Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Ombudsman General Is Asking For An Investigation On Donations Received by The Red Cross

OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN GENERAL "Don't Donate to The Red Cross?"
"I Want a complete Investigation on All Donations Recieved By The Red Cross for the Houston-Hurricane Harvey! "I have witnessed first hand their dirty money operations at the time of Hurricane Katrina!" Said, Bishop L. J. Guillory, Ombudsman General to National Ombudsman and Ombudsman International`
I was there and I Stood Up to the Red Cross and ask how they spent the money Donated for the people who suffered in Hurricane Katrina?
Red Cross Scams Victims of Hurricane Katrina!
The Red Cross seem to have not learned from Katrina and the heat over its handling and channeling of funds. A highly critical Los Angeles Times article (“The Red Cross Money Pit,” Richard M. Walden) makes several damning points: that the Red Cross received 70 percent of Katrina funds; it is reimbursed for shelters, food, etc. by the federal government; it relies overwhelmingly on unpaid volunteers; and it spends over $111 million a year in fund raising. Quoting Walden, “The Red Cross expects to raise more than $2 billion before Hurricane Katrina-related giving subsides. If it takes care of 300,000 people, that’s $7,000 per victim. I doubt each victim under Red Cross care will see more than a doughnut, an interview with a social worker and a short-term voucher for a cheap motel, with a few miscellaneous items such as clothes and cooking pots thrown in.” In addition, it sells donated blood for around $1.5 billion annually. His obvious question is, “Where does the money go?”
The Ombudsman Press News once reported that the Red Cross was undergoing an internal investigation to examine reports of improper use of funds and goods that could total in the millions of dollars. At the time Louisiana Attorney General Charles C. Foti Jr. also launched his own investigation after learning of the Red Cross inquiry. Two supervisors were fired in late March 2006 as part of an internal Red Cross inquiry into the improper handling of relief supplies.
The American Red Cross spent a quarter of the money people donated after the 2010 Haiti earthquake — or almost $125 million — on its own internal expenses, far more than the charity previously had disclosed, according to a report released Thursday by Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley. The report also says the charity's top officials stonewalled congressional investigators and released incomplete information about its Haiti program to the public. It concludes "there are substantial and fundamental concerns about [the Red Cross] as an organization."
The Red Cross Didn't Explain How Money Was Spent
In general, the Red Cross itself doesn't know how much money it spent on each project in Haiti because of a "complex, yet inaccurate" accounting system, the report found.
The report echoes the confidential findings of consultants hired by the Red Cross, which previously were reported by NPR and ProPublica. One internal evaluation of one of the group's water and sanitation projects found there was "no correct process for monitoring project spending." Another assessment found that the group's figures on how many people were helped by a hygiene project were "fairly meaningless."
Documents provided by the Red Cross suggest that the charity sometimes spent large sums of money on management costs even when it enlisted other organizations to run relief operations.In 2010, the American Red Cross wrote a check for $4.3 million to its sister organization the International Federation of the Red Cross for disaster preparedness work. On top of the $4.3 million, according to budget figures the charity provided to Grassley, the American Red Cross spent another $2 million on its own to manage the grant. That's after it already took out hundreds of thousands of dollars in administrative fees.
Partners like the IFRC typically take out their own overhead and administrative costs before using the money to help Haitians.
When asked what the $2 million was used for, the Red Cross said it covered the costs "incurred to ensure accountability, monitoring and evaluation of work performed and ensure our partners meet their contractual requirements."
"It's sort of a shocking amount of money," said Jake Johnston, a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, who has spent years digging into the Red Cross' finances. "Maybe a little bit more than half that ends up going to a project."
NPR IS ASKING MY SAME QUESTIONS
Some NPR listeners and readers have asked why NPR pressed Red Cross operations and logistics executive Brad Kieserman about how much of the money his organization receives will actually be spent on helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey. NPR's questions were follow-ups to several years of reporting by NPR and ProPublica about shortcomings in the organization's disaster relief operations and misleading claims about its finances. NPR has asked several times in recent years to speak with Red Cross President and CEO Gail J. McGovern. Those requests have been turned down. Prior to this latest interview, NPR asked again. The organization said McGovern was unavailable, but did make Kieserman available.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Who Is Bishop L. J. Guillory, Ombudsman General

