Let’s face it, many politicians’ popularity is built on handing out jobs to friends and family. Handing out jobs is the equivalent of securing lifetime votes. Inventing job titles, as Carlo DeMari has done, in order to employ more friends and family and hand out higher wages is what makes him tick.
Appointing friends and family to commissions and boards without an interest in their qualifications, awarding no-bid contracts to favored contractors and developers in return for benefits, and cozying up to the unions and everyone else when you care nothing for them is what this mayor is all about.
When we allow a politician to become too powerful that’s when arrogance sets in.
The abuse of power begins. And things begin to get very dirty very quickly. Now that the DeMaria monster has been created. It’s difficult to destroy it.
Growth and development are good for a community. However, growth and development should be implemented in a controlled manner, after careful planning, to ensure that it is truly beneficial to the community. If you look around our city you see two and three family properties converted into six and eight-plus unit structures. You see buildings being constructed in neighborhoods that tower over the surrounding properties. An even closer look reveals that some of these developers have multiple projects in our city. These large-scale buildings do not blend with their surroundings, and impair or completely block sunlight from reaching smaller structures.
It is imperative that we protect the integrity of our neighborhoods. We cannot continue to build excessively on every square inch of space. The current unlimited expansion is overburdening our city’s infrastructure, causing overcrowding and resulting in unnecessary congestion. Additionally, this uncontrolled growth further frustrates our city’s overloaded school system.
Words like Transparency and Accountability are thrown around daily by public officials. However, transparency and accountability in government are often very difficult to find.
One common question I am asked is: “Where does all the money go?” It is well-known that I take my responsibility for fiscal oversight very seriously as a city councilor. As one of four boys raised in a single-parent household, I understand the need to allocate limited resources in a prudent and responsible manner. Throughout my tenure in elected office, I have gone over every annual budget, line-by-line, and consistently ask questions regarding funding requests. This is to ensure that what is requested truly benefits all our residents and not just a select few individuals. When I served on the Ways and Means Committee, I reviewed every single bill paid by the city. It was a real eye-opening experience. Every resident should have that same opportunity. As your councilor, I have requested more transparency as to how our city spends money. If elected Mayor, I will make all city expenditures accessible to the public, both online and in person. After all, it is your money. You deserve to know where your money is going and how it benefits you.
When you think the mayor and his administration can’t sink any lower than the gutter, they prove you wrong.
There is no bottom to the pit where the city now resides under their leadership and this is magnified by the mayor’s recent effort to rid the city of property and homeowners living across the casino and to use eminent domain, if necessary, to accomplish the task.
The mayor wants to basically steal by eminent domain houses on lower Broadway.
He wants to steal homes of hard-working Everett property owners and taxpayers, residents, and lovers not only of their properties but the city.
Some people do not want to be bought out of their homes and properties by the city so the casino can do as it likes.
Employing eminent domain is a cowardly and despicable act; not the act of a man with a spine, or a leader, but a cowardly, money-hungry grubber who serves many masters, the casino primary among them.
This is the type of gangster leader using gangster tactics you would expect to see in communist China or Russia, not Everett.
Many residents are not as wealthy as our mayor is or pretends to be. And they don’t care to be wealthy with what some people might call dirty money. They just want to live their lives in the homes they own and care about and to be left alone.