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Here’s The Scoop … The Self Proclaimed Lauderdale-By-The-Sea “Uniter” Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Proves He’s Anything But …

January 19, 2012 by Barbara

PLAYING WITH FIRE!….

Dear Readers…this writer has heard over the last weeks of this LBTS campaign for seat 3 many disturbing things.concerning Candidate Edmund Malkoon …..I have posted many of them such as Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s claims concerning his opponent Mark Brown past stances on town taxes as compared to his own which turned out to be false and revisionist … I posted about Malkoon’s pandering of campaign promises made depending on whom he was making those promises to and which end of town he standing in when he made them …..I posted about his shaky at best resume both educationally and professionally ….. I posted about the claims I hear he had made concerning his leaving college with just a few credits left due to his father’s death… I thought that was suspect due to the fact that FAU is a 20 minute drive and that was in the 90’s…I now know that according to the Broward County Property Assessor’s site the house he and his mother live in was changed to his mother’s ownership due to being a widow from his father’s estate in 1986 which would make Malkoon 11 years old!… I was told by the Candidate himself there were problems with his mortgage and possible loss of his home when he attempted to run for a seat in 2010… So much for being a whiz at financial matters …I have read that Edmund Malkoon has repeatedly stated he is a longtime business owner in town …but according to Sunbiz.org  it’s a little sketchy as well as it shows he and mother also worked from a suite in a building on Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach as late as 2010 … Malkoon has claimed repeatedly his Town  appointment as opposed to his opponent’s lack of such appointment…This writer can emphatically state that Malkoon was never appointed to a town board until 2010 and that committee was disbanded before the full 2 year term was up in large part because of how poorly he served…It should also be made known to voters that not only is Malkoon not receiving support from his fellow committee members with the exception of the losing former CIC commission candidate  Majorie Evans but  has also not received the endorsement or support of the very Commissioner that appointed him and was less than thrilled with Malkoon’s performance!….It was almost akin to a Saturday Night Live sketch when Malkoon used the Washington Inside moniker in describing his opponent at the LOWV Meet the Candidate Forum on Jan. 11th (prev. post) vs. his being a hometown boy… Especially when facts show Brown has been out of Washington and residing in LBTS for almost a decade…Malkoon’s Hometown Boy label has brought forth remarks north and south that run counter to the desired effect he wanted from itthough …. At the top of the list is  “Mama’s Boy” due to his apron string persona long seen from him still residing at home…. working under his mother’s broker’s license …plus a quit claim deed that made him a “homeowner”…and lacking his own car thus using Mama’s at age 36….Ouch!…

But all these facts pale though with what we are hearing this most desperate of candidate’s is engaging in under the direction of his closest confidant and mentor Cindy Geesey!… We heard a few week’s back that Geesey who is waging her own personal vendetta against Candidate Brown based on her own agenda after parting ways with the ByTheFuture Newspaper has been demonizing Brown for his party affiliation…We heard she stood up after Rep. Allen West at a Republican Women’s luncheon to rally Republicans to thwart Brown being elected based on his being a Democrat…We were told she was not expected or invited to make such remarks and was met with an uncomfortable silence as a response …That didn’t stop her though…we hear she tried this on neighbors and elected officials as well but was met once again with uncomfortable silence or indigence on doing so face-to-face… Always one to be politically tone deaf Geesey is ever thus in her handling of Malkoon’s campaign…

What will be truly mind boggling to LBTS voters who would expect such political misfires from her is that Candidate and self proclaimed “Uniter” Edmund Malkoon has made the decision to go along full throttle with this line of attack as a last ditch effort in order to get any votes it might give him in what is turning out to be one of the worst run campaigns in recent history in our town!…. Malkoon and Geesey know very well that party affiliation plays no role in this LBTS municipal race … They know that the dais now and in the past is comprised of Commissioners who are affiliated with both parties working for the good of the town and making tough decisions on important issues separate and apart from their chosen party affiliation!…..I have to wonder what the Wardlaws and Furths and Silverstone and especially Comm. Clottey as well as others inside the CIC think now that they have embraced and openly endorsed a candidate now running as a Republican in this 2012 LBTS Commission race?…WOW!….

Voters in this town say we are unique and we must hold on to the our traditions …Those traditions include keeping our candidate’s party affiliation out of our municipal races every 2 years !…

When you get Malkoon’s last ditch election materials using this calculated tactic that is anything but “unifying” in nature for our town now or in the future …throw it in the garbage where it belongs …and take a pass on voting for him…. and his “beholden ” to campaign pal Geesey!…

Tell Candidate Edmund Malkoon he is…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Downtown Re-development …Full Steam Ahead …

January 17, 2012 by Barbara

COMMISSION CONCEPTUALLY CONTENT? …

Dear Readers …this writer is short on time after watching the three and a half hour Special Meeting to discuss the conceptual designs for blocks one, two and three in downtown LBTS…  The plan is for redeveloping the blocks from Bougainvilla east to the Pavilion on Commercial Blvd… The design team we hired made a power point presentation which was made after some unnerving remarks from Mr. Corea to the Commission “I would hate to be in the position you are in. Why? Citizens don’t want to be told what they want to do. They will condemn public officials if they do it and if they don’t.”… His presentation was followed by public comment and questions followed by Commissioner questions with no opinions or comments as directed by the Mayor before the presentation began…. That was followed by a break for the design team to respond and then for the Commission to decide prompted by the Mayor to move forward or do nothing… The decision was to move forward … I encourage residents to take a look at the video which will be available on the Town’s website shortly … http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 …. The Commission is on record in this video stating more meetings should be allowed for the public to have another chance for input… Unfortunately questions were not asked by the Commission on how that would happen and the cost involved… The Town Manager in the backup for this meeting … http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/town/agendabackupminutesNEW.html … stated according to the contract there were no more such public  meetings included …Hmmm…. The comments made from the public which was mostly businesses were the same comments and concerns they have had since the get-go…Those are vistas and views of the ocean and beach…The parking changes and a reduction of 40 spaces as well as handicapped spaces as well as replacing angled parking with parallel parking ( although the Urban Planner stated they would be large enough to front- in park) …The concerns were still over trees …birds and what they leave behind and lane consolidation along with alleyway changes as well as entrance into Aruba Beach Cafe and the Pier parking lot and a formal paved public seating area in the middle of block one with a crosswalk that goes across to the center of the pavilion….. Residents against the conceptual renderings and spending $2 million were old-time residents such as the Demko family members and Hannah Hempstead who spoke about the maintenance issues seen presently.. Candidate Mark Brown spoke first and spoke of personally supporting the project adding that while he does many others are not on board yet still having major reservations…Brown said there needed to be another public meeting ….He suggested as an alternative the Town consider the University of Miami’s suggestion to do one block offering up block 2 as he told the Commission there was no reason to rush forward… Later on the UM presenter made reference to Brown’s suggestion adding if they were to go that route he would expand it to the block west (block 3) as well… Another point not made in all this discussion was why the $2 million was set in stone thus making block 3 a streamlined improvement…That’s due the the competitive bid  requirements for projects over that price thus taking the project away from this group and putting it out for a wider response… Edmund Malkoon thanked the design group for such a detailed presentation and said he hoped they moved forward with it and included the west blocks adding he hoped for another meeting and said this project will carry out the uniqueness of our town. …. The Commission after a few false starts and a few digs by the Mayor to get with the program she wanted …questions only asked mostly the same questions as the public as well as Comm. Sasser asking about the lack of curbs presented with a plan of shared space with bikes…He wanted answers as well to lessening the percentage split of pedestrian/car in the blocks as well…The Vice Mayor addressed the parking and re-routing traffic south further west as a way to alleviate bottle-necking traffic as it proceeds east in less lanes…Time limits for parking were brought up by Comm. Clottey as well as alleyway changes and the legal problems with Oriana’s alleyway… Thy took a break for the design group to get together and address the comments and questions… Upon reconvening what took place was summed up by the Vice Mayor best… They returned with little change offering up  why this was such a great design… The traffic planner Ms. Hughs spoke of the influx of bikes over the weekend heading east…Residents know that is a one-time occurrence on the weekends and early morning for the speed riding teams… as well as the underutilized A1A parking lot …yep again…(will losing 40 spaces really make it more utilized?)…She spoke of the use of parking on block 1 and watching that area…This writer wonders how she can be recommending a crosswalk in the center of the turnaround if she has done so…Right now the traffic backs up all the way past El Mar with cars going in the parking lots and dropping people off at the beach…With a pedestrian walkway in the middle that seems a given for it to increase substantially… Another interesting point was that no one stated the influx of concern when the idea was going full force for the McIntee median walkways with opponents crying out about the dangers of pedestrians walking in and out of El Ma Dr. traffic to use the medians…using the downtown plaza and center crosswalk seems to this writer to be even more of a safety concern  with going in and out of traffic….(earlier the landscape designer commented that pavers will look like waves in the crosswalk and the plaza…Hmmm…isn’t that what Pompano Beach is doing?)…..The landscape presenter spoke of the trees and the roots answering Comm. Vincents concerns ..Then it was time for the Commission to make some decisions…

