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From page A1 | December 11, 2013 | 84 Comments

judicial candidate Joseph Hoffman.  Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Joseph Hoffman

Local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman has formally announced his candidacy for El Dorado County Superior Court Judge, Office 5. With broad legal and judicial experience spanning 19 years, Hoffman is endorsed by Superior Court judges, the El Dorado County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, local prosecutors and individual peace officers.

“Our financial resources continue to be pressed in today’s courts,” said Hoffman. “I will apply the law as it is written, respect citizens’ constitutional rights, and make fair and timely rulings to help ease our congested judicial system.”

Hoffman, 44, has handled hundreds of cases in El Dorado County since founding his private law practice in 1995. He has also served as a Superior Court judge pro tem since 2001, and as a private judge retained by both parties’ attorneys for faster decisions than the courts typically provide.

“Joe Hoffman knows our court system and has the experience to preside over the wide variety of cases judges face every day,” said El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel Proud. “Having witnessed his work for many years, I know Joe to be decisive and fair, qualities we need in our courts. He will be an outstanding Superior Court judge for the citizens of El Dorado County.”

Hoffman is active in the community as a coach in youth sports and legal advisor to Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. He also belongs to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Posse and local Chambers of Commerce, and serves on the board of directors for Easter Seals Superior California.

About Joseph Hoffman: Local attorney and Judge Pro Tem Joseph Hoffman has dedicated his entire career to providing just and equitable outcomes for local individuals, families and small-business owners. Married 17 years, Hoffman and wife Sheri have two children, and live in El Dorado County. Active in his community, he coaches AAU basketball and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, Class XIV. Hoffman holds a Juris Doctor degree from Golden Gate University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UC Davis. He passed the California State Bar exam on his first attempt.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 10, 2013 - 2:46 pm

    If it isn't "Where's the gold Joe?" What's changed? What makes this campaign any different? Looks like more of the same and the same reasons as the last defeat haven't changed. One difference is your former client, Chartraw, and the investors took the fall and he is in prison now and it looks like you skated. Is it ego? Desire for power? Boredom in your law practice?. Someone must think the voter's memories are very short. We will see about that.

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  • In the KnowDecember 11, 2013 - 7:21 am

    No mention of his plea in the scheme and what he paid to make it go away in New York and nothing has changed as he like Ray he wrote the papers and signed them. Don't want a candidate that can't tell the truth just like Ray, once you lie it's hard for anyone to believe that you are telling the truth now.Doubt that any of his endorsements are the same now and again he speaks falsehoods, as no one has come out and said that they endorse him,this is his announcement of running and old claims of support. Judge Proud has already publicly endorsed Sullivan this is just another smoke screen and repeat of the prior attempt to hide his criminal involvement in an embezzlement scheme in the not forgotten past.

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  • Chuck HollandDecember 11, 2013 - 10:21 am

    Judge Proud has now endorsed Hoffman for judge. Stay tuned more to follow.

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  • Justice AdvocateDecember 11, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Hmm, sounds like Frank may have just had his south end handed to him by someone in Hoffmans office. Divorces are so fun. Anyways, I'll support Hoffman. His opponent opposes the second amendment, supports gay marriage, and teaches a CEB class to lawyers on how to get your serious felony clients out of jail on technicalities.

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  • justice followerDecember 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

    steers and Holland support hoffman, good enough for me

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 11, 2013 - 10:16 am

    Speculation is entertaining, reality is I oppose an attorney like Folsom Joe because in my opinion he violated his oath of ethics and standards of conduct by stating in a letter his client, Chartraw, had precious metals, when he didn't and investors were scammed because of it and his client fled to Mexico. anyone of us could have lost our life savings and could of relied on that letter. Hoffman had a duty to confirm the truth of his representations. Seems to me our DA should have investigated Hoffman for this if this happened in the county as the letter looks clear enough to show intent for a jury trial to me. This is simply a mini-Madoff case and there should be consequences. The last election was one result. Regardless of who runs against him and I am sure there will be a few, a potential judge's first qualification has to be based on a record of honesty.

