(John) Enrique Pearce had a broad base of power in San Francisco, and District Six in particular. His machinations as a political consultant at Left Coast Communications showed he was willing to ignore the law to get a client in office. He also worked in labor law, giving corporations a convenient inside route, while allowing him to circumvent lobbying rules.
There are probably plenty just like him. He was caught “helping” the elderly vote for his slate in Chinatown, with a stencil for his team. That team included District Attorney Gascon, who declined to investigate the matter. He ran puppet independent expenditure committees, circumventing campaign finance limits. Against tactics like these, opponents probably turn to similar aces up their sleeves.
A shared interest in hurting children could possibly have led SelectQuote to him. Or his local presence. He’s managed to keep the Academy of Art out of trouble for taking rent controlled housing off the market. They are just around the corner from SelectQuote. He was also involved in putting the Golden State Warriors on the waterfront, a short distance south.
My district supervisor was a roommate of his, and long time client. My mayor is a long time client. The District Attorney was on his slate. Neighborhood big money businesses, represented by him. A picture emerges of how someone with the cash could cause local government to punish and impede me for disallowing harm to my child.
It would explain a lot. My official dealings with SelectQuote attorneys have all been with offices outside the city. Even though Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher has a San Francisco office, they use the Silicon Valley branch. Clearly they aren’t outsourcing for cost, those guys are heavy hitters.
I’m not sure about the reputation management lawyers that lost to me in arbitration over the use of the selectquotereview.com domain. SelectQuote was dead wrong, what could they do? I think they were from Idaho or thereabouts, you could look it up from filings I’ve linked to.
I don’t know if Pearce was the particular road to power that SelectQuote traveled. Either way, he serves as an illustration of what is possible. I take the onset of malicious traffic coinciding with the running of this story to mean I’m striking a nerve with someone. I hope pressing forward will consume effort that would otherwise go to legal defense.