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Re: “Three Women Sue Burlington Telecom for Sex Discrimination

These two are the foxes guarding the henhouse at BT. Above and beyond their generous compensation, they pocketed $2.7 million from the sale and liquidation of the telecom system. I don't know the specifics of the pay dispute, but I do know that these two ran BT so as to maximize the cash assets that they got a share of in the end. There was $6.6 million of ratepayers money that got divided up. Some of this came from a rate increase over the last year that was totally bogus. There was plenty of money for to pay for an investigation and plenty of money for pay equity. I say was, because it's all gone now.

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Posted by Steve Goodkind on 05/15/2019 at 5:30 PM

Re: “Burlington Councilors Press del Pozo on Police Use of Force

This is another example of the lack of leadership we are getting from the outfit running the city. Their instincts are to autocratically rule the city rather than democratically govern it. They do everything possible to conceal problems and/or to control the optics when they are exposed. They will pass the buck to a commission and a public process, but the real decisions will be made behind closed doors and with only loyal insiders holding sway. The PR machine will be cranked up (How many spokespeople does our city need?) and the mayor's words will inundate the news media and dominate the reporting. City councilors will continue to express blind loyalty to the leader. If need be, money will be thrown at the issue. Then it will be off to the next mess up. That's what you get when its all optics and no vision, other than self preservation, from the prince at the top.

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Posted by Steve Goodkind on 05/14/2019 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Group Appeals Burlington Telecom Sale to Vermont Supreme Court

It is not true that the settlement with CITI required the sale of BT. I have been saying this for the last five years. The mayor used to say that CITI required the sale, but now acknowledges that it is not true. It is the horrendous financing deal with Trey Decor that has pushed the sale of BT. ( If there was any benefit to city finances arising from resolving BT's problems it was from the CITI settlement), not the Pecor deal) Other more traditional financing options were available and encouraged by the PUC, but the mayor won't listen. Had he done so, the taxpayers would have gotten most of their money back and/or still owned BT. As it is, $20 million of taxpayer money and $6.6 million of ratepayer funds went down the drain. Pecor and BT's managers walked away with over $13 million. The mayor likes the optics that he saved BT. The reality is that he basically liquidated it and the taxpayers and ratepayers got screwed. There is no question that the mayor inherited a sick patient, but his cure was much worse than the disease..

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Posted by Steve Goodkind on 05/08/2019 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Group Appeals Burlington Telecom Sale to Vermont Supreme Court

The deal that the mayor made to sell BT to Trey Pocor in exchange for his cosigning on a $6 million loan that the city got from the Merchant's bank, is the worst financial arrangement in Burlington's history. The results are the proof. The taxpayers did not get back a nickel of the $20 million they put into BT, (The mayor says that the city's share of the procedes when Schurz purchased BT from Pecor is not taxpayer money.) In addition to the proceeds from the sale, $6.6 million in cash, that BT had accumulated from ratepayers, was divided up, with Pecor getting the largest share. Taxpayers got zero. This outrageous funding scheme screwed the taxpayers and the ratepayers. This legal looting was made possible by the mayor in the same spirit that he let Sinex screw the city when he allowed the mall to be demolished without the required financing in place. Both cases involve lack of proper financing. Even a visually impaired person can see that the optics look terrible.

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Posted by Steve Goodkind on 05/07/2019 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Burlington Council Hears Updates on Kilburn Case, Mall Development

Seven things can be gleaned from Brookfield's statements to the city council.
1) They want to do a project.
2) Exactly what the project will be is still under review.
3) Financing has not been secured and key hurdles must be cleared before it is.
4) There is no committed timetable for this project.
5) Based on all the above, their claim that the project is out to bid seems highly suspect. More likely, they are pricing out the project and will use the information as part of their decision making regarding the four items mention above.
6) We can expect changes to the project.
7) Don't expect construction to begin soon.

22 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Steve Goodkind on 05/01/2019 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Burlington Council to Question Mayor, Police Chief About Death Investigation

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes a few words can serve the same purpose. The statement from the mayor's office that their actions were about "bringing transparency" to the medical examiner's report, says more about how far off the rails their need to always control the optics has gone, than a thousand word explanation could ever hope to.

42 likes, 19 dislikes
Posted by Steve Goodkind on 04/27/2019 at 6:56 AM

Re: “Governor's Staff Emails: Burlington Mayor's Autopsy Request 'Does Not Feel Right'

The medical examiner believes that it is likely (not 100% certain) that Mr Kilburn's death was some type of homicide. He did not attribute a motive to it. For all we know it could be accidental or justified or maybe not a homicide at all. That is what an investigation is for that will start with the concern that it very well might be a homicide. It is in everyone's best interest, including the officer involved, that a thorough, impartial investigation be conducted based on the homicide premise. The mayor and the chief want to steer things away from that. It's all about the optics to them. It's always about the damn optics..

65 likes, 14 dislikes
Posted by Steve Goodkind on 04/18/2019 at 4:43 PM

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