Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The first Hoboken BoE live stream ever!

For those who viewed the live stream, MSV hopes you enjoyed the important approval of the BoE budget.  There were some technical challenges - beaming this out from a basement on only a 3G network but the whole meeting was telecast.  Not entirely glitch free, the last six key minutes of the meeting were preserved with a software problem but still capturing a discussion with Business Administrator Robert Davis and Board member Theresa Minutillo and Board President Rose Marie Markle leading into the final approval vote.

The discussion actually reveals some of the work leading to the superb efforts by Superintendent Carter and BA Robert Davis to make cuts without hurting the classroom or cutting any teaching jobs.  The crowd was very enthusiastic and almost the entire board too.  Board member Maureen Sullivan who is trying to gain a moral victory for her Real Results ticket tried in vain to get Robert Davis to reclassify the reductions in the budget to a smaller figure of a couple of million.  Her no vote was the lone one in opposition and her comments were met with applause by one solitary person even though the four Real Results members were also in attendance in the filled to capacity meeting.  Several teachers also spoke in gratitude for the efforts to bring about the "real results" in this budget.

Board member Jimmy Farina acknowledged this as the first ever reduced budget that he witnessed, lauded that achievement as well. April 20th, the public weighs in voting on both the BoE candidates and the budget.

With so many NJ school districts facing dire outcomes, this is really an achievement for Hoboken.  Congratulations to the entire BoE, the board members and administration who worked to bring about this outcome.

This clip runs six minutes.

More big news: Frank "Pupie" Raia announced his withdrawal from the race via letter dated March 29th, citing a conflict being on the HoLa Board of Trustees.  He originally believed he could also serve on the BoE and abstain on matters related directly to the HoLa Charter School.  Learning this was not the case, he choose to withdraw from the BoE race and continue to support the new charter program.  The withdrawal leaves his former slate recently formed of Ken Howitt and Kyelia Colon to continue their respective runs without him.

The clip announcing Frank Raia's withdrawal and the Superintendent's report mentioning the praise from Education Commissioner Bret Schundler can be viewed below:

Related:  Mark Mauer of the Jersey Journal attended the meeting and has a report up too.

Andrew Tavani was in attendance as well and posted an excellent story at Hoboken.patch.com.

BoE tonight - Live Stream on the budget at 7:00

Tonight MSV will be doing a first ever live stream of the 7:00 Hoboken Board of Ed meeting. Uncensored chat is also available at your convenience.  Enjoy!

Park for free in Garage B

City of Hoboken announces:

City of Hoboken, March 24, 2010 - Ian Sacs P.E., Director of Transportation and Parking, announced today that the Hoboken Parking Utility will resume enforcement of Resident parking permits beginning Monday, April 5th. All residents who have not renewed their 2009 permits for 2010, sent in renewal materials after March 15th, or have received a letter indicating that information is missing from their renewal materials should visit the Parking Utility office located in the basement of City Hall before that date during regular operating hours (8:15 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) to avoid the possibility of ticketing and booting/towing.

“The renewal process has gone very smoothly this year despite the initiation of updated policies and new software,” Director Sacs said. “I want to thank the residents for their patience and understanding during this process as we resolved some of the fundamental challenges that had previously prevented us from effectively protecting limited on-street residential parking.”

For more information on parking renewals and related matters you can contact the Parking Utility at 201.653.1919 or via email at parking@hobokennj.org.


The offer is extended (as it was last night) to residents from flood prone areas with a valid parking permit sticker to park in garage B from 8p.m. tonight (March 30th) until 8 a.m. tomorrow (March 31st).


Grist for the Mill: Don't ask for whom the bell tolls...

City Hall is buzzing along quietly with the work of a slow but steady summer bee hive but the activity inside is more frenetic than you would think based on the BoE buzzsaw which has pretty much run amok sucking out the attention in our drama fueled land.

The latest action has staked out a road unpaved with more toil and trouble bubbling to the surface in the ongoing battle where most of the salvos have been aimed at Kids First from the internet keyboard armies of Maureen First's Real Results legion.  This latest salvo returned fire by new Hoboken blog entrant: Graphic Avenger.  Education commissioner Bret Schundler several times Sunday night gave props to the Hoboken Board of Ed for pulling off a maneuver not seen anywhere else in the state: union concessions in education negotiations.  Schundler was focusing on the statewide issues asking for support for the Governor's amendment to empower local BoEs further, but that didn't mesh with some of the latest Real Results attacks on the custodian contract.  The Wild Ginger sushi tasted sour for some guests but they'll rebound sooner than later.  With all this rain, there's plenty more mud readily at hand.

Speaking of sour, what happened to the positive, happy Nathan Brinkman campaign of yore seen just last November?  The Real Results campaign manager's predicted positive campaign appears to have been hijacked in its entirety with unrelenting online mudslinging that saw a potential superintendent turn tail and walk earlier.  And all the Real Results mud is flying in one direction: at Kids First.  (This while Frank Raia quietly assembles his slate and waits until the moment to jump in when the carnage is over.  Pupie didn't even have to pay the $29 dinner fee for the Lincoln Dinner the other night.  He arrived during Q&A and then spent some time speaking with the education commissioner afterward.)  Real Results appears more intent on damaging Kids First then offering any ideas or details regarding how they would do better even viewed against the spendthrift BoE period when Pupie sat on the board.

If this "voice" isn't Nathan's, who's is it?   A look at the similar voting records since last year between Kids First and former slate member Maureen Sullivan makes it pretty clear.  If you can't run on a record of real world differences, well just make it up with pie in the sky platitudes and keep the mud flying.  Is that a path to victory?  Well who said anything about winning?

Uncoordinated as it would no doubt be claimed, this "strategy" also stars the return of the angry little man who weaves a mean conspiracy or two.  When that doesn't click, he's off weaving new ones, naming new enemies who are just politically active citizens donating their professional talents in service to Hoboken (unpaid mind you) and who just refuse to accept the inevitable arrival of the Mason Government-in-exile in any shape or form.  If the creature can not overtake city hall, they will settle for the BoE.  If not that, then scorched earth and hate to all our friends, sorry enemies.  Those loyal to the Masonite crown or pocketbook are smaller than ever but their character assassination morphs faster than their screen names.

Okay, so other than the fiscal revolutionaries taking to the Hospital Board what else is new?  Well the conspiracy theories that have abounded saying Councilman Mike Lenz will assume the role of Business Administrator should be dying a quick death sooner than later.  The search for this position, a high priority indicated by the mayor in a February interview with Da Horsey is coming to an end.  The conspiracy weavers though just don't take to an obvious truth too readily.  A local candidate not far up the road is awaiting the final bow tie of approval before an announcement.  Not quite as far up the road as Fort Lee, MSV wouldn't dare breathe his name if for no other reason than to stave off another round of local internet attacks.  When you are a sore loser of boundless potential, there's no telling which government move you will attack if for no other reason than you can't gin up anything better.

They'll find another bogeyman.  They always do.

Update: The rumor of a hire shortly proved inaccurate.  MSV was informed of this and told there are interviews still to be completed and of course any applicant who meets the knowledge requirements for the state of NJ should also not hesitate to apply.