Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:07:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://adventurebase100.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Council sentence – Adventurebase100 http://adventurebase100.org/ 32 32 Former Craighead County employee sentenced to 10 years for theft from non-profit organization https://adventurebase100.org/former-craighead-county-employee-sentenced-to-10-years-for-theft-from-non-profit-organization/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 10:33:48 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/former-craighead-county-employee-sentenced-to-10-years-for-theft-from-non-profit-organization/ Former Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday pleaded guilty Monday in circuit court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and nearly $ 14,000 in restitution for robbing a local nonprofit and falsified alcoholic beverage control requests, according to court records and prosecutor Keith Chrestman. “The sentence is a significant upward variance for the offense,” […]]]>

Former Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday pleaded guilty Monday in circuit court and was sentenced to 10 years in prison and nearly $ 14,000 in restitution for robbing a local nonprofit and falsified alcoholic beverage control requests, according to court records and prosecutor Keith Chrestman.

“The sentence is a significant upward variance for the offense,” Chrestman said in a released statement. “So I thank Assistant District Attorney Charlene Davidson, who sued Holliday, for a positive outcome.”

Holliday pleaded guilty to four counts of theft of property and one count of counterfeiting. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison for two convictions for theft and 120 months for forgery, records show. The sentences must be carried out simultaneously. Two of the convictions are accompanied by a suspension of the sentence of 72 months, which will also be carried out simultaneously.

Restitution of $ 13,963, court costs of $ 150 and costs of $ 40 are to be paid in installments of $ 150, according to court records. He also says Holliday will be taken into custody at the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office on December 10.

The convictions stem from nearly $ 14,000 he stole while managing money for the Northeast Arkansas Leadership Business Council, according to a previous report from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Court records at the time showed that the organization had discovered missing funds from club dues, membership dues and money from fundraising.

A search warrant revealed that Holliday had withdrawn or transferred all funds to his personal bank account, leaving just $ 6 in the association’s First National Bank account.

Holliday also faces multiple federal wire fraud charges for allegedly embezzling over $ 1.6 million in Craighead County funds while he was the county clerk. He is scheduled to appear in Little Rock U.S. District Court the week of February 22, according to a court order.

“Mr. Holliday is pleased that the charges against the state have been resolved and is ready to begin his sentence for the state case,” his defense attorney, Dustin McDaniel said Monday. “He will continue to cooperate with the Department of Justice and we will work to resolve his federal case in the coming weeks. “

A judge previously ordered Holliday to repay the county more than $ 1.4 million of the $ 1.6 million missing. He is accused of transferring funds from the county wage deduction account to his personal bank account on a dozen occasions.


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Government has taken no decision on restrictions: Minister of Health https://adventurebase100.org/government-has-taken-no-decision-on-restrictions-minister-of-health/ Sun, 28 Nov 2021 10:36:47 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/government-has-taken-no-decision-on-restrictions-minister-of-health/ Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the government had made no decision on tighter lockdown restrictions following the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant this week. In a Sunday briefing (November 28), the minister said the government is not taking the issue lightly and that it knows the impact that tighter restrictions can have on the […]]]>

Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the government had made no decision on tighter lockdown restrictions following the emergence of the Omicron Covid variant this week.

In a Sunday briefing (November 28), the minister said the government is not taking the issue lightly and that it knows the impact that tighter restrictions can have on the country and the economy.

“We haven’t made any decisions on the restrictions; these are issues that are not taken very lightly because we know the impact, ”Phaahla said. “These are issues that are addressed through committees and consultations.”

“If there are to be (restrictions), it will come after very extensive consultations with stakeholders,” he said. “As such, I can assure the nation that such decisions have not been made.”

The minister’s comments come after the National Coronavirus Command Council meeting was moved from Sunday to Saturday, fueling speculation that stricter lockdown restrictions are imminent.

The meeting was brought forward due to global panic over the new Omicron Covid variant which was sequenced in southern Africa this week.

South African scientists and the Ministry of Health presented data on the variant on Thursday, warning that, although still in the early stages of sequencing, the variant may prove to be more transmissible and resistant to vaccines.

Despite the fact that there was no evidence yet to show that this is the case – with weeks of research still needed to assess the full impact of the more than 30 mutations of the variant – many countries immediate travel ban and suspension of flights to and from South Africa and its neighboring countries.

