August 22, 2013 Issue

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City Photographer Honored as Monterey Park Artist of the Month

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Not many cities have a formal program where they publicly honor local artists on a monthly basis. In Monterey Park, however, the Artist of the Month program is a practice that locals view with great pride.

The honor includes a month long exhibition of the chosen artist’s work at the city’s Bruggemeyer Library. This month, city officials, library patrons and residents attended the opening reception of an exhibit featuring the works of a local photographer more accustomed to being on the other side of the camera lens than in the spotlight.

Margie Ramirez, pictured, stands next to her exhibit “Photos to Cherish” on dislay at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Margie Ramirez, pictured, stands next to her exhibit “Photos to Cherish” on dislay at the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library. (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Margie Ramirez, Monterey Park’s official photographer, is the August Artist of the Month. Her exhibit, “Photos to Cherish,” consists of nine vibrant digital color prints of beaches, sunsets and flowers, and will be on display in the library’s front lobby through August 29.

Senior Librarian Cindy Costales told Ramirez at the August 11 opening reception that the program is a way for the Friends of the Library, the Culture Commission and the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce to honor local artists.

“This is like a birthday party,” she said. “Only we are celebrating [Margie] as an artist.”

Ramirez, who has been taking photographs for over 22 years, said seeing her photographs on display is a “nice feeling,” so is being the one photographed.

“I’m always on the other side of the camera,” Ramirez told EGP. “Now its my turn in the spotlight.”

In addition to her work for the city, Ramirez takes photos for the Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce and the West Valley Journal. She previously took photographs for former Assemblymember Mike Eng.

At the reception, Councilman Peter Chan praised Ramirez’s work, noting that at times she worked pro bono and did not charge the city for her prints.

“She’s a good photographer,” he said before jokingly saying: “She takes such good photographs even I look good in them.”

Councilmember Hans Liang also praised the artist of the month program for allowing Ramirez to display work outside of what she normally photographs.

“We’re used to seeing more news type of photography from her so [the exhibit] is a great opportunity to see her artistic side,” said Liang.

Mike Eng, who now serves on Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District, said he has had many people take photographs of him but said Ramirez was always respectful.

“Its easy to say ‘cheese’ when you see Margie because you want to smile,” he said. “Although she’s usually the one taking pictures of us, now we are honoring her.”

 

Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library is located at 318 S. Ramona Ave., Monterey Park CA 91754.

Commerce Council Member Served With Recall Notice

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Two of three Commerce council members being targeted by the latest recall effort in the city, told EGP Wednesday that they were served with the “Notice of Intention to Circulate Recall Petition” following Tuesday’s city council meeting; the first step in the recall process.

The notice does not contain the name of a particular group spearheading the recall effort, but is signed by 30 individuals, presumably all city residents.

Councilmembers Tina Baca Del Rio and Ivan Altamirano said the letter was handed to them by a man whose name they do not know, but added they have some ideas about who is behind the effort to recall them just five months after being elected to a new term of office.

Mayor Pro Tem Lilia Leon, believed to be the third member of the council being targeted, was not at Tuesday’s meeting, but in the hospital recovering from hip surgery. She told EGP Wednesday that she had been told there were rumors of a recall campaign being launched, but she had not yet been served. She too was reelected earlier this year.

While she had not yet seen the intent to recall letter, Leon characterized the recall as a “vendetta by politics” spearheaded by fellow councilmember Denise Robles and others. Leon said that until recently the council had worked well together, with nearly all major decisions being decided by unanimous vote, leaving the city on better footing than it has been since the start of the economic downturn and the state’s closing of redevelopment agencies statewide. She added, however, that the “cooperative” spirit changed soon after the last election, a sentiment echoed by Altamirano.

In March, Del Rio, Altamirano and Leon won their seats with a slight, but definitive lead over challengers Joanna Flores, Jaime Valencia and Art Gonzalez.

In an email to EGP, Altamirano called Robles a “sore loser,” noting that all three of the candidates she supported in the last election lost.

