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Re: “Sofia's Pizzeria

Good Food, Great Service
This small corner shop turns-out good sandwiches, calzones and pies, with a unique emphasis on infusing delectable european ingredients. Further, they are incredibly nice folks. Check out their jalapeño poppers! Food: 4 Ambiance: -1 Service: 5

Posted by lava on 01/25/2014 at 6:13 PM

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Re: “Pizzeria Ida and Little Morocco Café Coming to the ONE

the article reads as though this new pizza spot will be sourcing family farm ingredients, whether selected from italy or vermont, doesn't really sound like sysco, at all, but i feel ya.

i'm game for another pizzeria in town, we have a few, true, but none of them are really at the standards of our neighboring states. with love! :)

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by lava on 08/21/2018 at 10:43 PM

Re: “Burlington Telecom Employees Face Benefits Reduction Under Schurz

>>> employees won't receive the same sweet benefits package
>>> will lose at least 12 and up to 17 days off annually (!!)
>>> CEO Todd Schurz defended his company's benefits options


^^ Horrible! Schurz has NO business in our city.

This article reminds us why we must protect BT and grow the network ourselves. BT has matured into cash cow, let's keep our money local. Municipal fiber optic is popping-off across the country, it's an actual trend right now, and Burlington was way ahead of the curve!

So what can I do to kill this deal? How can I help BT, and its' employees?

Schurz must obtain approval from the state to operate. A growing group of concerned Burlingtonian's are fighting back by litigating the state and the Public Utility Commission, who must approve Schurz. The Public Utility Commission recently ruled in OPPOSITION of Schurz, dealing a blow to this bad deal, and signaling support to the citizens of Burlington who want to keep BT local.

Sign-up for updates and support this growing group of Burlingtonian's fighting to protect BT, and its' employees!

https://www.keepbtlocal.com/puc-interventi…

9 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by lava on 05/11/2018 at 9:20 AM

Re: “Seven Days Sues City to Get Burlington Telecom Documents

a giant collective THANK YOU to seven days for pursuing councilor pauls conflict of interest and a pattern of incompetent and unprofessional behavior surrounding her attempts to properly and honestly navigate an otherwise routine discrepancy.

lets be clear: our community wouldve most likely retained local control of BT, and our city couldve moved onto more pressing citywide matters, if it wasnt for councilor pauls malfeasance.

also THANK YOU to seven days for continuing to follow the broader BT sales process and applying sunshine to a bidding process plagued with shady backroom deals, and a lack of transparency and due diligence - we deserve better from our public servants.

we can tie up this failure of a sales process in litigation until we find footing to renege this toxic deal that only serves to devalue our fine city.

46 likes, 57 dislikes
Posted by lava on 11/30/2017 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Council Selects Schurz, ZRF to Buy Burlington Telecom

Antietam Cable out of Maryland is a Schurz Communcations subsidiary whos customers became fed up with changes to user agreements, increases rates, then eventually data caps.

https://www.change.org/p/todd-schurz-antie…

Maryland residents got so fed up with Schurz that they created a new ISP. BT customers and Burlington residents - do we really want this awful company running our amazing telecom?

How do we renege this accident?

30 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by lava on 11/29/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “Council Selects Schurz, ZRF to Buy Burlington Telecom

wow. what a horrible outcome for burlington, such a major loss, and absolutely unacceptable.

1) what tools are available to undo, reverse, this egregious error in judgment?
2) any public servants, from councilors to the mayor, are now fair game in re-election

this major loss is seen as a devaluation of our great city, especially to the people were are trying to attract, and/or retain. bright, young, talented families, like myself, and my colleagues, are attracted to innovation, different and unique ways of doing things for the communities we live in - we both create and seek high value productivity, what we have, here, with the sale of BT is the opposite of that. certain councilors and the mayor have inched this fine city closer toward a brain drain. shame on you.

54 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by lava on 11/28/2017 at 10:27 AM

Re: “After Tie Vote, Burlington Telecom Bidders Will Attempt Compromise

taking a stab here ....


- convert bt into a cooperative
- board makeup 30% ting, 40% residents, 30% city officials
- ting cannot exceed 30% ownership
- burlington cannot exceed 70% ownership
- current bt employees are excellent, retain them and gain seniority with growth
- current bt service is phenomenal, nationally its some of the best, dont water it down or jack up its tiers
- immediately draft plans to expand expand service to 10k residents total for phase one, all within a year
- immediately draft plans for business to accomadate growth for phase one
- develop timeframe for subsequent and aggressive expansion, phase two, three, etc.

15 likes, 38 dislikes
Posted by lava on 11/07/2017 at 2:45 PM

Re: “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale

all too often integrity of public service falls victim to short-sightedness and self-serving interests, it's repulsive and sickening to see this egregious behavior unfold in our small city. burlington deserves better than this, we vote-out bad actors.

a public apology, and continued recusal from the BT proceedings would be a good start for council member karen.

do what's right.

11 likes, 28 dislikes
Posted by lava on 11/06/2017 at 1:25 PM

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