Your reporter (Tracy) Wilkinson wrote an article about the criminal arraignment of a Santa Monica developer, Abby Sher, in connection with events surrounding her Edgemar museum-restaurant complex on Main Street. (Times, Jan. 15.) On Jan. 29, you printed a letter from the museum director, Thomas Rhoads. Rhoads' letter attempted to "correct some factual errors" in the Wilkinson article, regarding the relationship between this developer, Edgemar and the museum.
Rhoads went to some length to draw a distinction between Sher's business dealings and the operations of the museum, objecting to Wilkinson's use of the term "private museum," and commenting that "in fact, the museum is a separate entity from Edgemar." However, Rhoads neglected to inform the readers of the following:
As late as Jan. 31, "Museum Director" Rhoads and "Founder/Vice President of SMMoA Board of Trustees" Sher shared the same business address (1333 Ocean Ave.), same mailbox slot, office space and staff (Janet Baetz).
The "fact sheet" Edgemar handed out to interested parties gave the same phone number to contact for "information regarding Edgemar/Santa Monica Museum of Art."