FROM POET PAUL–
The streetcar bid was Cronin’s wish
Now there seems to be something amiss
The facts are apparent
And may not be transparent
But we can certainly see through this!
Chalk one up for the DAILY PAPER! Using the public records law and some good old fashioned reporting skills, Cynthia Sewell raises some good questions about Team Dave’s efforts at forcing a trolley upon residents without a vote.
Seems there was a “prior relationship” with the CRONIN PR firm and the city has been splitting the PR tactics between the CCDC and the city. The fact was not previously disclosed to councilors looking into potential conflicts of interest with the PR bid. CCDC claims to be apart from the city when it comes to oversight and governance, but they are total partners when it comes to spending tax money.
Part of the strategy was to have the CCDC pay for “cheerleading” the trolley proposal while having the city pay for “outreach education,” thus effectively “laundering” the expenses through the CCDC. Any way you cut it, the city is spending taxes to promote a project.
Our next hope on this issue is newly elected councilor TJ Thomson, who has voiced support of a public election. Let’s hope his word is good. Like councilor Jim Tibbs, TJ has the potential of being a lone voice in the urban wilderness.
If Team Dave stays the course on this trolley folly, they are likely to get unseated by irate voters–many of whom voted for Dave Bieter on an “ethics ticket.”
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