Officials of the Zoe Christian Center, Ventura County's primary homeless shelter, this week denied allegations that they had withheld financial records requested by the 1988-89 Ventura County Grand Jury.
"It's outrageous," said Zoe founder Fred Judy. "I can't believe the grand jury would make a statement like that. We always open our records to anybody. All our donors have to do is request our financial statement and we'll give it to them. If the grand jury asked for our statement, we would have given it to them too."
Judy, who said he was baffled by the grand jury's statement, said jurors contacted him once last year for "an update on the organization" and its plans, but did not request financial records. "Traditionally, they've always been real supportive, so I can't understand why they would come out with a statement like that," Judy said.
But Leonard Harris, foreman of the grand jury, which ended its yearlong tenure this week, said: "I have it well-confirmed that the report as written is absolutely correct--that, yes, he was asked and, no, he did not comply."