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Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
Waste Meter
$50,000
... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
$200,000
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
$591,898
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
$123,098
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
$64,000
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
$450,000
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
$59,975
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
$82,620
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
Total Taxpayer Dollars Wasted:
$1,621,591
 
 

 
 
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Lake Worth Media: Opinion

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  Opinion Our History

ronboy writes:  

I was delighted to see that the Commission decided to save the City Museum, and with it dear Beverly Mustaine's job. What does it say about us, though, that we were prepared to shut down the museum and yet we continue to fund a center for illegal aliens? Jo Ann Golden and I sharply disagree on this issue. I say get the illegals out of town. She says coddle them or else they will commit crimes. If that is not negotiating with terrorists than I don't know what is. There are so many parts of Lake Worth that I simply can no longer visit because it breaks my heart to see how third world they have become, compared to their beauty when I was growing up here. What do you think?

 
 
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  Opinion It's time for a change!

It’s time for a change

As our country’s economy crumbles, so does Lake Worth’s. The same things afflicting Washington and our U.S. corporations have been our problem right here at home—WASTE and GREED. It is time for a change.

Now we have a sitting commissioner, David Vespo, who is taking credit for saving the City over $2 mil because the City FINALLY went out to bid on a contract, something citizens have been talking about for the last two and one half years. The Commission never listened and sat there stone faced as we spoke about them always waiving bidding on the majority of contracts that came before them. Many people spoke out on it. I did.

 
 
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  Opinion Don't let Pogo be right

Don’t Let Pogo Be Right

In the early 70’s a poster created for Earth Day 1970 had the cartoon character Pogo claiming “We have met the enemy, and he is us,” referring in that case to the impacts of litter, toxic waste and the senseless trashing of our planet.

 
 
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  Opinion Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play'


Laurence McNamara

Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play'

Palm Beach Post Letters to the Editor
Sunday, September 21, 2008

The three votes against the Ethics Reform Ordinance proposed by Lake Worth City Commissioner Cara Jennings indicate the continued addictions of commissioners Retha Lowe and David Vespo and Mayor Jeff Clemens to $500 out-of-town contributions from developers and others who want to pay to play in Lake Worth.

 
 
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  Opinion HOODOO Voodoo on 11th Avenue N

HOODOO, VOODOO on 11th AVE N


This is what we found the other day while out campaigning. We had seen the property earlier wondering if it was inhabited by vampires. It was sort of creepy. It had about 6 old junk cars on it, a truck and a motorcycle and the weeds were 4 feet high. The mailbox looked like termites had eaten it.
 
 
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  Opinion Leadership is Raising the Bar

LEADERSHIP IS RAISING THE BAR

And that’s what Commissioner Jennings TRIED to do last night when she introduced, once again, a Policy on Ethics specifically targeted at campaign contributions from those doing contract work with the City of Lake Worth. And, once again, Commissioners Lowe, Vespo and the Mayor knocked it down.

 
 
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  Opinion DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2

DILEMMA IN DISTRICT 2


Champion tree in District 2

To set the record straight --I am not campaigning for nor am I endorsing anyone in District 2 at this time. Every candidate brings something positive to the table, however.

 
 
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  Opinion Black & White

Black and White

It really was one side against the other last night at City Hall regarding the vote of a Resource Center for illegal aliens at our shuffleboard Court. Those who voted it in, saying it was going to solve the loitering problem of day laborers on our city streets, were Commissioner Jennings, Golden and the swing vote, Mayor Clemens. The two who spoke from the CRA were only upset because they were never consulted and were the only two who did not take a position. Chairs of all major Boards were not present. I saw few Presidents of Homeowner’s Associations. This really is politics at its best or at its worst, take your pick, black and white.

 
 
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  Opinion Mary Lindsey on the Resource Center

Candidate Mary Lindsey on the Resource Center

Illegals demonstrating

The editors of the Palm Beach Post published their endorsement of the proposed Day Labor Center on September 1st. This is my response which did not appear in the paper. The Commission will meet tonight, Sept. 2 at 6 pm to vote on the matter. Please attend and make your feelings about this important issue known.

 
 
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  Opinion CROSSING OUR FINGERS

THE SELL-OUT OF OUR CITY

CROSSING OUR FINGERS

“We gave up our own Police department so that we would not have to pay for liability insurance and training,” so says Sheriff Bradshaw. Nowhere in today’s article did the Sheriff say that we would be safer under his control. No where did he say that crime would be reduced. No where did he indicate that any changes would occur other than our patrol cars now having the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office insignia and our very same 91 officers would wear green shirts.

 
 
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