My Letter to the Editor
Thought I'd share this here since it probably won't make it into the Mountain Merle.
As I recall, Mayor LiVecci and city council members Brown, Bowers and Hallett all campaigned for a more transparent city government but have wasted no time becoming possibly the least transparent council ever. Along with attorney Ben Kahn they’ve used closed door meetings to plan the fire sale of a valuable city asset and have refused to make public Mr. Kahn’s $30,000 writings on the subject, calling them “privileged.”
Then, the mayor announced plans to replace the NRCDC board with himself and Hal Brown in order to force the Vandaveer fire sale, yet another step in the CAG agenda to dismantle city government no matter the cost.
I guess we shouldn’t be surprised, after all, Hal Brown is/was the head of the local chapter of Americans for Prosperity. For those who don’t know, AFP is a fake grassroots organization funded by the billionaire Koch brothers. The Kochs are well-known for their agenda to undermine government in the name of corporate profit.
Are we to believe it’s a coincidence that Hal Brown is at the heart of this effort to eliminate city employees and NRCDC board members then fire sale valuable city assets? And who would benefit? Some development corporation or corporate big box store, not local citizen or businesses. It certainly appears that Hal Brown has been bought and paid for by the Kochs. At the very least, he’s drunk the Koch Koolaid.
And isn’t it suspicious that the mayor decided to hire Ben Kahn as city attorney when Kahn received some of the lowest rankings from other council members? Kahn apparently provided the legal basis for LiVecci to transform the “weak mayor” statutory government of Salida into a strong mayor “CEO” dictatorship, tossing aside over a century of Salida and Colorado legal precedent. Transparency?
Now we have leaked documents that show Kahn attacking attorneys whose specialties are municipal law, and the judge in the recent mediation said Kahn’s “priveleged” writings don’t even qualify as a legal opinion. I’ve worked with people like this. They attack others to make themselves look better.
Now, after paying Ben Kahn at least $70,000 in taxpayer money, LiVecci has walked out of mediation without answering a single question. He claims he felt “bullied.” That’s almost funny, since he bullied at least two competent city employees out of their jobs. So Mr. mayor, maybe you need to grow up and grow a pair before Trump tries to grab you.
On the bright side, at least we finally know your hidden talent. You're good at walking out. Maybe you should just walk right out the door of the mayor’s office before you and Hal Brown do any more damage to our community.
And btw, Merle Baranczyk, you don’t live in the city and you don’t have a vote. So you should probably just keep your opinions to yourself and your rent-a-cows (you know, the ones that allow you to avoid paying your fair share of county taxes).
Sincerely pissed off, Cynthia Douthard