Newspaper Record of XXXXX/JACOBS in Avon,
Ohio -- September 13, 2000 to December 31, 2000

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9-11-00 GOVERNMENT BY FAVORITISM
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12-20-00 STEAKS

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 9-2-00, By SARAH FENSKE, Morning Journal Writer

``AVON -- ... [Jacobs Group hits Avon with $1,000,000 suit.] The lawsuit ... is an attempt to avoid roughly $1 million in assessments for a sewer through the company's property [next to Manco, site of the proposed Vista shopping center].

... Council members said they were not aware the developer was pursuing the lawsuit until this week ... Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart and Treasurer Daniel Talarek are also named in the suit ...

Ward 4 Councilman Jack Kilroy, an attorney, said the lawsuit should halt any discussion about the [I-90 interchange Jacobs wants at Nagel Rd.] ... Kilroy said, citing Ohio's legal ethics code, "Any discussion that happens should be through lawyers ..." ''

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 9-12-00, By CRIS GLASER, Morning Journal Writer

``AVON -- ... "(Law Director Dan Stringer) has advised members of Council to avoid discussing the subject matter of any lawsuit in public," Council President Shaun Brady said yesterday [9-11-00].

"Accordingly, the planned public discussion of the Jacobs Group presentation for a new I-90 exit at Nagel ... will be put on hold ...," Brady said ...'' [If Jacobs' sewer assessment is reduced, what about the people on Kinzel Road?]

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 1-03-01, By CRAIG RIMLINGER, Morning Journal Writer

"AVON -- After a lawsuit spanning almost five years and involving two different plaintiffs, the Jacobs Group and the city of Avon have reached an agreement settling a disputed sewer assessment on land envisioned for the stalled ''Vista'' project.

Under the settlement agreement, the Jacobs Group will pay $150,000 of the disputed amount and the city will pay the remaining $38,352.71 to the Lorain County Auditor ...

Besides the sewer settlement, another indication that the Vista project may be starting to move was action by City Council last night on a traffic study commissioned by Jacobs.

The study of I-90 traffic concluded that interchanges at SR 83 and Crocker Road would not meet the traffic demand of Avon by 2002, if the city's rate of growth continues. [What is the value of this study now that Jacobs has been unable to stop Stark's Crocker Park project in Westlake?]

The study, conducted by Akron-based URS Greiner Woodward Clyde, was referred to the Planning Commission last night [1-2-01].

Council approved the sewer settlement agreement at last night's work session by a 6-1 vote, with Ward 4 Councilman Jack Kilroy the lone dissenter.

''I don't think we should roll over to the Jacobs group. I think they should pay their fair share of the sewer assessment and I don't think the settlement came close enough to doing that,'' he said, citing traffic and safety concerns in his ward.

Another part of the settlement has the city and the Jacobs Group working together in providing sewer capacities and other land use issues.

Problems arose for the Jacobs group in 1999 when it bought 222 acres of land at Nagel Road from the Norfolk Southern Railroad, with an option for an additional 225 acres.

In purchasing the land from Norfolk Southern, Jacobs replaced the railroad company as the plaintiff in a lawsuit Norfolk Southern had filed against the city of Avon ... in March 1996, claiming the sewer assessments on the wooded area were too high.

Other problems involve Avon's zoning code. City zoning regulations have the Jacobs land set aside for manufacturing and homes, leading Jacobs to suggest the creation of a ''Planned Unit Development'' zoning code that would encompass all of Vista's proposed construction.

Before any ground is broken on the project, the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency must receive permission from the city to conduct its own traffic study ..."

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 9-21-00, By CRIS GLASER, Morning Journal Writer

[Buy Cheap ...]

"AVON -- A property owner's threat to call off selling a parcel of land is another bump in the road for the Jacobs Group's proposed Vista development and I-90 interchange at Lear Nagle Road.

Claiming Jacobs has not offered enough money for the property, Mike Lawreszuk, 33335 Just Imagine Drive, said he plans to back down from a five-year option he signed with the Westlake-based developer to sell his 6-acre, L-shaped parcel needed for the Vista project ...

Lawreszuk's son Paul said the Jacobs Group has not offered what the land is worth because it contains a home and a full-scale business, Mike's Water Hauling, which has a lot of equipment and a fleet of trucks. He would not talk about the amounts involved in the purchase option.

''If the price was right, I'm sure anybody would take it,'' he said. ''But we're not going to sell it for a song.''

