Bad news everyone – RBG is coming back from Oakland. They didn’t want him there either apparently. Now that his taxpayer funded vacation for his poetry slam is over, he’s got a message for all you people who thought this money could’ve been used on something more appropriate:
Hey Worcester taxpayers – if you are upset that taxpayer dollars financed a known criminal’s weekend getaway, you are a “cockbag.” This is how taxpayers in Worcester are treated by those on the receiving end. Gotta love that hashtag too “if they hate me I’m doing it right.” This coming from a guy who has messaged hundreds of turtle riders, whining about why people don’t like him. He’s proud of the fact that you hate what he stands for. And there’s nothing you can do about it.
Remember how Poetry Slam Inc was NOT a registered non-profit?
The remember the email sent by City Manager Ed Augustus’s lackey Michael Traynor, justifying and explaining what that $1,500 went towards:
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.
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.
Expenses previously incurred = dinner and drinks for RBG and crew at the Sahara Restaurant. So Mr. Traynor is actually saying that this is not a big deal, because at least we didn’t pay for his plane ticket to Oakland. We just paid for his Bud Heavy’s on Highland Street. No biggie.
Mr. Traynor also attempted to why he wrote a check to a “non-profit” that is based out of Billerica, despite the fact that arts programs in the WPS are drastically underfunded:
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).
Translation – we gave them the money because they were the first to apply for it. Elizabeth Heath obviously knows how the system works. Music teachers at Worcester Arts Magnet or Burncoat Middle do not. It’s an unfair advantage that she has over them. It’s corrupt. It’s immoral. It needs to end. We highlighted the part about Poetry Slam, Inc being a non-profit, because as you saw above, they are not currently a registered non-profit. Yet Mike Traynor, who represents the City Manager, says they are. Because doing some basic research is a lot harder than writing a check to the first poet who sends in an application for a grant.
Now check out the guidelines for receiving this grant:
So per the guidelines you can’t have receive grant in order to raise funds. The grant also also can’t be used for “refreshments.” Well you tell me – what the fuck did they spend $1,500 on at the Sahara Restaurant? Because generally as I know it, restaurants serve food and refreshments. And per the email from Mr. Traynor, the grant money was used as a sendoff at Sahara Restaurant, which would obviously be considered raising funds.
Now let’s look at who is on the executive board if you google Massachusetts cultural commission:
Two names should stick out there. The first is Tina Zlody. She is running for City Council and is aligned with Joe Petty, who actively promotes her bid for council. You often see yard signs with the two of them together. This obviously implicates Petty in this.
But the more alarming name is Michael Traynor. So let me get this straight. Mike Traynor is on the executive board that cuts the checks. Then he wrote an email explaining they have no legal right to tell Poetry Slam Inc how to spend the money, with esq after his name? But he probably helped write the guidelines?
My head is about to fucking EXPLODE.
Worcester might be the most corrupt place in America. We are putting Chicago to shame. It’s a bunch of entrenched, borderline criminals, who are stealing our money and giving it to more criminals. Then Turtleboy exposes the truth and they call us racist, because they have to deflect the heat off of them. It’s the same exact thing the NFL is doing to Tom Brady by going after him for deflated footballs, so people won’t notice that their record on domestic abuse is deplorable.
But wait – it gets better!!! They double dipped. The grant guidelines say you can put in multiple requests for funding but will only get one grant. So the grant paid for the poetry slams at Sahara Restaurant. But then they got MORE MONEY for poetry slams at City Hall. And guess who hosted those poetry slams:
Oh good. More taxpayer funded refreshments. No wonder Ed Augustus is trying to cover this up. He’s in on it. He buys into this bullshit. It boggles my fucking mind that our City Manager is this covertly corrupt. This is the same guy who secretly tried to sell Chandler Ballfields to Worcester State so they could turn it into a parking lot. Why is this idiot running our city when he keeps getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar?
Look, the whole point of having a city manager is to decrease corruption, not increase it. City Manager systems were created during the Progressive Era because reformers saw politicians for what they were – machine backed hacks and criminals. A city manager is not supposed to be a politician. They are supposed to be a professional with a background in management, and runs a city like an efficient business.
But Ed Augustus always has been and always will be a politician. He was elected to the Worcester School Committee at the age of 24, then went on to the Statehouse. Now he’s Worcester’s City Manager. But politicians aren’t supposed to be City Managers. It defeats the entire purpose of the City Manager system. It’s corrupt and you have a duty to end this in November. We need to elect a City Council who will fire Ed Augustus.
Sarai Rivera must be replaced by Jackie Kostas.
Tony Economou must be replaced by Cindy Nguyen.
Mike Gaffney must replace Joe Petty as mayor.
Kate Toomey, Phil Palmieri, and Rick Rushton all must go as well. These wannabe politicians, who can’t rise any bigger than Worcester, are Ed Augustus lackeys and they will keep him on no matter what. Therefore they must go.
Turtleboy Ticket will be announced in a day or two. Stay tuned.