Friday, April 30, 2010

READ JERRY'S PAGE TODAY

I thank you, Assemblyman Green, for your prompt response in your “blog” to the request that I posed this morning in my own blog.

Understandably, much communication among political leadership in Trenton as in Washington is done on an informal verbal basis. Thus if you have no written or email memos, I cannot expect you to share your correspondence.

I need not reach out to the President of the Plainfield Teacher’s Association for confirmation that you have been I in contact with the influential State and County personnel regarding the ongoing BOE/PSS fiasco and the impact on Plainfield’s students as well as tax payers. We have your word for it.

Since I consider a recallable document as a powerful mechanism, perhaps you would so communicate to the Commissioner of Education in order that he might give proper weight to our concerns.

I do agree with you that as an elected official it would be improper to share personal comments with the public. Thus I am only interested in your actions as our elected representative to the Assembly.

I would hate to have this mess suffer the same fate as happened with Muhlenberg where the then Commissioner of Health and Human Services accorded the city an only a cursory review, never taking into account the economic and health cost to the Plainfield area.

I have previously noted that Citizen Jerry Green has the same right that each of us has to donate personal funds to any candidate. I agree that it is unfortunate, but of course understandable, that when an acknowledged political leader such as the chairperson of the local committee supports a candidate that people tend to interpret that to be a manifestation of political support.

SOAP OPERA PLAINFILED

Now we know, this is the "and be it" item in the agenda for the special executive meeting of the sitting BOE Headline Courier April 29

"Plainfield schools administrators received $80K after two were terminated, another ordered to forfeit post"

This is a quote from the article: "Assemblyman Jerry Green, D-Plainfield, on Wednesday said he plans to reiterate to Christie and Schundler a need to step in and take action against what he called a blatant waste of taxpayer money.

"Enough is enough. This has gotten out of hand," Green said. "I'm asking the commissioner to step in now. The city can no longer continue to be dragged through the mud like it has been."

Assemblyman Green is right; The BOE/PSS situation is intolerable. Too much school tax funds have been wasted on improper hirings and termination settlements over the past few years, even preceding the Gallon era. A complete public accounting is needed.

In as much as the PASA contract doesn't mention termination settlements we have to rely on the Business Administrator's contention that the individual contracts contain such a clause. Perhaps (a) the Board President and members would attest that they were aware of such a clause in subordinates contracts, and(b) a copy of such a contract be publicized.

Since "reiterate" means to repeat or say over if Jerry used that phrase I would hope that he would post in his "PAGE" a copy of his original communication to Christie and/or Schundler along with his repeat request.

Oh yes, it seems that not only the BOE is unaccountably free with taxpayer's money, but we are also expecting an answer of who authorized the expenditure of over $250K for the Senior Citizen's Center. Was it the Council in a moment of ignorance, or the Mayor or Dashied.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

$250000.00 QUESTION

One should view the first 10-15 minutes of the April 12 Council meeting being broadcasted on the local channels. Specifically the discussion on Resolution 138-10. Please read Plaintalker's April 13 comments regarding this resolution as well as mu April 14th blog titled Council Meeting #2. Once again I apologize because I can only enter the links to the blogs themselves but not to the referred postings.
(Bernice supplied the link: http://plaintalker.blogspot.com/2010/04/senior-center-costs-more-than-1.html)

To refresh memories the resolution as listed today in the agenda on the city's site simply states to execute an agreement with Dortnoch to purchase the Senior Center Condo for $1.00. Since I did not retain my copy of the meeting agenda I was under the impression that that resolution was to approve $250+K to Dornoch for completion of the Center. I could be wrong and the sum may have been in the attached papers, if so there was an attempt to hide from the public an expenditure of a quarter of a million dollars. On the other hand I am sure what drew my attention to this resolution was that it was worded to approve (retroactively) the money owed for the completion of the Center.

In any case there is an odor to this resolution, which was tabled. Councilors spoke of discussing it in executive session and I trust a report will be available at the Agenda setting session.

Unanswered is how could an agreement or contract be made for the expenditure of $25+000.00 without a Council Resolution. The City Administrator attested that the Acting Comptroller, since we still do not have a CFO, certified that the fund s were available!

