Above, the public notice posted at Hallandale Beach
City Hall that prompted the most recent ethical
low-light and anti-democratic action by City Manager
Mike Good and his highly-paid staff, who seem to
never quite recall that they work for me and other
HB taxpayers, not the other way around.
They're the hired help.
This afternoon I attempted to attend the city's publicly
scheduled meeting of the Evaluation Committee looking
at hiring an auditing firm, which has come about as
a result of a new state law.
This meeting was scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in
But a not-so-funny thing happened when I tried to
get to the meeting via the building elevator, which
requires you to exchange an ID for a security card
to access the control panel inside.
I don't particularly like this arrangement of requiring
the public whose taxes built this hideous building
to have to hand-over ID in order to access public
meetings, but it's the system in place, and I've
got bigger fish to fry.
In any case, I've done this drill dozens of times
before over the years for public meetings,
esp. budget meetings, without any melodrama,
as the employees at the desk closest to the
elevator, involuntary key holders if you will,
recognize me on sight.
I even know their names, too.
But today, with someone else sitting there, I got
nothing but grief, as HB City Hall employees tried
to prevent me from accessing that publicly noticed
meeting thru deliberate obfuscation and an equal
mix of incompetence and unprofessional conduct.
It wasn't by accident, it was entirely
After waiting more than 15 minutes in the ground
floor lobby, after TWICE calling the City Manager's
office to complain about my being forced to miss
the beginning of what might only be a half-hour
meeting, each time being assured that someone
would be "down in a minute," I called Comm.
Keith London to tell him about what was going
on with city employees trying to prevent the public
from getting to the meeting.
Well, it turns out that he had interesting news of
his own, too.
That was even stranger than mine.
He said that he was upstairs at the actual meeting
and that the meeting had just been cancelled by
the city staffers.
When I asked why, figuring that maybe one of
the vendors bidding for the job hadn't shown-up
or something like that, he said that the answer
was far different.
But much easier for me to understand given where
The city's public meeting was over because
Comm. London had shown-up -and was going
to observe only- and, perhaps, because I,
a member of the public, was trying to attend
their public meeting.
Apparently, the city's staffers on the Committee
hadn't counted on someone other than them
And rather than be honest, transparent and
ethical, they chose to do something else
-cancel the meeting.
I will have much more details about this later,
either tonight after the first of the city's myriad
Quadrant meetings, at the Hallandale Beach
Cultural Center at 6:30 p.m., or tomorrow.
Above, Room 257 at Hallandale Beach City Hall this
afternoon as it appeared after legally-mandated
public transparency met Hallandale Beach City Hall's
entrenched and brazen unethical and incompetent
This being Hallandale Beach, of course, the guys
wearing the black hats, led by Assistant City
Manager Mark A. Antonio, won this skirmish.
But there are clearly going to more battles to come
in the months ahead with this crew, and I wouldn't
be at all surprised if the Florida Ethics Commission
and the Broward State Attorney's Office were
contacted and looked into this matter, just the
latest outrage imposed on this city's beleaguered
Actually, you can count on it.
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Which European country has the most attractive citizens?
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