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Treasured Public Servant Killed In Lafayette Crash

Treasured Public Servant Killed In Lafayette Crash

He worked as a public information officer for another city here in the East Bay.

By Bea Karnes, Patch Staff  | Updated 

LAMORINDA, CA — A bicyclist who was killed Thursday in a collision with a big rig truck in Lamorinda has been identified as 54-year-old Martin Nelis of Pleasant Hill. Nelis died at about 12:30 p.m. in the hit-and-run accident on Reliez Valley Road between Gloria Terrace and Withers Avenue in Lafayette.
Nelis had worked as the public information officer for the city of Pleasant Hill since 2007. He played a leading role in organizing several community events, according to a city statement on his death, including the
summer concert series, Community Service Day, Off the Grid food truck events and programs with the library and local schools.
"Martin was often the first to volunteer for any civic event or meeting, and the last to leave and turn off the lights," the city statement said.
"This is a huge loss for the city," said Mayor Tim Flaherty. "Martin was the quintessential dedicated public servant, and a wonderful member of the community."
Police have interviewed the driver and impounded the truck. They continue to investigate the fatal collision.
"Our thoughts are with Mr. Nelis' family and the staff and citizens of the city of Pleasant Hill," Lafayette Mayor Don Tatzin said in a statement.
Anyone who witnessed the crash or has any information that would help the investigation is asked to call the Lafayette Police Department at 925-283-3680.

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The Catellus Derailment : Ouster of CEO is Latest Chapter in Saga of Struggle

The Catellus Derailment : Ouster of CEO is Latest Chapter in Saga of Struggle


The news last week that the top executive at Catellus Development Corp. in San Francisco will resign is the latest twist in a long struggle by California's largest private landowner to turn nearly 1 million acres--once owned by the nation's railroad barons--into a vast real estate empire.
The expected departure of Catellus Chief Executive Vernon B. Schwartz was engineered by the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), officials close to the company and pension fund say privately. CalPERS owns more than 40% of the company's stock.
Schwartz declined to be interviewed. So did senior officials at CalPERS, the giant pension fund in Sacramento that invests the retirement money of more than 800,000 of the state's current and retired workers.
CalPERS officials had been lobbying for drastic changes at Catellus because they were tired of seeing the company's stock go nowhere and of listening to management blame the firm's misfortunes on California's weak real estate market.
The pension fund has seen the value of its initial $473-million investment in Catellus cut in half in recent years. Even its financial adviser, who initially recommended that CalPERS buy the stock, now doubts that the fund can recoup these losses any time this century.
"This whole thing has turned out to be a catastrophe for investors, especially CalPERS," said Burland East, an analyst who follows Catellus for Kemper Securities in Chicago. "It's not all Catellus' fault--there's plenty of blame to be spread around."
(The losses represent no danger to the health of the fund itself, East noted. CalPERS has assets that exceed $80 billion, making it the largest public pension fund in the nation.)
Catellus--which transportation giant Santa Fe Pacific Corp. established as an independent, publicly traded company in 1990--is involved in about a dozen megaprojects from San Francisco to San Diego. It also owns more than 900,000 acres of land across the state--an amount twice the size of Orange County.
While Catellus' once-bright prospects have certainly been dimmed by California's real estate recession, it has also been hurt by forces ranging from slow-growth advocates to toxic waste.
Catellus' joint-venture in the once-thriving Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood is suffering, as its wealthy clients have cut back their spending. A plan to build a massive mixed-use complex at downtown Los Angeles' Union Station has been caught up in controversy and legal disputes. So has another proposal to develop a 16-acre site in downtown San Diego.
And then there is Mission Bay in San Francisco, the company's most ambitious project--and perhaps its most problem-plagued.
The 313-acre, $2-billion development would front the bay about a mile south of downtown and would be the largest in the city's history. Plans call for 8,700 homes and more than 6 million square feet of offices, shops and light-industrial space.
But the project has languished on the drawing boards for years, as first Santa Fe and then Catellus wrangled with everyone from local no-growth advocates to government environmental officials.
Conservationists wanted the company to build fewer offices and preserve more of its wetlands. Housing advocates pushed for lower rents and cheaper selling prices. Environmental agencies wanted Catellus to clean up the toxic-laced site, which was previously used as a dump for everything from 1906 earthquake rubble to parts from old locomotives.
Catellus worked out a compromise with each of the groups and received the city's conditional approval for the project in 1991. But the permission came with so many strings attached that Catellus does not expect to break ground until next year at the earliest.
"Mission Bay is a great project, but it has just taken too long to get it off the ground," said John Lutzius, an analyst who follows Catellus for Newport Beach-based Green Street Advisors. "And all the while the land just sits there, it's eating up cash without generating any income."
No one expected delays this long back in the 1980s, when Santa Fe started mulling the plan to establish Catellus as an investor-owned company to develop vast real estate holdings acquired in the previous 100 years.
Much of the property stood in the middle of key transportation hubs, bustling commercial areas or fast-growing suburbs. Raw-land prices for less desirable parcels were rising as much as 20% a year.
CalPERS first got involved in 1989 when, in a private sale of stock, it bought a 20% stake in Catellus at the urging of advisers at Chicago-based JMB Realty Corp.
The pension fund paid $398 million for about 10.5 million shares--or nearly $38 a share--and also invested another $75 million in a convertible security. CalPERS felt the move was a smart long term investment that would pay off when the properties were developed.
But by late 1990, when shares in Catellus began trading publicly for the first time, California real estate prices had already begun their steep descent.

