Robert "Hatchet Man" Manne Explains Motive For Scotia Real Estate Liquidation
Robert Manne, the president of Pacific Lumber, said his main motivation in selling the town was keeping employees happy by making them homeowners, though he admitted that "obviously, when we exit this and sell the homes, we get the money."
Chuck Center, PALCO’s government relations representative, is also a Scotia resident. His family occupies a three-bedroom home that he would like to own.
“It’s an exciting proposition,” (the company mouthpiece) said.
Resident Jonna Ball worries about being able to purchase a home in Scotia: “Most people I know can’t afford a down payment.”
This is not the first time the Hatchet Man has bent, or shall we say "altered", the truth. In a past rant regarding critics of Pacific Lumber Manne wrote,
"The only conclusion I can reach as to why they continue their attacks against us is that they lead empty lives and need to put blame on everything around them in order to negatively impact those that are happier than them,"
"This gives them power with their constituents and importance in the eyes of their friends and other PALCO haters."
Some of the people he's reffering to have been flooded out of their homes due to PLs irresponsible logging practices.
Pacific Lumber has been strongly urging Rio Dell to take on Scotia, which costs the company more than $1 million a year to maintain.
(Scotia) also has assets, most of which may also be sold by Pacific Lumber. The town's main street has a movie theater, a museum and the Scotia Inn, a 1920s hotel that houses the town's only restaurant and bar. (It is currently closed for renovations.) There is a new shopping center, an elementary school, a community recreation center and a baseball diamond, all within walking distance of the giant lumber mill and power plant that hulk and hum next to the river.
He said the company was doing everything it could to protect the town's special character.
"But when it comes down to the nostalgia, in the mind of the employee, and the choice between history and them being able to have an affordable house and being able to meet the American dream?" Manne said. "The American dream wins."
last three paragraphs, July 6, 2006 NYT