Our ruling class continues to use unethical means to ensure tenants in Burlington continue to be screwed over by landlords. This time however, it is Joan Shannon, a sitting city councilor Charter Change Committee Member and landlord, misusing her position to enrich herself, with the help of chief housing inspector Bill Ward.
Together the two of them colluded to make sure every landlord the city works with knew about the city charter change which would definitely help tenants. Councilor Shannon worked with a department head to kneecap activists and tenants of the Burlington Tenants Union and others.
They didn’t just reach out to the Tenants Union and the Landlord Association; they went above and beyond and used emails the city received from taxed and official city business to drum up opposition to this change. On top of this, Joan used her position on the Charter Change committee to make it seem as if the entire committee was inviting these landlords even though it was just her.
Shannon even directs Bill Ward to include specific language in the email. Is this legal? Is it ethical? Is it an obvious conflict of interest, another in a long line from Councilor Joan Shannon?
Because Joan makes multiple requests to direct exactly what Mr Ward is saying. No longer is he a ‘neutral’ department head; he is doing the bidding of a single city councilor with an agenda to protect her own profits and wealth.
Don’t believe me? Here’s her reactionary thoughts on rent control and just cause evictions.
We are lowly peasants, they are our lords. When you call Code Enforcement, just remember who they work for; their capitalist friends.