Notter May Not Remember, but Document Doesn't Lie

 

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Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter has unveiled a new haircut. This photo comes from her latest "Coffee With Stacy" event last week.


Enough about fashion, let's get down to business.

When Broward County School Board construction chief Mike Garretson gave sworn testimony to state prosecutors just weeks before his untimely death, he told them that Stephanie Kraft wasn't the only school board honcho that was applying pressure to give the dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait a $500,000 break in a school fee they owed in 2007.

So too, Garretson testified, did his boss, Superintendent Jim Notter. When Notter was subpoenaed to testify (and given immunity), he claimed he didn't recall contacting Garretson on the matter. He claimed, in fact, that he didn't remember speaking to Kraft about it until it became a public matter in 2009.

Now it's understandable why Notter would have a memory problem. School Board members aren't supposed to meddle with the day-to-day business of the school board and he, as superintendent, had no business trying to get some developer a big break from taxpayers just because a board member was putting on the pressure.

But it's pretty clear Notter is either lying or he really is suffering from a bad case of amnesia. Inside see why. 

 

When Kraft was applying pressure on school board staff to put the $500,000 fee break for the Chaits on the July 24, 2007 agenda, staffers already smelled something fishy. That's why then school Growth Management Director Chris Akagbosu wrote a memo on July 23, 2007, detailing all the suspicious events that had occurred regarding the item. And Akagbosu at the time apparently didn't even know that Kraft's husband, Mitch, was being paid by the Chaits to get the half-million dollar fee reduction done.

Akagbosu included in his memo to Facilities Management Director Tom Coates the fact that Stephanie Kraft had written an email on behalf of the developers to make sure the item was put on the agenda. In the memo, Akagbosu wrote that at the same time Garretson told him that he needed to put the item on the agenda because of pressure from above.

He reported that on July 11:

"[Garretson] personally advises [Akagbosu] about the [Kraft] email and indicates that the Superintendent [Jim Notter] and Board Member Kraft requested that the item should be scheduled for the July 24 [board meeting]."

Okay, so back in 2007 in the thick of the original controversy we have evidence that Garretson told a school board official that he needed to put the item on the agenda because Supt. Notter had requested him to do it. Why would Garretson, who had no dog in the fight other than wanting to please his own bosses, lie to Akagbosu about Notter putting on the pressure for Kraft?

Answer: Garretson wouldn't.

Maybe Akagbosu's memo will help jog Notter's faulty memory because the bottom line is that Notter needs to come clean on what happened instead of hiding behind memory problems. Then he should resign.



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Larry Giles
Larry Giles

You made some decent points there. I looked on the internet for the issue and found most individuals will go along with with your website.

Fly on the Wall
Fly on the Wall

To Fact Sayer:

If you are still out there, contact by e-mail JamesFutch@FDLE.state.fl.us . He is conducting the investigation for the Grand Jury. Make sure you have documentation. I have concerns that many of the records or documents have been discarded or removed under the guise of poor recordkeeping even though there is a state statute that is supposed to prevent that from happening.

R. D. M.
R. D. M.

I don't want my comment to be lost but it might. Bob, PLEASE go back and look at how Notter was selected. It's clear he's a puppet of the Board. Where's all the money they spent looking for a Super?

FactSayer
FactSayer

To Former Functionary:Everything you are saying is true. I too was laid off earlier this year by these corrupt, inept scoundrels. The "administrator" who handed me my pink slip had been a District employee for less than FOUR WEEKS! He claimed there was no money to save our jobs and laid off six females from a male-dominated department, one with 20 years of service. Not one man lost his job. Then the new unqualified boss ordered himself a new vehicle with custom tints, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of needless supplies. I have repeatedly asked the District for copies of my layoff documents - who made the decision, when it was made, what the justification was to lay me off over others with less seniority, etc., but they refuse to give me the documents. I even hired a lawyer but they blew him off too. After spending hundreds of dollars trying to get answers, I gave up. Fortunately, after a dozen interviews in and out of South Florida, I accepted a terrific job with at a top-ranked college. Not only is my salary and benefits package way better than what I had with the school board, but I am finally working around intelligent, qualified individuals and being treated like a human being. I wish someone would call me to testify about the corruption in the BCSB. Hiring their friends without advertising the jobs, falsifying records, refusing to comply with the Sunshine laws, stealing thousands of dollars worth of computer equipment, going to the doctors' offices and "hanging out" during work hours, and using district cars for personal errands. I have sent letters with evidence all over this miserable state but nobody seems interested.

Pulp
Pulp

Sun-Sentinel finally followed the Roy Rogers butterfly gardens story but didn't mention that he was also working as a consultant-lobbyist for a school board vendor at the time as well.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/ne...

