Tuesday, September 29, 2015
RUNNING DOGS: JOHN REGAN'S FAILED ATTEMPTS TO WIELD A POLITICAL MACHINE?
TODD NEVILLE, JOHN VALDES, GRANT MISTERLY and NANCY SIKES-KLINE (SAR)(2014 debate)
C. Wright Mills taught how interesting it is to watch competing groups of people who reckon themselves "elite."
Last year, two close friends and running club buddies of St. Augustine City Manager (a/k/a "Minister of Propaganda") JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. ran for City Commission.
One, TODD DAVID NEVILLE ran against third-generation Florida construction contractor JOHN VALDES. NEVILLE is now the louche laughingstock of St. Augustine, having demanded filing of a defamation lawsuit against another online news journal with city funds, and blocking efforts for an audit of 450th contracting, both breaches of fiduciary duty.
The other, former Planning and Zoning Chair GRANT MISTERLY, ran against NANCY SIKES-KLINE and was defeated. REGAN said of the two that they were "not evil" at the time, but both are now regarded as among the most pro-developer persons ever to serve on City boards in the 20th century.
Recently, a pollster asked St. Augustine voters if they supported MISTERLY for Mayor (in addition to Commissioner LEANNA FREEMAN, ex-Council on Aging Director Cathy Brown, community activists Lee Geanuleas and Patricia Riley).
GRANT MISTERLY's 2014 City Commission website now oddly has a 2015 copyright date on it, and he attended the September 28, 2015 City Commission budget meeting, sitting next to Marlene Piriz et ux; Ms. Piriz et ux were a dogged, data-free emotional supporters of the controversial DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN) and ironically they were among those who last night rightfully and righteously complained about flooding and sewage spills, which could be exacerbated by the CORDOVA INN and could prevent the CORDOVA INN from ever being opened.
Watching St. Augustine JOHN PATRICK REGAN, P.E. attempt to wield a political machine is funny, like watching a duck try to make love to a football, in the immortal words of LBJ.
REGAN publicly says his mentors were former City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRIS (a/k/a "WILL HARASS") and former Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. (LEN WEEKS, destroyer of DON PEDRO FORNELLS HOUSE, under investigation by Florida DBPR for violations of construction licensing conditions).