Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Pulse is weak! No new advertisers, dwindling content!

I checked in on Derek & Drew's excellent adventure known as the Pulse.  Well, it appears the Pulse is weak.

  • No new advertisers (just Buchanan's Pedicab business and another business run from the same building since Day 1)
  • Minimal posts
  • Minimal tweets
  • A lot of press releases
It's been a month.  Do we need to get the paddles ready?

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

349 LLC being Called To Task over Hallmark Code Violations

The Mayor and Fred Levin's Hallmark Elementary School owned in 349 LLC is coming before the Code Enforcement Authority on October 6, 2015.

Will either Mr. Levin or the Mayor attend to discuss their property and whether rats are being harbored?

How can leaders in this community require code enforcement hearings to bring their property into compliance?

http://cityofpensacola.com/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/10062015-1044

levin-vigodksy-and-mayor


Monday, September 28, 2015

Jerry Pate's Landscaping At Airport and Davis COMING OUT!

Looks like ole' Steve Dana and Jerry Pate got some 'splainin' to do regarding the Moulton's Project at Airport and Davis.

Last week, Jim Moulton sent the letter below to FDOT stating that all of the landscaping in the FDOT right of way would be removed and replaced by sod.

Link to Moulton Letter

Good thing Jerry Pate owns a sod farm also!!




Friday, September 25, 2015

Jerry Pate's Landscaping Violations at Davis and Airport?

When you are Jerry Pate in the City of Pensacola, I guess rules just don't apply to you?

It appears that Pate's company is doing the landscaping for the project at the corner of Davis Highway and Airport Blvd.

If you drive by the site, you will notice a sidewalk coming down Davis Highway to a nice ADA compliant transition to the cross walk across Airport Blvd.  After the crosswalk, pedestrians are greeted on the other side of the street by another nice ADA compliant transition DIRECTLY INTO A FLOWER BED.

The Intersection even has crossing signals into the flowerbed!!!!

This is new construction in the City.  Who permitted this plan?

Steve Dana of Vision Pensacola may want to stop worrying about the "legacy bridge" and maybe, just maybe, worry about the projects his client's are paying him for.

Who at the City is allowing this?
Has FDOT been informed?
Does Jerry Pate, Mayor's travel buddy and former No-Bid City Approved Owner's Representative on construction projects think this is OK?

What will they do to remedy this?


Thursday, September 24, 2015

Gannett Shines Statewide Light on Hayward Corruption Investigation

Gannett published an editorial today statewide on new efforts to fight public corruption.  The article discusses the effort and notes that all State Attorneys signed on to fight public corruption.

Some may have signed it but really didn't mean it.

The article states:

"Without change, the news — and costs — will continue.

In Escambia County – where four commissioners were arrested in 2003 for bribery and racketeering — the mayor of Pensacola has been under investigation for handing no-bid landscaping contracts to a friend."

The push for harsher laws on public corruption uses our Mayor as the example.  We should be soooooo proud of our Mayor!

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2015/09/23/cut-floridas-corruption-tax/72717068/

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2015/09/24/cut-floridas-corruption-tax/72720354/

http://www.news-press.com/videos/opinion/corruption-bill/2015/09/23/72681612/

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/opinion/columnists/matt-reed/2015/09/24/cut-floridas-corruption-tax/72695672/

Watch the ENTIRE video at the links.  Excellent!!

The video discusses making laws that make what the Mayor admitted to stronger so that prosecutors can get convictions and send people to prison.

It discusses the Mayor's investigation at 1:10 in the video.  Is he the statewide poster boy for corruption legislation?

There are hundreds of thousands of people reading the above links today all thinking the same thing about Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward.

Pensacola, the Upside of Corruption?

Bet the Governor's staff reads it.
Bet the republican presidential candidates staffs reads it.

Way to go Mayor!




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Haywards Folly's...Legal Edition

