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Here’s The Scoop… It’s Not Goodbye Chief ….. IT’S GAME OVER ….

July 31, 2009 by Barbara

CHIEF SCOTT GOODING

Dear Readers… First the news…

‘LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – There will be a new chief in town Monday when Capt. Oscar Llerena replaces Broward Sheriff’s Chief Scott Gooding, who was removed from office last month by Town Manager Esther Colon.

Gooding’s departure was protested at a raucous town meeting where more than 100 residents and business owners praised his leadership and demanded his reinstatement. They were unsuccessful.

Gooding’s removal came as a surprise, after Colon faulted the cost of his renovation plans for police office space. She had never complained about his performance or financial management and had reviewed the construction costs with his supervisors prior to removing him.

Colon chose the new leader from within the sheriff’s ranks but from outside the town’s 28-member force.

In 2004, Llerena was named in a widespread inquiry into improperly closed cases during former Sheriff Ken Jenne’s administration. Sheriff’s investigators recommended a three-day suspension for Llerena.

“Captain Llerena challenged the finding and the investigators’ recommendation was not sustained,” agency spokesman Jim Leljedal said. “He was never suspended.”

Colon declined to comment on her selection of Llerena, 37, who is on vacation and did not return messages seeking comment about his goals for the new job.

Llerena will work under a $2.9 million contract with the town that ends Sept. 30, 2011.

He joined the Broward Sheriff’s Office as a road patrol deputy in 1996 and has been a training officer and detective. An agency spokeswoman said Llerena’s most recent post was night watch commander.

Gooding will remain with the sheriff’s office as a field commander.’

IT’S NOT GOODBYE, CHIEF….

What a turnout…what a crowd…and what a way to say thank you to outgoing Chief Scott Gooding…for a job well done!

We gathered around as Village Grill owner Dave Gadsby (no relation)  stepped on the stage to explain why we had all come out this evening…saying a few words about Chief Scott Gooding…He then introduced BSO Sheriff Al  Lamberti who came to support the Chief ….The Sheriff spoke about the BSO and what they stand for…and how they stand together…saying it’s not about one person …it’s about the BSO department as a whole…He then brought Scott up to speak to the crowd….Scott  spoke about the LBTS department and of the people he worked with in his 5 1/2 years in town…His voice cracked a little as he said it was hard to move on when you weren’t ready to leave ….but added in his new position….this was not goodbye…he would be able to return anytime he wanted!….The crowd burst into applause!…He gave special thanks to close friends …. pointed out his sister ( and her date) and his neighbors from Pompano Beach who had joined him for this event…..and then said the drinks were free courtesy of Dave Gadsby!…(all in good fun)….Dave Gadsby came back to the mike and asked everyone to join in to sing “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”….followed by more applause and shouts of support ……Also in attendance…former LBTS Chief Tyre, incoming Chief, Capt. Oscar Llerena  …. Lt. Angelo Cedeno…many of Chief Gooding’s LBTS-BSO staff…Mayor Minnet… Commissioner Dodd…and former Town Commissioners…

Walking around the square the  subject was the same no matter where you walked…no matter who you talked to…IT’S GAME OVER…for  McIntee/ Silverstone/ Colon and the Furths…They went to far …and there’s no turning back… there’s no letting up….. to see that come this March…they are marched right out of power!…

This writer has never seen anything like it…a town full of residents…business owners….BSO ….and VFD ….ALL saying the McIntee and Gang are toast…they crossed the line and they can NEVER  recover from this action….NEVER….

Some spoke and snickered about the “UNSPINNING ” the spin campaign latest edition of the Mc-Furth times…saying it was more the “UNRAVELING” the campaign in 2010…THEIRS…”WE SWEPT THEM IN….WE CAN SWEEP THEM OUT”….Bye Bye BROOMS……..

With the Deputy Chief safely out of town, leaks from the VFD were front and center on these downtown sidewalks …Word is there is no support for McIntee in the VFD ….they’re  just waiting …for Dec/Jan VFD elections…where this writer is told McIntee will not be  re-elected Deputy Chief…We hear his bad acts are out of control……It is only a matter of time……..We’ll supply a medal for that!…

As the hour turned late and the music died down we all were in agreement….The man we came to thank tonight made his mark, was appreciated and richly supported by a community that will honor him by making “sweeping changes” in March ….of that this writer has no doubt……lights out…GAME OVER….

Thank you Chief, see you around town!….

link to Sentinel….http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/sfl-lauderdale-by-the-sea-new-police-chief-073109,0,3298688.story

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Here’s The Scoop …. Mc-Furth Times …..Beyond Kool-Aid ……

July 31, 2009 by Barbara

STEP INSIDE THE PURPLE HAZE….

