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New MOU raises many questions — submission to Mayor & Board

SUBMISSION TO MAYOR & BOARD OF ALDERMEN New MOU looks an improvement, but raises many questions — you need to go deeper than the salesman’s spin Mr Mayor, Aldermen: Attached is a submission urging you to ask difficult questions about this … Continue reading

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Podcast interview on Frederickland.org

Approached by host Dewey Stewart to do a podcast on the hotel project for his frederickland.org I was happy to talk. His ‘peg’ was the Mayor & Board Workshop on a new MOU for the hotel Wednesday May 23 at … Continue reading

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State AG’s Compliance Board thinks may have been secret meetings on hotel RFP

The State Attorney-General’s Open Meetings Compliance Board thinks there may well have been secret meetings in 2013 on the downtown hotel procurement, and does not accept the City’s denials. The Board in a May 11 ruling says “We do no … Continue reading

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City releases new hotel MOU, sets M&B Workshop for May 23

The City has released a revised draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the development of the downtown hotel and conference center (DHCC) with developer Plamondon, and scheduled a public Workshop of the Mayor & Board of Aldermen (BOA) for May … Continue reading

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City bails out of state compliance board contest — leaves me with last word

Normally a contest at the state attorney-general’s Open Meetings Compliance Board goes four rounds: (1) Complaint (2) Response by City to Complaint. (3) Complainant’s Comment on City Response (4) The Final Words — from the City.  But on this occasion the … Continue reading

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Comment on State Comptroller Franchot’s Facebook page — pithy statement of the case against the boondoggle

State Comptroller Peter Franchot recently denounced the General Assembly leadership over their move to end scrutiny of state-funded local school contracting by the Board of Public Works (Board.) He fears it opens the way to increased cronyist racketeering in the … Continue reading

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Gov Hogan’s Facebook page — my comment

Governor Larry Hogan is angry at four legislators he identifies as leading the effort to reduce oversight by accountable officials of school contracting. He posted pictures of the four on his Facebook page (see below) with the comment “Incredible. These … Continue reading

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Anirban Basu, downtown hotel shill paid $1600 for Frederick News-Post article, paid by…guess who?

Anirban Basu, the Baltimore based advocate for ‘public private partnerships’ had about 800 words in the Frederick News-Post May 22, 2016 under the head “Downtown hotel & conference center will be a boon for Frederick.” Basu attributed the $81m cost … Continue reading

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REPRINT: No quarterback for the downtown hotel? Letter to Editor FNP

No quarterback for the downtown hotel? Frederick News-Post, March 29 2018 You report (Mallory Panuska’s story published on March 24) Mayor Michael O’Connor as wondering whether there’s been a “quarterback” or anyone driving the city’s downtown hotel project. Initiated in 2009, … Continue reading

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City Attorney says “no requirement” that RFP be approved by Board of Aldermen — backroom machinations OK?

City Attorney Saundra Nickols tells us in an email a Request for Proposals CAN be issued by City staff without approval of the Board of Aldermen. She maintains that the City’s Purchasing Policies and Procedures Manual does NOT require Mayor … Continue reading

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