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Friday, September 19, 2008

HILLCREST BUSINESS ASSN. SKELETONS REVEALED

"The goal (of Hillcrest Business Association treasurer Cecelia Moreno; owner, Crest Cafe) is to bankrupt the organization and put it out of business," said Ruth Harrison, the former HBA assistant director who knows where the skeletons are buried. She said she heard Moreno say it.

The HBA has over $341,000 in business tax funds and about $45,000 in receivables, Harrison reported in an exclusive interview.

Behind the scenes, the HBA is mired in ugly battles between its directors and personal power plays, particularly by its vice president, lesbian activist Nancy Moors, part owner of Hillquest.com.

"Nancy, (her partner HBA director Ann) Garwood and HBA president Michael Wright (owner, City Deli) are malicious. Michael is (Nancy's) monkey. He does whatever she tells him to do," Harrison said.

Wright seems especially shy while presiding over the HBA's monthly board meetings, and has demonstrated that he doesn't know elemental rules of parlimentary procedure.

"Nancy has said she is the president pro tem ever since she was elected last year," Harrison explained. There is no provision for a president pro tem in the HBA's ByLaws.

The organization has a very long history of violating state laws, particularly the Brown Act, and its own byLaws.

"They do whatever they want to," Harrison explained. "They will do it because they (the HBA's board of directors) think they can get away with it."

And, they are getting away with it, and have been for years! The business community in Hillcrest shows no interest.

"These people (HBA directors) deserve some watching so that some of the (HBA's) money doesn't go into their own pockets."

Much more on this story will be published in the next issue of Zenger's Newsmagazine, due to hit the streets about September 25th.
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