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... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
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  Leadership is Raising the Bar
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 05:52:56 EST by admin



And that’s what Commissioner Jennings TRIED to do last night when she introduced, once again, a Policy on Ethics specifically targeted at campaign contributions from those doing contract work with the City of Lake Worth. And, once again, Commissioners Lowe, Vespo and the Mayor knocked it down.

The limitation of campaign donations from companies giving multiple contributions to candidates is just and very much needed in Lake Worth. To get the government we all deserve here means that the elected commissioners meet the rising public expectations with higher, very much not business-as-usual policy goals and approaches. And only a steadily rising bar can meet Lake Worth’s needs.

We have a Commissioner who accepted campaign contributions from a company doing business in Lake Worth and that company gave $500 donations from each of his sister companies for a total of $3,500. Then he came before the Commissioner for a contract to do business with us, not only one contract but then he came back again and won another. Who is to say that his services were not worthy? Whether or not there was Pay to Play is unknown but perception is reality. Take away the incentive for corruption and we will get a better government, one that we deserve.

Although Commissioner Vespo said that the proposed Ordinance “reeked with politics,” the only Commissioners playing politics last night were Mayor Clemens, Commissioner Lowe and Commissioner Vespo.

Just how important are ethics in Lake Worth? As the vote indicated last night, raising the bar and taking leadership was only important to two commissioners, Jennings and Golden.

L. Anderson


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Re: Leadership is Raising the Bar (Score: 1)
by SunnyDaze on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 07:19:59 EST
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I followed this pretty closely and it was the reason I joined LWM. Lowe not only saw to it that Guzmano's Sun Recycling got an exclusive contract to lease the landfill 65 acres but they got her personal promotion to the neighborhoods to sell the idea that gravel would be used to build the roads needed on the dump when in fact that wasn't true at all. But most of all, how did she see to it that Guzmano had no competitive bids? How can we lease public property to someone picked by a commissioner, doesn't that sound pretty bad in itself?

Then when residents complained that Sun Recycling was a bad neighbor, disturbing the residents unnecessarily, neighbors questioned the dust clouds full of silicates that daily blew out of the Sun building etc etc and Retha's answer was "all those problems have been fixed" when they hadn't!!!! When caught off guard she even resorted to saying the neighborhood complaints were bogus just to get the vote that night to give Guzmano the contract. THAT'S WHAT YOU BUY FOR $3500



Re: Leadership is Raising the Bar (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 10:53:51 EST
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Leadership is always defeated on a 3 to 2 vote. I heard the Mayor turning it around again. It was said several times that it was for those who had at least a 10% interest in the business going before the city--not the Chamber or neighborhood associations that the mayor was trying to suggest. No member of these OWN part of a business because they are NOT BUSINESSES for profit.



Re: Leadership is Raising the Bar (Score: 1)
by hillraiser2008 on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 @ 11:59:16 EST
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Let's get even playing fields for all. If we don't politics will never be ethical and we will all suffer for it. An Ethics Policy is the best way to go and raising the standard is an excellent idea.



Re: Leadership is Raising the Bar (Score: 1)
by FrankS on Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 14:06:06 EST
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There are just some things that should never be political and ETHICS is one of them. That just REEKS of stupidity to even think it's political--Dave.



Re: Leadership is Raising the Bar (Score: 1)
by KatieMcG on Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 17:55:22 EST
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Only someone as arrogant ,or stupid,or BOTH,as Dave Vespo ,would vote against this right before election time.Dave's website could,however, profit from his latest vote. "He voted down ethics reform in Lake Worth.Now you,too,can own a piece of Commissioner Vespo. Just click on the "DONATE NOW " button !


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