April 25, 2013 (Forward courtesy of Keith Howe)
Dianne Feinstein: Inside Traitor (April 25, 2013)
Dirty Business as Usual at California High Speed Rail
Posted on April 16, 2013
Photo: New York Times
Photo: New York Times
Out of the entire universe of those who could have won the first phase construction contract for California’s high speed rail boondoggle, who would stand out as the last person who would win it if there were no political patronage.
Put another way, who is the most likely person to win it if there is political patronage?
Feinstein-one eyeBoth questions have the same answer: Richard Blum, the husband of California senator Diane Feinstein.
So, who won the contract? Blum, of course, as the principle owner of Tutor Perini, the lead firm in the three-firm consortium selected by the California High Speed Rail Authority.
Yes, Diane, it really does look that bad to us little people.
A High Low Bid
The Perini-Zachary-Parsons bid was the lowest received from the five consortia participating in the bidding process, but “low” is a relative term. The firms bid $985,142,530 to build the wildly anticipated first section of high speed rail track that will tie the megopolis of Madera to the global finance center of Fresno. Do the division, and you find that the low bid came in at a mere $35 million per mile.
And that doesn’t include the cost of rolling stock (that’s engines and cars to the normal among us). Nor does it include the cost of electrifying the route. Does it at least include the cost of land acquisition? No, it does not.
As this fiasco progress, remember that this $35 million per mile represents the best California can do on the section of track the High on Crack Speed Rail Authority selected to go first because it will be the cheapest.
Keeping Corrupt Company
Just having Blum/Perini win the contract is corrupt enough. But it gets much more corrupt, says The National Black Chamber of Commerce:
According to the New York US Attorney’s office: “Following a four-week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn yesterday (March 9, 2011) found Zohrab B. Marashlian, the former president of Perini Corp.’s Civil Division, an international construction services corporation, guilty of fraud and conspiracy to launder money. The charges arose out of Marashlian’s false representation to New York government agencies that Disadvantaged Business Entities (DBE’s) were performing work in connection with major public works contracts, when, in reality, Marashlian had non-disadvantaged businesses favored by Perini Corp. do the work.” Tutor Perini paid Marashlian $14 million in salary while all this was going on. Two days before Marashlian was to receive a multi-year prison sentence he committed suicide. A fellow employee is currently doing a long prison term for the same case.
Perini has been caught doing such things over and over again. They are absolutely ridiculous in California projects. … According to the Seattle News some of the Perini headlines read: “In February, Tutor-Saliba and Perini agreed to pay $19 million to settle racketeering and fraud allegations in a San Francisco airport project.” … “The companies are embroiled in an 11 – year legal battle over $16 million in extra costs on a Los Angeles subway job.” (Emphasis added)
Lefties, who generally support the high speed rail project, are probably a bit flummoxed by this news because they have railed (nice pun, huh?) against Blum and Feinstein for what they call criminal collusion in the granting of defense contracts.
Only in Crazifornia would the wheels still be on this train. But on and on and on it chugs, dodging all fiscal reality on its trip to the Great Sea of Red Ink
Insider Trader, War Profiteer, Chinese Company Invested Dianne Feinstein
by Forest Glen Durland, Peter Byrne And Others
Friday Dec 2nd, 2011 6:56 PM
Time for the 79 year old insider trader, China connected traitor, hawkish Dianne Feinstein who funneled over 1 billion in military contracts illegally to her husband Richard Blum to resign. She and her husband with Barbara Boxer's help sold San Diego ports to Cosco. Her husband was part of the pressure network which caused police to bust up Occupy in Oakland and San Francisco. Many of the older links in this article were compiled by Forest Glen Durland.
The record of insider trader war profiteer and hawkish traitor Dianne Feinstein.
1 Dianne Feinstein has funneled over 1 billion in contracts to her husband Richard Blum's URS ... just one of his companies to which she has funneled money stolen from the people of America. She has also with our money helped him profiteer from bankster foreclosures. http://www.metroactive.com/feinstein/
She was forced to resign from the military construction appropriations subcommittee because of her criminal acts but is still head of the intelligence committee! though she deliberately falsified intelligence and voted, unlike most Democrats, to give the unelected Bush authority to rain fire and death on Iraq.
2 She was a tool of the Israeli government in claiming falsely in 2002 that Saddam Hussein had nuclear weapons. http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/5764
3. She opposes assault weapons in the US while voting for 30 billion dollars a year for assault weapons, fighter jets, and other armsmongering for the fraudulently installed Netanyahu government. Her husband Richard Blum was involved in Cosco's gun running in San Diego. Her husband's investment in Chinese shipping is one of many factors in the failure of the US government to inspect more than 5% of incoming crates. WalMart is the US'
biggest importer of uninspected Chinese goods.
