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Gerry Nutter laid it out, by the numbers. (I’ll provide graphs, below the fold.)
Additionally, during those years that City Manager / Administration proposed and the City Council approved the use of about $17.87 million in one time money in Free Cash, nearly $6 million per year to sustain spending levels as opposed to making necessary cuts.All while being supported by the Editor at the SUN.
In October 2006 after removing that City Manager and with the appointment of a new CFO the City discovered that the budget that was now 1/3rd under way, was rife with miscalculations. Free cash to pay for services was estimated to be $3.5 million but in the end it was -$2.2 million, a difference of $5.7 million. Other local receipts were over estimated by about $2 million. The FY06 budget ran out of money for utility bills and they were moved into FY07 for payment making the already inadequate utility account doubly so
That is all fact, it supports and highlights the need for professional management along with a strong balanced council. Combined with the positive numbers I showed last week highlighting the upward direction the city is heading, why is this election being focused on stupid, petty garbage like OLD vs. New Lowell.
This week’s “The Column” opted to be cute by half with this treatment.
MONTHS AGO, outgoing Mayor Patrick Murphy held an event at The Old Court. Those who attended, including one veteran politician, observed that Murphy packed the room with young, exuberant 20-somethings whose apparent desire to get involved in politics signaled a “new Lowell,” an awakening of sorts.
I’ve heard the WCAP ‘infomercial’ try to lay the coining of this meme at the feet of Dick Howe, Jr. Of course, JMac only looks in the mirror, so he really won’t know where the phrasing comes from. Gerry Nutter puts it on an attention seeking local media, which includes us ‘big mouthed bloggers.’ I concur. The ‘new/old’ meme has been floating around for several years now. It spun off the chatter about ‘blow ins & grow ins,’ etc. It’s clear, from the way The Column above sidesteps it, that they didn’t do their homework. But, opted, rather, to parrot JMac’s empty headed contortion. JMac & Campi come up short. Funny, in my mind, was the word choice, ” veteran politician,” by Campi. Who hates Dick, Jr. only a little less than he hates Kendall Wallace, to the point Campi will only admit the existence of Dick’s Blog, if he absolutely has to.
Dick, btw, has given witness to Gerry Nutter’s framing of the corporate; desperate to survive, via, bargain basement fire sale journalistic ethics; local media:
In his Sunday Notes today, Gerry Nutter says that all the negativity about city government coming from the Sun and WCAP is designed to suppress voter turnout on November 5. I agree.
About those City Finance graphs:
Some of you may recall the spat Mayor Murphy was in. No. The other one. Damn it. The OTHER, other one. This one!
Sorry for the confusion. Anyways, the opponents of a methadone clinic being placed near a potential blossoming of McMansions did not take being hinted at, kindly. Though, to be fair, it was a heavy handed hint, as we Irish don’t do ballet. We clog. Well, I blog, but I digress.
Mr.McMansion, Dave Daly, bought up a piece of Lowell that is currently zoned Industrial. He tried, and failed, to have it rezoned to McMansion, aka Residential. To say Mr. Daly was miffed would be an understatement. The up & coming Brahmin of Lowell do not like to be trifled with by the likes of lowly elected officials.
I covered this before: Dave Daly and an Ambulance Chaser
Mr. Daly is covering it, as well. Mostly on WCAP, it should be noted. Thus, in one episode of the “Can I Be Frank?” show, Dave Daly and Frank McCabe go over the basics of shady political rhetoric.
Hear is a taste:
Generally, I applaud the efforts of WCAP. Especially the efforts of Ted Panos. Who’s political slant is bothersome, but his knack for journalism is not the worst. He excels, I should add, at Lowell’s corporate media’s standard for ‘new media.’ A sincere round of applause for “Radio Replay.”
Richard Nixon is gone now, and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing — a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. Not even Gerald Ford, the unhappy ex-president who pardoned Nixon and kept him out of prison, was immune to the evil fallout. Ford, who believes strongly in Heaven and Hell, has told more than one of his celebrity golf partners that “I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon.”
I have had my own bloody relationship with Nixon for many years, but I am not worried about it landing me in hell with him. I have already been there with that bastard, and I am a better person for it. Nixon had the unique ability to make his enemies seem honorable, and we developed a keen sense of fraternity. Some of my best friends have hated Nixon all their lives. My mother hates Nixon, my son hates Nixon, I hate Nixon, and this hatred has brought us together.
Not long ago, I was sent on an errand to pick up some stuff at the Bridge St. DeMoula’s. Being on the Dracut line, it goes without saying, the place is teeming with Dracuteers. Standing in the express line, I overheard two older gentlemen discussing the upcoming vote on school funding. Their demeanor and body language was controlled, if not cordial. But, at one point, the man espousing certain fiscal ‘truths’ pulled back from getting heated, stating, “I don’t want to ‘get into it, here.”
In Lowell, the municipal election is pending. We need to “get into it.”
Regarding today’s agreement with the Attorney General’s Office:
I am glad that this civil settlement brings to a close a process that I initiated in January of 2012 when I asked for an investigation by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance based upon reports that Michael McLaughlin was improperly soliciting funds for my committee.
I asked for the investigation because I have always sought to play by the rules and run my political committee within the letter and the spirit of the law. This review has been comprehensive and we have fully cooperated with the authorities every step of the way.
As I have said from the start, I never asked Michael McLaughlin to solicit funds for my committee, because I know that would have been wrong. The finding that Michael McLaughin violated the law by asking people to donate to my committee is not shocking today given what we now know about his character and his criminal actions. As a result of his criminal activity, many people have been hurt, most importantly many good people in Chelsea who simply sought dignified and affordable housing for themselves and their families. If I knew in 2006 what I know today about Mr. McLaughlin, I would have never had any association with him at all.
