Saturday, August 27, 2016

[Pinned Post] Facts any scientist should be able to comprehend. . . even one who is also a sitting commissioner in a little tiny city in South Florida.

Our two year anniversary of failed "LW2020" bond was yesterday. North 'J' Street on way to Publix is now in even worse shape. The reason given back then to vote against the bond by a still-sitting commissioner (with a PhD) was his 'concern' over sea level rise. The bond failed by just 25 votes. 
If you've already read this blog post from yesterday please scroll down and as always, Thank You for visiting. For an unfiltered look at what happened at this "Lake Worth City Commission Work Session" on 8/25, use this link to my YouTube channel and watch for yourself. Click the red "subscribe" button to receive updates when new videos are uploaded.

In case you're wondering. . . there was no disruption or outrageous behavior like there was at the previous City meeting on this issue. The meeting was well run and orderly except for an attempt by one commissioner to give another lecture; there was a point of order by Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and the meeting continued.

Below are some excerpts and commentary related to the PowerPoint presentation that was given at the Lake Worth City Commission Workshop last night (Thursday, 8/25). Click here for link to full PDF file of the report.
Cover slide. Brent Whitfield, P.E., of A.D.A. Engineering gave the report.
This analogy was used during the presentation last night: It's less expensive to buy a new car and maintain it over time than it is to repair one that has had too little maintenance during its useful life. At some point, you need to buy a new car since the old one cannot be adequately repaired. As it relates to the City, its network of streets have not been maintained, or were of marginal quality to begin with, ergo the situation we're in.
Maintenance is key to prolonging the life of a road. Once the base and sub-base are in place.
The City is at a point where it is just repairing the asphalt now. Asphalt is the protective layer for the base and sub-base of the road. If the asphalt is compromised, just like a roof on a house, it is going to become more expensive and harder to repair than had it been maintained properly over time. 
According to Brent Whitfield, P.E., it costs $20 per square yard to repair the surface asphalt. It costs $70 per square yard to repair the base and sub-base of a road.

Information from 2013: If nothing is done the costs will only increase over time and more roads will fall into disrepair.
Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, pointedly asked if the City increased maintenance of the roadway network after failure of the 2014 bond vote (which was for $63 million, not the currently proposed $40 million that would just be for roads). In response, Public Works Director Jamie Brown responded with the following information:
Clearly, funding increased after the failure of the bond in 2014 (see difference between 2013 and 2014 above), to the current level which is about twice what it has been historically. The City is in a better position financially now and is able to allocate additional funds to road maintenance, but it is not catching up.

In reality, the City is still falling behind. City Manager Michael Bornstein pointed out that the earlier years shown above reflect a workforce with a relatively high pension burden. The later year numbers reflect a more efficient deployment of workforce dollars. So that means that the increase in dollars is greater.

Even given increased spending, more roads are becoming deficient in 2016 and that will continue. Many already were deteriorating in 2013 when this analysis was done and more roads now require the more expensive base rehabilitation.

The point is the City needs to be at a point where it can maintain an overall network of roads that are in good condition by maintaining the asphalt portion so that the base and sub-base are protected ($20 per square foot versus $70 per square foot going forward). 

Doing so would prevent the scenario that McVoy, PhD, is painting that we are going to be paying 30 years for roads that will last 15 years. That's just not true at all—completely disingenuous. Roads will last much longer given proper maintenance just like, "maintaining that new car" or in this case, maintaining new roads the City has needed for many years. 

The facts above, you would think, anyone with a PhD would understand.

The City's Municipal Golf Course CANNOT be sold—despite what anyone says to the contrary

We all have to be reminded from time to time how many new residents are in the City and the many others who are interested and considering a relocation here. If they come across the wrong person, let's say while walking across the bridge to the Casino and start asking questions, they may come to learn that a condo community is being considered to replace the City's golf course. Just one problem. That can never be done.

You see, the truth is the Lake Worth Golf Course is deed-restricted and cannot be sold—the people who donated the land to the City made sure of that:
If you hear anyone say that condos can be built along the golf course just say, "Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire".
Lake Worth City Manager Michael Bornstein and Mayor Pam Triolo with a recent award for the City's Municipal Golf Course; where Babe Ruth once played (it's true!)

