Friday, December 19, 2014
So what did he do?
He got nine friends together and took them to the Fish House on the Citizens to discuss pension reform.
In the receipt below, a total of ten used the Baitshop private dining room to gorge themselves at the taxpayer provided trough.
$18.29 per person FOR LUNCH.
Hayward math...if the general fund is leaking, open a new hole so more can come out.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Case in point.
City Attorney Messer, a really nice guy, has been much berated about living in Birmingham. In August 2014, he purchased a home in the Pensacola area.
Was Messer led to believe his contract would be extended or renewed only to have the Mayor pull the rug out from under him?
Is Hayward that disloyal to the man who more than anyone else in his administration has facilitated his disregard for the charter, the law or the ethics requirements of the State?
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I wonder if the Mayor can find a City Attorney willing to walk into a Grand Jury Investigation of his potential corruption?
Messer has supported the Mayor's "interpretations" of any item put in front of him. Hopefully someone with a "strong background in Florida law" will not be so quick to cover for Kim Jung Hayward.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
WE (THE CITIZENS) PAID $173.29 FOR THEIR LUNCH!
A couple of questions:
- Who were the eight "Dept Heads"?....Mayor's description!
- Were all of those "Dept Heads" approved by Council or are they "Directors" or "Administrators" or "Chiefs"?
- Should City employees be using our tax dollars for lunch at Jackson's?
- What was the "message"? Stop screwing the citizens?
- Avocado Salad $16.75
- West Indies Salad $16.75
- Catch of the Day $17.00
- Chopped Salad $12.00
- Cobia Sandwich $ 10.95
- Club Sandwich $12.75
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hayward's January mileage log shows he:
- 12/30/11 - Met with Judge Rodgers at the Federal Courthouse re: Reentry
- 1/6/12 - Had lunch at Jaco's
- 1/6/12 - Toured the Community Garden
- 1/6/12 - Met with Saufley Warden re ReEntry
- 1/13/12 - Traveled from City Hall to Pensacola Signs to see their new sign
- 1/18/12 - Met at Clark Partington re: Reentry
- 1/19/12 - Had another lunch this time at Fish House re: Reentry
- 1/26/12 - Traveled from the office to the Airport for a Reentry Trip
Hayward left Pensacola at 12:02pm on the 26th arriving in St Louis at 4:27 pm
The hotel receipt shows he arrived at 5:20pm
His flight home left at 3:45pm on Friday the next day getting him back to Pensacola at 7:32pm
Airfare was $323.20
Of course he requested upgrades!
No food was purchased.
No ground transportation was purchased.
No other expenses.
I guess he didn't eat in St Louis.
I guess he walked from the airport.
REAP continues in later months...all at the City taxpayer's expense. More to come!
How is this City business?
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Congratulations President Andy!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Judge Rodgers has gotten Mayor Hayward involved with this not for profit organization.
In reviewing Mayor Hayward's expense reports I found a nice $49.74 lunch at Jaco's PAID FOR BY THE TAXPAYERS on the Mayor's City issued credit card. The receipt clearly states the purpose was the REAP program. The Mayor's mileage log shows that the Mayor charged the Citizen's mileage from City Hall to Jaco's and also charged mileage from Jaco's to the REAP community garden.
- Was Judge Rodger's treated to lunch on the backs of City taxpayers?
- Did she have the Southwestern chicken, the Palafox or the Tender Bleu Salad?
- Did Judge Rodger's know that City taxpayer dollars were being used to pay for her meal?
- Does the relationship between Hayward and Judge Rodgers create any conflict for the Judge if he is indicted?
- Would Judge Rodgers have to recuse herself if Hayward comes before her?
- Why should tax dollars be used to feed the Mayor and his guests for a not for profit he is volunteering to assist? How is that a City expense?
- Did Judge Rodgers daughter intern for Hayward?
- Has Judge Rodgers been the Judge on any lawsuits involving the City?
- If CITY DOLLARS were paying for a Judge's meal while CITY cases were before their Court, is that an issue?