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  • JimDecember 11, 2013 - 11:55 am

    Hoffman was never found to have done anything inappropriate. That was all smokescreen in the last election, which has since cleared. Many of the attorneys who have practiced against him in the past have confirmed Hoffman's honesty and integrity.

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  • 10X At YaDecember 11, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    Per the Hoffman web site now he is endorsed by the Deputy Sheriff's Association. I'm backing Joe.

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  • FYIDecember 11, 2013 - 7:52 pm

    1036-Frank is Larry Hennick, but everyone knows that. Joe Hoffman represented Hennick's wife in their divorce, So he obviously, would love to grind an axe on Joe Hoffman. As would I if I were in Larry's shoes. But his position is personal not political. Joe is much more in tune politically to Hennick than Liberal Dylan Sullivan is. So why Steve and Kathi Bailey would not only endorse but run the campaign of Dylan Sullivan is beyond me. I thought that the Bailey's are registered Republicans. Ms Sullivan is an extremely liberal (D). The only correlation I can come up with is that she and Steve Bailey both represented death row inmates as a living for a long period of time. On her announcement to run she notes Sullivan worked for the California Parole Board both in litigation management and as a deputy commissioner, where she adjudicated matters related to life inmates seeking parole. I for the life of me can not figure out why a good conservative woman like Kathi Bailey would back a Liberal nut job like Dylan Sullivan. There's just got to be more to this story. I would like to hear from Ms Bailey.

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  • Constance LawDecember 11, 2013 - 9:26 pm

    Dylan Sullivan opposing the second amendment?! Really? Hard to believe given she is a known member of the NRA and has a CCW permit? Sounds like Joe and Joe's people are up to no good again.

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  • Justice InsiderDecember 12, 2013 - 5:29 am

    According to El Dorado county, she does not have a valid CCW. (unless obtained in the last week) And is NOT a member of the NRA. On the other hand Joe does have a valid CCW, and is a life member of the NRA.

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  • FYIDecember 12, 2013 - 7:08 am

    It would be one hell of a coup if the Bailey's succeed in passing Dylan Sullivan off as a CCW carrying NRA supporting conservative like they did Stracener. They must have brought in Dan Dillinger to work on her campaign. But there isn't enough lip stick in the world to hide the fact that Dylan Sullivan is an extreme liberal. And does not represent the views of this County.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 7:29 am

    FYI: What in Dylan Sullivan's judicial background shows her to be "an extreme liberal", therefore not representing "the views of this County"?

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 7:41 am

    THIS is Dylan Sullivan's biography, found on her campaign website.

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  • JimmyDecember 12, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Commissioner Sullivan already works for the court handling some of the county's most difficult cases. She is fair, yet firm as a jurist. She has a large and varied caseload and spends the time necessary to hear from all who appear before her, following the applicable law. I frankly don't care if a judge can shoot, owns a gun, or belongs to the NRA. Hopefully, we pay law enforcement to keep courthouses secure and don't need judges to assume that role.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 12, 2013 - 8:16 am

    FYI- 10-36-Frank is not Larry, only Larry is Larry. I am entertained by the thought though. Most posters don't and didn't know Larry who warned everyone about the Gob's years ago and ran against them and nearly beat "Never seen Neves" Larry was also supported by the Deputies Association and a majority in the Sheriff's Office. He faced the same dirty campaign tactics the new Sheriff did and lost. He was proven correct though on his early warnings of what was really going on. I further don't know anything about his divorce case or who it involved.

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  • In the KnowDecember 12, 2013 - 8:36 am

    What a far reaching leap to assume that someone is someone in an attempt to somehow make a point; it doesn't matter who writes here just that the opinon is there and that facts as reported are true. Lets ask Joe how much money he paid in the New York case to get it to go away. The people who write here have their information correct as he did settle his part by paying a fine and having it sealed, so if there is anything that needs to be known it's just that. To say that another lawyer some how has a bearing about Joe is also a large leap, Joe moved his business into El Dorado County so that he could appear to be here just for the last Judge race which he lost. Just like his claim of being a private Judge is also a farce, I guess if you start out hiding the truth then it becomes easier to continue, the mere FACT that Joe was involved with a criminal and part of the scheme that took millons from people that Joe said his pal was a good investment is enough. Joe has not ever told how much he and his fake practice made from defending Chartraw in his divorce and his scheme.But then he doesn't want any of that to come out because he did write and sign the letter that was used to deceive the victims and he did support the guy who is now off to prison. I am sure that Frank or Larry or Ray or Sam or maybe Helen know who they are and it REALLY doesn't matter as they haven't been wrong yet so as to Joe it's; "NO GO JOE" don't vote for criminals or those who support and give testimony for them.....

