Ohio Governor Unable To Answer Clear Boarding Requirements

How Robert Klein And Company Took Ohio For A Ride!

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Safeguard Properties: Nazism At Its Best

In a phone call earlier today, the Ohio State Governor John Kasich’s office was unable to answer what product is to replace plywood on foreclosed properties in the State of Ohio under the newly enacted Ohio House Bill 463. HB 463 is one of those not thought out pieces of legislation that reeks of lobbyist influence. It should come as no surprise that Robert Klein, Chairman of Safeguard Properties and Co Founder of SecureView, a polycarbonate sheeting distributor. It is worthy to note that Klein is also the founder and chairman of Community Blight Solutions and an advocate for HB 463.

We are unable to instruct you as to what product you may use instead of plywood as this would be giving legal advice. — Governor Kasich’s Office during phone interview with Foreclosurepedia today.

The thrust of HB 463 revolves around abandoned and vacant properties including and an entire panacea of blight prevention. Below, is the specific section in which Kasich and the City of Cleveland’s political wheel are afraid of,

Sec. 2308.031. (A) No person shall use plywood to secure real property that is deemed vacant and abandoned under section 2308.02 of the Revised Code.

(B) Division (A) of this section shall not apply to any person that uses plywood to secure real property that is deemed vacant and abandoned under section 2308.02 of the Revised Code prior to the effective date of this section.

Foreclosurepedia reached out to the City of Cleveland’s Code Enforcement department whom, in turn, referred us to Cleveland’s Building and Housing’s Director, Ronald O’Leary. O’Leary’s staff stated they had not heard of the law and referred us, in turn, to Damian Borkowski, the City of Cleveland’s Manager of Demolition. No one in the State of Ohio appears to know what may be legally used to replace plywood. This is serious. Why, you might ask? Well, let me explain this in only the way that a trained media professional such as myself is capable of doing. Borkowski stated that as best he could tell the only requirement is that the boarding, according to code, “…must be 1/2″ plywood or the structural equivalent.” He stated that the legislation had created a “furor” as no one had advised how to do anything and that Robert Klein had been lobbying the City of Cleveland for quite sometime with respect to SecureView.

Ohio has enacted legislation without any forethought nor guidance impacting billions of dollars of real estate. That aside, though, here is the problem. Klein has been allowed to lobby for tens of millions of dollars of purchases to be directed to SecureView utilizing the State of Ohio — in this case and many other States in separate matters — as a shield to protect his interests from that pesky thing called the Sherman Act.

The term arbitrary and capricious fall short to describe the rubber stamping of Sec. 2308.031 in HB 463. Now, we have, for a long time, seen the intricate conspiracies between governors and Offender Members of the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) Regime. We saw Vice President elect Mike Pence rubber stamping the $27 Million defraudment of Indiana taxpayers when he allowed Milan Thompson, CEO of ASONS, to purchase a facility proposed for criminal detention. In Thompson’s case, ASONS promised to create jobs in exchange for the normally open bidding process to be narrowly tailored only to allow his bid. What Thompson did was demand pay cuts from ASONS personnel whom could least afford it and fire those whom questioned.

Look, it is not simply Thompson’s labor hating Regime in Muncie whom are currying the favor through an intricately woven web of conflicts of interest. Thompson’s advisor and legal consultant, John Bravacos, is on the Trump HUD Transition Team. Foreclosurepedia filed the first known Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request upon President elect Donald Trump and the current US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). You may view it under its tracking number at HUD of 17-FI-HQ-00424. Bravacos’ ability to garner economic, industrial and competitive intelligence upon the HUD Management and Marketing (M&M) Field Service Manager (FSM) offerings in both the Santa Ana and Atlanta HOC represents hundreds of millions of dollars to both ASONS and CWIS, another Bravacos Client whom has been under investigation by HUD Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

Now, though, the proverbial flight paths of fraud are taking a new direction. The involvement of government sponsored enterprises (GSE), like Fannie Mae, are in play guaranteeing to move billions in new revenue to SecureView financed, in part, upon the backs of Minority Females and Labor. In fact, a simple pulling of the election campaign donations from Klein and his associates at Safeguard Properties shows a very interesting pattern. The $20,000 in donations to Armond Budish, Cuyahoga County’s highest elected official, is simply one. And the pattern and practice of Klein donating nationwide using multiple positions such as RIK Enterprises LLC President, is sending off alarm bells in the investigatory circles. Klein, as President of RIK Enterprises, donated $20,000 to the Super PAC New Day For America which donated to, in part, Ohio Governor John Kasich.

