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CLUES REVEAL BLUES FOR CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS OVER CITY’S ‘FREE’ e-SCOOTER PROGRAM … PLANET’S INVESTIGATION HINTS AT SECRET DEAL

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BY DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI NEWS AND COMMENTARY

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY APRIL 13, 2022) — While other cities — large, metro areas such as Memphis, TN; Dallas, Texas; Paris, France; and Syracuse, NY — have either tried-then-banned e-scooters or did the right thing in the first place and not allowed them at all — Pittsfield, MA, ever days late and dollars short, is just catching up with the delirious stupidity that periodically catches municipalities in webs woven from fake tales about environment and convenience.

Pittsfield justified the decision by painting it as an offer it could not refuse. Yeah, well let’s look into this e-scooter impending disaster and the city’s claim that it would be offered free to the city.

There’s one born every minute, as W.C. Fields used to say.

———- ooo ———-

Ricardo Morales, the tin-badger officially known as “Commissioner of Public Works and Utilities” but known to the city as “Ricky’s Rumpus,” said the one-year program wouldn’t cost the city a cent. He said “micromobility” company Bird is “partnering” with the city “at no cost.” Scooter users will pay $1 up front and 39 cents a minute thereafter. Of this, the city gets 15 cents. Every sucker who’s ever been taken knows the meaning about offers that are too good to be true.

Ricky conveniently left out the dimensional reality of the finances. He did, however, inadvertently leave a clue, probably owing to his innocence of not realizing how he’s being played as a bag man by and for the Tyer Administration. Rumpus said “a local company” will manage the fleet of scooters.

Warning! Warning!! Danger, Will Robinson!!!

That “local company” will have a private contract with Bird and will be responsible for charging them. Yeah, but what about maintenance? Safety checks? The myriad of other headaches that come with mechanized devices? He didn’t say.

Did you get the clue?

“A local company.”

Great.

What local company? Again, Rumpus didn’t say.

Why didn’t the city mention the “local company” who got the contract?” Why hasn’t it offered details on how the deal was constructed? What, if anything, is the city hiding?

———- ooo ———-

Once again, Tyer & Co. choose obfuscation over transparency,  forcing THE PLANET ferret for information. Here’s what we have heard. Mind you, there’s no official conformation, but also has been no denial.

THE PLANET‘s Z-Agents in the public works department and city hall say it wasn’t Bird who contacted the city but the other way around. Sources allege that someone within the city administration asked an employee to approach Bird through their spouse, providing culpable deniability if some snoopy ink-stained wretch and reporter-type should ever ask if the city invited Bird to be transportation’s White Knight. Scooters are good the the environment, all Al Gore and Green New Deal.

More like All Gored and Green Day’s “American Idiot.”

Sources say this person contacted Bird and set up the deal for the city, acting as a “well compensated” middle man (or woman). Since Company Fillintheblank will have a private contract with Bird, the terms — the real terms, not necessarily the ones publicly mentioned in the city’s PR, propaganda, and puffery — can be and remain undisclosed.

How nice. No way to know what kind of dollars were and will be exchanged once this foolish and dangerous program gets under way.

THE PLANET puts it squarely to mayor Linda Tyer and Rumpus: What is the name of the company? And does this company’s principals have any connection, direct or indirect, with the city?

When the phone doesn’t ring, we will know it’s Tyer and Rumpus not getting back to us.

———- ooo ———-

“We’re planning on the future of transportation for Pittsfield, we recognize that micro mobility plays a key role in that future by providing a bridge to get trips that are further away and are not quite feasible or comfortable by walking, bringing them closer,” Rumpus told iBerkshires‘ Brittany Polito.

Yeah, and the name of the bridge is The Brooklyn Bridge, because that’s what Rumpus is trying to sell.

Correction: We mean, “has already sold.”

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Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand” —Wendell Barry.

“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”

LOVE TO ALL.

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J2S
J2S
1 month ago

I’m betting the first E Scooter accident will be because of drug and alcohol use. I’m also betting the first drive by on a E Scooter will happen by Linden St.

The Ghost of Krol’s Marriage
The Ghost of Krol’s Marriage
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Accident, First and Fenn
Drive by North and Bradford

Hal Ceundazie
Hal Ceundazie
Reply to  The Ghost of Krol’s Marriage
1 month ago

First and Fenn and Linden and Francis.

joetaxpayer
joetaxpayer
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

First E scooter accident, will be on a sidewalk. First drive by First Street, in front of Cumbies.

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

On the railroad tracks at the bum smoking park and on the YMCA dumpster.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

First accident: Seymour and Linden

Drive by: John Street and West Union

First body of water you’ll find a bird tossed in: West Housatonic River, Columbus Ave bridge.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I had those streets down for where the first E Scooter jacking takes place.

