[Noisebridge-discuss] [drama] asked james to leave

zephyr q zv at offblast.org
Thu Jun 27 16:11:47 UTC 2013


dude whoa.

On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 8:51 AM, John Adams <jna at retina.net> wrote:
> Wow. Hypergraphia is painful to read.
>
> At some point this guy will realize he's not in a public place, but in a
> private space, and all of his allegations will be moot.
>
> -j
>
>
>
> On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 7:48 AM, Martin Bogomolni <martinbogo at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>>
>> http://www.avvo.com/attorneys/94117-ca-karla-gottschalk-279161.html
>>
>> "This lawyer has been Disciplined by a state licensing authority."
>>
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 5:38 AM, Leif Ryge <leif at synthesize.us> wrote:
>> > Note: out of respect to David Fine and other discerning readers of
>> > noisebridge-discuss, I've added the [drama] tag to this email thread so
>> > that their filters can separate it out from emails about events and
>> > such. Please continue to keep this tag in the subject when you reply in
>> > this thread.
>> >
>> > On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 02:38:47PM -0700, Leif Ryge wrote:
>> >> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 08:27:36PM -0700, Leif Ryge wrote:
>> >> > This afternoon I asked an older man named James to leave Noisebridge.
>> >> >
>> >> > This is loud obnoxious James who used to wear a cowboy hat and be
>> >> > around
>> >> > frequently. Today was the first time I've seen him in several months;
>> >> > I
>> >> > heard he has been in southen california.
>> >> >
>> >> > Based on conversations I've had with him and with people who know him
>> >> > better than I do, I believe he harasses women on the street and
>> >> > responds
>> >> > poorly to suggestions that he should stop doing that.
>> >> >
>> >> > I told him that I would prefer that he *not* return to the weekly
>> >> > meeting, but that if he wants to see if the rest of the community
>> >> > agrees
>> >> > with my assessment that he should not be at Noisebridge he could
>> >> > attend.
>> >> > He said he will stay away until the meeting and will come to "stand
>> >> > trial".
>> >> >
>> >> > I think James epitomizes the truism that by including some people we
>> >> > are
>> >> > actually exlcuding others. I hope we don't need to spend too much
>> >> > time
>> >> > discussing him at the meeting.
>> >> >
>> >> > ~leif
>> >> >
>> >> > ps: Thank you to the 3 people who agreed to join me in having this
>> >> > difficult conversation!
>> >>
>> >> Update on James: When I arrived at Noisebridge a little while ago, he
>> >> was outside. I asked if he was coming from or going to Noisebridge, or
>> >> just hanging out outside. He said he was just standing on the sidewalk,
>> >> and didn't want to talk to me, and said I should expect to be served
>> >> with a lawsuit for defamation of character. He also reiterated that he
>> >> will be at the Tuesday meeting.
>> >>
>> >> ~leif
>> >
>> > Another update on James: I received an email which I've forwarded below.
>> >
>> > ~leif
>> >
>> > ps: Karla Gottschalk is aka Belle Starr, according to google results.
>> >
>> > pps: Did you see the [drama] tag in the subject line of this message? It
>> > is serious business this time! This is an extraordinarily dramatic email
>> > you're possibly about to read, even by noisebridge-discuss standards.
