Feel free to ignore my comments going forward. I really could care less....
A. Language included in the contract allows for the cancellation of the contract if the consultant is found to have violated City Ethics Laws. If found guilty of violating any city Ethics laws the contract can be cancelled for cause by the city and ParkAtlanta will owe the city a large cancellation fee.
B. Professional Account Management, a company associated with ParkAtlanta, is the company who is supposed to collect the revenue from the citations. While they have been temporarily assigned the debt portfolio for collection, they have no right to cancel citations or adjust fine amounts. When a citation is received it results in the creation of a debt account at the City of Atlanta Municipal Court . This account is placed with the consultant for collection until the end of the contract then going forward if uncollected it will be passed to the next consultant for collection. They are merely a temporary debt collector on a 100% commission. Regardless, These citations, being an administrative sanction, serve to prevent recidivist behavior that is "detrimental" to the community. Should some be allowed to break the law with impunity just because they are employed by a city contractor? HELL NO! The law must be equitable to all involved in order to have a fair administration of justice.
C. Stay tuned to hear additional information about my citation. I think some people will be really mad once the full extent of the story is public. The information you have seen thus far is only the tip of the iceberg...
I'm the Whistle Blower from the Fox 5 ParkAtlanta story. Stay tuned because there are a lot more issues that go beyond what was mentioned in the story. I haven't shown al my cards yet. Lets see how long this explanation holds once I show the rest of my cards... Prepare to be shocked!!!
Though I understand the plight of the family in need of housing, I find it difficult to believe the family thought they would just be allowed to trespass indefinitely. This wasn't really an attempt to obtain feasible housing for the family; It was more of an attempt to put certain occupy organizers in the spotlight (ie. Time Franzen). If Occupy Homes really wanted to improve the living situation of the family they would have covertly seized a home and moved a family in without attracting media attention. They could have done this in multiple homes in close proximity to establish a foothold in the neighborhood. The illegal seizure of private property in a publicized fashion only serves the interest of Occupy Homes organizers and not the family which received the home. The only question left is why did the organizers chose the publicized method over the more covert method.
The spokeswoman for the Department of Public works is absolutely wrong about the city not having to pay for this damage. A copy of the Professional Services Agreement with ParkAtlanta is available for download at the link below. Part 2 of Exhibit A Section 1.4 clearly states that the City will reimburse ParkAtlanta for willful vandalism of parking meters. This only shows how little the Department of Public Works knows about their contract with the consultant.
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