The unemployed councillor

David Borrelli, Treviso Town Councillor on the Grilli Treviso election list

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David Borrelli is a town councillor on the Grilli of Treviso ticket. David made himself available in order to make a contribution, and he is succeeding. If the revolution is not television-based and begins from below, then he is a perfect example.
In the upcoming 2009 municipal elections, there must be at least another 1,000 Borellis on the Election Lists for the town councils (within the next few days I will be announcing the symbol...). So that there can be transparency, so that our citizens may be well informed and so that things can improve. Meanwhile, however, we must ensure that David stays in his post. A town councillorís salary is not enough to live on, so either the party tops up, or one must be receiving a pension, or one must be independently wealthy. David does not fall into any one of these categories. He is a computer technician and the company that he currently works for wants to fire him. The reason? "He no longer invoices as much as he used to..." due to the amount of time that he must dedicate to the residents.
Anyone wishing to contact him can send him an e-mail at:

They may never give up, but neither will we.

"I put my name on the Grilli of Treviso election list because I believe that it is every citizenís duty to do so and because, if we donít approve of what this Government is doing to our Country, we must stand up and be counted and personally step into the political arena. That is why I decided to seek a nomination for the position of Mayor on this ticket and, on 14 April this year, I was elected as town councillor.
The experience so far has proved to be far more positive that what we expected, in the sense that we have been able to obtains some good results, such as for example, we have managed to replace all of the municipal vehicles currently registered in the name of the town council with equivalent vehicles that run on LPG or methane and we have a number of projects in place regarding our water, as well as other projects regarding waste disposal, all part of a programme that was agreed even by other nominees who were unfortunately not elected when I was.
I am also employed as a computer technician and systems analyst and my office is located some 35 kilometres away from my Municipality. This is perhaps the biggest problem I have at the moment because, unfortunately, my town councillor duties seldom if ever blend in seamlessly with the demands of my full time job and so, the company that I am working for has been obliged to kind of push me into a corner by demanding that I choose between my work as town councillor and keeping my job with the company.
I would dearly love to continue on as town councillor until my mandate expires, above all in the interests of those people that voted for me and those who decided put their trust in this election list of honest, capable people. Clearly, however, I have a serious problem as regards managing to get to the end of each month on the councillorís salary, and so I am also obliged to consider my full time job. Unfortunately my job demands that I spend time with customers and the two or three half-afternoons per week taken up by my town council duties means that I have had to spend less time with the customers and I have thus been invoicing far less than my colleagues. As the only elected councillor, I also unavoidably sit on every permanent council committee, so I have far more commitments than do the numerous council members representing the larger parties in the town council, who are able to share the load more widely. What this means is that my commitment is virtually a daily one due to the fact that, since I am not a political expert, I need to spend quite a bit of time preparing myself on quite a wide variety of topics.
The Treviso Town Council still holds a number of quite obvious surprises in store for me, in the sense that because I am not classified as either left wing or right wing, I am in a position to dialogue freely with whomever I wish. I have always been extremely honest and we have never allied ourselves with any individual or for that matter any party, but only with certain ideas and so, we support good ideas, irrespective of whose ideas they may be. My greatest problem, therefore, is that of my job, in the sense that I am now being forced to find another profession, something that would be compatible with my duties as town councillor, that is if I wish to carry on doing two jobs. Otherwise, I will have no option but to resign from the council and get back to my full time job.
I am a computer technician. I have built up a certain amount of experience in this field and I am now able to install any type of computer or network system and configure it so that it meets the requirements of any company without any problems whatsoever. I appeal to anyone that is in a position to offer me a job here in my hometown, one that is compatible with my council commitments. I am prepared to do anything and I hope that through this appeal on Beppe Grilloís blog, someone will come forward to help me resolve this problem because all I want to do is continue to fulfil my political commitments and be able hold down a job at the same time." David Borrelli

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Hi Beppe:

As for Italy, I think you should promote a class action against all local and national politicians that have caused this huge public debt.
All of them must return the money without exception.
Italian citizens cannot be held responsible for 40 years of stealing.

Posted by: Barbara Hofmann Cortesi | May 14, 2012 09:25 AM

About David Borrelli, the unemployed councillor. I'm willing to send five dollars a month. I hope other people will sent David, whatever they can. After all, the bulk of the money for Obama's presidential campaign was sent to him by his grassroot supporters.

Posted by: lou pacella | November 8, 2008 09:41 PM

Finally, the much awaited call arrived! Now, Silvio can breathe a little easier. I could have told him Obama was gonna call sooner or later. And I hope that that member of his party, (Bonanni?) annoucing on TV the Obama-Berlusconi "happening", will sleep in peace from now on. However, if Silvio's racist remark, as picked up by news agencies and bloggers, showed anything (not that the President-elect needed to, to be sure) it showed that Obama doesn't sweat the little bullshit Berlusconi is prone to utter. In any event, Silvio should take a page from Obama's political agenda and make, as his first political project, the millions of Italians who are hit and will be hit harder (more than Silvio can ever imagine) by the crisis caused by greedy capitalists.

Posted by: lou pacella | November 8, 2008 09:25 PM

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