The variant has since been detected in several of these countries, with some unrelated to southern Africa. The harsh response to southern Africa has been criticized as being unwarranted, unnecessary and could be seen as punishing the region for its transparency in its research.

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Local businesses and organizations have urged the government to seek alternative methods to control the spread of the new variant in addition to imposing economically damaging foreclosure restrictions.

Many are calling for mandatory vaccination policies to force the unvaccinated population to protect themselves and others, instead of locking down the nation or restricting travel before the busy holiday season.

Some academics have warned that it would be difficult to convince South Africans to abide by the lockdown rules when every political party, including the ruling ANC, blatantly ignored these protocols during the election campaign.

Business groups including the Black Business Council and Business For South Africa have said it would be better to restrict access to private sites or adopt vaccine mandates than to give companies the “death sentence. “a harder lock.

Only about a third of South African adults are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.


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Court sentences man to 10 years in prison for raping 3-year-old girl in Sokoto https://adventurebase100.org/court-sentences-man-to-10-years-in-prison-for-raping-3-year-old-girl-in-sokoto/ Fri, 26 Nov 2021 08:39:01 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/court-sentences-man-to-10-years-in-prison-for-raping-3-year-old-girl-in-sokoto/ Court hammer BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto – A 20-year-old man identified as Yashua’u Shehu from Atakwanyo village in Kware LGA was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 3-year-old girl (name withheld) in Sokoto without the option of ‘fine and also remitted a fine of five hundred thousand (500,000.00) naira fine […]]]>
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A 20-year-old man identified as Yashua’u Shehu from Atakwanyo village in Kware LGA was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for raping a 3-year-old girl (name withheld) in Sokoto without the option of ‘fine and also remitted a fine of five hundred thousand (500,000.00) naira fine as compensation for the survivor.

Delivering his judgment at the Federal High Court in Sokoto, Judge James Kolawole Omotosho denounced that cases of sexual exploitation, especially of minors, have become worrisome in the north, calling on parents and governments at all levels to stand up to defend these vulnerable children.

While stressing that “it is the duty of all of us to put an end to the threat of sexual exploitation”, Judge Omotosho declared that the case FHC / S / 22C / 2021 had been brought by the National Agency for the prohibition of trafficking in persons. Person (NAPTIP) Sokoto Zonal Command (FRN v. Yusha’u Sa’idu in the market for the sexual exploitation of a 3 year old minor.

According to Judge Omotosho, the charge was as follows: “You, 20, Yushua ‘u Shehu (M) from Atakwanyo, Kware region, Kware local government in Sokoto State at around 4:00 p.m. on or around the 27th. May 2021 in the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court procured a (name withheld) 3-year-old woman from Minanata area in Sokoto state took her to a closed Hajiya house in Minanata area in the Sokoto state and you subjected her to sexual exploitation with yourself. You are thus committing an offense punishable under section 16 (1) of the Enforcement and Administration of Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Act 2015 ”.

Judge Omotosho based his judgment on the complaints of the survivor’s parents, the medical examination obtained from the Nana Khadija sexual referral center as well as the testimonies of PW3 and PW4 and that of Doctor Auwal Musa, the military doctor who examined the girls, which turned out beyond a reasonable doubt. that the defendant procured the survivor for the purpose of sexual exploitation.

After the accused pleaded not guilty, his legal aid board, headed by lawyer Shetima, asked the court to be considerate and moderate in handing down his sentence on the grounds that the accused is a first offender.

Lawyer Shetima also informed the court that the defendants also have to care for elderly relatives. “In addition, the accused is a young man who has a bright future ahead of him. When given the opportunity, he can become a better citizen through repentance, ”Shetima pleaded on behalf of the aggressor.

However, Judge James Kolawole Omotosho sentenced the perpetrator, Yushua’u Shehu, to 10 years in prison in addition to compensation of 500,000.00 for the survivor.


