Ed Naile, CNHT

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Another City Manager Who Should Be Pounding Pavement

Those of us involved with taxpayer activism understand this: Elections are meant to settle things in government EXCEPT when an election slows the process of growing government – even municipal government.

Case in point: Rochester, NH where a Spending Cap was just voted into the City Charter by 72.29% of voters in an otherwise fabulous year for liberal tax and spenders.

Now we have one highly motivated, tax and spend, liberal City Councilor, Charlie Grassie, attempting, along with the help of the City Manager John Scruton, to undermine the new Charter Amendment before it takes effect. They have crafted some sort of ordinance they hope will weaken the Spending Cap.

I don’t think this Grassie fella is smart enough to do this alone so he must have some outside help from a taxpayer unfriendly law firm. Often this is the case in other municipalities.

Here are the details about what is going on in Rochester as written by CNHT Director Cliff Newton. This will probably wind up in court.

Of Scheming Schemers and Conniving Connivers

Friday, November 28th, 2008

9,755 voters spoke loud and clear. They want a limit on Rochester government spending. NO MORE BLANK CHECK. The tax cap limiting the amount your property tax rate can increase is now part of the city charter and will be effective January 1st 2009.
So where are we now? The many of you who watched the November 18th council workshop saw a mystery draft ordinance appear, and a bad one at that.

Who were the authors of such a dastardly document? Our City Manager John Scruton admitted that he worked with City Councilor Charles Grassie, and yes it is important to name names here, to bring forth this draft ordinance. The people’s business was done in an unannounced, non-meeting meeting, apparently without the sunshine of open government and without legal advice.

What did the draft ordinance propose to undermine the charter and cause damage? This ordinance, alleged by one of its authors, to be a starting point to enforce the adopted charter amendment, actually had wording which would have gutted it. The draft excluded the State and County portion of our tax bill from the limit. It also had so-called item (e) in it which would have allowed tax levies to exceed the limitations of the tax cap. Additionally, there is wording which would allow a tax assessment of non- profit construction projects to be used to increase the new construction tax base and increase spending. Since non profits do not pay property taxes, this will increase taxes we will have to pay.

Where did this undermining ordinance originate? Apparently in and around the City Managers Office. When Mr. Scruton was asked, by a Right-To-Know request to review any and all correspondence between him and Councilor Grassie concerning the tax cap and this proposed ordinance, he offered a few email responses. What was missing in those responses was a paper trail, or connect-the-dots where there was direct correlation of Councilor Grassie helping with the draft ordinance. When asked again, Mr.Scruton replied in an email, “Chuck probably spent a couple of hours total in my office talking to me about it while I typed the draft on my computer. We also talked about it at a conference over lunch.” This response would appear to directly link Councilor Grassie with influencing the language of the draft.

The “when” of this ordinance appears to have started prior to October 20th and again in earnest November 7th 2008, three days after it was voted into the charter. As of yet, there are no exact dates and times other than those on the emails.

Why is this a problem? Mr. Scruton is bound by law, particularly RSA49-C:16 which states: “The charter shall specify a mayor or city manager who shall be the chief administrative officer….. He shall enforce the ordinances of the city, the charter, and all general laws applicable to the city.” He shall enforce the charter. What are the people supposed to do if he is co-author of an ordinance which, in my opinion, can be interpreted to undermine the newly adopted charter amendment? Mr. Scruton has also chosen to co-author this draft work with only one city councilor . That councilor, Mr. Grassie, has vehemently opposed the charter amendment both vocally at council workshops and by voting against it at regular meetings.

Is there another problem? The city council and all of its members are supposed to act as a body. 49-C:19 Non-Interference by the Elected Body. – “The elected body shall act in all matters as a body, and shall not seek individually to influence the official acts of the chief administrative officer.” This is state law. Did Councilor Grassie violate state law by taking it upon himself to meet with the City Manager and influence the outcome of the draft ordinance, as admitted by Mr. Scruton, both at a public meeting and in an email?

Should the good Rochester residents and other City Councilors sit back and allow such harmful scheming and conniving to continue by an appointed and elected official, or should we speak out loud and clear and demand action against those who would undermine our charter and the will of the people?

Cliff Newton, Rochester



Not Kidding

It’s official. George Bush has sold the last remaining speck of soul he had to the Democrats who have come up with a $15 billion tax dollar life support plan for the auto unions.


And so we will have a “Car Czar”. Some over-educated expert from DC or academia will oversee this first installment of tax dollars dumped into the unionized sector of the Paleo-American Auto Industry.


In March, 2009 the Car Czar will be back in Washington, hat in hand, calling for another $60 billion to finish the job and at that time The Messiah will appoint another over-educated insider as “Van Man” to over see that “investment”.


