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Thursday, September 16, 2010
Hallandale Beach City Commission short-circuits their one good idea of the year -votes 3-2 to begin process of hiring Mark Antonio as City Manager
Below is an excerpted version of an email I sent out at 1 a.m. Thursday morning, after I got home from the Hallandale Beach City Commission meeting to find lots of emails from other outraged Hallandale Beach citizen taxpayers who'd watched the proceedings via the Internet.
Thursday September 16th, 2010
I will have much more details on Thursday, but wanted to share this with you now, less than 90 minutes after the city committed voluntary euthanasia on itself at 11:30 p.m., on a 8 pm agenda item that didn't even begin until 10:30 p.m. because they were on Joy Cooper Time...
Commissioners Keith London and Anthony A. Sanders voted to continue the City Manager search, since as London reminded everyone a few times, you don't declare someone the winner halfway thru the race, and don't want to undermine the eventual CM's credibility by tainting the process.
He then went on to make the most important point of all: that you want the person eventually selected -and the city's residents- to feel that the best person was selected in a fair and open process.
But as usual, logic was on holiday at HB City Hall as Mayor Joy Cooper threw the city's hired consultant for a loop and announced at 10:30 p.m. that she wanted to abandon the public search for a new city administrator, and to begin contract negotiations immediately with interim City Manager Mark A. Antonio.
And just weeks ago, Cooper didn't even want him to be considered at all.
The public never got to speak on the agenda item.
There were less than 7 HB citizens in the chambers, counting myself, when the ominous vote finally came.
I told the consultant in charge of the search many weeks ago that regardless of how experienced he was, he had no idea of what kind of people he was dealing with at HB City Hall.
Now, he knows that I was only telling him the all-too-true sad truth.
HB City Commissioner William "Bill" Julian will rue the day he played the imbecile joker at a city commission meeting one time too many on an important issue.
His self-evident dis-connectedness from reality, and Dotty Ross's as well, are a direct threat to the future Quality-of-Life of this community, and THEY MUST go as soon as possible.
Fortunately, there's an election in 47 days, and we can 86 Julian and his dim-witted and archaic ideas.
Ross will take more time, of course, but there is a lot more popular sentiment to recall her from office than you might think, as I've written here before.
And, of course, lest we forget, she didn't want to fire former City Manager Mike Good in the first place.
Many of you are now quite familiar with my quite negative feelings about HB City Commission candidate Alexander Lewy, in some cases, because of what I've written and documented in previous fact-filled emails, but I've never ever thought he was a dummy.
Lewy may be -well, actually is- to quote myself, the devil-we-don't-know, but at least he's not a walking-talking imbecile like Julian, the devil-we-know, who plays the role of dummy while Cooper plays the ventriloquist.
As I've written here previously, and as Arlington Yupette blogs from her secret location back there, http://arlingtonyupette.blogspot.com/despite all its many natural pluses, Arlington County (VA) was and is a very frustrating place to live, largely because of the county's neo-Soviet bureaucracy, obtuse and never-ending rules and confiscatory love of taxes for well-meaning but almost always poorly-managed government programs.
But even Arlington County was rarely as thoroughly rotten to the core on an issue as Hallandale Beach was Wednesday night with me in attendance for the sorry performance.
I've seldom, if ever, been more appalled to live somewhere than I am right now.
And I am far from alone in that sentiment.
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