>> >
>> >
>> > ----- Forwarded message from sfbaysurf <sfbaysurf at zoho.com> -----
>> >
>> > Return-Path: <sfbaysurf at zoho.com>
>> > X-Original-To: leif at synthesize.us
>> > Delivered-To: x10105657 at homiemail-mx19.g.dreamhost.com
>> > Received: from sender1.zohomail.com (sender1.zohomail.com [72.5.230.95])
>> >         by homiemail-mx19.g.dreamhost.com (Postfix) with ESMTP id
>> > 7330E2897D8
>> >         for <leif at synthesize.us>; Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:42:06 -0700 (PDT)
>> > DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; q=dns; c=nofws;
>> >         s=zapps768; d=zoho.com;
>> >
>> > h=date:from:to:cc:message-id:in-reply-to:references:subject:mime-version:content-type:user-agent;
>> >
>> > b=rPuy8vocF24CNOvgvejQMSZYUGwfhQrlv3FYw8n2QTfR0nTYpNW4MBJwgz1SC8dxqd3R6j5iXk9m
>> >         0hodhFAYCtxpCJPkBDOIZhGjzM8rbrjvI5MZ0ieli/NvPaYnG/6K
>> > Received: from mail.zoho.com by mx.zohomail.com
>> >         with SMTP id 1372318923058576.956000365233; Thu, 27 Jun 2013
>> > 00:42:03 -0700 (PDT)
>> > Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:35:02 -0700
>> > From: sfbaysurf <sfbaysurf at zoho.com>
>> > To: leif.ryge at noisebridge.net, leif at synthesize.us, leif at synthesize.us
>> > Cc: alex <alex at primerlabs.com>
>> > Message-Id:
>> > <13f8494f8f8.1936987938489866316.7135960295425228663 at zoho.com>
>> > In-Reply-To:
>> > <13f655fc016.-1730472224149792580.2699911756372174246 at zoho.com>
>> > References:
>> > <13f655fc016.-1730472224149792580.2699911756372174246 at zoho.com>
>> > Subject: LEIF RYGE: REQUEST FOR LEGAL NAME, ADDRESS FOR COURT PROCESS
>> >         SERVICE
>> > MIME-Version: 1.0
>> > Content-Type: multipart/alternative;
>> >         boundary="----=_Part_160044_290895452.1372318502781"
>> > X-Priority: Medium
>> > Disposition-Notification-To: sfbaysurf <sfbaysurf at zoho.com>
>> > User-Agent: Zoho Mail
>> > X-Mailer: Zoho Mail
>> >
>> > Mailer Daemon rejected all the variations of Leif @ Noisebridge.net
>> > combinations.
>> >
>> > Alex, in the interest of transparency, please pass on to any valid Email
>> > Address of
>> > Leif Ryge.   Thank you.
>> >
>> > James Leonard
>> >  SFBaySurf at zoho.com
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > ---- On Thu, 20 Jun 2013 23:15:25 -0700 <sfbaysurf at zoho.com> wrote
>> > ----
>> >
>> >
>> >  Dear Leif Ryge at Noisebridge:
>> > Thursday, June 20, 2013
>> >  RE: Defamation of Character; Slander; Conspiracy to Deny Due Process
>> > Against James Leonard, aka Advocate James of San Francisco (former SF
>> > Shelter Monitoring Committee Member- For ID Purposes Only)
>> >  TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN – BE ADVISED: TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE IN THIS
>> > MATTER.
>> > FAILURE OR DELAY TO REPSOND TO THIS MATTER - IN A TIMELY MANNER IS AT
>> > ONE'S OWN RISK, LOSS OR PERIL.
>> > PRELIMINARY ALLEGATIONS AGAINST YOU & JOHN DOES (1,4) OF WRONG DOING
>> > RESULTING IN HARM & LOSS WITHOUT GOOD CAUSE:
>> >
>> >
>> >             On or about June 19, 2013 (and any other unknown prior
>> > date), Noisebridge Member known to me only as “LEIF RYGE” & 4 unknown
>> > Members or Regular Guests or Visitors to Noisebridge, a community benefit
>> > space, located in the Mission District, did utter A Slander to Defame and
>> > Tarnish the Name of James Leonard. This was done while he was in the middle
>> > of a meeting, directly related to paid work, as Lead Investigator for
>> > Attorney Karla Gottschalk, Special Master, to do with a Federal Elder Abuse
>> > & Racketeering Case filed in US District Court, San Jose, California (
>> > CASE# CV-000595), that is in progress. Said Bad Acts were carried out, by
>> > surprise or ambush in front of a room full of strangers, friends,
>> > co-workers, peers and members of the general public and of the Noisebridge
>> > Membership for the intent and purpose of having myself, James Leonard,
>> > permanently banned from said community benefit space, without just cause.
>> > Further, I was denied the benefit of the organization and community's
>> > known procedures of Due Process for conflict resolution or to get Meeting
>> > Consensus (approval) to cause any person to be banned from said space.
>> > The fact that these five persons wanted me to leave immediately; could
>> > not give any valid example of bad conduct or bad behavior to warrant my
>> > removal from the space and uttered A Slander and quick opposition to
>> > bringing the matter before the community of the whole, leads me to believe
>> > these acts were premeditated and were done in bad faith with no intention of
>> > supporting my right to defend myself in an open meeting, but with the intent
>> > to cause harm to me out of a sense of malice towards me that I do not
>> > deserve.
>> >
>> >
>> > BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
>> >  Noisebridge is purported to be a “Community Benefit” 501(3)(c) Non
>> > Profit Corporation, Incorporated by the California Secretary of State,
>> > located in the Mission District of San Francisco, CA, at 2169 Mission
>> > Street.
