Latrobe Sustainabiltiy Manager paid by anonymous donor?
Posted in the Latrobe Forum
#1 Jun 1, 2012
'Just watched the City Manager's blog about Jarod Trunzo, the city's new Sustainabiltiy -- nature/green/environmental -- Manager, and City outreach contact, and learned that Trunzo is paid by an "anonymous" donor.
How does that work?
Did a big briefcase of cash show up at the City Manager's office with a note in it, "Hire Jarod Trunzo"?
Or, did a hefty cashier's check show up, signed by "anonymous".
This doesn't make sense to me. No one donates to a City position, "anonymously" unless they donate their list of wants and desires, too.
Since: Jan 11
#2 Jun 1, 2012
I expect it simply means that the donor wishes to remain anonymous to the public.
I really like the video blogs that Alex has been doing. I've also emailed him a couple of times and have found that he's happy to answer questions or concerns.
The council meetings are also informative. The agenda meetings are less formal than the official council meetings themselves, and tend to be where most of the discussions of issues takes place, so they can be more interesting. In the most recent agenda meeting from May 29th, Alex explains what caused the recent construction accident at the parking garage.
#3 Jun 2, 2012
I very much like the video blgos too.
However, Trunzo's position is a "city" postion, and an anonymous donor to a government position means the same thing, no matter how ya try to "green" it: corruption.
I can't believe that this doesn't strike people as odd.
And if one looks at what the anonymous donor spent, let's assume $45,000, well that's a lot of agenda that the donor can buy through suggestions and "anonymous" notes to his charge in city office.
#4 Jun 2, 2012
hmmm???? I wish someone would make a donation
on my behalf.- lol. It's hard to say though -there is a lot
of money in this town believe it or not and it could just be a long
time resident who likes what he's doing?? But i do agree it is
somewhat odd - is it just one flat donation or is this person going
to keep paying his salary every year?? I would like to think the
money came with no strings - but I think i might be blind!
#5 Jun 2, 2012
exactly..."free" money to a city entity? a city position? with no strings? c'mon, that's not even a possibility and we all know it...
Hence, the thing to do is to watch what he works on, who's voting project for him to manage, who's getting the contracts for the projects -- and most IMPORTANTLY
-- what's GETTING IGNORED!
#6 Jun 2, 2012
Renee, find a high bridge- then do us all a favor and jump off! You are taking up necessary space.
#7 Jun 2, 2012
Is it too hard for you to think, "Wow, politicians have to record all of their donors, so why shouldn't the town of Latrobe report its benefactor?"
Transparency in government is supposed to be the ideal, ya know, citizens' "right to know" and all...
#8 Jun 5, 2012
What exactly is the job description for this position ?
What are the job duties and responsibilities ?
#9 Jun 5, 2012
Go to the city Manager's facebook page, and watch his interview with Trunzo, Graziani sort of described Trunzo's job in about a 7-moninte video.
It's bad form for the position to be funded "anonymously", because that always implies favors and special consideration wanted by the benefactor.
It could be Latrobe Steel funding the position, with the caveat that all of its mess in the community is never looked at by the very position that's supposed to look at environmental and "green" issues for the town.
Sustianability is the new 21st century term for environmentalism.
#10 Jun 6, 2012
Well, I sent a few letters to several people asking for help with an issue and was ignored totally. The head honcho just had a smart ass answer that he told to someone about the issue and I have never once heard a word from him or the other Latrobe people.. So much for helpful. They only help with things they want to and get good PR from.
#11 Jun 6, 2012
To whom did you send the letter?
What was your request for help?
You know, if you post it, and go to a City Council meeting -- now on tape -- your request for help CAN NO LONGER GO UN-ADRESSED.
The way Latrobe has been run is very lop-sided, one-sided, favorite-sided, and that is precisely why REGULAR PEOPLE DO NOT PARTICIPATE.
Post your letter on here!
#12 Jun 6, 2012
regular people? last election nobody ran against the incumbants!
