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Monday, March 19, 2012

Rip-off! Jaw-dropping new details emerge on how former Hallandale Beach City Managers R.J. Intindola and Mike Good reaped millions on their pensions for time NOT "earned": What did Mayor Joy Cooper know?

Above, three-quarters of the 2010 version of the Hallandale Beach Rubber Stamp Crew that has made this ocean-side South Florida community with so much potential, a dysfunctional and perennial laughing-stock, in large part by keeping its own citizen taxpayers in the dark and on the outside looking in, while Mayor Joy Cooper and then-City Manager Mike Good did whatever they pleased. And soon, finally, here on this blog, you'll read exactly what the actual cost of their consistent bad choices, collective inattention to detail and complete unwillingness to perform basic oversight functions of their office will end up costing this city's beleaguered taxpayers for decades to come: millions more than necessary. Above, as they appeared in a 2008 political campaign flyer, left-to-right: William "Bill" Julian, Dotty Ross and Joy CooperMissing Rubber StampAnthony A. Sanders. Fortunately for Hallandale Beach voters, Cooper, Julian and Sanders are all running this year, so we can make sure that their woeful and crippling track record at City Hall gets the over-due punishment it has long deserved -a firm boot to the curb.

Over the coming days and weeks, heretofore unknown details and facts regarding former Hallandale Beach City Managers R.J. Intindolaand Mike Good will finally be spilled and made public here on my blog that tell you more than you could've ever imagined about how these two individuals took FULL ADVANTAGE of the longtime lack of prudent oversight by the Hallandale Beach City Commission, to, essentially, rip-off Hallandale Beach taxpayers to the tune of MILLIONS of dollars, thru a defined benefit pension system the two pushed, created and maintained. which will personally net them more in payments than they actually "earned" thru their years working for the city.

And to the surprise of no one, the very same names and faces responsible for that financial disaster that HB taxpayers will be paying for for years to come -Dotty Ross, Joy Cooper, William "Bill" Julian- also had their fingerprints all over the lack of oversight revealed in the recently-released Marcum LLP report I have written about here, a report, not an audit, and which I remind you, only examined certain matters, not all the ones that pro-reform, pro-audit forces in this city have long been clamoring for for years, but prevented from getting by the longtime powers-that-be at HB City Hall - Joy Cooper's anti-reform Rubber Stamp Crew.

Even longtime followers of the three-ring circus in Hallandale Beach across the street from Gulfstream Park Race Track will hit their forehead in exasperation as details and inconvenient facts finally make themselves known, and may even find themselves saying, "Even for Hallandale Beach, this is shocking."

Teaser Alert: Why didn't former City Attorney David Jove ever publicly disclose whether or not he already knew weeks BEFORE the late April 2010 continuing-circus over Mike Good's dismissal/firing/resignation, about the legally-binding deal that Mike Good had previously signed years before that specifically prohibited Good from working for the City of Hallandale Beach past the first week of April 2010?

Why didn't current Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper or well-compensated then-Assistant City Manager Mark A. Antonio, the current City Manager -whose last day is June 29th- or, then-and-current Deputy City Manager Nydia Rafols-Sallabery publicly disclose this important information, making the whole absurd and exasperating situation that actually occurred, completely un-necessary?

And honestly, if they didn't know the facts about such an important matter, what does that say about them and the fact that the three highest-ranking people in the city DIDN'T know in advance when Mike Good's last day as City Manager would be, when a letter with that very information was likely already sitting in his file in the city's Personnel Office?

What this means, of course, is that as I and several concerned citizens had argued then and in the two years since, that Mike Good was NOT legally entitled to any severance package of extra benefits from the Hallandale Beach City Commission and Hallandale Beach taxpayers, since his last day, legally, was in the first week of that month, weeks earlier.

To paraphrase what I said two years ago in one of my posts about that expensive and completely un-necessary  Mike Good debacle which cast such a negative light on this city,

Once again, Hallandale Beach's citizen taxpayers are forced to try to make sense of the inexplicable that has become our norm the past ten years.

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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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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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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!