Partnerships
These companies were listed in the Schedule B List of Personal Property, as filed with the court by Trustee Tod Nielson as part of his investigations into the state of Slatkin's finances. This list details companies in which Reed held an ownership stake or was otherwise engaged to as a partner. This list covers companies in which Reed simply held shares in or made investments.
Partnerships List
Apollo Medical Partners LP
A Brother's Kiss LP
137th Street LP
Aviarian Partners
Orno Partners
Tradesafe.com
TWP CEO Founders' Circle LP
The Cutler Group II LLC
eCompanies Venture Group LP
Gerbino Gold Group LLC
KRH Thermal Systems
Mountain Park Development LLC
Oxford Tax Exempt Fund II LP
Spark Limited Partnership (c/o Siegal)
Great Circle Family Foods LLC (c/o Krispy Kreme Doughnuts)
Topridge LLC
University Village LLC (c/o Southland Land Corp)
University Village - Phase IA LLC
Strand Energy LC
AVI/Arcxel Investors A, LP
Laurel Canyon Properties LP
800 Mariposa LP
4686 Woodside LP
Fountain Properties
105th Street West Partners
JHP Yucca Valley Partnership
Mindful Partners LP
Reed Realty - Maxine Pearlman General Partner
Tempus Partners LP
Brainerd Town Centre LLC
Eastgate Mall LLC
Bonne Carre LLC
Van Gogh LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
Lobdell LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
Mid-south LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
HR Partners
MJR Investments
Tarzana Partners
Boomtown Investments LLC (c/o Richard Rosman)
California Media Group (c/o Richard Rosman)
RBG Capital Group LLC (c/o Richard Rosman)
Mission Hills Plaza LLC
Lizardhead Partners
Aviarian Partners
Leeward Realty LP
Bios Partners LLC
Mission Resource Partners LP
Muni Mae
Northern Border Partners LP
Kinder Morgan
Topview LLC
Slatkin Family Foundation
Topridge Oregon LLC
Shiftkey LLC
Capsfair LLC
FanFair LLC
Iceball Production LLC
London Powell LLC
MIB Partners Ltd.
Balladeer LLC
Montecito Partners
Streamingrock.com LLC
Borden Chemicals and Plastics
California Deserts
Enterprise Products Partners LLP
Genesis Energy LP
Inworld VR
Apollo Medical Partners LP
Location
New York

Investment
2.41%

Background
According to this no-longer-active webpage (recreated courtesy of the Alexa Wayback Machine)Apollo Medical Partners LP is - or was - a hedge fund:

Apollo Medical Partners, L.P. is a long/short hedge fund investing in marketable and non-marketable securities of biotechnology, medical products and medical services.
For more information, please email Brandon Fradd at bfradd@aol.com

Here is an article on fund founder Brandon Fradd:

Hedge fund manager Brandon Fradd thrives on the wild swings in biotech stocks.
Overall, biotechnology has largely delivered on its promise of a decade ago. Investments once viewed as long shots have transformed themselves into dominant medical companies that generate billions of dollars in sales worldwide. But despite the sector's allure, many growth investors have trouble stomaching its volatility. And despite the sector's successes, biotech stocks are still often more promise than profit, infamous for being bid up on dreams of future earnings - and losing a huge chunk of their value on the merest hint of negative news.

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A Brother's Kiss LP
Location
UNKNOWN

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
Not entirely sure what this could be; there was a movie titled "A Brother's Kiss" produced by First Look Films, which explored the somewhat grim lives of two boys growing up in New York, according to this webpage. There is no listing for this partnership in the California Corporate database, and not much other information.
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137th Street LP
Location
Los Angeles

Investment
49.5%

Background

This is likely to be 137th Street Property LP, as registered with the California corporate database:

137TH STREET PROPERTY, L.P.
Number: 199233600011 Date Filed: 12/1/1992 Status: active
Jurisdiction:
Principal Address
480 PROSPECT BLVD
PASADENA, CA 91103
Agent for Service of Process
PAUL CALVO
480 PROSPECT BLVD.
PASADENA, CA 91103

Paul Calvo is the principal of the Calvo Group, a Southern California property management firm. He and his wife, Peggy, were sued in this dispute over the sale of an apartment building. It's not clear if he's also the former governor of Guam of the same name.

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Aviarian Partners
Location
UNKNOWN

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
According to Reed's depo, this was one of two partnerships in which he was involved with George Elvin. The other was Orno Partners (see next entry).
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Orno Partners
Location
New York

Investment
50%

Background
This was the other partnership in which Reed belonged with George Elvin. There is limited information about what the partnershop actually did, but here is the relevant record from the New York corporate database:

Selected Entity Name: ORNO PARTNERS LLC
Current Entity Name: ORNO PARTNERS LLC
Initial DOS Filing Date: 12/28/1994
County: NEW YORK
Jurisdiction:
Entity Type: DOMESTIC LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Current Entity Status: ACTIVE
DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity)
C/O FAUST RABBACH STANGER & OPPENHEIM
ATT: STEVEN D. OPPENHEIM, ESQ
488 MADISON AVENUE
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10022
Registered Agent
NONE

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Tradesafe.com
Location
Providence, Rhode Island

Investment
4.04104%

Background
According to this news release, tradesafe.com is -- or was -- a global internet payment system:

PROVIDENCE, RI, July 25, 2000 - Tradesafe.com, providers of the first guaranteed, global Internet payment service, and AuctionWatch.com -- the leading provider of solutions that enable businesses to leverage dynamic commerce -- today announced the availability of Tradesafe Payments as an integrated online payment solution featured on AuctionWatch.com's Web site.
About Tradesafe.com
Tradesafe.com provides the most powerful global payment tool on the Internet by empowering buyers and sellers to do business without payment delays and risk of fraud. Tradesafe.com partners with banks and financial institutions to bring party-to-party payments to their customers.

Tradesafe.com received venture capital financing from Germany:

PROVIDENCE, RI -March 13, 2000- Tradesafe.com, the online payment processor for party-to-party (P2P) transactions on the Web, today announced a $10 million funding infusion from IQ Capital, one of Europe's premiere venture capitalists for emerging e-commerce enterprises.

The company's CFO is Leonard Weiss:

Leonard Weiss, previously serving as executive vice president and chief financial officer of First Data Investor Services Group, a division of First Data Corporation and as senior vice president financial planning at The Bank of New York Company, has been appointed as chief financial officer of Tradesafe.com of Providence, Rhode Island. The privately held company provides the most powerful global payment tool on the Internet by empowering buyers and sellers to do business without payment delays and risk of fraud.

Oddly, tradesafe.com doesn't seem to exist any more, but I can't find any details on what became of it. Weird.

