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MOON SHOT HERSELF IN THE FOOT WHILE IN HER MOUTH; SCHOOL DEPARTMENT ‘PLOT’ EXPOSED!

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY JUNE 22, 2020) — As part of the giant scam to skirt the budget hit COVID-19 has taken on every aspect of public and private economics, Ward 1’s Helen Moon lobbied for and, with the help of complicit councilors, successfully ordered the Pittsfield school department budget back to the school committee — not for desperately needed cuts but so TSC can INCREASE spending. That was the point of the entire deal, which used the Pittsfield Police Department as collateral.

It’s not THE PLANET who revealed the plot, but inside sources revealing an elaborate con involving Moon’s boss, D.A. Andrea Harrington; superintendent Jason JIV McCandless; school finance director Kristen Behnke; school committee chairwoman Kathy “Lady Boots” Yon; and an angelic host of gophers and fetchers. To use lingo familiar with every taxpayer in Pittsfield, “They pulled ‘a Stanley.'”

THE PLANET laid out the scheme in The Weekend Edition. Again, we’re not making the claims but sources in city hall, the Mercer Building (PSD HQ), and the D.A.’s office itself. We’re the messenger — the lone one among local media — who hasn’t been afraid to dig, who takes the job of journalist seriously and understands the responsibilities of The Fourth Estate.

One consideration lost in the chaos is conflict of interest. It’s well known not just in local law enforcement and criminal justice circles but among the general populace that the D.A.’s approach to office has alienated the criminal-justice system, especially the Pittsfield Police Department and courts. Cops occupy the front lines in the battle for public safety. Interview any officer, and you’ll hear the dreadful depths to which the public-safety index has fallen. Every day and night, officers scramble to keep up with the pubic vomiting of what THE PLANET calls “the armies of the road.”

This bunch includes gang member, drug dealers, hookers, welfare cheats, mentally ill, addicts, scammers, slammers, jammers, bammers, glammers, and other groups and individuals who not only don’t contribute to the public good, let alone city coffers but take away in the millions it takes to keep cleaning the mess these deadbeats make. As always, the police are the first ones in with mop and bucket.

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While the undermanned, underfunded police department responds to these calls, the rest of the city remains with less protection. In fact, one street source from the West Side who has contact with a local gang said that’s one of the tactics. Start a relatively minor scuffle here then engage in “the real shit” there — the same misdirection used by magicians to perform the trick.

These thugs, emboldened by the D.A.’s coddling stance on socio-cultural excuses for their criminal behavior, feel invulnerable. They feel they own the streets. The recent BLM protests have added to that sense of security. Isn’t it the ultimate irony? That Bloods, MS-13, Crips, and Latin Kings can sleep peacefully during the day (“they on’y come out at night”), but Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski fear for their lives each time they venture out — or remain in, for that matter.

Those heroic officers are the ones Helen Moon defunded and grossly insulted. They are the men and women in Blue who work to keep you safe in your home and business. They are the people on whom Moon, Nick Caccamo, Pat Kavey, Dina Guiel-Lampiasi, Peter Marchetti, Yuki Cohen, Earl Persip, and Peter White just dumped a squirty, chocolate shower.

Back to conflict of interest. When Moon and duped councilors exercised Phase II of Operation DEFUND THE COPS/REFUND JIV with her school proposal, the PSD budget went back to the school committee, where Yon and JIV would then go to work.  Instant guarantee: Unanimous consent to add millions. Kevin Morandi immediately recused himself from a vote on school spending because he has family employed there. Morandi told THE PLANET he sought counsel from the State Ethics Commission. Attorneys there advised him to recuse for that reason.

Morandi’s principled action beings to mind a question: Does any other councilor or the mayor, who sits on the school committee ex-officio, have family, friends, or loved ones working for JIV? Likely given the 1,200+ jobs in that department and the usual practice of hiring those “who know someone.” THE PLANET has polled each of the 10 remaining on the dais on this question. If they have such connections, by law they cannot and should not vote.

In the same vein, is it a conflict of interest for Moon and Guiel-Lampiasi, as employees of the district attorney, to vote on police funding? We also have queries into both women.

THE PLANET shall post the results of our polls Wednesday.

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“What would there be to create if gods … existed?”Friedrich Nietzsche.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE”

LOVE TO ALL.

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BackTheBlue
BackTheBlue
1 month ago

I smell a rat.

