PLEASE! BE Respectful and Careful of Motorcyclist. My 21 year old was involved in an accident Friday in Billerica when someone driving a car thought they could cut across the road in front of him. It took 3 hours of surgery yesterday to repair his broken leg. Thank God he had a full DOT helmet on including the face shield and saved him from more serious head and face injury. I know a lot of motorcycle riders so PLEASE be CAREFUL!
Not back to blogging regularly (and in all likelihood will be 2-3 times a week going forward at best) but here’s a few observations from the past few weeks that I thought I’d share:
Boy has politics changed in Lowell. It used to be only a State Senator or maybe a State Rep. had a fulltime Press Aide. Now in Lowell we have a Mayor and a City Councilor who not only have full-time press aides but the Taxpayers are paying for the Mayor’s while the Lowell Sun is paying for the Councilor’s.
Hate to tell the Mayor and his cult like following but the SUN still reaches a much greater audience then all the combined Lowell Blogs and Facebook page.
I like Jen Myers and I will never be anywhere near the writer she is but you have to admit that the BLOG Room 50 has the appearance of a City sponsored Blog. In today’s SUN in the political column they have her stating IN AN EMAIL DATED Sept. 25: “I DO WRITE IT FROM THE MAYORS OFFICE IN MY CAPACITY AS MAYORAL AIDE”
I don’t believe a candidate for council or school committee can film an ad in the council chamber or in front of the Manager’s office nor can one make a campaign announcement inside City Hall, so how can a city employee who states she runs a “personal” Blog when the Mayor wants to attack his fellow Councilors, use the Mayor’s Office photo, the tag line Alive, unique and inspiring tales from the Office of the Mayor, Lowell, Massachusetts and her city email address to promote her boss an elected official and NOT be in Conflict of Interest and Fairness?
To me it is a clear attempt to mislead the public by using the picture of the office, the tag line Alive, unique and inspiring tales from the Office of the Mayor an her work email address. , THE FACT SHE ADMITS TO WRITING IT ON CITY TIME to her former Employer and then States She doesn’t when it is used for a Political Attack by her Boss certainly highlights a conflict. In which case is she lying and to who? Her former Employer or the Public? If Rita Mercier or Rodney Elliot were the Mayor and doing this, I’m willing to bet that the Manager’s/Murphy supporters would be up in arms.
This might be seen has a conflict of interest and deceptive practice by the State Ethic Commission and I would not be surprised to see them weighing in on it.
UMass Lowell owns the Inn and Conference Center, they opened the bar inside and students over 21 (The Legal Drinking AGE) have access to it..SHOCKING! What’s the big deal?? Should they just let the student drink in downtown Lowell Bars instead? What will the outcry be when ULOWELL Crossing opens up with a Food Court that not only students but the public will have access to? That Marty is hurting the restaurants in Lowell? You want a College Town..This is what you get!
The Superintendent at Greater Lowell must love the fact that if she is even considering something, she now cannot inform all School Committee members until she makes a final decision unless she wants it printed in the SUN. Considering changing the Supt. Diner should be a non story but a Lowell member just has to tell the Sun everything. Bet the Dean of Discipline loved someone leaking that one so the Sun could bring him into it!
If she doesn’t ask or inform the committee she’s wrong if she informs them before reaching a conclusion it gets sent it to the SUN. Tell me how this behavior is for the kids and is anything but harmful and petty. A Committee member should hear ALL the facts before running to the press just to try and make the Superintendent look bad.
I take it that Victor Olsen isn’t a Salesman in his full-time occupation. You really can’t sell something by threatening something else if your first item isn’t granted. Greater Lowell School Com¬mittee Chairman Victor Olsen, of Dracut, noted to Tyngsboro officials that if the member communities rejected the renovation proj¬ect, the school can still assess towns for needed upgrades to the building. Because those projects wouldn’t be reimbursed by the state, the communities could end up paying more than what is assessed as part of the whole project.
