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Re: “Burlington Progressives Endorse Carina Driscoll for Mayor

Did they have to endorse someone now? I see Driscoll very much like Hillary. She's got bad baggage, and a lot of people, (like me,) will refuse to vote for her. I'd like to see a change in City Hall, but endorsing Driscoll is a mistake.

45 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 12/07/2017 at 7:32 AM

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

Big win for Kurt Wright! One R. vote for Shurz in previous round has come full circle to this. Dieng, Tracy, Deane, and Shannon showed some integrity. The rest, especially Knodell should be ashamed.

60 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 11/28/2017 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Montpelier's Down Home Kitchen Adds Supper Service

I can't imagine anything they could add to the menu that would make up for the rude poor service.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 11/15/2017 at 7:29 AM

Re: “Burlington City Councilors Trade Barbs Over Telecom Talks

Appears some of the votes for KBTL were really anti-Ting votes designed to open it back up to other bidders. The process has been terrible. Start with the criminal actions of Leopold and Kiss, the attempt select buyer in secret, then mayor has back door communications with ZRF that cause them to drop out, then Paul recuses/"unrecuses", and now this. I support KBTL, and I am not happy about more action from councilors that undermine trust.
The fundamental question that no one is addressing directly is whether our public utility should be publicly or privately owned. It would help if the council addressed this head-on.

23 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 11/09/2017 at 7:23 AM

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

Re: stellaquarta - I do not presume anything except that not following the rules when they are inconvenient undermines public trust in our elected officials and process. The last sentence of this section of the City Charter seems pretty clear.

133 Conflicts of interest.

(a) No city officer shall participate in any fashion or cast a vote on any matter in which either a direct or indirect conflict of interest is present. Nor shall a city officer participate or vote on any question in which such participation or vote would reasonably create in the mind of an objective person the appearance of a direct or indirect conflict of interest. The presence of a circumstance as above enumerated shall be regarded as a conflict of interest situation. In the event a conflict of interest situation arises, the affected city officer shall at the first opportunity formally declare the existence of the conflict of interest situation. Thereafter, such officer shall not participate in any fashion at any level, formally or informally, in the discussion of the matter, nor cast a vote of any kind at any level with respect to the matter to which the conflict of interest situation applies.

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Posted by deepinvt on 11/07/2017 at 8:46 AM

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

Paul unrecusing herself with no explanation of conflict and no guarantee she won't go right back to her job after the BT vote is over is irregular at best, and definitely creates an appearance of conflict. The Mayor clearly wants her vote regardless, but the council should get a second opinion for Blackwood's guidance.
On top of this, they're talking of bringing back ZRF. They dropped out because of a CONFLICT OF INTEREST. We need an ethic commission.

36 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 11/07/2017 at 7:25 AM

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

Democrats rigging system, (again.)
Down to Councilors Wright and Hartnett.
Think long term - Vote KBTL!

39 likes, 44 dislikes
Posted by deepinvt on 11/03/2017 at 8:00 AM

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