Dec 30, 2016
Pawlowski's Budget Victory
I know Pawlowski. Although independent candidates don't fare well in elections, they learn a lot about their opponents during a campaign. As an independent candidate for mayor in 2005, I suffered through 28 campaign events with Ed. In my informed opinion, he prevailed in the current budget compromise. The salary increases were mostly restored, and as for council having more voice in choosing the Community Development Director, they always had the final say. But, here's what the public doesn't know.
Pawlowski's guy, Michael Walker, is still retained as Operations Manager. Although the mayor's friend, Candida Affa, says that there is a side agreement that he will eventually leave, this is currently unconfirmed. More so, what she and nobody else disclosed, is that Walker is mostly a no-show employee. I have been told by several reliable sources that nobody sees him, and some key employees in city hall have never even met him. We taxpayers have been paying a substantial salary ($90,000+) for nothing, and will continue to do so under the new budget. Pawlowski has beaten council and his distractors down so much, for so long, that they consider anything less than his complete victory a winning compromise.