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Here’s The Scoop…Chief Gooding Comments…..

May 26, 2009 by Barbara

BUT ARE LBTS ELECTED OFFICIALS LISTENING?………

Excerpts…Feb. 2009 /May 2009 ….

‘Clarifying misconceptions’

From the February 2009 Issue

‘Carole Moore By Carole Moore

It was all over in a matter of seconds. Here’s what preliminary reports revealed: Two officers answer a domestic call. A man barricades himself in a bathroom with a knife. The officers are familiar with this guy – he’s a mental patient and drug abuser who often turns violent. Inside, a woman screams that the man is trying to hurt himself with the knife, so officers kick down the door. The man bolts – one officer covers the woman, the other covers the man. The armed man then goes after one of the officers who shoots and kills him. All of this takes place in a narrow hallway in a matter of seconds.’

‘The call took place on Christmas Eve and is still being investigated. In the newspaper account of the incident two things stood out: A town official who commented that he’s known officers to disarm people with guns and knives; and further comments by readers who believed that the officer should have tried to disarm the man with a conducted-energy device (with which the officers apparently were not equipped) or other less-lethal weapon. Many remarks blamed the officers for not taking down the mental subject without hurting him.’

‘My suggestion for towns that do not have police commissioners or someone schooled in police work at the helm is that public officials who are not police – town commissioners or whoever governs your root organization – need to be educated as to the realities of this job.’

‘Most of this is simple, but it’s amazing the misconceptions the public, press and public officials often have. Nip those knee-jerk reactions by at least educating your own officials.’

Full text for Feb….http://www.officer.com/print/Law-Enforcement-Technology/Clarifying-misconceptions/1$45839

BC- Thanks to a faithful Reader …a copy of the current May issue includes some input from LBTS Chief Scott Gooding…which is very timely as we proceed with the ridiculous assertions from Com. Clottey (“flashbacks” circa 1960’s ) that residents cannot reach the police…perpetuating that there is a “fear” of calling the police to register complaints due to  “fear of retribution”…the questioning on car robbery reports…and the VFD  presentation tonight …per VM McIntee, Comm. Silverstone and Comm. Clottey  for not being “recognized” enough for their role in the hyperbaric chamber explosion…( they got recognized at the last meeting quite a lot……and they’ve got the job for 5 years)…

The article begins with Ms. Moore stating that she appreciates hearing from readers and “sometimes I find a message so good, I need to share it. That’s the case with the one I received from Chief Scott Gooding of Broward County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office.”…Chief Gooding commented on the Feb article above…and added “some other excellent ideas that he graciously agreed to share with you”…She went on to say his points have a lot of merit in this time when law enforcement is faced with hard economic times and face less when looking to fulfill their needs at budget time….”Having sympathetic public officials can tip the balance” when law enforcement is competing for funding….The question asked is how to keep the department’s needs at the top of the list of those allocating the funds…namely the elected officials?…

Excerpts…of advice offered…

Chief Scott Gooding…

“Take your commissioners on a tour of the communications or dispatch center”…911 call centers…”It’s inevitable that once elected, they will receive calls from residents complaining they couldn’t get through to the police”….Having the tour Chief Gooding suggests will enlighten the commissioners to how the calls are handled and routed…

BC- Readers will recall Comm. Clottey went and did just this last year…was not liking what she saw…Guess she wasn’t “enlightened”?…

“Have commissioners do ride-alongs”……adding ‘to get the elected officials involved with a “Citizens Emergency Response Team”…a civilian group that assists the law’…continuing on to say having elected officials involved makes it “easier to concentrate on your job during stressful events”…

BC-LBTS has Citizen on Patrol…but no Emergency Response Team”…HMMM…food for thought?…Or would it be looked upon as an oversight committee?…

” Keep elected officials (including the city or county manager) informed of what’s going on via e-mail. Short e-mails to each official prevent many phone calls”…”Just make sure “ALL” officials are included , don’t leave anyone out of the loop”…

BC- Per Comm. Dodd’s request for just this and the BSO Cybervisor…for LBTS ….CHECK!….