Thursday, November 20, 2014
In a private luncheon in the exclusive Bait Shop dining room at the Fish House the Mayor and 8 staffers dined on the taxpayer's dime.
The needless expenditure of taxpayer dollars - $226.24 FOR LUNCH
The taxpayer provide lunch included:
- 5 Specialty Salads at $14 each (EACH!)
- 2 Cobia Fish of the Day at $11 each
- 1 Farmer's salad $9.95
- 1 MOMA Salad $10.95 with salmon ADD $3.95
- 1 MOMA Salad $10.95 with chicken ADD $2.95
- 1 Fish House Club $8.95
DID BIG DOG HAYWARD BRING BACK LUNCH FOR PEOPLE WHO DIDNT EVEN ATTEND THE LUNCHEON?
How is "bring me back something" a taxpayer expense?
Some attendees included (trying to read the back of the receipt backwards):
- Dick Barker. The City's Financial Watchdog stuffed his face at Citizen expense.
- John Asmar, Contractor
- Travis Peterson, Contractor
Why does the taxpayer need to pay for expensive lunches for employees and contractors who work together everyday?
Another taxpayer's entire City property taxes consumed in an hour!
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
$137.66 for Spencer and Hayward to have dinner (without drinks)
While attending the Conference of Mayors in Baltimore in 2011, Hayward and Spencer dined at the very posh PAZO restaurant. Here is what Zagat had to say about PAZO:
Monday, November 17, 2014
On the taxpayer funded menu:
- Salmon $29 per plate
- Chicken $25 per plate
- Petite Filet $29 per plate
- Grouper with lump crabmeat $41 per plate.
- The KC Strip with Shrimp $66 per plate
- A splitbone ribeye $49 per plate
- Regular Filet $34 per plate
Now what is interesting was the list of millionaires that dined at the City's expense.
I'm sure none of these leaders could afford to go "dutch"
- Julian McQueen
- Jerry Pate
- Jim Andrews
- Quint Studer
- Fred Levin
- Bob Montgomery
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The additional documents and council videos relate primarily to the Mayor's expenses, the Main Street reconstruction project and the banking relationship with ServisFirst Bank.
The subsequent documents appear to show that contrary to the Mayor's statements that the investigation is over, the investigation may be in fact continuing.
The most interesting documents noted so far in my review relate to a PNJ article by Jamie Page regarding the Mayor flying on the private plane of Fred Levin to a Reuben Askew event in Orlando early in his first term. In the article below, an attorney for the Florida Commission on Ethics states that the flight should be reported as a gift or he should have paid the value of the gift back to Levin.
In a previous post, I have established that Hayward has never reported a gift to the State.
The only questions for the Feds is did he write the check he stated he did and did it include not only the flight but his admission cost into the event and if he stayed over the Friday night any other expenses such as hotel and other costs.
It appears that, as the article states Mr. Levin is not only a family friend and political supporter of the Mayor, his law firm was a vendor to the City at the time.
Since that time Mr. Levin has financed the $1 million purchase of Hallmark School for an LLC of which I understand the Mayor is a member.
Even if Hayward paid Levin back, it continues to show a pattern of the Mayor using City vendors for access to political, sports and other events.
Based on the Wernowsky article above and the Mayor's own statements to the press both the Levin contract and the Jerry Pate work were all no bid work, granted by the Mayor, to political supporters and friends, with perks for the Mayor included.
Am I missing something?
And then there is the green Range Rover.....
Monday, November 10, 2014
It reportedly had a "Mayor, Official Business" sticker on the windshield and a license plate that was a custom tag with "Mayor" as the tag numbers.
If you have any information, please pass it to me anonymously on the blog, or push it to me through email.
Thursday, November 6, 2014
The complaint was filed from City Hall and alleges Watkins:
- harassed and intimidated him
- posted defamatory comments
- disseminated unauthorized personal materials
- attempted to interfere with his employment.
It is widely known that Watkins has been filming for a documentary on problems with the City Charter, City corruption allegations and the actions of the Hayward Administration. She has interviewed dozens of people in town for their thoughts on the actions of the Hayward administration including me. She has noted her documentary dozens of times on the record at Council meetings and Cosson has been undeniably deeply involved in many of the controversies surrounding the Mayor since being hired by Hayward with little or no formal education or experience in 2011.
