"Miss Gottlieb, YOU Are the Distraction"

We all knew that Broward Commissioner Ilene Lieberman -- once perhaps the most powerful woman in the county -- disappeared for a few months, missing commission meeting after commission meeting without explanation.  

After weeks of questions, Lieberman claimed her AWOL status was due to a health problem. Then we found out that she had been testifying against her former friend, then-Tamarac Mayor Beth Talabisco, in a criminal corruption case in which Lieberman herself plays a key role.

But the extent of the hooky she played while collecting her $90,000-plus public salary is pretty staggering. The county's visitor lists reveal that from December 10 through March 30, Lieberman had only five days when she met with anyone (Mitch Ceasar, Ron Greenstein, and John Milledge among them) at County Hall. That's five days working in the office during a period of 16 weeks. 

Try that one in your job and see how long you last. 

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Gottlieb with outgoing Supt. Jim Notter
​All of her colleagues on the commission, thankfully, had many times more meetings, some of them on a near-daily basis. 

-- Broward County schools building inspector Michael Marchetti has long been appalled at the influence of lobbyists and contractors -- and their proxies, the School Board members themselves -- on school district staff in the building department.

Marchetti has shed more light on the rampant corruption at the district than perhaps any other employee. The grand jury report wouldn't have been the same without him -- and the board would have dodged a lot of heat if he hadn't been there to document their transgressions. 

So it's understandable that he's not pleased that two of the holdovers from the old very bad board -- Jennifer Gottlieb and Ann Murray -- are leading a charge to privatize the facilities and construction department where he works. The two largely discredited politicians are trying to flip the script and blame staff for the systemic corruption that originates between board members and the lobbyists and contractors who fund their campaigns. 

At yesterday's board meeting, Marchetti confronted the board and had his Al Pacino "I'm out of order? You're out of order!" moment. See the powerful video inside. 

The School Board went on to vote unanimously to explore the idea of privatizing the building department -- though Gottlieb, who is leading the charge on the issue, is avoiding the "P-word," as new School Board member David Thomas called it. Instead, she used the euphemism "separate." 

UPDATED: After the meeting, a Sun-Sentinel reporter asked Gottlieb about Marchetti's speech. Here's what was reported: 

Gottlieb said after the meeting that she disagreed with Marchetti's assessment of the board, and said current members weren't the ones overstepping their bounds. 

"Those days are behind us," she said.

Funny, Gottlieb herself is a current board member who was singled out for particularly harsh criticism by the grand jury report for interfering with staff on behalf of her own unneeded pet school in Hollywood, the $25 million Beachside Village Montessori. But I guess bringing that up would be another distraction.

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kd
kd

Apparently she's more of a "work at home" commissioner.

Rickgreen33351
Rickgreen33351

The Grand Jury spelled it out and if you missed it Notter was a negotiated move to buy time from the state for the District to get its' house in order!

Gottlieb, Murray, and Bartleman are a HUGE part of the problem and have not learned a dam thing from the past. We all know they are part of the old Board and their New Deal program is nothing more than a ploy to divert attention away from the mess they caused. The Facilities construction etc was not the problem. They received their marching orders from the BOARD. Facilities members blew the whistle on the improprieties and they were ignored and now Gottlieb, Murray, and Bartleman want to kill the whole department.

Murray wants to privatize not for efficiency but for personal reasons. Murray already got caught with her hand in the campaign cookie jar. How does a low-life transportation supervisor become a Board member anyway? What were the voters thinking? Well she and the other will be voted out or led out in handcuffs. Listening to her white trailer-trash voice rates right up there with screaming cats and fingernails drawn over the chalkboard. Jennifer is not a real objective source either with her Montessori School pet project and her version of sex N the City Jen Jen bank romance connection. If they can make that dept go away so do those who know the truth.

