A few weeks ago I emailed Doug and Enzo’s executive secretary asking to be placed on the list to receive city-issued press releases. These are public documents and any citizen of the city is entitled to receive them.
There was a little delay, and uncertainty, but in a few days she told me they would accommodate my request. A few days later I received my first release from City Hall, a document that raised many more questions than it answered. I beat it up a little in a subsequent post.
About a week later the Mayor held a press conference to declare how proud he was of the city’s water, and a day or two after that I again emailed the mayor and Enzo’s executive secretary to let her know that I had not received that press release, nor notice of the press conference. Here was the entire message:
Rachel — I did not receive the press release or notice of yesterday’s press conference.
I got this return email the next day:
I have been instructed to advise you to send all future correspondence and requests to Director Cantalamessa, Attorney-at-Law.
So, naturally, the Director of Public Safety and Service (an Attorney-at-Law!) would want to handle my request personally — just to stay busy, since his normal duties in a city with a budget crisis, a drug epidemic, negative economic growth — not to mention his second job at the restaurant — he’d naturally want to handle my routine request personally.
So I played along and wrote to Enzo asking, again, to be placed on the press release list. That was February 5th; I have not received a response and I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for one, but allow me to deconstruct this situation:
The purpose of a press release is to publicly disseminate information. If that’s your goal, it makes no sense to withhold it from anyone. If you’re afraid I might hurt your feelings with my comments, withholding the press release isn’t going to stop that because IT’S A PRESS RELEASE. I’LL READ IT SOMEPLACE ELSE ANYWAY!!
But the real reason Enzo is withholding the information is, because he can. And because I had the impudence to run against Doug last fall — therefore, I am an enemy and must be punished whenever possible.
This is their city, they will run it as they please, and they’ll tell you when you have enough information about how things are going. One of these days soon they’ll be letting you know they need a tax increase or that they plan to outsource the WFD to the Farmington Volunteer Fire Department. Until then just mind your own damn business.
This kind of petty, paranoid, parochial management of all things only leads to increased pain and suffering for everyone else. Take, for example, the discipline issue with the water department employee charged with, and admitting to, “gross misconduct.” By hiding the specific “gross misconduct” he committed, Enzo has only exacerbated the problem.
Half the town (including the Tribune) knows what this guy did, and the other half are guessing even worse things than the truly gross conduct he admitted to. Full disclosure plus swift and fair punishment would have made the news for a day and then moved on, but by hiding the facts, Enzo has generated three stories in the Tribune already; all to protect a political friend, and put the cost on the taxpayers by transferring him to the already bankrupt General Fund.
When it comes to having enlightened and harmonious political relationships, Enzo makes Dick Nixon look like the Dalai Lama . I believe he is a graduate of the Muammar Gaddafi School of Management.Comments Off