Contra Costa County
Gun Permit Corruption
(or: The Rupf Follies)
By Jim March
February 18, 2002
Note: this document dates from before Jim March disassociated himself
from the http://www.keepandbeararms.com website over disagreements
with Angel’s position on the NRA. Despite our differences, Angel is still
being credited here for his past work in layout, editing and graphics prep.
Sheriff Warren Rupf of Contra Costa County, California - http://www.cocosheriff.org/sheriffbio.htm -
has financed his re-election efforts with selective issuance of both "CCW" (Carry Concealed Weapons)
permits and a "quasi law enforcement status" totally illegal and improper in it's own right.
To understand how this was done, one must review and analyze three separate sources of information:
1) Campaign contribution records available at the County Board of Elections;
2) "Raw data" on CCW permitholders available via Public Records Act and summarized in
Appendix A of this document; and
3) A "Sheriff's Posse Of Contra Costa County" newsletter from mid-2001 plus other
"Posse insider" documents such as the application forms. As a "bonus", I can also prove
that Rupf distributed Posse info and materials through his county offices and employees
in a fashion more or less identical to what Gayle Bishop was jailed for -
• Part One: The Posse
• Part Two: Campaign Contribution Data
• Appendix A: Permitholder Database Page
Part 1: The Posse
The Contra Costa Sheriff's Mounted Posse had existed as a reserve sworn deputy unit until
approximately 30 years ago. Its primary function was horse-mounted search and rescue, no doubt
necessary in it's day. As the county urbanized, it's membership of citizens who had to own their own
horses necessarily meant that it's members tended to be wealthy.
That in turn made it a campaign contribution goldmine for past Sheriffs.
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As the members aged, at some point it was reduced in function to a parade and ceremonial unit still
formally associated with the Sheriff's office, while a more modern "mechanized" Search and Rescue
team took over those functions.
Several Posse members have told me that somewhere between 25 and 30 years ago, during a parade,
a child blew a whistle in a horse's ear and it bolted. It failed to hurdle a parked car, and an elderly
Posse member was severely injured (broken neck, per one source). The Sheriff at that time disbanded
the Posse as a law enforcement unit…but it remained constituted as a political and social club dedicated
to the support of the incumbent Sheriff. As you'll see, it's remaining "law enforcement status" is
considerable — and illegal as hell.
The Posse Today
As preparation for my Federal court case in 2001, I had a friend from a wealthy part of the county
attempt to gain Posse-related information from the Sheriff's office. Sure enough, he was able to obtain
the following two-page Posse application form from the Sheriff's office secretary:
Let's add up the "police-like features" listed on the above-linked letter from the Sheriff: badges, gold
stars, an "oath of office" in a "swearing-in ceremony" at the Sheriff's COUNTY offices? (We'll get to the
uniforms, ranks such as Lieutenant and more later.)
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Do also note that there is a $100 fee and that it covers the first year of "annual dues," payable yearly,
at $75. For people who live in states where $20 will cover your CCW permit for four years, that might
seem steep — a nice income stream for the Sheriff, no doubt.
Also, did you catch the part about how successful applicants must be "willing to contribute time, talent
and treasury"? [emphasis mine] Golly, if you'll kick in some money, maybe you can exercise your
right to self-defense without fear of getting busted and slapped with a felony — how generous. Now
let's look at the actual application that came with the Sheriff's letter:
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What the heck do members of a political club have to do with sharing "horses, boats or airplanes" with
the Sheriff's office!? Note the middle of the application form page.
Also note the use of Rupf's official seal of office on this application form for something his attorneys
described in court (twice) as a "private political club". Per the letter, they may be "called upon to
support the Sheriff". They're supposed to give "time, talent and treasury" to the "goals of the Sheriff"
(apparently including re-election). They get "ID Cards" (not badges?), "Gold Stars", and have a
swearing in ceremony (more on those later), yet they're not law enforcement of any sort?
Oh, and a lot of 'em seem to hold CCW permits — see also Appendix A.
You may have noticed the reference to "gold stars" — let me quote a description of the one available in
2000 from an actual Posse member, from his Email to me:
"There was the 2000 'commemorative' badge that was full sized, what 3 inches, maybe
bigger?? 7 points, just like the regular uniform badge, saying: 'Sheriff, Contra Costa
County', differing from a uniform badge in that the Calif seal in the middle is gold plated,
not full color enamel, center is not the seal of the county, but rather that of Calif."
The 7 points identify it to law enforcement as an actual law enforcement insignia, yet per Rupf's letter
to prospective Posse, the members "are not law enforcement officers". Hint, wink, nudge...more
evidence of law enforcement privileges and trappings for the Posse will become clear later when we
look at their newsletter.
I decided to play rough.
The guy who got that set of Posse application materials lived in the wealthy enclave of Kensington,
which is outside of any town Rupf has a "zero CCW agreement" with. I figured with that sort of upscale
address, Rupf would just love him as a prospective Posse member.
So I had him call up Rupf's COUNTY offices, talk to his secretary, and get the date of the next Posse
affair plus get more copies of the Posse application forms as above. (In fact, those forms above are
copied from what he received). He then documented the results...for his privacy, his name has been
deleted but you can contact my attorney David Beauvais who can confirm the authenticity of this two-
page document. Following are the two pages of a signed declaration for my court case:
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If the Posse is a "private political club" in support of the Sheriff, then Rupf's personal secretary had no
business knowing the date of their next social function, or how to route an application to the guy from
This, ladies and gents, is called "misuse of county personnel and facilities for personal political ends".
And it's exactly what former Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors member Gayle Bishop recently
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lost her job over, plus spent 30 days in the pokey. Sheriff Rupf's jail, come to think. And she was
busted by DA Gary Yancey, who as we've seen is Rupf's close buddy. Yancey received campaign
contributions from many of the same CCW permitholders who are also Posse as gave money to Rupf.
