Is KFR finally closing in on the North Miami/NMB Circle of Corruption?

Photo: Miami Herald

Photo: Miami Herald

The big news yesterday was the arrest of North Miami Senior High School’s Adult Education Center principal, Jean Coty Ridore, on corruption charges, including “grand theft, unlawful compensation and official misconduct,” according to NBC Miami.

This newest North Miami scandal even received an honorable mention today in Marc Caputo’s POLITICO Florida Playbook, sandwiched between recaps of stories about who Marco Rubio follows on Twitter, marijuana decriminalization in Broward County and pythons in the Evergades.

In a scheme that’s more common than most people realize (although we may soon find out just  how common it is), Ridore arranged to “hire” a handyman and place him on the payroll of the high school (without actually working there) in exchange for half his salary.  Both Ridore and the handyman would illegally receive half of a public salary of a “ghost employee” that neither of them actually earned. Continue reading

That’s what campaign donations are for, Hillary!

My hard driveThe Miami Herald posted an article today regarding Hillary Clinton’s campaign stop at Broward College in Davie, Florida.

The article noted, “William Cachinero, an assistant special agent in charge of the Miami field office for the Secret Service, said that the Secret Service asked Davie police if they could supplement security. Clinton already gets Secret Service protection since she is a former First Lady but the Secret Service wanted extra protection for her public campaign organizational meeting at Broward College in Friday afternoon.” Continue reading

“Three years in Opa Locka can prepare you for anything.”

Photo: Sun-Sentinel

Photo: Sun-Sentinel

So said Kelvin Baker when he got the coveted job as City Manager of Lauderdale Lakes.

Now that Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Gloria Lewis didn’t have to go “outside to hire a consultant who’s not my color,” she and the former CM of North Miami Beach and Opa-locka should get along just fine.

Commissioner Patricia Hawkins-Williams, however, was less than thrilled by the choice her colleagues made.  Her concerns about the overpopulation of gas stations in Lauderdale Lakes took a back seat as she lamented to the Sun-Sentinel that no background checks were done, and that “the entire process has been very unprofessional.” Continue reading

Relay For Life – American Cancer Society

Relay For Life – American Cancer Society

RelayforLifeThe Kickoff meeting for Relay For Life of North Miami, Biscayne Park, North Miami Beach, and Miami Shores will be on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Billy’s Pub Too, 732 NE 125th Street in North Miami. To register your team or for more information go to, or Continue reading

Chief Lenny’s Last Chance Mystery Solved! Sort of.

Missing SockThe mysterious saga of the Last-But-Not-Really-Last Chance Agreement between the North Miami Police Department and Officer Jodlyn Antoine has finally-but-not-really been solved.

In a blog I posted on March 28, 2015, I detailed Antoine’s storied history of misbehavior since he was first hired by the North Miami Police Department on July 26, 2004.  In that blog, I noted: Continue reading

#DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn’s Shady Business (@Weithorn2015)

Beware of the dog and the catPolitical campaigns can be downright brutal and dirty.  Some candidates, however, play dirtier than others.

#DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn, who is running against Ricky Arriola for Miami Beach Commission Group V, has already proven to be one of the dirtiest players of them all.

The husband of soon-to-be-term-limited-out Miami Beach Commissioner Deede Weithorn has been involved in so many shady political committees, it’s almost impossible to follow that money trail.

Make no mistake, this deception is by design. Continue reading

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