Here are links to just some of the cases the City is defending itself against due to its own actions:
  • Fish House / Seville Harbour vs. City of Pensacola
    • Full of high power attorneys - got to be $2,000-$3,000 in attorneys fees for a half hour hearing.
    • Bruce Partington, Clark Partington Hart.  Bruce swore the Mayor in back in 2011 and rendered legal opinions on behalf of the Mayor but now is representing Russenberger against the Mayor. 
    • Robert Emmanuel, Emmanuel Sheppard & Condon is watching out for the Merrill's interests in the matter.
    • Ed Fleming, McDonald Fleming.  Ed used to represent the CMPA now he has joined the team against Hayward.  From what I have heard about Ed in court, City may want to settle.
    • James N. Daniel, Beggs & Lane.  I hear that the monthly retainer for Beggs & Lane is rather sporty these days.  Daniel should name a new boat, Tax Dollars or Ashton's Troubles!  Which should it be?
    • Bob Kerrigan, KERM&T.  Every contract case needs a personal injury attorney. Right?
    • Eric Stevenson - The DUI guy is protecting Rick Outzen's interests in the case.  I wonder if it gives him access to documents?
    • Sooner or later according to the docket, video depositions are coming to a screen near you.  Should be fun!
    • http://www.escambiaclerk.com/xml/xmlBM.asp?ucase_id=2011972
  • Bill Reynolds vs. City of Pensacola
  • Eric Frank  vs. City of Pensacola
    • Class action against the City for billing franchise fees to City residents through Pensacola Energy.
    • Gulf Breeze Mayor Matt Dannheisser, in his unofficial capacity as a private attorney, for the plaintiffs against the City.
    • Mayor Ashton Hayward served on August 11, 2015.
    • Bet Tricky Dick Barker got some 'splainin' to do!
    • http://www.escambiaclerk.com/xml/xmlBM.asp?ucase_id=2133296
With this many depositions to be conducted in a short time frame, maybe we will get to what really happens inside City Hall.

I understand video depositions can be brutal due to the expressions and nuances that video captures that a transcript will not.

I will find Barker's video from my charter complaint and show you just how bad a video deposition can go!



Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Mayor and his Jelly

Recently, a Hayward family member was stopped at the TSA checkpoint for attempting to carry a jar of jelly through security.

This is a clear violation if the item is over 3.5 ounces.

prohibited-items-see-food-tab

Mayor Hayward arrived and immediately began telling everyone who he was and threatening to have people fired.

He would not accept the explanation given by the volunteer at pre-security and demanded to know the the TSA agent's name.  When that didn't work, Mayor Big Dog demanded to speak with the supervisor. 

Mayor Hayward made a dash for the gate exit area, then thought better of breaking the law and began yelling again to see a supervisor;  Who again explained the TSA guidelines and the law that applies to ALL.

And all this over a jar of jelly,  No exceptions Mr. Mayor...not even for you. 

Good news is Mr. Mayor...you get to keep the jelly.



Monday, September 21, 2015

Kerrigan Takes another Swipe at Studer

In another swipe at Quint Studer, Bob Kerrigan, the real Mayor of Pensacola, shows his contempt for the man who has funded most of the successes his boy Hayward touts as his "downtown renaissance"

https://maritimepark.wordpress.com/2015/09/18/quints-new-candy-store/

Maybe its all those bars and restaurants on Palafox that are making people fat.  Call out John Peacock of the DIB Bob!  Ban gallery nights Bob!  Sue those restaurants Bob!

Surely those delicious duck fat fries at Hopjacks can't be good for you?

Where are the Mayor's minions on Bob's blog saying he is negative, saying he is meanspirited.

Crickets!

Who licked the sweet off your candy Bob?  You need some candy. Too bad...




Friday, September 18, 2015

HR Update...Unions see Sisson's answers as "less than accurate"

In an email to "Directors" below, City Chief Human Resource Officer Ed (Alphabet Soup) Sisson makes the following statement:

"The union representative may be present merely to act as a witness for the employee and does not right to ask questions during the meeting."

My union peeps provided me with their interpretation of the roles and rights of the Union Rep in investigative sessions.  Needless to say, it is different from Ed and Jose's version.

"While a Representative cannot turn a disciplinary meeting into an adversarial confrontation, the representative is there to provide assistance and counsel to the employee. Cases suggest that an employer would violate the right to union representation by insisting on the representative remaining silent."




























Has Jose been whispering inaccurate information in Ed's ear in the car? You can't always trust a basset hound. He doesn't have the letters you do Ed.






















From: Edward Sisson [mailto:ESisson@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 4:46 PM
To: Directors 
Subject: Questions from Key Management Meeting Answered....

Hello and Happy Friday Colleagues,

During this month’s key management meeting, there were three questions I was asked during the presentation that I did not have the answers to at that point or required additional research. As a follow up, the questions are listed below along with the responses:

1.      Is it considered to be overtime, if an employee works for the City, but in a different capacity? (Ex., if a secretary decides to do extra work by helping with a Wahoos game).
I spoke with our Employment Attorney regarding this matter and the answer is….it’s kind of a gray area. If the work completed is considered to be clearly in a different capacity and occasional /sporadic, then the time would not need to be counted as OT hours. On the same note, if this employee works a Wahoos game every week, or once a month or with any type of frequency, then the extra work would not be considered intermittent and irregular employment within the meaning of the law.

2.      Can an employee or their union representative record investigative sessions?
During an investigative sessions, the meeting may ONLY be recorded if we as the employer permit it (which we should not). These sessions are not public meetings, and are instead personnel actions meetings. The union representative may be present merely to act as a witness for the employee and does not right to ask questions during the meeting. As I mentioned during the presentation, when you conduct any investigative session or rendering of disciplinary action, you will want to ensure that you have a witness present for your protection (regardless of whether the employee requests a union member be present or not). I recommend there be two members of management present, and detailed documentation of the meeting taken as back-up.

