The Daily News published a very interesting story today on the lengths this corporation is willing to go to in order to get their store opened in Sunland-Tujunga. With a budget of over $24,000 just to pack the Council Chambers with paid supporters for the July 31st session, $17,000 of which is devoted to "recruitment", how can they still deny that they are not paying these unsuspecting orange shirted "supporters" money to fill a room on their behalf? Deny they may, but we will soon post evidence to the contrary.
As interesting as their "astro-turf" effort may be, the real story in the Memo that the Daily News acquired, is Rick Taylor's(Dakota Communications)statement that they will "work Commissioner Fortson ...to testify on Home Depot's behalf... and to engage the Mayor".
Since when is a Planning Commissioner available to testify on behalf of a corporation that she just ruled in favor of? The Planning Commission is a quasi-judicial board and should not be lobbied to speak on behalf of the corporation whose case they have just considered in a Public Hearing.
Commissioner Fortson is the same commissioner that immediately after voting to declare the proposed Home Depot "not a Project", said to the City attorney, " I am not convinced that this is not a Project".
Oh Boy! This is down and dirty pool, completely unethical and probably illegal.
The Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, and in this case, at least one of the Commissioners, appears to be working for Home Depot as well.
The Memo in question was leaked by an unknown source probably from Dakota Communications, Latham & Watkins, or Home Depot. At least someone is trying to get the truth out!
To read the Memo, go to this link:
To hear my interview on John & Ken today, go to this link: