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Read a Transcript of Our July Mayor's Chat

Mayor Gary Christenson and Business Development Officer Kevin Duffy answer your questions about downtown business and development at 11 a.m. this morning.

Hit the button above, and watch the chat live. Enter your questions in the text box above! While not mandatory, we always appreciate people using their real names. 

Any questions? Email moderator Chris Caesar at Chris.Caesar@patch.com. 

Michael B Elvale July 27, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Speaking of development, how are the plans for the new east side fire station coming?
Bill M July 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
There is a public safety meeting at city hall plaza Monday evening @6.00pm. Good time to ask the Mayor and the Assistant Chief in person.
Raj July 29, 2012 at 11:13 PM
WOW!, way to avoid answering a question about the trash... (see below for question and answer from live blog) If there is a hike in the trash bags to $5, there WILL be a revolt.... My cynical guess is they will float amounts for public opinion between now and Labor Day, and settle on a $3 fee each bag so that instead of thinking "I got to pay $1 more, are you kidding me..." People will think "Oh that's not too bad, they only went up a dollar instead of the proposed $3 increase...." WAR IS PEACE FREEDOM IS SLAVERY IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH. ========================= Comment From Trashbag Tony I hate paying for these blue bags. I pay enough in taxes that we should not have to pay for bags to. Is it true that you are going to start charging $5 per bag? --------------------------------- Mayor Gary Christenson: We are working on pulling together a task force to tackle this issue. Much like previous task forces, it will be comprised of residents, business owners and city officials. Look for an announcement near Labor Day.
Dan O'Brien July 30, 2012 at 05:45 PM
What's so cynical about it? The Mayor made a promise that he will get rid of the blue bags, looks like he is just like all the other politicians, all talk and no action. I don't care how long he's been in office! I agree with Raj, there will be a revolt by the residents if the price of these cheap bags goes up, even just a dime. If you can afford them Michael and it doesn't bother you that you will have to pay more, that's just great for you, many people can't pay more!
Dan O'Brien July 30, 2012 at 05:50 PM
One more thing. What does he need another task force for? He knows what the people want, business owners don't pay for blue bags, they get a dumpster, which is probably cheaper in the long run. He better think twice before he raises the blue bag tax, I don't think city hall want's people bringing their trash to the Mayor's office.
Phe July 30, 2012 at 05:56 PM
As much as I am stunned at this sort of non-committal answer to a question I hadn't even heard posed about the blue bags before reading the commentary here... There was all sorts of bluster about bringing trash to city hall when the whole blue bag debacle was implemented in the first place, but nothing ever came of that. Do you think that empty threats are really the way to make the mayor take notice and do the *right* thing?
Michael B Elvale July 30, 2012 at 06:42 PM
They like committees and task forces, there have been no less than 5 east side fire station building committees over the last 60 or so years. We are still waiting, There will be a new east side fire station before the blue bags go away......so.....don't hold your breath. I was using the dumpster at the old Faulkner school site, but that went away, Ill have to find a new dumpster.
david mokal July 30, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Yes But Michael Mayor Christonson is able to Leap Buildings in a single bound...He is faster than a speeding bullet....More powerful than a locomotive...Yes 7 months he hasn't even had time for a bowell movement !! GEEESH
david mokal July 30, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hey I got dibs on the one on RT 99 !
Michael G August 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Wondering when a certain individuals stance on sober homes and clinics changed so fast. When I asked the question, I got a quick answer. As you can see in the link below he was very much involved in promoting sober homes. http://www.prurgent.com/2010-06-10/pressrelease100380.htm
Michael G August 01, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Then this happened. http://boston.cbslocal.com/2011/09/21/brookline-doctor-charged-in-huge-medicaid-fraud-case/ This the type of business that will be promoted in Malden?
Michael G August 01, 2012 at 04:46 PM
If this administration moves forward, certain friends need to be replaced. And a personal photographer? Is that needed? A video editor? Why not use the ones at MATV? Could save the city around 50 grand and hire a beat cop or put it into overtime.
Michael G August 01, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Will I get an intimidating phone call or visit for these posts from the mayors office? That last call was so unprofessional.
Phe August 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Are you referring to the very brief mention of Mr. Kevin Duffy who, at the time of the article, was the head of Community Relations for PMAI? Because I don't see Christenson's name anywhere in that link, and the model is based on a case study in Barnstable County. It would really help if you'd cut the passive-aggressive nonsense and at least make your comments, if they have relevance, clear to other forum readers who may not have grown up "in the know" when it comes to Malden's apparently incestuous political/community ties.
AnnieOMalden August 01, 2012 at 06:52 PM
The Mayor was one of the four who voted against the blue bags. He was opposed to them but I knew he'd been lured to the "other side" when he called for a vote on November 17, 2009 to discuss the matter before the new councilors came in from the 2009 election. The failed vote stopped any talk for 6 mos. until the midst of budget talks in 2010. As many of you already know that is the moment when I realized Gary the Councilor would not support those who opposed the trash bags and would not do so as Mayor if elected. The Malden Taxpayers For Accountability got the question on the ballot to ELIMINATE the bags and the overwhelming response was to ELIMINATE the bags yet as we all know, didn't win on a technicality! Remember there was as many people who came out in a non-Mayoral election year as came out this past Mayoral election. There is no need for any "task force" as the people have spoken. Earlier this year in one of the Patch sponsored "chats" with the Mayor he said he'd been given about 7 proposals regarding trash programs and since has dismissed them all. He has not invited the MTFA to preview those proposals and we have not been asked to the table to discuss the matter. Let me be clear here: I have ALWAYS agreed we need to do more to recycle and the city has done a poor job on that and only implemented the bags to raise money. The one free barrel is MY idea, not those trying to win votes. The MTFA has many ideas to compromise if necessary. Just ask us!
Michael G August 01, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Phe. Some stuff you need to dig on your own. I led you to the rabbit hole. Annie the MTFA will not be part of this "Task Force" or brought in for ideas because none of it's key figures donated to the Mayors election campaign. I am positive on who will be on this "Task Force." I will not name names but I assure you it is people who agree with the mayors vision. Can you remind the readers who voted for the bags and who did not?
AnnieOMalden August 02, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Michael G: Those who voted for the bag: Anderson (Neal), Bucci, Condon, DiPietro, Furlong, Lucey and Sheehan. Against: Christenson, Kinnon, Nestor and Spadafora. We now have more councilors who have expressed a "revisit" of this tax and would certainly support citizen approved changes if anyone of them had the gumption to bring it up for a vote. From what I am told, in September the Mayor would entertain "discussion" - whatever his definition is of "discussion" I am not clear on. You can be assured if his idea is to raise the cost in any way, we can put it on the ballot again in 2013 and thanks to Hizzoner the Mayor, we don't have as many technicalities to overcome. We'll make sure the bag is done completely and forever if it comes to that. Believe me, I have learned a great deal about campaining over the last 5 years. This would be a real piece of cake! The admin likes to kid themselves into thinking people have "gotten used to the bags" or "it's not a big deal anymore". You know, the same thinking they have about no crime in this city or no need for an east side fire station. We know better. It's not going away.

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