Due to other pressing matters, namely,
the Diplomat LAC project coming before
the Broward County Commission on
Tuesday afternoon, my devastating blog
post -complete with photos and video-
that I had planned on running today,
which I think would have effectively put
the lie to the smug self-serving lies, serial
mis-statements and absurd exaggerations
and claims of experienced big-mouth
back-stabber Alexander Lewy, will be,
necessarily, postponed for a day or so.
But I know you won't be disappointed when
you finally see it.
Frankly, Hallandale Beach Blog's biggest
problem with this forthcoming blog post on
Lewy has not been with what to put in,
but rather, what telling and embarrassing
anecdote about him and his deceptiveness
and self-serving nature to leave out,
on account of time and space -and repetition.
I'll mention it again in the future but just to give
you some idea of his out-of-proportion sense
of self-importance and willingness to lie at the
drop of a hat, consider what I heard from a
person who is greatly admired and respected
in this county, even by people who may often
disagree with this individual.
Asked in late February at a public meeting
whether or not he was running for a seat on
the Hallandale Beach City Commission this Fall,
unctuous Lewy said "No."
Yet according to his own weird Facebook
campaign site, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alexander-Lewy/34138291835
where fidelity to the truth is not a virtue,
it's clearly written in the top left that
"Alexander submitted paperwork to run
for City Commissioner on January 11, 2010."
And he continues to claim he's running.
But when asked about it six weeks later, he lied.
Well, ask yourself this simple question, which
speaks volumes on his chronic logrolling and
inability to be straight with people.
If Lewy is unwilling to be honest and is incapable
of telling the truth about whether or not he's
even running for office, something for which
there's no logical upside or advantage to him
to lie about, what makes you think he will be
forthright with you on an issue you genuinely
Sometimes a person's character is most vividly
revealed in a moment of genuine crisis, which
is what compelled John F. Kennedy to write
-with Ted Sorenson?- Profiles in Courage,
so he could better come to understand how
these particular individuals he had chosen
from American history had made the particular
choices and decisions they had, often at great
personal risk and professional reputation.
There's a reason that book won the Pulitzer
Prize and why those sorts of basic questions
continue to greatly interest us today, since
people love to claim that they respect
straight-shooters, even if they disagree with
them, but finding actual proof that that's true
is always elusive.
But sometimes, it's in someone's complete
inability to be honest in answering a very
simple question that someone's character
-or lack thereof- is revealed.
Such is the case here, as Alexander Lewy's
untruthful answer shows what sort of person
he is -NOT the sort of person I want to see
have any degree of power, and certainly NOT
to make public policy decisions that will greatly
affect this city and its future.
It's not too much to insist on honesty in candidates,
and by that simple measure, Alexander Lewy
has proven himself NOT QUALIFIED.
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Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...
This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog of my own that could try to do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable-but-skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time with fresh eyes, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.
Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change in public policy and goivernment engagement. If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY of Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials, elected and otherwise. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru shining some well-needed public scrutiny on the issue or pol, or requires a higher degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of the incompetency, cronyism or negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.