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
Jeremiah 22:16
February 12, 2015

Horace Sibley was deposed on January 10, 2010, as a witness for the City of Atlanta.  Sibley served as the chair of the mayor’s Commission to End Homelessness.  He is a key player in the lawsuit accusing the city and Central Atlanta Progress and ADID of tortious interference in the funding of the Peachtree Pine shelter.   This “commission” tried unsuccessfully to name itself a regional entity by getting the state legislature to rubber stamp that name.  That try passed the legislature easily, but Republican Governor Purdue vetoed the bill.  Something was said to the effect that Atlanta’s problem with homelessness is not a regional problem but a city problem.   Sibley over and over refers under oath to this “commission” as a “regional commission.” It is no such thing.  It’s city if it’s that.

Under oath award-winning public servant Horace Sibley attacked the Task Force board as “dysfuntional.”  One example of this he cites as follows; I quote the questions and answers beginning at page section 00182, line 15 of Sib’s January 10 deposition.

Hall:        Are there any other examples of the board being dysfunctional?
Sibley:    Everything you are reading off of there is an example of a dysfunctional board.  A board does not operate on a consistent, steady basis, that participates on a regular basis in setting policy for the institution.
Hall:        How often do they meet?
Sibley:    They used to meet quarterly, I guess.
Hall:        How often do you believe they should meet?
Sibley:    I’m talking about a board that has – – let’s say it has ten people on it.  I would expect at least eight to be there every time.
Hall:        How many times are there less than – – how long has there been ten and how many times are there less than eight?
Sibley:    I don’t know.
Hall:        You don’t know any of these things, do you?
Sibley:    Oh, yeah, I do.
Hall:        What?
Sibley:    Mr. Farber, who is on that board, he said he never goes to the board meetings.  Said he can’t get hold of Anita when he needs her.

Hall:        What else you got?
Sibley:    Well, the board turns over a lot.  If you look at the history of the board, there are a lot of different people on it and they don’t seem to stay very long?
Hall:        What’s the average turnover?
Sibley:    I don’t know, but you need some kind of continuity there, and you can go back and see – – I’ve looked at their Web site from time to time, and I’m always surprised at the number that were there before that are not there now.
Hall:        Do you know how long Mr. Beasley’s been on the board?
Sibley:    I think he’s probably been there from day one.
Hall:        Do you know how long Mr. Wardlaw’s been there?
Sibley:    Well, he’s the founder of it, so he’s been there a long time. 
Hall:        Do you know how long Ms. Davis has been on the board?
Sibley:   She’s been there a long time.  That’s three.  That’s three.
Hall:        Do you know how long Mr. Cramer has been on the board?
Sibley:    Didn’t he say in the news paper eight years of something.
Hall:        Do you know how long Mr. Hartrampf has been on the board?
Sibley:    I hope he’s not on the board because he’s a paid hand, and it’s against the law, he was on there a little while and then he got off.

Hall:        Mr. Sibley, weren’t you meeting with representatives from CAP to discuss the 990s in ways that you could find violations of law or other ways to shut down Peachtree and Pine, and isn’t that what this e-mail is about?
Mr. Beale:  Object to the form of the question.
THE WITNESS:  No, I’ve told you in prior testimony that I don’t  – – I don’t know that CAP was trying to shut down Peachtree and Pine.
Hall:        Tell me what they were using the information for.  What did this group want to get together for?  You met with the group and AJ Robinson; you recall that?
Sibley:    No, I don’t recall that.
Hall:        You don’t recall appearing by telephone for the meeting?
Sibley:    No.

Note:  Carl Hartrampf was a board member for a few months.  Carl was present as the person who would help with developing additional housing atop the present structure.  The nun-run Mercy Housing Inc. under the direction of Pete Walker in Georgia was in conversation to make this housing happen and at the same time our conversation with housing included folding the $900,000 debt into a new loan.  The Task Force because of Tri – J’s  illegal squeeze could pay only the interest on the note.  There were two holdouts at Mercy Housing who wanted to work with the Task Force.  They both left.  But Carl Hartrampf was never paid a penny while a board member.  He left the board so that Pete Walker and Mercy Housing could pay him to help develop new housing at Peachtree Pine.  And Mercy Housing paid Mr. Hartrampf a full year.  Then according to dozens of e-mails,  Pete Walker was taken by the hand to AJ Robinson at CAP.  And Debi Starnes e-mailed Renee Glover saying we need Atlanta Housing Authorita and the city to help stop any further housing at Peachtree Pines.  Had everything occurred between Mercy Housing and Peachtree Pine there would have been no foreclosure, Task Force debts would have been met and contstruction could have begun.  The loan would have been in the neighborhood of $10,000,000.  But Pete wrote to AJ, “I too want to know how to put the Task Force in default.”

James Wilson Beaty, PhD
Jeremiah 22.16
March 10, 2010

Very few comedians make me laugh, Two who do are Foster Brooks and Jerry Farber. Jerry has served for years as a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless, Inc. When attending board meetings, Jerry always walks in with a joke or two that breaks up everyone present. One day, however, Jerry came in wearing a very sad face, a somber countenance. In all seriousness Jerry said, I just talked to a homeless guy outside. He was wearing only one old tennis shoe. I said, “Buddy, did you lose your shoe?” With a big smile he replied, “No, I found one.”

Jerry said, “That’s the optimism we gotta have.”