More community "news you can use": Long-awaited exhibit open to the public at the Cultural Council in Lake Worth

For the online edition use this link. Print edition comes out each Friday. Pick one up at 600 Lake Ave. across the street from Paws on the Avenue.
Below is an excerpt from the article titled, "PBC Cultural Council Hosts Works by Armory Artists" (links added). 

     Starting August 26 [yesterday], visitors to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County [601 Lake Ave. in Downtown Lake Worth] will get the first look at new and unseen work by 42 talented artists from the Armory Art Center. All artists in this show, selections from the Armory Art Center, are current faculty members at the Center. “The Armory Art Center is a special place for Palm Beach County artists and for the Cultural Council,” said Nichole M. Hickey, manager of artist services at the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

For hours, parking, and directions to the Cultural Council use this link.

Thankfully, an idea a sitting Lake Worth City commissioner has kept "cooped" up: The 'Urban Chicken'

First, is raising chickens legal in the City? No. For more information look in the right-hand column for Raising chickens, aka "Urban Chickens" IS NOT allowed in Lake Worth or use this link.
Image from the Lake Worth Chickens Facebook page (3/16/2013), which then-citizen, now-Commissioner Ryan Maier founded.
The Urban Chicken idea is not a new one. In 2009 the City came very close to allowing chickens, ducks, and bees to be farmed for 'personal' use. If you can believe it, there was even a mayoral candidate (Rachel Waterman) who thought the Park of Commerce would be great for a large chicken breeding/egg production facility.

For some perspective, here is a blog post from the inimitable Tom McGow on April 18, 2009 titled, tongue-in-cheek, Farm Living Is The Life For Me. . . In the image below from Mr. McGow's blog, notice item 'C' from the Lake Worth City Commission agenda back then:
". . . fowl ordinance to permit chickens"
Then-commissioner Cara Jennings was a big proponent of raising chickens. Below is one of Tom McGow's classic photoshops, note the image of Cara Jennings (top right).
It's funny but it's not really. Chickens in an urban environment are a major public health issue, especially so for young children.
Besides chickens needing much maintenance and coop cleaning, chickens spread viruses/bacteria and also attract predators. Raising poultry in an urban environment is a serious public health issue. In a City that is still plagued with blighted properties it doesn't need one more thing to regulate. In fact, chickens are out of the hen house already as many readers can attest by sightings in their neighborhoods.

Why the big deal about raising chickens in Lake Worth besides the health, safety, and code issues? Because it's a really bad idea that just won't go away. Even after all these years there are still some in the City that want to make it legal to raise chickens in their backyard on the pretense that eggs are too expensive at Publix. Below are excerpts from a 2011 Post article about the "clandestine chicken army" that still struts.

     "There's a whole clandestine chicken army out there," said former City Commissioner Cara Jennings, who mother-henned the 2009 effort but is lying low this time.

[and. . .]

     Freelance hairstylist Ryan Maier, 31, started a Facebook group called Lake Worth Chickens recently because of his interest in growing his own food.
     "I had never been on Facebook," he said. "But I saw what was going on in Egypt, so I decided to do something." [emphasis added]

[thankfully, the anti-chicken forces rallied. . .]

     The anti-chicken organizer, Karri Casper, wrote that Lake Worth Chickens is just a subversive effort to stop development of the city and turn Lake Worth into farmland.
     "This is another plot from the Anarchists to distract us from the critical issues at hand," the group's Facebook page says. "For criminy sakes, this is NOT a rural area."

It would be reassuring if, once and for all, the urban chicken idea gets cooked for good. Especially considering all the important issues that face this City such as infrastructure, potholes, and fixing all our sidewalks.

With the looming elections next March this would make for an interesting candidate question: "What is your position on the urban chicken?"

Lake Worth dodged another major weather event, but issue remains: What to do with all those hazardous Australian Pines?

The Australian Pine isn't the only tree that will be a public safety hazard in a hurricane or major storm but it is one of the most dangerous. The following comes from the Lake Worth file, "You Can't Make This Stuff Up".

