Sunday Notes October 26th 2014


Where is the Love or disdain for Ted Panos? Last Monday he announced he is considering running for the Lowell School Committee and not so much as a mention in the SUN or Lowell Live Feed Forum. No reaction is worse than an anti reaction. You may just want to stay behind the mic Teddy.

Not surprising that Rady Mom has limited his radio appearances. It seems to me many Democrats are staying away from radio. Sen. Liz Warren only appears on WCAP during the Salvation Army Radiothon and ignores radio aside from that. Congresswoman Tsongas I believe only does once a month. Talk radio has long been seen as a Republican tool on the National level and it seems that some state and local Dems are buying into it.

Thankfully Lowell State Reps. Tom Golden and Dave Nangle along with Sen. Eileen Donoghue aren’t following that trend and make themselves available to Lowell voters. If Rady Mom loses on Nov. 4th his handlers can and should blame themselves. State Reps. in Lowell have a long history of easy access to the community and citizens and Rady is NOT doing that while Fred Bahou is.

I wonder if the City Manager put the item on the Agenda to cancel the November 25th meeting at the behest of a City Councilor or Mayor and that’s why it passed without comment.

I for one think the City Council should go back to an every other week meeting. It is better for the Manager and his staff, easier for the Councilors who all (or most) have other full-time jobs and makes better use of sub-committees who could meet during the off week.

According to the City Manager on WCAP yesterday, the City is close to hiring a Treasurer.

I can see both the Police Supt. and the Police Union having issue with Councilor Leahy’s motion to allow Officers who are LOWELL Residents to take cruisers home. How you pick and choose is beyond me and would create animosity issues in the ranks (in my opinion)

I have to imagine that the wine expert and Mayor were crying over their Merlot when they read the Press Release from LHA Executive Director Dr. Gary Wallace and saw the following: (Bold mine)

I am pleased to report that the HUD Boston field office and HUD’s Office of Inspector General have accepted all of the LHA’s corrective action steps and policy adoptions. Furthermore, and most important, HUD has concurred with an independent cost analysis validating that the LHA completed capital improvement projects in a cost effective manner.

What does this mean for the Lowell Housing Authority?

Essentially, the Audit issues have been resolved to the satisfaction of everyone involved. The Lowell Housing Authority successfully demonstrated that the $11.4 million dollar investment was cost effective for the taxpayers and our stakeholders. As a result the LHA is free from any encumbrance and free to reinstitute force account labor as a method of completing capital construction projects.

The Mayor and SUN tried to force out both the former Manager and the LHA Executive Director and Lynch stuck it to Elliott before the Council could stick it to him while Wallace out lasted, fought back and was proved correct. Great result for the LHA and good people who try to do the right thing.

Nice to see Councilor Rita Mercier acting to get any minutes of Executive Sessions that can legally be released, released! That’s the way it is supposed to be done and glad she is doing so. I’m sure many others are happy with her for her motion to ask the BayState Marathon to come up with a route that doesn’t impact every major bridge in the city.

Someone from the Economic Development Sub-Committee or Convention and Visitors Bureau should figure out how to host some event the Saturday Night before to showcase the downtown to the runners and their friends and family. A BIG Pasta Dinner at the Lowell High Cafeteria followed by 20% off or other incentives to visit a store or establishment in the downtown the night before the race would be a huge boon to the downtown.

Can someone PLEASE tell me that Lowell High did not act in a negative manner and not allow the Marathon People to use the school for registration or preparation as someone is telling me and others?

Happy I did not hear of any issue’s from the UMASS Lowell Seniors Pub Crawl last Saturday in the downtown.

Get Well shout Out to one of the areas leading Democrats and nice Ladies, Maria Sweeney who is under the weather and hopefully back on her feet soon.

I was somewhat surprised that Councilor Ed Kennedy would submit any motion involving the Lowell Police like he did last week, since his brother is an officer and the Ethics Commission clearly states that any appearance of Conflict should be avoided or you should have a disclosure filed. (Kennedy is no stranger to Ethics Violation)

Conflict of interest of public official; reporting requirement.

G.L. c. 268A, Section 19
Municipal employees, relatives or associates; financial interest in particular matter.

Section 19. (a) Except as permitted by paragraph (b), a municipal employee who participates as such an employee in a particular matter in which to his knowledge he, his immediate family or partner, a business organization in which he is serving as officer, director, trustee, partner or employee, or any person or organization with whom he is negotiating or has any arrangement concerning prospective employment, has a financial interest, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5 years, or in a jail or house of correction for not more than 2 ½ years, or both.

I was surprised to find out that Councilors Kennedy, Belanger and Samaras who in my estimation all have reasons to file disclosures (Kennedy brother a Police Officer / Samaras Son works for City / Belanger Liquor Establishment Owner who votes for License Commissioners) have not filed any. In fact only 3 City Councilors have a disclosure on file and in my view two of them really (Martin and Milinazzo) who didn’t have any vote / influence on the Ambulance Contract didn’t need to but filed one anyway. The other Councilor was John Leahy when his brother in-law was a City Manager Finalist.

Steve Gendron from the School Committee has one filed but neither Connie Martin or Kristen Ross- Sictawich who work for CTI have one filed (even if another division, Ethics Commission may advise them to file since CTI has contracts with the School).

Several other City workers including Deputy Supt. Lang and John Descoteaux have disclosures on file.

Here are the current disclosures as of Sept. 2014 filed with the City:


Glad the Election is almost over, I’m sure many of you are tired of getting emails like this: NOTE THAT THESE WERE ALL IN 1 DAY, SOMETIMES MINUTES APART – Can you say SPAMMING! They start off confident and cocky and then DEVASTATED AND WE”RE PLEADING!

From: “”
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:29:31 PM
Subject: Boehner GONE

John Boehner must have just gone off the deep end when he saw this: That’s right. We hit an unprecedented 3,OOO,OOO online donations to elect Democrats. That’s a powerful grassroots movement for progress.

But we only have about 5 minutes to celebrate, because we have to get back to work right now. Boehner’s allies just piled in another $4.7 million to steal this election.

From: “”
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:12:57 PM
Subject: incredibly devastating – SENATE PROJECTION: 50 Democrats – 50 Republicans

My Favorite: From: “”
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 2:18:19 PM
Subject: Listen, we’re PLEADING

We’re out of people to email you.This week, you should have received an email from:

— President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton
We need 8,OOO more donations in the next 24 hours if we want any shot at giving President Obama a Democratic victory for his final two years.

Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:14:39 PM
Subject: HUFFINGTON POST President Obama wouldn’t have emailed you yesterday if it wasn’t critically important:

From: “”
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2014 4:17:19 PM
Subject: SHOCKING: (Nate Silver) BREAKING: Nate Silver: Georgia is the new “tipping-point state that would determine majority control.”