SPECIAL Meeting of #HallandaleBeach City Commission on Tuesday @ 4:30 PM to discuss contracts of City Mgr. Rosemond & City Att'y Whitfield. pic.twitter.com/iod4Xqmpub— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 29, 2016
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@FLGovScott #RemoveHer #HallandaleBeach mayor & town bully #JoyCooper
@FLGovScott #RemoveHer - What's Past is Prologue: Freud & Jung together could NOT possibly plumb the entirety of depths of thin-skinned, ethically-challenged #HallandaleBeach mayor & town bully #JoyCooper's super-size ego and sense of entitlement. 🌴🏖️🌊https://t.co/0vsCiDLa0h— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 19, 2017
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Attention: SPECIAL Meeting of Hallandale Beach City Commission on Tuesday at 4:30 PM to discuss contracts of City Manager Daniel Rosemond and City Attorney V. Lynn Whitfield
Sunday, November 27, 2016
On Monday night, things change for GOOD in Hallandale Beach! Anabelle Taub and Michele Lazarow to be sworn in and welcome in an era of common sense, competency, transparency and lots of hard work and public accountability at City Hall for the city's long-suffering residents
As Hallandale Beach gears up for shift in power, more fireworks expected
Susannah Bryan, Reporter Sun Sentinel
November 11, 2016 7:26 PM
The nasty election season may have ended, but the drama in this oceanfront city is far from over.
The balance of power on the dais has now shifted from Mayor Joy Cooper to her political rivals, Commissioners Keith London and Michele Lazarow. The two, along with newly elected Anabelle Taub, vow that changes are coming.
Those changes could include a new city manager and city attorney, government meetings held at times more convenient to the public and a ban on Styrofoam pushed by London but blocked by Cooper.
The changing political landscape could even impact development in a city known for its gridlock.
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Michelle Lazarow, Keith London, Anabelle Taub now have majority over Mayor Joy Cooper in Hallandale Beach / Britt— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) November 9, 2016
Taub, Lazarow win big in Hallandale Beach after vowing to fight corruption
Susannah Bryan, Reporter Sun Sentinel
November 8, 2016 10:46 PM
Incumbent Hallandale Beach Commissioner Michele Lazarow and political rookie Anabelle Taub won their races in what some called Broward County's nastiest election.
Taub, a real estate agent, won in a landslide against incumbent Bill Julian, a retired horse trainer under state investigation for allegedly accepting favors from a developer.
"The residents of Hallandale Beach struck corruption with a fatal blow tonight," said Taub. "Hallandale Beach government will be restored to doing what it is supposed to — serving the residents."
Lazarow, an animal activist first elected four years ago, won handily despite a challenge from Alex Lewy, a former commissioner who stepped down in 2014, and Ann Henigson, a retired secretary making her fifth run for office.
"Tonight, we turned the page to a new chapter for Hallandale Beach," Lazarow said. "After the ugliest election cycle in our city's history, I am grateful that the residents of Hallandale Beach continue to have faith in me to fight for their interests."
Both winners vowed to root out corruption at City Hall if elected.
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.@SunSentinel - To change decorum and direction, choose Anabelle Taub and Michele Lazarow in #HallandaleBeach https://t.co/8OqK1rqHYV— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 8, 2016
South Florida Sun Sentinel
We have probably knocked on several thousand doors by now. My feet may never be the same. 😅 Rain or shine we are knocking on doors and I get to meet so many sweet elderly men and women (some of their circumstances break my heart), most speak Spanish or Russian, and are so grateful to having someone at their door speaking their language (I only know a few words in Russian). While I ran because I wanted #Hallandale to be safer for my mom, I am now doing this for them too. I can't wait to start some volunteer efforts to reach out to seniors in my city (especially those who don't speak English). Nursing a nasty cold and painful feet, but taking this time to ponder on all the possibilities to be able to #payitforward. Giving back feeds my soul. 🌹#thiscoldcantholdmedown #communityoutreachgoals #hallandalefl #hallandalebeachA photo posted by Anabelle Taub (@anabelletaub) on
Hallandale Beach commissioner Michele Lazarow opens up about the controversy in her city https://t.co/WKckpI1mDq— Sun Sentinel Opinion (@SoFlaOpinion) September 3, 2016
My friend just drove by my sign and Commissioner Michele Lazarow's sign in Hallandale Beach and… https://t.co/jLRl9z1tqs— Anabelle Taub (@anabelletaub) October 12, 2016
My friend just drove by my sign and Commissioner Michele Lazarow's sign in Hallandale Beach and sent this to me. Love ❤️ my supportive friends. A former client drove by them and sent me a congrats as well. Can't wait for November 8th! #election2016 #blessed🙏 to have great friends! #hallandalebeach #hallandaleflA photo posted by Anabelle Taub (@anabelletaub) on
Video at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/89577225-132.html
When political power becomes more important than public service, the public loses. Unfortunately, that is what has happened in Hallandale Beach.
