America Wants To Know investigates: Who is Mark Reed?

How do you clean up corruption in government? That’s a question I’ve been asked often since entering the race for Congress in California’s 30th district last September.

There are two answers to that question. One is the old joke about politicians being like diapers — they should be changed often, and for the same reason.

The other answer isn’t a joke. To clean up corruption in government, elect honest people to office.

But how do you know who’s honest? And how do you know who’s a liar?

You can do research. But it’s time-consuming and sometimes expensive. Most people rely on the word of people they trust. That’s why politicians court endorsements.

But what if politicians lie to the people they ask for endorsements?

Then the voters are fooled into thinking they’re voting for someone who’s honest.

Fooling the voters is not the way to clean up corruption in government.

When I entered this race last year, there was one other Republican who already had declared his intention to run. His name is Mark Reed. He ran in 2010 against Rep. Brad Sherman in the 27th district and lost by a landslide. He decided to run against Sherman again, and against Howard Berman, in the new 30th district, although Reed does not live in the 30th district.

Mark Reed was quite unhappy that I entered the race. He began telling people in the Republican party, and anyone else who would listen, that I was not “viable,” that I had “no money,” that I had not “filed,” that I was not going to “file,” that I was “holding off filing,” that I would “probably not get on the ballot,” that I was “just doing this to sell books,” that I was “diluting” his vote, that I was “not fit to run,” and that I was “working for the other side.”

Really.

For the record, let me state that I have a letter in hand from California’s Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, confirming that I have qualified to be a candidate for the office of U.S. Representative in the 30th district for the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election. The Susan Shelley for Congress committee is registered with the Federal Election Commission, Committee ID number C00515130. I have been endorsed by the California Republican League (Pro-Choice, Environmentally Conscious and Fiscally Conservative) and a list of prominent and respected individuals of diverse backgrounds and views.

Mark Reed continues to lie about me, and it is time that I responded. I am going to tell you the truth about him.

Mark Reed, who calls himself “the only viable Republican candidate” is currently on probation following a 2010 conviction on two counts of having a concealed dangerous weapon. On Monday, April 2, 2012, he is scheduled to appear before a judge at the San Fernando Courthouse, Department 137, at 8:30 a.m., to ask for early termination of his probation. He will be represented by Bar Panel attorney Murray S. Berns, from the Los Angeles Bar Association’s office of Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments.

One of the conditions of Mr. Reed’s probation was the payment of attorney fees totaling $2,297. He failed to pay, and the court warned him that if the fees were not paid by February, 2012, the case would be sent to collections. In September, 2011, Mr. Reed was ordered to pay $25 per month until the full amount was paid off. He missed his January 2012 payment and was called to court again in February, at which time he paid $50.

Mark Reed, who calls himself a successful businessman and who will be identified on the June 5 ballot as “Businessman/Rancher/Actor,” has been certified by the Los Angeles Superior Court as an indigent criminal defendant. He was initially represented in the concealed weapons case by a deputy public defender, but due to a conflict of interest the court appointed an attorney from the office of Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments to replace both the public defender, Peggy Loveman, and the alternate public defender, Jody Rubel, who succeeded her.

This is all in the public record. I have obtained Mark Reed’s complete records from the criminal division of the Los Angeles Superior Court. Download a summary here and download the complete record of his court proceedings here.

Mark Reed, who told a meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club that America is “morally bankrupt” and that he would bring back moral leadership, has been arrested in Los Angeles County six times: twice for narcotics, twice for driving on a suspended or revoked license, once for possessing a prohibited dangerous species, and once for having a concealed dangerous weapon.

The complete records may be downloaded here.

The record shows a consistent pattern of disregard for the law: probation violations, failure to appear, bench warrants, bail revocation, and repeated warnings to comply with the court’s orders or face additional penalties, right up to the present day.

On Monday, Mark Reed will be in court with his Bar Panel attorney to ask for the early termination of his probation. Currently, as a condition of probation, he is prohibited from owning or possessing any firearms, knives, or concealable weapons. In 2010, the Los Angeles Police Department confiscated all of Reed’s firearms and transported them to a gun dealer to be sold.

That’s a bit different than the story he told the Republican Party of Los Angeles County earlier this month at the party’s endorsement meeting. “They’ll take my gun when they pry it from my cold, dead hand,” he said.

Not quite.

The following is a summary of the information in the public records of the Los Angeles Superior Court about Mark S. Reed, Sr., indigent criminal defendant. The summary can be downloaded in pdf format here, and the complete records of every court proceeding (it’s a big file, please be patient) can be downloaded here. The complete file includes the status report from the California Secretary of State showing that Mark Reed’s corporation, Mark’s Pool Plumbing, Inc., was suspended by the Franchise Tax Board for failure to comply with franchise tax requirements.

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Mark Reed
Arrest Record

Summary

As of
3/28/12

MARK REED ARRESTED, CONVICTED, ON PROBATION

FOR POSSESSION OF A CONCEALED DANGEROUS WEAPON

Currently represented by a Bar Panel attorney

from the Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments office

of the Los Angeles Bar Association

Case No. 9SR00526

The People of the State of California vs. Mark Steven Reed,
Sr.

