By: Diane Benjamin
Mayor Renner claims the Management Agreement the City had with CIAM was bad. It was bad, but it was made worse by the David Hales NOT enforcing parts of the contract he easily could have, but choose not to. The complicit Mayor and Council contributed to a financial disaster for taxpayers.
Yesterday I started making a list of provisions in the agreement David Hales decided weren’t important enough to enforce. Per the City Code: http://www.cityblm.org/index.aspx?page=262
This refers to the same report I printed parts of in this article: https://blnnews.com/2016/09/16/coliseum-concessions-more-proof/
CIAM spent a whole year in court claiming they were a private company and this was proprietary information!
The City had the right to review event reports and make sure the City (TAXPAYERS) received the proper compensation for concessions. Taxpayers paid for the software that allowed them to do it. David Hales didn’t do his job! Hales might have cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Mayor and Council did nothing to stop him.
Link to the Contract: Management Agreement CIAM
Meanwhile, the majority of the City Council lavished David Hales with big raises. The Council votes to raise Hales salary clearly shows which aldermen serve the City and which ones take their job as your representative seriously:
In 2016 only Alderman Lower voted NO: https://blnnews.com/2016/05/10/must-see-slobber-fest/
2015 – only NO votes were Stearns and Lower: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=8522
In 2014, Alderwoman Judy Stearns and Alderman Kevin Lower voted against the Hales raise: https://blnnews.com/2014/01/15/if-you-are-upset-about-hales-salary/
In 2013 only Alderwoman Stearns voted against the huge Hales raise, Lower wasn’t on the Council yet: http://www.cityblm.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=5110
Obviously many up for election early next year don’t represent the people stuck paying the bills!
Note Jamie Mathy’s vote in 2013 when he served temporarily under appointment by former Mayor Stockton.
Others wanting 4 more years: Mwilambwe, Fruin, Black, and Painter.
Painter is being challenged by Lupe Diaz. So far, no other candidates have announced their run.
If others don’t run, taxpayers must enjoy being fleeced.