Rivera: Pushing for change creates enemies

Says recall pushed by tax cheats and bad cops, employees, and landlords

A group in Lawrence is mounting a campaign to recall Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera from office. What follows is the mayor’s response to that effort. His mention of landlords “looking to take advantage of the city” is an apparent reference to a city-landlord dispute chronicled in CommonWealth. 

I RAN FOR MAYOR to make Lawrence better, because the families in this community work hard every day to raise a family, run a business and build a community trying to improve their quality of life. For years, political infighting, unresponsive and irresponsible government stood in the way. So, for the last 20 months, we have made hard decisions to change the way things are done in Lawrence in order to be more responsible and responsive, and to improve the quality of life, it is what voters of Lawrence elected us to do.

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We have worked to fight crime, we have disciplined bad employees including bad police officers, we have forced tax cheats to pay their taxes, we have taken hard stances on land use matters, we defended the city against bad contracts and bad leases, and we demand real change in the way our city does business. When you focus on this type of change those interests negatively affected by these actions (bad employees, bad cops, tax cheats, landowners looking to take advantage of the city) will fight back against us and this is how they will do it. They do not want change. We will continue to make those tough decisions that make everyone’s quality of life better. We were elected to do a job, we are focused on doing that job, and we fully plan to see that job through.

I ran for mayor to make Lawrence better, because the families in this community work hard every day to raise a family, run a business and build a community trying to improve their quality of life. For years, political infighting and unresponsive and irresponsible government stood in the way. So, for the last 20 months, we have made hard decisions to change the way things are done in Lawrence in order to be more responsible and responsive, and to improve the quality of life. It is what voters of Lawrence elected us to do.

We have worked to fight crime, we have disciplined bad employees including bad police officers, we have forced tax cheats to pay their taxes, we have taken hard stances on land use matters, we defended the city against bad contracts and bad leases, and we demand real change in the way our city does business. When you focus on this type of change those interests negatively affected by these actions (bad employees, bad cops, tax cheats, landowners looking to take advantage of the city) will fight back against us and this is how they will do it. They do not want change. We will continue to make those tough decisions that make everyone’s quality of life better. We were elected to do a job, we are focused on doing that job, and we fully plan to see that job through.