Mike Lawreszuk said he bought the land in 1950 when he emigrated from Poland to the United States ...

Jacobs bought 222 acres at Lear Nagle Road in 1999 from the Norfolk Southern Railroad with an option to buy another 200 acres for Vista. At the time of the sale, the railroad had a nearly $1 million lawsuit pending against the city, claiming the [sewer] assessments for the mostly wooded or leased land were too high. Jacobs Group now has become the plaintiff in the lawsuit, which also names Lorain County Auditor Mark Stewart and Treasurer Daniel Talarek as defendants.

With the trial scheduled for next month [10-00], the Avon Law Director Dan Stringer has advised City Council members not to talk publicly about the lawsuit ...

At a City Council meeting in March 1999, the Jacobs Group and then-partner Robert L. Stark Enterprises proposed a traffic study for the new interchange. Council members flatly rejected the idea without taking a vote ...

Last year, the Avon Planning Commission said the project may not be welcome because it contradicted the city's master development plan.

Because of the proposal's different components, the Jacobs Group said it would like the city to create a new kind of zoning [Planned Unit Development], one that would permit all of Vista's proposed elements. Planning Commission members said it would result in a loss of control for the city.

As early as 1997, when the Jacobs Group informally offered to build the interchange [primarily at the expense of Ohio taxpayers? What percentage did Jacobs pay of the cost of the new I-271 interchange serving Jacobs' Chagrin - Highlands project?], Mayor Jim Smith said he would love to see one built, but added ''City Council definitely will not rezone property just for an interchange. I don't think we can sell the whole community out for an interchange.

Backing the mayor ...

By Morning Journal web site readers September 25, 2000

Mayor Smith is really speaking for the people and Jacobs is speaking for the profit motive behind this scheme to destroy a well managed community.

Stick to your guns Mayor Smith, Lets get the snarl at Route 83 and Chester Road fixed before we let the Big money guys take over the city.

Submitter: Ed Mitchell Email: edmitchell@centurytel.net

NEWS ARTICLE from THE CHRONICLE TELEGRAM, 9-22-00, By Diana May

[Mall cuts buses]

"ELYRIA-- A recent restructuring of Lorain County Transit bus routes has left some area shoppers holding the bag at Midway Mall.

The number of buses allowed on mall property at any one time was reduced to two after a demand from the mall's management company, the Richard E. Jacobs Group Inc, said Debbie Mohr, LCT general manger ...

See full story,

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 9-27-00,

"CLEVELAND (AP) -- CBL & Associates Properties Inc. has a deal to acquire 21 regional malls from the Richard E. Jacobs Group Inc. ...

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EDITORIAL from THE PLAIN DEALER, 10-9-00

[With friends like these ...]

"District 68

Timothy Grendell ... gives ample evidence that he could serve the Geauga County district with distinction. He should be elected ...

Voters in the 68th District should elect Grendell on Nov. 7. He would be good not only for the district, but for ALL OF NORTHEAST OHIO."

LETTER TO THE EDITOR of THE PLAIN DEALER, 10-20-00, By CASEY JUDD

"Tim, Diane Grendell: one and the same

I noted, with considerable dismay, that The Plain Dealer endorsed Tim Grendell for the Ohio House 68th District. The opening argument stated, "He is not a clone of his controversial wife, Diane Grendell." ...

Grendell has a familiar name and is aspiring to office on a "name" his wife made a household word. He has no notable legislative experience and represents powerful vested interests via his legal practice. I believe Grendell will be placed in a position of conflict. I fear the electorate will come in dead-last ...

To help his wife, Grendell sued numerous state officeholders over a decreased appropriation for the Geauga County Airport, which primarily serves affluent private pilots.

In a county that still has dirt roads, such a tempest over a decreased appropriation for a little-used airport seems frivolous. What does that say about Mr. Grendell's judgment? I think it says it is flawed."

CASEY JUDD, Newbury

NEWS ARTICLE from THE PLAIN DEALER, 11-8-00, By AMANDA GARRETT, PLAIN DEALER REPORTER

Diane V. Grendell, a state representative forced to seek a new career because of term limits, has landed a new job -- judge on the 11th District Ohio Court of Appeals.