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  • FYIDecember 12, 2013 - 9:24 am

    Larry Hennick is Larry Hennick 1036 Frank. Dylan Sullivan is an extreme liberal big (D). Kathi and Steve Bailey along with the illustrious Dan Dillinger are running Sullivan's campaign. These were the same people that attack Joe Hoffman last time and posed Stracener as a pro gun Conservative. Evelyn the only thing you can find about Sullivan is her campaign web site? Check Obama 08 web site. That one had him posing as a fiscal conservative. I guess that makes it true. I'm not on Hoffman's campaign. I'm tired of the Bailey's political shenanigans.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 9:32 am

    FYI: Knowing nothing about Sullivan and looking for a simple backgrounder I settled for what she had written about herself, realizing, of course, that our own self-authored bios do in fact have limitations. Having said that, I remain interested in your take about what makes her unsuitable for El Dorado County. At this point I'd favor just about anyone I believed to be impartial -- meaning, not in some campaign contributor's pocket.

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  • Oh BrotherDecember 12, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Evelyn - I observed Sullivan during my grandson's child support court hearing. I was very impressed with her. My advice is when you have a free morning, grab some coffee and sit in on one of her court days. Amazing, intelligent, compassionate and yet no nonsense woman. Can't pull the wool over her eyes was my observation.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 9:51 am

    OB: Her academic/professional background is actually quite impressive.

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  • Justice AdvocateDecember 12, 2013 - 10:25 am

    That should rule Sullivan out for ya then, You will find that the Bailey's have been working hard to control the judicial bench in El Dorado County. This is a further attempt to knock judge Kingsbury out as the presiding judge so that Steve Bailey can call in his judicial favors and make his move. The Bailey's have always professed their strict conservative values, to put support behind an ultra liberal is head spinning. In the last election they put their support behind a grossly unqualified candidate. Ask the local lawyers what their opinion of Judge Stracener is.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 9:47 am

    THIS is what Joe Hoffman says about himself (campaign website).

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  • FYIDecember 12, 2013 - 9:51 am

    Larry Hennick-1036-Frank you site that one of your crowning achievements was an endorsement from the DSA under the leadership of Don Atkinson? He's still incarcerated for embezzlement from the DSA. What GOB's were you warning us about years ago if not Don Atkinson? Kathi and Steve Bailey, Ray Nutting, Dan Dillinger, Chris Alarcon, George Osborne? Isn't Larry Hennick a GOB? All I ask is that when you see Kathi Bailey ask her why she is running Dylan Sullivan's campaign.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 12, 2013 - 9:54 am

    In the Know knows what he is talking about. The last time around for Folsom Joe, I asked, why is it that people who claim honesty and integrity personally or professionally support someone involved with a guy who criminally scammed people and was sent to prison? Crime is crime and I don't care if the collar is white. If they are so quick to suspend their own honest judgment and put their own integrity in question then people should be very wary of them. Remember it wasn't just a letter for Folsom Joe, it was reported he allowed the guy to use his, Hoffman's, client trust account for what looks like a personal bank account which would in turn have no transactions recorded and wouldn't have been monitored by banking rules and transaction reports and it would then hide a paper trail and it would and did assist the scam and scammer. The bottom line is people lost their money through this pretty clever operation. A huge question is, why would anyone in law enforcement or in the DA's office here who's very jobs are to put criminals and thieves away endorse a candidate for judge with this in the background? This is a question people should be asking of them and the fact no charges were filed yet, doesn't change the facts. It is time for a state AG criminal Grand Jury to hear the evidence about Folsom Joe and let them decide what laws were violated or not.