The Mc-Furth/CIC Sometimes pictorial is out….A colorful charade of fractured fairy tales….Full out Mc-Furth spin …Still livin’ large to the  beat of their different drummer…until March 2010…

You get what you pay for (it’s free)… a psychedelic plethora of Mc-Furth /CIC desperation…Epiphanies as real as the “press pass” worn around the “Healer’s”  neck…with a Psuedo “interview” included in this edition’s lovefest…. given by the soon to be departing Prize winning (11 years running for budget PRESENTATION) Town Manager who regularly ignores the real press….Those with journalism degrees…

SHAMfully… front and center …(besides the Leader Furth staged production photos)…the “Gang of 6″  has taken what the rapidly growing rallying resident voters ACTUALLY WITNESSED…the exchange with BSO Chief Gooding on June 23rd …and the June 30th special meeting melt- down crassly and disturbingly made from the soon to be ex-Town Manager …and turned it upside down and inside out…A truly mindbending experience!…. FLASHBACK….

It’s so implausible…so hard to comprehend…just so over the top…”SO WAY OUT THERE, MAN”…..that the only possible answer to how they could really believe (where’s Dorothy and her ruby slippers when you need her?)  readers would buy into what they are selling….desperately (seeking) selling……is….

the Mc-Furth staff has dropped something stronger than kool- aid…..YEAH, BABY!…

For those of you who dare to experiment…and peruse the latest issue…remember it does hold one redeeming quality….it’s  recyclable…the content as well as the paper…

Please come tonight to Village Grille and say thanks and goodbye to BSO Chief Scott Gooding…

It will be like going to DETOX!….

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop …. We made The Papers …. Just Look In The Mirror… …

July 31, 2009 by Barbara

HOW ABOUT A MIRROR INSTEAD?….

‘Lauderdale-by-the-Sea officials ask for donations from residents to build a monument to themselves

LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA – Neighbor, can you spare a dime?

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea commissioners are asking residents to contribute $4,500 so they can build a 6-foot-high granite monument listing the names of the town’s elected officials from 1947 to present, including their own.

“I don’t think you’ll have any problems getting donations,” Commissioner James Silverstone predicted. But two weeks since fundraising began, they’ve raised zero dollars.

Officials considered tapping the general fund to build the monument and accept donations later, but Commissioner Birute Clottey said no one would contribute if the town had already paid for it.

Besides, she said, “I don’t like the idea of having to vote on a granite statue that will have my name on it and have the town pay for it.”

The campaign continues until December.’

BC-This writer did go to the podium and say it was not the time for it…

The idea at this time…looks even worse in print….

How about a mirror on the wall…those who were important in town will know who they are….OUCH!

link below…

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/lauderdale-by-the-sea/sfl-statue-donations-073009,0,5145198.story

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Here’s The Scoop … Town Hall … TOTALLY TOTALITARIAN ….

July 30, 2009 by Barbara

TOTALLY TERRIBLE TOWN HALL……

Town Resident Vincent Ragusa’s expression reflects the rapidly growing number of residents rallying and ready to vote in March!….

“Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) is a political system where the state recognizes no limits to its authority and strives to regulate every aspect of public and private life wherever feasible Totalitarianism is generally characterized by the coincidence of  authoritarianism  (i.e., where ordinary citizens have no significant share in state decision-making)”….HMMMM…TOTALLY!…

Dear Readers (#1 )….The long 2-day Commission (#2 ) meeting will be posted in spurts… due to its length (2 days/ 11 hours) and the incredible amount of disturbing heated exchanges that took place…There is a need for much of it to be printed verbatim for the citizen /voters (#1) to remember….(this way Jimmy-boy (#2) can’t speak (in forked tongue) of misinformation and untruths…except of course if miss-truths are what he is “uddering”?)….

Before we head back there …this writer (#1) wants to take you into Town Hall West (as opposed to Town Hall East on El Mar )…where the Town Manager (#3 ) has decided in this writer’s opinion the town should be run as a totalitarian form of government!… There is no other way to describe her  form of management … her stranglehold on every aspect of government accountability and transparency while ignoring our  Town’s form of government …

THE LBTS FORM OF GOVERNMENT (included in the LBTS 2009 Proposed Annual Budget)

form of lbts gov.

This Town as the above chart clearly shows ….Citizens-#1…..Commissioners.-#2 ….. Town Manager/ Town Attorney-#3…

Town Manager Esther Colon (#3 ) is clearly not adhering to our form of government…

In this writer’s opinion it encompasses the epitome of her insubordination to the citizens (#1) and Commissioners (#2)  …She has chosen instead to spend her days looking for ways to cover her tracks (again this writer’s opinion) …whether assigning staff to supply countless useless documents to a Commissioner (#2 ) or citizens (#1 ) rather than the paperwork readily available that proves she and she alone took over the development of the Beach Pavilion…..intentionally not following proper procedures for asking for Commission ( #2 ) direction while it is said at the same time informing the contractors her decisions were coming from the very Commission (#2 ) she left in the dark…….She has looked hard to find ways to do as little as possible or “skirt” the requirements of many processes such as RFP procedures…hiring practices…and Public Notices….severely restricting the responses to gain the results she alone wanted…We saw it early on with her choice of  Assistant “TO” the Town Manager (later dropping the “TO” ) and Town Clerk …(who later required an assistant)…Her stubborn behavior of not going out for a second RFP for the town law firm and Special Magistrate ….More substandard hires came with elevating long term employees that do not possess the credentials that would be included in a properly placed ad for the position…(then compensating for their lack of experience by keeping them as department head under the Assist. Town Manager who does appear to have his own proper credentials for his position let alone the one he covering for)… ….She is unequal in her treatment of citizens (#1 ) …. picking and choosing who she will speak to (goes for Commissioners (#2 ) as well…in person/phone or e-mail)…She gives orders for staff to not answer calls/ e-mails  from business owners…ignoring their plight ….On the dais she acts out in a manner that sets professional women back a decade or two when she publicly melts down thus fulfilling her all too familiar M.O. …She then predictably and disturbingly turns on a  dime asserting it is she  (#3) who is in charge ……and will not be told what to do… by Commissioners (#2 ) or residents (#1)…telling us (#1 & #2) to get “used to it”….knowing full well she is sitting pretty with her incredible 2007 contract and her “gang of 3 ” majority vote… …

