August 12, 2015
Since Atlanta Mayor KR is going to tear down Peachtree Pine and build a new fire station, will he provide fireman’s caps for the 500 men who’ll be sleeping in the red fire engines and hanging out the windows. We can pray that his great leadership will cause this to happen by Christmas. Pretty red fire engines will brighten the drug infested streets around the Pine. Those streets are cluttered with pimps and whores and drug dealers by design. The front door to Precinct 5 opens 80 feet from heavy 24-7 drug trafficking. Could this be by accident. Move those drug business people down around the Commerce Club and watch how long they contemplate and procrastinate and defecate and urinate and masturbate in front of those courageous worthies.
Fulton County Health Department if anyone cared to check the facts has worked daily monitoring TB at Peachtree Pine. I wonder if they have visited City Hall or better yet the questionable, crack CDC? “Visiting” brings to mind a call I received today from a prominent Presbyterian minister. A bit irate, he asked if the Mayor had ever visited Peachtree Pine. I told the inquirer that if he had visited the facility as Mayor, I didn’t know it. He came by, I believe, when he was campaigning. And some of the men were excited that he may come back after the election. Sixty-nine people elected him twice. We have not seen him at the Pine. Perhaps, he drives by as did his predecessor, Shirley of the golden tresses. Ask about the latest appeal won by Baker Donelson attorneys hours before the Commerce Club Conflagration.
James Wilson Beaty
August 12, 2015
February 12, 2015
Jerry Farber is a dear friend and a great supporter of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. He called today to tell me that Boston has been so cold in the last few days that lawyers have their hands in their own pockets. Jerry jokes around often. I don’t believe his yarns.
James Wilson Beaty
February 12, 2015
February 12, 2015
Exhibit 28, “Fialkow-Peterson email, May 4,2010” is the last of 28 exhibits filed on July 11, 2014, by Baker Donelson attorneys Steve Hall and Bob Brazier in Judge Craig Schwall’s Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. Baker Donelson represents the plaintiff The Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. The defendants accused of tortious interference, taking property fraudulently, and racketeering among other crimes are Central Atlanta Progress (CAP,) Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and Emanuel Fialkow’s various companies. This exhibit features an email from Manny Fialkow to Dane Peterson, CEO of Emory Hospital located “across the street” from the Peachtree-Pine facility, 477 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta.
I quote the email that appears on two pages. The email begins two-thirds the way down the page because the top two-thirds of the page is blacked out with the white-lettered word “Redaction” written in the top left corner.
Exhibit 28 reads as follows:
From: Emanuel Fialkow
Sent: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 8:52 AM
To: Peterson, Dane
Dane this is the note and guaranty that I use on my deals with investors. As you can see, I put my money where my mouth is and personally guaranty (sic) the full payment and performance of each deal.
Structure will likely be a new LLC to be formed at closing on the purchase of any new property. The members will have an interest that is equal in percentage to their respective allotment of amount invested/loaned. We will pay an interest rate or return rate or dividend of 10% per annum plus 50% of an upside on any sale or recapitalization event. Manager gets the remaining 50% and assumes all risk. Note that I will be a member as well only to the percentage that I invest money via a trust or llc (sic) or personally or other.
The most reasonable reference about my performance would be for you to call the CFO of AGL (Atlanta Gas Light Resources, Drew Evans.) His cell number is 404 386-1028.
Members have no liability as std (sic) in a llc (sic). If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call me.
Steve Hall’s placing this email from Manny “He’s the person who will throw them out” Fialkow to Emory CEO Dane “DRIVING MISS DAISY” Peterson who represents the conspirator who wants most the Peachtree-Pine building for its Emory Proton Therapy Center is no accident. Hall has saved his death blow for last. This last piece of evidence brings uncorrupted Emory full frontal alongside the besmirched dealer. The slippery developer Manny Fialkow is joined at the hip to Emory Health Care, Inc. The Roman Catholic nuns of Mercy Housing Inc. chose to take $780.000.00 (or was it $900,000.00) from CAP’s pawn, Manny Fialkow. If you are wondering about that $120,000.00 shortfall, reread Fialkow’s “money where his mouth is” email to Emory’s messenger, Dane Peterson.
Dane Peterson, CEO of Emory Hospital, located close to Peachtree Pine, some years ago succeeded the Venerable Al “Your people keep pissing in our frog pond.” Blackwelder. Soon after Peterson arrived on the job, the food court security at Emory Hospital barred some ten or twelve Peachtree Pine residents from being served. Anita Beaty invited CEO Dane Peterson to come visit us at Peachtree Pine for a little chat. He came. In explaining how much he loved Atlanta, he said; I promise he said; ten of the men he had barred were in the room; he said, “Oh I adore Atlanta, it reminds me so much of the movie, DRIVING MISS DAISY.” One of the men present told me later, “He’ll fit right in with the thinking at CAP.” Peterson’s middle name around The Pine is DRIVING MISS DAISY.
As for the Venerable Al “Your people keep pissing in our frog pond”. Blackwelder, that worthy was tight with Alastair J. Robinson of CAP, and he was present on the TEAM GOLIATH trip to the Chic fil a headquarters where Dan Cathy was briefed on Peachtree Pine. Under oath Dan Cathy allowed that the visit from Blackwelder and Brad Curry and others did not influence his decision to immediately stop giving money the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
Fialkow assures Dane Peterson that he may check Manny’s “performance” with Atlanta Gas Light’s Drew Evans.
This concludes my comments on the 28 exhibits. It is an outrageous travesty of justice that our JUST US SYSTEM will never permit this damning evidence to be seen by a jury. Nonetheless, you and I have seen it.
James Wilson Beaty
February 12, 2015
Exhibit 27 What Do We Do With Debi Starnes or See How Central Atlanta Progress And Atlanta Downtown Improvement District And United Way Launder Money!
February 8, 2015
Exhibit 27 What Do We Do With Debi Starnes? Or See How Central Atlanta Progress and United Way Launder Money
Exhibit 27 is one of 28 in the lawsuit of the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. v. Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Downtown Improvement District, Inc. (ADID) and Manny Fialkow’s variously named companies. The City of Atlanta as a defendant was squirming when eons ago it was taken off the hook by a protecting federal judge. Emory University and Emory Health Care, Inc. face the same charges as fellow conspirators: tortious interference, racketeering, taking fraudulently, etc. Emory’s protection comes not from a federal court but from the neighboring Superior Court of Dekalb County. This Exhibit 27 was filed on July 11, 2014, in Judge Craig Schwall’s Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The Baker Donelson attorneys representing the plaintiffs are Steve Hall and Bob Brazier. These devastating documents in Exhibit 27 were written in August of 2008. The City of Atlanta, United Way of Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress and Kwanza Hall of Atlanta City Council would all hope that this evidence had never seen the light of day.
Please note that the longest part of these emails is the list of names that were copied. Please note also the interminable list of names who received Alastair J. Robinson’s explanation. Imagine this many people in this many places needing an explanation of Debi Starnes having been paid or about to be paid “under the table.” I’d bet the stratagems alone practiced among these worthies could initiate yet another lawsuit. Note also the unique structure of these emails. By “unique” I mean that Alastair J. Robinson’s email is an email within an email. The first email’s originator is the daunted Paul Kelman, CAP’s Gordon Liddy look alike. Following Alastair J. Robinson’s explanation of some of their tricky moves necessary to launder money to Debi Starnes, Paul Kelman’s signature appears.
A word on the venerable Paul Kelman begs to be presented here. Since the day he compared a place that would succor people with AIDS to a TOXIC WASTE DUMP, he’s been viewed by fragile, weak people as powerful, as the Master, as the owner of the plantation. He petrifies the overwhelmed and he overwhelms the strong tax-paying members of Central Atlanta Progress. Fragile, unkempt homeless citizens hurrying alongside the Hurt Building fear Kelman; the high-rolling members of Central Atlanta Progress applaud his acumen. He is a man among men. He is a voice of downtown business. He is CAP.
But I gotta tell you. As I watched my redneck cousins kill deer in Canandaigua, NY, I’ve seen the eyes of a buck in the headlights just before his brains got splattered in the snow. I’ve seen a petrified deer’s eyes in the headlights. As my cousins would say, “I seen it when he done it.” But you know what? I saw it again, once again. I saw Paul Kelman’s eyes STARTLED in Anita Beaty’s headlights. Paul and Anita were inside; there were no headlights; people were standing around sipping drinks and nibbling hors d’oeuvres. But the eyes of that Central Atlanta Progress giant met the eyes of the dreaded, giant Anita Beaty. He froze. His eyes glazed. He wanted to run. Looking on, I feared that “that man among men” had suffered apoplexy. Anita spoke, “Hello, Paul,” and the Venerable “toxic waste dumb” specialist turned on his heels for the nearest Men’s Room. People standing with me wondered had he gone to throw up or had he just “fouled his small clothes.” I put my money on the latter.
