The other day we wrote about the ridiculous $1,500 check that the city of Worcester wrote to Poetry Slam Inc, a Billerica agency which has NOT filed it’s 2014 paperwork, and acts as the Fiscal Agent for Robert Blackwell-Gibbs so he can fly to Oakland for a poetry rap battle on the taxpayer’s dime. It seemed like a pretty clear cut case of poor allocation of resources by our local government. Yet out of the woodworks appeared Tracy Novick to defend it, claiming the money was part of an arts grant, therefore it was OK that we were paying for a violent criminal to fly across the country for free.
Anyway, Councilors Gary Rosen and Mike Gaffney, who apparently are the ONLY two people on the City Council looking out for the taxpayers, wrote to the City Manager demanding to know what was up with that check. Here is Rosen’s bad ass email:
LOL. I love how RBG is referred to as “RBG” in emails to the City Manager now. No need for full names. We all know who it’s referring to.
Gary Rosen doesn’t read Turtleboy Sports very much from what we’ve heard, and he’s generally not an “internet” guy, as he has no Facebook page, a bootleg website, and more than likely types using the hunt and peck method. So he’s finding out about RBG and all this Mosaic stuff about 7 or 8 months after everyone else, and he’s reacting the way we all did back in December. The Revolution spreads.
But he’s reacting EXACTLY how an elected official who represents the will of the people should react to such gross corruption. There’s a million and one different ways that money could’ve been spent on the arts. If could’ve gone to Burncoat’s underfunded music program, or paid for a concert at Elm Park that everyone could enjoy. But instead it went to three grown adults, one of which blocked two public ways and refuses to promise he won’t do it again in the future, so they could fly across the country and participate in a hobby. Because that’s all this is. It’s a fucking hobby for adults.
How can the City Manager’s officer justify this? Well, here’s the response from Worcester’s “Chief Development Officer” Mike Traynor:
From: Traynor, Michael E.
Sent: Friday, August 14, 2015 4:40 PM
Subject: Poetry Slam, Inc.
Mr. Manager, The $1,500.00 check disbursed to Poetry Slam, Inc. on August 12, 2015 WAS NOT related to any poetry slam event in Oakland, California.
The Worcester Arts Council allocates funds received from the Massachusetts Cultural Commission on an annual basis. Each year WAC received applications for grants paid from that allocation (the 2016 grant application period began yesterday and closes October 15, 2015). The above payment relates to the 2015 grant awards, which were announced at an event at the Compass Lounge on May 7, 2015.
One of the 2015 grant recipients was the Seven Hills Poetry Slam Collective, submitted by Elizabeth Heath. In her application, it states that Poetry Slam, Inc. a 501c3 Non-Profit would serve as fiscal sponsor and agent (the applicant is not a legal entity so it would need a fiscal agent).
In its application, the Seven Hills Poetry Slam Collective identified its event as a poetry slam occurring the first Sunday of every month to be held at the Sahara Restaurant on Highland Street, Worcester. The poetry slams are open, public events; meaning anyone may participate. However, when applying for a grant, the applicant must demonstrate that it has a letter of commitment for the venue and, in this case, letters of commitment from poets who would participate.
Per the requirements of the grant program, any funded event must occur in the city and all disbursements are reimbursements. Thus, the $1,500.00 check that was issued to Poetry Slam, Inc. on Wednesday was for expenses previously incurred (e.g., payments to the poets, etc.) which would have been supported by receipts totaling $1,500.00.
Here is a link that describes the event for 7HillsSlam: http://www.poetryslam.com/slam/7hillsslam-worcester-ma
I further linked through to the actual website and read that the August 2nd event was called “Team Sendoff,” however as stated above, the WAC funds reimbursed for the actual poetry slam at the Sahara Restaurant that night. The city has no legal authority to tell 7Hills that it cannot fundraise for another event during the poetry slam. The grant funds support local poetry slams and a local poetry slam indeed took place on August 2nd, whatever else occurred is extraneous to the grant program and the city’s payment of the $1,500.00.
Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding this matter.
Michael E. Traynor, Esq.
Chief Development Officer
Executive Office of Economic Development
City Hall, Rm. 402
So let me get this straight. The $1,500 didn’t pay for RBG’s plane ticket, it paid for the “sendoff” for RBG at the Sahara Restaurant two weeks ago? Well then, why didn’t you just say so? That seems like a perfectly legitimate way for the government to distribute arts funding!!
Do you see the pattern here yet? A bunch of people form a “non-profit” end throw the word “Collective” in there to make it sound like it’s actually helping the community. But at the end of the day it’s just a special interests group that forms for the sole purpose of applying for government giveaway grants. It’s brilliant really, and it’s a shame it took a boy on a turtle for this stuff to become public.
For the record, Michael Traynor was handpicked by Ed Augustus for his position as “Executive Officer of Economic Development”:
“I am delighted to continue Worcester’s positive economic momentum by naming Mike Traynor as the city’s permanent chief development officer,” Mr. Augustus said in a statement. “Mike is a talented negotiator with a wealth of experience and strong relationships with all the key players in the region and I’m sure he’ll be a great success.”
Yea, he seems very talented to me. He writes checks to the first “non-profit” from Billerica that applies for a grant, regardless of whether or not they have filed as a business entity:
Very talented stuff right there. So few people in our society possess these unique skills of dances with words. You can call it whatever you wanna call it, but the bottom line is the city of Worcester paid $1,500 out to an organization that funds RBG’s poetry hobby. Whether that paid for his drinks at the Sahara Restaurant or his trip to Oakland is irrelevant.
Hey, here’s an idea – why don’t grown men and women pay their own way for their hobby? I like to play softball, so I guess that means I should have the city pay for some new gloves and equipment for my slow pitch softball team.
Here’s the problem – we need to get rid of fiscal agents. In case you haven’t seen the pattern here, degenerates like RBG get all of their money from “non-profits” acting as “fiscal agents” because the city would never be dumb enough to write a check directly to them. It’s a scam. The money always ends up in the same place – in the pockets of the hippies.
Once Mike Gaffney is Mayor in five months let’s hope he proposes a motion to make fiscal agents a thing of the past. They are clearly nothing but fronts for scumbags who want to take money away from children. Ask the South High Football team. They had to beg for money on a GoFundMe for the basics this year. Luckily Turtleboy Nation came through and raised over $10K in 24 hours. Because SOMEONE in this city has to look out for the kids instead of the hippies, and it sure isn’t gonna be Joe Petty or Fast Eddy.