Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Former Boston Fire Captain Points Out Racism, Cronyism and Corruption; Explains the Needless Deaths of Two Men in 2014 Back Bay fire.

July 11 2015:  Mr. Berlo reports that some positive comments about me as a journalist were removed from this YouTube video, along with comments in which he further detailed the rampant cronyism, fecklessness and general corruption between BFD, City Hall and the Police. Those comments are going to appear again soon in this space and in the video comments.  Further, I am alerting Google/YouTube about this matter so that they will be on the lookout for people reporting the comment as "spam" to get it removed. While I'm at it I'll be double-checking for IP addresses to figure it out.

You can run but you can't hide anymore guys. The Truth is here.


Michael Collins or someone from the Retirement Board at 617-635-2624 called Mr. Berlo on June 17 2015 after Mr. Berlo told part of his story on WRKO. He did not speak. He did not leave a message. Mr. Berlo states: 
I was told on the Telephone March 26 2014 the exact time these two were dying in the Back Bay Fire that My Personnel & Medical Records disappeared and District Chief Brian O’Donnell was the last one who signed out for them. by destroying My medical Records it prevents Me from getting a Disability or any protections if I develop a life threatening disability.
City Hall must do something about this.

Negligent welders caused the fire, but the deaths were caused by poor training and response. Last month's Boston Globe reported that Prosecutors did not find criminal involvement.  However, that does not end the inquiry because veteran firefighter James Berlo explains in an upcoming video that the hoses did not have pressurized water because of human error.  Stay tuned for that and more, all of which should be detailed in the upcoming National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) report, due in July.  Mr. Berlo claims that if the report is done properly it will bring to the forefront many of the safety and performance issues that he has been addressing for years, although it will likely not reference the patent racism that was initially detailed here, including the false prosecution of Albert Arroyo, who still to this day has yet to review his pension file.
Beyond that, Berlo cites to other human factors and politics that have resulted in needless deaths over the years, including the use of inferior Viking equipment that was sourced because of insider connections and cronyism.  Boston is not good to its non-legacy and minority firefighters.

Hither the Union, Local 718: Bought and Sold," he chortles. They haven't prosecuted a grievance in 16 years.... and they even went so far as to block me from their Facebook even, and the city is using a dirty prosecutor who is friends with Sheila Lahey to harass my family and me.  That Lahey, she's a total racist, she said she was gonna' get rid of all the n_____ around here."
Breaking News: Fox25 reports that the entire tragedy falls back on the city for failure to monitor fire escapes. But for the failure to monitor these, the company that was there to do the repairs would not have been there.  Keep watching because there's more to come.

This YouTube comment was removed, most likely after corrupt people with something to hide reported it as spam. We have a lot more documentation about who is watching this page, who is watching the videos and what happens to Mr. Berlo during the time periods in which people are watching. 


This comment will be posted on the main page so reporting it as spam will not work this time.

First , there should not be ‘Public Unions’ I have never heard of a “Union”? like Boston Firefighters local 718,  how is it permitted or tolerated that you have not only  Management  (Company Officers) but Executive (Chiefs) in the same Union?
Its not possible , it defies logic, it cant function , Especially when the Police & Fire departments have these in House Tribunal Systems where the District & Deputy level are immune from Disciplinary action ,yet they can impose Charges and take away somebody's Pay , while they are the one’s who impose Charges, are the Prosecutor, the Judges, the Jury and decide the Penalty , not only that but they are who you Appeal to ?  Sounds like a captive Audience ? these are Union Brothers?

And when you look at the disparity of outcomes, and when one considers the Competence & Character of those conducting these charades,  it really is like giving Pedophiles the run of a Day Care. 

So a dozen Deputies can overrule say, 1,200 Firefighters alone? by intimidation or retaliation.  (No conflict here ay?)

Local 718 uses this Pathetic Slogan “Respect for Firefighters”  that means More Money for less Performance , Status Quo and Mediocrity.

The Culture of the Department & the Union certainly does not “Respect Firefighters” , Firefighters & Company Officers (but especially Firefighters ) do the most varied , arduous and demanding Tasks, in fact nearly everything the Department does is done at the Company level , many times without the participation  and these days even in spite of the Chief Officers level , Some instances they would be better off with a Mannequin in the Chief Car, this is the contemporary B.F.D.​ ? Read the N.I.O.S.H. Reports.

But this is what a corrupt Administration in conjunction with a corrupt Union can do to a Renown & Iconic Big City Fire dept,  ( no longer the BFD I heard of and read about )

It is also my understanding that this Union does not represent the majority of the Department , only the select few and higher ranking enjoy better treatment to keep the rest inline.