#13 Jun 6, 2012
Apathy in Latrobe is a terrible thing. People don't participate, because there's a clear pattern in Latrobe of City employees and elected officials being -- large dicks.
There should be a public invitation -- at the beginning of every council meeting, now that they are filmed -- for Latrobeans to attend the meetings and participate.
I can tell you that when I rallied a lot of Avenues E, D, and C and B people to attend the September 2010 meeting, the council members were absolute assholes to me, and to people my senior.
And the reason they are assholes is because they don't know any better, they're stupid, and no one TRAINED THEM.
God only knows that the current Mayor, Miss Griffin, a lovely lady, will NEVER stand up to them, because they're assholes to her, too!
Baldonieri, Skapura, and the other one, what's his name? Giovanelli? Giovanangelo, they're the worst. Jim, the old guy, can't een stay awake. Wolford is a cheerleader for Latrobe Steel. Thank God Fenton is gone. Who knows what the sixth guy, from First Ward thinks.
They all need to go -- and new people need to be elected.
-----And new people need to be TRAINED, as to what is possible, by visiting other towns, reading reports of other towns, reading about other towns' redevelopment.
#14 Jun 6, 2012
Apathy may ensue, but by definition apathy is lack of emotion or feeling, and therefore cannot possibly "run rampant".
#15 Jun 6, 2012
Renee, maybe if you try posting this on your fifth ward fb page or on the You know your from Latrobe fb page you could get some real people rallying behind you instead of just telling all these anonymous people from outside Latrobe (since you believe the isp is where they are actually from not where their internet tower is) that really don't give a crap. You have your own facbook page to air your complaints use it. Why be such a coward and post your trash talk here and not there where it could be heard by more people?
#16 Jun 7, 2012
you people cant accept the fact that she is right sometimes.
#17 Jun 8, 2012
It is just the fact that the lady never shuts up about what is wrong with Latrobe or the people who run Latrobe. She talks a huge game but in reality this forum is basically all she has. If she EVER took any action other than complaining on this forum maybe some people would accept the fact that she is right about some things. The problem is she talks about all of her great accomplishments and what should be done while in reality she probable has never done any of those things. I mean she might have in the past but until the people of Latrobe actually sees her do something other than her recent pattern she will always be looked upon with the much deserved skepticism she receives. Action has always had more weight behind it unfortunately if anyone is on this site long enough they will see that she does very little action rather she will concentrate on her topix forum haters for a majority of the day.
#18 Jun 8, 2012
Spoken like a true City Council member...
#19 Jun 8, 2012
"runs rampant" is a figure of speech for even apathy, a state of being applied to a group of people, who have no hope.
The phrase "running rampant" is a common idiom used in American English to mean that something is unchecked and out of control.
In Latrobe, the apathy is - unchecked - by the City Leaders, since, in the last almost 9-years that I've watched Latrobe, NEVER ONCE has there been a call to the people, from the City Leaders, to PARTICIPATE, to JOIN IN, to be part of the process.
The assholes on City Council, who think that they're actually "in politics" have no idea how to be political and rally together groups of people, neighborhood, entities to enact change.
-----Let's face it: For the City Council people, it's all about beer drinking...collecting $1,800/year for doing nothing, and believing that they actually help the town
#20 Jun 8, 2012
Renee if you truely feel you are right you have 2 better forums to discuss this. On your fifth ward latrobe pa facebook page and the You know your from Latrobe facebook page. Don't you think on those you would get "real" people behind you (if in fact you are right)? Don't you believe that you could bring about more changes speaking out on those and rallying residents behind you rather than go off half cocked on here with people that really don't care?
There are only a few reasons why you wouldn't voice your opinion on those 2 pages. 1. Your a coward. 2. You know your wrong 3. You really don't give a crap and just like running your mouth 4. You are all talk and no action just like Dennis pointed out
Come on Renee you really want to make a difference and not be known as the loud mouthed loser? Or is that really all you are?
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