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Tiki Archambeau 
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Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

@written -> You claim to have information that two prosecutors and a judge were unable to find over the course of years. And we're supposed to believe the partisan postings of an anonymous poster over them? I'll pass. Though you summarize the current CityPlace debacle pretty well: "well documented, with closed meetings, vital information kept from councilors"

Executive Session indeed.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 07/17/2019 at 2:26 PM

Re: “CityPlace Architect Says Mall Project Will Be Redesigned

"$17 million in taxpayer money was willfully and improperly channeled from city coffers to a failing telecom."

It is revisionist history for one to claim that BT money was "improperly" moved from the city to a "failing" city asset. A Dem State's Attorney, U.S. Attorney, and civil suit over the matter all failed to find illicit activity. Nor was it "improper" as anyone reading BT's CPG will discover: the PSB gave implicit guidance on using city funds to support a city asset supported by two-thirds of city voters.

Also in the real world: BT was and is not failing. It was a lucrative enough asset to draw interest from several buyers.

It's news that supporters of the current mayor now defend the use of Executive Session. The same party assailed the Kiss administration for doing just that around BT. So which is it? Executive Session when politically convenient? That's like vehemently protesting height allowances downtown before a friendly party took the mayor's office, then "evolving" on the issue, right @knowyourassumptions?

The CityPlace incommunicado looks like a delay tactic to write the best press release possible to mitigate political damage. Meanwhile, TIF funds based on said $250 million project are already being spent. Looks like the path to FreshStartism may be more costly to Burlington taxpayers than marketed.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 07/16/2019 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Burlington Expected to Update Public on CityPlace Next Week

From the article: 'In a 2016 letter to a legislative committee, Mayor Weinberger wrote, The city has no other viable or fair financing source for the project.'

This is a big problem! TIF funding was pursued on the premise of bounties from a $250 million project. Even if scaled back, the risk to taxpayers increases by the day.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 07/15/2019 at 2:52 PM

Re: “Scott Vetoes Gun-Purchase Waiting Period, Signs Abortion Bill

Shameful move by the governor. The legislation was supported by facts and data, not anecdotes, dystopian fears and links citing Fox News.

It looks like the first four words of the Second Amendment are again conveniently shrugged off: "A well regulated militia"

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 06/11/2019 at 6:15 PM

Re: “Trey Pecor Made Millions on Burlington Telecom. Now He's Giving Back

"...Bob Kiss and his right hand man Jonathan Leopold illegally stole $17 million tax payer dollars..."

This is patently false. A State's Attorney, U.S. Attorney and civil lawsuit all failed to conjure up anything illegal despite the simple narrative driven by Progressive opponents.

The Council had another funding source (started with a 'J', J.D. something?) but rejected it around 2009.

Lax spending controls surely contributed to BT's fate, but so did the Great Recession, high expectations, and plain ol' politics.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 04/09/2019 at 11:35 AM

Re: “Burlington City Council Upholds City Hall Park Vote

"The city goes go above and beyond by providing supporting documentation," St. James said.

Pretty sure St. James didn't say "goes go" - unless he was sloppily referencing an 80's band.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 03/29/2019 at 8:59 PM

Re: “Vermont Senate Backs 24-Hour Waiting Period for Gun Sales

There is no "right" to instantaneous gun access. Just the opposite is true: The Constitution and 200+ years of legal precedent demand regulation of "arms".

It's unfortunate the law does not go further by embracing standards found in every other industrialized country on earth. One needs to look no further than the posts on this bulletin board to see why the U.S. leads the world in gun deaths each year.

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Posted by Tiki Archambeau on 03/22/2019 at 12:56 PM

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