Friday, May 17, 2019

AG Healey says "it's not over" for the State Police OT scandal

I think everyone can read this from masslive a very worthy daily read. Nothing from Baker or the Colenel. Baker is fealing the heat to do something, other than the nothing he's doing now. I want to hear who ordered the citations  destroyed? Then I'll know Baker and Healey truly want restorative justice for the tax payers.

“It’s not over.”
That was the statement made by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey when she was asked about the investigation into the Massachusetts State Police overtime scandal.
As charges began to be filed against troopers last year, both in state and federal court, Healey told reporters she expected more indictments in the future.
Healey said that in September 2018. As of Thursday, three troopers were charged by her office in state court. Another six troopers were charged in federal court as well, with all of them pleading guilty to embezzlement charges.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Beacon Hill to vote on Hands free driving bill

 If you think this is a good or bad idea.. send a note to Maris Robinson and let her know. Personally I think it's way over due. The numbers tell the tail, to many drivers and others have been killed by distracted driving.

The Massachusetts House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would ban using handheld cellphones while driving, a significant step toward making Massachusetts a "hands-free" state. The bill would also see traffic tickets have a space for officers to note the race of the person being cited or warned as a potential safeguard against what skeptics of the legislation fear could be racial profiling.
The bill, H.3149, represents a years-long effort to keep drivers from using their cellphones with their hands while driving. Lawmakers were discussing it as of 11 a.m.; a vote was scheduled at 1 p.m. Patch will update this story when the vote is in.
The bill states drivers could only use phones with their hands "to activate, deactivate, or initiate a feature or function." Phones could not be used for social media or video calls when behind the wheel. The exception for using your hands to make a call would be in an emergency, such as calling 911. Drivers could still use a phone's GPS as long as it didn't impede driving.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The State Cops destroyed citations.... is now confirmed

 Lifted from the Globe. This is just a small few lines of the whole story. But it is now a matter of fact that someone in a very high position at the State Police ordered those citations destroyed. There will be a separate criminal investigation, separate from the OT scandal. And all Gov Baker does is say it's all ok now that the Troop E has been disbanded. How wrong he is.

A year into an internal audit of overtime abuse, the Massachusetts State Police destroyed years-old traffic citation records, key evidence that federal prosecutors now say prevents them from examining how far back the payroll scandal extends.
State Police acknowledged last week in response to questions from the Globe that the agency got rid of the citations in January 2018. At that time, agency spokesman David Procopio said, the department’s own probe had only considered 2016 misconduct and the department was unaware of any criminal investigations.

Monday, May 13, 2019

we're not diverse enough

 So the results are based on 7 division heads and 11 employee's being interviewed by another  consultant. Seems to me if they wanted more diverse employee's or people to participate in government all they would have to do is hire them or appoint them. Improving the outreach is paramount to diversity, but does she really want anyone who disagrees with her on any board? 

The City of Framingham Releases Results of Diversity & Inclusion Findings and Recommendations Framingham, MA –The City received the results of a recent report regarding Framingham’s Diversity & Inclusion from Korn Ferry, which was hired to evaluate how the City is meeting the needs of its diverse population. The City posted the report here.

Report Facts:
? Seven City Division Heads and 11 employees were interviewed
? Strengths and areas for opportunity emerged during the one-on-one interviews

Report Observations:
? When inclusion has been prioritized, benefits have included: clear communication, faster resolutions to issues and/or conflicts and increased cooperation from local constituents and/or business owners.
? Many leaders were concerned with the lack of cultural representation in the City of Framingham government. The staff does not represent their constituents culturally or ethnically, impacting aspects of the relationship between residents and the government. This creates barriers to communication, community outreach, community participation, and the effective use of government services.
? When asked where a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy could have the greatest impact, half of the leaders ranked “to help recruit, retain, and advance talent” as having the greatest impact, with “to optimize performance, engagement, and productivity” as having the second greatest impact, and “to help grow constituency satisfaction” as having the third greatest impact.

Opportunities Uncovered by the Report:
? Lack of cultural, ethnic/racial, and language diversity reflects a disconnect between the City and the populations it serves.
? Divergent views in how Diversity & Inclusion is prioritized and communicated within the City.
? Attracting and retaining talent is an area of improvement for a majority of departments.
? A need to acknowledge potential political implications and how they might affect courageous conversations and actions.
There are recommendations in the report that address the opportunities.