Thursday, December 29, 2016

But of Course She Doesn't...

A little bird whispered that Laura Bogan, Social Media consultant to the City and one of Mrs. Hayward's BFFs is not abiding by her VERY lucrative contract with the City.

In May 2013, Logan signed a no-bid "friends and family" contract with the City to handle social media.

It pays her $2,700 per month or $116,100 since it started.

https://www.scribd.com/document/142750046/Bogan

She committed to the following for EACH THE CITIES SOCIAL MEDIA PROPERTIES:

  • City - 5
  • Office of the Mayor - 5
  • Pensacola International Airport - 5
  • Port of Pensacola - 3
She also committed:

"I will provide a quarterly report detailing growth and highlighting successes as well as opportunities for improvement."


I made a public records request;

RE: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST of 12/28/2016 Reference # W001684-122816 for the following information: 

All quarterly reports submitted by Laura Bogan as detailed in her proposal referenced in her contract for social media services from May 2013 through December 28, 2016

Here is the response:

The City of Pensacola has reviewed its files and has determined there are no responsive records or documents to your request for public records.

What?  
How can that be?  The City not requiring contractors to submit required contract items?
How does she get paid Mr. Barker?  She's in breach of contract?
How can the Council allow taxpayer money to go to a contract she is failing to keep?
Has she done the volume of posts for each of the entities she committed to?
Three a week for the port?




Monday, December 26, 2016

The Glover Complaint

For your review!

  • Each INDIVIDUALLY AND in their official capacity
  • There is no way in the world these folks are getting out of VIDEO depositions
  • They are going to HANG Olson with his AM1620 interview
  • I find it somewhat funny that AM1620's PR role for the City will be what undoes the Dream Team of Olson, Hayward and Sisson
  • How does Judge Rodgers NOT recuse herself?
  • Love that my scribd account is cited in the Complaint!
  • PUNITIVE DAMAGES!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Travel Sports...From Experience

During School Year

  • Pick kids up from school on Friday.  Middle school gets out at 4:00.  Car is gassed up before leaving.
  • Drive 1.5 to 2 hrs to the city of the tournament.  Shorter than that is a drive to and from destination.  
  • Orange Beach, Destin...Drive back and forth.  Economic impact...gas (maybe) lunch and tournament admission.  That's it.
  • On way, fast food.  We want to get there.
  • Check in the hotel.  Hotel chosen as cleanest for the cheapest with a breakfast included in area from Hotels.com.  
  • Kids run around hotel.  In bed by 10.
  • Saturday morning - Up early.  Kids have pool play games. Up to 3 - 1 hour 45 minute games in the day.  Team needs to be there 1 hour before the game for warm ups.
    • Game 1 - 2 hr 45 minutes
    • Game 2 - 1 hr 45 minutes if you play back to back at least once
    • Game 3 - 2 hr 45 minutes
  • 7.25 hours at the park.  Food - fast food between games, the cooler or ball park food.  Drinks out of cooler in car.
  • Team dinner - its kids so we ain't going to Global Grill or Jackson's.  Local pizza restaurant.
  • Back to hotel.  Kids run around.  In bed by 10.
  • Sunday - Check out! To the facility, pay admission.  Stay til you lose or win it all.  Hugs for other team families.  See you next week.
  • Gas up if you need to and on the road home.
  • Sunday night - Homework for Monday.
During Summer 
  • Exact same schedule except more continuous game days at the ballpark.
  • Maybe a morning off one day if you get in the winners bracket and the coach tells kids to stay out of sun and rest.
Revenue to the Host City
  • Gas
  • Hotel
  • Fast food, Pizza
  • Admission to facility
  • Dicks - If equipment breaks or someone forgot something
Jobs Impacted
  • Gas station cashier
  • Hotel employees
  • Fast food / restaurant folks
  • Concession stand folks
  • Maybe Dick's employees

Maybe the DeWeese's are just not doing it properly but the economic impact of the DeWeese clan is bigger for our annual Southern League tour than for a travel ball weekend.

Travel sports is a business trip for kids folks.

What's your experience.  Volleyball families weigh in.  Basketball families?