Also the Union was not regarded as relevant to most , more of a Social Club and an Agent to negotiate a Contract which wasn't necessary because the Citizenry was pretty decent and always gave a Cost of Living,  (that's all you are entitled to)

How was this Department subdued? When the prior Administration came into power the Handwriting was on the Wall ,(the same story from the few willing to speak)  Leo D. Stapleton was replaced with progressively bad Commissioners , the Commissioner position (political) trumped the Chief of Department ( no independence , relegated subordinate)  then take over the Union , which was relatively easy when you have no competent & strong Leadership to keep the various competing Cliques vying for dominance in line , they run amuck and something easily exploited especially with the kind of Money ready for the taking!

As Leo Stapleton said in His Book “there really are all kinds on the dept,”  Not all are of the Integrity or Character one associates with the B.F.D.
So a half dozen Miscreants who could not defeat the standing Union President ( Neil Santangelo) in a legitimate contest,get him removed for buying Tires for his Car with the Union Credit Card, this was an Ethical Crisis? when you consider the abuses this ‘New Union’ has committed the past 16 years.

I recently read a decision where a Union Truck Driver in the Commonwealth who settled a dispute for $50,000 was awarded half a Million because his Union “Failed to Represent” .
The stories I have been told on what local 718 has done , is not only “Failing to Represent” but Actively Working against Union Members ,  Openly , I have never heard of this.

In 16 years none of those interviewed ever heard of a Grievance even taken to conclusion never mind won.

And like Captain Berlo and one other were told after they went through each step of the process , that after their new secret closed Door Meetings, they pull out this alleged rule “that it would be a financial hardship on the Union to pursue it”  So if your Grievance is legitimate and cannot possibly lose , but it is against the City or somebody Politically Precious or a Chief , they will spend more Money getting Legal advice on how to avoid representing you ?  ( I get it ! )

Boston Firefighters Local 718 has taken in over $20 Million in the past 16 years , where has this Money gone ? they Own their Union Hall which is Booked a year in advance, they also Own a Restaurant ? yet they can even give advice or guidance , It would be a Hardship on the Union.  (why have a Union?)

Why because it has a lot of MONEY!  and is generously given (without the Dues Paying Members Knowledge) to certain Politicians ( who have disdain for Fireman) and Public Officials to benefit those in the select Clique’s , their families and their Friends . Their Books need to be looked at , And don't be surprised if you find Embezzlement , Money Laundering , Influence peddling and simple Pocketing of Money.

Several years ago the Union lost $2 Million without an explanation , then with another obscure ‘Rule’ extracted it from the Members Pay without their consent or knowledge, how did they get from Payroll without Signatures? Am I missing something?
This Union was in Bed with the Prior Administration (more like in the Pocket) and the current President was the intermediary for the criminal thug Menino . And you have some of these Retiree's still running it . 

They stood idly by when Cahill & Paynes Character were assassinated in Death and feigned outrage , said nothing about the N.I.O.S.H. Report  and nothing on the N.I.O.S.H. Report on the Lieutenant Kelly Death.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Knows Menino, Local 718 Firefighter "Union" are Dirty.

Date:          January 13, 2014
To:              Boston Fire Dept, Personnel Deputy John Coppney & Acting Fire Commissioner
From :        Albert Arroyo ( Firefighter/Fire Prevention )
Subject :    My Status after being exonerated in Federal Court?
Dear Sirs:            The Department received my Demand Letter and requests for information several months ago but I have yet to receive a response.

I can only assume this is the usual tactic of the (now prior administration )  is to just ignore it , knowing from the experiences of many others after so many abuses of individuals’ rights (especially minorities)  continue without challenge because of the nakedly  incestuous  relationship City Hall has with the usual agencies that one normally would have to go for redress:

Specifically Civil Service, Labor Relations, MCAD and often even Courts often aid and encourage this sort of lawlessness.

But the facts are:

I was exonerated in a Court of Law  (a Federal Court of Law) because all of the allegations were false , and were not a result of any action on my behalf or any Investigation. One of the exhibits even proved that the City knew I was weight training because it helped my back, and that was all part of a doctor’s recommendation.

It was deliberately  (with the knowledge and consent and instruction from City Hall ) contrived primarily to divert attention from the FBI investigation of City Hall & the Dept.  This occurred because they needed to blame someone after all the notoriety and to bring it to a conclusion. As usual in Boston they picked a non-legacy minority when everyone around knows the real story is how the legacy employees abuse the pension system when they are “King for a Day.”

Another fact is that I was never a subject of the FBI Investigation, and another fact is that were no minorities involved in the Pension/Disability Fraud  (It was all Union “Good Guy’s” Chiefs , and the politically-connected.)

I was sacrificed by the same People who attempted do the same to Firefighter Richard Garcia from Ladder 21, which was during the active investigation and the FBI told the Administration they were not interested and he was not involved in the investigation.

I can imagine the disappointment and dismay (and a little worry) at City Hall when I was declared innocent.

