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Palm Bay: Staff Recommends Increased Staff Benefits.

Just yesterday, we wrote about Deputy Mayor Kenny Johnson’s proposal to give City employees December 24th off at a cost of $99,925 to the taxpayers who are struggling financially due to the pandemic and economic fallout from that.

We will keep saying how tone deaf and insulting to the citizens of Palm Bay this proposal is. We note in another post today that the nearly $100K could be transferred to the police department to get vehicles they say they need.

Yet something else caught our eye as we were looking at the post.

There is a cover memo to the agenda item for the day off proposal. It is written by Acting City Manager Suzanne Sherman thru Human Resources Director Charleena Cox.

We missed the connection, but at the bottom there is this:
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I Believe In Father Christmas – Greg Lake

A new video for our lineup for the Christmas Music Extravaganza!

From the lyrics:

I wish you a hopeful Christmas
I wish you a brave new year
All anguish, pain and sadness
Leave your heart and let your road be clear

That seems really appropriate for 2020.



Palm Bay: Corruption On Display – The Numbers.

The other day we talked about how the City of Palm Bay was proposing an illegal bonus for police officers. That proposition will be voted upon by the City Council tonight at a regular meeting.

One of our ninjas brought the idea of a police raise to our attention. While we focused on the legality of the proposition, they focused on the numbers and the claims being made by the Police Department itself to justify the raise.

The data for their analysis are from the information and presentation being made by the Police Department which is found in the agenda packet and we are displaying below.

Here is the raw data in a spreadsheet form.
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Palm Bay: Citizens Suffer, Employees Get A Day Off With Pay.

As we said yesterday, we normally wait for the day of a meeting to bring forth issues in a particular City or County, yet here we are again.

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the City Council for the City of Palm Bay will meet at 7:00 PM for a regular meeting. This will be one of the first meetings since three new members of the Council – Randy Foster, Donny Felix and Rob Medina – were sworn in after the election.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

New Business item number 1 is described as:

Consideration of adopting Christmas Eve (December 24) as an official holiday observed by the City of Palm Bay. (Deputy Mayor Johnson)

There are very few people or groups that you will meet that are more Christmas oriented than we are. We love this time of year.
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“You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch” – Dr Seuss

This seems appropriate considering our other post today.





Palm Bay: New Corruption On Display. They Never Learn.

We normally wait for the day of a meeting to bring forth issues in a particular City or County, but this issue is special.

On Thursday, December 3, 2020, the City Council for the City of Palm Bay will meet at 7:00 PM for a regular meeting. This will be one of the first meetings since three new members of the Council – Randy Foster, Donny Felix and Rob Medina – were sworn in after the election.

The agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Item 4 of “new business” – the last item on the agenda is:

4. Consideration of a pay adjustment for sworn and communications center personnel within the Police Department ($478,350).

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Mary, Did You Know? – Carrie Underwood

A nice version of a thoughtful song.





Perry Cuomo – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.

The temperatures here in Brevard County, Florida are supposed to drop into the 40’s tonight.

Somehow this classic seems appropriate.





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