Nevertheless, Mr. McLaughlin’s behavior does not change the fact that I am ultimately responsible for administrative oversights made by my committee. While neither I nor any member of my committee was aware that Mr. McLaughlin was making such solicitations, we should have been more vigilant in monitoring the situation.
This investigation also found inappropriate fundraising activity by a state highway department employee. Again, I should have been more vigilant.
I have certainly learned from these mistakes and I hope that other elected officials, candidates for office and their political committees can as well.
This civil settlement and purging of the funds is a welcomed conclusion and I look forward to continuing to work hard in my role as President of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, to help businesses and institutions grow, create jobs and improve the quality of life for people in Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth at large.
It is confirmed by several sources, John MacDonald has formed his own company. Then, there is this:
(I deleted out his address and added the red arrow to the screen grab)
I’m at a loss. What to think?!
Is JMac’s sugar daddy, Sal Lupoli gonna run for Governor? LG? Something? Or, is JMac looking to cash campaign checks from a Lupoli ally?
Maybe, he wants to shill for slots in Tewksbury?
Make sure you watch City Life, tomorrow, at 6 am: Here or on the boob tube. Or, wait until the amateur marketeer gets the Blog of Record on message, then read it in dead tree form. Lastly, you can listen to Sam Poulten’s pride and joy, The JMac & The Bear Show. I think this hour long infomercial for “shady Lowell” runs Fridays at 10am.
Heads up, folks!
A flurry of comments have popped up on Lynne’s post about Matt Vieira, down blog. The crux of the retorts are about an argument over whether #JMatt (Vieira) deleted an earlier Facebook incarnation of himself. The rumoured Facebook page was very overwrought with scurrilous, tea bagger frenzied remarks about liberals, including the POTUS.
We at LiL are accused of being “lunatics” and are said to be making this stuff up because we want to damage Matt Vieira’s candidacy.
1) Come October, there is a slim chance this diary will be relevant.
2) Vieira is the Prince of self-inflicted political gaffes.
3) The whole “deleted Facebook page” thing has been around since, at least, March 2013.
The latest “buzz” for a new challenger is Matt Vieira a young man who has worked on some local campaigns and has been involved with the Best Buddy and Cancer charities. Like a lot of young people, Matt has posted some strongly opinionated items on Facebook that in hindsight I’m sure he regrets and he deleted his old page and began a new one. However, things aren’t gone because they have been deleted and those that support the City Manager style instead of strong Mayor will no doubt bring those posting back. It is up to Matt to show the maturity to deal with his past while not letting it become a distraction.
Apparently, as Gerry Nutter predicted, Vieira was so acerbic, someone took note and grabbed some screen shots. Here’s a sample of what was passed around.
Despite the crappiness that appears to be the Lowell Sun’s new website (the sidebar ads are covering half the content, they have the worst, most pixelized photo of Gitschier imaginable…they must have pulled it off Google…and the layout of Santoro’s picture is whacked and the photo overly ginormous) we finally find out the results of the internal investigation of the claim by former Superintendent and current golden parachute retiree Mary Jo Santoro, that School Committee member Eric Gitschier “harassed” her by making too many motions asking for accountability.
That result? No there there. Move along folks.
This November, when the sharpie in my hand hits the municipal ballot, it will first touch at Bill Martin’s name.
h/t to Mimi, who snagged this video from the last time ’shady Lowell’ came for Mayor Murphy.
Please do not respond to the negativity & histrionics that are puking forth, as the City election approaches, with contempt for politics or apathy. The strategery of ’shady Lowell’ is to turn you off and drive you away from the polling booth.
You know, as well as I, what we can do when we stand up to the insidious fog that hovers in the crevices of Lowell.
PS. The Blog of Record is separating the wheat from the chaff for you. I figure they’re explaining to “shady Lowell” who they should snub. (The “shadies” are slow on the uptake, if it doesn’t reek of under the table hack money.)
A lot, however, could come out in the wash that is November’s election. If there is little or no change on the City Council, a new contract could be hard to get. But if candidates like Stacie Hargis, James Milinazzo, Derek Mitchell and William Samaras get on, the prospects of Lynch getting a new deal are significantly higher.
Didn’t Dave Daly used to drive an ambulance? If anyone knows Gary Sepe or John Chemaly, would you please verify and report back, here?
I know Daly owns an ambulance, bunches, actually. And, on the side, he builds McMansions.
Seems, now, Daly wants to hang out with ambulance chasers (bold mine):
David Daly, the Lowell developer and business owner who was an outspoken opponent of the clinic’s move, said he felt like he was one of Murphy’s targets.
“I’m extremely upset and insulted, and I feel slandered,” said Daly. “He is painting the ZBA, developers and a lot of other people with a broad brush and implying people were taking payoffs. He is completely off-base and his comments were reckless.”
Daly is president and CEO of PrideSTAR EMS and Daly General Contracting, which are based across Stedman Street from Habit OpCo’s proposed location. He plans to consult a lawyer about Murphy’s comments and consider legal action.
Some of you are scratching your head, right now. “Jack, You talk inside baseball.” Mea culpa. Context and continuance is below the fold.
Update: Feedback is coming in on my observation of O’Hare indicating the option to run for the 2 year seat. Note the similarity of handwriting for the O’Hare and Bahou entries. Did the same person jot “GLTHS School Comm” down in the book?
Could this be a clerical error and I only made it worse by running it up the flagpole?
Update 2: I’m told that there was a miscommunication and that George O’Hare has made it understood that he intends to run for the full, four year term that he currently holds. So, read the rest of this diary with an awkward eye.
I’ll toss my crystal ball and take out the handy dandy ‘Magic 8 Ball.’
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