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2012 City Council Report Card: Mandel, Torres, Adelson Administration Fail!

Mandel Administration failed their first year report card based on the promises and pledges they made in 2011.
Mandel Administration failed their first year report card based on the promises and pledges they made in 2011.
It’s been just over one year since Scott Mandel, Len Torres, and Fran Adelson took control of City Hall.  As candidates for city council they made many promises. In fact, they posted their promises on their website at www.lbdems.com/platform.  
Now that 2012 is behind us, lets take a look back at what the Mandel Administration promised as candidates and what they actually delivered for the taxpayers of the City of Long Beach in their first year in office.   

The following promises and pledges were taken directly from Mandel, Torres, and Adelson’s Campaign Promise Web page and all links will take you to either that site or to documents that substantiate the claims made below.

During the 2011 campaign and/or on the candidate’s website, the Scott Mandel Administration promised they would:  

LOWER THE COST OF GOVERNMENT  


WHAT THE MANDEL ADMINISTRATION SAID:

A Democratic administration would restore fiscal integrity to the City of Long Beach and lower the cost of government …”  

FACTS:
  • The cost of government under the Scott Mandel Administration has INCREASED $4.3 MILLION or nearly 6% in one year!! 
  • Before the Mandel Administration controlled City Hall the City Budget was $83,686,143 (see 2011-12 budget page “i”). 
  • After the Mandel Administration took office they increased the city’s budget to $87,962,428 (see 2012-13 budget page “iii”).
  • That is an increase in total spending of  $4.3 million in one year! That is nearly a 6% increase in spending!
  • The Mandel Administration raised resident's property taxes nearly 15% in one year with more tax increases to come!    
GRADE:  FAILURE- The Scott Mandel administration did not keep their promise!  
 

END THE POLICY OF GIVING JOBS TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

 The Mandel Administration publicly criticized prior administrations’ for hiring “family and friends” to city hall jobs and as a result they promised they would “end the policy of giving jobs to family and friends”.  

FACTS: 
Despite a "fiscal crisis" and a "self imposed hiring freeze", the Scott Mandel Administration hired, promoted, and gave taxpayer funded raises and/or settlements to over 22 family and friends at a total cost to taxpayers of over $1.3 million!    Keep in mind this was done while over 20 CSEA employees were laid off and other employees were demoted or took salary cuts!

GRADE
FAILURE- The Scott Mandel administration did not keep their promise    


PROVIDE OPEN GOVERNMENT

WHAT THE MANDEL ADMINISTRATION SAID: “An open government is a more representative and efficient government.” The Mandel Administration promised to bring openness and transparency to city hall.  

FACTS: At Scott Mandel’s very first meeting as City Council President he announced that city residents would not longer be able to ask questions of their elected leaders during “Good & Welfare” portions of the city council meetings. As a result, residents are no longer permitted to ask public, on the record questions that help to hold their elected officials accountable for the things they say!  

GRADE: 
FAILURE- The Scott Mandel administration did not keep their promise.      

CUT WASTEFUL SPENDING

WHAT THE MANDEL ADMINISTRATION SAID: “Democrats will review the spending of every department in the City.” The Mandel Administration promised to cut wasteful spending form the city budget.

FACTS:
The Mandel Administration has hired over 22 family and friends to city hall jobs, backed a secret deal that gave city council member Fran Adelson a $20,000 taxpayer funded settlement, handed out promotions and other taxpayer awarded settlements to their supporters, and increased city spending by $4.3 million! In addition they have nearly doubled the size of the city’s debt by continuing to borrow money while increasing spending!  

GRADE: 
FAILURE- The Scott Mandel administration did not keep their promise    


PROVIDE A BALANCED BUDGET

WHAT THE MANDEL ADMINISTRATION SAID: “Democrats will invest in our City to reduce costs. “  

FACTS:
Under the Mandel Administration the city has increased spending $4.3 million, nearly doubled the city’s debt, and they failed to adopt a balance budget in their very first year in office. In fact, because the 2012-2013 budget that was adopted in May 2012 was not balanced the Mandel Administration was forced to adopt a mid year tax increase which raised property taxes on residents an additional 11% on top of the tax increase of 8% passed in may 2012!  

GRADE: 
FAILURE- The Scott Mandel administration did not keep their promise!

