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    LUKE BRAGANARA WHO OWNED THE 2006 LEASED PROPERTY TO MJ

    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:12 am

    Reading the MJTIMELINE blog.

    http://mjjtimeline.blogspot.com/

    • December 24/25 :2006
    Michael goes to
    the Forum Shop at Caesars for a shopping spree. He moves into a house
    owned by Luke Brugnara where he celebrates Christmas with Prince, Paris,
    Blanket & Grace.

    Its interesting to note information about the las vegas property that Michael leased at Christmas 2006.

    http://www.americanmafia.com/inside_vegas/10-12-09_Inside_Vegas.html
    In 2007, Brugnara said any deficiencies
    can be recovered from the Rizzolo's bank accounts and houses. That didn't
    go over well with Rizzolo and his supporters.


    Nor did Brugnara's description of himself
    as the son of a law enforcement official and nephew of the former San Francisco
    Police Chief. His brother and sister in law are reportedly Federal Prosecutors
    in California -- hardly the type person Rizzolo and his friends (including
    Mayor
    Oscar Goodman) would want running a resurrected Crazy Horse Too!

    I believe Brugnara was discounted because
    he made public statements that he would not cut a secret deal to include
    Rick Rizzolo in as a silent partner.

    Regarding his past Nevada deals, Brugnara
    purchased the Silver City Casino and Shopping Plaza on Las Vegas Blvd.
    at Convention Center Drive in 1999, bringing Walgreens and Ross to the
    Strip. He also leased his LV house to Michael Jackson when the pop star
    lived here in 2006 - 2007. Brugnara (40) owns other commercial properties
    in Las Vegas.


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    Re: LUKE BRAGANARA WHO OWNED THE 2006 LEASED PROPERTY TO MJ

    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:14 am

    Luke was jailed this year for Tax Evasion.



    • 05/25/10
      Real Estate 'Mogul' Sentenced for Tax Evasion: Luke...
      Source: Curbed - San Francisco
      Luke Brugnara, called
      the "city's most bombastic commercial landlord" by the SF Weekly in a
      2002 profile , got two and half years in prison for evading taxes on $45
      million worth of property sales .



    Luke Brugnara Makes His Point


    All the city's most bombastic commercial landlord wants is a San
    Francisco-themed casino in Las Vegas ... or absolute misery for anyone
    who gets in his way




    Comments (1)
    By Jeremy Mullman Wednesday, Jan 30 2002





















    "This is such bullshit."


    Brandon Fernandez






    Brandon Fernandez

    Brugnara in front of his building at 351 California St.






