August 31, 2014 11:17 pm ET
Does public opinion matter to Mr. Weinberg, or does he just care about the bottom line?
Source: Yeas vs. Nays
“Does the name Custer mean anything to you?” – The Late Robin Williams
The August 28th meeting at the pristine Dundalk High School auditorium was not so amiable for Mr. Weinberg, who fielded questions from 35 speakers who signed up—a number that included almost every political wannabe in the 6th and 7th districts of Baltimore County.
Despite all of the political rhetoric, there were a couple of surprises during the evening. I kept a keen eye out for observations of the human characteristics known as body language, which often can reveal a whole bunch of stuff about the person speaking.
Some of that stuff honestly left me wondering why any politician—elected or trying to get elected—would go against the grain.
As the saying goes, “Speak now or forever hold your peace.”
With that in mind, one should take a look at the numbers and which side of the aisle one was sitting. You were either on the Yea side or the Nay side.
The attendees were asked by a show of hands who supported the sale of the government center. A total of about 14 hands went up in support of the sale.
The next question was, by a show of hands, who opposed the sale. I’d have to estimate that, with a crowd of somewhere close to 250, roughly 236 people raised their hands (and voices) in opposition to the sale. Obviously, it was the DRC vs. the regular folks, and the guess who won?
Here’s a hint: Not the DRC.
I can’t name every pol present, because that would take up a lot of space. However, I thought it was strange that Mr. DiCara then left the meeting early without speaking even though he was reported to have signed up.
Uh oh, now I will be accused of picking on him again. Strange how those who are hurt by the truth tend to deflect everything by saying that they are being singled out.
But I digress on that one. Another day, another blog.
Let me just state that also in the crowd was Delegate John Olszewski Jr., who remained silent.
With that said, there were two comments worthy of mention that tested the validity of this “one-of-a-kind” sale of park land for commercial development.
Speaking for the DRC between some audience participation was DRC President Dave Janiszewski, who was faced with the task of responding to Myia Biggs. Ms. Biggs had said, with evidence in hand, that none of the fast food chains—including Chipotle, Panera and Five Guys—were coming to Dundalk.
When she asked Mr. Weinberg if he had evidence to the contrary, his fluent Greek was translated into numerous “we can’t, we won’t, and I’ll never tell” type comments.
Now on top of that was Mr. Ken Hadfield, who led the audience in a chant of the words “loss to taxpayers” as he outlined (chart included) that the loss to those taxpayers would be $20 million.
Of course Mr. Janiszewski stated that there was a lot of misinformation being put out by certain groups.
Really? You mean like the DRC suggesting big box stores to Baltimore County is a good thing. Better check on that one and the cost to the folks that pick up the tab on the – not so living wages.
He also stated, unequivocally, that the DRC is not involved with any elected officials and supports the the selling of the center for ketchup and fries.
I beg to differ just a tad.
First, Mr. Janiszewski failed to respond to a PIA that I filed. Just know that I will follow up on that with the court as soon as my lawyer finishes his current case.
Meanwhile, Mr. Olszewski Jr. did respond to my PIA on his relationship with Mr. Janiszewski. In one particular email to Mr. Olszewski Jr., Mr. Janiszewski questions my credibility as a journalist and they will choose to not respond to me.
I guess they do not do their homework regarding my background with the Sun, Sunday Sun, News American, and other publications. In fact, I rejoined the union just to make it official.
It was rather strange—he claims that the DRC is not involved with elected officials, and he claims not to be a part of the Olszewski Jr. Team, yet Mr. Janiszewski signs his name followed by the words, “Campaign Manager, Team O.”
Now Mr. Olszewski Jr. has secured funding for the DRC:
“Secured state funding that will enable the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC) to renovate their building in the community’s Main Street Shopping Center and to create space for a small business incubator…” (Source: Letter, Olszewski for State Senate)
“According to published reports, the project has received a lot of support from the community, including 7th District Baltimore County Councilman John Olszewski Sr. and the Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (DRC).” (Dundalk Eagle. January 4, 2012)
Two more questions: how much money has Delegate Olszewski Jr. secured for other groups, and how far do the tentacles of the DRC really reach beyond their original boundary lines of the organization’s charter?
There is much more ahead on this community battle, so stay tuned, folks.