3.      Will the “clock” reset for temporary employees currently working through one temp agency, if/when they are shifted to a new temp agency as we get aligned with our recently completed RFP for temp services? This time period is typically 12 weeks from the first day the employee works for us through an agency, that we must wait before we can hire the employee as a regular City employee.
I have spoken with both of our “primary” winners of the RFP (Keegan and Landrum) and they have both assured me that the “clock” will not be reset.

I hope you all are able to enjoy the weekend.


Edward

Edward F. Sisson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CEBS
Chief Human Resources Officer
City of Pensacola, Florida
PH : 850-435-1727
Fax: 850-595-1298



Notice: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state and local officials regarding government business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We already have one...So lets spend millions to build another.

Pensacola and the National Park Service are planning on using BP money to purchase 2 ferries to shuttle people to Ft. Pickens, the beach and downtown.  I love the idea but worry that:

  • Folks will not want to walk long distances once they reach any of the locations.
    • Walk from Ft. Pickens ferry dock to the Gulf
    • Walk from Plaza deLuna to Palafox Place
    • Walk from Boardwalk to Casino beach with beach stuff
  • The initial price points I have seen make driving and paying $1 still look way too attractive.
  • The long ferry rides to the beach will also make driving shorter
Let's table the viability of the project for now and focus on some good ole fashioned Hayward waste.

In 2008, Al Coby put forth the ferry service idea much as it is laid out above.  In the memorandum to Council, Coby states:

"A concession and restroom facility is currently under construction at Plaza de Luna and an RFP was planned to solicit a concessionaire to operate and maintain the facility. Staff (city) is proposing that the concession contract for the concession building at Plaza de Luna include a ferry operation which would be berthed at the South Palafox marina. The ferry ticket operations are compatible with the concession operations as is frequently the case with ferry operations along the Gulf Coast."

Coby Ferry Concept

In 2009, the CRA solicited concessionaires for the small concession at Plaza de Luna.  The contract states:

"In the event that marine services (ferry, dinner cruises, etc) are secured and become operational at Plaza de Luna...the CRA may request operator to mutually re-negotiate some terms of the agreement to facilitate landside operations of the marine activity (ticket sales)"

Concession Contract Includes Ferry Service

So, fast forward.  The National Park Service is buying the ferries.  We already have the ticket booth. This is a slam dunk no cost proposal for Pensacola right?

Nope!

Gonna use some federal grant HIGHWAY money to spend $ 1.837 million on a ticket facility and docks at Commendencia Street slip.

In four years, Pensacola will have a second (2nd) vacant transportation facility (AMTRAK station) while we continue to lose concessionaires at Plaza de Luna because you can only sell so much without adequate seating and limited kitchen facilities and no other purpose...such as ferry ticket sales as originally planned.


From: Clark Merritt [mailto:cmerritt@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 9:10 AM
To: Eric Olson
Subject: Pensacola Bay Ferry System update

Update on ferry … may be more than you want for your presentation:

o   Four (4) RFQ responses for Architectural and Engineering services received. Assembling selection committee for Mayoral approval. Estimate oral presentations in September and contract award in October (FDOT must approve selection). Budget for engineering is $188,000.
o   Park Service working on an MOU for the three parties (Escambia County, City, Park Service). Park Service RFP for Ferry boats is on the street.
o   2nd grant request was awarded. Waiting on grant (from Federal Highways) award amount. Requested an additional $588,916 for a total of $1.837M to build the floating dock and landside improvements at Commendencia Park
o   On track for a spring 2017 opening of the Ferry service

M. Clark Merritt
Economic Development
Port of Pensacola | an enterprise of the City of Pensacola
PO Box 889 Pensacola, FL 32591
850-436-5074 (office) | 850-619-6299 (cell) | cmerritt@portofpensacola.com

Pensacola Citizen Support Line

For Non-Emergency Citizen Requests | Dial: 311 | or visit Pensacola311.com

_________________________

By the way, if you are going to bid on Hayward's Folly....the budget approval is $ 1,837,000.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pensacola Energy Cited for Gas System Violations

On August 19, 2015, the Florida Public Service Commission cited Pensacola Energy for 5 violations.

The notice provided at the link below states:

"This notification of a gas pipeline safety violation GS-1332-PCOLA is for failure to comply with State and Federal natural gas safety rules."

A written response by the City is required by September 18, 2015.

