Michael McKinney

    Officially, San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government claims to be neutral on the candidate to replace City Attorney James F. Penman, should voters vote to recall Jim Penman on the recall question on the November 5, 2013 ballot.  San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government is the PAC behind the San Bernardino Recall on the November 5, 2013 ballot.

    San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government public relations consultant Michael McKinney is quoted as saying:

    “We’re pleased that there have been candidates that have come forward out of the community that are running in this historic chance to have seven of the nine office-holders on the ballot,” said Michael McKinney, manager of the recall campaign, referring to the candidates facing recall plus those already up for election that day. “The recall committee itself will be in the field supporting the recall, urging voters to vote yes, but it’s not allowed under its organization to help any of the candidates.”  The Sun, Ryan Hagen, “Eight candidates qualify for San Bernardino Recall Election, posted 9/6/2013 6:40 PM PDT.

    The San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government’s website, as of the writing of this post, does not have any information supporting any specific replacement candidates.

    However, on Twitter, Michael McKinney, slams both City Attorney James F. Penman, and replacement candidate Tim Prince in response to a tweet from Ryan Hagen regarding Gary Saenz:

    1. @SBcityNOW very hypocritical of Penman to throw stones while living in a glass house given the active FPPC investigation.

    2. @MICAPRGA I wasn’t familiar with this investigation until now. Was complaint made by SBRFRG?

    3. @SBcityNOW personal complaint filed 28 May 2013 FPPC file no 13/341. Investigation confirmed 16 August 2013.

    4. @MICAPRGA I’ll get the details tomorrow. Thanks for the heads-up.

    @SBcityNOW along the lines of glass houses. 2008 Congressional candidate’s online bio. pic.twitter.com/JdMQ73RHfn

    2:47 PM – 13 Sep 13

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    1. .@MICAPRGA Interesting. @IEPrince, didn’t you say you understood this to be forbidden?

    2. @SBcityNOW The title is proper in a resume as long as it is not used in a book issued for sale (published). The 2007 excerpt complied.

    3. @SBcityNOW Numerous local attorneys including Penman’s longtime outside contract attorney Joseph Arias http://ariaslockwood.com/joseph-arias  use the term.

    4. @IEPrince I see that Arias does list it; perhaps it is common. Context perhaps different on something intended for legal audience?

    5. @IEPrince “public” still seems to be what “intended for publication” means. Why prohibit using it in resume sold as a book?

    6. @SBcityNOW Use of the title in resumes is acceptable as long as it is not intended to sell books (implying the author is a judge).

    7. @IEPrince hmm, I see. I’ll get your perspective in more detail Monday, but thanks for responding.

     Now, perhaps Michael McKinney is acting on his own, but it is curious that someone who is presumably paid by San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government is slamming Tim Prince.  According to Michael McKinney, as cited above,  “but it’s  not allowed under its [San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government] organization to help any of the candidates.”
    Considering there are only two replacement candidates running should the recall of San Bernardino City Attorney James F. “Jim” Penman be successful,  the public relations consultant for San Beranrdino Residents for Responsible Government is defending one candidate (Gary Saenz) while slamming the other replacement candidate (Tim Prince).
    Michael McKinney’s statement that San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government is not allowed to help any of its candidates does not correspond with what their website says:

    What happens next?

    The City needs new and vibrant leadership. San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government encourages qualified replacement candidates to run for office. This committee will support the Recall initiative and may become involved in recruiting and supporting candidates after the petition phase of the campaign.  San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government, FAQs, http://www.sanbernardinorecall.org/faqs/ accessed September 20, 2013 11:18 a.m. PDT.

    Therefore, it can be deduced that San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government is not only supporting the recall of City Attorney James F. Penman, but also supports recall replacement candidate Gary Saenz over Tim Prince.

    Regarding this post regarding the Notices of Intention to Circulate Recall Petitions, a media contact from San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government contacted me with the following information.

    I was told that Wendy McCammack and Rikke Van Johnson’s notices of intention have not been filed, but they will be filed shortly.

    The identity of the author of the petition is, as I guessed, Pasadena attorney, Michael Lee Allan.  Mr. Allan was quoted in one of the Press Enterprise articles about the recall. As noted in the previous post to this one, Michael L. Allan is also the agent for service of process for MICA-PR, Inc., the public relations firm for San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government.

    Independent of the recall attempt, Michael Allan’s LinkedIn profile says, in pertinent part:

    Mr. Allan is an attorney representing businesses and individuals since 1989. He has practiced in-house with a Fortune 500 company, was general counsel to a Fortune 1000 company, and currently practices privately.

