Gold Bar’s trash fraud exposed by Washington State Auditor

Ever heard the old saying “trash is valuable”?  Perhaps many of my readers have not, but Gold Bar’s former Mayors Joe Beavers and Linda Loen sure have as they both frauded hundreds of thousands of Gold Bar residents out of hard earned money.

Why? To hide criminal racketeering crimes disseminated into email by the 2009 Gold Bar governing body, Lonn Turner, Joe Beavers, Crystal Hill ( nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud, 2005) Dorothy Croshaw,  and Richard Norris and terminated Snohomish County director of emergency management John E Pennington.

The armadillo has a hard shell

The Honorable Justice Scalia said in Doe v Reed (Referedum 71) ” Democracy requires a certain amount of civic courage.” Of course it does because public participation requires a person to debate an issue that the message receiver may or not may agree with, some deep heated issues, often involving politics, religion and race and ethic issues.

I, an activist journalist, can spur much hate mail as much as much fan mail. I often do. Why is simple: doing so triggers debate, and debate triggers change.

In 2008, I requested access to Gold Bar’s Mayor Crystal Hill’s email communication because public records revealed that a city worker sabotaged s the city’s water system, but instead of reporting his acts of domestic terrorism, she covered it up and bribed the worker  with taxpayers money to remain silent. Silent about what he knew about her check frauding scheme of stealing taxpayer monies, misusing the city’s credit cards, stealing petty cash, stealing federal emergency relief money and aiding John Pennington with forging Redmond Distrcit Court records after he violently assaulted a 3rd trimester pregnant Duvall council member.

What my readers and 43 Oso mudslide victims know all too well is John Pennington is an extremely dangerous man with major health issues; and the City of Gold Bar taxpayers having expanded over $1,500,000,000 for the city to hide John Pennington, Crystal Hill, Lonn Turner and Joe Beavers criminal conduct of conspiring to harm a citizen placed into public emails.

For years the State Auditor’s Office, including State Auditor Brian Sontag, assisted the City of Gold Bar with hiding criminal conduct by conducting sloppy audits, and at least one auditor Tiffany Lindsey even tipped Crystal Hill off after a special audit request was filed by emailing Ms. Hill in February 2009 saying ” Crystal call me! ”

I’m not sure my readers but any public official that refers to another public official in first name is a friend. Sadly for Gold Bar, Washington State Auditor Tiffany Lindsey’s tipping Crystal Hill off that she was under investigation for fraud is the main reason why Gold Bar is now officially bankrupt and Association of Washington Cities (AWC) has now taken over daily operations of the City.

To say only the State Auditor is at fault for the City’s financial malfeasance places blame only on one, when in fact the blame for theft of public funds includes Associaiton of Washington Cities  (who had a plan to go after the public records requester instead of turning over the emails) , and Snohomish County Prosecutor  Mark Roe ( who covered up Crystal Hill many bank frauds and viooently assulaitjg a nd brushing a six year old child as a political favor to Aaron Reardon).

Had the political fools not disseminated their racketeering conduct inside Gold Bar’s public emails, the City would not be floating in a sinking boat. A boat that because of the Public Records Act, allowed us to uncover Mayor Joe Beavaers and Linda Loen’s fraudulent scheme to steal from Paul to pay Peter.

Ponzi Schemes always fail

In 2010, Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers unilaterally decided to dump Waste Managment in favor of Republic Services. Waste Management billed the taxpayers directly, while Republic Services billed the City and then the city would bill residents.   When I learned this fact, I started investigating how much money the city contracted with Republic for, and soon learned that Joe Beavers was up charging residents for trash and recycle costs.

The numbers didn’t match, first clue; imagine you get a bill for $15,0000.00 but the city changes the bill to say you really owe $16,800.00. This is an up charge.  But the real question is is It legal?

Our source said “No. not only is it not legal it’s out right fraud upon the taxpayers. As a city cannot make a profit. ”  But that’s exactly what Joe Beavers was doing, robbing Paul to pay Peter.

Mayor Joe Beavers’s up charge ( fraud) on trash pickup misspropriated taxpayer money to fund legal litigation to hide John Pennington, Lonn Turner, and Crystal Hill’s racketeering crimes. Crimes they were stupid enough to disseminate into public emails. ️Emails the city is hiding at Kenyon Disend’s Law office in Issaquah Washington in violation of Washington States Public Records Act.