Cosson has had a turbulent history at City Hall including pleading no contest to sunshine violations, being reprimanded, caught blogging under fictitious names and most recently authoring Dicksblog.
I am in receipt of many of the audio and video ramblings of Cosson which are in fact troubling. I obtained them directly from an open source blog on the internet. I have not decided if I will publish them.
In my opinion, they do form a pattern that very much could impact whether Cosson should be employed by the City.
One thing is for sure, if Cosson has formal charges filed, Watkins will hit the MOTHER LOAD of ability to depose UNDER OATH Ashton Hayward, Tamara Fountain, John Asmar, Colleen Castille, and a multitude of others at City Hall to see just what in fact they knew or directed with regards to his actions at the City.
I have inquired about the Mayor's and the City's position about a City employee suing a City Citizen but have not received a reply.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
In what has become a tradition of shuffling the "budget" for LAST fiscal year around after the year has ended to match what happened, Barker puts a memo forward "informing" council about the proposed changes he is bringing forward.
It is full of Tricky Dick speak, intentional NONSPEAK and glossovers.
Here is a little Barker's spew and then the truth:
- Barker - "Estimated revenues within the Community Maritime Park Management Services Fund have been decreased based on FY2014 actual revenues"
- What the Data Shows - Budgeted Event Management Revenue $186,500 Actual Event Management Revenue $0
The City made more money off of public records requests ($2,432) than managing the CMPA events. ($0)
Port Dockage exceeded budget but was curiously not noted by Barker in his memo.
Barker spends time detailing explanations for golf and tennis but doesn't discuss most of the nine (9) pages of budget shuffles.
And, oh by the way, no account numbers are provided with big categories such as Personal Services and Operating Expenses used instead of account level detail. This way the real shuffling is left to Barker on an account by account basis.
Transparent as black hole!
Monday, November 3, 2014
- How many stickers have been issued stating "Mayor, City of Pensacola, Official Business"?
- To who?
- What benefits do they provide?
- If they have no benefit, why are they issued?
- If they do have a benefit, why are they issued to contractors?
- Why does the Mayor need a personal photographer?
- We have money for personal Mayor photographers but not for Council staff?
- Who has bloated the government more, Council or His Royal Highness?
Thursday, October 30, 2014
November 17, 2011- the Mayor used Jerry Pate Designs work on the Admiral Mason Park which was not even under contract as the basis for awarding them an additional COR contract for the Main Street project..
Question: Why would Jerry Pate want to be the Owners Rep for a street project?
Answer: To push its irrigation products from the inside by requiring them in the BID SPECS for the job?
Documents Obtained from Federal Subpoena Information
Bates (I) 001093- August 23, 2011 - Brian Spencer informs Derrik Owens "the Mayor has indicated that Steve Dana (Jerry Pate) is officially a team member of the current Main St. improvement project" cc: Steve Dana; Ashton Hayward
Derrik Owens responds that he has notified Atkins.
Bates (I) 001141 - August 26, 2011 - Owens to Spencer, Dana, Hayward, Garza, Helms, Coby, and Reynolds - Discussions regarding project, estimates, and the RFP.
A project manual is prepared on major projects. This manual states the requirements of each area of the project. For his project the manual specifies the types of gravel, asphalt, bedding, plant material, and equipment installed. This document also has blueprint drawings of what the project will look like and where everything is to go.
For the Mainstreet project, the irrigation blue print plans and specifications were written up by Jerry Pate Design.
- The drawings clearly have the Jerry Pate logo.
- The electric valves 1.5" are specified to be TORO products.
- The Decoder is specified to be TORO products.
- The Flood unreadable 2.0 GPM is specified to be RAINBIRD products.
- The installation instructions for the irrigation equipment is DIRECTLY FROM THE TORO COMPANY MANUAL. Look right underneath pictures in small print.
It must be nice to get your lifelong friend the Mayor to select your company (who was not the low bidder) as Owners Representative so that your guy on the job can require your products to be purchased and included on the project.
