I am naming this latest scam "Facade gate."
What is "Facade gate?"
It is the program where WB throws a ridiculous amount of money to improve 1-5 % of the homes on some really nasty streets.
Will anyone actually fall for this "facade?"
Will an innocent outsider to WB suddenly fall for Blackman's Street's charm?
Should the city even be in the "facade" (intentional deception) business? What's next? Fake boobies for city gals? Facelifts too? Why limit it to buildings?
“Do you like my facades?"
"People see me and not the cruddy homes"
We know one thing. Leighton is the man for this job.
The FBI may agree based on their six investigations into the city (my current count).
My Count: 6 Federal Investigations
(1) Federal raid two years ago on WB police (LAG?)
(2) Federal raid on Credit union
(3) Federal jurisdiction over Gas Gate
(4) Federal Investigation into Parking Authority
(5) Federal Raid on Sherman Hills
(6) Federal raid on LAG Towing (this past week)
Plus… Felony conviction on Leo Glodzik of LAG Towing
Accounting for $9 Million
(rose $ 1/2 million over weekend for "Facade gate")
Approximations of “Leighton/City generated” expenses
and money wasted/stolen/due/hidden
$60,0000 Unneeded Spokesman (never needed McLaughlin who just; incl benefits
$500,000 Estimate for legal fees (up to 60 depositions for Thom Greco civil rights case)
$4,600,000 Camera System that won’t work
$58,000 City gas stolen (Gas Gate)
$10,000 ($100k?) Cost of two city cops driving a drunken Leighton home
$500,000 Taxes owed by city contractor (LAG)
$80,000 Parking Authority payments to JJ Murphy and Fox Rothschild
$ 200,000 Estimate to defend city from corruption (federal investigations)
$1,000,000 Money laundered and/or hidden through a charity for fire trucks (Leighton did not disclose)
$ 25,000 Alarm systems
$500,000 Wasted money on “do nothing” jobs
` (A) Leighton’s 3 hour workday
(B) Controller who doesn’t show up
(C) Redundant “city manager/ econ devt” positions
$1,000,000 (low estimate) for both social costs for poor performances/ dereliction/ soaring crime rates/ Sherman Hills etc… for widespread alcohol abuse and/or addiction and/or protection of drug houses. Price tag on double figure murders?
Barrouk (landscaper turned financial whiz) said $496,803 was spent in total improvements of 53 properties for the completion of Phase I (of "Facade gate").