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The corruption continues. What an insult to the others that applied. Bucanhan has already served, in fairness they should have given someone else a chance. They couldn't afford to, Bucanhan was part of the house deal with Schwab I think and they couldn't take a chance of having someone that would question Schwab,. The voucher for Johnson they should be thankful. If the law suit and the judge agreed had not been ruled in the citizens favor 18 million in traffic fees would have been laid on the voter backs that should have gone to the developers. Schwab just showed his ineptness. Barney was right liars lie, thieves steal and salesmen sell.
From the Email InBox
In conversations with three of the candidates before the vote and with several of the town folks that watch what is going on at City Hall, everyone believed that it was going to be another dog and pony show and unbridled and unregulated development would win.
We all knew that the former Mayor Buchanan had been selected before the vote was taken. Just like Councilwoman Garcia should have excused herself from the vote on Jacobsens projects because he and his wife contribute to her campaign, so should have Maryetta Ferre. (See attached campaign contribution form)
It was obvious Councilman Miller did not go along with the rigged vote and was the lone vote for a change.
The payment to Mr. Johnson, the citizens should be thankful there are people that watch what this City does or doesn't do. Which is the case in the OAC lawsuit. Mr. Schwab did not negotiate 18 million dollars in traffic fees that Judge Wade also agreed should not be placed on the tax payers back. That would get any other city manager, in any other city, fired. That's an 18 million dollar mistake. Any other City Council would have given him his walking papers for such a blunder.
Here's a question for everyone. Schwab asked for the payment to Mr. Johnson be taken from the City Redevelopment Agency, which I question the legality of, why not just take it out of the 5 million dollar reserve he and the Councilwomen have been touting for the last year. The reason is that the General Fund is about 5 million a year and 4.5 million goes to repay redevelopment debt which grows with every breath we take.
The General Fund does not have 30 grand in it? The 5 million dollar reserve does not have it either? Golly Gee folks do you think that just maybe there is no reserve and the City, as former Council member Hilkey stated in his concern, that the City is using RDA funds for it's everyday operations. This would explain the false report that was sent to the State Legislators claiming buildings exist on vacant land. That there was no income from rental property. That there was no income from the sale of RDA property.
I guess the Dodson property is given to Carlstrom just to charge a management fee and allow his relative to live there rent free. The questions by the Councilwoman asking the candidates on how they would increase revenue. I guess they are realizing that the way they are doing it doesn't work. It is a proven fact that cities that do not have RDA's do better than those that do. We are a prime example.
So we continue with Schwab making the decisions with some of the Council behind closed doors and on every other Thurday night, oh, wait , that was changed to Tuesday nights so Councilwoman Cortes could socialize with the G.O.P Central Committee, and Tuesday night will be the bi-monthly meetings of the Liars Club. We have a new old member now again. Dejavu.
Gramps Said I'd post what comes in, and here it is folks, I am good to my word about what I post anyway. All Email will be posted even if it is not " friendly" to the new voice on the Council.