Saturday, March 21, 2009

Just When I Try to Get Out . . .

People keep calling me with information and so I must share it. It is alleged that Richard Snowden, following the Sanjiv Jain theory of buying the CHCA board of directors, has purchased as many as one hundred memberships for the Chestnut Hill Business Association and others. The number varies in the reports I have been given, but the following reports have been given to me by several different witnesses and their accounts are identical.

That the boy king Snowden spoke to the Business Association (CHBA), and said the following:
1.We should go up to the Local and fire everyone. (They aren't allowed to do that).
2. That because of the Local, Pete Mazzaccaro, and the CHCA, the businesses on the Hill have lost 25% of their business. No mention of the effect his empty storefronts have or where he got his figures or how any such calculation could have been made by anyone other than someone in his forties who plays with toy soldiers.

Yes, folks. Only days after we threw a scare into Dina and her gang of amateurs, the professional destroyers of the Hill, the Business Association, is about to strike. Under the direction of Dick-boy, who they feared enough to ignore his vacancies, his back dues, his signs, and his middle-aged tantrums, they will attempt to control the board, fire Pete, and turn the paper into the booster sheet the have always dreamt of.

The only mystery is this: What percentage of cowardice as opposed to stupidity has caused the minds of the business community to arrive at the following:
That the Hill is NOT in commercial trouble because some rich punk has not rented his properties.

That the Hill is NOT in commercial trouble because every large property was given to banks that bring in no shoppers as opposed to restaurants that would, especially in the evenings, when it's a ghost town.

That the Hill is NOT in commercial trouble because the CHBA had its thumb up its ass instead of formulating a business plan that could have brought vitality, rather than dark double wide storefronts.

That the blame instead goes to a paper that shoppers don't read, that wouldn't change their shopping habits if they did, and an Association that shoppers don't know exists. Richard my darling, If my little love notes to you in the Local had as much effect as you contend, you would be in a jail cell tonight, with a life-mate NOT of your own choosing, rather than continuing to rape West Virginia and 19118.
I realize that Richards' family history dooms him to a life of delusion, but how does this explain anyone on the CHBA agreeing with him?

So, Greg, Chris, Anne, etc: Is it fear or just stupidity? Never mind, I know the answer. It's both. That's why the people who tell me what goes on at your meetings don't want me to mention their names. Fear.

And that's why you let the banks and Richard prepare the Hill for an economic downturn to instead become an economic disaster. Stupidity.

It couldn't have happened to a more deserving group.

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Blogger Jeremiade said...

The Chestnut Hill Business Association has a long history of exploiting the CHCA by trying to pack the board and by seducing (not in the fun way) board members to get what they want. Usually their goal has been to gain access to community funds, which were once substantial, for their own use under the theory that what was good for business was good for the community. Now a few merchants want to control the newspaper. Those few are acting out of ignorance (I'm glad you named them.) I sympathize with those who are afraid of rent increases which are used as weapons.

Isn't it ironic that, following the fund trustees poor management of community funds and the CHCA's ill-conceived purchase of the building across from Town Hall; that the CHCA might be flush with cash again thanks to Snowden's purchase of that building?

Sat Mar 21, 11:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fran O'Donnell has yet to be mentioned in all of this. His discount-store methods of running a business have caused O'Doodle's downward spiral (if you haven't noticed you haven't really looked). His own father's will didn't include him when leaving property to his children. What did Daddy know that the rest of us should?

And now these shyster methods will trickle down to those he was "chosen" to lead. He is the perfect pawn for Snowden as he will do anything for a quick buck, discount or PR moment.

Sun Mar 22, 06:01:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Darlene said...

If the owners of the empty businesses want them empty, there is not much that you can do other than resort to Federal laws and Commonwealth and City Codes or the new empty storefront law to have them taken over by something or someone else.

Alternatively, if the owners do not fight against it, the CHBA can hire, on a commission only basis, a person whose sole job is simply to find businesses to fill the spaces.

Engaging a commercial real estate broker would be a step in the right direction, even in this economy.

Thu Mar 26, 07:03:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Ed Feldman said...

The CHBA has acted on the "Snowden Problem" as much as the Government of Tonga has.

Thu Mar 26, 04:28:00 PM EDT  

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