The Mayor of Somerville has yet again stolen another idea from Cambridge, I think, this time. The idea of closing of streets for road races has been going on there for over 35 yrs. or more. This let me make everyone feel good approach works well when one is too busy being the fitness guru, and traveling all over the country making speeches on how important it is to stay active.
The mayor should be spending time and energy to help out our city and help get us out of this financial crush. I do not want people to get the wrong idea: staying in shape is very important for everyone- not just for the young, but just as important for all ages.
I watched a horrible display of a child at the last board of alderman’s meeting. The mayor was looking to bond some $360,000; but, when told by the board that they could not make out the minutes of the meeting, he went into a tantrum. First he said 1. I do not do the minutes of meetings, 2. My staff works long hard hrs. and that they would have helped them…and, last but not least may I quote “it is not my job”. Well, Mr. Mayor, it is your job. If you had hired people that were competent, you would not have been crying to the board, and maybe we would not be in this bad financial state.
I also noticed that you are looking to break a union- the hard working school custodians; but, the municipal custodian’s work is ongoing. That could be because one of them has been hanging on to Stan Koty’s coat tails for decades. I also was going over some of the city budget. It is full of redundant job positions, or, as the Mayor likes to say, “we do more with less.” The less are the people that have dedicated their lives to this city- but are not in the inner circle.
I think it’s a shame that this city has regressed under this mayor. Please take your electronic toys and put the funding into real services. Alot can be done with less. You can bring your toys back when times get better.