This writer (#1 ) used to go in and get the backup material copied…waiting patiently (before it went online each month)…that is until it was deemed an interference and it was no longer allowed……This writer (#1 ) gets public records requests to get whatever materials are not online or in the backup…that too used to be easy…but no longer……This writer (#1 ) posted the RFPs bringing new companies to our door ready to participate and compete after picking them up in wordsearch…the Manager (#3 ) didn’t like it one bit……and as of yesterday the Manager (#3 ) and her staff decided it is no longer necessary to read out loud the opening of public bids as has been the practice at every RFP bid opening I have ever attended…….

Here’s what transpired….I came to Town Hall for the 2 pm bid openings for “I.T.”  RFP # 09-06-02 just as I did on Monday (7/27/09) for the beach maintenance RFP bid opening (it produced only 1 bid…our present contractor Beachraker ….the bid was opened and read for the bidding contractor and this writer…$13,500 per mo./ $162,000 a yr. at a savings of $60.00 per mo. compared to last year)….I was prepared to wait in the lobby…but the lobby chairs were moved….into the conference room…I (#1 ) asked why…and the receptionist had no answer…I asked if they were expecting a large crowd…again no real answer….so I sat in the Town Hall conference room to wait….2 pm came and Town Clerk White/ Assist. Town Manager Olinzock and Finance Director Kaola King were the only ones there….The Town Clerk began to read the bids from a rather large stack (9) …(so there was the reason for the chairs)…I (#1 ) asked for the town of each bidder to be read…and the Town Clerk balked.. but Assist. Olinzock complied…(this was always done before)…I thanked him…after each one was read the Town Clerk or Assist. Olinzock “opened” them…and I thought it was rather odd. …(usually each one is opened and the amt.of the bid is read)….But today after the 9th bid was “opened” they said that was it….I (#1 ) asked if they were going to read them and the answer was “no”…they would be tabulated and available later…Hmmm…What would have happened if the chairs were filled with bidders?…….I (#1 ) let them know I felt this was wrong….At the continuation of the Commission meeting meeting I told PIO Steve d’Oliveira I would be making a public request (I did)…but found it really bad P.R for the Town………Comm. Dodd (#2 ) asked the Town Atty. (#3 ) as she came in, and she was unable to give him a response without looking into it….Assist. Town Manager Olinzock (Not #1,2 or 3 ) said they were not required to read out the bids…..rather nastily as is his fashion…(following bad influences we surmise)…

Today I called the State…and the Florida League of Cities to inquire if there was a statute and inform them of the LBTS Town action…They were perplexed at hearing the change in procedure (bad Town P.R.) …I was told that it is not a state statute …and is a decision made from the Commission (#2 ) in the town’s bid procedures…I looked at our town purchasing manual (an earlier public records request) to see what was required…..on page 19 it says…’4.a. Bids must be received by the LBTS Purchasing Administrator no later than the time and date identified  RFP .’(this was not included in the recent Sun Sentinel Parking Citation RFP) ‘ Bids received after this time for any reason shall be returned unopened to the bidder. ALL TIMELY-RECEIVED BIDS SHALL BE PUBLICLY OPENED IN THE PRESENCE OF WITNESSES AT THE PLACE AND TIME DESIGNATED IN THE RFP.’ ….There you have it. fellow citizens (#1) ..because it does not SPECIFICALLY say “READ”… the Town chose to again “play with the rules “and do only what is printed…thus they felt they complied and  “opened” the bids…with a “slice”…but did not read them!…Really!….The recourse now is to ask the Commission (#2 )  to direct the Manager (#3 )  to include the words “and read the bids out loud” for the citizens (#1 ) and bidders…WOW!…

The Round Table Meeting is now set for the Commission (#2)  to decide how to review the Town Manager (#3)  on September 10, 2009 at 5 pm in Jarvis Hall …It’s open to the citizens (#1)… It is up to those citizens (#1) to inform the Commissioners (#2) what they, the citizens (#1)  feel should be included in her review… You (#1) can contact the Commission (#2)…. http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/contactus.html

For this writer/citizen (#1) …..It’s all of the above….and more….such as ….No oversight for the VFD … “Re-assigning”  BSO Police Chief Scott Gooding ….. The $200,000 Audit….The 2007 Contract….and of course the Town Manager’s daily interpretation of the LBTS form of government coming from Terrible Town Hall…..TOTALLY!….