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Best wishes for a happy, accomplished new year

Guest
Guest

Happy New Years Day All!Relax and Enjoy 1-1-11

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Happy New Year to the Pulp and his fans.

Here is a toast to the best investigative journalist in South Florida. (And elsewhere)

May you continue to expose the corrupt, the morally bankrupt, and all those who continue to pollute our town.

NotAnon
NotAnon

1. I don't like Stacy's new hair. She looked younger, sexier and better with the other one.

2. Has the freak officer been fired yet or still on the JOB, from their picture above hard to say who's the criminal?

3. Happy New Year to Pulp and all Pulters!!!!

4. To all freaks, try to better your soul in 2011!!!!!

Local_Lawyer
Local_Lawyer

Happy New Year all. Just remember, the mottoes for 2011 will be "State immunity does not equal Federal immunity" and "You should have reported those gifts as taxable income!"

WALTER
WALTER

It was a pretty good year for crime-busting, but not nearly at the numbers it should have been at. We did get rid of one county commissioner, Ken Keechl, who so deserved to go. And he provided us with a new Pulp verb which can stand for a long time, I would say.

With all of the embarrassing stories that should have driven so many corrupt evil-doers out of town, many still remain - although less visible. There's Steinger still living in his McMansion, McNerny partner-in-crime not in jail and not even disbarred. Wow. Keechl should be indicted in that escapade as well, along with Russ Klenet. Klenet and Ritter still show up in public (how embarrassing is that). I know, not as embarrassing as Jen-Jen Gottlieb and her judge hubby. Double WOW. You would think Mitch Ceasar would have crawled into a hole somewhere - New Jersey perhaps. How about Lieberman and Michelson? What about those two corrupt money-grubbers? Taking the cake is the outrageous and greedy ex-Judge Larry Seidlin and his wife, Belinda. Bottom of the barrel for low lifes, but still walking around like they have no shame.

Rothstein gets 50 years, but no one else even gets disbarred. DV still living large which she must be cooperating with authorities by spitting out one word a day. Rosenfeldt and Adler still have law licenses, what's with THAT? How about Levin and Szfranski? Almost wants to make you let the jailed folks out to put these guys in their place, just to be fair and balanced. Lippman and Boden, party hardy tonight, as they say.

Rabbi Kaplan got to keep other people's dough. How unchristian is that? Out of work are thousands of hard-working honest folks, while corrupt judges, school board members and commissioners for all walks get re-elected in vote-tampering. Who in a position of authority is screwing underage girls and getting away with it, distance appears to make you think you can get away with creepy stuff, doesn't it? 2011 is the start of the slow reveal as more and more of these corrupt despicable stories dribble out. If you're a high profile elected official living on the dark side, know that next year with be the year of exposures. I know of at least a dozen Oh Wow scandals that are waiting to explode, and I'm just Walter Nobody. Wonder what The Pulp's got in his bag?

Pretty much all of the lobbyist should be tarred and feathered. If there's an honest one, someone speak up. Raise your hand or something. Frank Adderley who is as notorious as a criminal, still runs the cops. Lamberti hold his position another few years to clear his friends of any wrong-doing, even in the face of facts that would put the average Joe in the clink.

If I were to list all of the lawyers who should be incarcerated, this blog would wrap itself around the world once or twice. The entire court system is such as POS. Election's rigged, taxpayer money changing hands as transparent and in-your-face as can be..

Don't be fooled, bloggers. The people positioning themselves as "Cream Of The Crap" are grabbing money faster and more furious than ever, knowing it is all coming to an end. They are not afraid of the Inspector General coming in, who will be hand-picked by "them". It sounds like a comedy central spoof: Inspector Gadget, or something. Just another ruse to pretend they are acting in the citizen's interest. Great news on the Grand Jury. I didn't realize they were completely impotent. So why are we paying for their time? Don't the taxpayers have anything to say about how money is spent? I know, redundant.

Walter's tired of commenting for now. Walter is going to have a cold one and chill. To all of you who've been honest and decent this year, Happy New Year. To the rest, sleepin' ain't easy, is it? 2011 is looking to be a karmic year. You can tell by how tight some nooses are getting.