When further questioned she referred back to a previous Ordinance? of several years ago authorizing a bond issue for a subsequently abandoned Senior Citizen's Center. No mention was made if the bonds had been issued or if they were specifically designated how could the money be used for an entirely different project?

If I write as if I am confused, I am, and so should be every taxpayer as to the legitimacy and ethics involved in this so called building costs.

By the way I believe that the original agreement with Dornoch had a specific date for the developer to turn the functioning center over to the city. That date was never met.

MALWARE

WARNING; If you get an email from me or anyone inviting you to be a friend with mention of "LIVEHEALTHCARE" don't open it delete at once. It is Malware that downloads your address books. It hit my computer months ago supposedly from someone I knew well. As soon as I opened it to read I deleted it without further ado and had notified all who I thought were in my address book then. Within 15 minutes before I sent my email out all had received an "invite" . This week I have learned that it is apparently on the loose again. The source seems to be in Russia.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Executive Meeting

While we wait to learn why there was a special meeting called so that the present board could have one more executive (closed) meeting before the new board was "sworn in" I am posting the legal status in New Jersey for such meetings. There is no reference in Roger's 0r Sturgis specifically referring to "executive sessions", but the rules for holding such meetings may be part of the organizations by-laws.

The New Jersey Sunshine laws state:
"CLOSED SESSIONS: Closed or “executive” sessions may be held without public notice, or during the course of a public meeting, provided that the subject matter is covered by one or more of the following legal exemptions:
o Matters made confidential by state, federal law or rule by court.
o Disclosure would result in an unwarranted invasion of individual privacy, unless the person affected consents in writing.
o Disclosure would impair the body's right to receive federal or state funds.
o Collective bargaining.
o Lease or acquisition of property, setting of banking rates, investment of public funds if disclosure would harm the public interest.
o Investigations into violations of law.
o Strategies to protect public security.
o Pending, ongoing or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation, including attorney-client privilege. The threat of litigation must be more than theoretical for this exemption to apply.
o Personnel matters affecting employees of the public bodies, unless all parties request or consent to a public hearing. Prior to discussion of personnel, affected employees must be given notice, known as a Rice notice, which gives the employee the right to request a public hearing.
o Proceedings that could result in a suspension, civil penalty, or loss of a license or permit.
Closed sessions are limited to discussion; all formal actions must be made in the open, regardless of subject matter.
• Prior to any closed session, the body must adopt a resolution stating the general nature of the subject to be discussed and the time when the discussion can be disclosed. The precise nature of the matter discussed may be withheld until the need for the closed session has passed.
• MINUTES: Minutes must be kept of closed sessions. The minutes should start with a statement of the time, place and manner of notice, or in the case of an emergency meeting, a statement sufficient to satisfy the emergency meeting notice requirements. Minutes should show, at a minimum, the names of the members present, individual votes of each member, subjects considered and actions taken. Minutes must be promptly made available once the necessity of the closed session has passed."

An interpretation is as follows:
Usually boards only go into executive session to discuss a matter and not take action. All minutes of executive session can only be approved in executive session. Since minutes state actions adopted rather than discussion, only those actions approved in executive session are recorded in those minutes.

Let's say a school board is deciding whether to renew the contract of the superintendent. A member of the school board has received some information that he feels will affect the decision. But this information should not be made known to the public. The member of the board would move to go into executive session. If adopted, the chair would state that the meeting is now in executive session. The chair would either ask everyone to leave or they might retreat into another room in the building with only the board members present and anyone else that they feel needs to be there-like the attorney or the board secretary. At this time the member would reveal the information. The board would discuss it only. Someone moves to end the executive session. If that is adopted by a majority vote, then the board returns to the open meeting and proceeds either with discussion or with a vote. Everyone in the executive meeting is sworn to secrecy. If any of the information is divulge it could open the board to a lawsuit by the superintendent. The member who leaked the information could also be removed from office or perhaps sued.

The purpose of executive session in governmental bodies is not to hide important information from the members or the public, but to protect the innocent. In this case the information given about the superintendent may be false. It would be very harmful to the superintendent to have his good named smeared by these falsehoods if made public. It would also expose the board to criticism and possible legal action for spreading falsehoods.