BTW for the record, my view of the Mayor’s tirade posted on his employees Unofficial Mayoral Blog on cutting $100,000 out of a proposed $400,000 Overtime Budget in the 3rd month of the Fiscal year is 100% BULL and nothing but the same Political posturing he is whining about.
Mayor Murphy may think it is fine to use his Press secretary to criticize some of his fellow city councilors but he needs to remember that Rodney Elliott, Ed Kennedy, Marty Lorrey, Joseph Mendonca and Rita Mercier make up the Council Majority his aide claimed she is /has been defending defending. These Councilors all have supporters and publicly slapping them unnecessarily is a stupid and amateur move. Murphy said the vote was part an effort by councilors “to portray themselves as taxpayers and business-friendly” The Mayor seems to be adopting the Liz warren mantra tax EVERYONE and we (I) know better than you how to spend your money.
Most Taxpayers in Lowell want LESS taxes Mayor not more and the city is in solid financial shape so there is no reason to NOT cut that $$, The Police received a $900,000 grant how much money will it take to stop idiots from acting like idiots?
Liz Warren from 1986-1985 listed herself as a minority in a national law school directory. During that period she was hired at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. Neither of those universities has released documentation on the matter but both touted her as a minority in public statements. FOIA does not cover private universities only government agencies. Whether or not she used it to her advantage Ms. Warren still claimed Native American heritage and there is no documentation to support it.
Per the City Council Rules:The City Manager, the City Solicitor or his or her designee and the City Auditor or his or her designee shall attend all City Council Meetings. So why has the Auditor skipped so many and why isn’t her bosses the City Council asking that question? Also why doesn’t the Clerk include these 3 in the roll call since they are all required to attend? Who is watching their attendance?
How many of us in the private sector would receive a positive review let alone a new contract when our boss or bosses state:
Mendonca said: He has not always been pleased with the flow of information from Wright, feeling that sometimes she defers to the administration’s feeling about free cash or surplus numbers instead of providing the council with her own estimate
Mercier acknowledged that sometimes she feels that Wright’s allegiance is with City Manager Bernie Lynch and not the councilors
Nuon acknowledged that he had concerns about Wright signing the contract with the outside auditor without the council’s input
Councilor Bill Martin told John McDonough he loves being a Councilor and will indeed run for re-election. Great ! Now try to show you care and once in a while Councilor vote to continue a meeting! Attending these things are part of the job and if they are to long for your liking bring in a motion to end the summer session in August and get back to weekly meetings in September. Lately it seems you can’t wait to bolt at 10:00.
The Deputy Superintendent of Schools not informing the Superintendent of Schools about the State inspection of the Lowell High Pool is about as believable has the City Solicitor and CFO NOT telling the Manager about the IG letter…just loyal employees covering their bosses behinds and taking one for the team!
It should come has no surprise that former Sen. Steve Panagiotakos predicted State Rep. Colleen Garry to lose. Fair or not he holds her responsible for the appointment of Brian Bond to the Dracut Housing Authority and the attempted ouster of his friend the Executive Director by Mike McLaughlin. One thing Sen. Steve has shown over the years is he is loyal to his friends and he doesn’t forget those who cross him.
BTW to the spineless politician or hanger on who got a Police Officer or a Registry of Motor Vehicle employee to research and print out a copy of Mike Lenzi’s Driver’s License and then didn’t have the backbone to stand up and confront Mike directly but mailed it to CERTAIN people (the same group who got the Mayor’s letter maybe? I didn’t get either one) I hope that you paid that idiot well or that they are ready for retirement.
My understanding is that the Attorney General and State Police have been contacted about this abuse and a review of the database may be conducted to see who accessed that information and that person may not only lose their job but have opened themself, the State and City to law suits for violating Mr. Lenzi’s privacy since this was NOT done for any active criminal investigation or valid reason other than a petty political agenda.
Finally don’t believe the talk that Billerica cops are heartless, the officer who pulled me over for running a red light on my way to see my son at Lahey Friday afternoon was courteous,understanding and fair and just reminded me to drive safely and wished the best for my son. That is a true Professional!