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WORLD PREMIERE TONIGHT OF DAN VALENTI FILM: ‘InCITYous: Pittsfield’s Crisis of Confidence’ … WHY THE ODD HANDLING OF THE FIVE SHOOTINGS? … plus … NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET … EMERSON MADNESS … CARLOS AND WHO??? and … PLANET PREDICTED NO STRIKE AT BRIEN CENTER

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By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

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WORLD PREMIERE! TONIGHT!

PC-TV CH. 16

Tune in tonight, 7 p.m., for the world premiere of 

A Film By Dan Valenti:

In-CITY-ous: Pittsfield’s Crisis of Confidence

It will air on Channel 16, for the hour.

It presents a funny, biting, hard-hitting, and honest look

— a documentary, a mockumentary —

at how a once great city has lost its way.

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(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015) — It’s been five days now, and still neither the Pittsfield Police Department nor the mayor’s office has released any further details on the five shootings. Any arrests? Are the shooters still at large? Why haven’t the names of all the victims been released? What do officials know that they’re not saying? Is there a justified reason for the odd handling of this case or is it a case of official incompetence?

The community can have all the rallies it wants. It won’t do a thing if a murderer is still at large.

Nightmare on Elm Street

After six weeks, the Elm Street paving is nearing completion. Like everything else that happens through the city, roadwork is politics.

After the roads were ravaged twice this past winter and early spring — once by Mother Nature and once again by the incompetent mayor and his Highway Department — still a full half of them are barely fit for human passage. It thus comes as no surprise that the mayor would want to fix Elm Street, since it is one of the Pittsfield’s busiest thoroughfares. You can hear the rusty wheels turning in the mayor’s political pea brain: “Lots of people use Elm Street. Lots of people will see that I am taking care of the roads. Therefore, let me stretch this work out as long as possible. It will be as good as lawn signs.”

Apparently, the mayor never gave the fiscal health of any of the Elm Street businesses a second thought — Palmer’s, Elm Street Hardware, the food joints. If you owned a business on Elm Street for the past six weeks, you were almost put out of business. Must be part of the mayor’s plans for the economic revival of the city.

Yesterday, THE PLANET heard from two of our Z-Agents from The Secret Squadron. Our spies spoke with two constituent members of the Elm Street Experience — a cross-section of merchants and workers from the company doing the road construction.

The Merchants Are Stinging Mad

PLANET Agent Z-12 spoke to several of the business owners, and all of them reported significant loss of business. It may be OK to run the city that way — you know, losing money — but in The Dreaded Private Sector, this isn’t what you want.

Calls made to the Highway Department and the mayor’s office over the interminable length of the torn up, hazardous streets went unanswered, the pleas ignored. Not one of shop keepers had a good word to say about Mr. Mayor. None of the businesses, particularly the food companies (diners, delis, bakeries, subway shops, and the like) wanted to be identified for fear of retaliation. Said one, “If I go on record, [the mayor] will have the health inspectors all over me.”

This isn’t government. This is tyranny.

Agent Z-14 spoke to employees of the construction company. Our man got a sensational story and in the process dug up a nearly insolvable mystery. Workers told our man that the Elm Street paving, from start to finish, “could have been completed in five days.” That’s a fact. The repaving of Route 7 between Lenox and Stockbridge began after Elm Street was dug up and nearly finished, with the new asphalt laid, weeks ago.

So why wasn’t Elm Street done within a week? The workers said “the city ordered us not to finish [the work until now].” If true, and we would stake our Captain Midnight iron-ons on the proposition, we likely have direct evidence of the mayor not only not doing his job properly but going out of his way to undermine the quality of life in Pittsfield.

Here’s the Big Mystery: Why would the mayor do that? Did he actually believe ordering the job to take five to six times longer than “normal” would help merchants and drivers? Did he do it out of an aberrant psychological need, a deep-seated insecurity, to prove his self-importance, how big he is? Or did he want the work to remain to serve as a political advertisement: “See, I’m taking care of infrastructure?”