Johnny99
Johnny99
1 month ago

Moonshot is a great nickname for her.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

And speaking of complicit, the local newspaper has been pushing editorials and letters and comments and all manner of hype to fund and upfund the school budget. They are one of the mayors and school unions biggest supporters while at the same time pushing relentlessly for higher taxes on almost everything. They are the ultimate poison pill in the city’s phony plastic façade of reinvention.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Yeah, Johnny, probably the same people who were instructed to phone into the public comment section of the CC zoom meetings.
 
Great column Dan, can’t wait for your report on the feedback. I believe at least one councilor’s girlfriend works for the schools. Surprised Yuki voted to cut police funding, as several officers supported her run for the council seat.
 
Every other school district in the state is downsizing, laying off teachers and generally reducing expenditures in anticipation of the cutbacks in state aid. Close an elementary school or two!

Jumpin Joe Curtis
Jumpin Joe Curtis
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Anyone notice not a single administrator was going to be cut? Because JIV knows people would be OK with that. Instead they throw the teachers and paraprofessionals on the chopping block and cause an uproar.

Smooth criminal

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jumpin Joe Curtis
1 month ago

Jumpin,
Great pickup! Taxpayers wouldn’t miss a few administrators and the response would have been, Ho Hum instead of uproar over real cuts .

JoeKapanski
JoeKapanski
Reply to  Mr. Fritz
1 month ago

Didn’t her heiress day something about a school department management study? Or was that King Candles? Why is everybody so scared of independent management review?

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

This is a Berkshire thing – the amped up public outcry that is usually faked but the puppets aren’t always sure and they are so desperate for their jobs it’s like a huge complicated and complicit pantomime.
I vote to lower the school budget. If we have 150 spare wheels that is too many. Most of the women paras has gobsig spouses, are TERRIBLE at their jobs, and only do it for the pension and cheap family health insurance. So all these rich families are essentially milking the system. And that is a para for every 5-10 kids without them?
If Maura Healey does only one good thing for Berkshire County (and I am waiting) it would be actually attack the rampant conflicts of interest in town and city boards. It’s completely criminal. and it effects quality of life for every
Andrew Leiling is more progressive and helpful to all the citizens of Ma than any of our elected representatives. All the Trump haters (and I don’t like him either) should really think about how this honest State’s attorney is doing work that Healey refuses to do. And this unethical if not criminal behavior effects poor, brown and those without influence more. But Healey won’t touch her Democrats who bring in the votes. She is the people’s attorney, god help us.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

Even with the ever increasing gargantuan school budget in Pittsfield almost all school teachers, administrators and city personnel send their own children OUT of the system they work for. The have an inside view and have decided it is not good enough for THEIR children.
So what is really going on here?

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

Yeah,
And the Berkshire Chickadee had a write up with TFB leading the charge against school budget cuts recently. She is pretending the cuts will hurt her children’s education in another town.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

I think she helped tank the formerly good district she is in. While on school committee the performance went through the floor.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

You’d be right! What a disaster.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

If Maura Healey does one good thing for Berkshire County it would be to give “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” (see Mia Wallace’s great post in weekend edition on Harrington) a cushy job in AGs office so we can be done with her. Baker can appoint Caccaviello again, or somebody with half a brain.

Wakeupcandvote
Wakeupcandvote
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

For anyone who needs reminded of why Healey owes Berkshire County
Healey’s support of Harrington diminishes office of AGIn her letter Regina Hill writes: “The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from those I believe ignored that critical fact.”
BY LETTER TO THE EDITOR
POSTED ON OCTOBER 13, 2018
 

To the editor:
Few are those who come to public service with selfless motivation. These are the rare breed for whom the power that comes with responsibility is not intoxicating but sobering. Career public servants put the community’s well-being before their personal ambitions and spend their time protecting others; they become experts in their fields, tireless in commitment and devoted for decades.
Andrea Harrington has no experience as a prosecutor, and only a few years as a part-time public defender who tried her first case as a lawyer in 2011. The Democratic nominee for district attorney is the least qualified person to ever run, yet she is the beneficiary of help and support from those I believe ignored that critical fact. And I keep having to ask the question: Why?
Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, attempted to persuade Progressive Judith Knight to drop out of the race to advantage Harrington. Attorney General Maura Healey endorsed Harrington, stating she didn’t know Paul Caccaviello and had never worked with him. Healey diminished the stature of office of AG by making an endorsement without meeting the candidate with 30 years of prosecutorial experience in a DA’s race.
What does her gesture say to the dedicated men and women who work as prosecutors across the Commonwealth? How could Healey support an attorney qualified only for an entry-level prosecutor’s position for the highest law enforcement position in Berkshire County? Does Healey think so little of the folks of Berkshire County that she blindly recommends they vote for a politician who has already run for and lost a state Senate seat? Why does she support a candidate with no experience or record of accomplishments who routinely pads her resume, threatens non-supporters with political ruin and spreads falsehoods about her opponents?
Common among these events is a demonstrated lack of selfless motivation for public service. Healey failed to exercise due diligence before bestowing the benefit of her endorsement, making her endorsement hollow, meaningless and cynically political. In so doing, she ignored the selfless dedication to public service demonstrated by the 30-year career of DA Paul Caccaviello.
On Nov. 6, stand with me, noting that experience matters for our safety in Berkshire County, and please write in Paul Caccaviello for Berkshire district attorney.
Regina A. Hill
Adams