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TWP CEO Founders' Circle LP
Location
San Francisco

Investment
1.26%

Background

I love those Reedian typos; this is actually the TWP CEO Founders' Circle:

TWP CEO FOUNDERS' CIRCLE (AI), L.P.
Number: 200032600022 Date Filed: 11/16/2000 Status: active
Jurisdiction: DELAWARE
Principal Address
ONE MONTGOMERY STREET, 37TH FL.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
Agent for Service of Process
DAVID A. BAYLOR
ONE MONTGOMERY STREET, 37TH FL.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104

Here is a description of TWO CEO Founders' Circle from the December Report of the Trustee and Creditor Committee:

Thomas Weisel Partners LLC (TWP CEO Founders’ Circle (AI), L.P. (“TWP”)
Slatkin invested $180,000 in TWP. TWP is a privately owned, long term investment limited partnership that invests in high technology businesses. There was a capital call requirement for two additional payments of $60,000 each, resulting in a total investment of $300,000. The Trustee has informed Thomas Weisel Partners of his interest in selling the Estate’s interest in TWP and has received one tentative offer for $54,000. After consultation with the Committee, the Trustee determined that the offer was insufficient. The Trustee has chosen to fulfill the remaining capital call and will then discuss a possible sale of the Estate’s interest.

Thomas Wiesel Partners is a San Francisco-based merchant bank.

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The Cutler Group II LLC
Location
Laguna Beach, California

Investment
2.13%

Background
From the California corporate database:

CUTLER GROUP II, LLC, THE
Number: 199630410006 Date Filed: 10/30/1996 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
711 NORTH BAYFRONT
NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92662
Agent for Service of Process
FRANK W. CUTLER
711 NORTH BAYFRONT
NEWPORT BEACH, CA 92662

Frank Cutler was involved with Waste Connections Inc., according to this filing with the SEC. Here is a mini bio from one of his other investment ventures:

FRANK CUTLER
Director Frank Cutler, a private investor since 1992, is a general partner of the Cutler Group, LLC, a private investment partnership. He is a managing partner of the Storie-Cutler Capital Partners and has served on the boards of companies which include: Serius Corporation (acquired by Novell, Inc.), SRS Labs, Inc., and US Web Corporation. Currently, Cutler is the lead investor in US Web Learning, a private Internet services firm.


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eCompanies Venture Group LP
Location
Santa Monica, California

Investment
..345%

Background
This LP is closely related to eCompanies, the high tech investment initiative spearheaded by Earthlink founder (and Slatkin investor) Sky Dayton, which specializes in venture capital and incubation for fledgling tech companies. According to this page, eCompanies Venture Group had over $150 million to invest in its in-house projects. eCompanies' corporate proteges include the online directory business.com and Dayton's recently announced high speed wireless internet project, Boingo.
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Gerbino Gold Group LLC
Location
Beverly Hills, California

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

Kenneth Gerbino is a Scientologist, gold mine maven and occasional Slatkin associate.

From the California corporate database:

GERBINO GOLD GROUP, LLC
Number: 199613010021 Date Filed: 5/9/1996 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
9595 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 303
BEVERLY HILLS, CA 90212
Agent for Service of Process
KENNETH J GERBINO
9595 WILSHIRE BLVD STE 303
BEVELRY HILLS, CA 90212

Here's a quote from Ken on the importance of buying gold:

If you don't trust gold, do you trust the logic of taking a beautiful pine tree, worth about $4,000 - $5,000, cutting it up, turning it into pulp and then paper, putting some ink on it and then calling it one billion dollars?"
Kenneth J. Gerbino

Ken Gerbino is on the management team of Scientologist-owned high tech firm Fortress Technologies, which was also one of Reed's investments. Oddly, he does not appear to be a member of the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises (WISE), but he is a Patron of the IAS, and his wife, Victoria, is an OT7. Sadly, his corporate web site appears to be down, although that might be related to apparent technical issues at Scientologist-owned Relaypoint Communications, the ISP that hosts his page.

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KRH Thermal Systems
Location
Irvine, California

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
KRH THERMAL SYSTEMS LLC
Number: 199820910025 Date Filed: 7/28/1998 Status: active
Jurisdiction: DELAWARE
Principal Address
1051 SNEATH LANE
SAN BRUNO, CA 94066
Agent for Service of Process
ANTHONY S. JOHNSON
1051 SNEATH LANE
SAN BRUNO, CA 94066
This company has a webpage , and among their products is “the world’s most powerful oven. However, on the plus side, unlike so many Reed investments, this company appears to at least still be extant.
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Mountain Park Development LLC

Location
Ashland, Oregon

Investment
94.44%

Background
This was Reed's ill-fated partnership with fellow Scientologist (and investor) Douglass Neuman, profiled on the 2001 Investor List.

Mountain Park Development owns, amongst other real estate interests in the Ashland area, the Mark Antony Hotel. From the December 2001 Report:
Mountain Park Development LLC (“Mountain Park”) was formed in 1994. Its members are Slatkin and Douglass Neuman. Neuman is also its Manager. Mountain Park’s principal business is to purchase, develop, and sell real property. It also owns the properties and entities described in the following subparagraphs. Slatkin contributed approximately 95% of Mountain Park’s capital. According to Slatkin’s 1999 Schedule K-1 for Mountain Park, by the end of the year, his capital account was $9,404,928.

 

The trustee comments further on the financial prospects of the Mark Antony:

Mountain Park is the sole member of Mark Antony Historic Property, LLC (“Mark Antony”) (formed in 1998), and Neuman is its Manager. Mark Antony’s principal asset is the Ashland Springs Hotel (the “Hotel”), a recently remodeled 70-room hotel in downtown Ashland, which re-opened in December 2000. The total cost of the Hotel, including assumption of debt, is close to $9.8 million. That results in an average cost of almost $140,000 per room. The Hotel has been tastefully but sumptuously restored in order to maintain its Historic Property designation. There are financial benefits to doing so, but those benefits do not make the Hotel financially viable. Ashland is famous for its annual Shakespearean festival. Unfortunately, the festival lasts only approximately six months and the remainder of the year the Hotel will almost certainly suffer a severe drop in bookings. Even if the Hotel was booked year-round, it would not generate sufficient revenue to provide any return on the investment. Based on the professional input of hotel specialists engaged by the Trustee, the value of the Hotel may not even exceed its existing $3,855,000 debt, let alone its $9.8 million cost. Thus, the Estate will lose approximately $6 million due to Slatkin’s lack of investment foresight.

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Oxford Tax Exempt Fund II LP
Location
Bethesda, Maryland
Investment
0.0054%
Background
Run by Patrick Foye, OTF appears to have been an investment fund, according to this excerpt from a recent news release discussing the fund’s merger with AIMCO:

OTEF is a publicly traded Maryland limited partnership that invests primarily in tax-exempt bonds issued to finance high quality apartment and senior living/health care communities, the majority of which are owned by the Oxford
entities.