Memo to The Tyer Campaign: There’s lots of votes to be won right now on Elm Street.

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The Half-a-Mill Just Got More Expensive

THE PLANET, and THE PLANET alone, reported on the flooding of the city hall basement due to the recent heavy rains. The mayor tried to keep the story under wraps. We, however, pulled back the covers. Update: Yesterday, workers from Carlow and Zepka had the fiberoptic cable trench dug up and opened leading out from the northwest corner of city hall.

Carlow and Zepka. That’s what was written on the side of the white utility truck the workers had parked next to the trench. Never heard of them. Have you? Try a Google search. See what you exume.  Wonder to whom if anyone in city management they are related?

Whoever and whatever be the immortal Carlow and Zepka, their bill will be added to the half-a-million dollars the mayor absconded from taxpayers money without their approval and without the approval of the city council for the foolish move to 100 North St.

Carlow and Zepka? Uncle? Brother-in-Law? Nephew? Chum? Can you help us with that one, Bumstead?

We shudder to think.

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Emerson: Swept Out to See

Residents in Ward 4 were astonished early last evening to see a city street sweeper soft at work on Emerson Avenue. It wasn’t so much the appearance of the sweeper that had them seeing up as down but rather the method of sweeping. Our spies in the neighborhood reported the sweeper repeatedly going up and down the avenue, forward and reverse. They stopped counting at six passes, and the sweep jockey was still at it? Six, seven passes on the same street?

Why would a sweeper make that many passes? That’s more passes than THE PLANET would make at the coeds at The Rathskeller in an evening “at the tables” back in our undergraduate days. Where’s Chris Connell when you need him?

In pondering this other Big Mystery, we put together four observations: (a) The sweeper driver is a city employees. (b) He’s on the taxpayer’s dim. (c) He’s paid by the hour. (d) He’s getting overtime. Using the inductive process, we arrive at our conclusion: Neighborhood residents were witnessing their tax dollars not hard at work but being pissed into the dust.

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PLANET and PLANET Alone Called Brien Deal Exactly As It Happened

Finally, can you trust THE PLANET? Can you believe our reportage? Are we the No. 1 news/commentary website in the area?

Remember our story posted on here on June 29? The headline read:

‘SECRET’ BRIEN SOURCES: ‘THERE WILL BE NO STRIKE’ 

In the 6/29 story, we flat out predicted that the local mainstream media was incorrect in reporting on the “impending” strike by Brien Center workers on July 6. We wrote, in part:

THE PLANET has infiltrated deep into both sides of the negotiation, talking to those in the room for what one source calls the “talks within the talks, [involving] fewer people, less chatter, and more dialog.”  Our informants have spoken on strict assurance of anonymity, given the sensitivity of the issue, especially the secret talks. There, sources say, substantial progress has been made. A deal may even be imminent.

A management source expressed confidence that the remaining “minor” issues will be addressed prior to the July 6 deadline. “There will be no strike,” the source told us. Management has offered a 1.5% pay hike. Workers want 5%. The Solomon-like compromise, sources say, will result in a hike in the 1.5%-2% range.

A member of the union with knowledge of the secret negotiations concedes the strike threat is “a bluff.” She told THE PLANET she didn’t agree with striking “because it would mean shutting the place down. I do not want to be a part of that, and I know most [union members] feel this way.” When asked about management’s prediction of “no strike,” she concurred with it.

It played out exactly as we predicted.

We are not clairvoyant. We do simple journalism. If we can’t be in the room ourselves, we find sources that will be or were in the room, then talk to them. Remember, all you official wrongdoers and secret dealers: THE PLANET has our spies in 95% of the rooms, 95% of the time. Even “in” the corner office. Isn’t that true, Mr. Mayor?!

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“While pensive Poets painful vigils keep, / Sleepless themselves, to give their readers sleep.”Alexander Pope, The Dunciad, lines 93-4, (1728).

