Joy Cooper Confronts Audience at Hallandale Beach Puppy Store Hearing (VIDEO)

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So, the Hallandale Beach City Commission passed on first reading an ordinance to severely restrict the sale of puppies and kittens in pet stores by requiring a "certificate of source" for each animal sold.

The final vote is on April 18.

Now, to what you really want to know: how Mayor Joy Cooper handled the crowd of animal activists at said meeting. Oh yeah, there's video.



This is a short video shot by an audience member; keep in mind that it was uploaded to YouTube with the express purpose of making Cooper look stupid. We'd rather have more context and will update when a full video of the commission meeting goes online.

Still, from this one, you can see Don Anthony of ARFF standing at the podium trying to speak while Cooper fends off jeers from the crowd after she walked over to the city clerk to ask a question instead of sitting and listening to Anthony's public comment. Representatives from the Humane Society and the Broward animal shelter, as well as longtime puppy-store-ban proponent Michele Lazarow, had already spoken, according to Nathan Pim, who attended the meeting.

"Someone in the crowd started shouting, 'Mayor, why don't you pay attention?'" says Pim. The mayor responded that she was trying to ask the clerk a question, but she quickly became agitated, threatening to "clear the chambers" and saying, "I have never seen a group of rudest people in my life."

Cooper's anger comes after months of facing ire for her increasingly unpopular stand against a blanket ban of puppy mills. She clearly saw everyone in the audience as antagonists. "Excuse me," she said. "You're excused," said Anthony.

Eventually, Cooper threw the issue to her fellow commission members, who favored the ordinance, for a vote just to get the hearing over with. Commission Member Keith London criticized her openly. "Excuse me, Mayor, you can interrupt and bang the gavel all day long; that doesn't make you right," said London, who is challenging Cooper in this year's mayoral election.

After the ordinance was voted through, Cooper stood up to leave. "The ordinance passed," she said, while waving away the people in the room.


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london.thewifebeater
london.thewifebeater

 I don't know who anyone of you are, but I certainly know who keith london is. He is a man who used to beat his girlfriend, was arrested on domestic violence charges and CHARGED and FOUND GUILTY, and then had his files sealed. Perhaps Joy may be rude, and could use some polishing up, but I rather a women in need of some etiquette classes running a city than a wife-beater. VOTE LONDON!!!? REALLY?  NO ONE KNOWS WHAT HE DOES FOR A LIVING, HOW HE SURVIVES. HE IS DEFINITELY NOT A MAN OF TRANSPARENCY. BUT HE IS SO SLIMY, YOU CAN AT LEAST FOLLOW HIS TRAILS OF SLIME AROUND LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW HE IS A CLASS ACT SHMUCK!!!

alanna11116
alanna11116

I find all of this very alarming, especially since I am the MAYORS DAUGHTER and I will tell you this she does not even come close to hating dogs! My parents have three dogs of their own a labrador named Dartanya, and miniature pinscher named Lola, and a Chihuahua/Poodle mix named Dior. As a child my parents have always raised me around all types of pets: we had also had 2 cats, hamster, tortoise etc. I myself am a huge dog lover and have two dogs of my own.  

Sharon Kaufman Athanasiou
Sharon Kaufman Athanasiou

The mere fact that she felt the need to tell the audience that she had a migraine is enough, don't you think?

waldokitty
waldokitty

Drew you are as much of an asshole as the mayor is. You are both delusional, cold, disgusting people. Neither one of you can comprehend what compassion truly is. Perhaps you weren't aware that Joy flat out lied when she said that she would "not ban any business from Hallandale Beach" Really? That's funny because pawn shops are not allowed to open up in Hallandale Beach. Maybe you should open your eyes to what you are really supporting- a  cold, lying, deceiving old shrew! I hope you enjoy her last term in office. I can guarantee you that Joy will be out and Keith London will be in. 

And FYI, Joy claims she was acting like such a bitch because she "had a migraine" I've suffered with migraines for about 20 years and I'm happy to say that I've never acted as crass and rude as her.

nanook5
nanook5

last i checked i can't find a decent brothel at gulfstream either, i have to head up federal to the $50 a night motels...:< all joy's fault

Jamie Archer
Jamie Archer

This woman has no diplomacy whatsoever.  

Pilarcortina5
Pilarcortina5

Who voted  this woman into office???  She was having a little tantrum !  If she would of allowed people to speak this would of not gotten so out of control.   She was acting very unprofessional and looked ridiculous!!  

