Wow, talk about a surprise! I would have been less surprised by a bullet in the back, or a Molotov cocktail through the window.
My FOIA request for evidence re the lighting issue (our rotating beacon was out for about half of last December, or Airports Manager said it was only two nights and he'd posted NOTAMs for those...I got an FOIA record of NOTAMs at 3S4 [our airport] and statements from credible witnesses...short form is it was proof of his deception on a significant safety issue, and since the FAA pays us about $400 a day to [among other things] keep the lights on it's a Federal fraud issue and provable by Federal records) came through to me, and I wasn't scared off by the burglary (in brief, I don't meet the "wise" qualification re "a word to the wise is sufficient") so yesterday I left a message for the Commissioner who's his direct superior, offering to drop off the evidence and...
This just in from Grants Pass Oregon's The Daily Courier:
Longtime Josephine County Airport Manager Alex Grossi has given his employer two weeks' notice and advised that he may sue for damages he says were caused by Commissioner Sandi Cassanelli.
Grossi's attorney, Mark Lansing, has sent the county a tort claim notice. In the notice, he charges that his client has suffered because of Cassanelli's "slanders and libels." [more]
If you go on their site quick, you can read it on Front Page News, the link is http://www.thedailycourier.com
To read the whole story you have to cough up $.99, but in brief Alex is seeking $7,500 and legal costs, and it isn't about money, it's about making a point. He'll have to pick and choose wisely if he wants to find something untrue in Commissioner Cassanelli's statements. I suspect she'll have plenty of contributors to her legal defense fund. She's the first woman Commissioner we've elected since I came here, she's a complete failure at fitting in with the Good Ol' Boys, and she's the first commissioner with the balls to say, "Wait a minute, that's not true!" Other than that, she seems relatively innocent for a politician.
The video link is http://web.thedailycourier.com/video/vi ... 911Lawsuit
To further quote his attorney:
"Cassanelli on numerous occasions has accused my client of lying, making false statements and defrauding the government," Lansing wrote in the tort claim notice.
Yes, Mr. Lansing, and your point is?
Lansing's letter asserts, "A public official should not accuse a county employee of falsifying information and defrauding people without (at minimum) sound evidentiary support for such a thing.
If it comes to court, I'll bring in my own sound evidentiary support--it's printed out in black and white--but I'll need some help to bring it all, because my doctor said not to lift anything heavy.*
So I guess we'll see, but the climate here may be improving dramatically for Kinetic, both Kinetic Aerospace and Kinetic Vehicles. It was a close one; I was about ready to throw in the towel--today I was transporting jet engines from Josephine County to our new location when the phone call came in from a Courier reader.
*Which is my excuse when people tease me about sitting down when I pee--Sorry, doctor's orders.