverted the entire TARP proceeds to 101 Houseco LLC a failed project they bought fromRead MoreFDI C operated Indymac Bank, used fake letter lead, covered up the straw borrower James House of San Clemente all for a hail Mary pass what do they think SIG TARP is going to ask for? "When they pass the cookie jar, you take a cookie" still my favorite saying in this entire case thus far a Press Democrat quote by Cutting after fighting and misleading the shareholders acting like they were stupid and didn't get it why they needed to borrow TARP and all along the borrower, Cutting and Melland are cooking up an EPIC scheme in the background. What is justice for something that misleading? Something that harmed so many Sonoma Valley shareholders and residents? This is embarrassing for Sonoma residents in general. I still think all the Directors are equally to blame since they approved all these hail Mary deals. When will they get their day in court? Index Tribune still covering for them huh?
Ralph Hutchinson April 14, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Directors Nicholas, Switzer, Downing, Brangham, Pistole, Sangiacomo, Hitchcock and Page. They allRead Morev oted in favor of Madjlessi's bad loans according to the FDIC. Cutting and Melland didn't act alone.
Anna Gomez April 14, 2014 at 08:16 PM
I would bet that the Directors will be in some deep trouble. Its not feasible to think that none of Read Morethe directors were in the room when the shady deals were made.
Ralph Hutchinson April 10, 2014 at 04:45 PM
All our Directors (Page, Brangham, Switzer, Downing, Sangiacomo, Pistole and Nicholas) were present Read Moreand voted to approve, renew and extend all the stupid Bijian Madjlessi loans according to FDIC court documents. That means the examiners took copius notes and have proof in hand in the minutes that the Directors acted to bring harm to the bank. Regulators go to such lengths for one reason, to enforce accountability to those responsible. Mark my words...this is not over and the Directors are NOT getting off easy.
howiewine April 10, 2014 at 10:44 PM
30 years per charge for several charges. Goodness, that could be a long time. I find myself feeling Read Moresorry for Cutting, who appears to have been led down the garden path to build up the loan portfolio for what could only have been a possible future sale and jackpot for Directors. It was always coming down to the Board, who had an obvious reason to change the executive compensation package, throwing Cutting under the bus, in my opinion, unless Cutting is an utter sociopath. If there was no untoward compensation to him or blackmail of him it could only mean he was following the orders of the board. Isn't that why they hired a rank novice banker to begin with? Those Directors have MUCH to answer for.
Ralph Hutchinson April 10, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Conspiracy. Imagine the Feds calling it that. And the naysayer cronies of Sonoma Valley said I wasRead Morew rong for using the term conspiracy. Now whose right and whose wrong?
Rock Fan April 10, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Well , I'm gonna go out on a limb here .YOUR RIGHT RALPH !
howiewine April 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM
What about the conspiracy by Bill Lynch and the Sonoma Index-Tribune to kill the truth in real time Read Moreand screw over 1,000 Valley locals by covering up misdeeds?
howiewine April 10, 2014 at 02:04 PM
So now the question becomes WHY ? Melland took money which is public knowledge in past newsRead Morereports. But WHY Cutting? WHY Switzer? Money? Could be. Stupidity? For Sure. Blackmail? Boy that would explain a lot. Did someone get caught in a compromising position? Otherwise why hand the keys of the bank to this obvious crook? But then ALL Directors were present at ALL relevant Board Loan Committee loan approval meetings so whatever it was they ALL had to know. Say let's ask the ALCALDESSA, Ms. Brangham.
howiewine April 10, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Cutting , Melland, Madjlessi, Lonich IndictedRead More!----------------------- http://www.pressdemocrat.com/ article/20140410/articles/140419979
howiewine April 10, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Looks like the shareholder settlement was extremely premature and way too small.
howiewine April 09, 2014 at 07:10 PM
Hooray for these Judges and down with dirty politicians like Ron Calderon, who coincidentallyRead Moreaccomp anied Darius Anderson to Cuba last spring while he was being investigated by the FBI. Darius has a nasty habit of orchestrating skunky deals and hanging with friends of dubious distinction.
Anna Gomez April 09, 2014 at 10:19 PM
Sounds like Darius's assets might go bye bye. Or maybe he will go bye bye.....AuténticaRead MoreCuba! !! Or bust!
Ralph Hutchinson April 10, 2014 at 03:42 AM
This is a character issue with Darius first New York now New Mexico and a family affair to boot. A Read Morereal class act in Sonoma Valley.