Chris Dominick
Chris Dominick

Re:"the commission did not need to hear from every activist driving into town from all over the state or the tri-county area." This comment is discriminatory and repulsive. There were 2 children of Broward Cty scheduled to speak about their experience with their puppy store/mill dog.  Several Broward cty animal rescuers who run 501c3 non profit dog rescue groups who dedicate their lives to saving and re-homing Broward county shelter and homeless animals were scheduled to speak.Rescue and shelter volunteers were scheduled to speak. Hallandale residents in favor of the ordinance were scheduled to speak. Professional public speaker and animal advocate Don Anthony was scheduled to speak. Pet Project-a Broward non profit group who provides care to the pets of terminally and chronically ill people of our community in their home so they don't have to surrender them,was planned to speak. To assume and publicly state all the speakers were "activists" from all over is a whole new level of ignorant. Of the people in the room that night,only a handful were activists. Many were Broward county shelter staff and dog rescue volunteers. Some were Broward families of rescue dogs supporting what they believe in. There were women who own and run private shelters for over 20 years in Broward county,saving many thousands of lives in those years,and they were treated disgustingly by Joy Cooper. These people had a right to be heard and tell their viewpoint .They also have a right not to be labeled as something they are not. Everyone saw how Joy Cooper conducted herself and her complete disregard of others. To call all the speakers "activists" is prejudice. Joy Cooper is an ignorant,self absorbed,rude,cold hearted and condescending woman. Her treatment of the good people of our community who do what some even call "the Lord's work" saving death row,injured,abused and neglected animals was an abomination that no one will ever forget.I personally,will try to make sure of that.

Drew
Drew like.author.displayName 1 Like

None of them were "scheduled to speak." They sign their name with the clerk to request three minutes of "public participation" at the discretion of the chair. It was unnecessary to hear so much testimony about the ordinance. The Mayor felt that the time had come to call it for a vote because she, just like everyone else who knows those commissioners, knew that it was going to pass no matter how she voted.

And no, HSteinberg, the issue and the visiting speakers were not the only agenda item. It was a regular commission meeting with an extensive agenda. You can view the agenda on the city website. The ordinance in question was only one item.

I have been a rescuer who trapped, spayed and neutered and spent a fortune on rescuing strays when I had the funds to do so over several years, I currently have multiple rescues in my home, and I've sat on the board of a rescue group. I feel passionately about animal rights and enforcing anti-cruelty measures. As far as the process of government, however, including running a commission meeting and ensuring that any motion on the table is a valid one that can result in an ordinance that is enforceable and won't result in lawsuits, the Mayor handled matters correctly even if there are lots of people who apparently don't like her personality.

nanook5
nanook5

 drew i was at the meeting and the agenda i saw there is exactly as hsteinberg presents it. if there were other things on the agenda perhaps you could define them?

HSteinberg
HSteinberg

Her personality?? Her behavior is representative as Mayor of Hallandale Beach, This is not us just not wanting to hang out with her. The woman is incompetent and a bully, You keep right on defending her. You will be standing there with her other five supporters. I guess few in Hallandale Beach like her personality. Ask people why they vote for her. They say, "Because she is my friend." Great. That doesn't make her a good Mayor. It makes her someone to drink or get a pedicure with or, in her case, both.After this meeting, many people who didn't know before, see who she really is, I can't wait to watch and email the entire meeting when it is posted. Maybe you can be her campaign manager. You seem like a bright fellow. She is going to need some smart people to write for her. Apparently she doesn't own a spell check or know how to write beyond eight grade level which is fine if you know better not to write YOUR OWN emails out to the public. She needs to look up the word humility and give up some of her arrogance. Result in lawsuits? She doesn't know what results in lawsuits. That is why the CITY ATTORNEY drafts ordinances. That is why they pay him. She doesn't know where a comma goes, let alone what constitutes lawsuits.