The Mayor was really off this evening …in this writer’s opinion… She said this meeting was like a mediation as she chose to speak first about her take on responses she received from businesses and residents …She egged the Commission on asking them to “have the courage to hear…spelling h e a r… stating that they needed do something or do nothing…Hoping they would do something… When Comm. Sasser pressed his button she was still on the courage bent citing the cowardly lion!…The consensus  was to move forward by all those on the dais with the caveat they have more meetings and address the changes discussed …parking…less percentage pedestrian/car….alleyways…sidewalks…trees… The Mayor restated many of the concerns the Commissioners finished up with and  stated this was a positive direction and the town was moving slowly which we are known to do ..She said “not everyone’s gonna be happy”…She also added she was sad that many were “catering” to cars not people citing the CO2 cars produced…going on to pontificate about pedestrians being good for business….Comm. Sasser interjected she had left off one important point he had made concerning the pavilion area roundabout and cutting down the plaza area in block 1 as well as the entrance to the Pier lot.. The Mayor not joking in this writer’s opinion said she did not do so because she did not agree …so therefor did not bring it up… Comm. Sasser never one to let such things fly in his direction responded …”Cars don’t drive themselves. People drive cars and spend money!”… The Town Manager summed up what they wanted …on block 1 …to lose less parking…reduce sidewalk on south side …access to Pier parking…and Comm. Clottey said the legality if using the egress of the Oriana alleyway…This point showed once again Clottey was stuck on the McIntee claims to keep the Pier alleyway closed ….Those assertions were dealt with long ago and verified by another face at the podium we have not seen in quite some time…resident and Oriana Atty. Susan Deleagal …who was all for the project as presented and said to move forward on it….She would meet with the design team to see if schematics could be done on some things and get back to the Commission…The Mayor allowed for more public comment which was comprised of further concern over alleyway changes… a comment to move forth and build a parking garage … a thumbs up from David Nixon saying we are 90% therea call for an animated computer presentation rather than a schematic and Paul Novak who stated we are heading toward being a restaurant downtown requiring the 20.5 ft sidewalks …(Yann  Brandt said that last year when calling for no parking requirements!) …With that they adjourned without voting which they were advised they could do in the backup from the TM due to calling a Special Meeting vs a workshop…Oops!…Looks like the Mayor dropped the ball on that one!……. Now it’s assured that this won’t come back until the newly elected Commissioner is sitting in seat 3 in Feb for a vote which gives any concerned taxapeyrs the time to voice any lack of contentment they see in the conceptual plans for the 3 downtown blocks they will end up paying for ….

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … The 3rd Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidate Treasurer Reports From The Non-Beholden Mark Brown And The Pandering Newly CIC Endorsed Edmund Malkoon …

January 16, 2012 by Barbara

PROMISES AND HYPOCRITES … IN BED TOGETHER IN 2012… WHO’S BEHOLDEN TO WHOM? …

Dear Readers …the third and final Treasurer Reports were filed by Candidates for seat 3 Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon last Friday Jan. 13, 2012 …(see jpgs below) … Once again they show Malkoon has a dismal at best total of contributions from supporters both in LBTS and outside of town limits …He has a paltry total of $1,690.00 from supporters (+ $2,150.00 loaned to himself) …while Brown has a total of $10,265.00 (+ $8,406.74 loaned to himself) ….But after last night it will certainly be interesting to see their final Termination Reports due after the election on April 30, 2012 with the news that after a rather self described intense CIC “old-fashioned town hall style where citizens are invited to speak their minds” meeting … (CIC website) ….The 20 or so in attendance chose to endorse Malkoon!… We hear the candidates answered quite a barrage of questions buried under accusations and charges made mostly by Cristie Furth toward former Editor of ByTheSeaFuture Mark Brown …which was no surprise to anybody …It speaks volumes though to this writer about the kind of Commissioner Brown will be for accepting the invitation even though he must have expected such attacks would be coming his way! …. We hear that many of the charges made by Furth were on long ago actions such as the desire of their opponents for the Hapimag land swap on El Mar Drive and the annexation of the north that she and the CIC opposed which actually took place before Brown even moved to LBTS in 2003…which he informed her of …. Oops!… We hear that Mark Brown spoke to the CIC voters just as he spoke to voters at the LOWV Forum on Jan 11th and at another venue in the north end of town last week at a meeting that included his opponent on the various past, present and future topics providing answers that were fluid, comprehensive and more importantly the same answers no matter the venue or which side of town he was speaking in!…The same cannot be said about Malkoon who it is said was pandering big time to the voters he was standing in front of making promises that put him in a real tough spot when push- comes- to- shove and voters from the south start comparing those Malkoon promises with voters from the north!…

What can be said about the fact that the UOT-PAC (the PAC that Malkoon has long been a member of) did not endorse him or contribute to his campaign as an organization as well as most members taking a pass (with the exception of Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesy’s husband Adam ) getting the endorsement of the CIC-PAC?… It shows a real act of desperation for votes from Malkoon ….in this writer’s opinion …He’s a candidate with shaky credentials at best and a disappointing short- term stint on one town board as an appointee (MPSC)…It shows he’s lacking the support he thought he would get from those he worked with in the previous election in 2010 on the UOT’s slate campaign committee (opposing the CIC slate)….It also shows a CIC-PAC that’s running on fumes to stay relevant in LBTS town politics …So much so that they are now willing to endorse Malkoon who is pro-development and for the “Whole Enchilada” of re-development throughout the town (MPSC archive posts/ LBTS town video archives) to ensure they will still have a commissioner on the dais beholden to them after losing their outgoing CIC member Comm. Clottey!…  After the endorsement Malkoon responded to the CIC board in the email below today that shows just how far this candidate will go to win a vote from anyone!… Malkoon better be ready to own up to his election time pandering after all voters get a load of it in black and white including this line to the CIC board …”I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve.” …. He also accuses the BTSFuture paper …”I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up” ….What an election this is in 2012 in LBTS for Comm. seat 3… The CIC-PAC is endorsing UOT-PAC member Edmund Malkoon alongside the former UOT-PAC Chair Bob Fleishman and Cindy Geesey!….. This is one for the books!….

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(email/phone #s x’d out by this writer)
From: EM
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
To: jacourielxxxxx, kevansxxxx, [email protected], ccmd1xxx, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Subject: CIC Meeting
Mr Chairman and Board Members,

Thank you for keeping an open mind and giving me the opportunity to come speak. I am so grateful to have been given your trust. I will endeavor to promote the ideals your organization has fought so hard to achieve. As i said at the Town Forum ” We arent all that different in what we seek for this Town. ” I will be your representative and be open to dialogue from all.

We have 2 weeks left. I am going to start pounding the pavement for the second time. I also will have a mailer going out before Weds. I am a little cautious on The next Future paper. Its the last edition before the election and a bit worried about things being made up. But hopefully the voters will see the conflict. I hope it remains neutral.

I understand you may be sending out an email. If you can ask for word of mouth, sign placement, and help with poll day, i would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks Again!

Edmund Malkoon
954-xxx-xxxx”
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January 13, 2012 Treasurer Reports … Edmund Malkoon collected $450.00 from 3 people outside of town and spent $941.25 on yard signs, “Evite” for the fundraiser at his neighbor’s house as well as Pompano Pelican ads for the month of January… Mark Brown received $200 in contributions from one LBTS resident and one supporter outside town limits…Brown made no expenditures in the time period they were reporting on…

More to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … Candidate For Seat 3 In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Edmund Malkoon Has Some Nose Growing Problems With His Resume And His Revisionist History On His Past Positions …

January 14, 2012 by Barbara

NO STRINGS? … HE’S NOT FRETTING?  ….HE SHOULD BE! …..