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  • JimmyDecember 12, 2013 - 10:14 am

    While it certainly is possible that the Baileys are supporting Commissioner Sullivan to further the family's quest for world (or at least El Dorado County) political domination, it is more likely that their support of her comes from knowing her and watching her perform her duties. Maybe it is both. She was chosen for her current job by our judges, after all. Retired Judge Eddie Keller is a Democrat, yet was one of our county's most conservative jurists. I agree with the other commentators, go to Department 5 in Placerville on Mondays or to Department 12 in Tahoe on other days of the week, and watch her in action. Judge for yourself.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 10:22 am

    Jimmy: Your input seems quite fair & balanced. Thank you.

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  • WTFDecember 12, 2013 - 10:43 am

    Evelyn your opinion never has been on anything. You are an embarrassment to your family.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 11:38 am

    WTF: WTF!!! My "family" are all grown-ups. I'm certain they can survive differences of opinion -- particularly an opinion that, as you say, "never has been on anything".

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 12, 2013 - 10:48 am

    I'm not embarrassed . . . just periodically irritated

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  • William JonesDecember 12, 2013 - 11:28 am

    I see that Sullivan is advertising on AlarCONS web site. I question her common sense

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Mr Jones! I'm not sure what your point is. There was a Sept. 20th article about Commissioner Hoffman at Placerville Newswire. (It says Wendy David is her campaign manager, not Kathi Bailey, as per FYI.) Likewise, there is one published yesterday about Joe Hoffman. HERE

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 11:58 am

    . . . likewise, there is one about David Combellack (Nov. 22). I haven't searched for the others, but it does look as though Placerville Newswire publishes -- without political favor -- articles about judicial candidates.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 12:02 pm

    damn . . . the 2nd line of my 11:54 am comment should have read "Commissioner Sullivan".

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  • SliderDecember 12, 2013 - 11:34 am

    Which one is in Joe Harns pocket?

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  • FYIDecember 12, 2013 - 11:40 am

    Have you been to Harn's house? Not only does he not have furniture I'm not quite sure he has pockets. What is known is the fact that Sullivan is in the Bailey's pocket. I'm not sure how an Auditor would benefit directly in a Judge race. But it is clear what Steve Bailey is up to.

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  • All About El Dorado CountyDecember 12, 2013 - 11:42 am

    Can't believe that the Bailey's are behind a left wing liberal candidate for Judge! Stracener at least had some conservative credentials. Dylan Sullivan is an attorney who fights to get hard core criminals parole. Doesn't have a CCW in El Dorado County and not a member of the NRA. Let's see if the NRA endorses her. We all know how they get involved and always support the right local candidates (sarcasm) Maybe this time they will get it right and endorse Joe Hoffman.

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  • SliderDecember 12, 2013 - 11:55 am

    FYI, Its well known in county government (sic) that if it does not benefit Joe Harn and his bootlickers, it does not happen. Who knows when a elected official will have to appear before a judge to face charges (Ray). Some suspect other elected officials here in El Corruption County will soon be in front of a judge.

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  • Public KnowledgeDecember 12, 2013 - 2:17 pm

    Slider, name some boot lickers. It looks like he shed the light on Chris Alarcon and Dan Dillinger PFD theft. Ray Nutting gives Joe Harn the credit for taking him down. And I hear that he had information in regards to Don Atkinson's incarceration. Are these friends of yours? Evelyn are you saying that Steve and Kathi Bailey are not running Sullivan's campaign. Then you need to get out more and just ask them.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Just reporting what I read. But others who actually know these people may have more up-to-date information.

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  • Public KnowledgeDecember 12, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    Evelyn you are not a Reporter. Hence you do not report. You must know that Chris Alarcon owns and runs the Pond News wire. You must know that he and his Pal Dillinger work on campaigns and was caught bilking the PFD. A Judge should not cohort with known criminals. You should know that also. Don't you? I know your heart is all a twitter with the hopes that the County would be so blind as to elect a someone like Sullivan as a Judge. But they won't

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 12, 2013 - 3:29 pm

    Public Knowledge - based on your comment I do believe that I'll become a Sullivan supporter. Thanks for the tip.

