Joe Beavers, Ramsey Ramerman, City of Kirkland, and Association of Washington Cities “team up” to destroy the Public Records Act

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Joe Beavers, Gold Bar’s former Mayor  involved in the largest racketeering scandal in Washington State history, now he has company,  Everett city attorney Ramsey Ramerman


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Association of Washington Cities (AWC) never ceases to amaze me with its hatred of Washington State’s Sunshine laws.   But then again, if I committed racketeering offenses against citizens the way AWC and Joe Beavers have, may be I might consider being the “Whitey Bulgar” of Washington too. 

Over the last five years, AWC teamed up with Gold Bar’s demented old now former Mayor, Joe Beavers.  Joe Beavers was recently deposed in a public records case admitted that while Mayor of Gold Bar he edited Washington State Bar complaints against local Gold Bar activist, and he allowed Gold Bar’s former Mayor Crystal Hill Pennington ( who plead guilty to bank fraud in 2005, Snohomish County; and served time in North Carolina in  2000 for bank fraud) to remove public records from Gold Bar that have never been seen again. 

Joe Beavers is being sued for racketeering with a new suit to be filed out of state shortly, so hang on to your seats!  This one will include a few new players.

Last week, several of us open government supporters went to Olympia to attend and testify at legislative hearings and was surprised to learn that the City of Kirkland is now involved in scamming the voters of Washington into believing their City is under a public records attack.   

However, what the poor City of Kirkland didn’t tell the Washington State Legislature was that the demented old man who attacked the City of Kirkland was no other than two long standing anti-open government supporters, Everett attorney Ramsey Ramerman and Gold Bar’s demented old Mayor Joe Beavers. 

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Ramsey Ramerman scamming the voters of Washington as a favor to AWC


Now, if my readers aren’t confused enough, here’s an interesting fact: Ramsey was the City of Gold Bar’s attorney while Joe Beavers was Mayor of Gold Bar. Since litigation is still pending, with more public records suits to be filed on Tuesday, Conflict ? You bet!

Even though Revised Codes of Washington prohibit a city attorney from practicing law while serving as the City’s attorney, Ramerman ignores those silly little laws because he’s on the payroll of the racketeering gang from AWC frauding the taxpayers of Everett. 

AWC is the largest insurance company for cities all over Washington. Every year they send agency employees to Olympia in its attempts to destroy our sunshine laws. So much so that Gold Bar’s public records document that AWC paid Joe Beavers to attend legislative hearings pumping up the poor old grandfather who is trying to help the City defense but is being attacked by a highly educated newcomer. 

In August 2012, Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers staged a bank fraud calling it a hacking falsely claiming that the City’s online accounts had been “hacked” and $495,000.00 had been stolen over a twelve month period. Through public records retrieved from the City of Portland, we learned that Beavers so called hacking was an internal job committed by several public officials here in Gold Bar, Joe Beavers, John Pennington ( terminated after he killed 43 people in the Oso mudslides because instead of doing his job, he criminally harassed his opponents on a website he anonymously cuber-stalked people on), and Laura Kelly ( who was fired for stealing in 2012).  

Bank of America paid only $120,000.00 of what Beavers alleged was missing from the City’s so called hacking. The FBI in Portland confirmed that no such hacking had ever taken place. 

We contacted Bank of America and AWC with the following letter: 


Gold Bar’s Fraud EXPOSED in public records

 

After our investigation yielded that Gold Bar’s so called “hacking” was more than likely internal theft from a Gold Bar insider, we wrote a letter to the American Association of Washington Cities, after it continues to withhold public records claiming that the FBI in Portland is investigating what Gold Bar’s Mayor Joe Beavers continues to falsely state on the public record:

Mr. Bryan –

 Thank you for your response. Let me give you a little hint.  I had my private investigators obtain and contact the City of Portland because I believe based on the evidence that I reviewed from Portland and from the City of Gold Bar that Joe Beavers so called “ hacking” was an internal job. 