Here is more information on the merger:

"Apartment Investment agrees to acquire Oxford Fund"
New York Times (12/01/00) P. C3 Apartment Investment and Management Co. will pay $206 million in securities for the Oxford Tax-Exempt Fund, which owns bonds and other debt secured by multifamily properties. Under terms of the deal, the Denver-based REIT has agreed to pay $28.20 in preferred and common stock for each Oxford unit. Aimco currently ranks as America's second-largest owner of rental apartments. (www.nytimes.com)


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Spark Limited Partnership (c/o Siegal)
Location
New York

Investment
3%

Background

From the NY corporate database:

Selected Entity Name:  SPARK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP Current Entity Name:  SPARK LIMITED PARTNERSHIP  
     Initial DOS Filing Date:  06/19/1997  
     County:  NEW YORK  
     Jurisdiction:   
     Entity Type:  DOMESTIC LIMITED PARTNERSHIP  
     Current Entity Status:  ACTIVE  
DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity)
C/O ROSEFUNK PICTURES LTD.
1926 BROADWAY 3RD FLOOR
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10023
Registered Agent
NONE

Now, what about Rosefunk Pictures?

Selected Entity Name:  ROSEFUNK PICTURES LTD.
Current Entity Name:  ROSEFUNK PICTURES LTD.  
Initial DOS Filing Date:  05/09/1995  
County:  NEW YORK  
Jurisdiction:   
Entity Type:  DOMESTIC BUSINESS CORPORATION  
 Current Entity Status:  ACTIVE  
 DOS Process (Address to which DOS will mail process if accepted on behalf of the entity)
ROSEFUNK PICTURES LTD.
16 HUDSON ST.
#4C
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10013
Chairman or Chief Executive Officer
ROBERT POTTER
16 HUDSON ST.
#4C
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK 10013
Principal Executive Office ROSEFUNK PICTURES LTD.
16 HUDSON ST.
#4C
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK 10013
Registered Agent

Aha! Rosefunk Pictures produced A Brothers Kiss, according to this webpage. The company also produced this film, “Spark”:


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Great Circle Family Foods LLC (c/o Krispy Kreme Doughnuts)
Location
California

Investment
1%

Background
Great Circle Family Foods is the holding company for the Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise for Southern California, which is run by Reed investor Richard Reinis, as discussed at length in the individual investor list.

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Topridge LLC
Location
Ashland, Oregon

Investment
100%

Background

Topridge is one of Reed’s strange little self-owned LLCs; it is not clear if he has any partners in this venture. The company paid over $19,000 in property taxes to the county of Jackson, Oregon, according to this webpage.

The December Report has this to say about Topridge:

In addition to Slatkin’s interest in Mountain Park, Slatkin is the sole member of Topridge Oregon, LLC (formed in 1998), and, again, Neuman is its Manager. Slatkin capitalized Topridge Oregon at its inception by contributing approximately $1.8 million. Its principal asset is a 246-acre property and improvements located approximately two miles from Ashland. The improvements on that property include, among others things, a 7,710 square-foot house built in 1995. It is subject to a lien of approximately $180,000.



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University Village LLC (c/o Southland Land Corp)
University Village - Phase IA LLC
Location
Pasadena, California

Investment
14.5%

Background

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE, LLC
Number: 199506210003 Date Filed: 3/3/1995 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
2990 E. COLORADO BLVD,. STE. C105
PASADENA, CA 91107
Agent for Service of Process
RICHARD G REINIS REINIS & REINIS
550 S HOPE ST, 20TH FLOOR
LOS ANGELES, CA 90071

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE - PHASE 1A, LLC
Number: 199726510098 Date Filed: 9/22/1997 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
2990 EAST COLORADO BLVD STE C-105
PASADENA, CA 91107
Agent for Service of Process
MICHAEL L. KEELE
2990 EAST COLORADO BOULEVARD,SUITE C-105
PASADENA, CA 91107

University Village is a Riverside, California property owned by Michael Keele. In this article from the University of California at Riverside newspaper, the company attempts to improve communications with the students who form its client base:

Associated Students President Kristina Joy Alagar and Senator Scott Talkov conveyed students’ concerns over such issues as parking to Owner Michael Keele.
Additional parking will be available by next fall, when a six-story parking structure holding approximately 910 cars is completed, Keele said.

The company has a website at http://www.uvriverside.com/, but it appears to have been recently taken down; only a list of skeleton files remains. According to a cache of the page:

University Village is the Inland Empire's premiere entertainment, retail, and professional office center. Upon final build-out, this mixed-use urban village will comprise over 360,000 square feet of entertainment uses, retail shops, restaurants, services, and professional offices.

This cached page also describes Southland Land Company as follows:

University Village, developed by the Southland Companies, is a collaboration between the City of Riverside Redevelopment Agency, the University of California, Riverside, and University Village LLC. Ongoing and future phases of University Village offer outstanding retail, entertainment, and professional office opportunities. From the quaint bar & grill to the national retailer to the corporate office user, University Village is the urban village home of the Inland Empire.

This page, hosted by the city's official website, has a description of Phase I, in which Reed held an interest:

Phase I is a Success
Phase I, anchored by the 10-screen CinemaStar Luxury Theatre, is fully leased at approximately 120,000 square feet of ground floor shops and restaurants, as well as second story professional offices. Tenants currently enjoying the tremendous success of Phase I include Starbuck's Coffee, Rubio's, Ben & Jerry's, GNC, Spike's Teriyaki, and Boompa's Italian Bistro. These amenities are also enjoyed by the professionals that call University Village their home, such as the University of California, American Express Financial Services, Digital Empire, Volt Services Group, and MS Solutions.

Reed also held an interest in University Village LLC, which, according to its corporate filing, was a Richard “Krispy Kreme doughnuts for all!” Reinis venture. Here is a darling picture of Richard G. Reinis, accompanied by the mayor of Riverside cutting the ribbon on the latest Krispy Kreme outlet near University Village.

Coincidentally (or perhaps not), there is also a University Village Apartments LLC which is not listed as one of Reed’s investments, but shares a common address with one of the companies in which he held an interest:

UNIVERSITY VILLAGE APARTMENTS, LLC
Number: 200004810053 Date Filed: 2/16/2000 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
42 CORPORATE PARK DR, STE 200
IRVINE, CA 92606
Agent for Service of Process
JEROME A. FINK
42 CORPORATE PARK DR, STE 200
IRVINE, CA 92606 

The Corporate Park suite was also home to the illfated Graphix Zone (see interests list).