What’s on your list?….

It’s up to you the  CITIZENS (#1) to make Town Hall TOTALLY Open and Transparent …

PLEASE contact your Commissioners (#2)  before Sept. 10th and make sure you attend!…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop …7/28/09 LBTS Commission Meeting #1 …. Roosters Coming Home ….

July 29, 2009 by Barbara

THE MC-ROOST…MARCH 2010…….

Dear Readers…experiencing some computer technical difficulties …. The Mc-Furth Gang of 4 on the dais was showing signs that all is not well in their floundering faction……Guess the Roosters are coming home to roost…and they can’t seem to cope with the ongoing slaughter ….Quite snappish…..and downright impish were they as the time stretched on and on and on…….They’re still on a slippery slope and they just can’t get a grip to stop them from the free fall coming round the bend next March!….

We started with the special hearing at 5 pm and dealt with the “2-Hats” favorite …the fire assessment…Oh, the moolah they have coming with the $130 fire assessment and 4% increase in their contract expected to arrive just in time to fill their coffers and allow for more gluttony when it comes the the Deputy Chief’s insatiable needs to acquire apparatus …..And boy did  Mike Burton from Burton and Assoc. put a little spring in his step….Mr. Burton quoted 2 cases …one was a Supreme Court case Lake County VS Water Oak Management Corp. 1997  which provided that just as Comm. Dodd reminded Mr. Burton of previous comments Mr. Burton made at a past fire assessment meeting…the fire department in responding to auto crash scenes was akin to responding to medical calls as “first responders” in only offering “basic” care and not transport…and were allowed to do so under fire assessment funds… There was a major fumble on the part of the Vice Mayor and the Town Manager when it came to discussing even more equipment and a purchasing plan…even though Mr Burton stressed the reserve funds ( equal to approx. a months savings) was not intended for equipment replacement…The Vice Mayor was in his favorite arena…the “Bash BSO Bigtop”…blame the boys from the BSO … when it comes to all the wrongs that wreaked havoc on the VFD…The Manager walked head long into her newest version of who owns what…There was a heated exchange “2-Hats” calling Comm. Dodd a liar….Comm. Clottey asking the VFD to give up the 4% increase…and in the end direction was given for maintaining the $130 fire assessment…(details to be posted )…

Next came the millage with 3 scenarios provided by the Town Manager  3.9990/ 4.4829/ 5.2076 …the consensus was to keep the 3.9990…with a 10.80% decrease for our municipality…The Mayor made a list of proposed areas to cut back on…direction was given…the sticky wicket seemed to be the Chamber and providing a 2.0-2.5% COLA (cost of living) for the 30 hr employees in town…(although no total price was provided…)…other cuts and specifics to be posted…

The meeting began with Rev George Hunsaker speaking of human nature…trying to get everything done…to wipe the slate clean…reminding all that relationships are more important than personal agendas…

The Wind presentation was withdrawn …a no- show…Mayor Minnet took off her item on the round table as Comm. Dodd had the same item on the agenda…Comm. Silverstone took off his Proclamation for Marc Furth saying he did it without asking and because of the “political environment”…a wet noodle to those not enamored by the Mc-Furth leader….

The Solar Lighting presentation was given by Gregory Perez from Sol Inc.  www.solarlighting.com (previous post )…who gave a powerpoint presentation and spoke of what they could offer…It really should have been put on hold until after the hiatus and maybe the response would have been more receptive…

Honeybees were given a day August 22, 2009 with a Mayoral proclamation and a brief  presentation by Dr. Gosser  http://www.parklandpatriot.com/index.php?sec=1062&id=2049&skip=150 concerning the perils and the benefits of the honeybees…bottom line don’t call the exterminator call a beekeeper…and consider bees in your backyard…

Chen & Assoc./ Ocampo & Assoc. were put on after the MPSC/Comms. asked them both to come up with some plans for the Oriana million and El Mar…surprise… surprise…they can both give us medians based on the AI student winners …and the cost including their percentage (anywhere from 20-27%  brought to light by Comm. Dodd) But later on in the 2 day meetings it became clear that some on the commission are changing their tune on the money being used for the center of the roadway….

