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Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday's Free For All

Ipsen Bombs as Union Lawyer


Disgraced fired Deputy District Attorney Steve Ipsen has apparently extended his private practice. This time it's not as a meddling so-called "victim's rights attorney," but rather as a failed "union lawyer."

The Dragnet recently reported that ALADS, the union representing LA County Deputy Sheriffs, had fired its President, Armando Macias. Although the stated reason was "problems with his attendance," rumors persist that it had more to do with a split over who ALADS should endorse for Sheriff. A recent vote by ALADS members shows Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell garnering the most votes, but not a clear majority.

The LA Times reported Tuesday, that the ousted ALADS President made a hasty $100,000 withdrawal from ALADS' political action committee in order to "pay the law firm backing their attempt to hold on to power." Not so fast, said the new ALADS leadership, who filed a lawsuit  describing the withdrawal as "wrongful, a breach of their fiduciary duty to ALADS, and without ALADS's authorization, permission, or knowledge."



Enter newly-reinvented "union lawyer" Steve Ipsen, described by the Times as "an attorney for the Macias side." Ipsen told the Times that his clients did take political action funds but are waiting for legal clarification on whether they can spend them. The withdrawal may have been a violation of the union's bylaws but was justified to "preserve their rights under the law in an emergency situation," Ipsen said.

Ipsen has some experience when it comes to violating union bylaws, ADDA members are still paying the legal fees bill from his last violation in Burke v. Ipsen reported at 189 Cal.App.4th 801. No surprise then, that the LA Times reported Thursday that Judge James Chalfant ordered Macias to return $100,000 he withdrew from the union's political fund to pay legal fees. Ipsen told the Times that "the money should have come from a different fund and his clients are willing to return it." In other words, they stole misappropriated union funds and have to give them back.

Of course, just as Ipsen has experience with violating bylaws, Judge Chalfant has quite some experience in dealing with Ipsen; it was Judge Chalfant who slapped the Ipsen era ADDA with a bill for over $100,000 in attorney fees arising from the lawsuit.

One has to wonder if Macias did his homework before hiring Ipsen?

&c.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like malpractice for Ipsen not to file an affidavit of prejudice against Calfant.

Anonymous said...

The really scary thing about Ipsen is that people who don't know him actually take him seriously.

Anonymous said...

6:02 - The union Ipsen built is running on autopilot with all of the ideas he had in the beginning being implemented right now and you all are paying for it. That is what is seriously funny. You can say all you want about him, but you aren't getting the last laugh. He is. Good for him. And when you run for judge, or some such office and ask the ADDA to endorse you, it was all set up by him... just saying...

Anonymous said...

Ipsen is the true definition of " slime ball attorney." He will attempt to destroy anyone or anything to make a buck. He clearly is mislead Macias and Nance into stealing money by clearly violating union bylaws and state laws. But there is another driving force behind these mutantiers. Former ousted president Roy Burns is backing Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka. Burns and Macias are good friends. Since the union did not endorse anyone for Sheriff for the primary election and the clear violation of union bylaws, Macias' agenda is falling apart. Ask yourself this, would you want someone to be your union president who only had a 42% attendance rate for the two years preceding an election? Do you think he knows what the union members want?

Anonymous said...

It's not about Roy Burns or Macias. It it a hidden agenda from the regime of X President Floyd Hayhurst. Attendance? .....Really? Just a smoke screen to take him off the trail of corruption @ ALADS that dirty hands are attached to. Hayhurst will not deny that he was part of the infamous "cigar club" His name still on all of ALADS financial accounts. Mind you, that he is retired. If you don't smell a rat, I have some land to sell you.Election year...Favors....promises. The membership voted for Macias.The sheep of Hayhurst can't handle a new Shepard. I would love to see Hayhurst or any of his followers to stand up to Roy Burns.They won't. Come June.....All of this will be over. Every one is waiting on the Big Audit. $$$$$

Anonymous said...

@2:18PM. Correct. Now wait and see if that $100k comes back minus a deduction for Ipsen's fees? The moment Macias got into bed with Ipsen was the moment we saw his true colors.

Anonymous said...

The only dirty hands I see are Macias's and Nance. Macias violated bylaws by not meeting minimum attendance, he and Nance violated bylaws and criminal laws by taking $100,000. And if Roy Burns isn't involved, why after 8 years of being away from ALADS would he be so interested in the organization? Burns is retired. Its OK for him to stick his nose in ALADS business now? Macias has been trying for years to start a coup against ALADS. He saw an opportunity but it's backfiring. He says he is for the membership. Again he was asked to step down by the majority of the member ship when it was discovered he violated bylaws. He refused, and he and Nance decided to take maters in their own hands, break the law, and seal 100k. They are so transparent aren't they.

Anonymous said...

No one is afraid of old man Burns. Go back 15 years when he was president of ALADS. He left the organization broke and in the red. Now that ALADS is in the black he and macias want to get their fingers in it. Well macias already did. At a tune of 100k.

