The talk of the city is the outcome of last week’s municipal election.
If you are the mayor, you can think of nothing else even though he tells the yes men surrounding him that the election didn’t mean anything.
The election meant everything.
The results are mind numbing.
For the mayor, they are, frankly, incomprehensible, a disaster of the first order.
It is as if everyone he told to vote his way voted another way and the outcome was like handwriting on the wall – and this isn’t just me writing hyperbole – it is Everett voters understanding exactly what they did.
No one likes being told by the mayor who to vote for because they work for the city.
City employees showed their independence of him voting for their hearts rather than letting him pull their strings.
For the likes of his cousin Councilor Anthony DiPierro and his paid lackey and comrade in arms Gerry Navarro, last week’s outcomes across the board went against the mayor.
Navarro once told me recently the mayor could never be beaten. “He’ll be the mayor forever,” he said to me.
“That’s a bad bet, Gerry, following the outcome of this election,” I’d tell him.
“He’s not going to be the mayor forever and this election proved it.”
Let’s start at the top of the list of those the mayor supported who all lost and work downward.
The School Department, the School Committee and the Superintendent Selection Committee are exerting strong influences to guide the choice of a new superintendent.
The extent to which they have all gone to keep the process a secret from the city government and from the people is a bit like everyone who cares being asked by them to cast their fate to the wind.
How can everyone be so careful about this process and at the same time so uncaring about an incident that happened last week and not have a word to say about it or a suggestion of what to do about it or a care in the world for exercising caution in the face of a situation that is potentially very dangerous?
Last week, an employee of the school department was arrested for a domestic violence incident. He spent the night in jail. He was arraigned in Malden Court the next day.
As soon as he got out of court, he allegedly went to his teaching job at a local elementary school.
Whether this man is innocent or not is not the issue.
It is not for us to decide.
The issue is the safety of school department employees and everyone involved with the school department including students.
Employees of the school department arrested for incidents of domestic violence should be suspended from their jobs pending the outcome of the situation in court, the same way NFL football players are suspended from their right to play football when they are accused of domestic violence incidents.
The reason such a project is worthy is due to the fact that there is such a great need for veterans and elderly housing for lifelong Everett residents being pushed out of the city by rising rents and unaffordable housing costs for older men and women and veterans on fixed incomes.
The mayor last week said: “We have a lot of charter schools who may try to buy it (the Pope John property) and to expand. Charter schools are good for education but they hurt cities and towns.”
This was the mayor being interviewed in another publication. Claiming charter schools are good for education but hurting cities and towns is all about opposites colliding.
It is like claiming rainy days are good for a tan and that sunny days won’t darken really light skin if you stay out in the sun.
Charter schools here in Everett have raised the bar for reading scores, and in a big way. Charter schools challenge the limited abilities of our public schools in a way they cannot compete.
Last week, the Pioneer Charter School announced its school of science, which serves Everett students grades K-12, beat the state averages on 2019 assessment tests.
They outperformed state averages in English and math on the 2019 MCAS tests!
Dominico D’Angelo, the longtime Everett City Treasurer, has left his position, cleaning out his office at the end of the business day Monday after apparently being told by the mayor earlier in the day to retire or to be fired.
Efforts to reach D’Angelo for a comment were unsuccessful.
As treasurer and collector, D’Angelo oversaw a large department by city hall standards, with multiple clerks and manifold duties, the most important of which.
These included accepting all tax payments from property owners both commercial and residential as well as fees of every kind and all the revenues generated by the city’s energetic parking ticket operation.
About three weeks ago, Councilor Anthony DiPierro, perhaps one of the city’s busiest and most effective enforcers for his cousin the mayor, set off on a new tangent to help Kickback.
As I have been told by someone quite close to the situation, cousin Anthony and Kickback had a discussion – a private discussion about how to sink Mike McLaughlin’s campaign against Alfred Lattanzi.
Lattanzi, who is not a member of Kickback’s family (but who might as well be), is in a heated race for the Ward 6 seat against McLaughlin. Kickback is behind Lattanzi. Lattanzi is behind Kickback. DiPierro is working for both of them.
DiPierro is an important part of their election hopes and their futures, not to mention doing their business to insure his own future.
DiPierro and Kickback met and decided to throw a curve at McLaughlin.