NOTE: Former Contra Costa County Supervisor Gayle Bishop's convictions for misuse of public funds
were related to her use of her county-paid staff and resources for her private law practice and her
unsuccessful re-election campaign. Also interesting is the fact that Blackhawk Corp. was fined $26,000
- http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/examiner/archive/1998/05/01/NEWS10184.dtl - by
the Fair Political Practices Commission in connection with contributions to Bishop — and the owner of
Blackhawk is a member of Sheriff Rupf's Posse by the name of Kenneth Behring, former owner of the
So Rupf figured nobody was going to investigate him to the same degree Ms. Bishop was looked
into...'cept he forgot about one extra investigator running around loose.
But he has another problem — one of the Posse is very much in favor of widespread self defense, and
happened to pass me something quite interesting: a Posse newsletter dated April-June 2001. All six
pages of that document follow, with commentary…
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Page one: nothing too odd, except that PD Chief Samuels of Richmond is one of the Chiefs who has
requested that Rupf not issue CCW permits in his town — and Samuels clearly knows of the Posse's
existence. Whether he knows of the extreme favoritism Posse members receive in CCW is as yet an
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The recently deceased Joe Vrankovich was a CCW permitholder. Rupf asks for volunteers for, among
other things, the "dinners" — Posse dinners directly benefited Rupf's campaign fund, as you'll see in the
campaign finance statements in part two.
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When I complained about the favoritism in CCW issuance being shown to Posse members to my elected
representatives, I was ignored. In the case of Senator Rainey, this was to be expected, he was Sheriff
before Rupf and ran the Posse then. Shown here is my other elected rep, Assemblywoman Lynne
Leach, partying with 'em.
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Let's see, they named a benefit event for juvenile hall inmates "Beer and Brats"? I wonder if the kids
More seriously, here we have a case of a Posse member trying to pass himself off as a cop. He failed
because he was drunk off his rocker, and "gilded the lily" by adding CHP insignia. Except for that, it
might have worked.
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At age 85, Vrankovich's rank of "Lieutenant" couldn't have been as a reservist — that's a POSSE rank.
Per the 1st article, the "Marine Posse" has uniforms in which they appear in public. So the Posse has
ranks, uniforms, gold stars, ID cards ("badges"), swearing-in ceremonies, easy access to gun
carry…and they're not cops? Mike Zeelen holds a CCW permit.
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Yo Rupf: give ME a uniform, rank, badge, gold star and legal gun carry and sure, I'll do as much
"Community Policing" as you want! And apparently, all it takes is regular campaign contributions?
This is insane. Remember, Rupf keeps the Posse membership lists totally secret, not even the county
has access. Yet they're some sort of "quasi cops"?
Of the Board of Directors members listed above, Challoner, Pastore, Kahane and the aforementioned
(RIP) Vrankovich have (or had) CCW permits.
Now let's see how the Posse (and CCW permitholders) actually connect to Rupf's campaign finances.
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Part Two: Campaign Contribution Data
Campaign Statement, Page 1:
This is a typical "cover page" to each filing made with the County Elections Board. All up through the
last time I checked (late 1999) looked the same, with Raynal Mayman as treasurer of the "Committee
To Retain Sheriff Rupf". Even the phone numbers are probably current, except that 510 should be
converted to 925.
Mayman holds a CCW permit.
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Campaign Statement, Page 2:
Here we see money coming in to Rupf from Zeelen, who we know is Posse, and Vrankovich (RIP), ditto.
Both on the same date, which was a Posse dinner. Also partying and contributing: DA Gary Yancey.
You're going to ask me how I know 3/31/93 was a Posse Dinner, right? See next page…
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Campaign Statement, Page 3:
This is how.
The DeVincenzi family owns a local chain of gourmet delicatessens (the Genova Delis). John Sr. (RIP)
and John Jr. are CCW permitholders.
Now, according to the Posse newsletter's eulogy to Vrankovich (page 5 of the Posse newsletter),
Vrankovich was one of the two co-sponsors of the long-running "Vrankovich/DeVincenzi Posse Dinners".
Makes sense, as Vrankovich was an executive at a meat company and the DeVincenzis had the delis.
But after this one reference to the DeVincenzis financing a dinner back in 1993, there are NO other
major contributions on this scale recorded in later campaign finance filings.
It would appear that the DeVincenzis and Vrankovich sponsored the dinners "for the Posse" as an
organization, instead of recording it all as donations to Rupf as they did back in 1993.
I don't know if this violates campaign finance rules, but someone more qualified should certainly look
into the possibility. A copy of this will go to the Fair Political Practices Commission.
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Campaign Statement, Page 4:
More money from Zeelen and Yancey, in 1998.
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Campaign Statement, Page 5:
Here's money going from Rupf's campaign OUT to the Posse. Interesting. Note the Posse's mailing
address, you'll see that again…
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Campaign Statement, Page 6:
Here's more Rupf campaign money going out the door. Note the address of the "Sheriff's Charities Inc."
— same as the Posse's address, previous page.
Now, a cynic might ask whether the money is being properly separated between political org (the
Posse) and charitable purposes…but it probably is, there are too many otherwise reasonable people in
the Posse for something that ugly to go un-noticed.
The point is, the $700 that went to the Posse by name went for political purposes, because if it had
been intended for charity it would have gone to the Sheriff's own charity, instead.
In other words, it's further evidence of how deeply tied to the Sheriff's electoral politics the Posse is.
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Campaign Statement, Page 7:
This is interesting — the Posse went and rented a hall specifically for a Rupf campaign fundraiser, and
Rupf paid 'em back. Nothing wrong with that, but yet again it shows deep ties between Rupf's electoral
politics and the Posse.
