Napolitano to be assistant city clerk, but hiring diversity missed

By JOSH RESNEK

Casual observers of the local political scene are being led to believe the mayor has nothing to do with the choice of the next assistant city clerk.

After all, everything about the city council is having to do with the city clerk’s office which services the city council.

According to the city charter, the assistant city clerk is the council’s choice, exclusively, end of discussion.

If you believe that, you can believe that Martians are occupying city employee chairs in their city hall offices.

The mayor has recently instructed Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien on a Facebook exchange that he, the mayor, has nothing to do with the appointment.

This is like the mayor trying to persuade taxpayers complaining about the imprudent city budget that he has nothing to do with the city budget.

“The city’s CFO Eric Demas is in charge of the city budget, not me,” the mayor might well say.

“Demas makes all the financial decisions,” the mayor has recently said.

We know better.

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Failure to post required notice sinks city council meeting again

Everett City Hall. (Photo By Jim Mahoney)


By JOSH RESNEK

The second failure to post a plan for the city council meeting during the past four weeks has led to the postponement of the meeting.

The Monday night meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday.

The meeting will be broadcast by the use of ZOOM due to continuing COVID restrictions. The meeting will be broadcast live on ECTV.

City Council meetings, which occur on the second and fourth Mondays each month, are required to be advertised publicly and posted at city hall at least 48 hours before the meeting can be officially convened.

The failure of the city to post the meeting properly raised a few eyebrows in political circles.

Not only have the city’s city council postings been off, but the ZOOM broadcasts of three city council meetings have either been terminated after a difficult start or canceled entirely because of equipment failure and mismanagement.

“Something isn’t right,” said Councilor Mike Marchese. “At the very least the equipment the city uses should be in working order,” he added.

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City burns EFD, delays fire hires

Everett Fire Department Ladder 2 on Broadway. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Promised 20 slots still vacant

By JOSH RESNEK

Last year, the mayor promised to hire 20 new firefighters to fill gaps caused by retirements, injuries, and needs.

No new hires have been made in five years.

Applicants for the promised positions were told they’d be put to work to satisfy staffing requirements intended to make Everett as safe as it can be when it comes to firefighter first responders.

Now the mayor appears to be hedging on his promise, this, in addition to the city reeling from the COVID-19 – which has put at least five firefighters out of service. Another four are out with injuries.

Not only are there not enough firefighters to complete the expected complement of about 100 men and women (presently staffing is at 83), but the city is pressed for funds.

Twenty additional firefighters would cost at least $2 million a year to start, and much more than this as the years go by.

The mayor has been either reluctant or unable to keep his promise.

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Educating ourselves about Government

We call to the attention of many of our readers who follow the meanderings of our city government a new tool by which each of you can weigh and measure the actions of our elected public officials.

Call it a scorecard, call it what you will, the cut-out included

in this edition of the Leader Herald is intended to be used as a guidepost to assessing the actions of city leaders so you are able to make more educated decisions about what you favor and what you do not, whose policies you favor and whose you do not.

This is your way of keeping score, of expanding your cumulative knowledge about where your councilors stand, what they vote for and against, what they are in support of, and what they are not in support of.

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Everett only in partial compliance to state’s open meeting laws

Only six sets of minutes out of 25 posted, some missing information

By JOSH RESNEK

Boston has been called “the Cradle of Liberty.” I think that label is a bit narrow.

The Battle of Lexington and Concord, during which “the shot heard ‘round the world” was actually fired, didn’t occur within the geographic confines of the City of Boston. Massachusetts is the actual Cradle of Liberty. From the Revolution of 1689 – which lead to the Governor of the New England Dominion, Sir Edmund Andros, being ousted from office to Shays’ Rebellion (whose leaders became President George Washington’s first use of the federal pardon) to being ground zero for the abolitionist movement to Romney Care – the progenitor of the Affordable Care Act – Massachusetts has always been at the forefront of political thought and good government practices.

In 2020, we can count on Everett under the DeMaria administration not doing the legal and right thing, but rather, the politically charged thing.

A pall, like a dark and brooding storm cloud, hangs over Everett.

Is there an effort made to keep people in the dark?

It appears that way.

In Massachusetts, we have something called the Open Meeting Law, which is designed “to ensure transparency in the deliberations on which public policy is based.”

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