Posted by Sharon Kramer on 2/21/10
“Understanding that speedy implementation requires political will, one must look at ways to engender such will. One of the most effective methods is through the media,..” Daniel Heimpel, Yellow Journalist for LA Weekly & Huffington Post.
It is such a small world, isn’t it? The Huffington Post wrote a beautiful tribute to Melinda Ballard’s father, Claude Ballard Jr. in February 2010.
Melinda Ballard has been a staunch advocate for those injured by mold, etc, in water damaged buildings. Melinda Ballard agreed to an interview with Daniel Heimpel of LA Weekly in the summer of 2008 about another staunch advocate for those injured by mold, me.
Heimpel INTENTIONALLY misquoted Melinda Ballard for the article in the 2008 LA Weekly article to the benefit of the US Chamber of Commerce to be able to continue to perpetrate an interstate fraud on the courts over the mold issue (scientifically proven the poisons of mold do not poision). This is the same fraud that Melinda fights against in the name of public health. Heimpel’s fraud of the matter was edited by Jill Stewart of LAWeekly. Stewart has such a horrible reputation of skewing journalism, that the LA Times wrote about her in 2009.
Melinda Ballard sent a message informing LAWeekly’s then editor, Laurie Ochoa, regarding Daniel Heimpel’s and Jill Stewart’s FRAUDULENT writing for LAWeekly evidencing for them several statements of INTENTIONALLY misquoting Melinda to aid and abet the US Chamber’s fraud that is adverse to the health and safety of the American public. See Melinda’ message to LA Weekly linked below:
And NOW Daniel Heimpel, clearly evidenced as a bonified shill for the US Chamber of Commerce who has assisted them to be able to deny causation of illness from environmental exposures, has morphed into a social advocate for children, who is a blogger for the Huffington Post.
NOTE: When I first met the budding journalist who was beginning his career as a political “investigative reporter” in early 2008; he told me he was intending to write of teens in the Foster Care System being given psychotropic drugs to control their behavior whether needed or not. Now, he is promoting that we should give millions of dollars more in Federal funds to keep foster children in this same system, three years longer until they are 21. And winning awards in Washington DC for this stellar journalism to boot!
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive!
Thank God for people like Melinda Ballard in this world who will always stand up and tell the truth!
On 2/20/10, Deborah wrote:
LOL. Now, that takes some brass ones…to target an opponent over something that he had personal and direct experience with…
On 2/20/10, Sharon wrote:
A new article that has come up regarding Melinda and her impact on itegrity in Texas politics:
“In 2002, when flyers were distributed in Rep. Green’s district attacking his opponent Patrick Rose about mold remediation lawsuits and plaintiffs, the tactic backfired. One of the targets of the ad, Melinda Ballard (who had prevailed in a $32 million homeowners’ mold lawsuit), went public with the revelation that Green himself had filed a mold claim in 2001 and that his insurance carrier had paid for Green and his family to stay at Austin’s downtown Omni Hotel.”
On 2/18/10, Deborah wrote:
I applaud her tenacity and courage to stand up to the insurance company. Average citizens simply do not have the resources to take even the most meritorious cases all the way to the end and corporations are well aware of this. We must rely on people like her to get what little justice there is to be had against such fraudulent practices.
On 2/17/10, Sharon wrote:
This is now the FOURTH time I have had to agree with your writing in less than two weeks time. That is EXACTLY why I posted this. Kind of a historical reference to the mold issue since the Ballard case – whether one agrees with it or not – was a pinnicle point in the issue. It is good to understand where people who have had an impact on history came from. That is why so many biographies get written.
I did not post it for the intent that RD would use it as an opportunity to bash a woman – a fellow human being – who just lost a loved one merely days ago.
On 2/17/10, JohnCodie wrote:
I appreciate the information, it serves as a reminder as fortunate an individual might be in building a family fortune and providing the family with the fortitude to continue with his/her legacy. Like the popular movie the Titanic money follows money and so like the real estate business, im sure there are the faithful followers of those who saw retail headed to shopping malls in the early years.
Money didn’t save the rich on the Tatantic but it gave them an advantage to the lower class trapped/locked below the waterline. Its true the award was greatly reduced and more political actions in favor in the insurance industry was provided by the State of Texas. Was it the Ballards were Democratic living in a Repulican state? Who knows what entailed those many miles of tavel miles of sales. Mr. Ballard seems to have had the gift for making the sale. Good for him, we need more sales people like him today. I hear to many relative say they just can’t sell anything in todays economy. Obviously they are’nt trying. Three cheers for the Ballards for continuing inspite of being told “No”.
Political Action Committee – National Apartment Association (NAA) files Amicus Brief in mold case (two infant deaths in mold filled apt – Wasatch Prop Mgmt) citing US Chamber/ACOEM ‘litigation defense report’ to disclaim health effects of indoor mold & limit financial risk for industry
“Changes in construction methods have caused US buildings to become perfect petri dishes for mold and bacteria to flourish when water is added. Instead of warning the public and teaching physicians that the buildings were causing illness; in 2003 the US Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform, a think-tank, and a workers comp physician trade organization mass marketed an unscientific nonsequitor to the courts to disclaim the adverse health effects to stave off liability for financial stakeholders of moldy buildings. Although publicly exposed many times over the years, the deceit lingers in US courts to this very day.” Sharon Noonan Kramer
Information on Riverstone Residential, the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency, and the owners of Toxic Mold Infested Jefferson Lakes Apartments in Baton Rouge, Louisiana continuing to allow tenants to be exposed to extreme amounts of mold toxins