[Noisebridge-discuss] [drama] asked james to leave
jna at retina.net
Thu Jun 27 15:51:15 UTC 2013
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.
On Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 7:48 AM, Martin Bogomolni <martinbogo at gmail.com>wrote:
> "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
> >> > frequently. Today was the first time I've seen him in several months;
> >> > 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
> >> > 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
> >> > with my assessment that he should not be at Noisebridge he could
> >> > 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
> >> > 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.
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> > 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>
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> > References: <
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> > Subject: LEIF RYGE: REQUEST FOR LEGAL NAME, ADDRESS FOR COURT PROCESS
> > SERVICE
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> > Mailer Daemon rejected all the variations of Leif @ Noisebridge.net
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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
> > 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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