@askmeificare and others:
I rarely if ever post in response to the useless drivel appearing here, and when I do, I use my own name. I am no longer a public servant, so I do not have to sit idly by and read posts like yours without responding.
I want to remind you that although you have the same first amendment rights as the rest of us, those rights do not provide you with the ability to make libelous statements about me or anyone else. I assume you are familiar with the term "libel"? You are not protected just because you choose to conceal your identity. If such untrue and libelous statements continue, I can assure you that I will exhaust all legal channels to determine your true identity and take appropriate legal action against you.
You appear to be one of my former employees who did not like the fact that I made you actually work and be accountable. Next time, why don't you post using your real name so that we may become reacquainted?
March 6, 2011 at 4:35 p.m.
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I typically refrain from entering the predictably nonsensical debate that occurs on this website, but Mr. Clark's blog of the week as well as some of the response comments happened to catch my interest on a day off, and in addition I believe I happen to know something about the topic. First of all, I have known Steve Novotny since he was a youngster, when he and my children attended the same grade school. He is a bright young man, and I am certain he would do an admirable job in administering the City's deconstruction program. That being said, it is unfortunate that he has become collateral damage to a systemic failure I have seen happen many times during my public sector career: Lack of Communication with City Council. Judging by the comments expressed by Mr. Brown and Mr. Kitchen, it is apparent that whomever initiated the legislation request to authorize the grant agreement and to hire Mr. Novotny did not adequately communicate these ideas in advance to City Council. It should be blatantly obvious to any department head that such a legislation request has the potential of being somewhat controversial, and warrants some pre-discussion and explanation to City Council. Lack of attention to this important detail is inexcusable. I have seen this current scenario played out numerous times in the past regarding a variety of issues. City Council members can be funny animals, easily becoming offended and recalcitrant if they feel they have been left out of the mix. A couple of informational courtesy calls from a department head can go a long way. Had this taken place, Mr. Novotny would now likely be on his way to assembling the City's deconstruction program. I’ll have more to say about some of Mr. Clark’s most recent observations later…
November 28, 2009 at 7:15 a.m.
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