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City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Jim O'Bryan » Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:53 pm

Now comes word that Mayor Summers with the help of his child king Councilman Sam O'Leary are about to give another $8 - $12 million to yet another NEW non-profit run by friends and supporters of Sam and Mike. Jay Foran's Live Well Lakewood is back and looking to get all of the rest of the money in the city coffers. Mayor Summers and Sam are looking to make sure they are rewarded.

This would be the third* non-profit to address healthy Lakewood after closing the hospital for a coffee shop, an ice cream parlor, and a dry cleaner. Ohhhh and offices for Mike's friends that are now managing the tens of millions of dollars taken from the public and given to the private foundations. As you see Mayor Summers is selling the same lies and misrepresentation as before, but this time it is going into the hands of the very people that told us we had to worry and close the hospital. Oh wait that happened before too. FWIW, CCF was paying for everything in this list before the Mayor asked them to leave.

Read the following letter, and read between the lines. "Lakewood Hospital Fund" "Live Well Lakewood strategic initiative that will benefit the community for decades." Hints at a third foundation run by people selected by the Mayor and his friends.

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Not one penny of the sale of this fully functional public asset worth over $248 million has been returned to the public. Now the final millions head, like the other millions and property, to friends of the Mayor and Council President Sam O'Leary. Lakewood, you have been played.


In a letter to Lakewood City Council from Mayor Summers.

Dear Members of City Council, The Challenge remains – how can Lakewood become the healthiest community in America? This is one of the strategic objectives in the 2019 budget document. On March 5th of this year we invited over one hundred stakeholders, including each of you, to begin a community discussion about this question. Ninety individuals attended and through discussion, confirmed that:

1. Being a healthy community is important.
2. Working upstream on preventative measures by focusing on the Social Determinants of Health which make up 70% of the factors that affect our health is imperative
3. Equity and Access. Providing education, availability and opportunity for everyone in our community to be healthy.
4. Promote and provide education about healthy lifestyle choices and how healthier choices may prevent or reverse chronic disease.
5. Aligning and collaborating all the assets of this community is important to a successful outcome – a healthy community.

Twenty-one Lakewood residents and advocates who attended in March responded that they would be willing to meet monthly for up to a year to create and tell the story of this work to the community and its leadership and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainability. These twenty-one individuals convened as a work group for the first time on May 15, 2019 to begin a discussion on how this effort might be advanced.

Working with a facilitator, a schedule and calendar for the work group has been created with the goal for the group to develop recommendations for a strategic direction and/or model for the community to advance work towards being the healthiest community. The work group plans to work through the summer and hopes to present recommendations to the community, its stakeholders, potential funders and leaders sometime in September. Chief among these leaders is you, our City Council. Your leadership has many attributes. A very important and unique role you play is the stewardship of the city’s Lakewood Hospital Fund.

Health and wellness are not historically the work of city government. We have spent several years talking about our community’s health and the components of population health, wellness and clinical care. As a government we are uniquely positioned to convene and engage our greatest asset – our residents – to take on this strategic planning for our community. Ultimately, to be successful and sustainable, a framework to advance health and wellness should exist outside city government; but, this City has resources to invest in the future health of our community by supporting a Live Well Lakewood strategic initiative that will benefit the community for decades.

I urge you to keep tuned in, review the Live Well Lakewood information on the website and do some research on your own about what is happening across the country regarding various approaches to supporting healthy communities.

Sincerely,
Michael P. Summers

* LHA now - Three Arches Foundation
Healthy Lakewood - Non-profit to spend what was public money from the sale of the hospital.
Live Well Lakewood - A committee to spend the public money talking of being an new non-profit, and needing $8-10 million from the city to fund it.


Doubt it? Read the letter above.


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Bridget Conant » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:10 pm

Health and wellness are not historically the work of city government.


Yes, how did that seminar with restaurant owners in April go? Did anyone even show up?


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Amy Martin » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:42 pm

Still trying to figure out how the healthiest City in America welcomed Raising Cain's, whose menu consists of nothing but chicken fingers, fries, cole slaw, and sugary drinks . . . . :roll:


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Bridget Conant » Thu Jul 11, 2019 3:45 pm

Amy Martin wrote:Still trying to figure out how the healthiest City in America welcomed Raising Cain's, whose menu consists of nothing but chicken fingers, fries, cole slaw, and sugary drinks . . . . :roll:


And bars! Don’t forget the bars!

Alcohol causes accidents and long term health problems, but they don’t care one whit!

They are so full of $hit.


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby cmager » Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:51 pm

http://www.onelakewood.com/live-well-lakewood/

The Live Well Lakewood page on the city website quotes four consultants and panelists touting the need to look upstream, beyond silos, and into neighborhoods. These are but words, yet Metro Health is doing just that with real bricks, real mortar, and real programs and investments in the neighborhoods that Metro serves. Lakewood with its non-compete? NEO Foran will dump a stream of slogans on the City of Lakewood, and maybe some banners and signage.


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Bridget Conant » Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:43 pm

Cmager

Correct.

These people are all smoke and mirrors.

If they REALLY cared about improving health in Lakewood, they would have welcomed Metro with open arms. Instead, they actively OPPOSED them.


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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Dan Alaimo » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:04 pm

"Silos" is popular with the business PR jargonists.


"When tyrants tremble, sick with fear,
And hear their death-knell ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing?"
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Re: City Hall Looking To Give Millions More To Friends And Supporters

Postby Bill Call » Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:50 am

This will all be settled on election day.

These Foundations are controlled by boards that are self appointed, self regulating and self perpetuating.

The people of Lakewood did not choose the board members,
the people of Lakewood have no control or influence over the conduct of the board members,
the people of Lakewood have no voice in the disbursement of the money in the foundations
the people of Lakewood have no right to know
the members of the board chose themselves and will choose their successors

All of that would be fine except that ALL of the money these Foundations have to spend is City money. A total of $65 million or so.

It's nice to hear that candidates for Council and Mayor and offering transparency and accountability. So... Where are they?



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