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It's Not Difficult April 25, 2014 at 12:27 AM
Jeez. It's like watching "FDR" only way more boring. By now you should have some smallRead Moreide a of where I stand. White collar crime has its own logic, as does prosecuting it. Sometimes things that are clearly morally wrong are not deemed illegal, or at least not prosecutable. Much of it boils down to who knew what when, and I will base my judgments on what the federal prosecutors say about it. There is insight to be had on the SVB case, for those who really really care -- but not here. Just now Ralph is getting himself worked up again about how much money other people have, followed by an impenetrable vomit of words/name-drops from howie. Is it any wonder no one ever believes you guys?
It's Not Difficult April 25, 2014 at 12:28 AM
As for me I'll continue to get my news on SVB and other issues from credible sources, such as theRead MoreU. S. Attorney's Office, and NOT from a couple guys with too much time on their hands and a blog on Patch. Nor will I be checking Reddit, Topix, Tumblr or Craigslist. See ya.
It's Not Difficult April 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Oh sorry I meant it's like watching "JFK." Only more boring. Howie is like the wide-eyedRead MoreD onald Sutherland character on the park bench.
Anna Gomez April 21, 2014 at 09:54 PM
"Lipstick on a pig"
howiewine April 22, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Now Hear This-Anderson's newspaper emphasizes he and his wife are "Philanthropists?!?"Read MoreYou just know something is brewing. And when given yet another chance to say that Montague is their prime real estate (Feed Store Owner) neighbor next to their future hotel>>>CRICKETS, NADA, NOTHING. And why should we care about the Anderson's resume's? Sarah worked at Kidder in the stone age? BIG DEAL. What a load of self serving tripe. BUT, something is coming...Feed Store deal? SDC? Something that requires burying the pay-to-play, casino image?------------------------------------------------------------http://www.sonomanews.com/andersons-donate-bikes-bg-club-kids/#.U1Zrqq421Rc
Ralph Hutchinson April 23, 2014 at 01:28 PM
The image of NY Corruption Settlements, Cows Not Casinos, French Hotel, Living WageRead Moremisrepresentatio ns, New Mexico, Pay to Play, Cuba none of that can be erased. And whoever if hired to spin this recent PR machine is Bush League.
howiewine April 21, 2014 at 07:13 PM
Well, I don't care who he is because I can tell where he's coming from and that 's good enough. HeRead Morec ould be DARIUS Bolling lynch chris scott jan michael mildred or the pipe pirate. It doesn't matter because the storms will blow no matter what they say. So batten down the hatches.
It's Not Difficult April 21, 2014 at 07:44 PM
You figured it out! I'm the pipe pirate!
howiewine April 22, 2014 at 10:49 AM
Nice article trumpeting the "philanthropy" of the Andersons...In the newspaper ownedRead Moreby... the Andersons. Still no mention of Montague as the owner of the Feed Store Building next door to their new hotel project. He's still just a semi-retired bike store owner. Feed Store/Hotel deal coming in ...3...2...1...
It's Not Difficult April 21, 2014 at 12:57 PM
Ralph why did you delete your other comment, in which you just now wrote, "We have the CADRead Moredraw ings goof"? Was it because you stupidly popped off by writing something and hitting post without even catching up on the conversation? Or was it because your childish insult was "mean" and therefore further proof of your constant hypocrisy?
It's Not Difficult April 21, 2014 at 12:59 PM
As for your lame question, I know logic isn't your thing, so here is a lesson in it: to continually Read Moreand near-exclusively question the motives of the critic, rather than address the actual criticism, is a logical fallacy. Not your only one, god knows, but one of your favorites.
It's Not Difficult April 21, 2014 at 01:26 PM
But if you insist on an answer (and I'm sure you do, see above re: your capacity with logic), it'sRead Moret his: The only payment I receive in typing these things is the pleasure of watching you squirm like a bug. Every time you write "Mr. It's Not Difficult," I know I've got your dander up. And you deserve it.
howiewine April 01, 2014 at 07:55 PM
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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 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.
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.
Ralph Hutchinson March 06, 2014 at 11:16 PM
Breech of Fiduciary, Gross Negligence and downright intent to circumvent lending limit andRead Moreconcentra tion laws.
Ralph Hutchinson March 07, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Gifts from borrowers was the norm investments in Melland's Fuerza energy drink, boat rides, jetRead Moreride s to Reno Tahoe or Vegas. The culture if corruption and conflicts if interest was just the way things were done. The Directors were briefed but never filed Suspicious Activity Reports required by law. Instead they did Melland a favor two home loans after the fired him. No Morals no Character. Sick.
