Waveland School Board Trustee race indicates voters want change

And based upon several back stories I have been told about how the powers that be tried forcing the challengers out of the race it appears the entrenched political interest will be going down kicking and screaming:

Most incumbents hold onto positions; no clear winner in school board races ~ Geoff Belcher

I have been informed that today that the third place finisher in the BWSD School Trustee race, Keith Marquar, has already endorsed challenger Mike Bell, who received more votes in Waveland yesterday than any other candidate on the municipal ballot.

For some of the reasons that Waveland voters want change, interested readers can click here and here.

Slabbed has been told that candidates are already lining up to face School Board President Sherry Ponder next year.

Slabbed exclusive: Bay Tech Civil Suit Settles

A few weeks ago the parties to the Bay Tech civil suit settled their differences and the case was dismissed. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Those wondering exactly what I am talking about should click here generally and here for specifics on the use of the Bay-Waveland School District to facilitate a real estate transactions that benefited private individuals.

There is one last document in this case that I have known about for over two years that I hope to present to Slabbed’s readers so we can complete the timeline of this specious transaction, which included the Bay-Waveland School District spending almost $100,000 on architectural fees designing a building the Superintendent and School Board knew they would never build. This whole deal completely reeks on several levels folks.

Next Tuesday, the voters in Waveland will be able weigh in with their thoughts on this matter.

Let the subpoenas fly: A Bay Tech Building Swindle Update

Joe Friday comes to mind here folks since the parties did not remain silent and Magnolia Group Attorney Ben Galloway is hot on the trail. Sending a subpoena to the Echo, whose publisher is married to the School Board President, is an interesting maneuver. I’m sensing quality muck will emerge in this case as I hope the taxpayers learn the full extent to which their local schools have been co opted by the politically connected in service to their pecuniary interests.

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We now have an official donnybrook! O’Dwyer Realty cross sues other Bay Tech co-defendants

Click the pic to nab the 19 page pdf.

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We have new signs of life in the Bay Tech Building lawsuit

I was mildly surprised to see the beginnings of a response from certain members of the defense. Not as surprising is that Ben Galloway is like a pit bull and was all over that filing the next day for the Magnolia Group. Here is the answer and counterclaim of Team LNG Investments along with Team Magnolia Group’s insta-response.

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Sunday Coastal B’s: Bay Tech, Bentz and Bay St Louis broke?

Bay Tech controversy going to court ~ Geoff Belcher

Bentz’s replacement will be in a tough spot at Mississippi PSC ~ Da Noose

Bay city clerk decries rumors, says finances in good shape ~ Cassandra Favre

I was told City Clerk Kolf actually quit his job at the meeting, an action he later renounced. I’m reminded of the old phrase “Temperament for the trade” upon hearing such things from meeting attendees. And I’ll be frank in saying that if the City can’t remit it’s obligations to the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority then there is a major money problem at City Hall because the city is the collection agent for garbage fees.

Ms. Favre’s piece is chock full of BS and sophistry. I’m not blaming her because she snagged quotes from management and the City Council. Rather, I’m amused at Kolf trumpeting the 2012 audit when the preliminary copy obtained by Slabbed contains major internal control weaknesses identified including double payment of vendor invoices, which in turn means internal controls over non payroll disbursements are virtually nonexistent. Continue reading “Sunday Coastal B’s: Bay Tech, Bentz and Bay St Louis broke?”

Local good government groups in the news: Say what?!!!

Jefferson Parish activists demand action on proposed contracting reforms ~ Manuel Torres

Welp folks, it looks like Councilman at large/River Birch Landfill errand boy Chris “Mini-me” Roberts has not had enough 5am potty visits to fully learn about the procurement reforms recommended month ago by the BGR. Look no further than the Performing Arts Center debacle to understand the need of getting corrupt politicians outta the government procurement biz.

LANA NOONAN: Expenditure of public funds should be discussed openly ~ Letter to the editor

It appears the editorial police at the Sun Herald are now allowing mention of the Bay Tech Building swindle on their pages, which is progress.  While Slabbed never has a problem properly attributing third party sources certain old line media outlets such as the Sun Herald’s editorial page folks can’t seem to tell certain stories without weaving in some tall tales as well. The Seacoast Echo and Bay Tech? Now that’s funny. 😆

Will someone please get the DMR and Bill Walker outta the real estate business.

Suspension of disbelief

Suspension of disbelief or willing suspension of disbelief is a term coined in 1817 by the poet and aesthetic philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who suggested that if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative.

Land swap for marina questioned by developer. ~ Mary Perez

So the DMR is actually considering swapping Harbor Landing, which taxpayers bought from the taxpayer real estate king David Harris for over $3.6 million plus 18 months of free use for a piece of larger parcel of undeveloped land on the Biloxi waterfront the owers could not sell in total for $2.5 million. This folks, sounds like DMR Director Dr Bill Walker math to me, but then again maybe that is why the Office of the State Auditor had investigators crawling all over Walker’s office around a week ago. I hear the OSA has taken an interest in taxpayer funded real estate transactions across the coast in fact. From my vantage point this area is indeed rich in scams and rife with fraud.