An Open Letter to Allison Goldsberry re: Inside Medford

Allison C. Goldsberry
Inside Medford”
35 Dudley
St.
Medford, MA 02155

RE: CABLE TV COMMITTEE

Dear Allison:

I was shocked to hear at the City Council that you allegedly refused to sell advertising to Anthony D’Antonio,for Inside Medford and allegedly told City Councilor Robert M. Penta not to contact you.    You and I have maintained a professional relationship over the years since you voluntarily stepped down from the board of Medford Community Cablevision, Inc.   And because you know what it is like to be shut out, as we were both shut out of TV3 for being reasonable, logical people, it is stunning that – like TV3 – you would allegedly refuse to give a Mayoral opponent space in your “Inside Medford” and then refuse to publish Councilor Penta’s letter in your publication and on the City website.  Let’s explore the P/E/G monies paid to you and see if you don’t have to follow the same rules as a 501c3 in regards to political speech and paid advertisements.

Adam Knight looked like a damn fool  in the Medford Transcript siding with the Mayor on the budget (we know which pocket Mr. Knight sleeps in) and again at the City Council on July 15 saying that Inside Medford is a “PRIVATE” publication.” The question arises, since you get monies from politicians from paid advertising, and a salary from P/E/G, even if it is legal, is it ethical?   It is absolutely double-dipping, and it is not how a young lady in her early thirties should begin her career, neglecting the needs of the citizens of Medford who pay a franchise fee that pays your salary, but you, Allison, sucking up to Mike McGlynn and possibly anyone who purchases an advertisement from you.

There are no advertisements on Community Media Medford dot. com. This is my opinion, my perspective on Medford, and having uncovered stories on Gene McGillicuddy at Medford Housing, Robert Maiocco at Wells Fargo, breaking a story on a variance issue as well as breaking the story on the letter Frank Pilleri received from the City Solicitor, it is safe to say this is the only news outlet in Medford not swayed by payments from City Hall, as the two major print papers  in this city appear to be, as the Globe North appears to be and as you definitely are.  

On a Friday at City Hall there was a press conference, yet two teachers receiving P/E/G monies, Allison Goldsberry and Jack Dempsey, were not teaching school. They were part of the Mayor’s entourage with Jack Dempsey appearing to use school equipment on school time, not teaching students, but videotaping the Mayor (with poor audio, it should be added.)  To see Hack Dempsey get 71,498.00 for 2013 is appalling as the broadcasts on the Educational channel have been hideous.   We are not getting our money’s worth.   But the concern in this letter right now is you accepting monies from some politicians and allegedly not from others, and you allegedly telling an elected official not to speak with you again.  It is outrageous.  It seems like you are double dipping.  Let’s explore this further…

The late Sheriff Jimmy DiPaola found a legal loophole, until he was caught.  Let’s revisit his tragic story:

On November 19, 2010, DiPaola was questioned by reporters from The Boston Globe for exploiting a state pension loophole which allowed him to file for retirement, then announce a run for re-election. This would allow him to serve his third full term while collecting both a salary and pension. He maintained that it was a legal maneuver, and he had no reason to decline the opportunity: “There is nothing evil about it. I don’t see it as grabbing something. I’m supposed to say no to it?”[4] The next day, however, he phoned the Globe after a “sleepless night” and confessed his own feelings of guilt, saying, “I’d always be remembered for this, for double-dipping, that that would be my legacy.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_DiPaola

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INSIDE MEDFORD’S FREE RIDE

The “public” part of P/E/G is prohibited from promoting or attacking candidates and politicians (because of the non-profit status,) shouldn’t the same hold for Inside Medford since you are working for a tax-exempt entity, Medford High School?   Now it is my understanding that a 501c4 can engage in some political speech, where a 501c3 cannot, but what is very clear is that by you promoting some politicians while being paid public monies from Comcast and Verizon’s respective franchise fees,  Like Jimmy DiPaola’s case you might be walking through a legal loophole, but it just isn’t right, it isn’t fair, and it is exactly how Michael J. McGlynn games the system.

When I obtained information that you receive our P/E/G monies for your salary there was no street number for you on Dudley St. (and there is another listing for an Allison C Goldsberry in 411.com for 94 Curtis Street, Apartment 101, Somerville, MA 02144) – since I give my name and address week after week at the City Council, shouldn’t someone receiving P/E/G monies as a school teacher and having a role with the City website and on the Community TV panel be as forthright as the citizens of Medford are and have to be speaking at the city council?  Why all the secrecy? 

How are public schools looked at since they don’t make a profit, and should you be accepting monies from school committee members when you get a salary from the school?

Public schools are state entities.

http://askville.amazon.com/schools-non-profit-organisations/AnswerViewer.do?requestId=8843149

Public schools are state entities & are exempt from taxes.  Schools are not non-profit in the same style as non-profit NGOs.  They file special reports & follow different rules than schools.

Yes, schools should be tax exempt organizations.  They are schools & their main goal should be to educate, not raise money. 

You should not tell a City Councilor not to contact you, if you did send an e mail stating that (I have not seen it.)   You should be fair and not let Mike McGlynn manipulate you to hide the facts about the budget from the citizens of Medford.   And you have a moral obligation and duty to cable TV subscribers to push for access tv, which the Mayor is dragging his feet on again, for obvious reasons. We see the McGlynn pattern with residential parking, water and sewer, possible failure to alert people about the excise tax if they purchase two vehicles in one year, pay the excise tax twice, and not know they are entitled to a rebate.  Note I said “possible failure” as I am aware of this in another city and the investigation on if Medford has this policy as well is not in yet.  However, the residential parking, P/E/G access monies and water and sewer are evidence enough right now that citizens are being cheated out of their monies, and the lack of P/E/G access is just a slap in the face; the insufferable Paul Camuso claiming the Government channel is P/E/G as he censors you, me and the lamp post (along with Dr. Storella, Councilor Penta, Jeanne Martin, Robert Cappucci, the list goes on and on with the unethical Paul A. Camuso.) 

