Have a safe and happy First Friday. There were quite a few comments that came in today that did not get published. I will review them and post some tomorrow. On a lighter note (I think), when the below is a top national story by a top media outlet in this country, you just have to wonder how much longer this man can hold on…
** It is these paragraphs from LNP’s article, “CRIZ grants approved for restaurant Blazin’ J’s, brewpub Our Town Brewery,” that got me looking at Blazin’ J’s (click here). I don’t care if she recused herself, this is unacceptable! The state attorney general needs to investigate all of these CRIZ grants!
And when the subsequent LNP article below named her partners – I did what I normally do – I ran themthrough a four-point check. And while Jabron Taylor does not have any other drug arrests, civil forfeiture has been all over the news lately and there he was in 2006! And as mentioned below, he has had money problems including a landlord-tenant problem and several civil suits that are far more recent.
The fact that council put Nicole Vasquez on the CRIZ board and then that board voted to give her $20,000 is unacceptable – and race doesn’t matter.
* There are no other drug arrests on Jabron Taylor’s record (in fact, the 2005 arrest in the forfeiture petition is no longer on his docket). However, he has had money troubles over the years and in 2017 he had a public drunkenness arrest and apparently District Judge Bruce Roth wasn’t feeling the compassion that day because he sentenced him to six days in jail (see below)!
BANKING ON CHICKEN?
From the LNP story last week, “Blazin’ J’s chicken sandwich restaurant coming to downtown Lancaster,” (click here).
Who would think Lancaster would get so excited about a chicken sandwich? And Blazin’ J’s got CRIZ money and Nicole Vasquez is on the CRIZ board. Isn’t that convenient? I’ll come back to that, but it turns out her fiancée, Jabron Taylor, has some history of his own. In 2006, the DA’s office took $603 dollars and a Siemens Cellular Phone from him by civil forfeiture (see the “material facts” from the petition below and click here to read the entire petition). Please check back later today.