Public comments…proved the public commentary is growing in participation from those who sat on the sidelines…but are now fully engaged and eyeing March 2010…detailed post to come…

Reports….Finance/Development/Municipal/ BSO/ AMR  no discussion 5-0….VFD …questions from Comm. Dodd….The Chief filling all in on his daily duties…standards of operation…some good (life jackets required on the fire boat)…some questionable (training at midnight at Europa…prev. post)……jaws of life training…trainers in-house and the Chief while happy and confident in his trainers (no interest in Comm. Clottey’s request for outside trainers as well)…BUT unable to name trainer #5…(#1-4…Joe Padden/Mark Conn/ J & JJr. McIntee)…and some even more questionable…a mass entry of “rookies” from the academy (what academy)…with a mass exodus of trained members being scooped up by professional departments (whose hiring in such large numbers?)….more on this to come…passes 5-0

Town Manager report…Choice garbage…angry residents…getting charged for more toters than they were before…Madam Manager is strictly by the book…( sometimes)…no exceptions (we hear when Waste was under contract exceptions were allowed)…Instead of looking to help…with exceptions…the Manager gave a powerpoint of garbage can faux pas…This writer wonders did Esther don her Floppy hat and Foster Grants going undercover ala her previous escapades to check out the local open container laws at our downtown bars?…The presentation was the talk of the town on Wed. with witty and wicked words of her being way off base…But did Readers pick up the  caveat to her solution…with the 1 cubic toter…requiring an enclosure…requiring a permit… requiring Cha-Ching fees!…

OF NOTE…3 suggestions…coming from readers…1- cancel service for certain units (put them on vacation)…2-…don’t pay or accept service the contract is with the Town not the homeowners…3-redo the contract to allow for the refuse amt. as is done for the condos…for multi-family duplexes etc…(no legal advise being offered…just passing on suggestions)..Choice was receptive…pun intended…caught in the middle and handling it quite well…

Tennis anyone?…Looks like 20+ tennis wannabees are LOVE-in it and ready to dive in to the swim program (no real diving allowed in the Mc-pool)..and then after a cool dip it seem it’s Kickin’on over to Tai Kwon Do…all budgeted to succeed…says the Manager

Last was the news that in order to replace the Town’s mature trees…we would have to insure to the tune of $80,000….but for that amount the dais said…show me the shorties…passes 5-0

The minutes were approved …1..2…3…5-0 no discussion…

Ordinances…1st reading 2009-26 amending water conservation- passes 5-0/ 2nd reading 2009-10 the ongoing chapter 30 Unified land devel. sec. 30-21…Finally (we hope ,we hope no hidden particulars not brought out to bite us in the end) we have a second reading completed…with non- conforming structures allowed to be rebuilt after more than 50% destroyed…to the same footprint and height or higher while keeping to the Town Charter ..(still queasy over it being put to the test)….Right of Ways can have Zeriscape…still have inequitable maintenance and watering depending on the neighborhood…and still not clear…if the Town plants it…they maintain it…but if the homeowner puts it in (zericape) it theirs to upkeep? Again any change…means a trip to development for permits and fees…We have beauty shops…mopeds…fencing…setbacks…and more …passes 5-0/ 2009-12 sidewalk cafes have removable and permanent barriers…allowed in private areas and public…showing it is possible to provide to all  equitably…passes 5-0/ Noise…passes 4-1 (Minnet dissenting) ….posting in depth later…

The clock struck 11…and a vote was taken to proceed…after the VM said he was heading out of town…OOPS!….Let the cat out of the bag VM…advertising your departure…who ya gonna blame this time?…Vote to extend went down 3-2 BFF Silverstone joined the VM to go long…while the others said 20 minutes and they were calling it a night…The VM was P.O.’d…he had plans and insinuated that 2 could play at this game…

Ordinance 2nd reading…2009-25 sanitary sewer disposal service …The VM made good on his stall tactic asking for the Town Atty. to explain…she passed it on the staff…Olinzock explained it was to add a size for service to Oriana…No extra tax to everybody as Comm. Clottey stated showing she skipped the backup…passes 5-0

Consent agenda …the Bel Air signs…subject to the Town Atty’s review..the VM made the motion…and Comm. Silverstone 2nd…a few residents spoke of its placement…the history…what it was replacing and all that entailed…the Mayor stood her ground and reiterated her stance…fiscal and inequitable to other town neighborhoods…Comm. Clottey reiterated the need and the unsightly entry left after the change from septic to sewers…Comm. Silverstone spoke of how the previous walls taken down were probably paid for by the people there so since they paid  it once…it should be done by the Town this time (huh?)…asking also for the Town seal to be included (it is)…The VM looking for any votes he can… spoke of grassroots project and the guys who spearheaded this…saying they bypassed the “channels” and saying “thank goodness they did” OUCH!….Comm. Dodd was unhappy about the $10,000 for a $20,000 job paid to Chen and Assoc…and it went to a vote passes 4-1 (Minnet dissented)…The audience was dumbfounded that Comm. Clottey and VM McIntee did not recuse themselves…they both live in the are benefitting from the signage…Also being asked… why would the VM recuse himself for the sewers in front of his house…but not for these signs?…Hmmmm….

The meeting was adjourned until 2:30 the next day…….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop …. He Will Be Missed …Come And Say …. THANKS, For A Job Well Done!….

July 29, 2009 by Barbara


THE VILLAGE GRILLE
INVITES YOU TO
ATTEND THEIR
“THANK YOU
SCOTT GOODING
PARTY”
Friday, July 31
7:00 – 10:00pm
Come and say thanks to
Scott for all his great work!

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Here’s The Scoop …. Act 2… 7/28/09 LBTS Commission Meeting… Matinee’ …. “Off With Their Heads” ….

July 29, 2009 by Barbara

ACT 2 COMMISSION MEETING TODAY 2:30 PM….

