Fire Chiefs - Both Chiefs have been interviewed by the Mayor's personal criminal defense firm. The allegations are apparently ridiculous. The Citizens will likely be grabbing pitchforks for Olson and Sisson when the allegations are announced. Over one month of administrative leave and for what? Administrative leave is unprecedented in any employee investigation action outside of a shooting! The Mayor must make a decision here. HIS Chief Human Resource Officer made formal allegations against two senior level employees. He can't have a City HR department where the department head is seen as an attacker and not someone who is approachable and employee centric. The only way the EEOC and Fire Chief complaint get minimized is for the City to admit no wrongdoing by the Chiefs and for Sisson to get a box.
Removal of Evidence? Olson was seen lurking around the Fire Admin Building the other day. He entered with nothing but left with a black folder. Removing evidence the Chiefs left in their offices before Russell VanSickle visits? What was in that black folder Mr. Olson? We will find out!
Tornado Response - Council members are hopping mad about the City's failure to stay on top of the damage in the City. It appears that 12 hours after the storm, neither the Mayor nor Olson knew there was damage in the City. Who was in the EOC from the City? Public records requests are flying over any sign in sheets at the EOC. Camera footage? Where was Olson? The City Administrator should have been the City's lead on this. Police, Fire and Public Works roll up to him on the org chart. Hey Olson, hate to break it to you but Council members are calling your Boss about your job performance.
Automatic Aid - Fire Union opposes it. City residents oppose it. Leaves the City exposed. But hey, I hear many including a local radio host think that we the Citizens of Pensacola owe it to those who live in the County to use our City tax dollars to protect the County residents for free. It never ceases to amaze me when ultra conservatives rant about their federal tax money going to social programs but don't acknowledge that it's the same thing at the local services level. Why should City Tax Dollars fund someones service when they very easily could chose to ask to be annexed by the City and then they can pay for the service they desire to receive. I could be wrong as I did not hear the comments. I must have flipped over to Pensacola Speaks while doing the afternoon sports shuttle.
YMCA Parking - The building is going up fast and, according to the PNJ, the building will be 52,000 square feet. The Y currently has 3,000 members, 100 staff and tons of new programs.
WHERE IS THE PARKING FOR THIS STRUCTURE?
DID IT GET APPROVED WITHOUT ADEQUATE PARKING?
SURELY THE YMCA DIDN'T CLAIM PARKING IN ANOTHER UNCONNECTED DEVELOPMENT AS ITS PARKING SOLUTION?
Bill Weeks, go can go ahead and start pulling the paperwork for parking at the Y. Public records request on the way!
Food Trucks - What constitutes a permit under the City ordinances? Business license?
Access to City Hall - The Mayor and the City Administrator are:
- participating in attacking the integrity and careers of two public servants and
- are allowing retaliation against the employees for the City's EEOC violations and
- are using City Funds to fund the witchhunt with the Mayor's nonindependent criminal defense attorney and
- can't effectively stay informed and manage the City in time of a weather related disaster and
- are in the process of, without any legislative direction or appropriated funding, giving away City services to non-taxpaying County residents and
- allowing the worst attorney in the history of City attorney's to mumble her way through the highest paying job in the City and
- continue to allow an illegal lease for the Longhollow radio tower the Council voted to investigate and