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!http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/FL/Broward/22350/39516/en/summary.html#
CITY COMMISSION DISTRICT ONE COOPER CITY (Vote For 1)
16 of 16 Precincts Reporting
|Melissa Mears Megna||22.74%||1,881|
|D. Mike Good||4.61%||381|
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.
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
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.''
BY SERGIO BONILLA
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.