Del Rio, however, told EGP she believes there are other forces also at play, and they involve individuals who have failed to gain sway with the council over development proposals and a reworking of the city’s billboard and signage ordinances.

She called the reasons for recall stated in the letter “false,” particularly the accusation that “Baca Del Rio supported the measure to raise our taxes during the last election.” She said she voted against the Measure M, which was passed by voters in March.

The letter given to Del Rio, which she provided to EGP, also accuses her of failing to report the source of her campaign funds  and accusations of a financial payback to a city employee who worked on her last campaign; charges she flatly denies.

Details of the allegations against Altamirano and Leon were not available.

Recalls efforts are not new in Commerce, and often involve many of the same players and political operatives. Del Rio herself was recalled in 2008 only to be reelected a few months later. Former Councilman Robert Fierro survived that same recall campaign but later resigned after pleading guilty to a federal conspiracy charge for his role in an illegal campaign finance scheme. Altamirano was appointed to replace Fierro.

Ironically, Leon at the time supported the recalls of both Del Rio and Fierro, and was elected to her second stint on the council at the same time Del Rio was reelected. In 2012, she told EGP that she and Councilwoman Robles were visiting a different Commerce businesses every Friday to see how the city could improve its economic outlook: “We’re think outside of the box,” she said of their joint efforts on behalf the city.

EGP’s efforts to reach signers of the Notice of Intent on Wednesday to get comment on the recall campaign were unsuccessful. Efforts to reach Robles were also unsuccessful.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Notice of Intent letters had not yet been filed with the city clerk’s office, City Attorney Eduardo Olivo told EGP.

 

City Appears Close to Deal With DWP Workers

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A proposed Department of Water and Power labor deal that would narrow sharp disparities between utility and city worker salaries, as well as affect ratepayer utility bills, appears close at hand, city leaders said Tuesday.

The revised terms are aimed at bringing the DWP labor union closer together with the demands of Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has rebuffed previous contract terms and is one of the final hold-outs among city elected officials on the deal.

Still, despite the projections a tentative deal would be reached Tuesday, more than a dozen council members emerged from a two-hour-plus closed door meeting tight-lipped and short of a decision.

Council President Herb Wesson said after the meeting he did not “want to jinx” the negotiations, but indicated optimistically that “at this point, I feel we are real close,” with a few issues left that “need to be ironed out.”

Wesson said he has been in “constant communications” with Garcetti, adding he would be texting the mayor with an update.

Garcetti, who on Tuesday was in the midst of a two-week long mandatory training with the U.S. Navy Reserve, did not react publicly to the new terms.

His spokesman, Yusef Robb, said the mayor’s office is “reviewing the language that’s on the table to make sure it achieves Mayor Garcetti’s goals on DWP reform.”

“Clearly, there has been important progress driven by Mayor Garcetti’s insistence on further DWP reform,” he added.

In recent days, Garcetti — who has said he would not sign a previous version of the proposed deal — has softened his criticism of the terms proposed by representatives of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 18, a powerful city union that raised more than $4 million to support his election opponent, Wendy Greuel.

Garcetti said he appreciates the savings that would come out of the union’s proposal to freeze wages for the next three years and to delay an Oct. 1 raise to 2016, but he pressed against work rules, such as policies for sick leave pay, overtime and bonuses, that he says are expensive and prone to abuse.

In a private memo to the City Council, dated Tuesday, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana, laid out revised terms of a “tentative agreement with the IBEW chief negotiator” that includes locking down the 2016 cost-of-living raise at 2 percent, which would be tied to the projected August 2013-level of inflation.

This would prevent any cost-of-living raises to jump higher if the inflation rate increases four years from now. This could save the city another $10 million over the next four years, according to Santana.

Other revised terms include reducing the entry-level salaries for 34 positions common between DWP and the city, instead of the 28 that were previously proposed, saving an added $5.4 million on top of $10.7 million.