Those serving on governing bodies should use executive session judiciously and wisely. It should never give the appearance of doing something behind the backs of the constituents or the members. Executive Session and Open Meeting Laws. Robert McConnell. Parliamentary Internet Newsletter. Volume 9, Issue 1. 2003. English.


It should be anticipated that any action resulting from discussion at the executive session will be on the business meeting agenda for a vote.




Monday, April 26, 2010

A LETTER

My good friend RBG who used to live in Plainfield emailed me this letter from her grandson to the principle of his high school. With permission I share it with you because it not only shows a degree of maturity that we do not give credit to our youngsters, but illustrates an alternative great learning experience and exposure to a real world.

I don't think that I would recommend such independence as this young man had for most in his peer group but I am sure that many could handle a controlled experience perhaps in a group setting. This is similar to the Grand European Tour that became obligatory to the aristocracy of England and the States in the late 19th Century. The accumulation of knowledge is not limited to books and didactic teaching.

Dear Mr. Griffith,

As you might know, I have been taking a gap year abroad before enrolling at Georgetown next year. I want to let you know that taking a gap year has been the best decision of my life, and I think that the guidance department should do more to promote it. Universities are obviously great places to learn, but they are devoted almost entirely to academic education. There is so much more to learn than can be learned in a classroom! I blame the competitive system that makes higher education a race to accumulate degrees, the same system that encourages high school students to stuff résumés in preparation for university applications. In other countries, such as Germany, nine months of civil service is required, and they have one of the most highly recognized education systems in the world. As far as I’m aware, there were only four 2009 graduates who elected to take gap years, while more than 300 students went straight to university. As friends, family, and advisors questioned my initial decision to take a gap year, it took a lot of determination and courage to follow through with it. I don’t think gap years should be presented as a risky decision. While there are risky ways to take a gap year (I have chosen to take some risks myself) there are many incredible opportunities that provide more experiential learning than any year of university could. Here are a few more reasons why gap years are attractive:

  • Most gap years are significantly less expensive than a year of university
  • Many universities will recognize credits obtained throughout a gap year (Georgetown doesn’t)
  • Depending on what students choose to do, they will gain real-life experiences that will help them mature
  • A gap year gives students another year to apply to universities, often with the advantage of compelling, mature, and unusual experiences
  • A gap year gives students a much-needed break from traditional classroom learning
  • Gap year students have the opportunity to give back to the local or global communities by volunteering
  • Having a full year without academic obligations allows students to travel and experience parts of the world they have never experienced before
  • There is no better time to take a break from the traditional American education system than after high school (most students have too much debt to take time off after graduating university)

I have kept in touch with many of my classmates, and I don’t mean to be condescending, but the majority of their experiences at university are simply inferior to the experiences I have had. I ask them what’s new, and they tell me they went to a crazy party last night but have to write an essay hung-over the today. They ask me what’s new, and I tell them that I’m teaching English to Palestinian refugees in a city that is under military curfew.

On that note, here is a brief summary of my activities since I left home:

Most of my classmates left for university orientation at the end of August or beginning of September, so I continued my summer activity—interning for U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. I flew to Israel in mid-September to participate in the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (AIES) on Kibbutz Ketura in the Negev Desert. Although the program is entirely in English, a 3 week Ulpan (intensive Hebrew and Israeli culture class) was offered beforehand to the American students. My Hebrew is pretty good and the Ulpan was very beginner, so I had to study on my own, which was difficult. After the Ulpan, the other students arrived, which is the most unique aspect of the AIES. Students from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and the US come together to study the environment and learn about each other. The slogan of AIES is "the environment knows no borders." The purpose is to cooperate on solving environmental problems that affect everyone without regard to nationality, religion, or language. Part of the program was studying, but it was largely focused on peace-building and dialogue. I took five classes: Society and the Environment, Alternative Energy Policy and Management, Archaeology of the Arava and Southern Negev, and Sustainable Agriculture. In addition, there was a PELS course (Peace-building and Environmental Leadership) and many informal opportunities for dialogue throughout the semester. Beyond what I learned at AIES, I also learned what life is like on a kibbutz (an Israeli commune), how to travel in Israel, and much more. When I had time off, I was also able to travel all around Israel, Egypt, and Jordan.