A study should compare The Reverend Daniel Matthews’ physical reactions whenever he “flushes” at the thought of Peachtree Pine existing within 1000 feet of his corporation to those of the TOXIC’s whenever he encounters Anita Beaty. Several reliable sources over the years have reported to me that some prominent Atlantans, especially elderly white men, suffer loose bowels at the sight of “that woman,” Anita Beaty. Better yet, one scion told me that Horace Sibley at the THOUGHT of Anita Beaty “shits his pants.” Could be! If the holy father of St. Luke’s Vineyard crimsons at the mention of the Pine, perhaps the pride of King & Spaulding, Hosby Sibley, can foul his small clothes at the thought of “that woman.” Don’t forget that one of the better moments in literature occurs when Horace Sibley on a Christmas Eve long ago gives me the finger just before he ascends the chimney to join his fellow conspirators.
And if you throw in Rector Hoare (that’s Hoare with an H) over at Varsity Grill All Saints Episcopal, you’ll have a luscious corporate salad. Rector Hoare is the highest paid priest (more than my Bishop) in the Episcopal Corporation, and he preached on Super Bowl Sunday some years ago his diatribe against Peachtree Pine. The men in transition at The Pine counted 9 blatant falsehoods in his “homily” about the Peachtree Pine facility that he proclaimed from his Episcopal pulpit on the most HOLY DAY in the Church, SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Go easy on the Hoare with an H because he really shepherds CAP folk in his flock, and more importantly he has a huge salary to protect.
Steve Hall’s brilliance in arranging these 28 exhibits cannot be adequately described. I am not a lawyer; I do not want to be a lawyer. I could never think like a lawyer; I can’t understand what lawyers write, rarely do I comprehend what they say. I don’t seek the company of half the lawyers I encounter. I pray for all lawyers. I avoid most lawyers. I lean heavily on Charles Dickens to teach me how to scrutinize lawyers. THE PICKWICK PAPERS give the truest account of lawyers I’ve ever read. Those are Dodson and Fogg who prosecute the adorable Pickwick himself.
I’m no lawyer, but I am a juror whenever I’m called. The jury box and the ballot box are the ONLY two boxes left us that even pretend to give the small equal footing with the great. It is only in the jury box that I’m permitted to sit with the great: Alastair J. Robinson, Kasim Reed, Brad Curry, Dan Mathews, Rector Hoare or Horace Sibley. Steve Hall has masterfully won the jurors, the small people for whom the jury box was created. Speak of Steve Hall’s brilliance as a lawyer, and I do, but lay that fact aside for a moment. Hall’s HEART compiled these exhibits. Hall’s heart touches the place where some of us live everyday where little homeless children have not one clue what tomorrow will bring. They pray for help from ROCK TENN and Mayor Somebody and The Chamber Pot.
They see a President who for eight years has promised CHANGE; they weep as the only change they know is bad change. They hear of a mayor in Atlanta who received millions of dollars from a billionaire politician in New York who wanted to help homeless people. And their mothers don’t have money for diapers or cereal or milk. They hear words like United Way and Gateway that have less meaning to them than no way or subway of highway or far away. Steve Hall has invaded these perpetrators. Steve Hall as Myrtle Davis says has exposed their system. Steve Hall has challenged Godzilla. David has faced Goliath. Five smooth stones rest in Hall’s shepherd’s bag. UNFORTUNATELY, no jury in a court of law will ever see or hear or think about any one of these 28 damning exhibits.
Our JUST US SYSTEM that shackles us could never permit Central Atlanta Progress to stand before a jury with its filthy undies gathered around its plantation ankles. Our JUST US SYSTEM could never permit the City of Atlanta to face the daily atrocities it commits against languished women and their stunned children, child abuse gone mad. Our JUST US SYSTEM could never permit Emory Health Care, Inc. to be exposed as the chief conspirator in the attempt to take the Peachtree-Pine building for its PROTON PENTAGON. Emory may very well steal Peachtree-Pine in due time for its other purposes, but the $$$ for the PROTON PENTAGON have already built that monster four blocks away from Emory’s preferred location. Our JUST US SYSTEM that permits Debi Starnes to use sylph-like creations such as the Continuum of Care, the overall Consolidated Plan, and the laughable 10-Year Plan To End Chronic Homelessness to slash Task Force Funds could never ever allow those drones to be scrutinized by Steve Hall before a jury. He would win. The people would win. And the system’s protectors know that truth.
The reasons that CAP and ADID and Manny Fialkow and the corrupt City of Atlanta and Emory University and Emory Health Care, Inc. will never face a jury are legion. One reason is that they will lose, and they sense that fact. Besides, nobody gets those bastards in front of a jury. Another reason, and that reason appears high on the list. I say again that reason is STEVE HALL. Steve Hall, the attorney. They didn’t know Steve Hall when they shut off the water at Peachtree Pine. They know him now. They have studied him; they have researched him; they know him to be the litigator that he is. But that is not really why they fear him. His heart, it’s his heart. His HEART for righteousness before a jury will kick their collective, corrupt ass, Realize with me, please, that before this lawsuit, Central Atlanta Progress had never been so much as subpoenaed to be deposed. I may need to be corrected on this, but I believe that this plantation-thinking power has never been deposed, much less faced a jury of its peers. Of course, those plantation folks have no peers; the JUST US folks called to serve on juries are not peers of the Alastair J. Robinsons of this world.