We have seen an Office of Inspector General investigation that found "gross mismanagement" of our CRA swept under the rug. Now there's an active investigation into a majorly flawed "community benefit" program, and an admission by an elected city official that he made a side deal with a developer before approving their massive project. Mayor Joy Cooper made matters worse when she not only had the microphones cut off at the city commission meeting, but also had Commissioner Keith London and me removed from the dais for attempting to discuss Bill Julian's public admissions of wrongdoing.
Though the mayor will say she is trying to maintain order, her move also has the effect of protecting her political majority. When she shuts off the microphones and silences the voices of two of the city's elected officials, the people she is really silencing are the residents of Hallandale Beach who elected us to be their voice on the commission.
Following Commissioner Julian's public admissions, I thought it was important that we discuss how the city plans to handle the situation before he played a role in deciding how we allocate more than $100 million of our taxpayer's funds. Cooper thought it more appropriate to have dissenting opinions removed from the dais by police. Imagine in Congress, one party having the other removed from the floor so that they cannot debate or vote on the issues they were elected to decide. It would be the leading headline on every national news broadcast and in every major newspaper in the country.
I will continue to raise this issue until I believe it has been appropriately addressed and remedied. I owe that to the people who elected me.
I got into politics as an advocate for animals. Now I am an advocate with a title and an important vote. I take that vote and the platform it provides very seriously.
As we move into election season, I would encourage the voters of Hallandale Beach to educate themselves on the candidates. I am one of those candidates. So is Bill Julian. We are not running for the same seat.
Voters have a chance to take back their city from a political system that is failing them. To do that, they must elect people who care more about public service than they do political power.
Our next commission meeting is Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. I encourage residents of Hallandale Beach to attend and sign up to speak during public comment. Your voice matters, but it must be heard.
Michele Lazarow is a city commissioner in Hallandale Beach. She can be reached at MLazarow@cohb.org
'Cuba si! Castro no!' But now, it's "Cuba si, Fidel Castro no more!" Observations on a day that so many people in South Florida thought might never come in their lifetimes
Here's our Sunday front page. @MiamiHerald #fidelcastroisdead #FidelCastro pic.twitter.com/QfWJA0HZVb— Miami Herald Opinion (@HeraldOpEd) November 27, 2016
I grew-up in South Florida in the 1970's hearing people say one thing more than anything else that ever made an impression on ever-observant me.
It was a phrase that many people said with conviction, borne of bitter and heartbreaking personal experience -of having their or their family's life torn upside-down.
But for others, like many Democrats and liberal politicians or news reporters I came to personally know in 1970's and 1980's Miami while involved with Dade County and national Democratic Party officials and campaigns at a very high ;level, it was said it out of cautious political expediency. The unspoken reason was clear - they knew they MUST at all times be sensitive to the concerns of so many people concentrated in one area who felt this particular pain and sentiment so deeply in their heart and their head, lest those pols become eviscerated come election-time.
That phrase, of course, was 'Cuba si! Castro no!'
But now, today, it's "Cuba si, Castro no more!"
But this morning's news about the death of the Cuban dictator Fidel Castro came far too late for so many childhood friends of mine's parents and grandparents, too late for so many of my own former teachers, coaches, teammates, employers, barbers, auto mechanics, and neighbors in North Miami Beach I knew, admired and was influenced by in ways large and small.
People who desperately hoped, no prayed, that a day like today would someday come while they were still alive and could, perhaps, get at least one last chance to return to visit or live in the land of their birth, with some measure of happiness and satisfaction.
But to no avail.