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Latest news: CEO of Orange sentenced to suspended prison sentence in fraud case in France https://adventurebase100.org/latest-news-ceo-of-orange-sentenced-to-suspended-prison-sentence-in-fraud-case-in-france/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 10:55:54 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/latest-news-ceo-of-orange-sentenced-to-suspended-prison-sentence-in-fraud-case-in-france/ Mulberry made a profit and its international sales increased as the British luxury brand benefited from six months of easing restrictions linked to the pandemic. The British group, 29 percent owned by Mike Ashley’s Frasers group, has benefited from its overseas expansion, with international sales accounting for 40 percent of the group’s turnover. The group’s […]]]>

Mulberry made a profit and its international sales increased as the British luxury brand benefited from six months of easing restrictions linked to the pandemic.

The British group, 29 percent owned by Mike Ashley’s Frasers group, has benefited from its overseas expansion, with international sales accounting for 40 percent of the group’s turnover.

The group’s sales rose by a third to reach £ 65.7million, while in the United States it jumped 57% and in China by 38%, in the 26 weeks leading up to September 25 .

The group, known for its high-end handbags, made a six-month pre-tax profit of £ 10.2million, including a one-time profit of £ 5.7million, compared to a loss of £ 2.00. £ 4million over the same period a year earlier.

Sales for the last eight-week period through Nov. 20 remained dynamic compared to a year ago, up 35%, the group said in a statement Wednesday.

The group’s shares, which trade on London’s AIM market, have risen 34% this year.

“The bold decisions we have taken to focus on our production capabilities in the UK mean that we are well positioned for the holiday season and beyond,” said Managing Director Thierry Andretta.

Digital sales fell to 29% of the group’s revenue in the six months, down from the 2020 lockdowns, suggesting more people were visiting stores rather than buying online. They were up a fifth from the first half of 2019, before the pandemic hit.


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Bishop of Aleppo: sanctions are a “death sentence” for the Syrian people https://adventurebase100.org/bishop-of-aleppo-sanctions-are-a-death-sentence-for-the-syrian-people/ Mon, 22 Nov 2021 01:30:12 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/bishop-of-aleppo-sanctions-are-a-death-sentence-for-the-syrian-people/ Bishop Georges Abou Khazen Source: Fides “To perpetuate the sanctions against Syria is to condemn many people to death.” Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo for Latin Rite Catholics, chose clear and unequivocal words to describe the effects of the sanctions imposed by Western countries against the regime of Bashar al Assad on […]]]>

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“To perpetuate the sanctions against Syria is to condemn many people to death.”

Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Apostolic Vicar of Aleppo for Latin Rite Catholics, chose clear and unequivocal words to describe the effects of the sanctions imposed by Western countries against the regime of Bashar al Assad on the daily lives of millions of people. Syrians.

Recently, the United States and the EU announced significant confirmations and extensions of sanctions against Syria in order to put pressure on the current regime.

A spokesperson for the US State Department has confirmed that Washington has not implemented any easing of sanctions against the Syrian regime and will not soften its opposition to plans to rebuild the country led by the ruling apparatuses. Statements by the US State Department strongly denied allegations of US involvement in the UAE’s decision to build a solar power plant in a rural area near Damascus. The decision announced during the recent visit to Syria by Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs.

On Monday, November 15, the Council of the European Union announced an extension of sanctions against members and bodies linked to the Syrian government.

The European sanctions, introduced in 2011 after the crackdown on the first protests organized by groups opposed to Assad, currently affect more than 280 individuals and around 70 organizations linked to the Syrian government.

Bishop Georges, witness on the spot of what is happening in Aleppo, said: “The daily situation is in many ways worse than what we saw when Aleppo was a battleground between the Syrian army and the militias of the soi – saying rebels. There are no medicines, hospitals lack the equipment to save lives, the essentials of life, including food, are lacking, and many are barely able to eat enough every day to survive. “

“The situation is all the more unbearable as we get the impression that the ill-hidden goal of sanctions is precisely to increase the suffering of the population in order to stir up the discontent of political leaders and pursue geopolitical strategies and interests by playing this game at the expense of the Syrian people: it is always the poor who pay, while the rich and the leaders are spared. That is why we keep saying here that these sanctions are criminal.