See full story, [Stark beats Jacobs in Westlake]

E-mail: agarrett@plaind.com

ARTICLE from the FOWL - Friends of Wetlands Newsletter, January 2004

``Submerged Lands under Siege

There are two opposite poles on the political spectrum: On one end is the belief that private rights and benefits should be totally subordinated to and derived from public rights and welfare. This policy is called communism.

The opposite pole is the position that private rights and privileges are supreme, and that the public welfare is derived solely from private actions and functions, whose operations are protected and supported by a strong central government. This policy is called fascism.

What are we becoming? State Rep. Tim Grendell (R-Chesterland) is leading the current effort to turn control of publicly-owned submerged lands over to his good buddies -- the wealthy private owners of property along Lake Erie. His Lake Erie Shoreline bill ... HB 218 passed the Ohio House on December 2 [2003] by a vote of 77-20.

This legislation amounts to an audacious land grab to benefit a few politically connected owners of some of the state's most desirable home sites along the lake. Grendell, author of this Robin Hood-in-reverse measure, holds that the legislation gives back to shoreline property owners land that the state "took from them without compensation."

In fact, the opposite is the case. Those who own beachfront land don't own the beach or the lake in front of their property; the public does. This is a legal policy under federal and state laws that goes back to Roman times.

Four former directors of the [Ohio Department of Natural Resources] ODNR -- both Democrat and Republican -- pointed out that the bill is a direct assult on "the heritage of all Ohioans." Grendell and the rest of the henchmen of the wealthy and powerful are willing to strip away from the public these ancient and important rights.

Now the bill goes to the Senate. We need to raise our voices strongly and clearly against this usurpation of public rights by greedy and wealthy private interests ...''

COLUMN from The Plain Dealer, 2-6-04, By John Kuehner

``Proposed law ignites age-old fight over ownership of Lake Erie shore

On Wednesday, a Senate committee will hear from people who favor a proposed law that changes the way the state governs the Lake Erie coast. Members of the Ohio Lakefront Group will be in Columbus to show their support.

Property owners along Ohio's 262-mile Lake Erie shore say their land extends to the low water mark. The state says it owns the property to the high water mark, which it has been governing since 1803.

The State requires lakefront property owners to lease the land to build docks or other structures. This does not sit well with property owners. The fight will escalate.

At least a dozen environmental and sporting groups oppose the legislation, including the Ohio Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club.

The Ohio Environmental Council, which is organizing the opposition, is drawing up draft legislation for communities to adopt to oppose House Bill 218.

Their argument is that the lake and shoreline are owned by all 11 million Ohioans. It cannot be given away to a privileged few ...''

Contact jkuehner@plaind.com

"I am opposed to deception and lies"

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NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 8-30-00, By SARAH FENSKE, Morning Journal Writer

"AVON -- Taylor J. "Jack" Smith knows that his quest for a lower property tax bill might seem gratuitous ... 'It's a matter of principle,' he said. 'I'm sick of government by favoritism. This whole country is falling deeper and deeper into that kind of corruption ...

[A] tax bill Smith received in January 1999 showed a whopping 1,500 percent increase, from $638 in July of 1998 to $10,800 in 1999. Smith thought that was ridiculous ...

Steve Birch, chief appraiser for the county auditor's office, said Smith's property was one of several that were reevaluated in 1998.

[Birch's statement about "several" properties is contradicted by numbers provided by Lorain County Treasurer Dan Talarek.

On opening real estate tax bills in January, 1999, it is discovered that THE VALUATIONS OF BENNETT AND SMITH PARCELS (site of the then proposed Avon Commons) WERE ENORMOUSLY INCREASED in 1998.

The numbers indicate that NO PARCEL OPTIONED BY A JACOBS ENTITY for the "Vista" project (1,000,000 square feet of retail floor space) HAD A VALUATION INCREASE FROM 1997 TO 1998.]

... The proximity of the Smiths' land to I-90, not politics, was the reason for its jump, Birch said.

[Birch's statement is in direct conflict with the testimony of Joyce Hockenberger, the Auditor's spokesperson at the BOR hearing on 9-15-98: Smith property supposedly was re-evaluated in 1998 as part of a general re-evalutation of commercial property (zoned or just used commercially) in Avon based on sales of commercial property west of SR-83.

Proximity to I-90 means nothing by itself. Smith land sat 30 years next to the SR-83 interchange before anything happened. NO DEVELOPMENT WAS POSSIBLE WITHOUT SEWERS.]

... Smith sees the situation differently. His land had no sewers while property [optioned] by the Jacobs Group did.