Violations include:

  • failure to abandon inactive service lines over 10 years old.
  • failure to repair Grade 2 leaks within 90 days from when the leak was located
  • failure to provide correct phone numbers for line markers
The operation of Pensacola Energy is literally a ticking timebomb in Pensacola, especially downtown where the infrastructure is so old.

Hope we are not all blown to the Upside!


But the City still transfers millions over to fund the Mayor's addiction to YES people and fluff.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

For all my City Folks...FYI from Ed and Jose

From: Edward Sisson [mailto:ESisson@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Friday, August 21, 2015 4:46 PM
To: Directors
Subject: Questions from Key Management Meeting Answered....

Hello and Happy Friday Colleagues,

During this month’s key management meeting, there were three questions I was asked during the presentation that I did not have the answers to at that point or required additional research. As a follow up, the questions are listed below along with the responses:

1.      Is it considered to be overtime, if an employee works for the City, but in a different capacity? (Ex., if a secretary decides to do extra work by helping with a Wahoos game).
I spoke with our Employment Attorney regarding this matter and the answer is….it’s kind of a gray area. If the work completed is considered to be clearly in a different capacity and occasional /sporadic, then the time would not need to be counted as OT hours. On the same note, if this employee works a Wahoos game every week, or once a month or with any type of frequency, then the extra work would not be considered intermittent and irregular employment within the meaning of the law.

2.      Can an employee or their union representative record investigative sessions?
During an investigative sessions, the meeting may ONLY be recorded if we as the employer permit it (which we should not). These sessions are not public meetings, and are instead personnel actions meetings. The union representative may be present merely to act as a witness for the employee and does not right to ask questions during the meeting. As I mentioned during the presentation, when you conduct any investigative session or rendering of disciplinary action, you will want to ensure that you have a witness present for your protection (regardless of whether the employee requests a union member be present or not). I recommend there be two members of management present, and detailed documentation of the meeting taken as back-up.

3.      Will the “clock” reset for temporary employees currently working through one temp agency, if/when they are shifted to a new temp agency as we get aligned with our recently completed RFP for temp services? This time period is typically 12 weeks from the first day the employee works for us through an agency, that we must wait before we can hire the employee as a regular City employee.
I have spoken with both of our “primary” winners of the RFP (Keegan and Landrum) and they have both assured me that the “clock” will not be reset.

I hope you all are able to enjoy the weekend.


Edward

Edward F. Sisson, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, CEBS
Chief Human Resources Officer
City of Pensacola, Florida
PH : 850-435-1727
Fax: 850-595-1298



Notice: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state and local officials regarding government business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your email communications may be subject to public disclosure.



Monday, September 14, 2015

CMP Lease Workshop Questions No One Will Ask?

When Council conducts its workshop today on the new CMP lease template..here are some questions I would ask...but no one else there will.   Baa, Baa, Baa

  1. Mr. Daniel, how much has the City of Pensacola spent for you to prepare this draft lease template?
  2. Mr. Daniel, you sent the template over last Wednesday.  Has Ms. Bowling reviewed this lease? Did she have any questions or concerns?  
  3. Did she just mumble something you couldn't understand, smile and stare at you?
  4. Mr. Daniel, of the two active leases at the Maritime Park which sections of your new lease template currently are not in effect with the current tenants?
  5. Section 2 - designation of a specific use of the leased premises
    • how specific?  can a person say "mixed use" and decide what that is later?
    • Can they say retail or do they have to say "clothing", "furniture"?  Do they have to name the store before the building is built?
    • If a restaurant, do they have to name the restaurant?  Type of food?  Sample menu?
    • What if they want to build a shell on spec and then fill it up?
    • Is there really enough room for a race track or a golf course anyway?
    • A wine shop is definitely out!
  6. Section 2 - is the City going to have to redo your template when the new market tax credits expire?  Extra fees for Beggs and Lane....Yippee!
  7. Section 4 (a) - The sublessee must commence construction of the Initial Improvements on or before thirty days after the commencement of the Construction Period...so 90 days after signing the lease?  90 days?  Here?  Pensacola?
  8. Section 4 (b) - Let me read this to you "Any alterations to the interior of any building that do no involve or affect the exterior appearance, roof or structural components of the building DO NOT REQUIRE SUCH APPROVAL BY THE SUBLESSOR OR THE CITY"  Really? Doesn't that contradict with the next statement?
  9. Wow this one is a little ambiguous from the people that brought us the Deepflex deal! Sublessee shall provide Sublessor and City with "reasonably satisfactory evidence of Sublessee's ability to pay the costs of such work"  What works here... a letter from Buddy McCormick?  Love you Buddy!  Just kidding!
  10. Section 5 - Man this makes Quint Studer's offer of immediate rent look like a gift from heaven!
  11. Section 6 - How does a lease term of a sublease extend past the lease term of the Master lease?
  12. Rent - market rate adjustment...come make the park a huge success so we can then hold your success against you and jack up your rent to obscene levels!  Love that!  That works in long term projections...a big fat who knows as to future rent.  Lenders love those!
  13. If I'm a developer, I need to keep rent adjustment dates in mind and, in adjustment years, write the few commercial appraisers in town a check to keep them on retainer.  Kind of like how couples race to John Myrick, Jim Chase and Kathleen Anderson at divorce time.
  14. Percentage rent AND fair market value adjustments...Quint you now have a template on how to market your ECUA property and crush the competition across the street.
  15. All books and records subject to audit.  Private tenants LOVE that.  Seven days notice....they love that more.  That audit become a public record??
  16. Sublessee pays for the costs to construct vehicular parking.  Did you hear that?  It's the sound of tenants running...not walking away.
  17. Doesn't every City contract need a public records clause?
This template has a few issues in my opinion.  I invite you to submit your issues in the form of posts.
It will be read.  They can't help themselves but read.





