Yvette Felarca is a national leader in the Antifa group “By Any Means Necessary.” She is also a Berkeley Unified School District middle school teacher. You’re probably thinking those things are a less-than stellar combination, in which case you’d be absolutely right.
The Blaze reports that Alameda County Superior Court Commissioner Thomas Rasch has slapped down Felarca for her attempt to use the law to torment former Berkeley College Republicans leader Troy Worden.
Felarca had attempted to obtain a temporary restraining order against Worden, then a permanent one, on the grounds that he was supposedly stalking and harassing her. This was apparently too cute by half, as Rasch ruled that she must pay him $10,000 in attorneys’ fees and $1,100 in court fees for pursing her case in bad faith.
Berkeleyside has the background:
Felarca got a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Worden in September after alleging he was stalking and harassing her for her political activities on campus. A judge initially ordered Worden to stay 100 yards away from Felarca, but later reduced that distance to 10 yards. Felarca then applied for a permanent restraining order in October but withdrew the application the day of the hearing, making Worden the prevailing party entitled to receive lawyer and court fees […]
Rasch pointed out in court that Felarca never directly addressed her claims against Worden when she was on the witness stand.
“By ruling that Yvette Felarca did not demonstrate good faith in filing the restraining order, the court recognized the frivolous nature of Felarca’s actions,” Worden’s attorney Mark Meuser said in response to the decision. “The award of attorney fees should send a strong signal that she cannot abuse the court system to silence speech.” (He did, however, maintain that his reimbursement should have been higher, as his work on the case wound up in the ballpark of $178,600.)
Naturally, Felarca’s attorney Shanta Driver (who also represents By Any Means Necessary) responded by vowing to appeal, accusing the judge of “support[ing] the political views of Troy Worden and the alt-right,” and most ludicrously playing the victim, because in making her client pay for wasting everyone else’s time and money, Rasch was setting a precedent for any abused or harassed woman to be financially punished for merely seeking legal protection. Yes, because there are no discernible differences between the facts here and the average restraining order request. None whatsoever.
Oh, and the Blaze’s rundown of Flarca’s background pretty strongly indicates that she’s the one other people should probably have restraining orders against:
Yvonne Felarca, 47, of Oakland, was arrested near Telegraph Ave and Channing Way for battery and resisting arrest. pic.twitter.com/AsZlCsdLC7
— Berkeley Police (@berkeleypolice) September 26, 2017
– TheBlaze has previously written about Yvette Felarca, a well-known “anti-Trump fighter” and left-wing activist who openly endorses violence to “shut down” those she believes are “fascists” […]
– Felarca described violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley, in February as “stunningly successful” and called for more “militant” action […]
– She was arrested in July on three felony charges — inciting a riot, participating in a riot and assault — after Sacramento authorities said she was caught on camera last year hitting a member of the Traditionalist Worker Party, which KTVU-TV called a “white nationalist group.”
This is a middle-school teacher, remember.
The moral of the story? If you’re raising children in Berkeley, California, you should either move, or look into homeschooling.