Here’s The Scoop … The CIC-PAC Endorsed Candidate For Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon Doesn’t Fit The CIC Mold …
January 23, 2012 by Barbara
AN ENDORSEMENT OF WHAT FOR MALKOON FROM THE CIC-PAC IN 2012….
CIC’s Crisite Furth with ousted Interim TM John Olinzock April 26, 2010…
CIC’s Cristie Furth’s Blue Seas Motel with CIC endorsed Candidate Edmund Malkoon sign in yard January 2012…
Dear Readers…this writer gave myself 20 minutes to Goggle and look for however many differences there are between Candidate for Seat 3 Edmund Malkoon and his newest endorser the Citizens Initiative Committee PAC and it’s most important members…Below is a series of the finds found within that allotted time that definitely show something ominous must be going on for such an endorsement to come to fruition in 2012…The opposing Unite Our Town PAC Board chose after the ominous endorsement of one of their own longtime members (Malkoon) to change their previous decision to not endorse either candidate based on such a disturbing new partnership … thus endorsing Candidate Brown … 20 more minutes would have produced even more to question this new partnership of the CIC-PAC and Edmund Malkoon…
From the CIC website –History of referendums and what they endorse… prior to the 2012 endorsement of UOT member Edmund Malkoon for Seat 3-
” 2000 El Prado Referendum to protect our main beach vista from an extremely unpopular, developer- initiated land-swap (Hapimag).
A Citizens Rights Charter Amendment to reaffirm citizens’ rights to initiate, amend, or repeal ordinances by petition and referendum: in order to overcome Mayor Parker’s questionable claim that right had been nullified and extinguished by State Statutes. (An opinion from the Florida Attorney General later held that was not the case).
An Electoral Districting Ordinance to insure balance in regional representation by requiring that two Commissioners be elected from Old Town LBTS and two from the annexed area, while the Mayor could be chosen from either area.
Although individual CAC members contributed greatly to the initiatives mentioned above, the Citizens Action Committee itself was non-political and therefore could not officially endorse candidates or ballot questions at election time. Our members became convinced that the CIC needed to evolve to the next level and become an official political action committee (PC).
We therefore incorporated in March 2005 as the Citizens “Initiative” Committee and registered with the State of Florida and the LBTS Town Clerk as a political committee. That extended our committee’s range of action beyond simply informing ourselves and fellow citizens on critical developments and making appeals to the Commission. As a PC we can actually initiate referendums, campaign for and against important election issues, and lend our organizational ’seal of approval’ to candidates for municipal office.
The March 2006 election was the first where the new CIC’s referendums and endorsed candidates came before the voters.
CIC endorsed candidates, Jim Silverstone and Jerry McIntee won landslide victories over two old-guard incumbents, Dave Wessels and Ed Kennedy. CIC members have been well-pleased with our choice of candidates and the level of integrity, honesty, and quality-of-life leadership the two brought to the dais. Unfortunately, continued hard-line opposition by the Old-Guard majority on the commission continued to bloc many CIC-supported pro-voter initiatives until the 2008 election.
The CIC Term limits referendum, on the ballot as the result of a CIC petition signed by 712 voters, was passed by 86% of voters and limited Commissioners to two 4-year terms of office. Mayoral terms were reduced from 4 years to 2 years and limited to 3 terms (a total of 6 years). Despite the absolute clarity of that amendment that it would take effect at the 2008 municipal elections, the old-guard commission members Parker, Yanni, and Clark railroaded through an ordinance that preposterously re-interpreted the amendment to mean it would NOT apply to Parker or Yanni at the 2008 elections, thus over-turning the clear will of LBTS voters.
The CIC Height Limit Charter Referendum, which lowered the maximum allowable height limit in the Northbeach coastal area from 15 stories to 3 over 1 story, won despite fierce campaigns by developers and pro-development commissioners. This charter amendment will prevent our barrier island from over development, limit further congestion along A1A, and preserve the Town’s low-rise image. A critical clause of this charter amendment was that no zoning changes involving an increase in height can now be made in any residential neighborhood without a vote of the people.
The 2008 municipal election was set in January instead of March, to match with the revised Florida Presidential Primary election date.
The CIC supported 3 candidates for election to the Town Commission, Lawrence Wick, Birute Clottey, and Stuart Dodd. Clottey and Dodd won, beating out Clark and Yanni. Wick lost the mayor’s seat by a slim margin of 21 votes to newcomer Roseann Minnet (Parker had decided not to run).
Promises Made…Promises Kept
Within a few short months of winning the majority in January 2008, the four CIC-endorsed Commissioners made sweeping changes in town policy and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea was headed in a positive new direction!
Reinstatement of the Volunteer Fire Department
Return of our municipal elections back to March instead of November
Reinstatement of the CIC-sponsored term limits amendment
Repeal of the Marina, Hospitality, and Beach Village overlay districts (no more Orianas)
Opening Commission meeting public comments to all who wish to speak
Saved citizens millions of tax dollars per year with new AMR contract for EMS
Instituted life-saving VFD beach patrols
Allowed citizens to speak on 1st and 2nd readings of town ordinances
Sponsored very successful Community events including: Easter-by-the-Sea, the July 4th Blast, and a Halloween Haunted House.
Reduced taxes with a 10% LBTS tax cut
Purchased contiguous property to Town Hall for an upgraded public safety complex
Debt Reduction by $3 million
Several months after the 2008 election, however, one of the CIC-endorsed Commissioners, Stuart Dodd, a former CIC Chairman, resigned from the organization and changed allegiance to the pro-development side. The CIC therefore has retracted its endorsement of Stuart Dodd.