Dear Readers … this writer is more than a little concerned about this election between Candidate Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon for seat 3 …First I posted there was the “staying neutral” Stepford Wife mentality around town due to those voters actually believing there was no real difference between these two candidates …Then there was the incredible amount of deference to Malkoon’s mother Rosalie as the reason so many are taking a back seat and taking Malkoon signs with or without ever intending to put them up in their yard while taking a pass on Brown signs as to not upset Mrs. Malkoon leading way to the extraordinary possibility of sympathy votes for Malkoon at the polls for the same reason! … Now comes the biggest concern of all in this strange…strange LBTS race… and it’s Malkoon himself and the incredulous claims he has made in order to win the seat he feels is owed to him! …He has put forth a resume that doesn’t add up…literally!…He stated on the dais during the LOWV Meet the Candidate Forum in his opening statement “As a licensed realtor for the past 17 years I have learned the value of differences of opinions as well as negotiation”.. Malkoon is 36 years old..That would mean he became a licensed Realtor at age 19…What kind of license was it ? ….According to his election materials he graduated from Ely High School and attended Broward College (otherwise know at that time as BCC a 2 yr. community college) and FAU majoring in International Finance and Marketing…In his Sentinel interview his resume states he graduated Ely in 1993 which would have made him 18 years old at the time.. He changed his resume to leave out the misleading majors in his election materials to state “undergraduate coursework at Broward College and FAU … giving his occupation as Realtor… ( as previously posted he is listed as a “sales assoc.” in his  Fl. licensee info …’License Information License Type: Real Estate Broker or Sales Rank: Sales Associate License Number: SL627358′ /sales associate is listed one of 4 categories which is not a broker …thus “licensed Realtor” is misleading to state without stating broker or not now or at 19 years old ) …He states in that same article that he has worked in “credit card, mortgage and real estate fields and says that business background will be a plus when overseeing the management of the Town’s finances”.. (as prev. posted in 2010 he encountered problems with his own property and mortgage) …In his Pompano Pelican interview Malkoon states he is a “Realtor and Insurance agent” and that he “attended Broward College and Florida Atlantic University, majoring in business, international finance and marketing”… We are told he made claims that he was 2 credit short of completing his major but left college to come home when his father died…Hmmm….rather hard to believe considering FAU is in Boca Raton which is less than 20 minutes from the Malkoon residence in LBTS … plus why would someone who claims to have been a licensed Realtor at 19 years old not finish 2 credit short of such a prestigious career in International Finance and Marketing rather than becoming a sales associate in a family business as well as working short stints in insurance, mortgage and credit cards if we are to believe those claims are true?… It was at this same forum Malkoon claimed to remember the beach re-nourishment done in the early 80’s when he would have been between 5-8 years old!…So his fantastical claims were a two-fer for voters in a span of fifty minutes!… In the Pelican article Malkoon stated “I have a long history with the Town and volunteering on town boards and with civic organizations…”… Unless the reporter erred Malkoon has only been appointed to one town board which happened in 2010 and was disbanded by those that appointed him well before his full term was realized and over his vocal objections …Malkoon has also played the pandering role of “Uniter” or “Unifier” to enlist votes of those who have preconceived ideas concerning his opponent…As stated previously voters need only to look at the archives on this site under boards or go the the Town website to see the archived MPSC meetings ( MPSC 2010 archived videos-  http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 )..to see Malkoon was at the forefront for “the whole enchilada” mentality on and off the committee he became the first and only co-chair of!…(the real title was and should have remained vice-chair) … He was for 2-lanes on El Mar and thus usurping the CIC-Furth led change that led to the Commission in 2007 to backtrack and retain the 4 lanes …He was for a parking garage..a new Town Hall…and was right alongside 2 new members who wanted big time changes made throughout the town… To say his election-time stances are revisionist is an understatement!…

Now here’s the kicker … … Readers will remember Malkoon made quite a few attacks against his opponent stating Brown was for raising the millage in the past while he was opposed…Hmmm… not so fast!…

Below is the verbatim public comments made by both  from that Sept. 27, 2010 Town Commission Meeting … It clearly shows Malkoon’s election time pandering … Following the verbatim text is the link to that meeting as well as verbatim quotes of Candidate Malkoon supporting no change or even a raise in the millage not only at that Sept. 27, 2010 meeting which was the one and only time his opponent Mark Brown spoke on the millage but at public comments at the prior 2010 Commission Meeting on Aug. 25, 2010 with video link below it and yet again in 2011 on Sept. 26, 2011 at public comments at the Special Comm.Meeting with the link to that video as well …

The voters cannot allow a Candidate for Commission to embellish, exaggerate or rewrite his own history to get a seat on the dais…Revealing the discrepancies has stopped past candidates from succeeding to do so and this election should do the same!…

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September 27, 2010 Regular Town Commission Meeting Public Comments…

Mark Brown was called first …

Mark Brown-  “I just want to quickly commend the commission first of all as well as the Town Manager, the Assistant Town Manager and the Finance Director for as much work as you’ve been able to put into this budget and as far as you’ve been able to come this year. But I also want to offer up maybe just sort of a commonsense opinion to you. You started this year with about a seven hundred thousand dollar shortfall because property tax revenues were down. Then you were hit with about a quarter of a million dollars in the payout to the former Town Manager that gave you a million dollar shortfall and it seems like every time you get close, I understand your goal is to not raise the millage rate at all this year but it seems like every time you get close to closing that gap something else comes up that keeps pushing the goal line away. As you mentioned you just found out you’ve got an eighty thousand dollar shortfall because the former Town Manager didn’t pay out one of the payrolls in the last fiscal year. We’ve found out that we lost thousands of dollars by not having the Town’s money, millions of dollars in interest paying bank accounts. The point I want to make is, it’s not the end of the world for you guys if the 3.999 millage rate is just a little farther than you can reach and you have to end up at 4.09 in a one tenth of a one percent higher in order to balance the budget this year. I don’t think the stigma of raising taxes is that bad given the circumstances that you’re having to deal with trying to close this budget gap.You look at what other communities around Broward County are doing and they’re raising their millage rates much higher than this both percentage wise and numerically. I’m afraid that. You know you’re digging a hole and there’s just no more dirt left to get out of the hole this year. So personally if you can make the 3.999 I think it’d be great but if you’re doing it in a way that’s going to really cause serious repercussions in next year’s budget or in this year’s budget and the alternative would be got with the 4.09 instead of the 3.999 I would encourage you to go with the 4.09. Just my personal opinion. I know you’re the ones that have to live with it. You’re the ones who are trying really hard to hold the line on the millage rate but it’s not your fault there’s just too much that’s been happening and I would understand and everybody else would understand if you come just this (pinching fingers together) close but can’t quite make it. I’d rather see you do that and avoid anything really drastic. Thank you.”

Edmund Malkoon was called up next…

Edmund Malkoon- ” Hi, Edmund Malkoon. I was really gonna say kinda the same thing and I want to thank you all for working so hard, so diligently um, despite all the curve balls you’ve been given lately. I think it’s very commendable that you’re even close to achieving that. Um, second I just wanted to give a personal, I just wanted to give my opinion when maybe you’re taking about next years budget the CIP program um, as you know the A1As gonna be completed next year ah, the pads are installed for the bus stops so maybe you should include the bus stops in the future CIP plan especially if you want conformity instead of just waiting for this grant one year or another grant the next time. Maybe do so. You have to be ready for when the project’s completed. Thank you.”

Video Town Comm. Mtg. Sept. 27, 2010 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=395

BC- So there you have it Candidate Malkoon who attacked Mark Brown on the dais Jan. 11th for wanting to raise the millage neglected to add it was 2010 …Mark Brown spoke of a 1/10th of 1% increase for that year only and that Malkoon himself is on video saying immediately after his opponent …”Hi, Edmund Malkoon. I was really gonna say kinda the same thing…”…WOW!…

Below are more examples to show it was Malkoon who was vocal in having no problem with an increase in the millage for future development in the town at the podium three times compared to Brown’s singular comment on Sept. 27, 2010 …

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I Googled Malkoon and my own site popped up…below is an excerpt from a post on the Aug. 25, 2010 commission meeting…

Aug 25, 2010 Reg. Comm.Mtg.

“MPSC Co-Chair Edmund Malkoon came to the podium as “resident” and commended both the Commission and Town Manager stating he purposely left off the interim from her title (she had not yet been voted on) for the Budget Workshop meeting and trying to retain the 3.999 but stated if they could not get there the 4.09 was really commendable when other communities are really increasing theirs…He again addressed the desire of having the Town purchase the Demko House due to it being a historic structure…”

Malkoon verbatim Aug 25, 2010 public comments Town Comm. Mtg….

