Monday, June 05, 2006

More on Grapski's Goof

Mr. Grapski continues to distort the state constitution for the purpose of building his own grand conspiracy, but he does so by publishing only selected fact. For instance, he did not publish the half of the consitutional provison that clearly does not define an "officer" as a hired employee.

"(b) Each state and county officer, before entering upon the duties of the office, shall give bond as required by law, and shall swear or affirm:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support, protect, and defend the Constitution and Government of the United States and of the State of Florida; that I am duly qualified to hold office under the Constitution of the state; and that I will well and faithfully perform the duties of (title of office) on which I am now about to enter. So help me God.", and thereafter shall devote personal attention to the duties of the office, and continue in office until a successor qualifies. "

"(c) The powers, duties, compensation and method of payment of state and county officers shall be fixed by law."

In addition, in the Attorney General's opinion, he recognized that government employees, especially in small towns, often hold more than one job. In fact, the Attorney General listed specific exceptions, including sworn police officers also made state attorney investigators because they weren't being paid (Vinales v. State).

Mr. Grapski goes on to incorrectly state:

"It is also clear from the City's Charter that there are specific duties, sharing in the sovereign power, allocated to each of the offices of "Police Commissioner" and "City Manager".

This is factually incorrect. The city charter (link here) does not define any specific duties for a police commissioner, nor does it mention the position or the police department, at all. It is nothing more than a made up title granted, without pay, and approved by commissioners that were also affiliated with the ALA.

That brings us back to the most important point of the whole issue. Mr. Grapski holds this up as an example of corruption in the City of Alachua. Especially given the two commissioners that motioned and seconded the approval of the contract. If they are wrong, then they are wrong, but there is no evidence that this is an example of corruption.

Posted by SJ


At Mon Jun 05, 01:15:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

It is obvious that Mr. Grapski hasn't done his due diligence if he hasn't even read the Charter. How much snake oil has he sold?

At Tue Jun 06, 07:19:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

"If they are wrong, then they are wrong, but there is no evidence that this is an example of corruption."

By Grapski's logic this is the core of the corruption in Alachua but I will have more to say about that soon.

At Sun Jun 18, 12:15:00 PM, Blogger Hugh Calderwood said...

Here is where the real corruption in Alachua lies. Go back and review the tape of the meeting where Rothseiden made the motion to discuss the firing of Jarboe. Even Commissioner Hills saw the deceit and pointed it out.

"I was referred to in another post as "miss perfect", never make a mistake. Yes I did make one big mistake while a commissioner. That was stooping to the GOB's way of governing while appointing Mr. Watson to the postion of city manager, especially the agenda removing the title of "interim" from his title. He campaigned relentlessly for that position. He showed up on my door step with candidate Kosman and her husband (editor’s note- Paul Rothseiden) to assure me that he could do the job that Jarboe could not. He was at my house numerous times during his "campaign". He was after his positon for some time. It was no surprise when Watson was appointed to the interim postion, that myself and 2 other commissioners knew it was going to happen all along. This was a real example of GOB back room dealings, and prearranged voting. What a disgusting way to do the public business. When the public stated that things were being rushed, they were right. When the public requested another professional study be done, at no cost: They were right. Watson promised things would be different, and he supported doing the right thing. I have regretted that action many times, and still do. For that, I owe the public an appology. Steam-rolling issues for "secret" interests is a slimey way to operate. I truely hope that the dirt will someday wear away from my hands. It felt wrong when it was happening, and it always will be”. Ex-Commissioner Tamara Robbins


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