Friday, March 16, 2012

Mayor Bratina Responds

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The following emails were received from our Mayor for publication:

On Thursday morning I was contacted by Andrew Dreschel who had information about my employee's salary that I did not have.  The question arises, how did he get information that apparently is only known to a few staff members.  There is a process that directs us to make public the so-called Sunshine List of those whose compensation exceeded $100,000 dollars in the calendar year.  However the information had not been given to me regarding my employee until we requested it because of the media inquiry.  We received an undated draft copy which theoretically is not public yet.

Below is my response to Mr. Dreschel, and his reply today.   The only inference one can take from the Spectator article is that I somehow concealed for devious purposes information that inevitably would become public.  Mr. Dreschel and his Editorial Board heard me state publicly at the Rotary Awards night
that my office had saved more than half our budget, amounting to $507,000 (five hundred and seven thousand dollars), which includes all salaries and expenses, to the benefit of taxpayers, but obviously have no intention of publishing the most remarkable budget saving  (over 50 per cent) of any department in the City.  

It is obvious the Spectator intends to carry on its campaign of attack on the Mayor's office, in this case involving a sum of $8,000  dollars of vacation pay, while questions remain unanswered about the spending of  millions of dollars of taxpayers' money. 

Bob Bratina,Mayor.

 Mr. Dreschel, 

I have finally seen the documents related to the "Sunshine List", which I believe you have in your possession.  My employee's accumulated vacation pay was $8,008.34, which was added to her 2011 compensation since she took no vacation that year. In addition her 2012 increase added a small amount in the month of December to the original contracted salary which was given to you and you published in 2010.   We also released to the public the market valuation increase agreed to for 2012 during her annual review.   For 2011 the combination of vacation pay and salary increase resulted in the final total, $967 dollars over the "Sunshine List" threshhold.  I'm not sure what the point of your column was in terms of informing the public since we have always committed to full disclosure.Bob Bratina.

From: Dreschel, Andrew [mailto:ADreschel@thespec.com] 
*Sent:* Friday, March 16, 2012 11:10 AM
*To:* Bratina, Bob
*Subject:* RE: Your column

Thanks very much for the information, Bob. No, I don’t have any documentation in my possession. If I did, I certainly would have reported the number in my column. As I informed you yesterday, my questions arose from rumours I’d picked up on. Thanks for fleshing them out with the facts.

Andrew Dreschel


  1. Andrew Drescell

    thanks for reminding me why I canceled my subscription

  2. As often as out mayor does disappoint me (quite regularly), I have to say that this is not at all "news" and I understand his point.

    On the other hand, I think that Peggy has a long way to go before she deserves this kind of salary, so I am happy that the media isn't just going to let this entire affair drift into the recesses of our forgetfulness.

  3. Yellow journalism = Andrew Dreschell/The Spectator

  4. So Dreschell created all this without having all the facts? Going on rumours? That's very poor!!!!


  5. Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.[1] Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.[1] By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.[2]

  6. Bizarre to complain about yellow journalism and privacy when it was Bob and Peggy that leaked news of the pay raise in the first place. Maybe the biggest self-inflicted political wound in recent memory. Talk about the gang that couldn't shoot straight!

  7. Bob needs better advice, not a cheerleader. Long hours is not what counts. I think many people are outraged over the choice rather than the pay

  8. I totally agree with anonymous. Bob needs a person of integrity, and credibility to help him. Ms Chapman was the wrong person from the start, and her story gets worse as time goes on. When she becomes the story in such a negative way as has happened in several situations, then she is no longer "protecting" the Mayor but sabotaging him. Someone said that she is a polarizing factor in the Mayor's office, I totally agree.

  9. Bob made a bad choice and it will dog him and probably be his downfall. At this juncture, he should review some resumes.

    But I like that he stood up to Dreschell. I think Dreschell is losing his edge and is a symptom of the downward spiral that MSM is going through. I find The Hamiltonian to be modern and relevant.

  10. I agree with the comments here, but we can't blame Peggy either. Indeed, she is in over her head and the Mayor needs a more seasoned and experienced executive to provide him with advise and help guide him and his office through a sucessful term. Peggy is drowning in this regard and no amount of money will give her what she lacks as the Mayor's COS. As for the amount itself, it was a grave mistake to award anyone, especially someone with no experience, a $30 G raise. This is something that I cetainly won't forget come next election.


  11. I agree with Cynthia, Peggy Chapman is well over her head, and not capable of being the Mayor's Chief of Staff. In her best interest, she should resign. The Mayor would have a better chance to turn things around. If she does not resign, it will be a matter of time before she does or says something that would cause her to be fired.


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