Our friend Art Pedroza had a post on Orange Joke late last night and early this morning, which he yanked before I could actually see it.Â From the snipets we were able to find, Art had a phone call with his friend Richard Zavala and claimed Zavala was planning to sue me for libel.Â We’re grateful to Art for getting Zavala to confirmÂ that Zavala in factÂ made calls to 4th district supervisor candidate and Anaheim city council member Lorri Galloway.
In a comment to our post, Art writes:
“I spoke to Richard. He called her campaign number, once. He never called her home number, that is a straight up lie.
He left a message questioning why she had no platform, no experience in the major issues facing the Board of Supervisors, and he questioned why she took money from the Taorminas.
He wasnâ€™t threatening her. He was voicing his opinion, which is shared by many.
Since when is it illegal to call campaign numbers and question the competence of carpetbagger candidates?
Zavala is not the bad guy. Galloway however is a horrible candidate.
By the way, you guys posted the home address of Cecilia Iglesias and never apologized for that. Nice.”
(BTW Art, I’d argue all those things were true of Janet Nguyen when you shilled for her during her first run for BoS, but I regress)
We paid a visit to Lorri Galloway’s office this morning and listened to the messages sent to her home answering machine, which she was able to access from her Eli Home office.Â And we listened to the messages on speaker phone.Â And the messages themselvesÂ can be heard on this YouTube video we produced this afternoon.Â
The second message in particular spells out a phone number that is the work phone for a Richard Zavala, who is a policy analyst with the California Project on Access to Care (CPAC) through the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health which is affilitated with the UC Office of the President.Â That second call was made on March 2 at 3:29 PM, right in the middle of the work day.Â
CPAC is: “…brings the resources of the University of California to address significant healthcare policy issues affecting California’s low-income populations.
Through independent research and policy analysis conducted by the academic community both inside and outside of the University of California, CPAC expands and enhances dialogue among government officials, healthcare advocates, and academic researchers.
CPAC conferences, publications, and technical assistance activities work to improve both the access to healthcare and the quality of healthcare for immigrant workers and their families, low-income households in agricultural and rural areas, the working poor, and other vulnerable populations.”
Our friend Sean Mill made a big deal of of an LAUSD access to the Orange Joke blog once (and LAUSD policy says it’s OK for employees to access sites like the Orange Joke during the day); I wonder how he feels about a harassing phone call made from a UC-Berkeley phone on the taxpayers dime?
The Anaheim Police are investigating this incident.Â At what point does the caller move from verbal harassment to something more daring?Â Is Zavala a threat to Galloway’s safety?Â And what is unclear is where exactly does Mr. Zavala reside?Â Is it the Bay area where the job seems to be or is it Orange County where the caller says he’s from?Â How will UC Berkeley react to someone making harassing phone calls to an elected official on the taxpayers time and dime?
The messages are creepy and threatening.Â Would you want your wife, mother, sister, or daughter to get a call like this on their home phone?Â While the caller has the “courage” to make such a call, he certainly lacks the testicular fortutude to leave his name behind.Â Unfortunately, not the smarts to know technology left some fingerprints behind.Â Lorri seems unmoved by the calls but has taken steps to make sure they were reported to authorities as anyone should.
And back to Art and his (retracted) claim I’ll be sued for libel.Â
All the information in my original post is attributed to Galloway. I used quotes around “Richard Zavala’s” name to which placed speculation as to the identity of the caller (until Art cleared that up for all of us).Â But the calls are clearly harassment calls and note I only recorded two, which is one more than what Art reported Richard told him he made.Â The voice on both the voice mails is clearly the same person.
And a last note to Art.Â I spoke with Ceci Iglesias at an event at Senator Lou Correa’s office on Feb 2.Â I asked her if anyone had harassed her at home her home sinceÂ this blogÂ published her address in the post Claudio Gallegos wrote about her candidacy for Congress.Â No one has.Â AndÂ I asked her why she thought anyone might go after her or her son at her home, since the filing deadline of March 12 means her home address will be a public record.Â She had no response to that, butÂ I did suggest if she was uncomfortable having her home address be a public record she had no business running for Congress in the first place.Â
But you know Art, she also had no idea what NAMBLA was.Â SoÂ I told her.Â AndÂ I told her what you did in routing URLs you once owned to those sites.Â I also told her we were suing you for it.Â Did you know herÂ son is 7 years old?Â Imagine that.