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  Wakeupcandvote
1 month ago

Yep, the job matters.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

The Eagle gives me a stomach ache. Usually I think ‘they can’t possibly believe this.’ Or I think ‘I guess if you have no idea what they are talking about this sounds reasonable otherwise it sounds like a pile of bs.’ It leaves me feeling like I live in a carnival town.

Mad Trappefr
Mad Trappefr
Reply to  Kermit Frog
1 month ago

I’ve not read, The Left Winged Parrot since 2004.
 
My cat started going outside if her box was lined with it.
 
I hear THE RUTBURG RAG is worse? How can that be!!!!!
 
Comments?

TallyButnotaho
TallyButnotaho
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Dan, a question was asked to me?Do you read the Planet? I of course said Yes! I said he’s the best! The questionnaire again asked, the best what? I replied… ‘the best there is’!

Paul
Paul
Reply to  TallyButnotaho
1 month ago

Dan is the only real journalist in the Berkshires. The Berkshire pigeon is useless only to be out done by iBerkshire.

Be The Change
Be The Change
1 month ago

Kathy Yon was an advocate from the Reconnect Center, for re-entry inmate support. A non-profit organization, made up of “semi” retired educators.

Who is the President of Taconic Foundation – N2N (only if they like ya)

RN
RN
1 month ago

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Ten dollar bet that kid doesn’t know what systemic means and $100 bet that’s not his handwriting. Parents and adults who use kids as props are scum.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Yea and I got a kick out of the picture in Washington Post of all the Black Lives Matter folks wearing t shirts proclaiming “WE THE BEST DADS”, when 70 some percent of black kids grow up with absentee fathers and BLM wants to eliminate the American family as we know it.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

5 children murdered in Chicago this past weekend, including a 3 year old black boy shot dead in his fathers car. Where is the outrage over all these black murders? Black Lives Matter doesn’t really care because they are killed by other blacks.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
1 month ago

BLM hippocratic POS!
 
Don’t blame Blacks/negros/mulatos, do blame the bad/evil ones.
 
There IS EVIL in evrey race, SATAN is takes them ALL! They will all find eternity……..
 
 

Hendrix
Hendrix
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

I also took a look at the photos from the walk. The one below in particular caught my eye. Look at all that diversity! These frauds care so much about the African American community that they chose to move as far away from it has possible. Look at where Hinds, TFB, and others live. I also found it amusing seeing the white coats in the crowd. I see the “staythefuckhome” and “I am a healthcare worker, I can’t stay home” crowd has had a recent change of heart. Are these people going to “kill grandma” just like those of us that simply wanted to go to work were going to?
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the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

I will bet you he does and you dont.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Racists are disgusting, yet they seem to thrive on the Planet.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  Shakes
1 month ago

I haven’t read one racist thing here, ever.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

Okay all you posters who gave me a down vote, name anything racist on here.

RN
RN
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

I’ll take that bet and I’ll double it based on that not being his handwriting. You have to be a shitty parent to use your kid as a prop

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

I have lived here a long time and I askex the question of who is afraid to be on the street in Pittsfield and the answer is nobody.The planet has people who live in constant fear of everything.That is the philosophy of Trump and the Russians.Only they can save you white guys….very odd.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

You’re out to lunch on this one pal. Stroll North Street from Columbus to Wahaconah and divert to Cumbys thru The Common and swing back around Linden and don’t complain when you get mugged or stabbed if your that dum to do it at 11pm on a Fri or Sat.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  JohnnyTwoCents
1 month ago

Listen Pal we are talking about doing business downtown and you guys are scared.I dont know anyone who is scared to do that.I simply stated that we are not scared as you guys keep repeating to each other how frightened you are.

