The Globe today has an article about two employees working overtime to do some odd jobs. One of the most telling things I thought about the story is how they didn't obtain building permits to do any of the work.
This, in a nutshell, is how our city works. If you are on the inside the rules do not apply to you. Even in the agency responsible for getting permits approved from large scale projects to tinier ones that need zoning exemptions the BRA is the agency you need to deal with that has exact deadlines and requirements for getting those permits. Of course, none of that applies to the BRA for their own jobs.
Another thing to notice is how the BRA says they are facing a budget crisis but they actually haven't done anything and aren't likely to do so. Construction is down tremendously in this city but have they had any wage freezes or layoffs at the BRA? Of course not. Why layoff people in an independent agency with no oversight just because the work load is down when the City can layoff teachers and police officers.
That is the City our Mayor has provided us.
We need a change!