December 4, 2014 11:29 am ET
PIA disputes words of County Executive
Source: Today’s Menu: Crow
Today, folks, we will be serving crow on a silver platter to our County Executive, Mr. Kamenetz.
In fact, he may want to explore a new diet of eating his own words.
I have always said that, if you want to take me to task about an issue, make sure you have your ducks in a row. Otherwise, you’ll look like a quack.
Now, on to today’s main course.
After I wrote a blog about Mr. Kamenetz’s response to my statement regarding what companies are (or aren’t) taking up residence at the proposed Merritt Pavilion, the County Executive made the following statement in the Dundalk Eagle concerning this humble blogger, as well as local real estate agent Myia Biggs.
Basically, Ms. Biggs and I were called out on the carpet for our misguided, ill informed, and … well, you can read it for yourself.
The Dundalk Eagle, October 14, 2014 issue, contained the following quotes:
Referring to the announcement by the county that three national restaurant chains — Chipotle, Panera and Five Guys — were nearing formal agreement to locate in the retail space slated for the Government Center site, Kamenetz was also asked about reports that members of the opposition have contacted the three chains and reported that it was unlikely any of the restaurants were coming to the Government Center site. He questioned why anyone would believe those reports.
“[Those companies] are not going to respond to [Patch blogger] Buzz Beeler or some realtor,” Kamenetz said.
So in response to those comments by Mr. Kamenetz, I sent a Public Information Act requesting the following from the county.
PIA to Baltimore County:
I am requesting the following documents regarding the Fort Howard EUL (Enhanced Use Lease) to include any and all correspondence with and Baltimore County and the developers in the form of e-mails, letters, notes, calendars (scheduled meetings).
In addition I am requesting documents to include any and all correspondence and press releases between Baltimore County and the developers of the proposed Merrit Pavilion at the government center, regarding the following businesses: Chipotle, Panera and Five Guys.
This was the wording of the e-mail response that I received from the county.
Here is what I have so far.
Now to read the responses from the county go to the bottom of the page and click on the link.
He and aide Don Mohler, who was also present when Kamenetz spoke to The Eagle, insisted that the county had not made its announcement lightly.
“The press release probably went through 20 vettings,” Mohler said.
Kamenetz added that “we have definitely been directly engaged with these companies, and we are sure we will see formal agreements soon.”
Quite a mouthful, don’t you think? I mean, gee whiz, they said that they have all of this stuff on a press release that went through 20 vettings (or hole pluggings), which demonstrates that the County was not taking the announcement lightly. Also, it was expected that “we will see formal agreements soon.”
Well, blow me over. They caught me red handed doing what I always do—telling the darn truth!!!
Now, you don’t think for a moment that I was going to let those paragraphs of big words slide, now do you? My teeth didn’t rattle and my knees didn’t quiver, but I may have gotten some stomach churning, though I am pretty sure it was indigestion.
To set the record straight, I did what I always do. I filed a PIA. That’s the only way you get the truth around these parts.
You see, they aren’t quite sure what the truth is in Baltimore County anymore, but I digress.
So, to put it bluntly, I laid my cards on the table and called them.
When I saw what they sent me in response to the PIA, I did get a stomach cramp, but it was from laughing.
The laughs come from what is missing, such as everything mentioned in the Eagle article.
Does anyone see any documents from Vanguard or the companies involved – Not!
What was provided was recycled from days gone by. I guess that is why Mr. Weinberg took the fifth at the last meeting when he was challenged to provide some evidence that indeed these companies were coming to the Pavilion.
Is this all you have Mr. Kamenetz? Is this your best shot?
If so, I say “bring it on.”
Well, folks, I’ll make this short and sweet. Instead of reading my words, just read what they sent me. You, too, may get a couple of chuckles.
Which, I hear, help the crow go down easier…