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: LAPD – Foothill
Area

Case filed on 01/29/09

Mark Reed charged with one count of possession of a
concealed dangerous weapon [12020(A)(1)], on or about 01/08/09.

Case called for arraignment on 01/29/09. Mark Reed not
present. Represented by Deputy Public Defender Peggy Loveman.

Case called for further proceedings on 08/26/09. Court
orders complaint amended to add violation of 12020(A)(1) as count 02.

Case called for arraignment and plea on 08/27/09. Mark Reed
pleads not guilty to both counts.

Case called for “traffic school completion” on 09/30/09.
Mark Reed represented by Deputy Public Defender John H. Cho.

Case called for jury trial on 10/26/09. Public Defender’s
Office declares a conflict; Alternate Public Defender’s Office is appointed.

Case called for pre-trial hearing on 11/04/09. Public
Defender declares conflict of interest. Court appoints Bar Panel attorney
Murray Berns from the ICDA (Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments) office of
the Los Angeles Bar Association.

Case called for jury trial on 03/23/10. Mark Reed testifies.
Court orders the testimony of the arresting officers.

Case called for jury trial on 03/24/10. Mark Reed pleads
Nolo Contendere to count 01. The court finds the defendant guilty. Mark
Reed pleads Nolo Contendere to count 02. The court finds the defendant
guilty.

Mark Reed placed on probation for 36 months under the
following terms and conditions: “serve 1 day in the Los Angeles County Jail,
less credit for 1 day”; court security assessment of $30.00; “criminal
conviction assessment” of $30.00; $2,297 in attorney fees; restitution fine of
$100; total due, $2,457.00. In addition: “not own, use or possess any dangerous
or deadly weapons, including any firearms, knives or other concealable
weapons”; “the weapon involved in this case is ordered confiscated and
destroyed by the arresting agency”; “defendant is ordered to pay a probation
revocation restitution fine” of $100.

Case called for further proceedings on 04/16/10. Defense
attorney states that Mark Reed has found a gun dealer who will buy his firearms
and asks to have firearms released to defendant for purpose of transporting
them to gun dealer. Request is denied. Los Angeles Police Department will
transport the firearms to the dealer. Court orders Mark Reed to pay $2,297 in
attorney fees by 04/19/11.

Case called on 04/16/10 for fines and fees. Mark Reed pays
$245.

Case called on 04/19/11 for fines and fees. Mark Reed fails
to appear. Case referred to financial evaluator.

Case called on 04/22/11 for proof of restitution. Mark Reed
fails to appear. Notice of delinquency is mailed.

Case called on 05/25/11 for attorney fees payment. Mark Reed
is present, not represented by counsel. Case continued.

Case called on 08/25/11 for attorney fees payment. Mark Reed
is present, not represented by counsel. Mark Reed is told that if he does not
pay the $2,297 in attorney fees by February 21, 2012, the matter will be
referred to collections.

On 09/12/11: Mark Reed appears for evaluation.
Recommendation: “Defendant to pay total due at the rate of $25 per month on the
21st of every month beginning 10/21/11 and each month thereafter.”

Case called on 09/21/11 for “miscellaneous.” Mark Reed’s
motion to have attorney fees reduced is denied.

Mark Reed paid $25 on 09/21/11, $25 on 10/20/11, $25 on
11/21/11, $25 on 12/15/11.

Case called on 02/21/12 for fines and fees. Mark Reed is not
present and not represented by counsel.

Case called on 02/28/12 for fines and fees. Mark Reed is
present, not represented by counsel. Payment of $50 is made.

On 03/13/12, Mark Reed and his Bar Panel attorney, Murray S.
Berns, file a motion for early termination of probation.

Next scheduled event: 04/02/12, 8:30 a.m., motion for
early termination of probation, San Fernando Courthouse Department 137.

Custody status: On Probation.

MARK REED ARRESTED
TWICE FOR NARCOTICS

Case No. LA003709

The People of the State of California vs. Mark Steven Reed

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: LAPD – Narcotics
Division

Case filed on 05/07/90

Mark Reed charged with one felony count of possession
of a controlled substance [11350(A)], on or about 04/25/90.

Bail set at $2,500.

Case called for Preliminary Hearing on 09/05/91. Probation
memo forwarded. Mark Reed ordered to report to Probation Department within 24
hours.

Case called for Diversion Hearing on 09/07/90. Court orders
charge diverted as follows: For 24 months, Mark Reed may not “use or possess
any narcotics, dangerous or restricted drugs or associated paraphernalia”; may
not “associate with persons believed to be or known to be narcotic or drug
users”; must “stay away from places where users, buyers or sellers congregate”;
and must “obey all rules and regulations of the Probation Department.”

Case called for Probation Supplemental Report on 03/06/91.
Count 01 is dismissed.

