Monday, January 11, 2016

The Deal With the Devil...District 3 Got Screwed Again by Hayward

As Mayor Hayward was preparing to finalize his first budget for 2011-2012, we had a personal in-depth conversation on his "need" to pay the May's back for their campaign support and his "need" to pay John Jerralds back for supporting him in the campaign.

He felt that without their support in the African American community, he would not have won the election and the promised community centers were his promises to them before the election.

Hayward recognized the Fire Station 3 commitment he made to me and to the firefighters and committed to adding approximately $84,000 to the 2011-2012 Penny for Progress funds for the mold study and abatement to be conducted with the assurance that money for the rehab would be brought before council in the first quarter of 2012.

I pushed him on his commitment until he added the following to his 2011-2012 budget document on Page 327.

Program Name:  Facilities and Apparatus Management

Creating Jobs

  • Control the costs of operational supplies through effective resource and supply management
  • Renovate Fire Station #3 within an effective timeline and within budgeted funds.

At this point I had lost any trust in the Mayor but I had his commitment to bring the Station forward in Q1 of 2012.  Jamie Page of the PNJ also confirmed his commitment for this and the return of rescue trucks.

After the budget passed and the community centers were delivered to the Mays and Jerralds, I started pushing the Mayor, Asmar and Reynolds on Station 3.

By this time the Mayor was not returning my calls directing me to either Asmar or Reynolds.  The new budget was taking shape so I kept pushing.

From: Bill Reynolds
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 4:35 PM
To: Maren Deweese
Subject: FW: Meeting request for Mr. Reynolds

Councilwoman DeWeese,
I am out of the area until Thursday.  I looking at your list, the areas of concern are budget issues. I do not have the responsibility for budget. I would suggest you contact Mr. Asmar to discuss.
Sent from my Verizon Wireless Phone

-----Original message-----
From: Elisabeth Buswell <>
Bill Reynolds <>
Mon, May 14, 2012 20:29:53 GMT+00:00
FW: Meeting request for Mr. Reynolds
Please confirm the scheduling of this meeting for Thursday.


From: Maren Deweese
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2012 9:17 AM
To: Elisabeth Buswell
Cc: Bill Reynolds
Subject: Meeting request for Mr. Reynolds

Good Morning, 

I would like to follow up on our conversation from Friday. 

I would like to meet with Mr. Reynolds regarding FY'12 Mayoral commitments for Fire Rescue Truck manning,  Rehab/Rebuild of Fire Station 3. 

I also would like to discuss budget issues in advance of the FY'13 proposed budget.

Please let me know Mr. Reynolds availability this week.  30 minutes should be plenty of time. 

I have some possible times:
Tues 9am or between 12-2pm
Wed  9am or between 11am-2pm
Thurs  between 930am-2pm

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.

My Best,

Maren DeWeese                 
District 3 Representative
2435 Semoran Drive
Pensacola FL 32503-8203

Nothing was done on either front.  Just more lies from Hayward.


Anonymous said...

This was the exact same timeframe as the giveaway of the Conservation District to Divine Word Radio for the illegal radio tower. Hey Mayor, the people in Long Hollow voted for you too, and all they got was flooded out homes and businesses to show for it after you refused to allow capacity in the pond to be increased in that 6.5 acres because it might encroach on your contributor's tower that should have never been allowed to be built in our storm pond.

Anonymous said...

Not sure how many people read this blog, but if citizens are reading it and not commenting, it speaks to an unbelievable level of apathy which only encourages this type of behavior. It's amazing how "polititians" who should be held to a higher standard can violate ethics and even break the law without being held accountable. Yet, the average taxpayer or city employee is scrutinized for over the most minor things.

Those who continue to support Hayward are no better than he is!

Anonymous said...

It's not just district 3 that got screwed. The entire city has been screwed -- except Hayward's donors & best buds.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 11:36 AM.....DUH! Most of us have been complaining for years just to be ignored because we have no say in our community.

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 8:41 AM...thanks for your impactful contribution to this conversation. I can't say enough about how eloquently you made your point. (Insert sarcasm emoji here)

Anonymous said...

@Anonymous 2:58 PM....Bite me!