IN PULP WE TRUST. IN ALL ELSE, WE PRETTY MUCH DON'T

Former Functionary
Former Functionary

I’m among the lot of administrative employees in the Facilities and Construction Management Department that got axed earlier this year. Now I’m unemployed. But I have no hard feelings. The time I spent there was enjoyable. However, it was also a wake up call to all the faults government can create. Working under Michael Garretson was a pleasure and an honor. He was a good man, but like all professional bureaucrats he had his flaws. However, I don’t think he was corrupt like some try to insinuate. Keep in mind that he took over the Construction Department at a time when construction was booming and he was responsible for getting projects moving and completed. And that he did! He was a no-nonsense get things done type of boss. He made decisions quickly and logically because he had to. I think his biggest flaw was that he tried to please too many people. The new guy running the Construction Department, Tom Linder, is an arrogant former Navy sailor. He thinks that his former Navy career gives him a license to bully people. He tries to make it look as if he’s on top of his game, but he’s just as clueless as the other administrators. I saw him once in an auditorium in front of hundreds of pissed off parents and students make a complete ass out of himself. As the head of the Maintenance Department he was making a speech and gloating in front of a crowd about how he had repaired an auditorium ceiling grid but a couple minutes later was ridiculed by a high school student pointing at missing ceiling tiles right in front of his face. I have to admit that that day I kind of felt bad for the guy but I still had a good laugh.

While working at the School Board I observed rampant government corruption. I truly believe that the community needs to keep demanding that a grand jury investigation continues into the gross mismanagement that has caused the Broward School Board to teeter on financial ruin. The administrators at the top are either woefully ignorant or unhesitant liars. You can decide for yourself, I already know the answer. Accountability and frugality apparently have no meaning to most of the elected officials and salaried bureaucrats at any level of government, and especially at the School Board. And as they gorge themselves on the fruits of our labor (the taxpayers) and spend the economy into ruin, what are we the people going to be left with in the end? What is surprising is that I myself was a bureaucrat and fully enjoyed these fruits while they lasted.

Working for the School Board, was a wake up call on how prevalent government “subtle” corruption can be. See some examples below:

1. Falsifying documents: The Director of the Contracts Department was falsifying documents to favor certain Contractors when they came for review at the selection committees. He was editing and removing negative comments written by Project Managers which could dissuade committee members from voting for certain Contractors. No one wanted to do anything about it because they were too afraid of losing their jobs. It was brought up to some Board Members and top administrators who didn’t do anything about it because most of them were “in bed” with the same Contractors. These selection committees and their minions were using these methods to provide justifications as to why they kept hiring the same companies repeatedly.

2. Nepotism and Favoritism at the interview process: Interviews were conducted in front of panels of 3 to 4 Administrators. The candidates were made to believe that the interview process was impartial but what really happened was that a candidate had already been chosen ahead of time. That candidate was always from within the “machine”. The way the interviewers got around this “impartial” system was by using pencils (pencils have erasers) and after the candidates had left the room the scores were changed to favor the “friend” they wanted to promote. Incompetent people got promoted this way and are still employed. I pity the poor schmucks who came to interviews in the hope of getting hired at the Broward School Board for administrative positions. 9 times out of 10 they would miss out. And who would get hired? An incompetent bureaucratic who had been clawing his way up slowly to the top of the system. A large percentage of the administrative employees don’t even have degrees, or if they do they obtained them from “basket weaving” degree low tier Universities (i.e., Nova, Barry, St. Thomas, Phoenix, etc…).

3. Lying about degrees and qualifications: The Broward School Board has a written policy of asking for proof of college degrees or qualifications (i.e., licenses). You are permitted to submit unofficial college transcripts with your job application when you initially apply for a position. However, once a candidate gets hired he is never asked to follow up and provide official transcripts to the Broward School Board. The reason for this is because a large percentage of Administrators have lied about their college backgrounds or credentials and doctored their transcripts. This needs to be changed but the Administration refuses to go back and review people’s credentials because they know too well what would happen. They would have to fire a large percentage of their friends or family which are the one’s they try to keep. Try asking the Human Resources Department to provide you with proof of their Administrator’s college degrees and qualifications and you’ll be in for a surprise.

4. Administrators accepting gifts from Contractors: Some Administrators employed in the Facilities and Construction Management Department were accepting gifts given by Contractors for many years. In return, these same bureaucrats routinely pressured staff under their supervision to approve all sorts of financial documents including change orders for their preferred friends, these same Contractors.

5. Board Members pet projects: Board Members would routinely call administrators and request them to initiate pet projects. These projects got designed and eventually got scrapped because they were no longer feasible. Millions of dollars were wasted in this way. There are too many examples to enumerate. Go to the Records Division at the Facilities and Construction Management Department and you’ll find this information. Or ask to speak to former Project Managers.

