16th January 2014
Doing the opposite of what they state in public in press releases and media interviews, San Fulgencio Mayor Carlo Ramirez and his coalition partner councillor Jeffrey Wiszniewski have again been exposed. The shadow councillors of the APSFU (the independent political party based in La Marina urbanisation) and PSOE national political party have this week uncovered salary payments to councillors in the current coalition that until now have been hidden. The concealed salary payments are for a councillor appointed eight months ago, Manuel Gómez Rebagliato, since then an unknown paid councillor and now revealed as another appointed deputy mayor (total 6).    
Manuel Gómez Rebagliato is paid 650 Euros to attend each ‘Equipo de Gobierno’ meeting, coincidently the same amount that councillor Wiszniewski receives for attending the same meetings. On many occasion these meetings are for just 10 minutes. With five monthly meetings the income from public coffers to each councillor is 3,250 Euros per month. This is more than any other councillor received under any other previous administration. None of the shadow councillors of the APSFU or the PSOE have ever been invited to an ‘Equipo de Gobierno’ meeting under the current administration.
Since the beginning of this administration when the coalition instigated severe cuts in council budgets to public services, including the social services, culture, education, animal welfare and waste collection budgets, at the same time increasing taxes to local citizens, the current San Fulgencio council payroll, which includes five personal assistants assigned to councillor Wiszniewski, exceeds 500,000 Euros per annum, a new record for councillor salaries in San Fulgencio, paid to just 14 people.
Copied from the La Marina Info site.

La Marina

And of course we all know who runs that site.

Commented Weejohnten in La Marina 2014-01-18 16:10:14 UTC

The one advantage with reading mark Lewis's web-site.
Is that it doesn't take too long to realize what a sad person he really is.
Of course although I am no fan of the Current Council, each time Mark puts anything on his web-site it makes me realize. That of the possible Councils we could have, One without this poor deluded biased person,must be better than one with him.
My personal opinion as usual.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-18 16:40:01 UTC

Alan, you make out that you are an expert authority on Mark Lewis. How well do you know him?

Commented Sandra in La Marina 2014-01-18 17:22:42 UTC

Have seen him Sandra, Never spoken to him.
My comments are purely from his web-site, Going back to the time he was on the Council, and put on his site regulary about how good the Council was doing. What does get me, Is that he lost his seat fare and square, and since that day has had a personal vendetta against Jeff, because he couldn't get jeff to join the other two losing parties to join them and form a Council (and give him a job for four years).
What I do find obnoxious is the fact he still calls a part of hes web site "Council News" but hasn't put anything constructive on it since he lost his job, It is full of. anti Jeff,anti Mayor and anti pp propaganda.
As far as I am concerned, if he cannot be fair at least he could be honest and let the readers of his web-site know who he is so that they can judge.
As I added on my previous comment this is my opinion. Also I have opinions on many people that I do not personally know, as some people will have opinions of me without actually knowing me.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-18 18:42:35 UTC

And my opinion of his website is simple " no opportunity to respond and at no time does he disclose who he is.
I have not posted on here in a long time and will not respond to any other posts on this link. By the way Sandra I note your recent posts are only ever anti council or anti Jeff funny that eh.

Commented Weejohnten in La Marina 2014-01-18 19:05:55 UTC

Reported a broken street lamp (that has been broken for months before) by gong to Jeff's office to ask him to fix. He sent an email to Paulino, within 15 minutes Paulino called me to verify exactly which one. Job done! So what if Jeff gets overpaid? If the job is done, its better than paying small wages to wasters sitting in a council office doing absolutely nothing!

Commented joe in La Marina 2014-01-18 20:21:03 UTC

Well I have had some dealings with this Jeff and can assure you that he tells lies, and also runs an English registered car which is totally illegal here in Spain. He is certainly not on our side as a councillor and the sooner he is voted out the better.

Commented Marv.75 in San Fulgencio 2014-01-18 20:35:02 UTC

No one is perfect that is a fact! Better the devil you know...........This Mark Lewis whoever he is, sounds like no angel, he could be worse?

