James Rowen Watch
This site is for the people of Santa Clara (and others) who has been harassed in any way by James Rowen. Santa Clara political provoker James Rowen is an agitator and mudslinger with a track record of trolling and harassing elected Santa Clara officials and community activists. Mr. Rowen makes a habit of using aggressive and often slanderous insults against all those who oppose his policies, or end-up as an opponent to one of his political clientsIf you’ve received or been the target of threatening, annoying, or harassing calls, emails, texts, or social media posts from him, we’d like to share it with the Santa Clara Police Department (Case Number T17001022).
Please send recorded voice mail messages, texts, emails, or social media posts to firstname.lastname@example.org
California Penal Code 653m
“(a) Every person who, with intent to annoy, telephones or makes contact by means of an electronic communication device with another and addresses to or about the other person any obscene language or addresses to the other person any threat to inflict injury to the person or property of the person addressed or any member of his or her family, is guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith. (b) Every person who, with intent to annoy or harass, makes repeated telephone calls or makes repeated contact by means of an electronic communication device, or makes any combination of calls or contact, to another person is, whether or not conversation ensues from making the telephone call or contact by means of an electronic communication device, guilty of a misdemeanor. Nothing in this subdivision shall apply to telephone calls or electronic contacts made in good faith or during the ordinary course and scope of business.”
The potential consequences of a PC 653m conviction are up to six (6) months in county jail, a fine of up to one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both.
James Rowen in the News
Santa Clara political operative and legally banned blogger James Rowen has accused council members Kathy Watanabe and Debi Davis of trying to hide payments to a shared political consultant, Gabe Foo. Rowen, who described himself as the “Black Joker of Santa Clara” in an avalanche of emails to media outlets and elected officials, threatened to file complaints with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) claiming that the two councilwomen paid a combined $6,000 to Foo after the Dec. 31 cutoff for campaign spending. Given Rowen’s record of libel and harassment, Davis said “he has nothing to stand on.” Watanabe called the FPPC filings—or, in this case, the mere suggestion of them—a thinly veiled vendetta. “It’s extortion,” she said. “He’s mad because we didn’t hire him as a political consultant.” The two used to be friends, she added. “I’ve made food for him, I’ve delivered things for him. I’ve supported him over the years. But he makes it very difficult.” Davis said she initially hired Rowen for $200, but dumped him after finding out that he was pulling double duty by advising John McLemore, her challenger in the last election. Foo started volunteering for the two councilwomen, but he became indispensable once a shadow group called BluePAC—with suspected ties to the San Francisco 49ers—began attacking their reputation, Watanabe explained. Foo helped her produce a video and social media campaign to respond to the political volleys. “I wanted to pay him for that,” she said. Foo submitted paperwork to register his marketing company with the Secretary of State before the end of 2016, but the records didn’t post online until 2017. But everything was submitted before deadline as required, City Clerk Rod Diridon Jr. ruled. “These complaints have no merit,” Watanabe said. Rowen, for his part, told Fly he had no intention of working with Watanabe. Robert Haugh —a former Santa Clara Weekly writer who left the paper and later launched a citizen journalism project called Santa Clara News—said Rowen’s incessant trolling and FPPC complaints have undermined whatever point he has to make. “His knowledge of politics is great,” Haugh said. “He just doesn’t present himself well.”
After years of being an aggressive advocate for slander, lying and junior high insults of citizens of the city of Santa Clara who oppose policies and pet projects (e.g., San Francisco 49ers Stadium) of Santa Clara politicians via his blogspot blog, James Rowen has finally been taken to court to defend his words in a civil lawsuit. He is being sued in The Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara for what they categorize as “Defamation – Unlimited”. They may have picked, or possibly created that category after a thorough perusal of the blogging of James Rowen over the years. The File Date was August 7, 2013 and the Case Number is 1-13-CV-250808.
Quite A Row | Metroactive News
If he continues to be good, Santa Clara political bottom-feeder James Rowen will successfully complete his one-year court probation this month. Last year police charged Rowen with battery on a transit employee when trying to retrieve a $200 briefcase he left on a bus. According to court records, when a female transit staffer couldn’t help him immediately, Rowen thanked her by hurling a gender-based epithet. The Limbaugh-sized pol, once a high-ranking county Democratic official and campaign hand for Councilman James Arno, then punctuated his verbal flourish by allegedly shoving the recalcitrant female bus servant. Ultimately, Rowen left with briefcase in hand, into the waiting car of his mother, who drove him home from the bus yard. Rowen tells Eye that he never shoved the woman or cussed. Yes, he admits he lost his temper and raised his voice. But he felt as though these bureaucrats were giving him the runaround. Rowen later pleaded no contest to a less grievous charge of disturbing the peace.