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Strand Energy LC
Location
Houston, Texas

Investment
4.106%

Background

From the Texas corporate database:

STRAND ENERGY L C
910 TRAVIS ST STE 1820
HOUSTON, TX 77002-5805
Status IN GOOD STANDING NOT FOR DISSOLUTION OR WITHDRAWAL
THROUGH NOVEMBER 15, 2001
Registered Agent H KENT BROCK
910 TRAVIS, STE. 1820
HOUSTON, TX 77002
Registered Agent Resignation Date
State of Incorporation TX File Number 0701765622 Charter/COA Date April 15, 1996
Charter/COA Type CHARTER Taxpayer Number 17604995492

Strand Energy LC had a contract with the US Department of Energy to investigate secondary recovery processes in an Arkansas oil field, with listed contact is listed as Cary D. Brock. Spark was also seeking a senior geologist for its ‘downtown location’ in 1998.

According to this SEC filing, the company is associated with Slatkin investor (and litigant) Stuart Stedman:

STUART W. STEDMAN has been a director of Carriage since it went public in August 1996. For the past 15 years, Mr. Stedman has been President of Wesley West Interests, Inc., a management company responsible for various family holdings, including marketable securities, oil, gas and coal properties, ranch lands and urban real estate. Mr. Stedman also serves as a Manager of Strand Energy, L.L.C., a private exploration and production company.     

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AVI/Arcxel Investors A, LP
Location
San Francisco, California

Investment


Background


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Laurel Canyon Properties LP
800 Mariposa LP
4686 Woodside LP
Fountain Properties
Location
Los Angeles, California

Investment
Laurel Canyon Properties LP - 44.44%
800 Mariposa - 39.17%
4686 Woodside LP - 39.17%
Fountain Properties - 5.75%
Background

All these LPs share a common address, which makes it likely that they involve the same group of partners, including, of course, Reed.

First of all, there’s Laurel Canyon Properties LP, registered with the following information:

LAUREL CANYON PROPERTIES, L.P.
Number: 199427600003 Date Filed: 9/30/1994 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address 1619 W. GARVEY AVE., #202
WEST COVINA, CA 91790-2141
Agent for Service of Process
JOEL KEEINER
4490 VIA ALEGRE
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110

Darn those oh-so-inconvenient typos; the real name of the Registered Agent, according to the address given, is Joel Kreiner, who is, of course, a longtime Scientologist, former attorney and, with his wife, Stina Hans, the number one winner on the Slatkin Net Debtor List.

Kreiner was at one time Deputy Guardian Legal for the United States Guardian’s Office (which readers will remember from the infamous Operation Snow White), as well as the former partner to Scientologist attorney and fellow Slatkin investor James Q. Fisher, who, in turn, was the former partner of international man of mystery Norton S. Karno, L. Ron Hubbard’s former tax attorney, erstwhile executor of Hubbard’s will, Digital Lightwave investor, multimillionaire real estate magnate and attorney to Slatkin investor and business partner Doug Neuman. (Norton Karno, oddly enough, is not a Scientologist.)

Joel shows up, with the correct spelling of his name, as registered agent for the next LP:

800 MARIPOSA, L.P.
Number: 199518100003 Date Filed: 6/29/1995 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
1619 W. GARVEY AVE., #202
WEST COVINA, CA 91790-2141
Agent for Service of Process
JOEL KREINER
4490 VIA ALEGRE SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110

He is also listed as RA for 4686 Woodside:

4686 WOODSIDE, L.P.
Number: 199508800022 Date Filed: 3/27/1995 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
1619 W. GARVEY AVE., STE. 202**
WEST COVINA, CA 91720-2141
Agent for Service of Process
JOEL KREINER
4490 VIA ALEGRE
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110

(For the record, 4686 Woodside is an apartment complex in Los Angeles.)

And here’s James Q. Fisher, listed as RA for Fountain Properties, which is registered under Joel Kreiner’s home address:

FOUNTAIN PROPERTIES, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Number: 198417600347 Date Filed: 7/1/1984 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
4490 VIA ALEGRE
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93110 Agent for Service of Process JAMES Q. FISHR
1801 CENTURY PARK EAST, #2400
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-2325

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105th Street West Partners
Location
Aptos, California

Investment
4%

Background

From the California corporate database:

105TH STREET WEST PARTNERS, A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Number: 199100300054 Date Filed: 12/26/1990 Status: canceled
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
1750 NORTH PROSPECT
LOS ANGELES, CA 90046-2050
Agent for Service of Process
SCOT WILLIAMSON
11750 SUNSET #220
LOS ANGELES, CA 90049

There is no further information on this partnership.

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JHP Yucca Valley Partnership
Location
Southfield, Michigan

Investment
1.75%

Background

JHP YUCCA VALLEY, L.L.C.
Number: 200121210059 Date Filed: 7/16/2001 Status: active
Jurisdiction: MICHIGAN
Principal Address
29100 NORTHWESTERN HWY., #205
SOUTHFIELD, MI 48034
Agent for Service of Process JOANNE BERGER
16714 GOODVALE ROAD
CANYON COUNTRY, CA 91351

Bruce and Joanne Berger were both members of the Reed Slatkin Investment Club, according to earlier creditor lists. The Michigan address, however, is the same as that given for Joseph Pearlman, Reed’s stepfather – or JHP.

A search for JHP in the Michigan corporate database confirms that Joseph Pearlman is the registered agent of this LLC. There are several other JHP LLCs, including JHP Desert Hot Springs, JHP Livonia and JHP Indio.

JHP Desert Hot Springs is also registered in California:

JHP DESERT HOT SPRINGS, L.L.C.
Number: 200121210056 Date Filed: 7/16/2001 Status: active
Jurisdiction: MICHIGAN
Principal Address
29100 NORTHWESTERN HWY., #205
SOUTHFIELD, MI 48034
Agent for Service of Process
JOANNE BERGER
16714 GOODVALE ROAD
CANYON COUNTRY, CA 91351

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Mindful Partners LP
Location
Mill Valley, California

Investment
2.10%

Background
Mindful Partners is an investment firm, and Stuart Rudick is the principal, according to MP’s corporate website.
Mindful Partners was also an original ELNL investor. According to his deposition, Reed opened an account with Mindful Partners because he’d heard that Stuart Rudick was a good manager.

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Reed Realty - Maxine Pearlman General Partner
Location
Southfield, Michigan

Investment
12.31%

Background
This partnership has the same address as the JHP partnerships; not surprising, because Maxine Pearlman is Reed’s mother and Joseph Pearlman’s wife.
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Tempus Partners LP
Location
Fairfield, Iowa

Investment
36.02%

Background

From the Iowa corporate database:

Legal Name: TEMPUS PARTNERS, L. P. ,   CORP# 129008
Chapter:   487DLP           
Status:   ACTIVE
Filed Date:  3/3/1989  S
Date of Inc:  
No of Pages:  4
Begin Date:  3/3/1989    
Expir Date:  12/31/2012 
Names:    Typ/St/Mod:  L  A  N  
Name:  TEMPUS PARTNERS, L. P. 
 