>> >  According to their website and years of first person observation - This
>> > is an educational, computer, hardware, wood shop, sewing, cooking,
>> > experimenting, science, coding and electronic oriented 'space' that is open
>> > 24 hours a day, 7 days of week to the general public (for community benefit)
>> > and for cash paying Members.
>> >   Operating Expenses are paid for by tax free income derived from
>> > donations, paid memberships, fundraisers & benefits – operating as an
>> > educational, community benefit organization.
>> >
>> >
>> > OFFENDER/RESPONDENT – Leif is believed to be a Paying Member who also
>> > acts as lead or facilitator at their recent, Regular Weekly Tuesday Night
>> > Meetings. His 4 accomplices ( John Does, Number 1 – 4) who accompanied him
>> > -- in support and furtherance of his bad acts are believed to also be paying
>> > members OR regular guests or visitors to Noisebridge.
>> >  Official Tuesday Night – Weekly General Membership * Community Meeting
>> > – The Regular Tuesday Night Meetings are open to members, guests, visitors
>> > and the general public and minutes or notes of each meeting are maintained
>> > on Noisebridge's servers, forum or wiki. The public has access to same.
>> >  WEB SERVERS-FORUMS USED TO DISCUSS ISSUES, STORE WEEKLY MEETING NOTES-
>> >  Their hosted/sponsored forums; wiki are filled with topics like “Who we
>> > don't want to have at Noisebridge”, et cetera. Leif has an active email
>> > account he uses to make postings on Noisebridge's forums and wiki pages
>> > located on site, at Noisebridge.net and other related forums, groups and
>> > sites.
>> >              OFFENDED PARTY/PLAINTIFF - My names is James Leonard. I've
>> > lived, attended school and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30
>> > years. I've been most recently known and recognized as a low income &
>> > disadvantaged community and victim support volunteer (by the SF County Board
>> > of Supervisors; Project Homeless Connect; The State of California and local
>> > non-profit service agencies, outreach workers and the community at large) as
>> > an advocate, inspector, reporter, investigator and outreach specialist.
>> >       For the past six years I've interviewed, consoled, supported and
>> > defended victims of crimes and abuse, in several communities, including the
>> > Mission District.
>> >        The majority of my time is spent supporting and doing outreach to
>> > residents who are most at risk which include our homeless, disabled, low
>> > income, mentally ill, veteran, LGBT, queer and youth residents from all
>> > walks of life. I've been coming to Noisebridge to work on projects, meet
>> > with at risk members of the community and collaborate with peers, attorneys
>> > and others actively engaged in crucial legal, community oriented, social
>> > justice work.
>> >        For the past few years, I've been going there, on an infrequent
>> > basis. Many of the people who use that space are also members of other
>> > projects, groups and actions that myself and others have been participating
>> > in for months and years. Designing web sites, learning computer processes
>> > and donating & preparing free meals and washing dishes, meeting new
>> > people and mentoring to others are among the usual activities I do there.
>> >      The safety, security and well being & success of myself, my
>> > peers and the residents we serve is only possible where there is trust,
>> > understanding and confidence between victims of abuse, crimes & trauma
>> > and our peer support groups and agencies we partner or interact with.
>> >       Much of this work is only possible because we and our 'partners'
>> > (which include both 'grass root' non-funded community groups, non-profit
>> > outreach teams, city health, building, medical and police departments,
>> > courts, journalists, investigators, lawyers and others) operate with a high
>> > degree of trust, confidence, security and good will. We take in highly
>> > sensitive information and evidence from some of the most victimized,
>> > traumatized residents in the city. Its taken years to get to the levels of
>> > trust and cooperation we've maintained with peers, residents, community
>> > groups, agencies, legislators and others.
>> >       Every time we've encountered attacks upon our integrity,
>> > trustworthiness, safety or good reputation in the community, we stand up for
>> > ourselves and the residents we serve. We have and do vigorously defend
>> > ourselves from malicious rumors, mass media or localized 'demonization'
>> > crusades, mistakes or out right lies about our work, conduct, behavior or
>> > reputation in the communities we serve.
>> >        Any resident, especially the most vulnerable ones can be swayed
>> > by false rumor, scare tactics or 'bad mouthing' of myself or our peers or
>> > agencies we work with – which causes them to 'shut down' and decline to
>> > report crimes and abuse or accept food, clothing or shelter referrals, based
>> > on fear and lack of trust towards us.
