Thursday, August 18, 2011

Lake Worth places two on leave after false testimony leads to lawsuit's dismissal

DOES THIS SURPRISE ANYONE? AT WHAT TIME WILL IT BE THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION'S FAULT? Assistant city attorney Jean Marie Middleton is MS. STANTON'S HIRE or at least the BCE's or Elaine Humphreys or all three! And Ms. Stanton wants to run a police and fire department too...??

By the way, this article isn't by Press Release Willie - click title for link. From the article:


City Manager Susan Stanton said that will be determined during a probe she launched after learning of Kelley's ruling.
"We want to find out what went wrong in this case and take corrective action to make sure it won't happen again," she said. "This is just downright embarrassing."
AND

Stanton said she was unaware Nichols testified that she had never checked the accuracy of the affidavits. But, she said, it is emblematic of the ills she has discovered since becoming city manager in 2009.
"Employees have done things based on past practices" instead of best practices, she said.
While calling Middleton and Nichols "good employees," she indicated that both share blame. City attorneys prepare the affidavits but rely on staff to ensure information is correct, she said.
AND
Stanton agreed. "The information has to be accurate and it has to be right," she said. "If it's not it undermines the confidence of the community in the city. It's not acceptable."

With very few exceptions that prove the rule, this regime hires and keeps only those that tow the party line to the extreme.  If they don't, they leave on their own accord or are let go - "fired."  Who is left are people who can act without thinking and do just what they are told without regard to "best practices" - this is not about exposing the wrongs of past administrations anymore.  Ms. Stanton has been on the job since April 2009 - it is time to hear her take responsibility as each wheel undeniably spins off the wagon.  Expect more to fly off over the coming months...


This is the same city/legal department that filed redacted (marked-out) public documents in the discovery phase of the Greater Bay lawsuit.

More traveling...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Inspector General Committee Semi-Annual Meeting with Inspector General August 18, 2011 – 3:00 p.m.

Not sure what the contents of this meeting will be about.  This is the description from their "Vote YES on Ethics" FaceBook page:

The Inspector General will conduct the first semi-annual meeting with the Inspector General Committee, tomorrow, Thursday August 18 at 3pm. Read the link for details. The Committee is comprised of what was the Selection Committee, and was renamed during redrafting of the Ordinance.

Worth another spin...

From a local correspondent, Tuesday evening pics from the beach...



Proverbs 17 New International Version (NIV)


 1 Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
   than a house full of feasting, with strife.
 2 A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son
   and will share the inheritance as one of the family.
 3 The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,
   but the LORD tests the heart.
 4 A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;
   a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.
 5 Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
   whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
 6 Children’s children are a crown to the aged,
   and parents are the pride of their children.
 7 Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
   how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
 8 A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;
   they think success will come at every turn.
 9 Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,
   but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
 10 A rebuke impresses a discerning person
   more than a hundred lashes a fool.
 11 Evildoers foster rebellion against God;
   the messenger of death will be sent against them.
 12 Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs
   than a fool bent on folly.
 13 Evil will never leave the house
   of one who pays back evil for good.
 14 Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
   so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
 15 Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—
   the LORD detests them both.
 16 Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,
   when they are not able to understand it?
 17 A friend loves at all times,
   and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
 18 One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge
   and puts up security for a neighbor.
 19 Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;
   whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
 20 One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;
   one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
 21 To have a fool for a child brings grief;
   there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine,
   but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
 23 The wicked accept bribes in secret
   to pervert the course of justice.
 24 A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,
   but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
 25 A foolish son brings grief to his father
   and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
 26 If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,
   surely to flog honest officials is not right.
 27 The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,
   and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
 28 Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,
   and discerning if they hold their tongues.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

City Manager REVELATION at the City Commission meeting of 08/16/11

She said (during the discussion related to the revelation that the lighting at the beach is now a $2 million element, not the $90,000 item in the original projection) that the Inspector General is asking even more questions about the project.  She said that the beach is now "very public." - When was it not? That is probably the root of the problem, no?


EVERY PIECE OF PAPER, EVERY E-MAIL, EVERY UTTERANCE ANY AND EVERY TOPIC IS VERY PUBLIC - THERE IS NO DEGREE OF WHAT IS PUBLIC AND WHAT IS VERY PUBLIC IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA MS. STANTON - who brought with her a 17 year background in Florida government - ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH PUBLIC BEACHFRONT PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN A CONTENTIOUS ISSUE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS IN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH YOU WORK .  THIS SHOULD NOT BE A REVELATION THAT THE BEACH SOMEHOW REQUIRES MORE OPENNESS NOW THAT THE INSPECTOR GENERAL IS INTERESTED.

She also reported that the Inspector General is looking into the Greater Bay lawsuit - wow!

The staff is saying that the lighting could be "phased in." They are surprised that it will cost so much to provide so little light (metaphor for the BCE?).  This is such a basic element and there really is no excuse for this, in my opinion.  The site plan was approved in February of this year - lighting should have been part of that plan.  The lighting element of the permitting has been being reviewed for the past six months.  This is for the total site.  THIS SHOULD NOT BE A SURPRISE!  We are supposed to be comforted that staff is meeting once a week - sometimes very long meetings - about the beach project.  Earth to BCE - it should be someone's full time job to look out for the city's interest in this project.


At the end of discussion on this informational item, the City Manager indicated there were two "publics" who submitted cards to speak.  One was Peter Timm and one Suzanne Squires.  Mayor Waterman noted that no motion was made by the Commission, so there was really no need to have public comment, but that "she would entertain" these two comments from the public.

I am sure that this was done to full affect, with reading glasses down to the very tip of the nose, just to the point of falling off, and perhaps an extended waving hand with a meager pointing of the index finger in the direction of the podium, glancing away toward the windowed wall with head slightly tilted and, finally, a small sigh.

Ms. Squires reminded the Commission of her First Amendment right of free speech and told everyone about her new "copy center diet" - she is taking money normally allocated for her sustenance and applying that to the printing of back-up material for all the public meetings she attends - which are plenty.  I think a new diet book is in the works.  Let's try to find some good names for it!

Maxwell unopposed in Lake Worth; three in mayoral race

Congratulations Scott Maxwell - another term, this time unopposed. Check out the other qualifiers. Ms. Waterman was too busy to comment. Click title for link.

I am very happy there are legitimate challengers in the Mayoral race.  Andy Amoroso is better than Jo Ann Golden, but supported her both times she ran.  He also supported Marc Drautz. Not sure of the other races.  He has supposedly come around since being on the CRA.

Just Qualified for the Mayor's Race - Pam Triolo


Former Lake Worth mayor to hear Boynton lobbying cases

Also of note, former Mayor Romano to hear (pro bono) alleged lobbying violations of their own lobbying ordinance by Boynton Beach officials. Apparently, Boynton Beach is a city that follows its own ordinances, unlike others in the area - eh hem. Click title for link to article.

Attorney files to run for Lake Worth mayor

He's the intelligent, thoughtful applicant to the Community Relations Board that the BCE discarded to appoint Panagioti Tsolkas instead. He could be the fresh face we need to lead us out of our morass. I don't know anything about him...feel free to comment if you do. Interesting that when Press Release Willie announced Cara Jennings' appointment to the Planning and Zoning Board, he did not mention P. Tsolkas' appointment to the Community Relations Board - which might have required mention of the person not chosen. From what I have heard, Zacks was the obvious, objective choice, had the playing field been level. Click title for link to article.