Response to Hal Brown's AG referral on the Laus/submitted to Mtn Mail
Oh, the irony! Councilman Brown claims the Lau's letter to their tenants “appears to constitute intimidation". I would say that Mr. Brown, Mayor LiVecchi and attorney Kahn have been trying to intimidate their opponents at every turn. Referring the Lau's letter to the attorney general seems like yet another attempt to silence the opposition.
I have been acquainted with the Laus for over twenty years. I know them to be hard working, frugal, and smart investors. Knowing a couple of folks who rent from the Laus, I also know they try to be good landlords and keep rents reasonable.
While I have not seen the body of the letter and can only project from the excerpts in the Mountain Mail article, nothing seems particularly intimidating. Rather, I believe, the Laus exercised their first amendment rights to express their opinion. Additionally, I think they would have done a disservice to their tenants not to warn them of the possible consequences. "Surprise, we have to raise your rent or close the trailer park because the city has interfered with our needed land purchase".
If I were a business owner, could I not let my employees know that if so and so wins, I might have to move my business elsewhere?
I don't believe Mr. Kahn's letter was meant as a helpful warning to the Laus. More likely the city was looking to disrupt the sale by the NRCDC in hopes that they can destroy the value embodied in this property and somehow prove they are right and supporters of the NRCDC are wrong.
Let’s end this wastefulness! Plenty of mistakes have been made during the Vandaveer saga, but now the city and NRCDC need to work together to return value to Salidans. This likely requires a new mayor and council.