Financial Priorities vs. Bread and Circuses

  • Posted: March 16, 2014

The 111 East Chestnut Condominium Insider Financial Priorities vs. Bread and Circuses  Management, it’s all about priorities. Conversely, poor management is about getting those priorities wrong. And dishonest management is about being misled.

Here’s a perfect example: while our Board is about to spend $40,000 to renovate and buy new toys for a workout area (that was updated only a few years ago), would ya take a walk around? Just look at this place. You think we have our financial priorities right?!

It’s simple folks. What we are getting is called “Bread and Circuses.” For those unfamiliar with the phrase, it comes from the Latin: panem et circenses. It’s a figure of speech for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion; distraction; or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion or ignorance of civic duty amongst the concerns of the commoner.

Think about it.  Raise Hell with your Board “representatives” here… before this place goes to Hell. That is, if it hasn’t already.


  1. Diane Brazil · March 16, 2014 Reply

    Wow!!! This is not normal! In fact, its utterly disgusting!!! So, the rumors are true…our maintenance staff are not given work orders for painting and repairs. In past years, our staff walked the building, reported needed repairs, work orders were prepared by the property manager and assignments given. We have competent staff willing and able to complete these tasks as they have done before with excellence and pride. We had a building that homeowners and staff admired. Unfortunately, there is no longer normalcy here at 111. We have an irresponsible Board and management company who has allowed our building to depreciate. Can someone please explain why we pay assessments? We need to turn this around.

  2. Private Owner · March 31, 2014 Reply

    I don’t think any additional money should be spent on the fitness center as no additional investment amount will ever make it a better place to work out. I laugh every time I see that silly towel caddy. Who’s brilliant and selfish idea was that? As if we should be paying a staff member to launder residents’ towels. And the purified drinking water machine is a complete joke and waste of money. I’m all about the environment and don’t like to waste plastic but the “business” side of water should have come from a H2O vending machine with good quality water like Fiji, Evian, and Smart Water, not just Coca-Cola filtered Dasani. We are dealing with a small space and nothing added or changed will ever make me want to work out in our gym. There are so many affordable full service gyms in the area that people could take a short walk and not only be part of a real gym but also a real community of healthy people.

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