A post in the Daily Pulp once said: “look a little deeper and you may find a continuing conspiracy of protectionism, cronyism, collusion that transcends a period of 20 years or more” at the Broward School Board”. I hope the examples above have shined some light on some of the irregularities I observed while working for the School Board. Best luck to you all who didn't get laid off and who are now in company of the “turd in the punchbowl”, for another year. I’m sorry to sound so gloomy but these are my views. The cuts that took place and that are going to continue taking place at the School Board and in all other governmental areas are in my opinion a welcome. We are in a depression and a depression in an economy is like a hard freeze in the winter; it kills off the parasites.

Googoo
Googoo

Pulp,

Totally different topic here, but I was hoping you could do some investigating & reporting on this issue, which could affect every single American who drives.

This link to a story today in the Sun Sentinel, explains how refusal to submit to a Breathalizer test if stopped by the cops, would lead to an on-the-spot, side-of-the-road FORCED BLOOD TEST.

You read that right...a person could be physically restrained, have a needle shoved into their arm & their blood taken, against their will, if they refuse to incriminate themselves.

I'm no lawyer (if anyone posting is one, please comment & enlighten us on this issue), but I can't believe that this activity could pass Consitutional muster.

Due process? Right to a trial? Invasion of personal privacy & physical person? Forced self-incrimination?

I can't believe that this kind of a Gestapo tactic could actually be employed in America, but apparently, it's already being done in some Florida counties!.

http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.co...

Fly on the Wall
Fly on the Wall

Good Point Hammerhead. Actually the Acting Building Official you are writing about had a two year technical degree from a school no longer open in Pittsburgh. The Board when they gave him the "acting" job gave him 3 years to get a bachelor's degree. He never enrolled in a class. He did not have a building code administrator's license to be an "acting" building official until the former Building Official Lee Martin certified he had supervised inspectors for 5 years, which it was only 3 years. He also lied on his application for State of Florida Building Code Administrator saying he worked in a community with less than 75,000 in population. The State allows building code administrators,ONLY IN COUNTIES WITH LESS THAN 75,000 TO OBTAIN A PROVISIONAL LICENSE WHICH ALLOWS THE INDIVIDUAL 3-5 YEARS TO GET A CERTIFIED LICENSE BY PASSING A TEST. The provisional license does not require a test, just certification from a licensed building code administrator. He ran the department as "Acting Building Official" for more than 3 years with that provisional license and hiring outsourced State of Florida LIcensed Building Code Administrators at the cost of more than $650 a day to sign for all of his permits and temporary certificates of occupancys and certificate of occupancies. Meanwhile, he was collecting over $100,000 a year. After he was found guilty of issuing building permits without a license, he was charged by the Department of Business and Professional regulations of violating state law for which he received a fine and community service. I belive he was also required to report to a probation officer. None of which he did. A warrant was issued more than a year prior to bringing him to court with an attorney. Excuses were made why he had not paid the fine or served the community service. He did finally get a State Certified Building Code Administrator's license prior to the arrest which was not suspended. The School Board allowed him to keep his position until 2 years ago when they hired the gentleman who worked for Don Singer Architects as a field rep and who testified in court that code intepretations were not black and white but gray and left up to interpretation by the individual inspector. At that time, they demoted him to Assistant Building Official, still collecting over $100,000 a year. In my opinion, the Department of Business and Professional Regulations were complicit in giving this individual a Provisional License especially when he was working and living in Broward County with a School Student population of 250,000. DBPR was notified early on regarding this situation and did nothing about it until the permits were issued when he had no license. This was caught by a School Board auditor.

unowho
unowho

Christy If you dont reply I am going to assume you are being harrassed by the same POS as Larryboy possibly MM3, Augusta and Df3 .....If that is not the situation have a Happy New Year and we will see you next year!!! ......And Happy New Year to the Pulparrazzi may we have many arrests this year including Neal Chambers and Sharon Sikes (murder of Tom Sikes Aug99)

Guest
Guest

Happy, Healthy & Honest New Year to All! Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

Wishing "All Good Things" for 2011

jad
jad

Have a happy and safe new year to Bob Norman, family, & all the pulpsters.

Do you think that any of officialdom is going to make some kind of resolution for the New Year? Or, are they just so entrenched in business as usual that they know better than to announce any resolve in their positions? What do you think will be the beliefs spouted by the likes of Al Lamberti, Michael Satz, or any of the failures in the community that (were and) are supposed to protect the taxpaying citizenry from criminals (like those narcissistic sociopaths & greed-mongers, seated in high places on the commissions, boards, committees, etc., peddled by the influential contract-agent Mitch Caesar)?

