The late Thomas “TIP” O’Neil coined that phrase because he understood that a politician’s success is directly tied to his ability to understand and influence the issues of his constituents.
Last Night a majority of the City Council in an election year showed they understood the same thing and because of the efforts of the PCC and the many documented violations at the site of the Buddhist Temple being built, the Council supported the Neighborhood and sent the Manager’s pick for the LHA back for “reconsideration”.
The Manager did his job, nominating a person he thought was the best qualified and the Council did theirs under the Plan E charter and disagreed and sent it back rather than publicly embarrassing the nominee and Manager and voting it down.
I have no issue with that, it is how the system works. I disagree with my fellow blogger Dick Howe when he says that the council was /is striving to protect the interests of individuals and favored constituencies at the expense of the city as a whole. I’ll point out some would say the same thing about the Councils vote NOT to allow Mr. Daley to build 7 houses in Mr. Howe’s neighborhood. Weren’t they playing to some of their favored constituencies at the expense of the city as a whole then?
I think in both situations they were protecting the neighborhood and following the neighborhoods wishes and last night did so by telling the Manager that having a person appointed to any City Board who is connected to a site that has ongoing multiple violations isn’t the message they want to send. They don’t believe it is the best thing for the City as a whole.
I was however a bit surprised at the kvetching by Councilor Kennedy and Elliot regarding BLOGS and Bloggers knowing something before a Councilor. Especially when the Manager told him he had no idea.
If you haven’t noticed I’m not high on the Manager’s list of supporters and friends lately, having been somewhat critical of him but I will say in his and his administrations defense that I have NEVER even when I have asked, received any information from City Hall that wasn’t already known to the council and a public record. So I believe him when he says he had no idea how any blogger knew. (BTW I did tweet it wasn’t me but THANKS to the 10-12 people who thought of me right away and called, emailed or posted on FB).
The fact that the Manager explained he had talked to members of the Republican Committee to get names opens the possibility that they talked among themselves or to others and a blogger found out and called. What’s the big deal?
This whole Auditorium Issue seems to be taking on a life of its own.
I didn’t hear Mr. Taupier on City Life but have emailed him to find out exactly what his concerns are about the bidding process. Maybe he’ll answer, maybe he won’t I’ll try to catch the replay Saturday before appearing on Saturday Morning LIVE with Warren Shaw on 980 WCAP from 6:00 -10:00 am.(cheap plug I know, but I take what I can)
Mill City Management CHOSE to walk away, they were not forced out and they do and did a great job there. But being smart business people and there is no doubt that Tom McKay and company are smart people, the notion that THEY SPENT THEIR OWN PERSONAL MONEY in any way shape of form is false.
Their Management Company MAY HAVE used some of that firms money to entice promoters or paid more for an act, making less profit but to state they paid money out of their own pockets is a fantasy. They make their living running a business and certainly have not lost money doing it or would have stopped year ago. My understanding is they subcontracted everything from Security to concessions and make some money on all that.
So please they did a great job and deserve all the applause and appreciation but lets not cry they paid money out of their personal pockets.
Isn’t the job of the Administration to try and reduce cost and save money whenever possible and if the RFQ is a way of doing that isn’t that a positive thing? Hello the City subsidizes this venue for over $300,000 a year.
Nowhere is there a requirement that the Auditorium Board of Trustee’s has to be consulted to make up the RFQ.
According to what’s posted on the City of Lowell’s Web Site it states:
Advises the City Manager on issues pertaining to the Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Five (5) members are appointed by the City Manager to a five (5) year term. One member from Veteran’s Council Organization. City Council Confirmation is required. Statute Reference: C.148 Special Acts 1919; Special Acts 1989 C.427 Acts 1983.
Advises doesn’t mean they have to be contacted or consulted on who or how the RFQ /RFP is written, especially if the city is following State Law. It doesn’t specify that they have to be included in the hiring or bidding process.
The Manager has stated he will include them in reviewing the bids and listen to their imput and advise.
So can we stop the noise about members of the board having their ego’s hurt or noses out of joint because no one came to kiss their rings.