More Harassment Claims Surface Against Santa Clara County Supe Candidate Dominic Caserta

The Santa Clara Councilman has been the subject of sexual harassment claims since he began teaching high school in the early 2000s.

Democratic Political Consultant Shaian Mohammadi Fails to Follow through on Claims of Libel

A political consultant who posted a topless photo of his ex on Twitter has failed to follow through on bogus libel accusations.

More Ethics Complaints Filed in Santa Clara City Council Races

Santa Clara voters are under siege. Each week a new accusation of campaign impropriety crops up.

FPPC Investigates County Bar Association President-Elect John Mlnarik

Last month Fly delved into the litigious world of John Mlnarik, a local attorney and former candidate for a seat on the Santa Clara City Council. Mlnarik had open lawsuits against three four separate parties connected to his abysmal 2012 campaign, and an interesting countersuit coming back his way. Elena Rivkin Franz, a former employee of Mlnarik’s, accused him of using staff and resources from his law firm—The Mlnarik Law Group—to assist his campaign under the table. Fly did a little digging and found that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) has had an open investigation since September into the campaign of Mlnarik, who is currently the president-elect of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Mlnarik Accused of Breaking Campaign Law, Benefiting from Shadow Consultant

Since his unsuccessful bid for a seat on the Santa Clara City Council last year, attorney John Mlnarik has been on the legal warpath. To date, Mlnarik has sued: a couple whose diminutive dog allegedly nipped him on the hand while he was campaigning; blogger and political operative James Rowen for defamation; and a former employee, attorney Elena Rivkin Franz, who supposedly misused company resources to start her own firm and steal clients. The last two targets on that list are fighting back, however, and the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC)—the state political watchdog—could have an interest in their allegations.