Would there be a carry-over from the Rothstein money thrown about all over Broward County and flung far-and-wide into so many campaign coffers, that Lamberti’s henchmen, Benjamin & Wheeler, might resolve to finish the business? Does the former Mutual Benefits big-wig, Joel Steinger, grant payola that continues to be unreported, wherein a resolution to hold onto more money may come about through a bankrupt court’s acceptance of an under-the-table done-deal?

And, what about the not so illustrious school board racket? Are resolutions like wishes? Maybe Notter will issue a resolve to protect himself from the glare of IRS agents in redoing about 5-years worth of back returns? Garretson’s tell-all does not prevent the feds looking over the books, even though (like Bernie Madoff’s scion, there was an added benefit in that estate taxes need not be paid). So, somebody in the chain for moola should make some form of resolution to keep it in the family. Ali Waldman’s bff, Kraft, and her close associate might want to decide to do single returns this year.

You know that Ritter & Klenet have to join that Krafty-Kraft motion -- what with all of the money spent from her campaign funds after she had been all but elected (when not one soul ran against her). Would those be IRS troubles or a case of money laundering, under federal law or the State statutes of Chapter 896, F.S.? How would Klenet register the luxuries that he has enjoyed in vacationing in various locales with (Mutual Benefits honcho Joel Steinger) John Canada, the former CFO of broward-town’s financial arrangements, in George Platt’s North Carolina digs, at Jim Blosser’s Manchester, Vermont vacation retreat, or visiting Ron Book’s getaway. The Wasserman-Rubin to Michaelson connection to the county and many municipalities and pension payment problems need some form of resolution, too.

Another county commissioner, Keechl, should jump aboard that train also (but, be ever so careful that Karnack is not the engineer). Neither he nor his playmate are looking good in regards to that campaign money paying an exorbitant rental to a shared (rented to another at the same time) office space they owned or with that H.O.M.E.S. gain in their bank accounts. They may have some ‘splainin’ to do about that non-profit (that appears to have been specifically set up by Keechl’s former law firm, which planned establishment of status would avoid payment of corporate income tax and make it possible for the paid “help” to have a larger kitty) because it does such charitable work in fattening the bank accounts of certain of its board members. A resolution to do more charity work does not seem to cut it this year. Maybe one of the pulpster’s can come up with a resolution that suits the former Mayor of broward-town.

Lots and lots of city contracts (or, should I say, loss of contracts) have to be examined. Just because no contract was signed to prove that money was being delivered does not mean that contract agents and those known to be city-employed did not rake in the dough. Sam Goren (and many others performing contracted services) may not have jumped ship on-time, and he may want to set a resolve to not want to be aboard the Titanic with so many (who will share a certain fate) when it eventually goes down. Another former Mutual Benefits lawyer (like Ken Keechl), Anthony Livoti, joined with another private practice lawyer that was making money from the court system, as a public defender for Broward County and several municipalities, without the benefit of a signed contract. It seems that most of that money was not factored into the accounting when the tax preparers finalized the forms. What are the odds that so many in broward-town merely “forgot” about those payments, due to the fact that there were no signed contracts to prove that they were getting paid from tax dollars and State funding? Do you think your Uncle Sam at the federal level would be as blind and as generous as State and county employees, in overlooking those returns, when so many of the little people get dunned all of the time and pay up (the tax, plus penalties & interest)? Do you believe that a resolution can be made by these persons that would involve the judiciary, since one of the contract-agents that never signed a contract and does not show money being made will become a Judge in January. It could be a protective resolution for a self-described honest man, like one that would benefit Judge Larry Seidlin and the amounts of money he made without any contract to reveal the extra value that should have been claimed on his tax returns.

And, how were those “change orders” paid for those “cost overruns” for government projects? Did they fall by the wayside with emergency resolutions? If so, those emergency resolutions seem awfully protective, although the protection money to remain quiet may not make paid ignorance worth it any longer. How many upgrades were done in the same way as done by Mutual Benefits for a sitting commissioner? In the case of the Mutual Benefits beneficiary, the tax forms had to be revisited and revised to pay the tax (after-the-fact) on what had been “forgotten” to be claimed. (It makes you wonder, PlayItAgainSam and Fly on the Wall, how State Attorney Michael Satz’s law-and-order guys for the job, Countryman & Countryman’s fun-pal Hanlon, had it in for Ken Jenne when reaping a benefit from the Procacci brothers, while overlooking the same offenses from GL Homes benefited by Davie’s Susan Starkey and so many, many, many other government figures and public servants.) What type of resolution will they be making?

