Accusations Made at Council Meeting

Photo by Ted AYALA North Glendale resident Bill Weisman at the City Council dais during his presentation on Tuesday night.
Photo by Ted AYALA North Glendale resident Bill Weisman at the City Council dais during his presentation on Tuesday night.

By Ted AYALA

Promises of a quiet start to 2012 for the Glendale City Council were dashed on Tuesday night. During the oral communications period of the council meeting, a group of four Glendale residents revealed and submitted for public record alleged evidence of felony convictions against Vanguardians executive director Barry Allen.

Allen is the founder of the Vanguardians, a “community watching” group with affiliates in several other Southern California cities that, according to their website, “[seeks] accountability, effectiveness, and responsiveness from government to ensure integrity.”

Tracing back to his former residency in the Detroit area, reports were unearthed from the Farmington Observer, Detroit Free Press, and Orlando Sentinel detailing past criminal convictions of Allen B. Silvarman.

Barry Allen had used the name Silvarman in the past when he was a radio talk show host.

“I settled in Orange County and got into the radio business as a talk show host. I was using my name… Allen Silvarman and callers had a hard time with it. A focus group helped with the decision to take my first name, Allen and my second name, Barry – I have two middle names and I don’t want to digress into the naming by Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewish parents – and gave me the air name of Barry Allen,” Allen wrote in a Vanguardian newsletter.

On Tuesday, the group alleged the now Vanguardians’ Allen and the convicted Silvarman were one in the same.

According to information presented at Tuesday’s meeting, a plant operated by Silvarman and an associate was raided by federal agents in a Detroit suburb in 1985. Seized by agents was over $335,000 in counterfeit $100 and $20 bills, along with presses producing counterfeit Social Security cards, birth certificates and cashier’s checks.

The newspaper articles reported that counterfeit bills were passed at grocery stores, department stores and banks in the Detroit area and mailed to Orlando residents. According to federal agents quoted in the Orlando Sentinel, these actions were taken to obscure the Detroit operations. The pair pleaded guilty to charges in the case.

None of the four residents represented that Allen was in fact the convicted Silvarman, however did point out the similarities in their history and voiced their concern.

“If Barry Allen is indeed a convicted felon, I think that disqualifies him from credibly criticizing the ethics and morals of others,” said local resident Bill Weisman, who was among those that had made the alleged revelations public. “Any document that Barry has ever submitted to any government agency or any media agency is now suspect…. It could be forged as he has a background in doing [that].”

“It’s also long past time to reduce the inordinate influence that [Allen] has on [this city] due to his close, personal relationships with sitting councilmembers, planning commissioners, former councilmembers, major realtors, and reporters,” Weisman added.

Councilman Ara Najarian reacted with indignation at the revelations.

“This is the guy that accuses me of being unethical?” he asked. “And accuses [former city manager] Jim Starbird of being a crook? I think it’s time for this community to say enough is enough. This individual is a dangerous individual. We need to warn our residents when he comes here pleading for money.”

“A federal felon asking for transparency?” he added. “Really, what’s going on?”

Councilman Rafi Manoukian followed Najarian by saying that Allen’s criminal activities were a “surprise” to him.

Najarian also cited the appropriateness of discussing city issues with certain groups and inquired with the city manager and city attorney as to whether guidelines could be drawn up.

“I’m skeptical about this but I’m willing to talk about it,” said Councilman Manoukian.

When asked why he and his colleagues decided to announce Allen’s past at the council meeting, Weisman echoed Najarian’s description of Allen as “dangerous.”

“This needed to be said right now,” Weisman said. “The evidence came to light to us in the past few weeks. It’s time to break the hold he has on this city.”

18 Responses to "Accusations Made at Council Meeting"

  1. james jones   July 26, 2013 at 6:46 am

    if indeed mr allen was convicted of a crime he has served his time and been rehabilitated by our system of justice. Who are you people to assume he is not a changed person trying to do something right for this city. Sounds like you all are afraid that he may hold the key to the closet that your own skeletons are kept in.
    Take your back office deals somewhere else, and remember the ones you think
    are in it with you will be the first ones to rat you out when the shit hits the fan.
    Check yourself first and if your free from sin then you should be selling holly water
    on TV and saving souls and not out on some witch hunt.

  2. William   May 12, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    So…..you guys think that B.A. is a scam……/// Read the indictment of Drayman.
    and you can see your ex-councilman’s photos in the Glendale News Press last week. @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@
    Oh Yeh….and just for your info….who keeps tabs on the lawyers..attorneys…city and state officials..judges etc……….(NOT the FBI)
    Think about it.!!

  3. lauren   January 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    “Barry Allen” is the daytime name of DC comics hero “The Flash.”

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