Friday, November 20, 2009

Fall River Thoughts

Will Power

Originally I was going to do a post just on Mayor-elect Flanagan naming his current boss, Steven Torres, as his Corporation Council. It's an interesting choice. I would imagine that after working for him for 3 years our next Mayor feels that Torres is both qualified and someone he can work with. Yet, the role reversal is something that may prove awkward and could make for a difficult working relationship. I have to assume this is something both men have discussed and feel it will be a non-issue. Torres has been Taunton's City Solicitor for the past 10 years as has received praise as he announces he's leaving. I'm not sure why he would want to leave Taunton, where he has some security for Fall River where he might be out of a job in 2 years.

Flanagan has wasted no time getting the ball rolling. He won't be Mayor for over a month yet he has already named his Corporation Council and now with the help of outgoing Councilor Ray Hague is introducing an ordinance to restrict strip clubs in the Spindle City. I think Flanagan is right to assume that the city can't wait another month or so to put something in place. There is no doubt that his ordinance, if passed, will result in a legal challenge to the city. Still, I think it's a challenge worth facing. After all it's a legal CHALLENGE and the city could prevail.

Peter Pan

I find it amusing that a threatened strike by Peter Pan Bus Lines is in the papers just days before the Kuss Middle School is staging a production of Peter Pan! While the pending strike may pose a hardship for holiday travelers my advice would be stay home and see the play.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner…

This morning I heard 'Happy Hec' on WSAR mention that the Salvation Army is 1,000 turkeys short of what they need for this Thanksgiving. They could also need non-perishable items and could use monetary donations. Times are tough and the thought of 1,000 area families going without a holiday meal is sobering. If you have the ability to help contact our local Salvation Army, I'm sure they would appreciate it.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mayor Correia's adult entertainment proposal received little attention from the City Council and was quickly disposed of.

It will be interesting to see if Mayor-elect Flanagan's proposal passes. It might even be worth slowing down the process a bit until after January 4 so that Mayor Correia can't get his hands on the veto pen on this one.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure why he would want to leave Taunton, where he has some security for Fall River where he might be out of a job in 2 years.

2 years? You won't get another 2 year mayor so soon, sorry. Flanagan is going to be mayor for years to come. Why would you think otherwise? What do you know that the rest of us don't lefty?

Anonymous said...

anon 1:10. He has a point. You really have no basis, other than your gut Flanagan Loving Reaction, to say that Will will be Mayor for more than one term. He has A LOT of things going against him. This economy does not favor incumbency. However, he may rise above all that, and become a great Mayor of the city. But you have no right to call Lefty out for his observation. It was a good observation.

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Anonymous said...

You aren't going to see 2 one-term mayors in a row. You're all dreaming if you think that's going to happen.

It was history-making that Correia got voted out and that kind of history is not going to happen twice. It only happened because Correia screwed up so much, even with the economy he would've stayed in if he hadn't made so many mistakes. Flanagan won't make so many mistakes and the ones that he does make aren't going to be called out in detail by The Herald News because Flanagan isn't as arrogant and won't rub people that way to want to do him in so expect at least 4 years of Flanagan and maybe a decade. Get used to his name, you will be hearing it a lot.

Lefty said...

I'm not assuming that Flanagan is a one term mayor. I'm stating a fact, which is in two years Torres MIGHT find himself out of a job.

It seems kind of silly to assume he's going to be re-elected before he even serves a day.

Let's see how he does first and let's see who runs against him.

Anonymous said...

listen up folks the hurricane just raised 5000 for salvation army on the highway home but more is needed..listen to 1480 wsar tomorrow on Hurricanes highway home for how you can help...

Grow up! said...

Will Power,



We are closing the first decade of the millennium and look where we are, some of us look around skeptically an analyze the judgment of others as they leap into this great challenge, government, but I am thankful to those that make a promising effort, as well as those that look skeptically...but we need to move on for the sake of us all, lets work together, pitch in, look around with a sense of urgency...and ask ourselves, "what is my legacy?".