When I left AIES at the beginning of February, I took a two-week vacation with my father in Italy. When I returned to Israel, I moved into an apartment in Nablus (the West Bank, Palestine) in order to volunteer at Project HOPE (Humanitarian Opportunities for Peace and Education). Project Hope mainly offers English classes for underprivileged Palestinians in refugee camps surrounding Nablus. In order to prepare, I took an online TEFL course. Teaching was incredible. I taught all ages and levels. Sometimes it was difficult because students didn't have discipline or they just wouldn't show up, but for the most part, everyone was so welcoming and kind. I also taught music and helped coach a youth basketball team. The situation overall in Nablus was pretty intense. Nablus is known as the center of Palestinian resistance, so emotions are pretty high. I was there a few weeks ago when four teenagers were killed by the Israeli army within one day, and there was a lot of anger throughout the city. I also attended protests in Hebron and Bil'in, which were met by violence from the Israeli army. Even on ordinary days, there are Israeli fighter jets flying overhead, checkpoints to pass, closures, blackouts, and water shortages. Despite the hardships and dangers (especially of being a Jew in Palestine), I was determined to live in the West Bank for a significant time because there is only one way to truly understand a perspective and that is to live it. I understand both the Israeli and Palestinian perspectives much more thoroughly now than I did before.

I finished volunteering at the end of March and flew to Paris on my birthday (April 1) to celebrate with my mother and sister, who were already on vacation in Europe. They flew home to the US a few days later, and I am spending the next two months on a Eurotrip. I have a Eurail pass and will couchsurf or camp out everywhere I need accommodation. Since Paris, I have been to Amsterdam, Heidelberg, Berlin, Prague, and Krakow. After my Eurotrip, I'll be in Egypt and Israel for a couple weeks at the end of May and beginning of June before finally flying home.

That brings me to the next subject, and believe it or not, the main purpose of this email is yet to come! Here it is: I want to plant a garden on the roof of the Shaker Heights High School. Sounds revolutionary, doesn’t it? Well, one of the things I learned at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the difference a garden can make, and I want to bring that difference back to my community. In cities, roof gardens are gaining popularity because they make efficient use of otherwise unexploited space. Cuyahoga County wrote a “Greenspace Plan” which states its ultimate goal as “a balanced pattern of development which accommodates both urbanization and land conservation.” Well, what a better way to make use of unused space than a garden? And the City of Shaker Heights says: Shaker Heights is a regional leader in the growing Green Building/Sustainable Community practices movement. It is one of the only communities in the midwest to have adopted legislation supporting green building. CSU recently established a 7,000 square foot garden (read and watch video: http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2009/08/two_women_bring_250000_rooftop.html, but on a smaller scale). I believe that a roof garden would provide an incredible functional and educational resource to SHHS. Functionally, healthy and organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs could be grown for the cafeteria, even if only in small quantities. A gray water system could be installed to recycle used water to irrigate the garden (gray water is used water, except for sewage water, aka black water), or a simpler solution would be to use rain collectors. Organic waste from the cafeteria could be composted for fresh and nutritious soil. In addition, roof gardens act as insulators and can cut heating and cooling costs by 26% and can extend the life of a roof by as many as 4 times! Educationally, what better resource to the environmental science classes than a garden? It’s even possible to create a new class or club about sustainable organic gardening that manages the garden. And the effect it would have on students’ awareness of the origins of their food would be enormous.

I know this is slightly idealistic. Ok maybe it’s very idealistic. I understand that there is a ton of bureaucracy to go through, and that parts of the roof of the high school have structural issues. That’s why I wanted to propose this idea to you first. How can I make this work? I have done a lot of research about roof gardening, but I have no idea on which section of the roof the garden could be placed, or what approval is needed to make this work. If you can set me on the right track, I’m willing to campaign for the garden, make presentations to the School Board, City Council, PTO, or whatever else the project needs. In fact, I already have a presentation nearly prepared and am in contact with a well-known green architect in Cleveland.

