The Piercing Truth
This is right from the dictionary and seems to describe Albuquerque, Berry and Schultz. Fascism (f ash ,izem) noun An authoritarian right wing system of government and/or social organization. (in general use) extreme right wing, authoritarian, chauvinistic and/or intolerant views or practices. Fascism tends to include a belief in the supremacy of one group over another, national, ethnic, especially social strata or monetarily; a contempt for democracy, an insistence on obedience to a powerful leader, and a strong demagogic approach. Compliments of one of our Eyes
May 22, 2017
The Optics on Mayoral Candidate Dan Lewis. Seems the new boss would be more of the old boss.
Folks, we have always stated that if you want to see where a problem lies, just look for the deviation in standard operating procedure. When someone's words do not back up their previous deeds, or the vice versa, they are a fraud, a fake or someone going through the motions of horse shitting you, so they can get what they want, much like RJ Berry did.
We all know how that worked out, because he turned this place into a sink hole.
Now, we are going to put forth some information we have come across on a new Republican candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque this year. We are going to highlight some very disturbing issues, but we will let you be the judge of just what is going on here.
Below is a letter from Dan Lewis, preemptively asking for the Republican Mayor Berry appointed City of Albuquerque Acting Inspector General Peter Pacheco to look into Lewis's relationship with a fuel company called Desert Fuels Inc. This fuel company has had a very lucrative contract with the city for fuel supply.
Upon first looking at this letter, the question is why? Why write such a letter, and why use a phrase such as "hedging mechanisms," when referring to the last three years that Lewis refers to on page two paragraph one? Why not just call it negotiations, or a bidding process? We believe it may all be in the timing and wording. You see, Lewis was planning to announce his run for mayor, and wanted to get this fiasco cleared up, before someone found out about it. The second issue is that Lewis was elected city counselor for District 5 in 2009. His rolls from 2011, until this contract was ratified, consisted of Chairman of the Budget Committee - 2011 and 2013, Chairman of the Finance Committee - 2012 and 2015, and Council President - 2013 and 2016. In the above letter he stated that he never had any conversations in any way with City of Albuquerque employees regarding the COA / Desert Fuels contract, but he says that he did disclose that he was an employee of Desert Fuels, when the negotiations were going on. Well, to who... did you have that conversation, email or text message with is what we are asking? In cases like this, the mere knowledge of someone's connection, is all that is needed to put the fix in. Desert fuels was awarded this contract on 2/17/12. Hmmmm.
When one calls for an objective investigation into something, one does not write a letter already suggesting the outcome of that investigation to the investigator, as was done on page two in the last paragraph.
What is more disturbing is that Dan Lewis is the Executive Vice President of Desert Fuels Inc. now, and that the IG looks at this from the pretty screwed up "chicken or the egg" mentality of the fact that the contract to Desert Fuels was awarded to them by the city four months before Lewis was given a job at that company, when the fact is that Desert Fuels was given the contract while Lewis was a city counselor, then Lewis was hired by Desert Fuels as a mere "Director of Supply" but was rocketed up to the position of Executive Vice President of that company a mere year and three months later, with a stint of acting President along the way. Who has ever been promoted to that type of position in a company so fast? Unless you are hired on as a high level executive manager, that type of promotion is highly unusual.
So Dan Lewis is the Chair of budget and finance, but expects everyone to believe that by stating (oh by the way I work for that company, then leaving) that those who work close with him will not be influenced just by that? And it is ok to take a promotion to VP of the company afterwards.
There may have been some worry about the optics of this, and for just cause, because every dirty deal in this state revolves around a favor, and a kickback afterwards as a payment. (DO WE NEED TO DISCUSS TASER) The smallest thing as just knowing your buddy is connected to a business you are approving in a contract is inappropriate, and this whole matter needs to be reopened.
Below are the IG letters back to Lewis Advising him preliminarily that nothing wrong occurred. How many people being investigated objectively by the IG get a preliminary letter of the status of the investigation less than a month in? Just how many IG investigations are completed in only a month? These letters only show that the IG thinks it "appears" nothing wrong was done here, and it does not state that there was a full investigation, including corroborating interviews, statements, the pulling of phone, email and text message data. It also does not say "Mister Lewis you did nothing wrong at all, and we are sure of that through our extensive investigation into the matter." This letter actually only states they only said they pushed paper on the matter.
Below are the first and last pages of the invoices for the company we have. As you can see we are talking about a lot of money.
Below is the second page of the contract that shows where the contract can just be renewed with only a mutual written agreement almost ensuring business into 2021.
MOVING ON TO SOME MORE ISSUES.
On 3/2/2017 Dan Lewis was absent from a huge issue that his party was pushing because standing for it would have crushed his political aspirations in a city like Albuquerque.
Lewis was absent for the Immigrant Friendly Affirmation Status Vote. On February 22, 2017 Dan Lewis was again absent when it came time to vote for the sanctuary city issue reaffirming the City of Albuquerque's commitment to diversity. (m-17-4)
At a time when Mr. Lewis knew he wanted to run for mayor he voted to increase public funding by 75% for mayoral candidates who qualify from $369,000 to $645,000.
On May 8th 2014, (0-2014-011) Lewis voted to make it criminal for employers to violate the minimum wage ordnance.
Dan Lewis voted on 4/6/15 to sell city bonds amounting to $13,000,000 for developing the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project (ART). (0-2015-009)
On June 15th 2015 Dan Lewis voted to apply for a $5.1 million dollar grant from the Federal Transit Authority to fund ART (R-2015-055) and on the same day voted to apply another federal grant from the Federal Transit Authority to ART to the sum of $1.4 million.
But after all of this.... In March of 2017, Dan Lewis stated to the Albuquerque Free Press "I have stood against this project from the beginning, and ART will be completed by the time the next mayor takes office," Lewis said. "But I will introduce legislation that says if it doesn't meet the metrics of traffic flow and the metrics of economic benefits to the corridor, then we will have the ability to revert the road back to it's original configuration.
We here at the Eye are wondering where all the fuel will come from to run those busses, maintenance trucks and security vehicles for A.R.T. No doubt, from Desert Fuels Inc.
You see, everything here revolves around the you scratch my back philosophy. From Susana and her cronies marijuana grows, to Schultz and Taser, along with Schultz and Kaufman's West contracts, and what that little creep Nate Korn did pulling strings on the NMLEA board, to tamper with cases, and cover for Schultz, to what may happen after this administration gets ripped out like a weed, as our Eyes are telling us. Our Eyes have told us recently that Mayor Berry is eyeing a spot as CEO for Bradbury Stamm, the construction company now working on the Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project, after this election. There is no doubt that when Berry ran 8 years ago this was all planned. All, but the DoJ, and the out of control death spin the city is in.
Our Eyes have told us that Major pain in the balls, and consummate malfeasant turd Gonterman is fleeing come October also. He has to just squeeze the last bit out of the place, because he knows with his reputation, and having to rely on real qualifications, it's going to be slim pickings after this free ride.
One thing is for sure. We need to put these mayoral candidates through the mill, to vet out the self servers, and greedy creeps so that we do not have another Richard J Berry on our hands, and we are able to clean up our city.
The below post was observed this morning. We felt it was disturbing and relative to the point that it needed to be added to this article. Thanks to our readers.