Edmund Malkkon- ” That’s fast. I just want to take the time to commend the um, Town Manager and yes I left the interim part off on purpose for all the hard work you’re doing on the budget and this commission, you’re making some really good suggestions to try to get us where we were um, with the last millage rate and honestly even at the 4.09 from the 3.999 that’s really commendable to just be able to do that when other communities are really increasing right now.”

Video Town Comm. Mtg. Aug 25, 2010 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=385

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Sept. 26,2011 Town Minutes…

“Edmund Malkoon echoed commendations for the hard work put into the budget by the Town Commission and staff noting many needs of the community were finally being addressed. He believed that lowering the millage rate was always good but the monieswere needed for Town improvements.”

Edmund Malkoon vebatim public comments Sept. 26, 2011 Spec. Mtg after Ken Kuglar, Vito Chiarello, Ken Brenner and George Hunsaker spoke either against lowering the millage rate 3.999 or encouraging an increase for Town improvements…

Edmund Malkoon-“I just wanted to also commend the hard work that went into this budget, um, this is really the first time in such a long time that so many needs of our community are finally being addressed on according to plan which is what you guys have run on in the election regarding the planning and righting the things that needed to be done um, in our town. So many things need to be done um, the infrastructure is now being addressed the drainage, ah, we’re gonna get the sewer study situations are going to be discussed as well. It’s always great to lower the millage. I think there’s a disconnect in people, most of you pay taxes up there as well and I’m sure would like to pay less as well if, if you’re able do so but you also have the responsibility to continue to move this community forward and develop it and to address these really important needs that we have. So again thank you for your hard work.”

Video Spec. Comm. Mtg. Sept. 26, 2011 (public comments)

http://lbts.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=514

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more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … The 2012 Lauderdale-By-The-Sea LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum … Mr Myagi And The Kid…

January 11, 2012 by Barbara

THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT KID ….

Dear Readers … the 2012 League of Women Voters Meet the Candidate Forum was over in less than hour in part because there were only 2 candidates vying for one seat and a lack of questions to answer although a lot of the questions came from the 35 this writer sent in to the moderator on Dec. 9, 2011  … I’m definitely going to go back and watch the exchange again .. Readers should do the same and will have countless opportunities to do so with the event being re-broadcast on the Town’s channel 78 Jan 12,13,14,15,16,25,26,28,29 at 7 and 9 pm as well as being available anytime on the Town’s website   http://lbts.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2 …..

That being said here are my impressions from the first viewing of this forum … I thought it was rather odd that the moderator prefaced the 2 minute opening statements would contain the candidates qualifications and volunteer activities…That’s a new one…Once again this moderator’s impartiality is being called into question by this writer (I questioned it at the last such forum) … It began with Mark Brown who gave the voters a detailed look at his impressive personal and professional biography which was so extensive he could not fit into just 2 minutes…His opponent Edmund Malkoon had quite the opposite problem due to not having much of a professional biography or qualifications to put forth to voters …The questions began and each taking turns in who answered first were allowed 1 minute …The first question was about the top 2 priorities each had for the Town if elected…Malkoon answered they were  high level public safety …scrutinizing finances …and actively engaging people to participate… Brown responded he wanted to continue what this Commission was doing while being careful with spending ..The second question was about the Town promoting local business and Brown was up first to respond…He said the Town should play a small role in it and not a whole lot of Town money should be used citing events the Town already puts on …Malkoon said that the Town has done a lot with the businesses bringing up the hotels and then went on to state what the Town has done legislatively to aid in the businesses …

BC-legislative measures are not promoting town businesses …

Question 3 was on the Charter changes that are necessary and Malkoon answering first stated they needed to answer the redistricting which he said was an issue due to what people voted for and what was not in the charter …

BC-this was discussed last night by the TAtty. who stated there was a discrepancy of what was on the ballot vs. the charter with the residency requirements of candidates ending in 2018 not being included in the Town Charter and the statute of limitations for it to be put in had passed in 2008 (under the CIC majority time on the dais) …thus making the residency requirement permanent if no change is made …The FAU study for extending the districts is still required due to that being in the Town Charter…

Mark Brown answered that this was “a more important issue than you realize” correctly citing the report Consultant Cecelia Ward brought forth to the Commission of many such instances of more issues not making it into the Town Charter…He added he was looking forward to the committee but did not want to impose on them or tie their hands … The question that followed was to ask the candidates where they would cut or increase the current budget …Brown responded that this Commission has done a good job with a lean budget during these economic times…He added that he would look into the Town Attorney’s budget as well as discussing capital improvements and keeping a line on the millage rate …Malkoon spoke of how lucky we are to have a town that is financially sound and spoke of keeping the 3.999 millage rate…He took a jab at his opponent by stating Brown was for raising the millage at budget time …

BC- Brown has stated he was for raising it slightly along with a few others during the budget hearings due to the unknowns in the budget leftover from the previous administration cited by the Administration at these meetings and it was for this millage hearing only…Readers may recall this is the same time that the sewer replacement in the south end of town was also looming as Malkoon will touch upon later in the forum…

The Candidates were asked if they were happy with the current Master Plan and it was Malkoon responding first to once again remind voters he was on the MPSC and was happy with the Master Plan stating it was not set in stone for the 5 years.. Brown shot back that he was “disappointed” with the MPSC and glad that the Town went out beyond the committee to accomplish the plan citing a lack of consensus on the committee…He also corrected Malkoon by stating that only one year of the Master Plan has a budgeted commitment of funding..

BC- Readers will recall (prev. posts boards) that the Comm. thought the MPSC was floundering as well and asked the TM to take over with guiding them through this process…TM Hoffmann came in with some planned committee group building exercises followed by introducing experts to produce outside the box ideas which ed to presentations and the UM study along with resident input to finalize the Master Plan…The Commission cut short the MPSC 5-0 over the objections voiced by Malkoon himself long before their 2-yr terms were up …

Up next was the question concerning the upcoming beach re-nourishment which was also discussed at a recent Town Reg. Comm. meeting… Brown responded that he had experience in beach re-nourishment while working with congress and stated it is imperative to do and he supports it with reservations ..Those include the impact on LBTS which he stated was nowhere as bad off as Galt Ocean Mile…He also stated his concerns about the proposed ideas such as the sand coming from mined areas on trucks and the impact of the trucks carrying it as well as the quality of the sand itself.. He reiterated he supports the project with reservations…  Malkoon responded after Brown that he remembered the beach re-nourishment of the early 1980’s and the problems at that time..

BC- Hmmm… Malkoon is 36 years old…so to remember the project in the early 80’s he would have been  5-8 years old..so how much of a beach re-nourishment project would an 8 year old really recall…I am told that project was not done from the shore but rather brought in from the water although I have not checked it out… So who coached him?… Comm. Clottey who it is said was nodding throughout the forum as he looked toward her for reassurance?… Speaking of “Team Edmund” this writer was also informed that Cindy Geesey and Bob Fleishman made it their business to make faces at Mark Brown throughout such as putting their fingers down their throats when he responded and using the throat slash when it appeared he was running long on a response … Later on in Brown’s closing remarks he took aim at such actions which should send a message not only to these two but to voters …

Public bathrooms was the next topic… Malkoon responded once again that he was on the MPSC and this had come before them for the “80th” time…he did not think it was a top priority citing the sewers and drainage ..

BC- I think a look back at his time on the MPSC will show he was all in when it came to public bathrooms ..