Last June a resident of Lake Worth who lives on the outskirts of the City, as far away as you can get without falling into Lake Osborne, came to the defense of her precious, invasive Australian Pine before the City's Tree Board (see images below). It's a dangerous and nasty tree in south Florida and especially so the taller it gets. It can snap, or shear off, in high wind conditions and be a danger to people, structures, utility lines and if it lands on the road, vehicles (emergency vehicles, for example) can be impeded.

To make matters even worse, surrounding each tree is what's described as a 'death zone'. The needles are toxic and kill almost anything nearby stealing habitat from song birds and Gopher Tortoises. Despite all this information the City resident defended her position to save her Australian Pine:
First page from the minutes of the Tree Board meeting on June 11th.
Note that Australian Pines are "one of the 3 worst" trees to Florida's wildlife habitat. One of those affected species is the Gopher Tortoise.
The Tree Board defended the City's position on the Australian Pine. They also made recommendations going forward dealing with invasive trees that pose a danger to the public and environment.

If you have an Australian Pine, or if there is one nearby, consider having it removed. You wouldn't want that tree falling on your neighbor's home or car, or your own home and vehicles, or have to deal with a community-wide electric outage because the top of the tree sheared off in high winds.

Friday, August 26, 2016

More news "Worth Noting" from the City of Lake Worth—Zika: "Fight the Bite, Prevent the Spread"

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     "There is a reported case of Zika in Lake Worth. As with all other cases across the State, the Florida Department of Health is responsible for verifying, tracking and reporting cases of Zika to local authorities.
     Florida Health, Palm Beach County is the lead agency in all local outreach efforts to minimize any effects regarding the additional case. The Health Department is assisted by Palm Beach County Mosquito Control Division to gather data and work with affected communities.
     We continue to urge residents across the County to take precautions to prevent the spread of mosquito transmitted diseases."

From the City's news article, some helpful tips:
  • Wear protective clothing like long pants and long sleeves
  • Daytime is the most dangerous, mosquitoes carrying Zika are aggressive daytime biters; although they can also bite at night
  • Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches and patios
And more. . . "Facts About Zika"
  • Only about 1 in 5 infected will develop symptoms – fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis, low-grade fever, body aches, vomiting
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat Zika

VIDEOS—Watch for yourself what happened: Lake Worth's 'Pothole' Workshop, yesterday, Thursday, 8/25*

The reason I take these videos of Lake Worth City meetings (2 videos below) is for the public to see for themselves what happened, what was said, etc. For example, instead of a reporter's account (or "spin") about what occurred, you can bypass all that by going to the source: the actual video sans any commentary or opinion.

If you're short on time check back later and will highlight important parts of the meeting with minute marks. This was a Commission Workshop so there was no public comment. However, the Post's beat reporter wrote this:
Public comment was not allowed. The meeting lasted 35 minutes.
If you get the idea the public was denied the right to speak that's very misleading. This was a Commission Workshop. Not a "Regular" City Commission meeting. And this is also misleading:
     “We’re asking the public to shell out money for 30 years on roads that will start declining in 15 years,” he [Commissioner McVoy] said. “Does the public have confidence that their money will be well spent?”
     Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell noted how if the asphalt is maintained, the roads should be fine for longer than 15 years.
The reporter writes, "should be fine"? Nonsense.

Responding to Vice Mayor Maxwell's questions, the City's expert tasked with evaluating the roads clearly explained how a road, if properly maintained, can last for 30 years or more. You can listen to that yourself in the videos below.

And just wait until you hear Jamie Brown, the City's Director of Public Services, explain how past City Commissions, starting in 2008 up until 2012, some years flush with cash, ignored all the potholes. Ergo why we're in the situation we're in right now.

Without further ado the videos and, as always, Thank You for visiting my blog: *To receive updates when new videos are available use this link to my YouTube channel and then click on the red "Subscribe" button.

Today, August 26th, is the 2 year anniversary since the "LW2020" Bond vote failed. Been down North 'J' Street lately?