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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amandaWell
amandaWell
7 years ago

I cannot wait for tonight’s presentation!

Who owns it
Who owns it
7 years ago

Is Elmgate anything like Bridgegate in NJ? Rule nothing out in this burg.

Sounds like this needs a high level look at.

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Who owns it
7 years ago

Adding Salt to the Wounds, they have already dug up a big patch of the Newly Paved Elm Street near the Patriot Car Wash. Only in Pittsfield do you see such dumb incompetence.

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  spagirl
7 years ago

Did you ever think that a water main broke?

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  FJlowry
7 years ago

Of course. Like the 2 year problem on Newell Street. Everybody look in the hole. Put up a cone. Put a pile of dirt on top. Let traffic zig zag around it. Come back open the hole look in it… more of the same. 2 Years. Now we have a plate on the opposite side of the Road of Newell by Ontario. Ongoing. …. Pittsfield is like no other animal.

Demetrius T. Gladiator
Demetrius T. Gladiator
Reply to  spagirl
7 years ago

Or the hole on outer Williams near Mountain Drive. There for countless months. Nothing done. Pittsfield under Bianchi = incompetence, incompetence and more incompetence

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

The problem with not telling the public the facts is that speculation and rumor begin to happen. I’ve heard everything from these young people injured each other from gun play that got out of hand with drinking and drugs involved to there being random murderers on the loose and the police do not want to start a public panic. Unfortunately when the public doesn’t have the facts, it makes everyone very uneasy. Especially the way these people were gunned down in a vacant parking lot makes it very frightening for the public and everyone become fearful anyway.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Pat
7 years ago

What happened is very sad and when the rest of the story comes out its going to be much sadder. I guess the planet’s Z Agents are asleep on this one.

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Pat
7 years ago

There is absolutely No Excuse for the top Officials in Pittsfield. Citizens deserve better. They have a damn right to be informed, and to feel protected. This Mayor doesn’t want reality to be known or published. The tourists won’t come. Shhhhhhh.!!!

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Comparing the Elm St. job to the 7&20 job is apples vs. oranges…7&20 is all wide open with no side streets and more controllable traffic with very few raised structures where as Elm St. has many many raised structures…each time you get to those there is hand work involved…Elm St. is much a tighter area and constricted…think of working in a closet compared to a football field…plus Lane is one of the top companies for paving as LB Corp. is not…all said Mr. Mayor’s orders to drag out Elm St. may be true

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  Mark
7 years ago

We have a lot of experts who are civil engineers on this blog. They know how to sweep streets and how to put down black top when it’s pouring rain.

Joe Pinhead
Joe Pinhead
Reply to  FJlowry
7 years ago

Please simply follow the link to read about the importance of an ongoing maintenance / treatment program for the roads. No need to be as “Enlightened” as you claim to be just have the ability to read and comprehend on about a 9th grade level.
https://ohioauditor.gov/trainings/lgoc/2012/Are%20Your%20Road%20Dollars%20Struggling%20to%20Keep%20Up%20with%20Deterioration.pdf

After reading this short summary ask yourself when was the last time you seen the roads being treated? Is it reasonable to then question if they had been would we be in a better position both financially and quality of life wise? The city and Commonwealth both lose when business is negatively impacted as well loss of sales receipts etc. It does not take a civil engineer to think that major road construction during the middle of tourist season (the industry we so covet) probably not a good image to put forth or in the mind of those touring. But hey I am not a tour director either so I suppose I shouldn’t be able to figure that one out as either.

just sayin

Russell Moody
Russell Moody
Reply to  FJlowry
7 years ago

Not true… blacktop has to be put down at a certain temperature, if it is raining, that constant temperature cannot be maintained at the paver or in trucks that are waiting full of mat. Also, the “tack-truck” can’t put down their material either…

Southeast
Southeast
7 years ago

what about the kids who are allegedly breaking windows at Elm St businesses? I heard that it’s basically a sport, and they are videoing it. Palmers has a nice board on their door and the Shell station had a break in recently. any word on if a new crime spree is taking place as we focus on Linden St?

