Friday, November 9, 2018

The Mayor appoints 3 to BOH

Referring to all as eligible, out of the six women and three men, Spicer chose Gillian Carcia, Laura Housman and David Moore, M.D., to fill the spots on the board.

The BOH is now down to 3 members. One good news is that Hugo ( if he applied) did not get re-appointed. The bad news that Dr Moore who was famously quoted in the pot shop debate in saying "lives are at stake".  And Ms. Housman who didn't understand the ballot question and insisted the Council only allow three shops. I guess when considering a candidate, past performance is not part of the evaluation process. Neither of those two are fit for the BOH.

17 Comments:

At November 9, 2018 at 11:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you do need some continuity in order to preserve the institutional knowledge of the BOH. I do think past performance should count, but you can not just look at their performance on the one issue you are passionate about and expect that one issue to be the deciding one. How were they on the hundred other issues that came before the BOD? What was their response to the recent rat problem for example? And I do agree, Hugo had to go.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 11:49 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Good points... I've not heard a word about the recent rat issue.
My concern is that they use factual validated information when deciding the fate of any public health issue and remain open to learning about a subject that they may not know enough about. None of them should come into this with a preconceived bias. Evaluate the facts before making decisions I say. The past few meetings that I've watched seem to indicate they have relied on their own personal experience or the lack of. I would have liked to see Dr. Harris back on the board as she has displayed a common sense approach to matters and seems to be very aware of the century will live in now. I don't know if she applied though.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 2:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jim's points were valid. IF they are not aware of the latest statistics then they have no business making decisions on these things. Saying lives are at stake over pot is ludicrous and makes me wonder what kind of data this doctor is seeing as reliable!

 
At November 9, 2018 at 2:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tough to make an educated guess on why certain people are chosen, and others are not, when there is no criteria available for how those decisions are made. Shouldn’t there be some standards for appointments to all of these boards in the City?

 
At November 9, 2018 at 2:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not related to this particular post but is related to question of processes. My husband applied for the Chief Information Officer position within days of it being posted. He is totally qualified and meets all the requirements, has great references, and is currently doing practically the same job for another company. He never even got an interview. What type of process is used to hire these people? I am not saying the person hired is not qualified just asking how a highly qualified individual would not even be called in for an interview. Smells fishy to me.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do these appointments need to be approved by the city council and if they do, what process do they use for who they will approve and who they will not approve.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:27 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I know someone as well who applied for a different position and never had even an interview. With so many hands in the process I wonder if politics, party loyalty and a willingness to tow the line have anything to do with it. The Mayor clearly wants those who are loyal to her imo and all this talk about diversity seems not very genuine. We may not get the best qualified people but without knowing who was passed over, we'll never know. There may be a court challenge over another appointed position coming down the road. This particular person is way more qualified than the one the Mayor appointed and everyone knows it, including the Mayor.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:31 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

The Council has little to say about who the Mayor hires. They do have say over who is appointed though. I don't believe the Council has any formal process like HR would. But all new hires have to be in the budget. Without the money appropriated by the Council as we have seen, the Mayor has to abide by the budget.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimbo, you got to be joking. The Council has little to say about who the Mayor hires, ha --- they bitch about almost anything she does!! Can only wonder what the hiring and appointin would have been like under the rule of the Sign Stealer.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are appointed, unpaid positions, correct? As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 3:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are appointed, unpaid positions, correct? As the saying goes, you get what you pay for.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 4:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugo should have been gone a long time ago and I would bet his fellow BOH commissioners would agree with that.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So Hugo is out and someone new is in, and the BOD goes down to just 3 members. So cutting the size of the BOH seems to indicate they are not that critical a board, right? Must have been those other 2 members were just taking up space. I have to say since Huge was the one who pushed so hard to have the BOH size increased to 5 it must be especially unnerving for him to not be one of the 3 left standing.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 4:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say I don't see things as more transparent now than they were we had town meeting. In fact I find it less transparent. I could watch towm meeting and hear lots of differing opinions and not all of those were from the "insiders". Like you Jim. I always paid attention when you spoke. Now things happen and we have no idea how they happen or why a particular decision is made. Not happy with the change myself. How do others feel?

 
At November 9, 2018 at 4:57 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

and we just learned about the new position of CPO. Is it my impression that we send all our mayoral e-mails to Ms. Abusalah now? "Process citizen complaints and inquires"?
One more obstacle placed in front of the Mayor. I guess it's what Cities do now. The women certainly has the experience with-in our Town and a broad background... that makes a difference to me.

Citizen Participation Officer (CPO). For the last two years Ms. Abusalah has been employed by the city’s Community and Economic Development department, working in the Zoning Board of Appeals division.

"Ms. Abusalah has an established understanding of community engagement having worked in both town and city government, as well as her interactions with the public, and Framingham divisions and departments. In Leicester she serves as Chair of the Economic Development Committee and is an elected member of the Planning Board.

In her new role as CPO, Ms. Abusalah will work with city departments, boards, commissions and committees to enhance public engagement, process citizen complaints and inquiries, and ensure compliance with public notice requirements. This position will also analyze data on citizen engagement, complaints and inquires, and will regularly submit reports as directed by the Mayor.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 4:58 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

Yes.. the BOH is unpaid.

 
At November 9, 2018 at 5:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

More regrets from those who believed in the promises of untold riches by the city pushers.

 

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