Thursday, December 20, 2007

Freud's Couch: Doesn't it look comfy? I think the couch rug is a Tabriz. I'd lie there and make up things to recline on that beautiful rug. I love the old rascal although Freud said the only thing women had invented was weaving to construct a cover for their pudendum because of penis envy. I wish we had met. I would have slapped the old sexist silly. lee

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 20:54:32 -0800 (PST)
From:"lee decesare"

Subject: Re: School District Response To Public Records Request
To:"Stephen Hegarty",,,,,,,,,,,,,,
Thank you, Mr. Heggarty. I now request information regarding the board-related participation in filing and pursuing through appeal the infamous Doug Irwin case. Every teacher in Hillsborough County is still incensed about the unfairness of it.

I believe I am right in believing that Mr. Gonzalez was the lead attorney in what I consider the legal crucifixion of Mr. Erwin.

Don't you have those records in a big box somewhere? I am particularly interested in reviewing participation of board members still hunkered on the board in the decision to sue Mr. Erwin instead of giving him a medal.
Those are Kurdell, Olson, and Lamb. They have languished on the Hillsborough County Board since the Pleistocene Era. I want to determine what savage relish the records show that they exhibited in rubber-stamping the tax-paid legal cruelty of Mr. Erwin. I also want to know the number of days and the dates which The Honorable Ms. Jennifer Faliero missed for school-business events this past year--summer, I think--- when she went to Arizona. I believe she said that she went to California. But I have since heard from the person whom she visited that she visited him in Arizona.

I think the voters need to know if Board Chair Faliero missed her board duties to make social trips that dispossessed them of her valuable participation in school- board duties. They do not pay La Falliera's a bloated salary more than teachers with years of experience earn by real work to lallygag in Arizona with a hey nonny nonny.

Can you as well give me a copy of the policy which makes an exception and allows Mr. Gonzalez to keep his own personnel records instead of the usual school-records people? Ms. Cobbe said that y'all didn't have them, that Mr. Gonzalez kept them. Is that a law or simply a privilege granted Mr. Gonzalez; and if so, why? I am going to send a copy of the email you sent me on the money the Gonzalez firm made off the tax payers last year to the HC Bar Association as an incitement for other firms to apply for the job since I understand that it is open and that Mr. Gonzalez fills it per diem.

Since the board's flossy lawyering job is not currently under contract; since the board is in prayerful rumination about this unfair-to-other-area-law-firms-and-kick-in-the-pants-to-equal-employment-
opportunity; since Gonzalez and his firm's cohorts have luxuriated for years in riding the school-board-no-bid gravy train; and since the no-bid procedure that features such unlovely choreographs as lavishing a no-bid plum $148,000 windfall on a former administrator bereft of business phone makes people vomit imprecations when they hear about such outrages, I suggest it's time to advertise the board law job to the legal community of Hillsborough County and let all the lawyers have a whack at it. Otherwise, I advise these mistreated members of the bar to file a giant Title VII charge for patterns and practices of discrimination against the legal priesthood by the the Hillsborough County School Board. In that case, Mr. Gonzalez can put his Doug-Erwin-savaging talents to fending off local bar combatants.

I don't think Mr. Gonzalez's unlawyerly boosterism in board orations praising the no-bid situation is worth a hundred dollars an hour. That's way too much for his beating the drums for his own firm's tax-supported no-bid plush job. Le Gonzalez, Esquire, should have the ethics and grace to hush up when no bids come up for discussion since Dr. Lennard apparently had awarded him one although Mr. Gonzalez won't answer my public-information question on this topic. I bet his brothers of the legal priesthood are ticked off about Gonzalez's hogging this no-bid plum. I understand the reason he got it was that every time he met Dr. Lennard at Chamber-of-Commerce summits that he told him he was an ornament to the town instead of being, as everyone knows, the most profoundly mediocre man in Hillsborough County.

Thank you for your help in providing public records.
lee drury de cesare Thank you. lee Stephen Hegarty <> wrote:

Ms. DeCesare,

In response to your earlier request, I am providing the following information:
Between July 1, 2006, (the start of last fiscal year) and December 11, 2007, the Hillsborough County Public Schools made payments totaling $477,467.72 to the law firm of Thompson, Sizemore and Gonzalez.
The payments include any services provided by the law firm, including litigation.
I would add that according to his contract, Mr. Gonzalez hourly rate is $100 per hour.

Stephen Hegarty
Office of Communications
School District of Hillsborough County
901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, Fl. 33602-3507

office: 813-272-4060
fax: 813-272-4510

Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 21:41:11 -0800 (PST)
From:"lee decesare"
Subject: monkey biz
To:"Tom Gonzalez",,, "Phil" ,

You have made my blog, counselor. leedrurydecesarescasting-roomcouch.blogspot.

I await the public information I have requested from you.

I see your firm made a half million last year at your school-board no-bid sinecure. That's highway robbery.

Now I understand your enthusiasm for the no-bid racket.

Your participation in it is unethical, Tom. You don't have to read the Nichomachean Ethics to see that it is. We learn "Play fair" on the school- ground swings.


Anonymous said...

Are we to parse Mr. Hegarty's reponse to mean that the "law firm of Thompson, Gonzalez and Sizemore" is paid seperately from the "$100/hr contract with Gonzalez"?

In other words, is there a line item for T,G & S and one for just G?

Anonymous said...

What's interesting is that Steve Hegarty had to give Lee the information about Tom Gonzalez. As a lawyer he knows the Government in the Sunshine Laws and knows that the info is part of the public record. He was not going to give it to Lee, I bet, except that she kept badgering him, so Steve Hegarty jumped in and gave her the info so that Gonzalez would not be breaking the law, I imagine. Once again, Lee catches them with their pants down. Hillsborough County is so used to getting away with doing whatever it wants and ignoring laws and the public. They are shocked when someone actually demands they "follow the rules." And they act aghast. I don't know how these people wake up and look themselves in the mirror or look their children in the eyes, when they appear to be such crooks.

Anonymous said...

Just how much litigation has there been in the last 18 months? Is the firm paid separately from Gonzalez?
What a cushy gig! My guess is that there are plenty of firms that would line up for this kind of action.