CLEARING THE AIR ABOUT TEXAS AREA FUND FOUNDATION

 

By Johnnie Belle Reagan

 

 

Clearing the air…

Texas Area Fund Foundation has played a big role in the happenings in and around Palestine.  It has many prominent members/officers.  I am going to name some but not all here for you and you can decide for yourself if they may or may not have something to do with what has happened to Laza:

 

Jackson Hanks

 

David Barnard

 

 

Jean Mollard – took ownership of Laza’s original property in “old town”.

 

 

Steve Presley – Current City Mayor and Council member for over 15 years

 

 

Allyson Mitchell – County DA

 

 

Phil Fletcher

 

 

Ahnise Summers

 

 

Cecil Staples

 

Alex Patel

 

 

Alan George

 

Josh Liles

 

Greg Laudadio – Palestine Economic Development Corp.

 

Freta Parkes

 

Jeffrey Robertson

 

Jeff Watson

 

Jo Ellan Walley

 

Carolyn Booker

 

It is common knowledge a member of the TAFF and family members of City Staff contacted Jerry Laza, working behind the scenes, to make a deal with him on the 1101 W Oak property one month before the Civil Suit was filed in June 09, 2016.  And while they might not have had anything to do with initiating the actual “Suit” they were in a position to make sure it was lawful, just and fair. Doing the right thing is such a struggle.

I definitely see where TAFF receiving thousands and thousands of dollars in grant money awarded by the City of Palestine could be construed as a conflict in some member’s ability to be neutral.