Contributor Occupation Date Amount Recipient
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES, LLC 4/24/12 $2,500 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES, LLC 2/24/15 $2,500 Brown, Sherrod (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES LLC 1/7/16 $20,000 New Day for America
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
RIK ENTERPRISES, LLC 8/26/16 $400 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES LLC 8/10/15 $2,000 Rubio, Marco (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES,LLC 5/20/16 $25 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES, LLC 6/20/16 $2 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES, LLC 10/3/14 $1,000 Ernst, Joni

Now, Robert Klein as President of Safeguard Properties, donated even more,

Contributor Occupation Date Amount Recipient
KLEIN, ROBERT MR
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC. 8/15/03 $1,000 Bush, George W (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT MR
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC. 8/22/03 $1,000 Bush, George W (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 11/20/09 $2,400 Fisher, Lee Irwin (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC 2/9/92 $500 Dixon, Alan J (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 9/12/11 $2,500 Kildee, Dan (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC. 12/21/11 $2,500 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES/CEO 12/13/11 $1,000 Democratic Party of Ohio (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 12/8/15 $2,000 Scott, Tim (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/7/16 $2,000 Bennet, Michael F (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 5/5/15 $2,000 Blumenthal, Richard (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT MR
CLEVELAND, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/19/15 $2,000 Lee, Mike (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 12/27/15 $1,000 Joyce, David P (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC. 6/20/16 $23 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 1/18/15 $500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 2/16/15 $500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 3/14/15 $500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 4/24/15 $500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 12/15/14 $500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
VALLEY VIEW, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/27/13 $2,500 Heartland PAC
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/6/14 $2,000 Peters, Gary
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 3/24/14 $2,000 Walsh, John
KLEIN, ROBERT MR
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH 44131
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 12/15/04 $10,000 National Republican Congressional Cmte (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, OH 44131
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 11/9/05 $2,500 Rely on Your Beliefs (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 11/20/09 $2,400 Fisher, Lee Irwin (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 4/12/12 $5,000 Democratic Party of Ohio (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/30/11 $-2,500 Brown, Sherrod (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/30/11 $2,500 Brown, Sherrod (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/30/11 $5,000 Brown, Sherrod (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES INC. 9/7/11 $2,500 Mandel, Josh (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44125
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 2/19/10 $5,000 Mortgage Bankers Assn
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 4/6/16 $2,000 Boozman, John (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/7/16 $2,000 Bennet, Michael F (D)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 9/21/15 $2,700 Kasich, John (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/13/13 $2,000 Begich, Mark
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 10/22/13 $2,000 Risch, James E
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/6/14 $2,000 Peters, Gary
KLEIN, ROBERT MR
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH 44022
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/10/14 $2,000 Cantor, Eric
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 6/17/13 $1,000 Brown, Sherrod
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES 12/4/13 $2,000 Pryor, Mark

And Klein didn’t just donate in Ohio, for the record. Klein had a targeted donation pattern which would appear to focus on many states wherein the blight legislation was most ripe for influencing. To show just how murky it gets when drilling down upon Klein’s political contribution level, take a look at what happens when you change his title and zip code just a hair,

KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH
44114
Rik Enterprises/President $2,500 12/27/2015 P OHIO GRASSROOTS VICTORY FUND – Democrat
KLEIN, ROBERT
CHAGRIN FALLS, OH
44022
Safeguard Properties/Chairman $1,000 12/27/2015 P FRIENDS OF DAVE JOYCE – Republican
KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH
44114
Chairman And Founder/Safeguard Properties $2,500 12/22/2015 P ACTBLUE