You are heading down a slippery slope, Allison, and once McGlynn is bounced, voted out, indicted or steps down, don’t think he won’t turn on you or anyone else if he needs to throw a few lieutenants under the bus.  Look what McGlynn failed to stop, your alleged cousin G.Z. attacking Stephanie Muccini Burke, Bob Penta, Rick Caraviello, you, me, and many others.   McGlynn could have shut that untalented and obnoxious individual up before he was arrested for the false bomb threat.  Instead McGlynn used taxpayers time at a School Committee meeting to PRAISE that person who attacked members of his own staff.  Now that was classless, clueless and exposed McGlynn as someone without decency, honor or understanding his obligation to the taxpayers, ratepayers and other members of our community.

We cable TV subscribers need to know how our P/E/G monies are being spent since there is no access TV station.  With you being paid from P/E/G monies, having access to the City website AND having been on the Community TV panel, despite the clear conflict, can you explain in your publication WHY we are being denied access TV ?    The Mayor having people on the TV board that have not been in the real world of access television was a huge red flag.

http://www.medfordma.org/?s=community+access+tv

It is now July 18, the Comcast Agreement ends in April of 2015.  Nine months more to go, while the Mayor already stonewalled us from October 1, 2013 to this current date, 9 months previous, taking all his sweet time to move the goal posts back so that people won’t have a voice on Channel 3, just as they don’t have full access to Inside Medford, the Medford Transcript, Medford Patch, Globe/Yourtown/Medford, etc.   All these not-very-objective entities appear to be writing for the pleasure of the Mayor; serving at the pleasure of the Mayor, a Mayor whose armor has sustained quite a few dents in the past few weeks.  Here are some public records requests which can clarify the situation and, hopefully, bring you to your senses.  I like you, Allison, but you’ve been a naughty, naughty girl lately and that slippery slope you are on needs a course correction.

 

LETTERS FROM ANN BAKER AND  ANN GIOMBETTI

Sep 7, 2012
Mr, Viglione,
 I believe Mr Rumley responded to you for questions #1 & #2.
In response to #4:
    the salaries of Allison Goldsberry, John Demsey, and Lisa Dunphy were charged in Fy12, and will be charged again in FY13. This info was provided by Ann Giombetti , School finance director.
Ann baker

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013, 4:47 PM
Joe: here are the responses to your public records request:2010         2011      2012       2013John Dempsey         $64,893        $66,801      $68,786    $71,498
6 Charles St
Lexington, Ma 02421Lisa Dunphy          $69,677        $71,738     $73,861     $76,775
200 park terrace #225
Stoneham Ma 02180Allison Goldsberry    $40,409       $40,409     $41,621      $41,621
Dudley St
Medford, ma 02155I have no record of invoices to students or parents for video services.The MHS AV Club raises funds by videotapin school events such as concerts and provides them to the public for a five dollar donation All proceed go to the student activity fund for the benefit of the students.There is no contract nor has there been a contract between the schools and JD Video that I have found or am aware of for any services or products.There are no commissions for equipment rental that I have knowledge of.If you give me a fax number I will send you a list of purchased equipment supplies.I trust this complies with your request for information.  Roy Belson, Superintendent
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Back in April I received this response from the high school
  We are currently compiling your request and will provide it to you as 
soon as we can.Ann Giombetti
Director of Finance & Administration
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April 17, 2013Dear Mr. Belson,For your records, Allison Goldsberry’s address is 35 Dudley Street.

I like to see if media people who cover campaigns are actually voting and ask about them (if they are registered to vote; their legal address, etc.) at the Registrar of Voters office.

Can you believe a person at TV3 Medford who doesn’t even live in the city is NOT registered to vote yet has great influence on the election?   It amazes me.

Thank you, again, for your help with this.

Sincerely,

Joe Viglione

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For those of you interested in the Public Access TV Situation in Medford, Mass. read on:

 

“I’m here to make sure that this TV station is the best it can be for
ourselves and for our children,” said
the Honorable Judge Marie O.Jackson-

TV3 Equipment Article on Boston.com
http://tinyurl.com/voiceattv3

— On Fri, 4/5/13, rbelson wrote:

From: rbelson@
Subject: Public records request info
To: joeviglione@y
Date: Friday, April 5, 2013, 4:47 PM

Joe: here are the responses to your public records request:2010         2011      2012       2013John Dempsey         $64,893        $66,801      $68,786    $71,498
6 Charles St
Lexington, Ma 02421Lisa Dunphy          $69,677        $71,738     $73,861     $76,775
200 park terrace #225
Stoneham Ma 02180Allison Goldsberry    $40,409       $40,409     $41,621      $41,621
Dudley St
Medford, ma 02155I have no record of invoices to students or parents for video services.The MHS AV Club raises funds by videotapin school events such as concerts and provides them to the public for a five dollar donation All proceed go to the student activity fund for the benefit of the students.There is no contract nor has there been a contract between the schools and JD Video that I have found or am aware of for any services or products.There are no commissions for equipment rental that I have knowledge of.If you give me a fax number I will send you a list of purchased equipment supplies.I trust this complies with your request for information.  Roy Belson, Superintendent

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