That's right. Two years. Many of our streets could have been fixed already or well on their way to being fixed, including North 'J' Street on the way to Publix. And 2 years later the critics of the upcoming referendum on November 8th still don't have a plan to fix our streets. So what happened on August 26th, 2014 and why did that bond vote fail by just 25 votes? Let's take a look back:
One reason why, because of 'concerns' about sea level rise, Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, campaigned against the City's 2014 bond. The next time you go to Publix, commissioner, try taking North 'J' Street.
You'll learn why the bond vote failed later in this blog post. But first read the laughable hypocrisy of this recent letter published in the Palm Beach Post:
McNamara was one of the most vocal opponents of the LW2020 Bond that would have upgraded 1st Ave South and many other roads too. If he was hoping to elicit empathy from his fellow Lake Worth residents. . .
Anyhow, back on topic, if you happen to live in Lake Worth and sea level rise is a concern for you, know that the LW2020 bond, had it passed, would have brought this City up to current infrastructure standards that take sea levels into account.

The "LW2020" bond vote would have gone a long way towards solving this issue and many others by bringing our City up to modern infrastructure standards. By just 25 votes it failed. That failure to pass the bond was also due to a former Lake Worth mayor from many years ago who now lives in Atlantis, Mr. Dennis Dorsey. He started a PAC called, ironically, "Citizens Against Unfair Taxation" (or CAUT) along with a City resident named Katie McGiveron.
Do you remember these signs courtesy of CAUT? Remember when North 'J' Street north of Publix had these signs all up and down the street?
We have yet to hear a plan from the critics to fix our streets that's better then the bond proposed in 2014 but in an interesting twist, when Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Amoroso take the long ride to Tallahassee for money to fix these issues, they were criticized for that too by many who lobbied against the bond.

The bond to fix the roads and infrastructure failed by just 25 votes. I never did get around to congratulating Mr. Dorsey on his win. Mr. Dorsey, who lives in the fine, well-kept city of Atlantis funded the effort to kill the bond. Katie McGiveron ran the ground campaign to confuse and mislead the public and she won. I forgot to congratulate her too.

I hope Dorsey and McGiveron didn't hit a pothole on their way out of town after their victory party because a streetlight wasn't working. The City is doing what it can to fix that too. But congratulations Mr. Dorsey: all that money you spent paid off. The question is: Who really was the winner in that 2014 vote? We all know who the loser is though: the City of Lake Worth.
Katie McGiveron (in white "Frank McAlonan" shirt) and Mr. Dorsey (in dark shirt next to her) at a candidate forum leading up to elections last March. Everyone hopes they made it safely out of town without damaging any tires or shocks.

Spread the Word! There's a pool party TOMORROW at the BEACH!

Sponsored by the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents Council (NAPC) and the City of Lake Worth. If you've been watching the news on TV the following blog post may interest you.

Hurricane Specialist at The Weather Channel, Bryan Norcross, a quote from his blog "WunderBlog"

The title of this blog post is "Getting Ready to Get Ready" published yesterday, August 24th (an excerpt with highlights):

     "An unfortunate artifact of modern television weather-graphics systems is that it’s just as easy for a weathercaster to show a model forecast for a week from now as it is to show a map of the weather at this minute. The problem is, we are pretty sure about the current weather, but the forecast graphic for a week from now is almost certainly wrong.
     It’s inflammatory and misleading and upsetting to coastal residents, and I humbly propose that we quit it, especially in scenarios like this one that are wildly uncertain except for the broad strokes.
     We can be reasonably certain that high pressure is going to build to the north and push the system west, and we have some confidence on the timing for South Florida, plus or minus a day or so. But that’s it. And we're not 100% about those.
     The key question is, when do residents need to prepare and for what? If the academic question of whether the Euro or the GFS is better or worse gets in the way of a clear answer, weather reporters are doing a disservice to their readers and viewers."

Lake Worth one of the best cities in the country to start a small business. Ranked 135 out of 1268 on a data aggregation site*

Did Greenfield, CA, make the list? And why, you might be asking yourself, would that city be of interest? Find that out below.

The City of Lake Worth has been rebounding quite well the last few years following the Great Recession. But is the City really 135 out of 1268 or doing better? Maybe not as good as 135? It's hard to know for sure since most of this data is certainly aggregated using zip codes. Some newspapers like the Post, for example, fall for news like this once in a while like crime data about 'Lake Worth' from a real estate site called NeighborhoodScout.

If you didn't know, Lake Worth's zip codes are 33460 and a part of 33461. However, there are 9 'Lake Worth' zip codes. How could that be? Use this link for a good explanation.

