Friday, August 19, 2011

Hmmmmmmm........

What was Harvey up to in this letter?



Incidentally, Downtown Jackson Partners was reauthorized by the property owners downtown this week. Lacey McLaughlin penned a nice, in-depth story about DJP in the Jackson Free Press. Yeah, I know. Long story but has some good information. The letter was obtained through a public records request.




20 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is fairly obvious. He doesn't appreciate the attempts by the tail to wag the dog.

Anonymous said...

I don't see this as anything other than an attempt to make the document more accurate. It is pretty common practice to submit such a document for editorial comments and frankly, I think any mayor would be remiss not to comment if he thought more specificity was needed.

I'm at a loss to understand why this is posted unless it's to agree with Harvey on the oversights of detail...all of which are reasonable and legitimate on the face.

Some criticisms are simply constructive.

Shadowfax said...

Pieter, when writing the letter for Harv, violated pecking order protocol and chain of command rules when he placed his own name first on distribution.

Curt Crowley said...

I wonder how much more could be accomplished if the Great Deliberator would actually focus on solving problems, instead of bullshit like this.

It looks like King Harvey got his massive ego bruised because someone didn't kiss his ass hard enough. He gives himself away when he says the supplemental programs should be "coordinated with the City of Jackson."

In other words, King Harvey wants to be in control of the District's activities. If not outright control, he wants corporate lips to be chapped on his haughty ass before the District does anything.

I wonder if it's ever dawned on King Harvey that maybe there's a reason they don't want him involved in the District's activities. Said reason being that they don't want it fucked up.

King Harvey is a career government worker (when he wasn't employed by grant-funded non-profits that he founded). His endless deliberation, constant urban-planning-theory-tweaking and bureaucratic inertia can only interfere with the District's goals. Couple that with his insufferable arrogance, and it's no wonder the District doesn't bother to consult with His Majesty in coordinating activities.

Only a fool would let King Harvey Johnson have ANY amount of control or input.

Curt Crowley said...

8:34: "He doesn't appreciate the attempts by the tail to wag the dog."

I would agree with that. It seems though that King Harvey is confused about who is the tail and who is the dog.

Anonymous said...

Right or wrong, Harvey is the Mayor.

Anonymous said...

"Additionally, a statement of measurable objectives would aid in the value of the effectiveness of the district".

How about the same for your inept administration, Mr. Mayor.

Kingfish said...

Why does Harvey need to know their expenses? Who gets paid what? Since when is THAT any of his business? Especially when he can pull it off their 990? I understand coordinating with law enforcement but what I took this to be was Harvey the control freak trying to stick his nose into the one thing downtown that works.

Anonymous said...

If I am reading the DJP blog correctly, DJP received over 88% approval, and 1%"no" votes. Am I missing something?

Is that "measurable"?

Anonymous said...

Harvey doesn't like the fact that it's a bunch of white boys over there at DJP. Now, if he could just get some of his homeys over there, we wouldn't here any questions about what's going on.

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something?

Yes you are. Riverwalk and the Arena are light years away from being teed up and ready to go.

Anonymous said...

8:06 don't expect Woody Simmons to do any real reporting. He's little more than an unpaid adjunct to the DJP public relations effort.

Anonymous said...

9:51=8:06. Yawn.

Anonymous said...

I understand that many of you do not like the current mayor.

Would you find this letter objectionable if the mayor was someone you liked? Would you then think that co-ordinating and keeping the mayor " in the loop" on projects in his city was important? Would you think a mayor you liked was reminding everyone that full disclosure on how money is spent for downtown projects can increase public confidence in a city where criticism and diviseness is constant?
It expect it's that some of you do not think city government and developers should work together. I , on the other hand, observe that a coordinated effort is more productive for both.
I expect our Mayor is not flawless. But, I also see how busy downtown is again on Friday night. I see lines at The Parlor Market, Mayflower and King Edward . I see young people going out to their haunts as my dinner companions and I are leaving our restaurant of choice. I see construction workers on evening shift and buildings renovated and lights in the living spaces downtown. Something good is happening. And, I also suspect getting to this point didn't happen overnight and without attention to detail. I remember people saying that what I am seeing was " impossible".
I don't have memory loss either about how downtown Jackson was declining long before Harvey. I remember why some areas flooded that shouldn't have in '79. I seem to remember shootings and violence that made national news even longer ago which didn't suggest " good government" to anyone.
In the South where there was effective government leadership in , violence was avoided.

Anonymous said...

Crowley,

Is your boy Chokwe gonna run?

Anonymous said...

"I understand that many of you do not like the current mayor."

Jackson doesn't have a Mayor. It has a pompous, arrogant, self annointed, divisive King.

Curt Crowley said...

8:38am: "I expect our Mayor is not flawless. But, I also see how busy downtown is again on Friday night. I see lines at The Parlor Market, Mayflower and King Edward . I see young people going out to their haunts as my dinner companions and I are leaving our restaurant of choice. I see construction workers on evening shift and buildings renovated and lights in the living spaces downtown. Something good is happening. And, I also suspect getting to this point didn't happen overnight and without attention to detail. I remember people saying that what I am seeing was " impossible"."

And you know what King Harvey had to do with all that? Not a damn thing. These things are happening *despite* King Harvey's leadership, not because of it. Harvey's too busy trying to get his "respect" and make sure people acknowledge his authoritah to get any real work done.

The credit for those positive things should be given to the men who made them happen (and the taxpayers for financing some of them).

Please do not come on here and imply that the things you see happening downtown are because of King Harvey. If I wanted to hear about King Harvey taking credit for other people's work, I'd hop on the Pride Ride any given Saturday and get it straight from his majesty.

Anonymous said...

Just read the Ledger article on Bluntson asking for public records regarding salaries to city staff and HJ getting all haughty and refusing to give them.

Then I read his letter to DJP above, asking for DJP's records on salaries, which other than 990's are not generally public.

WTF?

Kingfish said...

Well, here is what is going on there. Bluntson has a relative working in the clerk's office and has been trying to get her promoted to the head job and Harvey won't play ball on it.

Anonymous said...

Don't believe that KF. Sorry. What I think is Harvey is being his typical A/H pompous ass self.

Period.

Why WON'T he release PUBLIC records?

Could it be that he has grown to 18the number of staff people on his dole, in his office?

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