Only since suit has been filed has Dr Joseph paid anything. The first trial date was cancelled when Dr Joseph claimed that the envelope given to him by the process server was empty.
Trial was held in Judge Alberto C. Lamorena III courtroom on the second floor. The owner sued both for back rent and the eviction of Wise Owl Animal Hospital from the building as Dr Joseph was in default of the lease terms. On 4 August 2016 came the decision - CV0949-15;CV1182-15 Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law (PDF) - evicting Wise Owl Animal Hospital from the premises within 30 days. At least this will end the nonsense of having the building deemed a Rabies Quarantine Facility, moreso since his spear carrier in the Legislature, Rory Respicio, lost his seat.
As to being off-island until 8 September, Agriculture Department records list HCs signed by Dr Joel Joseph on 31 August, two days after the hearing. No doubt Dr Joel Joseph misrepresented to his attorney that he was off-island. Otherwise Todd Thompson would be party to perpetrating a fraud upon the court.
The building is indeed being renovated (right interior, left interior, rear exterior)*. Unfortunately it's not being done legally. Dr Joel Joseph failed to submit renovation plans to the Department of Public Works (DPW) and obtain a building permit. Anyone who rails against GovGuam corruption as much as Dr Joseph does should at least appear to obey the law themselves. One of his main contractors, David Diggs, lacks a contractor's license. David's also facing charges from an 15 July 2016 incident:
"David Ray Diggs, 50, was charged with terrorizing as a third-degree felony with special allegation of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, and disorderly conduct as a petty misdemeanor."
A DPW inspector went to job site on Wednesday 31 August, found no building permit posted or applied for, and issued a Stop Work order. A second inspection found work in progress despite that order. Two weeks later Dr Joseph finally submitted the required paperwork and work resumed. The penalty for renovations without a permit and resuming work with a Stop Work order in place? DPW doubled the filing fee.
Since the August 2015 status hearing, Dr Joel Joseph has been granted monthly extensions by Tri-Mani LLC while the new building is readied. Wise Owl must be hemorrhaging cash as both the old and new buidings have large rent payments ($6200 a month alone for the old), the new building required an expensive renovation, and, most tellingly, he's been late on payroll a few times.
21 GCA, Chapter 61
§ 61531. Automobile Parking Space.
(g) For professional and business offices, and public administration offices, one (1) parking space for each four hundred (400) square feet or portion thereof of floor area;According to their web site, Wise Owl employs 2 veterinarians and 32 receptionists, technicians, and kennel assistants. Allowing for 3/4 of the 32 non-veterinarian employees to be half-time (20 FTE total), the requirements above call for a minimum of 25 parking spaces. One look at the frontage shows that the building has room for perhaps 8 spaces. A complaint has been filed with DPW urging that they withhold the Occupancy Permit until a conformant parking plan has been implemented.
(h) For offices and clinics of healing arts, at least five (5) spaces for each practitioner;
(i) For hospitals and nursing homes, at least one (1) space for each two (2) beds;
(j) Three (3) spaces for every four (4) employees;
(k) To the extent practicable, each of the Subsections (a) through (j) shall provide at least one (1) marked parking space for use by bicycles equipped with a motor and motorcycles;
(l) Total parking requirements will be a total of all applicable elements in Subsections (a) through (k);
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