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by Sharon Stephens Friday, May. 13, 2005 at 6:53 AM
ibbblank@yahoo.com 760-325-5425 27-135 Shadow Crest Lane, Cathedral City, CA

Small town is just as crooked as BIG TOWN L.A.,and using the law to their advantage in a long vendetta against a citizen.

In a bogus conspiratorial "investigation" with police, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, An FBI agent, deputy district attorneys, a journalist, and, the criminally- minded board of directors in Shadow Crest Homeowners Association, Inc., Cathedral City is rail roading me, a 64 year old, deabled widow who happened to speak out against the police department.

My experience started with the Cathedral City Police Department in the late 1990s, when they asked me to help catch members of a well-known drug gang family, The Riddles, by writing down license plate numbers when they came to buy drugs from the house across the street from me, in Shadow Crest, a gated homeowner association community. The family was related to a Shadow Crest board member, John Weiser, and consequently, we received no help from the board in getting these people out.

We were told by Officer Glenn Haas that we “very much needed a Neighborhood Watch,” and, we then all met at the association attorney, Wayne Guralnick's office to discuss the situation, and need for police help.

The board didn't want a Watch committee, and when the discussion began the board president rhetorically asked Officer Haas, "We don't really need a Neighborhood Watch do we?" Haas answered "No, not really."

The others and I were shocked, and I wrote a big complaint against this popular officer, Glenn Haas, for selling us out. To this day I have no idea why he did that, except he was in some way bought off.

And, of course nothing happened to Glenn Haas from the police department. I never heard a word about my complaint; it seemed to totally disappear.

However, it wasn't too long before I was on a "hit list" of sorts, and the police turned on me, refusing to come even when these drug people threatened our lives. The police began calling this drug problem a "neighborhood dispute," and demonizing me, calling me a liar, and telling everyone I was "crazy."

It took a while, but after calling the probation department the family was finally caught, twice with drugs and weapons, and then after a burglary, prosecuted, and the son sent to prison.

A private attorney told me, "You complained about the 'Boy's Club' and they will get you!" And, they certainly have.

I have been falsely arrested, battered while in custody, refused medical treatment while locked in the back of a police car, and had my reputation and name ruined, and even libeled in newspapers such as the Desert Sun.

Once you are labeled with these things, it is almost impossible to overcome them. People want to believe police officers, so the police have a great advantage when they decide to railroad someone. Few people want to believe the police are crooked.

Everything was quiet for about two years until a new board came in to Shadow Crest and I, and five other women began having problems with the board, and the police refused to help us because of their old vendetta against me. They would not write any police reports for us, even when a board member pulled what looked like a gun on a group of small children, and three of these men harassed a women and her children so badly her children ended up in counseling. They even tried to hang her dog from her gate. Three women moved because of these board members.
Still, the Cathedral City Police refused to help.

I went before the Cathedral City, City Council several times to speak about homeowner association problems and to complain about the police department. I did not know at the time that George Stettler, Mayor, was also the Shadow Crest Homeowner Association's insurance agent with State Farm, and therefore in close contact with association attorneys, Ron Green, Brian Moreno, and Jeffery French, of Duke Gerstel and Shearer, as well as the board of directors and management company.

A Bar Complaint, and a District Attorney Fraud Unit complaint have been filed for embezzlement, conspiracy to commit a crime, deception of the court, fraud and illegal use of reserve funds, and litigation while suspended as a Corporation.

However, I have no idea if the District Attorney will file any charges. It seems that HOAs -- homeowner asscociations -- get away with all kinds of crimes, and never have to pay the price.

When a Cathedral City Sergeant, Dave Hatfield, an old nemesis with a grudge because of the complaints I had made, was called one morning after one of these men, Kent Robbins threatened my life and raised his fist to me, Robbins lied and I was arrested. Hatfield locked me in a police car where I went into angina, and was left for way too long. I could not breath, and later had to be transported to a hospital. I made a complaint about him for discrimination and false arrest when I was only trying to protect myself.

Several days later I was called in to what was purported to be an investigation into the incident. Sergeant Charles Robinson and Captain Kevin Connor, who had refused me help many times in the past with the drug people, conducted the interview.

It just so happened that I had an appointment that same morning at the Office of Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia, which is next door to the police department, to talk with an aide, Mary Brhel, about the problems in homeowner associations. ( I am the founder of HOA VOICE COALITION, trying to get some support to change some of the laws that encumber people in associations.) We had a good discussion; she congratulated me on being an advocate, and gave me a bouquet of flowers when I left. She said she would call me in a couple of days.

Three days later she did call. She said two Cathedral City officers had been in to visit her and had told her such terrible things about me that she had put me on a "Threat List" in Sacramento. That meant I was the next thing to a terrorist, and could not attend any meetings in Sacramento regarding homeowner problems. She hung up the phone, refusing to tell me the names of the officers. Later, her story would be confirmed when her Chief of Staff, Richard Harmon told another advocate the same thing.I

In retrospect, I can see that the police thought I was going to talk about them, and they took it upon themselves to discredit me so that I would not be believed.

