Friday, July 21, 2017

Budget Lies About Citizen Input

Barker's budget is full of downright lies.  Here is the biggest lie of all.

Page 376

The final deadline for all City departments to submit their budget packages for the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget to the Budget staff was February 27, 2017. During this time the Mayor reached out to Council Members and requested their priorities for the upcoming budget. The deadline for these priorities was February 13, 2017. Additionally during this time, public input meetings were held to allow the public to participate in the development of the budget.

Public input?  Pants on Fire!!!!!



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Barker's Bo-Bo Budget...His Attention to Detail Is Impressive...NOT

In round one of my 2018 Budget review for the Citizens, I would like to point out the complete lack of attention to the cookie cutter process the City of Pensacola Budget staff and Tricky Dick Barker really put into this important document.

Barker likes to tout his budget awards, but those awards are for form over substance.

Case in point.

On pages 445-450 Barker and the Bo-Bo brigade, detail the City of Pensacola's official Investment Policy to the worlds financial community.

That policy states in 4 places:

Repurchase agreements shall only be entered into with the City’s primary depository, Wachovia Bank National Association (N.A.), which is also identified as a qualified public depository.

The City has entered into only one Master Repurchase Agreement. Wachovia Bank National Association (N.A.), the City’s primary depository, holds the contract.

At this time the Sweep agreement is dormant. On August 1, 2001, the Financial Service Department changed its venue for daily investment of surplus funds. Surplus funds are being invested in a First Union product entitled “Public Funds Now”.

NOTE: Due to the September 4, 2001 merger of First Union Corporation and Wachovia Corporation, the name “First Union National Bank” has been replaced with “Wachovia Bank National Association (N.A.)” in this policy to be consistent with the November 18, 2002 name change. 

News Flash Dick....

In 2008, Wells Fargo & Company acquired Wachovia Corporation to create North America’s most extensive distribution system for financial services

https://www.wellsfargo.com/about/corporate/wachovia/

2008 Dick!  10 Years Dick!  Way to go Dick!

Barker has not made any effort to update or correct the City's Investment Policy since 2010.

First Union and Wachovia are no longer in existence, but Captain Detail continues to burp out the same ridiculous garbage to the capital markets about how the City invests its funds.

Lot's more to come!!

Budget




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Since the Mayor Won't Let His Staff Present the Budget...I Will Point Out Some Interesting Items

Rick Outzen posted that the City staff will not be presenting anything regarding the budget in person for the first time in....ever.

http://ricksblog.biz/city-of-pensacola-shuts-public-out-of-budget/

The City has historically held budget workshops where department heads detail their budgets and give Council and the Public a chance to ask questions and understand the current operations of the departments.

"Transparent" Hayward has killed this important report to Council and the Citizens.  Once again, he proves that he is all words, smiles and photos and has no substance.

I will take this opportunity to share my own budget high lights over the coming weeks...with no opportunity for Tricky Dick to do anything but take it!

Check back regularly and see the budget items the Mayor and his CFO don't want you to know!

Game on!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Pensacola Whitewash...Lots of Questions but No One is Asking

Late Friday the news broke that Pensacola Police Chief Tommi Lyter's wife had been arrested for keying the car of a "victim" at the Fish House.

Read the PNJ article again.

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2017/07/14/ppd-chiefs-wife-arrested-allegedly-keying-car-fish-house/481294001/

The victim?

Read the WEAR piece.

http://weartv.com/news/local/ppd-chiefs-wife-arrested-for-allegedly-keying-car

The victim?

But WKRG, who evidently didn't get the memo to cover up the issue, ran the arrest report which identifies the "Victim"

https://mgtvwkrg.files.wordpress.com/2017/07/17-006660-arrest-report.pdf

So who is the victim...Angela Rockstad.  Angela Rockstad of the PFD.

Victim by definition is a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action.

Is Mrs. Lyter also the victim in this ongoing matter?