JohnnyTwoCents
JohnnyTwoCents
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

A. you never mentioned “doing business downtown”.
B. I am not scared.
C. I never reported that I was frightened.
D. I wouldn’t be scared to walk the route because I would be with my two best friends – Smith and Wesson.
E. I have enough brains to stay off those streets after dark.

Kermit Frog
Kermit Frog
Reply to  RN
1 month ago

Systemic is not a big word for a 12 year old or how ever old the kid is. He probably reads. The kids got drum sticks too so good on him. I get young kids feeling inspired. It means sometime to them. The status quo politicians I have less tolerance for.

Hendrix
Hendrix
1 month ago

That Bloods, MS-13, Crips, and Latin Kings can sleep peacefully during the day (“they on’y come out at night”), but Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski fear for their lives each time they venture out — or remain in, for that matter.
 
You would be crazy to walk the majority of the city streets during the day & at night you would just be asking for trouble. Seriously, if you are just a normal taxpaying citizen, I challenge you to walk up and down North St anytime between 10AM-6PM, you would very quickly realize your in the minority amidst the drunks, druggies, mentally ill, and other hooligans loitering. Add in the parking disaster and a city that could give 0 shits about safety, I have no clue why any business would remain on North.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Hendrix
1 month ago

Do you even live in Pittsfield. I’ve walked/driven countless streets and never felt unsafe. Maybe your demeanor is unlikable. You could work on that. Or hire a driver like DV.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

NASA / Space X doesn’t need to spend billions now to find out what is happening on the DARK SIDE of the Moon now, Dan exposed it.

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
1 month ago

99 Shot in Chicago this weekend, 9:in Syracuse Dan. Gonna be a long hot summer. Too bad Black Lies Matter doesn’t care about all the blacks getting killed by other blacks.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
1 month ago

Beck is worth 140 million to call every issue a illegitimate.Fox and Beck scare you to death so that you keep racism out of fear.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

George Soros is worth a lot more and he is one of the people funding this push toward Marxism in this country and around the world. There are also more people that Glen will reveal in the next few days who are funding all of the insanity we are currently witnessing in our country. They want our history destroyed and families destroyed so that these Marxists have total power. One of them today is demanding that all stain glass and anything related to Jesus should be destroyed.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

George Soros Fox news answer to everything evil.Hannity has millions of his lemmings regurgitating the name George Soros

Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

George Soros isn’t the main person involved in funding these anarchists and the push toward Marxism in this country and across the world. Glen will reveal the name of that person on Wednesday night on utube.

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

And most white crime is perpetuated by whites. Pretty pathetic you think cops murdering people is okay.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Shakes
1 month ago

Who commits the most white collar crime?Who committed the most envjromental crime?Who commits the most mass murder? On and on and on

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Blacks commit more murders and robberies than whites yet blacks are only 13 percent of population. And ,most of the murder victims are other blacks Like the 3 year old in Chicago this weekend. Black Lives Matter couldn’t care less.

BlackLivesMatter?
BlackLivesMatter?
Reply to  BlackLiesMatter
1 month ago

Not Exactly. 104 shot, 14 killed. This is mostly black on black, in Obama land. Where is Black Lives Matter on this?
 
https://chicago.suntimes.com/crime/2020/6/20/21297470/chicago-fathers-day-weekend-shootings-homicide-gun-violence-june-19-22-104-shot

BlackLiesMatter
BlackLiesMatter
Reply to  BlackLivesMatter?
1 month ago

Obama moved to Martha’s Vineyard with the other lefty rich loons.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Glen Beck show today is a must listen for all Americans. He explains with lots of evidence that we are fighting a war right now in this country against Marxism. Violence isn’t the answer because that is what they want. Trying to save our young adults and show them the truth of what is happening is vital. This is why they are destroying our history by tearing down all of these statutes, not just confederate ones, because the point is to completely erase our history. This is happening in other countries too.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

Beck is in the business of selling you survivalist food from his bunker.Fear Fear Fear

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

I agree Pat – his show was a wake-up call to the nation, for those who have ears to hear. I’m not a Beck devotee, as he has been off the mark many times in his career ( most famously his view of Trump), but yesterday’s show was outstanding. The show helped me to put current events in perspective. I used to have a high school teacher who told us that the U.S. would be destroyed internally by Marxists.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

They know they can’t defeat us in a war, so they need to break down the country from the inside by infiltrating our schools, media, and many businesses with their Marxist cause. This is happening worldwide too. They want one world government with themselves in charge. So many young people have been brainwashed because they are being fooled into believing they will create a heaven on earth.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

A more conscientious mayor might have taken all the money she is passing out under the guise of Covid recovery funding and put it into a FORENIC AUDIT. There should be a binding question at the next election regarding a forensic audit of all Pittsfield budgets. And a commitment from the Eagle NOT to campaign against it. (Leave that to iBerkshries and Bill S. on the raidio)
Which counselor will draw this up and present it? I nominate Pete M. who seems to get far more from this city than he gives back.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

All of this senseless drama over $100,000 when Matt Kerwood is sitting on a $10.1 million slush fund!
Pittsfield’s distressed economy is at rock bottom. Mayor Linda Tyer should take note of Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski’s financial hardships.
Beacon Hill has not passed their state budget yet. Governor Charlie Baker recently submitted a 1/12th state budget for July of 2020.
I wouldn’t walk around Pittsfield’s inner city streets after hours even if someone offered me $1,000,000 to put my life and personal safety at high risks.

TizzduhLaw
TizzduhLaw
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Absolutely close Camps,Day Cares and sports youth.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  TizzduhLaw
1 month ago

Open all day camps, and every other damn thing, now.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

JM,
Have you any thoughts on why such a big slush fund? And what, where , when and how will they use it?Your not alone in not wanting to walk the city streets alone or actually with anyone with you. If you did the gangsters would think of you as an OG and pop you in the Azz.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  Johnny2Shoes
1 month ago

I do not understand why Matt Kerwood has a $10.1 million slush fund. But what frustrates me is that Mayor Linda Tyer and Matt Kerwood are raising property taxes by over $1,800,000 in their proposed fiscal year 2021 municipal budget during a time of extreme financial hardship for Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski. We should all know that the $10.1 million slush fund is not Matt Kerwood’s money, but rather, it is Mary Jane and Joe Kapanski’s hard earned tax dollars. It is a doubly whammy for the hard working Pittsfield taxpayers!

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Trump has been missing as a leader of America during a pandemic.America needs one voice for health.We are now not going to get a second wave because we have failed as a country to keep America healthy.Health advisors are calling for one huge sunami of death.The warm weather did not make it go away.Wash hands ,distance,mask.Trumps America cant get it done.Trump love is painful for you guys.

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Pat
Pat
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

President Trump did not cause this virus and can’t be blamed for what it does. The Chinese virus mysteriously was allowed into our country and the rest of the world by China not even trying to stop it. Now that we know that communists (Marxists) want to take over our country, this is all very suspect. I just heard that the virus has possibly mutated due to social distancing and in Italy 80 and 90 year olds who get it are breathing fine when 2 months ago they would have died in 2 or 3 days.

Merry & Bright
Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Moonshot states that she represents the black and brown community. Evidently no one told her that by being on the CC she is representing all voters in Pittsfield. She should especially realize that she also represents the hardworking, taxpaying white voters of Pittsfield who are paying her salary and health insurance. Her comment needs to be reported and investigated by the State Ethics Division. If she truly feels this is how she represents the voters she needs to either step down or be removed.
 
As far as the School Department goes, very curious as to what percentage of students turned in all their homework assignments since the taxpayers paid for their Chromebooks. Heard that near Springfield a teacher reported that only 8 students out of 27 in her class turned in homework. Is someone at Mercer checking on this? Is there any checks or balances on this? Before they purchase more Chromebooks they should be analyzing this.
 
Heard from a very reliable source that most City Hall workers are only working 4 hours a week and being paid for 40 hours. Evidently that is why my check which I left in the new illustrious black box outside of City Hall over two weeks ago has yet to be cashed by City Hall. Why are employees not working more? Is there no one working to deposit the monies paid in? Why are taxpayers paying them to stay home? City Hall and the City Council are conveniently using CORID19 as an avoidance measure to avoid addressing issues with residents and taxpayers of Pittsfield. Wonder why the City is such as mess folks?

Shakes
Shakes
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

Maybe you would volunteer to check homework assignments?

Paul
Paul
Reply to  Shakes
1 month ago

Teachers get paid plenty to do that. It’s their jub!

Mr. Worldwide
Mr. Worldwide
Reply to  Merry & Bright
1 month ago

You did it. I’m so proud of you.
 
Still a lot of anger, now directed at Moonshot. Is she your City Councilor? I’m mad at her and she isn’t my Councilor. Defund the police is stupid. Is this Harrington’s idea? Since Lampiasi, another employee of the D.A. didn’t join in could it be Krol running things behind the scenes as Dan’s weekend edition mentioned as a possibility? I could see Kathy Yon talking to Moonshot. What about Chris Yon, you remember the former Ward 1 Councilor who helped Moonshot win. I heard her and Krol are friends. Although I’m not sure how bright she is. She got beat by Tully.

