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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Interviews with two finalists for Hollywood CRA Executive Director slated for Thursday: Tangie White, Julio Martinez

Above, October 27, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida, looking northwest.

I was up in Hollywood late Wednesday afternoon to check out the Early Voting scene at the site for it in Southeast Broward County, the Hollywood branch of the Broward County Library, which has been the source of some customer service/usability complaints by me to County and Library Division officials over the past two months, as well as Hollywood city officials.
(I'll have more to say about the specifics of those complaints soon, but not now.)

Above, October 27, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier of the Hollywood branch of the Broward County Library, looking southeast.

I plan on running some of the better photos of what I shot Wednesday afternoon within the next day or so, but I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know something important.

Above, October 27, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

While I was up there, I took advantage of the proximity and walked into the next-door Hollywood City Hall, one of my home away from homes, and what I found on their Sunshine Board, i.e. postings of upcoming public meetings, sort of surprised me.

Not that you would know anything about it at all from reading the Miami Herald or the South Florida Sun-Sentinel or even local TV, because they have NEVER mentioned it, but the finalists for the very critical position of Executive Director of the Hollywood CRA has been narrowed down to two candidates: Julio Martinez and Tangie White.

It turns out that closed-door interviews with them will take place on Thursday afternoon at Hollywood City Hall, after which I hope to post some professional career information about them and let you know when the City Commission is tentatively scheduled to decide the matter.

I formally requested that biographical/resume info as well as copies of their applications today, but because it was so late in the day, I agreed to wait until tomorrow afternoon to pick it up.

You'd think that having actually written a few times about what's been gone on with the Hollywood Downtown CRA and the Beach CRA for the last few years, after-the-fact, as well as the vague reasons given for why the last CRA Director left so soon after being hired -and the Herald somewhat curiously patting themselves on the back after being LATE to the party on these stories- the two newspapers would actually want to engage in some pro-active reporting.

Below is the notice as it appeared on the board when I snapped this shot.

Above, October 27, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier of Hollywood City Hall, 2600 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Florida, looking northwest.
P.S. August 2011 Update:

I found out a few months after I first posted this that there were many more people interviewed for the position, but the City of Hollywood would NOT provide that complete list to me.

Given that the CRA position has been like a revolving door, I can tell you without a doubt that 99% of the voters in Hollywood can NOT tell you the current name of the CRA director -Jorge Camejo.
You'd think the City Commission would have a problem with that, but they seem not to.

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