And that in turn raises harsh questions about why Rupf's secretary was able to provide the dates and
times of Posse events to callers, and direct a Posse applications set to his mailbox.
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Campaign Statement, Page 8:
Mayman is a permitholder, and Posse.
Mongsene is now retired; at one point in the mid-1990s he was a Lt. In the Sheriff's department who
Rupf assigned the task of "initial CCW screening"…later that went to Lt. Wayne Willett and now
somebody name of Varady.
Approximately 1996 a business owner who lives in Lafayette called the Sheriff's office and asked about
CCW issuance. Mongsene told the guy to join the Sheriff's Posse if he wanted any chance at all.
(Sidenote on campaign finance laws: per county rules, $225 is the max donation in a non-election year.
So Mayman got his wife to contribute too. As for Olney, a total of 8 or 9 different relatives and/or Olney
employees all "contributed" in their names on this date — odds are it was really all the owner's money
just creatively split. Just like the DeVincenzi contribution of almost $1900 worth of chow — they ran out
of relatives to split the total among, and used three employees…who I somehow doubt cared very much
about Sheriff Rupf's political career. In other words, it's easy to make up these dumb rules, but it
doesn't take much creativity to bypass 'em either.)
APPENDIX A: Rupf Permitholder Database, Circa Early 2000
Version 4.0, cleaned up, page numbers added plus endnotes with some legal technicalities.
Names and case file info is derived from Rupf's response to Chuck Michel's PRAR request of early 2000.
Rupf withheld this data in the Fed trial of 2001, we were forced to use the older data, consisting of over
750 pages of mildly redacted (by Rupf or his staff) original CCW application/renewal file info.
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Methodology: each multi-page record in the Michel response was examined and the permitholder name
compared to the rosters of permitholders dated 5/24/2001.
Their information is summarized in the table linked below. Therefore, this table will be incomplete in
that it doesn't cover new permit issuance between the time of the Michel response and 5/24/01. This
table is also limited purely to current (as of 5/24/2001) permitholders.
Note: the "first issued" date refers to the first date I can find in the file, and in many cases the oldest
forms for that person are missing or incomplete. Permits may be older than as listed. If there's no first
date on the file, I refer to the 5/24/2001 PRAR data.
"Numbering" in the first column refers to the page number where that applicant's file begins.
Permit types: 12027i refers to the shall-issue system for retired Fed agents. Standard/Std is the normal
type, "Judge" is obvious, and "Reserves" mean a reserve deputy for the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
UNLESS some other department is noted.
Some pages were discarded as irrelevant. The pages set aside included shooting range qualification
data, sign-off sheets showing that the applicant understands the process, and renewal applications
where the renewal pages did not contain any "new information" beyond the contents of the original app
and the current permit card itself. In some cases the renewal sheets were retained in the file because
they were the only data available, or the renewal sheet expanded on info available in the app, or the
renewal sheet showed a change in occupation (or "life circumstances") from the original application
time. Not one renewal form page ever contained revised "good cause data" from the original issuance.
Page First Permit
Name "Good Cause Summary" Posse? Misc Info/Notes
number Issued Type
He also had CCW in
Ohio based on a
William Carries cash related to his "special deputy
4 Bruce 1975 Standard photography business YES status" with no actual
Plummer (owner). law enforcement
duties…very similar to
Needs to defend his cattle
ranch, which he owns and Nephew of Frank
resides at. Of course, being Pereira, known to be
his "home and place of politically connected
business", he already has and a former
carry rights. This same PRAR UnderSheriff and
response in the "good cause" current Posse
10 Edward 1996 Std YES
area for Steve Jacobsen was member and
heavily redacted; not so for permitholder.
the Michel PRAR response of References included
early '2000. In Rupf's both Frank and John
5/24/2001 permitholder Pereira, Jack Roddy,
database printout, occupation Bob Chapman
"Night work, violent crime
area", he is a doctor and a
nurse was robbed in the
14 Earnest 1975? Std YES
hospital parking lot. Posse
membership listed in the
"good cause" statement!
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Listed as reference by
Judge - modest good cause
19 Lois Haight 1995 Judge Thomas Van Voorhis,
Thomas Van Voorhis
was on a first-name
basis with the staff of
former state senator
This is somebody Willett Rainey. I filed a
denied in 1998 due to no complaint with
good cause, so he appealed Rainey's office about
to Rupf by letter with very Rupf's CCW abuse,
23 Van 1998 Std
weak "good cause" and a long they mentioned
list of Judges and politicians "Thomas" as a
as "character references" - frequent visitor.
classic "CCW by connections". Related to attorney
Dan Van Voorhis,
attorney for Kenneth
Eugene Behring entry
Unknown good cause - old
permit, "good cause" papers Politically connected -
long since lost, gets renewed note the pattern of
anyways. He's a former "very old permit and
28 1964 Std UnderSheriff political YES renewals despite no
appointee back in the '60s, "good cause on file".
but wasn't a sworn peace You'll see more of
officer hence the need for that.
This was a renewal;
he had a permit while
"My wife is in a wheelchair, living in Kingsburg,
William 1986 - we're old, we use ATMs" - CA 93631, Fresno
32 Albert Riley but see Std. accurate paraphrase of County (which is
Jr. notes applicant's own handwritten highly restrictive).
"good cause statement". PRAR response
printout lists him
starting in 1995
Walter "I have to be in SF and other prominently
37 Joseph ? Std high crime areas at night" - YES mentioned in Rupf's
Pastore accurate paraphrase. campaign fund
Son of Frank Pereira,
John Lee None listed. Former "special
40 ? Std YES Posse, related to
Pereira deputy Sheriff"
Frank Nunes Jr, Posse
Joseph None listed - forms are
42 Randall 1984 Std present, good cause
Mass statement area is blank!