Those who know me, probably can guess that I am planning to file the largest class action suit against the City of Gold Bar for fraud and to have Beavaers, John Pennington, Lonn Turner and Crystal Hill Pennington behind bars regardless  of how long it takes.

We guesstimate that Beavers and Loen’s theft of Gold Bar trash funds exceeds $ 100,000.00 and we are looking at other funds for the same fraudulent activity. Remember the City declared in a very public way in August 2012 that it s broke, but then managed to fund litigation since totaling over $1,500,000.00 with taxpayer monies. Money that did not fall out of the sky or grow on trees.

The Gold Bar Reporter intends to shine much needed sunlight on the City of Gold Bar’s fraud even if it takes another thirty years.

Arthur West does Gold Bar

Long time open government supporter and activist Arthur West has filed suit against the City of Gold Bar, after Snohomish County Superior Court held in Block v Gold Bar that the City violated Our Court’s holding in Hobbs v State Auditor, 183 Wn.App. 925 (2014).

The City’s public records officer is Joe Beavers, Gold Bar’s former Mayor who has misappropriated over $1,000,000.00 hiding computer crimes, amounting to Racketeering, involving Gold Bar’s former Mayor Crystal Hill ( nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud in 2005) and disgraced former Director John E. Pennington ( man responsible for causing 43 people in the Oso Washington mudslides to suffocate to death and the rape of a 5 year old girl from Cowlitz County).

In Hobbs, Our Court held that an agency must give a reasonable estimate of time. The agency’s estimate must clearly must state when the records requested are expected to be released, but once it fails to do so, it’s deemed to be an automatic violation of RCW 42.56.  See Hobbs v State Auditor.

Since 2010, the City of Gold Bar, mainly Joe Beavers, has been refusing to provide a timely estimate, but instead simply places hundreds of records requests on the City’s priority log without a specific date in violation of Hobbs, refusing to answer requests for over five years in many cases.

As just one example of just how blatant the City’s disregard for the Public Records Act ( PRA) has become, in 2014 I requested a copy of the City’s Budget from former Mayor Linda Loen, a simple records request that still remains outstanding as of today.

In several instances, the Gold Bar Reporters caught Beavers and the former clerk, Laura Kelly (who was fired for theft of public funds), answering public records requests for friends, including former Mayor Crystal Hill and Sky Valley Chronicle owner Ron Fejfar, without ever being placed on the City’s priority log.

Joe Beavers ( former financial officer who bankrupted an engineering firm in Clinton Connecticut, 2001, forcing his early retirement), Crystal Hill ( Nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud 2005),  Linda Eide at the Washington State Bar Association ( caught destroying and altering evidence in attorney Robert Grundstien’s case), attorneys Margaret King and Michael Kenyon, and Sky Valley Chronicle owner Ron Fejfar are being sued under RICO with depositions expected to start early in 2017.

In March 2014, Arthur West was given Washington Coalition for Open Government Key Award for his continuous and outstanding contributions in advancing open government issues here in Washington State.

On March 11, 2014, Snohomish County Court held in Block v Gold Bar, that the City of Gold Bar had violated RCW 42.56, when it refused to provide records to me for over five years.

The City’s trouble have just begun as the City has ten additional requests in the same boat – over five years old- and continues to thumb its nose at the Public Records Act (PRA) by refusing to provide a estimate as to when the City intends to answer records requests. This violates our Court’s holding in Hobbs.

As of today in Block v Gold Bar, the City has withheld over 330 emails for over 2000 days, and recently turned over records with metadata dating back to May 2010 ( in the same year the records were actually requested).  Metadata is to electronic records as DNA is to unlocking human existence; it tells us when the records were created and who created them.

One can only speculate as to why the City refused to provide records it had readily had available in its possession for over five years.  Stupid is a stupid does, but one resident said  “ I saw Joe Beavers at the doctor’s office, a doctor that treats dementia related diseases.”

Lately, pictures of Joe Beavers illustrates just how mentally unfit he is.  One open government supporter said  “ he smells and looks like a homeless man.”

