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Gave this story to Michelle Caldwell - who was doing good work at ⁦@bradleyzeve⁩’s ⁦@mcweekly⁩ - on a silver platter.

If the name #Caldwell sounds familiar it’s because she is married to MCSO “Narc” #MarkCaldwell - who ⁦…

wrote about recently for @VoicesofBay.

Caldwell, the Sheriff’s department commander has been involved in a number of sketchy issues in my community - and is good friends with fired commander Mike Richards - who ran for sheriff in 2014 - and lost

Pardoned and “Reformed” Concert Promoter Dave Drew has an especially close relationship with Mike Richards - and defends Richards every chance he gets.

@AdeleFrese @SalinasPD - correct?

Very #JoeExotic

Apparently this behavior is acceptable to our “community leaders”

Headed up by ‘Judge’ John Phillips years ago - Phillips had Judge Kay Kingsley sign a certificate of rehabilitation for Concert Promoter David Drew - the first step in Drew’s eight year odyssey to a full pardon on cocaine trafficking charges (multiple offenses) @k_cimini

Drew and Mike Richards are so close Drew helped finance a home purchase on Harvest Street for Richards’ associate Cynthia Ricks Murphy. That transaction turned out to be wildly profitable for Murphy.

Drew has also assisted Planet Gemini - turned Fox Theater owner

Antonino Pasquale Cotroneo (of Canada) - aka Anthony Lane in keeping the ownership of the Fox Theater after Lane had borrowed heavily from #Ponzi Fund #CedarFunding. Drew purchased the note on the Fox from Daniel M. McGilloway, Jr., CPA, CVA & business man Jimmy Gilbert

taking ownership of the Fox Theater - before selling the property back to a second entity controlled by Lane in a sophisticated real estate deal.

In 2010 #Salinas Mayor Joe #Gunter, #MontereyCounty ‘Judge’ #JohnPhillips, soon to be fired sheriff’s commander #MikeRichards

@SalinasPD detective (ret.) Gary Edwards, former Sheriff Mike #Kanalakis and former Salinas Mayor Dennis #Donohue all wrote glowing reference letters for Drew in his quest for a pardon - allowing him to settle into old age without a felony rap sheet hanging over his head.

Monterey Sheriff’s commander #MarkCaldwell was recently written about in @VoicesofBay , regarding a police officer party that got out of control after large amounts of alcohol were consumed by another deputy - at Caldwell’s house.


But Caldwell’s wife, Michelle, did a good job writing about Oldtown #politics and back scratching when she worked for the @mcweekly - including her work in reporting State Senator Anna Caballero pais $2,000 per month for 900SF when property rental in Oldtown #Salinas

was leasing for .90 cents per square foot.

A decision Rick Rivas said, at the time, was “not political”

Ok, but was it #corrupt? 🤷🏽‍♀️

Now these folks are operating in marijuana


@CNN @FoxNews @MSNBC @KTVU @mercnews @sfchronicle @latimes @mcgreevy99

Along side (metaphorically) former @SalinasPD chief @Kelly_McMillin - a prominent player in #Salinas#marijuana scene - a schedule 1 narcotic by federal standards (until the laws change).

🤔 @ewarren has it right

#Journalism is more essential now than it ever was but hedge fund owners and a recalcitrant @mcweekly owner @bradleyzeve have cut #journalism jobs in Monterey County significantly.

#JournalismIsDead - but for the new, non-profit model used by @VoicesofBay

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