Jason Gabriel says the council can’t interfere in other agencies, of for %$#&s sake.

For #@%^s sake, they are just making it up as they go along in the OGC office led by Jason Gabriel who must have got his law degree out of a box of Cracker Jacks.

So City Hall wants to sell JEA despite there being no need to and promises by Curry during the election that he would leave it alone and at first they had frozen the City Council out putting some pretty steep barriers from getting involved.

Now however they are being permitted to hire outside council which is a little befuddling because isn’t the OGC supposed to be their legal council? Why would you need an outside council unless like with the school board the OGC is working against them.

So there is a level of crazy there but what Jason Gabriel said blows crazy up. 

From the Florida Times Union,

JEA expects to start negotiating in late October with interested entities and bring a recommendation to the utility’s board in late February. In March, JEA would engage the City Council and the public, according to a timeline given to the JEA board.
Priestly Jackson asked Gabriel whether the council can require JEA to amend the minimum requirements. One change she wants would be a requirement that any deal would fully fund several hundred million dollars of unfunded pension obligations for JEA employees and retirees. Those obligations would become the city’s sole responsibility if there were a deal.
Gabriel said the council cannot require JEA to alter the terms of its solicitation.
“You can’t change something in the mid-stream of a procurement process because there’s an integrity to the process that can’t be tinkered with,” Gabriel said. “You don’t want to mess up what’s there.”


You should really read the entire article. 

Gabriel says they are to far in to change any requirements, like not assuming pension liability. Um has JEA been sold and I didn’t notice it. And the council can’t interfere in board decisions, um what the absolute $#%^ because this is absolutely what he has said they can do to the school board for months.

As they fight against the school board they are just making stuff up as the go along. This is a travesty what they are doing both with our schools and JEA. 

Education Matters EXCLUSIVE, transcript of Curry and Gabriel’s conversation about the sales tax referendum

I was sent this by an insider at City Hall and no it wasn’t Sam Mousa because who can afford that guy.

It is a transcript of Lenny Curry and Jason Gabriel’s conversation about the tax referendum.

Gabriel- What’s the matter boss you look down?

Curry- Just trying to figure out how to stop the school board from placing a half cent sales tax on the ballot this November to help with their schools.

Gabriel- Don’t they have some of the oldest schools in the state?

Curry- Yes

Gabriel- And don’t they have hundreds of millions in maintenance needs?

Curry- Indeed they do.

Gabriel- Then won’t a lot of money go to parts of the city that have been historically neglected?

Curry- Again yes but you aren’t seeing the big picture.

Gabriel- What is that boss?

Curry- Big Daddy’s donors have to get paid.

Gabriel- ohh.

Curry- It’s like this, you know how you are beholden to me for your job, and how I could cut you loose at any time for any reason.

Gabriel- gulp, yes.

Curry- well its like that with me and my donors. If I don’t make sure they get paid, this may be it for me. Why would Kahn let me on the Jags plane if this is it for me. Unless I can give him hundreds of millions for lot J, anyhoo I digress.

Gabriel, wow boss, you are in a bind, if wish there was something I could do to help but the statutes are pretty clear, the city council “shall” put the referendum on the ballot.

Curry- Maybe you can just say, shall doesn’t mean shall.

Gabriel- um what would it mean then?

Curry, how about, maybe, if you want, could? You are the lawyer legalese it up.

Gabriel- Boss there is no amount of legalese I could use to do that.

Curry- you sure about that?

Gabriel- pretty sure?

Curry- do you like your job and its salary?

Gabriel- yes, gulp

Curry- then how sure are you?

Gabriel- not very now that I think about it.

Curry- then you shall do it!

Gabriel- I shall.   

How Jason Gabriel took a ridiculously bad ruling and made it even worse.

Um we are paying for this. We are paying a lot of money for this, I hope people realize that.

So the original ruling ignored statute and changed the meaning of the word “shall” but it didn’t try and bludgeon us over the head with word games either. 

The original ruling was ridiculously bad, so what does Gabriel do? He says hold my beer.

Um that’s not a review of the law, that’s a word game and not a good one at that.

Um is Gabriel the city attorney or does he make crossword puzzle clues.

Um what the %$#^!!!!

Did I mention we paid a lot of money for this?

Even if I hated public education. Even if I wanted all the money the referendum would generate to go to charters and even if I as a general rule didn’t care what people thought, I would be embarrassed by Gabriel’s ruling and the reason behind it.

I wonder if when Lenny Curry came to him with above Gabriel was like um, or just said I shall take care if it.