None listed. When he died, The PRAR response to
media reports listed his "good Michel was done
46 1989 Std cause" as being related to YES before Fang died.
telephone death threats Fang donated at least
however he had switched $700 in recorded
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both residence and career campaign donations
since initial permit issuance. to Rupf and more
Media reports of his death than that to Rainey
widely mentioned Posse when he was Sheriff
membership. and approved Fang's
He's a "Sr. VP of Marketing"
for "Eagle Food Service".
Good cause (paraphrased)
adds up to "on the road late
48 Henry 1990 Std
at night, takes his daughter
to sporting events across the
Wealth involved in issuance?
The entire "good cause"
section reads: "Self
Owen Protection". (He may be a
56 McNiel 1982 Std former reservist, see also
Schafer entry page 66 (Christopher
Young) below for what may
be a similar case.)
Turned down by Willett for Mike Haas met this
lack of good cause, writes gent at a political
four-page rant on the general event where Haas
Jamieson state of crime plus was speaking; Bates
60 Bitzer 1999 Std. constitutional rights, and is had much praise for
Bates personally approved by Rupf. Rupf's CCW policies.
I don't disagree, point is Rupf This and Van Voorhis
would never have issued to a establish Willett's
peon on that basis. involvement in bias.
As long as they're still
IN the reserves this
makes at least some
Good cause listed as "Self
Christopher sense. But we have
66 1995 Reserve Protection". That may be
Young cases on record
standard for reservists?
where they keep the
permit even after
None - it says "issued
pursuant to reserve policy"
and "will be revoked on
leaving the reserves". Well if
69 1981 Reserve that’s the case, and numbers
56 and 66 above were
reservists from the same
period, #56 kept his permit
"Travel, including through
violent areas with young
Michael Rupf probably saw big
daughter and luxury car".
73 Stephen 1995 Std potential for
Accurate paraphrase. Owner
Telfer campaign money.
of "Telfer/Sheldon Oil
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Good cause not present
Ernest (forms missing, typical of
78 1968 Std may have died or
Terry older permits). Occupation:
owns a cocktail lounge.
Here's a good one. He was
manager of a slaughterhouse,
and had a permit for
Frank "personal protection and
81 Joseph 1970 Std handling bank deposits". OK,
Thelen fine…but he's still being
reissued, even though he's
now a teacher at a
John Peter Good cause: "self defense" -
83 1970 Std
Toth MD that's the whole text
Some kind of HazMat
specialist - had a brief
Wayne Roy encounter with two guys who
86 1978 Std
Tulnage he thought was watching him
take money away from a
91 Lewis 1994 Std
Real estate person of some
95 1994 Std sort, drives alone to
properties in Nevada.
James Von Mortgage Banker - no good
99 1961 Std
Waldegg cause listed.
VP of the Oakland Meat This gent just died,
Company needs general per the Posse
protection, I guess due to newsletter. Also per
Joseph wealth? He has a sense of that document (page
101 Domenic 1976 Std humor - on the old form YES 5)he had held the
Vrankovich asking for "prior criminal rank of "Lieutenant"
problems that make you seek in the Posse, but at
a permit" he hand-wrote "not age 85 he clearly
yet". wasn't a reservist.
Denis M. Owns a vending company,
107 1987 Std
Weigand carries money
Physician - no good cause
111 Samuel 1968 Std
listed (forms missing)
Rancher - good cause is "self
114 Aubrey 1959! Std
protection" (entire text)
Physician - moderate good
Michael cause relating to control of
117 1994 Std
Lee Wynn drug supplies, prescriptions,
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Owner of the Oakland Meat
Company, Vrankovich's boss
(#101 above). Other than #101
121 Frank 1968 Std
that, no good cause was.
listed…forms missing, lost in
the mists of time.
There's always been
at least one member
of this family with a
permit at any one
Transports money relating to time, for many
124 Domenic 1989 Std YES
family chain of Delis. years. This family
has given over
$3,000 to Rupf's
campaign funds, and
caters Posse dinners.
Owns business, ex-employee
threatened to go postal, plus
128 Robert 1993 Std
he responds to the alarm late
Business owner, three parts
stores, two in bad
Dennis Decent good cause -
neighborhoods. He had a
132 Robert 1993 Std but being a business
pretty good list of police
Ladd owner helps…
reports relating to vandalism,
Seems to have scored CCW
before joining reserves. No
137 Reyes 1974 Reserve
good cause statements of any
sort in file.
We have no way of
Manages a welfare fraud
knowing how many
investigations unit for the
"regular folks" in
county social services
Ralph John circumstances just as
139 1994 Std department. Has very strong
Alvarado dire were
good cause related to a
denied…esp. if they
lived in a town with
documented very well.
it's own PD.
Geologist by trade, also has
rental properties, claims
146 John 1985 Std
tenants being thrown out
threaten to kill him.
This is specifically the
Armand Owns an auto upholstery type of good cause
150 Albert 1972 Std shop in a "dark secluded Varady said was
Annereau area", carries cash. inadequate to the
Contra Costa Times.
152 Lewis 1971 Std Owns a liquor store
Roger Lee Originally he was the asst.
154 1973 Std
Becker manager of a sporting goods
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store and took money to the
bank. He has switched to
some unspecified "self
employed", no details.
Originally got permit
restricted to the times he was
Robert carrying money relating to his
156 William 1974 Std plumbing business. That
Betti restriction has been lifted
some time since. He's still in
Contractor, something to do
Guy Henry with radio/TV broadcast
158 1969 Std
Black antennae, works in remote
Ernest W. Civil engineer, no good cause
161 1965 Std
Chapman was a
Robert reference on the
Rancher - no good cause
163 Hayden 1974 Std YES Nunes application,
listed, forms missing.