Mr. Obvious
Mr. Obvious
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

I’m betting on them being tossed onto the railroad tracks. I don’t think they can make it to silver lake.
How soon before they are cut for scrap?

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

Should be amusing when these things appear.

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

(Joking): I can picture a 300-pound Homer Simpson like stoned Pittsfield dude on an e-scooter passing the Lovely Linda driving her Lexus around Pittsfield.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Sounds like you’re describing Barry

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

Who will pay for the electricity?

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

(Joking): Dan Valenti will pay for the electricity from the profits from his awesome blog.

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Help Dan out then! Contribute from your awesome blog profits?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

“It’s Happening”

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Pittsfield politics FACTS:

* Pittsfield is always in the top 10 cities for violent crime by population in Massachusetts every year, according to the FBI, which doesn’t attract small business investment
* Pittsfield’s failing Level 5 public schools are the WORST in the state, which doesn’t attract middle class families
* Polluted PEDA will turn 24-years-old this Summer of 2022 and the debacle has millions of dollars in always increasing debts/liabilities, which doesn’t attract Fortune 500 companies – even Wal Mart
* Pittsfield taxpayers pay record high municipal taxes and fees for substandard public services and failing public schools – what a rip-off! No wonder why Pittsfield has lost thousands of people to population loss, as well as thousands of living wage jobs, over the past 50 years.
* Mayor Linda Tyer is sitting on tens of millions of dollars in city cash from her Biden Bucks and Kufflink’s Slush Funds, but she is still raising municipal taxes and fees to record high levels, which Ward 2 City Councilor Charles Ivar Kronick pointed out in his letter about the Mayor shafting his mostly poor, inner-city, post industrial, distressed Ward out of its equitable share of the state’s Chapter 90 road funding
* Mostly middle class and wealthy Ward 4 decides the outcome of every citywide state and local election, which means the other 6 Ward don’t really matter to City Hall’s powerbrokers, especially on election day
* Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer lives in a mansion valued at over $800,000 in an elitist Gated Community within a few feet from the Hancock border, and she takes her marching orders from Pittsfield’s failed former Mayor also known as Godfather Jimmy Ruberto who lives in wealthy Naples Florida, which is totally disconnected from Pittsfield’s distressed economy
* Pittsfield State Representative Trippy Country Buffet has been in Boston for a little over one decade now, and she has accomplished nothing there since the Autumn of 2011
* Pittsfield’s lame duck State Senator Chrome Dome Adam Hinds lives in a $690,000 home in Amherst, Massachusetts which is represented by State Senator Jo Comerford
* PAC Man Richie Neal only represents wealthy K Street corporate lobbyist firms in Washington, D.C., Ed Markey lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and Elizabeth Warren hasn’t yet delivered for Main Street (and she never will)

Jon Melle

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
1 month ago

While they are digging for this information perhaps they can find out how much the parking meters are costing the taxpayers. Is it true that they make more money from parking tickets than from the meters themselves? Well that would not be very welcoming to a downtown would it?
Local media recently had some graph depicting the amounts of money spent on road repair for the last 8 years or so and, guess what? The graph seemed to indicate that Pittsfield spent more on road repair in the last several years than ever before. What that reaffirmed to me is that you cannot believe one goddamn thing that comes out of this city hall. And I say that because I have eyes and I can see and I have been around quite a while. This administration has seen the power of alternative facts and is throwing them out there hoping the ignorant majority will absorb them.

12 Gauge
12 Gauge
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

With the initial purchase of the kiosks and the upkeep plus cost of employees in the parking dept not to mention vehicle for the parking patrol , I doubt any claimed revenue. But kerwood can use creative accounting to cook the books.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Doing the Biden

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

I would like to know if the contract was awarded legally? Doesn’t it have to go out to bid? Also what about the union’s shouldn’t they be involved in construction and maintenance? Something smells. Now if these motorized vehicles can drive in the bike lanes does that open them up to other motorized vehicles? So many questions. Where will they leave these motorized things?

You Decide
You Decide
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

There is ZERO oversight so we will never know.
The financials are in a double lock box in a vault in a cellar under the sea. And if you think there is going to be a forensic audit to look at them you have not been paying attention.

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

The city of Pittsfield, and specifically the board of health, is really trying to get the city sued.

