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If you are a concerned citizen, please attend this Wednesday's City Council Meeting August 20, 2013 at 6:00pm. The city is required to respond to the Grand Jury's findings with a statement within 90 days. Perhaps some of the City Officials are hoping that everyone in IB already forgot about this issue. I know there are a few citizens who have not. Please pass the word. This might be a great opportunity to show the Mayor, City Council and new City Manager that not everyone is apathetic or too busy to really know what's going on at our City Hall. Thanks everyone. The BEST is before us!
Libi Uremovic August 21, 2013 at 06:06 AM
dante - that should say 'wednesday the 21st..'
Libi Uremovic August 21, 2013 at 06:32 AM
read the city's response to the grand jury - the city 'disagrees' with the grand jury findings ... the city has had many recommendations from the grand jury in the last few years that the city has ignored .. agenda item 6.1 - after formally spit on the grand jury agenda item 6.2 - back to killing the sport park because there's no problem with the money as long as the checks are being cut to consultants, lawyers, and construction.... but there is no money for kids in the budget .....and it's not the city's fault - it's the kids' fault....
Dante Pamintuan August 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Yes Libi, you are correct on the date of August 21st. My typo error. Thanks for pointing it out.
Marcus Boyd August 21, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Thanks for attending the council meeting - and speaking - this evening. Your points were well said, and could easily be implemented, it would be a shame if they are ignored - and the language is not changed.
Dante Pamintuan August 22, 2013 at 01:34 AM
Marcus. I'm sorry I did not personally meet you. We have not met face to face yet. I saw you speak and want to thank you for coming to the council meeting tonight. Your participation and engagement as a citizen helps the city move forward. As for my talking points, I can only hope that the language will be more positive so that the city can move forward and still be seen in a positive light by outside funding sources. Thanks to Mr. Spriggs who brought up the idea of adding more respectful terms to the response. However, I did feel embarrassed for a certain council member who kept patting themselves on the back and giving way too much credit to Mr. Wade, Ms. Lyons, city staff and the entire council, in getting through one of the most "stressful" times that a city official had to endure during those years of millions of available RDA dollars...and then getting the rug pulled out from under them. It's called politics. The elected city officials are entrusted with votes of confidence by their constituents to carry out due diligence and public duty. Hiring the best people to oversee such a dynamic program as the RDA is the responsibility of the Mayor and City Council. It's too easy for a council member and Mayor to state that "we did nothing wrong", and then walk away from it. There's no accountability. But I do understand the need for the city to keep moving forward. It is a shame that we have certain people in powerful positions who have a sensitive and defensive nature that warrants a restraining order on the Civil Grand Jury. This is an example of poor people skills, poor leadership, poor judgement and poor communication skills. I will probably write something on my next blog with regards to the traits of what makes for exemplary leadership...especially in working with people. Thanks again. The BEST is before us IB.
Libi Uremovic August 22, 2013 at 06:22 AM
"we did nothing wrong"... then why did the state freeze the city's assets..? why is there a big hole in the ground at 9th and palm....???
Marcus Boyd August 22, 2013 at 09:39 AM
"why did the state freeze the city's assets..? why is there a big hole in the ground at 9th and palm...." @Libi - They'll say that was a different report - and is not related to the civil grand jury report... They also forgot to mention that the criminal grand jury also is investigating the "steal for a dollar deal" that is now a "big hole in the ground at 9th and palm...." also known as RDA Karma Plaza.
Dante Pamintuan August 22, 2013 at 12:00 PM
As Mr. Wade, the Mayor and City Council members stated: "It was a "stressful" time. Projects were already approved and funding earmarked from RDA...and then the bottom fell out. The rug was pulled and everyone was running around with their heads cut off. Actually they didn't say that word for word, I'm paraphrasing from the meeting last night.
Libi Uremovic August 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
'... @Libi - They'll say that was a different report - and is not related to the civil grand jury report.....' they are directly related because it was the hidden accounts found to payoff lawsuits that the grand jury was referring to...
Marcus Boyd August 22, 2013 at 12:09 PM
Please, allow me to offer a paraphrasing from someone who is not new to their way of communicating to the public... "As Mr. Wade, the Mayor and City Council members stated: "It was a "stressful" time. Eminent Domain was already approved for ONE DOLLAR and funding NOT earmarked from RDA or anywhere else...and then the CLOSET DOOR OPENED and all the skeletons fell out. The BLINDERS were pulled off the state' eye's and everyone was running around like chickens with their heads cut off AND SOME RESIGNED! Actually they didn't say that word for word, I'm paraphrasing from the meeting last night - and the others I've witnessed over the years."
Libi Uremovic August 22, 2013 at 12:11 PM
'... Projects were already approved and funding earmarked from RDA...and then the bottom fell out. ...' dante - it's not true....yes, the state closed down rda because it's pillaging our local governments, but what the city did was try to circumvent the law .....and that's what got them into trouble...
Libi Uremovic August 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM
what people don't understand about rda and mello roos is that it's a scam to run up debt without voter approval... everything has to be paid for by the taxpayer .... if the city wants to spend millions on 13th street they need to get the money through property or sales tax increases, not by going into debt...
Libi Uremovic August 22, 2013 at 12:19 PM
in 2003 the city took out a $22.7 million bond for palm ave....in 2010 the city took out another $21.5 million bond for palm ave... how many would have agreed to spend $44 million on palm ave if it was attached to their property taxes...??? is making 13th street into a one-way road really worth the tens of millions is will end up costing ...

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