Robin has lost her way, out of touch, and like Homer Simpson, was asleep at the switch when the mess hit the fan. She is a flip flopper Notter puppet playing to public opinion while diverting attention away by meddling again. You just can't fix stupid. She wants support personnel to become the sacrificial lambs of her latest political ploy. Had she and the rest of that useless board been responsible and competent, mass firings and selling short students futures would not have ever happened. One more time for public-- The economic public education crisis is because irresponsible board members spent the public school system into the poor house.Their solution is fire everybody in the house, take no-responsibility, and blame the whistle blowers.

We look forward to objective leadership. So far it appears that the old board is spin doctoring the Grand Juries' findings by distracting public opinion. The old order is scapegoating Facilities with privatization payback as means to show change and save their own political hides. Reorganize and build additional oversight is a common sense approach. The contractors ran a limited game with oversight via Board meddling until Facilities blew the whistle. Doing away with facilities leaves contractors in charge of the hen-house with little to no oversight and dozens of other reasons that comprehensive study should reveal. A careful financial analysis will clearly define the cost of privatization is way more expensive with little check and balances.

If the district sold BECON and realigned their employees back to the district, you could net $100 million to district coffers, probably more! The wireless licenses would be sold or auctioned for huge dollars, broadcast equipment, site transmitters, and little used production truck. As a teacher there is no time to watch that station, it is worthless to us. The Board meetings can be streamed over the net. The sale could float the district long enough till the economy comes back to life. The cost to maintain that dinosaur is something most districts sold off. If your house is in foreclosure you sell the yacht first !

R33351

Walshrobert38@yahoo.com
Walshrobert38@yahoo.com

We all know who the distractions are and Mr.Marchetti is right on the money. speaking of Mr.marchetti and money how much is he going to get w/ his whistle-blower case as you report here? I understand that you get some reward(which I don't necessarily agree with) when you bring these like this to the authorties. As far as your comments about Comm.Lieberman(again) whats the story since you seem to report on just about everything Bob in regards to if comm.lieberman has been given immunity. Did she get it or didn't she? I again will repeat i think the Ast.(Stracher) got lucky here(immunity) while her collegues are getting thrown to the dogs(lieberman,talalbisco). As you reported Mr.Norman Stracher was talabisco's campaign manger so that alone tells me that she knew exactly who was given to Talabisco's campaign. In other words Mrs.Stracher knew the Chaits where going to give Talabisco contributions($$$) and what they expected from it. Now by getting immunity yes she is sleeping fine but she still is slimy for not being truthful w/ Talabisco. And as far as Lieberman staying away from the dais due to health issues is simply bs.They all deserve each other, although if Talabisco plays her cards right she needs to expose Stracher and her actions as her campain manager. Not over yet. find out if Lieberman has been given immunity since you seem to have all the contacts.

City Activist Robert Walsh
City Activist Robert Walsh

We all know who the distractions are and Mr.Marchetti is right on the money. speaking of Mr.marchetti and money how much is he going to get w/ his whistle-blower case as you report here? I understand that you get some reward(which I don't necessarily agree with) when you bring these like this to the authorties. As far as your comments about Comm.Lieberman(again) whats the story since you seem to report on just about everything Bob in regards to if comm.lieberman has been given immunity. Did she get it or didn't she? I again will repeat i think the Ast.(Stracher) got lucky here(immunity) while her collegues are getting thrown to the dogs(lieberman,talalbisco). As you reported Mr.Norman Stracher was talabisco's campaign manger so that alone tells me that she knew exactly who was given to Talabisco's campaign. In other words Mrs.Stracher knew the Chaits where going to give Talabisco contributions($$$) and what they expected from it. Now by getting immunity yes she is sleeping fine but she still is slimy for not being truthful w/ Talabisco. And as far as Lieberman staying away from the dais due to health issues is simply bs.They all deserve each other, although if Talabisco plays her cards right she needs to expose Stracher and her actions as her campain manager. Not over yet. find out if Lieberman has been given immunity since you seem to have all the contacts.