They’ve issued an cease and desist order to Verizon over a properly cited cell tower.
The legal address of the property is based on frontage and access and is an address assigned by the city.
If something is amiss with a permit, special permit or otherwise, any abutter has 20 days to file an appeal.
The health issues related to cell towers are not the purview of the board of health, and they know this or at least should. The board of health issued a cease and desist order with no legal right, no legal path forward, no lawyer, and without funds to hire one.
No matter where you stand on the health issues of cell towers, the process by which the BOH approached this is completely wrong. They will end up costing the city thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in a countersuit.

juicylucy
juicylucy
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

and little linda is the unqualified leader? of our city she is both unqualified and incompetent PALOOKVILLE is a nightmare.

Fizzlehead
Fizzlehead
Reply to  juicylucy
1 month ago

Linda is convinced Pittsfield has not hit the bottom yet.

But, she feels confident that she and her pals can find it.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  Fizzlehead
1 month ago

her ass is so padded she wouldnt know when she hit the bottom

Earl Parsnip
Earl Parsnip
Reply to  My name is Earl
1 month ago

How about the moo moo she wore at the council meeting?

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

The Berkshire Eagle will run an article showing people carrying a bag of groceries while precariously balancing on their scooter and call it “The future of Transportation in The Berkshires”. Don’t let all of that ice scare you off from riding your scooter in the winter because your scooter will have winter tires. The climate activists will justify any broken bones or deaths from the scooters as “Taking one to save the climate”.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

The Ayatollah John Kerry will be proud. Remember, “climate change” and “white supremacy” are the two biggest issues according to Xi Xiden and the rest of the democRATS.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

Now they will want a scooter lane in addition to a bike lane. Then a transgender scooter lane.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Which lane will hipster doofus Caccamo use?

Scoot into the Danger Zooooneeee
Scoot into the Danger Zooooneeee
1 month ago

When shit goes terribly wrong & litigation ensues, the Commonwealth is the benefactor- not the victims. Opiates, Misconduct, Malfeasance….. Class Action Scooter Injuries the Ass-Monkey-Mayor gets paid. Not Joe.

Last edited 1 month ago by Scoot into the Danger Zooooneeee
You Decide
You Decide
1 month ago

So they got the guy who broke into the courthouse and turns out he is also a multi-repeat offender out on bail for serious crimes. Who is this guy connected to and how was he able to break into the courthouse in the first place?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  You Decide
1 month ago

He will face time if Milltown says so. The clown broke into the Gateway Inn owned by them. Stole $8 G’S and credit cards and used them from there.

You Decide
You Decide
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

It is curious how the Eagle can do a deep dive into some innocuous story like how many Easter eggs will be at the big hunt this week but then do a touch and go on a story like that. Just weird huh?

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

For some clarification, the company Bird is the contract holder with the local “gig” company to reclaim the scooters. By doing it that way, the contract to the third party maintenance company does not have to be bid out.
This contract is not a “for bid” contract as it doesn’t actually have an outlay of capital by the city.
Well there’s some time involved by DPW workers making bike and scooter lanes, setting of the “nests” but that’s already been done as part of the grant for the bike lanes. The bike lanes are now a maintenance issue, not a capital expense.
This has the stink of Kerwood all over it.

Where this is a huge disservice to the community is in the subrogation and diversion of resources to maintain this program by DPW staff. A good example was the recent lane painting on north street. Would you rather that money be spent on lane painting or on road repair?
If the city actually cared about “micro mobility” they would try and make it as affordable as possible. The city, like many others, would reduce its profit to zero.
One other problem with this program, since it’s a project program, the city did not competitively bid it. The city should have contacted all micro mobility companies and asked them to bid on the “right and privilege” to operate in Pittsfield. My understanding from a person in kufflinks office is this did not happen. The contract was entered into because on the backend the “gig” contractor is a friend of the administration.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Be that as it may who will ride the scooters and where will they go? Maybe I’m missing something but I see this as another Pittsfield flop. Will the North St. Street urchins even have credit cards to activate these contraptions?

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Now we know why they moved 3rd Thursday, although I would have loved seeing a “human obstacle Ricky Rumpass “!!

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

EBT/Cash plastic cards? Wondering if that would come into play?

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Does anyone google these e-scooters? Europe is throwing these companies out of their cities and these are places where tourists would actually want to go. The whole thing is baffling.
https://www.wired.com/story/escooters-accidents-europe/

acheshirecat
acheshirecat
Reply to  laughingstock
1 month ago

Yes I did . Here is a report from CNN from 2019 similar to the above story but a bit more in depth.
https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/electric-scooter-bans-world/index.html

You Decide
You Decide
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Speaking of the stink of Kufflinks, has he organized his books for the forensic audit yet? I would like to see it finished by budget time.

