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Friday, April 30, 2010

Comm. Dotty Ross hiding in plain sight at Hallandale Beach's "Special Meeting" on City Manager Mike Good's employment; "Recall" is in the air!

By now you've all probably heard thru the Hallandale Beach version of the grapevine that this morning's Special City Commission Meeting proved to be just the latest debacle and punchline in a long line of embarrassing and cringe-worthy moments for its beleaguered citizen taxpayers, as a result of continuing anti-democratic and un-professional conduct at City Hall.
To quote myself, "Just when you think you've seen it all before at HB City Hall..."

The public notices about this morning's meeting as seen at Hallandale Beach City Hall. Of course, last Wednesday, April 21st, as I mentioned at that night's City Commission meeting, instead of having the required list of April city Advisory Board meetings posted, they had the one for -wait for it- March.
back on April 2nd, I'd told them they needed to put up the correct list, but they don't take criticism well, so it was left up for three weeks, and was still there on April 23rd.
That's the kind of people we are dealing with.

This morning, displaying a foolish bravado and sense of anti-taxpayer sentiment that shocked even many of her usual defenders and apologists throughout the city, HB Comm. Dotty Ross refused to come down to the HB City Chambers, the new location of the meeting.
Apparently, she was hiding up in her office.


The tip-off?
Her Camry in its reserved parking space.


Hallandale Beach civic activist Csaba Kulin, one of the leaders in the fight against the Westin Diplomat's LAC proposal, near the car of Comm. Dotty Ross just minutes after the pathetic debacle we witnessed inside the City Chambers.
Did the car drive itself to HB City Hall today?

Comm. Dotty Ross' car in its reserved space this morning, before the meeting, from the point-of-view of the breezeway in front of the Hallandale Beach Police Dept. HQ.

With Vice-Mayor Julian wielding the gavel and Comm. Sanders alongside of him, and with Mayor Cooper and Comm. London each out-of-town but 'present' via a popular technology we now call the telephone, the meeting was canceled before it could really begin due to there NOT being a "physical quorum" present.
Really.


Bewildered HB citizens, including many Cooper & Good apologists, mill around in the City Hall breezeway after the Ross no-show debacle.

But don't worry, I videotaped the entire ridiculous spectacle for you to analyze for yourself from the comfort of your own home, as you once again are forced to try to make sense of the inexplicable that has become our norm the past ten years.

I'll have the video posted to my YouTube page on Saturday, and have some other photos and my thoughts on what this means in the bigger scheme of things, on my blog as well.

Whatever else today's low-light may signify in this city, one thing is certain.
The heretofore abstract idea of launching a petition effort to Recall Dotty Ross from office in November got some rather unexpected help.
From her.

Her own words and actions add fuel-to-the-fire as they show her utter contempt for the rules of this city and HB citizens, just the latest in a long line of words, actions and behavior that belie her appearance, as just last week, she called HB citizens in the Chambers "shills" even
before they could get to the microphone during Public Comments.

She's the very same woman who continually voted AGAINST placing the Diplomat's application and related documents on the city's website for their citizens to examine days or weeks before the actual votes took place.
That's how it came to be that the docs only became available 28 hours before the first vote in mid-December.
Not that Dotty Ross and the other three HB commissioners who voted that way want you to remember that now.

Afterwards, I had to check to see if "our flag was still there." But are we really in America, or just an alternative universe, a "Twilight Zone" if you will, where the norms and conventions of laws and logic have no power and where law enforcement is well-nigh invisible?

See also:
BrowardPalmBeach NewTimes Meeting on Hallandale City Manager's Fate Canceled After Mayoral No-Show
By Thomas Francis, Friday, Apr. 30 2010 @ 10:50AM
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2010/04/hallandale_special_meeting_mike_good_canceled.php


BrowardPalmBeach NewTimes

Hallandale Mayor Calls Special Meeting to Discuss "City Manager's Employment" By Thomas Francis, Thursday, Apr. 29 2010 @ 12:26PM
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2010/04/hallandale_special_meeting_mike_good_employment.php


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