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Here’s The Scoop…2/24/09 …Commission Meeting …#10…Ethics What Ethics…

WE WILL BACK A 2 HATS REFERENDUM….ON 2ND THOUGHT NAHHH…..

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At the 2/25/09 continuation meeting Commissioner Dodd brought back his agenda item for discussion and/or action concerning the adoption of the Miami- Dade code of ethics ordinance…under Old Business…

It was brought back by Comm. Dodd because the Vice Mayor said if he (Dodd) wanted to bring it back for a referendum item…to go out to the people he would back it….but I guess the “will of the people” might mean it could pass…and pass big…so Nahhh…This called for another 1-2 punch from the “2 Hats”…with calls of a witch hunt…and Commissioner Dodd just trying to throw them out of the VFD…No matter how many time Comm. Dodd informed them it had to do with voting…not who could be on the Commission…who could vote on what on the Commission…Comm. Sillverstone again showing his “cards” said that Miami Dade does not work in such a small town with such a small “pool” to pick from to serve…a point Commissioner Dodd reminded Comm. Silverstone that former Mayor Parker liked to use…and today he is…”former” Mayor Parker…

Commissioner Clottey wanted to include those who do business…such as the Mayor with her lighting business…which prompted the Mayor to ask for some input from the Town Attorney…and that led to the Vice Mayor to go off on Comm. Dodd’s business…Comm. Silverstone’s business…all to deflect from the point Comm. Dodd was trying to make….

Commissioner Dodd seeing the writing on the wall…let it go….for now…BUT…

In Deerfield Beach…they are working on a town ethics code…http://deerfieldadvocate.com/

In the Pompano Pelican…2/27/09 edition…’Pompano commissioners ready to sign new ethics code’…TheirĀ  commission will finalize its approval next month…After having Travis Williamson who heads the Coalition for Ethical Government speak and some decisions made…the commission approved….’a “simple” majority of the appointed ethics board have the power to determine what is “frivolous”…’Commissioners will have 12 prohibitions including voting on items where there is a conflict of interest or where there can be direct benefit from a vote’….also…’improper use of city position for personal benefit or gain, city property or city vehicles’….’gifts, compensation, favors, gratuities’ will be prohibited with an exception made for city hosted meals or gifts less than $50’…The code beyond the time of being an elected official to extend 2 years after their terms making it so they cannot divulge confidential information…privileged information…and may not represent any person as an advocate for something they were involved in while serving….Citizens who want to file a complaint will pay $300 to the Pompano Beach Ethics Board…the Town Attorney…said the board could make the determination if the charges were serious enough to go to county court…or the state prosecutor…and here’s the kicker…’The city’s board of ethics does not duplicate state prohibitions such as Sunshine violations…HMMMM….

Want try for a 3rd time…Commissioner Dodd…or do we need to wait until 2010…to get both an Ethics Board and an Oversight Committee?….Good Campaign Material…if this turns out to be the case…

more to come…

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