Commented joe in La Marina 2014-01-18 23:05:25 UTC

Well I've known Mark Lewis for over 20 years and he is one of the most honest people I know. Apart from doing a fantastic job with the stray animals, he was very good as a councillor looking after our interests. Not like Jeff who's only interest is self preservation. It is a great shame that Mark Lewis is not now in a position to look after our interests.

Commented Marv.75 in San Fulgencio 2014-01-19 08:22:43 UTC

Why go to Jeff why not go straight to Paulino go to the organ grinder direct not via the overpaid Monkey

Commented david in La Marina 2014-01-19 08:23:43 UTC

Why not go directly to Councillor Paulinho to get the job done. I think his office is in the police station. Does it need another Councillor to ask another to get the job done? I don't think so.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 08:25:51 UTC

Could you expand a bit on Paulinho being based at the police station, As this is the first I have heard about it, I met him last year and as he was in charge of parks and gardens, i asked him if he could do anything about the broken water feature in the park area near where I live. He said he would look into it (not meant as a pun) And I would like to know if he has found it yet.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-19 08:49:05 UTC

HI Alan, I have found that if we need any assistance either with the football club, and not just translating with the captain etc, or any problems on the urb he IS the man. He is a very quiet and unassuming person just getting on with his job which is probably why most people do not know him.
At the moment Barry, who has resigned as President of the football club, and myself have various projects which we are trying to bring to the urb for the benefit of retired men and those of pensioner status. This is totally non political. We have the approval of the mayor and Paulinho and will announce these when the details have been finalised. Paulinho has been instrumental in all these dealings, speaking with council officials in different boroughs, talking to various other people to facilitate the completion as soon as possible. More details will be given when we have a better idea if and when we are able to announce the full details. Sorry to be vague but it will all be clear soon.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 09:24:54 UTC

David and Peter! If I knew where I needed to go, and were Paulino was, then yes it makes sense to go direct. But when you don't know who is the person fix the problem, its good to know at least Jeff put me in the right direction!

Commented joe in La Marina 2014-01-19 10:17:07 UTC

if he (Jeff) is resident, which he must be as Councillor, he is not allowed to drive/use a foreign registered car. If your information is correct you should go to the Police and report this.
Or are you just spreading untrue rumors?

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2014-01-19 11:06:14 UTC

Go to the police station and ask to see Councillor paulinho Herrero. I'm not too sure about his full name but they will point you in the right direction.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 11:11:05 UTC

I would also like to know why nothing has been done about the palm tree in a very very bad state and possibly infected, the bush from the verde behind me which grows so far over my rear stairs that I cannot get down them at times and now the verde behind my home is infested with processionary caterpillers in all of the pine trees has not been dealt with. The first 2 issues were reported on february 12th last year, yes last year. Still nothing has been done. Not much chance for the caterpiller issue then!!

Commented nikkimunday in La Marina 2014-01-19 11:14:03 UTC

Alan, you have never met Mark Lewis, yet you call him a poor deluded biased person, you are totally out of order. If you want to see a person with these attributes just look in the mirror!

Commented Sandra in La Marina 2014-01-19 11:31:09 UTC

Nikki - who were they reported to?
Alan - Oh Alan, you're in trouble again!
Did I mention Man City won again yesterday?
Oh and 1 for Marko Rochdale won again!

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 11:55:20 UTC

I am neither pro or anti Jeff, but I know where he lives and i've only seen a brand new expensive car outside his house.

Commented Al Marina in La Marina 2014-01-19 12:24:59 UTC

Thanks for proving my point Sandra,, As I said in my comment on Mark Lewis,I got my opinion of him from the so called council news statements he makes on his web site.
Presumably you don't know me, but you use this forum to get your opinion of me.
I don't suppose Mark will lose a minutes sleep on what I think of him,so I will try my hardest not to lose any sleep on what you think of me.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-19 12:47:03 UTC

Yes Peter,It seems like some people don't like my comments.
But I have bigger problems than that, Because I am a Fulham supporter,

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-19 12:52:11 UTC

If there are ANY wrong doings or under the counter payments then they need to be exposed and the culprits bought to task and kicked out regardless of anything good they do

Commented 2nd Casa in La Marina 2014-01-19 13:05:34 UTC

Peter, my wife informs me that I'm a United Fan.
Alan, your lucky, all I see when I look at my reflection in the mirror, is a crazy man holding a axe ( I think I may have to start upping my tablets).