Key words: Syria, Sanctions, Bishop Georges Abou Khazen, Aleppo

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Czech model released in Pakistan after acquittal https://adventurebase100.org/czech-model-released-in-pakistan-after-acquittal/ Sat, 20 Nov 2021 20:01:45 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/czech-model-released-in-pakistan-after-acquittal/ FILE – Czech model Tereza Hluskova, center, reacts after appearing in court in Lahore, Pakistan on March 20, 2019. Hluskova, who was sentenced to eight years for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, will be released next week after his acquittal by an appeals court, a defense lawyer said on Friday (November […]]]>

FILE – Czech model Tereza Hluskova, center, reacts after appearing in court in Lahore, Pakistan on March 20, 2019. Hluskova, who was sentenced to eight years for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, will be released next week after his acquittal by an appeals court, a defense lawyer said on Friday (November 5, 2021).KM Chaudary / AP

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – A Czech model sentenced in 2019 to eight years in prison for attempting to smuggle heroin from Pakistan to the United Arab Emirates was released from prison on Saturday after his acquittal earlier this month, said his lawyer.

Late in the evening, Tereza Hluskova left Lahore prison in the east of the country, where she was handed over to representatives of the Czech embassy and headed for the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, according to her lawyer, Saiful Malook.

Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek tweeted about the release, saying the embassy in Islamabad would help organize his return to the Czech Republic.


The 24-year-old was arrested in January 2018 in possession of 8.5 kilograms, or 19 pounds, of heroin at Lahore airport from where she was heading to Ireland via Dubai, United Arab Emirates . His sentence also included a fine of $ 800.

She was acquitted in early November by an appeal court in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province.

At the time of the arrest and during her trial, Hluskova, who had come to Pakistan to work as a model, pleaded her innocence and that someone else had placed the narcotics in her luggage.

Pakistani authorities regularly arrest Pakistanis and foreigners for drug trafficking.


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Council of State refuses to restore Istanbul Convention shortly after Erdoğan’s remarks on the treaty https://adventurebase100.org/council-of-state-refuses-to-restore-istanbul-convention-shortly-after-erdogans-remarks-on-the-treaty/ Thu, 18 Nov 2021 18:28:58 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/council-of-state-refuses-to-restore-istanbul-convention-shortly-after-erdogans-remarks-on-the-treaty/ Turkish judges and prosecutors applaud Erdoğan during a ceremony at his palace in Ankara. The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, has rejected appeals seeking the annulment of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s executive decree withdrawing Turkey from the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s binding treaty ( CoE) to prevent and combat violence against […]]]>

Turkish judges and prosecutors applaud Erdoğan during a ceremony at his palace in Ankara.

The Council of State, Turkey’s highest administrative court, has rejected appeals seeking the annulment of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s executive decree withdrawing Turkey from the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s binding treaty ( CoE) to prevent and combat violence against women.

The decision of the highest court came 10 days after the Turkish president’s remarks about the convention. “From now on, our women must react against anyone who utters a sentence beginning with ‘the Istanbul Convention’, first and foremost, and because these people mistreat them in the name of their deviant ideological agenda,” said Erdoğan on November 8 after a Council of Ministers in Ankara.

The 10th chamber of the highest court previously rejected submissions from the main opposition party, the Republican People’s Party (CHP), the right-wing opposition party İYİ (Bon) and rights organizations calling for a immediate suspension of the execution and final annulment of the presidential decree Turkey out of the historic European treaty.

The parties then appealed against the decision of the 10th chamber to the Assembly of Administrative Chambers of the highest jurisdiction.

According to Turkish media on Thursday, the assembly said in its decision that it was “legally possible” for Erdoğan to withdraw the country from the Istanbul Convention since the power to ratify and annul international agreements was part of the powers. of the president, according to article 104 of the constitution.

On March 20, Erdoğan withdrew Turkey from the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, a international agreement to protect women’s rights and prevent domestic violence in societies, despite high statistics of violence targeting women in the country and drawing condemnation from Turks and the international community.

The Turkish government’s decision sparked outrage in the country and was criticized by several countries, international organizations and rights groups.

A investigation conducted by Metropoll revealed that 52.3% of Turks are against the withdrawal of the convention. While more than a majority of participants oppose it, 26.7 percent approve and 10.2 percent had no opinion.

Feminicides and violence against women are serious problems in Turkey, where women are killed, raped or beaten every day. Many critics say the main reason behind the situation is the AKP government’s policy, which protects violent and abusive men by granting them impunity.