Also, is it true that the last Charter “revison” was done based on the boiler plate for the Civic Authority”? And the reason I ask is because it seems to have accomplished the Civic Authority goals. Right Matt? (whenever I hear or see the name Kerwood I think of the Civic Authority…… because he was so deeply involved in its rollout.)

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  You Decide
1 month ago

Ask Sherman he was the one who snuck it through when no one was looking

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Under Ronald Reagan and Republicans the mortgage rate in the mid 80s was 14%.Money markets CD s paid 17%.Reagan sucked.Clinton fixed that mess and got impeached for lying .The World financial collasped happened under Bush Junior in 2008 so Obama fixed it as Trump said he was not an American.Trump took over after losing the popular vote as Obama to the 8500 MARKET to 19000 k.Trump then took 2 trillion out of the economy for the elite.Biden is now trying to clean up Trumps COVID mess…..its a cycle of failed republicans….BOOM

School committee
School committee
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

You are not aware of how the Bush term ended.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  the school committee
1 month ago

Wrong President, those rates were in the 70’s with Peanut farmer as POTUS

School committee
School committee
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

By 1985 the mortgage rates under Ron were going down.You could get a 3 year variable at 12 1/4 and the fixed was much higher.You don’t have the facts

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  School committee
1 month ago

Don’t know where you were getting your mortgage but mine was at 7% in early 80’s. Maybe it had something to do with your credit rating. Early 80’s after Reagan got to work fixing the Stagflation that Carter and the Democrats controlling Congress caused rates started tumbling. Go back and read the right papers TDS and stop watching CNN and MSNBC. You are definitely brainwashed

School committee
School committee
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

I will show you……Google….Morgage rates in 1985…Boom

School committee
School committee
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

FOX is going crazy about mortgage rate at 4.75%…..The planet remembers the oil shortage of 1970s undet Nixon….then rationing…..We have oil price gouging

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

Very fake information

School committee
School committee
Reply to  Fake News
1 month ago

You are not allowed to say fake news to the truth.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  School committee
1 month ago

no truth comes from tsc

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

Even pigeons are wise to Biden

gotcha22
gotcha22
1 month ago

Harrington, pictured at a anti police bullying rally dressed in wifebeater outfit perfect for the psych ward. Now says investigation into PPD will take until Oct, convenient for after the primary election.
https://www.wamc.org/news/2022-04-12/da-harrington-says-estrella-killing-investigation-could-take-as-long-as-six-months

laughingstock
laughingstock
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

It does not say the reason for the delay. What are the excuses? Covid?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  laughingstock
1 month ago

She needs more time to figure out who she is going to side with. She and team are going over data on gaining/losing votes from each group. Keeping her job is priority #1.

Election Erection
Election Erection
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

comment image

School committee
School committee
Reply to  Election Erection
1 month ago

She looks great.

Hobo Fashion
Hobo Fashion
Reply to  School committee
1 month ago

If you are white trash at the Big E

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  School committee
1 month ago

You and Melle-Oi

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  School committee
1 month ago

no nips?

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Election Erection
1 month ago

Eeeegads….she needs a stylist!

ComeOnMan
ComeOnMan
Reply to  Election Erection
1 month ago

Where’s the camel toe?

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Election Erection
1 month ago
LL Cool J
LL Cool J
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

Doing it and doing it and doing it well
Doing it and doing it and doing it well
Doing it and doing it and doing it well

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

The evidence probably clears the cop and Squeaky doesn’t like it

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

The investigation will not clear the police. It was very clearly negligence and negligent homicide
It’s all going to hinge on why the officers didn’t take him into custody the first time, self-harm is a mandatory hold. Then it will move to the second contact of taser training and the delayed 2 shots.
It was stupid of her to even be part of this investigation, they should have used a different DA’s office to lead the investigation or asked the AG’s office to do it.

Hey, if no one questions it...
Hey, if no one questions it...
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Surprised if she is not required to recuse herself / office per conflict of interest.

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Is this the same lawyer who assaulted his elderly father? Asking for a friend.

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

No. He should have been disbarred for that.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

If anyone attacks me with a knife I hope a ninja lawyer comes to my rescue and kung foos his ass

Dick Flimsy
Dick Flimsy
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Hey, F Lee Buffoon—were you there?

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  Dick Flimsy
1 month ago

No flimsy dick but I have seen enough of the videos from that night from “interested parties” to know it’s going to go poorly for the police. It will go poorly for the DA as well.