Commented marko in Quesada 2014-01-19 13:11:52 UTC

Oh dear Marko, I think they may be in trouble! More chance of Rochdale going up this year as they were in second position yesterday. Imagine how you would feel being a Fulham supporter and losing to Arsenal!

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 13:40:20 UTC

2nd Casa,
No problem at all in advising people of wrong doings by the Council, In fact I normally would praise the person for advising us. But the person advising us is repeating things that he has told us in 2011 and 2012.
It is not news, It was news 2-3 years ago, nothing was done about it then so to my way of thinking, nothing was found to be untoward then, If so the opposition to the Council should of got it sorted by now.
So unfortunately the La Marina Info. has shot itself in the foot, by trying to make this an issue, because it cannot find anything current to complain about.
If you have time click onto the info. web- site and onto council news and you will understand just how biased it is.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-19 14:02:00 UTC

Marko.I feel so sorry for you to be ordered by your Wife to be a United supporter.
I can remember nearly 50 years ago I took my Girl Friend out for the evening telling her she would really enjoy herself. I took her to Craven Cottage to watch Fulham play. I married her 46 years ago and guess what....she supports FULHAM as well

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-19 14:09:51 UTC

Alan, Your wife sounds very sensible, I think I'd take Four years to think about marrying a Fulham supporter...

Soccer just doesn't interest me. I can't stand the rolling around in agony holding their knee or ankle. Can you imagine if any one of them shopped at Torrevieja on market day?

Commented marko in Quesada 2014-01-19 15:07:04 UTC

What about Rochdale Hornets? I used to get taken to all their games as a kid.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 15:39:35 UTC

What a place to stay I think all you English come to spain to play politics. The king of Scotland. ha ha laughable

Commented WILLIAM BUCHANAN in Quesada 2014-01-19 16:23:30 UTC

Must admit, Rugby League is a proper sport but Hornets were rubbish at that as well. I used to play Indoor Cricket at Rochdale and thought everything else was boring.

Commented marko in Quesada 2014-01-19 16:23:39 UTC

Oh dear. and to think l am hoping to move into the area. l thought my local forum was bad !!!
How much of the Council news is real? l don't know any of these people.
Who can l believe.

Commented bob in La Marina 2014-01-19 17:12:05 UTC

Reported to the town hall office in Calle Amsterdam and also to Paulino on more than one occasion

Commented nikkimunday in La Marina 2014-01-19 17:56:53 UTC

Gunner's still top

Commented goonerpeter in La Marina 2014-01-19 18:17:51 UTC

Ah nothing like a bit thread "Drifting"

Commented 2nd Casa in La Marina 2014-01-19 19:21:16 UTC

okay I wont mention Chelsea's result then.

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-19 19:46:22 UTC

bit more drifting ha,,, Peter great you are involved with the footy over there,hard work I know used to run teams near London,,West Midd league, Hounslow league,,just Sat Sunday teams 70s 80s , but good times getting players out of the boozer 2pm on a Sat, guess you don't get that problem over there ? but hard work running a club phoning payers,league meetings, etc etc ,no muddy kit to wash over there?,I miss the banter from those days,,like washing the kit soaking every shirt with the wife's perfume dropping the kit bag on the dressing room floor and running to the toilet,did I get some stick,, whacking the showers control down to freezing,,, in the boozer after games,,back in UK for a while but will visit on return,all the best for the season,,,you're not related to Geoff?

Commented goonerpeter in La Marina 2014-01-19 21:40:45 UTC

I know both Jeff and Mark they are both very nice people. Mark is in opposition its his job to point out the short coming of other political party's. If you read la marina info you will read Marks point of view what do you expect.
Jeff supports the PP how much sway he has in the council will be debatable. It was nice to see that Jeff didn't attend the hanging of the Animals this year in san fulgencio. well done Jeff !!!

theses man maybe on opposing sides but both have had the guts to stand up for election. How many on here would be prepared to do that.

