Sunday Notes Sept. 14th 2014

Gerv

Beside the mention of the State Rep race in the 18th, today’s SUN Political Column features NOTHING about Lowell Politics. No City Council mentions, no school committee mentions, nothing about the Manager ZIP!

They have gone from being attack pit bulls against the former Manager and selected Councilors to neutered french poodles. No longer to be feared, just annoying to have them around.

In the mention of the State Rep. race there was no mention of the quality of the candidates who lost or speculation about their political future. The only thing in the column of significance is a shot at two former Cambodian/American former City Councilors who served for a short time.

Neither Uong or another prominent city Cambodian, Vesna Nuon, have called to congratulate Mom. Uong is a housemaster at Lowell High School, but his political career ended in ignominy when he ignored advice and got caught up in a conflict-of interest mess.

Nuon, an employee of the state Sex Offender Registry Board, lost his bid for re-election to the City Council last fall. He served one term.

Of course it is hard to call out a City Council who the Sun endorsed a majority of and a City Manager they wanted after doing their best to get out the former Manager. People might actually realize they could hold some of the responsibility in the state of the City. The government you get is the one you elect.

Think the headlines would be something like this if Lynch and a different Council were in place instead of Murphy and this council. CITY EXPERIENCES UPTICK OF 24 MORE SHOOTING INCIDENTS THAN 2013..COUNCIL NEEDS TO TAKE ACTION.

Councilor Corey Belanger who ran a campaign centered on Public Safety is starting to realize the voters may actually remember his empty rhetoric and has resorted to pointing fingers at the Police and Social Service Agencies to blame them for his and this Councils inability to stem the violence. If you run based on one main point and the problem increases instead of decreases, what else can you do?

Belanger said the city hired five more police officers for the new fiscal year that began July 1. Belanger wants the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office to lend help to Lowell police for extra patrol. State police should also help, Belanger is worried Lowell could become as crime-infested as some other cities without quick action, prompting residents to move elsewhere as has happened in the past.

“Before there is another mass exodus, we have to curtail this in a real hurry,” Belanger said.

Belanger said the high concentration of social-service agencies in Lowell, including homeless shelters and drug-rehabilitation facilities, help attract criminals. Although he believes those agencies are important, surrounding smaller communities should also host some of those facilities to share in the burden, Belanger said.

“We are tired of being 100 percent of the solution. Social-service agencies are really destroying the city,” Belanger said.

At least the SUN recognizes things have gotten worse since this Manager and Council have been in office and published some of the latest incidents in a list.

Timeline of recent shootings:

• On Saturday night, a shot fired inside The Broadway Barber Shop at Broadway and Walker streets grazed the cheek of an unidentified man.

• On Thursday night, a man, 19, was shot in the chest at 10 Burton St. in South Lowell. While an investigation continues, Taylor said it is possible the shooting was related to a drug deal.

• On Aug. 23, a Lowell man, 32, was charged with firing several gunshots into the air outside a Powell Street home in the Highlands, where his ex-girlfriend was with another man.

• On Aug. 23, officers found six bullet holes in a two-door coupe on the Lowell Connector near Thorndike and Gorham streets.

• On Aug. 10, brothers Keith and Joseph Callahan were fatally shot in an Andrews Street apartment. A Chelsea man has since been charged in their deaths.

• On June 25, five people in a home on Midland Street were shot in what police said was a gang-related incident.

• On June 17, shots were fired in the area of Third and Read streets in Centralville.

• On June 15, a man was reportedly shot in the leg in the Back Central neighborhood.

• On June 8, at least 20 shots were fired near 1431-1433 Gorham St. in South Lowell.

Seems since Lyle Moran has moved on, the Mayor may have found a new binkie instead of the newspaper. Let’s face it, Rodney was their guy for attacks on Lynch but even that didn’t get him the SUN’s endorsement in last years election. Now it’s the morning host who seems to be his favorite, “Every morning, I turn the radio on, and it’s another shooting, it’s another shooting. I’ve had it,” Teddy has to train him to mention the call letters the way Elliot used to wave around the SUN. Maybe a WCAP Tie for him to wear at meetings? Tough to wave around a radio or app.

TheSunHitstheFloor

Brian Donovan and Paul Yem both had respectable showings in their first attempt at elective office. Either would make a good candidate for the next Lowell City Council race. David Ouellette, who also ran a solid campaign works for the City so I’m not sure he could serve on the Council. Maybe Jim Leary would consider a move to the Council but based on history, we have seen that is not an easy move.

Wonder who was more disappointed in the Rep. race outcome, Jim Leary or former School Board member Bob Gignac who would have rejoined the School Committee if Leary was successful in the primary and then in the General November Election? Gignac was holding signs for Leary!

Campy writes a sarcastic filled diatribe against the Historic Commission in today’s paper.

They left it up to Lowell’s capo di tutti capi of preservation, Historic Board Administrator Stephen Stowell, to implement Lupoli’s demolition application once it is received.

Keep your fingers crossed, Lowellians. Stowell is known for ingeniously crafting rules and regulations on the spot to frustrate business owners trying to upgrade their properties that have had the unfortunate destiny of being gerrymandered into an ever-growing Downtown Historic District.

I’ve always found it funny that the City with the backing of the paper wanted to take FEDERAL FUNDS to be named a Historical District and a National Park but since business in the downtown is slow, businesses are now whining and complaining about the restrictions, many who signed on and opened their businesses KNOWING IT WAS IN A HISTORICAL DISTRICT. Bill Samaras is playing along with the SUN since the SUN didn’t attack Manager Murphy giving a promotion to his SON in a job that was never posted for the public or other employee’s to apply for. Imagine if Lynch had promoted a Councilors SON?

When I was on the Election Commission I was “advised” by the Ethics Commission to file a disclosure that said in my unpaid role on WCAP’s Saturday Morning Live I sometimes dealt with candidates and elected officials but that I was able to do my job on the Election Commission impartially. I wonder how many other appointed Board or Commission members, Elected or appointed City workers have filed any of the many disclosure forms that the Ethic Commission offers have been filed with the City? I filed a FOIA request and was told I would have the information this past week, that has yet to happen but the City has until next Friday the 19th to respond before they violate the 10 day rule.

The SUN does take the time to promote Jim Campanini’s favorite Radio host latest project….
LOWELL’S OWN John MacDonald, host of WCAP’s “The Pulse” on Thursday nights, has published his first e-book, Moonlight Montecristo, including a picture of the book.

Congrats and good luck JMAC, all the sucking up to Campy pays off in a free ad for your book.

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