Anyhow, this recent news on the ranking of small cities vis-Ă -vis small business growth can be found at the South Florida Business Journal. Here is an excerpt:

     "Deerfield Beach and Riviera Beach rank among the best cities for entrepreneurs to start small businesses, according to a WalletHub survey released Monday.
     The personal finance website ranked 1,268 cities based on their business environment, access to resources and businesses costs, and both cities made it in the top 20, with Deerfield Beach at No. 10 and Riviera Beach at No. 18."

So how did other Florida cities do on the list? There are a lot of Florida cities listed. Here are a few you might recognize:
  • Deerfield Beach #10
  • Riviera Beach #18
  • Dania Beach #35
  • Boca Raton #56
  • Boynton Beach #69
  • Greenacres #109
  • Lake Worth #135
  • Jupiter #138
  • Delray Beach #151
  • Palm Beach Gardens #169
  • Royal Palm Beach #297
  • Wellington #318
The city of Greenfield, CA, is not on the list. If you didn't know, Lake Worth's former city manager is now the city manager in Greenfield. Just thought you might be interested.

*A representative at WalletHub requested I provide a link directly to their news article that is referenced below. Here is the link.

Elected's working together in Lake Worth impossible? No. Not when bright future of rail transit is on horizon.

There's real good news about the future of transit in Lake Worth from a City Commission meeting earlier this year. Following the cordial discussion about Brightline (formerly All Aboard Florida) the vote was taken and it was 5-0 (unanimous) to wholeheartedly support rail transit going forward.
Working together in Lake Worth: Mayor Pam Triolo with Commissioner Amoroso (from left, standing with American flag), Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and commissioners Chris McVoy (far right) and the ever-jubilant Ryan Maier (blue shirt).
You see, working together is possible here in the City. Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Maxwell, and commissioners Amoroso, Maier and even McVoy all agreed on "WHAT IS POSSIBLE" and the bright future that the soon-to-be passenger rail project, Brightline, presents for city's like Lake Worth.

Another topic of discussion was the future "Coastal Link":
Former NBC5/WPTV reporter Brian Entin did an excellent news segment about the Coastal Link and I wrote a blog post about that. Unfortunately, WPTV no longer has that video available.
The Coastal Link will follow the Brightline service and link all of the coastal cities in Palm Beach County together. For example, you'll be able to take the Coastal Link from Lake Worth to Jupiter's Loggerhead Marinelife Center. Or you could take the Coastal Link to West Palm Beach and then take Brightline to Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and so many other destinations.

I'm glad I was there to witness this discussion/vote about Brightline and the Coastal Link and to see all the elected officials in Lake Worth set aside their differences to bring the City together.

As always, Thank You! for visiting my blog.

[UPDATE] To vocal critics of City's November 8th referendum: Do you have a plan? And remember, behave yourself at City workshops.

Fortunately, there were no disruptions or even attempts to disrupt the City Workshop last night. Another thing that didn't happen last night were any ideas from the opposition on how to fix all the roads and potholes. Surprised? You shouldn't be.

 "Maybe we can get Commissioner McVoy to point out what he proposed." And. . . "I want to hear his [McVoy's] plan. I haven't heard his plan."
Quote by citizen/reporter Peggy Fisher at July 7th City Workshop on fixing roads/potholes. See the short video (3rd one) at the end of this blog post.

It's very important to behave yourself at City meetings. Just because you don't like the rule about no public comment at City Commission Workshops doesn't mean you have the right to disrupt the proceedings. If you recall, Mrs. McGiveron, the president of CAUT PAC, shut down the last Workshop on July 7th with this inappropriate outburst:
To all the vocal critics of the City's November 8th referendum to fix the roads and potholes. . . where's your plan?

One of those critics, McGiveron, instead of a offering a plan or a way forward to fix the streets and all the potholes was fortunate enough to get quoted by Kevin Thompson, the Post's beat reporter:
" 'Where the Tropics Begin' was the old Lake Worth motto," she [McGiveron] said. "Sit down, shut up and open your wallets is our new motto."
Pretty clever, huh? But there's a problem folks: clever motto's, shutting down City meetings, and not offering any realistic solutions won't do a thing to fix the City's streets and infrastructure.