That's having your cake (at City expense) and eating it too (at City expense)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Hmm...Rack of Lamb Dinner, Entertainment and Limo; Masters Passes; US Open Tix; Beard House; WGHOF Induction; Sugar Bowl; and the ST Airplane ETC, ETC, ETC
Date: Oct 28, 2014 12:54 PM
Subject: RE: Public Records Request
To: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "disclosure" <email@example.com>
Florida Commission on Ethics
Post Office Drawer 15709
Tallahassee, FL 32317-5709
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:33 PM
Subject: Public Records Request
Pensacola, FL 32503
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
- Charlie Crist (D)
- George Sheldon (D)
- Clay Ingram (R)
- Mike Hill (R)
- Jeff Miller (R)
- Jeff Atwater (R)
- Adam Putnam (R)
- Doug Underhill (R)
- Grover Robinson (R)
- Donna Clark
- Sherri Myers
- Brian Spencer
- Linda Moultrie
- Thomas Campanella
But what did Outzen say when the InWeekly was founded?
Plain Talk states
- We will NOT endorse political candidates.
- The Independent will NOT be running an editorial every week.
- Our comments will be guided by the issue, not a political platform or personal belief.
Underhill Campaign Report
Total Monetary Contributions to Date - $ 85,641.00
Total Monetary Expenditures to Date - $ 86,193.20
No candidate, campaign manager, treasurer, deputy treasurer, or any person acting on behalf of the foregoing, shall authorize any expenses, unless there are sufficient funds on deposit in the primary depository account of the candidate to pay the
full amount of the authorized expense, to honor all other checks draw on such account, which checks are outstanding, and to meet all expenses previously authorized but not yet paid.
Sufficient funds means that the funds at issue have been delivered for deposit to the financial institution at which such account is maintained and not that such funds are available for withdrawal in accordance with the deposit rules or the funds availability policies of such financial institution.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
"The question that ultimately must be decided is whether there is one election or two for purposes of campaign contributions. In an email to Supervisor of Elections David Stafford, the Assistant Director of the Divisions of Elections has failed to answer the question but indicated that an argument can be made for both positions."
Ultimately, Mr. Marcille just tells me to take it up with Messer and the Division of Elections. He's out!
The Assistant Director of Elections stated to Stafford about our charter:
"It's a circuitous mess which should be placed in the hands of the City Attorney to interpret the Charter."
What a jacked up document our charter is:
- powers vs. duties
- veto powers
- election processes
- staff vs. no staff
- etc etc etc
Hi ho, hi ho its off to court we go! Alistair...coffee?
Marcille: I'm out!
Municipal Election Information
Other municipalities have now moved their elections to the General Election in even numbered years and their candidates are listed after the other non-partisan offices listed on the ballot. Referendum questions are listed after the state and county questions. Municipalities are permitted to move their elections by virtue of the passage of special legislation.
Early Voting – Unlike the County, Early Voting is optional for municipalities if it is a stand alone election. Since the inception of Early Voting, no municipalities have opted to offer Early Voting.
Absentee Ballots – As in all other elections, municipal voters have the option to vote by absentee. Requests can be made to the Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office in person, e-mail, phone call or in writing.
Candidate Qualifying - The criteria required for an elected office is contingent upon the requisites of the level of the office desired. Where the candidates file their respective campaign documents and where they qualify is dependent on the level of the office. For candidates running for Municipal offices, the qualifying officer is the Municipal Clerk. All campaign documents are therefore filed with the Municipal Clerk.
Qualifying dates for the 2014 elections are as follows:
|March 11, 2014||Municipal General Elections||Noon, January 2 to noon, January 9, 2014|
|November 4, 2014||Municipal General Elections||Noon, June 16 to noon, June 20, 2014|
Note: In a year when there is a Presidential Preference Primary, the municipalities scheduled to vote in March may change their election to coincide with that election.
Campaign Financing - Any information regarding campaign contributions and expenditures will be contained within the campaign files in the office of the Municipal Clerk. These files are open to public inspection and copies of the reports may be purchased.