Snohomish County Superior Court held in March that the City violated the PRA, thus I am entitled to costs, and other fees associated with suit, including attorney fees at $220 per hours plus a per day penalty of up to $105 per day for each of the 330 plus emails withheld.
The Gold Bar Reporters commend Arthur West for shinning much needed sunlight on the cockroaches from Gold Bar who are spitting on open government concepts I view more valuable than life itself.

I also thank Joe Beavers for posting defamatory articles on the Sky Valley Chronicle as I believe this gave rise to Mr. West’s interest in the cockroaches who have ruining Gold Bar.

 

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In 2016, Our Court also held that each page of unlawfully withheld records calls for a per day penalty for each record withheld. In my case, Beavers unlawfully withheld public records relating to WSBA complaints he ordered former Gold Bar clerk Penny Brenton to write, misusing City staff and resources, thus making each complaint subject to the PRA.

 

Penalty for improperly withholding public record can be calculated on a per page basis.

See Wade’s Eastside Gun Shop v. Department of Labor and Industries, ___ Wn.2d ___ (3/24/2016) – When the Department of Labor and Industries failed to provide certain records of an investigation (which the court determined were not exempt) a penalty was imposed calculated according to the number of pages found in each document. On appeal, the supreme court upheld the trial court’s decision, noting that the trial court has discretion to determine what is a relevant record, and it did not abuse that discretion by imposing penalties on a per page basis. The court also held that the records were not categorically exempt as investigative records since the Department of Labor and Industries did not prove that withholding them was essential to effective law enforcement.

Local Gold Bar resident “threatens” Gold Bar Reporter on Facebook

A Facebook user named Cheryl Peterson Miller posted a message on Facebook early yesterday ( March 30, 2016) afternoon  basically asking if the Gold Bar Reporter was the one who was bankrupting the City.   A minority opinion, since almost everyone on the City’s Facebook page is displeased with local Gold Bar public officials.

Ms. Peterson Miller’s post triggered a response from me stating “ I don’t write the checks nor approve the warrants. I’d prefer to have the records. ”

Ms. Peterson Miller then made threats to harm me and my property ( cars) if I don’t stop, presumably asking for public records. Extortionist threats in my opinion.

Ms. Peterson Miller is a prime example of the hillbilly attitude that has contributed to the City’s financial problems. The hillbilly approach of “ threats’ to harm people.  Perhaps  those may work well when you’re dealing with uneducated people, but I earned a doctorate ( and not some online fraudulent diploma), and most of the people that align myself with are educated because they  research and read before making comments.

I cannot think of a single friend of mine who would make a threat to a person’s life and property. . . “birds of  the same feathers flock together as do pigs and swine…”

If  “we the people” aren’t providing the checks and balances to government by asking questions, requesting records, etc. then there’s no oversight. Without oversight, America is no better than Saudi Arabia, Iran, or China.

Basic political science principles, well written inside our Declaration of Independence “ we the people…” unless you live in Snohomish County.

I moved to Gold Bar because I love kayaking, whitewater rafting, hiking, and mountain biking, and I thought Gold Bar was a place of peace and solitude.  Boy was I dead wrong.

City Hall in Gold Bar should read “If you enjoy having your life threatened, dead rats left on your front door step, having public officials steal city monies with no oversight, Mayors who abuse our kids, racketeering, pedophiles, and arsenic in your water,  then Gold Bar, located in Snohomish County, is the place for You.”

Since I moved to Gold Bar, I’ve had Gold Bar’s Mayors Crystal Hill Pennington ( nee Berg, convicted of bank fraud 2005), Joe Beavers and former Director of Emergency Management John E. Pennington ( who with no surprise is the man responsible for the rape of a five year old girl and caused forty three people to suffocate to death in the Oso mudslides) threaten my life and extort my property.

When I complained to Gold Bar’s Sheriff’s Officer Deputy Casey he said  “its a civil matter”, but when Crystal Hill and Joe Beavers complained about my journalist approach to reporting the news, Deputy Casey, Snohomish County Prosecutor Mark Roe and a pedophile ( and thankfully terminated) former Snohomish County employee John E. Pennington misused county resources attempting to have me charged with “cyber-stalking.”

Opps, then along came the First Amendment, and two Judges dismissed their latest conspiracy to have me charged with a crime citing “prior restraint on free speech.”

