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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Mike Good: Not just fourth in a four-way race in Cooper City -a very bad fourth!

Cooper City's New City Commission 2010

Not pictured above, former Hallandale Beach City manager Mike Good.

Not just fourth in a four-way race in Cooper City -a very bad fourth!



16 of 16 Precincts Reporting

John Sims
Percent of total votes
Gary Laufenberg
Percent of total votes
Melissa Mears Megna
Percent of total votes
D. Mike Good
Percent of total votes


As one civic activist I know commented in response after I'd shared this bit of news Wednesday morning in an email, "And that's a GOOD thing!"


To keep up on all things pro-reform Cooper City, which is currently the minority position on the City Commission led by misanthropic mayor Debby Eisinger, see http://coopercitycivicgroup.blogspot.com/


More on the longstanding unethical maelstrom that is
Debby Eisinger, out in western Broward County, far from the beach, home of the Cooper City Cowboys.

Eisinger, thru her bellicose words and often unethical behavior, is the poster child for all the ills that have taken over the state of FL in the past 10-15 years: a thin-skinned, anti-democratic elected official with both an edifice complex and a love of un-checked development, and a yen for the higher taxes that her ego demands in order to satisfy her govt. castle built upon sand.

In case you forgot about those problems, I refer you back to
Behind Florida's Exodus: Rising Taxes, Political Ineptitude
By Tim Padgett / Miami Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

As I've recounted here more than a few times, when
Eisinger was on the Broward County Charter Review Comm. in 2008, she voted against allowing Broward citizens to decide for themselves, in the November election, whether they wanted to have an elected county-wide mayor, instead of the preposterous current system wherein Broward county commissioners appoint one of themselves mayor for a year, with ZERO accountability to voters.

Bob Norman's recent New Times posts on Eisinger's mendacity are devastating:

Especially this one from Sept. 23rd, Dirty Politics Shame City, Defame Candidate http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2010/09/cooper_city_background_checks.php
Be sure to read the Sept. 23 post below from David Nall, the City Commission candidate that was caught up in Mayor Eisinger's latest twisted and illegal City Hall gambit, and labeled a "criminal" by Cooper City City Hall.

He wasn't.


City Apologizes For Calling Candidate Criminal
Channel 4 video at: http://cbs4.com/local/cooper.city.candidate.2.1931461.html

In case you haven't already heard about it or seen it for yourself, see the video about Cooper City at: http://www.youtube.com/user/browardperson and this explanation


Miami Herald

Posted on Thursday, 10.28.10
Apology comes too late for candidate Candidate for Cooper City's District 2 commission race says city's apology ``too late.''

Special to The Miami Herald

David Nall just wanted to represent his city.

But after Nall, 43, filled out paperwork to run for commissioner, Cooper City hired an independent company to do a background check.

The result: Nall had been arrested for credit card fraud more than two decades ago.

Problem is, the report was wrong.

The city has since apologized and put a correction on its website, but Nall said it's too late for his campaign.

"The damage is already done,'' Nall said.

This is the first Cooper City election that requires background checks on candidates formayor and City Commission. All candidates had to sign paperwork consenting to background checks, Cooper City Attorney David Wolpin said.

The city hired IntelliCorp, based in Beachwood, Ohio. The report was submitted back to the city Sept. 13. IntelliCorp said it obtained the incorrect records from the Florida Department of Corrections.

After Nall notified IntelliCorp of the error, the company asked the corrections department to reinvestigate his record.

According to IntelliCorp, the corrections department confirmed its original findings.

However, a background check produced by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed Nall to have a clean record.

But the incorrect background check fell into the hands of his opponent for the City Commission District 2 seat. And now, Nall said, he feels the city has betrayed him.

"It was a malicious attempt to hurt my character,'' said Nall, the financial controller of GSD Contracting and a Little League coach for the Cooper City Optimist Club.

Several days after the report came back, Nall said, his opponent and her supporters were seen canvassing the gated community of Embassy Lakes with a copy of the background check in hand.

His opponent, Lisa Mallozzi, the incumbent, calls that a "flat-out lie.''

Before running for commissioner, each candidate signs a statement of ethical practices. One of the stipulations reads:

"I will neither use nor permit the use of malicious untruths or innuendos about an opponent's personal life, nor will I make or condone unfounded accusations discrediting an opponent's credibility.''

Nall said he felt that this rule was violated by Mallozzi.

Nall was irritated and embarrassed but it wasn't until his daughter found out about the accusation that he felt angry.

He was in the kitchen discussing the matter with his wife when their 10-year-old daughter asked, ``Daddy, you've been arrested? You're a criminal?''

"Now, it's affecting my kids,'' Nall said.

"You guys can attack me in anyway, but leave my family out of politics.''

In order to prevent another Nall situation in the future, Mallozzi said the agency should have to contact the candidates before releasing any information.

The recommendation has gone before the Cooper City Commission, but has not passed.

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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!