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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
So yes, I did go to the city council meeting on Monday, but I only stayed through the public forum which ended around eight o'clock. I even spoke, telling the council they should consider returning to the days when there was a Clerk and a Treasurer and not a botched conflation of the two in our so called "chief administrative officer." The chief administrative officer I said, is ultimately still the mayor.

I later heard that my speech sounded a little muddled, perhaps in part because I've had a cold. So I may have to return with my message again. But think about it. Since the advent of the "Clerk-Treasurer" which then morphed into the CAO position now held by Jonathon Leopold, we've had the council hoodwinked into granting a double pension for Brendan Keleher which will end up costing us nearly a quarter million dollars, we've lost our highly skilled professional city clerk Jo LaMarche, and been treated to the "Ben Pacy Amateur Hour" ever since.

Pacy has shown on multiple occasions that he isn't qualified to handle his job as Acting Clerk (Assistant Chief Administrative Officer). I mean, here we are suspending Adam Cate with pay for a third of a year because he may or may not have broken the law, while at the same time we know damn well Pacy broke the law three times in a row in March when he foolishly broke into the ward 7 ballot box. I was at the hearing about that incident, and he wasn't contrite about it in the least. Nor was Leopold. And he hasn't seen so much as a slap on the wrist. No formal sanction or reprimand. Nothing.

Pacy's crime may have been borne of incompetence and not malice, but its damage is arguably far worse than a few bucks stolen out of the boathouse cash register would be. Burlington's formally pristine and trustworthy elections now have a taint. Under the old way, when we had a separate and discreet Clerk's office, understudies were groomed to run elections, learning the sacred art in a deliberate process of professional maturation that takes years. Under the current structure, we grab some guy from the Parks Department and throw the poor bastard into the fire with no training whatsoever.

If it ain't broke don't fix it and when you're in a hole stop digging. I say we stop digging and go back to the way it was before we fixed it. because the reality is that right now Ben Pacy is the City Clerk, Jonathon Leopold is the City Treasurer and Bob Kiss, like it or not, is the Chief Administrative Officer.


So wasn't this post supposed to be about Karen Paul and how at the meeting she "brought it" to the the City Attorney vis-a-vis the Moran Plant? Yes. And she did bring it. And while I don't necessarily agree with my friends from the Green-Dem Alliance that we should tear down the building, I certainly don't see a problem bringing in another set of eyes to look at the agreements with the potential tenants of the building. I want to keep and retrofit the plant with the kids' museum, etc. But I certainly don't want the city to be left holding the bag. If Paul says there was an agreement to bring in outside lawyers, than there probably was. And that wouldn't be a bad idea.

In the Burlington Free Press, John Briggs quotes CEDO Director Larry Kupferman as saying "Outside counsel has not been part of our thinking. Nor has it been brought up by anyone else, until last night." That I doubt. I wish Briggs had asked Ken Schatz for a quote too.

Here's the money quote from Karen Paul who lead the successful effort to table the Moran Endeavor...
“I have told the city attorney I will not put my name on an agreement that has not been seen by an outside attorney with years of experience in this field,” Paul said Tuesday. “Our potential tenants are getting this kind of advice. Why shouldn’t we?”
Good on you, Karen Paul. Why shouldn't we indeed?

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posted by Haik Bedrosian @ 10:47 PM  
  • At September 18, 2008 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Vermont Election Laws

    § 2590. Securing and storing ballots, tally sheets and checklists

    "Ballot bags or containers shall not be removed or tampered with in any other way, except under COURT ORDER, or by ORDER OF ANY AUTHORIZED COMMITTEE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.

    Ben Pacy broke the seal on the ballot bag from ward 7 and with others from his office present examined the contents.

    No court order, no nothing.

    Another option may have been to notify the Secretary of State in writing of the need to examine the contents of the ballot bag but Pacy did not even do this.

    Two election officials, not from the same party, would have to be present as well if the SOS gave an order to break the seal.

    This is not good. But it's what happened. Pacy broke a serious election law and got away with it.

  • At September 19, 2008 1:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    And I hear that the scapgoat's boss was present at the Ward 7 polls, even though he swore in court that he was home the whole time.

