Fred Capone stance on the issues
This is the second of two interviews
with JOSH RESNEK
Q: The number of Blacks, Browns, and Hispanics working for the city amount to about 5% of the city workforce. What will you do to change the imbalance?
A: The diversity of our community is one of our biggest strengths and our city workforce should reflect that fact. That said, my hiring process would be open and impartial. Employment will be offered to the best-qualified individual and/or who would be the biggest asset to our city. Focus will be on what you know, not who you know. There will be a preference for Everett residents with an earnest effort made to better represent our diverse community.
Q: What kind of outreach and support for the Haitian community will mark a Fred Capone administration?
A: The Haitian community, as all our diverse groups, are valued members of our city. Rev. Myrlande DesRosiers, Director of the Everett Haitian Community Center, and Rev. Mimi Daniel of the North Shore Evangelical Missionary do amazing work within our community. I commend both organizations for their recent Haitian relief efforts. Under my administration, outreach and support will be the same for all groups within our community. Everett truly belongs to all of us. There will be open, honest communication with plenty of support for one another so that we can collaborate to make Everett the best community possible for every resident. I’m actually in the process of planning a multi-cultural meet and greet at our campaign headquarters.Continue Reading
Capone riding big momentum
Calls for audit of city finances if elected
Mayoral candidate Fred Capone said earlier this week that an audit of the city’s finances would be likely when he is elected mayor.
“Transparency at all levels of government is essential particularly when it comes to city finances,” he told the Leader Herald.
“It is crucial to have a thorough and accurate understanding of our city’s financial well-being in order to properly plan for the future. An overall municipal audit following proper accounting procedures seems appropriate. Depending on the findings, a forensic audit may be required,” he added.Continue Reading
EHS struggling to control violence
Blaming officials will not solve problem
By JOSH RESNEK
Since Everett High School reopened for in-class live instruction we have been receiving disturbing reports, and sometimes graphic videos, of violent hand-to-hand combat on the stairs in front of EHS and inside the school.
We have also received a number of e-mails from concerned parents who express worry about the safety of their children and teachers who are finding it difficult to coexist in the school with the outbreaks of violence.
At first, the reflexive action is to blame someone, anyone in a position of responsibility for the violence at EHS.
Let’s blame the principal.
Let’s blame the police officer stationed there.
Let’s blame the teachers.
Let’s blame the superintendent of schools and the school committee.
This doesn’t work because all of them together aren’t responsible for what’s
going on in high schools these days with students who go out of control, who attack one another, who fight in the corridors or punch students, and occasionally, teachers.Continue Reading
— Eye on Everett —
The Blue Suit
A weekly discussion between the mayor’s Blue Suit and writer Josh Resnek
“The night is dark. The day is clear. The election is three weeks away.”– Josh Resnek waxing eloquent to the Blue Suit
By JOSH RESNEK
“So you think the voters are going to get rid of Carlo as mayor, Josh? Is that what you think,” the Blue Suit asked me.
You know me well. I don’t count Carlo out. I certainly don’t want to count him in…until the outcome is known on Election Day,” I added.
The Blue Suit began coughing. I worried that he might be choking. The Blue caught his breath. He began breathing steadily again. “Wow. That was a trip. You can’t live if you can’t breathe,” the Blue Suit said.
“Are you OK? Do I need to call 911?” I asked him.
“I’m fine, thank you,” the Blue Suit replied. “Hey, Josh, thanks for looking out for me. The mayor doesn’t care if I live or die. Kind of depressing to work for a guy for so long and to be abused the way I’ve been abused by him, to matter not at all to him unless he wants to use me.”
A moment later, the Blue Suit reached into a pack of cigarettes. He lit up a Marlboro.
“How can you do that?” I asked. “One moment you can’t breathe. The next moment you’re smoking a cigarette. Are you nuts?” I asked.
The coughing began again after the first puff. His eyes teared. He slobbered a bit of spit on his pants. His chest heaved in and out. He was gagging.
He took in another puff.Continue Reading
Mayor’s favorability rating seen sagging
By JOSH RESNEK
The stakes are high.
The political infighting and intrigue are intensifying.
Fred Capone and the mayor have never worked as hard at an election as this one.
The mayor cannot afford to lose.
He has been irascible and uptight since scoring the weakest vote in his political life.
Gaining only 45% of the vote in the primary indicates the mayor’s favorability has tanked and is continuing to tank.
The mayor has acted accordingly, veering dangerously from a campaign strategy dedicated to having him act and appear like a leader of the people and to not be come involved in fighting or answering of any kind.
He is spending enormous amounts of money from his campaign account to ensure a victory.
However, some things cannot be bought.Continue Reading
Tide rock Lynn Classical
EHS rolls to fast start, 44-0 win, will take on Revere HS Friday
Alcy running at full throttle for Councilor at-Large seat
By JOSH RESNEK
For nine years, Guerline Alcy worked at city hall.
In nine years of faithful service, with a flawless work record, she was never promoted despite repeatedly applying for better positions.
Many working with her were promoted.
She was passed over every time.
For many years during her service on the first floor in the office which houses the 311 center she was the only Black woman employed inside city hall.Continue Reading
We lost out on a $130 million firehouse
It is impossible to imagine just how badly the city was ripped off by Steve Wynn and his crew when they took the mayor to the cleaners on the host community agreement that was ultimately negotiated by the mayor.
The mayor settled for $30 million when Everett could have received $130 million for a new fire station in South Everett with all new equipment to be an adjunct to safety precautions necessary because of the presence of the casino and hotel.
The train left the station on that one back in 2018 when Encore was being built.
Why didn’t the mayor consult with others before shooting from the hip?
Was he star-struck by Steve Wynn and all his cohorts? Yes, he was.
Did it affect his performance? Yes, it did.Continue Reading
Former casino exec guilty in Varsity Blues trial
Abdelaziz now faces years in prison in college admission scandal
By JOSH RESNEK
A federal jury deliberated for less than 24 hours before finding former casino executive and Wynn Resorts official
Gamal Abdelaziz guilty of participating in a bribery scheme to have his daughter admitted to a fine school for which she was not qualified.
He chose to stand trial instead of pleading.
It turns out to be a costly decision.
He now faces as much as three years in prison.
Abdelaziz, 64, was accused of paying $300,000 in 2018 to have his daughter admitted to U.S.C. as a top-ranked basketball recruit even though she did not make the varsity team in high school.Continue Reading