A third revision would grant the City Council and the mayor more power to negotiate DWP workers’ “terms and conditions,” such as “compensation, salary inequities, bonuses, overtime, other supplemental pay, pay codes, and working rules.” The revised terms include a specific reference to review salary disparities by Sept. 30, 2014.

 

Rep. Roybal Allard Tours East L.A. Housing Development

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Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard plays a board game with a young constituent at the Child Development Center in Nueva Maravilla. (Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard plays a board game with a young constituent at the Child Development Center in Nueva Maravilla. (Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard)

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) recently toured the Nueva Maravilla Housing Development in East Los Angeles where she was able to take a close up at the facility’s now completed “Going Green” initiative.

During her visit, the congresswoman was shown the “green” improvements made, including the installation of solar panels, cool roofs, concrete parking lots, efficient lighting and irrigation and dry landscaping throughout the property. While there, Roybal-Allard also heard concerns over the sequestration cuts and its effects on Nueva Maravilla and its residents.

Bell Gardens Group Helps Young Professionals Network

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Who you know is often as important as what you know when it comes to moving up the career ladder or succeeding in business. For young professional in low-income areas like Bell Gardens and other southeast cities, those relationships are especially vital to getting ahead.

In Bell Gardens, the local chamber of commerce, business owners and members of the community have joined forces to address business networking opportunities for the younger generation by creating a group where young professionals are the ones exchanging business cards.

With the support of the Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce, Bhavan Singh, 28, and a group of other young chamber members have formed The Young Networking Group Los Angeles (YNGLA) The group’s purpose is to create a way for young “business-minded” people to meet and network.

“The focus is to help young professionals,” Singh said. “Its not to sell their service but to help build relationships.”

The group is intended to be a way for young men and women, ages 20 to 40, to meet other young professionals and make new friends who can help navigate their career paths. Though currently based in Bell Gardens, people living outside of the city are welcome to join.

YNGLA member Mike Salazar, 35, told EGP that age is not as important as the energy level of those who decide to join the group’s networking events.

“The purpose is to build that connection,” he said. “You never know who you are going to meet and how they’re going to help you in the future.”

About 40 people attended the group’s inaugural networking mixer held earlier this month in Bell Gardens.

Bell Gardens Chamber Executive Director Carlos Cruz told EGP that the group defines young professionals as anyone who is ambitious and wants to achieve more, whether they are still students, recent graduates or still not in their ideal job.

“We want young people to understand the value of networking,” he said. “It’s a skill set.”

Salazar said the event connected young people from throughout the business spectrum.

“Its important to meet people outside of your circle, especially when you’re young and just starting off,” he added.

The group used the blueprint of what other organizations and networking groups have done as a guide for forming their organization, Singh explained.

A committee of six YNGLA members is working with the Chamber to plan events and organize the group. They told EGP that all their events are open to young professionals, and there is no admission or membership fees. They are relying on their Facebook page and word of mouth to promote networking meetings.

“We want to make sure that everyone enjoys coming to our events so they’ll tell their friends, so each time more and more people participate,” Singh said.

Salazar told EGP the group also intends to teach effective networking strategies to young people who may not have the first clue about how to make the most of the opportunity.

“[Networking] is more than just collecting business cards,” Singh said. “It helps develop relationships with people that they otherwise never would have met.”

And while the events are social opportunities for participants, Singh told EGP networking is not the same thing as partying,

“We just want people that are serious about networking and serious about getting their business out there.”

 

 

YNGLA Heads to Commerce In October

A Matchmaking Event will be held Oct. 2 at Steven Steakhouse in Commerce. The event will give participants the opportunity to meet with professionals in various fields through a “speed dating” format. It will held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public. Admission is free. Steven Steakhouse is located at 5332 Stevens Pl., Commerce 90040. For more information, call Bhavan Singh, at (714) 458-3901.

 

L.A. Officials Celebrate Federal Court Groundbreaking

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(Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard)

(Office of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard)

From Left to Right:  Chief Judge George King of the US District Court; Judge Margaret Morrow of the US District Court; Ruth Cox, US General Services Administration;  Mr. Craig Hartman, Design Partner; Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40); Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Mr Richard Heim, President and CEO of Clark Construction. The group celebrated the groundbreaking of the new federal courthouse on Spring Street in Downtown L.A.