    It's all about consolidation of power into one person by... fishy elections, deep throating now-former city officials to the BFP, abusive personnel practices to drive the competent out of city govt, keeping Cate's issue from seeing the light of day (heaven forbid he question the Supreme Leader's wisdom about... consolidation!), running Burl. Telecom into the ground while eliminating oversight, blocking outside advisers from seeing the Moran details, derailing projects outside of his control, like the school bond... Burlington's own "Progressive" Dick Cheney?

  • At September 19, 2008 8:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You can only compare what has happened to elections "after Jo" (which is exactly what you are saying) if you knew exactly what happened or didn't happen while she was there. You wouldn't believe the laws that were not followed or ineptitude of the "Clerk's" office because it was never looked into, always behind closed doors. You have to look at both sides not just the ones that allow you to jump on a band wagon!

  • At September 19, 2008 9:42 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    You wouldn't believe the laws that were not followed or ineptitude of the "Clerk's" office because it was never looked into, always behind closed doors.


    Clearly you must have been behind the "closed doors" yourself in order know about this law breaking and ineptitude. Please share some examples.

  • At September 19, 2008 2:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    Damn Fine Investigative reporting guys.

  • At September 22, 2008 8:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Honestly, this post could scarcely be less informed. As a former (and long-time) associate of both Ben Pacy and Adam Cate, I can attest to the enormous ethical gap that exists between these two individuals. Anyone who thinks Adam is the victim here obviously doesn't know the man (using the term loosely).

    Put it this way -- I'd trust Ben if my life depended on it. I wouldn't trust Adam with my secretary.

  • At September 22, 2008 8:59 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    There may be an ethical gap, and Pacy may have been a fine parks employee- but he is clearly in over his head acting as the city clerk- and he did break the law in March.

    Cate may not be trustworthy, but if that's the case- he should be fired, not given a 3 month paid vacation.

    Thank you very much for sharing your perspective. Visit often!

  • At January 07, 2009 10:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ben pacy is easily one of the most honest people in the entire peoples republic of vermont! He is a hard worker and a great friend.I hope everything works out for this fine man and his family, and the rest of you malcontents rot.

  • At January 07, 2009 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ben pacy is a good family man, he is always there to support his friends and lend a hand to strangers as well. I hope you all realize what effect your petty and false statements about this man have had on his family. Cate sucks...ERSKINE RULES!!! GO BEN!!!

  • At January 07, 2009 10:47 PM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Whatever. He's in over his head running the city's elections and he doesn't understand the philosophical importance of his job.

    Thanks for your comment New Jersey.

  • At January 07, 2009 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Karen paul sucks as a writer and i wish champy would swallow her lying ass whole. ERSKINE RULES!!!!!!!!GO BEN!

  • At January 07, 2009 10:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    haik, what exactly are your qualifications as to the job that ben was doing?

  • At January 07, 2009 11:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love when people use the term "whatever" because it clearly shows they have nothing intelligent to say and that they lack normal brain power. GO ERSKINE! GO BEN!!!!!

  • At January 07, 2009 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    why does the "PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF VERMONT" suck??? Because of lowlifes like haik!!!Erskine rules...GO BEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • At January 08, 2009 1:09 AM, Blogger Haik Bedrosian said…

    Who is Erskine?

  • At January 08, 2009 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Erskine is utopia unlike the backstabbing rat whole you people call vermont! politics suck, and when you play national politics in a small city it tends to backfire,as i hope it does in your case. ben and his family worship the very soil of your godforsaken homeland, and it is such a shame that hacks such as yourself would target a decent and honorable man in the hopes of gaining higher office for yourself or your friends. Erskine Rules!!!!!!!! Good luck Ben!!!

  • At January 08, 2009 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Haik, you never answered my question.... What exactly are your qualifications for the job that ben was doing?????????????????

  • At January 09, 2009 1:35 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    wow. never before have I thought more than having this anonymous poster have a rabid weasel climb up their leg and bite them square on the clit.

    you totally suck.

  • At January 13, 2009 10:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    istech, get bent. you lowlife. Erskine rules!!!!!!!!!!

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