I would love for the project to be fulfilled in its entirety, but I acknowledge that it is more likely to get approved if it’s taken step by step. The first step is to establish the garden infrastructure and the garden itself. Basically, that means that I need some space on the roof and access to the garden. To get that approved, I assume I need a more exact feasibility plan, which means I need to know where the roof is strong enough to support a garden and how much space is available. I am relatively certain I can get startup funding from outside organizations, and I think I have some people who are willing to help me plant. It would be amazing if a basic garden could be in place before the end of the summer. Eventually, it could expand and the other aspects of the project could take effect too.

Obviously, I’m not in Shaker right now, so it will be difficult to achieve too much long distance. However, I want to get this project going as soon as possible. I’m trying to get the wheels moving now so that I can make more progress when I return to the US. I would also love to help develop a stronger gap year initiative with the guidance department. I hope all is well in Shaker, and I miss it very much.

Sincerely,

A PATRON OF THE ARTS

As one grows older there are memories of great times which unfortunately begin to fade. Also one likes to bore a captive audience with such memories, so please indulge me as I reminisce. However if you have no interest in my waxings ,I would welcome your comments..

In the 50s there was no lack of entertainment in Plainfield and its environs. Besides the four movie houses there were local theatrical groups such as the Parish Players who presented their productions in the Unitarian Church as well as the very popular Paper Mill Playhouse its early days.

The drive into the City was easy in those days and we enjoyed going into the city to see Broadway shows, preferably musicals. such as Brigadoon. Since I never liked the commitment of buying seats months in advance. Instead we would go into the city on a Wednesday and buy seats if available at the box office or if necessary from a broker. This was in the days before the booth in Times Square Our choice would be well established shows that were more likely to have available seats at the box office.

In the 50s we subscribed to a new repertory theater group formed to present a series of plays. The format was that there would be a cycle of 6 weeks for each of four productions. The majority would be modernized revivals of classics.

For the first few years the initial presentations were at the ANTA theater, an overgrown Quonset hut type building on 4th St. in NYC inside the NYU complex. This was to be a temporary home until the Beaumont Theater would be built in the proposed Lincoln Center. The Anta was an amphitheater with seats that certainly were not plush. The building emitted a cavernous atmosphere. The performances were in the Theater in the Round style (motif).

Among the shows we saw there was the original performance of “The Man from La Mancha”, Arthur Miller’s “The Bridge” and “Death of a Salesman”. However, the earliest production companies also presented some original “stinkers”. Including one about the French Revolution. Unfortunately stability of producers was not established until the appointment of the pair of producers who also presented Shakespearean plays in Central Park.

Our tickets were for the Friday evening performances, and we would drive into the city. After finding parking space on the street, usually on West 4th St, we would have dinner always at the same Italian Restaurant about a block from the theater.

Upon completion of a permanent home in the Lincoln Center’s Beaumont Theater,(1965), the ANTA Theater was demolished to make room for NYU buildings.

A few years later, we increased our Beaumont subscription to four seats. We would invite another couple to see the show with us. However the pre-show dinner was on a “Dutch treat” format. After driving in and parking in the garage under Lincoln Center, we then would have a pre-theater dinner nearby.

Our dinning favorite was the “Ginger Man”. Unfortunately, there were several different ownerships with changes in cuisine during the years. At times the restaurant was top notch, but there were other times when it became second rate. Then we would eat at one of the other area restaurants. An interesting one was the “Monk’s Inn”which specialized in fondues. The staff were all costumed in brown to resemble monks.

Our Beaumont seats for the first Friday night of a production run , were the right third and fourth off the center aisle on the top row. The pitch to the stage was relatively steep, and these seats were about twenty rows from the stage. I preferred them, because not only was the view and acoustics perfect, but nobody’s knee was in my back.

If we were unable to make our subscription performance it was never any problem in advance to reschedule for another date during that show’s run, although we never could receive comparable seats.

Once, for a performance of Shakespeare’s King Lear,our 2nd row side seats were so close, that when the male lead spoke he spit and sprayed us. Our guests that night were friends Rita and Arthur Neuman who were very active in the local amateur theater scene and who enjoyed the whole wet performance. Arthur life desire was to have been a Shakespearean actor. I am sure Art could quote any Shakespeare play by heart.

