Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bad timing for trash talks?

Folks, Fall River is having some trash issues, the question is when is it too soon to discuss it? Apparently the majority of the city council felt Tuesday's meeting was too soon. The Council refused to even allow two resolutions concerning the DPW to be read aloud!

The council felt that the day after the funeral of DPW worker John Carvalho was too soon, and blasted the councilor who introduced those resolutions, Steve Camara for showing such poor taste.

When I read this in the Herald News I was a surprised. Certainly the council needs to show some sensitivity with the recent passing of John Carvalho, but to not even allow these resolutions to be read? What in the world was Steve Camara proposing?

Well someone forwarded me a copy of the two resolutions that Councilor Camara proposed, and honestly both are pretty tame and respectful. Without using all the flowery language, one simply called for the Committee on Public Works and Transportation to meet with the City Administration and the Department of Public Works to figure out where the problems are and what can be done to get them back on track. The second resolution focuses on reviewing and improving safety for DPW employees.

What was so inappropriate? There is some suggestion that Councilor Camara was seizing the opportunity for political gain. Steve is a pretty smart politician and I wouldn't doubt for a second that considered how this might play into his run for mayor. But, if we dismiss any action taken by a councilor who is running for office, well then we might as well tell all of them to just go home for the summer.

We have a trash problem in Fall River! Our DPW workers are trying to make do with less. The reality is services have been cut and they are still having trouble keeping up with the demand that has been placed upon them. And now, we have lost a DPW worker in a tragic accident. It would seem that NOW is the perfect time to discuss what can be done and what is needed to improve the efficiency and safety of the DPW.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Timely post Lefty. When I read the Council article I thought something was rotten in Dennmark. Or maybe it was the aroma of my slimy yard bags that had been on the sidewalk for almost two weeks. They were finally picked up last Friday, no fault of the staff. The DPW is strapped, why not let Camara present a resolution....stupid.

Anonymous said...

It was "reverse politics" by the mayor- he is running for re-election and needs to stop any other candidate from speaking or questioning the current administration.

Anonymous said...

Are you people for real? Why didn't Camara speak to his colleagues before he brought the motion up on the floor? I'll tell you why it is because he was grandstanding! Stevie try not to make the city council chambers your soapbox for the next few months!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lefty. Someone has to raise the issue of all the problems with the trash pickup.

It is not acceptable for the Correia administration to just say that there have been layoffs and the residents just have to deal with it.

Anonymous said...

If Steve talked about trash at the wake and/or funeral then that was inappropriate but for him to discuss improving safety at a City Council meeting, that was not inappropriate. Either way, Steve isn't going to win the Mayor's race anyway, he is too controversial a figure.

Anonymous said...

I was at a funeral where the boston celtics were discussed- is that ok???

just anonymous said...

I think the grandstanding actually took place on the part of the 8 other councilors who were obviously taking their marching orders from the 6th floor.

I am most disappointed in Hague... The rubber stamp six do not surprise me, Pelletier doesn't always think before he jumps on a wagon, but Hague... that really bothered me...

Anonymous said...

Hague is running for Mayor and Pelletier probably supporting him, did you really think they were going to jump on board with Steve Camara?

Yes it is probably okay to discuss the Celtics or anything if you are a member of the family or close to them, if not I would suggest talking about those things away from those grieving or not at all but clearly this is a situation where an elected official should hold themselves to a higher standard because what you say is going to get back to others and/or made public. Just ask Linda Pereira who thought she was telling a racist joke in private at a party a few years back. Is it too much to ask that our elected officials not embarass themselves in public by telling racist jokes at events or complaining about their trash pickup at a funeral for a guy who just died picking up trash?

Anonymous said...

I discussed st anne's oncology at my uncles wake he died of cancer.

Hague will serve us better on the council, if he runs and loses he is not serving us at all. ( I think he is a great city councilor and asks the right questiones before voting) at this point there are too many in the race and the vote will be split he is just helping correia get re-elected anyway.

Look how he and leo messed up the Kozak situation.

Anonymous said...

Is this a myth or did Steve Camara really discuss trash pick up at the man’s funeral. If this were true Steve would not even get my vote for dogcatcher. In fact I will demand that Steve issue a public apology to this man’s family. TRASH PICK UP AT THE MAN’S FUNERAL UNBELIEVABLE.

Anonymous said...

From what I read here, no he didn't. The previous poster was just making a point that talking about this at the City Council meeting would be appropriate but that talking about it at the man's funeral would NOT be appropriate.

I think the issue has to be raised and it makes sense to do it while this tragedy is on everyone's mind. That may sound awful, but it could possibly help someone else from getting hurt and that has to be taken into account.

reality check said...

Anon 6:17 you're wrong, Camara did bring it up at the funeral, and was relentless with his whining.

Anonymous said...

The Herald News article on the topic had quotes from several folks saying that Steve Camara did complain about his trash pickup at the guy's funeral. The sources were reliable enough that The Herald News editorialized that it was appropriate to talk about trash pickup and creating safer conditions for workers at the City Council meeting but not at the funeral. I think that was the same point that a previous commenter made.

Steve Camara was right for bringing it up at the Council but not at the funeral and it's going to be hard for me to vote for someone who didn't realize it was inappropriate.

I give Steve credit for getting his name out there more than other mayoral candidates by getting on top of all of the hot button issues but if all he understands is promoting himself then he doesn't get my vote. I think this guy rubs a lot of people the wrong way for a lot of reasons, I don't think he has the personality or the likeability that a candidate needs to be elected mayor. Neither does Cathy Ann for that matter or Ray Hague. Hard to believe that Bob Correia is more charming than that group. When you say that Bob Correia is more charming than someone that is definitely not a compliment because you don't have to do much to come across better than someone who seems as warm and fuzzy as an eel.

Anonymous said...

Sorry if you are going to compare the candidates on "charming" you need to think again. This is not american idol.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry that you are 100% wrong and if you don't think Fall River politics is American Idol you are naive. How do you explain Leo Pelletier and Pat Casey being elected over and over again? Was it for their wits and intelligence? For better or for worse a lot of voting in Fall River boils down to charm and likeability. Even people that complained about our last 12 year mayor Ed Lambert were forced to admit that it was tough not to like him because of his charm. If he ran again is there any doubt he would've won again? There are a lot of politicans in Fall River where it has nothing to do with what they do or don't do, they just get a vote because people genuinely like them. Brian Bigelow anyone? You don't know what you are talking about if you say otherwise.