And at the time, Smith's land deal seemed doomed. A judge had struck down the property's zoning in June 1998. Voters rejected a zoning change in November 1998 after a pricey campaign by a rival developer ...

[As of Janas' decision of 6-8-98, there was NO land east of SR-83 in Avon zoned for shopping centers. Without sewers, no development could occur on Smith property. At least the Norfolk and Southern property which Jacobs had under option in 1998 has sewers.

The lack of shopping center zoning after 6-8-98 made the First Interstate project just as speculative as Jacobs' Vista project. Smith tax valuations were enormously increased from 1997 to 1998. The land under option by Jacobs entities was not touched.]

'It looked like just another play by the opposition,' Smith said ...

So the Smiths filed a complaint. After a hearing in September 1999, the county's Board of Revision , consisting of one representative each of the auditor's office, treasurer's office and county commissioners , denied the appeal.

The Smiths have appealed the denial to the state Board of Tax Appeals in Columbus. The matter is pending ... 'We knew the board of revision would rule against us,' he said. 'They're hoping we'll be so battered that we quit. ` But we're not finished with this matter.'...

Avon Commons is under construction next door, but trees block any view or sound from the site. 'I thought the best thing I could do for Avon would be to have a very nice commercial development,' Smith said. 'After all, I'm going to live next door to it. ` I've been walking around on this land for 60 years. God willing, I'll keep doing it a little longer.' ...

[Smith] knows he has little sympathy in Avon. 'I think that's a logical reaction: ``What`s his problem? They did well for themselves. Why complain about anything?'' Smith said. 'But I'm not in a popularity contest. I'm campaigning for justice.'

The auditor's office continues to contest the Smiths' claim. Birch points to the high price First Interstate paid for the land ...

[The Smiths have no objection to the value of the property sold on 10-29-99 being increased to the sales prices AFTER that date. But the Auditor's re-evaluation of Smith property in 1998 was PREMATURE.

Based on the Talarek data, only parcels under option at the site of the then proposed Avon Commons had their valuations increased (1 Bennett parcel and 5 Smith parcels). The fact that property under option to Jacobs in 1998 was not increased makes the action of the Auditor's Office DISCRIMINATORY and an example of governmnet by favoritism.

If the Avon School Board is really interested in fairness, then it should request that land now owned or under option by Jacobs entities be increased in valuation to at least $9,400/acre (35% of market value) based on Jacobs proposed development, just as Smith valuations were increased based on a proposed development when they had neither sewers nor zoning.

Smith parcel 04-00-015-103-002 43.62 acres
1998 Mkt Land Value x 0.35 = $413,110 ***** ($9,470.66/ACRE)
1997 Mkt Land Value x 0.35 = $28,350 ****** ($ 649.93/acre)]

sfenske@morningjournal.com

More Government by Favoritism

NEWS ARTICLE from THE PRESS, 9-6-00, By Mike Ferrari

"Avon ... The county board [of revision] ... dismissed the school boards claims for property increase on a piece of land owned by First Interstate. They decided to wait for a decision on the state level pending an appeal on the Smiths' case because the land is adjacent to their property ...

Smith's appeal against higher property taxes has reached the state level. In 1999 Smith filed a complaint with the county ...

``I am against government by favoritism,'' Smith said. ``The county auditor saw fit to increase taxes on [land optioned for] Avon Commons but not on the Vista (Jacob's Group) project.''

[In January, 1999, Smith received notice of the enormous increases by opening the tax bills.

Smith parcel -015-103-002 second half 1997 tax was $639.19 (due in July 1998).

Smith parcel -015-103-002 first half 1998 tax was $10,852.77 (due in JANUARY, 1999).]

``Maybe they thought I would drop dead from the shock and maybe that is what they wanted,'' Smith said. ``This is just another example of Youngstown politics ...'' "

pressferrari@yahoo.com

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This question will not go away: Why was land under option to Jacobs in 1998 favored with no increase in real estate tax valuation?

NEWS ARTICLE from THE PLAIN DEALER, 11-30-00, By SANDRA LIVINGSTON, PLAIN DEALER REPORTER

"Protests planned for Jacobs properties ..." See full story

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 12-20-00, By SARAH FENSKE, Morning Journal Writer

"Gift of steaks blasted.

Avon officials refuse Jacobs Group items

AVON -- The Jacobs Group said it sees no problem with sending steaks to some Avon city leaders -- but politicians in Avon have flatly refused the company's gift.

