Just days before she had to turn herself into law enforcement authorities to avoid a perp walk arrest in public, while walking from the Winn-Dixie to Panera Bread on Hallandale Beach Blvd., I nearly ran head-on into the despotic Joy Cooper as she and her paranoid and combative tag-team partner
Fear and Loathing in Hallandale Beach: City rife with feuds, conspiracies and a call for state takeover. https://t.co/Ie2lTVNhIH— Martin Vassolo (@martindvassolo) February 5, 2018
#BreakingNews— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaOn10) January 25, 2018
Hallandale Beach Joy Cooper has turned herself in, arrested on these charges: Money Laundering, Official Misconduct, 2 Campaign Finance-related https://t.co/tDs1mK4ndg @WPLGLocal10
More/ Hallandale Beach brass taken by surprise by Mayor Joy Cooper arrest.— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaOn10) January 25, 2018
She was already in jail today before the City Attorney, City Manager, Police Chief or any of the commissioners knew.
Charges stem from an undercover FBI investigation.@WPLGLocal10
#BreakingNews— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaOn10) January 26, 2018
Within the last hour, @FLGovScott suspended Joy Cooper as Hallandale Beach Mayor while she faces charges of money laundering, official misconduct, & campaign finance crimes @WPLGLocal10 pic.twitter.com/iQ3f7yg8me
@FLGovScott #RemoveHer #LockHerUp - What's Past is Prologue: Freud & Jung together could NOT possibly plumb the 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) January 27, 2018
@crespogram @BillyCorben @SFBJRealEstate Damn, I'm prescient! 😊 "An open door policy for developers is Mayor #JoyCooper's credo. Always has been, always will be," sayeth me in 2012. #HallandaleBeach "mayor who just can't say NO" to real estate developers. https://t.co/hu2rg2OwE6— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 27, 2018
@BrowardIG Memories! "#HallandaleBeach Mayor #JoyCooper defending her freelancing, breaking of city's rules in order to help her friends." "Special Rules for Special People" form of advocacy = rogue activities of mayor in city that has seen plenty of thosehttps://t.co/mmB8GxIMoi— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 27, 2018
"Observations on the Dysfunction Junction in #HallandaleBeach: Thin-skinned Mayor #JoyCooper": "Look honestly upon the uniformily unsatisfactory results that years of this myopic and self-destructive behavior has wrought for everyone involved in the city"https://t.co/lm0j036WO2— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 27, 2018
@richardcorcoran @JeffreyBrandes @CGreenbarg @SueGunzburger @Florida_Bulldog In short, exactly like I've been saying for over 10 years, complete w/ #facts, photos & video. But now, AFTER an arrest, #SoFL media is interested - NOT when it was happening! 😏https://t.co/coT0R6FAjX— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 27, 2018
Replacement for busted Hallandale Beach mayor acted like immature jerk during meetings in the past https://t.co/3e2aSkIXve #Sayfie @Susannah_Bryan @browardpolitics @RedBroward @hbbtruth @NakedPoliticsFL— Buddy Nevins (@Buddynevins) January 26, 2018
@GlennaOn10 In 2010 was w/#KeithLondon in his car waiting to film GUILTY Cooper, Julian & Ross arrive @ HB PostOffice w/ "outhouse" festooned w/racist fliers, i.e. London = Mexican, one re #KendrickMeek & #publichousing. Took photos of 'em! Media yawned! https://t.co/oVSl2DhUZJ— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 27, 2018
@GlennaOn10 1/ Sorry, but @RosemaryOHara14 is NOT a credible person to speak on #TWISF or anywhere else re what's taken place in #HallandaleBeach past 12 years under Mayor #JoyCooper's unethical reign of ruin/incompetency. 😏😠@RedBroward @BillyCorben @crespogram @dwightyoakamfan— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 29, 2018
2/ Over 5 months since #HallandaleBeach Comm. Anthony Sanders🤥 resigned in disgrace, @RosemaryOHara14's @SoFlaOpinion STILL hasn't posted 1 Op-Ed re him steering nearly $1M in city/CRA funds to groups/church he controlled + family. The same Sanders THEY always endorsed. Why?🤔😠— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 29, 2018
Surprise! #HallandaleBeach Mayor #JoyCooper's allies -esp. at faux newspaper she poured CRA $ into- rush into the breach w/#propaganda bec they don't like #facts. Facts have NEVER been her friend during her ruinous reign, so won't become friends now. #corruption pic.twitter.com/jQKAdwyxp7— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018