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
1 month ago

So Morandi is basically muzzled on 70% of taxpayer spending? What’s the point of showing up?

Cristrun Deoor
Cristrun Deoor
Reply to  Cheshire Cat
1 month ago

Morandi is to politically correct, and has been an ineffective City Councilor….Period.He is a great Barber though and good Father.

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Cheshire Cat
1 month ago

The question would be how long has he had a conflict and were any other votes in conflict?
 
The point of showing up is to collect 8,000 per year and free or nearly free health insurance, although I don’t begrudge him or any other councilor the money. He puts in a lot of effort.

Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Councillor Monnbat.
 
How many showed to the Tulsa Trump rally? 12?
 
That’s still more than Hillary and Joe–combined.

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

Barrack was a guy whom could rally people.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  Edward R. Murrow
1 month ago

12,000 people showed up to the Tulsa rally.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

They did. And surely you read the reports that Trumps campaign was paying $50 per person to get people in there. He must have run out of money be3cause he was promising 19,00 just for the inside. He was like SOOO embarrassed that some of his people would not risk dying to worship on his alter.
But tonight he will have more zealous religious cult members who should show up in better numbers. They have been told that God will protect them so be sure NOT to wear masks. Hee hee He is playing Russian roulette with his own base and they love him for it. He is boiling his own frogs and they are oblivious to it. Too funny

James
James
1 month ago

Posting MRSMIAWALLACE’s excellent post here in case you missed it. Mrs.MiaWallace: Many local police departments have officers certified in Crisis Intervention Training. Based on the nationally-acclaimed Memphis model, officers attend a 40-hour training on responding to calls involving those with chronic mental health issues, traumatic brain injuries, autism, and suicidal thoughts. Many community members have a dual-diagnosis and suffer with substance use disorder. CIT seeks to improve outcomes for both the public and the police by teaching officers to recognize when folks are in crisis and how to approach and communicate with them so as to de-escalate the situation; the idea is to move people into treatment and not the criminal justice system. Chief Wynn was very much a proponent of this program and by the time it ended in 2018, over half of PPD officers had been trained. Other local police departments, correctional officers, college security, dispatchers, and EMTs were also trained over the years.
 
The training was a collaboration between NAMI-BC, BCC, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, and the Berkshire DA under Dave Capeless. Sending officers to a 40-hour training is extremely expensive, even though presenters and organizers [this writer included] donated their time to the training. Training participants were given a pre- and post-training assessment test, the results of which were examined by a Williams College PhD on the level of comfort and confidence officers had in dealing with individuals with lived experience; each year the results revealed that officers went away from the training with the confidence and knowledge they needed to improve these outcomes.
 
Of course PPD took this one step further and hired a clinician to ride along on certain call where subjects were in crisis. I believe that this practice continues.
 
For those who were not aware of this program, you are not alone. Clearly Ms. Moon is unaware of it. During the last DA’s race it was clear that Ms. Harrington was unaware of it. Why is that? I suspect that it is because unlike the current “administration” the prior DAs did not view everything as a photo opportunity, staged, packaged, and displayed on social media or the subject of a press release or interview. The DA’s Domestic and Sexual Violence task force [which has its own FB page] is not a new idea–there have been various iterations of such a task force for decades; the previous participants were not the DA’s political pals, but rather direct providers. Diversion of mental-health cases? Absolutely, both in district and superior court. Evidence-based prosecutions of domestic violence case? The DA doesn’t realize the prior administrations successfully used this approach for decades and all new ADAs and VWAs trained to prepare for cases like this. Vertical prosecutions of serious district court cases? Nothing new. Domestic violence, child-abuse, and juvenile units working together? Of course. My point is this–just because the prior office didn’t trumpet each and every event, training, and task force doesn’t mean it didn’t exist. So the fact the the new comers think they invented this stuff is just wrong. And kind of pathetic.
 
This is just one example of why the Moon maneuver to unfund [because that’s what it is as far as she’s concerned] is without any thought to public or community safety, understanding of history, or perspective on what actually works.
 
The premise of The Planet’s column is both absolutely feasible and completely terrifying. This new cabal of johnny-come-lately players is entirely obsessed with political power, because with it comes the promise of money, status, and influence. Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong hates the cops, because they see her for the amateur she is. Oh, to the press she praises their work because she has to. But she will never forget or forgive those who were against her; she will reward her friends and punish her enemies.
 
