The email is from Jack Schnriman to Democrat Clubhouse Boss Mike Zapson and is dated December 11, 2011, days before Mandel, Adelson, and Torres announced Schnirman's hiring as the new city manager. The email was sent to Zapson at his law office at Davidoff, Malito & Hutcher LLP.
In the email, Schnirman writes to Zapson:
"Dear Mike, Great seeing everyone tonight. Really enjoyed talking through everything, I felt like I came away with a much better feel of who everyone is and what is important to them."
The text of the email insinuates that this may have been the first time Schnirman had met with Mandel, Adelson, and Torres and that Zapson played an integral part in Schnirman's hiring. Maybe Zapson was the one who actually picked Schnriman or introduced him to the Council-Elect. What else would explain an email from Schnirman to Zapson that appears to thank him for helping him get a "better feel of who everyone is and what is important to them? In addition I have heard, but cannot verify, that at least one of Schnirman's interviews was actually held in Zapson's office at Davidoff, Malito & Hutcher LLP in early December 2011.
In the email, Schnirman sends Zapson, not the council or the transition coordinator, a list of both professional and political references to verify Schnirman's work experience.
In addition, it appears there is a handwritten note on the email from Councilman Len Torres. In that handwritten note to "Mike", Torres appears to make a report to the Clubhouse Boss:
"Mike, I called the "Brookhaven Folks" for their recommendations on Jack; I also let them know that I was sharing this information with you for possible follow up... -Len".
Why would an elected and sitting councilman, Len Torres, appear to be reporting back to and sharing references as well as vetting information about the new city manager Jack Schnirman with his political boss Mike Zapson, who is neither elected nor on the transition team? It appears Boss Zapson was calling the shots early and he still may be.
The Torres note and the email suggest a number of very troubling issues:
- Mike Zapson, the Democrat Clubhouse Boss, was instrumental in the hiring process of the new city manager, Jack Schnirman.
- Jack Schnirman was reporting directly to Democrat Clubhouse Boss Mike Zapson, not to the directly members of the City Council.
- It appears, that Zapson may have introduced Schnirman to Mandel, Adelson, and/or Torres.
- Councilman Len Torres was reporting to Democrat Boss Mike Zapson about the vetting process.
- Len Torres did not verify Jack Schnirman's employment references and work experience/dates. Torres only called "political" references from the "Brookhaven Folks." That is the equivalent of my prospective employer getting references from my best friends; they aren't going to say anything bad! This shows that Torres never called Bowne to verify Schnirman's sworn statement on his employment application regarding his work dates at Bowne were true and accurate, which they appear to not be!
Last month I wrote a blog revealing that Schnirman may have perjured himself on his city employment application when he made false statements about his work experience at Bowne Consulting. On his Long Beach employment application Schnirman swore, under the penalty of perjury, that he worked at Bowne from March 2008-Present (January 2, 2012, the date of the sworn and signed employment application). I have found a knowledgeable source who told me and who has direct knowledge that Schnirman was in fact terminated from Bowne in May 2011, eight months prior to his hiring as city manager.
If Jack Schnirman was terminated from Bowne eight months prior to be hired city manager where was he working between then and the time he was hired to be city manager eight months later? Was Schnirman employed at all? By who? Was he unemployed? Was he collecting unemployment benefits? many questions remained unanswered.
Jack Schnirman, in his typical fashion, has absolutely refused to answer any of these questions publicly or to the press. And despite promises of "transparency" Mandel, Adelson, Torres, and even Goggin (also in typical fashion) refuse to answer any questions on the matter as well.
It appears that Mandel, Adelson, and Torres may have known that Schnirman made the false statements on his sworn statement and instead of holding him accountable they covered it up and instead quickly awarded him a lucrative taxpayer funded employment contract worth over $300,000!
If anything the email may prove two things: 1) Neither Scott Mandel, Fran Adelson or Len Torres verified Jack Schnirman's employment history or vetted him or the statements he swore to on his employment application when he was hired as city manager, and 2) Democrat Clubhouse Boss Mike Zapson is directly involved in the biggest decisions facing the city, such as hiring the city manager.
The fact that elected members of our city council would abdicate their elected authority to a old-time political "boss" brings our city back into the dark days of political "boss-ism", the likes of which we witnessed in the 1960's, 70, 80's and 90's. Adelson, Mandel, Torres, have repeatedly said they want to be transparent and end politics in city hall. I guess we should add this to their long list of broken promises.
This time it looks Council Members Mandel, Adelson, Torres and even Goggin have allowed the fox (Zapson) the run hen house (city hall); and they may have been caught red-handed in the cover-up of Schnirman alleged lies on his employment application. And unfortunately we probably won;t get any public answers to our questions. That's because of Mandel, Adelson, Torres and Goggin's new city council meeting rules; residents are not longer permitted to ask any questions of the city council at city council meetings! Is that their definition of "transparency"?
I wouldn't wait for Mandel, Adelson, Torres, Goggin Schnirman, or Zapson to answer any of these questions publicly. But then again their refusal to answer the questions publicly in itself tells us the answers, doesn't it?