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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Prologue to Hallandale Beach City Comm.'s meeting re FY 2011-12 budget; HB Charter Review Comm. is dog-chasing-its-tail at its worst: SNAFU

Below is an email I wrote early Monday morning to my common sense friend and fellow concerned Hallandale Beach activist Csaba Kulin, with bcc's to the usual collection of about 75 or so well-informed people and news media in Hallandale Beach and Broward County, with not a single fan of Hallandale Beach mayor Joy Cooper among them.
As you know, they're mutually exclusive -well-informed Hallandale Beach citizen taxpayers and supporters of Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew of Ross, Sanders & Lewy.

It largely concerns what passes for normal in Hallandale Beach -SNAFU- some preliminary thoughts of mine on the city's political near-future, and a link to a very useful article on Florida's Sunshine Laws and attorney-client exemptions to it.

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Dear Csaba:

Re your question about Hallandale Beach City Commission's Monday night meeting re, the city's FY 2011-12 budget NOT being on city's website with the appropriate required, agenda info -less than 24 hours before the meeting- see the article below that was, written by Comm. London's appointment to the HB City Attorney Selection Committee.
It's after your original email.

This is the ad the city ran in the Miami Herald a week ago:

HBCC, 2011-09-26, budget 11658641.jpg

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Mark Goldstein is a partner in the Miami law firm of Wolfe & Goldstein, P.A. He practices in the field of local government litigation. Prior to entering private practice Mr. Goldstein served as the city attorney of the City of Hallandale Beach from 2000-2003, and as a senior assistant city attorney for the City of Miami Beach. He received his B.A. from Yeshiva University in New York City and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

In case you forgot, the other members of the HB City Attorney Selection Committee are, hard as it is to believe, Commissioner Lewy – Rachel Alters, Esquire, Commissioner Ross – Bill Julian, Vice-Mayor Sanders – Murvin Wright, Mayor Cooper – Eudyce Steinberg.

Yes, despite everything that he personally did for years to make this city a perennial, laughingstock, and being kicked-out of office last year, Bill Julian is on both this AND the Charter Review Comm., who, as you and I have been discussing for weeks, despite being half-way thru their life cycle, has yet to place a single bit of the information that has been presented to them, the past few months on the city's website, despite City Manager Mark Antonio's specific promise to the community at the very first meeting back in July -where Keith London and I were the only members of the public in the room- that HB taxpayers would be able to see the information and actually be able to follow along.

*Blog readers, see for yourself how pathetic this is:

(That was also my LAST meeting of theirs! They should've taken my suggestion, of meetings every other Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon if they wanted people to, show up in the summer.)

That the CRC foolishly refuses to read your informed letters into the record, even, when you are the ONLY person who has written them, speaks volumes about what a typical HB farce it is.
Some good people got suckered into that.

As you and I and so many others in the city who are interested in reform and genuine financial accountability at HB City Hall have informally discussed for months, I definitely believe that a voter-initiated, signature campaign effort to get pro-reform, pro-taxpayer issues directly before the voters via referendum in the spring -before everyone leaves for the summer- perhaps in conjunction with the recall effort previously discussed by various people -thereby bypassing the Cooper Rubber Stamp Crew on the HB City Commission- makes more and more sense, given how the current dog-chasing-its tail CRC operation in HB is going.

I checked the webpage on the city's website at 1:30 a.m. Monday morning, and you, are 100% correct, Csaba.,

The legally-required required information is NOT there.
Surprise!

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From: Csaba Kulin
Date: Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 10:58 PM
Subject: Agenda for 9/26/2011 CC Meeting.
To: Mark Antonio , Cc: Mayor Joy Cooper , Commissioner Alexander Lewy , Commissioner Keith London ,

Dear Mr. Antonio.
In preparation for tomorrow's CC meeting I was going to read the Agenda and look at the supporting documents. Below is the message I found on my computer when I tried to look at it.
Is it legal to conduct a meeting without proper notification of the public of the Agenda? Please check with your City Attorney?
While you are looking at the City's web site, please look at the sorry state of the Charter Review Commission web site also.
The IS department is asking for about a half a million dollars next year. Do you think we should expect a bit better service?

Sincerely,
Csaba Kulin

We're sorry, but there is not a web page matching your entry.
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Florida Bar Journal
April, 2004,
Shade meetings: overview, pitfalls, and recommended changes
by Mark Goldstein

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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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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!