Polling Places – Municipalities are responsible for securing the polling places for a stand alone election. They use the same facilities as the Supervisor of Elections, unless the location is not available.
Link to Leon SOE on City Commission Races
Additionally, the Leon Charter limits campaign contributions to $250 REGARDLESS of the State statute of $1,000.
So it looks like a Charter can over rule the state statute, Mr. Messer.
Facts aren't lining up well here in Escambia for the Messer Mess of 2014.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
He does give the SOE this advise:
"I would remind you that the regulatory authority established to implement the Florida Election Code, the Florida Division of Elections, has a statutory duty to render a binding legal opinion if you asked."
Thanks for being such a stand up attorney Jim. By the way, your contract is up December 15th.
Your outstanding legal opinions, analysis and championing of all things legal in Pensacola has rewritten the standards by which all future and past City Attorney's will be measured.
Cue the Circus Music Please!
Messer: Not me!
Here are the facts regarding how I came to obtain two contributions from Ann Regan that total over $1,000.00. Ann Regan gave me campaign funds before the before the primary. After the primary she offered to give me $950.00.
I went personally down to the Supervisor of Elections Office and discussed my situation with [SOE Staff]. [SOE staff] knows the city did not have a primary. [SOE staff] told me emphatically that it was legal for me to accept Ann's contribution. I had every reason to rely upon the advice given to me by the supervisor of elections office regarding this matter.
I believe Mark Taylor sent you a copy of Jim Messer's opinion. But, regardless of Ms. Messer's opinion, I can assure you that the state attorney was not contemplating prosecuting me for campaign violations.
Even if it were a violation - it was a mistake based on what the supervisor of elections office told me I could do and the money would just have to be given back. Thank you for the good investigative work you do - but I would appreciate your letting your readers know the facts that I have set forth in this e-mail.
This is another hot mess.
- SOE office gives advise and instruction.
- Sherri follows SOE advise and instruction.
- Donator to Myers also donates to Taylor based on Myers advise from SOE.
- Charter Mama goes thermo-nuclear.
- I file a complaint on Hayward with the SAO.
- When complaints are filed, SOE calls Florida Division of Elections.
- Florida Division of Elections advises to seek opinion of City Attorney.
- Anyone want to guess what the City Attorney does?
Of course, since a CRIME is involved the SAO is also preparing his statement in the background I'm sure.
Sounds like the State of Florida and the SOE office consider the issue to be one that City Attorney Messer must opine on.
That usually clears things up! Stay tuned to see what happens next.
Of course, since a CRIME is involved the SAO is also preparing his statement in the background I'm sure.
Monday, October 20, 2014
It just may be that Spencer and I can read the same charter passage and come to the same conclusion that being that all three of the candidates may have committed misdemeanors.
Myers accepted greater than $1,000 from
Taylor accepted greater than $1,000 from
What will the SAO do in this matter?
Was he ready to charge Myers and Taylor before the Mayor's actions were revealed?
Is everyone getting arrested?
Does everyone go free?
Will the SAO address this issue with an opinion?
If left up to Charter Mama, sounds like it will be a race for top bunk between Taylor and the Mayor.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Violation of this law is a first degree misdemeanor.
In reviewing Hayward's campaign finance reports, I noted that Hayward accepted not one but two (2) $1,000 contributions from at least 2 different contributors. I looked at the Florida Statutes as well as the Florida Campaign Finance Handbook which said only $1,000 PER ELECTION.
I reviewed the City Charter to see what it said about City elections. The charter is clear.
Pensacola has one General Election and a Runoff Election if needed per the Charter. There is no Primary.
(a) General and Primary Elections. City Council shall make all necessary arrangements for holding the regular City elections and shall declare the results thereof. The general election for contests with three (3) or more candidates shall be held on the date of the primary election established by general law for election of State and County officers. The runoff election for the two (2) candidates receiving the greatest number of votes at the primary election, where none received a majority, shall be held on the date of the general election established by general law for election of State and County officers. The general election for contests when there are only two (2) candidates shall be held on the date of the general election established by general law for election of State and County officers.