Another time, in our regular seats, our guest poked me in the ribs. In the two aisle seats sitting next to him were the then US Ambassador to the United Nations, Arthur Goldberg, and his wife.

Initially the stock company performances were given on a six week cycle with four different productions during the season. At least one was a revival of a “classic” play, and one was by a new play writer. The original stock company held sway for many years.

Unfortunately as the original producers lost direction, and began producing uninteresting shows. The subscription renewals decreased, leading to financial difficulties. Several other producers followed and tried changes in the overall format. We began to have difficulty finding couples that were interested in seeing the performances so we dropped our two guest seats.

If a production seemed successful the repertory format of limited performances was forgotten. Instead they were treated as if they were “On Broadway” and their stay in the theater prolonged. Other scheduled productions would be cancelled or deferred, resulting in unwelcome changes to our subscription dates. Ultimately, after a few seasons of producer and format changes, plus too many uninteresting experimental productions, we decided not to renew our subscriptions.

For a short period of time we also had subscriptions to the Newhouser Theater, a very small intimate theater under the Beaumont. Its productions varied, from a group of one act plays to those written by unknown writers.

The New York State Theater in Lincoln Center Complex. Was designed to be the home of the New York State Ballet and also became the venue for the New York City Opera. It’s interior was designed to resemble an old European Concert Hall.

This theater which has also undergone revision in its 40 years has been the site of revivals of Broadway musicals including several productions of West Side Story over the years.

In the early days of Lincoln Center we also subscribed to a short series of concerts in the Philharmonic Hall. Although I could never carry a tune except in the form of a 33 1/3 record, we enjoyed classical concerts. I never thought that the acoustics of the original configuration or subsequent alteration came close to that of the Carnegie Hall.

Despite my one wartime experience in Paris, I have never been to an Opera. Additionally I had no desire to see one. Never the less, during the initial fund raising drive to build the center, in what must have been a fit of weakness, we made a moderate contribution of, I believe, $500.00 (in 1960’s dollars, how much would that be today?) for the Metropolitan Opera House. My son Andy and his wife who are dedicated opera attendees have told me that there are donor’s plaques there and our name is listed. So much for being a patron of the arts.

POTPOURRI FOR APRIL 26

From the agenda of the BOE's special meeting
"RESOLVED, that the Plainfield Board of Education adjourns to closed session to discuss:
• Personnel
Legal, and be it" (boldface mine)

The phraseology "and be it" is new to me although I thought during my formative years I had read everything. Perhaps someone more versed in legal terminology or parliamentary procedures would clarify the usage. My own interpretation is "any damn thing we wish to discuss without meeting the requirements for a special meetings agenda to be specific."

2-Just over 5 weeks till primary election day. In this one party with an ineffectual minority opposition named Republican there is one contested election that should equal the BOE races.

For the 4 year 2nd/3rd Ward seat there are three candidates;
  1. Rashid Burney; two term incumbent originally elected as a "New Democrat". He has served as Council President and championed the single "agenda setting" and business meeting" a month format. He has verbally advocated "transparency" in a government that is ignorant of the term. He is the local committee's designated candidate for reelection.
  2. Donald Davis; former 3rd ward Councilman defeated by Adrian Mapp in 2009 for the seat. Not officially supported this year by party leadership. As#3 in field with candidates who have strong factional support appears to have little chance for securing the slot. Has a strong personal and family local political background.
  3. Rebbecca Williams; Active "New Democrat" from faction's birth. Has been campaign leader for others in the past. Articulate and possess innovative goals for Plainfield. Would be a breath of new vision as Councilor. Her candidacy represents a serious challenge to long time political leadership.
I hope to be apolitical in my blog, and not use it as a endorsement for any particular candidate. I am not close to any of the three but do respect all of them. Unless something occurs that I consider to be detrimental to the city's well being I will not be negative.

3-Such a disgrace! Library Park reflects the priorities of the present administration. Keeping the city attractive is not one of them. Read Maria's blog today. Who would want to relocate to live or establish a business in a city in which the citizens have no pride?