Mark brown stood his ground saying he had written about the need for bathrooms and was not going to change his position now (as his opponent did) ..He spoke up about his idea to do a trial with a modular unit to see if it worked or not..If not then not much would be spent on the trial …He also spoke of walking around town often and the usage of restaurant bathrooms to cover this deficiency…

BC- A look back at this discussion which went on quite a long time with the MPSC will show that Brown’s idea was put forth on the dais by none other than Comm Clottey… Brown also recommended using El Prado as the test area …Talk about parking lots was brought up by others in town and met with concerns of pedestrian safety crossing  A1A or El Mar and using the Aruba alleyway which would put the pedestrians in danger from valeted cars…

A screwy question which was prefaced by the moderator as such but nevertheless still put forth by her concerned the Chamber of Commerce being funded by Town and County taxpayers and a charge of the Chamber paying “thousands” to an out of state contractor… Mark Brown said indeed the question was wrong … Ms. Smith, the moderator then asked if the Chamber should play a bigger role or no role at all in town… Brown responded that he is a big supporter of the Chamber citing what they bring to the town as well as the partnership required now more than ever between the two with what is planned as well as the Town not being able to hire more staff … Malkoon reminded voters once more that he is a Chamber board member ( he made a try for the Chamber board in 2010 but was not elected) …He said he owned a business in town and said we are one of two Welcome Centers in Broward and ours is well run…He then digressed into bids saying he is pro bids and putting forth the Town’s policy of local bids preferences …

BC- The Town’s bid policy has nothing to do with the Chamber bids policies…

The sewer/water fees increase question was finally asked and it was Malkoon’s to answer first… He said he spoke to the Town Manager on this issue and that there is an inequality as well as adding the sewer replacement would cost us about a million dollars which is not as bad as we thought it would be and we have $1.8 million in the sewer fund which “is more than enough needed” … He spoke of the water usage and Fort Lauderdale and the charges “going down” as well as looking at a rate decrease across the board..

BC- I find this disturbing because up til now it was my understanding we do not have the final figures for the cost of the sewers in the south…So where did Malkoon get the million figure from?… Did the TM inform him before the Commission?… The water usage I believe is slated to go up with another increase on the horizon as we only sent in by resolution our complaint concerning the fees…As far as a rate decrease across the board for south end properties under the PB-LBTS Master Sewer Agreement…I believe the only rate decrease to be discussed is concerning multi-family/hotel/condo properties…on Jan 19th..

Mark Brown responded that he supported the Commission’s decision to have everybody pay their fair share in order to maintain the sewers and build up reserves for repairs and replacement…He said if there is now a question of too much money being reserved then it needs to be addressed…but a continued fair share rate should apply …

The question was asked about the need and any support from the Candidates for a new Town Hall… Brown responded that the present Town Hall properties are underutilized and should be consolidated in the future citing the fire station as a component…He did not believe public monies should be used and said it was not a top priority… Malkoon agreed it was not a top priority…

BC- I believe at the time of Town Hall discussions Malkoon was for the “whole enchilada”…

The 5-year Capital Improvement Plan question was put to both and Malkoon responded it addressed the infrastructure adding it was not “set in concrete” so changes could be made…He stated we do not have to go out for monies and spoke of grants for improvements ..Brown stated he was happy we finally have a 5-year plan citing “piecemeal” projects …He added correctly that the projects funded thus far are from reserves and added he will not be voting for increasing taxes to fund projects… The moderator segwayed into the  millage rate and raising it… Brown said only if there was a disaster saying he saw no reason to raise the millage… Malkoon responded “being a taxpayer who wants to pay more”…He said we have $2.3 million in our emergency disaster fund as well as other avenues to cover such an event…

Outsourcing the Parking Dept. was the next question…Malkoon stated that the Parking Dept. has longtime residents as employees and stated it should be made known to taxpayers that it is funded by the Enterprise Fund not from the General Fund and he needed to look at it more …

BC- Malkoon was wrong… The Town employees are not paid from the Enterprise Fund…that funds the parking lots etc…but the department employees are paid for by the taxpayers…

Mark Brown hit right back by saying he has done a lot of knocking on doors and repeatedly heard “Do what you have to do to keep the cost down”…He said he would look at outsourcing case-by-case based on facts not emotion…Traffic flow was up next ..Brown cited the many traffic changes implemented by the Town (Consultant Hughs) and spoke of concerns with pedestrians at the intersection of A1A (and Commercial) as well as the turnaround at the Pavilion …Malkoon went green with agreeing with the A1A/Comm. Blvd. intersection adding that people should get out of their cars and use the Pelican Hopper/the new sharing bikes and walking…Then it was onto the “Does Lauderdale-By-The-Sea have a parking problem” question… Malkoon said no we don’t our parking is underutilized and that talk of a parking garage will be wonderful one day…done by a private entity…

BC- Again voters need to go back to Malkoon’s time on MPSC to see where he stood then vs. now…

Brown said we do have a parking problem because people want to park right in front of where they are going..He cited signage as well being a problem and added that after the recession is over the time will come to think about a garage or some  way to deal with it…No money for it right now… Next was the question of what if any changes the candidates would make in the bid process …large bids… Brown responded the Town under this Commission and Administration made big changes with a limit of $15,000 being kept and the Commissioners seeing all bids first… Malkoon added there has been a big increase in transparency in the last 2 years and he thinks we should bid as much as possible .. That was followed by a question concerning staffing in Town such as a Town Marketing person, Town Planner, Asst. TM and an Asst. To the TM… Malkoon said we should let the TM run the town… Brown stated that as a Chief of Staff he held a similar role to the TM in staffing …He went on to say as long as the TM was mindful of the overall budget it did not matter what title was affixed to the TM’s hires…He added that if the Commission became unhappy with the TM’s actions the TM could be removed… The second to last question was about the recreation/Senior Center and any changes… Brown responded he regularly participates in the program lauding its volunteers and saying he thought there was a need for more space and suggesting more usage of Jarvis Hall ….Malkoon stated it was now called the Community Center and he said Armilio (the director) was doing a “great job” …as far as youth programs he said we are “blessed” with programs in neighboring towns and it’s something we can look in to..

BC- Mark Brown was a big supporter and proponent to save Armilio Bien-Aime’s job and the center itself a few years ago when Malkoons “mentor” Comm. Clottey was in cahoots with former TM Colon to undermine the program and Armilio with Broward County!…Oops!…

The final question was about the Town employing a lobbyist …Malkoon’s response was a swift no …Brown said “we have a Congressman, State Representative, State Senator and County Commissioner, let them do the lobbying for us!”…

The closing came at 10 to 8 due to no one in the 3/4 filled hall coming forth with anymore questions for the candidates despite the moderator repeatedly asking them to do so… Each had 2 minutes…

Malkoon went first and said he was proud that LBTS is financially sound …he would be fiscally responsible and spoke of a cost benefit analysis…He then went on the attack one more time against his opponent and his experience in Washington pleading with the voters to vote for a local boy…

BC- This line of attack was a complete misfire in this writer’s opinion …It made it abundantly clear that Malkoon not being able to match Brown’s experience decided with his small, small cadre of pals to denigrate it!… Sad and pitiful….

Mark Brown had the last words and they were the reason this writer used the Karate Kid reference at the top of this post… Mark spoke of walking around the town over the past 3 months and what an amazing experience it has been…He spoke about the remarks he heard concerning happiness with the commission and the desire to move forward while keeping the uniqueness of out town intact… He followed that up by declaring that he had written hundreds of stories over the last five years (as a volunteer) which he signed his name to and took full responsibility for … He further declared that he would continue doing so when elected your commissioner…He then shot his final blow to those who sat menacingly in the front row as well as his opponent by emphatically stating “I’m not beholden to anyone” … He ended by just as emphatically telling the voters he will listen to the people, do what’s best for  the town and he won’t waste any money doing it!…

With that the meeting ended… As Myagi  said to the “kid” wax on…wax off… Voters…take a look at the forum…take a look at the differences ..an experienced…methodical…factual man who is beholden to no one or a self proclaimed local boy who is apparently beholden to a cadre of supporters who let him believe he is owed a seat on the dais because he is a local boy!… Wax off!…..

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Candidates For Seat 3 Emails Really Shows Voters The Difference Between Them ….

January 10, 2012 by Barbara

THE TWITTER CANDIDATE ….

Dear Readers …this writer obtained the emails sent today by both Candidates for seat 3 in the LBTS January 31st election concerning the LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum which was up in the air for well over a day after Candidate Edmund Malkoon contacted the Town to ask it be changed due to having a fever… (prev. posts) … The first email is from his opponent Mark Brown who was not contacted by the Town or the LOWV and under the impression that plans to accommodate Malkoon were proceeding without regard to him…He made the decision to send an email to the LOWV moderator Carol Smith with a copy going to the Town and the Commissioners in order to make it clear where he stood on this unnerving situation …Candidate Brown was unaware of the email Malkoon had already sent to the Town and Commissioners in the morning …(see below)… What should further make undecided LBTS voters stand up and take notice of is the alarming difference in the content of these two emails … Candidate Brown’s email is professional, structured as well as being coherent …Candidate Malkoons email is not only punctually deficient, it is in a style that should be reserved for “friends” on Facebook and Twitter!… Now we know why Malkoon’s campaign web page is on Facebook and what that bird is in the background of his green election materials!…The Twitter bird!…….

