recent column on the upcoming Democratic primary, he fails to mention the elephant in the news room. He gives Pawlowski some of the credit for the redevelopment of downtown, but doesn't specifically mention the NIZ and J.B. Reilly. This is a real omission, because Reilly now literally owns the Morning Call building, and most of the developable real estate in the NIZ. I see no relationship to the NIZ by Pawlowski. It was created by Pat Browne. I would bet that J.B. knew about the proposal long before Pawlowski. Although, it occurred on Pawlowski's watch, and they allowed him to cut a few ribbons, he was not involved in its inception or implementation. As proof of his irrelevance to the NIZ, not one of the FBI's accusations against the Pawlowski administration involve any NIZ projects.
I do not believe that Reilly owning the newspaper building in itself negates the paper's ability to deliver NIZ news. Another article on the NIZ in Thursday's paper spells out how Reilly received the overwhelming majority of the program's tax benefit toward his debt service. However, considering White's continuous defense of all things NIZ, a fuller disclosure was in order.