Ted Siefer's City Hall: Aldermen see familiar face; MPD 'smacked' for its actions
Arnold was before the Land and Buildings Committee as the director of MHT Strategies, the political consulting and government affairs shop he recently set up with Jason Fellman. MHT's first client also has a familiar name: VMD Companies, the Massachusetts-based real estate development firm that has been trying to get the city to part ways with the Pearl Street parking lot, where it wants to build a residential tower that would cater to college students.
Arnold told me his new consulting gig in no way ruled out another run for mayor.
Of course, another name for Arnold's new avocation is "lobbyist." Is he concerned this might taint him in the eyes of some voters?
You've no doubt heard about the city's crackdown last week on shops selling dubious varieties of potpourri with names like "Smacked" and "Spice."
"I am very concerned about due process and the strong arm of the MPD in this instance," he told me. "My client said he would simply stop selling the stuff if he was asked. He did not need to be shut down. People can get high off airplane glue - should we shut down every business that sells that, too?"
Three more groups of district employees are joining the union club. Certified instructors, who specialize in assisting marginal students and those at struggling schools, along with interpreters for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and the staff in the district's credit recovery centers have voted to join the New Hampshire branch of the National Education Association. The move affects about 50 employees.
The board didn't have much of a reaction, but it's safe to say it wasn't exactly welcome news. There are now precious few nonunion employees in the district, and collective bargaining has long been one of the board's greatest challenges, in terms of both time and resources.
Barry wrote to the city clerk's office to request the matter be referred to committee.
Barry said he had done some research and found ordinances in other cities stipulating that lawns over 12 inches high must to be cut. "A city inspector will send the property owner a letter giving them a certain amount of time to comply, if they don't then the city will cut it and send them a bill," Barry wrote.
No one can raise money like Mayor Gatsas, and Monday's school board meeting he once again demonstrated his ability to make it rain. One by one, he invited to the podium the business leaders who agreed to donate money for STEAM Ahead New Hampshire, the academy to open in the fall at West High aimed at setting kids on careers tracks in the sciences (and arts).
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