Trenton Mayor Doug Palmer is milking mileage out of applying "green" initiatives to the City as well as his leadership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.  Hybrid vehicles, using compact flourescent light bulbs are good are good Public Relations fodder but apparently the greening of Trenton stopps there.  An observer has filed the following:

Currently there is NO RECYCLING in City Hall. Nada- no can do. If you seperate the trash, the wonderful garbage people throw it all in one garbage truck. PAPER, CANS, PLASTIC CARTRIDGES, BATTERIES IT JUST DOES NOT MATTER. It all gets thrown in one trash can.

Need proof? Go to City Hall and try to find a yellow, green or blue container in any office, trash area or hall.way.  

Obviously, another case of "Do as I say, not as I do."

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Trenton Numbers PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Friday, 14 September 2007

 " I was missing when I met with President Clinton and tried to get him to make sure Trenton was a home ownership zone, and as a result of it Trenton became a home ownership zone and we have built over a thousand houses." - Mayor Douglas H. Palmer at a press conference 9/14/07 

 Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer often speaks of the progress the city has made during his tenure. Mayor Palmer is especially fond of discussing the strides his administration has made in creating housing units (specifically affordable ones) since he came into office in 1990.

 Missing Mayor looked at three figures from the 1990, 2000 and 2006 census reports: total population, number of housing units and number of vacant housing units.  This is what we found on the US Censu website: 

 199020002006Change 1990 - 2000Change 2000 – 2006Net Change 1990 - 2006
Population886758540383581 -4%-2%-6%
# Housing Units335783384332675+1%-4%-3%
# Vacant Housing Units283444065387+55%+22%+90%


That's right, while the city's population dropped 6%, the number of available housing units dropped 3%.  And of  the number of remaining housing units, the vacancy increased by 90%. 

So, in the 17th year of the Palmer administration, fewer people are living in the city, there are fewer housing units available and nearly twice as many are vacant now as in 1990.

 Good job Mayor Palmer!

Last Updated ( Friday, 14 September 2007 )
Palmer's (vacation) US Conference of Mayors Schedule 2007 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 13 September 2007

Running Tally on Mayor Palmer for 2007 is 24 business days on US Conference of Mayors business, 1 day on a seperate photo op, 2+ days planning and hosting the US Conference of Mayors,  at least 1 day with the NJ Conference of Mayors, and 1 day receiving a reward for all of his good work.

Total: 29 days  


Last Updated ( Friday, 01 February 2008 )
Who You Gonna Call...And How? PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Thursday, 13 September 2007

Mayor Doug Palmer is not listed in the Trenton phone book.

Art Holland was.  And so was Carmen Armenti.

Doug Palmer is not listed in the Trenton phone book.

His wife is.  Only at the Hunterdon County address.

The Mayor of Trenton's home address and telephone number is not listed in the local phone book or on the City of Trenton website. 

All of Trenton's City Council members are listed in the local phone book, not to mention on the official City of Trenton website.

Doug Palmer isn't.

How about your mayor?  Can you look him or her up in the phone book?  Trentonians can't. 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 September 2007 )
Alert: Have You Seen this Man? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Web Master   
Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Alert: Have you seen this man? Mayor Doug Palmer was last seen just before the 2006 election.

 Perhaps worried about Trenton's record setting murder rate in 2005 and early reports of a failing school system, Mayor Doug Palmer is believed to have fled the city last May. Authorities suspect that Mayor Doug Palmer may have changed his appearance, as seen in these income progressed pictures shown in Esquire magazine.

On August 14th, a video has appeared of the mayor.  In what could best be described as political pornography, the video appears to show that the mayor may have fallen victim to a group named the US Conference of Mayors. Images in the video show the mayor in various cities around the world, but no images appear to place the mayor in the city of Trenton in the last year. 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
The Community, the Police, and the Palmer Years PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Sunday, 09 September 2007

“Changing the police department through a referendum. You take on the police - and I got rid of the fire chief, too - and they're bonded to kick your butt.”  - Doug Palmer, identifying his Greatest Triumph as quoted in Esquire magazine, September 2007.

So here is the Chief Executive of the State Capital of New Jersey citing the fact that upsetting the Police Department is his greatest accomplishment.  Doesn’t speak very well of his leadership does it?

Without a doubt other Mayors, in Trenton and elsewhere, have had their differences of opinion with Police Unions.  But when it came down to it, the Police are there to Protect and Serve and the Mayor does what is needed to provide a quality service to their constituents.  When communication and cooperation breaks down, do you brag about it as your “Greatest Triumph?” Let’s look at some of the facts surrounding Mayor Palmer’s accomplishments in Public Safety and you can determine for yourself if you agree with hizzoner’s appraisal.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
Trenton Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
Written by William Trent   
Sunday, 09 September 2007

While the Trenton school district is indeed an urban district that serves many students living in bad economic situations, the Douglas H. Palmer administration has continued to fail at making a dent in bad test scores and other statistics since taking over the mayor’s office in 1990.

The prospect of students escaping the economic void of Trenton is compounded by the inept leadership that has characterized the school district throughout Mayor Palmer’s reign.

Trenton boasts SAT and HSPA scores consistently lower than the state average, and has an abnormally large number of students graduating through equivalency tests rather than normal graduations.  Every year the senior class is a much smaller group of students than it was when it entered the high schools four years earlier.

And, until this year, the high school was consistently on a list of “dangerous” schools.

Through all of this, Mayor Palmer has tried new schools boards, new superintendents, and many proclamations and catch phrases, but to no avail.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 September 2007 )
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