Steve Hall identifies Exihibit 27 as “Orr-Robinson email re: Starnes funding, check, Wardell-Kelman email, 7/23/08, 8/6/08.” I give it a different title with a subtitle: What Do We Do With Debi Starnes? or See How CAP, ADID and United Way Launder Money.
From: Richard Orr
To: AJ Robinson
Sent: 7/23/2008 3:30:48 PM
Just talked with Debi. She’s not leaving the City, however a portion of her funding was cut and she has to raise those funds outside the City to cover the remainder of her costs.
Senior Project Manager
From: Paul B. Kelman
To: Ales Fraser (email) Turner; Cathy Woolard (email); Craig B. Jones (email) Cousins Properties; Curly Dosman (email) Georgia Pacific; David Taggart (email) na ko: Hank Almquist (email) Americas Mart); Joe Hindsley (email) Hyatt; Karen Webster Parks (parkl115); Kwanza Hall City Hall.
Sent: Wed Aug 06 11:46:24 2008
Subject: Response to Questions About Funding Debi Starnes’ Efforts
From: A. J. Robinson
Let me try to answer the questions that Joe, Hank, Karen and others have raised regarding this request.
First, our check would be written to the United Way, not to the City. United Way has been the administrator of most of the City’s/Mayor’s programs regarding homelessness since the program was begun a few years back. Debi Starnes was funded by the City but since the homeless program the Mayor created technically a city function (social services are supposed to be handled by Fulton County), the Mayor could not continue funding it in this shrinking budget environment.
We share the ongoing tension of “Isn’t this something the City should do?” We face that question almost every day on many issues. This particular issue we believe warrants out temporary support for the following reasons:
1. Progress has been made over the past six years. If we turn back now, we risk sliding backwards.
2. The Mayor has about 16 more months in office and we are not sure who will follow with any commitment on this issue. [(The Downtown business community needs to make sure that this issue is kept front and center during the campaign leading up to the election.]
3. The same can be said for Horace Sibley and Debi, who are well equipped to handle this program.
4. We are soon launching a new panhandling initiative which, as you know, is mission critical. Debi has been a strong advocate on this program and we need her help within the corridors of City Hall.
5. I’m hopeful ADID will not be the only funder of this stop gap measure but we definitely have a lot to lose if we don’t continue.
6. Time is of the essence regarding this funding request.
As to your other questions:
1. We are not aware of any additional funding requests programmed for the future.
2. We think it would be best for Debi to remain an employee or contractor for the United Way and be accountable to them and the entire community. She does have a special relationship with the Mayor and Council that we all need to use to best advantage on this issue.
3. We don’t know what will happen at the end of this funding request period.
Thank you for your consideration of this important request. Once we have heard back from everyone, we will update you on the vote and next steps.
Paul B. Kelman, FAICP
Central Atlanta Progress, Inc.
From: Dave Wardell
To: Paul B. Kelman
Sent: 8/6/2008 5:23:52 PM
Subject: Re: Response to questions About Funding Debi Starnes Efforts
Very good response, Paul. Dave
The next full page of Exhibit 27 following Dave Wardell’s “attaboy” to Paul Kelman contains copies of two $40,000 ADID checks made payable to United Way Regional Commission and show “Debi Starnes Homelessness Gift” Check #8625 is dated 8/12/2008; the second check shows $40,000 for Debi Starnes Homelessness Gift.” There is no number showing on the second check.
Note: Debi Starnes was deposed two times by Steve Hall . She contradicted herself so many times that the attorney asked her twice if she was on medication. After several instances of outright bearing false witness, Attorney Hall asked her if she was aware that she was under oath. Steve Hall roasted the Czar of Homelessness two times in excess of five hours. Lil Miss Debi left both grillings thoroughly cooked.
James Wilson Beaty
James Wilson Beaty
February 7, 2015
February 1, 2015
Exhibit 26 Robinson – Orr email re: Baker Donelson
Exhibit 26, entitled “Robinson – Orr email re: Baker Donelson” is one of 28 filed on July 11, 2014, in Judge Craig Schwall’s Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. The Baker Donelson Law Firm attorneys are Steve Hall and Bob Brazier. Much background information should be provided before this Exhibit 25 is quoted here. The exhibit is presented as evidence against defendants Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) and developer Manny Fialkow’s various companies that change names with each new tide. The City of Atlanta, a huge player in the conspiracy was long ago removed from the lawsuit, enjoying the federal protection of Sovereign Immunity. The City is not IMMUNE from wrongdoing; it is IMMUNE from punishment for wrongdoing.
