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 Cooper. Missing Rubber Stamp: Anthony 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.