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Friday, July 6, 2012

Latest on Broward IG's investigation of curious Hallandale Beach CRA policies & loans; despicable Bill Julian talketh, Andrew Markoff spinneth, but neither tells the whole truth, of course. They can't because the real facts are NOT their friend.


May 16, 2008 photo by South Beach Hoosier. 
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Note to former Hallandale Beach City Commissioner William "Bill" Julian, a 2012 candidate who claims to be honest and full of integrity but is anything but that: 
Most real agents or people who carry real badges denoting some power DON'T park in handicapped parking spaces like you did for SO MANY YEARS all over this city, esp. to hang-out with your pals and eat and drink at The Beachside Cafe on the city's North Beach. Why couldn't you just act like a normal human being and park in the nearby city garage for about a dollar an hour? It would have been so easy.


But instead, for many, many years, as regular beach-goers and the young Jeff Ellis & Associates lifeguards could see for themselves, literally dumb-founded at your sheer audacity, you regularly parked in THE only disabled parking space at North Beach near the sidewalk. Or, if that space was occupied by someone for whom it was actually intended, equally as bad and carrying the identical FINE amount as parking in a disabled spot, you parked your car in the Handicapped Access parking spot, a spot legally designated to allow cars and vans to discharge people in wheelchairs or persons who otherwise required assistance getting out of the vehicle. 


But it's NOT for parking! 
And most assuredly, it is NOT for parking by able-bodied City Commissioners like you were who wanted to drink and eat with your pals and be lazy about it.
So why did you do it, year-after-year?
Because YOU felt entitled and owed something.

You were so full of yourself that you had no problem in putting your little calling card right out where everyone could see it on your dashboard, and your pals in the Police Dept. of Thomas Magill always looked the other way because of who you were, didn't they? Yes, they did, on those infrequent times when they actually came to the beach.
But the truth of the matter is that, in the end, all your pomposity and sense of entitlement showed was what a truly despicable person you are, because that's what people who park illegally in handicapped spaces are -despicable.
And you did that for MANY YEARS!


Elsewhere on the ethics beat, Bill Gjebre has the latest news on the Broward IG's continuing probe of the City of Hallandale Beach and its CRA program run by the City Commission.
Mostly more of Bill Julian being Bill Julian: saying that he won't talk publicly about what he told the investigators and then quickly babbling like a brook.
Broward IG questions former Hallandale commissioner about CRA deals, newspaper loan
http://www.browardbulldog.org/2012/07/broward-ig-agents-quiz-former-hallandale-commissioner-about-cra-deals-newspaper-loan/


So, to repeat what we already knew, there never was a written plan for the Sanders property when it was bought and there is still no plan for it now that the city rents it out for a dollar a year to serial CRA fund recipient Deborah Brown.
No plan!


So why all the urgency at the time then to purchase it, Comm. Julian and Mayor Cooper, if there was no written plan or strategy? 
Well, as is mentioned elsewhere in the reader comments, Julian was a puppet in good standing and didn't ask and probably didn't even care.


Now, of course, Julian actually has the gall to sound resentful when asked why he said and did certain things while in office for ten years, as if wasn't really him, just his doppelgänger.
All this has really proven is that Julian was never fit to be a city commissioner in the first place and the fact that he never really learned anything at all, proves it, just as is the case with Sanders.
Simply showing up is not good enough.

In the interest of complete accuracy and everyone reading this blog knowing the true facts, I must note here that once again, the very same Andrew Markoff who has spent so much time over the years publicly defending mean-spirited Mayor Cooper and the recently departed small-minded City Manager Mark A. Antonio, and the whole culture of corruption, incompetency and second-rate accountability to the public that they had come to embody, someone who has remarked so often that everyone who's been critical of them, including myself and many of you reading this, are not just wrong, but fail to understand how local govt. is supposed to operate, is the same guy who in a matter of hours on Thursday had already commented three times on the Broward Bulldog website about a story put up in the morning.


