Back in March of 2010, I did a post on this blog on Community Futures that I believe is worth repeating here so that with this important municipal election now upon us people get their eyes open to the very real threat we as a community will be in if one of the directors of this board (Bill Kovach) and its employee manager (Shar Lazzarotto) along with a weak-kneed, lame duck, green as grass mayor (Blair Painter) are elected to manage our municipal and financial affairs here in the Crowsnest Pass.
Without further ado….
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2010
The Good, Bad and Ugly of Community Futures
I see that over the last few weeks of my writing about Community Futures they have been spending taxpayers dollars like drunken sailors on a self-promotion campaign like no other we have seen here in some time. Radio, newspaper(s) ads, articles, etc. have been inundating our community with advertising dollars. This has resulted in a much needed economic stimulus for our local economy. :-) That’s the GOOD!
The BAD! is that while they are now trying to be all things to all people and painting themselves with a white brush while wearing a Halo, their track record speaks volumes as far as their dismal failures are concerned. Maybe I error here? Because in order to have failures one must have at least tried to attempt something e.g. CLC, Hotel/Casino, River Run, etc. From the mouth of their own manager they admitted that over the years since their inception (1988), they have invested (on average) a total of $90,000/yr into our community. I think a modern day hot dog stand costs about that much? Millions of federal taxpayer dollars has come into our local Community Futures office, but very little has ever come out of it… and into the hands of our local businesses and entrepeneurs, as it was meant to?
The UGLY! part is that Community Futures is a ‘society’ similar in all aspects to what our local Chamber of Commerce is. Now our Chamber of Commerce provides its members and the public with Financial Statements, its Bylaws, Board/Membership List, and advertises for new members and conducts Annual General Meetings (AGM’s) open to the public. And prides itself on being an open, accountable and transparent entity that serves the needs of the community.
On the other hand, our local Community Futures does none of the above. They are secretive, unaccountable and have agendas best described as hidden. Having tried, I know for a fact, you cannot get Financial Statements off them, their Bylaws, Annual Returns, a Board/Membership List, and in the 15 years I have lived here I do not recall ever seeing them advertise when and if they have AGM’s that are open to the public. For all intents and purposes they are a ‘closed shop’, despite being a duly registered Alberta ‘society’? How the members of their Board are elected is any body’s guess? If that ain’t UGLY, I don’t know what is?
So the moral of this story is: you can try and bamboozle the public all you like with your massive advertising and propaganda campaigns, paid for with taxpayer dollars, designed to fool the public that you actually serve a useful purpose, but at the end of the day all you will have accomplished is to have put lipstick on a pig. But you are still a pig!
Vote experience, vote Prince!
It takes too much energy to be against something unless it’s really important.