City activist Robert walsh
City activist Robert walsh

We all know who the distractions are and Mr.Marchetti is right on the money. speaking of Mr.marchetti and money how much is he going to get w/ his whistle-blower case as you report here? I understand that you get some reward(which I don't necessarily agree with) when you bring these like this to the authorties. As far as your comments about Comm.Lieberman(again) whats the story since you seem to report on just about everything Bob in regards to if comm.lieberman has been given immunity. Did she get it or didn't she? I again will repeat i think the Ast.(Stracher) got lucky here(immunity) while her collegues are getting thrown to the dogs(lieberman,talalbisco). As you reported Mr.Norman Stracher was talabisco's campaign manger so that alone tells me that she knew exactly who was given to Talabisco's campaign. In other words Mrs.Stracher knew the Chaits where going to give Talabisco contributions($$$) and what they expected from it. Now by getting immunity yes she is sleeping fine but she still is slimy for not being truthful w/ Talabisco. And as far as Lieberman staying away from the dais due to health issues is simply bs.They all deserve each other, although if Talabisco plays her cards right she needs to expose Stracher and her actions as her campain manager. Not over yet. find out if Lieberman has been given immunity since you seem to have all the contacts.

City Activist Robert walsh
City Activist Robert walsh

We all know who the distractions are and Mr.Marchetti is right on the money. speaking of Mr.marchetti and money how much is he going to get w/ his whistle-blower case as you report here? I understand that you get some reward(which I don't necessarily agree with) when you bring these like this to the authorties. As far as your comments about Comm.Lieberman(again) whats the story since you seem to report on just about everything Bob in regards to if comm.lieberman has been given immunity. Did she get it or didn't she? I again will repeat i think the Ast.(Stracher) got lucky here(immunity) while her collegues are getting thrown to the dogs(lieberman,talalbisco). As you reported Mr.Norman Stracher was talabisco's campaign manger so that alone tells me that she knew exactly who was given to Talabisco's campaign. In other words Mrs.Stracher knew the Chaits where going to give Talabisco contributions($$$) and what they expected from it. Now by getting immunity yes she is sleeping fine but she still is slimy for not being truthful w/ Talabisco. And as far as Lieberman staying away from the dais due to health issues is simply bs.They all deserve each other, although if Talabisco plays her cards right she needs to expose Stracher and her actions as her campain manager. Not over yet. find out if Lieberman has been given immunity since you seem to have all the contacts.

Laid off PM
Laid off PM

Michael Marchetti is a true citizen for having the balls to go stand up in front of the Broward School Board and tell them in their faces that they're a bunch of corrupt and inept bastards. And he does this while still working for these pieces of shit. I for myself was laid off last year from the Facilities Department because these "whores", that we call Board Members, decided to get rid of me and many other professionals after having gone on a construction spending binge during the last 5 years. As I've said before, in China corrupt officials get a bullet behind the head and their families get the bill for the cost of the bullet; in the USA corrupt officials piss on their citizens and stay in power. It's time for a Fu&@%*g revolution. People need to stop acting like sheep…

Rich Hert9
Rich Hert9

Guess what my kid goes there! What you are suggesting is that only "White" " Rich" kids goes there? Hum I take a personal affront to that suggestion! I am neither rich or white! Perhaps your just "Green" with envy! LMAO

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

Charlie Sheen and Miley Cyrus are following each other on twitter

Rich Hert9
Rich Hert9

If Beachside Montessori is such a disater????????????? Then can someone please explain to me why there is a waiting list???????????????

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

Maybe before these ass holes even vote for contractors (before the board even names bidders or potential picks), someone should address the board and list the names of the usual suspects -- basically, make a record that even the informed public knows who is sponsoring these pricks before they even name them. Then the bids and/or potential picks will match the disclosures and further demonstrate that there is a "pay to play" mentality corrupting the board.

unowho
unowho

We should nickname him "Mr Machette" ......."Off With Their Heads" ......But than we would still get the same results!!!