The suggestions continue on with “thoroughly familiarizing your elected officials with your department”…thus taking the “mystery out of policing”…by showing the ” hard working, honest,dedicated individuals who put their lives on the line  for the taxpayers”…adding “the old habit of building a barrier between the department and the outside only results in mutual mistrust and criticism”…

BC- Words that the VFD should consider……..as they continue in the opposite direction of transparency…..going deeper and deeper into secrecy…building  barriers…resulting in mistrust and criticism…

“Furthermore , Gooding suggests that building a bridge between officials and your agency, you also lessen the impact of critical incidents”…Gooding said ” I have also found [it helps] prevent the shock and awe of duty deaths, killing of suspects and handling natural catastrophes”…He went on to say it builds a rapport and “amplifies” the image of the agency, thus improving the chances for funding….

The article ends with this…” Government that cloaks itself in secrecy or assumes a paternalistic role is neither successful nor trusted.”…Reiterating …to bring the elected officials “on-board” by being up-front with them…”Being proactive can help you avoid being reactive”……

BC- Unfortunately with an BSP Police “agenda” in the works by the Mc-Furth Gang…it’s a no-go…as witnessed by recent actions…stated above…

BC- Readers will recall  at the May 13, 2009 Referendum Workshop the current “Gang of 3” on the dais repeatedly said they are there to “protect us”from future commissions……and from ourselves….In this writer’s opinion the “2-Hats” and the Town Manager ” absolutely represent a ….” Government that cloaks itself in secrecy or assumes a paternalistic role [ which ] is neither successful nor trusted.”…. leaving Readers with only one way to stop it…to turn it around…with their  vote in 2010…

more to come….

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Here’s The Scoop…Pelican Hopper At What Cost?….The Latest “Chump Change” Challenge….

March 8, 2009 by Barbara

THE PELICAN HOPPER….FREE AND FULLY TOWN FUNDED….OR FARES ……FOR THE FEW?….

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Excerpt from Sentinel web…full text link below

‘LBTS focused on saving town transport
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea gets an annual grant, in its case $59,000, to operate the air-conditioned shuttle bus known as the “Pelican Hopper,” which makes 45-minute trips around town each day.
Steve d’Oliveira, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea’s public information officer, said town officials were told in September that ridership had dipped below the required minimum over the summer and the grant would be removed. Town officials were able to get a six- month extension to try to boost ridership, but the deadline is April 29. After the deadline, the county plans to review the situation.

“We wouldn’t be running around with our heads cut off if we weren’t under the distinct impression we would lose the grant,” d’Oliveira said. “It’s not a critical amount of money to the town, but a lot of seniors use [the bus].”‘

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/lauderdale_by_the_sea/sfl-flhrbhopper0226hrbfeb26,0,5805178.story

On the March 10, 2009 Agenda…Town Manager Report…(previous post)……

c.    Community Bus – consideration of fare for riders (County recommends)

BC- Memo to Commission 2/23/09…Asst. Olinzock…

We lost County funding due to lack of ridership…needed 12 per hour/ had 9-9.5 riders per hour……to keep it we have to pay…

FY 08-09 Total cost of program $97,777. of which $23,883. is contributed by Broward County Transit

FY 09-10- Projected Town cost w/out grant funding-= $102,666

FY 09-10- Projected Town cost w/ grant funding= $78,783

The staff attended a meeting pertaining to future funding LBTS will receive a decrease in FY 08/09 in amt. of $14,586 which the Town will have to fund to maintain the program until the end of the year.

Broward County suggested that those cities who do have a fare consider implementing it to fund their portion of the service.

If the Town wants to do this the projected total cost FY 08/09 is $53,055

THE “CHUMP CHANGE” CHALLENGE…..

BC- Here’s the problem in this town…”It’s not a critical amount of money to the town,”…..Lately the Town Government workers and our elected officials are sounding a little too “flippant” when they speak about spending the taxpayer’s money….

This remark …”It’s not a critical amount of money to the town,” along with recent remarks on the dais…”13 thousand and change”….”It’s not lavish”….”It’s nominal”…When spending on the Pavilion change orders… ….When spending $56 thousand on drainage problems caused by homeowners…blacktopping up to a residents garage door on Seagrape Drive……..When paying Town Attorney fees for the Vice Mayor’s personal agendas… a lobbyist -newspaper- alleged slander suit…….Greenfest-  a $33 discrepancy….Pier Fishing sign- Eminent domain issue….while racking up the hourly billing…at $190 per….

Listen up…The Taxpayers…you are representing…the Taxpayers you are working for…are watching their incomes…their savings…. their pensions tighten up … diminish… or dry up……..So the amounts you toss around with so little regard……this “Pocket Change”….that “Chump Change”…….Guess what…it matters…the costs…. they are critical!……Get a clue!….