Friday, September 11, 2015

McLaughlin Sued for ADA Failures in 2008...Now an expert for $100 per hour

First, let me say again, I like Bob McLaughlin.  Bob would be a great City Administrator.  Bob mostly likely:

  • doesn't pose in front of Presidents 
  • doesn't tattle on Citizens
  • wouldn't try to halt bridge projects for an overzealous group of supporters.


But ADA compliance CZAR.  No!

As a Citizen stated to me this morning, having Bob McLaughlin involved with ADA compliance is like having Bill Clinton lecture on faithfulness in marriage.

In 2008, current City Councilmember Sherri Myers sued Bob McLaughlin when he was County Administrator for failure to enforce the County handicap parking ordinance 94-100 that would ensure that all businesses in the County had handicap parking.

2008 CA 003467

http://www.escambiaclerk.com/xml/xmlBM.asp?ucase_id=1919188

Does anyone on the Mayor's staff ever vet anything they do?



Thursday, September 10, 2015

McLaughlin out for Asst. City Administrator...But Gets Consolation No-Bid Contract

Former County Administrator Bob McLaughlin yesterday was awarded a no-bid contract to assist with the evaluation of the City's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The contract is available on FORTIS.

The Contract will run for 240 days (June 30, 2016) and is renewable for two (2) one (1) year periods.

Bob will be paid $100 per hour with the estimate of 75 hours being required.

Boy, I hope my sharing the insider deal nature of the resume passing didn't hurt Bob's chance at the job he sent the resume for:

"Operations and Facilities Planning for the City of Pensacola, Florida"

City-of-Pensacola-Operations-and-Facilities-Planning-Contract

FYI...No where in Bob's resume submitted is there any reference to knowledge or experience with ADA compliance.

Good Night in the Morning!

Where's Bob? McLaughlin didn't apply? Que the Circus Music...Again!

In the email below sent to City Administrator Eric Olson on August 19, 2015, prior the job of Asst. City Administrator even being posted online, Bob McLaughlin, former County Administrator, sent Olson a summary resume for the Mayor and a resume formerly stating his job objective:

"Operations and Facilities Planning for the City of Pensacola, Florida"

City-of-Pensacola-Operations-and-Facilities-Planning-Contract

From: mclaughlin0311@aol.com [mailto:mclaughlin0311@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 10:15 PM
To: Eric Olson
Subject: Background Information


Eric,

Attached for your perusal.

Bob


The next day, Olson responds to McLaughlin below:

From: Eric Olson [mailto:EOlson@cityofpensacola.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2015 12:20 PM
To: 'mclaughlin0311@aol.com'
Subject: RE: Background Information

Thanks Bob – I’ll be in touch.

r/

Today, the list of applicants comes out and Bob is missing!


























Questions:
  • Did Bob apply for the Asst. City Administrator - Operations job or not?
  • Did applicants have to apply online or not?
  • Did Bob tell Ashton / Olson NO or not?
  • Did Ashton / Olson tell Bob NO or not?
  • Did Ashton / Olson tell Bob YES or not?
  • If Bob gets the job how do you explain to those that applied online that someone who didn't got the job?

Sorry Bob, looks like your time with the City is over.  You didn't apply according to the City and since the City will have a full time Asst. City Administrator - Operations, they definitely don't need a contract guy doing Operations and Facilities Planning.  You would have been great and saved the City:
  • thousands on relocation, 
  • lost time learning the ropes, 
  • lost time learning who's who in the zoo.

Robert Wisniakowski might be fun to say!

The Citizens will never know the truth of this matter thanks to our "transparent" Mayor!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Eric Olson...What does he do?

I requested a weeks worth of emails for City Administrator Eric Olson.  Specifically I requested from Monday to Friday the week of the No Confidence vote.