Which is to say that, yes, once again, as he has so many times at so many South Florida websites and blogs, Markoff actually wrote more words and lines than the author of the article that was being posted.
And yes, once again, as has become increasingly common in his efforts to attempt to divert people away from the facts surrounding this investigation or any questioning of what City hall wants, he used his poison pen to attack a South Florida reporter for being a tool of... well, whatever the latest conspiracy theory  in his head is these days.


Though I have never spoken with him in person nor spoken on the phone, I'm quite sure that Bill Gjebrejust like another recent target of his, Sun-Sentinel columnist Michael Mayois not losing any sleep about what mendacious Markoff thinks of him, and for good reason, given Markoff's chronic inability to tell the truth or keep his thin-skinned feelings and long-standing grudges out of the way.


If you read his querulous comments at the Bulldog website and had never heard of this blog, you might be surprised to discover that Markoff is actually part of one of the groups that is under current investigation, the Palm Community Action Coalition, which receives money from HB City Hall and is run by Comm. Anthony A. Sanders' wife, Jessica,


Yes, it sounds familiar alright, because it's the very same group whom I've mentioned here many times before whose sweetheart deal with City Hall gives them -her- the use of an office on city property at the Hepburn Center, and the use of city personnel and resources, despite their lack of publicly communicating just what this group actually does other than act as a paid booster squad and cheerleaders for City Hall policies.
http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/06/22/v-fullstory/2863431/inspector-general-digging-into.html


As usual, in both his written comments on websites and in person at City Hall, where he has felt perfectly at ease attacking Comm. Keith London and myself, and in May, adding Sun-Sentinel columnist Mayo in one comment at a May city commission meeting that Mayo was present at, as part of this personal conspiracy theory of his that must explain everything, Markoff has once again neglected to mention that he is part of a group being investigated.


Markoff has already picked his side in the status quo vs. reform battle in this city, and he's selected the side of Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew and their crony capitalism pals in the community, which perhaps is part of why she selected him for the city's Charter Review Committee advisory group, though he carefully avoids mentioning that publicly, too, as well as the fact that he was alone on an island there in his Minority Report, an outcast amongst his own kind.


Yet despite having chosen sides, Markoff still wants to act like he's an umpire who can call balls and strikes on others, based on his own very liberal politics and strange whims and sensibilities. The sort that caused him to sit in front of Panera Bread for so long trying to get people interested in an Obama front group he was involved with.


That sort of intellectual dishonesty, always a disqualifying character trait for me, is part and parcel of why nobody I know in this town trusts Andrew Markoff.
It's also part of his personal M.O., as he has verbally stabbed numerous people in the back in this community over the years who've attempted to befriend him or help him in some way, myself included.


A few years ago, I was foolish enough to spend dozens of hours with him, giving him a reality check tour of this city to point out why things were the way they were here -poorly-run in every way, shape and form- and why it was so important that they be changed.
I even ran what essentially was a free ad for his own website on my blog for around six months or so, a website that I'd actually made suggestions about.




Some of you might even remember it from four years ago.
Not from you going to it, but for me running it on my blog for so long, just to help him out.


No matter, after awhile, completely out-of-the-blue, after not having spoken to him in over 18 months, he felt that it was time to attack me.
The next thing I knew, I was being repeatedly attacked over on the Broward NewTimes blog comment forums by him.
It was so odd. 


Attack me and others who want new faces and policies at City Hall so this city can get out of its funk and be a more normal city.
This experience of trying to be friendly to him only proved again the validity of the maxim that no good deed goes unpunished.


As we've mentioned previously with respect to our frequent use of the Frog and the Scorpion fable on the blog and in my emails in the past to describe the actions and behavior of the mayor, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Scorpion_and_the_Frog
Markoff, like Mayor Cooper, can't help being who he is, and Teaser Alert, in the end, he always turns on people who help him, so watch out...


And now you know the rest of the story...

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