The Communist tyrant Fidel Castro and his bureaucracy of fear and destruction always lived to fight and rule for another day, another year.
Another year of not being able to walk the streets, sidewalks, neighborhoods, beaches or open spaces of their youth, ones that they could still so clearly see in their heads when they closed their eyes, but which, increasingly, may've only existed as memories, never to be seen again in person.
And today was a fateful day that my own father never saw before he died almost five years ago this Christmas, who worked for so long with so many wonderful Cuban-born men and women I came to know, trust and respect over the years since my family first moved to Miami in August of 1968.
People who, while brave on the outside, always deeply felt a hole in their soul that people not in their unique situation could never hope to fully understand or explain away.
As so many told me in their own words, how can it be a "phantom pain" when you know that Cuba is still there, so close by?
Yes, it's that geographic proximity that burned, that element that made even recounting happy memories back in Cuba soon turn into tears.
How many hundreds and hundreds of times have I witnessed that?
Too, too many....
THE SUNDAY TIMES FRONT PAGE: 'World divides over revolutionary icon who became murderous tyrant' #skypapers pic.twitter.com/8aDXLhFdJt— Sky News (@SkyNews) November 26, 2016
Sunset over Calle Ocho. Buenas Noches, Miami. #AdiosCastro https://t.co/CrQlxXMtXo pic.twitter.com/oh4zDsB11w— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) November 27, 2016
Miami-area news orgs planned coverage of Castro's death for decades thinking it might be imminent. @sunsentinel plan from 1993 pic.twitter.com/WNVccHkBej— Danny Sanchez (@dannysanchez) November 26, 2016
Cubans worry about what comes next after Fidel Castro’s death https://t.co/yfDI2I1EB1— Diana Marrero (@Diana_Marrero) November 27, 2016
Opinion ... A hope that Castro's death allows Cubans to finally confront their tragic past https://t.co/N8uAWNfSGT— Diana Marrero (@Diana_Marrero) November 27, 2016
@BillyCorben - #AndyGarcia weighs-in with #CommonSense, #clarity and a sense of history re #Cuba under #Castro. https://t.co/sELYuY0mNC— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) November 27, 2016
Still going through a lot of 🇨🇺emotions. I likely wouldn't have been born in US,learned to write in English, etc. if my family hadn't fled.— Monica Castillo (@mcastimovies) November 26, 2016
In Miami's Little Havana, dancing in the streets. The dictator is dead. https://t.co/LMTFvTywmK— NYT National News (@NYTNational) November 26, 2016
https://twitter.com/— Yoani Sánchez (@yoanisanchez) https://twitter.com/
hashtag/Cuba?src=hash">#Cuba</ a> Mi madre creció bajo Fidel Castro, yo nací bajo Fidel Castro… mi hijo nació bajo Fidel Castro, mis nietos nacerán sin Fidel Castro yoanisanchez/status/ 802431579368882176">November 26, 2016
The glamorization of Fidel Castro today is disturbing, if you love life, freedom and liberty you are appalled. https://t.co/MkJNbDlDBh"— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) https://twitter.com/
>pic.twitter.com/MkJNbDlDBh</ a> SalenaZito/status/ 802523398228344832">November 26, 2016
My mom on Castro: "Batista would only kill you. Castro would kill you, arrest your spouse, make it impossible for your parents to work..."— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) https://twitter.com/
soledadobrien/status/ 802481955904233472">November 26, 2016
"This is Miami's Berlin Wall moment." https://twitter.com/
My Cuba Libre made with Havana Club Rum saluting all my loved ones who I wish had lived to see this day arrive. https://t.co/0hg1vdNSjC"— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) https://twitter.com/
>pic.twitter.com/0hg1vdNSjC</ a> writerchica/status/ 802407543230238720">November 26, 2016
Aylen Menino and Ivone Menendez celebrate and remember their fathers, who didn't live to see this day https://twitter.com/
— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) November 26, 2016
It’s not about celebrating death. It’s about feeling enormous relief that an extremely long, painful chapter has ended. Hope returns.— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) https://twitter.com/
writerchica/status/ 802415831082680320">November 26, 2016
Earlier this year, I posted about my interview with Nixon "plumber" Eugenio Martínez. Feels right to do it again today. #AdiosCastro pic.twitter.com/EECVpfW0Ft— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) November 26, 2016
SVT (Sveriges Television) Sweden
De firar Castros bortgång
Publicerad:26 november 2016 12.00
Uppdaterad:26 november 2016 12.27
We were supposed to have dinner in DC tonight. Not happening... https://t.co/ixiQeXeFwy"— Carina Bergfeldt (@carinabergfeldt) https://twitter.com/
>pic.twitter.com/ixiQeXeFwy</ a> carinabergfeldt/status/ 802574380282814464">November 26, 2016
Många känslor i Little Havana.— Carina Bergfeldt (@carinabergfeldt) https://twitter.com/
Slå på teven nu, nyheter kl 18!