Registered Agent
CHARLES H. LIEB      
508 N 2ND ST, STE 202   
FAIRFIELD   IA  52556 

There is a Charles H. Lieb who is counsel to the Association of American Publishers, but I’m not sure if it’s the same one.  According to Infospace, however, Charles H. Lieb has five separate phone listings at the 505 Royal Oak address, so it would seem that he is more than just an RA-for-hire.  (His wife is Toby Lieb.)
This sounds more likely, however:

Thermal Insulation Service  
508 N 2nd Street  
Fairfield   IA   52556-2484  
tel: 515-472-7246 - Jefferson County

Then there’s this company:

UNITED FUEL INTL INC
508 N 2ND ST FAIRFIELD IA 52556-2484  (641) 472-3700  

And this company:

MAILING LIST SERVICES -- Free Report: Make Money with Your Mailing List! FREE Report. Publishers Mailing Lists, 508 N. 2nd Street, Fairfield IA 52556. Tel: 641-472-7188; Fax: 641-472-5729; Email: pmlpml@aol.com.

ARGHH. It’s an office suite. I hate companies that don’t include their – oops, never mind, they did. 202. But that doesn’t help determine which, if any, of these other entities belong to Charles H. Lieb and wife.

Well, the Liebs suddenly seem more interesting – at least, in a vaguely nutty way. Here’s an acknowledgement page from the Natural Law Party thanking Charley and Toby Lieb for their support.

Charley and Toby’s son is also a student at the Mahirishi School of Management (*cough*), and the couple has participated in a student drive in Fairfield:

Three couples from the Fairfield community campaigned for new students, said John Revolinski, the University admissions officer who coordinated the tour: June and Lincoln Norton; Toby and Charley Lieb, whose son is a first-year student at Maharishi University of Management; and Lynda and Michael Dimick, University trustees.

The couples gave public presentations in four cities: New Delhi, Mumbai, formerly called Bombay, Bangalore, and Chennai, formerly called Madras. "We were received by over 740 enthusiastic people who showed great interest in the University," Ms. Lieb said. "We anticipated that studying in America and the guarantee of a good job would be the draw, but what we were pleased to find was that the people were really interested in Vedic Knowledge."

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Brainerd Town Centre LLC
Eastgate Mall LLC
Bonne Carre LLC
Van Gogh LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
Lobdell LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
Mid-south LLC (c/o Windward Properties LLC)
Location
various cities across the United States

Investment
Brainerd Town Centre LLC - 16.67%
Eastgate Mall LLC -16.67%
Bonne Carre LLC - 16.67%
Van Gogh LLC - 16.67%
Lobdell LLC - 50%
Mid-south LLC - 50%
Background

The Brainerd Town Center is a development project in Chattanooga, Tennessee spearheaded by Slatkin investor Norman Harrower and his firm, Windward Properties. Here is an artists’ concept of the center.

This story describes some of the progress towards the realization of the Brainerd Town Center dream, including details about Eastgate and Windward (although no mention of Reed):

But while several hundred more office workers will soon be coming to Eastgate, moviegoers will not. Eastgate managers said Tuesday the curtains have come down on a proposed megaplex movie theater at Eastgate. The Brainerd complex doesn't have enough money or land to build the 18-screen theater once planned on the west side of Eastgate.
"Unfortunately, we just don't have enough parking spaces to meet the city zoning requirements for a megaplex," said Gerry Chauvin, senior vice president for leasing and development for Eastgate Mall LLC. "We're blazing new trails here by taking an 800,000-square-foot older mall in a secondary market in the Southeast and converting it into a town center for the first time.
Although the prospect of a new theater at Eastgate has gone dark, developers still see a bright future for the 38-year-old mall. Construction was halted on most of the mall renovation in July when the owners depleted their $34 million loan from Prudential Insurance Co. The investment group, organized through Windward Properties, spent $23 million of their own money to buy Eastgate and two other aging malls in Baton Rouge, La., and Fort Pierce, Fla. The group has an agreement to sell its Florida mall and is pursuing options for its other properties.

One of the mall owners pumped $2.3 million of his own money into the Eastgate project this week to pay off $1.6 million of delinquent bills to local contractors and to help finish construction of a new Goody's store, an office building along Brainerd Road and the facade along the eastern half of the mall.

"We're now able to pay the contractors who graciously worked with us during the delay in funding," Mr. Chauvin told reporters at a news conference Tuesday. "We're ecstatic to announce that the funds have come from our investors and ...we're in the process getting payments to all our contractors to get the project back on track."
Bill "Chink" Brown, an attorney who represents Schaerer Construction Co., said with the payment subcontractors will be paid for their previous work and construction work on the central building in front of the mall will resume.


The future of at least one of the Windward partnerships, Bon Carre LLC, has been thrown into serious doubt as a result of financial difficulties that have arisen in the post-Slatkin Ponzi scheme meltdown. According to this story, the remaining partners are having difficulty securing the necessary loans and investment.

According to this story, Windward specializes in buying aging, decrepit malls and turning them into successful ventures. The company used this innovative 3d graphic tour to sell a sceptical city counsel on its venture in Bon Carre.

From the December Report:

The Estate owns an interest in three limited liability companies (“LLCs”) that, in turn, own commercial business malls anchored by telephone call centers located in the southern United States. The primary properties involved are as follows:
(a) Eastgate Mall (“Eastgate”) – located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The original parcels were acquired during June 1997. Brainerd Town Center is adjacent to the Eastgate Mall and was acquired in October 2000.
(b) Bon Carre Mall (“Bon Carre”) – located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This property was acquired during November 1998. Three additional properties affiliated with Bon Carre and held by LLC’s are Van Gogh, Mid-South, and Lobdell.
(c) Fort Pierce Properties, LLC (“Fort Pierce”) – owns and operates Orange Blossom Mall, which was acquired in January 2000. This property is located in Fort Pierce, Florida, near Vero Beach.
The other limited partners in the malls are (i) Norman Harrower, III (“Harrower”) and Charles Purzner , (ii) Slatkin and O’Donnell, and (iii) Van and Michael Council (collectively, “Council”). While the ownership interests are generally allocated one-third to each of these groups, a brief analysis of the accounting records reflect that Slatkin paid the preponderance of capital contributions. It appears, in fact, that Slatkin had contributed approximately $14 million to the three mall LLCs and related entities. (There may be some dispute as to actual allocation of these amounts between Slatkin and O’Donnell.)
The Trustee has been actively involved in attempting to determine the value of these three malls to the Estate. To that end, following approval of the Court, the Trustee engaged Crossroads LLC “(Crossroads”) as real estate specialists to review the three projects and assess their continued viability. Following the Crossroads analysis, it is the opinion of the Trustee that the malls will yield little, if any, return of the $14 million investment. Nevertheless, the Trustee will continue to attempt to recover a portion of these funds.