Two senators short-circuit Legislature’s plan to audit troubled Hallandale Beach CRA http://t.co/5QtbY5gpTb— Florida Bulldog (@Florida_Bulldog) November 26, 2013
When will #SoFL media cover #HallandaleBeach mayor #JoyCooper's pals #JudyStern & #EleanorSobel trying to help her stay out of prison, just like they helped her prevent #Broward and #FL legislature fm performing audit on HB CRA -that wld have revealed MILLIONS 💰mis-spent?🤔 😠— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018
Where were Oscar Braynon II, Joe Gibbons, Shevrin Jones & Barbara Sharief when #HallandaleBeach CRA was wasting MILLIONS 💰 -in THEIR district- under #JoyCooper, which @BrowardIG's Final Report called "gross mismanagement" re YEARS w/lack of accountability? Missing in action! 😠— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018
Archives: #HallandaleBeach's non-compliance w/#FL's #SunshineLaws to cover up messages to/from Mayor #JoyCooper, HB CityMgr., &nd #JudyStern to prevent #Broward fm doing independent audit of HB CRA so public wld FINALLY know where all the MILLIONS 💰 went. https://t.co/zwlY2IYnA5 pic.twitter.com/mb477zCo0a— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018
Archives: Primer on how an apathetic #SoFL news media/Editorial Boards and #FL legislature largely ignored the #HallandaleBeach CRA scandal under Mayor #JoyCooper that wasted MILLION$ 💰via crony capitalism, to help supporters of her "Rubber Stamp Crew." 😠https://t.co/hoJqxFWN1T— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018
January 30, 2018
Joy Cooper, Bill Julian and Anthony Sanders have been political allies who have voted together, campaigned together, raised funds together and been part of the problem that has driven the negative headlines about Hallandale Beach. Cooper is under felony indictment. Julian escaped criminal charges but admitted on camera to soliciting and agreeing to accept gifts from a developer while negotiating his vote for their project. Sanders resigned last year after the Inspector General's investigation revealed that he and his family pocketed tens of thousands of dollars as he voted on millions in contracts at the taxpayer's expense.
Fighting their corruption has never been easy and has at times created an ugly spectacle. Recently, Commissioner Anabelle Taub enlisted people to take video of Vice Mayor Keith London and me in an attempt to intimidate and harass us as she uses it to spin an inaccurate depiction of our actions on social media. While it may not have been the ideal way to handle the situation, Vice Mayor London responded by approaching them as they sat in commission chambers. He took video of them so that they would know that they were not going to harass us while maintaining their anonymity.
Following Mayor Cooper's recent indictment, our city has an opportunity to move forward without the kind of political division and infighting that have plagued Hallandale Beach for so long. Most of all, we have an opportunity to move past the corruption that has permeated city hall and return power to the residents of Hallandale Beach.
As elected officials, we won't agree about every issue. However, we can move from an era of fighting over each disagreement to one where debate is robust, decorum is routine and policy, rather than politics drive decisions. The residents of Hallandale Beach deserve nothing less.
Rather than lumping all of Hallandale Beach's leaders together, give those of us who have fought against the corruption an opportunity to usher in a new era in the city.
We have a special election on March 13. The Sun Sentinel's Editorial Page Editor Rosemary O'Hara will moderate a debate between the candidates, scheduled on Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m., at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center. If you live in Hallandale Beach, please make a point of being there so that you can get to know the candidates and their qualifications. It is critical that we elect someone who can help usher in a new way of doing business and running government in our city.
Rather than reviving the mistakes of the past, we must take the opportunity to choose our best and most qualified to help lead us into a brighter future.
Michele Lazarow is a Hallandale Beach city commissioner.
@GlennaOn10 Heard DISTURBING report fm #ReliableSource I met that BOD at 2 huge condo complexes on A1A in #HallandaleBeach have warned thr residents NOT to speak at HB City Comm. mtgs. -OR ELSE! Seems developer next door doesn't want #facts to be aired. Surprise! Big 💰involved!— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) February 4, 2018