Friday, December 16, 2016

OWA-T Could Go Wrong With This Idea

The Escambia County Commission and City Council are being presented with a plan to replace the aging Pensacola Bay Center with a new 130,000 square foot complex with an event area, sports hall, conference space and meeting rooms.

 "(Ray) Palmer estimated the cost to build such a facility could range between $80-100 million."

$100,000,000!  Makes the Maritime Park look like a bargain!

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/local/pensacola/2016/12/15/group-proposes-replacing-pensacola-bay-center/95469868/

The drawing depicts a basketball arena seating 5,000 (for our basketball team) and eight volleyball / basketball courts evidently trying to attract sports tournaments.

While something must be done with the aging Bay Center, this idea and concept may have been beaten to the market when you see the $500 million destination development the Poarch Band of Creek Indians are doing in Foley/Gulf Shores.

http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2016/11/poarch-creek-indians-unveil-new-entertainment-destination-foley

See the flythrough video. It's amazing

The OWA development will have:

  • a 150 room Marriott
  • restaurants
  • shopping
  • 3,500 jobs
  • $40,000,000 sports complex with 16 state of the art outdoor fields
  • 90,000 square foot indoor events center to open in 2017
  • 9 miles from the beach
  • on a beach expressway
  • with an amusement park
  • with a waterpark
  • with a condo complex
  • and an RV resort

"The two projects will provide a seamless experience for "sports families" who travel to the area specifically for tournaments, but who will avail themselves of opportunities offered by Owa to entertain the entire family."

Pensacola's version presented this week while unbuilt and years away, may seem handicapped off the bat.

Lets look at them head to head:

  • New Marriott vs. the Grand
  • New restaurants onsite vs. Carabba's, Waffle House and Newk's
  • Shopping onsite vs. Duh!
  • 16 outdoor fields vs. the Tech Park
  • Indoor events center open in 2017 vs. trying to lure events from OWA
  • 9 miles from the beach vs. 6 miles from the beach with a bridge under contruction for 5 years
  • on beach expressway vs. on WD Childers Plaza and Chase Blvd
  • Amusement Park vs. St Michael's Cemetery
  • Waterpark vs. Fountain at the drop off point
  • Condo Complex vs, Aragon
  • RV resort vs. parking lot parking.
I applaud the thoughts of the presenters but we may be late and under financed to play at this party. But as Grover says, there are always BP funds.

Count me in!  But we will need some new "fantasy renderings" for the DeWeezel to come out of retirement.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Pelican Drop Budget...Its On!

Revenues
Escambia County                 12,500
City of Pensacola                 30,000
Esc Cty Sheriffs Dept                 10,000
Lewis Bear                   5,000
JJ Talbot                   5,000
Coca Cola                   5,000
Visit Pensacola                 10,000
Stakeholders                 10,000
Glow in the Dark Vendor                       800
Food Vendors                   1,500
DIB                   1,000
TOTAL                 90,800
Expenses
City Barricades Bollards & Crew                   1,500
Traffic Barricades and Signs                   2,000
Street Sweepers                   3,000
Permits & Fees                   1,000
Cleanup                   4,000
Fireworks & Confetti                   8,000
Security PPD & EMT                 20,000
Pelican Costs                   4,000
Crane                   2,500
Generators                       500
Portable Restrooms & Sinks                   5,000
Golf Cart Rental                       450
Insurance                   6,800
Marketing & Media                   1,000
Rental Equip                       800
Entertainment                 10,000
Stage 1 Sound Lights Setup                 18,500
Stage 1 Sound Lights Setup                          -  
Volunteer Hospitality                       500
Misc Supplies                       500
Misc Expenses                       500
Radios                       250
Event Coordination                          -  
Constant Contact                          -  
Postage                          -  
Childrens Area                          -  
Dumpster Removal                          -  
TOTAL                 90,800
PROFIT                          -  

Monday, December 12, 2016

What's Up With Airport Marketing Contract?

As I previously discussed, in August 2016 Emagination Unlimited was "awarded" a month to month contract to continue airport marketing until the RFP for a new contract could be evaluated.  Someone woke up the Potted Plant and she realized it had expired back in March 2016.