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HR Partners
MJR Investments
Tarzana Partners
Location
Tarzana, California

Investment
HR Partners - 25%
MJR Investments - 25%
Tarzana Partners - 50%

Background

All three of these corporations share the same address; it resolves to a bridal shop and assorted other strip-mall-sounding enterprises, but presumably also includes an office complex (or a mail drop).

From previous research, we know that Slatkin investor Howard Goss is also a partner in HR Partners:

HR Partners – with Howard Gross (also an investor)
DBA NAME: H R Partners
BUSINESS ADDRESS:   14755 Ventura #478
  Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
OWNER: 
  GROSS HOWARD R
  SLATKIN REED E
FILING DATE: 
  11/10/1992
FILE NUMBER: 
  92-188485

We also know, from Reed’s deposition, that Tarzana Partners is a shared interest with Richard Levine.
MJR Investments, on the other hand, is a mystery. It doesn’t appear to be listed in the California corporate database, but that could be operator error failing to turn it up. The address really confuses me, though. Why would three partnerships whose only common factor appears to be Reed’s involvement in each all share the same obscure Ventura Blvd street address?
The one possible lead, and it’s a slim one, is this record of an old Reed company with a very similar – but not identical – address:

NAME:  SUMMERFIELD MANAGEMENT, INC.
TYPE OF CORPORATION:  ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION (DOMESTIC)
CORPORATE STATUS:  SUSPENDED
DATE OF INCORPORATION/QUALIFICATION:  12/03/1987
FTB SUSPENSION DATE:  02/01/1990
FTB SUSPENSION CODE:  SUSPENDED
MAILING ADDRESS:  HUFSTEDLER, MILLER, CARLSON & BEARDSLEY
                  355 SOUTH GRAND AVE., 45TH FLOOR
                  LOS ANGELES, CA 90071 *REGISTERED AGENT:   REED SLATKIN
REGISTERED OFFICE:  16633 VENTURA BLVD., SUITE 1220
                    ENCINO, CA 91436

Given the oddities we’ve seen with Reed’s recordkeeping, it’s not entirely beyond the realm of possibility that one of the two addresses is incorrect.

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Boomtown Investments LLC (c/o Richard Rosman)
California Media Group (c/o Richard Rosman)
RBG Capital Group LLC (c/o Richard Rosman)

Location
Los Angeles, California

Investment
Boomtown Investments - 21.8%
California Media Group - $75,000
RBG Capital Group - $325,000
Background
Boomtown Investments, and Richard Rosman, are both listed as Slatkin investors, and there is considerable information about both of them on the investor list.

The December Report also included a profile of Richard Rosman, who has been involved in numerous ventures in which Slatkin was also an investor:

Richard D. Rosman is a Los Angeles attorney. He has been a Slatkin investor since 1988. Rosman was a partner at LeWinter & Rosman Rosman until early 2000, when he left that firm and established his own practice. Rosman has been a lawyer for Kevin and MaryAnn O’Donnell, Army Bernstein, and in limited cases, for Slatkin. Rosman was also counsel to and a principal in RBG Capital Group, LLC (“RBG”), California Media Group, LLC (“CMG”), Boomtown, and Beacon.
Rosman acquired his interest in Boomtown/Beacon as part of his compensation for providing legal representation to Bernstein, O’Donnell and Slatkin relating to Boomtown’s acquisition of Beacon from Ascent Entertainment. Ex. 105. Rosman was an active principal in the operations of Beacon/Boomtown. He was regularly in contact with Slatkin reminding him of his funding obligations for the acquisition of Beacon, and requesting that Slatkin fulfill his bridge financing obligations for the films “Thirteen Days” and “Family Man.” Rosman was also involved with the mall properties, Skinmarket, and other ventures with Slatkin. During 2000, Rosman regularly faxed Slatkin requesting funds for the O’Donnells and for Army Bernstein. He also sent Slatkin accountings for funds between the parties.

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Mission Hills Plaza LLC
Location
Los Angeles, California

Investment
33%

Background

Mission Hills is another James Q. Fisher-related investment, apparently:

MISSION HILLS PLAZA LLC
Number: 199923310037 Date Filed: 8/20/1999 Status: active
Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
Principal Address
1801 CENTURY PARK E #2400
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
Agent for Service of Process
JAMES Q. FISHER
1801 CENTURY PK EAST #2400 LOS ANGELES, CA 90067-2326

Curiously, there are two Mission Hill Plazas, one in Laguna Hills, California, and another in, of all places, Clearwater, Florida. It is not known which Mission Hill Plaza is associated with Slatkin's investment. James Q. Fisher is, however, an investor in a number of real estate Limited Partnerships in Florida.
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Lizardhead Partners
Location
California

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
According to the December Report, Lizardhead Partners was formed by Reed and his investor, Mark Leibovit (profiled on this investor list) "to buy and sell stock". By the end of 1999, Slatkin owned 100% of Lizardhead, according to his tax returns. The trustee estimates Slatkin's total investment in the partnership at $895,587.
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Aviarian Partners

Location
New York

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
According to Reed’s deposition before the SEC, Aviarian Partners was a partnership between himself and George Elvin. It doesn’t appear to be listed in the New York database, however.
In the December Report, Trustee Tod Nielson revealed that a Slatkin investor has attempted to question Elvin about possible transfers of millions of dollars to Aviarian in late 2000:

In July, one of Slatkin’s investors, who had sued Slatkin, sought to obtain discovery from Elvin regarding the transfer of millions of dollars to Aviarian in late 2000.
Elvin declined to provide information. Recently, the Trustee obtained
a Rule 2004 discovery order to require the production of documents by Aves, Aviarian, Orno, Raptor, and Elvin and the oral examination of Elvin. This discovery is set for January 2002.

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Leeward Realty LP
Location
Los Angeles, California

Investment
49.5%

Background

Okay, here we have a meeting of two seemingly disparate Reed associates, Paul Calvo and James Q. Fisher:

LEEWARD REALTY, L.P., A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Number: 199306100009 Date Filed: 3/2/1993 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
1875 CENTURY PARK EAST, #2000
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067
Agent for Service of Process
PAUL CALVO
% JAMES Q. FISHER
1875 CENTURY PARK EAST, #2000
LOS ANGELES, CA 90067

Leeward Realty is mentioned in this post to an aquaculture messageboard, which describes a visit to St. Croix in the Virgin Islands. According to the writer, Leeward Realty is managed by local realtor Lee Seward, who manages property for Art Turo Christensen and family members (emphasis added). There are several Christensens who are also Scientologists, and the Christensen Family Trust was on the 1999 Investor List. (Jo Anne Christensen was on the 2001 List.) This could, of course, be entirely coincidental, but it is the only trace of Leeward Realty that can be found online.