More on point, to demonstrate that Klein is playing both sides of the fence, take a look at this donation scheme,

KLEIN, ROBERT
CLEVELAND, OH 44114
RIK ENTERPRISES 7/31/12 $5,000 Republican Party of Cuyahoga County (R)
KLEIN, ROBERT
BEACHWOOD, OH 44122
SAFEGUARD PROPERTIES/CEO 12/13/11 $1,000 Democratic Party of Ohio (D)

DS News was kind enough to let us know last month that His Majesty, Jake Williamson at Fannie Mae, will require everyone to use SecureView products in all but name. Jake Williamson, Vice President of Real Estate Fulfillment at Fannie Mae announced at the National Property Preservation Conference (NPPC) in Baltimore, Maryland, a new allowable from Fannie Mae that promotes the use of clear boarding on pre-foreclosure properties. Not just a coincidence, by the way. You see, to understand why Williamson refuses to release technical specifications for product material such as thickness and opacity; to understand why Fannie Mae has no technically approved material for the application of the clear boarding required, one need go no further than the myth which has been perpetrated since the inception of SecureView in 2011.

Fannie Mae has been using polycarbonate clear boarding to secure vacant homes since early 2014 and as of this summer, it had been installed in about 4,000 Fannie Mae properties. Fannie Mae started using clear boarding in four states originally (Illinois, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan).

The new allowable announced by Fannie Mae at the NPPC finds the use of plywood unacceptable when securing vacant properties. Now all vacant properties owned by Fannie Mae will be required to be secured by an alternative to plywood, whether in pre- or post-foreclosure state, or REO starting on November 9. There will be a 90-day adoption period for servicers and vendors to apply the new rule going forward, according to Fannie Mae.

One has to wonder, to really wonder, whether or not Klein’s name will be listed with any GSE or political figure with specificity to lobbying his product. I venture the guess in the affirmative and if Klein is not a registered lobbyist, well, I believe that he may be in for a bigger surprise than when I spoke with Huntington National Bank with respect to Safeguard Properties running operations out of their back door. Remember Huntington as they play a big role in the financing and future of Ohio Bill 426 and the Slavic Village gentrification we are going to talk about.

As any myth or legend goes, it is only as good as those whom perpetuate it big enough and long enough. The House of Cards, if you will, only stands provided everyone does not tell the Emperor that he has no clothes. Here is how SecureView began — or so we are told.

Howard Wedren, a Midwestern real estate developer at the peak of the foreclosure crisis, was working on a commercial property on Chicago’s South Side when he watched the value of his asset plummet in almost an instant. A once vibrant community was suddenly plagued with vacant properties boarded with plywood. He believed there had to be a better way to secure vacant and abandon buildings without destroying surrounding property values and endangering the local community. Wedren quickly learned that his assumption was incorrect, and plywood was the status quo. He enlisted the help of an engineer and began developing SecureView.

You see, things start getting extremely opaque depending upon which drive by media’s outlet you read from and precisely how much Klein has paid they for items such as promotion and advertising. Let’s take HousingWire, though, for example,

Seeing the neighborhood blight that resulted from these plywood-boarded properties inspired Robert Klein, founder of Safeguard Properties, to develop a new product that solved these problems: SecureView.

By 2014, Robert Klein and Company were knee deep in the blight myth creation business — and business was booming! Klein had all but taken over Cuyahoga County with respect to the legislative process surrounding foreclosed and abandoned properties. Setting up shop using multiple revenue streams such as RIK Enterprises and Safeguard Properties, Klein began to heavily leverage the Cuyahoga County Land Bank (CLB) to come in and condemn structures; to have Fannie Mae both sell off properties for One Dollar and contribute up to $3,500 for the demolition of unsalvageable properties. Wells Fargo and Bank of America began donating REO low-asset properties to CLB as well. Along with the properties, Wells Fargo is providing $3,500 for demolition of each property in NSP target areas and $7,500 per property in other areas of Cuyahoga County. It was a gold rush of #Epic proportions!