But this did not stop them and after a week of silence City Hall fed a story to the press (especially the Boston Herald who has scrubbed the story from the archives) that I was fighting to be reinstated and had a pending Arbitration hearing.

This was totally false and wasn't possible as a Labor Law issue or a grievance process through the Union , because I never had any union help to proceed to arbitration   (you can see from the Text messages from the Union President the kind of help I got, the same help you get if you are not a “Good Guy” or a minority). Those pictures are up on our blog to show you the kind of nasty responses I got from the “Union.”

But most important there was NO REASON TO DO ANY OF THIS TO ME.  I was to be made whole , and means returned as I was before. My father DIED before I could clear my name.

The real Criminals that perpetrated the “Fraud” on the Feds were Michael Doherty , Michael Hamrock, District Chief Lucas, Ian McKenzie , Edmund Street (who told the truth and was given immunity) , Reynold Shepard and the people at the Retirement Board who made the Documents with my name on them, also Karen Glasgow (the same that lied in federal Court but wasn't charged because they wanted it to end quietly) who was behind the scenes assuring them they could get away with it.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Former Boston Mayor Menino's True Evil Nature Comes Out in Blighted Properties Video with Reporer Erin Smith.

Here is the story. This is your legacy Mr. Mayor. We know you and your cronies hate the exposure but you've earned it so we're going to give it to you good:
Mayor Thomas M. Menino has let downtown commercial landowners dodge millions in taxes by declaring their prime properties “blighted” under an arcane decades-old law — plum tax breaks three developers are scrambling to cement before the new mayor takes over, a Herald review found. These deals are drawing renewed fire from the city’s chief watchdog agency, which is asking why they still exist amid an almost unprecedented building boom that has developers falling over one another for the chance to cash in. 

“These incentives are unnecessary. I don’t think you can consider downtown Boston blighted,” said Matt Cahill, executive director at Boston Finance Commission. “The original intent was to create low-income housing in areas that developers wouldn’t normally build. The benefit is not being seen by the taxpayers as much as it did in the 1940s when the program started. 

“Unfortunately in modern times, almost the entire downtown area of Boston is considered a blighted area,” Cahill said, “and a vast amount of the developers that are getting these tax breaks don’t need the money to build.”
For more information about the Menino patterns of corruption watch these videos and educate yourself. His departure will continue to open up a can of worms as the Truth comes out. Note also that the Herald channeled our video by using the same exact spooky intro music. We are being heard. And we will continue to be heard, before City Council and all over town.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Will Boston Local 718 Take Down This Facebook Picture and Video Too in its Marty Walsh Post?

See if they take down our comments and video that tell the Truth: Albert Arroyo cannot even get a copy of his goddman pension file because the whole process was so stinking CORRUPT. And Mayor Menino was the puppet master behind all of it. This man didn't want any parts of a pension right now, he wanted to return to his desk job as any legacy fire fighter would be. As to Mayor Menino, good riddance to bad rubbish. Here is their Facebook, you watch and see what they do with it.

See also the picture at the Boston Fire Department Facebook.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sheila Leahy Rears Her Ugly, Racist Head Again.

Mayor Menino and his cronies have brought out Sheila Leahy (again) to try to smear Fire Captain James Berlo. We knew it was coming before someone wrote in to the YouTube videos about her. The problem is she has zero credibility as a cursory view into her employment history alone will prove. Plus she drops the n-bomb like it's going out of style but that's nothing new for much of the BFD. Plus, just LOOK at her..... there with Assistant DA Julie Higgins: Together they make life hard for James Berlo and anyone in his family, including his sister. Especially including his sister. And Tony Gaston.

The full story we started with the videos in this post will be told to the Boston's first new Mayor, to City Council and to the entire City.

And like clockwork the day after Elections and after Mr. Berlo started talking after 5 years a Attorney Marisa A. Campagna files an MCAD brief against him, his sister, her husband and anyone else they could think of intimidating or silencing. The whole thing is just flat disgusting. This is far from over -- the real fun starts now and the whole City of Boston will know about it.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Why are Bank of America, Massachusetts DA and Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris Glovsky and Popeo Law Firm Reading our Blog?

CBS  1 visit Oct 23
Bank Of America 7 visits Oct 23-29
Commonwealth Of Massachusetts 4 visits Oct 28-29
Massachusetts District Attorneys Association
City Of Boston 6 visits Oct 29
Boston University 4 visits Oct 22
Harvard University  1 visit Oct 28
University Of Massachusetts At Boston 4 visits Oct 28
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky And Popeo, P.c
3 visits Oct 28 + 1 visit today Oct 30
Commonwealth Of Massachusetts 1 visit Oct 28

We think we know why but we'll let you figure it out. 
Marty Walsh or John Connolly will have to face the music 
that Mayor Menino created.