So, it’s up in the case that some folks haven’t read the article or have been hoping that it would just go away. The online version has probably the most unflattering photo of Trish Spencer that I have ever seen. Generally she is fairly photogenic, but this particular photographer managed to capture Trish Spencer at her least finest in both the magazine edition and the on line article.
Since it’s up now, highlights of the part that was not the going after the officer that pulled her husband over for an alleged DUI:
Records and interviews show that in addition to the incident with Officer Hansen, Spencer personally involved herself in a city code enforcement department’s decision to close the Frank Bette Center for the Arts. Spencer has intervened on behalf of residents on a variety of issues, including those who have sought to get out of paying their parking tickets.
Some city employees interviewed for this report say Spencer often attempts to tell department heads and their workers what to do. Sources say lower-level city employees are often put in a bind over whether to acquiesce to Spencer’s orders or ignore them. “I can talk back to her,” one department head said, “but they can’t.”
Spencer has sometimes attempted to involve herself in trivial city matters, including helping residents clear parking tickets. In one instance, emails show that Rolleri was tiring of the people usurping the established process for challenging tickets issued by the police department. Spencer had forwarded an email to the chief from a city resident about citations she received for partially parking on a sidewalk. In her forwarding email, Spencer acknowledged that she had specifically asked the resident to email her about the parking ticket problem. The mayor added that she was “hopeful that the City can make progress on all your concerns this time.”
Earlier this year, the mayor also appeared to position herself as an advocate against the city’s own interests involving the Frank Bette Center, which city officials had red-tagged for safety reasons. A March email from the city’s code enforcement department noted that the center was riddled with safety problems: The facility had a room containing a fuse box that was locked and inaccessible to the building’s tenant; a water heater was installed with potentially flammable materials; hazardous electrical wiring was evident all over the dwelling; and there was a rotting second story walkway. Even after a second inspection by the city, many of the most serious violations had not yet been fully corrected, according to the email, and “still constitute serious life safety issues and are sufficient to require the building be vacated until they are corrected.”
But according to City Hall sources, Spencer interjected herself in a dispute between the city’s code enforcement division and the Bette Center’s tenant, which along with its attorney was seeking to challenge the city’s decision to red-tag the building. The challenge was denied.
I wonder what version of Trish Spencer we’ll see at the next City Council meeting post this expose. Either she’ll be cowed or defiant. My money is on defiant. Should make for interesting viewing and a slew of “no” votes.