First of all, the chances of the City of Atlanta, the plantation-minded Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), the hazy Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID), or the slippery developer Manny Fialkow ever facing any kind of legal opposition are infinitesimal. Naboth and his vineyard had no chance against King Ahab (I Kings 21). Our JUST US SYSTEM protects the strong against the weak. You don’t sue the City. Henry VIII is above any law and could not be tried for murder or for any other crime he committed. If the City’s SWAT team kicks in the wrong door and shoots an elderly woman, then there could be, possibly, a settlement. If the City’s FINEST raid a gay bar at the wrong time with the wrong clubs using the wrong procedures, perhaps repercussions could follow.
But a despised shelter on hallowed Peachtree Street with huge numbers of poor African-American men (and now 100 women and children) could never have its day in court. And surely not if that facility is located 1000 feet from the Christian stronghold of faith, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Our JUST US SYSTEM, especially in Fulton County, Georgia, would not be caught dead allowing conspirators of this ilk to be exposed for stealing a shelter’s property. Keep in mind that Emory University and Emory Health Care, Inc. are leading perpetrators in this conspiracy; however, their protector is not Fulton County Court but the neighboring Superior Court of Dekalb County. They are birds of a feather.
Myrtle Davis is a revered and righteous woman in Atlanta, a former member of Atlanta City Council and a one-time Atlanta mayoral candidate. She serves our City honorably. She happens also to be a vital member of the Board of Directors of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless. Waiting with me thirty minutes before one of the many hearings in Judge Schwall’s Superior Court of Fulton, she made a telling statement. I paraphrase her comment. She said that she never dreamed the remotest possibility of an Atlanta law firm taking on the City and representing a non-profit organization. We marveled together that the prestigious Baker Donelson firm had done just that.
I marveled further at what I saw in the hall of the courthouse that day. Before my eyes there appeared two men standing beside the courtroom door. Dressed imperially, both leaned and huddled against the wall. One sported a protestant clerical collar complemented by a suave black suit. The other donned what appeared to be a Brooks’ Brothers suit accentuated by alligator (perhaps rattlesnake) shoes. The Brooks’ Brothers’ brother was Manny Fialkow, defendant in the lawsuit, collared in a reputation not all that clean. The cleric was Dan Matthews, CEO of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located less than a thousand feet from the Peachtree Pine facility. Insiders at St. Luke’s Episcopal tell me that Matthews becomes visibly flushed at the mention of the Peachtree Pine facility. There they nestled, the collared cleric and the corporate climber united. Shakespeare’s TEMPEST came to my mind. “Alas, the storm is come. . . . Politics make strange bedfellows.” I know that neither Matthews nor Fialkow is a politician technically; nonetheless, two more political beings you will not find.
Exhibit 26 features five (5) emails among CAP President A. J. Robinson and CAP Project Manager, Richard Orr and Sammy Williams, Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
From: AJ Robinson
Sent: Monday, December 8, 2008 1:04 PM
To: Richard Orr
Also, Debi was supposed to get me names of Anita’s lawyers….
From: Richard Orr
To: AJ Robinson
Sent: Mon Dec 8 13:25:30 2008
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Representing attorneys: Robert Brazier and Steve Hall
From: AJ Robinson
Sent: Monday, December 6, 2008 1:26 PM
To: `Richard Orr
Subject: Re: Attorney
And big clients>
From: Richard Orr
To: AJ Robinson
Sent: Mon Dec 08 13:49:30 2008
Subject: RE: Attorney
Linda A. Klein and Michael J. Powell are Managing Shareholders
Fairly large firm with offices in:
Baton Rouge, LA
Knoxville, TN Nashville, TN
New Orleans, LA
Memphis (East), TN
No client list but a very broad spectrum of practice, especially litigation, including pro bono, see following from their web cite:
Attorneys in the Atlanta office are active in the Atlanta Volunteers Lawyers Association Project and provide pro bono representation to the poor in such matters as landlord-tenant disputes, domestic cases and other litigation matters.
Atlanta Pro Bono Coordinators
From: AJ Robinson
Sent: Monday, December 08, 2008 7:51 PM
Cc: Richard Orr
Subject: Fw: Attorney
See below, BakerDonelson are on wrong side of City, business community, and all govt entities providing homeless resources in Atlanta. It is rumored they are preparing to sue the city on behalf of Anita Beaty and her dysfunctional homeless operation. This would be a terrible mistake and will haunt them for years in Atlanta.
