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Friday, December 19, 2008
(Re-run from 01.22.06)

Editor's note- This was only the second post ever published at BurlingtonPol. It was written before it was widely known that Brendan Keleher and Peter Clavelle tricked the city council into granting Keleher a second pension, in part to help retain him. (He retired immediately after he got it.) It was written before Joe McNeil retired in shame after it was discovered he was having sex with both zoning consultant Owiso Makuko and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Karen Wingate.

It was written before Bob Kiss became mayor and had these bombshells explode in his lap.

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I would like to recognize the efforts of Burlington’s City Attorney Joe McNeil and Treasurer, Brendan Keleher. While local civic discourse has often been reserved for the praise or denigration of politicians, these two men have quietly served as pillars of leadership in Burlington for decades.

As each election cycle carries the people’s representatives in and out of office, McNeil and Keleher patiently and skillfully guide them through the complexities of running the city, by means of law and money, the essential levers of power in city government. Their careful stewardship has provided Burlington with invaluable continuity and helped clarify and amplify the collective voice of our city.

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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 12:18 PM  
9 Comments:
  • At December 19, 2008 4:35 PM, Blogger JayV said…

    That post describes another city. How things have changed.

     
  • At December 19, 2008 4:49 PM, Blogger OPJM said…

    Everything about this city all the way down to the Residential Parking Program is corrupt.

     
  • At December 20, 2008 10:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    no way, Jose.

     
  • At December 21, 2008 2:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Just a quick question:

    Both Dan and Montroll have websites but I haven't seen anything from Kiss or Kurt.

    Do they have websites at all? Trying to begin the process of ranking my preferences.

    Voting for Dan as #1 and trying to figure out where to rank the others.

     
  • At December 21, 2008 6:48 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Kevin Curley has a website.

    Can you tell us why Dan Smith is your #1 choice? Is it because he has a website? Is so wouldn't that make Montroll your #2 automatically?

     
  • At December 21, 2008 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I want a fresh perspective in city government. He's young and has some real world experience...especially around jobs and the new green economy. Plus, I like how he's an Independent.

    Andy will probably NOT be my second choice. I supported Hinda Miller back in 2006 and I was really disheartened by the fact that he never lifted a finger to help her. Really made me sad. Kurt will probably be my second choice and then Andy. I won't vote for Kiss. He's a weak mayor and has no leadership skills. Leopold is really the one running the City.

     
  • At December 22, 2008 6:43 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    He's young and has some real world experience...especially around jobs and the new green economy.

    Can you expound on that? What experience are you referring to? Can Smith claim credit for helping to create jobs?

    Leopold is really the one running the City.

    You've touched on Mayor Kiss's Achilles's Heal. I wish he'd have fired Leopold before election season. Now it would just look like a desperation move.

    I still like Kiss because I think in terms of the big picture stuff things are tending in the right direction. The new zoning law seems to be more good than bad, and street maintenance has been improving. The agreement Kiss got on UVM's payments to the city was outstanding.

    But I would agree that we've seen enough of Mr. Leopold.

    I don't know why you would expect Andy to support Hinda. She wasn't a good candidate and I'm still grateful to Kevin Curley and Lisa Lindahl for sparing us "Mayor Jogbra."

    Dan Smith has potential, but his candidacy does not remind me of 1981, as I've heard others say. That's seems Orwellian to me. Kiss is the candidate who most resembles Sanders in policy.

     
  • At December 23, 2008 12:35 AM, Anonymous Ivan Jacobs said…

    I'll give Dan Smith a look when he talks details - That's not due to happen for a month or two. I'm so sick of this empty rhetoric of buzzwords like "change""youth""fresh" and "energy".

    Mr. Smith was INCREDIBLE on the Charlie & Ernie show - very slick - but then I realized he didn't say anything about anything. That's understandable at this point in the campaign, I guess.

    I'm also still trying to figure out what GBIC (his "real-world experience") is all about and what their affiliation is with the Chamber of Commerce. I'm not a huge fan of the Chamber.

    Hinda was/is kind of a right-winger, good on Andy if he didn't support her, though I didn't notice that.

     
  • At December 23, 2008 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The question is whether Kiss actually had anything to do with that or if it was Leopold? I mean, these are legitimate questions. I would argue, however, that his biggest problem is the Waterfront and the Cate issue. It just felt overtly political to me.

    In terms of Dan Smith's real world experience...just a basic understanding on the green economy. I would really prefer someone who isn't a politician right now to help lift us out of the economy. I'm struggling to find work right now and I think he's got the best shot. Just a fresh perspective and some new ideas.

    However, I don't know where the other candidates stand. In terms of the issues, I agree with Andy...I just don't like his personality.

    In terms of the UVM question though, I don't think we can give him all the credit. Leopold's hands were all in that pot and UVM made several generous concessions in terms of the Fire Department and Road service. So, don't give Kiss the credit. There were many other forces at play there.

    All I can say, though, is that this is going to be a fun Mayoral race to watch. You got people from all political stripes and IRV (no more spoilers). Plus, I just want to see Kurt and Andy gang up on Bob.

     
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