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Case No. 90P09063

The People of the State of California vs. Mark S. Reed

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: LAPD – Narcotics
Division

Case filed on 08/21/90

Mark Reed charged with one count of soliciting another
person to commit a drug offense
[653f(D)], one count of driving on a
suspended or revoked license
[14601.1(A)]  and one count of driving without
a license [12500(A)] on or about 08/16/90.

Bail set at $8,000.

Case called for jury trial on 10/22/90. Continued.

Case called for jury trial on 11/29/90. Mark Reed not
present in court. Bench warrant issued in the amount of $8,000.

Case called on 12/3/90. Mark Reed pleads guilty to
count 01 and count 03; count 02 “dismissed due to plea negotiation.”

Mark Reed placed on probation for 18 months, ordered to pay
a fine of $500 or serve 16 days in jail less credit for 1 day, with penalty
assessment and restitution costs, total due is $1,113.50. Ordered not to drive
without proper license and insurance; ordered not to possess or seek to
purchase any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia; ordered to “submit to
urine analysis testing if requested to do so by a police officer.”

Case called for fines and fees on 03/04/91. Mark Reed not
present in court. Bench warrant issued in the amount of $8,000.

Case called for probation violation hearing on 05/29/91. Probation
revoked. Bail forfeiture.

June 1991 – September 1992: A series of hearings on
probation violation, substance abuse treatment, community service, Cal Trans
work.

MARK REED ARRESTED
MULTIPLE TIMES FOR DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED OR REVOKED LICENSE

Case No. 91F07244

The People of the State of California vs. Mark Steven Reed

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: LAPD – Valley
Traffic Division

Case filed on 07/17/91

Defendant charged with having committed, on or about 5/23/91,
one count of driving on a suspended or revoked license [14601.1(A)] and
one count of driving without a license [12500(A)]

Case called for jury trial on 09/05/91

Complaint amended to add one count of driving at an unsafe
speed which endangers the safety of persons or property [22350]

Mark Reed pleads guilty to count 03, counts 01 and 02
“dismissed due to plea negotiation.”

Sentenced to pay a fine of $75 or perform 33 hours of
community service and pay a state penalty fund assessment of $108.

Proof of completed community service filed on 11/21/91.

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Case No. 91F07262

The People of the State of California vs. Mark Steven Reed

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: LAPD – Foothill
Area

Case filed on 07/17/91

Defendant charged with having committed, on or about 4/20/91,
one count of driving on a suspended or revoked license [14601.1(A)] and
one count of driving at an unsafe speed which endangers the safety of persons
or property [22350]

Case called for jury trial on 09/05/91

Mark Reed pleads guilty to count 02, count 01
“dismissed in furtherance of justice” per section 1385 of the California penal
code.

Sentenced to pay a fine of $100 or perform 42 hours of
community service and pay a state penalty fund assessment of $135.

Proof of completed community service filed on 11/21/91.

MARK REED,
“RANCHER,” ARRESTED BY CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

Case No. 1PN04865

The People of the State of California vs. Mark Steven Reed

Law enforcement Agency effecting arrest: Cal Dept of Fish
and Game

Case filed on 10/03/01

Mark Reed charged with one count of possession of a dangerous
species
[2118], on or about 06/05/01.

Case called for arraignment on 10/30/01.

Mark Reed pleads Nolo Contendere. The court finds the
defendant guilty.

Mark Reed placed on summary probation under the following
terms and conditions: “shall pay a restitution fine in the amount of $100”;
“ordered not to own, possess or maintain any animals without obtaining all
proper permits”; “make a $500 charitable contribution to SPCALA, deliver
contribution to City Attorney.”

Case called for progress report on 11/15/01. Mark Reed is
not present in court. Probation revoked. Bench warrant issued in the
amount of $1,000.

Case called for progress report on 11/26/01. Mark Reed
stipulates to violation of probation. Court revokes and reinstates probation
under same terms and conditions, charitable contribution made through City
Attorney’s office.

On 09/19/08: “By order of the supervising judge of criminal,
case file ordered destroyed pursuiant to government code section 69153.”

On 12/15/08 at 5:30 a.m., “Case file destroyed.”

MARK REED,
“BUSINESSMAN,” HAS CORPORATION SUSPENDED BY STATE OF CALIFORNIA

On August 1, 1991, the Franchise Tax Board of the State of
California suspended Corporation No. C1071382, Mark’s Pool Plumbing,
Inc.; Mark S. Reed, Chief Executive Officer; for “failure to meet franchise
tax requirements
(e.g. failure to file a return, pay taxes, etc.).”

Currently the Yellowbook directory for the San Fernando
Valley lists “Pete’s Pool Plumbing” at the same address, which is Mr. Reed’s
home address in Shadow Hills, California.

Complete records of court proceedings are here:
http://www.extremeink.com/congress/Mark_Reed_Defendant_Superior_Court_Records.pdf

Update on November 11, 2012:

This YouTube video shows Mark Reed at Democrat Howard Berman’s headquarters on Election Night. He’s standing among the Berman staff members as the congressman addresses volunteers, staff and supporters.

Susan Shelley posted at 2012-3-30 Category: Uncategorized