During the two years prior to the March 2010 municipal election the pro-development group, under the banner “Unite Our Town”, launched a campaign to discredit Commissioners McIntee, Silverstone, and Clotty and Town Manager Esther Colon with personal attacks. They arranged for a number of their supporters to show up for Public Comments at Town Commission meetings to lodge these unjustified personal attacks. The Commissioners, at an organizational meeting after the 2008 election, had agreed to not allow personal attacks at Commission meetings, but Mayor Roseann Minnet refused to enforce it. She claimed it was all the fault of the individuals being attacked; e.g., her political adversaries. These attacks became progressively more vicious as the 2010 election date approached.
The 2010 CIC endorsed candidates for LBTS Commissioners were Jim Silverstone and Marjorie Evans. For Mayor the CIC endorsed Joe Couriel. All well qualified and experienced individuals. Unfortunately, the opposition managed to convince a majority of the voters that the dissention at Town Commission meetings was being caused by the victims rather than the attackers. All three CIC endorsed candidates lost the election by substantial margins.
Since the March 2010 election the new Commission has, without cause, fired Town Manager Esther Colon, Assistant Town Manager John Olinzock, and a little later Finance/Budget Director Kaola King
Date: January 16, 2012 12:25:52 PM EST
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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.
June 30, 2009 Special Meeting -Discussion Removal of Chief Gooding -
Pg 1- a Discussion of removal of Chief Gooding by Town Manager Mayor Minet opened the meeting for public participation Diane Boutin Patrick Pointu Christopher Vincent Laurie Sinotti Sean Spellocy nonresident Mark Cohen Barbara Cole John Yanni Cindy Geesey Marie Chiarello Edmund Malkoon Marie Eckerrt Bonnie Myers John Alton Vito Chiarello Mark Brown Bill Davis Dennis Ritchie Yann Brandt Joan Englander Shot Bob Fleishman Mrs Malkoon Chuck Clark Beverly Kennedy Richey Bonfey and Debbie Finato expressed their displeasure with the transfer of BSO Chief Scott Gooding and requested that he be reinstated with the Town Accusations were made that the Commission collaborated with the Town Manager for the dismissal of Chief Gooding to which the Commission denied.
Tom Carr Frank Herrmann Cristi Furth stood in support of the Town Manager
Adrian Roberts supported both the Town Manager and the reinstatement of Chief Gooding.
Feb 9, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg.4- Edmund Malkoon asked why Commissioner Silverstone voted against transparency voted in favor to pay off loans and voted for a Town Manager contract without an expiration date
April 20, 2010 Special Meeting Town Manager Colon pg. 2- Commissioner Clottey stated she was on the dais a little over 2 years and at first she did not agree with the way the Town Manager handled some things She added that she learned to discuss things with the Town Manager and found she had a better understanding of the way things worked Commissioner Clottey pointed out that the Town Manager had experience with BSO and that she would rather have a knowledgeable person to help with the negotiations than just a yes person Commissioner Clottey thanked Manager Colon for always looking out for the Town taxpayers and was sorry to see her go
The motion carried 4-1 Commissioner Clottey voted no
April 26,2010 Special Meeting Removal Interim Town Manager Olinzock pg 2- Commissioner Clottey suggested the Commission only remove Interim Town Manager Olinzock from his temporary interim position and return him to his previous position of Assistant Town Manager until they find out what happened She noted that the Town was going into budget time and Interim Town Manager. Pg 5- Commissioner Clottey suggested separating the motion in to two parts the first motion regarding the termination and payout of Interim Town Manager Olinzock and the second motion regarding the investigation of former Town Manager Colon’s Olinzock had knowledge as to how the Town was run severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted Pg. 6- severance payout She believed that by keeping the motion as is implied criminal activity was conducted.
April 27, 2010 Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 2- Christie Furth remarked that the new Town Commission with the exception of Commissioner Clottey terminated the former Town Manager within six weeks of being elected She stated that the Commission’s termination of Esther Colon was cold and irresponsible Ms Furth believed she spoke for many residents who appreciated all Ms Colon did for their town during her tenure as Town Manager as she was fair honest abided by the Town’s laws She said Ms Colon cared about the Town and its people winning countywide praise for her yearly budgets 11 years in a row and left the Town with one of the lowest tax rates in the County Ms Furth believed that Ms Colon became the target of a political witch hunt She said the Town Commission terminated Ms Colon’s contract on the spot prohibiting public comments Ms Furth stated that each Commissioner that voted to terminate Ms Colon should have first asked how much such an action would cost She felt the Town Commission acted negligently and were now trying to shift their fiscal irresponsibility elsewhere She believed the Commission chose to move toward a totalitarian form of government where free speech and citizen input was not allowed”
Pg 4- Edmund Malkoon reminded the Commission that they were not only given a vote of confidence they were given an overwhelming mandate for change by the voters of the Town He said there were tough decisions that had to be made and he was confident those decisions the dais made would be based on proper research without political prejudice
Town Commission Meeting Public Comments pg. 3 Sept. 22, 2009- Edmund Malkoon said he took it personal when Manager Colon investigated his claim of a harassment and vandalism at his home and reported that it did not occur He stated that he decided to run for District 1 Commissioner.
June 14, 2011 Town Commission Meeting pg. 3- Edmund Malkoon was against the referendums as the Commission never voted on whether to put in underground wiring or have a parking garage or build a new Town Hall Complex Mr Malkoon pointed out that the referendum could work in reverse and tie the hands of future Commissions. He believed that drainage and sewers were more important issues to focus on.
One more photo … Just for fun…
Cindy Geesey (sitting next to Malkoon’s opponent Mark Brown ) at the Olinzock removal special meeting April 26, 2010…Geesey is Candiate Malkoon’s campaign writer according to Malkoon at the Jan. CIC meeting he was endorsed at…
more to come…