The Commission will go at it again…Jarvis Hall 2:30 pm…….

Commissioner Comments..

Consent Agenda …..

Quasi Judicial Hearing….

Old Business….

New Business…..

No Reservations required….open seating….

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … LBTS VFD …. SOME VFD INCIDENT REPORTS ARE “CRAP”…UPDATED….

July 28, 2009 by Barbara

“AHHHH……CALL IT TRAINING”… “UMMMM ….SAY THERE WERE 2 THERE”…

Dear Readers….as you all know this writer makes public records requests for certain VFD incident reports…You may also recall that previously posted were incident reports that were less than stellar…due to the lateness in their production….A comparison was shown that the Pompano Beach Fire Dept.has each apparatus that was on scene write up their own incident report within the report completed right after the incident…something we were told before the VFD took over would be the process followed by them as well…..Nope…didn’t happen…instead we get reports (that are legal documents in any court proceeding) that are usually done by one member …who may not have not even been on scene…but he takes the info from the Dep. Chief (McIntee) more often than not!…

The VFD was paying their members for both medical and beach patrol responses…per their income-expense reports…(until they were told it was a no-no)  for at least 9 months into the 1st year as our provider…..At the first meeting in July the Town Manager went along with what looked like a  “cover up” (in this writer’s opinion) from the dais calling  the medical calls the VFD goes on “training “…per the VFD Fire Chief…… But how many times can you call it training when in June alone they went on 58 of 64 medical calls with AMR?…Turns out they lucked out on the medical calls/training charade they cooked up…when Mike Burton of Burton and Assoc. informed them at the special hearing last night that under “first responder” status according to the Supreme Court they could continue to go and get paid from the fire assessment funds as long as they did not assist beyond “basic “care or transport…(The Beach Patrol though is to be paid from a separate account…more on that to come)….

The problem this writer still has is the same despite the heavy weight being lifted from their shoulders on the whether they can be paid for these call from the assessment…and that is the VFD told us repeatedly that there would be NO need to have firetrucks going on medical calls because AMR would be fully staffed in the way BSO was not …thus allowing us not to have a firetruck going along for that 3rd EMS responder…Instead the VFD  is going on almost all medical calls and we are continually faced with an unnecessarily large number of responders …leaving taxpayers to pay through the nose for those VFD members to standby…(Check out some of the yearly call #’s  for some members to 6/30/09…287/406/112/281/226/340/248/161/494/221/373/257/533/429( no pay McIntee)/729/184/289/247/415/268/187/195/111/122(no pay Silverstone)…..then multiply them each  by $10 for medical/ $25 for fire ) ….Furthermore the Chief’s assertions that AMR needs their help at all these calls diminishes AMR as our EMS provider in the eyes of those who are asked to put their trust in the services!…

These recent public requests made were from July 4th and July 10th, 2009…

The July 4th incident reports…show the following..(NOTE- VFD Incident reports were written 9 days later on 7/13/09)……

21:43:43 (After the July 4th fireworks…prev. post)…Incident Type 745- Alarm system sounded, no fire- unintentional (brought out 3 trucks/ 2 command cars/ 17 personnel right as crowds departing the beach) / CAD NARRATIVE …Incident Type FIRE ALARM …GENERAL FIRE…NO RESET INFO…4 STORY CBS ABC INVESTIGATING, ALARMS FLASHING, NOTHING SHOWING DP12/FC ADV 4/S CHECKING PERIMETER & INTERIOR…POSS MALICIOUS DP12 ADV ESTAB IT IS A FALSE ALARM …ORIANA SUITE

7/13/09 VFD Narrative…At 2143 hours on Saturday July 4,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Five units were assigned to this incident. Seventeen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2147 hours and cleared at 2240 hours. The incident occurred at 4318 EL MAR Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 and SQ 12 crew found that alarm panel read pull station. E12 and SQ12 Crews searched for pull station. Pull station manually pulled and on the north side of the garage. No smoke no flames.

BC- This was the 1st half of the embarrassing display that had residents and tourists shaking their heads…and openly laughing at the spectacle…not quite what the Deputy Chief desired from this response call…

21:53:02/Incident Type 118- Trash or Rubbish fire/ contained/ CAD NARRATIVE…COMMERCIAL STRUCTURE…CALLER ADVD ACROSS FROM THIS ADDRESS AST THE COSTA DE SOL APTS THERE IS APOSS FLAMES AND SMOKE COMING FROM A DUMPSTER ACROSS THE STREET…STILL….REC’D ADDITL CALL SAME 1043/ CALLER ADV PD 97DUMPSTER FIRE…CALLER ADVD THAT THE DUMPSTER IS NEXT TO THE BUILDING…COSTA DE SOL

7/13/09…VFD Narrative…At 2153 hours on Saturday July 4, 2009 we were dispatched to a contained trash or rubbish fire. Two units were assigned to this incident. Six personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2157 hours and cleared at 2221 hours. The incident occurred at 4209 EL MAR Dr. Dr. L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multfamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was standby. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival E12 crew found the dumpster on fire, E12 crews used a 13/4 speedlay to extinguish the fire.