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

I would also add that on the first day of the investigation they said that more than one gun was involved, but that would fit either scenario of events mentioned above.

Thomas More
Thomas More
7 years ago

Instead od sitting there shuddering why don’t you call the company and ask them how they got the job. They’re legitimate business people from what you call the ‘dreaded private sector’ whatever that means. Don’t look up Carlos & Zepka though, the name of their company is Carlow & Zepka.

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  danvalenti
7 years ago

Dan. Have you ever seen what a worker at the DPW makes per Hour? Call me when you get the facts.

Guess what
Guess what
Reply to  Thomas More
7 years ago

Guess what? Workers from Carlow and Zepka were the same workers that dug the first trench for the fiberoptic cable while the move. I’m sure that we are all smart enough to know why they were there yesterday.

FJlowry
FJlowry
Reply to  Guess what
7 years ago

Maybe to fix the problem?

Spider
Spider
7 years ago

The names of victims in other cases are always released after family is notified. What is so different about this case? And usually the police will say it was “drug related” or “gang related” or “a domestic problem”. Again, nothing!

How can people feel safe when they aren’t told the facts?

Who owns it
Who owns it
Reply to  Spider
7 years ago

It may just be a simple cover up. Some connected individual directly or indirectly involved and they don’t want the name leaked. Happens all the time.

Just a theory since the mayor has none.

Thomas More
Thomas More
Reply to  Who owns it
7 years ago

These people are so far from not connected but that is an incredibly great theory. Keep on thinking. If I know the Planet has to know and he’s not telling.

Who owns it
Who owns it
Reply to  Thomas More
7 years ago

So far from NOT connected?

SOL
SOL
7 years ago

I saw the exact same behavior from a street sweeper on my street. A few weeks ago, around 6PM at night he just kept driving back and forth in my neighborhood with the brushes up. He did this for about a half hour. The only conclusion I could come up with was he was screwing the taxpayer out of overtime dollars and adding miles to the sweeper, making it appear more work was done than really was. I did consider reporting this but then came to my senses – nothing would be done about it and any repercussions would have fallen on me.

MrG8811
MrG8811
7 years ago

Jenn Smith at the Eagle had a good article today on the shootings…because she apparently actually went out and talked to people. That is what reporting is. Conversely, Bob Dunn printed a series of questions to which he has no answers, because he is apparently relying on officials to spoon feed him the story. I said it in the Eagle yesterday…I’ll say it again; Bob, go out and FIND some sources. Go to the neighborhood and talk to passersby until you find someone who knows something. Hit up a few cops…they LOVE to talk even if not for attribution. Or is someone telling you NOT to do all that.

MrG8811
MrG8811
7 years ago

And while I’m on the topic of weak journalistic effort, why do no news outlets provide follow-up of stories? Where is a follow up on that 88 year old woman who was taken to the floor, subdued and cuffed by cops after they went to the wrong address? More poignantly, does anyone remember the Chinese family over in Guilderland that was all killed with hammers?!? I was trying to find any resolution on that and virtually nothing was printed/reported on after the original salvo in October of last year. Symptomatic of a deeper problem but that’s a BIG story to just drop.

Chuck Vincelette
Chuck Vincelette
7 years ago

I know the situation on Elm Street was very hard on the merchants. However it is a stretch to claim that Mayor Bianchi deliberately prolonged the project to get votes.

dusty
dusty
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
7 years ago

It is an odd way to get votes but it seems to be his methodology.

Henry
Henry
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
7 years ago

Sorry Chuck your to close to Bianchi to believe you have an unbiased option

Henry
Henry
Reply to  Henry
7 years ago

I believe you were on Bianchi transition team when he first got elected. I would love to know what you think of his administration now after nearly 4 year’s.

spagirl
spagirl
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
7 years ago

When it comes to Bianchi, the tolerance in this town is short. The Weeds are up to the windows at the former KFC site. A stones throw from his Stanley Business Park. What Leadership allows this?