Chapman alongside the
Owns "Castle Fine Arts" in SF,
Francis J. other than that no good cause
165 1993 Std
Castle Jr. is in the file (the forms that
would have it are gone).
Salvatore Farmer - "for protection of
167 1980 Std.
Cardinale large sums of money".
Owns some sort of business,
can't make out the name.
Paperwork is particularly
sketchy for a Rupf-era initial
170 1997 Std permit, all forms that would
have good cause on 'em are
gone. Yet there's been at
least three renewals, the
latest early in '99.
A stockbroker whose stated
Gail "good cause" was for Note that the permit
Anthony protection while at a remote was NOT
172 1984 Std
DeMartini ranch in Calaveras County. geographically or
(male) There was a more detailed otherwise restricted.
letter, now missing.
Owner of a business called
Angelo "Elegant Floors", no good
177 1974 Std
Dimaggio cause statement papers, as
normal for files this old.
Same as #170 - business Very odd. Steve
owner, sketchy paperwork, Jacobsen filed a PRAR
180 Edward 1997 Std.
multiple renewals since. ALL on Rupf in 1997 - it's
original papers gone, along possible Rupf's people
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with good cause, not common started realizing there
for Rupf-initial-issued permit.. was damaging stuff in
these files around
that time, and purged
Sketchy papers, no good
cause info, he used to be the
head custodian for a local Some sort of
182 Delmore 1975 Std
school district, and as of 1998 connections involved.
he was retired and still being
Business owner, was dealing
with petty crimes near his
warehouse, and when he
Robert made contracting housecalls
185 August 1995 Std he dealt with criminal-class
Edelman people (he referred to a
house as having guns and
drugs exposed in the living
William Doctor, runs multiple offices,
187 1999 Std
Ellis deposits cash.
Owns a Ferarri
189 1978 Std dealership/repair shop,
travels with race cars.
Michael As usual with
He's been a reservist the
194 Geary 1972 Reserve reserves, no "good
whole time he's held CCW.
He's a sales engineer for
"steam specialties", and
travels to Richmond, where
196 Lovejoy 1977 Std
"punks" of some sort threw
rotten veggies at his car four
years ago. Weak.
No good cause records.
When he first obtained CCW,
200 1971 Std he was a frozen foods
salesman, now he's in sheet
Dale Allen Real estate investor, goes to
202 1992 Std
Frost "low rent" areas.
He's a Brigadier General in
the US Army Reserves, and is
Barton Jay sometimes connected with
206 1997 Std
Gilbert drug task force operations.
Not bad as far as "good
Masonry contract estimator,
carries large sums of cash for
210 Wendel 1971 Std
banking and payroll? Which
doesn't make much
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sense…that's not what you'd
expect an estimator to do.
Joel H. Court commissioner, good
213 1993 Judge
Golub cause relates to that.
Good cause is "we live in a
George remote area of Orinda, have
217 James 1990 Std lots of money, art and
Grover Jr. valuables, and we travel to
Employed originally as a PI
for an investigative agency,
221 Marion 1975 Std
now "self employed", job title
Attorney, does family law
practice and had specific
227 Charles 1990 Std
threats. Strong good cause
Roger Dale Owns auto parts store, takes
233 1973 Std
Henderson cash to the bank.
Andrew Internal security and
236 Claude 1994 Std executive protection,
Higgins employed by Bank of America
240 1998 Std Investigator/bodyguard/POST
Construction foreman, takes
243 Albert 1994 Std
payroll to remote sites.
Deborah Senior security manager for
247 Michael 1997 Std Bechtel, internal corporate
Gun shop owner, sells full-
auto machine guns to PDs.
250 Edward 1985 Std
Needs to be able to defend
same from being stolen.
PI, plus carries cash to
254 Williams 1985 Std
sporting events he manages.
Other than occupation listed
Kenneth as "repossessor", no good
259 1991 Std
Allen Krohn cause statement, very skimpy
Corporate security, loss
prevention for Ross stores.
261 Patrick 1983 Std
Originally scored CCW while
doing the same for Macy's.
Richard Something to do with an auto
266 Jacob 1970 Std wreckers - owner? Most of
Karnes the old paperwork and good
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cause data missing.
Good cause mentions working
Dennis late with "most unsavory"
Kahane in an official
270 Spencer 1996 Reserve (his words) people hanging
in the Posse.
Kahane out in the parking lot - he's
Good cause relates to being a
273 Denny 1992 Reserve
Christian I wonder if Rupf
August Original CCW issued because judges wealth purely
278 1985 Reserve
Lauritzen the guy runs a yacht harbor. by the applicant's
Lowell Security and executive
current popularity, I'd
282 Stanley 1979 Std protection for PG&E (his
assume he's pretty
Sells guns and tear gas to
James police departments, at least
286 1972 Std
Donald Lee back in '72. Current permit
lists occupation as "sales".
Occupation on most recent
permit is "salesman", ALL
289 Robert 1996 Std
original papers missing
including "good cause".
papers are marked
cause left blank. The
guy has had
since, and at NO time
David Attorney in his original
has the Contra Costa
292 Arthur 1972 Std papers…no other good cause,
Sheriff's Office ever
Long and he's now retired.
had a good cause
statement for him on
file. And now post-
retirement, CCW is
STILL being treated
as a "tenured
All original "good cause"
papers and documents from
the original 1998 application
Michael are missing, odd for
294 James 1998 Std something so recent.
Lorenzo lang=FR style='font-
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The oldest papers
Runs a security company from 1970 are for a
Walter See now; back in 1970 was renewal. As with
Lloyd Lyall note! involved in a home/apartment #80, Rupf never had
maintenance company. good cause data for
this guy, ever?
