Mandelman on “Saving the California Dream” on Fox 11 News KTTV Los Angeles


Okay, late one night this past week I got a call from Heidi Cuda, a producer from Fox 11 News in Los Angeles.  She explained that she’d been producing a week long series about the foreclosure crisis in California, titled, “Saving the California Dream,” and several people including an attorney friend of mine, Walter Hackett, said that she should be talking to me.

“Why?” I asked.  “I’m not in foreclosure, did Walter say I was a deadbeat borrower?”  I think I threw her off with that line.

“No,” she said.  “Everyone says you’re the guy that knows everything about the foreclosure crisis.”

“I’m going to kill him,” I replied.

“Noooo,” she said.  “Everyone said you were wonderful.  I want to interview you for the final segment.”

“Where the hell have you and the rest of the mainstream media been for the past three years?”  I asked.

She took the bait.  “Well, I’ve been going all over the state talking to homeowners and I’ve learned all about… blah, blah, blah.”

I wasn’t really listening.

“So, what makes you think you’re qualified to interview me?” I asked in earnest.

“I’m not, but that’s why I need  you, you’ll make the series and I need to learn from you,” she said sounding sincere.

Ooooh, she was good.  Very slick.  Soooo L.A.  Like she just got off the set of “Entourage,” on HBO.

“What time,” I asked.

“Noon on Friday.”  She replied.

“Okay, I’ll try.”  I said.

“I can’t wait to meet you,” she fired back still sounding sincere.

Yep, she was a “producer” all right.  “Alright, see you then.”



“Love ya’ babe…” I said under my breath, after she’d already hung up.

So, I drove up to LA, we taped the interview and I drove home.  Then I went back to my desk, started writing and promptly forgot all about it, so I missed it at 6:00 PM, or whenever it was on, and missed it again at 10:00 PM, when it aired for the second time.

The next day people kept asking me if I’d seen it, so I watched it on-line.  Didn’t think much of it.  Hated it, actually.  What a waste of time.  Never doing that again.

Then she called me today.  “Hi,” I said.  I was wimping out.  She tells me Part 2 is on tonight and it’s going to be great.  I didn’t know anything about a second part.  So, this time my wife called me when it was starting… so, I watched it.  And it was much better than Part 1, I thought.  You, however, can decide for yourself, if you’re so inclined.

I’d skip Part 1, if I were you… but that’s just me.

Mandelman out.



Saving The California Dream: Foreclosure Toolbox Part 5:




Saving The California Dream: Foreclosure Crisis Part 2:


  1. hufy1 says

    Thanks for doing this interview. It probably was seen by several hundred thousand people. Keep up the fight. Too bad you weren't able to drop an
    "Ada Boy" for our pal Stumpf...

  2. nizbrown says

    we need to organize people to do a strategic default all at once... until principle balances are reduced to the fair market value..the housing market will not stabiize and until then the economy will not be stabilized .Case shiller shows 4.1% YOY drop ... and like u said foreclosures breed foreclosures.... make more prices drop and make more people further under water.

  3. rxgal says

    Yes, part 2 was better than part 1, but both ROCK. Keep fighting the good fight and thank you!

  4. davevw says

    I know you were just getting warmed up. What we need is you in front of Chase Bank in downtown LA with Fox News interviewing you and having callers call in and tell there story on public news. Since we last met and I held a public protest in front if Chase bank in San Diego in August 2009
    ( url= ), not much has changed for homeowners. The banks still denigrate and ignore people and always angle for whatever will garner more government bailouts for their balance sheets.
    Keep up the fight.

    Dave Van Waldick
    www. ePrequal. com
    "One Minute Loan pre-Approvals"

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