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05 October 2014


Don Bessee

Ploy? Filing election reports in April, May 28th and then now, one that only covers July to Sept means there is a gap for the end of May and all of June. Then there is the semi-annual that was due July 31st. $10,000 cash donations set off special requirements on reporting from both the recipient and the source, or how can the Secretary of State audit the campaigns? What are the real source of those funds? The public has a right to know who is paying for this. Then there is the $7,500 and other donations over $1,000 that also require special handling. In addition you have all the advertising and hand outs that do not have FPPC #s or paid for by on them. Go look at the ads in the Union on pg 2 the week of the asa Nevada city theatre event, no FPPC # or paid for by. There was even a front page picture of a ponytailed dude posting a flyer on a door of the same ad, again no FPPC #. This all has been reviewed by election law legal eagles. These are the rules all committees have to comply with, so what makes you so special? I think we all know what would happen if the Sheriff or DA had done any of these in a campaign. I seem to recall the elections office said that a lot of the registrations you guys turned in were not complete and could not be processed. Guess you guys should have told your workers to not fill out government forms buzzed! :-)

A. Patriot

Hey Don, you know what? I didn't see an FPPC# on the Sheriff's press release on Sheriff Department letterhead regarding the No on S rally either. I didn't see it on the Rood Center door when it happened. How much was the use of those facilities and County website worth? Could be the public has a right to know. I also don't see it on the Nevada County Republican Women Federated website and didn't note it on the No on S "Giant tree" poster pictured in The Union either. hmmmmmmmm. Hey no one is special, if there was an oversight, the appropriate filings will be made and any fines paid. FPPC probably need to look into ASPOA's political actions too, since KVMR is linking you to them for the debate tomorrow. Didn't they disavow themselves of connection to your political statements? Tax exempt status would be a terrible thing for them to lose. "Neighbors Who Care" what a hoot. I didn't see where the elections office referenced Yes on S supporters. If they did, how do you explain how they know which are which? Curiouser and curiouser.

A. Patriot

Nice job Patti Smith! Sorry Don, I couldn't give you a single round. At least you didn't go down for the count.

Brad C.

A. Patriot 109pm - Agreed.

A. Patriot

Thanks to Paul Emery and Pascale Fusshoeller as well.

George Rebane

We also liked the format and tenor of the KVMR debate today. Pattie and Bon both did well, although I do admit that there were times I wished I could have been in Don's shoes, or at least a fly whispering in his ear. But then, it's always easier to come up with arguments when you're not on the hot seat. Thanks to both, and to Pascal, and even Paul for not screwing up the announcer job ;-)

Laura Rose McLeod

Patti, your comment above is a very important point. If Nevada County won't let the "big box" store mentality into our community, why would we want commercial growers. With Measure S in place we at least have a toe-hold with regulating the larger commercial grows. And they would be required to follow our sensible regulations.

And Don - While you are investigating source of funds? Who are you investigating for? Why do you care? There aren't any neighborhood affiliations that really want your opinion, so who are you speaking for, and why would anyone even believe you?

Dave Smith

I found it sad that when Don spoke about the Vice President of the ASA, that Patti did not say "if our VP was unable to follow the rules, who can?"

As that seems to be the case right now.....

The biggest question I have right now is what will the county do if this measure is passed? I imagine that this ballot measure is far from being finished once the voters have their say.

Don Bessee

After the expert review of the recent ASA financial filing I will doing a major supplemental to the FPPC complaint. In fact the 460 has been characterized at not meeting the minimum statutory requirements and will likely be rejected by the elections or at least be sent back for major revisions. The shell game between grass roots solutions, the asa and patties group citizens for fair laws is radially apparent. Failure to the fully meet the required transparency is a serious issue. Deliberately failing to report the very large funds is obviously keeping the truth hidden from the voters right at the height of voting. That coupled with the donor committees not having their papers filed on the source of the funds they donated to the fair laws committee is another major issue. $20,000 in cash donations where they are masking the source of the cash is wrong in every sense of the word.