Here is what I found:

  • 299 total emails to and from
  • 19 were out of office replies since he took the Friday after the Council meeting off
  • 7 related to public records requests
  • 8 were updates on Hurricane Danny
  • 2 were for requisitions for Asst City Administrators done on the 21st
  • 3 were to approve his Landrum assistant
  • 5 were distribution emails from the Florida League of Cities
  • 1 was the Mayors Upwards notification
  • 4 were agenda change notifications
  • 1 was a blast from Energy Star
  • 1 was to a Hatch Mott open house
  • 3 were City of Pensacola Media releases
  • 1 was me copying him on a blog post
  • 1 was a PTO request
So after getting rid of the junk.  The City Administrator had 243 emails for the week.
  • 85 sent
  • 158 received
Of the 85 Sent emails:
  • 2 were public records related requests for his "govt email policy"
  • 1 was telling Brian Cooper his voice mail was full
  • 1 was letting staff know he was off on Friday
  • 2 were related to a proclamation for National Drive Electric Week
  • 13 had the response either "thx" or "Thanks"
  • 11 had the response " fyi"
  • 8 were forwarded with no input from Olson
  • 1 let Derek Cosson know he received his resignation/termination letter
  • 3 were emails sent during the No Confidence Council meeting
  • 5 were responses to Council
So of the 85 emails sent about half were of little or no APPARENT substance.  

But these are the ones with plenty of substance in that it is reading between the lines where the intent to keep the discussions from the public's eyes comes into play.

Here are topics of emails sent or forwarded by Olson with little or no discussion IN WRITING.
  • Complaint by Carol Ann Mackey and Dan Linndemann
  • Complaint by Movement for Civil and Human Liberties
  • Questions about CBRE-CMP
  • Long Hollow Radio Tower
These are the items that show the real issues inside City Hall right now.  Over the next few days, I will dive in and show you the issues and how the City is not always on the UPSIDE of the situation.







Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Did A Village Lose Their Idiot?

A picture is worth a thousand words!

In the Associated Press photo below, City Administrator Eric Olson shows in one photo the reasons he is the wrong person for the job of City Administrator.

In 1985, then President Ronald Reagan attended the graduation ceremony of the US Naval Academy to present commissions to the newly graduated officers.

Let's set the stage for the photo:

  • You are becoming a Naval officer charged with leading sailors.
  • Your commander-in-chief comes to your academy to present your commission.
  • The officers you will serve with and serve under are looking on
  • Your family is there to see you fulfill receiving an honor most that apply do not obtain.
  • Your country has paid hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to train you already to this point.
How do you act?  Like the village idiot!  The Gipper is looking at you like you are a fool!




















The caption to the 1985 Associated Press photo reads:

"Naval academy graduate Eric Olsen of California is presented his diploma by President Reagan."

I took the liberty of sharing the photo with numerous Naval Academy graduates, none of them felt actions were appropriate given the circumstances, especially with the President in attendance.

Mr. Olson, I didn't know Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was not a friend of mine.  You sir are no Ronald Reagan!


Friday, September 4, 2015

Bob McLaughlin to be Assistant City Administrator

In a typical insider deal, the City of Pensacola will likely announce that Bob McLaughlin will join the City as Assistant City Administrator - Operations.

From email traffic to Eric Olson, the deal was cooked after Tamara Fountain left but prior to the No Confidence vote as Bob submitted his resume on August 19.

The job posting doesn't close until tonight at 11:59pm but let me be the first to say

CONGRATS BOB!   You will immediately be more qualified than your boss and his boss for that matter.

And for God sake Bob don't use your city email for personal business.

FYI...this is the best decision Hayward has made in YEARS!

Levin, Vigodsky and Mayor Hayward...Harboring Rats on Their Property?

349 LLC, owned by Fred Levin, Fred Vigodsky and Mayor Hayward, have allowed the Hallmark School to fall into urban decay since they purchased the property in 2013.

What once was a school thriving with activity and an anchor for the local neighborhood is now a derelict building repeatedly tainted with graffiti, having open or broken windows and doors, strewn with garbage and evidently harboring rats according to the City the Mayor leads.  These community leaders and the Mayor have neglected the site ever since their planned development was abandoned.

Below is a link to all of the code violations issued to the 349 LLC partners since they purchased the property including three (3) in 2015 alone.

  • August 4, 2015  - defaced with graffiti, broken windows, debris, open windows
  • June 4, 2015 - maintenance of right of way, harboring rats, diminishing public safety
  • February 19, 2015 - broken windows, litter, debris, unsecured doors
  • July 17, 2013 - maintenance of right of way, harboring rats, diminishing public safety


Based on the August 27, 2015 email below from the City code enforcement department that works for the offender (Hayward), the latest code violations continue to persist  and are once again are being referred to the City's Special Magistrate for a hearing.  The Mayor's cousin and real estate broker Harry Bell appears oblivious to the condition of the property based on his email to the City with so many issues with the property still in non-compliance with Code.