Now, I can understand a non-lawyer not understanding that First Amendment protected activity can never be a crime ( since we don’t live in China or Saudi Arabia) with out threats, but Mark Roe, a lawyer, knew better, hence why he is going to be Recalled, and of equal value, one reason he is being sued in U.S. Federal District Court for racketeering and gross 1983 violations.

I believe Ms. Cheryl Peterson Miller’s threats to me and my property are real.  She even bragged that Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office would do nothing since it was me she threatened.

Soon after posting her threats, Ms. Peterson Miller “deleted” her posts on Facebook.  However, what she may not know is a subpoena can be obtained and  Facebook will have to turn over those posts.

I may chose to pursue criminal complaints against Ms. Peterson Miller using Washington State Court Rules.  I post this entry because I believe Ms. Peterson Miller’s most recent threats to harm me and my property were actions taken on behalf of the racketeering Enterprise, and I may add her to my racketeering suit.

Welcome to Snohomish County Washington, where the criminals are running the local government, and our voters are inept followers of those same criminals.

You may not like my articles, but my constitutional rights are not for sale nor subject to your censorship.  America is great because of the First Amendment.

 

 

 

 

Snohomish County and City of Gold Bar Officials sued under RICO

PRESS RELEASE

January 30th, 2015

Gold Bar Reporters

Contact Person

Anne Block

206-326-9933

Anne Block Makes her case for First Amendment Rights and RICO

Briefing wrapped up yesterday in the Anne Block Civil Rights Suit against various officials in Snohomish County and in Gold Bar Washington. The defendants filed a 13 page motion to dismiss while Block countered with a 24 page response, with a request to allow a 110 page RICO statement. Both sides were to have sent in reply briefs by yesterday, but only Block filed her response.

Anne Block has achieved a degree of notoriety in Snohomish County as the only reporter in Washington state to break a story involving corruption at the highest levels of government in Snohomish county. Chief Executive Reardan was forced to resign after a story published in the Gold Bar Reporter revealed that Reardan used taxpayer funds to finance affairs with two women employees.

According to the complaint, Anne Block even had receipts to show airline tickets purchases, hotel receipts and receipts for sex toys used in Europe during the affair. According to the complaint, before Reardan resigned, he assigned two employees to organize a “false flag” operation against Block, by having the employees pose as disinterested observers with aliases to organize a campaign to disbar Block. He had another employee destroy county records to hide the affair. That employee was eventually convicted of destroying evidence. As a result of the evidence being destroyed, an Island County prosecutor concluded that he did not have enough evidence to prosecute Reardan for misuse of public funds.

In enlisting support for the bar complaints, the false flag operation gained the support of two other Block targets. John Pennington had been attacked in the press by Anne Block and other newspapers such as the Seattle Times reporter Mike Carter as being unqualified to hold the position of emergency operations director of Snohomish County. According to a study conducted by the IRS, Pennington received his college degree from a diploma mill which sold the degrees at a flat rate. According to the RICO complaint, Block published stories how Reardan acted on Pennington’s advise in allowing houses to be built on the Oso mudslide site even though professional engineers described the site as unsafe. The mudslide that eventually occurred resulted in the deaths of 43 citizens.

Pennington could not sue directly because he is a public official, so he turned to the Washington State Bar Association in an attempt to have Block disbarred for doing the stories documenting Pennington’s incompetence. The false flag operation also enlisted the support of public officials in Gold Bar Washington who had their own problems with Block. Block had initiated a public disclosure suit when the town officials refused to turn over documents related to the theft of the towns funds.

According to the complaint, town officials illegally diverted approximate 20% of the town’s budget to finance a campaign to discredit Block. This included planting defamatory and false information in a friendly paper, physically assaulting, stalking, and intimidating Block supporters, assaulting and stalking two city council members until they resigned for supporting Block. Members of the RICO enterprise even published verbal threats in local newspapers to murder Block if she showed up at City Council meetings.

In her 24 page response to the motion to dismiss, Block argued that each of her activities: filing suit against Gold Bar, publishing about the corrupt activities of public officials, making public disclosure requests etc, have long been held to be protected activity under the first amendment by federal courts including the United States Supreme Court. Block pointed out that each case, the defendants responded with illegal and sometimes criminal behavior, including defaming Block, stalking her and her supporters, and publishing veiled and overt threats in friendly newspapers. She argued that the responses were organized illegally in secret executive sessions of the Gold Bar City Council. Block charged that the defendants also enlisted the support of attorneys and officials connected with the Washington State Bar Association who illegally tapped police databases, accessed confidential bar records, and mental health records, and provided them to the Gold Bar City Council in violation of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the rules for enforcement of attorney discipline.

