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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.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

It's time for Hallandale Beach to move forward and for the Joy Cooper era to end; Vote for logic, common sense and transparency: London, Kulin and Lazarow; Vote YES on Question #5 in Hallandale Beach, NO to Questions 1-4 & 6


Sign of the times: The no-man's land for political campaigning outside the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center where early Voting took place for a week until this past Saturday. October 30, 2012 photo by South Beach Hoosier.© 2012 Hallandale Beach Blog, All Rights Reserved.

When you vote today, you don't have to "settle" for candidates with damaged ethical reputations who represent the failed policies of the past.

You can actually turn the page on those bad times in this city and do yourself, your family and your city a big favor -you can vote to empower candidates who'll be everything those Rubber Stamps weren't and never were going to be: hard-working, well-informed and not only fully aware of how accountable they are to you -not the mayor or the city's employees- but who will provide REAL oversight and ask hard questions when they are necessary.

On Tuesday you'll get your last chance to take Hallandale Beach City Hall back from the ruinous policies, practices and ethics of Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony A. Sanders, and their consistently anti-democratic, anti-taxpayer attitudes and words with your tax dollars.
Policies that have done real and lasting damage to this community.

Let me remind you of the power of a succinct argument in favor of letting common sense take up residence at City Hall.
It lies not in anything I or any of the three pro-reform candidates can say or write, it lies in your own eyes and your own memories of the very odd things that we all have all witnessed first-hand for years that you knew in your head and your heart were NOT right, were NOT fair, and were certainly NOT  well thought-out.
But they were almost always done anyway, weren't they?

Not by happenstance but by conscious choice of 3-4 people who didn't care what your common sense told you about what they were planning for this city.
Let's face it, common sense and logic have had years of losing streaks at Hallandale Beach City Hall under Mayor Cooper and her Rubber Stamps.

Most of us know that leadership does not emerge intact out of a vacuum, it needs positive encouragement. 
The positive winds of reform are at hand, but they won't take root unless you and your friends who believe in it, and who understand why it represent this area's best hopes for changing the page on this city's current toxic mix of unethical behavior, incompetent governance and reckless financial spending, vote for people who are genuinely committed to it. 

Are you willing to take a stand and be the agent for change you always thought you were, and take advantage of your chance to make a positive difference, or, are you going to play it safe yet again and vote for more of the same old status quo crew that has left our city reeling?

Don't waste the chance to finally undo the YEARS of serious financial and civic damage those three did to this city's residents and small-business owners. 
It's time to take a stand and vote for meaningful reform.

Vote for logic, common sense and transparency: London, Kulin and Lazarow.
Vote YES for Question #5 on HB Charter and NO for the others.

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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 feel is sorely lacking in local media now. On this blog, locally, I concentrate my energy, enthusiasm, anger and laser-like attention on the coastal cities of Hallandale Beach, Hollywood and Aventura.

If you lived in this part of South Florida, you'd ALREADY be stuck in stultifying traffic, 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, they couldn't be farther from the sort of strong results-oriented, eager work-ethic mentality that local residents deserve and expect. But 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 and right on the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the "Perfect Storm" of years of apathy, incompetency and cronyism are all too readily apparent. Sadly for its beleaguered residents, HB is where even easily-solved, quality-of-life problems are left to fester for YEARS on end, because of myopia, lack of common sense and ineffective supervisory management. It's a city with tremendous potential because of its terrific location and well-educated populace, yet its citizens have almost become numb to HB City Hall's frequent outrages and screw-ups, the result of YEARS of the worst kind of mismanagement and lack of foresight. On a daily basis, residents and Small Business owners 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.

I used to ask myself, not always rhetorically, "Where are all the enterprising young reporters who want to show that through their own hard work and enterprise, what REAL investigative reporting can produce?" Hearing no response, I decided to 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 expect.

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.
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