Friday, March 24, 2017

Spencer's Reply Shows He is Not a Leader

Or Both!

Council President Nero Spencer issued the following statement:

Mayoral Veto of #17-00186 Hiring of a Budget Analyst

Although requests have been made of me as Council President to provide an opinion on the Mayoral veto of the City Council’s action regarding the hiring of a Budget Analyst, I do not feel it is appropriate to do so at this time.

I believe that this matter may prove to be a complex legal issue requiring the advice and opinion of outside legal Counsel in order to assist the City Council in determining the appropriate course of action. I do not feel it is appropriate for me to unilaterally make such a decision without the majority consent of City Council.

I further believe this matter has the potential of far reaching implications that extend beyond the hiring of a Council Staff member. Thus, the City Council should address this issue as a body, not as individuals expressing individual opinions prior to a meeting of the entire Council. I will be submitting this item as an agenda item for discussion at the April 10, 2017 Agenda Conference.

Until such time as we meet, I will be making no further statement in an effort to avoid any appearance of a Sunshine violation.

Time to unpack it!

Although requests have been made of me as Council President to provide an opinion on the Mayoral veto of the City Council’s action regarding the hiring of a Budget Analyst, I do not feel it is appropriate to do so at this time.

Translation: I'm scared of leading, of making the Mayor mad or otherwise doing my job.  Maybe he's not made for this duty!!!

I believe that this matter may prove to be a complex legal issue requiring the advice and opinion of outside legal Counsel in order to assist the City Council in determining the appropriate course of action. I do not feel it is appropriate for me to unilaterally make such a decision without the majority consent of City Council.

Interpretation: A bit of information for President Nero, the Council must vote to override at its next meeting.  But he lives with Charter Mama, he knows that!!  That means the outside legal Counsel to assist the Council would be under the assumption that Council votes to ignore the Mayor's illegal veto and proceed with the hiring of the Budget Analyst.  

Spineless Spencer fiddles!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Assistant Fire Chief Case City Response

According to the PNJ, the City has filed its response to the Assistant Fire Chief lawsuit filed against the City and Ashton Hayward individually.

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2017/03/21/pensacola-files-response-second-fire-chief-suit/99453246/

I find it comical that the reason that the City requested and the plaintiffs agreed to release Wilkins, Sisson, Olson and Walsh from the suits is they were:
  • acting at all times under the direction of Ashton Hayward, their supervisor.
But the City states that Glover's dismissal was "legitimate and non-retaliatory in that plaintiff violated the employment policies of the city of Pensacola."

Ummm.....at all times Assistant Chief Glover was operating with the knowledge of and the direct instruction of his supervisor who himself never did anything outside the parameters of his job description at the time before Sisson changed it.

How come the City staff gets to use the"I was only following orders" excuse and it works but Chief Glover does not?

Which employee was in a paramilitary organization where orders and chain of command matter and which employees sit around all day sending pooch pictures on City time with City computers?

Ummmm. isn't the picture below alone a violation of employment policies of the City for which this supervisor was treated differently from Glover?

Motion DENIED!



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dottie Dubuisson Reporting

To be fair the conversation was about more than MardiGras parades. But a member of the city staff was there to provide information on how often Palafox was completely shut down. Reducing the number of closures was discussed. Discussion of alternate parade route; beads in trees and tree fund money for maintenance; weight of parade throws; regulations on parades established by organizers. Incomplete information was shared and real parties to the special events (organizers) were not there to discuss. Mayor did suggest charge more for Seville Square events to reduce use there, and direct to Maritime; alternate routes, supporting businesses that he encouraged to come downtown. John is right that context of conversations impacts statements. And it would have been better for topic to be widely advertised with organizers and historical participants made aware of meeting. I also believe special meeting time and location meant fewer attended in audience. It was a lovely affair with great coffee, fruit, muffins and downtown ambiance. Glad I was over my bug crud and able to go. Other important items were on agenda.
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So lets break this down.

To be fair the conversation was about more than MardiGras parades. It should be as it was a Board of Directors meeting.

But a member of the city staff was there to provide information on how often Palafox was completely shut down. Staff on Saturdays.  REMEMBER THEY CLOSE IT TO MAKE MONEY.

Reducing the number of closures was discussed.  Agree, stop the silly races no one goes to see.  