The 5th email above comes from AJ Robinson, President of CAP to Sam Williams, President of Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Everyone over 5 years of age and awake hears all kinds of threats these days. I wonder in what category of threats one places this sentence, “This would be a terrible mistake and will haunt them for years in Atlanta.” At the time AJ Robinson first asked about the attorneys who might dare “sue the City on behalf of Anita and her dysfunctional homeless operation,” there were a few things he did not know. He soon learned that the Baker in Baker Donelson is Senator Howard Baker of Tennessee who uncovered Richard M. Nixon and the Watergate Scandal. Remember, “What did he know and when did he know it?” Robinson now knows that his own words in hundreds of confiscated documents exposed his own little CONSPIRACYGATE. Don’t fail to recognize that the Williams at The Chamber is Alastair J. Robinson’s pal “Sammy” Williams who scurried from the C of C scene soon after the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal broke.
James Wilson Beaty
February 1, 2015
January 31, 2015
Exhibit 25 City of Atlanta’s Circumlocution Office
Exhibit 25 is one of 28 presented on July 11, 2014, by Baker Donelson Attorneys Steve Hall and Bob Brazier to Judge Craig Schwall’s Superior Court of Fulton County, Georgia. Hall has identified this Exhibit 25 as “Pridgeon Letter to Bassett, DCA.” Greg Pridgeon was Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Chief of Staff in May of 2007 when this letter was written. It is the first of three denying City funding to the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. It must be noted that the City of Atlanta’s Office of Grants Management had approved full funding to the Task Force just prior to this Pridgeon letter. This piece of evidence has Debi Starne’s fingerprints all over it. I have read enough of Starnes’ verbiage to recognize her gobbledygook when I see it. If this epistle is not Lil’ Miss Debi’s verbosity, it surely captures her sweet spirit. Steve Hall presents the entire “Pridgeon letter” as evidence showing the City of Atlanta’s heavy-handed meanderings as a major perpetrator in the TEAM GOLIATH conspiracy whose raison d’ etre is to hijack the Task Force, to seize its property and remove it from sight.
I quote verbatim Greg Pridgeon’s letter that explains to John Bassett of the State’s Department of Community Affairs why the Task Force’s dollars are being axed after some fifteen years of having been funding. Understand that the federal funds that come down to different agencies in the Atlanta area must come through the City of Atlanta’s coffers. It’s not city money, but it must have the city’s blessing. And if a particular agency ruffles particular feathers, that agency receives no money regardless of how efficient that agency may be in serving the needy. Rankle the self-named Homeless “Czar” Debi Starnes, and you lose your funding. At least two hens whose feathers got ruffled are Shirley Franklin and her familiar, Debi Mae Starnes. Read my piece, “The Hag Delivers Again,” posted April 13, 2009, to visualize a fictional banquet where my imaginative lens zooms in for a moment on the then sitting Mayor and her familiar. John Bassett in 2007 basked in the bureaucratic safety of Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs, DCA.
May 16, 2007
Mr. John Bassett
60 Executive Park South, NE
Atlanta, GA 30329
Dear Mr. Bassett,
I am writing to elaborate on the City of Atlanta’s position on one of the applicants to the State Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless – – Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. (“Task Force”) which operates its facility commonly known as Peachtree-Pine (“P&P facility).
Since adoption of the City’s current 2004-2009 Local Consolidated Plan (Plan”), each year the City has issued a Certification of Consistency with this Plan for the activities conducted by the Task Force at the P&P shelter. We did so this year with much reluctance. The City is concerned about two things. One, we believe our own review process could benefit from stronger Plan thresholds for measuring consistency. Two, we do not believe the P&P facility complies with our overall Consolidated Plan or with the Regional Commission’s 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which is helping to guide our planning efforts.
Under the current review process, the City determines whether a particular agency’s activity meets at least one of the objectives for homelessness under the Plan. Coupled with a zoning verification, this determination is sufficient under our process for an activity to be deemed “consist” (sic) and thus for the providing agency to receive a Certificate. We intend to review and define our Plan, so that in the future, all agencies will have to substantially comply with the Plan and will have to do so in a quality manner that demonstrates results.
To illustrate our point in this case, the P & P facility technically meets one of our objectives of “supporting sheltering and service options for difficult-to-serve chronic homeless population.” However, we do not believe the shelter is consistent with any of the five remaining objectives for homeless services and facilities. These include, programs for: 1) well-run emergency and transitional residencies; 2)homeless families and children; 3)supportive services that enable homeless to attain stability; 4)capital projects that create or enhance treatment 5)aftercare services. Furthermore, we are concerned about the rate of progress the P & P facility makes with their clients, in helping those men in their transition to self-sufficiency as provided in the Plan.
