Friday, October 9, 2015

Email Fan Letters to the Mayor

When you get a public records request, the truth is not always as good as you read in Upwards.  The emails below from Citizens to the Mayor show that all is not perfect in Hooville and even his supporters are jumping ship due to him and the actions of his administration.

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>>Eric Olson should have apologized to Melanie Nichols for trying to stifle a citizen's right to speak freely, her constitutional right in case we have forgotten.  Instead he chose to apologize to the public for being "misperceived"   Arrogant acts like this don't help you accomplish the good things we know you want to be remembered for as mayor.   A simple and direct apology would go a long way.  

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>> Dear Ashton,
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>> As early and strong supporters of your political campaigns, we have been enthusiastic about the growth of Pensacola generally in the right direction.   Things are vastly different than they were when we arrived here twenty years ago, and we're excited about developments on the way. 
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>> However, recent actions by your administration are disturbing and mar this generally good record. 
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>> Most recent and egregious is the outrageous effort by Eric Olson to go to Melanie Nichols' boss and complain about her sending emails to city staff.  Intimidation is the wrong way to do things, and this was a naked effort to intimidate a citizen advocating for her community.  You should terminate Mr. Olson immediately.  To not do so means you accept his behavior, which we hope you don't. 
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>> You are trying to emphasize transparency in our local government, but there seems to be a lack of real transparency in real world situations.  We hope this can change. 
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>> Thanks again for your hard work on behalf of our great city.  All the best to you and your family. 

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> Mayor Hayward,
> I could have sworn that you would have made the offer to sit down and talk to me. The system is broken and there will be more turmoil until you fix it.
> I intentionally lost it at the end of my 3 minutes. I wanted to show you and the Council the MOOD of the public in attendance. You are dealing with a very hostile crowd.
> I will be back at City Council for my 3 minutes until I am finally given the explanation I deserve.

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>>I would like to know since the Mayor's office is a public office, working for the City of Pensacola, can I get any and all information that I request? I too would like to know who forgave the fines to the developer for University Heights. And here is the reason why..............those are dots, see if you can connect them. I will start at the bottom and go up the ladder. The attorney for the developer of University Heights is Kerrie Anne Schultz. Ms. Schultz is a partner with Kenneth R. Fountain at Fountain, Schultz & Associates, in Navarre, Florida. Mr. Kenneth Fountain is married to Tamara Fountain who worked with the Mayor until just recently. Now, most married couples will share with one another what happened during their day at work. I'm thinking that Mr. & Ms. Fountain talked about their day, as Ms. Schultz talked to Mr. Fountain since they are both attorneys and licensed real estate agents. Up until the minute that Ms. Fountain left the mayors office, there was a hugh CONFLICT OF INTEREST. As usual, we the people were not heard. If you think that I am wrong with my reasoning, let me know, I'm a big girl and can take what comes my way. NOW, another issue: I had a visit from Latasha Buchanan well over a month ago. Ms. Buchanan said she would get back to me as soon as she found out why the trash is still sitting outside of the two houses across from me. All I can say is the city works mighty slow to their advantage or is it to the developer or maybe The Fountains advantage??? Either one, the trash is still outside. I don't care who owns the property across the street, I want the trash removed. I now live in the HOOD. I know that there is a law against trash being left in the front yard, on the porch, etc . I would suggest that the Mayor pick up the phone and make a call. That is all it will take.

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Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 8:00 AM
To: Ashton Hayward
Subject: Recent city events

City government seems to be out of control! Just to refresh my memory on why I voted for you, could you please repost your resume?






4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been hearing deragotory things about the mayor since he was first elected. Still, he was reelected for a second term and continues to stay in power because NO ONE does anything to take him out of office. If there are a multitude of people that are sincerely dissatisfied with him, then why aren't they approaching city council? Why aren't they making their voices heard? Is there some sort of legislative or political procedure keeping them from acting upon their concerns, or speaking up during city council mtgs.? If no one is going to take a stand, then we need to leave him alone. I think that we all know what kind of person he is, but what good does this knowledge do if it can't be acted upon? I'm ready to vote the idiot out, but I am not well versed in politics or the legalities of the charter to try and start some sort of mission to empeach him by myself. It's apparent to anyone that has watched a city council mtg. that our mayor is a complete clown whose vocabulary is limited to only a few words. Still, we all complain, whine about his unethical behavior, gasp when we hear about the most recent allegation, and nothing happens. He continues to parade around town with his spiked up hair and fancy ascots taking selfies with whatever minority looks willing and helpful. I look forward to the day that I sit at city hall and watch that self absorbed narcissist be escorted out; however, I will no longer listen to anymore negative banter about him or add my oppinion to conversations that do our city good at all. If I ever hear of a petition to take this goldfish brained nit-wit out of power then I'll be the first one to sign. Until then......no comment.

Anonymous said...

Keep up the great work Maren and hopefully, our State's Attorney will file an investigation into all this mess with the Mayor and the Governor can remove him from office and put him in jail where he belongs. Surely all these no-bid contracts to his friends and business partners are illegal.

Anonymous said...

So, based on your feedback, the only options available are full and immediate revolution or shutting the f%&k up?

Sadly, it doesn't work that way. Relentless pursuit of the truth and exposing the small and large injustices will create the narrative that residents of Pensacola will take into the election booth the next time they go to vote.

Anonymous said...


The residents of Pensacola cannot take ANYTHING into the election both because there are never any choices in the election booth. No one of any substance ran against Hayward last time because no one could raise the kind of money that Hayward was getting from Fred Levin, Bob Kerrigan, Roads, Inc., and the rest of the beneficiaries of his administration. The goons sitting on the city council rarely have any opposition in the election booth.

It is rare that a city election draws more than 25% of the citizens of Pensacola. The population is composed of the poverty stricken and the transient, none of whom keep up with "small and large injustices." Oh, but the Haywardites do show up and vote.