The emails…( personal email addresses of the candidates were x’d by this writer)…

‘From: Mark xxxx
To: [email protected]
CC: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Sent: 1/10/2012 12:04:43 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: candidate’s night in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea

Hi Carol. This is Mark Brown. I am a candidate for town commissioner in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. I am scheduled to participate in the candidate’s forum which you and the League of Women voters will be moderating tomorrow night. However, I am hearing rumors now that the forum might be canceled because my opponent is ill. This has put me in an awkward position and I’d like to share my thoughts with you on this.

As I understand it, my opponent got sick over the weekend, following a fundraiser that he held on Saturday night. He is not in the hospital and wasn’t in a car crash or anything like that. He was home but running a fever of 102 as of Monday. I’m told that he started calling town commissioners on Monday morning to advise them that he would still be too ill to participate in the forum two nights later on Wednesday, and that he would like them to cancel or postpone it. I was further informed that the town commission might take this issue up this evening at its regularly scheduled meeting.

I feel bad that my opponent is not feeling well, but I do not believe that constitutes grounds for canceling tomorrow night’s forum. This event has been planned and promoted for two months. Residents have sent in their questions to you, they are ready to attend or view the event on local access TV, and I’ve been prepping and am ready to go as well. I don’t see why everyone in town should be inconvenienced because my opponent decided two days in advance that he will be too ill to take part in the forum.

In addition, I believe this is not a debate but a candidate’s forum, where people get to ask questions of the candidates. That’s how it was announced in the town’s newsletter and how it has been promoted. Since I am a candidate and I will be there, I feel the event should go on and I should be allowed to speak and answer questions, even if he doesn’t show up.

There is another option available to deal with this situation. I would be perfectly happy to adjust my schedule and take part in a second forum if the LWV and/or town commission choose to schedule one. At least that way we could have one opportunity to share the stage together. I think that would be fair to him while still being fair to me and to all the residents of the town.

I have to add one personal note because I am a little perturbed about this. I took one sick day in my 30 years of working. I had back surgery on a Friday morning and was back at my desk the following Monday. There were many times in my career that I didn’t feel well but I went to work anyway because I knew that if I didn’t, I might not have a job the next day. That’s the way it goes in the real world, and I’m sure most people went through their careers the same way. If the shoe was on the other foot, and I was the one feeling ill, I can assure you that I would drag myself into the forum tomorrow night and do the best I could, regardless of how I felt. It would show people that I am serious about serving in office, even if my physical condition put me at a disadvantage in the forum. I’m sure most other people would do the same.

Finally, I am a little concerned because I have not been contacted directly by anyone on this, even though I have a big stake in the matter. I called the town manager last night to discuss this, but she advised me that it’s out of her hands because it is a political matter and it’s up to the town commission. Accordingly, I intend to call each town commissioner today to try to find out what’s going on and to make sure that I have the opportunity give my input on the subject. I think it is only fair that my views be taken into consideration too.

Thank you for your consideration of this matter. I look forward to either hearing back from you or seeing you at the candidate’s forum on Wednesday night.

Mark Brown’
……………
From: EM [mailto:emalkoonxxxxxx]
Sent: Tue 1/10/2012 9:41 AM
To: Connie Hoffmann; Chris Vincent; Scot Sasser; Roseann Minnet; Birute Ann Clottey; Stuart Dodd
Subject: Forum

Yesterday, I contacted several of you regarding Forum this Weds. I was running 103 fever and wanted to alert you as its a consideration of the Commission, and your meeting is tonight. Good news is my fever broke overnight. Its still high but much better. I am just going to rest and hope ill be ok for weds night.

Appreciate the well wishes,

Edmund Malkoon

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Here’s The Scoop … Looks Like The Cub Candidate Is Going To Suck It Up … January 31st LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum Is On! …

January 10, 2012 by Barbara

HE’S CLIMBING DOWN OUT OF HIS TREE AND SUCKING IT UP LIKE A BIG BEAR WOULD …

Dear Readers …here’s what we know so far one day after Cub Candidate Edmund Malkoon decided 48 hours in advance that he would be too sick to show up at the long planned for LBTS LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum Wed. night…(He had a fever) … As of this morning he was feeling a little better …We have been informed he will attend after all if he feels better or not!… We also know that two emails were sent out to the Commissioners by each candidate today…  This writer heard Mark Brown’s email was to let the LOWVoters, the Town Administration and the Commission know he wanted the event to go forward as publicized and planned for… As far as Malkoon’s email ….we have heard different versions of and will need to see what’s what before commenting on it…

In any event this has to put another nail in the Cub Candidate’s coffin for becoming the next Commissioner to occupy seat 3 for the next 4 years in my opinion… Come on …think about what Malkoon did in this situation and how poorly he handled a simple illness we all have to deal with …Rather than quietly taking whatever measures necessary to ensure he could attend the event he chose to instead call the Town Manager to say he was ill and would not be able to attend 48 hours ahead of time thus setting off a day+ of phone calls from the Town to Commissioners…Emails from candidates to those same Commissioners, the TM as well as the LOWVoters who were also contacted by the Town asking about a possible change!… That shows a real lack of maturity in Malkoon!…That shows Malkoon has a total lack of comprehension of what his selfish actions entail! …While some may brush it off as a “generational” thing …I won’t but will say you are so right!…I for one do not want a child on the dais making decisions on my behalf and this goes to show that’s exactly what LBTS will have in seat 3 with Cub Candidate Edmund Malkoon!…

We also heard that this decision not show up at events which included a decision not to show up last night at the UOT-PAC meeting led to quite row with an attack coming from Malkoon small cadre of supporters such as Louis Marchelos, Bob Fleishman, Cindy Geesey, Susie Glenn and a few others seated at one table against the present UOT President Ray Wolowicz after that group represented to those at the meeting that indeed Malkoon was “promised” the seat from UOT this time around … No such promise was made from the organizations full board or members according to those in the know…We understand Mark Brown made it a point to present a timeline of his decision to run which included as far back as September and a UOT meeting at which the President asked for possible candidates to come forth and none did…including his opponent Malkoon… Brown continued on to say he contacted commissioners, board members and other including his opponent and was encouraged with positive comments to proceed never once hearing the candidacy was already spoken for…He proceeded and has run a very independent,strategic,concise, informative as well as intensive campaign much like the ones we saw in 2008 and 2010 without the benefit of having the full UOT-PAC from the get-go… As one Reader said …this is not North Korea… There’s no dictatorship ….So what gives?…Sounds like the UOT has or is about to go the way of the CIC-PAC due to a few loudmouths not following the rules that govern such PACs …We saw if with the Furths and now we are seeing it with UOT with the demise of the PACs themselves… Once again this shows the Cub Candidate is a child …in this writer’s opinion …who really believed that he was owed something and he was going to slide right into a LBTS municipal position on the dais without having to any of the hard work his predecessors had to do as well as his opponent… Message to voters…get your coffin nails here… bang…bang!….

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop … Candidate For Commission Seat 3 In Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Needs A “Sick Day” … Asks To Change Candidate Forum Date 48 Hours In Advance …

January 9, 2012 by Barbara

EVER HEARD OF CHICKEN SOUP CUB CANDIDATE?….