>> >
>> >         When reputation damaging or slanderous false accusations or
>> > 'labels' are placed upon our names or upon our activities it not only harms
>> > our ability to serve our residents most in need, it also causes more harm
>> > and loss to victims and witnesses because 'lack of reporting crimes' by
>> > fraud or a falsehood or malicious intent is an Obstruction of Justice, which
>> > lets violent abusers run free without complaint, investigation, prosecution
>> > or arrest.
>> >        Further, I am currently engaged as a legal investigator for an
>> > attorney who is acting as an Officer of the Court in a recently filed
>> > Federal Elder Abuse; Racketeering; Torture & Mortgage Fraud Case against
>> > the County of Santa Cruz; their Board of Supervisors; local business
>> > associations; County Planning Department Staff & numerous Sheriffs'
>> > Deputies. Folks known by locals to use color of authority, weapons and
>> > brutal assaults against residents, teenagers, single parent mothers and
>> > other vulnerable renters and homeowners for decades.
>> >       Smears upon my reputation & decent character ( especially to
>> > do with gender, abuse & safety issues) not only impairs social justice
>> > for residents in dire need, but also has a direct impact upon my abilities
>> > to serve as lead investigator for the attorney prosecuting a very dangerous,
>> > federal case that has many lives, homes, careers and fortunes, hanging in
>> > the balance.
>> >       So, to serve the interests of justice and to maintain the trust
>> > and confidence of former, current and future victims & witnesses of
>> > abuse & crimes, I must defend my reputation every time it is being
>> > clouded by false claims, mistakes, inaccuracies or outright malicious or
>> > personally motived attacks.
>> >
>> >   Therefore, because you did utter Slander to Defame My Character,
>> > yesterday, by surprise - in a public place filled with strangers, friends,
>> > peers, business associates and the victims and witnesses related to me or
>> > the support groups I work with, I must take swift action to prevent likely
>> > harm or loss to me or the residents, clients or attorney and courts, that I
>> > serve.
>> >       I have no choice but to vigorously defend same by any means
>> > lawful, including filing a court action to force you to Cease & Desist
>> > said Slander & Defamation and seek a Gag Order and any needed Order of
>> > Restraint to stop you from causing any further harm, without solid proof of
>> > your outrageous bad claims against me.
>> >       In addition to your banning of my person from Noisebridge, you
>> > further wronged me by trying to deny me Due Process according to community;
>> > legal; or Noisebridge's common practices, policies, procedures, laws or
>> > by-laws, as the case may be.
>> >       When I stated my due right to challenge your false, damaging claim
>> > against me, by bringing the matter before the next Regular Tuesday Night
>> > Evening – you told me clearly to NOT come to the Tuesday Night Meeting,
>> > contrary to well established local customs, practices, policies or by-laws
>> > as put forth and commonly used by all to settle this exact kind of 'banning'
>> > from Noisebridge.
>> >       You and the other 4 “John Does” who surrounded me to support your
>> > bad acts, made it clear and specifically told me to NOT bring this matter
>> > before the community meeting next Tuesday, which truly puzzles me and many
>> > others at Noisebridge and in the community at large.
>> >       Why you chose to mistreat me apart from all others who have been
>> > asked to leave Noisebridge, for any reason, is beyond any sense of fair
>> > play, justice or fairness to all, which is what social justice is all about.
>> >       Frankly, due to your mean spirited speech and bad acts, I'm
>> > concerned with the harm and losses I've already suffered by your bad acts
>> > (loss of income due to your surprise bad acts -- I was in the middle of
>> > using the space, as usual, to safely meet with and work online with others
>> > working on the federal case and attorney who pays my bills) and even more
>> > concerned about the victims, witnesses and community groups who will not
>> > work with anyone or any group they do not completely trust.
>> >       People who know me well are sure about being safe with me, but
>> > anyone who is already afraid, in a state of trauma or easily influenced is
>> > likely to believe your falsehoods and will refuse to trust me or my
>> > associates – only because or your falsehoods and misguided bad acts. To ban
>> > me from Noisebridge without cause and to try to prevent or intimidate me
>> > into NOT seeking due process as is the usual practice for conflict
>> > resolution will surely cause me and the community more harm or losses - for
>> > no good reason or valid or just cause.
