I had absolutely no intention of going after District 107 State Representative Barbara Watson. I even made it a point to stay out of this race entirely. This was despite the fact that I actually had many reasons to support anyone who decided to run against Watson in her upcoming bid for re-election.
But, here’s the thing. I happen to be a registered Republican living in a heavily Democrat district, where no Republican dares to run. In a partisan race between Democrats, unless there is a compelling enough reason for me to choose one over the other, it usually doesn’t matter to me (more…)
North Miami Beach Councilcritter Frantz Pierre’s wandurlust is nothing new. I’ve been documenting his taxpayer funded excursions as far back as February of 2011 when I first reported on his trips to Boston, Chicago, Baltimore and Washington DC.
In addition to leaving on jet planes to cities near and far, we also spent $1,302.77 for Frantzie to join the Haitian American Elected Officials Network (HAEON), an organization that counts among its ranks many familiar faces in the Haitian community in South Florida.
Top ranking officials from the government in Haiti, including its president, showed up in North Miami yesterday to hold the “traveling government” town hall meeting in the high school’s auditorium.
Traveling government? I’m not exactly sure what that means, but after reading the Miami Herald article, Haitian president, prime minister meet diaspora in North Miami, I am so full of questions for which I cannot come up with logical answers. Maybe some of my readers can help me out here. (more…)
Do you remember this story out of Opa-locka last March when the Mayor ordered residents to take their underwear down from a guard rail? Believe it or not, that story made its way around the internet. United Press International (UPI) even reported it in its “Odd News” section the day after the Miami Herald broke it on March 23, 2013, (more…)
The three North Miami mayoral candidates have filed their second Campaign Treasurer’s Reports of the season. This time around they reported their contributions and expenditures for the period June 21, 2014 to July 4, 2014. Let’s see what they’ve been up to.
As expected, Dr. Smith Joseph again dipped into his own deep pockets to help finance his campaign. He made another loan of $30,000.00 on top of the $20,000.00 he previously reported. Unlike his opponents Kevin Burns and Jean Rodrigue Marcellus, Dr. Joseph has money to burn. With a successful medical practice, and with no messy legal problems that I could dig up, it certainly appears that he’s managed his business and personal finances very well. That’s always a good sign in a candidate (more…)
As details continue to unfold in the case of conspiracy to commit wire fraud against former North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau, it appears that things don’t look too good for the home team. Although the U.S. Attorney’s press release states that her co-defendant, Karl Oreste, faces a maximum sentence of up to thirty years, the most recently updated Miami Herald article states that “he agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the hope of gaining a more lenient sentence” in the “3- to 5-year range.”
By “cooperate,” of course, the feds mean “throw Lucie under the bus.”
Did anybody not see this coming? (more…)
The United States Attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer announced that Karl Oreste pled guilty today to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was arrested on May 19, 2014, at which time the US Attorneys, at which time the U.S. Attorney stated in a News Release:
“Marie Lucie Tondreau, a/k/a “Lucie Tondreau”, 54, of North Miami, Okechukwu Josiah Odunna, a/k/a “O.J. Odunna”, 49, of Lauderdale Lakes, and Kelly Augustin, 57, of North Miami, have been charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349, and six counts of wire fraud, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1343. “The indictment alleges that over the course of the conspiracy, the defendants fraudulently obtained loans on approximately 20 properties, for which the lenders have suffered losses in the amount of approximately $8,000,000.00. If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of 30 years in prison.
Ordinarily, the absence of Frantzie at any given time is a cause for celebration! But, last night’s highly anticipated confrontation between North Miami Beach Councilcritter Frantz Pierre and the angry residents was a bust when Frantzie was a no-show.
Is anyone surprised? I know I’m not.
L’il Frantzie P does not like to be in the hot seat. Especially during an election year. He always manages to either show up late, go MIA or walk out of Chambers right before an important, but contentious, discussion or vote.
By far, the most memorable Frantzie Moment was the night he recused himself from voting on a variance in Eastern Shores because he claimed to be a “potential buyer” of the four million dollar home (more…)
Once upon a time, Miami Herald reporter Nadege Green “belonged” to North Miami Beach. She was a constant presence at City Council meetings and covered all the news worth reporting. Citizen activists and elected officials alike were devastated when she was assigned to North Miami.
It’s bad enough that our own Target store advertises itself as (more…)