‘Occupy’ Group Organizes Victims of Alleged Loan Modification Scam

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Last year, buckling under the weight of a $3,000 monthly mortgage, East Los Angeles resident Catalina Gaitan needed help getting a loan modification. A commercial on a Spanish-language radio station lead her to the Siringoringo Law Firm, but nearly $6,000 later, Gaitan found herself in a much worse predicament.

East L.A. resident Catalina Gaitan, pictured, began paying the Siringoringo Law Firm in October 2012, the same month the attorney was charged. She met with other Siringoringo clients on Tuesday. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

East L.A. resident Catalina Gaitan, pictured, began paying the Siringoringo Law Firm in October 2012, the same month the attorney was charged. She met with other Siringoringo clients on Tuesday. (EGP photo by Gloria Angelina Castillo)

She is now one of several people allegedly harmed by the law firm who is getting help from Occupy Fights Foreclosures (OFF), an organization aligned with Occupy LA.

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Gaitan says she paid Siringoringo a $1,500 up front fee and that the firm also required that she pay a $495 monthly retainer fee — in the form of a monthly automatic withdrawal from her bank account — for the work she was told would take just three months to complete. She says she was also advised by a Siringoringo representative to stop making mortgage payments.

But the loan modification never came through and according to Gaitan, eight months of automatic withdrawals by the Siringoringo law firm left her with just $4 in her bank account.

Gaitan, who only speaks Spanish, says her efforts to cancel the firm’s services were met with resistance from the firm’s billing specialist. She claims that at one point a company representative showed up at her home and tried to intimidate her into continuing the service; going so far as to allege that her home was about to be sold. That was a lie, she said, but the stress caused her diabetic husband’s health to decline, she says.

But, unlike many other distressed homeowners in her situation, Gaitan was lucky. She did not lose the three-bedroom home she’d already spent 10 years paying for and where she raised her three children.

Gaitan’s case is just one of several cases that have prompted authorities to take legal action against thirty-one-year-old Stephen Lyster Siringoringo —of Siringoringo Law Firm, a.k.a. the Law Offices of Stephen L. Siringoringo.

In other cases, Siringoringo allegedly never filed clients’ paperwork, documents were lost and representatives never returned clients’ phone calls. One client paid the firm almost $5,000 but was forced to file for bankruptcy because the loan modification paperwork was not submitted in a timely manner. Another Spanish-speaking client was advised to stop making mortgage payments in order to be approved for a loan modification, which resulted in the initiation of foreclosure proceedings.

All the cases appear to have one thing in common: the clients never met or spoke with Siringoringo himself.

Last year, the State Bar of California, the authority that gives attorneys the right to practice law in the state, charged Siringoringo with 25 counts of misconduct for allegedly taking advanced fees, which is prohibited under SB 94, and for working in partnership with non-lawyers in a loan modification scheme.

Many of Siringoringo’s clients are Latinos who responded to advertisements and infomercials run on Spanish-language television and radio outlets. The firm has several locations in Southern California.

Siringoringo is now facing the possibility of disbarment.

His license to practice law was suspended last month because his conduct posed a “substantial threat of harm to the interests of the attorney’s clients or to the public,” according to court documents (July 26th Decision and Order of Inactive Enrollment).

On Aug. 16, the State Bar Court wrapped up its trial against Siringoringo and State Bar Court Judge Richard Honn is expected to issue a decision on possible disciplinary action by Nov. 22, according to Public Information Officer Amy Yarbrough.

In addition to allegedly illegally collecting up front fees, Siringoringo is accused of failing to give refunds for unearned fees and for allowing his supposed non-lawyer partners, Clausen & Cobb Management, Inc. (CCMI) — whose employees allegedly operated independently — to offer legal services under his name in exchange for a share of the legal fees it brought in.

