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“No Good Deed” – Brad Pitt, Make It Right Foundation Sued for Defective Modular Housing, NBC News, More Video

November 30th, 2018 Comments off

 

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There are some things you can’t make up. There are not many that would accuse Brad Pitt and the Make it Right Foundation he helped establish of purposefully providing modular homes that have been drawing negative media attention for the last few years. It seems like a fit for the dark adage, “No good deed goes unpunished.”

 

That said, several home owners have been complaining to local and national media. Some have filed suit. The local news video below, which tees up the issue, was cut shortly before the case was filed.

 

 

NBC News filed the following video report.

 

 

Pitt Says, No Not Me…

Pitt is asking to be separated from the foundation he founded for the purposes of this suit, per media reports.

Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, which built homes for New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their neighborhoods in 2005, has been hit with a lawsuit by two people who claim the homes built for them “were deficiently constructed and built,” according to People.

 

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In a statement provided to People, Brad Pitt’s charitable organization, the Make It Right nonprofit, stated that it “has filed a lawsuit against its former executive architect, John Williams, and his firm for monetary damages to remediate and repair affected homes in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, arising from his engagement with the Foundation. Make It Right continues to work proactively with homeowners in the Lower 9th Ward, and we will make no further comment on the case at this time,” on Sept 25, 2018.

The Daily Business News on MHProNews notes that The Make It Right foundation website reflects no updates to their own blog since late 2015. Given that fact, it is no surprise that our requests for comments to the nonprofit have not yet been answered.

 

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As industry professionals already know, a modular home – not unlike a manufactured home – requires proper installation. As a prior report, linked further below under related reports reflects, problems that are not promptly observed or addressed on a factor-built home can rapidly mushroom into other issues. That isn’t necessarily a reflection on the factory-builder, unless the production company was directly involved with the installation.

Similar points could be made about conventional housing, issues must be addressed rapidly, or they can mushroom.  Far costlier conventional housing builders have had their own numerous tales of construction woes, so was is it a surprise when it happens from time to time with factory-built housing too?

 

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So, the problems noted in this case or others shouldn’t be viewed by discerning minds as something that necessarily disproves the inherent value and need for various kinds of affordable housing built indoors, and transported for installation to their final location.  Exceptions don’t prove much, save that people and products aren’t perfect.  Automakers have recalls, builders have problems too.

 

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Still from the video, above. Pitt gave numerous media and photo ops for Make it Right, until the negative news began to develop around the problems of some of those modular units became more evident.

 

In the Beginning, How Pitt Got Involved

“When Brad Pitt visited New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward two years after Hurricane Katrina, he was shocked by the lack of rebuilding progress in this historic, working class community. Many worried the plight of the neighborhood would be forgotten. In a bold move, Pitt committed to help rebuild in the hardest hit area of the city,” per Make it Right.

Pitt’s foundation has reportedly raised $30 million dollars in this work, but the homes in New Orleans were purchased by its home owners, who may have used insurance or other money to buy the home.

 

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What is ironic is that Make It Right has a Clinton Foundation connection, per their own website, not unlike the work done by Clayton Homes in Haiti. That too was a troubling fiasco.

Make It Right kicked off initial fundraising efforts with the Pink Project in December 2007 and broke ground on the first homes with President Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative in March 2008. Construction began in June 2008 and the first six homes were completed in August 2008,” said their foundation.

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The Latest…

The “…class action lawsuit against Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation was moved from civil to federal court on November 7,” said Archpaper. Pitt’s and the foundation’s legal team are suing the architects. “Actor Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation has sued the architect of scores of homes the nonprofit sold to Lower 9th Ward residents who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina.”

Among the troubling points with this scenario is that the news seems to be drawing far more media coverage than the arguably more prevalent issue of defects or other problems found in conventional, site-built construction.

If that slant is so, then it is but the latest example of how misinformation is being allowed to spread, because industry trade groups such as MHI – which claims to represent all aspects of factory built housing, including modular builders – Clayton, and their Berkshire Hathaway parent’s BH Media group each allow such stories to go unaddressed.

 

 

That in turn, as Rolfe and scores of others suggest, is harmful to the industry at the local level, including locations like yours.  The pattern will arguably continue until MHI – or some new trade group that supplants their work – does what former chairman, Tim Williams himself admitted to MHProNews, in the quote below.

 

 

It is all part of what our publisher, while still an MHI member, was praised for by the organization, namely, the need to routinely engage the media.  They can’t plausibly claim ignorance.  So what is MHI’s excuse for not acting as needed, to defend and promote the industry’s products and image?

