WHO WE ARE
Hello. My name
is Bill Weisman, and I created this web site. My wife and I are
both retired, and we've lived in the City of Glendale CA since 1986.
After we retired
from long careers in the Information Technology field, we started
volunteering for the City of Glendale, and we started getting active in
local government. For us, that meant attending almost every
weekly City Council meeting in person (from 2005 to the present) and
many Board and Commission meetings as well, or watching them (live or
archived) on streaming video here. We
began to learn more and more about the current issues facing Glendale's
municipal government, and who the major players were, from the elected
officials to the city staff to other citizen activists. We
donated money to several candidates for public office in Glendale, some succesful,
and some not. We also worked as campaign volunteers, ringing
doorbells, stuffing envelopes and putting up yard signs.
One of the people we
became aware of was Barry Allen. He showed
up at many of the same meetings we attended. He operated a
non-profit called Vanguardians,
Inc., and published a weekly newsletter, Vanguard Weekly. Initially, we were glad to find an organization that acted as a watchdog
over local government, and that provided an alternative news source to
our local newspaper, the Glendale
News Press. We liked Barry Allen
- at first. We even donated $100
to Vanguardians in 2006. However, as the
months and years went by, we grew more and more disenchanted with
Barry Allen and Vanguardians
, based on their words
and actions. We also found that
the deeper we dug into his background, the more derogatory information
turned up, and the more it became obvious that most of Barry's claims are either
wild exaggerations or complete fabrications. Consider just these
two sentences from Barry's autobiography:
"I was selected by the City
[of Southfield MI] to be
the assistant director of Civil Defense where I wrote the first
accepted program paper. After College and Law School I grew my security
and investigative business to 1000 employees..."
Sounds pretty good.....but here's what one finds when one starts looking into these claims:
above - and every other page on this site - consists of verifiable
facts. Our opinions of Barry Allen, which follow under WHAT WE
BELIEVE, are just that: our opinions. This is the only
place on this web site where we express our opinions about Barry.
You are free to agree or disagree; just check out the rest of the facts presented here, and read as many issues of Vanguard Weekly as you can stomach.
to staff at the City of Southfield MI, there is no record that Allen Silvarman was
ever employed by, or a volunteer for, the City of Southfield.
College and Law School" implies that he graduated from both. We
can find no evidence that he graduated from either. On Barry
Allen's LInked-In page, he claims to have earned a JD degree from the
Wayne State University Law School, Class of 1964 - a claim that we have
verified as false with the WSU Law School Registrar
- According to A. C. Lamb, Vice President of Security Services, Inc., Allen Silvarman was a stockholder
in the company, not a co-owner or manager as stated by the authorities
and news media. He primarily handled the sales end of the
business, and did occasional private investigation work.
Allen is a con man, who conned us out of $100 under false pretenses.
Allen makes his living from Vanguardians, Inc. Money donated to
Vanguardians is what puts gas in his car and food on his table.
Allen needs to be constantly stirring up scandal and controversy, to
keep a steady level of donations flowing into Vanguardians
Allen uses Vanguard Weekly at
least in part for carrying out personal vendettas, smear campaigns,
innuendo and character assasination
...that many of
the articles published in Vanguard Weekly purporting to be
factual are actually fictional, as are many, if not most, of their
"letters to the editor"
...that being a
convicted felon disqualifies Barry Allen from credibly criticizing the
ethics and morals of others
Allen changed his name from Allen
B. Silvarman to conceal his criminal record, not because of a
Allen has employed the use of multiple aliases for decades as a
deliberate strategy for purposes of deception
...that being a
convicted felon disqualifies Barry Allen from firearms ownership, or serving on a jury
documentation ever submitted to any government agency or media
organization by Barry Allen is now under suspicion of being forged or
Allen was arrested and convicted not just for printing his own money,
but also printing his own birth certificate seals and Social Security
documents - items whose only purpose is the creation of false
Allen is playing fast and loose with the Internal Revenue Code in
operating his 501(c)(3), and should be audited
Allen has inordinate influence in the City of Glendale, due to his close personal relationships
with a sitting city councilmember, a former councilmember, a sitting
planning commissioner, major Glendale realtors, and reporters from the
Glendale News Press.
Allen has cost the taxpayers of Glendale many thousands
of dollars in staff time and resources responding to his requests
under the Public Records Act - requests amounting to three times the
number of total requests received in one year in the entire City of Los
Allen is not a stakeholder in the City of Glendale, since he doesn't
live here, own a business here, or own property here (that we know of)
Allen's record of filings in Oakland County MI,
under multiple similar names, by their nature and volume show ample
indicia of mortgage or real estate fraud. Not to mention the
Federal Tax Lien, the divorces, judgments, Levy's of Execution, etc.
Allen is the active director of a publicly
traded Nevada Corporation that doesn't seem to know what business
to be in, or how to make a profit.
Allen implies on his Facebook
his Linked-In page, in his autobiography, and in his brief résumés that
he finished college and law school, when in fact he did not
Allen has made other claims, like being Deputy Director
of Civil Defense in Southfield MI, that cannot be substantiated
WHY WE DID THIS
accountability, integrity and honesty are the values demanded of the
Glendale by Barry Allen and Vanguardians. It is only fair that
Vanguardians, and Barry Allen, be held to those same standards.
Unfortunately, it has become more and more evident to us over the years
that while they vigorously insist upon openness, transparency,
accountability, integrity and honesty in others, they see
no need to adhere to those values themselves. This especially
concerns us in the light of Vanguardians constant solicitation of
donations. We want to warn the
citizens of Glendale and elsewhere that Barry Allen and Vanguardians
are not what they seem to be on the surface, and to urge that no
donations of money or any other tangible asset be made to them.
They are unworthy of the public trust.
We would like to
encourage anyone who feels that they have been victimized or ripped off
by Barry Allen and/or Vanguardians to report it to the appropriate
authorities. If the appropriate authorities can't - or won't - do
anything about it, please tell us about it, and we would be happy to
publish your story here, should you so desire.
also like to encourage any Silvarman relatives, friends, or
acquaintances in Michigan, Indiana, California or elsewhere, who stumble across
this website, to please feel free to send us any news, information or
stories that are germane to the content presented here.
Many thanks to those of you who have already been in touch. We
promise to keep your identity and any information you send us strictly
confidential, unless we have your permission to publish it.
citizens of Glendale are also trying to shine the light on this shady
character. Barry Allen and his little band filed three times more
public record act requests in Glendale last year than were received by
the entire City of Los Angeles. Barry usually doesn't even take the
material, so he doesn't have to pay any copying costs - he just burns
through our tax money on fishing expeditions to try to find something
controversial that he can use to raise money.
PLEASE: DO NOT donate money to Vanguardians!