Let’s not forget the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office. Do you think the feds have been researching just who has been given a green light as a non-profit or newly manufactured church to avoid the payment of ad valorem taxes and also be able to claim an Eddie Kahn exemption? Can you say Wesley Snipes? Yipes!!! Double yipes!!!!!! Or, is that penalties paid with treble damages? So, I guess you should make that triple yipes!!!!!!!!! Lori Parrish, the former school board member and county commissioner (married to a circuit court judge here in broward-town) is going to have to revisit those deeds. I hear Sue’s son, Ron (Gunzburger) has been looking at making a run against Michael Satz for that State Attorney’s Office, in 2012. Do you think that his expertise as an employee of the property appraiser’s office will help in finding and piecing together all of those records? I think I know what Sue Gunzburger’s resolution for her son will be.

Since the feds have made a base here, you know that once they found out that the good ole boy network seemed tighter than a drum, that one of those Elliot Ness type accountants would figure out an in to the enterprise. Thus, the year will start off slowly, but once in motion (like a chugging train being pushed with a lot of weight), won’t be able to be halted. There are going to be people taken down who thought that they were safe or that too much time has gone by to open up an investigation that would pull them in. Moreover, that IRS investigation seems to be a fly in the ointment. And, if there are those constitutional officers who want the history of broward-town to go lightly on their legacy, they should do something to alleviate the stain on their names -- and come clean NOW (to spare us taxpayers the expense of a prolonged investigation that is duty bound to ensnare them). So, Michael Satz and Al Lamberti -- what are your resolutions going to be?

LolaB
LolaB

Oh dear....Missy Ritter lost her neck with this new haircut. Perhaps she simply never had one? Whoever "styled" her new look, either was conspiring against her or had no clue of what she was doing.... What a disaster.

Christy
Christy

Happy New Year Pulp and Pulpsters, Take over for me for awhile... Need to join MMIII and LarryBoy.

TheNomdeGuerre
TheNomdeGuerre

I don't expect Bob, unlike Elgin, to do much reporting on anything else that doesn't 'push' Bob town his own outlet.

AROUND SOUTH FLORIDA with Elgin Jones 12-30-10 Thursday, December 30, 2010 11:46:22 PM

FEBRUARYMiami-Dade County releases a scathing audit of Homestead’s Community Redevelopment Agency’s operations. Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy Sarah Ann Thompson is charged with buying pain killers from an informant. Community advocate Chaz Stevens succeeds in getting Deerfield Beach commissioners to hire forensic auditing firm Kessler International to probe several city operations. Miami officials announce the city is nearly bankrupt. Gov. Charlie Crist appoints Clarence V. McKee to the board of the North Broward Hospital District.

TheNomdeGuerre
TheNomdeGuerre

You know, I don't expect this item to make the list -errnt ince C

Billy_Delions
Billy_Delions

What is the percentage of the other large school district superintendents that possess the advanced doctoral degree that Mr. Notter was requested to attain as a condition of his employ as the top official at the School Board? It is my understanding that Mr. Notter has yet to complete the necessary educational requirements that were part of the promotion. Why is the superintendent of the sixth largest school district in the country allowed to ignore the requirements of the position? This man admonished the teachers union for lax accountability and under qualified teachers, yet he is still lacking the educational credentials that were a component of his promotion to the job of superintendent. Way to lead by example Don Jimmy!!!!“Your Tax Dollars At Work”

socalgal
socalgal

Happy New Year Pulpsters! Left the blog for several weeks (trying to keep dry here) and just checking back in. Happy 2011-socalgal

Guest
Guest

Notter is just as corrupt as Kraft in this matter. It's so obvious he's a liar. He's been ineffective in other areas as well. He should have suspended JenJen when those e-mails came out about the fling with the banker she met at the school board event. I wouldn't be surprised if he were paid off (or expected some payoff) by the Chaits as well. If given the opportunity it looks like they'd all have their hands in the till. What a bunch of thieving bastards!

Anon33024
Anon33024

Happy New Year, Virgil. I'm always reminded of your character in Take The Money And Run. If Woody had written Virgil to be from the Broward County professional pool, he probably would have had to change the movie title to "Take The Money And We Don't Run". We just keep sucking the taxpayer's dry, flip 'em the bird with one hand while they stealing their wallets with the other.

Shelby
Shelby

A Toast to you Virgil.. May you Live Long & Prosper

Freaks
Freaks

On behalf of all freaks, we'll do our best!

