First a comment by Hank Springer
The following e mail was sent to the City Manager of Port Orange on Sept. 18, 2015.
From what I understand, it is the kind of communication to the present city manager which he does not desire to post on the city web site, but which nevertheless becomes a public document because of having arrived in the city manager’s office.
The information which is contained therein indicates to me that a matter almost a year old is being pursued by Sonya Laney, a right I believe she is entitled to. I think too that such a public document request by the citizen represents information that the public might find useful.
I think it is useful to understand that such a petition from a citizen comes at a time when Ted Noftall is gearing up to run as a candidate for the Mayor of Port Orange. It is useful to note now that I support Ted Noftall in his run for the position of Mayor of Port Orange.
I will not here and now explain all the particulars of the animosity which I think I know about unless I am asked to.
Sonya Laney had run a fierce election competition for city council against our now Councilman Bob Ford.
Ms Laney lost the election. During the election process Ted Noftall supported Bob Ford for re-election to the council seat, and supporters of Ms.Laney came to city council meetings in an attempt to silence Ted Noftall in his public comments about the establishment in City Hall and why Bob Ford was good for the average citizen. I can explain more in detail if asked, but right now I will only note that I had noticed that members of the Port Orange Chamber of Commerce came out to denounce Ted Noftall and his activist supporters. At this point in time I think it is important to note that the present city manager has noted to the press that he considers activists “a necessary evil”. And it appears that he has detoured from previous policy of posting communication on the city web site such as this recent one from Sonya Laney.
Where I need to be corrected, please do so.
I think the timing of Ms. Laney’s request is unfortunate but perhaps it should indicate to us that there is still a concerted effort by members loyal to the establishment to marginalize one who wants to serve the city residents with no such ties to the city’s establishment. It was no small matter when Mayor Green told the citizens at a city council meeting to vote in our local election, vote often, and vote for a team player. I did not and still do not consider Bob Ford or Ted Noftall as team members of the establishment team, and for that reason and others have respect for them.
To me, the situation in Port Orange politics is so comparable to the mood of the national scene about national politics. Many people want change and they know why.
I started this Facebook page because I feel the citizens of Port Orange are need of a change in Port Orange politics, but I fear many Port Orange citizens are not aware of why changes are needed.
There is a Port Orange web site, https://port-orange.us/ which has been chronicling the changes need in Port Orange Politics and Government (think “accountability”) and I urge you to start visiting that web site.
There is more that you should know about background information on these issues. Consider that the present city manager told the press that he is a proponent of “strategic communication”. We could discuss this at length, but not at this time.
In summary, politics is not a clean sport, and I would suspect there are some cohorts in the establishment who are right now gearing up to battle Ted Noftall. I will be frank. Lance Green, the son of Mayor Green who is considering running for his father’s position, has been lectured by me that Lance faces the hurdle of being part of the establishment and the son of an establishment legacy. You probably know where I am prone to go with all this, but let’s save that for a later time.
City Manager Johansson right now is making plans to have a coffee clutch meeting with some who disagree with his policy of “strategic communication”. This is a work in progress issue, but I feel is a very important degree of transparency for Port Orange citizens, as it is in our national election.
You are welcome to voice your own opinion to me, and I hope I am graceful enough to let you have the last word, for now.
Many years ago when I started my first web site, the wowonderful Mayor of Port Orange, Dorothy Hukill told me that she would not answer opinions on my blog web site, because they tend to go on, and on, and on. I know what the practical answer is to that kind of a problem, and such a practical remedy should be often used to end a discussion with me. And the remedy is not rude. Since some people do not know what this remedy is, I think I shall keep my little secret to myself.
Be skeptical and inquisitive, and it will give me an opportunity to perform a service on this social media.
Sincerely – hank springer
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