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  • Public KnowledgeDecember 12, 2013 - 3:44 pm

    Veerkamp that would be another plus for Hoffman. I can't remember ever seeing anyone shouting that they got your two nut jobs endorsement. Including you cousin. As far as your opinion on anything IDGAF

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 3:39 pm

    P.K. -- Sorry, but you're premature. My heart's not yet a twitter for any of the candidates. IMHO voters rarely have sufficient ACCURATE information necessary for making informed decisions. Too much twisting of facts and/or omission of critical background. Some of these comments would be more useful if we knew who was making them.

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  • PaulMarch 02, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    I know Dylan Sullivan and she is honorable. Attempting to anonymously besmirch her reputation by suggesting she is connected with certain people (i.e. guilt of purported association) is the kind of nonsense that can't go without comment. I think that is what Mr. Hoffman's opponent last time attempted to do. It is simply not right. Dylan does not cohort with know criminals. Her work on the Parole Board before she became a Commission in El Dorado County speaks volumes about who she really is. Please get your facts straight before blogging about something you obviously know little or nothing about.

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  • Fran DuchampDecember 12, 2013 - 3:45 pm

    One does not need to be an official "reporter" to report what they read or participate in. "A report or account is any informational work (usually of writing, speech, television, or film) made with the specific intention of relaying information or recounting certain events in a widely presentable form.[1] Written reports are documents which present focused, salient content to a specific audience. Reports are often used to display the result of an experiment, investigation, or inquiry. The audience may be public or private, an individual or the public in general. Reports are used in government, business, education, science, and other fields." wiki Evelyn--you have come close to a truth-- to be attacked so much. I wonder what you hit on :)

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Looks like P.K. may be in the Hoffman camp.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 3:58 pm

    P.K. -- For someone who DGAF (I had to look it up!) you're breathing awfully hard.

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  • PKDecember 12, 2013 - 4:00 pm

    Evelyn you report we'll decide

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    PK: Good boy!

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  • Public KnowledgeDecember 12, 2013 - 4:03 pm

    Evelyn that would hurt if it didn't come from a woman who quotes Alarcon as a legitimate news source.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 4:05 pm

    P.K. Is it a problem that Alarcon ran Hoffman's campaign piece?

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    P.K. -- BTW, Endorsements For Joe Hoffman HERE Hmmm.

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  • Public KnowledgeDecember 12, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Evelyn you are discrediting yourself even more by making the false statement of scumbag Alarcon running Hoffman's campaign. Alarcon is yours and Sullivan's scumbag. Stick with what you pretend to know.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    PK: Trying to understand which of my statements you consider to be false, I would be glad if you would point out the precise one by date/time stamp. THIS is the Hoffman campaign article found at Placerville Newswire.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    PK: Is it the comment @ 4:05 pm where I asked: "Is it a problem that Alarcon ran Hoffman's campaign piece?" If so, let me rephrase: "Is it a problem that Alarcon PUBLISHED Hoffman's campaign ARTICLE?"

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 6:36 pm

    Bottom line, PK, I have not said, suggested, written or inferred that Alarcon has/had/wishes to have anything to do with Hoffman's campaign. That would indeed transcend my knowledge base. Perhaps you misread?

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 12, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Evelyn, perhaps public knowledge is a victim of common core?

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 6:44 pm

    You are, of course, using the term "public knowledge" in the very loosest of senses.

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  • EvelynDecember 12, 2013 - 6:49 pm

    Assuming that PK is typical of the Hoffman campaign, further info. is not essential.

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  • Phil VeerkampDecember 12, 2013 - 6:47 pm

    My style might be tighter?

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  • In the KnowDecember 12, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Oh so funny that some want to know the identity of those who speak the truth, just like the Lone Ranger who wore a mask he fought for truth and justice. Those who have reported the truth have been right and the only question that is sought is who they are. It matters not just that their knowledge is true and informed, make your own inquiry and you will see for yourself that they are right.

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 8:19 am

    FBI: "Daniel Chartraw Sentenced in Multi-Million-Dollar Investment Fraud Scheme" - ********** (Above, several references to this case. Strangely, many related documents -- formerly online -- now have disappeared.)