Obit: Fang v. Bennett (2000)

How killer cased victim's home

Published 4:00 am, Saturday, January 8, 2000

MARTINEZ - Mesa Kasem, who died Tuesday in a failed home robbery invasion, first visited the targeted Alamo home in November while delivering an item the doctor's family had purchased at an auction.

Kasem, who was employed at the time as a deliveryman and laborer for Somerset Auction Santa Clara, dropped off the item at the home of Kim and Winnie Fang, two well-known East Bay doctors, on Nov. 10. The item, which police would not identify, had been purchased by the Fangs three days earlier, investigators said.

Detectives now believe that after visiting the Fang home, Kasem decided to return and rob it.

"He must have seen something there that he liked," Capt. George Lawrence of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department said Friday of Kasem's Nov. 10 visit to the Fang residence.

On Tuesday night, Kasem, 22, returned to Alamo allegedly with fellow Stockton gang member Soknoeun Nem, driving a car they rented in Stockton and carrying a semiautomatic handgun police believe they stole in another robbery on Monday. Lawrence said they burst into the Fang home intent on robbery, but instead encountered fierce resistance from the well-armed doctor and his family.

In the fight and shootout that followed, Kasem and Kim Fang,

49, were killed. Nem, 21, and Winnie Fang, 45, were wounded. Nem was also beaten by family members. The family's nanny, Melee Jung, suffered head injuries when she was pistol-whipped.

Sheriff's deputies say that Kasem and Nem acted alone. "We believe there were no other accomplices," Lawrence said.

But investigators are combing the records of the Somerset Auction Co. to determine if any other homes Kasem visited as a deliveryman have been robbed or burglarized. They do not believe the men committed any other crimes in Contra Costa County, but Lawrence said that his department will send out a Teletype on the case to every law enforcement agency in the state.

Reviewing unsolved crimes

Stockton police also said Friday they were trying to determine whether Nem and Kasem are linked to any unsolved crimes in that city. Police confirmed that they were reviewing unsolved robberies and burglaries.

Police said Kasem may have taken part in a home invasion robbery Monday in Stockton of a family that purchased goods through Somerset auctions years ago. One of two 9mm handguns that investigators say was used in the Alamo robbery attempt Tuesday was stolen during that robbery, but police said it didn't appear that Kasem

ever visited the Stockton home in the course of his employment at the auction house.

Stockton resident Kim Chau told the Stockton Record she believes Kasem was among four masked men who robbed her Monday. She said the men left her home with the 9mm pistol and a .22-caliber weapon, her gold necklace, a ring, a diamond pendant and children's jewelry. They also took about $3,200 in cash, she said. She said investigators told her that Kasem probably targeted her through purchase records kept at Somerset Auctions.

Somerset Auctions was closed Friday and no one from the company could be reached for comment. Officer Doug Anderson, spokesman for the Stockton Police Department, confirmed Friday that Kasem and Nem were considered suspects in the Chau robbery, but declined further comment.

Chau said she and her husband attend many auctions in many cities, and went to Somerset Auctions in Santa Clara several years ago.