BC- What is wrong with this report is that this writer and countless others saw 2 trucks go to this fire along with command cars…all the trucks assigned to the Oriana alarm “hightailed” it over to this dumpster fire…taking a fast turn around the square (curbing)… looking like “Keystone Cops” which is what you heard them called from the crowds watching the equipment falling off one of the trucks and hoses left unattended  for many to trip over as they took off to the 2nd scene up the block!…Not quite what was written 9 days after the fact…OUCH!…

HURRY…HURRY…HURRY…Sign up for MIDNIGHT VFD TRAINING DRILLS IN YOUR CONDO TODAY!…

July 10th ….AND 11th 2009…(prev. post)…

BC- Previously this writer posted the leaks from VFD members concerning the “dressing down” of VFD Chief Perkins by his Deputy Chief McIntee…after it is said McIntee returned from dinner with family out of Town limits and returned to find an alarm still going off at the Europa Condominium where his “troops” had been earlier for a fire call…Not happy with the situation…Dep. Chief McIntee it is said dropped the Mrs. off at home and made a beeline to the station…giving the Chief and ” troops” hell…Dep. Chief McIntee then contacted BSO Dispatch to say they were going back and after being asked by Dis[patch if he wanted a 2nd call number he said he would be using the original call number to return …BUT as you will see from the VFD Narrative…the Dep. Chief  7 days later as “Officer in Charge/Reviewer called the after Midnight- 1AM return a “Training exercise”!……How can you use an existing fire call and turn it into a “training exercise”?….Hmmm….

7/10/09 …23:25:44 alarm/ 23:34:38 arrival (1st time)..1st clear time for Chief Perkins 23:59:38/ E12 clear time (1st time) 23:31:08/ E212 clear time (1st time) 23:59:38/ E12 (again pg. 2) clear time (2nd time?) 23:40:44 (HUH?)

7/11/09…E12  arrival time o0:30:54 …clear time 01:10:12/ E212 arrival time 00:30:54…clear time 01:09:32/ SQ12 arrival time 00:31:07…clear time 01:08:28/ C12 (Perkins) arrival time 00:34:57…clear time 01:10:15 / DP12 (McIntee)  arrival time 00:35:02…clear time 01:10:23

CAD NARRATIVE BUSN GENERAL ALARM FIRE ALMC12 ADV 12 STORY CBS STRUC NS ON A,B AND C SIDEC12 LIGHTING IN AREA AND IT SET OFF THE ALM AND RESET ALMEUROPA BUSN GENERAL ALC 12 UNABLE TO RESET ALM AND ALM COMPANY EN SEC ESTAB FIRE WATCH EUPOABUSN NAME 5 POWEROUTAGE MIGHTHAVESET IT OFF/SEC CHECKING NOW/EMP HUNG UP

7/17/09 VFD Narrative …At 2325 hours on Friday July 10,2009 we were dispatched to an alarm system sounding. Nine units were assigned to this incident. Nineteen personnel responded. We arrived on scene at 2334 hours and cleared at 0110 hours. The incident occurred at 1460 N Ocean Blvd L-B-T-S in District 12A. The local station is 12. The general description of this property is multifamily dwelling. The primary task(s) performed by responding personnel was investigation. No mutual/ automatic aid was given or received.

Upon arrival C12 discovered that alarm panel showed trouble on the 6th floor. E12. E212, SQ12 crews investigated the trouble and searched all floors. No flames or smoke found. alarm was reset at the panel (BC-?) After all tasks were completed all units RETURNED to Station.

UPON ARRIVAL TO STATION DP.12 (MCINTEE) REOPENED CALL AND DISPATCHED ALL UNITS TO THE SAME LOCATION FOR A TRAINING EXERCISE, ZONE FAMILIARIZATION AND TACTICAL TRAINING ON THIS LOCATION.

PAGE 5 OF THIS REPORT HAS THE DEP. CHIEF’S INITIALS….

BC- Sure looks like the “leaks” were accurate concerning the Deputy Chief’s actions at the station and with the 2nd run to Europa ….As for the Chief’s “missed opportunity” of using the situation as a “training” for a couple of “rookies” it sadly looks to have been orchestrated and really lame performance at the podium…..especially when the report shows that the VFD responders sent both times were not “rookies”……when compared to their June Report stats below…

MTD= Month To Date calls (JUNE)/ YTD = Year To Date (calls from Oct. 1st to June 30)…..

