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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mendacity at Broward School Board Only Gets Worse and Worse; Ann Murray's shameful votes are like a noose she puts around her OWN neck!

Above, it's the return of the Broward County pol with the completely upside-down sense of right and wrong, Broward County School Board member Ann Murray.
And look who's joining her today, below, her good pal, Jennifer "Hello, I must be going" Gottlieb, the Board's current chair and principal apologist for all things ridiculous and absurd, which is to say every single thing they touch.

Individually and collectively,
they continue to set very bad examples for young Broward school children on how to accept responsibility, treat others, how to be a responsible person in society at large, and how to act towards people whom they work for -Broward taxpayers.

As I've previously stated in emails and on my blog, in my opinion, a recall of two Broward County School Board members next spring or summer may well be required to get some semblance of genuine accountability and transparency there.

I'm not only fine with that, I will be happy to be an active part of making that a reality so that kids, and NOT immature, incompetent and self-involved adults, are the number one priority.

Seriously, how did they not see ANY of these problems coming down the pike?

As I've written in this space repeatedly, these are the same School Board geniuses who between them and Supt. James Notter, couldn't figure out a way to actually have their so-called Integrity public meetings televised on the TV station they already own and operate, and for which Broward taxpayers have already paid for.

Something I publicly wondered about in this very space before their first meeting.

Meetings that, for the record, were never held south of Fort Lauderdale.

Within the next two weeks I will find out definitively from the Broward County Supervisor of Elections how long both Jennifer Gottlieb and Ann Murray get to stay in office from their recent re-election before a recall process against them may begin.

In most places I've lived in this country, to prevent bad-loser referendums, you can't recall someone from public office within six months of them being elected or within three months of them being on the election ballot, but I'm not sure whether or not the fact that both Gottlieb and Murray were already in office prior to the election affects that time-line or not.
Assuming such a rule even exists here in Broward County.

I will keep you apprised as I gather the facts and will also let you know about those Public Records Requests I'm about to drop on the Broward School system.

Just a reminder -the Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel NEVER mentioned anything about this controversy surrounding School Board general counsel Ed Marko and the replacement process until Buddy Nevins at Broward Beat wrote about the Board's expensive parting gift to Marko last week.

Both newspapers never mentioned the interviews or meetings that supposed new-hire James Stokes was present at, meetings that even I mentioned on my blog days before they happened.
In fact, Stokes' name never appeared in print or online at either paper's website.

Sorry, but that's not just completely "Unsatisfactory," that's a well-earned grade of "F"

Above and below, July 13, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier looking south at the Broward County Schools HQ, 600 S.E. Third Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

As we see from today's School Board developments, when a circular firing-squad in Broward County has a deadline, they brook no discussion.
Shots must be fired regardless of the consequences!

Why should logic and reason get into the act NOW when it has been absent
for so many years?

And what can you say about shameless Ann Murray -the rep for SE Broward, inc. Hallandale Beach and Hollywood- and her continuing lack of foresight, common sense and gravitas?

Today, rather than do the prudent and sensible thing, vote no or vote to table the motion,
Murray voted to do something that should more properly be decided upon by the ENTIRE School Board that properly reflects the new additions from last week's elections.

To call what
Ann Murray has shown over the past few years merely a political tin-ear, is to misunderstand what that term means in reality, and underestimates how reckless and unrepentant she's been in doing exactly what she said she wouldn't do if elected.

If Ann Murray, thru her own behavior and cast votes continues to put a political noose around her own neck, am I wrong for wanting to yank -HARD- on that noose and have her recalled from office?
And her pal in chaos and mayhem, Jennifer Gottlieb?
I think not.


The Daily Pulp
Broward Politics
Broward School Board Pushes Forward With Bad Deal
By Bob Norman
November 9 2010 @ 12:20PM

The Broward County School Board has a bad case of emeritus.

You might think that after the stink caused by the Broward County School Board's plan to give outgoing Ed Marko a $266,000 salary to serve as general counsel emeritus after he leaves his position, the board members might just throw that idea out the window.

​Yeah, you'd be wrong. Today -- moments ago, in fact -- the board voted 5-2 to approve the position for Marko, though the salary is still up in the air.

Read the rest of the post at:

Broward Beat

Farewell Letter Says Volumes About School Board’s Shortcomings

By Buddy Nevins
November 8, 2010

James Stokes’ farewell letter, which he sent when he dropped out of consideration for the job of the School Board’s general counsel, says it all.
Stokes appears way too polite to throw brickbats.
However, for a government lawyer, the letter is pointed and it is easy to read between the lines.

It is obvious that the employment contract negotiations with current General Counsel Ed Marko were both insulting to Stokes and prompted him to walk away from the job.

Read the rest of the post at:


Mayo on the Side
Sun-Sentinel news columnist Michael Mayo

New school board attorney backs out
By Michael Mayo November 8, 2010 11:22 AM

The turmoil keeps coming for the Broward School Distirct: The attorney chosen to succeed longtime general counsel Ed Marko has quit before he started.

James Stokes, the city attorney from Palm Bay, Florida, notified district officials this morning that he is no longer interested in the job.

Stokes was offered the position last month, but his contract terms hadn't been finalized.

The salary was supposed to be in the range of $180,000-$216,000.

Read the rest of the post at: http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/columnists/mayo/blog/2010/11/new_school_board_attorney_back.html


Broward Beat
School Board Back To Step One After Attorney Choice Drops Out

By Buddy Nevins
November 8, 2010

James Stokes, the city attorney in Palm Bay, Florida who was slated to be the new Broward School Board attorney, has decided he doesn’t want the job.

That puts the School Board back at step one in the process to replace longtime General Counsel Ed Marko.

Stokes dropped out after negotiations with Marko over his future pay and responsibilities.

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Mayo on the Side blog
Another Broward School Board outrage: $266,654 retirement gift to attorney Marko
By Michael Mayo
November 5, 2010 09:58 AM

Talk about outrageous: On the verge of a big revamp, the Broward School Board is set to give longtime attorney Ed Marko a fat retirement gift: a one-year contract worth $266,654 to serve as "general counsel emeritus.

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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!