And, lest you think otherwise my gentle readers, this writer is pro-cop and pro-black lives matter. You can be both, you know.
 
 
 

Paul
Paul
Reply to  James
1 month ago

Wow, what an informative post. I knew nothing about those things. Never heard anything in the local media about any of that. I suspect it didn’t fit into someone’s agenda.
Thanks for the the great info.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Ward 7 has family that work in the school dept.

Lenny
Lenny
Reply to  Paul
1 month ago

Another one, Pete White, can’t wait to see how he responds.

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

How many school related jobs has the mayor set up for friends and family?

BackTheBlue
BackTheBlue
1 month ago

Cities are out of control, first the riots and looting, then the statues were destroyed, and now they are shooting each other left and right. Inside CHOP a black teen was shot and killed this weekend and police were not allowed in to process crime scene or aid victim., this is what happens When liberal wing nut mayors let people run wild and police chiefs don’t do their jobs. Where is black lives matter in all this?

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

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The Genovese crime family (pronounced [dʒenoˈveːse, -eːze]) is one of the “Five Families” that dominate organized crime activities in New York City and New Jersey as part of the American Mafia. They have generally maintained a varying degree of influence over many of the smaller mob families outside New York, including ties with the Philadelphia, Patriarca, and Buffalo crime families.

Genovese crime family

Vito Genovese, boss from 1957 to 1969
Founder
Lucky Luciano
Named after
Vito Genovese
Founding location
New York City, United States
Years active
c. 1890s–present
Territory
New York City, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, South Florida, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Cuba
Ethnicity
Made men (full members) are Italians or Italian Americans. Criminals of other ethnicities are employed as “associates.”
Membership (est.)
200–220 made members,[1][2] over 3,000 associates[1] (2017 estimate)
Criminal activities
Racketeering, murder, labor union infiltration, extortion, illegal gambling, drug trafficking, loansharking, bookmaking, truck hijacking, fraud, prostitution, bribery, and assault
Allies
Gambino crime family
Colombo crime family
Bonanno crime family
Lucchese crime family
DeCavalcante crime family
Philadelphia crime family
Patriarca crime family
Chicago Outfit
New Orleans crime family
Cleveland crime family
Pittsburgh crime family
Buffalo crime family
Rivals
Various gangs in New York City, including their allies
The current “family” was founded by Charles “Lucky” Luciano, and was known as the Luciano crime family from 1931 to 1957, when it was renamed after boss Vito Genovese. Originally in control of the waterfront on the West Side of Manhattan and the Fulton Fish Market, the family was run for years by “the Oddfather”, Vincent “the Chin” Gigante, who feigned insanity by shuffling unshaven through New York’s Greenwich Village wearing a tattered bath robe and muttering to himself incoherently to avoid prosecution.

The Genovese family is the oldest and the largest of the “Five Families”. Finding new ways to make money in the 21st century, the family took advantage of lax due diligence by banks during the housing bubble with a wave of mortgage frauds. Prosecutors say loan shark victims obtained home equity loans to pay off debts to their mob bankers. The family found ways to use new technology to improve on illegal gambling, with customers placing bets through offshore sites via the Internet.

Although the leadership of the Genovese family seemed to have been in limbo after the death of Gigante in 2005, they appear to be the most organized and powerful family in the United States, with sources believing that Liborio “Barney” Bellomo is the current boss of the organization.[3] Unique in today’s Mafia, the family has benefited greatly from members following “Omertà,” a code of conduct emphasizing secrecy and non-cooperation with law enforcement and the justice system. While many mobsters from across the country have testified against their crime families since the 1980s, the Genovese family has only had 8 members turn state’s evidence in its history.[4]

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Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

And your point is what exactly?

the school committee
the school committee
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

There will always be murder,drugs for sale,prostitution,gambling,extortion by gangsters.Its mostly been a white thing.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Oh, Okay. If murder and drugs is mostly a white thing, why do blacks, who are only 13 percent of the population, commit over half the murders? Why are so many blacks drug dealers?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Word is BLM/Antifa will be after Christian Churches next.
 
Those “idols of Jesus are racist”, “tear them down!”
 
Ready for D-Rat fed/promoted comunisum America?

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I forgot, BLM matters ALREADY did this to a Christian Saints statue

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

They want Jesus statues removed if they are white.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

Is it O.K. like the D-gov of Va and Justin Tredeau (sp?) of Can drees up in blackface?
 
