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Contain Your Laughter: Mayor Foster Speaking in D.C. as a "Mold Breaker"

Even those who like and support Bill Foster don't consider him much of a "mold breaker."

This weekend, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster goes to Washington D.C., to give a presentation at the America's Promise Alliance: Building a Grad Nation Summit.

Foster is billed a mold breaker -- "leaders who have looked at old challenges in new ways, disrupted the status quo, and generated results that are now being adapted and replicated in businesses, schools and communities all across the country."

Have the folks at America's Promise ever met Bill Foster?

Even those who like and support Bill Foster don't consider him much of a "mold breaker."

Looked at old challenge in new ways? Which old challenge has Foster looked at in a new way? Certainly not what to do about the Tampa Bay Rays' stadium issues.

Disrupted the status quo? If you look up status quo in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of Foster right next to the phrase. In fact, Foster once said he prefers to "tinker" with the city's agenda, rather than set bold, long-term plans.

Generated results...replicated...all across the country? You're kidding, right.  Perhaps the planners of America's Promise thought they were booking Rick Baker when they asked Foster to speak because I can't think of a single program instituted by Foster being replicated ANYWHERE.

Seriously, did anyone at America's Promise both to look at Foster's record?

Did they not read this editorial from the Tampa Bay Times?

Halfway through his term, Foster has led on little of significance beyond replacing the Pier. He’s secretive, and he seems suspicious of anyone whose family hasn’t lived in St. Petersburg for generations. He’s a probate lawyer who is quicker to threaten lawsuits than collaborate on creative solutions to public issues.

As my newfound friends at BillFosterWatch.com (bookmark them now!) conclude, since this is a conference about education and boosting graduation rates, Foster will likely be talking about the Mayor's Mentors and More Doorways Scholarship Program, which wasn't even set up by him, it was set up by his predecessor Rick Baker.

Foster even managed to tarnish this program through his "heavy handed fundraising" by pushing City employees to donate to the charity.

Mold breaker? Hardly.

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Jonathan Kind March 15, 2012 at 01:00 PM
In @stpetefl, sitting at Kawha South watching Rick Baker chat business with some folks. Wishing we had more like him and less like Foster. Not entirely sure what mold Foster breaks as I always though of him as THE MOLD that needs breaking.
Bob Wilson March 15, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Here's the proper link to our BillFosterWatch blog: http://billfosterwatch.blogspot.com/
bob janssen March 17, 2012 at 07:21 PM
HUH?!?!?!? Bill Foster a mold breaker. what a hoot, if it wasn't something he will tout and add to the resume. Must have meant Baker and his education initiatives and mentoring push. Sure reinforces my wonder and amazement on the groups that present awards. Of course, like most official's offices, I'm sure that there is someone woe tracks possibilities for honors and awards and writes them up-all time and salary, etc, paid by taxes.
Rand Moorhead March 22, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Is Foster's trip to DC paid by the taxpayers of St Pete?
Bob Wilson March 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Nope, we emailed and confirmed with Foster's assistant that the conference paid for travel expenses: http://billfosterwatch.blogspot.com/2012/03/mr-foster-goes-to-washington-as-mold.html
Forest March 23, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Are you kidding? Bill Foster is cut from Baker's rib, sans the evil laughter. Sneaky, manipulative, self serving jerks. If you like Baker, you are going to LOVE Ed Montanari. He has been in the wings for ages waiting to pull one over on the likes of you.
Kim D March 27, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Didn't he send the homeless to Tampa or something? Maybe that was it? Well-written article. I enjoyed reading it. :)

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