[Editor’s notes: This report was transcribed by Heather Shannon. The editors are grateful for her invaluable assistance.
[This document retains its original spellings throughout, with corrections made only when the meaning may otherwise be unclear. In addition, where known, we have added first or last names in brackets to those identified by a single name. It should be noted that a number of names have not been annotated. The name is either unknown, there may be more than one person with that name or – most often the case – the name is in code.]
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Law Office Report #35
July [Handwriting: July crossed out, “June 30” written], 1978
1. Roosevelt Turner – escrow instructions on sale of his property. Attached to this report are original escrow instructions which are to be read and explained to Roosevelt Turner concerning the sale of his property. Also attached is Individual Grant Deed which grants title of the property to the new owners. PLEASE NOTE: The Grant Deed MUST be notarized. I realize this is difficult; but it is required for the sale. The last batch of mail I received contained some helpful if you could somehow manage the same with this one. PLEASE RETURN TO ME IN THE MAIL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE the signed escrow instructions and the signed and notarized Grant Deed. The sale cannot be closed until we received these papers back completed.
2. Vincent Lopez – see report #34. Attached is letter from Jim Herndon specifying what he wants in Chet’s affidavit. He wants this back from Chet as soon as possible. [Editor’s note: Letter not attached.]
3. Cynthia Pursley – we have talked to her mom, who tells us that her divorce order includes the stipulation that the minor is not to be taken out of the state of California without the husband’s permission. The order was obtained when Cynthia was still a child; there is the fact now that Cynthia is no longer a child but is regarded as mentally incompetent. We have yet to obtain a copy of the divorce order as Marilyn [Pursley] became quite upset and threw a tantrum when Jenny told her she could not go over for at least 3 weeks more.
Before the tantrum happened, Marilyn was in the process of getting a signed consent from the husband. I talked with her on the phone before she was told by Jenny about not going, and she said that the husband had never actually enforced those terms of the order; in the beginning when she used to go on trips to Mexico she would tell him ahead of time but after awhile [a while] he told her not to bother, just go ahead. She seemed to feel that the same would apply over here, that he would agree and not worry about Cynthia going over. The case is different obviously since Cynthia would remain and she would not. This case will require some more work; I want to get a copy of the divorce order and show it to Jim Herndon and find out if there is any problem with the sisters over there taking over for Marily[n] in re custody if there is anything in the divorce order which because of the question of mental incompetence extends the interest of the natural dad past the age of 21 of Cynthia.
4. Serena Hunt – see law office report #20, dated 2/28/78, item 1. Attached is a copy of that report in case you dont have it. The current status is that the convalescent hospital in which she was placed no longer will accept Medi-Cal patients. That issue is being fought in the courts in a class action by Public Advocates, and we have received the attached letter re the case from PA. We have this week received the attached letter from Serena’s worker at Social Services. The problem with this case is that Serena’s property is now in Tony’s name. All of it. Jack Beam is the attorney in fact. The deeds are recorded. This could be a very touchy situation and
when Baker was still with us he did a title check in Mendocino County on all properties in Tony’s name and knows how to do that again. If he is gathering together his facts in the miniscule meticulous way he used to, being obsess d with details as he always was, he’s likely to bring this one to light. This property still being in Tony’s name worries me. We can always tell the worker Rheavina [Rheaviana Beam] is no longer around, or just mail the
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11. Childrens Concession Stand bank account – Harold discovered before he went over there had been no activity in this Ukiah account since 1972, but that there was a balance in it of $354.41; no one here knows the signators on this account. We cant withdraw til we know who signs the checks. We have the checkbook; [text xx’d out] the bank wont tell us who is the signatorg …any suggestions?
12. Eugenia Gernandt – letter received re her car accident – should we go ahead with this?
13. Medlock suit – copy of complaint. Jean [Brown] may have already sent you this.
14. Corporate Bylaws – for several weeks we called and talked with Dr. South, who asked for copies of our articles & bylaws – that was when we were worried about Dr. Hargrave being honorary chairman, and attachment of assets, and extent of powers of voting members, etc. Dr. South and assistants examined our papers and produced the attached opinion – giving suggestions to put the bylaws in order, etc. This letter should be read by Cheryl and Chet to see if they think we should authorize Dr. South to go ahead with what he wants to do. He supplied the opinion at our request; the natural order of things would be that he would wait for our request or direction before going into changing the bylaws, etc. I expect we will get another bill now that the work has been put into a final product. NOTE: have found original typed minutes, with handwritten notes added by Dr. Hargrave, which describe how he prepared the original bylaws. We did not know on this end for sure if he had; now we do. Copies go to Pete tomorrow.
15. Attached is copy of letter from our attorney directed to the FCC in re the problems 8R3 had with net coordinator, which is self explanatory. Also see attached article Tom found re amatuer radio license [Editor’s note: Article not attached.]
16. Please have Gloria Walker write a letter to her bank requesting closing of her account. See attached bank statement. She is being billed for service charges; balance now is $3.50….
17. We have received attached letter from a Dr. Bonham regarding dental work performed for Selika B. [Bordenave] Attached letters to it explain the whole situation in detail. Dr. Bonham appears to be sympathetic to Selika’s problem. The awkward part for us is that of course we do not want to pay.
18. Carolyn Thomas left 2 student loan bills: both with Bank of America; one for $834.59; the other $1,141.74. We are not paying. Is this OK?
19. Reta Thomas – See law office report #23, item 11. When I last asked about this one, Mildred [Terri Buford] told me to get more info re the terms of her probation. She is on probation til May 1979; charge is grand theft, as an accomplice, was reduced to misdemeanor. She mails in monthly info slip to probation officer, has to tell him of address changes, any current arrests, and employment standing. Says she has a good probation record; has no arrest since probation started, worked 3
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weeks in Dec 77 at Macys; attended Bay City College for 3 months studying to be medical lab assistant; did not complete yet because government grant has not come through yet. Also taking typeing and business machine class. One of the terms of herprobation is that if she is picked up and charged with anything, she will get automatic 6 months to oneyear in County jail, She still does not come too regularly; does not work in church projects; has a fairly friendly attitude when you talk to her but doesnt volunteer for anything. Perhaps someone there might talk to Carolyn and find out how she feels about her sister. Whether it’s worth the pressure and trouble on the processing over there to try to get her probation assigned to G. Frankly, right now, our p.r. is so lousy, I am hesitant to do that for anyone.
20. Attached is letter from Geraldine Bailey’s attorney to her – this should be given to her – and followed through. [Editor’s note: Letter not attached.]