I hope you are well.Â I am writing you to ask for your help.Â As you may know, I am struggling right now with a lawsuit filed by the Liberal OC bloggers.Â I have tried and tried to settle with them, but they have not shown an interest in doing so.
I have decided to take a step in the right direction to end hostilities by establishing a new rule at my blog that no one can personally attack of the Liberal OC bloggers.Â I have also decided not to fight their lawsuit but instead hope that they will drop it altogether.
This all comes at a dark time for me as my family is trying to save our home from foreclosure.Â I walked away from a six figure job in 2008 when my employer asked me to lie about workerâ€™s comp cases.Â We got in a real hole afterwards and are only now starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
You can read more about my efforts to make peace in the blogosphere at this link: http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2010/06/it-is-time-to-end-the-orange-county-blog-war-even-if-i-pay-the-price-for-it/
Alex, it would really help me if you were to contact the Liberal OC bloggers and ask them to drop their lawsuit.Â You can contact the Liberal OCâ€™s editor, Dan Chmielewski, at email@example.com.Â You can contact their lawyer, Todd Gallinger, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also encourage your friends to do the same.
Thanks in advance for your assistance!
If you got this message, it wasn’t even a personal appeal.Â It was an Outlook/personalized direct mail pitch.Â Don’t you feel special?
In his post, which he references in the e-mail and the pity e-mail Art leaves out a lot of details regarding the lawsuit and does not inform the people about his actions that led up to the lawsuit. Attached here is excerpts from the lawsuit against that pertain to my section of the suit. Since his loss in 2008 to Carlos Bustamante, Art Pedroza has chosen to engageÂ in behavior the could eventually get him sued. It was not like he wasn’t warned. There were comments on blogs, there were even warnings from some of his fellow bloggers who are now former friends. He was warned by former friends not to purchase the domain names, he was warned of the potential consequences.
There is a comment in his post that is striking, he states, “If you are not with me, you are against me.” This seems to have been the standard he has taken, as he has chosen to drag as many people as possible into his sick delusion that they are all in league with Janet Nguyen to get him. When he sought his “venganza” over the domain names, he not only went after Dan Chmielewski and Ryan Trabuco, he also bought my domain name, proudly proclaiming in an e-mail to “own my ass.”Â He and his cohorts also bought domain names pertaining to the person or businesses of Chris Prevatt, Dennis DeSnoo, Tom Daly, Tom Bonikowski, Andrew Do, Janet Nguyen and Miguel Pulido, and demanded $1,000-$5,000 per domain name for some of these domains (but not all).Â Everyone I just mentioned had nothing to do with the transaction of www.artpedroza.com. Despite numerous attempts by myself to find an explanation as to why Art chose to involve me in his “blog war”, he has so far refused to answer.
Now Art was a good friend, as good as they came, or so I thought. But those words, “If you are not with me you are against me” come back to my mind. This sick, delusional way of thinking somehow convinced him that I was plotting against him when I started Sunny D.
NowÂ I plan to go further and give a more in depth synopsis on just how our friendship was thrown down the tubes and how this man chose to drag me and my family into his little “blog war” on everyone. I made a choice not to trouble you all with our side of the story, figuring you all had other things to worry about, unlike Art who feels you all need to drop what you are doing and worry about him.Â
In March of 2009, I decided to return to blogging, instead striking out on my own with a blog. I did talk to Art about it and he seemed ok with it at first. Then reports began to come in that he was saying some slanderous things about me, suchÂ as that I was an alcoholic, that I cheated on my wife. When I confronted Art, he denied it vehemently. About a week later he invited me to cross post with OJ, which I turned down. It was then he began to allow anonymous commenters begin to make negative comments about me on OJ as well as making taunting remarks that Sunny D had no readership. One comment referenced a libelous statement that I am an alcoholic and I called him to complain. We got into a heated discussion in which he warned me not to go after him or Sean Mill because Sean was collecting dirt on all of us and would make us sorry we were ever born.
Within days, some horrible comments began to appear on a Twitter site called Count Chocula Bot, with the intention of appearing to be Phil Bacerra. But I believe it was Art, Sean Mill and Paul LucasÂ based on a text from Art because there was personal information about some of my past financial difficulties that only Art Pedroza knew about.Â So either Art was the culprit, or that he had been blabbing to others behind the Twitter account about things I entrusted with him as a friend. That is why I find it so ironic that he pleads with us to delete posts about his personal information and wants it quiet and confidential. When I confronted him over the phone, he kept whining that he “may have said something, what difference does that make?” He refused to take any responsibility for his actions.
