The lawsuit between the family members (SEE IT HERE, BELOW):

FEINSTEIN august-lawsuit (LINK)

… exposes quite a bit of dirty laundry on the Feinstein empire. Private investigators, on both sides, have leaked even more information as they cull the Bay Area for more signs of corruption in the family. Some of the highlights include:

  • The EXHIBITS part of the document leaks the addresses and size of the massive Feinstein empire and proves how Feinstein never had any connection to, or knowledge of, how normal citizens exist or live their lives. Her catered life was a world of yes-men, butlers and 4 star hotels. Just reading the list of hidden shell companies, corporate facades and false fronts in the EXHBIT section will make your eyes water.
  • Feinstein’s assets in Tesla, Google and other big tech companies are hidden in the legal filings, opening up room for the Blum girls to call “liar” on Feinstein.
  • Katherine Feinstein used to hang out in the hot tub behind the house at 243 Chenery Street in San Francisco and do weed and wine with her girl friend Janet Rivas Tonnemacher, (Now married to a Sonoma Judge) whose mother ran Feinstein’s office. Katherine tends to get pretty loud in an outdoor hot-tub, when under the influence, and the neighbors recorded her disclosing dirty secrets about her mom.
  • A set of private eye files known as “The Palladino Files” is up for bid to the highest bidder and they promise to expose the whole Pelosi/Feinstein/Newsom payola political kick-back scheme.
  • While one copy of the lawsuit, acquired by The Wall Street Journal, has Feinstein’s medical and financial records redacted, copies acquired by other newspapers do not have those parts of the EXHIBITS redacted.
  • The “Blum Girls” as they are known, seem to think the Feinstein’s are insane oligarchs driven by greed and power addiction. They see it as their civic duty to take her down.
  • Bay Guardian Publisher Bruce Brugman, of San Francisco, called Feinstein one of the most criminally crony-based abusers of our Democracy in the history of America.
Alex Shultz is the politics editor for SFGATE. You can reach him at alex.shultz@sfgate.com

Katherine Feinstein alleges Sen. Dianne Feinstein is victim of elder abuse in filings but experts say Katherine is abusing the law

‘The trustees have acted ethically and appropriately at all times; the same cannot be said for Katherine Feinstein,’ an attorney for the co-trustees responded

The co-trustees of a trust in the name of Richard Blum — the deceased, wealthy husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein — were accused of elder abuse against Feinstein in a recent court filing submitted by her daughter, Katherine, who has limited power of attorney over the senator.
The filing, submitted Aug. 8, partially confirmed what had previously been reported by other outlets: that Katherine Feinstein, a former San Francisco County Superior Court judge and current San Francisco fire commissioner, has limited power of attorney over her mother, which the senator signed over to her on July 23, 2023. The recent court filing notes that this entitles Katherine to make legal decisions for her mother in certain civil-related matters.

In the Aug. 8 filing, Katherine Feinstein made the striking allegation that Michael Klein, Marc Scholvinck and Verett Mims, who control the disputed trust, are committing financial elder abuse against the 90-year-old senator. California’s elder abuse laws cover all state residents age 65 and older.

In the filing, Katherine alleges that the co-trustees didn’t fund a trust her mother is the sole income beneficiary of and that they have not made “required distributions” to the senator since Blum’s death in 2022. Katherine, Feinstein’s daughter from a previous marriage, also alleges that the co-trustees are purposely slow-rolling payments to the senator because they “intend to benefit Richard Blum’s [biological] daughters, who stand to inherit millions of dollars that should go to Senator Feinstein if the Trustees never make the required distributions to her.”

Among other asks, Katherine wants the court to suspend the co-trustees, “pending a decision on whether to remove them,” a move she said is necessary to “prevent further loss and injury to Senator Feinstein.”

Steven P. Braccini, attorney for Klein and Scholvinck, responded forcefully to Katherine’s allegations Tuesday. “The trustees have acted ethically and appropriately at all times; the same cannot be said for Katherine Feinstein,” he wrote in a statement to SFGATE. “This filing is unconscionable. The trustees have always respected Senator Feinstein and always will. But this has nothing to do with her needs and everything to do with her daughter’s avarice.”

In a separate filing from July, first reported by SFGATE, Katherine accused Klein and Scholvinck of failing to disburse money from a separate trust, despite the senator’s requesting money to pay for substantial medical expenses. (The ailing Feinstein missed months of time from the Senate due to a case of shingles and resulting complications.) At the time, Braccini denied the allegation on behalf of Klein and Scholvinck, writing in a statement to SFGATE that the trustees had “never denied any disbursement to Senator Feinstein, let alone for medical expenses.”

But in the Aug. 8 filing, first reported on by the San Francisco Chronicle, Katherine argued that the co-trustees were using deceptive language when they said they’d never denied disbursements. “The Trustees have failed to respond to any requests for disbursements, which is a de facto denial. The Trustees have engaged in an overarching pattern of inaction related to Senator Feinstein’s beneficial interests, to her detriment,” the filing reads. (The Chronicle and SFGATE are both owned by Hearst but have separate newsrooms.)

Last week’s filing made a similar argument in the allegations of financial elder abuse against the senator, citing various sections of California’s Welfare and Institutions Code and claiming that the co-trustees were withholding distributions “in bad faith.”

This latest filing adds to the long, and increasingly ugly, list of legal battles over Blum’s web of trusts. It continues to be unclear how much the senator herself is directly involved in the court battles, particularly given the many reports that her mental acuity is nowhere near what it once was.

On Aug. 10, in a separate court filing first reported on by SFGATE, attorneys for Klein — a longtime lawyer of Blum’s and co-trustee of various Blum trusts — argued that Katherine Feinstein and her husband, Rick Mariano, have attempted to circumvent Klein and prepare Feinstein’s Stinson Beach home for sale without adequate legal authority. In the filing, Klein’s team also insinuated that the senator may not be as closely involved in the decision to sell the Stinson Beach property as her daughter has claimed.

“While [Katherine] claims that she is simply trying to carry out what Senator Feinstein has allegedly expressed to [Katherine], the co-trustees’ fiduciary responsibilities require more,” attorneys for Klein wrote. (Twice in the filing, Klein’s attorneys used the word “purportedly” to describe the senator’s wishes.)

A near-supermajority of California voters want Feinstein to resign from office, according to a June poll.


Luxury San Francisco department store Gump’s says it could be forced to close its doors after 166 years due to dwindling foot traffic and homeless people harassing shoppers

John Chachas, the owner of the longtime luxury furnisher, aired the warning by taking out a full-page ad in the San Francisco Chronicle to decry the current state of the neighborhood.

Author: swmof88