4. As chair of Senate intelligence committee while Carl Levin is the chair of the Senate armed services committee how can she objectively monitor the Mossad infiltrated CIA? 5. She lost 2 mayoral elections and only the murder
of Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone by the troubled (or mind controlled) Dan White (who had frequent contact with the SF police department) and her appointment to office started her career. http://www.mindcontrolforums.com/hambone/mcveigh.html
6. Her husband's role as past chairman and present member of the Univ of Calif. Board of Overseershas helped make that state the most aggressive denier of the 1st amendment for peaceful protesters against UC vivisection. Blum was active in lobbying for AETA and pressuring for its unconstitutional enforcement.
7. Feinstein has many times violated the sovereign will of the people of California, ignoring their overwhelming support for immediate withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan.
8. Several times California fires have burned out of controlwhile the state guard's firefighters have been requisitioned for Iraq and Afghanistan where they help to cause fires.
9. California bridges are in terrible shape while money to repair them has instead been spent to bomb bridges in Baghdad and Afghanistan.
10. California animals are worse off. After 6000 Chino cows suffocated in mud, film of their torture was captured as they were poked with poles in udders, face, stomach, kicked, beaten, downer cows forklifted into fences.
11. Her husband Blum has an antilabor record. He raided the pension fund of S. Calif. carpenters' union.. of 90 million dollars, 7.8 million in 1997 alone... for 'investment consultant' fees. Newt Gingrich rivals him in fleecing
12. Members Lost 90 Million as Richard Blum Managed Pension Fund
13. The government's investigations of the Feinstein/Blum corrupt connections to Chinese money have only partially been investigated. http://members.tripod.com/unionplainfacts/documents/archivespage/china.htm Like those of Mitt Romney, Henry Kissinger, Henry Paulson, Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch, Feinstein's Chinese money connections are in conflict with the interests of the people of the US and in conflict with the role of an intelligence chairman. http://members.tripod.com/unionplainfacts/documents/archivespage/china.htm
14. In 1994, Feinstein ignored human rights issues
in China and led the effort to renew most-favored-nation trade status for China at a time when her husband was preparing to invest $150 million of his clients' money, along with $2 million to $3 million of his own, in China.
15. Feinstein has been silent about the 911 Israeli govt's role in the WTC plot.
16. Feinstein pushed for the leasing of a S California naval base to a Chinese company Cosco with which her husband has financial ties.
The next article is by Peter Byrne.
Richard C. Blum is an investment banker and the husband of Dianne Feinstein. He is the Chairman and President of Blum Capital, an equity investment management firm . Blum is also chair of the University of California Board of Regents and a Director of several companies, including CB Richard Ellis.
Blum founded Blum Capital in 1975 and pioneered the firm’s hybrid Strategic Block/Private Equity investment strategy. Mr. Blum currently serves as Chairman of the board of directors of CB Richard Ellis and is a director on the boards of directors of three other portfolio companies: Fairmont Raffles Holdings International Ltd., Current Media, L.L.C. and Myer Pty Ltd. in Australia. Mr. Blum co-founded Newbridge Capital in the early 1990s and is Co-Chairman of TPG Asia V, L.P. (the successor fund to the Newbridge franchise that has been incorporated into Texas Pacific Group). In the past, Mr. Blum has served on the boards of many prominent companies, including Northwest Airlines Corporation, Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc., Korea First Bank, URS Corporation and National Education Corporation. Blum is the founder and chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation and Honorary Consul to Mongolia and Nepal. Blum also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Prior to founding Blum Capital, he was with Sutro & Co. for seventeen years, holding various positions including director, major stockholder and member of the executive committee.
OPIC - U.S. government sponsored Overseas Private Investment Corporation
NW Airlines, Alliance With Air China
Taiwan Reports on Chinagate
Blum, Wilderness Society - Blum is/was a director of some sort.
Charles Hurwitz, Corporate Raider
Cox Report that blows the whistle on Chinagate
Excellent article discussing Feinstein's support of China, and Blum's extensive business interests in China. Cosco (China Ocean Shipping Co.) is in there.
Union pension loses 90 million under Blum's management.
He took 7.8 million in 1997 in 'investment consultant'
Feinstein and fellow California Senator Barbara Boxer support the Chinese company Cosco's tentales into ports of San Diego.
Dianne Feinstein's husband "Blum is reported to be heavily tied to the PRC through his far east investment firm, Newbridge Capitol Corp. Blum's partner at Newbridge, Peter Kwok, also served as a consultant to COSCO, and COSCO Hong Kong Holdings, a company owned by Chinese billionaire Li Ka-Shing. In 1989, Kwok helped CITIC and Li Ka- Shing raise $120 million to buy a HUGHES built communications satellite for a company also part owned by Chinese Generals."
"Richard C. Blum and his wife, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein, work as a team and have made millions through varied schemes that include some questionable deals with China. Richard Blum gave former president Bill Clinton a lot of money in return for very lucrative business favors through the U.S. government sponsored Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Feinstein's romance with China dates to the 1970s, when she was mayor of San Francisco and became close friends with Jiang Zemin, then mayor of Beijing and now China's president. In explaining her interest in U.S.-China relations, Feinstein has jokingly said, "In my last life I was Chinese."
