Saturday, September 23, 2017

Super O'Malley 1 0 Willie Araujo (BoE Candidate)

Someone suggested that I watch the discussion of the Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract at the September 18th Board meeting here, so I did as soon as I could.

Just to be clear, I'm not much of a fan of Señor O'Malley as you can read in this blog and certainly don't think the Board should be doing this now, when they have another year to go under the contract they signed before they have to decide to renew his contract or not.

There's not a rationale or substantive reason that I can see to be forcing it in now other than they want to protect their guy at our expense. You can read all my thoughts about this in this blog, which I've already shared with the Board, so I don't need to rehash them here again.

I only look to Dr. Frank to do the right thing here on October 11th and put this decision off until next year. It's his legacy that will bear the vote on October 11th, just as Dave Dickinson owns the Carol Toth debacle.

Now, I'm all for the open, free and spirited exchange at these board meetings and expect that our elected officials will respond and be part of the discussion and answer questions when appropriate. I watched Mr. Brenner and Board Candidates Conway & Bodofsky raise questions and make statements about the proposed contract. All valid questions and concerns as they see it that I hope the Board listened to and respected.

Which brings me to the O'Malley & Araujo exchange over the legal costs under O'Malley's watch and who didn't shake whose hand or who called who a liar.

Clearly, Señor O'Malley could of probably handled the situation a tad bit better for someone in his position. I'm sure, like all of us, that he's been faced with comments about him and to him in the past that may or may not be true.

A tad bit more respect and a little less personalizing would of worked better here on both sides in bringing out the truth. A truth that remains unknown.

But to his credit, O'Malley said they didn't spend one-million or more that Araujo was asserting. And O'Malley asked Araujo to prove it, which he didn't. Maybe it's me, but if your gonna make statements and they're challenged, then you need to back it up. And Araujo didn't.

O'Malley even made it simple for Mr. Araujo, he told him to ask someone at the dais what the actual number was and Dan Michaud, the BA, would of most likely just of given it to him - but he didn't.

Seems to me that no one should be arrogant, it's not an admirable trait - but if you're gonna be arrogant, then you better darn well be able to back it up. Just a thought for Messrs. O'Malley & Araujo since both had the chance to clear this up but both got caught up in the fray.

Finally, recognize this is the silly season and those seeking office will go to the meetings in the months running up to the election and try and engage in campaign matters. With all due respect to BoE candidates Araujo and Wise, going after Jerry Shi about the Lankey endorsement banner was inappropriate. Campaigning in BoE meetings is not appropriate and Dr. Frank should of stepped in and said so but he didn't. Now don't get me wrong, I won't be voting for Jerry Shi or Maria Wise - and Shi should be voted out on November 7th for sure but he's not wrong here.

O'Malley & Araujo Exchange - Proving once again that 2 Wrongs don't make a Right?!?:

Anyhoo, score this one up for Señor O'Malley and take note of Araujo actions come November 7th.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Something in Edison Stinks!

Gotta appreciate the Humor from the Hahn for Mayor website!


Here's his Platform from same source as above:

As Mayor, I …
will manage and spend your tax dollars wisely
– will build a world class recreation and community center
– will work collectively with the Board of Education to eliminate overcrowding in our schools and bring back Full Day Kindergarten
– will repair our roads and fix an aging broken sewer system
– will eliminate cronyism, nepotism and favoritism from town hall
– will hire Edison residents whenever possible
– will simplify the permitting and licensing process
– will protect the small business owner in Edison

Anyhoo, you now have a Choice for Change!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Just a Reminder of the Cost of Transparancy over there on Mythomania Lane?!?

Just a reminder that the Edison Board of Mythomania, aka Board of EDems, Board of Hoarders and Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky is having their Action Meeting tonight over at Herbert Hoover Middle School at 7:00PM.

Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's contract is not on the agenda - it's up for vote on October 11, 2017. However, you can ask any questions you want about the Board's actions (rationale, justification & support) or the details of the contract itself in the Public portion of that meeting.

You now have the contract and what they say it will cost so this a chance to raise all your questions about jumping the gun a year early and share any comments you may have with the Board.