Send BLM/Atifa to their doorsteps

Lenny
Lenny
1 month ago

Glad to see that the Great Barrington council shot down an attempt to defund their police. They are a lot smarter than the contingent of city councilors who voted to reduce the PPD budget.
Support our Pittsfield Police Dept! We need more officers!

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Lenny
1 month ago

How can these politician leaders look any law enforcement officials in the eye after even thinking of defunding them? I hope nothing bad happens to these clowns, but have no doubt when things get to close to home for comfort as far as needing law enforcement ,they won’t want to wait in line for help.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Gigi
1 month ago

If D-RATs get their way, America will be a scary place 2021.
 
Lock and load,

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Minneapolis I think,Ilhan Omars, congresstional district.
 
Where she wants Shira law in place of US Constitution.
 
Somali wench should be deported for her fraud and crimes

Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat
Reply to  Gigi
1 month ago

Not surprised! KEep the president who pals around with commie dictators or socialist or Marxist here at home town!

Lodyd Briggez
Lodyd Briggez
1 month ago

Planet Bulletin…. Man drowned at Silver Lake.

Free Bird
Free Bird
1 month ago

I see the PSD decided not to rob Peter to pay Paul and sent the budget back to the council as originally submitted…https://www.iberkshires.com/story/62514/Pittsfield-School-Committee-Make-No-Changes-to-Budget-.html

Johnny Absurdo
Johnny Absurdo
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It is still a heist. Probably the one they were setting us up for in the first place. Only now we think we did good.

Johnny2Shoes
Johnny2Shoes
Reply to  Johnny Absurdo
1 month ago

JA,
Perfect! Exactly what this play was on the taxpayers.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

I hope the Boston Red Sox 2020 season begins on July 24th! Go Sox!

Lodyd Briggez
Lodyd Briggez
Reply to  Jonathan Melle
1 month ago

Defund the Sawx!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

defund nASScar

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

No more 18 hole golf courses in homeless communities unless the caddies are hired directly from the street people. This has been a gripe of mine for a long time but I just got the courage to speak up about it.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Johnny Dimentia
1 month ago

These bums are homeless losers who have tons of support and options. It is their choice to be homeless.

Jonathan Melle
Jonathan Melle
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It is official! MLB preseason starts next week on July 1st, 2020. MLB season starts a month from now on Friday, July 24th, 2020. Go Boston Red Sox!!!!

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
1 month ago

Dan,
 
I’ve wondered? Who is that guy, 8th picture down, on the new Planet?
 
Kind of creepy, looks like Young Charilre Manson…. ; )
 
 
 
 
 
 
just a joke Dan……..
 
When I was that age, had more hair than brains…….

Grubbing Ullsumb
Grubbing Ullsumb
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

So,nothings changed?

Johnny Dimentia
Johnny Dimentia
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

and now you have neither.

Johnny99
Johnny99
Reply to  Mad Trapper
1 month ago

I asked this many moon ago, pun intended, and the answer is it’s Dan The Man.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  Johnny99
1 month ago

I knew so, just had to ask.
 
Churchill said- roughtly ……If you are not a Liberal when young you have no heart, if you remain so, you have no brain

Bruno Hakalugi
Bruno Hakalugi
1 month ago

Babylon Bee
 
U.S.—A team of political experts released its latest prediction on the Black Lives Matter movement today, saying the group’s current surge will likely only last until early November. The experts say after votes are cast in the 2020 election, politicians will no longer have a need for the black community, and everything will go back to normal.
 
The team of experts out of UCLA has been following Black Lives Matter since it emerged back in 2014 when an unarmed black man was killed by police in St. Louis. The popular civil rights group also made headlines in 2016 and 2018.
“We have to pander to them to see if they will matter,” said Nancy Pelosi. “We stand committed to elevating black voices when we need their votes and not a moment after.”
“It’s a strange phenomenon,” said UCLA professor Azad Khanna. “Every few years Black Lives Matter comes onto the scene for a couple of months and then just sort of disappears in November. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Khanna paused for a moment, noticing a young white woman who had kneeled before him. The woman asked his forgiveness for her white privilege and her years of racism toward African Americans and then started kissing his feet. Khanna kindly informed her that he is from India. 
Experts believe the Black Lives Matter movement will re-emerge sometime in 2022.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Trump is such a fantastic leader.

Mad Trapper
Mad Trapper
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

I concur!!!

TK
TK
1 month ago

When cops beat up underage latino kids of color and lie about it, charge him with false A&Bs, she happily prosecutes those cover-ups for them, so…