           Harry,

Four window A/C units have been removed, three on the east side of the building and one on the west side, leaving the bottom half of the windows open.  There is a window on the west side with broken glass panes.  Also, on the west side of the building is a small hallway with a shopping cart full of trash and litter.  Graffiti remains on the second story of the accessory building on the west side, service area.  Recently, someone parked three tractor trailers on the west side of the building, with what appears to be materials for a haunted house on the ground around them.  I am referring the case to the Code Enforcement hearing before the Special Magistrate.  This date has not been scheduled at this time, but if the work is completed before it is scheduled, the case will be removed from the agenda.                      



From: Harry Bell [mailto:harryjr@johnscarr.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:31 PM
To: Keith DeWise
Subject: Re: 115 S E St

Keith,

Were there any other concerns? We've repaired the items you mentioned. Please let me know if the City has any additional concerns.

Thank you,


Why don't Mr. Levin, Mr. Vigodsky and Mayor Ashton Hayward take pride in our community and do their part to keep their property safe, clean and in code?  Harboring rats?

Didn't Hayward take an oath to uphold the ordinances of the City not violate them?

But hey, Palafox is one great street!  No rats on Palafox! Forget all you people over on the West side, we have waits for tables on Palafox. 

Mr. Levin stated his lecture to the City recently regarding why we should all bow at the alter of Hayward:

"The changes that have taken place in our city under our new strong Mayor is the envy of cities throughout this country."

Those changes in Pensacola on properties owned by the Mayor aren't the envy of anyone, they just continue to bring slum and blight to a neighborhood Mr. Levin states is "historically neglected neighborhoods" and thanks to them is CURRENTLY NEGLECTED.

Mayor Hayward, Mr. Levin and Mr. Vigodsky, please quit being part of the problem in Pensacola and start being a part of the solution!

Don't harbor rats!







Thursday, September 3, 2015

Man Crush 2.0

No wonder the Mayor has lost everyone's respect.  He believes Kerrigan's take on his "leadership".

"gaggle of screamers demanding their respective historically granted entitlements of government lease and contract deals"...is this aimed at Merrill and Russenberger?

"orchestrated press manipulation"... is this aimed at Studer?

"These benefits the screamers sought took various forms, but of late have included not paying lease fees owed to the city, rigged concession leases at the airport and demanding one-sided lease deals that were contrary to the taxpayer’s best interests."

Dang Bob...who are you talking about?

"They want the game continued tilted in their favor. The rules we all abide by have never applied to these insiders."

Hey Bob, you do remember the Mayor is being investigated for "tilting" toward Pate?

Rules ever apply to these insiders?

  • Pate
  • Levin

https://maritimepark.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/a-statesman-for-the-city/

Slum and Blight Courtesy of Levin, Vigodsky and Mayor Hayward

As I have detailed before, the Mayor is partners with Fred Levin and Fred Vigodsky in 349 LLC, a company set up to develop Hallmark Elementary into an assisted living facility.

introducing-349-llc

The Mayor's real estate Company brokered the deal according to the School Board contract and received a 2.5% commission on the deal, $25,000.

See Pair & Hayward on Page 4 and 5

Matt Pair, the Mayor's former business partner was listed as the LLC Manager but was replaced last year by Vigodsky. So Matt Pair appears to be out.

Levin, whose law firm is a contractor to the City selected in a no bid contract awarded by Hayward in the "Deal of the Century" for BP and whose law firm just earned almost a million dollars in the settlement, put up all the money for the purchase and holds the mortgage.

http://ricksblog.biz/deal-of-the-century-on-city-legal-fees-not-hardly/

Months ago, it appears the ALF plan was scrapped as the building is up for sale listed by the Mayor's first cousin, Harry Bell.

Well, while the Mayor talks about removing slum and blight, and talks about his neighborhood initiatives and Fred Levin goes on and on about waiting in line for a table on Palafox, their property on E Street is full of vagrants and constantly in violation of City codes.

115-S-E February Code Violations

In the March 25, 2015 email below from the City Code enforcement department to Cousin Bell, the inspector details just how bad of shape the property is in along with pictures.

Mr. Mayor and Mr. Levin, is this the way we want investors in our city to treat their vacant property?
Would you want your neighbors to treat their property in your neighborhood in this manner?
Shouldn't you lead by example?



      Mr. Bell,


I have attached three photos of some of the violations we discussed.  I see where the busted windows and doors have been boarded up and most of the property has been cut.  However, several people have taken up residence in the building.  There are several unsecured windows on the first and second floor and a door they are using to come and go in the cafeteria area.  To bring this property into compliance, the rest of the vegetation needs to be kept below 12 inches, the wood debris needs to be removed or put inside the building and the windows and door need to be secured.  If you have any questions please contact me at 436-5507.

