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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.

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.
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

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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#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy

Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015

Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

Abençoado por Deus e bonito por natureza!✨ ������

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View of Rio De Janeiro from my room.

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.

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When you leave but bring the spare key because it is yours to keep.

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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.

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I'm not the only poet in this relationship ❥

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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!