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    Luke Brugnara, San Francisco's
    most bombastic and, perhaps, pugnacious commercial landlord, looks
    around the Department of Public Health's shoddily painted, poorly lit
    hearing room, which is lightly peppered with government workers in
    wrinkle-free pants and cheap shirts, and doesn't bother masking his
    disgust. He is sitting on a generic wooden meeting-hall bench, waiting
    to confront bureaucrats who have filed a complaint against him, claiming
    he has too much ivy growing on and around his home in tony St. Francis
    Wood. He's not exactly waiting patiently; Brugnara is asked to quiet
    down when he utters the phrase "What a fucking disgrace" a little too
    loudly while watching a representative of a Chevy's restaurant deal with
    complaints about a leaky pipe.
    Once Brugnara's name is called, he stalks to the podium like a boxer
    leaving his corner. He's wearing his standard outfit for conducting
    business: a pair of navy blue sweat pants, a red long-sleeved polo
    shirt, and a Ralph Lauren
    barn jacket zipped tight around his barrel-chested torso. After a brief
    attempt to explain that most of the properties in his neighborhood have
    dense shrubbery, followed by a few harsh exchanges with the Health
    Department bureaucrat hearing the complaint, Brugnara decides to explain
    exactly where he stands.
    "Quite frankly, my time is more valuable than yours, and I see this
    as being harassed," he says. "I own many office buildings in downtown
    San Francisco, and for me to be brought down here to talk about plants
    is ridiculous."
    "You can argue all you want, Mr. Brugnara," says the bureaucrat, "but
    all we want you to do is maintain it in a reasonable manner. And
    looking at these pictures of your property, this constitutes overgrowth
    vegetation."
    Brugnara is shown a picture of his home, which has thick ivy balled
    up on its roof and extending out to -- but not obstructing -- the
    sidewalk. The photo probably wasn't clipped from Better Homes & Gardens, but the house isn't exactly untended either.
    "What constitutes overgrowth vegetation?" he asks testily.
    "[The ivy] is climbing up your neighbor's wall."
    "Sir, I own that building, too. It's my private property."
    The bureaucrat seems a little unnerved by this revelation but sticks
    to his guns, telling Brugnara the ivy constitutes a potential "rodent
    harbor."
    It is a poor choice of words.
    Luke Brugnara has blown up in public arenas far more hallowed than this. He has seriously berated Nevada's
    all-powerful Gaming Control Board while asking it for a casino license.
    He has earned not one but two restraining orders based on his allegedly
    abusive behavior inside courthouses. So suggesting to Brugnara
    that he lives in a multimillion-dollar rattrap probably isn't wise, if
    one intends to run a civil hearing in a public place.
    "So I can be cited for potential rodents?" Brugnara asks, the
    volume of his voice rising markedly. "I live there. I can assure you
    there aren't any rodents. You can't tell me what part of the code that
    violates? What it [the code] says is that it's [harboring] rodents, and
    it's not."
    "We can argue all you want this morning, Mr. Brugnara. If you want to talk to an attorney that's fine with me."
    "What are you suggesting I do?"
    "I can't make recommendations. We'll have an investigator work with your gardener."
    "My time is very valuable, and I want to know what I have to do to
    keep you people from harassing me. The purpose of this hearing is to
    satisfy you," Brugnara says, red-faced now and uncomfortably loud,
    leaning toward the squirming bureaucrat. "And I want to know what I have
    to do to satisfy you. ... I don't back down to any bureaucracy unless
    it's backed up by law and backed up by truth, and right now, you're just
    harassing me as a taxpayer. I pay your salary! Do you know that? I pay
    over a million dollars of taxes a year on my property. Are you aware of
    that?"
    "You are going to be escorted out of here right now," the bureaucrat says.
    "I don't need to be escorted," says Brugnara, turning his back to the
    bureaucrat and to an approaching police officer. "I'll walk."
    A few minutes later, driving his blue Mercedes sedan toward one of
    his two downtown San Francisco office buildings, Luke Brugnara explains
    the performance at the Health Department: "I shouldn't have been down
    there at all today. So I was just going to go down there and make that
    guy's life miserable today.
    "And that's what I succeeded in doing."
    These days, Brugnara -- a self-made commercial real estate mogul who,
    by his mid-30s, had acquired a fortune he estimates at $200 million --
    often seems at least as interested in making his point as he is in
    making money in commercial property. He had the foresight to sell off
    much of his downtown portfolio before the post-dot-com collapse of the
    office space market began, investing the proceeds in better-regarded
    Financial District properties, a 200-acre parcel of South Bay
    wilderness, and, most significant to him, a Las Vegas casino.
    The casino, which he plans to turn into a grand, San Francisco-themed
    resort, is at the center of Brugnara's development plans. It also
    embodies one of the biggest points he wants to make.


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    Re: LUKE BRAGANARA WHO OWNED THE 2006 LEASED PROPERTY TO MJ

    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:21 am

    All these connections are pretty scary.

    http://www.americanmafia.com/inside_vegas/1-30-06_Inside_Vegas.html


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:23 am

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,286918,00.html

    The house owned by Braganara is mentioned here too that Michael was staying at and its not a great report from Roger Friedman - Im rather intrigued by Grace in this report and where she lives.


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:25 am

    On the same day as that report from Roger Friedman Raymond Bain had put out the following press release.

    http://mjjtimeline.blogspot.com/

    • June 27 :
    Raymone Bain issues a
    press release to denie several false rumors about Michael & Grace
    and she reveals that he is currently in the studio putting finishing
    touches on his music. She also states that has not "left" Las Vegas nor
    is he being "evicted" from his residence in Las Vegas. He decided not to
    exercise the option to purchase the house he's been staying in since
    last December.


