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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mark your calendar for June 4th! Latest news re controversial Hallandale Beach CRA: Keith London set to appear at Broward County Commission and urge them to heed the recommendations of the Broward IG's damning report on HB CRA, urge Broward County Auditor to perform audit and get a full-accounting for HB taxpayers of where the $70 million has gone; Need to get FL Joint Legislative Auditing Comm. more involved, per my previous emails to Sen. Jeremy Ring

Received the following message Tuesday afternoon from my friend and former Hallandale Beach City Commissioner Keith London, and post it here today with the sincere hope that many of you who are reading it now will take full-advantage of the information he provides, and start planning on being in Fort Lauderdale on Tuesday June 4th, 13 days from now.

I strongly encourage you to show your support for the things I've been writing about here on the blog for so many years -genuine transparency, meaningful oversight and real accountability in local govt.- and your opposition to the people at HB City Hall, now and in the recent past, who've actively worked to keep the public in the dark, by joining me and others to stand up for clean government at County HQ.

Below Keith's email is an excerpt of the April 23, 2013 email that I sent to Sen. Jeremy Ring of the Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee, a group of state legislators in Tallahassee that I've long believed needed to get involved, too, and request an audit.




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Here's some more info on the Florida Joint Legislative Auditing Committee

I strongly encourage you to also contact Sen. Jeremy Ring, who's actually on the Committee,  as I did, to let him know how you feel about your CRA dollars being continually squandered for so many years and the people responsible for it STILL being without any sense of remorse.
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The Senator's email address is "Sen. Jeremy Ring" <ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov>

The reference below is to Bill Gjebre's Broward Bulldog article of April 23rd, 2013 titled, 
Broward Inspector General: Hallandale leaders don’t know what they’re talking about

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April 23, 2013

Dear Senator Ring:

Below, just in time for Wednesday's print edition of the Miami Herald, is more proof of the longstanding corruption, crony capitalism and serial half-truths practiced by the powers-that-be at Hallandale Beach City Hall. 
It's just the latest of several shoes to drop, and certainly won't be the last.

For the good of the residents, taxpayers and small business-owners of this beleaguered community that have been lied to constantly and intentionally by Hallandale Beach City Hall, literally, for years, with millions squandered in the process, with almost nothing tangible or of value to show for it, 

formally request that you and the Joint Legislative Audit Comm. authorize a top-to-bottom audit of the Hallandale Beach CRA as soon as is practicable.

The very people entrusted by this community to perform their duties with respect for our state's laws as well as with financial common sense and diligence, have instead serially abused that faith and their power by engaging in this illegal, despicable and incredibly incompetent behavior, and are the very same ones who have worked hardest to prevent a full-scale audit of the city's CRA from taking place over the past few years, no doubt for fear of what the public would ultimately discover.

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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.

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