Owns small business, carries
299 George 1972 Std
cash to bank.
David John Employed in corporate
302 1992 Std
McIntyre security, department director.
Owns a construction
company, carries cash to $8k,
306 Ewing 1979 Std
and had death threats from a
George Attorney, also a Judge Pro-
311 Kevin 1993 Std Tem and Superior Court
William E. Originally a county animal I'm not related to him
316 1971 Std
March control officer, now retired. so far as I'm aware.
He owns a restaurant and a
vending machine company,
318 Pete 1998 Std
works late and transports
He's a financial manager with
Bechtel, described as "a
major multinational firm that
does business in "world hot-
spots" such as Iran, South Mayman is treasurer
Africa, the middle east, etc of Rupf's campaign
Raynal and the company is a target fund, and seems to
320 James 1978 Std of anti-nuke people, YES have held that
Mayman environmentalists, etc." position throughout
(paraphrased) and therefore Rupf's tenure as
he's at risk. As a financial Sheriff.
specialist, he probably never
leaves this area on business,
if Bechtel gets targeted it'll be
325 1968 Std Owns a restaurant chain.
Jack Former building contractor, Another case of
328 Mattew 1961 Std now retired, no good cause "tenure", no good
Metez papers in the file. cause needed.
President of Macy's West(!). What are the odds
Louis Claims to be well-known for this gent's wealth and
331 Maximillian 1994 Std pushing prosecution of rioters social status had
Meunier in SF that were active after something to do with
the Rodney King verdicts. permit issuance?
Frank Louis Owns a welding supply
335 1988 Std
Middleton business, carries cash, etc.
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Chiropractor, gave story
about his mother's house
Rupf should have
John D. getting broken into and her
340 1985 Std issued the CCW to
Milano purse stolen, so despite not
living with her, somehow his
gun is going to help her.
Sandra Attorney, received threats
344 1994 Std
Ford Mock related to a case
He doesn't appear to
be a "roadblock" in
the CCW process.
No good cause data; this gent Probably generally
John is Rupf's Rangemaster and pro-CCW. How much
348 Andrew 1974 Reserve from what I've heard he knows about
Montagh separately, very competent at bias/elitism/etc is
it. another question,
might be interesting
to get him into
He's now with a
Attorney, "needs to be on the different law firm, it's
350 James 1973 Std
street with his police clients". unlikely he has the
same needs as in '73.
Originally a truck dispatcher No "good cause"
Robert (with the Teamsters Union?), details ever on file
353 Anthony 1970 Std now in construction - the only with this guy. I smell
Nadol Jr. "good cause" statement was a politically connected
"self protection". individual.
Tarchieso Now retired, was in sheet
357 Joe 1969 Std metal, good cause missing
Piastrelli from file.
Current permit has
occupation as "Finance", back
David in '69 he was a stockbroker
360 Pearsall 1969 Std for Merrill Lynch, still works
Platter for that company in some
capacity. No good cause on
In '68, he was into carpet
Calvin sales and was a full-time
363 Vincent 1968 Std fireman. Occupation today is
Porter "Sales", and no good cause
data is in the file.
Owns Pacific Electrical Supply
Inc, claims to have to fire
366 Joseph 1994 Std
people sometimes, and they
Dentist does 24hour
371 1988 Std emergency care, and has
access to drugs.
375 Joseph 1979 Std Carries money to buy Sounds politically
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Petere Corvette parts and cars as connected.
Remiti part of his hobby.
Retired; as of 1995 he was Compare this to
doing some estate jewelry Derek Westfall's case
Jack J. sales on the side, claimed an - Derek couldn't get
380 1995 Std
Sarver undocumented attempted full documentation
robbery. Don't know if he out of Orinda PD so
still does this as a retiree. he gets shot down.
Real estate, and does rent
Leo collection for property
383 1991 Std
Saunders management purposes, so
Works in investigations for
PacBell, coordinated wiretaps Transferred from
387 1998 Std and testifies in state and Fed Alameda Sheriff's
court. Claims to have Office.
received threats for that stuff.
Self employed coin and
precious metals dealer at
390 Herbert 1991 Std
Live one! Scored CCW while This guy was known
a member of the CC County for his strongly anti-
Thomas Board of Supes, talked about gun ways while in
395 Michael 1978 Std having to go mix with his YES office(!) as was his
Powers constituents(!). Also an wife who was on the
attorney who handles estate Richmond city
sales, etc. council. Hypocrites!
Business owner, carries cash, Most list businesses
400 Gerow 1997 Std
business not named - odd owned.
VP of a security company,
403 Andrew 1982 Std
does executive protection
Retiree today; at time of
issuance, was a machinist
408 1961 Std and did some gunsmithing
and shooting instruction. No
good cause statement on file.
Attorney (still practices).
Statement in 1971: "Carry
large sums, also represent
different types of people"
411 1971 Std (exact quote). Now, to my
knowledge, there's just one
type of people on the planet,
now that Neanderthals are
Owns an auto body shop,
414 1972 Std good cause: "self protection
and large sums of money"
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Owns retail stores - no good
417 Bernard 1964 Std
cause data on record.
Former cop, deputy and FBI
420 1997 12027i said he wanted to break into
Runs retail insurance biz,
422 Charles 1993 Std
takes cash to bank.
Former FBI, 23 years, "to
William H. protect myself from the
426 1994 12027i
Smits Jr. people I busted"
In '73 he was a "garage
foreman", no good cause is
listed anywhere, and his
430 Douglas 1973 Std
latest renewal has the
"occupation" area deliberately
433 Stephen 1977 Std PI/bodyguard.
CPA, transports cash for one Does he still have
439 Warren 1984 Std
accounting client. that client?