I immediately called Judy Williams, the Cathedral City Administrative Secretary to Chief Stan Henry, and demanded an investigation. She hung up on me.

Then I went to City Council, where only one member, Bud England agreed there needed to be an investigation into the two officers. However, the investigation never happened, and, has never happened to this day.

What was happening, behind my back, on the very next day, February 3, 2004 after I called and demanded an investigation, was the beginning of a conspiratorial "investigation" against me with Deputy City Attorney, Kendall Berkey, Chief Stan Henry, Captain Kevin Connor, Captain Holcomb, and Sergeant Charles Robinson, all trying to prove I was making a false police report, that I was "crazy" and, was calling paramedics for false heart problems.

In fact, in June 2002, I had a triple by-pass, and then continued to suffer with ongoing angina, and have had two other heart surgeries just in the last two months in 2005 that saved me from having another heart attack. I still suffer angina under stress. And, I have been diagnosed with Delayed Post Traumatic Stress.

I didn't know what attorney Berkey and the police were doing at this time of course, but once I received Kendall Berkey's 65 page Memorandum of Costs for $65,000 in October 2004, I saw this was the very day their conspiracy against me began.They were going to make sure that there was never going to be an investigation into the Bonnie Garcia event, and those officers were never going to be caught.

When I received the Memorandum of Costs from Kendal Berkey, she had documented the names of every person she conspired with over several months, racking up more and more money each day, but proving nothing against me. Soon, this bogus investigation, that proved nothing but her entangled conspiracy, came to a cost of $65,000.I was never contacted once for my side of whatever they were investigating.

On February 11, 2004, Attorney Berkey had me served with a bogus TRO, that never went through the courts, which is illegal, particularly for an attorney to do. And, all police officers were told not to take any calls from me, or even to talk to me. Yes, that information is in her memo of costs. In other words they were not allowing me my right to make either police reports or complaints, not even taking any phone calls from me. Sergeant Patton threatened me twice with arrest if I went to the police department to make any reports or complaints.

All of this to protect two police officers.

Then, on February 25, 2004, the one time I happened to catch Secretary, Judy Williams in her office, she said, "The only time we will talk with you is when you have a 911 medical emergency, or someone is killing you. WE will not take any police reports regarding your homeowner's association!" and then hung up on me.

And so it has been; not only would they not take any police reports for me, but not for the other women as well that knew me. This is a violation of civil and constitutional rights, and certainly violates the right of equal protection.

Sergeant Hatfield again participated in a false arrest of me at the Annual Board Meeting where I and another woman were standing and listening.

They then arrested me twice again, after I was battered by Jose Liceaga, and once for standing in the public street talking to a gardener.

Liceaga had deliberately ran into my car with his truck, in front of a witness, and then kicked me. Again, I was treated as the criminal.Sergeant Earl Moss said it was because I didn't “act enough like a victim.” I wonder if everyone reading this understands that this is the way abusive men treat women; expecting women to behave in a certain way if they are not to be beaten up.

I have continued to try and make a police report on the Garcia incident; I have been continually denied a report by Earl Moss, telling me it is “old business.”

My name has never been cleared, and I am still on a "threat list" because of what these officers said about me, and until that changes, it is not old business.

The Cathedral City police have been responsible for ruining my name and my reputation all to protect two police officers, which appear to be Sergeant Charles Robinson, and Captain Kevin Connor; the only two officers who knew I was going to the Garcia office that morning.

In the meantime the problems in my homeowners association was getting worse and worse, with harassment, batteries, and stalking, all of which the Cathedral City Police Department would do nothing about for me, nor for other women and their children.

The board president, Jim Hooten has pulled what looked like a gun on a group of children. No help from the police department. Jose Liceaga has battered me, and another resident, in which the police talked him out of making a Citizen's Arrest against Liceaga. Kent Robbins has battered me, and broken into my garage and damaged a number of items, and made a provable false police report.The police have never given the women in Shadow Crest equal protection from these male board members.

In March 2004 I went to the FBI office in Palm Springs and met with agent Joe Stewart. He told me straight out, "You will never get a prosecution in this district, I grew up here and know all of the chiefs and judges." I said I wanted an investigation anyway, so for about two hours, and 200 pages later, he took a report. But he was right, nothing has come of it, and they have moved him out of the area and no one knows what happened to the complaint.

April 15, 2004: Sergeant Charles Robinson takes all of the board members from Shadow Crest HOA to meet with Deputy District Attorney, Charles Gianguzi, who was suppose to prosecute one of the gang family members for hitting me deliberately with his car, whicle I was on foot, and they were trying to figure a way to get me arrested and in jail. I learned about this when the judge denies all of their requests to arrest me, and I receive the court decisions.

Finally I was just fed up with the police not talking to me, and being put off on making a report. So, I called the number for dispatch, and asked again for a report to be taken. Dispatcher, Danielle Pascual, at the insistence of her Watch Commander, Sergeant Charles Robinson, continued to hang up on me. Every time she would hang up, I would call back. I wasn't keeping count, but it was about 100 times.