Clients of Siringoringo met with CCMI employees without Siringoringo’s supervision and clients were led to believe that Siringoringo was their lawyer, according to State Bar documents.

Siringoringo, however, denies “each and every allegation” as well as charges that he violated any Rule of Professional Conduct.

In a statement emailed from Siringoringo’s firm to EGP Wednesday, Siringoringo expressed disappointment in the State Bar’s decision to transfer him into Involuntary Inactive status. The firm claims it’s an issue of managerial structure, rather than quality of work performed.

“We take great pride in the work we have been able to provide to our clients. We have successfully obtained loan modifications for over 4, 600 clients and we hope to continue with this success in the near future,” the email states. “… The decision of the California State Bar was based purely on the current business model of the firm and not on the quality of work performed by the firm or the adequacy of service provided to our clients.” It goes on to state that they “hope to reevaluate this model and petition the court for the re-enrollment of Mr. Siringoringo as an active member of the State Bar of California.”

According to Yarbrough, the State Bar has plans to file a second case against Siringoringo.

“I can’t give you a total number of complaints that have been filed but there are 34 clients named between the cases,” Yarbrough told EGP.

The California Supreme Court, which oversees the State Bar, will have to approve the bar’s disciplinary recommendations for them to take effect, Yarbrough said.

Occupy Fights for Foreclosures estimates that at least 70 complaints have been filed with the State Bar. The Occupy group has been helping former Siringoringo clients by connecting them to free legal help and assistance in seeking compensation from the State Bar through the Client Security Fund program.

Carlos Marroquin, of Occupy Fights for Foreclosures, says the group has held three highly attended, standing room only, meetings so far.

“People gave everything in order to save their homes—these were people who live paycheck to paycheck,” Marroquin said about the former Siringoringo clients who have been attending their meetings.

Occupy Fights for Foreclosures is calling on Attorney General Kamala Harris to conduct a criminal investigation and to prosecute the Siringoringo Law Firm. They also want the attorney general to declare an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures of families defrauded by Siringoringo, Marroquin told EGP on Monday.

The group and its supporters also plan to protest at the State Bar to demand that Siringoringo not get back his law license. He neglected his moral responsibilities as a lawyer when he aided the unauthorized practice of law in his name, Marroquin said.

For information on the Occupy Fights Foreclosures meetings, call (323) 696-0596.

The California State Bar Attorney Complaint Hotline is (800) 843-9053. Information from The State Bar of California client security fund can be obtained at www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/.

 

‘Indignados’ Organizan las Presuntas Víctimas de Fraude de Modificación de Hipoteca

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Abrumada por una hipoteca mensual de $3.000, el año pasado Catalina Gaitán, residente del Este de Los Ángeles, buscó ayuda para modificar el préstamo de su casa. Un comercial en una estación de radio en Español la llevó a contratar a la firma legal Siringoringo, pero después de pagar casi $6.000, Gaitán se encontró en una situación aún peor.

Ella es solo una de varias personas presuntamente perjudicadas por la firma legal. Gaitán está recibiendo ayuda de Occupy Fights Foreclosures (Los Indignados Luchan Contra Ejecuciones Hipotecarias), un grupo alineado con Occupy LA (Los Indignados de Los Ángeles).

Catalina Gaitan, residente del Este de L.A., le comenzó a pagar a la firma legal de Siringoringo en octubre de 2012, el mismo mes que el abogado fue acusado de 25 cargos. El martes pasado, ella se reunió con otros exclientes de Siringoringo. (Foto de EGP por Gloria Angelina Castillo)

Catalina Gaitan, residente del Este de L.A., le comenzó a pagar a la firma legal de Siringoringo en octubre de 2012, el mismo mes que el abogado fue acusado de 25 cargos. El martes pasado, ella se reunió con otros exclientes de Siringoringo. (Foto de EGP por Gloria Angelina Castillo)

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Gaitán dice que le pagó a Siringoringo por adelantado $1.500 y firmó un contrato que le cobraba una cuota mensual de retención de $495. La cuota mensual fue sacada por débito automático de su cuenta bancaria por el trabajo que solo se debía tardar tres meses para completar. Ella dice que un representante de Siringoringo le dijo que dejara de hacer los pagos hipotecarios.