Commented rose in La Marina 2014-01-20 12:00:25 UTC

With all due respect, if certain people have nothing to post but inane juvenile comments, then do not bother. If you have something worthwhile adn which is of benefit to all of the residents of the area, then by all means post it. Otherwise, write to a comic. They may be interested.

Commented nikkimunday in La Marina 2014-01-20 12:06:52 UTC

Well written. Your unbiased comment did not deserve the "personal attack" you received!

Commented joe in La Marina 2014-01-20 12:33:09 UTC

Joe lol
Its of no matter everyone is entitled to there opinion.
How ever if people cannot accept that in my view and on a personal level both man are nice individuals. That is the job of the opposition the to undermined and make ground at the ruling party's expense. I would think they know nothing about local politics.
I must have hit a nerve .................lol
Do you think either would have refused the chance to be in power even if it meant working together .

Commented rose in La Marina 2014-01-20 13:02:19 UTC

lm watching from Tortosa and have looked at the La Marina info site. Can it be true or just media hype. Are people getting away with this?
Why!! if it is true is nothing being done about it.
Anyone should be able to post their view without being attacked. So you must expect the morons to air there view.
That's life however unpleasant.
Cant wait for round two
What was that Nikke on about?

Commented bob in La Marina 2014-01-20 14:01:52 UTC

Try reading the whole thread then you will perhaps get the general gist as to why I posted my comment about inane postings.

Commented nikkimunday in La Marina 2014-01-20 14:12:24 UTC

Well said rose! You should not speak bad about a person just because you don't agree with him or his opinions.

Commented reindeer keeper in La Marina 2014-01-20 15:20:40 UTC

I am sure that you find both Jeff and Mark are nice people.
But a couple of things in your comments, need an answer, Which can be found on La Marina Info, It is now widely known that the web site is run by Mark, but it seems that he doesn't wish it known, If he did why does he always mention himself as if he was a third party. (when mentioning himself, he always uses his name and not "me "I" or "myself" but always Mark Lewis, which always seems strange to me.
You also mention that both men would be in power if they could, Mark himself asked Jeff to join with his party and the PSOE to form a council, so they did have a chance of both being on the ruling party, I don't understand why Jeff turned down this offer, All I can see from the "info",is that Mark made the offer because he would of been the deputy Mayor, and jeff turned it down because he believed idealistically that the PP beliefs were closer to his than the Opposition beliefs
Personally I have written on this forum a few times that jeff could still do this if he wanted to.
Also I am with you in praising Jeff for not attending the hideous collecting of chickens and rabbite at last weeks fiesta.

Commented Alan in La Marina 2014-01-20 15:41:15 UTC

As I have said I know both man and I am sure Jeff wouldn't mind me saying that his political views are closer to the PP than any other party's. May by the PP made Jeff the best offer who are we to know.
I believe that Mariano was once in the PP maybe it was a old score settled by the old men in the PP that prevented an offer being made to him and his party.
None of us know.
La marina info is run by Mark and he set it up long before he became a councillor. Mark may not be the only contributor on la marina info.
There is one thing I do know and that is when it comes to The San Fulgencio council anything is possible, It is a fascinating Animal.

Commented rose in La Marina 2014-01-20 16:11:51 UTC

'Your unbiased comment did not deserve the "personal attack" you received!'

What personal attack? As far as I can read no one attacked Rose!

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-20 17:23:24 UTC

I think it was just unfortunate that Nike's comment followed mine.
I would however like to say I don't care for footy and if I ever see dwarfs being thrown, I will of course protest...............lol

Commented rose in La Marina 2014-01-20 17:38:55 UTC

Don't you think the dwarfs already protest.. Lot of good it did them!

LOL or as the famous tony ( with a small 't' as that is all he deserved ) blair once said ...whatever!

Commented Peter Horsfield in La Marina 2014-01-20 17:41:15 UTC