Dispatcher Pascual then called, and said, "I am sending over someone to take a police report." I told her I was on my way out the door to go to dinner, but she said, "Oh, just wait a few minutes to make the police report." I KNEW by intuition what was coming.

What was coming, was Sergeant Charles Robinson, Officer Ernie Vasquez, and another ride-along officer and they arrested me saying I was "making harassing, obscene/threatening calls to 911," which of course was a blatant lie, but it was used to falsely arrest me.

When I later asked for the 911 calls they of course could not produce them. When I asked for the police report, I was not allowed to get it until recently, and it had a supplement attached that said I was not calling 911. The calls were made to the phone number that all citizens use to make police reports.However, I was falsely arrested, based on Pascual’s false police report, and what can make up for that?

I was served with a restraining order request from Sergeant Charles Robinson, Dispatcher, Danielle Pascual, Records keeper Melissa Holcomb, and husband of Captain Holcomb, and Secretary to the Chief, Judy Williams. And, on the same day with eight restraining orders from the Office of Bonnie Garcia, and they were all granted on – August 3, 2004.

In spite of the provable perjury by Danielle Pascual, in particular, under oath, Judge Hawkins gives the CCPD a restraining order against me calling it a "slippery sloop decision."

Attorney Berkey's Memorandum of Costs would prove this was all orchestrated to take place together, I suppose for impact, since I had not been to Garcia's office for months. Mary Brhel, married to ex deputy district attorney, Martin Brhel, brought all eight orders, for which she had no witnesses and no police reports to back up her absolutely outrageous lies.

Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia allowed for this to happen, never once speaking to me as to whether it was true.

Deputy City Attorney, Kendall Berkey is well aware her plaintiff lied in the police report, had me falsely arrested, and then made a false personal declaration, under penalty of perjury. However, she is also aware that Pascual totally changed her story in court, and said I "was just trying to make a police report, and that she could easily take a report and still do her job." Attorney Berkey allows this deception to stay, and continues on in deception and bad faith.

Cathedral City Police Department has now continually used the Restraining Order as a battle-axe against me to make sure I get no police reports, and that the two officers are never investigated, and to set me up to be arrested.

I have been set up at least three times to be falsely arrested by Sergeant Earl Moss, and I am still not allowed any police reports, nor any Citizens Arrests. Neither are the other women in Shadow Crest.

Throughout all of this, I have incurred the hate of the board of directors in Shadow Crest because I have caught them stealing money, not once, but three times. The District Attorney told us to go to the Cathedral City Police to have them take a report on the embezzlement, extortion, fraud, and RICO, however, the Cathedral City Police refuse to take a report.T

These men and women of the board continue in their harassment of me and other women in various ways, such as stalking, fining us for things we have not done, and writing letters to the rest of the community, if not directly libeling us, implying that all the problems are because of us. The police are no help. In fact the police ignore us.

All of this is "abuse under color of law":

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 241
Conspiracy Against Rights

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 242
Deprivation of Rights Under Color of Law

Title 18, U.S.C., Section 245Federally Protected Activities

I have absolute proof of this conspiracy from Deputy City Attorney, Kendall Berkey's 65 page Memorandum of Costs, in which she names every person she conspired with, proving NOTHING against me, but instead proving her own conspiracy [to save two police officers, at my expense] and for which she is charging me $65,000 in order to destroy me.

This is not only in violation of my Rights, and Federally Protected Activities, but is the most unethical and unconscionable thing an attorney can do.

I HAVE THE PROOF, in her own words.

Attorney, Kendall Berkey has broken almost every Rule of the California State Bar, and allowed for perjury and deception to the court throughout her legal papers. She has conspired to charge me with a false crime, and, to steal my home and life savings, all to save two police officers, and more than likely take up the gauntlet of an old vendetta for the police for her own engrandizement.She is only a contract worker for the City of Cathedral City, and, I am sure trying to make a job for herself.

The City Manager, Don Bradley, and every member of the City Council are just as responsible for allowing this rogue police department to do this thing.

Twenty-seven Cathedral City Police Officers filed against Chief Stan Henry and his administration for violations of civil and constitutional rights as well as labor problems, so, this administration is well versed in abuses of rights.It is even mentioned in their legal papers of a “Goon Squad” that is sent out to intimidated citizens.

Attorney Kendall Berkey, Chief Stan Henry, Captain Kevin Connor, Captain Holcomb, Sergeant Earl Moss, Sergeant Laura Hanlon, Judy Williams and several other Cathedral City Administration personnel, along with Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia have committed fraud, perjury, RICO not withstanding their lack of ethics and care and concern for an elderly, disabled and poor citizen of their city, and District.

I don't know for sure when I first heard this, but one can tell a society by the way it treats its young and its elderly. In America we seem to treat our young fairly well, for we somewhat worship youth. But the elderly are of little value, and are often left to just exist the best they can, and, Cathedral City, California is certainly on the cutting edge in their neglect of responsibility for the elderly.

I will more than likely lose everything to this crooked system, all becasue I spoke out against a crooked system that has no consciense.

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