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BUS VOTE PASSES 8-2-1 BUT — STOP THE PRESSES!! — IT MAY BE FOR NOUGHT … DID THE COUNCIL FOLLOW ITS OWN RULES FOR RECONSIDERATION? IF NOT, VOTE MAY BE RESCINDED

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23, 2014) — As you likely know by now, councilor Lisa Tully of Ward 1 changed her vote on the bus borrowing measure, which passed on an 8-2-1 vote. At the end of this column, we shall publish the statement Tully sent THE [...]

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BUS VOTE 2 TONIGHT … SCHOOL DEPARTMENT BUDGET: A CALCULUS OF CYNICISM AND LIES

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary ADD 1: We are posting this a half hour before tonight’s city council meeting is gaveled to order. We just got a phone call from a source who says he heard from another party who talked to Ward 1 councilor Lisa Tully. It’s third-hand, but the sources [...]

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‘HAPPY’ PATRIOTS DAY, WHEN TAXPAYERS THROW A PARTY FOR PUBLIC WORKERS … plus … TENS OF MILLIONS $$ RIDING ON TUESDAY’S SCHOOL BUS VOTE REDUX

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2018) — Hey, it’s Patriot’s Day, that lame excuse the Commonwealth uses to give public employees a paid day off courtesy of taxpayers. Let’s see. Working up a rough heading on that, we take the state’s $37 billion budget. THE PLANET conservatively [...]

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FROM THE PLANET: WISHING YOU ALL A HAPPY, JOYOUS EASTER … NEXT WEEK: MORE ON MONTEROSSO SAGA … PLANET CALLED IT ON SABOURIN (THE FIX WAS IN) … MAYOR SENDS BUS BORROWING BACK TO COUNCIL (COULD SOMEONE HAVE CAVED?) … plus … BIANCHI TO GIVE HIMSELF A HUGE PAY RAISE … TULLY STATEMENT ON BUS VOTE

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, EASTER WEEKEND, APRIL 18-20, 2014) — In honor of Good Friday, there will be no “regular” edition of THE PLANET. Instead, we will present a brief look ahead to next week. May we take this opportunity to wish all of our readers a Happy [...]

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PERSONNEL DIRECTOR DeANGELO STRICTLY D&D WHEN IT COMES TO MONTEROSSO … CITY HALL HR DIRECTOR WAS EXEC DIRECTOR OF KOLBOURNE SCHOOL WHEN IT SUDDENLY WENT ‘KAPUT’ … SOURCE SAYS BERKSHIRE WORKS HAD TO CHANGE LOCKS ON DOOR TO KEEP MONTEROSSO OUT AND ENSURE WORKER SAFETY … MAYOR, CITY WILL NOT RESPOND TO QUESTIONS

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014) — Tuesday, we ventured to city hall to see who would fess up to the apparent mess created at Berkshire Works by the necessarily enforced suspension, with pay, of Mayor Dan Bianchi‘s chosen one, the fair-haired William Monterosso. First, let’s [...]

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PITTSFIELD SCHOOL DEPARTMENT IS HIDING DATA, STRAIGHT INFO ON CURRENT BUS FLEET … QUESTION IS, ‘WHY?’ ANSWER (AS IT USUALLY IS): TO KEEP TAXPAYERS BAREFOOT AND PREGNANT … TULLY, MORANDI, J-LO, CLAIRMONT, & KROL COMMENT ON THEIR VOTES

By DAN VALENTI PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary (FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014) — THE PLANET continues now with one of the most important stories affecting Pittsfield at this time: the vote on school buses. Millions of taxpayer dollars are at stake. Interestingly, it’s been a story both distorted and underreported by the [...]

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