Three Avon officials received the steaks a few weeks after working with Jacobs' executives to settle a lawsuit. All three immediately donated the steaks to local charities ...

''I don't necessarily think it was of substantial value,'' said Council President Shaun Brady, who donated his steaks to a church. ''But I don't feel it was appropriate, either.''

Some have taken a harsher view. Ward 4 Councilman Jack Kilroy said he believes the gift is ''tantamount to attempted bribery.''

The Ohio Ethics Commission, while refusing to comment on the specifics of the situation, agreed that the practice could violate state ethics laws.

''Generally, public officials should never accept anything of substantial value from those doing business with them,'' said David Freel, executive director of the commission. ''THE LAW APPLIES AS MUCH TO THE GIVER as to the public servant.''

The Westlake development company owns 222 acres in Avon and hopes to get city approval for a new I-90 interchange to service the site.

The company also has a pending lawsuit against Avon over sewer assessments on the site.

The city has refused to talk about the interchange until the suit is settled. On Nov. 20, Brady, Mayor Jim Smith and Law Director Dan Stringer met with Jacobs officials to negotiate a suit settlement.

Soon after -- before the officials could take an offer to City Council -- all three received a box of steaks from the company via UPS ...

Jacobs officials did not return calls for comment. Through its public relations firm, the company issued a statement that read in part: ...

''For many years, during the holiday season, Mr. Jacobs has sent steaks to civic and business leaders as a gesture of goodwill and to recognize their contributions to the community.''

Each Avon official immediately donated the steaks to a charity, Smith said.

Smith also forwarded a terse letter to Thomas Henneberry, the company's vice president, saying he could not accept the gift ...

Kilroy said the county prosecutor should look into the situation.

''To say it wasn't intended to influence them is ludicrous,'' Kilroy said. ''This is potentially the biggest development in the city of Avon. We don't need this influence peddling with pounds of beef.'' ...

Different companies price a box of eight steaks anywhere from $76 at Omaha Steaks to $220 at Dean & DeLuca, each before postage and handling.

Ethics law requires disclosure of any gift valued at $75 or more, Freel said.

The line of what is ''substantial value'' is much more gray, Freel said.

''There isn't any dollar guideline where you cross a magic threshhold,'' Freel said. ''It's always a test of individual facts and circumstances. Constituents should never have to guess later why public servants took the action they did.'' ... "

sfenske@morningjournal.com

EDITORIAL from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 12-21-00

"Go after the giver of steaks to Avon

Mayor Jim Smith trotted out a familiar defense: ''If somebody could buy me with a box of steaks, I shouldn't even be in office.''

Councilman Shaun Brady ... added, ''I don't feel it was appropriate.''

And a spokesman for Dick Jacobs, the developer who sent boxes of steaks worth at least $76 (and perhaps as much as $220) each to the mayor, Councilman Brady and Law Director Dan Stringer of Avon, called it ''a guesture of goodwill and to recognize their contributions to the community.''

The trouble with this, of course, is that there are many who suspect it is the officials' contributions to Dick Jacobs' business goals -- past and future -- that were really behind the gifts delivered a few weeks after the three officials worked with Jacobs Group executives to settle a lawsuit over sewer assessments.

The big Westlake-based owner of malls envisions building a substantial commercial and residential development on 800 acres in the center of Avon. The lawsuit was related to that property.

It was pretty bad timing on his part, coming as a former Avon council president, Ed Krystowski, waited to find out whether he was going to jail for ethics violations (he was sentenced to probation on Friday [12-15-00]).

... the three officials, who immediately donated the perishable food to charities, a step that could help soften sanctions from the Ohio Ethics Commission if someone files a formal complaint.

And someone should. The law applies to the giver as well as the receiver of such gifts, according to David Freel, the commisssion's executive director. Jacobs should have known better, and Avon -- where a former city official just barely avoided going to jail for his lack of ethics -- would be a good place to start."

NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAl, 12-21-00, By SARAH FENSKE, Morning Journal Writer

"ELYRIA -- Lorain County Prosecutor Greg White said yesterday he will not probe a developer's gift of steaks to Avon city officials, despite an Avon councilman's call for an investigation ...

Ohio's Ethics Law prohibits public officials from receiving anything of value that could impair their objectivity. Sanctions are possible for the givers and those who receive, said David Freel, executive director of the Ohio Ethics Commission.