445 Erik Strand 1993 Reserve Reserves is sole good cause.
Good cause relates to
Roger L. reserves, he does some work
460 1999 Reserve
Draper as a jailer in Martinez, worries
about revenge by ex-inmates.
Stanley Wealthy corporate attorney,
463 Edwin 1996 Std travels through SF, poor
Gutman delicate flower.
This is the guy that
put "Walnut Creek PD
doesn't issue any
467 Charles 198? 12027 Retired FBI, now a PI.
permits" in his
application. He had
no reason to lie.
This one's important. No
good cause data. Thing is,
this guy transferred in from
Clayton PD, approved by Lt. Seeno is deeply
Willett 2/2/99. Clayton PD 99.9% connected to DA Gary
471 Walter 1999 Std
told a different applicant that certain Yancey, now retiring
they don't issue at all, in due to cancer.
1996. And this guy is a VP in
Seeno Construction - Mr.
Seeno holds a CCW, and
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Seeno is definitely Posse.
Union district representative
when issued, good cause was
"Do business and attend
social functions with my wife
and sometimes my children in
473 1992 Std high crime areas of Contra Politically connected!
Costa County" (verbatim!).
Now he's retired, and a
pathetic effort was made to
cover that up (see the Michel
file record pages 473-478).
No good cause data in file.
Original occupation was as a
479 Eugene 1962 Std Another "tenure case"
salesman for International
Harvester - now retired.
Leonard No good cause on file,
482 Raymond 1967 Std continuous renewals, he's a
Orr GOLF PRO?
is a specific zero-CCW
zone - if you live
there! Richmond was
"Protection while traveling in blocked by agreement
high crime areas ie: between Rupf and all
485 Denton 1994 Std
Richmond, West Oakland, the PDs in the county,
East San Jose" (verbatim!). where Rupf wouldn't
issue in towns plus
have always been
He may be a
Specific claimed threats that
Norbert add up to fairly strong good
488 199 Std uncertain without
Young cause, no documentation on
knowing the street
Realtor; claim of a specific
490 1994 Std criminal threat plus "carries YES
cash" (business related?).
Retired as of 1998; original
John good cause missing, as of
495 Maitland 1961 Std 1971 he was an "account Another "tenure case"
Lauderdale executive" for an electrical
Edward L. Doctor; no good cause
498 1969 Std
Kronick statement, records missing.
Occupation on current permit
is "Executive", good cause
statement is missing…there
502 Mark 1991 Std
was an attached letter that he
referred to in his 1991
application, now missing.
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Paul Occupation: psychiatrist;
How many people pay
508 Thomas 1971 Std good cause related to
shrinks in cash?
DiGaudio carrying of money?
His personal letter to
Rainey talks about
what a good shot he
is, and mentions his
Oral Surgeon. His good shooting buddies:
cause statement talked about John Montagh (the
511 Randy 1990 Std
bad areas, and protecting rangemaster), John
drug supplies, however… Dashner(?) and -
WARREN RUPF prior
to his election to
Occupation is "sales", all good
cause data missing from
sketchy file. Oldest doc in
518 Joseph 1967 Std
the file is a 1971 renewal, the
"1967" date comes from
Rupf's database printout.
Currently retired; all original
Donald A. good cause papers missing.
521 1983 Std
Stewart Don't even know what his
original occupation was.
Bradford Physician - no original permit
524 True 1992 Std app forms in the file, no good
Prescott cause, no nuthin'.
Scratch "works for" -
Ken Behring not only
Investments", he also
owned the Seattle
Seahawks NFL team
fairly recently, owns
the Behring auto
museum, and he
personally built the
Occupation is "investor", the city of Blackhawk.
complete good cause During the political
statement is "high wars surrounding the
526 Eugene 1992 Std
profile…need protection". Blackhawk
Works for "Blackhawk Corp" development, his
in CCW application file… attorney was Dan Van
Voorhis, related to
and crony Thomas
Van Voorhis. Ken
Behring is a multi-
billionaire, one of the
richest men in Contra
Costa County, and it's
interesting that the
phrasing of the
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application sought to
CEO of the Oakland Meat
We know of two other
Company, originally scored
CCW because he was the
and #121) connected
Nelson Chief Financial Officer and did
with that corp.
531 Buck 1989 Std bank deposits but with the
McAfee job title change, that "good
was witnessed by
cause" is gone now. Doesn't
matter, he's an aristocrat,
who's known Posse.
Think about this:
wouldn't it be greatly
This guy works for his
to Rupf's benefit to
parent's political consulting
have THIS sort of
Gregory business; he leads teams of
539 1997 Std person "owe him
Allen Reese canvassers into "bad areas"
one"? And of course,
and many of his team
people who LIVE in
members are women.
the bad areas are
This one is really
him on 5/7/99, not
long after I sued
Occupation is blank. Original
James P. him. Rupf had to be
542 1998 Std application form is present,
Muglie at least peripherally
but good cause is BLANK.
thinking about "good
cause" and equal
protection? Yet he
signs off on this?
Property Manager; there's no
good cause statements, no
Ann B. original applications
545 ? Std
Moriarty paperwork, and she's not in
the database that covers
original dates of issuance.
Business manager, lame good
Stephen cause involving "contact with Application was
547 James 1999 Std large sums of money" and witnessed by Frank
Mikich "travel through high crime Pereira, known Posse.