Dear Readers …just when you think it cannot get any stranger in this LBTS 2012 Commission race for seat 3 …it does!… Candidate Edmund Malkoon was a no-show tonight at the first head-to-head meeting set up for him and his opponent Mark Brown at the UOT-PAC …Before the meeting though a call went out from the Town Manager to at least one Commissioner that Malkoon asked that the scheduled Wed. night LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum be changed due to illness…WHOAAAA…. Are you kidding me!… Never have I heard of a candidate asking 48 hours ahead of time for something to be scratched in anticipation of still being sick!…So what’s wrong with Candidate Cub Malkoon anyway you may be asking?… The word from a few attending the UOT meeting is he has a fever of 102.5!…He sent a proxy with a letter which was rather feisty we hear from someone so ill and in need of a respite during the countdown of days leading up to the Jan. 31st election stating he had a 102.5 fever ad nauseum…pun intended ….and asking that the Wed. night forum be changed due to being under the weather!… This is a new low in my book…I recall VM Dodd showing up at meetings shortly after a hip replacement …I recall not too long ago Comm. Sasser was on the dais throughout a full meeting quite ill after being checked out by AMR… Same goes for former Comm. Chuck Clark as I recall….So to ask for the forum to be changed for a fever that can easily be taken care of within the 48 hours leading up to this event is just another reason why Cub Candidate Edmund Malkoon is not qualified to be a commissioner!… Ask yourself when was the last time you called in sick and missed an important  scheduled meeting? … How long would you employ someone who calls in sick 48 hours ahead of time?…

The Town and the LOWV must carry on with this scheduled forum and allow Candidate Mark Brown this venue to make his opening and closing remarks as well as to answer the questions voters have already sent in for the candidates to respond to…To quash this event and/or move it for a feverish cub is beyond comprehension!…

Mama Bear or the Snicker snicker man or Mensa Meow Meow needs to give their Cub Candidate Malkoon a Z-Pak and a load of chicken soup…wipe his nose …tie his shoes and get him to the LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum Wed. night as planned…If Malkoon is indeed a no-show or the Town reschedules…then voters once more need to tell this Cub he’ll have plenty of time to hibernate after Jan. 31st!

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop … One Candidate For Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Seat 3 Is Already Waffling … UPDATED …

January 9, 2012 by Barbara

BUTTERING UP THE VOTERS …..

Dear Readers … the first printed interview with candidates Brown and Malkoon is out today in the Sentinel (see below) …It goes beyond this writer’s last post in a most disturbing way that should again give voters pause when they fill in that bubble for Commission seat 3 on their absentee ballot or at their polling place on Jan. 31st… It appears the reporter pinned down candidate Malkoon on his qualifications thus making Malkoon reel back his election material claim that he majored in “International Finance and Marketing” at FAU conveniently or should I say purposefully in my opinion giving voters the idea that he has a degree in both and perhaps a career in both…In the Sentinel article he has been dialed back to “Education: Graduated from Ely High School, 1993; undergraduate course work at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University”…meaning he took courses and it means nothing except it was a way to embellish his resume and qualifications which are sorely lacking in reality…But that didn’t stop Malkoon who  moved the waffling of his background on to his career in the interview in the paper doing much the same by stating…” Malkoon has worked in credit card, mortgage and real estate fields and says that business background will be a plus when overseeing the management of the town’s finances.”… What Malkoon conveniently or purposefully left out in my opinion was the fact that he is not a licensed real estate agent …That Malkoon was working in insurance from home during the last election from this writer’s recollection of his almost daily conversations with me and the UOT campaign group of which he was an active member (thus that point quashes his printed claims of  “Malkoon said he promoted his favored candidates without criticizing the other side.”..GULP!)… Malkoon does not state the overwhelming concern when he was slated to run pre-Sasser in 2010 concerning his personal problems with his own mortgage on his home … I would not have divulged this one had Malkoon not included mortgage in this article in his list of work experience! … I want a commissioner on the dais who can handle the taxpayer’s monies and that must be based on how they handle their own…or lack thereof!…Malkoon once more gives his work experience as a “Realtor” …but again no mention of being a licensed agent…no mention that he works in a family Real Estate business …(see below)…Waffling on his local contribution to a town board is done by not giving the dates of service as most candidates customarily provide  …His appointment came after the last election in 2010 by those he campaigned hard for and that committee was disbanded by the full commission last year before a full 2-year appointment was realized due to there being no need for the committee to exist anymore as well as the total exasperation felt by many commissioners and taxpayers with what was coming out of those meetings..This writer believes much of that resulted from Malkoon’s actions and input…especially after he declared commissioners should not be allowed to speak at board meetings much less attend them!… I have repeatedly posted that Malkoon was in my opinion  skirting violations of sunshine laws with his emails to some fellow MPSC members and was way out of line when he chose to come to the podium at commission meeting seemingly to represent the committee (although no vote was taken at the meetings for him to do so) misrepresenting the collective opinions of the committee to the commission…Malkoon in his statement “We were forced to take sides, but now, like I said, I feel a certain segment of society is being left out because it didn’t win … I want to restore that voice to people that feel that way.” …is pandering to the CIC most likely due to the lack of support he is seeing from the UOT … It is again this writer’s opinion that if there are even any CIC members left to court votes from …those votes will not be for Malkoon but against his opponent who has held steadfast with his stances,resume and experience…Any CIC voters who are considering such a move should look hard at Malkoon’s stance for he was for making El Mar 2 lanes…for a parking garage…for public bathrooms…and anything else on the “I’ll take one of each”redevelopment menu some were proposing at the MPSC meetings …Of note: Mark Brown has stated he will bring back public bathrooms if elected…MIA was that it was Brown who stated from the get- go to try a temporary structure in the El Prado area to see how it fares…

This writer has been asked why am I so hard on Malkoon…because I do not think he is qualified to be a commissioner in LBTS…I do not think he is “owed” a seat on the dais…He has proven to me he is ineffective …Once again in the “anything can happen” climate of LBTS politics…I could just foresee a low voter turnout for this election and a handful of voters believing that while most voters understand and agree Malkoon is absolutely not right for the job they will throw him and his mom a “bone” by casting a sympathy vote as to not cause him embarrassment of a lack of votes (as we have seen in a lack of contributions) only to have him win as a result!…

This writer has also been informed that a few of Malkoon’s most vocal supporters are supporting him because I support his opponent!…That is about the stupidest thing I have ever heard as a voter! …Can you imagine if all voters supported a candidate using this criteria rather than the candidates qualifications…God help us!…Snicker…snicker!…

Tonight is the UOT-PAC  meeting …It will be the first time in quite a while these candidates will be side- by- side and put in a position of showing the differences between them … Both should be called on what they represent as qualifications and what they can offer voters once on the dais …

“Lauderdale-by-the-Sea candidates support commission agenda
By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
5:19 p.m. EST, January 8, 2012
The election: On Jan. 31, town voters will choose a new Seat 3 commissioner. Commissioner Birute Ann Clottey is not seeking re-election.
The candidates: Mark Brown and Edmund Malkoon
The background: Warring factions were prevalent in town elections as recently as two years ago, but the feud has essentially disappeared in this year’s Lauderdale-by-the-Sea elections. Vice Mayor Stuart Dodd has been re-elected without opposition and the two candidates for Clottey’s seat share views similar to those of the commission majority.

Town affairs have quieted down considerably since a new commission majority took over in 2010. The commission quickly disposed of former Town Manager Esther Colon and brought in former Fort Lauderdale City Manager Connie Hoffman to take the reins of the town’s administration. Commission meetings have gone from combative to congenial.

The issues: The commission has pushed an aggressive agenda, which both Brown and Malkoon support. They want to continue revitalization plans for Commercial Boulevard and State Road A1A. They agree the town needs to update its aging sewer system and fix drainage problems. And they say the projects need to be accomplished without raising the town’s tax rate.
Each candidate sees himself as the one better able to maintain the town’s progress and to keep the commission from backsliding into past disputes.
Malkoon has worked in credit card, mortgage and real estate fields and says that business background will be a plus when overseeing the management of the town’s finances.
Malkoon stresses his ties to the town, where he has lived most of his life, and his participation in local activities. He says he has tried to build bridges with all sides in town, including those on the losing end of the last elections.
Unlike Brown, who ran editorials critical of past commissioners in the local ByTheSeaFuture paper, Malkoon said he promoted his favored candidates without criticizing the other side.
Brown says that because of his past experiences as a congressional aide and reporter, he knows what it takes for government to get things done and to accomplish the town’s goals. He says his editorials at ByTheSeaFuture, which he started because of his opposition to much of what was being done in town, helped shape decisions in town.
For Brown, ethics and the conduct of town officials continue to be top priorities.
A side issue that Brown says he will pursue if elected is public restrooms for the beach.
The positions:
Brown: “I think the town is headed in the right direction and it wasn’t for a long time … I thought the newspaper provided an outlet for people in town who were unhappy with the way commissioners were conducting themselves and the way the town was spending money.”
Malkoon: “We were forced to take sides, but now, like I said, I feel a certain segment of society is being left out because it didn’t win … I want to restore that voice to people that feel that way.”
[email protected] or 954-356-4556
Mark Brown
Age: 60
Family: Single
Education: Bachelor’s degree, George Washington University, 1973
Occupation: Retired; former editor, ByTheSeaFuture; former reporter, Griffin-Larrabee Washington news bureau
Political career: Former chief of staff, U.S. Rep. William Hughes, D-N.J., 1989-94, and U.S. Rep. Tim Roemer, D-Ind., 1995-2002; congressional aide to Hughes, 1977-89
Civic activities: Former president, North Beach Civic Association; board of directors, Corniche Condominium
Edmund Malkoon
Age: 36
Family: Single
Education: Graduated from Ely High School, 1993; undergraduate course work at Broward College and Florida Atlantic University
Occupation: Realtor
Political career: None
Civic activities: Current vice president and former president, Bel-Air Civic Association; co-chairman, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Master Plan Steering Committee; member, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce”

