Breaking News! Finally!
An IG investigation! Finally! Plus, more curious CRA matters to ponder - William Gjebre in BrowardBulldog: Broward Inspector General's office zeroing-in on Hallandale Beach after numerous reports re city's curious CRA loans and land purchases with no written plan in place for the latter
Investigators focus on Hallandale after reports of questionable city loans and land purchases
By William Gjebre, BrowardBulldog.org
April 12, 2012 AT 11:29 AM
Investigators with the Broward Inspector General’s office descended on Hallandale Beach City Hall this week following numerous reports of mismanagement of tax dollars.Read the rest of the post at:
Since it's just one of the many pink elephants in the room, here are a few related matters that I've wondered about for a while now but not yet posted that you might want to start thnking about yourself:
1.) re $45,000-plus to Palms Community Action Coalition, Inc.
What exactly are Jessica Sanders' qualifications?
It's a reflection of the mentality of this city and how things get done -or don't- that four-fifths of the Hallandale Beach City Commission would think that a new six-month old non-profit that includes Comm. Sanders's wife, Jessica, ought to be the one group in town that is now able to get the free use of an office & city personnel at the city's Hepburn Center, despite the fact that it has no track record, and despite the fact that actual room over there is at a premium and could be used much better for purposes that serve actual HB citizen taxpayers, like that university-related counseling perhaps?
Given all the unscrupulous things that I've witnessed the past few years and the very curious way things seem to just happen, out of the blue, like after midnight, which is when last year Comm. Alexander Lewy made a motion to give over $200,000 to one of the Sanders-affiliated groups, without ever saying the name of the group -something he has never adequately publicly explained!- it's hard to shake the feeling that Jessica Sanders & Co. think they ought to get a free office at the new city building on Foster Road once it's open, too. Why?
2.) What do you know about Eagle's Eye Property Management, Inc., 615 N.W. 4th Court, Hallandale, FL 33009?
Eagle's Eye Property Management, Inc., 615 NW 4th Ct Hallandale, FL 33009
You might remember that particular address.
3.) Yes, coincidentally, that's the current home of the Palms Center for the Arts, the group run by Dr. Deborah Brown that was awarded $50,000 for this year
Information that only became public a week after-the-fact?
Yes, the same Dr. Brown who is one of the persons behind Palms Community Action Coalition, Inc.
The Palms Center for the Arts, despite having received plenty of money, only has a Facebook page but no actual website http://www.palmscenter4arts.
4.) In case you didn't know, 501 N.W. 1st Avenue ALSO happens to be the very same property that the City of Hallandale Beach purchased from then-Pastor Sanders and his wife Jessica for more than it was really worth, without any written plan for what the city proposed to do with it after it was purchased.
5.) So, 4 months later, what exactly has Lampkin's Creative Art 4 All done towards deserving that $50,000 they were awarded, and why can't I find their 501(c)(3) info or IRS Form 990?
Not much context to say the least, and there's no reason to think their second quarter report, due shortly according to the city, http://www.cohb.org/
A reasonable person looking at all the available evidence and the curious fact patterns that have emerged over the years would be hard-pressed not to get the impression that under this particular mayor -and prior to Dr. Jackson's arrival as head of the CRA- the city's CRA fund, run by the City Commission, rather than being used almost exclusively for the official purposes for which it was legally created, i.e. removing slums and alleviating blight, has been little more than a slush fund for the HB City Commission to dole out financial goodies to friends and cronies in the community whose favor they wish to keep.
Especially, unfortunately, those who have a connection to either area churches or other groups in the community who could prove helpful come election time, with little to no accountability or transparency either required or given.