Ralph Hutchinson March 27, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Cutting got the nickname "The Cookie Monster" because of the quote he gave the papers aRead Morefe w months before the banks failure. When discussing why the bank borrowed $8.6 million from the Treasury TARP bailout program when many shareholders like Moreno said they didn't need it Cutting said..."When they pass the cookie jar, you take a cookie." But he knew full well the Marin Developer loans from Madjlessi we all nonperforming and/or failing as did all the other Bank and Holding Company Board of Directors (Switzer, Nicholas, Brangham, Downing, Pistole, Hitchcock, Sangiacomo, Page)
Ralph Hutchinson March 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
Well Sonoma isn't just going to vote for someone because they are different, they will have to beRead Morewe ll known and stand for Community Values and the local industry. Whether they met with Darius or not doesn't matter he is an important figure in The Valley and certainly needs dealt with directly. That has no bearing on being conflicted. Its what other ties this person has and whether they can act independently of people and focus on issues...that they don't accept gifts, campaign dollars and lavish party invitations.
Anna Gomez March 13, 2014 at 12:50 PM
Here it is - Comments by Skip Robertson - "Clearly the people advocating for closing SDC haveRead Moren ever been to one of the medical units, where profoundly disabled individuals are kept alive only by medical intervention. Have you ever seen someone with hydrocephaly? their heads are as big as large watermelons, their neck muscles atrophied and unable to move their heads at all. at SDC, they receive a level of care no for-profit institution could match. there are people whose limbs are twisted like pretzels. there are quadriplegics who cannot move their bodies at all. they are human beings, they have families who love them, and frankly, they could be your children with the right amount of bad luck. I suggest you arrange for a visit to one of these units before you decide that it is too expensive to keep them alive. as medical technology progresses, such unfortunates are becoming scarcer, but unless you truly believe you are not your brother's keeper, you have no right to render uninformed judgements about such quality of life issues. the same is true of the behavior units. there is a core population of individuals who will, like it or not, require such specialized care 24/7. for a little perspective, I suggest you try actually working at a nursing home for a few weeks. or volunteer as a foster grandparent at SDC. you might learn a few things about empathy."
Umberto Smith March 14, 2014 at 01:07 AM
Will is right. But gathering united community pressure is going to be nothing short of a miracle.
Anna Gomez March 14, 2014 at 12:42 PM
The people have already united through the organizations. Sonoma Land Trust alone is a very wellRead Morefun ded organization with many members not to mention the 7 other organizations listed on the PDF - google "Sonoma Land Trust and SDC". And join the coalition! The fight is on and its not some little grass roots deal. The big dogs have gathered.
Umberto Smith February 23, 2014 at 04:43 PM
I wouldn't use the term occupy. It's associated with the wrong kind of movement. I hope SDC getsRead Moresa ved somehow. It provides jobs and treats mentally challenged individuals with dignity. I have no idea how it will be saved. But I hope it happens.
Ralph Hutchinson February 25, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Power to the People get on the Plaza and make your voice heard. Come on Umberto quit throwing your Read Morehands up in the air this is how is gets saved at least a big step.
Louise Salvador March 02, 2014 at 12:10 PM
SDC needs a major overhaul in Patient care. Yes,we must always put the disabled first and thatRead Moremeans proper care . I would protest stop the abusive that has been taking place for years. It means better screening of employees, better background check and outside investigation. What good is housing when there is lack of proper care?
Anna Gomez March 09, 2014 at 11:47 AM
The only green these low life developers are interested in is the green for their wallets. To useRead Moreyo ur klout to shutdown a facility for the most needy of Gods children is a crime. They should be ashamed of themselves because their plan has been transparent from day one. Sin verguenza Darius!
David Eichar March 11, 2014 at 12:01 PM
Let's not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Judd Ames March 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM
Absolutely not; nor alternatively use them as pawns.
Anna Gomez March 11, 2014 at 01:25 PM
If every hospital was shut down because of abuse from caregivers there would not be any hospitalsRead Moreop en on planet earth. What is needed is an overhaul of personnel not a closure of the facility. It makes no sense to close a hospital over bad management. In fact, its the dumbest thing I have ever heard so far...it goes something like this.."We have a horrendous problem with abuse in Building B perpetrated by employees 'A', 'B' and 'C' ". Suggestions by normal human being - "fire and prosecute offenders, rehire personnel." Suggestion by developer "Shut down the entire facility, mow down the buildings - lets build a casino!"
vineburgan March 12, 2014 at 12:08 PM
juddy shameless, your flap is old and maligned. is someone holding a magnet to your moral compass?Read Moreg o stand on the south green and see how many honks you get with your darius banner. whats next everyday is darius day in sonoma mandated by the tribe
Ralph Hutchinson March 12, 2014 at 03:01 PM
And Rock Fan, do you play guitar in a local Sonoma band? Ever work for Hammett or at the radioRead Morestati on or Hammetts SUN back in the day before the big Exodus? Do you freelance write in the Valley on music issues?
Rock Fan March 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM
No , I'm useless at guitar playing , never worked for Hammett .Should work more .Busted and aRead Morelittl e disgusted .