PV-TV: EPISODE 2, LIVE, TONIGHT AT 7 P.M. … TES (THE EMPTY SUIT) & ‘THE SUITS’ THINK BY PLAYING THE FOUR-CORNERS OFFENSE, THE MONTEROSSO-BW STORY WILL GO AWAY … AS ‘DARLENE’ SAYS, ‘NOT A CHANCE’ of THAT HAPPENING
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ADD 1 THURSDAY May 15, 2014 — Just a reminder, not for the faint or feint of heart, but Episode 2 of Planet Valenti Television: PV-TV Starring Dan Valenti airs tonight, live, beginning at 7 p.m. and going for the hour on Access Pittsfield, Channel 16. THE PLANET will again take your phone calls, interview The Empty Suit (yes, can you believe it? In fact, TES not only has come back for more but “he” positively can’t get enough! That’s how much “he” loves us!!), and otherwise perform riffs and improvs utilizing all 26 characters of the alphabet. Episode 1 set the city on its ear. We’ll see this time if we can finish the job.
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014) — You thought the rollout of Obamacare flopped? You saw an even worse one when The Empty Suit (TES) rolled out the ruinous pay raise proposal for himself and about 50 city managers. TES whacked the hornet’s nest with a bat, and citizens spoke up. The measure will be passed only at a huge political price for anyone who supports a growth in government that taxpayers simply cannot afford.
THE PLANET isn’t sure if the bat had an Elect Mazzeo campaign logo on it or for that matter, a Planet Valenti Television logo. We’re not even sure if We The People have managed to talk sense into the city council, which must consider TES’s grab for yet more taxpayer dollars.
You’d think that even in the City Formerly Known as Pittsfield, this low mark couldn’t be beaten. THE PLANET reminds you, though, of how TES has handled the toxic plume emanating from Berkshire Works on North Street. The radioactivity isn’t emanating from BW workers. It seems to be traced back to a meltdown of TES’s fair-haired boy from Kentucky, the on-leave-with-administrative-pay William Monterosso.
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Less than three months after Bianchi hired him after he left his big state job in Kentucky in what appears to have been a mighty big hurry, Monterosso somehow appears to have made professional life at Berkshire Works so intolerable that, even in that politically terrorized office, at least one and possibly more workers dared to complain. The aggrieved took their complaints to TES and The Sheffield Shuffler, city personnel director John DeAngelo. That must have taken a lot of intestinal fortitude, a rare element with which TES and DeAngelo seem to unfamiliar.
Our sources tell us that the mayor and The Sheffield Shuffler both ignored the complaints. Rather than comfort the whistle blowers, TES and The Shuffler told the embattled Monterosso to take a few days off, let the situation cool down, and return only after that. Sources say that Monterosso, however, ignored that advice. He returned to the office. Hot headed. There, sources say, he got into an ugly confrontation with at least one of the alleged victims. Only after that did TES place Monterosso on “administrative leave with pay (translation: “free vacation on the taxpayers’ dime”) pending an investigation. What other choice did he have, especially after THE PLANET did the work that should have been done by the sole local daily. THE PLANET invited comment from both the mayor and the personnel director. You know how that ended up.
Keep in mind the only reason you have heard anything about this is because of the reporting done by THE PLANET. TES and his stooges, naturally, wanted to keep the bad situation quiet. Certainly, The Suits counted on The Boring Broadsheet’s complaince. The BB and the other mainstream media wouldn’t dare look into the situation. Unlike THE PLANET website and PV-TV, they have ads to sell and the role of Toady to play. The butts they have to kiss we are please to boot.
THE PLANET also broke word of a Secret Meeting involving the mayor and at least two high-ranking state officials on the Monterosso matter. As we said on Planet Valenti Television Thursday, something must have happened with Billy the Kid. They don’t pull a guy off the job, even with pay, in this town for a parking ticket. One pretty much has to commit a serial ax murder to be relieved, even with pay, from a no-work/no-show patronage job such as the one TES bequeathed Monterosso. Why Bianchi selected the 1982 Taconic High School alum after the usual “nationwide search” is another of those deep Podunk mysteries that we’re guessing The Suits want never to be revealed — not that they have anything to hide, of course.
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THE PLANET tried to question Podunk personnel director DeAngelo about the Monterosso affair. We had the affront to show up in his office, unannounced. How dare us. That nosey press. The Sheffield Shuffler, however, clammed up faster than Harpo Marx in a silent movie. When THE PLANET walked into his office, The Shuffler turned Caspar white and Spooky gruff — nothing being hidden in that office, let us tell ya’!
The Shuffler is another of TES’s brilliant staffing decisions. Bianchi picked him up on waivers after being let go when the Kolbourne School, which The Shuffler headed at the time, uh, suddenly closed its doors in Great Barrington. Hmmm, do we detect a pattern here? If you want to try your luck with The Shuffler, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His phone number is 413-499-9340. Tell him THE PLANET sent you.
The Suits have taken forever to deal with the Monterosso matter, which, remember, they tried to hide in the first place. Now that we brought sunshine into the situation, Bianchi is playing the Four Corner offense, trying to run out the clock. The Suits hope that the public will soon lose interest, but that’s not going to happen. There are too many people employed by Berkshire Works, which right now is still in the Berkshires but isn’t Working, and too many unemployed folks in need of help trying to find a job.
The Suits think you are stupid, ladies and gentlemen, but, little by little, we are showing them the opposite is true.
For example, here’s a comment THE PLANET received over the weekend from Darlene:
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Notice how the state voice in [The Boring Broadsheet] said they “Knew Nothing!” of the allegations [against Monterosso]. Did [state official] Tim Dooling forget his investigatory visit to BW early on? Did not the mayor share info with [state jobs honcho] Alice Sweeney and Tim Dooliing during their recent visit? How can so many know so little about so much?
Seems the city is counting on the cumulative intimidating pressure of silence to cow the workers who have alleged harassment into accepting Monterosso’s return.
Not gonna work!
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THE PLANET, meanwhile, continues to toil in the mine of this story, where, we hear, a mother lode of ore awaits. We have The Secret Squadron working under cover, and we are digging up some promising ore. Fields tests indicate we might be approaching The Mother Lode.
You will want to stay tuned, because this could be breaking any time soon.
“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“‘Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” — F. Scott Fitzgerald, opening two paragraphs of The Great Gatsby, 1925, which has to be in the discussion of the greatest novel ever written by an American writer.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.