Questions the Press will never ask:
  • Why would Mrs. Lyter key her car?
  • Rockstad stated "that Brenda Lyter has a history of animosity towards her".  Why?
  • What did Rockstad do to Mrs. Lyter to earn her animosity?
  • Why did the press not publish the victim's name and dig into why this happened?
  • What is the nature of the relationship between Rockstad and both the Chief and Mrs. Lyter?
  • Where was a quote of support for his wife from the Chief?
  • Where was the Chief when this occurred?
Palafox Two Step...move along nothing to see here.




Friday, July 14, 2017

Ever Want to Know How Sausage is Made?

Below is a link to the Budget Manual used by the City staff to "develop" the annual city budget.  When you break it all down, the system pre-populates with what was the budget last year.

So what's wrong with that?

Anyone remember the "20 Solutions for 2011" hoohaa that the Mayor said were the foundations of his Administration?

Under "Taking Action" one of his promises was:

Prioritize the City's Spending of Revenues, moving from the current budgetary approach, to a "near-zero-based" budgetary approach, requiring all budget allocations to undergo a justification process.

If your own budget guideline manual says on page 6:

FY 2017 Operating Expense - Each department/division will be provided with the same operating budget as Fiscal Year 2016, less the Technology Resources Cost Allocation, Liability costs and one-time expenses, in an Eden Budget Document. No forms will be required for the base operating.

https://www.scribd.com/document/353764019/FY17-Budget-Prep-Manual

No forms will be required for base operating?
Does that sound Zero Based to you?
Does that sound like "all budget allocations to undergo a justification process"?

Hayward is just a bunch of words, pictures, smiles and empty promises.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

CMPA to Waste $125,000 on a Sign!!

Only in Pensacola!
  • Build a gorgeous park for the Citizens!
  • Let Judy Bense and UWF skip out on their promised investment!
  • Whine about how it doesn't make money.
  • Chase your major tenant for every penny.
  • Mismanage the facility and attract no paying events to the park.
  • Deny leases for parcels unrented in years.
  • Wait over 5 years and then what....
Decide to Pay over $125,000 for a sign that will:
  • sit on the road where it can be seen...No!
  • have a message board to sell advertisements...Not in Julius Spencer's town 
No...Sit in the grass on the far side of a pond in the shadow of the only major building!

Brilliant!!




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Peeling Back the "Independent" Fire Investigation

Remember the Fire Chief investigation?

Well often times as the smoke settles, what really happened becomes clearer to all.

Remember how Beggs & Lane was an "independent firm"?
How Russell Van Sickle was "independent" in his work?

Well lets peel back the onion on the independence of the investigation.

I have already shown that billing records indicate that Russell Van Sickle worked on other maters for the City, including:

  • Reviewing Eric Olson's employment agreement
  • Reviewing Tamara Fountain's employment issues

https://www.scribd.com/document/312773146/B-L-Invoices

But billing records also indicate another attorney worked on the fire investigation:

TLD

Who is TLD?  A very nice lady named Terrie L. Didier.

Billing records indicate that Ms. Didier worked at least 4.8 hours on the fire chief investigation:

  • Review and make suggestions regarding investigative report.  

1st District Court of Appeals records reflect the following cases where she has directly represented the City of Pensacola:


16-412109/14/2016Merrill Land, LLC, a Florida Limited Liability Company, v. The City of Pensacola, a Florida Municipal Corporation, and



16-248105/31/2016The City of Pensacola v. Seville Harbour, Inc.,


13-67102/12/2013Stephen Rhodes v. City of Pensacola and


11-669712/15/2011City of Pensacola Fire v. Christopher Eadler



She may be nice, but she is NOT INDEPENDENT.  She is the City's attorney.  In fact two of the above cases, she represented the City AGAINST FIREMEN.

Finally, in the Beggs & Lane contract with the City she is directly listed as an attorney for the City.

See page 3

Potential Deposition questions for TLD and RFV:
  • What changes did she "recommend"?
  • Who asked her to get involved?
  • Does she consider herself independent from the City? In fact?  In appearance?