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2016/08/how-to-extend-no-bid-contract-for.html

MARCH to AUGUST!

Well on August 16, 2016, the RFP's for the new contract were received. 12 Responses were received

3 local firms:

  • Emagination 
  • Ideaworks
  • EW Bullock
The nine non-local firms were from Cincinnati, Sanibel, New Haven, Ft. Worth, Nashville, Wisconsin, Tampa, St. Pete and Lakewood Ranch, FL.


Emagination still runs the website, still claims on their website to have the contract and I can't see any contract award for that contract.

ITS BEEN 4 MONTHS THIS WEEK SINCE THE RFPS WERE RECEIVED AND 9 MONTHS SINCE THE END OF THE CURRENT 3 YEAR CONTRACT.

What's up?  A little inside cookin'?












Friday, December 9, 2016

Pictures That Sum up the Tanyards / Government Street Project

Mayor Hayward and his City Engineer can pretend the Corrine Jones Pond is not a train wreck project but the photo below of the disrepair and neglect for so long is undeniable.

Notice the grass growing out of the TOP of the cone on the site.  That cone is three feet tall.  How long do you have to neglect a property for your "safety" cones to have grass growing out of the top.



























And the picture that sums up the Mayor and City's lack of care for the kids in the area.  Notice the driveway of the house two doors down from the industrial equipment operating without any barriers.
It shows a small child's chalk and art on the driveway.  Now tell me how impossible it would be for a curious small child to stop drawing on his driveway and wander 30 feet into the construction zone. Would that equipment operator even see the child wander in?

And further what happens when all the workers go home?  This project is 100% open to a dangerous pit.

Would this be allowed in Cordova Park?  Would this be allowed in East Hill?

Shame on you Hayward!
Shame on you Olson!
Shame on you Owens!


Thursday, December 8, 2016

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Hayward Tries to Push Alexander Out. Barker Stays? Council Can Change the Drop Ordinance

When Chief David Alexander was brought in as police chief everyone understood it was for a short period of time. Hayward got his PR win and re-election victory.  Chief Alexander got to achieve his career goal of being Chief and everyone in Pensacola knew that Tommi Lyter was pre-picked to be the next Chief.

  • Hayward won!
  • Alexander won!
  • And the PPD had a future leader already in place who is respected and admired by the entire force.

Fast forward.  Now Chief Alexander is being forced out by Hayward in 2017.  He will be reaching the end of his DROP period. The City Transparent Pensacola page states:

Rumors regarding Chief David Alexander's status as Police Chief

Is there any truth to the rumor that City Hall told Chief Alexander that he will not be able to continue beyond his DROP date? 


No. His contract was based on his DROP date. In fire and police pensions, employees are not able to continue beyond their DROP date as in general pensions. This was agreed upon in the initial contract.

Questions:

  • Why is Chief Alexander not honoring the deal he made?
  • The DROP Ordinance 9-9-2 states: DROP election. DROP election means the establishment of a date upon which the employee intends to terminate his/her employment with the City of Pensacola. The date is established through the irrevocable completion of a DROP election form to be submitted to the DROP administrator. Following the submission of a DROP election, the employee's employment with the city cannot exceed sixty (60) months in duration, although employees may terminate employment with the city at any time prior to the termination date indicated on the DROP election form. 

  • How does Dick Barker continue extend past his DROP period? 
Chief, if you want to fight your forceable removal from office, please note the following below regarding DROP in the City DROP Ordinance.