The post office box address is the same as given for the other Paul Calvo-related venture; the address is listed for James Q. Fisher on one of the other registrations on which he is named, but does not appear to be his standard office. It also resolves to this enterprise:

Island on Bird Street, The
Victoria Lucas
MDP Worldwide
1875 Century Park East, Suite 2000
Los Angeles, CA 90067
USA
Tel: 1-310-226-8300
Fax: 1-310-226-8350
Email: vmlucas@yahoo.com

MDP Worldwide is a film production company, according to this page. It’s not clear if they are somehow related to James Q. Fisher’s business dealings, or whether they simply moved into the suite after he changed offices, which is very possibly the case.

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Bios Partners LLC
Location
Birmingham, Michigan

Investment
0.3%

Background

From the Michigan corporate database:

BIOS PARTNERS, LLC
 ID Num: B62339
Name:BIOS PARTNERS, LLC
Agent:MITCHELL MONDRY
805 E MAPLE RD
STE 333
BIRMINGHAM   MI  48009
Type: Domestic Limited Liability Company 
Formation Date:12-20-1999
Managed by: Managers
Mailing/Office Address:
Jurisdiction of Origin:MICHIGAN
Status: ACTIVE
Status Date: Present

According to this page, Mitchell Mondry is co-founder of the M Group:

Mitchell Mondry, Cofounder and Vice President,
M Group Inc.
A cofounder and Vice President of M Group, Mitchell is integrally involved in all aspects of the Company’s investment activity. Mitchell served as CEO of Teamplayers, a personnel staffing company and a portfolio company of M Group until its sale in 1998. Prior to co-founding M Group, Mitchell held the position of Vice President of Stores and Customer Service for Highland Superstores, Inc., a publicly held, 92-store chain of consumer electronics and appliance stores.

Mitchell currently sits on the boards of KnowledgeLINK, Aprisa, Stoneage.com, and Batteries.com, four of M Group’s portfolio companies. He is also a Director of Paramount Bank, a Michigan mortgage and commercial bank. Mitchell is a board member of Digital Detroit as well as several charitable organizations.
Mitchell is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and American Bar Association. He received his J.D. degree and MBA concurrently from the University of Michigan Law and Business Schools. Mitchell received a BA. in English, with Distinction, from the University of Michigan.

The M Group also invested in Crystallize, Inc., a company in which Reed held shares.

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Mission Resource Partners LP
Location
Alameda, California

Investment
5500 Units

Background

From the California corporate database:

MISSION RESOURCE PARTNERS, L.P.
Number: 198809900018 Date Filed: 4/8/1988 Status: active
Jurisdiction: DELAWARE
Principal Address
1151 HARBOR BAY PKWY, SUITE 201
ALAMEDA, CA 94501
Agent for Service of Process
C T CORPORATION SYSTEM

Well, this one is a puzzler. The only thing I can find at that address is something called Coastcom, which doesn’t seem to be related to Mission Resources Partners, and the only reference on the web comes from this list of corporate faxes, and gives an entirely different address for MRP:

Mission Resource Partners, L.P.
1333 N. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596 FAX: 415-933-1352 [AMEX]
This fax number, alas, has since been disconnected.

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Muni Mae
Location
UNKNOWN

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
UNKNOWN
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Northern Border Partners LP
Location
UNKNOWN

Investment
2000 Units

Background
From the Northern Border Partners LP webpage:

Northern Border Partners, L.P. was formed in 1993 to acquire, own and manage pipeline and other midstream energy assets. Today, Northern Border Partners, L.P. is one of the largest publicly-traded limited partnerships and a leading transporter of natural gas imported from Canada into the United States

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Kinder Morgan
Location
International

Investment
500 Units

Background
Kinder Morgan is a very large publicly traded energy company. 

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Topview LLC
Slatkin Family Foundation
Topridge Oregon LLC
Shiftkey LLC
Capsfair LLC
FanFair LLC
Iceball Production LLC
London Powell LLC
MIB Partners Ltd.
Location
Santa Barbara, California

Investment
100%

Background
These companies are all various LLC alter egos of Reed E. Slatkin, and each is registered under the address of Reed’s “office” at 890 Kellogg Street. 
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Balladeer LLC
Location
Santa Barbara, California

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

At first glance, this appeared to be another in the Slatkin LLC series of partnerships, but the address is different, according to the California corporate database:

BALLADEER, LTD., A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, THE
Number: 198806300027 Date Filed: 2/29/1988 Status: canceled Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
4399 IRVINE AVE.
STUDIO CITY, CA 91604
Agent for Service of Process
RICHARD SCHNEIDER, ESQ.
520 BROADWAY, STE. 260
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

The Irvine address resolves to Fred Calvert, an animator who was involved in wild only-in-Hollywood artistic battle over a cartoon version of Arabian Knight, as detailed in this article:

"It came as a shock to him," many of the people who were there agree. It was CBC’s job to finish the film, no matter what. Williams was fired the studio closed down, and the cels and drawings packed up and sent to LA. "I think it was a contributing factor[to CBC's demise]" said Fred Calvert, the animator who replaced Williams, "they had to pay $16 million back to the banks, that's pretty unusual." It was Calvert’s thankless task to turn the greatest cinematic mess since Erich von Stroheim's Queen Kelly into wholesome family entertainment.
"It took a year and a half to finish the thing," Calvert remembers, Twenty minutes of extraneous film were cut out. The voice tracks had to be completely redone. They’d been recorded in the early 1970s and many in the voice cast, like Vincent Price and Anthony Quayle, were dead. Songs were added to shore up the plot.

Calvert also worked on Roger Ramjet and a number of other Saturday morning cartoons. It’s not clear whether he is, in fact, associated with Balladeer LLC, or whether Balladeer was a former occupant.

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Montecito Partners
Location
California

Investment
50%

Background

Here is one possibility for Montecito Partners, courtesy of the California corporate database:

MONTECITO PARTNERS, LTD., A CALIFORNIA LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
Number: 198933500026 Date Filed: 12/1/1989 Status: active
Jurisdiction: 
Principal Address
17744 SKY PARK CIRCLE, STE 100
IRVINE, CA 92714
Agent for Service of Process
JAMES E. THOMPSON
17744 SKY PARK CIRCLE, STE 100
IRVINE, CA 92714

However, in his January deposition before the SEC, Reed mentions Montecito Associates in relation to documents that he intends to provide.

The December Report also mentions Montecito, and indicates that it was a joint partnership between Slatkin and Richard Levine that eventually merged with Tarzana Partners:

By way of example of their longstanding relationship, in June 1991, Slatkin and Levine entered into an agreement, which recites that Slatkin is a general partner in Montecito Partners (“Montecito”) and Levine is a general partner in Tarzana Partners (“Tarzana”). Pursuant to that agreement, Levine was to receive 50% of Montecito’s profits, and Slatkin was to receive 50% of Tarzana’s profits. It appears that Montecito ultimately merged with Tarzana, effective at the beginning of 1997.