A. Patriot

Yet nothing to say on the debate huh, Don, You couldn't even recall the name of your old little cluster of 3 or 4 that had so much input on the farce that is 2349. I do, it was Nevada County Against Residential Cannabis Cultivation (apparently disbanded) and you got exactly what "they" wanted. No outdoor grows in residential areas - less than 2 acres, Same in both 2349 and S. Complain all you want, you're still talking about pretty standard clerical forms that are easily revised if they are not up to snuff, and if your petty charges stand up, the appropriate penalties will be applied. Lucky you aren't too late on your alleged administrative oversight. The voters weren't so lucky with the ballot question. You should hope the County and the No on S posse can stand up to the same nit-picking and scrutiny. They'll likely get it. Still waiting to your responses to my posts above and that ASPOA poll data.

Brad C.

Here is an article for a little perspective:


George Rebane

BradC 847am - Good one Brad, there is a lot of hope in how some Europeans allow MJ consumption, and how we could also legalize RMJ without too much damage. Thanks for sharing

George Rebane

FYI - 'No on S' signs are disappearing almost as fast as they are being put up. Lowell Robinson's personally funded ($250) sign was taken from his property. This is another longstanding asymmetrical phenomenon of polarized American politics.

A. Patriot

Yes on S signs disappearing almost as fast as they're being put up. This is another longstanding asymmetrical phenomenon of polarized Nevada County Politics.

B. Peceimer

How many of you remember my good friend in Alta Sierra - Don Qurnell, who passed in the last 2 years from Cancer?

I used to consider Don a father figure after my dad passed from Colon Cancer @9 years ago. Don and I did not see eye-to-eye on everything, but he was a great friend and both having engineering in our blood-stream we were able to work on numerous projects together successfully.

Now we did have our disagreements as I did not like listening to Rush every morning, and he thought that the Beatles, in their early years, looked like girls..... LOL!!!

About 2 years before he died, Don informed me that he had Cancer, and he attributed it to the smoking that he did in his early days. Don asked me to help him install a grow space under his home, next to his shop, that he could start growing some medicine as he said that he had numerous projects that he wanted to complete before he died, and he said that it was metastasizing and had already spread throughout his body, so he knew there was very little that could be done to solve this problem at this point...

I agreed and we spent @1 week installing a very nice space, with the very best equipment, and Don started producing what he needed.

I found him to be in much better condition after he started using his material, he was alert, smart and as angry with President Obama, and the Federal Government as ever; which made me very happy. He even installed a picture of three chimps (Dad, Mom and the Baby, with Obama's picture glued in place), and he used to say to me almost every time I came by, so how's the President doing? Which made me shake my head, but him laugh!

Don grew for @2 1/2 years before his death, and when I look back I feel it was a honor to do something like that for a man who made such a great impression on me, and I miss him, like my late father almost everyday as he made my life better, not only by his "sense of humor", but also by his being able to step in as a father figure to me as there were times when things we tough in my life, and I always knew that Don would be there to advise me how to get through them.

I miss his friendship and guidance everyday, as he was my friend, and in a way, my father......

My only wish is that he is now in a better place, and happy!

Brad Peceimer

Todd Juvinall

Brad Glasse, I thought I was a special posting by you but here yu are with a copy paste of the Don Q story.

Brad, I was told that you are also Gerry Fedor. Is that true?

Don was a great guy and I miss him too.

Paul Emery

Yes A Patriot

Ths yes on S signs on my neighborhood all disappeared overnight.

George Rebane

PaulE 353pm - Very sad, sleazebags on both sides of the issue. I'm embarrassed.

B. Peceimer

Nope Todd, I am not Gerry Fedor, but I think that I know who that person is...

I'm tired of saying "me so sorry, but that not me!"

I've been called him numerous times, and I finally got tired of responding.

Thank you for allowing me to share this story with the people on your site too.

I had several people ask me to share it in both spots, as well as on Jeff Pelline's site but I don't know if it made it there.