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-elect-lbts-brown-malkoon-20120108,0,3241350,full.story

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An update per a Reader’s question about Malkoon’s stated profession…

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING A LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER AND A “SALES ASSOCIATE”…which is what Malkoon is listed as …What it amounts to is that the candidate did not pursue the classwork in order to be a broker..that says a lot when considering his qualifications to be a sitting commissioner…in my opinion…

“The difference between salespersons and brokers

Before the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) was introduced in 1967, when brokers (and their agents) only represented sellers, the term “real estate salesperson” may have been more apt than it is today, given the various ways that brokers and agents now help buyers through the process rather than merely “selling” them a property. Legally, however, the term “salesperson” is still used in many states to describe a real estate agent.

Real estate education: To become licensed, most states require that an applicant take a minimum number of classes before taking the state licensing exam. Such education is often provided by real estate brokerages as a means to finding new agents.

In many states, the real estate agent (acting as an agent of a broker) must disclose to prospective buyers and sellers who represents whom. See below for a broker/agent’s relationship to sellers and their relationship to buyers.

While some people may refer to any licensed real estate agent as a real estate broker, a licensed real estate agent is a professional who has obtained either a real estate salesperson’s license or a real estate broker’s license.

In the United States, there are commonly two levels of real estate professionals licensed by the individual states, but not by the federal government:
[edit] Real estate salesperson (or, in some states, Real estate broker):[2]

When a person first becomes licensed to become a real estate agent, they obtain a real estate salesperson’s license (some states use the term, “broker”) from the state in which they will practice. To obtain a real estate license, the candidate must take specific coursework (of between 40 and 90 hours) and pass a state exam on real estate law and practice. To work, salespersons must be associated with (and act under the authority of) a real estate broker.

Many states also have reciprocal agreements with other states, allowing a licensed individual from a qualified state to take the second state’s exam without completing the course requirements, or, in some cases, take only a state law exam.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Real_estate_broker
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‘Licensee Details
Licensee Information
Name: MALKOON, EDMUND FRED (Primary Name)
(DBA Name)
Main Address: 2073 SE 17TH CT
LAUDERDALE BY SEA Florida 33062
County: BROWARD

License Mailing:

LicenseLocation:

License Information
License Type: Real Estate Broker or Sales
Rank: Sales Associate
License Number: SL627358
Status: Current,Active
Licensure Date: 07/10/1995
Expires: 03/31/2013

Special Qualifications Qualification Effective

View Related License Information
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https://www.myfloridalicense.com/LicenseDetail.asp?SID=&id=F44081BC5DDF41E39F9A343E8A5D62B2

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Here’s The Scoop … It’s A Sign …. Some Don’t Want To Upset Mama Bear…

January 7, 2012 by Barbara

FORGET THOSE GREEN MALKOON SIGNS ….

THIS SIGN MIGHT BE MORE ACCURATE …

Dear Readers …in a previous post I asked if this was the first staying neutral race for commission in LBTS …I have now been informed by quite a few of you that indeed it is …. but not for the reason I previously posted of voters feeling there was no real difference between the candidates for seat 3… It seems that Candidate Edmund Malkoon’s campaign is being run by his mother who appears on his treasurer reports as his treasurer…I am told it is Edmund’s mother who is calling around for her son to be allowed to come to condos to speak….It is Edmund’s mother who is calling and asking residents that her son’s signs be put in their front yards and it is because it is Edmund’s mother who is putting these voters on the spot that they are playing the neutral card by either taking the Edmund Malkoon signs and putting them up or taking the Edmund Malkoon signs and putting them out of sight with no intention of putting them up out of some sort of deference for the candidate’s mother rather than the support of the candidate himself!…On top of that some of the Edmund Malkoon signs put up are now down with no sign being put up to carry on the neutral stance or as a few have done being replaced by his opponent Mark Brown signs after further review and/or discussions with voters not beholden to Edmund’s mother thus having second thoughts … At the Palm Club the Edmund Malkoon signs were also put up after a call and we are told they have now been removed after several Palm Club residents were angered by the signs being put up without their knowledge and approval …We hear that happened at other residences in the north as well by way of yet another Malkoon supporter who last claimed to have led the way for the big win in 2010 … A claim that was met with snickers throughout town…Hmmm…shades of LBTS elections of the past…. sign up …signs down…and claims of foul play!….

Edmund Malkoon is a 36 year old man who has chosen to run for a town commission seat and while his mother whom he lives with should by all means be helping him as any mother would…It is just mind boggling and ridiculous to this writer to think that so many voters cannot  seem to muster up the ability to tell Mama Bear that while they respect her position as a Mama Bear they must decline due to their non support of her candidate cub…

This election should be based on a cub and a Mama Bear really believing the cub candidate is owed seat 3 because the cub was passed by in 2010 for Candidate Sasser …This election should be based on a cub who is running his campaign as he would have had it been 2010 stating the cub is a “Uniter”… This election should be based on a cub stating in his campaign materials that he “Majored in International Finance and Marketing” at FAU but not stating whether he received a degree in his major or had a career in his major…This election should be based on whether the cub’s election materials claim of being a LBTS  business owner (Real Estate) is a licensed real estate agent or not…This election should be based on the cub’s months sitting on the MPSC and what the cub did or did not do …(previous posts under the archives “boards” categories cover those meetings ) …. This election should be based on the cub’s non-support by those who sat on the MPSC with him…This election should be based on the cub’s not being elected to the Chamber of Commerce Board in 2010 as a member of the Chamber …This election should be based on the amazing lack of contributions made to the cub in his two Treasurers Reports…( $1,240.00 )….This election should be based on the cub’s debate with his opponent on Jan. 11, 2011 as well as this cub’s answers in the ByTheSeaFuture, Pompano Pelican and Sentinel on the issues …http://www.facebook.com/pages/Edmund-Malkoon-For-Lauderdale-By-The-Sea-Commissioner/275622512477657

This election should be based on what the cub’s opponent Mark Brown has offered up in his election materials of his education (Graduate of George Washington University), his career (newspaper reporter and Chief of Staff to two Washington Congressmen), his volunteerism (volunteered his time at BTSFuture to be the Editor), his support ( includes present and past commissioners, fellow board members, neighbors, past colleagues)  his contributions ($10,065 in 2 Treasurers Reports), his debate answers, his newspaper interviews which are all in sharp contrast to this cub ….. in this writer’s opinion… http://markbrown2012.com/

This election should NOT be based on the cub’s mother …Be neutral no more voters!… Stand up and show your support for your choice of candidate for seat 3…No growling allowed!….

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THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS….

The candidates have a busy time ahead of them…It begins Monday night Jan.9th with a UOT meeting that includes both in attendance to address any questions thrown at them…Tues night Jan 10th is the first Reg. Comm.meeting and either will be able to comment at the podium on agenda items….Wed. Jan 11th is the LOWV Meet The Candidate Forum for the one and only time the candidates will both be asked to answer questions sent in by voters…Thur. Jan 12th both candidates are to attend a meeting at the Palm Club …Fri. Jan 13th is the deadline for the 3rd Treasurers Report (will be posted) ….Tues. Jan. 17th both should be in attendance and ready to put forth their stance on the downtown redevelopment issue at a Special Meeting …Thur. Jan 19th both candidates should be in attendance and ready put forth their stance on the sewer fees that impact hotels, condos and multi-family homes south of Pine Ave and under the LBTS-Pompano Beach Master Sewer Agreement at a Special Meeting ….Tues. Jan. 24th is the 2nd Reg. Comm. meeting and one last chance for comments made by each candidate at the podium on agenda items as well as the newspapers listed above printing the candidates responses to interviews already done….Last mailers if done by either should arrive at voters homes as the absentee ballots are received by the Broward SOE …..Tues. Jan 31st it’s time for tents up at the polling places by candidates and supporters… and by 8 pm we should have a winner!….

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