Bare facts of the case; police interjected with an individual self harming with a knife.
Police had that person in custody and are required by law to hold that person for eval.
Police let that person go under the presumption of him refusing medical treatment. The legal requirement being, Estrella was not competent to refuse treatment and the police were responsible for his care.
Calls to the crisis person were answered and then were unanswered.
The sun one set of police set upon Estrella from different directions often issuing different commands. They did not have command of the scene nor did they appropriately work together.
The taser deployment was not by policy.
The officer that fired their weapon shot one round, you can clearly see Estrella stop. It’s hard to tell but it sounds like the knife actually hit the ground and then the officer fired again, after the knife hit the ground. This evidence is not being shared with the local DA but will be shared with those doing the civil rights investigation.
In either instance it’s bad for the police, the first set of officers negligently failed in their dusty which set forth a course of events that would have been wholly avoidable if not for their negligence.
The second contact, the officers violated about a dozen procedural rules regarding use of force. The double tap by the officer with the long delay is quite damming.

Sean Sullivan
Sean Sullivan
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Police totally innocent. As well they should be.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Sounds like someone is withholding evidence.

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

There is no requirement that private citizens turn over video to the police, especially of those police or the DA are either subjects of the investigation or citizens are worried about the incompetence of the DA. This would not be a case of spoliation as the intent is to turn it over to federal authorities due to concerns of corruption or incompetence at the local and state level.

Hey, if no one questions it...
Hey, if no one questions it...
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

BCDAO Attorney’s have been promoted into the DOJ. There is no Justice System. Not on any level.

Agent 86
Agent 86
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

As an officer of the court aren’t you required to provide evidence you’re aware of?

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

The police have contacted the individual(s) that recorded the video or at least those individuals are known to the police. If the people in question don’t want to share the videos with a DA’s office and the police who were at the center of this shooting that is up to them.
I am not a court officer in MA.

JoePesci
JoePesci
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

You are not much of a lawyer because you clearly do not know the section 12 law that says “may”, not “shall”. Absent a signed pink slip the cops are not mandated to transport for psych evaluation. So grind you axe into another tree!

Scooter Pie
Scooter Pie
Reply to  JoePesci
1 month ago

I think there’s some cases that have said that’s not true. Police and first responders have been sued and have lost their jobs. I think it happened even in Dalton

EricaG
EricaG
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

My money is on the police. They tried tasers. Game over.Harrington should recuse based on incompetence.

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  Agent 86
1 month ago

My money’s on your theory, Agent!

Toady
Toady
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

Are you kidding? The DA is absolutely fetching in that look. You may not like her politics but you don’t have to lie about her effortless beauty.

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

Let me guess, you’re actually the King of Gotcha stories and self promoting your race baiting garbage, sorry, journalism

Mr. Fritz
Mr. Fritz
Reply to  gotcha22
1 month ago

You people really voted in a doozy.
Playing politics with a police shooting – kick her ass to the curb in the primary!

You Decide
You Decide
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Very few “volunteers” get put on “commissions” without being connected to city management, official or otherwise. And your independent thoughts on any given subject can just stay in your head because you are not there for your opinions. You are there for your approval vote. i.e. “We want to spend 2 million more dollars on unspecified Clapp Park renovations. Vote up or down please. Thank you. Everyone has voted yes per prior agreement. Matt? Get out the checkbook please”

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  You Decide
1 month ago

Joking: The “Volunteer” Commission to screw over Mary Jane & Joe Kapanski.
Who should the Lovely Linda nominate?

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Jon Melle for the Cap and Gown committee

The Ghost Of Krol’s Marriage
The Ghost Of Krol’s Marriage
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It’s telling that Persnip said that he “knows these people”.
And that’s what matters to them, he knows that they will toe the line.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Pete likes rubber stampers. He thinks the council is there to lick Tyer’s boots.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

The smart money says that Tyer sends text messages to Marchetti and other boot lickers during CC meetings

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Kalinowsky put the mayor on the spot regarding her appointments.

fizzlehead
fizzlehead
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Marchetti is having trouble controlling her. It is upsetting to him when they do not fall in line behind him and the mayor. He was taught that ducklings follow the Momma duck, and he gets confused when one or two ducks step out of line. He is absolutely dumbfounded that a sitting Pittsfield councilor would question anything his mayor puts out there.

“That’s not how we do things in Pittsfield. We do as we are told”

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  fizzlehead
1 month ago

Finally councilors who understand they represent the citizens and not the mayor.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

Actually I have volunteered for decades but of course I am never found to be the cane they want. Many ward councilors, at-large councilors and mayors have always said I will get you on a committee, but as you always say Dan when the phone doesn’t ring we know who it is

Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  danvalenti
1 month ago

It’s like my mind to your pen here. I am even prepared words to these points Wed. morning.

You got a spy in my home office? I’m riffling through my rolodex (way too good a deal on ebay which makes me wonder what I bought) and my xmas cactus.

