|Bang! Bang! Bang!|
The day is Monday, January 10, 2011.
12:24 AM: Beth Mason attorney, Steve Kleinmen, emails Mason "business partner" James Barracato . Kleinman anticipates that Mason will be criticized about voting down budget appropriations at the City Council meeting that evening. Kleinman tells Barracato "don't let them claim this is an unprecedented action," recounting that in 2008 the Council unanimously voted to "cut almost all spending off." Kleinman attaches "relevant meeting minutes" from 2008.
1:11 AM: James Barracato forwards Kleinman's email and attachments to Lane Bajardi, telling him: "411 should do a story on this before the Council meeting tonight."
1:20 AM: Lane Bajardi sends Perry Klaussen his "Emergency Council Meeting Preview." Klaussen publishes the ghost-written preview that morning.
12:39 PM: Barracato sends Lane Bajardi the leaked memo "Mayoral Memo.pdf." The document was leaked by (at least) one member of the City Council (his/her identiyy lies ahead... keep reading!)
5:04 PM: Barracato forwards Cryan's email to Lane Bajardi. Go find the City Council leaker! GA highlighted the leaky Councilperson's name just for you.
8:12 PM: Lane Bajardi is at the City Council meeting. He and Perry Klaussen exchange polite banter by email.
8:25 PM: Lane Bajardi at the mic and on the attack! He infers he learned about the Mayor's memo by "rumors on the street..."
Bajardi: "My point, and I'd be happy to republish on, on some blog somewhere the incredibly hostile commentary of Ms. Paparone to members of the public including myself, and members of this council. So it is truly laughable and at a later date I will take it up at an appropriate time to show Ms. Paparone for what she is. Moving on... work with the administration, this is what the minority wants the majority to do... work with the administration. The administration is not only refusing to give budget information to the minor... majority of this council, refusing outright to give budget information on an ongoing basis but is also putting out memos directing members of this council to avoid contact with individuals who work for this city and to direct all questions to Mr. Liston, if the rumors on the street are to be believed… no Mr. Liston… I’m not asking for you to..."
11:40 PM: Beth Mason replies to Lane Bajardi.
11:41 PM: Beth Mason calls Lane Bajardi on his Verizon Wireless line. The call lasts 93 minutes.
|Beth Mason's army|