All of these actions, argued Block, established the existence of a criminal enterprise under RICO; that is, a conspiracy to commit illegal predicate acts over an extended period of time. In this case, Block argues that the defendants continue their illegal activity right through the presentation of their motions in federal court.

Attorneys for the defendants, who Block proposes to add to the suit at a later date, meanwhile argued that Block’s allegations are “incredible”, but offered no plausible alternatives to Block’s theory of the case. Block, in her complaint and in her Rico statement carefully documented numerous credible sources for her allegations, which she contends not only meets the complex pleading requirements of RICO, but as a matter of law, cannot be successfully defended.

Washington State Auditor cites City of Gold Bar for 4th year in a row

If someone said to me in 2008 that I would resign from the Washington State Bar citing criminal harassment and become a news reporter in Snohomish County, I would have laughed.  But I’m not laughing anymore.
 
As a taxpayer of Gold Bar, located in Snohomish County Washington, I give no pleasure in writing this post with a ” I told you so” message.
 
Over the past six years, I uncovered one of the largest racketeering scandals in Washington State history by simply requesting access to ” all records relating to Gold Bar’s water boy, Karl Marjerle, who tampered with the City’s water system.”
 
From a simple request for access to our public records under RCW 42.56, we are on our way to exposing one of the largest corruption scandals in Washington State’s history.   This involves covering up crimes, threats to murder me, threats to intimidate those who assoicate with me, damage to my reputation, damage to my property, and threats to extort me all disseminated inside public emails that involve Snohomish County public officials including John E. Pennington, Snohomish County Prosecutors Sean Reay and Margaret King, and several Gold Bar council members, Chris Wright, Florence Davi Martin, and former Gold Bar Mayors Joe Beavers and Crystal Hill Pennington.
But they didn’t do it alone, Washington State’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel members assisted the Enterprise. See January 2015 posts regarding this issue.
 
On January 20, 2015, Washington State’s Auditor (SAO) appeared at the Gold Bar city council meeting noting that there is $227,000.00 missing from four different funds between 2012 -2013.  The SAO basically complains that the City provided no explanation of where the money went.
 
From 2012 to 2013, Gold Bar’s Mayor, according to attorney Michael Kenyon, was the sole decider or as we correctly dub Joe Beavers ” Tricky Dick” Beavers.
 
According to the SAO, the City of Gold Bar updated its municipal code to align with its current practices; however, the city is not following the procedures outlines in the new code.
 
The new code the SAO is referring to was the City of Gold Bar’s handpicked Finance Committee, which is suppose to review all payments prior to Council approval.  Here the Auditor claims that one Gold Bar member who sat on the Finance Committee, Bob Strom, failed to ensure expenses were supported and were not in compliance with the City code and policies.
 
The SAO also cited that the City failed to use mandated Budget Accounting and Reporting System reporting.  A system that the City used in 2010 and 2011 stopped using since 2012.
 
One local resident says ”  Beavers knew he couldn’t hide his Ponzi scheme using BaRs, so he stopped to cover up his misconduct.”
 
The SAO further stated that the City spent $1,402,541.00 on items such as equipment, supplies, petty cash, reimbursements, and monthly credit cards bills for travel nd miscellaneous expenses. Noting that the same problems were brought to the City’s attention during its 2012 Audit, and failed to address any of the problems.
 
 
This is no laughing matter, and in fact in the next month I will be filing a criminal complaint against the City of Gold Bar’s former Mayor Joe Beavers and the Gold Bar city council member who sat on Gold Bar’s Finance Committee using Washington Court Rules to do so. 
With evidence that Snohomish County is involved in aiding and abetting Gold Bar public officials involved, we have no faith in Prosecutor Mark Roe.
 
The day I, a taxpayer in Snohomish County, sit back while public officials sworn in to uphold the laws of Washington break them, thus committing RICO violations against its citizens, is the day I
become a vegetable.  
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