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Monday, March 8, 2010

A simple question re Dr. Nelson Santiago's no-bid contract in Hallandale Beach

Above, part of the crowd at the Hallandale Beach Eco-Fair
held at Hallandale
Beach City Hall on February 27th.
Typically, though it would seem self-evident
for such an
event, there were zero blue recycling bins present.

That's typical of what passes for planning at Hallandale
Beach City Hall, which is why things are the way they are.

February 27, 2010 photo by
South Beach Hoosier.


Don't know how I can connect-the-dots any
clearer than this.

Dr. Nelson Santiago
is an academic PhD,
not a medical doctor.
http://www.linkedin.com/in/earqcom
http://www.ear-q.com/

Santiago was one of the three co-hosts of a
fundraiser for Kendrick Meek's U.S. Senate
campaign last Friday night at the HB home
of mayor Joy Cooper and her husband,
which was postponed the day before.

As it happen, rather interestingly,
Dr. Santiago
is also a person who has recently been involved
in creating
Cooper's personal website.

Unbeknownst to 99.99% of the city's taxpayers,
Santiago
was also awarded a no-bid deal by
the City of Hallandale Beach, i.e. City Manager
Mike Good, regarding the 2010 Census.

I don't know the exact amount involved.

Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. at the HB Cultural
Center is the first of a series of scheduled
City Commission/City Manager Quadrant
meetings scheduled over the next few weeks.

There are going to be a lot of HB residents
present who are not at all happy with the
recent and future direction of this city and
its anti-democratic, anti-transparency policies
under Cooper and Good, of which the
recent Diplomat LAC issue is but the most
recent and egregious example of the local
citizenry being both ignored and marginalized.

They wants some questions answered.

As you may recall from my previous emails
and blog postings, no-bid contracts awarded
to pals, cronies and political supporters of
HB City Hall are the specialty of Joy Cooper
and Mike Good, and this recent case with
Santiago is but the latest example of
thousands of taxpayer dollars being given
to people, thru grants and CRA loans,
whose degree of expertise is, perhaps,
rather secondary to their personal
connections and political support.

If there is nothing 'fishy' about this
particular contract, why was it made
a no-bid deal, without the benefit
of a vote by the elected HB City
Commission, instead of the unelected
Good, since the upcoming 2010
Census
is hardly Breaking News?

This December community newspaper
"article" even has a photo of the mayor
next to her internet guru:
http://www.communitynewspapers.com/html/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=3792&Itemid=77

Add it all together and it sounds to me
like a news story.

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