Pero la modificación del préstamo nunca se realizó, de acuerdo con Gaitán. Y después de ocho meses de pagos automáticos por la firma legal de Siringoringo, un día ella se quedó con sólo cuatro dólares en su cuenta bancaria.

Gaitán, quien sólo habla español, dice que sus esfuerzos para cancelar los servicios de la empresa fueron resistidos por la especialista de facturación de la firma. Ella afirma que un representante de la compañía hasta se presentó a su casa y trató de intimidarla para que continué el servicio, alegando que la casa estaba a punto de ser vendida. Eso era una mentira, ella afirma, pero el estrés le causó una declinación en la salud a su marido diabético, Gaitán dice.

Pero, a diferencia de muchos otros propietarios en su situación, Gaitán tuvo suerte. Ella no perdió la casa de tres dormitorios que ya había pagado durante 10 años y en donde crió a sus tres hijos.

Otros casos como el de Gaitán han llevado a las autoridades a tomar medidas disciplinarias en contra el abogado Stephen Lyster Siringoringo de Siringoringo Law Firm, la firma también es conocida como la Oficina Legal de Stephen L. Siringoringo.

En otros casos, la firma de Siringoringo supuestamente nunca presentó el trabajo administrativo para las modificaciones de sus clientes, o perdieron los documentos y los representantes nunca regresaron las llamadas telefónicas de los clientes.

Un cliente que le pago casi $5.000 a la empresa, se vio obligado a declararse en la quiebra debido a que los trámites de modificación de préstamo no fueron presentados de manera oportuna. Otro cliente hispanohablante fue instruido a dejar de hacer los pagos hipotecarios con el fin de ser aprobado para una modificación de préstamo, lo que resultó en la iniciación de un procedimiento de ejecución hipotecaria.

Todos los casos parecen tener algo en común: los clientes nunca se reunieron ni platicaron directamente con Siringoringo.

El año pasado, la Barra de Abogados de California, la autoridad que otorga a los abogados el derecho a ejercer la abogacía en el Estado, presentó 25 cargos en contra de Siringoringo por mala conducta por los honorarios por adelantado—lo cual es prohibido bajo la ley SB 94—y por trabajar en colaboración con personas que no eran abogados para realizar un esquema de modificación de préstamos.

Muchos de los clientes de Siringoringo son latinos que respondieron a los anuncios y publirreportajes trasmitidos en canales de televisión y estaciones de radio en español. La firma contaba con varias oficinas en el Sur de California.

Siringoringo ahora enfrenta la posibilidad de permanentemente perder su licencia.

Su licencia para ejercer la abogacía fue suspendida el mes pasado debido a que su conducta constituía una “amenaza sustancial a dañar los intereses de los clientes del abogado o al público”, según los documentos de la corte.

El 16 de agosto, la Corte de la Barra de Abogados de California concluyó su proceso contra Siringoringo. Se espera que el Juez Richard Honn tomará una decisión sobre una posible acción disciplinaria antes del 22 de noviembre, de acuerdo con Amy Yarbrough, portavoz de la Barra de Abogados de California.

Además del presunto cobro ilegal de honorarios por adelantado, Siringoringo está acusado de no dar reembolsos por gastos inmerecidos y por permitir que sus supuestos socios que no son abogados, Clausen y Cobb Management, Inc. (CCMI) – cuyos empleados presuntamente operaban de forma independiente – ofrecieran servicios legales bajo su nombre a cambio de una parte de los honorarios recogidos.

Los empleados de Siringoringo se reunieron con sus clientes sin la supervisión de Siringoringo y se les hizo creer que Siringoringo era su abogado, de acuerdo con documentos de la Barra de Abogados.