- 3 or More Candidates equals a General with a Runoff Election
- Only 2 Candidates equals a General only
The Mayor is claiming that he gets to reload his campaign accounts with second donations over the $1,000 because the State and County primaries have passed and that was an election. And that the General election is a second election.
That's not what the charter says.
Now in order to get around the Charter the Mayor claims state law applies.
Let's be real. Hayward applies whatever he wants to whatever allows him to do whatever he wants.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Here is a link to the Mayor's City operated Facebook page
Here is a link to the Mayor's campaign Facebook page which correctly states in "About" The official Facebook page of Mayor Ashton Hayward's re-election campaign. Paid by Ashton Hayward for Mayor of Pensacola
Here is the issue. Go back through the photos on each Facebook page. You will see the EXACT same photos from various events on both Facebook pages.
Who PAID for the pictures....the City or the Campaign?
Laura Bogan has a contract with the City, paid for with City dollars, to maintain the Mayor's City Facebook account.
Bogan City Contract
Laura Bogan is also being paid by the Ashton Hayward for Mayor campaign to operate its social media according to the below campaign finance report.
Hayward Campaign Report
Let's take the case of the ST Aerospace signing party the Mayor threw. Remember the jets were gifts. (Lumon...reminder)
Was Bogan there as a City contractor, on City dollars, taking pictures for the City and its Facebook page?
If so, then City assets (Bogan's services) and resources (photos) have been used by the Hayward campaign to further Ashton Hayward the candidate without permission or reimbursement of the taxpayers.
If Bogan was there as a campaign worker, then the Hayward campaign is using campaign material on the City Facebook page. Also a violation of the law.
Same for National Flight Academy event
Same for Bayview event
Same for Community cookout
Same for Firefighter event.
And on and on.
I have screen shots of all pictures on both sites if anyone needs them.
That's another Campfire "pro" caught in pickle.
Monday, October 13, 2014
Every time I am downtown I chuckle out loud listening to Global 1200 purr like a kitten right across the inlet from Spencer's posse.
I know Spencer can feel the purr as he goes to sleep every night, as he wakes up every morning and as he plots his next insider deal.
Folks, that purr is "dollar bills" for the Port of Pensacola.
Global 1200, thank you for being here.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
In the email string below, you will see an email that I sent to Messer and Hayward asking for clarification as to whether required components of the project under NMTC's were being changed.
From: Maren Deweese
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:02 PM
To: Jim Messer
Cc: Ashton Hayward
Subject: FW: Big Issue??
District 3 Representative
2435 Semoran Drive
Pensacola FL 32503-8203
City Attorney Messer has no clue so he sends it off to the "2 Eds" and Al Coby.
From: Jim Messer
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:10 PM
To: Edward P. Fleming; Edward Spears; Al Coby
Subject: FW: Big Issue??
What is most curious is the response from Ed Spear's below:
Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:13 PM
To: Jim Messer; 'Edward P. Fleming'; Al Coby
Subject: RE: Big Issue??
Edward E. Spears
Neighborhood & Economic Development Administrator
City of Pensacola
222 West Main Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502
(850) 436-5655 (office)
(850) 595-1143 (fax)
Where is the breakwater Mr. Gray?
Why did Gray not continue his insistence?
If it was a major asset under NMTC, where is it and how did it get removed?
Now I'm sure that further review will show that the removal was done with full knowledge of the NMTC attorneys and such, but it just seems curious that the breakwater was promised, insisted on, and then dumped as the project crept along.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
The plan stated:
The Community Maritime Park needs to develop a reputation as the premier regional " venue of choice" for fine education, sports, entertainment, cultural and diverse festivals and events. In addition to maintaining the open space that attracts so many people, the CMPA needs to develop "proprietary" events to draw people into the Park and to also "vehicle" for CMPA fund-raising activities. Many of these events need become part of the Park‟s "signature events," the CMPA needs to develop such "signature" programs as the Maritime Park Concert Series, Maritime Park Music Festival, the Maritime Park Easter Egg Hunt, the Maritime Park Fishing Contest, Maritime Park New Year‟s Eve fireworks, Maritime Park Seafood Festival, Maritime Park Arts and Craft Festival and Maritime Park Children‟s Festival. Also, the CMPA should develop new cultural programs to meet the changing needs and diversity of the Park‟s users. To accomplish a diverse "programming strategy," the CMPA needs to develop an event marketing strategy and festival planning process in order to solicit, engage and contract with the many groups that want to sponsor their own events, festivals and other activities in the Park. The CMPA also should actively recruit and solicit the organizers of established regional events and festivals (i.e. Deluna Fest, Thunder on the Gulf, Panama City Jazz Festival, etc) to utilize the Maritime Park as the "new" venue for their existing and established entertainment and festival "properties."