Charlene Rebecca Blackwood
Charlene Rebecca Blackwood

Has anyone on the School Board realized that their Building Inspectors do not just inspect for code violations but are required to inspect for compliance to the contract documents including drawings and specifications. County and municipal inspectors do not inspect for compliance to contract documents. This requirement is not in the State Statutes and therefore not included in their responsibilities. The School Board's inspector requirement was put in place to protect the District from substitution of materials by subcontractors and contractors that are less than what was specified in the drawings and specifications. This would allow the contractor to control the project and put more money in their pockets. I have seen it in the substitution of hollow core non rated doors for fire rated solid core doors in several schools. I have seen it in lighting fixtures. I have seen in landscaping plants and grass. We are talking hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It is my understanding the job description for inspectors is being rewritten. Will it again include allowing individuals who never performed inspections to become provisional inspectors and will it remove the responsibility of inspecting for compliance to contract documents and specifications? The current Building Official is writing this new job description. One of the same individuals who continued to write Temporary Certificates of Occupancys with Life Safety code violations. Now, Certificates of Occupancys are being issued with those same Life Safety code violations being listed in the punchlists.

It will cost the District more money to outsource. Remember, those municipal and county inspectors receive benefits, too, including retirement. The issue is not in the functioning of the School Board's Building Department; it is the issue of the selection, with the administrator's and the Superintendent's approval, of the Building Official and what the administrators and the Superintendent demand of that individual to have the job. Unless all of the staff in the Building Department elect to defend their licenses and stand up against the demands of the School Board to open schools no matter what the laws say about life safety, there is no hope of changing the mindset of the Building Department. Outsourcing will also mean that the entity receiving the contract is more concerned about keeping the contract then enforcing building codes. Initially, Broward County inspectors could not even pass public school inspection certifications because they have never been responsible for public school inspections or are familiar with their design requirements. Municipalities are in the same boat. The Board is hoping this will just go away if they outsource. Look at the PBSJ fiasco that was outsourced in 2007 where over $700,000 was paid for inspectors without the proper licenses, failed inspections that were not reinspected and inspections that were never performed. The responsibility of this fiasco was the Temporary Building Official Ron Morgan, not the inspectors in the School Board's Building Department. I spoke before the School Board in 2000 when Diana Wasserman Rubin promoted outsourcing the inspections and plan review duties of the Building Department and it was approved by the Board. This was just 2 years after the Board approved increasing the number of in house staff to handle all of these duties, which never happened. At that time, Rubin was promoting the same architectural firm that was the architectural firm at South Broward High School that was later sued by the District in the 4 hour wall fiasco. Those contracts are still in place at $1 million dollars a year for each firm for 3 years. PBS&J was one of those firms. After that Board Meeting, I was told I would never be allowed to speak before the Board on behalf of the Building Department because I went against Mrs. Rubin's wishes.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

I do want to comment about one other thing related to this...

Every morning I check all of the "news" sites the SS, the Herald each of the TV sites, Not one of them wrote about this. Even if you dont want to take Marchetti's side it's news to have a BCS Manager point his finger at the School Board and call them out.

All of the news is about Miriam Oliphant. While a great example of what's wrong at BCS is not nearly as newsworthy as this... AND IT HAPPENED AT THE SAME MEETING! The reporters were already there!

Shame on you, reporters.

Sarafade12
Sarafade12

I blame this whole mess on the f ing lawyers. Jen G is a lawyer too, so there you go. One time I was at my lawyers office and when he got on the phone I took his expensive pen off his table and went to the toliet. I shoved his pen all the way up my ass and then put it back on his desk. Every time that shithead picked up his pen he got my poop on his hand. There you go. That's how I roll.

just me
just me

Wow! Marchetti is my hero!!!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

What is contained in that video just gave me the goose bumps. Marchetti is a true hero. He stands up to the "machine" at risk to himself and his carreer. He is 100% correct also.

Hat tip to you sir....

I wrote a previous post about the flaws of the privatization of the departments. Wait until we see who conducts the study and who bids. This will be like the line-up in the Usual Suspects,

Moss Construction as McManusPirtle Contruction as HockneyAdvanced Roofing as FensterCalvin Giordano as Keaton********AND*********Neil Sterling as Verbal Kint AKA Keyser Soze

To all of us: "Give me the keys (To the school board check book) you fucking cock sucker"

Steve-O
Steve-O

If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a flame-thrower to this place!!