The Task Force’s overall approach at P & P facility continues to be in conflict with what we are learning nationwide, on what helps our homeless clients get back on the road to self-sufficiency. Both the Mayor’s Regional Commission on Homelessness and the U. S. Interagency Council on Homelessness are emphasizing a Housing First model, in which we get homeless person’s placed into safe and decent housing that is appropriate to their needs and then work with them, through intensive and professional case management, on all the issues that have contributed to them (sic) being homeless. The Housing Trust Fund has demonstrated this model through your Shelter plus Care Program.
The City believes that simply warehousing large numbers of people in one location and providing ongoing meals to these large numbers is a failed strategy – – a practice that actually enables homelessness and prevents progressive steps for the individuals. And, the difficulty in managing these large numbers creates an unnecessary and unfair burden on the surrounding communities.
Further, the Task Force has chosen to forego operational CDBG funds from the City, rather than comply with conditions set forth for such funding. In 1999 and reiterated in 2003. Those conditions are:
– The facility should serve women, children and families. The City continues to have a basic shortage of facilities and services for this segment of our homeless population; we believe this downtown location would be especially beneficial due to this facility’s proximity to mass transit services, daycare facility facilities and hospitality jobs.
– This facility should include “safe haven” beds for fragile, mentally ill women, for which we have a crucial need.
– This facility should participate in the City’s neighborhood governance process (NPU System) and secure a Special Use Permit, as many other such facilities have successfully done.
In summary, we have many agencies serving the homeless and most of them compete for the same scarce public dollars, including those from the Housing Trust Fund. As your Commission knows, prioritizing this competition is crucial in ensuring that these funds are both awarded and provided to those agencies that best serve the homeless needs of our respective jurisdictions. Based on the foregoing, it is the City of Atlanta’s opinion that the Peachtree-Pine facility, as it is currently conceived and managed by the Task Force for the Homeless, should not be the recipient of these scarce funds.
We appreciate all the work that the Housing Trust Fund does and we know you must make tough decisions. Further, we apologize for any confusion we have added to that process and we commit to refining our review process, so that our Certifications in the future will be based on substance and results.
Mayor’s Chief of Staff
Charles Dickens published in serial form from 1855 to 1857 the very popular, LITTLE DORRIT. It was published in 1857 in book form. At its 1857 publication Dickens acknowledged gratefully that it had already had more readers than the very successful, BLEAK HOUSE. LITTLE DORRIT pits individual strength and moral character against monstrous government bureaucracy and personal greed. Book One, Chapter 10, “Containing the whole Science of Government,” indicts the slow, insensitive, contemptible, rotten system. The Circumlocution Office brings together every single deplorable characteristic of a bureaucracy. Nothing can move without its blessing. Its approval is vital in order to exist.
“If another Gunpowder Plot had been discovered half an hour before the lighting of the match, nobody would have been justified in saving the parliament until there had been half a score of boards, half a bushel of minutes, several sacks of official memoranda, and a family-vault full of ungrammatical correspondence on the part of Circumlocution Office.” Dickens closes the next paragraph, “Whatever was required to be done, the Circumlocution Office was beforehand with all the public departments in the art of perceiving – – HOW NOT TO DO IT.” One marked difference exists between Charles Dickens’ Circumlocution Office and Mayor Shirley Franklin’s Office. Dickens’ creation is fiction based on reality; Shirley Franklin’s office is reality based on their fiction. Everywhere else, they are alike. Both are mean. Both are insensitive. Both are inept. Both claim to be doers of all good. Both claim to care where both despise.
Pridgeon, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, signed the letter. It matters not a tinker’s damn who wrote it; it is the wish of Atlanta’s strongest leadership in 2007. Its second paragraph cuts to the chase by noting the City has two concerns with giving money to the Peachtree Pine facility. Note the Circumlocution Office verbiage. I didn’t make this up. I didn’t write this drivel. The City did. The City sent this to a State of Georgia bureaucrat. And that “crat” published what is now Exhibit 25 in a lawsuit that exposes and accuses Atlanta’s highest and its lowest, its powerful and its pathetic, its pristine and its tarnished, its sovereignly immune and its very vulnerable. When both the flawless Emory Health Care and the plantation-driven Central Atlanta Progress scurry for cover in the same bed, quite a scene follows. Pridgeon’s letter will be eight years old “this here May coming.” Some of these TEAM GOLIATH conspirators have been fleeing from the light for five years. This same City of Atlanta conglomerate dodged the bullet under the protection of the federal JUST US SYSTEM that rendered our tainted city to be above the law.