    Primary Practice Areas:
    BUSINESS LAW, including: Contracts; Intellectual Property; Entity Formation & Counseling; Non-Profit Entities; and Administrative Law;
    ESTATES & TRUSTS; Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and related documentation; probate

    Professional Highlights
    * Serving as guest legal commentator for Fox News Channel, also appearing on KTTV 11, Univision Ch. 34, Telemundo Ch. 52, and KWKW radio;
    * Serving as general counsel for a $250,000,000 company;
    * Drafting and negotiation of multimillion dollar contracts;
    * Standardizing corporate contracts for a Fortune 1000 company;
    * Assisting standardization of national contracts for a Fortune 500 company;
    * Negotiating and Drafting a nationwide lease of telecom facilities;
    * Obtaining revisions to state legislative bills with language currently enacted, including pro-business amendments to AB 2449 the “Be a Manager Go to Jail” law and AB 2663 “Wrongful Occupancy of Property;”
    * Representing a Fortune 500 company before the California Assembly’s committees regarding Women/Minority Business Enterprises;
    * Coordinating private placements;
    * “Individual Achievement Award” from corporate client;
    * Letter of Commendation for outstanding arbitration skills;
    * Letter of Commendation for outstanding general counsel services;
    * Commendation from California State Legislature for outstanding public service

    Languages: Mr. Allan is conversant in Spanish, and familiar with Italian, German, and French

    Admissions: State Bar of California; United States District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of California; United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit


    BUSINESS LAW: Contracts; Intellectual Property; Business Formation, Counseling & Funding; Non-Profit Entities; Administrative Law; & Legislative
    ESTATES & TRUSTS: Trusts, Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, and related documentation; probate

    Political consultant Christopher K. Jones said in comment to the Sun editorial that posted on May 7, 2013: “Maybe if Scott Beard and Larry Sharp had used local residents, instead of private investigators from Los Angeles County, to deliver their recall notices they wouldn’t have so much trouble making a routine service.” I was also told that it was the Michael Allan’s choice to serve the officeholders.

    Choice of process server can be a very personal choice for an attorney.  When I need to serve someone in another County, I look for someone who has experience in that area.  For example, when I need to serve an out-of-state corporation in Sacramento, there is one Sacramento process serving firm that I use.  I can imagine that Michael Allan has a Los Angeles firm that he likes to use since he is from Los Angeles County.  However, in a political process such as this, the Charter does not require that a process server be used at all. It is my understanding in the earlier attempt, Tim Prince served Chas Kelley with his Notice of Intention personally.


    The San Bernardino Recall Site is live.  Who is behind it?  The site says “San Bernardino Residents for Responsible Government FPPC ID: 1356684 A Committee in Support of the Recall”

    Who registered the domain name, and when?

    Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com)
    Created on: 16-Apr-13
    Expires on: 16-Apr-14
    Last Updated on: 16-Apr-13


    3831 Zaharias Ridge
    Yorba Linda, California 92886
    United States

    Administrative Contact:
    McKinney, Michael mckinnmw@sbcglobal.net
    3831 Zaharias Ridge
    Yorba Linda, California 92886
    United States
    +1.7142990053 Fax — +1.7144852235

    Technical Contact:
    McKinney, Michael mckinnmw@sbcglobal.net
    3831 Zaharias Ridge
    Yorba Linda, California 92886
    United States
    +1.7142990053 Fax — +1.7144852235

    Who is Michael W McKinney?

    According to this LinkedIn profile, Michael W. McKinney is the “Managing Director, MICA-PR, Inc.” in Orange County, California  The profile further states:


    Government Affairs professional with over two decades experience in a wide-range of direct advocacy and public policy positions at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Core represented industries have included energy, land-use and real-estate development, environmental, construction, finance, and communications. Departmental, intradepartmental/cross-functional and coalition leadership teams have ranged from 4 to 16 direct reports.

    Specialties:Government Affairs, Public Affairs, Lobbying/Advocacy, Regulatory Affairs, Coalition Development, Grass Root Campaign Management, and Communications Strategies for highly regulated industries needing to convey complex subject matters to various constituencies

    What is MICA-PR?

    According to the link on LinkedIn:

    About MICA-PR, Inc.

    MICA-PR, Inc. is a full-service public affairs consulting firm dedicated to successfully providing clients strategic counsel, developing communications strategies, and directly advocating in the areas of government affairs, public affairs, community outreach, market positioning, and crisis communications. Providing creative solutions to complex challenges the firm has assisted clients before the United States Congress, state legislative bodies, regulatory and media environments.

    MICA-PR’s clients include a wide-range of energy (renewables), transportation, industry association, public agency, land-use, clean-tech, technology, and financial services clients.


    Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Public Policy Analysis, Legislative Advocacy, Political Strategy

    What is MICA-PR, INC.?

    According to the Secretary of State’s website:

    Entity Number: C3356749
    Date Filed: 02/02/2011
    Status: ACTIVE
    Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
    Entity Address: 3831 ZAHARIAS RIDGE
    Entity City, State, Zip: YORBA LINDA CA 92886
    Agent for Service of Process: MICHAEL L ALLAN, ESQ
    Agent Address: 2181 EAST FOOTHILL BLVD, SUITE 102
    Agent City, State, Zip: PASADENA CA 91107