Last edited 1 month ago by Charles Kronick
Dust in the Wind
Dust in the Wind
1 month ago

Pittsfield SentinelDavid Engel  · p

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No mention of Miguel Estrella during last night’s meeting and Mayor Tyer herself tabled the appointment of new PPD Officers at the meeting.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Dust in the Wind
1 month ago

Why did it get tabled? Is their a problem with some of them?

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

Lazy Linda knows if the officers are appointed, it is tradition to welcome the new officers with applause from her and the crowd. She can’t be seen welcoming new police officers like this. What would the chief race-baiter himself, Dennis Powell, think of Lazy Linda then?

Dennis doesn’t give a rat’s a$$ that most of the violent crime in Pittsfield is being committed by young black men. Nope, Denny knows when cops deal with POC who happen to be large in size, the first reaction of the cop (wink, wink, for YT) is to hunt the POC. Denny speaks with his years of experience arresting armed felons to offer this opinion too.

The Tzar of Race, Shirley Edgerton, could quit her position of indoctrinating young white children that they are born racist and will always be racist, unless the agree with her racis….progressive views. What would vibrant, dynamic, and inclusive Pittsfield do without Shirley?

And the new DIE office chief, OB, could take offense too. He’s getting paid $100k plus bennies to, I’m not sure what he does? There’s still no job description.

That’s why she tabled it last night.

Whatsure Point
Whatsure Point
Reply to  Markus Aurelius
1 month ago

I doubt it. Courtney shouldn’t have been a candidate to begin with. He’sva liability before being considered. Who dropped the ball on that. Wake up Pittsfield.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Whatsure Point
1 month ago

I think his grandpa used to be the sheriff…..GOB family.

Lie Abilitee
Lie Abilitee
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

I don’t care if his grandpa was President. He’s a liability.

Duder
Duder
Reply to  Duder
1 month ago

Berkshire Eagle, Tuesday February 15, 2011
PITTSFIELD — An aspiring cop challenged a Pittsfield police officer to a fight outside a city bar over the weekend, according to law enforcement officials.
Shaun Courtney, 24, a Pittsfield parking control officer, was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with Sunday’s incident at the Home Plate, an East Street bar.
Courtney, who denied all charges Monday, is free on personal recognizance and due back in District Court for a Feb. 24 pretrial hearing.
Courtney works for parking superintendent Francis Annello, who didn’t return a phone call or e-mail seeking comment Monday. Personnel Department officials declined to respond to questions about Courtney’s employment status and deferred comment to the mayor’s office, which directed all inquires to city solicitor Richard M. Dohoney.
“I can confirm that he is an employee,” Dohoney said of Courtney.
But the attorney couldn’t say whether the parking officer is facing any disciplinary action by the city.
“Employees have privacy rights that we have to protect,” Dohoney said.
It remains unclear whether Courtney has returned to his job, ticketing motorists who park illegally on city streets.
Courtney was represented by attorney Mark T. Brennan, who couldn’t be reached for comment.
Police were called to the Home Plate just after 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of a patron who wouldn’t leave after the bar had closed for business.
Officers Christopher Whitney and Michael Murphy said they encountered Courtney at the rear of the bar, where a staff member had blocked Courtney from re-entering through a back door.
Bar owner Francis Mangiardi told police that Courtney stated “he was going to be a police officer and was on the Civil Service list.”
When the officers confronted Courtney, they claimed he refused to give his correct name, first calling himself “Mike” then “Robert Horne.” Police said the latter is the name of a dispatcher for the Pittsfield Police Department.
Police offered to give Courtney a ride home, while Mangiardi offered to pay for a taxi. But Courtney said he was “going back into the bar to finish drinking,” according to a report by Whitney.
Police said the situation grew tense when Courtney began staring at Whitney’s gun, then allegedly stated, “Don’t worry, I’m not going to try to get your gun.” Courtney then shifted his focus to Murphy, telling the officer, “I’m bigger than you. You want to tassle [tussle]?” police said.
After Courtney assumed a “fighting stance,” police said, the officers cited Courtney’s “challenging and aggressive manner” as sufficient grounds for an arrest. Courtney continued to be uncooperative back at the police station, prompting officers to halt the booking process several times.
Courtney blew a kiss at Whitney as officers attempted to take Courtney’s mugshot, police said.

Stooges Badbreath
Stooges Badbreath
Reply to  Dust in the Wind
1 month ago

No Courtney to much scrutiny.. Can you say lawsuit?

Offshore Friday
Offshore Friday
Reply to  Stooges Badbreath
1 month ago

You can hire someone who has already broken the law and is lawless to begin with. Evidentially your mayor ignored the list to begin with.