E12- 1st run-#090  Miko Angeles Captain FF1 (MTD calls/ 32 YTD  calls 287)/ #110 Gordon Chase FF1(MTD calls 39/YTD calls 406) / #128 Danilo Goyochea FF2 EMT-B(MTD calls 62/ YTD calls 340)/ #43 Jerome McIntee FF1/Pd. Trainer (not on Roster)

E212- 1st run-#004 Mark Conn FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 281)/ #100 Brad Fabian FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 226)/ #131 Christopher Maddock FF2 (MTD calls 31/ YTD calls 257)/ #089 Jonathan Michailiuk FF1 (MTD calls 33/ YTD calls 727)/ #091 Steven Muntean FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 65)

C12 – 1st run-#81 Chief Perkins FF1 (MTD calls 19/ YTD calls 415)

E12- 2nd run- same as above minus Jerome McIntee Jr. replaced by #040 Pete Long LT.FF1 (MTD calls 20/ YTD calls 221)

E212- 2nd run- no names given

SQ12-  2nd run -(SQ 12 not on 1st run) #078 John Louvaris Battalion Chief FF1 (MTD calls 30/ YTD calls 373)/ Maddock (see above)/ Michailiuk (see above)/ #011 Ron McGirr Acting Captain FF1 (MTD calls 61/533)

C12-2nd run- Chief Perkins (see above)

DP12 – 2nd run (DP12 not on 1st run) #58 Jerry McIntee Dep. Chief FF1 (MTD calls 45/ YTD calls 429)

BC- Definitely not the “rookies” the Chief told the Commission were in need of the after midnight training at the condo….OUCH!…

Time to get their stories straight….write their reports accurately and right after the calls….and to get their act together…

It’s time to get rid of the Deputy Chief…

more to come……..

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Here’s The Scoop …. REMINDER ….. LBTS Fire Assess & Millage Rate/ Regular 2nd Commission Meeting Of The Month …..

July 28, 2009 by Barbara

TONIGHT SPECIAL HEARING  5 PM/ REGULAR COMMISSION  MEETING 7 PM…

5 PM SPECIAL HEARING

A. Resolution 2009-18 FIRE ASSESSMENT….

BURTON AND ASSOC. WILL BE  AT JARVIS HALL ….

B. Resolution 2009-19 MILLAGE RATE….

7 PM….. 2ND Commission Meeting for July…(last one until September)…

Jarvis Hall/ Public Welcome / Public Comments

use link below to also get the agendas/backup

Online ….. http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 / Comcast Channel 78

more to come……

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Here’s The Scoop…. You Call This A Strategy? ….. Political Posturing Personified ….Pass The Smelling Salts …..

July 27, 2009 by Barbara

FURTH- ER PROCLAMATION FOR THE  CIC/VFD MERMAN….ON EL MAR….

Dear Readers…you don’t have to wait for the Jimmy Silverstone   July 28, 2009 New Business Item  J. “PROCLAMATION FOR MARC FURTH”…or even for the Mc-Furth Times coming out at the end of the week….to see that for the 2nd time the CIC “leadership” ….have decided to “HIJACK” a Town sponsored/ Taxpayer funded event and claim it as their own …

The Citizens Initiative Committee is a registered Political Action Committee….that accepts dues from like-minded members…and you must be approved by the “cheerleading ” CIC BOARD to join….

It turned off the rest of the non- CIC LBTS taxpaying residents  big time when the “Mc-Furth Gang”  politicized July 4th by making this year’s event (paid for by the town)… a CIC/VFD /Town Sponsored event…( a first for this event)….The CIC Board “bent” the rules of eligibility to make the Mer-couple their  CIC “Citizen’s of the Year” with the self adulating  CIC -Coral Reef Project float front and center with the Furth close-up photos imposed on Mer-bodies leading the way….

Now they have sent out an e-mail (prev. post) to their dwindling “school of fish” that states they have placed this color ad in their Furth owned newspaper to get new CIC members…and prepare for the March 2010 CIC Commission Re-election Campaign straight from the Mc-Furth Times headquarter AKA Town Hall East…

We now have the copy of the CIC full page color ad..(can’t put on for copyright reasons)….

The background is a school of fish underwater…a familiar Marc Furth type-photo…

THE AD…..

‘ THE LBTS CIC

“CITIZENS INITIATIVE COMMITTEE”

SALUTES THE LAUDERDALE- BY- THE -SEA

ARTIFICIAL REEF PROJECT

FIRST OF ITS KIND IN THE NATION!

THIS INNOVATIVE PROJECT :

…..PROTECTS AND ENHANCES OUR VIBRANT NATURAL RESOURCES

…..ESTABLISHES LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA AS AN

ENVIRONMENTAL PIONEER

……PROMOTES ENVIRONMENTAL TOURISM

…..EDUCATES ABOUT VITAL CORAL

REEF PRESERVATION

YOU CAN HELP PRESERVE LAUDERDALE-BY-THE-SEA’S

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY OF LIFE

JOIN THE CIC/ MAKE A DIFFERENCE

TO HEAR MORE, CALL CIC CHAIRMAN BOB ROBERTS 954-776-0859′

BC-WOW!…The Mc-Furth’s have taken a longtime LBTS Capital Improvement Fund Project…..had CIC members pay for a full page ad in their newspaper to “tout” it and are using it as a campaign tool for donations and for new members to join their PAC organization!…….

BC- Looks like somebody’s tanks were low on oxygen…….For the rest of us….it gives us the bends!…..

Please note members pay $10 yearly dues…a full page color ad cost approx. $750 in the previous BTSTimes…

Did members vote on this one?…Are there 75 members left to pay for it?….OUCH!…

more to come…….

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