Time for those who represent us to think long and hard about the words they use…. while tossing out  all those dollars… all those Taxpayer dollars!….

more to come…….

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Here’s The Scoop…What’s Her Contract Say?

February 20, 2009 by Barbara

PERFORMANCE REVIEW….

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Excerpt…

‘In late 2005 and early 2006, Commissioners Gonot, Popelsky, and Militello made an issue of our then city manager having never been given a performance review by the commission, as called for by his employment contract.

The current city manager will soon reach his second anniversary and has yet to be reviewed by the city commission even though it is also stipulated for in his contract.

What is your position on the review of the city managers performance?’

Full text …link below…..

http://deerfieldadvocate.com/

BC-Does the LBTS Town Manager have an annual  “performance review”included in her contract?…If not…why not?…If so has it been done?….HMMM….

more to come….

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Update….3-2 Saves 1 Town Manager…..

February 13, 2009 by Barbara

A REPRIEVE…3-2 SAVES HIS JOB…….

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The Pompano Beach Manager stays employed …despite concerns over his history…his performance…and his actions…all covered online at the Flsentry..http://flsentry.com/…in the J.P. Bender series…”The Wizard Of Pompano Beach….and previously posted on this site….HMMMM…..

Another parallel perhaps found in our neighbor to the north?…….until 2010?…….

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/community/news/pompano_beach/sfl-flsb5dig0212082sbfeb12,0,5357927.story

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Here’s The Scoop….Ponzi Scheme …Played Part In Bogdanoff-Parker 2004 Defeat….

January 22, 2009 by Barbara

From Bob Norman’s blog…

‘Ellyn Bogdanoff Mutually Benefitted From Fraud Too’

‘One thing about the $1 billion Ponzi scheme that was Mutual Benefits Corp’

‘When she ran against Oliver Park to win her seat in 2004, a federal 527 political non-profit called  Alliance for Florida’s Future poured a whopping $450,000 into attack ads on Parker, paving the way for Bogdanoff’s incredibly narrow 7-vote victory.’

‘The fraudulent viatical company contributed a whopping $525,000 to the Alliance for Florida’s Future during the Bogdanoff-Parker race’

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2009/01/ellyn_bogdanoff_mutually_benef.php

Readers who are up on the Ponzi Scheme …in these parts….that has touched lawyers…including Broward County commissioner Ken Keechl’s law partner…and Broward  County Mayor Ritter’s husband…both reported early on from Norman…will see today State Rep. Ellyn Bogdnaoff benefited during her campaign against former Mayor Oliver Parker…who… may be set to run against Keechl in 2010!…

Bet Parker will be all over this one…..

more to come………….

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Here’s The Scoop…With Friends Like These….

January 9, 2009 by Barbara

WILL THE ANONYMOUS “GUTTERSNIPES” PLEASE STEP FORWARD….

http://www.foxnews.com/americasnewsroom/index.html

scroll down to Kelly’s Court…”Sticks and Stones”…video…after short commercial…about the previous post anonymous blogging…and suing for the name of those that defame…

http://www.foxnews.com/oreilly/index.html

scroll down to talking points…Sarah Pailin…video…after the commercial…..after the interview section on Pailin talk about “Guttersnipes”…anonymous bloggers…

With friends like these……

“Guttersnipes”….who needs enemies…certainly not Comm. Clottey…the last remaining newly elected LBTS official left of the Mc-Gang just shy of the 1 year January 29, 2008 LBTS election anniversary…….

On the Notorious Mc-“Slap” site …the Mc-Writers write posts about the Commissioner when she parts ways with their wishes….acts independently…or agrees with this writer…Even though it was these “friends” who enlisted Ms. Clottey  to run for Office…..put  her through the ringer in the campaign…tried to make her step aside when they felt someone else as a candidate suited their fancy……thus far have been unsuccessful in efforts to warn her to walk away from this writer’s friendship and pointedly told not to “pull a Stu Dodd”by leaving the CIC or them…ever……….all to no avail…..because as she stays true to herself…as she was during the campaign…as she still is almost one year after her victory……much to her credit….and much to their disdain…..

Shamefully her “friends” and former “campaign co-chair/ team member”……the new owners of the Mc-Furth BTSTimes…choose to advertise the very site that would include such “Guttersnipe” aimed at the Commissioner…imagine that…how do you justify such actions…HMMM….Perhaps money over friendship …or full ” Guttersnipe” participation ….rule the day?….

