By: Diane Benjamin
Since last night Tari called comments made by citizens about the Japan trip lies, I have no problem calling his statement lies.
Just hit play below to hear him.
First, he claims the Chief Legal Officer said he did nothing wrong. Who is the Chief Legal Officer Tari? Jeff Jurgens or somebody you don’t want to name?
Second, he claims no laws or policies were violated BECAUSE Margot was an official delegate of the Sister Cities Committee. I have the minutes for at least two years of meetings – since January 1st they are on the website now: http://www.bnsistercities.org/about/
Margot didn’t attend a single meeting and isn’t mentioned in any of the minutes. She isn’t a member of the Committee. Delegate? Seriously?
Remember the Renner post from Japan thanking Margot for being willing to pay her own way to join him?
Does it sound like Renner considers her a delegate or a travel companion?
Renner then goes on to explain how good people won’t run for office just to be trashed. Tari – you lied to me the very first time we met. Your minions trashed Kevin Lower – a truly good man. Liars deserve to be trashed. Leaders who tax their citizens to death because they want to spend and spend and spend deserve to be trashed.
Citizens deserve Public Servants – people who think more about the taxpayers than their legacy. You aren’t even close to that description.
My favorite is his claim the Sister Cities people were upset by FOIA requests. If people spending taxpayer money without posting agendas and minutes on their website (as required by the Open Meetings Act) are upset, they need to be trained properly.
Finally, Tari claimed he was in Japan for 4 1/2 days. He claimed it takes 2 days to get there and two days to get back. I guess he didn’t notice gaining time and losing it going back in the opposite directions.
According to a Pantagraph article he left on a Sunday. He was back very jet-lagged a week later on a Tuesday. That’s 10 days. Maybe you can get this one right – so how many days were you really gone Tari? Was 4 1/2 days just Sister Cities events and the rest a tour? Tari? Tari?
From the minutes, official events were August 4th and 5th: Minutes 2016-08-01
Then there is this in the minutes: Minutes 2016-10-03
We still don’t know what this payment to IACE is for either:
I tried to pick up a FOIA request yesterday that your Clerk said I needed to pick up. It might have cleared up some issues:
I received the notice on Friday. Yesterday they couldn’t find it!
If the Council falls for Margot being an official delegate, they aren’t public servants either.
A quote from Abraham Lincoln seems appropriate here:
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.