Friday, September 30, 2016

The Transparent Hayward Administration Lies and Hides...Then Commits Fraud

Ashton Hayward makes a big deal about being "Transparent".  He has a "Transparent Pensacola" webpage that only is "transparent" when he wants to get his propaganda out.

Vernon Stewart is the Public Information Officer that when you ask for public information informs citizens that ask questions that "At this time, we are respectfully declining to respond to this inquiry."

How does that work in government?  A Citizen and taxpayer asks their city a question, and the City "declines to respond".

The City has been playing games with me on the Southwest inquiry for weeks.  The fire department knows they failed on several fronts and they want to deny, delay and avoid their failures.

 I asked for records for the PFD on August 29, 2016 (over a month ago).  

Here was the inquiry:

Southwest Airlines Emergency Landing at PNS on August 27, 2016 I request the Fire engines that responded, manpower on each responding engine, ARFF units responding and manpower on each responding engine. response times, incident report, time on scene, equipment dispatch logs for the entire PFD for 2 hrs prior to the incident and 2 hours after the incident. The name of the on scene commander and his entire training history. In addition, I request training summaries for each person responding to the scene in aircraft fire techniques and procedures.

This is the response I got from the City:

$ 555.19

This is FRAUD on the part of the City.


  • Fire Engines that responded - INCLUDED IN INCIDENT REPORT
  • Manpower on each engine - INCLUDED IN INCIDENT REPORT
  • ARFF units responding and manpower on each engine - INCLUDED IN INCIDENT REPORT
  • Incident report - provided without charge (included below)
  • Dispatch logs 2 hrs before and after - provided without charge
  • Name of the on scene commander- INCLUDED IN INCIDENT REPORT
  • Commanders entire training history
  • ARFF Training summaries of all on scene - SUMMARY PROVIDED TO FAA ANNUALLY

Really?  So 10 hours of the Asst Chief's time and 20 hours of Shaud's time for $555.19 for one firefighter's, Nathan Edler, training?

Every year the City of Pensacola must provide the ARFF trained firefighters list to the FAA as part of running a Part 139 airport.  Complying with my request would take seconds to pull the last report to the FAA.

Are Redding and Shaud part of a fraudulent attempt to extort money from a Citizen to discourage her uncovering the failures of the City of Pensacola Fire Department's emergency responses and exposing just how unsafe our airport fire safety is?

Who instructed Redding and Shaud to put up a bogus fraudulent cost estimate?

Now I need to talk with the SAO along with the FAA and NIMS.

I'm gonna be busy!


Anonymous said...

Go get them please

Anonymous said...

There is obviously a lot to hide. Otherwise there would be no need to deny access to readily available public information. Maybe it's time to see if they will be as evasive with the Feds!

George Hawthorne said...

That is a direct and willful violation Florida State Statutes regarding "public document requests" and in my OPINION this is egregious and blatant malfeasance. More importantly, it is incredibly STUPID and provides one more glaring example about the "governance" from the Mayor and his disregard for law and Pensacola taxpayers.

Anonymous said...

I work at the fire department, I could have printed that report in two minutes.

Anonymous said...

Hayward probably thinks transparency has something to do with the gender of parents! Lol...he's not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.

Anonymous said...

File a complaint with the sao...release the info to the govt on the airport.

Anonymous said...

Ironically, David Allen doesn't pay City taxes. Yet, he has unlimited access to the information that you've requested. Hmmm...a non-taxpayer who does not live in the City and who has no "skin in the game" willfully withholds information to a City resident and taxpayer. What's wrong with this picture?

Anonymous said...

$555.19? This is an absolute outrage. If this takes 10 hours for Redding and 20 hours for Shaud they should both be fired. Thr media should be all over this but unfortunately this is still Pensacola.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile David Allen continues to add to his legacy and prove why he wasn't fit to run the department. In fact the only thing that he has proven himself to be fit for running is away from his fellow firemen in a fire.

Anonymous said...

Violation after violation and not even a slap on the wrist. This just proves that the law only applies to some in this town. Wish we could recall the SA.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, it seems that the only choices are to live with and accept the depravity that defines our local government or find somewhere else to live. Wrongdoing and unscrupulousness are the norm in Pensacola. The powers that be control the SAO and the media which paints a different picture than reality.

Maren, I commend your efforts to expose the corruption but it's unfortunate that it doesn't seem to matter. I usually don't have a defeatist mentality but my belief in our judicial system is seriously wanting.

Anonymous said...

It's time to have the SAO fully investigated because it is painfully obvious that it protects Hayward in his blatant disregard for the law.

It's as if the law is abstract when it comes to the Hayward administration. State and federal laws, the charter, ordinances, etc., merely "exist in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence". Of course this is not the case when it comes to the average citizen.

What does it say about a place where the citizenry is held to a higher standard than its so-called leaders?

Anonymous said...

The way the city fills public records requests is a scam. The person requesting the information is forced to be vague in their request in order to get all of the information that they want. If they are too specific and are not careful how they ask for it, they will be told that the record does not exist. In some instances they know exactly what information the requesting person wants, but if they asked for a report and called it by the wrong name or there is any other loop hole that they can find, they will inform the requesting person that the record does not exist. Of course this only occurs when the information would make the city look bad. So when a person is careful and requests the information using terminology that will ensure that they have closed all possible loop holes and they will get the information that Florida Law allows for them to have, they are given an embellished cost estimate in hopes that they will not pay. Transparency at its best in the upside of Pensacola.

NotaGOB said...

So let me get this straight. Two people on the cities payroll, whom will get paid regardless of whether they actually pull the records or not, are being used to charge the local citizenry an enormous amount for public information. We the people have already paid the salaries of those working for the government with our taxes. Why in the world must we pay them a second time to do the job they were hired for in the first place which is working for the citizens of Pensacola.

Anonymous said...

At some point this $*#% is criminal...