White said, ''I think this is something Avon can handle on their own. They'll work those kind of problems out.''

Kilroy said he was disappointed by White's reaction.

''Avon should be able to handle it, but obviously our law director didn't see a problem,'' Kilroy said. ''It's a sad commentary that neither our county's top lawyer or city's top lawyer are willing to take this on.'' ...

Kilroy said he will now consider filing a complaint of his own.

White's office has issued invitations for a seminar at Lorain County Community College Jan. 23, where Freel is scheduled to speak.

''Hopefully this will clear up some of the issues and concerns,'' White said, adding ''There have been some public examples of problems.''

Former Avon City Council President Ed Krystowski was slapped with a $1,000 fine and 200 hours of community service this month after pleading guilty to two ethics violations ...

''There is some confusion out there, but clearly people in public life should be aware of these rules,'' White said. ''I want to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get up-to-date on state law, period.'' ... "

NEWS ARTICLE from THE CHRONICLE TELEGRAM, 12-21-00, By Kristin Yarbrough

"Jacobs' meaty gifts not well done

AVON-- Three city officials who received steaks from a developer should have returned them rather than donate the food to charity, the executive director of the Ohio Ethic Commission said.

Mayor Jim Smith, Council President Shaun Brady and Law Director Dan Stringer did not return packages of steaks sent to them by the Richard E. Jacobs Group and therefore technically accepted the gifts, said David Freel, the commission's executive director.

The gifts should be reported to the commission because state ethics law requires elected officials to report gifts valued at $75 or more, Freel said.

On Dec. 6, [2000] Smith, Brady and Stringer each received a box of steaks from the Jacobs group ...

The city officials met with representatives from the company in November to try to settle a lawsuit concerning sewer and water assessments and that meeting probably landed them on the company's Christmas mailing list, Smith said ...

Councilman Jack Kilroy said he thinks it's suspicious the gifts came after the company's meeting with Smith, Stringer and Brady and before Council's discussion of a possible settlement of the lawsuit.

The gifts were an attempt to influence the men's opinions, Kilroy said, who said he would have sent the steaks back to the company had he received them and asked the law director about prosecuting the company.

"Those were the three that were in the negotiations, those were the three who got the steaks," he said.

In a 1995 case, the ethics commission told the Jacobs group it could not give free season tickets to members of the Cleveland City Council ...

Freel said returning the gifts would have been the best option for the city officials, but the fact they didn't does not mean they violated any ethics statutes.

"Merely because they accepted a gift does not mean they broke the law," Freel said. "It's going to be unlikely that we later would say they had the benefit of that gift (if they investigated the situation)."

Officials from the Jacobs group did not return phone calls seeking comment."

CITY CHATTER from THE FREE TIMES, 12-20-00

"Happy Holidays from [Cleveland] City Council: Lawyers, including former City Council boss George Forbes, lobbyists and business representatives of LTV Steel, utility companies and others doing business with the city attended council's Christmas party at Massimo da Milano on Monday [12-18-00].

Heavy-hitting developer Dick Jacobs, former owner of the Cleveland Indians, and someone with a dire need for some city hall assistance for his empty downtown buildings and Public Square parking site, rarely appears at such events, but wasn't shy about socializing with pols and rubbing shoulders with legislators this time around."

COLUMN from THE FREE TIMES, 1-3-00, by Roldo Bartimole

"... We get the true downtown real estate picture from former Cleveland baseball team owner Dick Jacobs, sniffing around City Council these days looking for special help. The major downtown developer of the 1980s, Jacobs continues to have real estate anxieties.

Jacobs has an empty Public Square lot where he once contemplated a twin skyscraper to the Key Building and a Hyatt Hotel to match his Marriott. The site has been a parking lot for 10 years.

Jacobs' East 9th corner remains a site with three vacant buildings, which once saw the mighty Cleveland Trust bank operations ..."

Roldo Bartimole can be reached at 216-321-2757 or e-mail at pointofview@stratos.net

EDITORIAL from THE CHRONICLE-TELEGRAM, 1-1-01

"Some Presents for the New Year ...

[To] Lawyer Gerald Phillips -- a long vacation.

Every day, it seems like Phillips is involved in a new lawsuit filed against a city official.

Take a break, Gerald. We reporters and editors need a chance to get all caught up." [Who said "I don't care what they say about me as long as they mention my name"?]

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