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Tuesday, June 21, 2011
When Lewy met Obama in D.C...it gave HB an "invaluable opportunity for our neighborhoods to enter into the national dialogue.” Or something like that
So, per the curious link at the bottom, which I came across completely by surprise, did you hear about the trip up to Washington, D.C. last week by Hallandale Beach's newest city commissioner?
I can hardly wait to hear about this D.C. trip at the next Hallandale Beach City Commission meeting when the agenda gets to "Other."
The one always held up in the second floor City Hall room, 257, where hardly any citizens dare to venture, which is why Mayor Cooper has the "Other" meetings there in the first place -to keep YOU out.
Yes, the same room where a couple of Junes ago, the mayor called her opponents -and me specifically- "Nazis" and Comm. London "a Hitler."
The room I've mentioned dozens of times here, complete with photos.
But isn't the person who talks below to the news media about an "invaluable opportunity for our neighborhoods to enter into the national dialogue” the very same person that was so dismissive of what the concerned people in a certain NE neighborhood in Hallandale Beach really thought?
I wrote that once upon a time, which is to say in February and March of this year, when he was in agreement with Mayor Cooper's absurd and un-safe two-way streets proposal for NE 8th & 10th Avenues, he was the one who told NE residents against it that THEY had "their facts all wrong"?
But when pressed, he couldn't explain why HE was for what THEY were against.
See my March 22, 2011 post titled, Once again, thru his words & misdeeds, Alexander Lewy is proving that he is EXACTLY who we always thought he was -a career politician in training
I'm especially interested in hearing the part about President Obama disagreeing with Comm. Lewy and taking him to task for swallowing whole Mayor Cooper's anti-democratic notions about public accountability, particularly, intentionally hiding information from the taxpayers or regularly voting on matters that don't appear on the written agenda.
Why?So that HB voters can't be forewarned, organized and publicly oppose those efforts to take advantage of them.
Yes, THAT part of the next meeting definitely ought to get get videotaped.
Starting next week, I'll be filing some public records requests that are aimed at eliciting physical evidence that may be brought up during the budget meetings that the city will have to explain away publicly when targeted questions are asked of the Dept.'s director and the City Manager.
Many of them have been kept in cold storage and are going to be the basis for some forthcoming blog posts that I've been sitting on for a bit.
If there is a particular issue you know about or are upset about which you believe has been under-the-radar for far too long and deserves to see the light of day, please drop me a line and I will add it to the list if I don't already have it.
I mention this because just within the past two weeks, I've been contacted by four different HB residents I didn't already know about problems & issues I was heretofore unaware of.
To add to the mountain of ones we already knew about.
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.
If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But seldom if ever see...
This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.
I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to start a blog of my own that could try to do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable-but-skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time with fresh eyes, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to expect.
Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change in public policy and goivernment engagement. If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY of Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials, elected and otherwise. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru shining some well-needed public scrutiny on the issue or pol, or requires a higher degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of the incompetency, cronyism or negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.
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