I quote what this City of Atlanta wrote about itself as it attempted to close Peachtree Pine: “One, we believe our own review process could benefit from stronger Plan thresholds for measuring consistency.” These Looney Tunes cartoon characters really put in writing “our own review process” is flawed. The last paragraph apologizes “for any confusion we have added to that process and we commit to refining our review process.” Looking back over eight agonizing years, scrutinizers find their second “concern” to be as ludicrous as the first. Remember, eight years have passed since the writing of this letter. The next concern in paragraph two that stops money for the Task Force reads, “We do not believe the P&P facility complies with our overall Consolidated Plan or with the Regional Commission’s 10-year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, which is helping to guide our planning efforts.”! Please! A break, somebody! Time out! Can you believe some buffoon in the bowels of Shirley Franklin’s City Hall put into writing that these “planners” had “planning efforts”? And they had a guide! And that guide was the Regional Commission’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. Oh yes, don’t forget in the same sentence “overall Consolidated Plan” is mentioned. Imagine for a moment that your tax dollars pays the salaries of these thinkers.
As for any telling results that touch the plights of suffering, broken people; there is no “overall Consolidated Plan.” The only plan consolidated or otherwise is the principalities’ plan to disappear these citizens, out of sight, out of mind. Ask Kasim Reed’s INNOVATIVE DELIVERANCE TEAM who they have delivered and when, better yet, where? The dozens of women and their freezing children who have for years been turned away from the City’s $50,000,000.00 model shelter called Gateway have not been touched by the “overall Consolidated Plan.” Homeless mothers with little babies on Atlanta’s streets refer to the $50,000,000.00 crown jewel as NO WAY, Gateway. The questionable Continuum of Care is for sure a continuation of chaos.
I think the 10-year plan to end “chronic” homelessness, which by the way is at least 10 years old, may have been run over by the $100,000,000.00 Streetcar Named Disaster. Or was it Billy Payne’s Ferris Wheel that thwarted the plan? I won’t burden you or weary myself with an annotation on every sentence of Pridgeon’s letter to Bassett. I will assure you, however, that the content mirrors the sentences I’ve quoted, and the truth is not to be found. The leadership of Atlanta wanted then and wants now the “P & P” facility and the people in it to be no more, obliterated. That’s the long of it; that’s the short of it.
James Wilson Beaty
January 30, 2015
January 20, 2015
Last night, Monday January 19, 2015, Dr. Martin Luther King Day in the World, in his home and in his resting place, 67 single women, 10 mothers and their 17 children slept on the floor in the lobby of the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. known “commonly” as TEAM GOLIATH members like to say, the Peachtree Pine facility. This is Dr. King Country, on Dr. King day. May I tell Dr. King the ethnicity of these 94 Atlantans? Dare Mayor Kasim Reed learn the ethnicity of these 94 Atlanta citizens that he under oath promised to serve? Does the brass at The $50,000,000 model Gateway Shelter where women and children are forbidden to enter (for a year and a half) care to know the number of these mothers and the ages of their 17 children? Does Million Dollar Man Milton Little of Atlanta United Way give one flying rats ass that the majority of these homeless people laugh out loud or weep at the mention of United Way? Do Horace Sibley and Debi Starnes remember a monstrosity they operated and named The Regional Commission’s 10-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness? Would Debi’s Starnes’ group The HAG understand that the picture taken last night of these 94 citizens could have been captured every night right here for the last two years? Has the city’s Consolidated Plan gelled yet or are those geniuses still defining what it is to be homeless. When the members of the mighty Continuum of Care place their heads on lacy pillows tonight, might they think of the pillows these 17 babies rest upon? Can Bloomburg’s MILLIONS given to Reed for homelessness be assessed by the divas whose salaries that money paid? Has Mayor Reed’s Innovative Delivery Team delivered anything? That delivery truck didn’t get to the women and children on the floor forty feet from where I sit.
Three-hundred-sixty five nights of the year a staff overworked and not paid watch over a troubled sleep. Good night Richard Orr. Good night, AJ Ro9binson. Good night Manny Fialkow. Good night, Milton Little. Good night, Jack Hardin. Good night, Horace Sibley. Good night, Debi Starns. Good night, Shirley Franklin. Good Night, John Fox. Good night, Al Blackwelder. Good night, Brad Curry. Good night, Dane Peterson. Good night, Rector Hoare (that’s Hoare with an e). Good night, Judy. Good night, Jim Lee Scott.
Jamews Wilson Beaty
January 20, 2015