About Bishop L. J. Guillory, the Ombudsman General
Ombudsman International's Chief Executive Officer is Bishop L. J. Guillory , the Ombudsman General. As a Unitarian Minister, his lifetime experience crosses national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Born and raised in Compton, California, his years in the entertainment business elevated him to the heights of the Hollywood Hills. Never forgetting or forsaking his roots, he is working harder than ever to serve those who are most in need and least able to help themselves.
Steeped in the fundamental teachings of the Baptist Church, his journey of faith led him to a more encompassing understanding of the hopes and aspirations of others and a recognition of the value that is held by all people of compassionate faith. This faith has guided him in his work with the young, such as his African-American Outreach Program for the Boy Scouts, his work with Adult Protective Services to protect the elderly from abuse in hospitals and nursing homes, and also in his prison ministry.
This later ministry is dedicated to providing a progressive multi-cultural voice in the struggle to save our nation's youth from the dead-end prison system. He is at the forefront in the fight to save wasted lives by working to open a unique college in Texas for first time offenders and other young people by giving them a chance to go to college instead of jail.
In his own youth, Bishop Guillory was befriended and mentored by community leaders who encouraged his natural interests in public service. His abilities were first recognized as the Youth Representative for the March of Dimes in Compton because of the amount of money that he was able to raise for that cause. He later became the Founder and President of the Junior American Youth for Community Excellence and Education (Jay-Cees), which sponsored community awareness events in Los Angeles County.
The story of those early years is told in his book, "I Know Why the Caged Lion Roars". In more recent years, he has been a frequent guest on a number of network shows, including CNN and Fox. He has his own talk show called the "Ombudsman Press" and publishes his own newspaper by the same name.
Bishop Guillory is currently serving as Ombudsman General for Ombudsman International, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that acts as a government oversight agency to investigate complaints of corruption by public employees as well as government agents and contractors.
Guillory has always been the first to say, "I am not a saint but I love God and will always stand up for what is right at any cost". The evidence of that stand can be seen in the fights that he has had with corrupt politicians, abusive law enforcement agencies, and illegal influence peddling by special interests. www.NationalOmbudsman.Org www.Ombudsmaninc.Org (202) 241-1506

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Ombudsman General was invited to Give Input on the Long Beach Police Services

LONG BEACH, CA BISHOP L.J. GUILLORY, OMBUDSMAN GENERAL to National Ombudsman and Ombudsman International Inc. Today July 31, 2017 the Ombudsman General met with Long Beach residents, business owners and community stakeholders who gave input on how the Police Department can better serve the community. Residents were asked to provide comments on police performance, perceptions of and satisfaction with service delivery levels, and service methods used by the police. The Long Beach Police Department has contracted with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to conduct an optimization assessment. IACP analyze police operations, including investigations, support services, staffing, organizational structure, fleet, policies and procedures, recruitment and retention, and other areas. In the input session there was testimony regarding the use of race or ethnicity as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed an offense. There was also information given regarding abuse of power by Police Officers in the North Long Beach Area ### 1101 14th Street N.W. Suite 191, Washington, D.C. 20005 (202) 241-1506

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Compton Unified School District Under-Fire; This Time from Former NFL, CIF, and Alumni’s who Demand Answers as to Why the 2015 CIF Basketball Championship Winners Are Being Locked Out of Their Gym -

October 13, 2015 For Immediate Release Compton Unified School District Under-Fire; This Time from Former NFL, CIF, and Alumni’s who Demand Answers as to Why the 2015 CIF Basketball Championship Winners Are Being Locked Out of Their Gym - COMPTON, CA- Former Compton Alumni, Athletes, and CIF Championship players descend on the Compton Unified School District; after the district once again put Politics first and pushing the 2014 CIF Championship Basketball Players out of their Gym to redo the Gym floor to rename it in honor of a former coach.
After years of hard work and determination the Compton High School Tarbabes Boys Basketball Program brought home its first CIF championship since 1969.
On March 2, 2015, Compton put on a relentless display of athletic domination against Redlands East Valley in the CIF-SS Division 2A championship game which was played at the Honda Center, defeating the Wildcats 63-48. The win is the eighth CIF title for boys basketball program. This was a prized accomplishment for Coach Tony Thomas. His father Eddie Thomas was an assistant coach on the Compton championship teams in the 60s and the Compton High school gym bears his name in honorarium. Eddie was head coach of the Tarbabes from 1972 until his passing in 1987, and helped lead the school through the riots in the early 70s. Although Eddie Thomas never won a championship as a head coach, his son can now celebrate this accomplishment and the foundation laid by his father.
We Will Be in Attendance at the Compton Unified Board of Trustees Meeting to night, October 13, 2015 501 S. Santa Fe Ave, Compton CA 90221 5:00PM
The Office of The Ombudsman General has stepped in to Fact Find in this most odious matter after “Former Compton High School Alumni contacted our Agency to investigate the facts of why the School Board would “Lock Out” this Championship Winning Team denying them their most paramount practice time which cannot be recovered.” Said Bishop L J Guillory, Ombudsman General to National Ombudsman / Ombudsman International. Office of the Ombudsman General (202) 241-1506

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Mayor AJA BROWN of The City of Compton Speaks Out about the The Shade Thrown Her Way!

