THC-readers strike again with the dirt on yet another local figure making waves in the Humboldt political scene who are used to somewhat (The other figure was Allen McCloskey of Measure P, in case you missed it.)
From an anonymous source and THC fan comes this e-mail exchange between Hilary Mosher and a guy named Casey Kelley of Follett USA:
But let’s summarize the message, too: Hilary Mosher offers to drop advocating for Measure V so long as Follett USA provides her with some very appealing financial incentives.
THC quotes from Ms/ Mosher’s email: “To summarize my request: Follet USA/Inspire Communities moves my double-wide out of the park six blocks away onto a lot…on Perini Ave., McKinleyvlille (which you purchase for $100,000.) then writes me a zero per cent interest 10-yr mortgage for $50,000. In exchange I will cease and desist and and all activities related to mobile home housing/parks.”
Jeez. We don’t know where Hilary learned how to negotiate but we kinda wish she’d start representing the County in their labor union talks. You know – fight extortion with extortion?
Anyhow, Mosher continues in her letter: “…I also realize that if you take advantage of this offer soon enough, you may realize at least 100 times more profit than if I continue to push through an ordinance…each day you wait, however, is another day of activism that I am making progress towards that end, and another day that makes it that much harder to stop the downward motion of the growing snowball…
Shit, we kind of like her writing style! Descriptive, direct, nearly-grammatically correct. Almost makes you forget the coldly calculating nature behind the message.
Now, if you go ahead and use the Google machine on Casey Kelley, you’ll find that he’s the COO/CFO of Follett USA, a major owner of mobile home parks in California and the country as a whole. Inspire Communities, a subsidiary of Follett, seems to be the owner of Ocean West Senior Village in McKinleyville and the Lazy J Ranch in Arcata – where we understand that Mosher lives. (Mr. Casey’s response to Hilary can be found in the full PDF of the letter we linked above and below – but he mostly agrees to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the deal Mosher offers and asks her to give him a call.)
Yikes. Guess it doesn’t look too good for Measure V when the lead proponent is actively soliciting behind-scenes-deals with the people it is threatening. Especially when Hilary Mosher herself couches the Measure as direct attack on their profits and their properties.
An attack which can only be averted by awarding Ms. Mosher some pretty ridiculous benefits for herself. We’d almost go as far as to say that such coercion is criminal…but we aren’t very good lawyers. So we won’t say that. (You sure can though!)
THC thinks it’s pretty important to note the hypocrisy in the rhetoric Mosher has used to push Measure V and slander park owners. Painting Follett USA, Inspire Communities, and even some of Humboldt’s local park owners as criminals who seek to take advantage of helpless and vulnerable elderly folks living in mobile homes is harsh even without her bribe offer coming to light. It would seem to us, however, that Mosher’s the one trying to take advantage of the park owners who generously offered to help park residents move elsewhere if they so chose.
Which begs the question – are the park owners really the criminals here? Or should that descriptor be reserved for Hilary Mosher and her Measure V extortion racket?
Here’s a link to Mosher’s letter yet again: