Ted Noftall <Ted@tednoftall.com>
10:59 AM (1 hour ago)
to Henry, Jake, Bob, don, Drew, Mayor, Scott
Good morning Hank,
To be perfectly clear Manager Johansson’s action to severely curtail City residents ability to easily and conveniently understand the extent to which Port Orange government is operating in an open and transparent fashion should be a firing offense. Governments under our Declaration are clearly set up for the benefit of the people — not for the convenience of the Manager and his staff, AND for me this point is non-negotiable.
Sadly any reprimand much less a serious one is un-likely because our City Council has been co-opted by virtue of their willingness to have discussed this matter with Johansson in secret. We will never know for certain all that was said in those 5 secret silo conversations but this much we can discern with great certainty.
1) Johansson was embolden to take the action he did by at least 3 members of Council.
2) Those members of Council who were comfortable with turning back the clock on ‘ open government ‘ in Port Orange are equally capable of lying about what they said in secret after the fact. ( as we will likely witness tomorrow evening, and as you recounted in another instance in your e-mail below ).
That a newly hired Manager and at least 3 members of Council who were elected to represent the interests of the people would conclude those interests are best served by turning back the clock on ‘ open government ‘ given Port Orange government’s recent history of lies and confused explanations must not be allowed to stand.
Mistrust in government and questioning its aims and efforts have been at the heart of Americanism since the time of our Declaration and well before. Confidence in all levels of government are at historic lows and that is a good thing because it is signaling rejection of simple blame the messenger explanations that likely do more harm than good in that they fail to consider the real cause of that confidence decline and what needs to happen to reverse that trend.
The more likely cause of the decline of confidence in our institutions is the people’s greater ease in understanding ( and disagreeing with ) how government works and what it is working on through FOIA information dumps readily obtained in the e-mail age.
That trend is not likely to abate any time soon, and the solutions needed for confidence restoration in Port Orange include embracing not rejecting ‘ open government ‘ through the establishment of:
* meaningful responsibility and accountability,
* transparent comprehensive financial reporting and budgeting, and
* an open and honest dialogue on all government activities AND in particular on those outside of the core function of government and on which there is not widespread support.
Unless Council or the Manager object to one or more of those solutions there should be no effort to turn back the clock on ‘ open government ‘ in Port Orange.
Candidate for Mayor
City of Port Orange -2016
From: Henry Springer [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2015 12:45 AM
Subject: bumper stickers advertising Pat Nelan’s web site
vehicle bumper stickers for the citizens of Port Orange to get the real news of city hall by going to the web site https://port-orange.us/ — HANK SPRINGER
September 21, 2015Port Orange City Council
“Unfortunately, such transparency advancements are the kind of good-government reform that is routinely greeted with opposition. You see, wherever there’s government, there’s a politics-as-usual crowd – some call it the Good Ol’ Boy system – which stands in the way of reform. There are bureaucrats, lobbyists and career politicians who prefer the status quo. They neither seek nor accept change, because they get their power from the current system. They view any attempt to reform government as an intrusion onto their turf.”
….Johansson said in the council interviews that he subscribes to a “trust but verify” form of management, and sees citizen participation as a “necessary evil” of leadership, elaborating that he tends toward what he describes as “strategic communication.”… http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20150711/NEWS/150719878/101042/NEWS0401?Title=Port-Orange-picks-new-city-manager
Comment by Hank Springer
I have read rumors that the new City Manager is restricting information being released to the general public by not posting all the e mails which are sent to the City Manager of Port Orange, and not posting e mails, letters, and documents sent by the City Manager to others.
I imagine the intent is to make less accessible to the public the workings of the city manager’s office and to not provide a forum for citizens’ concerns on the city web site.
I remember watching a former city mayor applauding the efforts of a Daytona Beach News Journal reporter who did not report a rumor of a city council member accepting a bribe or bribes but allowed the former Mayor to handle the problem, secretly and privately. The city council person reportedly resigned when confronted with the allegations by the former Mayor, and the bribery issue to my knowledge was never reported by the Daytona Beach News Journal.
It would seem to me that a renewed attempt to thwart negative opinions and criticism has returned to the city of Port Orange under the leadership of the new City Manager, Jake Johansson. Perhaps the city manager might respond to this issue and clear the air.
There recently was a management meeting of some sorts which had not been recorded, consisting of all the members of the city council in which in some way a discussion had touched on the issue of handling public criticism of Port Orange City operations. A member of the city council came to my residence and lied to me that no city council member at that meeting had spoken out against such an attempt to in any way stifle citizens’ negative opinions. In direct opposition to the lie, a city council member told me that he had “passionately” spoken out against any attempts to stifle citizens’ negative opinions and criticism.
On his radio show, Marc Bernier had described Port Orange activists as “nuts”. Or perhaps he only meant Ted Noftall, I forget.
The Daytona Beach News Journal had reported years back that the city of Port Orange sent POFD members, some of them members of the fire union, to Louisiana to a Space Cadet vacation seminar, paid by the city of Port Orange out of money profits from the city’s flu vaccination, a fund which had not been properly recorded in City Records. It was a blogger on my web site, who brought the financial mismanagement to light, and not the Daytona Beach News Journal.
It is my opinion that we can no longer in America and in Port Orange trust the professional institutions to bring the truth and reality to the citizens of America and Port Orange. Is this not clear to us all from watching the GOP disruption among their candidates? Is this not clear to us that when Councilman Burnette found fault with the chairman of the citizen budget and finance advisory board for the city of Port Orange, that in lieu of terminating the chairman of that board the city council decided to terminate the entire 7 member board?
The national chamber of commerce is responsible for much of this nation’s woes. Here in Port Orange I see the tendency to stifle negative criticism being promoted by the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce. It is a business network of outreach to protect the status quo in Port Orange and the interests of special financial groups and people. That is my opinion.
I am old and tired of seeing our governmental institutions using tax payers’ money to stifle public dissent, negative opinions and criticism. Even the Pope is accused of once aiding the government in arresting two Jesuit priests in Argentina, which priests were speaking out for the poor of Argentina and broadcasting negative opinions about the Argentinian government. Among all the crises which had come to top administrators in Port Orange City Government, one solution was to call in the clergy to obtain God’s stamp of approval of our Port Orange City Government and council, by starting city council meetings with a prayer.
Pat Nelan’s web site, https://port-orange.us/ is this city’s leading news web site for publishing negative criticism and opinions about Port Orange City Hall. My only complaint is that the negative criticism and opinions are allowed to be published with anonymous authorship .I am told that people have jobs and careers to protect.
I do not know how, but I wish that more citizens in Port Orange can be informed to read the web site https://port-orange.us/ . Many do not know what has been going on in Port Orange government and what is still going on in Port Orange politics and business affairs. How do we reach those uninformed voters?
Is it possible to start some kind of publication of city hall news which can be mailed to every citizen in Port Orange? I imagine that would be expensive.
For a starter, perhaps we can make up vehicle bumper stickers for the citizens of Port Orange to get the real news of city hall by going to the web site https://port-orange.us/
Unless we hear otherwise from Mr. Johansson about his strategic information plans or from the lame city council, I think this recent change in city hall policy to not post city manager’s information on the city web site, should be challenged, and met with citizen journalists’ efforts. If I can be of help, let’s talk.
Sincerely – hank springer
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From Hank Springer
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