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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bad news for Diana Wasserman-Rubin, no fan of Quality-of-Life in Hallandale Beach & Hollywood: Angelo Castillo may oppose her and he will win

The Broward Beat column by Buddy Nevins that I link
to below
just got posted this morning, which explains why
there is only one
reader comment there thus far.

Yesterday DWR voted against the thousands of people in
Hallandale Beach neighborhood -and nearby Hollywood
- that are quite literally under-the-gun from the
unpopular and
incompatible Diplomat LAC proposal,
as she has cast her lot with
HB City Comm. Anthony A. Sanders
instead of the larger number
of residents in this area whose
family's Quality-of-Life would be
negatively affected by
the multiple condo towers and the increased
traffic that
come with them.

She actually told three HB residents who met with her
at her office
on Monday afternoon that she personally
avoids coming into that part of HB -i.e east of U.S-1-
because of the traffic nightmare,
where we all know
from experience that we
NEVER see HB Police
actually on duty to prevent the gridlock that Aventura
prevents by
ACTUALLY having a visible presence
on Biscayne Blvd. and giving
real tickets to scofflaws
'blocking the box."

(Just like you, if I had a dollar for every time
I saw an emergency vehicle with a siren wailing

try to head west on Hallandale Beach Blvd.
towards Aventura Hospital while it's
from Three Islands to U.S-1,
I'd be sporting
a new car.
So where are those HB cops, anyway?)

But if a vote for the
Diplomat helps DWR with keeping
Pied Piper support in NW, i.e the promise of
future jobs for NW
residents, she was only too happy
to throw you and your family's
neighborhood and Q-O-L
overboard, and tell you that's just tough.

That's her choice, of course, and she's welcome to it,
but if she
thinks that Anthony Sanders and his
consistently anti-democratic, anti-transparency
voting record, truly abysmal lack of preparation
for city meetings
-not even bothering to show-up
for the city's final vote on their big Transportation
Master Plan meeting last year
- over-budget and
YEARS overdue, won't be an absolute
HER neck, she's very much mistaken.

But then isn't this vote of her's only a self-evident sign
of how truly
desperate she is that she's stuck with the
equally dis-connected
Sanders, who all this time later,
STILL can't tell you to your face what the official
city plan is for the property the city bought from him

and his wife for more than it was appraised at,
with your
tax dollars?

Rushed with urgency to buy this one piece of property
as if there
were oil deposits underneath and eager
oil execs were jetting in from
Houston to sign a deal.
You know, Texas Tea?

A nondescript property which you own that the city
is now renting out
for a grand total of -yes- $10 a month.
(And guess who had that deal?)

So what's the long term plan, exactly?

Where's the written strategy?
There isn't one.

can't tell you any more than Joy Cooper,
Mike Good or Richard Canonne can explain what
the grand plan for the
sixty-plus properties that the
ALREADY owns, that has no apparent rhyme
or reason to it.

And by city, I mean that
YOUR tax dollars bought
and own.

an actual written plan that everyone in this
city knows about
and can read, there is no guideline
or deadline -
and ZERO scrutiny and accountability
for Hallandale Beach taxpayers

That's why it's the way it is -
HB City Hall wants it
that way.
It's the same reason that HB citizens only
saw the
Diplomat's submitted application and docs
to the city placed on the city's website just
28 hours
before the first vote -the P&Z- with Mayor Cooper
Commissioners Julian, Ross and Sanders
consistently refusing,
meeting after meeting, to support
Comm. Keith London's common sense motion to place
them on the website far enough before the vote would

take place, so that everyone could read them and come
to understand
what they were proposing and draw
their own conclusions.

That collective refusal to allow you, the citizen taxpayers
of this city,
to actually know what was being proposed,
was no accident.

It was
entirely intentional, which is why I made a point
of mentioning
it yesterday when I spoke before the
Broward County Commission,
to explain, in part, why
majority of well-informed citizens here so
adamantly oppose
the Diplomat's over-the-top plans
for numerous
condo towers in a residential neighborhood.

The self-evident nature of the city's unfairness to us,
and their
completely unprofessional and unethical conduct
AGAIN!- as if HB City Hall was a silent partner in the
enterprise, trying to
FIX things so we'd have little chance
to respond in a reasonable fashion,
was galling, and the
local news media's completely ignoring that fact
made it worse.

That's the price many of us currently pay for living in
a city with a
corrupt City Hall at the same time we
have a sleepwalking local news

he chooses to run, I'll be enthusiastically supporting
Angelo Castillo for the good of both Broward County's
future as well as this city's,
which desperately needs all
the help and good, positive ideas it
can get.

Smart, savvy and dynamic common sense help that,
in my opinion,
it ISN'T currently getting and won't
receive in the future from
disconnected and uninformed
Diana Wasserman-Rubin.

It's taking longer than I expected to go thru the hours
of photos and
video I shot at yesterday's Broward
County Commission meeting,
but I will definitely have
some of the material up by late tonight.

Broward Beat
Opponent Closing In On Wasserman-Rubin

By Buddy Nevins
March 24, 2010

South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Wasserman-Rubin's husband played key role in controversial school land deal
By Scott Wyman, Sun Sentinel
January 28, 2010

The pull quote from the article below:
"I seldom get a call from the city," Wasserman-Rubin told those gathered at the
barbershop at 708 Foster Rd.

Just saying...

South Florida Times
July 2007; updated March 17, 2008
Residents outraged over neighborhood neglect

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