From the Desk of Mayor Aja Brown August 21, 2015 _____________________________________________________________________________________ I was sworn-in to serve the residents of Compton July 1, 2013. That following Monday, the very first meeting that I had with the City Attorney, I discussed my policy agenda, which included several policy reforms, one being council compensation reform. He informed me that council compensation was set by city charter, which required a vote of the people. I informed him that I planned to address council salaries at the very next opportunity to do so, which was the upcoming 2015 election.
Council compensation is comprised of a combination of a monthly salary set by city charter and council commissions (weekly meetings), in addition to an auto and cell phone allowance. I subsequently approached my senior council colleague, Councilwoman Arceneaux on the issue, because removing commission salaries required a vote of the council body, in which as mayor, I only have one vote. Councilwoman Arceneaux stood with me on this issue. I brought this item to the council floor as a discussion item for further action. The item did not have council support. I was later approached by other council members on the matter that requested that I drop the issue for various reasons. I responded that this is something that I promised to address and had full intentions on doing so, in a fair and transparent way, along with additional policy revisions that I believed would help improve the city. The very first meeting that I had with my new colleague on the city council, just two days after she was elected in June 2015 (she hadn't even been sworn in yet), I asked her for her support to address council compensation. Again, all council action requires three votes. She stated that she would support doing what is right for the community. I also discussed in great detail a reform package that I had planned to introduce the following month.
As part of the July 2015 State of the City Address, I presented a reform package to the community that focused on improving city infrastructure, administrative stability and city council salary reform, which proposed that council salaries would be directly tied to Compton's median household income. Council members compensation would be on par with the people that we serve. July 21, 2015 the reform package was introduced to the city council. I requested that the council vote to allow the residents of Compton to vote in the November 2015 election as they deemed appropriate. The council item did not ask the council to support or endorse the ballot measures, but simply let the people decide what they want for their city. The reform package failed for a lack of council support, with the exception of one council member, Isaac Galvan. In the July 28th Council meeting, prior to any knowledge of any legal order, I requested the City Attorney bring resolutions to close commissions and dissolve compensation for the next Council meeting to be held on September 1, 2015. Some may ask, why hadn't I made this request prior to now. The
answer is that I had, multiple times, but I did not have council support. Instead of alienating myself from my colleagues, I chose to work cooperatively to move the city forward as much as possible, prevent council gridlock and present my colleagues with a reasonable and fair alternative at the appropriate time, which is exactly the course of action that I had taken. Now, in regard to legality, these commissions have been in operation for 20 plus years in Compton. Compton is a charter city, which means our city charter is the key governing document, comparable to the U.S. Constitution. There are two types of cities in the state of CA- General Law and Charter City. General Law cities are governed directly by the state's constitution. Charter cities are governed by their city charter. The District Attorney's office has reviewed the legality of council salaries in the past with no recourse. The current correspondence referenced by tbe Los Angeles Times requests that council take action. It is not a mandate. The City Attorney has issued a rebuttal regarding the application of the referenced case law. More importantly, as I stated on public record in the July 28, 2015 commission meeting, what may be legal is not always ethical.
In order to make a determination, I think it's critical to consider the intent and context of the original charter provision as enacted. The city's charter states that city council members should be compensated $600 per month, enacted in approximately 1950. In 1950, a mortgage in Compton was on average $100. $600 adjusted in today's dollars is $5,969.79 per month. Had the authors of the charter included a clause to adjust the desired compensation of $600 per month for inflation, the council would earn over $70,000 a year in today's dollars. The city charter does not state that council members should serve "part-time" which is oftentimes stated in error.
Now, in the current city structure, I can only recommend policy changes to the council body. If the city council as a body, does not decide to take action on policy changes that require a charter change, the next option is to bypass the council through a signature gathering effort (voter petition) to force a special election. Unfortunately, the city council did not support giving voters their opportunity to vote on the reform package in November 2015, which not only addressed reducing council salaries, but included a 1 cents sales tax measure to repave every city street, hire additional fire fighters, purchase critical safety equipment, improve street lighting, refurbish city parks, provide dedicated funding for youth programs, gang intervention, and more. I am currently working with a group of stakeholders and residents to gather signatures to address our city's service needs.
The reality is this - there are some people heavily invested in maintaining the status quo for a variety of reasons. Some people don't want change because they just can't see it, while others are too afraid to do something different and move beyond the status quo. Some people want failure to prove a moot point, while others want to cover their inadequacies or lack of effectiveness to solidly their significance. At any rate, my sole question is: What about the people? I believe the people deserve progress at the expense of any and all egos and personal agendas. A wise person told me that the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Change is a process that definitely does not come easy, but I'm up for the challenge. Sincerely, AJA BROWN Mayor City of Compton CITY OF COMPTON | OFFICE OF MAYOR AJA BROWN