Mayor Bill Foster's "weekly" failure

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We have been subscribed to the City’s of St Petersburg’s Events E-Newsletter for a while now. It is a very thorough (but exhaustively long) email sent out every week through the mass-email company Constant Contact with a list of the upcoming events in the city. It’s a good resource that helps to remind you of what’s going on in the city and what events are coming up, but it is REALLY long and repetitive from week to week. So, we were pleasantly surprised on October 14, 2011 when we started getting “Foster’s Weekly Forecast” emails, which are much more brief and mostly contain details on a few of the events happening in the next 7 days. (click to see the archive of Foster’s Weekly Forecasts here)

Of course it didn’t take long for Mayor Foster to stumble on this one, he missed a week in November(which we can understand, with the Thanksgiving holiday and all), then he missed a week in December, and then things really got bad in the new year where he would skip multiple weeks in a row and then he only sent out one “Forecast” email for the entire month of February(so much for St Petersburg’s “first black mayor” making us aware of the various events going on during Black History Month in the city). In all, the Mayor’s “Weekly” emails have only gone out 15 out of the last 27 weeks, a pretty bad record for a Mayor that promised to “sweat the small stuff“.

This might just be another example of Mayor Bill Foster’s broken PR machine, but with the sheer number of stumbles being made by Mayor Foster lately, it has unfortunately come to be what we should expect from him.

Cross-posted with permission of Bob Wilson of The Bill Foster Watch.

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