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Chuck Vincelette
7 years ago

Chuck must agree with you on that one. Also there was nothing Bianchi or anyone could have done to prevent people from being stupid on the 4th. That being said I will not vote for him or any incumbent. When you shove a 28 yr debt (new Taconic) down the throats of the taxpayers, you lose my vote.Regardless if your for or against you must have a say. Weigproperty

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Although not a Bianchi fan, gotta agree with you on that CV

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
7 years ago

I am unable to post on Dan Valenti’s blog.
I still like reading Dan Valenti’s blog about Pittsfield politics.

amandaWell
amandaWell
7 years ago

why not…Johnny?

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  amandaWell
7 years ago

I love Pittsfield. I don’t want to pick on the community I grew up in and spent a majority of my life living in. I am sad to read about all of the problems in Pittsfield. I hope Dan Valenti’s blog will turn the tide and change Pittsfield for the better.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
7 years ago

Jonathan, Dan’s Blog has turned the tide already! People have become more informed than ever before. Getting the real info and both sides of issues has helped many to form their opinions much better on so many different issues that effect them directly or indirectly.

amandaWell
amandaWell
7 years ago

Johnny?

Tammy Ives
Tammy Ives
7 years ago

I am wondering how many homicides have occurred under both of Bianchis administration?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Tammy Ives
7 years ago

One to many Tammy. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the 4th one.

downtown dweller
downtown dweller
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
7 years ago

Are you thinking of the triple homicide? I believe that took place at the end of Mayor Ruberto’s tenure.

Was the individual who stabbed (?) someone in a car in the Big Y parking lot (2013 ?) in a robbery/drug deal gone bad charged with manslaughter? The victim was driven, I think, to Cooley Dickinson or Baystate, treated & released, but died the next day.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  downtown dweller
7 years ago

Your right DD. The triple murders happened in Aug.2011. Thanks. Murders under any administration is not acceptable and should be addressed so the public is updated and informed to the point of not interfering with an investigation.

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
7 years ago

I think the judges around here are a big part of the problem…….
PITTSFIELD >> Bail was cut in half on Thursday for a Springfield man accused of being a high-level gang member fueling the area drug trade.
http://www.berkshireeagle.com/local/ci_28460508/bail-halved-accused-high-level-drug-dealer-from

spagirl
spagirl
7 years ago

Good job, Dan Valenti
The Mayor of Pittsfield does not deserve another term. He is a total failure to the Citizens.

silence dogood
silence dogood
7 years ago

I just watched Planet Valenti TV…..it was great…… I laughed my butt off………good points made….the stooges clips were brilliant!!

silence dogood
silence dogood
Reply to  danvalenti
7 years ago

or Bianchi panky

Italia
Italia
7 years ago

On Elm St new gas meters had to be installed to the houses that have gas. That is one reason Elm St. took longer to do. This was done along with many manhole covers being raised along with sewer openings.

Some motorists were great at avoiding the covers, others not so much.

Gigi
Gigi
7 years ago

Great show Dan! Hopefully it will inspire some fiscal conservatives from wards 3 & 4 to run for the city council! Don’t let these incumbents run unopposed!

silence dogood
silence dogood
7 years ago

My guess is that all the knuckleheads shot on the 4th were shooting at each other. And maybe it was a fight in part over a woman. Maybe the gangs will send in their zombies within the next week to have a shoot fest.

Nota
Nota
7 years ago

What Ward was triple murders in?

downtown dweller
downtown dweller
Reply to  Nota
7 years ago

They were taken from an apartment on Linden St. but I thought they were murdered in Becket. I could be mistaken about the murder location. I don’t think they were actually killed at the apartment.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  Nota
7 years ago

About 2 or 3 blocks west of this shooting on Linden St. just after it crosses Onota St..