Don Bessee

Too late lil ol' bradly, everyone knows about the fake fador. As I posted previously the yes on S 460's were a joke. The elections office however did not find them too funny. They issued a series of letters to the Yes on S committee (pattie smith), grass roots solutions (pattie smtih) and asanc also pattie smith. The issues include accepting large cash donations from what were claimed to be small committees that are not official committees. No financial fillings from the so called small committees nor establishing filings with the state. After talking to the elections office this looks like money laundering. $20,000.00 in cash all fllowing through one persons hands (pattie smith) to the yes on s committee (pattie smith). This is clearly an effort to hide the true source of the funds from the voters in the most cynical try at buying an election in County history. To quote from one of the County letters dated 10/14/14 "Upon review of your form 460 it has come to our attention that you need to file multiple form 497's" "Please file your late statements immediately." This refers to the requirement that large donations be reported within 24 hours of receipt of funds. There look to be 6 different ones required. Interestingly most of them are from entities controlled by pattie smith. These letters are only the counties response. The FPPC will be taking their own actions based on my original filing and my supplement that outlines the issues the County has also come to recognize as violations. We are dealing with a bunch of law breakers, the ASA's VP and now the Prez of ASA NC, their minions who have stolen over 700 signs including Mr Robinsons big sign off his property. Profits not patients folks, its all about the money!

Patricia Smith

Don if you ever got your facts straight, you might make sense on occasion. We filed in April to get our Committee number. We did not have any activity until July when we started reporting. You just love to allege malfeasance where there is none. Could this be a tactic to divert attention from the serious campaign violations committed by the County?

All of our handout have the proper ID on them, but some splinter groups have put out info that did not come from us, was not endorsed by us, and therefore does not contain our committee number.

Don Bessee

OH MY Pattie, You ( citizens for fair laws) filed papers in April and then on May 28th. Then nothing till the latest smoke screen. Right now you can whine at me. It is you who have the FPPC and NEVADA COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE LETTERS on your ass. Pattie always says 'I am a victim, 'I only heard about the sample ballot language last Thursday' and swore to it. OH SHIT, I sat for a day and led a demonstration at the Board Of Supervisors on live TV in April! Google Brad Pecimer-Glasse, That's the Americans for Save Access President and Vice President. All the money runs through Patties hands. Could it be illegal money that is not claimed on any tax forms? Hey Paul E , where can I find the debate you were so kind to facilitate? I want to link to it. OOOOHH, Pattie that last line is self-incrementing! Check your VP's activities. We have proved otherwise.

George Rebane

Can anyone on the pro-S side expand on the $20,000 of new (out of county?) money that suddenly appeared and was reported in today's Union? This is quite a windfall so close to the election.

The 15oct14 Union also reported that Ms Smith said she got all confused filling out the big stack of forms required by the county et al. There was no intent of wrongdoing.

A. Patriot

Apparently you have a problem with accurately recounting what people say. I quote the article below. I think we'll all have to wait to see what gets filed and if any further investigation is warranted. One might also note that the requirements for many of these forms were recently expanded from only being required for contributions made a few weeks prior to an election to the period 90 days prior. Nowhere in the article does it mention that these funds were "new and suddenly appeared" nor is there any indication that it is out of county. All of this has nothing to do with the merits of Measure S and serves only to distract from the issue, a tactic for those that are afraid of the truth. Measure S is about Medical Cannabis Cultivation by and for legitimate patients. Don Bessee's pathetic blather isn't worth commenting on. No class.

From The Union:

“I did my best to fill them out correctly, but I may have made some mistakes,” Smith said Tuesday. “I understand that it is easy to fill out the forms incorrectly and the Nevada County Democratic Committee received a $500 fine for not filing something in a timely manner.”

Smith added that the issues raised “seem rather minor, compared to the mishandling of the election by paid officials,” apparently referring to the Measure S ballot label that Nevada County Superior Court Judge Sean Dowling has ruled was not impartial as required by law. “Are they planning on fining themselves?”