 Police records from Portland stated that a man that fits the description of John Pennington to a Tee while in Portland gave Beavers so called “ hackers’ the passwords to access the online accounts in Gold Bar.  It took some time to gather those records, but we did, and made contacts, and from this we believe that the man the so called hackers said called himself Joe Beavers was John Pennington.  

 Let’s face it Mr. Bryan, the last audit report was clear that there’s 200K missing from Gold Bar’s city accounts and not one city employee can explain where it went.  Let’s use an analogy.  If I had someone accessed my account online and depleted 200K over an extended period of time and then lied to the public as Joe Beavers clearly did as evidenced by the Portland Police reports, Bank of America (BOA) would have reason to believe that it was an internal job too. 

 Simple common sense.

 Let’s add the fact that the so called hackers had the account numbers and passwords, according to the Portland PD.  In fact, the police reports from Portland suggest that this was a major red flag for BOA.  Duh?  And let’s face it, BOA has some great auditors, because they have an incentive to make sure fraudsters ( like former Mayor Crystal Hill Berg, bank frauder 2005) are brought to justice. 

 If I had 200K missing from my accounts, and then tried to cover up the theft by creating a diversion, I suspect that BOA might have some reservations about paying the claim as they clearly did in Gold Bar two years ago.

 Now, provide me with a copy of the public record pursuant to RCW 42.56 you are claiming was provided by the FBI in native format with metadata, because based on the police files from Portland that I reviewed, and my private investigators files, Gold Bar’s so called hacking was an internal job.   Again, all I can do is weigh the evidence that I received and reviewed under the PRA, and I believe what the BOA believes, Gold Bar’s so called theft was an internal job.  

Anne

 CC: Bank of America
PO Box 25118
Tampa, FL 33622-5118


UPDATE: Ramsey sent the Gold Bar Reporter the  following letter:

 

Ms. Block,

 

 

I appreciated your willingness to redact my personal address from your article, thank you for that.

 

With regards to the substance of the article, I have several issues.  First, the substance of your story is incorrect.  There was no collusive effort between Joe and I (or as far as I know any collusion between Kirkland and Joe).   Moreover, the City of Kirkland was fully informed about my past dealings with Joe.  Hopefully when you review my emails with Joe you will agree. 

 

Second, and more important, you allegation that I am knowingly violating the law by having a private legal practice is legally incorrect and defamatory.  You have not cited to any provision of in the RCWs that  prohibits attorneys from having a private practice while working for a city because none exist.  There is such a statute for deputy prosecutors working for counties, but there is nothing in the RCWs governing cities that contain a similar prohibition.  Moreover, accusing an attorney of violate the law is per se defamatory.  This I would ask again that your correct that statement. 

 

Third, I am not paid by AWC or in any way working for them. 

 

Fourth, although my emails with Joe regarding the Kirkland lawsuit are not public records, I am willing to provide you with copies of them as a showing of good faith.  They are not public records however.  I was not acting as a city of Everett employee when emailing Joe regarding the Kirkland lawsuit so under Nissen they are not the city of Everett’s public records.  And under West v. Thurston County, records of a private attorney that have not been provided to the agency are not the agency’s public records so my emails with Joe are also not Kirkland’s public records (except for any emails I forwarded to the City).  Nevertheless, am willing to provide them to you.  I will take me about a week to make them available.

 

Thank you

 

Ramsey Ramerman

 

 

 

Washington State Auditor cites City of Gold Bar; $227,000 missing

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 associate 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.
 
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.  Two of those funds are Enterprise Funds that cannot be used for anything outside its intended purpose.
 
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 outlined 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 and 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.   We asked the SAO in 2012 ” where’s the purchase orders?”  Still no answers.
 
 
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.
 
 
 
After I Recall Mark Roe, I’m going to Recall Bob Strom.  The day I, a taxpayer in Gold Bar and Snohomish County, sit back while public officials sworn in to uphold the laws of Washington break them, thus committing and further RICO efforts against its citizens, is the day I become a vegetable.

As Thomas Jefferson said ” Dissent is the highest form of Patriotism.”
 
For those who have information that will help expose those responsible for the misappropriation of Gold Bar’s public funds, please contact us at tips@goldbarrreporter.org. 
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