(Och 19.30) https://t.co/ObDkPhxtcv"
>pic.twitter.com/ObDkPhxtcv</ a> carinabergfeldt/status/ 802557277530165248">November 26, 2016
Så här reagerar Little Havana på Fidel Castros död.
Vi sänder live i https://twitter.com/
We must seize the moment and help write a new chapter in the history of https://twitter.com/— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) https://twitter.com/
hashtag/Cuba?src=hash">#Cuba</ a>; that of a Cuba that is free, democratic, and prosperous. RosLehtinen/status/ 802390494328320000">November 26, 2016
If you praise Fidel Castro, don't expect anyone to take your criticism of Donald Trump seriously.— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) https://twitter.com/
FrankLuntz/status/ 802572793456029696">November 26, 2016
"Kaepernick, born in Milwaukee explains to me, the guy born in Havana, how great Castro really is" https://twitter.com/
Justin Trudeau might not want to visit Miami https://twitter.com/
Of course he did! British https://twitter.com/
hashtag/Labour?src=hash"># Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praises https://twitter.com/ hashtag/Castro?src=hash"># Castro's "heroism." https://t.co/L4rhRE7tDO" >https://t.co/L4rhRE7tDO https://twitter.com/ kausmickey">@kausmickey https://twitter.com/ hillhulse">@hillhulse https://twitter.com/ hashtag/SoFL?src=hash">#SoFL</ a> https://twitter.com/ hashtag/UK?src=hash">#UK</ p>— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) https://twitter.com/ hbbtruth/status/ 802492474656780288">November 26, 2016
My hometown paper. Sometimes you don’t need a lot of words to say so much. https://t.co/xuz7eMXNq4"— MariaElena Fernandez (@writerchica) https://twitter.com/
>pic.twitter.com/xuz7eMXNq4</ a> writerchica/status/ 802394600841224192">November 26, 2016
På grund av visum blir det ingen tur till Havanna. Men likväl till Little Havana.— Carina Bergfeldt (@carinabergfeldt) https://twitter.com/
Live 18 & 19.30 med anledning av Castros död. ️ https://t.co/mMFABHppAL"
>pic.twitter.com/mMFABHppAL</ a> carinabergfeldt/status/ 802461865884454912">November 26, 2016
Nobody in Florida ever put their families on a raft in the middle of the night to send them to Cuba.— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) https://twitter.com/
richardroeper/status/ 802403437640118272">November 26, 2016
The raw emotion https://twitter.com/
#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night we had! #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
Last night at #election2016 #party in #hollywood #city. Congratulations #joshlevy #newmayor #hollywoodcity. Privileged to be with the #sunsentinel #sunsentinelnewspaper #photographer #makeamericagreatagain #neverforget #anighttoremember #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #blessed #yourphotographer #miamiphotography #photography #proudtobeamerican ����
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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.
Today is the day. Today is a celebration. Today is my day. Today, I hiked, I photographed, and I explored. Today I choose to love. Today I'm happy. Today I'm blessed. Today is my birthday. Today is a special day for you and me. #birthdaygirl #birthday #birthdaymonth #brazil #braziltrip #rio #theview #livingthelife #lifeisgood #morro #rio #praia #travel #miami #miamigirl #luckygirl #loveisintheair #justdoit #artist #photographer #photography #taiwan #beautiful #vacation #viajar #instagood #smile #dreambig #wishes #true
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Forbes estimates Gisele Bundchen will make $15.2M this year. Tom Brady will make $15M ($1 salary, $14M bonus) + likely another $8M off field for a couple total of $38.2M. pic.twitter.com/tWiVv8kpTH— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 23, 2017