Hallandale Beach Blog -A common sense public policy overview offering a critical perspective on the current events, politics, govt., public policy, sports scene and pop culture of the U.S., South Florida, Europe and Sweden. In particular, Broward & Miami-Dade County, and the cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood & Aventura. Trust me when I tell you, this part of Florida is NOT the Land of Lincoln. Pictured in upper-left is Hallandale Beach's iconic beachball-colored Water Tower on State Road A1A; September 2008 photo by me, South Beach Hoosier. © 2013 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.
Hallandale Beach Blog is where I try to inject or superimpose a degree of accountability, transparency and insight onto Florida and local Broward County government and public policy issues, which I amd many other residents feel has been sorely lacking in local media for many years. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura, but we keep our eyes and ears open about other places, too, thanks to many well-informed "sources."

If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic gridlock, paying higher-than-necessary taxes and continually musing about the chronic lack of accountability among not only elected govt. officials, but also of city, county and state employees as well. Collectively, with a few rare exceptions, local government and its bureaucrats couldn't be farther from the sort of results-oriented, strong work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. Yet seldom if ever see...

This is particularly true in the Broward County city I live in, the City of Hallandale Beach, north of Aventura and south of Hollywood, right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency, indifference and cronyism under Mayor Joy Cooper are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, Hallandale Beach is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of City Hall's myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and its well-educated populace, the majority of whom long for it to be the kind of quality city it ought to be now, but clearly isn't. Its citizens have become almost numb to HB City Hall's frequent ethics and performance outrages and screw-ups as a result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of basic foresight and oversight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners of this city wake up and see the same old problems that have never being adequately resolved by the city in a logical and responsible fashion, merely kicked -once again- further down the road for others to solve in the future.

Before I started this blog in 2007, I used to ask myself, and NOT always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters in South Florida who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to finally start a blog of my own that could try to do some of these things, taking the p.o.v. of a reasonable-but-skeptical person seeing the situation for the first time with fresh eyes, and wanting questions answered in a honest and logical way that citizens have the right to demand.

Hallandale Beach Blog intends to be a catalyst for positive change in public policy and goivernment engagement. If there's one constant gripe in South Florida, regardless of your age, race, nationality or political persuasion, it's about the fundamental lack of PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY of Florida's state, regional and local govt./agency officials, elected and otherwise. Hallandale Beach Blog aims to be a small step towards regaining some of that needed accountability, whether it's thru shining some well-needed public scrutiny on the issue or pol, or requires a higher degree of follow-up investigation and public exposure of the incompetency, cronyism or negligence -South Florida's usual governing style.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ethics? Not for us! Follow-up to my post re Hallandale Beach's unethical "business as usual" attitude, with "special rules for special people" if they are named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders; What ethics? What rules? @MayorCooper, @SandersHB

In twenty-two more days, you'll get the chance you've wanted to take Hallandale Beach City Hall back and completely change the consistently anti-democratic, anti-taxpayer attitudes, words and policies that have emanated from there for the past ten years. Please don't waste the opportunity to finally change this city for the better and undo the YEARS of serious financial and civic damage that has been done to this city's residents and small-business owners by the ruinous policies of Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders. They and their unsound policies have to be defeated! October 3rd, 2012 photos by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
Just a short follow-up to my email and blog post of ten days ago on October 5th, titled,  Look what I found? More photographic proof of Hallandale Beach's "business as usual" attitude. Special rules for special people named Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders -once again they break the rules everyone else HAS to follow; Ethics @MayorCooper, @SandersHB, @AlexLewy
There's also an attached video there, too, at: 
Well, the problem of Mayor Joy CooperComm. Anthony A. Sanders and former
Comm. Bill Julian illegally placing their campaign yard signs on city property, at 501 N.W. First Avenue -the property sold to the city in 2009 by Sanders for $85k more than it was worth, and which he has refused to discuss publicly with HB taxpayers for over three years- the subject of that Friday email, was finally resolved. 
At least for now...


Above, October 3rd, 2012 photos by South Beach Hoosier of 501 N.W. First Avenue, a property owned since 2009 by the City of Hallandale Beach and its beleaguered taxpayers, thus making it a building that is NOT supposed to have political campaign activity in it, or campaign signs on it. And yet it does, doesn't it, and for quite some time, too, courtesy of Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders. The latter sold it to the city for $235,000, more than it was actually worth, for a purpose the city didn't have then and STILL doesn't have three years later, under longtime Mayor Joy Cooper. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
They say that justice delayed is justice denied, but who's talking about justice? 
Nobody reasonably expects anything to happen to the three of them soon in the way of meaningful punishment that would cause them to NOT keep taking us all for granted and willfully ignore the rules yet again if they thought they could get away with it.