Discussion of alternate parade route; BAM!

beads in trees and tree fund money for maintenance; I don't think thats the intent of a tree fund, to remove beads

weight of parade throws; Really, Hayward and Peacock are the weight police for throws?

regulations on parades established by organizers. read this to be Hayward Crony regulations for Parade organizers

Incomplete information was shared and real parties to the special events (organizers) were not there to discuss. Perfect time for Hayward to cater to his supporters, when nobody is there to call him out

Mayor did suggest charge more for Seville Square events to reduce use there, and direct to Maritime; 
I have been recommending that for 6 years.  Remember, he is slow.

alternate routes, BAM!

supporting businesses that he encouraged to come downtown. one word SCOUT

John is right that context of conversations impacts statements. I'm sure it does.  Really shows the Mayors intent to please his peeps.

And it would have been better for topic to be widely advertised with organizers and historical participants made aware of meeting. Not better for Hayward and his inner circle of cronies

I also believe special meeting time and location meant fewer attended in audience. As it was meant to!

It was a lovely affair with great coffee, fruit, muffins and downtown ambiance. They do a great job there.

Glad I was over my bug crud and able to go. Me too Dottie, I'm glad someone independent was there.

Other important items were on agenda.  Thank You Dottie for your diligence.

Monday, March 20, 2017

FURTHER UPDATE: DIB...Where's the Agenda?

I was beginning to get to the evidence surrounding the Mayor's desires to change the Downtown parade route off of South Palafox.

So...I went to the DIB website to review the agenda for this Saturday morning meeting that His Royal Highness found it important to attend.

City Council...No!   DIB...Yes!

I went to this link and looked at past meetings.

https://downtownpensacola.com/meetings

I saw the meeting.  Saturday March 4 8am at SoGourmet.

Board of Directors Breakfast Meeting!  Fancy!

So...ever interested in transparency and information I clicked on the agenda.

Whaaaaaaat?

The agenda has been removed and replaced by an agenda to the March 14 PARKING AND TRAFFIC COMMITTEE MEETING.

UPDATE Now there is no link at all.  I guess we don't get either an agenda or the minutes.

Further Update:  Now the Agenda is up.  No mention of parade routes on the agenda.

BUT THE AGENDA STATES THE MEETING WAS TO BE HELD AT 8 PM.


8am or 8pm?  I love breakfast for dinner!!!!


Now the public record agenda that was in error for a meeting that occurred 16 days ago has been manipulated to reflect that the meeting was at 8am.  Can you legally change an agenda after the fact and after it has been approved by the Board as presented.

Someone once told me that changing a public record after the fact was illegal?

I'm sure Chairman Peacock will have an explanation.

Its always the cover up that gets ya!  teehehe

Safety on City Construction Site...Owens is in Trouble!
















What is thaaaaaaat?  Orange safety garland hanging from the posts?



























Check out that warning sign on the tiny post and the one foot fence.  Citizen safety is job ONE with Hayward!!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Only In Pensacola...Hayward Crawls Out of Bed to Suck Up to His Supporters!

Everyone in Pensacola loves Mardi Gras!  It is a celebration that includes everyone. Black, white, young, old, drunk, sober.  But this year may be the last year floats will parade down Palafox.

This year two Palafox business owners were not happy with the parades.  It made them sad!

So what did they do?

They called a three hour DIB meeting on Saturday to voice their concerns and complaints.

And one member of the DIB used their purchased influence with the Mayor to get him to come to the meeting...on a Saturday.

The Mayor that can't come to a City Council meeting during the work week, took his Saturday to attend a DIB meeting.

Once his royal highness heard the pleas of his patrons and financial backers, he made the following statement:

We may need to reevaluate the City's parade route to keep it off of south Palafox.

I understand the statement is on tape and I will post the audio of the gripe session when I receive it.

Over a hundred years of City tradition scrapped for the benefit a few upset Hayward patrons!

You see...Palafox exists for his people.  Maybe they will start charging admission to Palafox?

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spineless Spencer Sits and Spins

Rick Outzen is quoting Council President and Mayoral dreamer Brian Spencer doesn't know what to do about the Mayor's illegal veto.

http://ricksblog.biz/council-president-responds-to-veto/

“I need to give this some more thought and will seek a legal opinion on the validity of the veto. Thanks, Brian”

He has the Charter Mama right there by him and can't make a decision.

He has 5 days to do anything.  Council gave him a taste of leadership and he is failing miserably.

May need to change his name from Julius to Nero!