>> >       Being banned from a non-profit, community benefit space is
>> > perceived by many as would being kicked out of a shelter, church group or
>> > other community space, putting quite the black mark upon my name and
>> > reputation. This would surely result in my being denied, rebuked or shun by
>> > others – not due to my own conduct and behavior – but due to your outrageous
>> > and malicious speech and bad acts which cannot withstand an objective
>> > challenge, in any forum or court.
>> >       Almost all of the members of the community, victims' groups,
>> > witnesses, victims and peers I work with all work, live and congregate
>> > around each other, in a dense and highly mobile environment in which all of
>> > our paths cross every day, week or month, as a matter of habit and routine.
>> > Word, especially “Bad Word” travels extremely fast in the Bay Area and the
>> > West Coast specifically and in the online world of our common group pages
>> > and web sites, that are read by folks from coast to coast.
>> >     DEMAND FOR NON-DISCLOSURE & YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION &
>> > IDENTITIES OF JOHN DOES, 1 through 4:
>> >
>> >  LEIF RYGE & JOHN DOES 1,4 & OTHER UNKOWN PARTIES:
>> >        For all of the above stated reasons, I have no choice but to file
>> > suit to prevent you or more specifically your defamatory words and bad acts
>> > against me, from causing any more harm or loss, without undue delay, as Time
>> > Is Of The Essence in this matter.
>> >
>> >
>> >         In anticipation of taking legal action against you and other
>> > un-named persons – to defend myself and to right this wrong; protect the
>> > interests of others in the community and in the interests of justice – I'm
>> > hereby putting you on Legal Notice and Demanding that you do the following,
>> > in the interest of justice & equity, To Wit:
>> >
>> >
>> >  1. Cease & Desist – from engaging in any more defamation, slander
>> > or libel against me, my known peers or groups I work with – or with anyone
>> > at noisebridge or via any online or public place, forum, web site, related
>> > to this matter, until this matter appears before the court for proper
>> > adjudication.
>> >
>> >
>> >  YOU ARE ALSO STRONGLY ADVISED & I DO DEMAND THAT YOU AND ANYONE
>> > ELSE INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER – DO NOT DISCUSS THIS MATTER WITH ANYONE EXCEPT
>> > LEGAL COUNSEL, AS I INTEND TO SEEK A “GAG ORDER” FROM THE COURT (Federal or
>> > local San Francisco Municipal or Superior Court) TO PREVENT YOU FROM CAUSING
>> > MORE HARM OR LOSSES RELATATIVE TO THIS MATTER OR ANY OTHER COURT MATTER THAT
>> > I OR MY CO-WORKERS, PEERS & ATTORNEY(S) ARE ALREADY ENGAGED WITH.
>> >
>> >
>> >   BE ADVISED - MY ATTORNEY IS AN OFFICER OF THE COURT IN AN ONGOING
>> > FEDERAL COURT ACTION & LEGAL INVESTIGATIONS ARISING THEREOF.
>> >
>> >
>> >  2. Preserve and Keep Safe -  Any and all notes, agendas, emails,
>> > messages, postings, files, documents or records of any kind related to
>> > myself or this matter to prevent the destruction or loss of any evidence
>> > that the courts need to further the interest of justice.
>> >
>> >
>> >  3. Provide Your Full Legal Name & Address for Receipt of Legal
>> > Process Service -  For the purposes of serving you with a Court Summons or
>> > other Legal Process Service, related to this matter.
>> >
>> >
>> >  4. Provide The Names of the 4 John Does, who accompanied you and
>> > supported said bad acts with you.
>> >
>> >
>> >  5. No Ex-Parte or Personal Contact - Do not attempt to call, speak to,
>> > email or otherwise contact me, at all. Attempts by you to contact or
>> > approach me directly (or indirectly by 3rd party communications) will be
>> > construed as a harassment - which will trigger the filing of
>> > Protective/Restraining Order against you and anyone who is acting upon your
>> > behalf or upon your direction.
>> >
>> >
>> >  6. Legal Contact Information - If you have anything to discuss related
>> > to this matter, you may contact my Attorney, Ms. Karla Gottschalk, Special
>> > Master by email at dr.karlagottschalk at gmail.com,
>> >
>> >
>> >  Signed,
>> >  s/James Leonard - SFBaySurf at Zoho.com
>> >
>> >  Community Advocate
>> >
>> >   cc:  FYI - Karla Gottschalk, Attorney - Special Master
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > ----- End forwarded message -----
>> >
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