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Atlantic City, Political

It Is About Time

   Mayor Scott Evans is commended for installing an objective way to record city employee hours.  Biometric time clocks are installed in City Hall.  The new system replaces an antiquated sign-in sheet, which was often used to cheat taxpayers when employees signed-in for more hours than they actually work.

“I couldn’t believe they were still using sign-in sheets; that’s nuts,” said Evans. ” The great thing about this is it’s new technology, it’s reliable and it’s going to save us money. The potential savings that the system offers will far out-weigh the initial costs.”

We agree.  I had asked for this in my February column, Atlantic City’s Top 10 Political Priorities:

2. Encourage personnel efficiency. Some city departments do not have time cards. Hours need to be calculated more objectively than in sign-in books.

New time clocks is a good move by Mayor Evans.  He should now work to implement the other nine priorities I pointed out.

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.

Discussion

9 thoughts on “It Is About Time

  1. It looks like the mayor pays attention to you. Nice work:)

    Posted by Cecilia | March 28, 2008, 10:05 am
  2. On number 9, “Tackle recidivism. When a man is released from jail, we want to encourage him to stay out of jail.”

    the only way to keep a criminal from committing crime is to lock him up for good or kill him. you make them council president and they still would commit crimes. you could make them casino pit bosses and they still would commit crimes. they almost all are repeat offenders. there is no lack of opportunity in this town. no amount of education or training will keep a bad guy from being bad.

    I’m curious about #7. You say “It is unjust that city ordinances ensure a Jitney-driven monopoly.”

    What are you talking about? There are jitneys, harrahs buses, trump buses, trolleys, NJ TRANSIT, limos, taxis, rolling chairs. what monopoly?

    also, there are buses that we all pay for that say “city of atlantic city transportation.” who rides those?

    i’ve been riding jitneys all my life and can’t say enough good about them. we are lucky lucky lucky they are not on the public payroll like every other bus enterprise in the nation.

    imagine 100 jitneys driven by 100 callaways on the city payroll!

    Posted by saywhat | March 28, 2008, 2:41 pm
  3. Tackle recidivism and cut the budget. How stupid can you be. Look at the City Hall website. Do you see an office of Recidivism Tackling? No! So are you advocating an office of Recidivism Tackling? Perhaps you want to hire a Director of Recidivism? who will need a budget, secretary and a car to drive around and look for released criminals. This shows the blog age as the decline of responsible journalism when any goof with a keyboard can put garbage out as information

    Posted by Learned2Read | March 29, 2008, 10:24 am
  4. saywhat [sic]:

    I am against business monopolies established by government decree. Elected officials and city ordinances should ensure an equal playing field for all. The Jitney Association has a strong lobby of Atlantic City City Council. Casinos and citizens should be permitted to develop transportation services without being hindered by ordinances that unfairly favor a given entity, e.g. jitneys and NJ Transit.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | March 29, 2008, 12:47 pm
  5. Learned2Read:

    Criminal justice proposes three different approaches to handle criminals, which are not mutually exclusive: retribution, rehabilitation, deterrence.

    How much money does the City spend “fighting” crime? You look at the millions of tax dollars spent to address crime without a resulting reduction in the crime rate. There are also costs for the courts to process and jails and prisons to house criminals. I do not want to continue to pay so much money on criminals. I would rather have Atlantic City enhance the County program that teaches a trade to criminals interested in reforming their lives. We should also encourage faith-based models to minister to criminals. Look to the Topeka model for proof of faith-based success in dealing with criminals.

    I suggest not even one extra dollar to the City budget for “tackling recidivism rates”.

    I agree with your thoughts of the “blog age”, but if you are thorough enough to read this goof, you will find that my depth of Atlantic City information and insight is unparalled.

    Thank you for being a loyal reader of The Atlantic City Scoop.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | March 29, 2008, 1:01 pm
  6. The mayor only pays attention to his future political aspirations. He, like anybody else involved in the city’s govt. is a self-serving spinner of tales, this time clock one like any other. Most people who “work” there, especially the joke of a council do nothing but take care of themselves and have avoidance of work down to a science, so the punch in thing that was planned for years anyway is another political feel-good fable. If the mayor wanted to do any good for the city, he would get rid of about half of the leeches “working” there, and their cars, and their phones, and their endless sick days, and their bogus lawsuits. But he would never do that, he’s hired or promoted hundreds of potential voters for himself anyway.
    As for the jitneys, they almost had the casinos private vans banned, as they figured the jitney drivers might possibly vote in the future and you have to cave into that, and, Jesse, if you want to know about the power of the jitney stranglehold on the city, explore what happened to the tram-trains.

    Posted by wishful thinking | March 29, 2008, 2:58 pm
  7. “Jesse O. Kurtz Says you will find that my depth of Atlantic City information and insight is unparalled.”
    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahahahahahahaha. Which way is the men’s room?

    Posted by keylargododge | March 29, 2008, 3:12 pm
  8. jesse, about the jitney monopoly? i say again, WHAT MONOPOLY? there are more transportation options here than anywhere. a monopoly is exists where there is NO COMPETITION.

    the jitneys i think are franchises. like mcdonalds. if you want to sell big macs, you have to buy a franchise.

    keep up the blog, its fun to read.

    Posted by saywhat | March 29, 2008, 7:16 pm
  9. Yes Jessie, “the depth of your information and insight is unparalled” In fact, its so deep you are gasping for air. Finally, you reveal the solution to prison recidivism. Teach them jobs and save them with Jesus! And set this all up through Atlantic City where you only spend a night or two in the city jail then you are sent to the county. Brilliant, send in Benny Hinn in his white suit so he can bop the prisoners on the head and they will be saved. The Mayor and City Council should be listning to you Jessie. You are way better than the Comedy Stop at the Trop!

    Posted by Learned2Read | March 30, 2008, 10:08 pm

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