Now retired; used to be a
Melvin D. warehouse foreman, original
549 1972 Std
McCollough 1972 form is present but with
"Good cause" was BLANK
Originally he was VP and
sales manager of a
manufacturing company. He
Donald Lee now runs his own Definitely a connected
552 1972 Std
McCulley manufacturer's rep sales firm; individual.
good cause involves business
cash. His 1972 letter to the
Sheriff lists the UnderSheriff
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as a personal character
If he retired, it would
be a 12027-type
556 Leon 1978 Std Former cop, now a PI.
permit? (12027 is a
561 Joseph 1993 12027i Retired FBI
John James Good cause relates to
566 1993 Reserve
571 1993 Reserves Reserves
576 Ilir Nushi 1996 Reserves Reserves
Originally reserves, obtained
CCW purely on that basis, but
579 William 1993 ?
now he's NOT and still has a
584 1996 12027i Former FBI
586 Parker 1994 12027i Former FBI, now PI
591 1998 Reserves Reserves
593 1988 Reserves Reserves
Attorney, Judge Pro-Tem and
598 Edwin 1995 Std
William Reserves (Alameda County
601 1995 Reserves
Arthur Rice SO).
606 1998 12027i Former FBI
Odd case - he first obtained
CCW off from the Contra
Costa Sheriff's Office as a
Robert private security guard, then
608 Randolph 1974 12027i went into the FBI for a long
Rockwell time, and on coming out
applied under 12027i.
Doesn't matter much, just
Kevin Blair Prosecutor, Alameda County
611 1998 Std
Thomas DA's office.
Bobby Internal security and
613 Dwain 1999 Std executive protection for Bank
Thomson of America.
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615 1996 12027i Former FBI
618 1995 Reserves Reserves
Attorney, former cop with
Concord PD, "runs into people
621 1993 Std he busted" (paraphrase).
Had a letter of support from
the CPD Chief, now missing.
John R. Barber shop owner - good
625 1969 Std
Verducci cause statement not present.
627 1983 Reserves Reserves
632 1988 Reserves Reserves
637 Joseph 1998 12027i Retired FBI
Restaurant owner, takes
639 1999 Std money to bank, threats from
641 1995 12027i Retired FBI
645 1998 12027i Retired FBI
Originally scores CCW as
reserve, retained CCW after
647 1971 Std leaving reserves. Occupation
is blanked out on latest
650 Albert 1990 12027i Retired Fed Secret Service
Trauma room neurosurgeon;
has testified as to the nature
Robert of injuries inflicted by Decent good cause
658 1989 Std
Allen Fink criminals and is not popular in statement
certain low-rent circles as a
Moved in from Napa,
Financial consultant and
where he had CCW
auditor, claims that this
Edgar Leon for 15 years.
664 1999 Std makes him unpopular at .
Aitken Mentioned that the
times. Also claims to carry
Napa Sheriff would
act as a reference.
Assistant DA, deals with gang
667 Hugh 1978 Std
673 Stephen 1988 Std Fire/arson investigator, local Decent good cause
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Keith April fire district.
Former cop in New Jersey;
employed as internal security
and executive protection for
679 1978 Std World Airways, which if I
recall right, is now defunct?
Current occupation is listed as
Owns 100 apartment units,
685 1998 Std collects rent, takes cash to
687 George 1996 Reserves Reserves - Berkeley PD.
Marin probation officer and
has deputy powers somehow
690 Carnell 1994 Reserves
connected with the Marin
Deputy DA assigned to a
693 Duran 1994 Std
gang task force.
Former Deputy US Marshal,
700 Murray 1984 12027i
now getting threats.
Pathologist, testifies about lawyer was on record
cases, had letter of reference in court on 12/22/99
from the San Joachin County saying that the Posse
705 Herrick 1999 Std YES
Sheriff - who mentioned Critz is a private political
as being Contra Costa club whose
Sheriff's Posse. membership lists
should be sealed.
708 Candis 1999 Reserves Reserves
Ernest A. Reserves - paperwork
710 ? Reserves
Clausen particularly sketchy.
Occupation is "estimator
manager", good cause is "I'm
712 1999 Std a former cop, I may run into
people I busted"
Original good cause:
John "hardware salesman on the
716 Robert 1971 Std road a lot with valuables",
Davison occupation today is listed as
719 1996 12027i Retired FBI
724 Fred T. 1994 12027i Retired FBI
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729 Abram 1996 12027i Retired FBI
731 1990 Std technician/manager, testifies
in court, needs protection.
Reserves - former full-time
735 Lewis 1999 Reserves
deputy, now a firefighter.
737 1983 Std Retail gun shop owner.
These are examples of pages
from the file Rupf supplied
743- Chuck Michel that Plaintiffs
747 and counsel have set aside as
being not relevant to the
subject of equal protection.
The 12027-based permits shouldn't even be in here. That's a separate system for former law
enforcement of various types — 12027i covers former Feds. Now, I'm not ready to call 12027 an equal
protection violation, because to do so, I'd have to challenge the idea that cops get armaments and
carry rights beyond what "us peons" get. A purist might say that, and with some constitutional backing
but that's a complexity beyond what I need to deal with.
By including 12027 cases, Rupf gains by "watering down" the percentage of "cronies" listed. Let's say
there's a total of 100 Posse members with CCW (which is very conservative!). If there's 244 permits
total active today, then the Posse percentage is bad, but possibly survivable. But if out of 244 total, 50
or more are 12027, then the REAL Posse percentage is higher — 100 is a higher percentage of 190
than it is 244.
Problem: it's not at all clear that records under 12027 are public! They weren't covered under CBS vs.
Block, and with their shall-issue status, equal protection is less of an issue. I'm not at all harmed if I'm
denied info on them.
Last, this file is very incomplete. There were over 230 permits outstanding at the time this PRAR was
answered, over a dozen of these in the above database are expired, so there were at least 40 or so
files totally missing when this was answered!!! Where the hell are the rest!? I'm going to have to
carefully sort out who's missing. There's been some added since, a bit over a dozen. Kim Fang died, of
SEE ALSO THE "CONTRA COSTA CRONIES ROSTER" AT:
http://www.ninehundred.com/~equalccw/cccr.pdf (for examples of the CCW application files
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