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Jeremy Hass Dies


Thursday, July 10, 2014
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Attorney Jeremy Hass, a passionate area historian long active in efforts to preserve the original fortress erected by Spanish colonialists in what would become downtown Santa Barbara, died 6/30 at age 78 of heart disease. Hass relentlessly lobbied elected politicians in Sacramento during the 1970s and 1980s for the funds necessary to acquire the properties that once composed the Presidio. In addition, he fought to have the project designated as a state park. Fierce and outspoken, Hass would do political combat with younger historians more focused on preserving Santa Barbara’s Chinese and Japanese pasts, and eventually the Presidio project would encompass aspects of all these overlaying pasts.

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Of all the lawyers I have worked with in my entire life, from DC to LA, San Francisco, Orange County (I am talking heavy weights), Jerry Hass was by far and away the most honest, straight, smart, caring, clever, a negotiator without equal, your bill was always a deal, a lawyer's lawyer, and he always told you the truth.

Over the years when I would engage a lawyer, I always compared them to Jerry, and they never matched him… ever. When he walked into the room he had an air about him that conveyed confidence and reasonableness and whenever he opened his mouth he spoke with such conviction that everyone knew he always said the right thing, what should be done.

He was fair!

This is an end of an era, Jerry was one of a kind, integrity like no other. I am saddened by the news and I send my sincerest condolences to his family and partners.

Rest in peace.

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 3:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh excuse me I thought the article said E Gerald Haws, I apologize.

contactjohn (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 3:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Good riddance!
It's men like this that turn SB into Disneyland. The Presidio "recreation" was a folly and never should have happened.

T6fi8CO (anonymous profile)
July 10, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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