June 8, 2016 5:33 pm ET
Connecting the dots regarding the TradePointAtlantic “gift”
Source: Paper Trail Tells a Woeful Tale
One of Bill O’Reilly’s favorite sayings on his show, The O’Reilly Factor, is “I’m a simple man”—this means just tell it like it is with the emphasis on the show’s famous “No Spin Zone.”
So, with that in mind, let’s trace the progression of the TradePointAtlantic (TPA) “gift” that was the subject of my last blog. I have to say that some of the dots drew not only my interest, but the interest of others who saw the writing on the wall.
Or, in this case, the writing on the check.
If we start from the beginning (or, at least, the point where I began to follow this mess), we will see some collusion amidst the hype for “the Art of the Deal.”
Let me take you back to that fateful meeting at the North Point Peninsula Community Council (NPCC), during which I confronted Councilman Crandell on why he ignored the community’s plea to delay the bill for 30 days in order for the people to review it.
Rather, the Councilman was hell-bent on pushing this bill through no matter what, which is exactly what happened.
To avoid redundancy, I have highlighted in blue the other articles that go over in detail the dots that brought us here. It is important to see how those dots lead to other names and companies that are raising numerous issues related to that famous movie line, “Show me the money!”
The puzzling part of this chapter is that the NPCC folks voted unanimously to request the delay from their councilman.
I still can’t figure out why the NPCC’s President, Fran Taylor, would stop my discourse with Mr. Crandell when all I was doing was requesting information crucial to the path leading to TPA’s stranglehold on the development.
You listen, you decide:
I apologize for the background noise, as the meeting was right next to a gym.
The truth is that Councilman Crandell had nothing to do with creating this bill; basically, all he did was sign it.
When I filed the PIA to find out who wrote the draft bill, I meet the typical stone wall, until I pointed out the law regarding holding back information in a PIA request.
That was when I received the documents that revealed the truth behind the hatching of this bill. Now, speaking of emails and their vital role in our government (and the efforts some will go to hide them), I took a second look at the exchange between Councilman Crandell and Venable attorney Mr. Mudd. Notice the the provider on the councilman’s account; it is not his council email, but a more private one.
Does the word “Hillarygate” come to mind?
For your reading pleasure, here is the link.
Now, remember that name, because it will play a significant role in the whole concept of this network of key players.
The bill Mr. Crandell rammed through the council was written by Chris Mud of Venable, LLP—one of the most prominent real estate law firms in the country.
What is also interesting about that revelation is that Baltimore County’s head of Permits, Approvals and Inspections, Arnold Jablon, is a former attorney at Venable.
Just another dot in the grand scheme of things.
So, let’s recap here a moment before I move on.
We have TPA acting through the law firm of Venable, which then reaches out to Councilman Crandell, whose signature is required on the bill that basically gives TPA carte blanche to do whatever floats the proverbial boat.
I called one of the first people to take a look at this convoluted issue, Mr. Mike Pierce, who has testified many times before the council on these matters. To no surprise, he reiterated the problems with Mr. Crandell’s 86-15 bill, which excludes real oversight.
Okay, now it is time for you to remember the two names mentioned before—the law firm Venable and Mr. Jablon.
Here is an opinion piece that appeared in the Sun concerning the impact of both Mr. Jablon and his former employer, Venable.
It’s a good read, and you begin to see even further down the path of the “Yellow Brick Road.”
Speaking of yellow (the color, that is), I would like to ask Mr. Taylor of the NPCC why he choose to shut down my questioning of Mr. Crandell, especially when his community group voted to delay the bill.
Was this all a part of the dots that were waiting to be connected? Was this a deliberate attempt to derail the lines that those dots were forming?
I’ll have more on Mr. Taylor and his role in this later…
For now, let me go back to a name I have rattled off numerous times—the law firm Venable. Here is something that should get your attention.
Has anyone ever heard the name Michael Pedone?
If not, let me clue you in. This will give you some background:
If we go one step further, we will realize that Mr. Pedone is the Chief Operating Officer of TPA.
Are you beginning to see the dots come into better focus?
Let me wrap up this segment with some additional dot connecting.
A Venable attorney wrote the bill for Mr. Crandell to sign and ram through, all while trying to keep away prying eyes away. Meanwhile, another connection to Venable, Mr. Jablon, appears, while a former Venable staffer, COO of TPA Michael Pedone, leaps into the picture as well.
Dizzying, isn’t it? At least the dots connect, even though they don’t produce a pretty picture.
Folks, as I said, don’t touch that remote, ‘cause [sic] there’s a whole lotta [sic] dots we haven’t even touched. And those additional dots include some very familiar local names.
Now maybe you understand why TPA’s Aaron Tomarchio “pleaded the fifth” when I asked some tough questions and I’m sure it wasn’t because he’s a member of the DRC.