I have given up getting anything out of the spokesperson at the Board of Education, David Medina,.Any breath used to ask him a question is a waste of oxygen. Bur I have a feeling that after tonight's Board meeting, there might be quite a few people rushing to Kinko's to update their resumes. Once they realize the Kishimoto gravy train is jumping the tracks and about to derail.That's a posting for another day though.
It is clear that the Segarra Administration has fully gone into the bunker mentality now. Segarra's spokesperson Maribel LaLuz has shown that she is very good at cutting and pasting the ribbon cutting notices, but when it comes to managing a crisis or providing real information, forget it.
I have made several requests for information from her recently, both by phone and by e-mail, amd no response. Not even a "drop dead" or go to he**". nothing. And we are paying for this?
Unfortunately, as with many spokespeople, they fail to realize what their real purpose is. Srgarra has run his City Hall Office as a full time campaign operation. He learned well from his predecessor, Eddie Perez. Eddie was even able to establish the 311 System as his own personal polling operation .
La Luz needs to realize she must address the good as well as the bad, if not she needs to catch up with the Shakira tour bus and try to get her old job back.
I have been trying to get her to answer a couple questions. If a departure date for the Mayor's disgraced Chief of Staff Jared Kupiec has been set. Nothing, crickets. No response to the voicemail, no response to the e-mails, nothing.
I have been trying to find out what Al Ilg is costing us. Ilg was brought back as a special assistant to Segarra after the Council refused to appoint Saundra Kee-Borges as Chief Operating Officer. The only response I got was that he was "part time". I don't care if he is part time or fulltime, I asked what is he costing us. No response.
It is not just about propping Segarra up and improving his image. it is about providing information to the public about the operation of their government, both good and bad.
It is clear that LaLuz is out if her league when it comes to this position. If things get any worse for Segarra, it will be interesting to see where the breaking point is.
Ir is also another example of the over inflated salaries for public service employees at City Hall. I was speaking to a resident last week and he was amazed to find out that Laluz makes almost double what most television reporters in the market are being paid. And these are reporters that deal with deadlines everyday and some do 2 or 3 stories a day 5 days a week.
With Laluz, if we see a couple press releases a week out of her, that is a lot. And most of those are feel good ribbon cutting events for Segarra. The Mayor will be cutting the ribbon at an opening Saturday at 11:00am. blah blah, blah.And forget about Medina. most of his releases are "no comment".
I think the only City Agency that has stepped up their game when it comes to providing information is HPD. Under Chief Rovella, they seem to get it. Nothing is off limits, with in the normal boundaries. A spokesperson is available 24/7 and now when you ask for info, you will most likely get more than what you ask for.
HPD seems to have learned a valuable lesson that LaLuz would do well to learn.
The big dog ( the media) is always going to eat, it is your choice whether you decide to feed him or make him go through the garbage to find what he wants, but he is not going away.
Maribel, except for the old caviar, I have no trouble going through your trash, and as you have learned, I will eat.
Maribel Laluz called me this morning asking why I was lying on my blog. She claims she sent me the information I requested on June 12th. I would think the voice mails I eft asking for the information as recently as Monday might have been a clue that I never received it. But anyway, here is the e-mail she claimed she sent June 12th. Note that even that one has an apology for the delay.
Thought I sent this awhile back. My apologies.
Al Ilg is a part-time temporary employee of the City. He works approximately 20hrs per week and gets an hourly rate of $79/hr. Recruitment is his primary charge.
Jared's last day is still to be determined. You'll know as soon as it's announced.
Maribel La Luz
Director of Communications & New Media
Mayor Pedro E. Segarra