It should come as no surprise that as the 2010 mid-term elections gear up later in 2009, the auto industry (unions) will again need to be placated with a freshly borrowed or printed infusion of somewhere in the amount of $100 billion so the first $75 billion doesn’t go to waste, and at that time a “Truck Schmuck” will be appointed.


Of course there will be hearings and Rep Barney Frank will entertain with several hours of witty and sarcastic Sylvester the Cat impersonations.


Liberals will faint away with delight.



Print Goeth Before A Fall

The mighty New York Times, trendy, liberal, progressive, communistic, and above all arrogant, has found itself in what amounts to a death rattle reverse mortgage of some $250 million - chump change in the world of media giants if you think about it.


The Democrat mouth piece has fallen on hard times, remarkably, just as it dragged its favorite liberal candidate across the finish line for the position of Messiah of The United States. Heroics aside, all the years of journalism as activism has left the New York Times in a very vulnerable financial position – no one wants to place an ad in or buy the rag any longer. Or should I say few people want to “share the wealth” with New York’s 800 lb gorilla out on thin ice.


How ironic that Barry Obama, a nobody from the seedy side of Chicago, could get thousands of people from all over the world to donate almost a billion dollars, yen, rubles, euros, and your odd African currency, to his campaign for Messiah, but the poor NYT can hardly scratch together a week’s worth of ink money.


I guess you could say al the “free publicity” donated to left wing causes and candidates did have a price:


One overrated New York paper.


Like Money In The Bank Vault

So it’s late at night and I am parked on the sofa in front of the old boob tube trying to keep both eyes open when this limited offer jumped out at me:


“The Obama Historic Victory Plate™ is a treasured collectible work of art that can be proudly displayed on shelves, table tops or can be hung on a wall. The first issuance price is only $19.99. Included with your plate is a bonus display stand and Certificate of Authenticity from the American Historic Society promises you'll own a collectible of the highest quality and integrity. Due to the unprecedented demand, there is a strict limit of 2 Victory plates per order.”

At first I thought, what a rip off, you always get a surprise offer at the end of your average amazing offer of not just one but TWO, count’em, TWO for the price of just one, nose hair clipper, pocket fisherman, lint catcher, dog nail trimmer, etc.


But the Obama plate comes at a LIMIT of two, due to “unprecedented demand” for this high quality item. (I’ll be waiting to purchase my plates because I learned from being able to buy two Dukakis books for $1.00 each that time and reality have a way of lowering demand.)


Now if you are talking Certificate of Authenticity, well you may have a customer in old Ed Naile. (Wow, my first third person reference to me by me.)


Skip the collectable plates and offer me a Certificate of Authenticity of Mr. Obama himself and you have a customer my friend.


You know I’m talking Birth Certificate, right? The Birth Certificate locked away in the State of Hawaii’s birth certificate vault somewhere. Oh for a copy of that document.


Here is the rub. State law in Hawaii when the Messiah was born allowed persons not born in Hawaii to get a Certificate of Birth, which has been released by the Obamaites.


The law:


[§338-17.8] Certificates for children born out of State. (a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.

(b) Proof of legal residency shall be submitted to the director of health in any manner that the director shall deem appropriate. The director of health may also adopt any rules pursuant to chapter 91 that he or she may deem necessary or proper to prevent fraudulent applications for birth certificates and to require any further information or proof of events necessary for completion of a birth certificate.

(c) The fee for each application for registration shall be established by rule adopted pursuant to chapter 91. [L 1982, c 182, §1]


Hard as it may be to understand, we now have a court case headed to the US Supreme court (a total of 13 cases actually) because Mr. Obama has the lack of audacity to ask the State of Hawaii to open up a vault, and in the interest of fair play and sanity, show interested parties subject to his rule as the Messiah of the United States, his original 1961 birth certificate. Some of his Chicago hard ball political survival skills are still in effect I see.


  1. Plaintiff, Plaintiff, Philip J. Berg, Esquire [hereinafter "Plaintiff'], is an adult individual with a business address of 555 Andorra Glen Court, Suite 12, Lafayette Hill, PA 19444-2531.
  2. Defendant, Barack Hussein Obama, alk/a Barry Soetoro, alkla Barry Obama, alk/a Barack Dunham, a/kla Barry Dunham [hereinafter "Obama" is an adult individual with an office address of713 Hatch, Senate Office Building, Washington D.C.
  3. Obama, The Democratic National Committee (hereinafter referred to as "DNC") is a Corporation with a principal address of 430 S. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.
  4. Defendant, The Federal Election Commission (FEC) was created in 1975 by Congress to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA). The FEC is a Governmental Agency with a principal address of 999 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20463.


This is much more interesting than those cheesy plates.