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

I think we just found someone actually capable of running the School Board with some integrity and balls...

Hat tip to Marchetti --

Nucky Thompson
Nucky Thompson

Speaking of Evil Women I see that Stacy Ritter has filed her papers for re-election . Judging by the very flattering photo on his web site I guess Buddy Nevins is backing her . Quite frankly I would prefer any Porth in a storm right now.

http://www.browardbeat.com/sta...

Finally it would be remiss of me not to congratulate Kenny G on his upcoming appointment as DNC Chairman.

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

EconomicProf
EconomicProf

JenJen doesn't look good in that picture.what the hell is with that hairdo.Are there any naked pictures of her floating around?

Wood Shed
Wood Shed

The only thing missing in his statement is Gladys Wilson wanting to take them behind the wood shed give them a beating. Which is what all of us taxpayers should do to Notter and the board members.

Randomthoughts101
Randomthoughts101

I think Lieberman will be gone soon. After her husband got that job working for Chait, the writng was on the wall.

Extra Info
Extra Info

The fact that your kid goes there explains your comments and point of view . . . is there any support for the school from politicians or parents who DON'T send their kids there??

unowho
unowho

Charlie is gunna end up with an "achy breaky head" ya'll

PP
PP

Yes there is a waiting list. Just goes to show you who's got the big bucks

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

Let me see if I can explain it: Other schools in the area are under-enrolled. The Montessori Method could have been applied in THOSE schools. The savings???

The cost of the land purchase, demolition of surrounding buildings, and construction of a new, (unneeded), school.

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

Sure I'll take a stab at this one too.

The reason the school is a disaster (as you put it) is this. It was not needed and a luxury school for politicians.

The school has a waiting list because those in the neighborhood the school was built in didn't get accepted. Those who got accepted were political insiders and people who paid 180 bucks a week to put their kids in the pre-school.

I have no problem with paying for private school (I do it). What is wrong is they took away a park that neighborhood kids used and replaced it with a school they can never get into.

It is a slap in the eye of that neighborhood. That neighborhood is an ethnically diverse lower middle class neighborhood in which they "bus" in rich white kids in volvo's mercede's and lexus' I am all for enjoying your success but not on the backs of the neighborhood kids that were already there. Send your kids to U School, NBP, Nativity, etc...

Just an FYI we spent 30 Million on a building plus operating expenses on a school that studies showed didn't need to be built so that Jen Jen didn't have to leave Hollywood to take her kids to school. The Mayor of Hollywood has his kids there too.

Eduardo Especial
Eduardo Especial

Jen-Jen is not an attorney. She has a bachelor degree from Nova Four Year Community College University, period.

gimmesamore
gimmesamore

You are a fucking nut job. I don't know what's worse -- that you stuck an attorneys pen up your ass or that you are dumb enough to be proud of that action...

There are dishonest people in every profession. If you are too stupid to undertand that concept, go stick something bigger up your ass.

Patti Lynn
Patti Lynn

DF3...

Thank goodness that I am able to agree with you again!!

Scarfo
Scarfo

You have a sardonic wit my friend.PS when is Boardwalk coming back on. I will be thinking of you when I watch it from now on.

ComputerGuy
ComputerGuy

So you are saying that a person who's kids go to that school cannot and should not defend the school from people like you who have all the right so say whatever founded or unfounded they can think up. We therefore are not able to stay objective. But, someone who was too lazy to apply, or didn't win the lottery, or has no kids and therefore feels any money spent on schools is waste of his/hers taxpayer dollars, or has other axes to grind - IS THE ONLY AUTHORITY TO SPEW ON THIS ISSUE?

Sushi2
Sushi2

And many Dr. Friends of Jen Jen. The one Dr. Is to cheap to send his kids to private. And wifey will miss morning yoga to drive her kids to private .But they scored. Friends with the fake blonde dummy!

sentinel
sentinel

I'll bet you're NOT Patti Lynn.

unowho
unowho

Parland Man is an arse- inist too!!!

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