4- One week to next Council meeting. At the last meeting the City Administrator read a letter from the Mayor objecting to a Council resolution setting a timetable for the budget. St the Agenda setting session unless my hearing was bad , I heard the Mayor saying that the position of CFO would soon be filled. What as transpired? It seems to be to Administrations advantage not to fill that position or that of Director of Finances. In fact the latter division is no longer listed under the Department of Administration and Financial Services.

Could it be that our Mayor likes the ability to operate without budgetary restrictions as to where to allocate available funds.

5- Found on the city site: Requests for Qualifications:INDIVIDUALS AND/OR FIRMS TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE EMPLOYMENT AND ANCILLARY JOB DEVELOPMENT SERVICES.

I hope some one on the Council or Administration will be able to expand on this apparently new outsourced position.

TIME KILLER ART

This is a copy of a print of a painting which I saw for the first time a week ago. I never had heard of the artist Julia Dupre, French (1851-1910).

For years the JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) has featured on its weekly issue's cover a painting of various artists that are not common names. there is a great variety and I hope to share with those that appreciate
"In Pasture" ( 1882).

Sunday, April 25, 2010

POTPOURRI ON A RAINY SUNDAY

(1)Last night I accidentally hit Channel 34 (Fios) and I was viewing the last stages of this month's Council meeting. I'm sorry that I had no advance knowledge that this was being broadcasted. I can not find any schedule of broadcasts on this channel. Can any one help, and why is it not posted on the city's site?.

I must say that Councilor Reid is a superb performer on TV. His remarks and comments are worth repetitive watching. I was also disappointed that I had turned to this channel to late to reprise my "tour de force" prior to the action on the request post facto approval for 250+K for the Senior Center. I hope I can become aware of a repeat viewing.

The quality of the filming and sound is superb and I would suggest that anyone who is interested in the Council but misses the meetings watch this program. BUT we need it publicized.

(2)This AM on Channel 7, Corzine was interviewed on the proposed new laws regulating the investment/banking industry. before ruining for political office.,he had been CEO of Gloldman Sachs, one of the biggest villains of the economic disaster.

I have never heard but was not surprised by such double talk and evasiveness that he uttered. No wonder New Jersey is in such a financial mess.

(3) The new Arizona law against illegal residents in that state. This is one of the most potential dangerous pieces of legislation against our civil rights passed by any governmental body in my lifetime.

Although theoretically aimed at illegal Latinos, specifically Mexicans who have entered this country to work if ruled constitutional would permit police detention and investigation of anyone that deemed presented "reasonable doubt". The term can not and is not defined. The requirement to have on hand at all times evidence of citizenship or a green card smacks of the totalarian states.

A few comments from news media:
"The measure requires authorities to question people about their immigration status — and allows authorities to arrest them without a warrant — if law enforcement officials have a “reasonable suspicion’’ that they are in the country illegally. It also requires immigrants to carry proof of legal status at all times or risk being arrested, jailed, and fined."

"This is an insidious law that will actually make not just all undocumented immigrants but all legal and U.S. citizen Latinos, many of which whose families have been in Arizona even before Arizona was part of the United States, it makes them under suspicion," she said. "They become people of interest under this law. They could be speaking Spanish on a corner. Who knows what 'reasonable suspicion' means? The governor herself could not answer the question yesterday about what an illegal immigrant looks like."

Let us hope the that the Supreme Court hears the challenges without delay.


(4)Back to PSS; Jay Cooke in today's Courier revisited the election results. His position does reflect mine,that the Board must take action at ie reorganization meeting and that the State must be involved. This is from his column:

"I suspect Cryin' Lenny may pretty soon have to read "Ex" in front of his title as board president. Unfortunately, when Cryin' Lenny does read the "Ex," he may just "skim" it first, then take six or so months to evaluate it and then finally talk it over with several members of the board and the general public before he processes its meaning and comments on it.

If you're reading, Bret Schundler, you still need to take a long, hard look at the hot mess some people still insist on calling the administration of the Plainfield public schools.

Thanks for reading. The Courier News is not a tabloid, but anonymous voicemailers are cowards." Jay Jefferson Cooke 4/25/10


10:00 AM- I have no explanation as to the various type sizes and type faces in this blog. Except for the italics the entire blog was written in one type face-Lucinda- and 14point. As I mature I may be able to prevent these aberrations.