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Bill Black and JP Morgan's $13 Billion Deal with the Feds -- on KZYX, Friday, November 1 @ 9 AM, Pacific Time

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On Friday, November 1, at 9 AM, Pacific Time, "All About Money" returns to KZYX with a special edition show about JP Morgan's $13 billion deal with the feds to settle the bank's widespread mortgage fraud scandal that helped bring down Wall Street and the global economy seven years ago. It's the biggest fine in the history of U.S. banking.

But is $13 billion enough?

Professor Bill Black is our guest. 

Black is an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is the former bank regulator who led fraud investigations of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s. He is the author of the book "The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One". Black is also featured in Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story".

This is Black's third appearance on our show here at KZYX.

We'll also do a future show on JP Morgan's $13 billion deal with Bob Scheer, editor at We invited him to call-in tomorrow, too.

Finally, we'll be doing a future show with Gayle McLaughlin, Mayor of the City of Richmond. She may also call-in tomorrow.

Mayor McLaughlin, born into a working class union family, has been taking on Wall Street banks. In partnership with a private company, she is suing the banks for eminent domain over foreclosures in the City of Richmond -- essentially buying back the mortgages that are underwater for current market value. She then re-sells the discounted mortgages back to the homeowners that were being foreclosed and at risk for homelessness.

A number of banks have filed lawsuits against the proposal arguing it is an illegal use of eminent domain. Critics state that this plan would severely damage the mortgage industry. However, other cities such as Newark, New Jersey, North Las Vegas, and Seattle are considering adopting similar plans to alleviate the foreclosure crisis

Would this plan work in Mendocino County?


Our show is broadcast live and can be heard at 88.1, 90.7, and 91.5 FM in the Counties of Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, and Sonoma in northern California.

We also stream live from the web at

Listener call-in number is: (707) 895-2448.

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Black is an associate professor of economics and law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. A former bank regulator who led investigations of the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s, He is the author of the book The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One. He just wrote the piece "Will the JPMorgan Chase Settlement be Fair to the Public?" for The piece states: "If the reports of a proposed $13 billion settlement between the Justice Department and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are correct, the public and the company's shareholders will not see justice done.

"While the tentative deal is being portrayed as a larger settlement, it really represents the company coming forward with an additional $9 billion. The other $4 billion represents loan workouts that JPMorgan would do anyway to reduce its losses on mortgages that would otherwise cause it greater losses through foreclosure. ...

"A settlement of this kind would release JPMorgan and its officers from civil and criminal liability for a wide range of alleged frauds. Many of these alleged frauds added to the profits of JPMorgan and the companies it acquired. The shareholders should not be enriched by fraud.

"Where officers' frauds created profits that enriched the shareholders, JPMorgan should fire such officers, and the Justice Department should prosecute and recover any fraud proceeds. JPMorgan should pay the damages it caused to others through fraud. In cases where a firm's senior officers engage in a wide range of frauds, the courts should award punitive damages against the officers and the firm.

"The problem in terms of justice is when the frauds created fictional profits that enriched corporate officers through unjust bonuses but also created real losses that were booked by the company years later. The shareholders suffer twice from such frauds -- they paid the unjust bonuses and then have to bear the losses."


Editor of, Scheer just wrote the piece "What Fine? Why JPMorgan Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank," which states: "The point of accountability for the bank’s failing is crucial because [JPMorgan head Jamie] Dimon has been a leading opponent of tougher banking regulations since before even the 2008 crisis. In the 1990s, Dimon had worked with Sanford I. Weill of Citigroup in gutting the sensible restraints of the Glass-Steagall law, and once those restrictions on too-big-to-fail banks were removed, Dimon built JPMorgan Chase into what is now the biggest U.S. financial institution by assets. Dimon has been an outspoken opponent of even minor attempts to stiffen such regulations during the hearings on the Dodd-Frank legislation.

"Dimon denounced the tepid efforts of his old Chicago buddy-turned-president to bring a modicum of oversight to the financial industry and pointedly soured on the Democrats in the last election. This despite the fact that Obama had appointed former JPMorgan executive William Daley to be his chief of staff and that then-Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner had more frequent contact with Dimon than with any other financial industry executive."

Scheer's books include The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.
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Community Advisory Board to Meet in Ukiah

 The KZYX Community Advisory Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, December 7th at the Ukiah Library, 105 No Main St, from 6 – 8 pm.

The CAB is composed of independent station members who are neither station staff nor Board members. Its purpose is to provide feedback to the station's Board of Directors, review the station's programming goals, make non-binding recommendations, and to advise the Board of Directors on how the station can best serve the communities of our area. Meetings of the Community Advisory Board are open to the public, and time is allotted for public comment.

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