If you prime a pump enough, at some point your minimal effort is going to produce a maximum return of that which begins to flow. That is precisely what happened after Klein utilized municipal, county, state and federal dollars to obtain properties, pro bono, and entered the flipping business with his new company.

Slavic Village Recovery LLC (SVR) is a for profit entity of which Robert Klein is the President and Founder. Backed by Forest City Enterprises and Safeguard Properties (SGP), SVR utilizes Slavic Village Recovery Project (SVRP) for the marketing and sales of these newly found jewels which foreclosed property owners seem to have simply forgotten about. Now, SVRP is not what I would call the proverbial Mother Theresa. In this, I mean that SVRP has access to properties 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland. According to the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Slavic Village has retail corridors, long standing community institutions and a recent build up in enormous for profit corporation centers such as MetroHealth, Arcelor Metal and Third Federal Savings and Loan Bank. The breaking down; the gentrification of the neighborhood, was well detailed and recognized by the Big Four. The Big Four are Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, Forest City Enterprises, RIK Enterprises and the Slavic Village Development all of whom would appear to be beholden to Klein himself.

SVR consists of two private sector entities and two nonprofit organizations. The partnership deliberately finances the Project from non-public sources in order to allow SVR to operate as efficiently as possible and avoid the restrictions that typically accompany government financing, such as hiring requirements, approval processes, bureaucratic oversight, lengthy bidding processes, frequent reporting requirements, and restriction on use of funds. — Fall 2014 GOPC Report Upon the Slavic Village Recovery Project.

It should be duly noted that this report is stored on the SecureView USA web server.

To people like Kasam Jackson, the intentions of Klein and his Highwaymen, are anything but altruistic. What many people may not realize is that salient fact that in Cuyahoga County, minor code infractions pertaining to your home will land you in jail. In documents obtained exclusively by Foreclosurepedia, Jackson is demonstrated as being strong armed by Klein and the very judiciary appointed to protect those whom cannot protect themselves.

On April 7, 2014, the property at issue was transferred to a bona-fide third party purchaser, the Greater Cleveland Housing Partnership, Inc. (“GCHP”). (SEE E[XH]IBIT “A”) As a requirement of that sale, all city ordinances and building codes, including the requisite Certificate of Disclosure Application and the payment of the associated $60 application fee, were followed. (See EXHIBIT “B”) As the Court is aware, Mr. Jackson chose willingly to work with GCHP, a faith-centered organization, due to Mr. Jackson’s religious connection with one of GCHP’s officers. The Court imposed the $4000.00 fine only after Mr. Jackson declined, under extreme pressure by housing court personnel, to donate his property to the Cuyahoga County Land Bank (“CCLB”), which donation was presented by housing court personnel as the only viable option. (See EXHIBIT “C”, Affidavit of Defendant Kasan Jackson (“Affidavi[t]’) However, Mr. Jackson did not have a marketable title to the property and, therefore, donation to CCLB was never a viable option.

Donation of a property to CCLB requires the property owner possess a marketable title, free and clear of all liens and/or encumbrances. Although first lien holder Fifth Third Bank released its lien at the request of the Court, the title examination provided by Competitive Title Agency, Inc., attached hereto as EXHIBIT “D” and incorporated herein by reference, shows the property was still encumbered by several unreleased dower interests from the 1970’s. Because GCHP is a privately run organization, it was able to accept title from Mr. Jackson as-is and self-insure its own interest in title. CCLB does not offer this service. Further, Mr. Jackson’s choice to work with GCHP was an exercise of his First Amendment rights, the most fundamental and basic rights provided by the Constitution.  For these reasons and others set forth in the legal arguments that follow, the relief sought in the instant motion should be granted.

Tune in this weekend when we begin to connect the dots and the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) cries uncle.

 

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