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Partial pardon granted to Juana Rivas by the Council of Ministers – CVBJ https://adventurebase100.org/partial-pardon-granted-to-juana-rivas-by-the-council-of-ministers-cvbj/ Tue, 16 Nov 2021 21:37:47 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/partial-pardon-granted-to-juana-rivas-by-the-council-of-ministers-cvbj/ 11/16/2021 at 10:15 PM CET . The Council of Ministers granted this Tuesday a partial pardon to Juana Rivas, sentenced to two and a half years in prison for kidnapping minors for not having delivered her children to her ex-husband. Government lowered the prison sentence to one year and three months, and the six-year special […]]]>

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The Council of Ministers granted this Tuesday a partial pardon to Juana Rivas, sentenced to two and a half years in prison for kidnapping minors for not having delivered her children to her ex-husband.

Government lowered the prison sentence to one year and three months, and the six-year special ban on exercising parental authority has been commuted to 180 working days for the benefit of the community.

The pardon, specifies the Ministry of Justice in a press release, is provided that Rivas does not commit the same crime for which she was sentenced within 4 years from the publication of the royal decree granting this pardon.

Rivas is serving his sentence at the Matilde Cantos de Granada Social Integration Center (CIS) after the Prison Supervisory Court upheld the prosecution’s appeal against the third degree he had initially granted.

The events for which she was convicted took place in the summer of 2017, when he went without news for a month with his two children not to hand them over to the father, who in turn was convicted in 2009 for having injured her and whom she had again denounced for abuse in 2016.

The the original sentence for two child abduction crimes has been lowered by the Supreme Court to two years and six months in prison for a single offense, in addition to the deprivation of parental authority.

In its mandatory report on the request for pardon to Rivas, the Court of Cassation unanimously opposed a total pardon, considering that the penalty was “proportionate to the seriousness of the facts prosecuted”, but not is not agreed on the part: eight magistrates supported it and eight others opposed it.

The first group appealed to “the interests of the minor”, after having analyzed new documents submitted by the mother on the situation of “anguish” experienced by the eldest son due to the separation from his mother and children. alleged abuse from the father, but another group questioned whether the best interests of the children could only be known from information provided by one of the parties.

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The prosecution, for its part, had supported the granting of a partial pardon., reducing the prison sentence to six months, up to two years, and leaving the inability to exercise parental authority in four years, instead of six.

The government finally decided to go further, to halve the prison sentence and to commute the inability to exercise parental authority, which brings her closer to her children.

And it did so, adds Justice, “taking into account the reasons of justice and equity, fundamentally respecting the best interests of minors”.

Likewise, continues the department headed by Pilar Llop, “it is appreciated that the pardoned woman does not have a criminal record, has satisfied her civil liability and has complied with court decisions relating to custody and custody, as well as the terms and conditions of the visitation regime. “

The justice ensures that the decision of this measure, which is provided for by the Constitution and the law, complies with the report of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, which is favorable to the granting of a partial pardon.

In this sense, it also recalls that the Supreme Court was opposed unanimously but did not exclude the partial, on which it decided not to rule in a confrontation between magistrates.


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As battle for rent control resumes, Council overturns decision | New https://adventurebase100.org/as-battle-for-rent-control-resumes-council-overturns-decision-new/ https://adventurebase100.org/as-battle-for-rent-control-resumes-council-overturns-decision-new/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 09:18:04 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/as-battle-for-rent-control-resumes-council-overturns-decision-new/ Palo Alto’s heated debate over tenant protections resumed on Monday, as city council prepared to consider a menu of measures to help local tenants, including extending eviction protections and capping rent increases . Dozens of speakers, some supporting the new measures and others opposing them, pleaded their case before the council, which was divided on […]]]>

Palo Alto’s heated debate over tenant protections resumed on Monday, as city council prepared to consider a menu of measures to help local tenants, including extending eviction protections and capping rent increases .

Dozens of speakers, some supporting the new measures and others opposing them, pleaded their case before the council, which was divided on the subject of rent stabilization in 2018 before choosing not to institute new protections. From now on, a somewhat reconstituted council is preparing to return to the question.