Paroled felon

Kasem, a paroled felon who was nearly deported back to his native Cambodia last year, worked at the auction house from the beginning of November until just before Christmas. He left the job without notice during the holidays. At the time he was staying with his girlfriend in the South Bay but fre

quently visited his old North Stockton neighborhood on weekends, investigators said. Investigators believe that is where he linked up with Nem, who is also a Cambodian native.

Stockton police said Kasem had four felony arrests dating back to 1994. He had been arrested at least twice for felonies involving firearms. But Anderson, of the Stockton Police Department, declined to give details, saying that most of the arrests occurred when Kasem was a juvenile.

Lawrence said that investigators "may never know" the exact sequence of events during the shootout at the Fang home Tuesday. Investigators were hoping to interview Winnie Fang to hear her side of the incident. Winnie Fang, an anesthesiologist, has been released from the hospital after treatment for her gunshot wound.

"It is still unclear who shot first (and) who fired the fatal shots into Dr. Fang," Lawrence said.

The two men forced their way into the house after Winnie Fang opened the door to see who was outside. She resisted. Her husband, who was working upstairs, came downstairs with a .38-caliber handgun and opened fire on the intruders, apparently hitting Kasem three times - in the temple, chest and upper thigh, Lawrence said.

In the exchange, Kim Fang was shot twice in the back. Both

rounds exited his chest. He died at the scene. Lawrence said it was not clear if Fang was retreating from the gunmen or if one of the robbers surprised him from behind.

Nem was being held without bail at the Contra Costa County Jail in Martinez on Friday pending charges. Deputy District Attorney Harold Jewett said his office may charge him with murder for Fang's death as early as next week. He said Nem may also be charged for Kasem's murder under California's "provocative act" law. That law allows someone who participated in a violent felony that left an accomplice dead to be charged with the murder of the deceased criminal.

Nem will likely be charged with one or more counts of attempted robbery, as well, he said.

Jewett said that Nem is currently being held on a parole violation to give prosecutors and investigators more time to build their case. <

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Kerry Fanwick - #99642

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.
Bar Number: 99642
Address: 823 Chimalus Dr
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Phone Number: (650) 387-0540
Fax Number: Not Available
County: Santa Clara
Undergraduate School: Claremont McKenna Coll; Claremont CA
District: District 6
Sections: None Law School: Stanford Univ Law School; Stanford CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Not Eligible To Practice Law
7/1/2014 Not Eligible To Practice Law  
12/1/1981 Admitted to The State Bar of California
Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

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7/1/2014 Suspended, failed to pay Bar membr. fees
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Unfortunate Victims of the Kinder Morgan Gas Line Explosion

Witness Murders

Throughout my blogs I've documented law enforcement failures but when Lafayette Police refused to investigate my July 2011 accident I knew someone was pulling the strings.

The Explosion Facts

  • Five Dead Welders 
  • One Key Witness 
  • One Mother, One Daughter 

The Case Summary 

What reeks about this explosion is the loose ends, the explosion details, the dead witnesses, the possible deaths of students who were on the field and the undeniable connection to the Contra Costa Bar Association that exerts lock step control over Bar Members.
On my blogs about explosions you were learn my well founded up close and connected to numerous explosions and arson incidents supports my position that the A Serial Domestic Terrorism Group is run from the East Bay and greater Bay Area. 

Kinder Morgan 2004

After several years of researching incidents connected to my personal story it was getting extremely clear that there were other victims.  Around 2008 after losing software gigs valued in the tens of thousands in revenues it was getting clear I was being targeted.  Turning to Law Enforcement was futile with nothing but dead ends.
  • Cal Fire Pipeline Safety Group
  • EBMUD – when they informed of my allegations
  • Walnut Creek Police Investigators
  • The Attorneys

Suspected Payoff

The Kinder Morgan investigation and litigation moved quickly through the District Attorney’s Offices where investigators, police officers and a plaintiff attorney, now a public official the huge mistake by making contact.  I have detailed

The Cover-up Exposed itself

The ongoing harassment by many Walnut Creek officers didn’t work on me but instead forced to fight harder, the tickets, fines and thefts of my servers, laptops coupled with the loss of five offices over a ten year period kept pointing back to police. 

The Conclusion –

In desperation I called the SEC Whistleblower unit on Kinder Morgan as someone was trying to kill one of their agents. 

That person is an unknown witness to the explosion and a few days after that I got a call – someone shot the tires of the agents cars.  They were brilliant they used  DU Round. 

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