The downtown umbrella guy
The downtown umbrella guy
Reply to  Dust in the Wind
1 month ago

Let’s not forget that Mr David Engel’s reaction to Miguel’s death was not at WOKE as he’s playing it now.
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Charles Kronick
Charles Kronick
Reply to  The downtown umbrella guy
1 month ago

‘Woke’ is a cursed-sanctimonious excuse to avoid Goliath. It’s a grave human failing.

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Maybe they should mention it when a POC kills another POC.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

You have to love our State Legislators? Massachusetts is sitting on a huge surplus of tax revenue (or in other words the citizens money). What do they decide to do? Will they lower our tax rate to what the voters voted on at the turn of the century? No they know better, they want to spend it on pork barrel items and increase inflationary pressures. Why can’t they lower the tax rate? Why are they looking to increase the tax rate when they are flush with money? Now if they would put the money towards fixing roads and bridges I could see it but where they are spreading our money is ridiculous. Where are all the intelligent, logical leaders that have common sense? Right they all left!

Jonathan A. Melle
Jonathan A. Melle
Reply to  Shirleyknutz
1 month ago

Chrome Dome Adam Hinds, Shitty Pigpen, Trippy Country Buffet, and Paul Marxism all voted for their own 40% legislative pay raise in early-2017, but they are doing nothing with the billions of dollars in state surplus cash over 5 years later.

The Squadron
The Squadron
1 month ago

Berkshire prosecutors missed two deadlines to respond to a motion for a new trial by Cascone, the arsonist who killed three children, according to today’s Eagle. Okay, the DA effed up, no surprise. What is also pointed out is that this person was convicted of felony murder. Fair and Just Prosecution, the group driving Andrea Harrington, is on a junket to eliminate felony murder. They are going through old cases and nitpicking them through the eyes of modern technology. Any convict associated with murder of people who “neither intended to kill nor anticipated a death” is fair game. The DA is pretending she is doing her ethical duty to rexamine the case. They have already stated in a filing with the court that they question the evidence. The DA is participating in this campaign. Connect the dots. Don’t be fooled.

https://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2022/03/the-sentencing-project-and-fair-and-just-prosecution-produce-felony-murder-an-on-ramp-for-extreme-se.html

https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/northern_berkshires/new-call-for-release-convicted-arsonist-pending-new-trial/article_6af6d10c-bb80-11ec-994f-8f6ec4063016.html?utm_term=Autofeed&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3ogZ0N6ZOmRvzORxPE5-ZBKtEwM0E5i1suOojtR65FBTVr97C9S8UCFS8#Echobox=1649928058

A Lawyer You Know
A Lawyer You Know
Reply to  The Squadron
1 month ago

This is part of the plan, nullification by procedural defect or in the case of wrong way, nullification by incompetence.

Yusless
Yusless
Reply to  A Lawyer You Know
1 month ago

Who will stand up for these children? .

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Yusless
1 month ago

We the Citizens of the community need to stand up for them. They were given a death sentence. This is why voting matters. The Defendant can be released 100 times the children will always be dead.

the school committee
the school committee
1 month ago

Five years into the Reagans Prez mortgage rates were 12.5 %….Boom

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

The road at the bottom of Charles Street and Wahconah was nearly collapsing in this morning. Huge holes. Finally at lunchtime I see that somebody has put an enclosure around it. Does this mean they will fix it today? Both sides of the road at the bottom are a disaster area and the road should really be closed except that it’s a major entrance to a hospital which you would think would have been a big reason for fixing this road long ago.

Pat
Pat
1 month ago

Avoid the road at the bottom of Charles and Wahconah next to the hospital. It’s a disaster. I think they are attempting to fix it today, but who knows whether they will complete the job.

No Biden
No Biden
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

This could be Biden

Longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing clear signs of cognitive decline, according to a new report, leaving her colleagues in Congress scrambling for ways to persuade her to retire before her term expires in 2024.

“It’s bad, and it’s getting worse,” one Democratic senator told the San Francisco Chronicle, which also reported that a member of California’s congressional delegation who has known Feinstein (D-Calif.) for 15 years recently had to reintroduce themselves to her repeatedly over a discussion lasting several hours.

Pat
Pat
Reply to  No Biden
1 month ago

These people should have retired long ago. They are just holding out for more and more money. Nobody ever told them that you can’t take it with you.

