What's the Answer?

You Can’t Handle The Truth


What is the answer to your 1st question ???

johansson—–Original Message—–
From: Johansson, Michael [mailto:mjohansson@port-orange.org]
Sent: Thursday, October 15, 2015 7:50 AM
To: ‘Henry Springer’; Rivera, Cynthia
Cc: Dianne Gardner; Kim McNew; Mark Schaefer; Mike Gardner; Newton White;
Pat Nelan; Ted Noftall
Subject: RE: Is the City Read file now being supplied to the News-journal?
A few admin items.
1.        Every communication between us does not need to include council.
You may continue but they trust that we can all act as adults and don’t need
to be advised.  Over to you for future communications but it is not
2.       I do not control or influence who requests public records.  We have
removed the “live View” of the read file as you know it.  No one has more or
less access to public records than the next.
3.       I have a professional relationship with the reporters at the News
journal and they frequently call me before they write an article.
Occasionally I talk to Casmira and others.  My PIO, Kent Donohue also
communicates with them regularly.
4.       I would love to meet with you and discuss transparency in
government, Port Orange and what we have planned for the future regarding
trying to make Port Orange as transparent as possible.  I also want to work
harder to include citizens in the process but also think that transparency
and inclusion are separate.  Transparency is looking through the glass at
the view.  Inclusion is opening the door and having citizens help out.  I
want both but have to be careful how to proceed because at the end of the
day I have a responsibility to execute the policy of the council and keep
the city running as smooth as I can.  That is hard to do when we are always
in the shop with the hood up looking at our engine problems.  There is a
happy medium there that I am willing to talk about.
Give Cindy a call and we will set up a meeting.  Don’t worry about being
short, I would share your company for as long as you need and discuss
whatever topics you would like.  I come in to every meeting with an open
mind and I would request you arrive with the same.
I also appreciate your tippers on items that might be of interest to us.  I
am a big fan of multiple communication paths and your actions are a good
example of beneficial citizen inclusion with your timely reporting.
Best, Jake
Jake Johansson
City Manager
City of Port Orange
1000 City Center Circle

hank4From: Henry Springer [mailto:poimages@outlook.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 2:52 PM
To: Green, Allen; Ford, Bob; Rivera, Cynthia; Burnette, Don; Drew Bastian;
Hank Springer; Roberts, Margaret; Johansson, Michael
Cc: Dianne Gardner; Kim McNew; Mark Schaefer; Mike Gardner; Newton White;
Pat Nelan; Ted Noftall
Subject: Is the City Read file now being supplied to the News-journal?
Good afternoon Mr. Johannson,
1.  Is the city read file now being supplied to the Daytona Beach New
2.  I had declined your invitation to meet concerning the elimination of the
read file being published on the city web site.
Now that I have decided to publish my own perspective on this issue, in a
series of comments or editorials, I think it only fair that I meet with  you
to discuss this issue of public access to the city manager’s read file.
Please let me know if you are agreeable to this.  I wil earnestly try to
make our meeting as short as possible.
hank springer
From Hank Springer
386 852 3178


8 thoughts on “What's the Answer?

  • October 15, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    The bottom line is people are not getting public information for free anymore. From what I saw before it was turned into a blog sight and not just about the city manager emails. I would like to know how many other cities in Florida post city manager emails for free.

    • October 15, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Since the time of Kisela the read file has been a farce. Employees would be told to direct any communications that they wanted to make to the city manager through Shannon Lewis or Cynthia Riviera. The read file was not in real time and would be edited before anything was available for viewing. Port Orange is one of the most opaque organizations in Florida and has a lot to cover up. Thank goodness for city activists that are exposing this opaqueness and forcing the hand of transparency so that the citizen taxpayers might someday have truly open governance. This will not be the case as long as someone like Jake Johansson is the city manager and the ICMA management style has a stranglehold on Port Orange management.

      • October 16, 2015 at 11:22 am

        What is your support for saying Port Orange is the most opaque organization in Florida.

        • October 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm

          Many years of first hand practical experience and witness of the scapegoating, coverups, and whitewashing with no accountability at any level. The observation of the total lack of respect for civil service rules, city charters, administrative rules, and the rule of law in general that has been manipulated, circumvented, and perverted at the convenience of the city politic and the city administration with no one to answer to. Now that there are city activists and a constituency that demands transparency and accountability the council imports an ex military dictator who has rapidly conformed to the ICMA model, and they have allowed him to begin a systematic dismantling of transparency in city government operations in favor of militarized strategic communication with their assent in spite of what the taxpayers that voted them in demand.

          • October 17, 2015 at 4:39 pm

            POE You did not answer my question.

    • October 18, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Nothing is for free. You pay for it in your taxes. Then you all complain when your taxes are raised. The people who want to go through the cm email should pool your money so the rest of the population of Port Orange does not have to pay for it.

      • October 18, 2015 at 2:15 pm

        Some people are just happy bein ignorant.


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