Anonymous said...

Steve Ipsen looks like he could be rolling in the bucks. We still haven't gotten word yet as to whether or not the new ADDA Board will be paying for Steve Ipsen's termination related legal expenses (now that McClay is gone). Also, the new ADDA board is hellbent to create a PAC.

Looks like the financial opportunities for Mr. Ipsen and his cronies are a'plenty!

He's lucky to have such good friends on both boards.

Anonymous said...

Macias has been on the Unions board for several years. As a Unit rep attending all of the meetings I had never seen Macias other than his picture on the Union magazine... I never heard him make a plea for assistance in uncovering any type of mis spent monies. He had been President of the Union for 5 months before some of my UNIT rep partner Deputies went down to the ALADS office and discovered that Macias and another Board member who did not get elected, had not attended the appropriate number of UNION meeting to have been eligible to be placed on the ballot. Macias refused to acknowledge that the rules applied to him saying "We disagree' as to the meeting of the 75% attendance requirement. There was no denial in front of the membership. He and Nance felt the Bylaws were old and had not been updated in some time, and that mitigated his not meeting the requirements. At that meeting Mr. Macias brought up the fact that one of the board members fighting terminal cancer has had poor attendance the last year and also tried to argue that on of the Board members has now retired. He was like an 8 year old trying to shift blame and attention elsewhere. He totally refused to be accountable and responsible. It was put to each of the BOard members present that if they verified the records were accurate and validated the legal applicability of the bylaws to board members would they vote to remove Macias over his objection. Nance, Hayhurst, Steck, Hoffstetter each said they would move appropriately. At the next Board meeting the information was confirmed, a labor law attorney verified the applicability of the bylaws. A vote was taken confirming the desire of the UNIT REPS to have the bylaws followed. The Board confirmed NANCE as acting President. The following week at another Board Meeting NANCE declared himself as Chairperson of the Committee, dismissed the attorney and UNILATERALLY brough MACIAS back. Then the financial shenanigans broke loose by MACIAS and NANCE. They both stole the UNIONS trademarked/copyrighted name and logo, created a bogus website with a similar URL to the authentic one and claimed the bogus site to be the "OFFICIAL" site. It is on this bogus site that we see the connection to BURNS, IPSEN, and the allegations about excessive past spending. MACIAS and NANCE have ZERO credibility. They have behaved surreptitiously and for their own interest while claiming to be doing this for the membership. They have tarnished the integrity of ALADS, diverted UNION funds, and cost the UNION a good amount of money in seeking legal action to get our MONEY back. Does this sound like actions by honest 'best interest' persons? Remove them from the BOARD, remove them from the UNION and hopefully when the investigation is complete remove them from the DEPARTMENT!

Anonymous said...

Okay MACIAS... ONLY 740 people voted in that election. You probably had just as many unit reps calling for your resignation in person at March's meeting as you received votes prior to the discovery of your ineligibilty to be on the ballot.

Anonymous said...

Ipsen will fuck up ALADS the same way he screwed ADDA where members are STILL paying the legal fees bill for his screw up. You guys should check out his termination letter and figure out who you are dealing with.

Anonymous said...

Your crazy. Ipsen is a theif. Just like Macias and Nance. The difference between them is that Ipsen has a degree, and Macias and Nance will be the fall guys when this is over. Stupid is as stupid does. Oh did I mention that a judge signed a TRO keeping Macias away from ALADS. The same judge ordered the $100,000 returned to ALADS, and Macias must pay his own legal fees.

Anonymous said...

Out of the 740 ballots received, Macias only got around 235 votes. He and Nance campaigned at CJ and Twin Towers together. Yet Floyd Hayhurst was re-elected to the board with the second highest votes, without campaigning. Ya, Nance got the most votes with a lot of support from TST at a tune of around 245 votes. He lied to his TST partners saying he was not in Macias's camp and stole 100K from our unions PAC fund. Now go ask the TST deputies what they think of him.

Anonymous said...

True that Macias and Nance have tried to break up ALADS by creating another "official" org, but do we really believe they both thought up the idea to take $$$ from the PAC and set up another website?

Anonymous said...

Macias Ip$en juggernaut broken up for the time being. Judge ruled on it yesterday that Steck is president...

Anonymous said...

We all know that Steck is a puppet for Hayhurst....will he vote Hayhurst as executive director and give the endorsement to Tanaka? Everyone is watching and waiting.

Anonymous said...

Stock is known by many accurate names.......Judas, Swing Vote, Bi-Polar, Unstable, Undecided and Dueling Banjos. Will he acquire the newest name of "Stupid Idiot" by propelling Hayhurst to Executive Director. Hayhurst claims to have the ultimate retiree job as.........Nothing! See how the membership accepts that. The immediate future in ALADS will see some laughs and some losses.