By JOSH RESNEK
The mayor revealed a series of new hires for his corner office in city hall last week.
Through a series of costly shifts and reassignments of key personnel, the mayor was able to make three new key hires as he attempts to stay within the $1.1 million office budget voted for him by the city council.
The way the mayor spends taxpayer dollars, he will be hard-pressed to stay within the $1.1 million.
The mayor is gearing up for his re-election bid. So what does that require?
He shifts his loyalists around while keeping them on the public payroll to do his bidding.
There is a nearly invisible line of separation supposed to exist between city work and campaign work performed by city employees.
That invisible line does not exist at all when it comes to black and brown hires because, frankly, there have been very, very few of those hires to the mayor’s team.
Continue reading Mayor hires new chief of staff, communication specialists
Poor record of posting meetings minutes, information
By JOSH RESNEK
The late Charles Krauthammer – one of America’s great news commentators – once famously said that “whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence.”
He might have said it this way about Everett.
“Whatever is going on at Everett City Hall in the corner office is a choice between incompetence and conspiracy.
“As a rule, always choose incompetence,” he might have said.
When it comes to transparency, the administration continues to lower the bar for allowing the public to access information.
Is there a conspiracy on behalf of the administration to deprive the people of Everett of information about the way their city is being run, or is it mere incompetence?
Records of city council and school committee meetings must be made available, and in a timely manner, for the public.
But this is Everett.
Continue reading Lack of city’s transparency troubling
Bishop Brown will not be intimidated by anyone
By JOSH RESNEK
The city of Everett lags behind in hiring brown and black people, Brazilians and Southeast Asians, and people of ethnicity like Puerto Ricans and Central Americans.
The Everett city roster of blacks and brown and immigrant people is an offense to the notion of integration.
The city employee roster is largely, mostly almost entirely white.
It looks like a Norman Rockwell 1960’s oil painting depicting the typical white American family seated around a sumptuous Thanksgiving turkey dinner at a beautifully set table with happy white smiling faces all enjoying the holiday.
No official counts are kept but it is estimated that the city employs about six black and brown people out of a roster of about 800.
The disparity between black and white and ethnics employed by the School Department is another gap that needs to be bridged.
Enter into this lopsided mix Everett’s bridge builder for the past 40 years, Bishop Brown of the Zion Church.
The city’s most noted black pastor is no stranger to racism and exclusion.
Continue reading Board seeks diversity in city hiring
The announcement last week that the city’s able Planning and Development director of many years, Tony Sousa, is leaving city government in what is arguably one of the most important positions in city hall is not surprising.
What is surprising is that he stayed as long as he did.
In the end, he couldn’t take it anymore, a colleague told the Leader Herald.
He had had enough of the mayor.
He had had enough of the mayor’s sidekicks in government. Quite frankly, he had had enough of Everett city hall.
What made Sousa so unique in his role was his competency.
He is a development and planning official who knows what to do and how to do things the right way.
In addition, Sousa had a winning personality inside a city hall where the mayor’s long reach tends to soil everything good, and sometimes in ways that either offended or disgusted Sousa.
Continue reading Tony Sousa didn’t leave because he was happy
By LEADER HERALD STAFF
City Clerk Sergio Cornelio is perhaps the best voting handicapper in the city.
As such, he is predicting approximately 16,000 total Everett votes in the upcoming presidential election.
“We’ve already got about 6,000 mail-ins – 4,000 from the primary and an additional 2,000 to date,” Cornelio said. “We are looking for about double that number in the finale,” he added.
Cornelio said processing all the ballots takes attention but is not rocket science.
He said that Everett and the state of Massachusetts are adept at counting mail-in ballots and that voting fraud is not a factor in this upcoming election.
Continue reading Cornelio predicts 16,000 votes to be cast on Nov. 3