Rentals Over Ownership Does Not Make For A Better Everett

Another high rent development taking shape. (Photo by Joe Resnek)

By Steven Pinto

There are clearly some politicians who prefer rental apartment in sprawling new developments over condos or home ownership.

The new upscale rental market is really not too concerned with how city government operates. Renters in the new Everett are about as aloof as they can be.

They are not concerned about schools unless they have a child in the school system. They are mostly concerned about paying their rent and not getting involved in the community where they live.

These new large rental apartment buildings have a very high turnaround of residents.

Units are rented for a year maybe two. Then the tenant is off to somewhere else.

Because of their short stay, they don’t really get involved in city government.

They don’t care much about taxes, water bills and wasteful spending. Their stay is brief. When their rents increase, they don’t blame the politicians. They blame the owner of the building.

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Pope John doesn’t need a rehab, politics here needs a rehab

“Don’t believe the mayor’s lie.”

By Steven Pinto

Everett politicians and the mayor are clearly anti-education.

The deliberate inaction of the city to meet the public school overcrowding issue is an embarrassment.

It actually could possibly be an underlying form of discrimination. Everett public school students are only about 19% white.

This leaves 81% non-white students – Blacks, Browns, Hispanics, and numerous other minorities making up the vast bulk of young people in the school system.

We are refusing to properly educate minorities in Everett.

Maybe the Feds need to step in and investigate the issue. Maybe they already are.

There have been too many documented acts of racism in Everett. And not providing safe and proper education facilities could be another act of racism and or discrimination or both.

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Overcrowding Robs Everett School Students

By Steven Pinto

It’s depressing to see that Everett is at least fifteen years or more behind proper education facilities.

The biggest pitfall is over-crowded classrooms. It’s difficult to teach and learn in an overcrowded classroom.

Education empowers people. Education keeps people out of poverty. You can become self-sufficient with a quality education.

Education can help keep people off welfare and other government assistance programs.

Education can make you self-reliant.

You don’t need to count on the government or someone else to support you.

Education allows you to be independent to make your own decisions. It can also help you to help others as well.

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The Monster inside the corner office has got to go

SEPTEMBER 12: Early voting at City Hall sign on Broadway. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By Steve Pinto

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.

But nothing is impossible.

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Mayor tightens his grip

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria.

By STEVE PINTO

With elections less than a year away, the mayor is already positioning himself for another term at city hall.

First with forty thousand dollars a year of political rhetoric being mailed to Everett residents at taxpayer expense. Thanks to Councilor Fred Capone for attempting to putting the brakes on this.

The mayor should pay out of pocket for his own political propaganda – not the taxpayers.

His power grab continues. The majority of the City Council has relinquished most of its power to the mayor years ago.

Now it is basically just a rubber stamp for the administration.

A few months back, the mayor gained control of the library system. He set his sights on the library board of trustees and removed them all. He made new hires. Every one of them presumably donates to his campaign. Now he’s made himself a voting member of the school committee.

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