Janice Daniels, and many of her ilk, may be bullies.But I think more accurately they are emotional abusers. They will say and do anything to marginalize, belittle and dismiss the attitudes of the masses in order to feed their lagging insecurities. Case in point: the mayor's treatment of the teens who came to her with sincere and open hearts.It's pitiful to be these abusers...but dangerous for all of us to be subject to their (albeit limited) power in office.
Still find it so insane that these folks kept up the ruse about the "4 tax proposals." They put 3 of them on the ballot. They took an incredible gamble with that tactic that could have REALLY cost the city money and legal trouble. They are nothing if not consistent in their lies and sticking to the playbook. They have relied for years on the idea that people aren't paying attention or keeping track. They will have to change tactics soon to find a new avenue for obfuscation as people are now quite aware and learning more each day thanks to TRUST and the media getting its game on.
I personally would like to know when she is going to cut her salary so that we can open the library for 7 days a week.
Having possession of the FOIA'd e-mails from the mayor to various public servants, I can assure you that they earn EVERY SINGLE PENNY they make. She is over-bearing in her demands, and she is relentless in them...or was, in the first several weeks. It is as though she feels she is their boss and they her underlings at her beck and call.It's quite disturbing, really...hope to share some of it soon.
The Library could/should be opened 7 days if library management and city government changed the hours to Mon-Thur 10-8,and Fri-Sun 12-5. This equals the 55 hours the Library is currently open (with Friday being closed). The 6-day schedule has nothing to do with the Mayor's salary, which is minimal. The library was closed on Saturdays to punish Troy residents for not passing the Feb. 2010 millage. That was OK'd by the old Council. At least the current Council got Saturday hours back.
I fought for the library and the person always in my way of saving it was Janice Daniels. I am glad that she pushed to get it opened on Saturdays, but she only did that because she thought she could do it "for free." She's no hero of the library. Quite the opposite. And trust me, the people who love the library most will be at the front of the line to sign the recall petition.Perhaps you are brand new to all of this and know nothing of the 2008 tax cap, the 29%, the 3 fake proposals, and the unending drumbeat among her and her friends of how unimportant the library is...that is, until they realized how politically important it was, and then suddenly they were library lovers. I saw her standing out in front of the library and thought she is simply oblivious to have the nerve. I tried to tell her so, but her minions surrounded me and she wouldn't talk to me.Yuck.
And her mock (or ignorant) shock that "after the people agreed to be taxed for the library" that it wouldn't be open for 7 days? Well, I was in the meeting where that was explained. I teared up, knowing that the .7 mills in the August 11 millage election was insufficient. But as Janice and the rest of her ilk pummeled the .985 mills the December before, no one thought 1 mill would go through. Janice is no hero. She took the Troy Public Library to the brink of ruin, then pretended to be its savior.Again.Yuck.
As someone who fought long and hard to keep our library open in Troy, I am appalled that people still think the library going to a 6 day week and the closing of the library on Saturday was done to “punish the residents of Troy” for not voting on the millage. This fallacy is straight from the mouths of TCU and their ilk. There were SOUND FISCAL reasons for the library to close on Saturday. I copied this from the library website. This information was provided by Cathy Russ, Library Director. “Public libraries receive funds – State Aid – from the State of Michigan. This Aid pays for Troy's membership in the Suburban Library Cooperative, and gives the Library privileges such as access to the Michigan Electronic Library electronic resources, the MelCat interlibrary loan system, and other services that would cost thousands of dollars if the Library had to purchase them. Also, State Aid is needed in order to have reciprocal borrowing agreements with libraries not in the Suburban Library Cooperative, such as Rochester Hills, Clawson, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Bloomfield Township.In order to receive the benefits of State Aid, there are rules governing its receipt. One is that that Troy Library needs to be open 55 hours per week. Troy is currently open 65 hours per week. This means that only 10 hours can be cut from the Library’s open hours in order to keep State Aid and all of its benefits.The Library’s budget was reduced $1.2 million for the coming fiscal year. To meet this reduction, cuts were made across the board. However, the majority of these cuts occurred in staffing: seven full time staff members and 23 part time staff members will be laid off prior to July 1. This is one third of the entire library staff. Staffing the library for 55 hours per week after losing one third of the staff is going to be challenging. There is likely to be longer lines to check out material; longer time for returned materials to be checked in and reshelved; and longer wait times for computer assistance and reference assistance.Now let us look at the Library’s schedule. The Library is open for 11 hours per day, Monday through Thursday; eight hours a day Friday and Saturday; and five hours on Sunday. There is no question that Saturday is a busy day. Because Saturday is so busy, more staff need to be scheduled that day, to accommodate the demand for service. Scheduling that many staff members on Saturday reduces the number available to cover the remaining days of the week. So, wait times would be even longer, because the staff would be spread so thin the other 47 open hours during the rest of the week.In addition, closing on Saturday means that the Library will be closed from 5 pm Friday until 1 pm on Sunday. That will maximize the savings of utilities costs.Finally, the other factor which was considered was access to library service. Troy residents have resident borrowing and use privileges at the Suburban Library Cooperative libraries. If a Troy resident went to one of those libraries, he or she would be treated like a resident of that community. However, all of the SLC libraries are closed on Sundays in the summer, and most are closed Sundays year-round. With the Troy Library being closed on Saturdays, Troy residents can go to another library on Saturday and receive resident privileges, and use The Troy Library on Sunday. This means that Troy residents will still have seven day access to library service; six of which are at TPL.While the millage was not adequate to fund a 7 day library, with secure funding in place, an alternate scheduling plan became feasible. Hence, we now are open on Saturday, but are closed on Friday. At no time was any promise or statement made by council or library staff that the August millage would be adequate to keep the library open for 7 days. If you want to read more about the facts of the library closing, please go to the Troy Library Website and search why is library closing on Saturday.
Thank you Sharon for giving the background on the library to the previous commenter. I wanted to, but didn't know where to begin with La Daniels's perfidy and her being in actuality an enemy of the library from way back, a notable statement she made is as a realtor no one asked her if the city had a library, and thus she didn't consider it a asset. Later we find out hasn't sold a house in years and in fact is a mortgage broker. She has a lack of character and integrity."In looking for people to hire, you look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don't have the first, the other two will kill you."— Warren BuffetCEO, Berkshire HathawayLet's get her out before she kills Troy.
Re: the "new" Troy High. Funny, her son attended there, on principle, she should have found an old decrepit school for him to go to. And no, Troy High does not have a low enrollment problem, quite the opposite, why else the need for portable classroom trailers, and why else the recent expansion construction?This woman will say ANYTHING to play to her fan base. Evil, get her out.
The open enrollment started on the K-1 level several years back for one reason, and one reason only: Troy had moved beyond a starter-home price range. Fewer families with LITTLE kids were moving in, and the research showed that most moved in with older aged children -- middle and high school level. So it was both a revenue generator for the district and a way to fill the spots to build from the bottom up to prevent a problem in the MSs/HSs later on.Now that the real estate market has dropped so much, we're starting to see more families with littler kids being able to afford living here. The high schools are QUITE FULL.This was explained by our Superintendent of Schools for several years in a row at her annual addresses in the schools and at school board meetings. Anyone who speculates otherwise has not availed herself of the facts.
Thank you, Sue for your lucid explanation."Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself; that she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate ; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them."Thomas Jefferson,(1743-1826), 3rd President of the United States (1801-09)
She's alot like Obama
'There you go again' (Reagan phrase), interjecting national politics in a local issue.
In what way? I don't see it.
Exactly the same except she didn't go to Harvard.