"I am opposed to deception and lies"

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CROSS ROADS from The PRESS, 3-10-99, By JoAnne Easterday

"... Robert Stark came to a meeting at the Lion's Community Center to explain his developing plans for the area between Jaycox and Lear [Nagel] Roads. At that time he lead me to believe that he had never spoken to Mitchell Schneider regarding a joint venture.

Later Mitchell Schneider immediately revealed to me that the two parties had already spoken and Schneider had turned down the group's offer to do a combined development.

That fact has always bugged me. I felt as if Stark deceived me ...

Now I re-read in a 1996 issued of our sister papaer WESTLIFE that Stark wrote them a letter saying Westlake voters could vote "to bring Starbucks, Eddie Bauer, Talbots and Zany Brainy to the Promenade." ...

The columnist Louise Seeholzer wrote: "THE ABOVE STATEMENTS FROM MR. STARK'S LETTER ARE INACCURATE. Voters can only vote on zoning - not stores." Then Seeholzer proceeds to show why Stark's letter is misleading.

Interesting apparent trend on Stark's part. It will be interesting to see how much adverse literature sponsored by the rival developers Stark/Jacobs will materialize to try to influence the people of Avon on Schneider's development. ...

Stark/Jacobs ... will be hosting small group meetings to talk with and educate people of Avon about their proposed plans. I welcome any information they have to offer. However, I know I don't appreciate deception ...

The recent connection of Stark and his lawyer Timothy Grendell and Steven Targove who palmed himself off as a landscape expert testifying for local attorney Gerald Phillips was very telling ...

It just doesn't look right. I'm not now presently opposed to any development in Avon. I am opposed to deception and lies."

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