 

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We tried for years from within MHI to get them to engage the media, and to encourage other positive reforms. They praised our efforts, in writing. So why didn’t they adopt them?

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4 and 0 – Special Elections and Manufactured Housing – Clayton, Connor, Hamilton

June 29th, 2017 Comments off

SpecialElectionGOPDemsSpecialElectionMHProNewsI don’t care whether you are a liberal, conservative, independent or something else – the bottom line with this year’s [2016 presidential] election was simply more of the same or something new, different or unique,” said Tim Connor, CSP.

Jim Clayton told MHProNews that “my thinking is increasingly optimistic and tends to align with those Republican leaders who are creatively saving-face while migrating back to the fold – and to PresidentDonald the Disruptor.”

But reading or watching much of the mainstream media makes it clear that many feel differently than Clayton’s founder or those who support the “Donald the Disruptor” agenda. #Resistance, insults to the president, his supporters and our industry from those like Keith Olbermann – reported here – have been headline news.

Georgia 6, MSM and MHVille

For several months, the mainstream media (MSM) covered the run-up to the Georgia 6th district special election.

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Republican Karen Handel won Georgia’s special election on Tuesday, June 20th.  That win kept in the GOP 4-0 vs. Democrats in the post-inauguration special elections.  The race pitted Handel – who emerged from a crowed Republican field – to defeat a young, appealing-to-many Democrat, Jon Ossoff.

While manufactured housing is far from a homogenous group politically, informal surveys have suggested that the professionals in the industry tend to favor President Donald J. Trump’s agenda.

A New York Times survey pre-election in 2016 indicated that most “mobile home” [sic] residents also tended to favor Trump.

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GMHA – the View of Handel-Ossoff from GA 6th

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Jay Hamilton, Executive Director, Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA).

The New York Times and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] decided to take this election and show Trump was such a poor President that even a Moderate Democrat could win in a typically Republican suburban district north of Atlanta. Trump only carried the 6th District by 2% because this district has been slowly shifting toward the Dems for the last few years,” said Jay Hamilton, Executive Director for the Georgia Manufactured Housing Association (GMHA), to MHProNews.

All the [pre-election] polls showed Ossoff winning by a few points,” said Hamiliton, “but as it [the race] tightened up, the polls never [properly] reflected the change.”

Hamilton pointed out that record sums were spent, most of it from out-of-state. He noted the appeal of Ossoff and that he had many of the qualities that might have won Democrat.  “They were millennial hunting,” he with Ossoff, he said, trying to get someone who sounded fiscally conservative but socially liberal.

The GMHA exec recalled that “Handel is a very vocal opponent to abortion due to her devout Christian faith,” adding – “she left as Vice President the Susan Koman Cancer Foundation in a stink because she was encouraging them to not fund Planned Parenthood…” Hamilton noted one of the key errors in the Democratic strategy.

The “DNC made a huge deal out of how important this election was to them. They should have kept that to themselves. [They] Kept bragging about Trump was going to hand this to them. This brought out all the Republican voters as well as the Dems who voted for Trump to vote against DNC.”

Hamilton detailed several tactical and strategic errors the Democrats made, including: “They ran a candidate who could not vote in his own district that he was running in. He lives two districts a way.  Bad, Bad, Bad move as [POTUS] Trump would say.”

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What this leaves the DNC with is an 0-4 record, in some cases after having spent huge sums of money in a local race.  Early estimates for this GA6 contest indicate it was the most money ever spent on a congressional race.  Hamilton tells MHProNews to expect to see more of Ossoff in the future, as this is the kind of candidate the DNC is looking to win with.

NBC News’ Chuck Todd has said that while the president doesn’t have a clear majority, he does have a clear polarity of voters, describing his followers a the biggest thing out there in politics today.

Michael Bloomberg – who has considered an independent run for the White House and leans left – has stated that at this point, President Trump is well on his way toward re-election in 2020.

But the current GOP in the House and Senate may – or may not – fare as well, unless they get some key legislative items like a publicly acceptable repeal and replace ObamaCare, and tax reform done.

Democrats are still trailing in fund-raising, so given a mixed mood about the Congress, a plurality for the president and the DNC in disarray, the next 18 months are up for grabs. ##

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First Time – Clinton Vs Trump Live on Cable TV Tonight – Forum Video

September 7th, 2016 Comments off

nbcnewscommanderinchiefforum-postedmastheadblogmhpronewsNBC News, along with their sister channel, MSNBC, will carry the first ever live “Commander in Chief” forum, Wednesday night at 8 PM ET.

With the polls tightening between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, this is being seen by pundits as a pre-debate that could yield clues on what to expect starting later this month in the formal debates hosted by the official presidential debate commission.

