2008-06-06 / Letters

A Shareholder's Strong Words

Dear Editor,

Allow me to respond to Joanne Smith's letter, that Democratic Leader Mr. Lew Simon was not invited to the Dayton Beach Park #1 Corp. meeting. I would personally like to thank him. Dayton #1 Co-Op is in crisis and I would like to see more of our community-based representatives get involved. I feel partially responsible for Ms. Joanne Smith's ruthless attack on Mr. Simon. In 2004, Mr. Simon was invited to a shareholders meeting. At that meeting Joanne Smith approached me to help her dispute $5,000 in arrears she owed the Co-Op. She explained that her dog had mysteriously jumped to its death from her eighth floor apartment terrace. This was after she was warned by neighbors at the Co-Op that the dog was previously seen hanging from her terrace. Ms. Smith's explanation was that the dog was crazy, had mental problems, and tried to return it to the store where she bought it, and they refused to

refund her money. I

was shocked by her irrational story. I felt that the Co-Op was "just" in taking her to court to prevent animal cruelty. Ms. Smith defied the Co-Op and bought another dog that stays locked up in a small carrying cage. None of the Board Candidates present wanted anything to do with her arrears issue. Ms. Joanne Smith then asked me to appeal to Democratic Leader Mr. Lew Simon to intervene, so her statement is outright vindictive and hypocritical. Mr. Simon should be alerted that this is typical of her. Century Management was fired because they refused to credit her $5,000 arrears among other things. Subsequently, she personally negotiated with, and hired, our current management company costing the Co-Op $200,000 more in monthly expenses. She finally succeeded in receiving credit for her $5,000 arrears. The management company spent thousands of our dollars sending out memos justifying her credit. However they failed to send out memos that they did not pay our water bills that are now over 1.2 million dollars. Last but not least, as former board president, Ms. Joanne Smith invited her boyfriend who is not a shareholder at our board meeting. Flexing her muscles, she boasted that he is a detective and she can get information on any shareholder that she wants. (She will use anyone she can.) Mr. Lew Simon should call her bluff and grant her request for an investigation, which she and her mentor Anne Lyons failed to follow up on. So far all her bluffs have backfired on her; for three years she lies that she did not owe $5,000 in arrears, even threatening to sue, and screaming out "prove it." When it was proven she lied and said that HPD credited her account. The shareholders called her bluff and lies, and lit up HPD phone lines. Now at every board meeting she is screaming from the audience to sue HPD. She schemed and bluffed to have our 2007 election overturned and she still lost. To further show how shameless and disgraceful this woman is, visit her blog. Mr. Lew Simon, the shareholders of Dayton thank you for speaking on our behalf. Only three shareholders objected to your presence and wanted you thrown out: Pamela Fohrer who was written up in The Wave recently, Stacey Pheffer inevitably, and of course Joanne Smith who pines for acceptance from Stacey Pheffer.

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