Over the course of those two months, these horrible comments continued. We do have them screen saved and will allow all those who are interested in actually reading them to email meÂ HERE Â and I will send them to you so you can see just what Art and his cohorts were capable of. They contained comments that I was not the father of my own children, that my wife had commited adultery, that I owed a $1,000 bar tab at a local bar. Eventually the comments stopped. But in that time, when I tried to reach out to my former friend, he responded by demanding I pay him back some money I had borrowed from him within three days or he would ruin my reputation with a â€œWho Is Claudio Gallegosâ€ blog post. He even demanded that I call up friends and get the money somehow; I would tell Art to follow his own advice now in regards to a settlement on our lawsuit against him. The text is available for viewing.Â He backed down and eventually the attacks stopped.
The attacks began again after I joined The Liberal OC. It began with Sean Mill sending me an e-mail with the foreclosure deed attached taunting me as a reaction to joining The Liberal OC. I have to wonder if he got a hold of the document while at work at his title company?Â What followed was a weekend of harassment and threats via e-mail and text from Sean Mill, Art Pedroza and Paul Lucas. In one text message, Art threatens to have the power to destroy my reputation. Again, all texts and e-mails are available at request, you may e-mail me HERE . I made it clear to Art all I wanted to do was blog and be left alone, in which he responded that I “back stabbed” him by starting Sunny D and that was a declaration of war to him. Over the couple of months, there were personal attacks thrown at me from his blog, he used it has his personal mouthpiece in an imagined grudge against me. He allowed comments to be posted â€œanonymouslyâ€ that attacked my wife and children, much like what he allowed against people like Tom Daly. Â
It all culminated on November 12, when, in reaction to his finding out that Dan Chmielewski now owned www.artpedroza.com, that he had bought my name, www.claudiogallegos.com and proudly proclaimed to “own my ass.” He used the website to link posts written to harm my reputation, such as one written by Sean Mill “outing” my past financial difficulties. Enough was enough. I had taken the high road long enough, tried my best to stay out of the “blog war” that was Art’s creation and I joined with Dan, Chris and Ryan Trabuco to take action against my former friend through our legal system.Â Â
Now Art is begging for mercy and asking many of you to intercede on his behalf. Not once has he offered to meet with me face to face and explain his actions as to why he bought my name. Not once has he even attempted to apologize or take responsibility for his unprovoked harassing behavior against me. Even now he goes out of his way to not mention his actions against me. When I went through some financial difficulties as a result of this recession, I had to deal with a good chunk of that with Art, Sean and their cohorts breathing down my neck. Yet not once did I approach people begging for help and not once did I ask others to go to Sean and Art and beg for mercy. Not once did I approach State Senator Lou Correa orÂ Assemblyman Jose Solorio and ask to arrange a â€œpeace mediation meeting.â€ I took responsibility for myself.
This “blog war” was all the creation of Art and Sean whom I believe have serious anger issues and seem determined to drag everyone into their own unhappy existence. They have even threatened to turn this “war” physical. First was a threatening text from Sean Mill to Phil Bacerra claiming he was going to send Hoa Van Tran’s “campaign workers” to his house. The second was an e-mail from Mr. Mill claiming he wanted to kick mine and Chris Prevatt’s teeth in. The third is the famous challenge to fight Matt Cunningham at Chris Norby’s election party, where Sean threatened (to Art’s cheers) to “break Matt’s f*$king neck”.
Therefore to those believe we should “go easy” on Art,Â these are the facts, laid out before you. The Bible may say “do unto others what you would have them do unto you.” Many times Art has claimed to be Christian, so I am taking it that what he has done to me and so many others is what he wants done unto him. Therefore I am happy to oblige and show him the same mercy he shown so many others, none.
I find it sick that he is attempting to exploit his own family, in particular his youngest son, as a means to get people to go easy on him when he had no qualms about using the blog to launch personal attacks against the children of Beth Krom, Tim Whitacre, Dan Chmielewski, Tom Daly, Matt Cunningham and myself. He has shown no mercy when it came to destroying the careers and businesses of others, just ask Desiree Mouzoun, orÂ allowing libelousÂ accusations Â about peopleâ€™s marital fidelity . So now he wants mercy when he did not show any of us mercy and chose to wage a war because of some delusion we were against him. Sorry, his pity parties have gotten him out of trouble his entire life, now its time to face the music and see what is the ultimate result of his hateful world view of everyone being with him or against him.