From today's Chicago Tribune:
[Planned Parenthood/Chicago Area CEO Steve] Trombley conceded Planned Parenthood was coy during the application process because it did not want to tip off its opponents while the clinic was under construction. But Trombley denied Planned Parenthood ever defrauded or deceived the city. "In no way did we deviate from the letter of the law," he said....
When Gemini told the city it was unsure who its tenant would be, that was technically true at the time because the decision had not yet been made as to because which entity related to Planned Parenthood would occupy the building, Trombley said.
First, Trombley spoke as if Gemini were in charge (Gemini "owner," PP "tenant"), when in fact, it is the other way around. PP owns Gemini. Trombley told the LA Times August 31...
... Gemini, a limited liability partnership, was set up to mask Planned Parenthood's involvement to keep protesters away while the $7.5-million clinic was being built.
"It should be evident... why we did that," Trombley said. "This land was zoned for medical services. The city didn't ask what type of medical services."
Trombley can now try, but there's no avoiding boneheaded things he has said on the public record, the classic, of course, being, "Frankly, I'm surprised we were able to keep it a secret for so long."
It's straightforward. PP created Gemini. Now, according to Trombley, that Aurora didn't connect the dots is its own fault for not investigating Gemini or scouring public notices in other cities' newspapers.
Further, in court documents PP filed yesterday it called Gemini "a wholly owned affiliate."
Also according to those court documents, "In 2002, PPCA began planning for a new medical facility to provide services in Chicago's western suburbs... Ultimately PPCA obtained a parcel of land... in Aurora."
But PP didn't create Gemini until it was needed for concealment. See Gemini's incorporation papers here, filed with the state on April 24, 2006 (click to enlarge):
According to FOIAd documents, Gemini's first construction permit was filed July 27, 2006 (click to enlarge):
(Kathleen M. Howard, photo right, is a Perkins Coie attorney, PP's legal consultant per tax returns.)
And what did Trombley mean by saying they didn't "technically" lie about the occupant because they weren't sure "which [PP] entity" that would be?
PP only has two entities: expresses and mills. Expresses don't commit abortion and don't have surgical suites, and mills do commit abortions and do have surgical suites.
And PP/Gemini were flummoxed about that throughout the process of constructing a medical building containing surgical suites? Give me a break.
[HT: John Jansen of PLAL for Gemini incorporation papers]