When you think of how much the US Government and the DNC are willing to spend in unnecessary legal fees to keep the Barry Obama birth certificate under lock and key you have to ask yourself this question:

Is the Messiah planning on selling Official Barry Obama Birth Certificates in the future? Maybe in four years?

I can see it now:

“The Obama Historic Birth Certificate Plate™ is a treasured collectible work of art that can be proudly displayed on shelves, table tops or can be hung on a wall. The first issuance price is only 19 Euros. Included with your plate is a bonus display stand and Certificate of Authenticity from the Democrat National Committee which promises you'll own a collectible of the highest quality and integrity. Due to the unprecedented demand, there is a strict limit of 2 Birth Certificates per order, one from Hawaii and one from Kenya. And if you order within the next ten minutes you will receive a five lb. package of assorted worthless US paper money.”



High Stakes Whack-A-Mole

Once again it was the action of taxpayer activists from all over the country that contributed to exposing former Dover, NH City Manger Paul “Leecher” Beecher to the Hingham, Ma. news outlets and Board of Selectmen BEFORE the vote to hire a new Town Manger, of which Beecher was one of three finalists. It is reported that this position paid over $200,000.00.

Beecher History in Kansas City, Mo.


From a headline in the Kansas City (Missouri) Star newspaper on Aug. 21, 1991: "City Hall official resigns Purchase of lights for Kemper Arena cost Paul Beecher his job." Staff Writer James C. Fitzpatrick's lead sentence read, "Assistant Kansas City Manager Paul Beecher resigned Tuesday for buying a $948,000 lighting system for Kemper Arena without City Council approval."


Beecher History in Dover, NH.

During Paul Beecher’s final days as Dover, NH City Manager, he signed a new contract with Dover’s Police Chief for $3,189,310.27. Included in this 10-year contract was an acceleration of paid vacation, which reached 34 weeks in the final year of the contract. During this final year, his salary and benefits would cost the taxpayers of the City of Dover $473,229.92. Being Beecher was head of The NH Municipal Association he knew full well an employee’s pension is based upon their last three highest salary years before retirement. Together with health insurance benefits for life, this contract would cost this community millions and millions of dollars, during and well after his contract expires. The NH retirement system is rife with deals like this and is one reason the system is so unstable.

Beecher History in Kingman, Az.

The headline in the Kingman (Arizona)Daily Miner on Aug. 8, 2007, read, "Another day, another lawsuit: Former economic director sues for unpaid wages; Council unaware of Beecher-signed severance." Staff Writer Nicholas Wilbur, Beecher signed a contract for severance pay a week after City Council cut funding to the economic development director's department and a week before Council voted on leaving money in the next year's budget for a severance for that director. When Council voted against leaving in the money, the members were unaware that a contract already existed, and when the director didn't receive his check on July 1, the end of the fiscal year and first day of his unemployment, he filed a claim against the city for unpaid wages.

"When we voted not to give him the severance, we didn't know about the agreement," said Councilman Kerry Deering, who cast one of the nay votes. "He didn't volunteer that information at the meeting, and the city manager didn't (either)."
The day the article published, Mayor Les Byram called a special meeting to re-evaluate Beecher, his second review in as many months. After 50 minutes of deliberation in executive session Friday, Council reconvened the public meeting and voted unanimously to fire Beecher, effective immediately.


From The Kingman Minor, August 12, 2007. “The latest issue, made public Wednesday, was a claim brought against the city by former Economic Development Director Jeff Weir (A Beecher created position) regarding a severance agreement signed by Beecher without Council's knowledge.
This may have been the straw that broke the camel's back, as the special meeting was called immediately after Council was informed of the claim.
According to Weir's attorney, Weir and Beecher had signed a severance agreement about a week after Council voted in May to cut Weir's position and all funding to his department. But at the next meeting, the mayor and six Council members voted against leaving any money in the budget for severance, and they cast their votes without the knowledge that a legal contract was already in place. Now Weir is targeting Beecher and the city of Kingman for
unpaid wages.

Due to a state law, he's entitled to triple the $23,750 salary payout. Including unpaid leave and benefits, the bill is around $90,600, not including attorney fees, which Weir is also requesting be paid.

Council didn't learn that Beecher had signed a severance agreement with Weir until three months after it was signed - and after Weir's attorney served the city with the claim.

Watson said she had spoken with Beecher before the meeting Friday to discuss, in part, why he didn't tell Council.

"When I met with him about it, he just said he was sorry, that he was wrong but gave no explanation," she said.

Deering also said Beecher had no comment other than to say "he just goofed up."


Beecher future as a City Manager:

Zero, if taxpayer activists can stay one step ahead of him. Let’s stop pretending the consistent pattern of making huge financial deals behind the backs of elected officials he works for is some sort of “goof up”. This pattern of abuse of office is cold, hard, and calculated and designed to divert power from the elected municipal officials to the hired position of city manager.