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Streamingrock.com LLC
Location
Bellevue, Washington

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background
Streamingrock.com uses the trade name streamingaudio.com, and is dedicated to streaming radio stations on the Internet.  The CEO of streamingaudio.com is Bob Case, who describes the process that led to the company’s creation here. Streamaudio is the world’s largest radio streamer with 600 stations, and recently upped the ante, offering to pick up the tab for DCMA licencing fees.
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Borden Chemicals and Plastics
Location
Columbus, Ohio

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

As it turns out, plastics weren’t the future – at least, not for Borden Chemicals and Plastics, or BCP, a company that specialized in PVC polymer products (and try saying that five times fast):

Elsie the Chemical Cow? Borden Chemicals and Plastics (BCP) is a limited partnership that makes polyvinyl chloride (PVC) polymer products (not milk). The company formerly operated three principal product groups: PVC resins, methanol and derivatives (formaldehyde), and nitrogen products. Choosing to focus on its PVC business, BCP sold its formaldehyde unit, exited its methanol business, and closed its nitrogen operations. PVC products include PVC resins and feedstocks such as vinyl chloride monomer and acetylene, used in wall coverings and siding. BCP -- which has filed for bankruptcy protection -- was formed in 1987 to buy the PVC and methanol plants from Borden, Inc.

In April, 2001, the NYSE suspended trading of Borden after its share value slipped below $1 for more than thirty days, and the company filed for bankruptcy:

The Exchange's action is being taken in view of the fact that that the Company is below the NYSE's continued listing criteria relating to: 30 day average share price less than $1.00; and total stockholders' equity less than $50 million in conjunction with global market capitalization less than $50 million.
In addition, on April 3, 2001 it was announced that the Company's operating limited partnership, Borden Chemicals and Plastics Operating Limited Partnership, and its wholly-owned subsidiary, BCP Finance Corporation, filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The announcement also confirmed that it appears unlikely that the common units would have any value following the resolution of the Chapter 11 process.

And it just goes from bad to worse for Borden, which announced in August that there may be ‘inaccuracies’ in its reporting statements due to software problems:

Borden Chemicals and Plastics warns of possible financial inaccuracies
Borden Chemicals and Plastics LP is warning that its financial statements could be off by up to $20 million because of accounting errors it made while installing new management software 18 months ago.
The Columbus-based limited partnership said the potential problems relate to how accounts receivable and inventory have been reported at Borden Chemicals and Plastics Operating LP, a resin manufacturer based in Geismar, La.

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California Deserts
Location
Santa Monica

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

According to the California corporate database, this is California Deserts' registration information:

CALIFORNIA DESSERTS, INC.
Number: C1724160 Date Filed: 4/27/1993 Status: active
Jurisdiction: California
Mailing Address
1299 OCEAN AVE 4TH FL
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401
Agent for Service of Process
ROBERT L. KAHAN
STEIN & KAHAN
1299 OCEAN AVE 4TH FL
SANTA MONICA, CA 90401

Robert Kahan is a lawyer.

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Enterprise Products Partners LLP
Location
Houston, Texas

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

Enterprise is a very large, publicly traded fuel company:

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. is the second largest publicly traded energy partnership with an enterprise value of over $4.5 billion. Since going public in July 1998, Enterprise has completed or initiated over $1.2 billion in acquisitions and investments on energy infrastructure projects. We have increased our cash distribution rate to partners by over 31 percent since December 1999.

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Genesis Energy LP
Location
Texas

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

Trading on the AMEX as GEL, Genesis Energy is a Texas-based oil company that specializes in purchase and aggregation of crude oil:

Genesis Energy, L.P., through its affiliated limited partnership, Genesis Crude Oil, L.P., and its subsidiary partnerships is principally engaged in the purchase and aggregation of crude oil at the wellhead, and the bulk purchase of crude oil at pipeline and terminal facilities for resale at various points along the crude oil distribution chain, which extends from the wellhead to aggregation and terminal facilities, refineries and other end markets. The Company gathers approximately 96,000 barrels per day at the wellhead, principally in the southern and southwestern states. In addition to its gathering and marketing business, Genesis' operations include transportation of crude oil at regulated published tariffs on its three common carrier pipeline systems. The pipelines are in Texas, Mississippi/Louisiana and Florida/Alabama.

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Inworld VR
Location
Sausalito, California

Investment
UNKNOWN

Background

Hey, it’s our old buddy Jeffrey Donovan, Reed's erstwhile computer consultant who has made every effort to erase history in an effort to distance himself from the Slatkin scandal.

Here is Inworld's corporate record:

INWORLD VR, INC.
Number: C1561494 Date Filed: 6/9/1989 Status: suspended
Jurisdiction: California
Mailing Address
10 LIBERTY SHIP WAY 150
SAUSALITO, CA 94965
Agent for Service of Process
JEFFREY S DONOVAN
10 LIBERTY SHIP WAY 150
SAUSALITO, CA 94965

From InWorld’s corporate website:

InWorld VR, Inc. was founded in 1992 by Jeffrey Donovan (currently the Chief Technical Officer at InWorld) in Santa Barbara CA. and was relocated to Sausalito CA in March of 1993. We are currently located in the beautiful historic Schoonmaker building, located at 10 Liberty Ship Way, Sausalito.
Since it's inception, InWorld VR, Inc. has been recognized as a premier provider of VR related services including, but not limited to: programming, consulting, proprietary software and proprietary hardware.
In Q3 1996, InWorld shifted it's emphasis from platform dependent solutions to platform independent solutions with the conception and deployment of it's SpaceCrafter(tm) 3D Java API for developers and Automatic Audio(tm) for the consumer based market. Since that time InWorld has become a recognized Java powerhouse with platform independent solutions for entertainment, visualization, real-time data collection and on-line multi-user environments. With these solutions and the ongoing development and research efforts at InWorld, the future holds no bounds as we prepare for the next generation of platform independent applications.
InWorld is a 100% privately held California based corporation with significant employment and investment opportunities.

Jeffrey is a former employee of Slatkin and Associates, and even acknowledges Reed’s investment in InWorld VR on his personal webpage. Well, he did, before it was mysteriously edited away after news of the alleged fraud broke; thankfully, it has been preserved for the ages here:

In 1992 business was winding down to a relaxed pace at Slatkin & Associates. Their systems had been developed and were very stable, additional system maintenence personel had been trained, and I was continuing to research new ideas. While researching a possible new representation for market volume, I decided to view this model in 3D. This led to a 6 month excursion into the complexities of 3D rendering and 3D user interaction, a subject I quickly became consumed with. At the time, the virtual reality explosion was just starting in the San Francisco Bay area, and with the blessings and a small initial investment from Slatkin & Associates and others, InWorld VR was born and in March 1993 was moved to the bay area.

(You can view the de-Slatkined webpage here.)

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