George Rebane

APatriot 1205pm - And apparently you didn't read my 1033am accurately. Nowhere did I quote the Union as reporting the "suddenly appeared" $20K. I did that all by myself, because this is the first we have heard of these contributions being reported. Nor did I cite that their source was out of the county; I questioned whether they were since I haven't heard of any in-county organizations working to raise those kinds of monies in favor of MMJ. You see, I get to do that, and people who read know how to interpret those observations.

And I also get to interpret that Pattie's admitted and Union-reported "mistakes" were due to her being confused - a condition apparently shared by the NC Democratic Committee - rather than any intended wrongdoing or carelessness. Now, you got all that?

Patricia Smith

This appears to be much ado about nothing (as usual). There was a gap between filing for a committee number in April and when we started spending money on the campaign in July because there was nothing to report. It appears I did error by indicating ASA-NC and GrassRoots solutions were "small contributor committees" when in fact they should have been listed as "other". Small contributor committees only apply to contributions made to support a candidate not a measure.

If you want to get picky, the radio ads running on KNCO by the Nevada County REPUBLICAN Women's Federated left out the word Republican. Are they afraid of the fallout from being associated with the opposition to Measure S?

It appears this is all smoke and mirrors to change the topic of conversation from the real transgressions committed by the County against our ballot measure. Good try.


Posted by: Patricia Smith | 15 October 2014 at 01:22 PM

Hey.....where's my retraction Patricia?


As someone else said here from the pro "S" side "WWWhhaaaaa!!!" You had your day in court and were shown the door. "transgressions committed by the County ..." is the red haring here. (and it isn't Fish)
And screwing up important documents is no excuse, nor is failing to report "donations".

The "pro" gang needs to put their political signs on their OWN property. Not on someone else's land. Just who was the smart guy that placed one on the property of a business that's a drug free zone? Thanks for the free sign that we can alter and morph into an "anti" "S" sign. I will wait for the bitch about it. It's ours now.

A. Patriot

Yep, got it. you cant comprehend a lick. I never said you said the Union said that. I was pointing out EXACTLY what you said, that its your conjecture or "interpretation" regardless of twist, and yes, you get to do that.

George Rebane

APatriot 216pm - In the universe in which I live, "Nowhere in the article does it mention that these funds were "new and suddenly appeared" nor is there any indication that it is out of county." gives the direct inference that I misquoted or extracted something from erroneously from the Union article (the only cited reference in the comment). Being able to exercise such inferential logic is one of the things that allowed us to put a man on the moon, process MRI images, and learn from massive databases (among other things). It's probably best to put this thread down now.

A. Patriot

Yep we can put it down now, you know what I meant and I know what you meant. Now if I can only figure out how you infer multiple universes...

Brad C.

A check from Donald Trump "suddenly appeared" in McClintock's treasure chest.
Perhaps George Soros supports Measure S. Thanks to the Supreme's Citizen's United decision, it doesn't matter who gave the money. Any group of folks can become a PAC and they don't have to disclose personal info.
Is $20k a lot of money? How much do election signs, pamphlets, postage, etc. cost (don't forget, someone has been collecting these expensive election signs in the dark of night? By the way, I hope whomever has these signs does have them under their bed or spend too much time near them - we don't know what the effects might be regarding long term exposure to all that "Yes on S" energy ).
I guess all the issues with the Measure S ordinance have been settled since we are now being treated to a display of nitpicking over how well some election forms have been completed. However, the FPPC has been alerted, so I think the bookkeeping issues will be sorted out.

Patricia Smith

Don, you are so off base- again! We didn't have any activity between April (when we filed for our committee number) and July when our campaign took off. We have filed all of our forms with the local elections office.

If you are so worried about where our money comes from, let me set you straight. ASA host seminars, films, dances, etc. to raise money. We have spent most of it on legal fees in the past, now we are donating to Citizens for Fair Laws. All perfectly legal. You love to make unfounded accusations to change the topic of discussion from the questionable (and possibly illegal activities) perpetrated by elected officials.

Your vicious attacks are getting boring. If you have something intelligent to add to the conversation, I'd love to hear it. In the meantime, keep on talking and let everyone see your lack of character.

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