Sec. 9-9-6. - Reservation of power to alter or amend


  • Although the city council, through the adoption of this ordinance, has agreed to join with those communities and other governmental bodies in providing its workforce with additional flexibility in planning for and entering into retirement following a career with the city, the city council acknowledges that DROP plans are still in their relative infancy and may ultimately produce results, either financial or otherwise, which may be deemed adverse to the interest of the City of Pensacola, Florida. In that regard, in the adoption of the DROP plan ordinance, the city council hereby expressly reserves the authority in the future to amend, modify or repeal all or portions of this DROP plan ordinance as may be deemed necessary and appropriate. Any future change will be adopted in accordance with the requirements of law. With respect to city employees who have not terminated their employment with the city and who have not executed a DROP election, the adoption of this chapter shall not be deemed to have conferred any vested rights or property interest upon those employees. 
Chief, you just need 4 votes on Council to amend the DROP ordinance! If you get the 4 votes to amend, you push the Mayor to have to actually make a REAL management decision!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Architectural Review Board Messing with Levin Bear Studer YMCA

The Architectural Review Board denied the signage at the new Levin Bear Studer YMCA. Yes, the signage that is already up!

City Staff Brandi Deese was working the issue for THE KING OF ALL DOWNTOWN Carter Quina who did not want illuminated signs on the building.

What is interesting is that the sign guy sent Deese drawings of a non-illuminated sign on August 31, 2016.  Deese forwards the renderings ONLY to Carter Quina on the Board on August 31, 2016 along with the application,

On Friday September 2, 2016, Deese emails the sign guy the approval for the sign.  Who approved?

The YMCA, through their attorney, has appealed the ARB denial to City Council.

Don't worry!

No City Council in the history of Pensacola will ever deny anything that LEVIN, BEAR, STUDER AND BAPTIST collectively ask for.

ARB will get steamrolled on this one.  Carter Quina should be a greasy spot on the road under this bus!

http://www.ci.pensacola.fl.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/11172016-1349

Friday, December 2, 2016

Carpenter's Creek Cleanup - Grover shows leadership

The environmental group Emerald Coastkeepers have organized a voluntary community cleanup from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The group asks volunteers to meet in the parking lot of Publix Supermarket at 5055 N. Ninth Ave. 

A news release from the Emerald Coastkeepers said the volunteers will work to remove tires, furniture, food and beverage containers and other trash from the creek. The group said the city of Pensacola and the Escambia County Sanitation Department helped to organize the cleanup.

Why does the City need Citizens to do its job?  Where is code enforcement?  Where is parks and rec? Where is public works?

Its a body of water in the City of Pensacola!

Another Hayward failure for the Citizens to fix!  

http://www.pnj.com/story/news/2016/11/30/carpenter-creek-cleanup-planned-saturday/94697454/

Bright spot:

Area political leaders hope to fund additional projects to cleanup pollution and erosion in the creek with money from the RESTORE program, created from restitution money paid by oil giant BP in the aftermath of the massive 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill. Escambia County Commissioner Grover Robinson ranked the project as one of the area's top priorities for the funding.

You go Mayor Robinson!

Area political leaders DO NOT INCLUDE MAYOR ASHTON HAYWARD.

He has done nothing toward this project.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Well, Where Did We Leave Off?

Since last I posted, here is the summary of City events as I see them:

  • Bare Out, Spencer In - Brian Spencer is the new President of Council.  It should be fun to show all of the conflicts of interest he has to dance around each month.  Also, it will be interesting to see how he builds a better relationship with the Council and Mayor as he also positions for a run for Mayor.
  • Sherri Myers has the only City project that could receive BP money from the County.  All of the Mayor's proposed projects may not be funded at all yet he won't jump on board the Myers train to get the win she could see with Carpenters Creek.
  • Grover Robinson announced he will not seek re-election to the Commission.  Grover, PLEASE run for Mayor.
  • Mayor Hayward keeps telling more and more people he will NOT run for another term.  
  • Fred and Fred have the old Hallmark Elementary under contract for sale.  Too bad real estate moguls An Hayward and Matt Pair won't be able to enjoy the profits since they were bought out of 316 LLC for pennies.
  • PC Wu got his retirement travel bucket refilled by getting re-elected to continue to do nothing for the Citizens.  Standby for the new selfies...I will post them as I get them.
  • Rick Outzen continues to slay the City on it's empty words and fake transparency.
  • The Mayor continues to ignore the Westside Citizens. He needed every vote here to get elected and now he has little support in the community. This may be a major driver in him leaning toward quitting after this term.  That and he may want the Statute of Limitations to begin running on any misdeeds. 
Whew!  Time to jump back in!