Inquiring Mind
Inquiring Mind

On the last day of the year, it seems appropriate to post for posterity a couple of questions and observations say some of us still haven't forgotten. So, why haven't the other equity partners at RRA been arrested / disbarred ? Certainly , name partners Rosenfeld and Adler, but also Steve Lippman, Denis Kleinfeld and Carl Linder may have been complicit. If there is money still missing, these guys would know if it found a home offshore and these were the offshore experts. Of course, if the blogs are correct that perhaps there is a chunk of mob money ( US, Italian, Russian, Israeli, your choice ) also missing, Scott's fomrer partners should be pushing each other aside to be first in line to draw the treasure map. It also appears that Rothstein did in fact meet with Obama immediately prior to the Morocco flight. Why hasn't anyone ( Pulp included ) bothered to pick up this hot potato ? Sure most Pulpsters are dyed in the wool Dems, but really how could this and Rothstein's sudden contributions to Dem campaigns just be coincidence ? Could the Feds be soft shoeing as well ? It's been well documented Rothstein didn't the attention span or technical expertise to design and implement what transpired. So when are the henchmen going to get hauled in ?

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Forced blood tests have already been legal in the State of Florida for those cases where "serious bodily injury" occurred in an accident. There were fourth and fifth amendment challenges to this statute, but they were all defeated, the rationale being that forcibly drawing blood is not considered a traditional "search and seizure" under the 4th amendment, which was originally meant to protect our documents and property from unlawful intrusion, and it does not violate the 5th amendment right against self-incrimination because a forced bloow draw is not considered "testimonial", which is precisely what the 5th amendment was designed to protect against.

I am not an licensed attorney, but I did stay in a Holiday Inn last night, which qualified me to make partner at RRA.

P.S. I am unaware of whether a forced blood draw would--or has--passed consitutional muster in those cases where there was no serious bodily injury in an accident, but I suspect it will because the U.S. has been headed down a slippery slope towards fascism. This is not some crazy rhetoric. It is an opinion supported by numerous historical events. And the recent Supreme Court decision in Citizens United will expedite the final transition to a fascist government, in the same mold as Mussolini's Italy.

Death Frog 3
Death Frog 3

Vero Beach PD regularly has judges sign search warrants for blood tests when you refuse a breath test.

Christy
Christy

No harassing , just business overseas to attend to Be back after the 10th

Happy new year!

Unowhooey
Unowhooey

Maybe Christy has finally got a life. If so I say congratulations to her.

Picklez7
Picklez7

Karnack says all good stuff Jad. Karnack says there is only one train in town and Karnack is not the engineer. Karnack says that train left the station years ago. Karnack foretold there was no way to stop it. Karnack says Jad should share all of his wonderful knowledge with train staff and maybe then he would get his new year’s wish. Karnack says if not then Jad just part of the grease that has allowed the machine run smooth.

Karnack foretold that Don Jimmy should be careful what he asked for when the Big Cheese and her newly formed coalition bestowed upon him the superintendent’s position. Karnack foretold Don Jimmy would oversee the worst times in School Board history. Karnack says something to think about, did the Big Cheese need Horseface out of the way because he was seeking a bond issue at the same time the Chaits and their new employee Mr. Cheese are trying to get a 500k break from the district. Karnack says it would have been tough for Horseface to bring an item on his agenda giving a developer a 500k gift while asking the public to fork over more tax dollars. Karnack says if that is true then what did an unqualified Don Jimmy have to promise the Big Cheese to become superintendent. Karnack says hhhhmmmmmmmmm, Karnack smells something fishy. Karnack says smell like rotten squid. Squid pro quo that is.

Karnack wants to wish everyone in Pulpland and especially the Pulp man himself a safe and happy new year. Karnack sees a very orange 2011. Karnack says hop on board the train Jad. Karnack says the train goes clickity clack, clickity clack, clickity clack.

nobody
nobody

If you don't have a long neck you should avoid turtlenecks. It's the turtleneck not the hair.

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Gay hairdressers and fashion designers purposely make women look ugly. After all, they are competing for the same men's attention.

unowho
unowho

Someone harrassing you Christy???

IrvingFeiner
IrvingFeiner

Go away. Promote, promote, promote yourself to death, but you are still unemployable, living with mom (nice of you to give kudos to her though), riding the bus.

Fortunately, thanks to Darwin's theories in practice in the real world, you have not, and likely will not ever reproduce, despite being well endowed.

On this holiday weekend, filled with friends and family for most, why dont you quietly go off and enjoy your geriatric gay male porn.

Just sayin...

Go Dolphins

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

Sorry. That was a test that I was unable to erase. Disquis went a little kerflooey for me.

Hammerhead
Hammerhead

Just like the building official who was given a job he was not qualified for or met the minimum requirements described in the job description. The school board has a history of bypassing the requirements when they want to install a puppet. That is why it is good to stock the position of HR Superintendent with someone who is flexible enough to do whatever is asked of them...even if it is unethical or does not comply with contract language.

