Saturday, December 23, 2017

Kriseman VS Baker - Who is really living in the past? October 2017

We’re just not sure where Rick Kriseman’s head is.


December 18, 2017 through December 29, 2017 I am reposting the most viewed  articles from 2017 This one is from October 2017.

St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.

You may have seen the recent Rick Kriseman television spot portraying candidate Rick Baker as living in the past and taking St. Petersburg back to the dark ages.

Before you buy this nicely contrived piece of political propaganda let’s look at some facts.
  • Kriseman has a city hall full of political cronies definitely an approach from the 1990’s
  • Kriseman invokes Barack Obama at every turn - definitely from the last decade.
  • Kriseman looks up to Charlie Crist - Really in the past.
  • Kriseman destroyed the past work done to make St. Pete’s schools improve. A huge step backward.
  • Kriseman looked the other way as mid-town lost its grocery store and other amenities.
  • Kriseman is using the old-school  approach of pretty streets and landscaping to save mid-town an approach from the 1980’s.
  • Kriseman has no announced plan to address: Public safety, Neighborhoods, Schools and Education, Jobs, City Services. He prefers the old school: “Fly by the seat of your pants”
  • Kriseman’s stock and trade- spinning the facts and lying to you at every critical moment. A long used political ploy.
  • Rick Kriseman’s only “Plan” for St. Petersburg is four more years of the same.
  • Kriseman’s past is full of broken promises, political favoritism, lies and half trues. The future will just be more of the same.
Kriseman is right about one thing if you want St. Petersburg to become another typical, corrupt, inefficient, politically biased City where you never get the truth about anything he’s your guy.

Rick Baker has always had a vision of the future.
  • Rick Baker will have a staff of subject matter experts not political cronies and campaign workers.
  • Rick Baker is his own person; he does not need to lean on other politicians for his inspiration.
  • Rick Baker will rekindle the neighborhoods with a new Deputy Mayor for Neighborhoods.
  • Rick Baker believes in access to top quality education to that end; he believes in these two mathematical formulas: (1) “A” schools = future opportunity; and (2) failing schools = limited hope.
  • Rick Baker knows how to face the future without lying about the past. You will always get the whole story.
  • Rick Baker has a plan for St. Petersburg’s Future The Baker BLUEPRINT For St. Pete. You can read it and you can believe it because history  shows Rick Baker delivers on his promises. 
Rick Baker does not have his head in the sand or in the clouds, he is laser focused on what St. Petersburg needs to continue its path toward becoming a great City. 

We’re just not sure where Rick Kriseman’s head is. 

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Scope Creep- Kind of like sewage, Kriseman cant't seem to control either - February 2017


Where things the politicians want get added and things the designers screwed up get fixed by throwing money at them.



St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin


December 18, 2017 through December 29, 2017 I am reposting my most viewed  articles from 2017 This one is from February 2017. 

You may have noticed that lately every major St. Pete project seems to be getting more costly.


Waveney Ann More Tampa Bay Times March 2016, St. Pete pier design costs exceed construction budget, forcing cuts



Project
Original Estimate
Current Guess
Pier
$50 Million
$80-$90 Million
Uplands
$20 Million
$34-$40 Million
Police Building
$50 Million
$70-$80 Million
Sewer Repair
$300 Million
Who Knows

In government, we call this scope creep.

That is where things the politicians want to get added to a project and things the designers over looked or screwed up get fixed by throwing money at them.

The Kriseman team and its fascination for all things bright and shiny is a project manager's dream come true.

Too busy banning the President, trying to establish a sanctuary city and blowing their own horn, the ground battle for cost control on these projects is lost among the details. It is called scope creep.

The Kriseman administration pays little attention to the detail. They put way to much trust in owner's reps and project managers. These are good people but just like everything else in a project, they need to be managed.

The issue of public art for the Pier is a classic example.

Instead of just saying no they are in search of more money for an insane addition to what is a quickly becoming an unseemly disaster.

When it comes to running the business of the St. Petersburg government, Kriseman has shown he is pretty good at writing a Tweet, chasing the silly and ignoring the will of the people.

All of these chickens are quickly coming home to roost and unless the Mayor, and his crack team of campaign consultants still on the City payroll can figure out a way to hold off the rain and delay the Pier until after the election, his honor may be in for some tough sledding.

I am starting my annual round of neighborhood association meetings and so far, when the Mayor is not around the comments are very negative.

By the way, if you would like to have me speak or be on a panel at your Neighborhood Association meeting give me a call at my office 727-545-9269. Otherwise, I may show up and sit quietly in the back of the room.

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

What’s the real problem with Kriseman’s Chief of Staff Kevin King? November 2017

It is easy to get roiled up over King’s past behavior but to me, there is a much more serious concern.


December 18, 2017 through December 29, 2017 I am reposting the most viewed  articles from 2017 This one is from November 2017

St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog


As the Rick Baker Campaign and his Political Action Committee raised the spector of Kevin King’s past, the emphasis seemed to be more on what King did in contrast to how that impacts the present circumstances.

I have had only two dealings with Kriseman’s Chief of staff.

The first was a telephone interview that went terribly wrong following this Post:  Sunday  December 22, 2013 Kriseman and King - Will it work?  right after he was appointed  as Kriseman’s Chief of Staff and resulted in this Post A Not So Casual Conversation with Kevin King.

The second was a very unpleasant confrontation at the first Pride event after Kriseman’s election when I was taking some background pictures. King, who is notoriously camera shy, confronted me as to why I was taking pictures, asked me if my retirement was paid by the City (it is not) and wanted to know where my “money” came from. All of this in front of my wife who was accompanying me. I just laughed at him turned around and walk away and then turned back and shot a few more frames.

As the Kriseman administration wore on my former coworkers, and managers would simply roll their eyes when I asked about King, but the official response was “no comment, or simply you cannot trust him.

It is easy to get roiled up over King’s past behavior but to me, there is a much more serious concern.

Rick Kriseman is a seasoned political veteran, and he knows King is a liability.

When I questioned Kriseman before the 2013 election about Kevin King, he became openly angry and threatening when I brought up the King issue.

Why would you drag along an ill-tempered ticking time bomb if your goal was a successful political career?

So, what is the relationship between these two?

There have been a lot of calls for King/Kriseman to open the Records on King’s Juvenile sex solicitation charges, but I am not sure that would do any real good.

Some much more revealing questions would be:

Who was King’ s attorney of Record?

Kriseman and King spent a lot of time in Tallahassee together. What lobbyists did they work with? Where did they hang out?

In the interim between Kriseman’s stint in the Legislature and his election to the Mayor’s office what was Kevin King doing, and was he on Kriseman’s payroll?

I could go on.

The issue here is not about Kevin King it is all about Rick Kriseman’s character.

This whole mess shows the true face of Kriseman’s competency and honesty. Kevin King now oversees an area where would not be hired, he is only there because his buddy is the Mayor.

King should have never been added to the City Staff, he should never have become a parked political operative on the taxpayer’s dime and to put him in charge of educational policy goes further than ignoring the public’s Pier pick. It is like standing on the steps of City hall and giving every St. Pete citizen and parent the finger.

·         King’s actions are abdominal, but Kriseman made the decision to put him on the City Payroll.

·         King made the decision to solicit juveniles, but Kriseman made the decision to put him in charge of educational policy.

·         King typifies everything that is wrong with local government: privileged, over paid, protected, incompetent, and morally unfit for the job.

But, he is Kriseman’s guy and if Kriseman gets reelected you get four more years of Kevin King, four more years of lies, and don’t bother to express your opinion, because they just don’t care.

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