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In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Photo in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A, September 2008; March 2018 photo below of North Beach, looking left-to-right, looking north, HYDE Condominium, Etaru Japanese Robatayaki restaurant, and Hollywood Beach in the distance, with umbrellas. All photos by me, © Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Michael Butler's knowing retort to mayor Joy Cooper's blather in Miami Herald. When you know the true facts about her reign of ruin...

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.

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."

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
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.
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,

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


Chaz Stevens


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#HollywoodFL based photographer/entrepreneur Esther Chuang

#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 now-closed 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 atop Mount Corcovado way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. To the right is the world famous beach of Ipanema and to the left is the equally famous beach of Copacabana. In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio looks like, up close, plus the Amazon area of Brazil that Esther grew up near in Manaus, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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A floresta Amazônica tem um papel fundamental no equilíbrio do clima na Terra e, portanto, na vida de cada um de nós. Nos últimos anos a proteção diminuiu e o desmatamento aumentou drasticamente. E o que já era ruim, pode ficar ainda pior. Se as medidas que o governo vem tomando não forem vetadas, nosso futuro estará ameaçado. Diga NÃO à diminuição da proteção da Floresta do Jamanxim! Diga NÃO à exploração de minério no coração da floresta! #TodosPelaAmazônia #342Amazonia #TodosPelaAmazonia Assine a petição: link na bio. ������✨���� The Amazon Rainforest plays a key role in balancing the climate on the Earth and therefore in each of our lives. In recent years, protection has decreased and deforestation has increased sharply. And what was already bad can get even worse. If the measures that the government has been taking are not vetoed, our future will be threatened. Say NO to the reduction of the Jamanxim Forest´s protection! Say NO to ore mining in the heart of the Forest! #togetherfortheAmazon

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