_________

On April 28, 2015, over two months later, the code violation case was re-inspected and found to be brought into compliance.

The compliance letter states:

"Thank you for helping clean up our community and making the City of Pensacola a nicer place in which to live and to visit."

Case closed...or is it!  Will Fred, Fred and Ashton keep their property in compliance?


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Dynamic Duo of Hayward Henchmen Go Online

The Dynamic Duo of Derek Cosson and Drew Buchanan are in business together...again.

After the Campfire failure and the loss of the directed contract by the Mayor to be his mouthpiece, Cosson needs something to do.

http://pulsegulfcoast.com/

22 hours ago

The Pulse is live! Our mission is simple: to provide the Gulf Coast with a locally-owned, independent, source for news, commentary, and more

Pulse Gulf Coast Filing

Shocker...CATFISH is Back!

CATFISH is back...CATFISH just can't help himself. CATFISH needs a job so he isn't posting at 4am.

Shame is yet another person has been chewed up and spit out by the Hayward spin machine.
Did anyone from the City attempt to correct the situation? No!

CATFISH...your man crush is so painfully obvious...get over it!!

Thanks for reaching out Nicole.  You have nothing to apologize for.  You were a victim of this action. I'm sorry this happened.

This is the type of henchmen the Mayor endorses and surrounds himself with.

______________________________

Hi Maren, 
I am actually the real Nicole Lowery who previously worked as receptionist on the 7th floor at City Hall. I wanted to personally email you and apologize for the distasteful and embarrassing comment that was posted on your blog. I would like you to know that I would never have written something so rude and disrespectful. I am not sure who would be cruel enough to write a comment such as that and attach my name to it as the author.  I have an idea of a couple of people who may have taken the opportunity to publicly humiliate me in such a manner. I myself have only read your blog a handful of times because I chose to be impartial when it came to my coworkers and the opinions some may have of them.  I tried to stay neutral when it came to the media,  blogs,  social sites, and those I worked with so that I did not become part of the office politics and drama.  I hope that you can accept my sincere apology for whom ever it was who posted the comment. I am incredibly embarrassed and sorry. I was actually employed by Landrum Staffing as a temp employee for the City. I was relieved from the assignment at City Hall on August 25th. Basically, I was let go from my position because of a person's insecurities in her own job. I had a family emergency and she took it as an opportunity to have me let go. When I was contacted by the Landrum employee and informed that my assignment was terminated I explained what I was told by the office manager regarding my absence. There were many different stories told by this person. So, I was no longer working in the Mayor's office when your blog posted and was unaware my name ever mentioned anywhere in it until this evening when a friend informed me of it. I am hoping that I will one day know who has made a spectacle out of me by using your blog. By the way I have now read through almost all your posts and I hate to admit it but,  most of what you write about is spot on.
Well thank you for reading my email and allowing me the chance to apologize.  

Nicole E.  Lowery

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Pensacola...We are Proud of Our Past, We Just Don't Remember It.

On March 5, 2007 the City of Pensacola CRA entered into a sales contract with Hawkshaw Eastside Inc. to purchase the Hawkshaw Property.

The purchase price was $1,400,000.

Hawkshaw-contract-2007

The principles for Hawkshaw Eastside who signed the deal were two familiar names:
  • William Whitesell
  • James J Reeves
The development never got off the ground because it did not have sufficient stormwater retention space and capacity for the planned development.

The principles above forfeited their $140,000 down payment and walked away.

In 2011, the City completed the Admiral Mason Stormwater Pond at a cost of $1,300,000.


Now the Hawkshaw Property will be able to tie into the Admiral Mason Pond as its stormwater solution making the property more value as space will not have to be used for stormwater retention.

The City had the property reappraised in 2015 at a price of $1,740,000.  Appraisal

In 2015, after the real estate recovery, after the expansive improvements in downtown touted by the Hayward Administration, after large projects being completed downtown at the CMP and underway at the PNJ Plaza, after the completion of Admiral Mason, the CRA once again solicited RFP responses.

And guess what, the value proposed by substantially the same people from before has GONE DOWN.

Proposals Received        Purchase Price     Percent of FMV of Property

  1. Whitesell - Hagen    $1,280,000            73.5%
  2. ITEX                        $1,000,000            57.5%
  3. Gunther                    $1,100,000            63.2%
  4. Granger                    $1,200,000            70.0%
  5. Aragon                     $1,309,000            75.2%
Only in Pensacola.

Anyone ask why Brian Spencer voted to throw all of them out and then state the property needs to be sold?

Why not ask them all who is willing to pay the fair market value?