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Link for above HERE

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 13, 2013 - 9:03 am

    If the people throwing out attacks instead of questions about Joe as a distraction and suspending their common sense about a candidate for judge like Hoffman would first read the stories in the Sac Bee about the Hoffman-Chartraw case, they might at least be informed and ask themselves and pause, with that background would they want to give a person a powerful position as judge who will make serious decisions regarding the law? My impression is this is the first time a candidate with this background has kept campaigning for judge after a defeat. I can't recall any candidate before who had a background of involvement with something that appears to be a criminal conspiracy in assisting Chartraw in a series of crimes. This involvement with a con-artist and criminal and now prisoner should be an automatic disqualification to hold public office. Maybe someone should send a reporter or an investigator to the federal pen and talk to Chartraw about his friend Joe and then report back. Also, these type of "associations" and bad actors/actions are usually a pattern of conduct, not an accident or otherwise. Another question is for the people in the local legal community who are behind this propped up candidate and why needs to be answered. I can assure them there were a number of candidates available with clean records of honesty and integrity and without a dark cloud over them.

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 9:26 am

    Frank: Last year when this was a hot topic it was possible to find articles relevant to Hoffman's association with Chartraw. (I know, because, having been totally unfamiliar with this case I looked them up and found them with no/little difficulty.) However, the articles seem to have disappeared. Most puzzling. Any suggestions?

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  • Stop the HypocrisyDecember 13, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Evelyn- there is a big difference between Chris Alarcon taking a legitimate article and re-posting it on his website and Dylan Sullivan advertising on Alarcon's website!

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 9:16 am

    Stop: Can you tell me where to find the advertisement in question?

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 9:43 am

    Gimenez v. Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman et al - Document 18 - HERE: These two related actions arise out of an alleged scheme wherein plaintiffs were defrauded out of money by an individual known as Daniel Chartraw (“Chartraw”). Specifically, plaintiffs allege that on April 4, 2011, defendants, Law Offices of Hoffman & Hoffman and the principal attorney, Joseph A. Hoffman, Esq., provided an executed Attestation Letter to its client, Chartraw, on behalf of Chartraw and Nexus Development, LLC, which asserted that Nexus Development, LLC was the primary shareholder of Azrock Holding, LLC and that Chartraw had authority to contract on behalf of both companies. ... Plaintiffs allege that the purpose of the Attestation Letter was to verify that Chartraw and Nexus Development, LLC were clients of defendants and that they owned at least one ton of dory bars, with a value of at least six million dollars.

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 9:54 am

    "Fantasy Miner Scammed Investors" - HERE: Chartraw put forward an entire range of programs that would appeal to investors, including brokerage of oil contracts, dairy farms and the production of a $350 million movie. Otherwise Chartraw seems to have had a passion for metallurgy and mining. He solicited funds for an imaginary gold refinery, a rock business in Arizona he didn’t own, barrels full of a magical money-generating mineral concoction known as “Concentrate”, and “dore bars” that supposedly contained precious metals. Chartraw, also arrested for domestic violence in 2011, was apprehended by the FBI while laying low in Mexico upon his indictment a year later.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 13, 2013 - 11:30 am

    Evelyn, I recall reading a majority of the Chartraw-Hoffman articles were at the Bee and there are some on the net as you just posted and I appreciate the links and the reports of the facts. Facts are what are or at least should be undeniable and speak for themselves like the Hoffman letter. It is interesting that the more one finds out about Chartraw, the stranger it gets and the bigger the scams were. I read he, Chartraw, was actually leading tours of mining properties that he had no ownership of or right to, but were used as a tool to fool investors. Some locals are also aware Chartraw was building a huge mansion with the proceeds of the scam in the county and that he fled so fast he never returned and the contents were sold off. Who knows where all of the missing millions went, another mystery. I am sure Joe Hoffman could tell quite a tale although I don't recall he ever has or wants to at this time. My experience suggests Chartraw was planning to amass a much larger amount and secretly remove the money out of the US and flee which he did for awhile. I Wonder what the Mexican Police found laying around and if they did it would quickly disappear. I am sure there are those out there who could fill in a lot of the blanks of this story.

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 11:52 am

    Frank: Some Sac Bee articles remain, but nothing (that I could find) with relevant Hoffman info.

