acts of sedition: Scotchy scotch scotch
My friend Michael Butler has posted a pithy and knowing retort to Hallandale Beach mayor Joy Cooper's blather in the Miami Herald titled We want to work with the governor. http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/02/06/2052839/we-want-to-work-with-the-governor.html
Her words served as the jumping-off point for my later blog post here on Monday titled simply, There's what Joy Cooper says -and there's reality. Here's a dose of reality to chew over; What does Jessica Sanders do exactly? http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/2011/02/theres-what-joy-cooper-says-and-theres.html
Michael's response in total:
Mayor Cooper says "...a city has a unique bond with its citizens."As some of you readers know, despite my personally notifying several -I repeat, several- Miami Herald reporters, editors and top management personnel over several months about the city's lawsuit filed against Michael at the behest of a petulant Mayor Cooper, for his simply exercising his right under the Sunshine Laws of the Florida Constitution to avail himself of public information, the Herald NEVER wrote about the situation at the time it was occurring.
Hallandale sued me because of a PRR I made for her BCC email address list, from an email signed Mayor Cooper and the title of which was "State of the City". Is that the "unique bond to which she refers?"
Mayor Cooper talks about fiscal responsibility but presided over a period where the city's budget doubled to $100 million, added $28 million debt (a 20-fold increase!), and blew through $35 million of a $50 million financial reserve.
How do these facts square with her "fiscal accountability and responsibility, making government smarter, and fiscal responsibility for the future?"
She's wrecked the city's finances. Visit ChangeHallandale.com
And the same goes for Miami's local TV stations, who just yawned collectively.
This, despite the fact that the case illustrated to a perfect degree the extent to which South Florida municipalities have been running circles around concerned citizens attempting to get public information they were entitled to, by intentionally obfuscating the truth and refusing to comply with state law, FOR YEARS.
The Herald and local TV stations have NEVER made any reference to the case despite plenty of opportunities.
IF I wanted to, I could name the people at the Herald and local TV stations who knew all the pertinent facts and still chose not to do anything about it, but why mention people who have done nothing to bring credit to themselves?
IF you want to know why so many well-informed people in South Florida have given up on the Miami Herald as a viable news source for information they use in their daily lives, consider their curious lack of curiosity when given a compelling news story on a silver platter.
Instead of seeing the possibilities, they looked askance and acted bored.
My previous posts on Michael and our collective efforts to bring genuine accountability and transparency to Hallandale Beach, Florida can be found at: http://hallandalebeachblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Michael%20Butler