I am sorry. Where is there a FULL evening agenda?? 12. PUBLIC HEARINGS (To heard at 7:15 P.M.)A. An Ordinance of the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Amending Chapter 6 of the Code of Ordinances by Creating a New Section 6-12, Entitled "Retail Sale of Dogs and Cats," Providing for Conflict, Providing for Inclusion in the Code; Providing for Severability, Providing for an Effective Date.(First Reading) (Staff: Director of Development Services) (See Backup) (Staff Report, Supporting Docs)

 COMMISSIONER COMMUNICATIONS - Items not on the Agenda

A. COMMISSIONER LEWY

B. COMMISSIONER LONDONC. COMMISSIONER ROSSD. VICE MAYOR SANDERSE. MAYOR COOPER14. CITY ATTORNEY COMMUNICATIONS - Items not on the Agenda

15. CITY MANAGER COMMUNICATIONS - Items not on the Agenda

16. ADJOURN

Mike
Mike

This woman/"professional" (if one can call her that) is too damn much. I know my mouth so I will say nothing else other then what I already have as a result of my mouth which can get me into a lot of trouble at times lol for being too blunt. :)

Chris Dominick
Chris Dominick

"Drew" is obviously writing on behalf of Cooper,it certainly isn't written by her,as we've all had a gasp and laugh at her feeble attempts at prose. The Mayor is a total Moron. Her behavior, childish and disgraceful. Obviously,she will go to her grave without admitting she is clueless about this issue,among others. Just as long as she goes somewhere other than Hallandale Beach government. 

Drew
Drew

The chair of the meeting should be respected. The Mayor was running the meeting. The commissioners each only have one vote, and their job is to vet the proposed ordinance and then vote yay or nay. Statements by the public are only for the time allowed as per the meeting agenda. The other commissioner's statement when his vote was called about what he thinks of the Mayor and how she chairs the meeting was totally inappropriate and was only pandering to the audience. Those in the audience are only there to observe the meeting of the commissioners, not to try to take over the agenda. The commission is made up of residents who step up to run for seats and to serve, and they have an agenda and a limited amount of time to attend to the entire agenda of various items, some of them very complex. The audience in attendance is supposed to respect that, as are the commissioners.

HSteinberg
HSteinberg

 Yes, Drew. I am imagining that A) you were not in the room last night and B) you do not regularly attend HB Commission meetings. The meeting that you describe hardly ever happens thanks to Mayor Cooper. The clip that you see her was a result of her cutting people off, sighing in exasperation when people spoke, saying rude comments, throwing her hair around and acting like a child because she was not getting her way. She did not want this ordinance to pass and felt that she needed to make everyone suffer her wrath because of it. There were people who drove a long way to speak and had signed up, who were not allowed. We did not try and "take over the agenda". We WERE the agenda. Ours was the only item and she wouldn't let anyone speak other than two county officials. The man trying to speak was a well-respected animal advocate, Don Anthony, from Animal Rights Foundation of Florida. He is a kind, soft-spoken and articulate man who said that he had never encountered such rudeness in any city council meeting. What does that tell you? That it was us? I think not. While he waited to speak for almost 90 minutes, she got up and walked away to talk to the city clerk. People have not stopped talking about her and last night. She really hurt her upcoming election with this one.Unfortunately this clip does not show the hour before it got to this heated moment. The entire meeting will be on the city's website in a few days. I suggest you watch it before jumping to conclusions. She talks for hours and hours at every commission meeting and keeps residents and staff there much longer than is necessary. She shuts us down after 90 minutes. How rude. I have sat there and listen to her drone on and on and bully people from the dais. Well not last night. Last night she got what was a long time coming. I guess that she didn't like that too much.

Drew
Drew

No, you were not the agenda. The commission meeting was from 1pm until after 10pm. The commission had many items on the agenda in regards to city business as they always do, and yes, I watched the meeting and I watch every city commission meeting. The pet sales ordinance was only one of many agenda items, and the Mayor was exasperated because she works very hard and had many issues to ensure were discussed and voted upon that day and that night.

The commission did not need to hear from every activist driving into town from all over the state or the tri-county area. They have management staff that draft and vet proposals and ordinances and they ask questions and state their opinions and they hear from a few people who can contribute information and opinions, and then each commissioner only gets one vote. There was no need to ensure that every commissioner, including the Mayor, votes your way. The ordinance passed anyway, it was going to pass, and the Mayor ultimately voted for it. Her concern was that banning the retail sale of pets would drive puppy mills and other unscrupulous breeders and sellers underground- using the internet and unregulated venues to sell animals. She had a point, and she has a right to her viewpoint.

