Geoffrey F. Brown (AKA Geoff Brown) -- a former commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") and the former Public Defender of San Francisco has threaten legal action against the complainant in matters relating to sham charity CaliforniaALL, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned.
Mr. Geoffrey Brown, currently a professor of law at JFK School of Law. Between 2001 to 2007 served as Commissioner with the CPUC. From 2006 to 2009 Brown serve as director with the State Bar of California Foundation (DBA "California Bar Foundation"). In 2008, California Bar Foundation quietly transferred $769,247.00 to CaliforniaALL.
CaliforniaALL, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable entity, came about as a result of a San Francisco restaurant meeting between Ruthe Ashley (a Diversity Officer at CalPERS and Vice President of the State Bar of California) and Peter Arth, Jr., Chief of Staff to CPUC President Michael Peevey. Also present at that meeting was Professor Sarah E. Redfield.
CaliforniaALL's alleged purpose was to award grants to entities that would increase minority participation in the "pipelines" that feed into various industries, such as finance, technology, and law.
Donations to CaliforniaALL came primarily from utility companies (including AT&T, Sempra Energy, and PG&E). In its brief existence from 2008 to 2010, CaliforniaALL collected close to $2 million, including an unusually large sub rosa contribution of $780,000 from the State Bar of California Foundation in 2008.
Other than in Foundation tax records and a 2 by 2 inch blurb in its 2008 annual report, the sub rosa contribution was never mentioned again – not by the State Bar of California, not in the Cal Bar Journal, not in the Foundation's "newsroom," and not by anyone or any publication of CaliforniaALL.
CaliforniaALL was abruptly dissolved in July 2010.
As we previously mentioned, Leslie Hatamiya -- Executive Director of the California Bar Foundation who colluded with Holly Fujie, Ruthe Ashley, Patricia Lee and Judy Johnson in order to maintain secrecy over the unlawful transfer of $780,00.00 from California Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL -- has resigned and a search for a replacement is underway.
Brown, according to confidential sources familiar with the situation, categorically denies any wrongdoing on his part.
In reaction to complainant's request for an inquiry to the State Bar of California Board of Governors (See http://tinyurl.com/californiaallbog ) Brown immediately sent the complainant a cease & desist demand.
In an email to complainant and the Board of Governors, Brown wrote:
"I am named in the email with the purpose of tying my tenure at the CPUC and the Foundation to some alleged nefarious activity. The author of the email is herewith put on notice that I will pursue legal action if he persists in a claim that I have anything to do with illegal activity. He further on notice that I am in noway connected with the recipient named in the article."
According to sources close to the complainant, an examination is underway into the legal and factual aspects of Brown's demand.