Once the NBC event is complete, if there is a video available, we plan to update this post with that video. Update…the candidates may appear separately, this will be updated tomorrow with some details.

Update – the video of the forum is posted below. Many of these videos begin with an ad that is not part of MHProNews’ sponsored content, these ads can often be skipped after a few seconds, as regular YouTube viewers know.

Note that conservative actor James Woods and an alleged tip from the NYPD has lit up the internet, with literally thousands of posts, claiming that Mrs. Clinton was wearing an ear piece during the live, NBC televised forum.  A search at 9:20 AM ET does not yet reveal a response from the Clinton campaign to the allegations that her handlers may have been coaching her during the event.  One article among thousands, that includes Woods’ tweets and photos, is linked here. Update: Fox News is reporting that the Clinton campaign is denying any use of an alleged earpiece, which the website True Pundit quoted unnamed New York police sources saying Clinton was wearing an “inductive earpiece” during the NBC forum hosted by Matt Lauer.

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For pre-event, Commander in Chief Forum related commentary, click here. Weekend Update: the various national and battleground state tracking polls are now in a virtual deadlock, routinely within the margin of error.

With just weeks to the debates, and less than 2 months to November 8, this is now a jump ball for either campaign’s race for the White House. ##

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22 Million Tune into GOP Convention; the Media Rundown 

July 21st, 2016 Comments off

Republican_National_Convention_2016__wsj_credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsNielsen Ratings reports during the 10 PM eastern time slot when Donald Trump’s wife Melania and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani were addressing the first night of the Republican National Convention, several cable news outlets raised their viewer audience substantially over four years ago, while one slipped in the ratings.

CNN’s average viewership more than doubled from the 1.47 million in 2012 to 294 million Monday night, while MSNBC posted a 35 percent increase over the last convention, nearly two million viewers, according to wsj.

Fox News slipped from 6.89 million viewers in 2012 to 6.35 million average the first night of the charged gathering, perhaps, as MHProNews understands, related to the expected ouster of Fox News founder and chairman, Roger Ailes. He has built the network into a conservative powerhouse over the last 20 years.

Among the broadcast networks during the 10 PM slot, NBC posted the highest number with an average viewership of 3.91. ABC was second with 3.64 million and CBS topped out at 2.69 million. The networks did not cover the first night of the 2012 Republican convention.

As unorthodox as Mr. Trump’s campaign style, so too was the first night in Cleveland: Trump’s elegant wife, Melania, addressed the crowd, borrowing a similar pair of phrases from current first lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic convention. (The speech writer has since offered to resign over the error, but Trump refused to accept her resignation.)

Additionally, reality star Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty, and one time pitchman for Clayton Homes, also spoke as did actor Scott Baio.

Moreover, traditionally, the party’s nominee does not appear until the last day of the convention. Trump appeared briefly to introduce his wife.

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Despite the Bashing, Hispanic Politicos Endorse Trump as Stronger than Clinton

July 19th, 2016 Comments off

Donald_Trump_cbsnews__credit postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsMHProNews has learned from washingtonpost a group of conservative Latino leaders who asserted they could never support Donald Trump because of his criticism of specific Hispanics, and his policy and rhetoric about minorities, have decided that he would be a stronger unifying force than Hillary Clinton.

We are not enamored with Donald Trump’s bombastic rhetoric and personality. But at least we know that Donald Trump won’t divide the country and fuel the flames of racial confrontation by accusing the police and the entire criminal justice system of being racist,” the group wrote. “We also know that Trump can better address the terrorist threat we face because, contrary to Clinton, he is willing to acknowledge and address its root cause: radical Islamic fundamentalism. And we also know that Trump will reverse the current over-regulation and excessive taxation of business which stifles economic growth and prevents the creation of well paid jobs.”

Trump says he will repeal Dodd-Frank, which should benefit manufactured home owners and professionals. He also has an interest in a modular home building operation.

This signals that the group, mostly current or former state party leaders and activists, recognizing the importance of sound business practices to their communities, is willing to forgo ethnicity and make party and ideology the primary considerations. However, it follows months of Trump bashing Mexicans as rapists, taking a swipe at Susanna Martinez, the nation’s only female Hispanic Governor, and calling U. S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is hearing a fraud case against Trump, biased because of his immigration policies. Curiel was born in Indiana.

Recent polls by Telemundo, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal reveal Trump has a 11 percent approval rating among Hispanics. Univisions poll indicates 77 percent have an unfavorable view of him, and 79 percent oppose the building of a wall between Mexico and the U. S..

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort said that Trump intends to make overtures to minority voters following the GOP convention. ##

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