Posts Tagged ‘Joel Valdez’

19th March
2009
written by madge

The Star ran a story today about a series of emails that went back and forth between City Manager Mike Hein, Councilwoman Nina Trasoff, Mayor Walkup’s aid, Andrew Greenhill and former City Manager and current representative of the UofA Joel Valdez and two Rio Nuevo beaurocrats; Shelko and Barr.

The jist of the story is an attempt by all or most of the parties involved to spin the crazy spending going on with Rio Nuevo funding.  It’s bad, smells of incompetency at best and cover up on the City’s side at worst.

Walkup denied knowing anything about e-mails his chief of staff wrote, although he received some of the e-mails in the chain.

The mayor said the point is the city has not agreed to foot more of the bill for the science center, adding the e-mails were “preliminary” and “just conversation.”

“I don’t know anything about e-mails,” Walkup said. “E-mails do float back and forth. … An e-mail is an e-mail.”

Anyone want to explain to me why the Star didn’t address the fact that elected officials, representatives of the mayor and our city manger used personal emails to communicate on such a sensitive subject? 

If you answerd  they were concerned that through the Freedom Of Information Act that all public emails systems are open to the public you would be correct.  Hey guys, if your going to avoid the public don’t copy recipients that are using public email addresses.

Real bright folks. I sure hope someone has a tape recorder rolling somewhere.

Read em and weap or read em on the way out of office  – HERE.

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