Sounds like what should have occurred.
- Who had this due out? Which committee? Which Trustee?
- Who was responsible for this event marketing strategy?
- CMPA Trustees?
- CMPA Executive Director?
- Parks & Rec?
- Mayor Hayward?
- The Festival Fairy?
- The City has $56 million reasons to utilize this park, who is acting?
- How many hours has the CMPA met to discuss THESE issues rather than how to change the current agreements?
- Besides these types of events, what else could be held at the park?
- Local business events?
- Church outings?
- School events? Anyone engage Malcolm Thomas
Monday, October 6, 2014
In 2011, Dr. Jones chaired the Design Development Committee of the CMPA. This committee met with:
- The Crawfish Festival
- The Seafood Festival
- The Greater Gulfcoast Arts Festival and
- The Jazz Society
It is now almost 2015. Where are the festivals?
Not until the Hayward administration directs that festivals WILL be held at the CMP will they move there.
Otherwise, just like UWF and Dr. "Run for the Hills" Bense, these organizations will be responsible for the City and the CMPA counting on their use of the CMP in the design development and spending of millions of dollars just to have them renege on their promises.
Chairman Reeves, instead of attempting to squeeze Quint Studer for more money, why don't you use your position as head of the CMPA to push our community organizations to use the CMP for their events!
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Well, members of Team Hayward also have some campaign sign stories to tell around the Campfire.
Sent from a reader without alteration:
A few weeks ago I noticed that someone had erected a "Re-Elect Sheriff Ron McNesby" sign right in my neighborhood. That annoyed me. Becuase I do not like Mr. Ron McNesby, seeing as he is a sexist, dirty, low-down liar and cheat and all. So I got my handy baseball bat and... "modified" the sign... the modification being the fact that it was no longer there.
Anyway, I came home today and saw that someone had put up a new one. Aaarrggh! You just can't win with these McNesby fucks! So I got the ol' trusty baseball bat out again and fucked that sign up. But this time, a McNesby sympathiser saw me!
Apparently, what I did was illegal. Now, seeing as the sign was on public property, I didn't think it was. But I guess I was wrong. I'd been home for about 5 or 10 minutes when 2 Sheriff's Department patrol cars pulled up at my house.
"Criminal Mischief" they called it. My ass. More like "Removing That Asshole's Sign From My Fucking Neighborhood"... Well, anyhoo, my mother, being an amazing person and all, talked me out of all the trouble I was in. Coz she hates McNesby too. We actually agree on something. It's rare and nice.
So that was my exciting adventurous day of stupid decisions!
Don't worry Mayor Hayward, you have been the reigning champion of that category at Maren's Blog Dot Biz for 4 consecutive years!
Monday, September 29, 2014
"The last set of documents concerned the insurance broker services. Stuart Freeman of Molton, Allen & Williams approached the city believing that he could save the city money by consolidating all the insurance policies under one broker (Freeman ), at the time the city had five firms – Carriers
The city bid out the business – six bids were received. There is nothing in the Request of Qualifications that appears to have given Molton, Allen & Williams an advantage (Broker RFQ ). Six companies appear to have met all the qualifications."
Well, lets break down the facts and the timeline linking each to documents:
- September 23, 2011- MAW inquires of Asmar "Drinks on Tuesday? Global?" Elisabeth Buswell of the City responds " Mr. Asmar can meet you at 5:30pm on Tuesday..." Here's a question. The email from MAW to Asmar goes only to his Asmar Law Firm account but the response comes from Buswell at the City. No forwarding is reflected.