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  • EvelynDecember 13, 2013 - 11:54 am

    Interesting that Hoffman is such a hot favorite for his staunch proponents.

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  • 1036-FrankDecember 13, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Yes Evelyn, you are correct that there is something strange when people turn a blind eye and don't want to see something that is obvious. Another thing is, "Where's the Gold Joe?" Is still valid as it is still missing and I know a few places, or law offices, I would search first as the con-man probably isn't talking as to where the money went. This is why it is an odd bunch of people who work in the legal system locally who put their own reputations in question in this case.

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  • EvelynDecember 14, 2013 - 9:12 am

    THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA STANDING COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CONDUCT FORMAL OPINION NO. 1996-146: "When a client is engaging in an ongoing fraud, the lawyer must be careful to avoid assisting in the fraud in any way. The lawyer should advise the client that the client's actions constitute a fraud. The lawyer may affirmatively advise the client to refrain from engaging in misrepresentations and assist the client in rectifying previous misrepresentations. If the client does not refrain from the fraudulent conduct, the lawyer must either limit the scope of her representation to matters that do not involve participation in or furthering the client's fraud, or withdraw." - HERE

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  • LINDADecember 26, 2013 - 8:28 pm

    I AM SO HAPPY JOE HOFFMAN IS RUNNING FOR A JUDICIAL POSITION AGAIN. HE IS AGAIN THE BETTER CANDIDATE. UNFORTUNATELY LAST ELECTION UNINFORMED VOTERS TEND TO REELECT THE SAME JUDGE REGARDLESS OF HIS STRETCHING OF HIS JUDICIAL RECORD.

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 02, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    I like Dylan Sullivan. I have also met Mr. Hoffman--he smiled a lot.. I think they should do a meet and greet up here in Pollock Pines. Tell us why we should vote for them. If we start with connections now--lots of people shouldnt run--up and down the hill...how about we meet the candidates and let them speak for themselves. :) Someone asked me how they could to this (candidates) call each other up...then knock on the community centers door...and set it up. You do not need a group to sponser you--once it is set up...just put out flyers...and we will spread the word. Many people are already looking forward to meeting the candidates :)

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  • EvelynMarch 02, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Investment Fraudster that derailed Hoffman Campaign Sentenced - HERE: Chartraw's arrest and disclosure of his relationship with his lawyer, Joe Hoffman, coincided with the run-up of Hoffman's campaign. Court papers implicated Hoffman's participation in the fraud and undermined his campaign for the Judgeship. No BAR actions have been seen in Hoffman's relation to the case and the conviction of Chartraw includes useing forged letters.

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 02, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    Miss Evelyn...this is why people read what you have to say...scary article . It would be a question to ask Mr. Hoffman. Im trying to stay neutral--but question suggestions are always good :)

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  • EvelynMarch 02, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Fran: I have no idea which candidate to vote for. Judges are far more powerful than we realize, which may account for some of the campaign contributions received. This article has bearing. Ignore the fact that it's about Las Vegas.

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  • EvelynMarch 02, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    THIS link is preferable to the above; it lets you view the entire article on one page.

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 02, 2014 - 2:08 pm

    I hope more people read some of your articles. Judges do have more power--and they are protected more than most. when Im at meetings I watch how people react to each other. when Im talking to someone I watch their eyes...im short--so if they are looking over my head--I know someone more important came into the room. Many times I will keep them talking--because I know they are looking to talk with someone else :)...lololol You are the queen of links. I have now heard from at least eight people--that the people of Tahoe feel that they are not being represented. which means their economic groups are not listening to the people...just decidding on what they want...tsk tsk tsk....a new supervisor--gets new appointed people to represent them. :) Read--decide--vote

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 02, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    The players are not the same any more in tahoe...as in Reno and Vegas. when my father was alive he knew some of the major players...and their sons. Do you think the Tahoe judges see that kind of money? I wouldnt think so Reno yes. big bera is like tahoe...it is where the city kids go to play in the snow. I hear more and more money is going into Big Bear...

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  • Fran DuchampMarch 02, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    I also hear that economic groups are killing Big Bear with over development....many foreclosed houses....

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