Joseph P. Yeldell has a new car, a gray, 1977 Lincoln Continental that fost $11.758. It's hard to believe that this is the same man who is supposed to be so hard up forcash that his friends have been throwing fund raisers to help pay his legal bills.
Yeldell bought the car 1st month with the help of an $11,211 loan from the city employees credit union.Just about every workday now, it is parked outside the District Building right in front of the mayor's car (Yeldell's car is bigger). The Mayor's license in No. 1, Yeldell's is No. 11.
It was just a few months ago that friends and supporters of the former director of the D.C. Department of Human Resouces were throwing $5-per-head fund raisers at Foxtrappe to help Yeldell with his legal bills - believed to amount to several thousand dollars. The legal bills, in part were related to other instances in which a cash-short Yeldell had borrowed to get out of a financial squeeze.
In 1973 and again in 1976, Yeldell, then director of the DHR, had turned to parking lot owner Dominic Antonelli for help in obtaining loans totalling $54,500 in order to pay off mounting personal and business bills. According to sources, federal prosecutors have determined that Antonelli himself was the source of most of a $33,000 loan to Yeldell, while another $21,500 came from a bank in which Antonelli is a major stockholeder.
The loans came at about the same time Yeldell's agency was ponderin g decisions affection Antonelli's financial interests. The decision that were subsequently made by DHR turned out to be financially beneficial to Antonelli.
So now the Antonelli-Yeldell connection has become the subject of a federal investigation which is trying to determine if there is reason to believe, bluntly said, that Nick Antonelli bribed Joe Yeldell.
Yeldell won't say anything about his new car or his legal bills. He says his personal finances are HIS business and he doesn't put his business in the street - much less in the newspaper.
Charlotte Chapman, who has helped to organize the fund raisers, won't say precisely how much money has been raised - "more than $1.000" - but will say that none of the money has yet been given to Yeldell. What about this new car, She's asked? The answer. "I dont' know anything about that.
The first time city council member Wilhelmaina Rolark decided to take matters into her won hands at the District Building, she declared squatter's rights on some newly vacated office space and wound up withsome of the most roomy and convenient quarters of any of the council's 13 members.
Last week he sometime assertive coucil member from ward eight tried he had again, but this thime the outcome was not quite the same.
It all began, as Rolark tells it, while she was out shopping and found out from a friend that Council Chairman Sterling Tucker was having a meeting later that day with the representatives of dozen-plus agencies to which the city funnels more than $12 million a year into federal job training funds. Tucker has been probing operations of the Manpower Program for several months.
Rolark said she was "insulted" to first hear about this meeting in front of a supermarket instead of in a memo from the council chairman. She is chairman of the council's Employment and Economic Development Committee, and the job training porgrams fall within her domain.
"Let it be secret to all the other council member, but make it open to me because it's my area, she said.
Rolark quickly called a press conference to announce that she was inviting herself to the meeting and apparently angered Tucker by inviting the press as well. the press included her husband, Calvin, who is publisher of the Washington Informer, a weekly newspaper, and president of the United Black Fund.
Rolark, with some members of the press corps in tow, then marched into Tucker's office. But the chairman said he wouldn't discuss his actions with her in the presence of reporters. So Rolark then invited the press otu.
Tucker then said she could attend the meeting, but Rolark refused to in unless the reporters were invited as well. The agency representatives didn't go for that so theyinvited the press out. Rolark couldn't buy that approach so whe didn't go to the meeting .
It all had a funny kind of ring to it,. especially towards the end when Roalrdstood in the hall speaking into a radio reporters microphone answering questions being put to her by her husband.
They're finally going to put some brand new, fully automatic electors in the District Building.But it's going to cost *343,000 and for the nest year elevator service at city hall will be cut in half.
The 12 month time projection might suggest that the project is being done as an on-the-job training program for high school students. But not so, says Sam Starobin, director of the citys Department of General Services.
"Thats the length of time that is needed for rebuilding elevators practically from scratch,"Starobin said. The foru elevators now in city hall came with the building, so that makes them about 71 years old, according to Starobin.
Starobin may be right about the porfessional nature of the job. You should see the big hole thethey've already knocked in the ceiling inside the mayors's office.