This contract brought to you by 'We Almost Got Away With It' Transparency Crowd over there on Mythomania Lane - photo credit to Edison BoE:
Anyhoo, if you can make the meeting, then go. If not, you can always reach out to the Elected Board Members and share you thoughts, comments and concerns, whichever way you come down on this move. Just Remember, it's up for Vote on October 11, 2017 and of those voting, one isn't running for reelection and three others are up for reelection - and that will be your last chance to comment.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Cost of Super O'Malley's 5-Year Contract - $1,653,258 - Avg. Annual Cost - $330,652

Well, just got this 'Detailed Statement of Contract Costs' from the BoE today for Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's proposed new contract.

Just like the contract itself, it Raises a ga-zillion questions, the least of which is why it doesn't show how much he's contributing towards health insurance like everyone else does.

Recognize that this type of analysis they did has to use projections into the future so please recognize the actual numbers may turn out to be more or less than what they have on this schedule below. But, just for the heck of it, let's go with their numbers.

Seems the Board of Mythomania, aka Board of EDems, Board of Hoarders, Board of Sneaky..Sneaky..Sneaky deem it necessary to pay Señor O'Malley $1,653,358 over the life of this contract. That's an annual average cost of $330,652.

Not Bad, as long as you live in the World of Mythomania and trying to rush through a contract renewal one-year early.

Here's the Detailed Statement of Contract Costs received today from an OPRA Request:

Anyhoo, still trying to see whatever documents the Board sent to the County Super to support this new contract and gain the County Super's approval. If and when I get them, I'll share with you.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Really?!? Never thought much of the gutter-level politics in this town but this is just too much!

Saw this piece here in the SL about the Mayor's son. Weaponizing a family's difficult circumstances for political reasons is disgusting even by this town's gutter standards.

Whether you like Mayor Lankey or not, this is just wrong.

Leave his family out of it.

Edison BoE Super's Proposed Contract - July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2022!

Well, they just posted the proposed contract up on their website. This contract rescinds the contract covering the period April 1, 2014 to June 30, 2019 (you can see this contract in the September 18th  post for comparison purposes).

This contract will be up for vote at the October 11, 2017 Caucus meeting at the ED Center.

Briefly, the compensation is:
-Annual salary $212,344 for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018
-Annual salary of $215,741.50 for the succeeding periods July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2022
-Annual $5,000 in the form of a High School Salary Increment
-Annual Merit Increases (undefined) based on criteria set
-Annual Merit Bonuses up to 14.99% of annual salary

I'm asking the BoE for the actual cost of this contract over its life, cost of the change from the current contract and the documents sent down to the County Super to support this contract and gain approval - and if and when I get them, I'll share with you.

It's kind of important to know the Board's rationale, justification and cost that was used to get County approval so all can be informed before they have a public meeting.

Anyhoo, the contract is out for your review now so take some time to go through it so you can ask any questions about it on October 11th.

Here's last night's Board Meeting - listen to Mr. Brenner's question and comments about the Super's contract and Dr. Frank's response:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Top 10 Reasons

why Dr. Frank Should Not Recuse Himself from voting on Super Dr. Richard 'Looking for the Exit Ramp' O'Malley's Early Extension Employment Contract, whenever it comes up for vote: Update - Public meeting on the Super's contract has been rescheduled to October 11, 2017 at the Ed Center.

10. Because he wants his legacy to be Leading from Behind.

9. Because he likes making Long-term Decisions for the School District when he is on a Short-term basis.

8. Because he thinks he works for the Super and Not You.

7. Because he wants to Avoid the People of Downtown Edison having a Say on November 7th.

6. Because  he likes doing things that Best Serve the Board's interests and Not Yours.

5. Because he wants the Super to Move Up from #16 on the List of the State's Highest Paid Supers.

4. Because he May Very Well Be the Deciding Vote on the Contract and he wants to carry on the Safe-Haven Contract tradition of his predecessor.

3. Because he hopes you can't see through the Duct-tape transparency that surrounds the building over there on Mythomania Lane.

2. Because he wants to Carry-on the Maeroff & Iyer tradition of Protecting their Guy and Not Holding his Feet to the Fire.

1. Because he wants to Tie the Hands of the Board for the Next 5 Years and he won't even be there.