Christian Beauvoir, a member of the fledgling Palo Alto Renters Association, suggested that many renters could use the aid. Despite misconceptions that Palo Alto’s tenants are mostly wealthy tech workers, the city is full of people struggling to stay in their homes. It doesn’t take long, he said, to find a tenant who has lived in Palo Alto for decades and faces harassment from a landlord who knows that replacing the tenant could bring in thousands of additional rents per month.

“This story is not unique,” ​​Beauvoir said. “People are being kicked out of their homes in Palo Alto with nowhere to go and they are very vulnerable without the protections we are talking about here today.”

Julie Beer, who rents an apartment near California Avenue, is worried about becoming one of those people. While her landlord refrained from sharply raising rents, Beer said she feared the building would be sold and that she was threatened with eviction or a sharp rent increase.

“If our building is sold, what happens to us? Beer asked. “I’m afraid I have to go.

The topic of rent stabilization has divided council in the past, with Mayor Tom DuBois and council member Lydia Kou supporting earlier efforts to institute tenant protections and council members Greg Tanaka and Eric Filseth voting against them.

Supporters of additional rental assistants are hoping for better luck this time around. On Monday, they called on council to conduct a full rental property investigation, extend eviction protections to single-family homes and other types of housing that are currently not covered by Bill 1482 of the ‘Assembly. State law also caps annual rent increases at 5% plus inflation, although that cap – like the eviction restriction – does not apply to homes that have been built in the past 15 years. years or to tenants who have lived in their rented properties for less than a year. Local law would change that.

The council took no action on Monday and limited the discussion to a state presentation and public comment. As the hearing continued past midnight, council members agreed to postpone their own discussion to a later date.

In developing their recommendations, city staff highlighted the heavy burden many local tenants face due to high housing costs. About 27% of renter households in the city earn less than $ 50,000. About 75% of them are classified as “overcharged” when it comes to housing, meaning they spend more than 30% of their gross income on rent.

According to the American Community Survey, Palo Alto has 11,764 rental units. These represent 46% of the city’s housing stock.

The city’s plan to help tenants has already been approved by the Planning and Transport Commission and the Human Relations Commission, with both panels recommending that the city conduct a survey of rental properties before moving on. forward with other policies. The two advisory councils supported some of the recommendations on the staff menu, including increasing relocation assistance for displaced tenants and passing a “fair opportunities” law that limits a owner to discriminate against a tenant based on the latter’s criminal record. However, they differed on the subject of rent caps. While the Human Relations Commission supported extending the protections of AB 1482 to types of housing that are not covered by state law, the Planning and Transport Commission voted against introducing a local rent ceiling.

Many local landlords also oppose the latest tenant protection proposal. In the days leading up to Monday’s meeting, council received a flurry of nearly identical letters signed by local residents and featuring language developed by the California Apartment Association, a lobbying organization for rental property owners. The letters say landlords have faced their own challenges over the past 18 months and urged council not to go ahead with any of the recommendations for rent protection policies.

“The debt has accumulated due to unpaid or late rents,” the various letters indicated. “Rent has actually gone down in many cases to help tenants stay. On the other hand, the costs of building materials, labor, utilities and insurance for the upkeep of the house. property has skyrocketed. Small housing providers are struggling very hard. “

Some homeowners also reached out to council on Monday to reiterate concerns about the proposed policies. Eileen Kim, a property owner, was one of them. Highlighting the protections already created by AB 1482, Kim suggested that supplementing them with local policies would do more harm than good.

“If the City of Palo Alto implements more rent control policies, which initially is a good intention will in fact have long-term deleterious effects for our beloved city instead of alleviating the rental crisis, this quick and dirty dressing solution which will actually get worse. the housing situation, ”Kim said.

Anil Babbar, senior vice president of local government relations at the California Apartment Association, also argued that new state law makes local law unnecessary.

“Every policy proposal presented in the staff report will increase the cost of providing housing,” Babbar said.