Mitty
Mitty

Happy New Year, socalgal. Always thought you were writing a book about this cesspool we live in.

Red Sonja
Red Sonja

Can they use that blood sample for DNA further along in a case? Or use that DNA to keep on file?

Googoo
Googoo

@Virgil, thank you so much for your input! I hope someone who IS an attorney will add more to this issue, since they are able to cite legal precedent & have more direct knowledge on this issue, than we lay-folk.

Honestly, I do not condone drunk driving, but drunk driving is not at all what this issue is about - it's clearly about trampling on the Constitutional rights of Americans against a number of civil rights.

The old "trade your liberty for some supposed security" argument the gov't likes to make, to erode our rights & expand control over more & more areas of our lives.

I think it is truly frightening to think that an individual could be physically forced to submit to having a needle stuck in their arm, because they refuse to consent to incriminate themselves.

The cops can stop any of us, for even the flimsiest of reasons, demand that we take a Breathalizer test, again for the flimsiest of reasons, if any at all, & if we refuse, FORCE us to have a needle stuck in our arms, right there on the road, then be arrested, "convicted" (without due process), & jailed.

I mean, really, Hitler & Stalin would be ecstatic over this.

I visited the ACLU's website, www.aclu.org, but could find nothing there specifically referencing this particular issue.

However, any of us can contact the FL ACLU at aclufl@aclufl.org & ask that they investigate, or possibly even mount a legal challenge on Consitutional grounds. I hope we will all take that action.

I plan to send the link to them in an email & ask for a reply & assistance.

AnyOneOfUs
AnyOneOfUs

It seems you finally realized that if you keep your profile secret from Disqus that you could not be tracked down, and therefore, here you are again. Nonetheless, welcome!

Anonomyte
Anonomyte

Hi DF3, Glad to see you are on board again.

BumFarto
BumFarto

If anyone has the time, I wrote an outline for the obvious SBBC novel and have a working title, Dying to Teach. The whistle-blower protagonist is murdered in the end.

socalgal
socalgal

Yes, it sure would be a good book! It is true that real life stranger than fiction.

Googoo
Googoo

@ Goldilocks: No, I have not ever been charged with anything, I never ever drink & drive. My concern here is the protection of OUR guaranteed constitutional rights as American citizens, against out of control law enforcement, roadside kangaroo courts, unsterilized needles being jammed in our arms against our will, etc.

Thank you, I will direct a 2nd email to Randall Marshall @ the ACLU.

@AOL: I think you missed the point. I don't have a constitutional right to drive a car, driving is a privilege granted by a state-issued license. That wasn't the argument.

HOWEVER...I do not forfeit my constitutional rights in order to drive. Right to due process, right to be protected from illegal search & seizure, right against self-incrimination & other civil rights we all have guaranteed to us, is the issue here.

@ Red Sonja: very good point, I'm sure that once they have your blood sample, they're free to do anything with it they like, including storing it indefinitely & entering it into any number of databases, local, state & national (maybe even international, who knows?!). Yet another facet to this issue..and yeah, how do we know any needle used is sterilized?

Still waiting for a poster to identify themselves as an attorney, who can shed some legal expertise on this issue & our rights.

Goldilocks
Goldilocks

RE: ACLU ... the person you want to speak with is Randall Marshall, who heads up legal functions for the state.

While I cannot speak for them, I can surmise that a) they will consider cases where you have "standing" ... Have you been pulled over, refused the Breathalizer and had blood taken? Do you have a case against the state for so doing? b) most cases they take on are usually limited to 1st Amendment issues. It's as though the rest of the Constitution does not exist. And it's a shame.

One additional issue that comes to my mind, besides the ones all of you already cited (due process, search & seizure, self incrimination), is pure health and safety. They would extract blood from me WITH WHAT? Some anticeptic needle they have quaranteened and sterilized to ensure my safety? Ha!

If I don't get another opportunity to say so: Here's to a happy and healthy 2011 to you all. And, may the discourse and muckraking lead to a massive cleanup in this fair town.

Aol
Aol

just as an FYI, you have no constitutional right to drive a car. A drivers license is actually an agreement whereas you have agreed to abide by the written driving codes and submit to alcohol/drug testing......I know, the fathers of the constitution kicked it around for hours before they decided, fuck it, I don't want to have drunks of my roads....damn,be thankful it is only a blood test, Crazy Ed told me he got stopped and they did a rectal and prostrate exam on him, he wasn't sure if it was a cop or not but he drives really erratic in the same area every day, hoping to get stopped again.....Lil M basically won't fuckin cooperate with anyone, he keeps saying he got the shelf life of milk, so why bother!

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