It is not possible to confirm this, but her passion for Beijing is more likely tied to the fact that her husband in her current life, merchant banker Richard Blum, has substantial business and real estate interests in China. He manages $750 million in investments for about 70 companies, with a large chunk of that amount tied up in China. Blum is also a director of Shanghai Pacific Partners, a major import-export firm.
In 1994, Feinstein led the effort to renew most-favored-nation trade status for China at a time when her husband was preparing to invest $150 million of his clients' money, along with $2 million to $3 million of his own, in China.
Blum also sits on the board of directors of Northwest Airlines, a company in which he holds a 6 percent share. His interest in the firm may be one reason that China's rulers have been so friendly towards the company. Northwest obtained the first non-stop flights from the United States to China about a year ago. The company also recently formed an "alliance" with Air China, the big government-run airline, which means the two firms will cooperate in areas such as scheduling, marketing and promotions, as well as carrying each others' passengers.""Mr. Richard C. Blum (Co-chairman) Chairman, Blum Capital Partners
Mr. Blum currently serves as a director on numerous boards, including CB Richard Ellis, Korea First Bank, Northwest Airlines Corporation, Playtex Products Inc. and URS Corporation. He also serves as a director of Glenborough Realty Trust, Inc., and is Co-Chairman of Newbridge Capital. He is a former director of the following public companies: National Education Corporation, Taft Broadcasting Corporation, Advanced Systems, Inc., Triad Systems, Inc., Sumitomo Bank of California, Princeville Development Corporation, and the Shaklee Corporation. Mr. Blum is the founder and Chairman of the American Himalayan Foundation, and is Honorary Consul to Mongolia and the Kingdom of Nepal."
Blum is suing a union worker for saying that Blum raided the pension fund. Good article.
Another good Chinagate article from Taiwan.
New Witness To The Teamster Cash-Swap Plan.
Blum involved in payola with Teamsters.
Blum has money in Cosco.
"On December 15 1995 two corporate executives who sit on the board of the Wilderness Society sipped coffee with Clinton. One of them was real estate baron Richard Blum--husband of Dianne Feinstein--who is also a long-time friend and sometime business partner of Charles Hurwitz, the corporate raider from Houston who wanted the government to purchase from him at an exorbitant price the Headwaters Redwood Forest in northern California."
OK, Folks, there you have it. For good reasons I have offered no conclusions. That is left to you. Ample references are provided to get you started. Go figure. Take it and run with it.
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Senator exits MILCON following Metro exposé, vet-care scandal
By Peter Byrne
SEN. Dianne Feinstein has resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee. As previously and extensively reviewed in these pages, Feinstein was chairperson and ranking member of MILCON for six years, during which time she had a conflict of interest due to her husband Richard C. Blum's ownership of two major defense contractors, who were awarded billions of dollars for military construction projects approved by Feinstein.
As MILCON leader, Feinstein relished the details of military construction, even micromanaging one project at the level of its sewer design. She regularly took junkets to military bases around the world to inspect construction projects, some of which were contracted to her husband's companies, Perini Corp. and URS Corp.
Perhaps she resigned from MILCON because she could not take the heat generated by Metro's expose of her ethics (which was partially funded by the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute). Or was her work on the subcommittee finished because Blum divested ownership of his military construction and advanced weapons manufacturing firms in late 2005?
The MILCON subcommittee is not only in charge of supervising military construction, it also oversees "quality of life" issues for veterans, which includes building housing for military families and operating hospitals and clinics for wounded soldiers. Perhaps Feinstein is trying to disassociate herself from MILCON's incredible failure to provide decent medical care for wounded soldiers.
Two years ago, before the Washington Post became belatedly involved, the online magazine Salon.com exposed the horrors of deficient medical care for Iraq war veterans. While leading MILCON, Feinstein had ample warning of the medical-care meltdown. But she was not proactive on veteran's affairs.
Feinstein abandoned MILCON as her ethical problems were surfacing in the media, and as it was becoming clear that her subcommittee left grievously wounded veterans to rot while her family was profiting from the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan. It turns out that Blum also holds large investments in companies that were selling medical equipment and supplies and real estate leases—often without the benefit of competitive bidding—to the Department of Veterans Affairs, even as the system of medical care for veterans collapsed on his wife's watch.
As of December 2006, according to SEC filings and http://www.fedspending.org three corporations in which Blum's financial entities own a total of $1 billion in stock won considerable favor from the budgets of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs:
Boston Scientific Corporation: $17.8 million for medical equipment and supplies; 85 percent of contracts awarded without benefit of competition.
Kinetic Concepts Inc.: $12 million, medical equipment and supplies; 28 percent noncompetitively awarded.
CB Richard Ellis: The Blum-controlled international real estate firm holds congressionally funded contracts to lease office space to the Department of Veterans Affairs. It also is involved in redeveloping military bases turned over to the private sector.
Governor Jerry Brown may challenge Obama in the Democratic primary...
May many challenge Feinstein in the primary if the 79 year old hawk tries to cling to her illegitimate post.