The commission only meets every two weeks at most, and they need to get through the meeting agenda, which continued well beyond that one ordinance. If you don't like her personality, I suggest that you try to be more aware of how the council-manager form of government is supposed to operate rather than focusing on every sigh, every question of the clerk and every time a woman flips her hair over her shoulder and claims to have a migraine. Those of us who truly pay attention to city governance know that there are far more important priorities.

Unfortunately, the passion of individuals on the issue of pet rescue and animal welfare has led too many of them to be blind that the type of preposterous pandering from Commissioner London from the dais that actually displayed profound disrespect for the people in attendance. Your focus is on the Mayor and her determination to control the proceedings as per her position as chair of the meeting, but you are not seeing that it is Keith London who really thinks that you are stupid.

Those who follow those proceedings closely and regularly know that he continually attempts to manipulate the sentiments of those who aspire to activism and to withhold trust in representative government. Every ordinance requires appropriate legal vetting, careful and considered wording and adequate discussion- including varying viewpoints. The ordinance in question affected more than just banning "puppy stores," and the appropriate vetting of elected and administrative city officials is not "gobblygook." That was a new low for pandering from Commissioner London, and with a better understanding of the process at hand, you would better appreciate the Mayor's determined refusal not to pander to even those who had driven a long way to be there.

HSteinberg
HSteinberg

As the Mayor would say, "Excuuussee me, Drew", but we were the only item on the evening portion of the agenda and she did not allow the meeting more than 90 minutes before her meltdown, which by the way, was like watching the wicked witch melting on the dais. Like I said before, she drones on for hours in EVERY meeting and she couldn't shut her mouth for one issue so that others could be heard. When she look out into the room and saw 100 people there, she knew she was not getting her way that night and it mad her furious. She said from the start that she did want to listen to people "repeat themselves" all night or something to that effect. She had made up her narrow mind before it started. Let us not forget it had been a rough afternoon for her as well. She lost her afternoon sign ordinance and from what I heard, that was also London. He really is a thorn in her side, huh?Try as you may, Cooper's refusal to back this ordinance was not based in anything like "worry or concern". Her refusal to back it was because it didn't serve her or her career in any way. If she had not been so short sighted, she would know that while media has and will cover this, she will be demonized for both not supporting it and for her behavior.She could have voted for it and been a hero. She still had to vote for it and now she looks like a monster.Her vote was an after-thought realizing that it was 4-1. She was the sole dissenting vote. She quickly changed her vote 5-0. It was so obvious. The video has had more than 800 hits and is spreading like a virus across Facebook. She is now the face of Hallandale Beach. There is NO reason that a Mayor of a city should EVER let people see her behaving like a two year old throwing a tantrum. She is an embarrassment.As someone who has chaired many meetings, especially where many people have become unruly, I would NEVER speak so rudely to a room of people the way that she did. She threatened to clear people from the chambers and said "do you want to hear him speak or not"? That is not how you garner respect from people. That is how you agitate them. There were a number of residents in the room, many of us who know Joy for a long time and know that this behavior is not an anomaly, but rather, the norm. I am so glad that outsiders finally got to see what she is really like. Maybe London will finally remove her from the seat where she has sat about four years too long. Say what you want about him. He is going to give her a run for her money and she knows it. She is no longer running unopposed. She better have some more disgusting tricks up her sleeve like printing his old police report in the newspaper rather than trying to run on merit and past record.And in terms of every commissioner voting for the ordinance, who other than London did we know for sure would vote for it? Should we have trusted Alexander? People didn't like what he had to say either. The ONLY thing that ensured the passing of that ordinance was the number of supporters in the room and the threat of media covergae if she didn't pass it. Besides who on that dais can you trust to vote against her? You speak as if every issue is voted on by an impartial commission. Half of the time they don't vote for it if London does. They don't know how to think for themselves. No one even knew what Alexander was talking about. Hi was definite double-speak and playing both sides of the fence. Few believe that it will pass the second reading without issue from the commission. I am sure that there will be supporters returning just in case. Maybe Joy should double up on her Advil that day.

nanook5
nanook5

 as i've said before if that is the mayor's only concern she should legalize drugs and prostitution in hallandale beach immediately. oh what's that? you mean she only selectively argues that point when it suits her? what a shock.

and for the record i DO withhold trust from representative government. it is only through an active and engaged public that they can be expected to do anything but exploit us.

Shaquin Knutz
Shaquin Knutz

Joy Cooper's the kind of broad who could sell sass by the gallon.

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