Siringoringo, sin embargo, niega “todas y cada una de las acusación”, así como los cargos que lo acusan de violar las reglas de conducta profesional.

En un comunicado enviado por correo electrónico por la empresa de Siringoringo a EGP el miércoles, Siringoringo expresó su decepción por la decisión de la Barra de Abogados de suspender su licencia. La firma dice que las quejas se enfocan en la estructura de gestión de la firma, y no la calidad del trabajo realizado por el abogado.

“Nos sentimos muy orgullosos del trabajo que hemos sido capaces de proporcionar a nuestros clientes. Hemos logrado obtener modificaciones de préstamo para más de 4.600 clientes y esperamos continuar con este éxito en el futuro cercano”, dice el comunicado. “… La decisión de la Barra de Abogados de California se basó exclusivamente en el modelo de negocio actual de la empresa y no en la calidad del trabajo realizado por la empresa o lo adecuado de los servicios prestados a nuestros clientes.”

Además afirma que “esperamos volver a evaluar este modelo y solicitar al tribunal la reinscripción del Sr. Siringoringo como miembro activo de la Barra Estatal de Abogados de California.”

Según Yarbrough, la Barra de Abogados tiene planes de presentar una segunda queja en contra Siringoringo.

“No puedo dar un número total de las denuncias que se han presentado, pero hay 34 clientes nombrados entre los dos casos,” Yarbrough dijo a EGP.

La Corte Suprema de California, que supervisa de Barra de Abogados de California, tendrá que aprobar las recomendaciones disciplinarias recomendadas por el Juez Honn antes que se apliquen, dijo Yarbrough.

Occupy Fights Forclosures estima que por lo menos 70 quejas se han presentado ante la Barra de Abogados de California. El grupo Occupy ha estado ayudando a los antiguos clientes de Siringoringo, conectándolos con ayuda legal gratuita y asistencia en solicitar una indemnización del programa del Fondo de Seguridad de Clientes (Client Security Fund) de la Barra.

Carlos Marroquín, de Occupy Fights Foreclosures, dice que el grupo ha realizado varias reuniones muy asistidas acerca de Siringringo.

“La gente dio todo para salvar sus hogares—estas son personas que viven de cheque a cheque”, dijo Marroquín sobre los antiguos clientes de Siringoringo que estan asistiendo a sus reuniones.

Occupy Fights Foreclosures quiere presionar a la Fiscal General Kamala Harris a llevar a cabo una investigación criminal y enjuiciar a la firma legal de Siringoringo. También quieren que la fiscal general declare una moratoria inmediata sobre todas las ejecuciones hipotecarias de las familias defraudadas por Siringoringo, Marroquín dijo a EGP.

El grupo y sus partidarios también planean protestar frente la Barra de Abogados para exigir que Siringoringo no recupere su licencia de abogado. Siringoringo descuidó sus responsabilidades morales como abogado cuando participo en la práctica no autorizada del derecho bajo su nombre, dijo Marroquín.

 

Para obtener más información sobre las reuniones de Occupy Fights Foreclosures, llame al (323) 696-0596.

La Línea directa para someter quejas a la Barra de Abogados del Estado de California es el (800) 843-9053. 

Información acerca del Fondo de Seguridad de Clientes de California se puede obtener en www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/.

 

Montebello Residents Walk to Promote Shopping Local

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The Montebello Indian Cheerleaders marched with other community groups down Montebello Boulevard last Saturday to create awareness about the importance of spending dollars locally.  (EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

The Montebello Indian Cheerleaders marched with other community groups down Montebello Boulevard last Saturday to create awareness about the importance of spending dollars locally.
(EGP photo by Nancy Martinez)

Hundreds of Montebello residents, from cheerleaders to boy scouts and even business owners, marched down Montebello Boulevard last week carrying signs and flags as part of a campaign to promote shopping at local businesses to keep tax dollars within the city.

The Montebello City Council partnered with the Youth Advocates for Montebello Servicing Our Community (Y.A.M.S) on the two-mile march and rally in the city.

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