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Whitefish Security CEO to plead guilty to conspiracy to defraud Goguen https://adventurebase100.org/whitefish-security-ceo-to-plead-guilty-to-conspiracy-to-defraud-goguen/ https://adventurebase100.org/whitefish-security-ceo-to-plead-guilty-to-conspiracy-to-defraud-goguen/#respond Fri, 05 Nov 2021 22:57:00 +0000 https://adventurebase100.org/whitefish-security-ceo-to-plead-guilty-to-conspiracy-to-defraud-goguen/ The head of a Whitefish-based security firm whose ties to the city’s former police chief were recently confirmed in a complaint filed by the state Department of Justice’s oversight office has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of defrauding local venture capitalist Michael Goguen out of millions of dollars and failed to pay taxes […]]]>

The head of a Whitefish-based security firm whose ties to the city’s former police chief were recently confirmed in a complaint filed by the state Department of Justice’s oversight office has agreed to plead guilty to federal charges of defrauding local venture capitalist Michael Goguen out of millions of dollars and failed to pay taxes on the money, according to new court documents.

Matthew A. Marshall, former CEO of Amyntor Group, is scheduled to appear for a plea change hearing Nov. 10 in U.S. District Court in Missoula, where he will admit federal crimes of wire fraud, money laundering and l tax evasion, under the terms of a plea agreement filed on November 4.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy is presiding over the case, with U.S. Assistant Attorney Timothy Racicot serving as lead prosecutor. Marshall is represented by Justin K. Gelfand of Margulis Felfand, LLC.

In return for Marshall’s guilty pleas, prosecutors will recommend that nine additional federal charges be dismissed. The plea deal recommends that Marshall pay Goguen restitution in the amount of $ 2,355,000 for the alleged wire fraud scheme and $ 899,327 to the Internal Revenue Service for tax evasion charges. He also recommends a reduction in Marshall’s level of infringement in exchange for his acceptance of liability, although the court is not bound by any of the recommendations set out in the plea deal.

Even if Molloy agrees to the terms of the plea deal, Marshall still faces a maximum jail term of 35 years in prison and more than half a million dollars in fines. However, federal sentencing guidelines ultimately dictate the parameters of sentencing, and Molloy is not bound by any of the recommendations.

The bizarre case against Marshall first surfaced in July 2020 when he was charged with carrying out a scheme to extract millions of dollars from Goguen, a wealthy businessman and philanthropist. Prosecutors laid additional charges in a substitute indictment in July 2021, while a second substitute indictment in September further amended the charges. The case was due to be tried in December.

The indictment describes an alleged scheme which began in April 2013 in which Marshall fraudulently convinced Goguen, referred to in the documents as “John Doe” but whose identity was independently confirmed by Beacon that he was a former CIA agent and member of an elite reconnaissance force. United States Marine Corps unit. Marshall told Goguen he was “engaged in secret missions around the world” and asked him to fund an “unofficial” paramilitary mission in Mexico, according to a Nov. 4 report. offer of evidence presented by prosecutors. None of these claims are true, according to the file.

Still, Goguen agreed and wired Marshall $ 400,000 on April 25, 2013. Marshall then demanded money from Goguen for four more alleged assignments between October 2013 and March 2016 “based on Marshall’s false claims that he would use the money for the missions ”, according to the offer of proof.

“Marshall did not use the money … for any mission, in Mexico or elsewhere,” the document said. “Instead, he spent the money on personal expenses and on loans and gifts to friends and family members, among other expenses.”

In addition to Marshall’s alleged criminal wrongdoing, his relationship with Goguen had other ramifications in Whitefish, including a direct connection to former Whitefish Police Chief Bill Dial, who abruptly retired in August after headed the department for two decades. Shortly after Dial’s retirement, the state Department of Justice oversight office responsible for overseeing law enforcement training and certification in Montana, the Public Safety Officer Standards and Training Council (POST ), made damning allegations of official misconduct against him.

These allegations are supported by hundreds of text messages exchanged between Dial and Marshall which appear to show the men colluding in a retaliatory effort against Goguen, against which Dial brought a civil action in December 2019. Goguen is also the defendant in one lawsuit that Marshall filed in September 2021.

POST’s complaint against Dial accuses the former police chief of colluding with Marshall to trap fellow police officer Whitefish; falsifying information and lying to city, state and federal investigators; and authorizing Marshall, an “uncontrolled civilian with no POST certification or law enforcement credentials,” physical access to the Whitefish Police Department, access to information on confidential and ongoing police investigations and access confidential criminal justice information protected by state law.

Although Dial was initially given a September 29 deadline to respond to the allegations, he has twice requested more time and the case is still ongoing.


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