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  acheshirecat
7 years ago

You are correct DD. They were kidnapped in Pittsfield.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  Nota
7 years ago

Not sure if anyone admitted to the murders. They could have been outside of the City.

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  joetaxpayer
7 years ago

Of the 3 only the transmonster (politically correct term I think) was a Pittsfield resident.

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

I missed the airing of the show tonight. When will it air again? PLEASE let me know.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  danvalenti
7 years ago

Thank You!!

Ron Kitterman
Ron Kitterman
7 years ago

Don’t forget Peter Campbell 18 that shot the gentleman from Goshen over an argument about double coupon in the Big Y parking lot.

spagirl
spagirl
7 years ago

The Pittsfield-Ma.org site is a City Hall Government information site with interactive links for the Public to also report issues. This has evolved into the same dysfunction as his honor the Failed Representative Mayor. It all falls down in his house…on his watch. One surmises the report an issue has completely overwhelmed his Department heads. Especially the flunky Bruce Collingwood. You get no response anymore, other than the automated confirmation of your issue reported. This has been going on just like the 2 year unresolved Newell Street hole…..forever!
To Linda Tyer and any other Mayoral Candidate. I want you to hear this from a Taxpayer. These are the types of things that make a Taxpayer Livid.

urinetown
urinetown
Reply to  spagirl
7 years ago

Report an issue sucks. I gave it a chance and had the same experience as you did spaGirl. Lol

dusty downer
dusty downer
Reply to  spagirl
7 years ago

It does not matter. They are all going to promise a rose garden before the election and after it is over they go running for the piggy bank trying to find ways to almost legally milk it dry.

Seriously, when was the last time we had a person in charge that gave more than lip service AFTER the election.

dum dee dum dum

I am waiting

still waiting

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Last we heard from Mayor candidate Craig G. he was headed to confront the police chief…hope he is not in lockdown…where you at CG?

Ed Check
Ed Check
Reply to  Mark
7 years ago

Perhaps he was arrested, or sent to the hospital (Jones Unit) for evaluation. If the GOB’s can have him held (or for observation) until after July 26 he cannot get his election signatures submitted. This could be the conspiracy topic of Dan’s next documentary.

MrG8811
MrG8811
7 years ago

Was wondering same…where is our favorite bedbug?

Spider
Spider
7 years ago

Since Craig G is running for mayor, maybe he can be more transparent than our city officials and get us the info on the shooting victims and the motive behind it.

And still no obituary! Something smells rotten!

C. Trzcinka
C. Trzcinka
7 years ago

On Elm Street: Delaying a construction project to promote votes is at best risky. It obviously will make the merchants mad, so you’ve lost their votes, and the public will be inconvenienced as much as being forced to noticed the construction. So two explanations come to mind:
1. There is a dispute with one or more of the merchants and this is their reward.
2. The construction worker(s) are mad about something and know that you will post a negative comment.

It is a simple matter for the contractor to inform the mayor’s office about the reason for the delay and the mayor could avoid this speculation and release the information.

Who owns it
Who owns it
Reply to  C. Trzcinka
7 years ago

Assuming Mr Lockdown would even take the time to let people in on the reason what makes you think you would get a straight answer from him. Do you recall any of his campaign promises?

Southeast
Southeast
7 years ago

I would think that part of the delay was the fire. they were pretty close to the intersection of Edward/Elm. I don’t think they were done with the manholes all the way to Williams by then – then they went to the other end and worked backwards.

if I was hunting for votes, I would have expedited the job.

I hate to say this – but having been on a lot of work crews in my day, just because I was closest to0 the ground did not know I knew what was going on. I got daily orders and marched as told.

LB does a ton of work for the City and the surrounding towns, so it is pretty far fetched that someone on top would be dumb enough to say anything. everyone gets paid, everyone has a job, and any inefficiencies on the City side probably don’t make much of a difference.

I live near Elm St though and can tell you that the company from Lee doing the structure repairs was way slower than the Portugesse.