Commissioner Clottey….  this week made the unfortunate mistake to check out the tail end of the scurrilous site…to see what was being written …on a whim….

The Commissioner has been advised friend to friend ….to refrain from such whims……then asked the very questions stated above…but it is hoped this foray finally opened up her eyes …..because there is no doubt who this “Guttersnipe” poster had to be….no doubt…due to timing…and who would be privy to the information revealed….no doubt..no doubt….no doubt….

You see the difference is this…on a site where you print your name…you are held accountable…and  a real  friend can disagree with a friend that is a Commissioner….leaving it civilized…open and honest…agreeing to disagree…all the time remaining friends…something …anonymous “Guttersnipe” cannot even fathom….

Will the Furth’s continue to publish the “slap’ site ad…in their end of the month sole edition or take a stand ….apologize to their “friend” Commissioner Clottey and say no to anymore  anonymous ads?…

more to come…

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Here’s The Scoop…From “Americas Most Wanted” To Mayor….

January 9, 2009 by Barbara

MY NEW FAVORITE SITE…

The Deerfield Advocate …hot off their Commissioner  candidate “slice and dice”…previous scoop post…have  new candidate…for Mayor of Deerfield Beach…C Dan Peterson….with a troubled past….a “person of interest” in his estranged wife’s murder…..including being featured on “Americas Most Wanted”…YIKES!…

‘Will Don Petersen’s Past Damage His Future?’

January 8, 2009

‘C. Don Petersen, the Cove resident who filed his papers with the city clerk’s office today, has a past that is quickly coming to light.’

http://deerfieldadvocate.com/

Nice work D.A……

http://deerfieldadvocate.com/

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Update….More Doc Lawrence…..

January 6, 2009 by Barbara

THANKS TO DOC ….MORE DOC…ONLINE…
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Here’s The Scoop….MIA…No More…”Housecalls’ Are Available…..

January 5, 2009 by Barbara

MISSING DOC LAWRENCE?…..

For his many ardent fans…who made a beeline to his coveted page in the former BTSTimes…Doc Lawrence is missing no more…

He can be found online…on the Piedmont Review website……http://www.piedmontreview.com/

The Piedmont Review, “A Review of Atlanta’s Finest People, Places And Things,” is one of Atlanta’s most popular lifestyle magazines. In its fifteenth year of circulation, The Piedmont Review is read by some of the most affluent and successful people in the city. We are a bi-monthly publication valued for our editorial content on local business, dining, cultural and charity events, fashion, home and garden features, art reviews, travel and various inspirational personal success stories.

Our readers tend to enjoy a quality lifestyle, a disposable income (average household incomes of six-figures and up), and support local business. With our strong distribution at over 450 local establishments and upscale residences every month, the Piedmont Review enjoys a very loyal following of readers and our advertisers get great results! In fact, 70% of our advertisers renew consistently throughout the year.’

In the Nov/Dec. Issue currently online…3 separate entries…

page 12….’Sips Along The Way’….with Doc’s wine column in its 13th year…making it ‘one of the South’s most popular’….

page 20….’Citi Lites’…

page 28…’Mozart Festival’…another unique travelogue by this ‘truly accomplished travel journalist’…..

Make sure to bookmark it…and never be left without your “Doc Lawrence”…again…

Enjoy….

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11/25/08 Agenda Items…Google Backups…

November 25, 2008 by Barbara

7pm Meeting Tonight…Jarvis Hall…Comcast Channel 78/online on Town Website...http://www.lauderdalebythesea-fl.gov/

ITEM 15a…(will be tabled until 12/16)

LIVE FROM BUFFALO …IT’S PARKING METER PRESS CONFERENCE…

Sounds an awful lot …( some spouted …verbatim)…like the “idea” the Vice Mayor threw out at the Parking Meter Workshop …except the grant…HMMMM….

http://www.wnymedia.net/news/index.php?option=com_seyret&task=videodirectlink&id=235

ITEM 10 a.Ordinance 1st Reading…public comments…

DANGEROUS TO WHOM?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIsAoCJwBo

ITEM 15 e. & f. Capital Improvements Project…housecleaning…assurances…

THE MAN BEHIND THE CORAL REEF PROJECT…DR THOMAS GOREAU…

http://www.globalcoral.org/News.htm

more to come….

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