!!PLANET EXCLUSIVE!! FRIERI FIRING SQUAD POSTPONED … LAWYERS AGREE TO WEEK’S DELAY IN HEARING ON VET’S AGENT … CASE JUST ONE OF HALF DOZEN CLAIMING MONSTROUS BEHAVIOR BY BIANCHI
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEEKEND EDITION, AUG. 15-17, 2014) — Today at 10:30 a.m., the city will fire Rosanne Frieri. It’s not a show-cause hearing, as the city would have you believe. It’s an execution. Mayor Dan Bianchi, who decided long ago that Frieri must go, has loaded his goon squad with real ammo, and today he will order, “Fire!” Based on what the Frieri camp is saying, it could be a move The Empty Suit long regrets.
THE PLANET wrote the preceding words prior to 10:30 a.m. It is now past that hour. Guess what? She wasn’t fired. Frieri told THE PLANET that her attorney, Al Cimini, and the city reached an agreement to postpone the hearing for a week. Frieri says that, subject to change, the new hearing will be held next Friday, Aug. 22. We won’t speculate on the significance of the delay. Other sources said it could help both sides in preparation, “particularly the city if it has to re-create or fabricate a paper trail” in the vet agent’s file, as one attorney put it.
THE PLANET asked: “But wouldn’t that be illegal.”
Perry Mason just smiled and said, “Ain’t politics a bitch.”
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‘I Can’t Go Back to a Hostile Work Environment’
We asked Frieri if there was a chance that she could walk away having retained her job.
No chance, she said: “I can’t go back to a hostile work environment.”
That’a an interesting statement, one of our sources told us, and one that could assume great significance in the all-but-certain legal redress Frieri intends to seek for what she says was a violation of her civil rights. If the hearing is held and the city cannot make a sufficient case to fire Frieri or even for its action of suspending her without pay, it “basically hands her an unofficial summary judgment” that would make her future legal moves all that more secure, according to our legal source.
If the hearing ends with Frieri’s termination, that too could very well be in her favor, providing she is correct with her claims about the monstrous conduct of Mayor Dan Bianchi. In the action that the city cited as the cause of her suspension without pay, Frieri refused to meet one-on-one with the mayor. She said she did this because of previous ill treatment she suffered at Bianchi’s hands.
Either way, the mayor has just been handed a giant guano sandwich, and sooner or later, it appears he’s going to have to eat it.
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Reports of Mayor’s Monstrous Behavior, but Still He Refuses to Speak to THE PLANET
THE PLANET can share one thing for sure: Frieri has promised that she’s not going to go quietly. HR professionals and legal sources THE PLANET talked to said that one of her possible courses of action will be a civil suit aimed directly at the mayor. The city would not cover Bianchi’s expenses should he be sued personally for civil rights violations.
Frieri is just one of a half a dozen people THE PLANET is aware of who have made similar claims involving the alleged behavior of this Jeckyll-Hyde mayor. Three have gone public — Frieri, Medford businesswoman Doreen Wade and hydro scientist Craig Gaetani. The other three we will not name. We can say that they include one former city employee and two current city workers. All have told THE PLANET about their eerily similar experiences with the mayor “in bully mode.”
It has gotten so bad for The Empty Suit that he had to come out in the press and say that he is “not a bully.” That’s what he told Jim Levulis of WAMC radio: “Anybody that knows me, and I’ve got five decades of history, knows that I am not a bully and knows that I treat people fairly and you can ask anyone in this building.”
This has been Bianchi’s most Nixonian moment to date. It brings to mind Richard Nixon‘s infamous claim, in the middle of his Watergate meltdown, that “I am not a crook.” One gets the feeling that this declaration shall become famous before too long: “I am not a bully.”
When one doth protest that loudly and unprompted, it is a safe assumption that the protest is likely an indication of the opposite. That is known, Mr. Mayor, as hoisting one’s self up on one’s own petard. Check your history books to learn how that turned our for Mr. Nixon.
THE PLANET has repeatedly reached out to the mayor, asking him for comment and his version of these events. He has not returned one of our calls. As for “you can ask anyone in this building,” we have, Your Honor. They tell us otherwise about how you treat people.
Judging by these accounts, in public, TES is an altar boy. In private, according to what person after person is saying, he’s a monster. In private, if you show disagreement with him, they say, he bullies, finger points, yells and screams, intimidates, and invades your personal space.
One incident can be dismissed as a fluke. Even two can give one pause, given the difficulties in determining the facts and, harder still, the truth, when two parties have a disagreement. There are always two sides to every dispute. Six, however, indicates a problem. Six is not a fluke. It suggests a troubling and undeniable pattern.
THE PLANET can also say that we have received word that one of the anonymous three who have told of ill-treatment at Bianchi’s hands may be going public before the month is out. This case could be the most shocking of them all.
There could be a flurry of legal action against the city and against Dan Bianchi personally. In the end, that could go down as Bianchi’s great legacy — the mayor who brought the city’s reputation down with him into a putrid, stinking gutter.
Thank you, Mr. Mayor.
“Listen, do you want to know a scret? Do you promise not to tell?” — The Beatles, “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” from the album Meet the Beatles, (1964).
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.