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:28 am

    http://www.luxuryrealtygroup.com/turnberry-towers.html

    Heres a link for Turnberry Towers and you can click the pictures, very luxurious and scroll down for a floor plan for a one bedroom which Grace was said to have in Friedmans report.


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:32 am

    http://www.turnberryplace.com/

    Well that picture is MORE than interesting - twin towers?


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:34 am

    http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1022888/turnberry_towers_las_vegas_has_amazing_deals/


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    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:40 am

    Heres another story from 2007 from Roger Friedman saying Michael is leaving the LV apartment and going to Virginia. Grace apparently esconced in Turnberry Towers.



    Michael Jackson Evidently Moving to Rental Home in Virginia




    Tuesday, July 03, 2007



    By Roger Friedman
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,287837,00.html



    Michael Jackson
























    Jacko: Virginia-Bound After Vegas Exit




    Michael Jackson is moving to … Los Angeles? Europe? The moon?




    None of the above. [color:df0f=blue ! important][color:df0f=blue ! important]Jackson is evidently on his way to a rental in Virginia.




    Yes, Virginia, there is a Jacko.




    Could things get stranger? You say no, but I say yes. Here’s another Jacko headline, and it’s right on the [color:df0f=blue ! important][color:df0f=blue ! important]money from my very good sources.




    The failing, ailing, falling pop star was supposed to appear
    on the BET Awards a week ago. However, when the show producers
    approached his people (Raymone Bain and Grace Rwaramba, the nanny), they were told Jackson was too incapacitated to appear.




    Jackson’s people will go crazy when they read this today, but it’s 100 percent true. The BET Awards are produced by Ron Weisner, an old Jackson friend who was on the scene with Freddy DeMann during the "Thriller" era.












    Weisner didn’t return our calls Monday. But sources close to
    him verified that Weisner was very enthusiastic about creating a “25th
    anniversary of 'Thriller'” moment on the show.




    ”It’s the best-selling album of all time and should have been acknowledged,” my insider says. “But there was too much [color:df0f=blue ! important][color:df0f=blue ! important]drama. Michael could not make it. He’s isolated and he’s failing.”




    Another source told me that Jackson was also invited to give Diana Ross her lifetime achievement award.




    “Michael would never miss doing something for Diana," the
    source says. "But the producers were told he was too messed up to make
    the show.”




    Of course, while Jackson was not making the BET show, he was busy packing up his $1 million, one-year Las [color:df0f=blue ! important][color:df0f=blue ! important]Vegas rental and heading to Virginia.






    Why the colony most famous for George Washington and Busch Gardens? Some have speculated that Virginia Beach has been the locale of many recording studios, including those of Teddy Riley and Timbaland.






    Still, the betting money is on Bain, who works in Washington,
    D.C., keeping a closer eye on her main client and goose that used to lay
    the golden egg. Where that leaves Rwaramba is anyone’s guess after she
    moved into Turnberry Towers in Las Vegas.




    But Virginia has an added advantage: It keeps Jackson 3,000
    miles away from his concerned family. I told you last week they are
    ready to pounce on Bain and Rwaramba over Michael’s health and welfare.




    “Look at Michael’s year with them,” said one very respected
    source who has not much use for Bain. “No music, no life, no progress.
    He’s also lost or settled a number of lawsuits for lots of money. And
    now this.”




    The lawsuits include $5 million to Prescient Capital, perhaps a half million dollars to former lawyer Brent Ayscough (judgment and legal fees) and more to [color:df0f=blue ! important][color:df0f=blue ! important]lawyers who feel they weren’t paid from four years ago. In the fall, recent Jacko manager Dieter Wiesner’s lawsuit proceeds to court as well.




    One BET source, who knew a lot about the Jackson episode, just shook their head. “It’s a tragedy what’s happened to him.


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    Re: LUKE BRAGANARA WHO OWNED THE 2006 LEASED PROPERTY TO MJ

    Post  EMPATHY on Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:42 am

    http://www.mjstar.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=732&start=0

    The comments on this forum seem to think that Roger Friedman is a fool.


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