“We strongly encourage all citizens to get involved in this community”

From:”Dianne Gardner” <dtgardner@cfl.rr.com> Freedom of Information, Rationale for the FOI and Fees in Florida Dear Pat, . Questions have been posed on the Port-Orange.us blog about the Gardner’s use or perhaps a frivolous misuse of the Freedom of Information Act in our city.  This is my response: . THE OXYGEN OF DEMOCRACY The right to freedom of…

Should We Ban Freedom of Information?

What’s The Cost? from:  Nancy Kendrick          3591 Sugarplum Lane          (386) 304-3384 . . To All, . Each of you receives numerous requests from individuals such as Ted Notfall, The Gardner’s, Mr. White, and numerous others throughout the year for detailed information and research that requires the time of…

Campaign Signs

A Public Works mowing crew was cutting grass along Spruce Creek Rd today (June 10).  I watch in total amazement as one of the crew approached a campaign sign that was illegally installed on the Public right-of-way.   As I watched he carefully removed the sign, proceeded to cut the grass in that area, and…

Defined Benefit Pensions Will Eventually Bankrupt Port Orange

If the consequences weren’t  as serious as they are it would indeed be amusing  to watch the two Bob’s, both of whom along with their immediate family  are or soon will be slurping  down taxpayer funded defined benefits pensions,  accuse each other as being the less responsible regarding the defined benefits pensions that are hanging…

Big Mistake?

.June 6, 2014 At the last council meeting it was announced that FDOT will promulgate a :”No U-Turn”  regulation on Dunlawton at the intersection of the Lowes/Target Driveway.   The FDOT Traffic Engineers told the city that accident experiences at that location did not justify that type of regulation and advised against it , but…

Mr Pohlmann; The pension problem was your doing, not mine …

Submited by :  Robert Ford <rford37@cfl.rr.com>    9:44 AM The pension problem was your doing, not mine… Mr. Pohlmann, the pension mess was your creation, not mine. For most of the period you were on council, pension costs skyrocketed, and pension debt grew exponentially. By 2006 when your council approved even more generous contracts, you assumed…

” I can think of no valid reason for the deception”

Ability and Character ….  Dear Mayor and Council, Our fine City, like so many public and private organizations, is comprised of many levels of workers, supervisors and managers.  If an employee is competent and hard-working at one level he or she can reasonably expect to be promoted to the next level and the level after that…

Kudos Go Out To Police Officer Portillo

Greg, This is just one example of the type of work that our Crime Suppression Team is doing. Many of these go far beyond one night’s activity by a suspect. 140005118 Car Break, 110 Dover Court. B  XXXXXX XXXXXXXX (16) arrested for burglary to auto x 4 and theft.  Subject contacted by Ofc. Portillo at late…

A Re-post From Last Year – It Seems It Is Not Getting Any Better

Does Port Orange need a City Council and Mayor? Resident says: September 12, 2013 at 11:13 pm Here we go again. Why does Port Orange need a City Council and Mayor? The previous manager railroaded the taxpayers for millions and gave himself and the responsible parties a nice padded retirement. Council didn’t like it but had…

“Sitting on council for personal gain should not be allowed”

Submitted by Bob Pohlmann on 2014/06/04 at 10:15 pm Hello Mr. Don Juan. I would agree with your proposal. Sitting on council for personal gain should not be allowed. It should be outlawed. When I ran for re-election in 2012 I was severely criticized for accepting campaign contributions from a local land developer/residential home builder. I was…

Sonia The Mayor’s Puppet

  Submitted by: Constance Dogood <constancedogood76@gmail.com>     5:47 PM “Sonia, you scare the hell out of us” While Sonia does not appear to have much of a future as an assistant bookkeeper after last evenings smack down in Council chambers she does have huge potential as a brilliant legal theorist. Single handily she developed two…

Kisela gives the City Council the finger

Covering-up the Cover-up ….  Good afternoon Hank and Pat, What is wrong with the Port Orange city Council that they are permitting Kisela to attempt to  cover-up the cover-up of deceit  by employing the  ex Manager and current ICMA  Range Rider  Dick Kelton  who recommended Kisela to the City of Port Orange in the first…

“Sonia, you scare the hell out of me”

  I am reviewing my DVR of the June 3, 2014 Port Orange City Council Meeting. I am quite disturbed with the statements of Sonia, a CPA who is running to be elected to the city council. I welcome any corrections of what I think I heard in tonight’s meeting.  After a second review of…

OMG! “Greg Kisela’s Lifesaver Award Needs To Be Recognized”

to:  Ted, Pat and Hank, …. Can some one speak to this on Kisela’s email log?  Email below from Lynn Lovallo about Greg’s recent receipt of FCCMA’s Lifesaver Award. She hopes “all is well.”  And she is sorry he could not be at the luncheon to be recognized.  Good God.  Recognized for what may I ask?   Oh yes…hiring a member…

Do records of Approval & Denial Exist OR Were they Destroyed ??

Thank you Robin, As I explained in our conversation earlier this morning I have no issues with your  fidelity to Florida  Statutes  in supplying public records. That being said this is huge embarrassment for all concerned and in particular for a Manager who withheld evidence of a major internal control failure for well in excess…

Two different Laws — Two different Lawbreakers

The fact of the matter is that government has run amok in this country … whether it be in Washington or in Port Orange. In today’s  News Journal  we have an arrogant  Obama administration admitting that it failed to follow the  law by notifying  Congress regarding the prisoner swap because of in their opinion  —…

Two Problems & One Key ( for now )

Submitted by: Constance Dogood  <constancedogood76@gmail.com> June 1, 2014    10:18 PM Port Orange has 2 problems – Green and Kisela and 1 key  – Burnette.  That will likely change after the elections this year and Burnette will become as irrelevant as Kennedy is and has been for years. The sleazy back room deals of Green…