All the more reason not to go downtown. The city should be careful what they ask for. The goose laying the golden eggs may be eliminated, and the downtown restaurants and merchants may pay the price.
With the city handing over parking enforcement to CARTA, only to then be handed off immediately to Repubilic had to be premeditated. Money definately changed hands (most likely "unofficially") somewhere in the loop. Republic has the monopoly on parking in this town both private and public. On this subject, both political sides should be outraged.
It has to be a slow news day when the local paper and TV networks report on a teenage party involving underage drinking. Next, they will probably report that teenagers are having sex.
If the post office was a private entity, it would be bankrupt. The only thing keeping this thing alive is the monetary backing of the federal government to bailout the budget shortfalls. The postal union obligations are crippling this entity. Privatization is probably not the solution, but an entire reorganization (union and management)is. Start from scratch from the both to the top based on a private enterprise organization. The liberals seem to point the finger at everything else but the bloated, and crazy rules and financial obligations the postal union require.
The housecleaning is long overdue. Now the Ron Littlefield is finally out of office along with his "rubberstamp city council" (Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, & Andre McGary) the city can finally start moving toward what the electorate want. An independent audit of the city would be a good start. The incoming mayor's reputation would start out very well if he eliminated the 311 position (the position Ron put Anita in at the tune of $98,000) and Breeland's position. All annexing should stop, the city cannot even pay for it's existing obligations. With this new chapter, hopefully much of the corruption of the Ron Littlefield and Ward Crutchfield era will be eliminated.
The first order of business should be to eliminate Ron Littlefield's handpicked positions for Anita Ebersole and Richard Beeland. $98,000 for a position that requires an associate's degree? How these actions can pass the light day is truly amazing. The second order or business is to do a full independent audit of the city. If everything turns out fine, great. If however, there is questionable and/or illegal stuff that turns up, investigations and indictments may be in order. Generally, banks find fraud when the people committing it go on vacation. The same may apply to former political officials to the City of Chattanooga.
Congratulations on winning district 4 Larry! Chattanooga, TN government has cleaned house now that Ron Littlefield, Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, and Andre McGary will no longer be running the city.
Well Larry won thankfully. Don't let the door hit you in the rear end on your way out Jack. You can join your buddy Ron Littlefield and your fellow "rubberstamp" soon to be ex-council members (Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, & Andre McGary) out of Chattanooga political office.
Mayor Ron Littlefield's Legacy: Forced annexations, a "rubberstamp city council" (Jack Benson, Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, & Andre McGary), interference into judicial affairs (Pet store, etc.), hiring a old buddy who is a sexual harasser with a 6 figure salary (Paul Page), a recall legal fight, raising property and sewer taxes. Is this Chattanooga, TN or a 3rd world dictatorship?
Don't let this article fool you. Jack Benson pretty much green lighted anything Mayor Ron Littlefield wanted. Mr. Annexation himself (Jack Benson) wants Chattanooga to extend its boundaries even further through forced annexation (against the county property owner's will) even though Chattanooga cannot even afford to take care of the city limits as they currently are. Jack Benson needs to join his other Ron Littlefield "rubberstamp" buddies (Pam Ladd, Manny Rico, and Andre McGary) as EX-Chattanooga City Council members.