Interestingly, following that outburst at the July 7th Workshop out in the hallway, McGiveron accepted a challenge from Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell. She agreed to craft her own ballot language and present it at the July 19th City Commission meeting:
"I [Vice Mayor Maxwell] challenge you. You give me a ballot initiative and I will present it to the commission. That was your offer, Katie. Give it to me. I would love to see it."
Did McGiveron complete the challenge with 12 days to do so? No. The citizen/reporter at the scene, Peggy Fisher, got it all on video. You can hear Maxwell for yourself at the 6:35 mark in this video:
Here is what we learned at the Workshop:
  • Since the "LW2020" bond failed in 2014 it will now cost $9 million more to fix the City's roads
  • At a minimum the City will need $40–50 million
  • More delays will drive up future costs
Just being a critic isn't enough. And just saying we need more meetings isn't enough either. If you don't think a bond is the right approach to fix our roads then what is? That's what is lacking in the opposition to the City's referendum: any leadership whatsoever. Another video below from Peggy Fisher at the July Workshop and you can hear her say. . .
"Maybe we can get Commissioner McVoy to point out what he proposed." And "I want to hear his [McVoy's] plan. I haven't heard his plan."
Exactly (proceed to the 1:35 mark to see if McVoy answers the question).

The next time you hear about "Dark Skies" in Lake Worth remember the video of Los Angeles below

There are more than a few LED lights in this video of Los Angeles and a lot of non-LED lights too. We don't hear complaints any more about our new LED lights here in Lake Worth after the initial nonsensical claims the new lights will make you sick or confuse drivers sending them crashing all throughout the City.

The good news is the public is quite pleased with the new lighting and these LED lights are Dark Skies compliant. Enjoy this amazing video and learn more how it came to be using this link.
LA Light from Colin Rich on Vimeo.

Our Finance Director for the City of Lake Worth: Marie Elianor (and remember that kerfuffle that preceded her?)

At the end of this blog post is a stroll down memory lane to October 30th last year. The previous director, Nerahoo Hemraj, resigned after only 8 months on the job. Why? Simply because it wasn't a good fit: both for him and the City. But some took this opportunity to go on the attack against City Manager Michael Bornstein with claims he lacked the skill to pick the right people for the right job.

The fact of the matter is you just don't know sometimes. Someone who looks like the perfect fit will turn out not to be. Our new director, Marie Elianor, is on the job about 5 months now. From accounts I've heard many in the City are quite pleased with her performance. Below is the news from last March in the City's newsletter:
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     The City of Lake Worth is pleased to announce the appointment of Finance Director, Marie Elianor. Marie is an experienced Florida leader who has worked her entire career at various local and county governments and she’s excited to continue her work in Lake Worth. For Marie, the new position brings new challenges and new opportunities.
     “This is my first experience working with electric utilities,” she said. “That’s something I find very interesting and I’m eager to work with the electric department.”

[and. . .]

     At the end of her first week of work, Marie attended the Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
     “Oh my! It was such an experience. It was a nice welcome to the city,” she exclaimed. Her daughters, who are interested in dance, music and art, especially enjoyed attending. The Lake Worth Street Painting Festival is one of the largest events in downtown, and Marie looks forward to attending many other City-sponsored events in the future.
     “The City has so many things going on. I want to be a part of that,” she said.

Now for a stroll down memory lane. . . the Post's beat reporter interviewed City Manager Michael Bornstein on the resignation of Mr. Hemraj last year. Bornstein did a good job of summing up the situation. Here are two excerpts from the article:

     After only eight months on the job, Finance Director Nerahoo Hemraj resigned on Friday [October 30, 2015], with city officials saying the position wasn’t a good fit.
     “Lake Worth is a very dynamic place and it’s not for everybody,” [emphasis added] said City Manager Michael Bornstein. “Nerahoo had the ability to understand and comprehend complex financial issues, but being able to explain those issues to those around him, he had trouble with that.”
     Bornstein said the decision to part ways was mutual and took place over time.

[and. . .]

     As for the city’s next permanent finance director, Bornstein said the city will be searching for someone willing to take on a “dynamic” challenge.