Ross said during the next few years, to Katzs dismay, she cast several votes that didnt go Katzs way.
In July 2011, the city began investigating whether Katz improperly lobbied commissioners. Ross wrote that Katz provided her a canned letter saying he hadnt lobbied her and aggressively told me to sign it. I signed it only because I wanted him to leave me alone. However, the fact is that he did lobby me.
About that time, Ross said, she began to suspect Katz knew about the photos.
I hoped that I was wrong but my gut and a sick feeling in my stomach told me I could have a problem on my hands, Ross wrote.
Ross also said she agreed in April 2011 to appoint Katz to the citys charter review committee. She said she had a sick feeling because he was pressuring me to vote to appoint him and feeling guilty because Katz had submitted her admittedly untruthful letter saying he hadnt lobbied her. The city eventually fined Katz $750 after then-Mayor Rodriguez said Katz had in fact lobbied him. Hes refused to pay.
Ross said Katz then expressed interest in serving on the citys financial advisory committee and in January, she again voted for him, feeling scared once again of what would happen if I did not do what he obviously wanted me to do.
On Aug. 12, Ross said, she agreed to meet Katz at dinner. I felt scared that he would be angry if I didnt agree.
Days earlier, the commission had failed by a 2-2 vote to name former Mayor Taylor to finish the term of Commissioner Bill Orlove, whod resigned in July. Ross and Commissioner Steven Holzman were the opposing votes.
At dinner, she said, Katz sat across from me and said, Why will you not vote for Jerry? I dont understand it. Very menacing.
And, she said, his body language scared me. Im like, Im so glad Im in a public place, because if he had got me alone, I really thought he could hurt me physically.
At the commissions Aug. 21 meeting, Ross and Holzman voted against appointing Katz to the citys Planning and Development Board and the vote failed 2-2.
That night, and again on Sept. 4, Ross and Holzman again opposed naming Taylor to the commission seat, and the effort again failed 2-2.
Earlier in the Sept. 4 meeting, during public comment, Katz said several government agencies were following leads about transmittal of messages and pictures between elected officials and convicted felons. Rogelio Vera served time in federal prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Then, Katz said, Whatever consequences theyre concerned with if they vote in favor of his appointment, they will pale into insignificance as to the ones that would come otherwise.
Ross said she interpreted the comment to mean that she could pay dearly for not supporting Taylor.
In her statement, Ross wrote, At that point, I knew for sure that DK David Katz really does know about the private photos!
And, she said, I have been feeling physically and emotionally sick since I had to hear Katz speak those words. I have anxiety and I have been losing a lot of sleep. Sometimes the harassment by Katz is all I can think of.
In the interview, investigator Michelle Romagnoli told Ross, Im assuming, then, that you put up with this because you fear that he will, you know, look into every little bit and piece of your life, your personal life, and expose you to some kind of ridicule or whatever, and thats why you continue to put up with his persistence. Ross answered, yes, yes.
But, investigator Robert Flechaus asked, so basically, again, up to this point, nobodys extorting anybody. Just a bunch of phone calls. Ross: a lot of phone calls, yes.
And, the photos havent been brought out, Flechaus said. What else does he have, or what are you concerned about, where he can continue to harass you, influence you, or push you into a corner to get you to do things for him?
Ross, whos out by term limits in 2014, said, Im somebody who can have a political future beyond this. And Ive already been tainted.