here, here, and here of Public Safety Director Frank Straub (FSTRA) that gives us a little peak inside King-of-Kop. Wait this just in....that's Dr. Frank Straub...sorry sir. Of course this isn't the first time Dr. Frank has issued an nonsensical ultimatum from on high. If any of this is true and based on a few emails we've received we have no reason to doubt Gary's evidence, we are beginning to wonder if Doc Straub is an asset or a liability for the Ballard Administration.
According to our internal sources, Mayor Ballard doesn't have the stomach for the real work required to run a major metropolitan city and has deferred all decisions on management to Joe Loftus and Bob Grand. In this case Joe Loftus told Frank Straub that he has the full weight and support of the Mayor behind his decisions to put the hammer down where he needed to. We were also told that because the Mayor has the leadership crippling habit of changing his mind based on the last person who talks to him. As a result, Frank has made himself the sole communicator to the Mayor when comes to public safety. So is Dr. Straub a loose cannon? Hardly. He's only following orders from the top and so we expect that things are only going to get worse in the area of public safety. And the neanderthal antics of Dr. Frank Straub will be the reason.
We hate to see a Indianapolis suffer under a predicable future so we offer this advice to Mayor Greg Ballard.
Mayor start acting like the leader you touted yourself to be in 2007 not middle-aged mid-manager with a mediocre staff putting in his allotted 40 hours a week. Stop delegating your political clout and power. Control your agency heads. You can't afford to work on your sequel or another travel itinerary. Be a man. If you don't start focusing on economic development, crime and quality of life you and your third string staff will be unemployed after the 2011 election. Unless of course that's the plan already.
UP: ADIN $180
DOWN: FSTRA $80, GBAL $90, NQAI $60