All anyone can do when evaluating their government is to look back at the promises and pledges that were made before those individuals took office and compare them to the actions they took since taking office. The truth and the facts speak for themselves. In this case, the facts are clear.

The Mandel Administration has failed to keep the promises and pledges they made to people of our city.
Leonard Bauman March 13, 2013 at 10:33 PM
Would the real person in charge in City Hall, please stand up! No one stood up. The City is burning tax money like a tax guzzler and all patrons in City Hall are getting fat at the taxpayer trough.
Jimmy Hennessy April 03, 2013 at 05:26 PM
John, to your points one by one: 1) you show me the independent audit that shows there was a $10-15 million deficit at the end of fiscal year 2012 and ill retract my statement. The audit was due in October but has not been released yet despite FOIL requests. What are they hiding? 2) holding LB Speaks session around town is nothing new to our city government. In fact it was my administration that began them in 2004 and they continued through the years including the charettes that were conducted around town when we wrote the city's master plan. Mandel is simply following a precedent we set. 3) paying down the debt? This administration came in and there was a total city debt of around $40 million, one of the lowest of any similar municipality in New York State. In short short 15 months this administration borrowed an additional $35 million!! That is outrageous and the interest on that alone erases any savings they claim to have made. 4) the Mandel administrations hiring of the, now, 25 family and friends will cost year to year over $1.4 million each year, that's a fact and you can wiggle your way around that. Bottom line, they made a promise, and they broke it. You are entitled to your opinion but not your facts.
Jimmy Hennessy April 03, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Elizabeth, what questions would you like me to answer? I'm still waiting?
mindy April 08, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE INDEPENDENT AUDIT REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING 2012. HOW MANY NEW HIRES HAS THIS ADMINISTRATION HIRED ESPECIALLY IN THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT. LACARRUBBA IS NOT EVEN AN ENGINEER WHY THIS DEPARTMENT NEEDED EMPLOYEES TO RUN IT SHOWS HOW INCOMPETENT LACARRUBBA IS. ALSO IN THE COMPTROLLERS OFFICE WHY NEED A DEPUTY TO THE COMPTROLLER ONE COMPETENT PEROSN CAN DO THE JOB. SANDRA CLARSON WASNT A CPA EITHE AND SHE COULDNT EVEN PASS THE ACCOUNTANT EXAM FOR CIVIL SERVICE. THIS IS THE WORST ADMINSTRATION I HAVE SEEN. THERE NEEDS TO BE MASSIVE CUTS TO THIS POORLY RUN ADMINSTRATION. NEED BUSINESS PEOPLE TO RUN THIS CITY NOT POLITICAL PAWNS OUT TO ROB US. SCHNIRMAN NEEDS TO GO!!!!! ENOUGH WITH YOUR ARROGANT CHILDISH BEHAVIOR! IF YOUR DADDY WASNT SUCH A BIG POLITICAL CONTRIBUTOR YOU WOULD BE NOTHING! LACARRUBBA NEEDS TO GO. NOBID NEEDS TO GO. ROBINSON NEEDS TO GO. THE WHOLE COUNCIL NEEDS TO BE VOTED OUT!!!! THEY DONT HAVE THE COMMUNITY'S BEST INTEREST AT HEART!!!!! AND FOR THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION THEY WERE NO DIFFERENT THE BLAME GAMES HAVE GOT TO STOP START REALIZING WHAT THE PROBLEMS ARE AND WORK TO CORRECT THEM NOT CREATE MORE. IF IT MEANS CUTS THEN MAKE THE CUTS. IF IT MEANS FREEZING SPENDING THEN DO IT. IT DOESNT MEAN BORROW BORROW BORROW..... IT MEANS SPEND WITHIN YOUR MEANS. LOOK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX TO MAKING THINGS BETTER!!! HAVENT WE SUFFERED ENOUGH WITH HURRICANE SANDY HELP THE PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY WITH THEIR INSURANCE ISSUES AND REBUILDING THEIR HOMES SO THEY CAN GET THEIR LIVES BACK AGAIN! MORE AND MORE HOMES ARE UP FOR SALE EVERY DAY!!!!! THIS ISNT WHAT THE PEOPLE OF LONG BEACH WANT TO SEE BUT WITH OUT OF CONTROL GOVERNMENT SPENDING YOU MIGHT JUST TAX THEM OUT OF THE CITY!!!!

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