The three of them got to do exactly what they wanted -throw their weight around and bend the rules to their own benefit, despite what the city's own rules are.
Rules they already know.

Yes, it only took the City of Hallandale Beach OVER TEN DAYS to do something they should've never had to do in the first place if Cooper, Sanders and Julian had simply shown some integrity and followed the rules in the first place. 
I went by the location mid-Tuesday afternoon, more than ten days after the signs were first illegally erected there, and they'd been removed. 
For now...

And the ones I'd seen for quite some time at two different locations at old HB City Hall were also finally gone, too.

But this being Hallandale Beach, naturally, something else shady soon caught my eye -each of them had political yard signs on church property.
Specifically, the S.W. corner of Chuch of Christ at Hallandale Beach, and the intersection of First Avenue & S.W. 3rd Street, a well-traveled east-west secondary road.

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Above and below, October 3rd, 2012 photos by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
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Yes, on the inside of the sidewalk. On church property.
More than two weeks ago, like many of you, I heard thru the grapevine about yet another example of Bill Julian pretending that he didn't know the city's rules on signage, and, if you can believe this, there were a number of his yard signs up in a tree in a residential neighborhood, on a busy corner of N.E. 10th Avenue and N.E. 5th Street.
Like THAT was normal!

After hearing about it a second time I drove by and sure enough, there they were, a bunch of Julian signs up in a tree in a residential neighborhood. 
It was patently ridiculous, of course, and thus, sheer Julian nerve. 
Unfortunately, when I drove over there, it was too dark to snap any good photos that I can share here on my blog.

Last week, I heard from a reliable person in S.W. about yet another Julian sign problem, writ large, so last Friday, the 5th, I drove over and snapped this photo of a large over-sized campaign signs nailed to a tree at 640 S.W. First Street. Really!

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It looks even bigger in person, too. And where is the legally-required disclaimer on the bottom of the sign about who's responsible for it? As big as the sign is, it's MISSING. Oops! Classic Julian! October 3rd, 2012 photos by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved

Yes, once again, HB City Commission candidate Bill Julian, infamous for his bad judgment and myopia during his almost ten years previously on the City Commission, shows that he STILL thinks he gets to operate outside the rules, laws, and norms that everyone else in this city has to live within. 
Or in this case, city ordinances -campaign signs DON'T belong in trees in residential neighborhoods
No, Hallandale Beach in the year 2012 is not Davie circa 1974.

And yet even in the best of times, Bill Julian couldn't help being who he is, someone who routinely crossed ethical lines as routinely as he showed no common sense on the dais and made this city a media laughingstock.
And now, Bill Julian is DESPERATE 

Desperate to get back into power and once again be able to have people genuflect to him, since we know desperation causes even a lot of reasonable people who know better to sometimes ignore the rules, so imagine what it causes a loose cannon like Julian who didn't care about the rules to begin, to do.
Oh, that's right, we DON'T have to imagine it, we see it!

Just as was the case in NW HB, Julian is again daring the city to try to stop him from doing what he wants.

Actually, we don't want Bill Julian back, we want him and his unethical mindset and grand sense of entitlement gone for good! October 3, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier. © 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved
The truth of the matter is that despite what his large signs say, nobody with any common sense in this city wants to "Bring Bill BACK."

Well, now that I think about it, nobody wants "Bill Back" other than the myriad City of Hallandale Beach employees unions, whose members did so amazingly well for years despite their lack of increased productivity and efficiency, since they are the ones who received the vast majority of that huge increase in the city budget that nearly doubled over the past six years.

At when lapdog Julian was around and had a vote, City Hall employees benefited completely out of proportion to reality, since the quality of city services to residents and small-business owners had actually gotten worse under Joy Cooper and her Rubber Stamp Crew, especially maintenance, as the parks and the beach became dirty, ugly and unattractive.

But now with an election in 22 days, Julian is strangely silent about all that money that was flowing out of City Hall while he was around and an official member of the Rubber Stamp Crew, just as he is silent about what taxpayers in this city have to show for all that additional money that went to City Hall that he consistently decided to waste on crony capitalism, unsound policies and overly-compensated city employees, all of whom seem to have their own city car.
I'll tell you what taxpayers have received - nothing.

Julian, like Cooper and Sanders, is a bad ending that never quite goes away.
That said, what possible reason could we have to want to re-visit and repeat the city's troubled and embarrassing history the past few years with these three characters in power, and have to put up with their personal hijinks and ethical tomfoolery, even as they have nearly emptied the city's Reserves?

Caveat emptor? 
You bet! 

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