What does one expect when a violent city clerk slugs a gay senior citizen, and the city council president lies to the police and loses in criminal court, 1/31/17?
When Mrs. Burke said to me on 5/10/17 "He's not my clerk" - throwing Clerk Ed Finn under the bus (didn't she hire him when she was a city councilor?) - and then tells me that I can publish her rants - well, it was truly a thing of beauty.
Pathetic that such ugly thuggish behavior happens on the 2nd floor of city hall. Mr. Finn's verbal and physical assault in 2015 followed a similar one that was front page news in April of 2010. Violent public servants who are lazy, arrogant and - with Finn and Fred Dello Russo looking half asleep at the city council week after week, unsightly, unprofessional, rude and a black eye on our city.
It should all be posted on the city website free of charge.
I realize city hall is angry with me for asking Building Commissioner Paul F Mochi about the selling of the valuable doors to Medford City Hall, just as the expensive wooden seats in City Hall vanished and now residents sit on uncomfortable plastic chairs (where did THAT money go?) but, ho hum, after years and years of this city hall getting away with it, it is time for alleged public servants to hold themselves accountable.
Shab Khan's smug e mail (below) is not what a public servant is supposed to write. Atty Scanlon demanded I go to Shab Khan, Ms. Khan was acting like Sgt.Schultz on Hogan's Heroes feigning she didn't know where the information I requested is (she's only budget and procurement) and now - after a month of stonewalling - Shab is passing the buck back to Attorney Scanlon who sent me to Khan in the first place.
A Star Trek quip would fit nicely here but this is no laughing matter. Documents being kept from the public view and months of passing the buck are both a huge red flag that Medford City Hall is in lockdown mode and documents on millions of dollars of public monies are a reason why Stephanie Burke refuses to meet with residents who ask the tough questions of her.
- delay or block (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by giving evasive replies, especially in politics.
"the highest level of bureaucracy stonewalled us"
Mrs. Burke, whose foul-mouthed clerk of court husband verbally assaulted me with the obscenity "motherfxxxr" at the Chevalier Theater where I was assigned to videotape "the Great Debate" (which Bob Penta soundly won) calls my blog "vulgar" and refused to talk to me further by that delusional standard.
Now they are passing the buck again, messing around with the FOIA / Public Records laws ...not being forthright, knowing that I broke the story on Teresa Walsh's exile from city hall, and the other employees Mrs. Burke couldn't keep onboard in the first 8 months of her Administration that makes Donald Trump look honest by comparison.
Dear Atty Scanlon, Budget director Khan or Keeper of the Records,
Instead of taking advantage of city jobs and acting like a private business, the Burke Administration needs to start being transparent and open. This is not a joke - Mrs. Burke makes North Korea's Kim Jong Un look like an encyclopedia of information. How pathetic is that?
This is America, not Moscow, and Mrs. Burke's Administration is behaving badly. Give us the documents.
From: Shab Khan <SKhan@medford-ma.gov>
To: 'Joe Viglione' Public Records Division Secretary Of The Commonwealth <email@example.com>
Cc: Kim Scanlon <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Jenn Dever Wood <JDeverWood@medford-ma.gov>; "Falco JR, John C." <email@example.com>; "Marks, Michael J." <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 11, 2017 8:30 AM
Subject: RE: General Fund, Public Access TV