- October 2011 - Dinner at Jacksons where MAW executives meet and greet with the Mayor and his staff to propose the idea of their company becoming the broker of record for the City.
- Throughout October City staff is made available to inform MAW about everything regarding the City's insurance.
- November 8, 2011 2:59pm - The email Outzen reflects as Freeman above was sent ONLY to John Asmar at his Asmar Law Firm email. Key terms:
- "Good to see you last month" So October 2011.
- "If appointed". Its a RFQ situation
- "Here is what we know, have recently learned" inside access?
- "You (Asmar) asked me to "make the case" for using our firm" His words!
- "I have a meeting with Dick Barker, Jim Odom, Sherrer Kuchera and Tracy Walsh on Thursday November 10th. I need your direction on how to proceed prior to this meeting." What direction? Why would Asmar direct to proceed as this must be bid?
- "MAW is the exclusive P&C broker for the following clients based in Pensacola:
- Baptist Health Care
- Lakeview Center
- Pensacola Christian College
- November 9, 2011 - Asmar meets with MAW at Happy Pig at 4:30pm
- January 18, 2012 12:37pm - Asmar sends MAWs "case for using MAW" to Hayward's private yahoo account for review prior to dinner
- January 18, 2012 - Private Dinner between MAW executives, Hayward, Asmar and Reynolds. Private home on the beach. Private chef. Rack of Lamb. Chauffeured car for the Mayor.
- February 8, 2012 - City staff post the RFQ to the City website. Barker immediately (within 5 minutes) notifies Asmar.
- February 9, 2012 - Bid 12-016 is issued for Property Insurance Broker of Record Services. Three months after the November 8, 2011 case for Molten Allen Williams was made to Asmar and a month following the rack of lamb dinner.
- The bid required:
- "References of at least two (2) Pensacola area clients with total insurable values in excess of $50,000,000"
- February 21, 2012 - McMahon & Hadder emailed the City asking:
"Based on the demographics of the Pensacola area, there are a limited number of entities whose insurance property values total $50,000,000+"
"My questions are as follows:
- Was item #8 in the RFQ meant to eliminate any Agent/Agency/Broker who is not already the Agent/Agency/Broker of at least two large property accounts?
- If the above is a pre-requite, does the fact that our agency submitted a very competitive proposal for the City of Pensacola's last RFP and possesses extensive experience in catastrophic claims situations overcome this obstacle?
- March 13, 2012 - Bids opened.
- Six responses:
- Arthur Gallagher Risk Management
- Fisher Brown Bottrell
- FL League of Cities
- McMahon & Hadder
- Public Risk Insurance Agency
- Arthur Gallagher Risk Management - Only Escambia County Schools
- Fisher Brown Bottrell - Only West Florida Medical Center Clinic
- FL League of Cities - ECUA and Area Housing Commission but No Original copy, No debarment and No Addendum; Non compliant
- McMahon & Hadder - None
- MAW - Baptist Health Care, Pensacola Christian College
- Public Risk Insurance Agency - Many but Santa Rosa County is closest.
- Asmar/Hayward gave MAW unequal access to review any data and discuss any matter with City staff they needed to advise how the RFQ should appear.
- Asmar/Hayward both had the proposal from MAW via "the case for MAW" before the RFQ was ever issued as it was used as the requirements in being a qualified bidder.
- The RFQ was written with "the case for MAW" as the outline such that ONLY one firm could be compliant with the requirements.
- What was communicated to Jim Odom regarding the MAW proposal by Asmar?
- Was there any "extra" entertainment provided at the dinner on the beach as I have heard?
- Was Stuart Freeman dating Mayor Hayward's sister Lauren at the time as I have heard?
- What if anything did the City "save" in using MAW or a new expense to the City?
- Why would Outzen not mention all of the above facts and say "There is nothing in the Request of Qualifications that appears to have given Molton, Allen & Williams an advantage (Broker RFQ ). Six companies appear to have met all the qualifications."