Markus Aurelius
Markus Aurelius
Reply to  Pat
1 month ago

It’s just an expansion of Ricky’s Rumpus.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

I’ve been to Paris twice within the last 8 months. They call the scooters a scurge. There have been lots of accidents and some deaths. They are a huge problem for pedestrians as the fly down sidewalks.
So don’t expect it to go well in Pittsfield. I think we all know who we will see on them. I’m sure the Mayor believes the users will be wonderful citizens that will obey all the rules therefore making the program a huge success.

Rileyed
Rileyed
1 month ago

This is the jackass that runs the Fair and Just Prosecution group that DA Harrington belongs to. She’s complaining about how much budget the police get to protect citizens compared to how much public defenders get. It is literally the cops vs. criminal defenders and she runs a PROSECUTOR’S group. There is something very wrong with Andrea Harrington and this group.

Miriam Krinsky
@miriamkrinsky

Our criminal legal system is only as strong as the weakest link. Yet in Philly “the mayor proposed a $27 million-dollar increase for the…Police Department [&] the Defender Association… got $0.”

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Rileyed
1 month ago

I am not certain which ” Defenders” are being spoken about however I do believe PA is the only state or Commonwealth where Public Defenders are founded by County Government not City or State so how could the Mayor increase funding its not in their scope.
Pa. only state that requires counties to fund public defense | News | dailyitem.com
however the Police budget appears to be. I am not an expert in Phillies spending, budgeting, spending or pitching. Do they use a DH? but I can read
City Council approves Philly’s 2022 budget | Philadelphia Politics | phillypressreview.com

Correct me if I am wrong please show me the errors of my thinking

Last edited 1 month ago by the 5th Dentist
Rileyed
Rileyed
Reply to  the 5th Dentist
1 month ago

This group is screwing over victims. Why would a prosecutors group even care what the defenders budget is or who manages it. Irrelevant. Not their lane.
I do not get how Biden could appoint Rachael Rollins, a direct slap in the face to Massachusetts law abiding citizens. I hope voters wake up to this nonsense but I’m not sure most people have the first clue.

the 5th Dentist
the 5th Dentist
Reply to  Rileyed
1 month ago

Rileyed,
I agree my concern is the fact this was retweeted by someone who should know how the funding works. Passing along misinformation is unacceptable from a person in that position.
Why did she not mention the budget item of victims assistance? It appears that does not matter.

Rileyed
Rileyed
Reply to  the 5th Dentist
1 month ago

It’s a lobby group. It’s by definition of fountain of one sided misinformation. These are radicatl pro-criminal rogue prosecutors who have no business holding office. Yet our DA is one of them and has never once been called to answer for her participation in it.

Wilson
Wilson
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Tyer playing philanthropist with taxpayer money while stuffing her own pockets

Gobsig
Gobsig
Reply to  Wilson
1 month ago

Philanthropissed away

TellitLikeitIs
TellitLikeitIs
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

Extrapolate this across America, and the colossal waste of money tells you what’s wrong with America. Record high inflation and the government is pissing away trillions more. Your disability check will be worthless soon Melle, and you might actually need to get a job.

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  TellitLikeitIs
1 month ago

Exactly, in Keynes theory now is the time to take money out of the market not flood the market with new money. This isn’t a new theory and I don’t want to believe the so called leaders are idiots, so what is their endgame

Shirleyknutz
Shirleyknutz
Reply to  Jonathan A. Melle
1 month ago

So is this the way Pittsfield is repaying the black community? All the money seems to be heading in the direction of the black community, can you say reparations paid?

Gobsig
Gobsig
1 month ago

The piss away begins
https://www.iberkshires/

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

1.2 million going to establish organizations that exclusively help black people, not even POC. Sorry brown folk and YT

J2S
J2S
Reply to  Gobsig
1 month ago

And once these organizations get the dough in hand who will enforce its use for intended purposes?

My name is Earl
My name is Earl
Reply to  J2S
1 month ago

it’s intended to go into the pocket of some yahoo that is connected and black

Jus Sayin
Jus Sayin
1 month ago

How can one drive an e-scooter on these third world potholed streets of dynamic Pittsfield?

Lie Abilitee
Lie Abilitee
Reply to  Jus Sayin
1 month ago

How many of the tens of millions BLM members would approve a white cop candidate with a previous record history? Probably @ll. Does that include you Dennis Powell?

Mr. Obvious
Mr. Obvious
Reply to  Jus Sayin
1 month ago

Sidewalks

Sound Advice
Sound Advice
1 month ago

Peter Marchetti, we know you want to run for mayor. But you best put some distance between you and Linda. The last thing you need is to be covered in her stink when you run. One other thing. Cut out the texts between you and Linda. The night has a thousand eyes.

Outfox
Outfox
Reply to  Sound Advice
1 month ago

Kronick for city manager!