Oh, no! Not another Year In Review!

Merry ChristmasYes, it’s time for one of those inevitable Year In Review columns that recap all the events of the previous twelve months that you probably hoped to forget.

I’m not quite sure why I feel compelled to ring out an old year by reliving it in print.  But for some odd reason it feels obligatory, even if it’s just to remind myself not to repeat the same mistakes while ringing in the new one.

Sometimes that actually works.  Continue reading

Orange is the new blue (Updated 2X)

Photo: Miami Herald

Photo: Miami Herald

All of South Florida is abuzz with the same news that I received a little after 2:00 pm today in the form of a text, “She’s been found guilty.”

The “she” is, of course, North Miami suspended Mayor Lucie Tondreau, who has maintained her innocence from the time of her arrest for mortgage fraud, among other charges, on May 20, 2014.

Apparently, the jury was unconvinced.

After I made a quick phone call to confirm the news, I literally pulled my car off the road to park and post a quick blog a couple of hours ago from my phone.

About an hour ago, the Miami Herald published Continue reading

Lucie Tondreau Trial News

cat got your tongueAccording to a Miami Herald article just posted, Tondreau’s fate in mortgage fraud case to be decided soon, suspended North Miami Mayor Lucie Tondreau’s trial could come to a close as early as this week.

Federal court prosecutors called eight witnesses to the stand, who “testified that Tondreau talked them into buying homes without putting any money down. They only needed to sign the loan paperwork, and each received thousands of dollars in exchange.”

The prosecution, however, did not allow the testimony of their “star witness” Karl Oreste, Continue reading

Supra Omnem Fidem

value of loyaltyOn a whim I recently took one of those personality quizzes on Facebook.  I don’t remember what the quiz was about, or even what it told me about my personality (although I’m sure it was an absolutely fascinating revelation), but one of the multiple choice questions did stick in my mind.

When asked what trait I find most important in a friend, the answer I immediately chose was “loyalty.”

My response was a no-brainer.  I believe that in any relationship, whether it be a friendship, love interest or in business, Continue reading

#AllLivesMatter

Thin blue lineLast month, the FBI released the 2013 Statistics on Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted in the United States. Of the 76 officers killed in the line of duty, 27 of them were “as a result of felonious acts.”  26 of those were by gunfire.

According to the FBI’s website, “Of the 27 officers feloniously killed, six were killed in arrest situations, five were investigating suspicious persons or circumstances, five were ambushed, four were involved in tactical situations, four were answering disturbance calls, and two were conducting traffic pursuits/stops. Continue reading

Chucky’s Nuts, Part 1: “Silence! I sue you!”

Mixed NutsCharles M. Baron, Esq. likes to sue people.

When he’s not actually filing a lawsuit, he’s threatening to sue.

It doesn’t matter whether or not he has a legitimate beef (most of the time he does not), there is apparently no crisis he’s willing to let go to waste.  If anyone is the poster child for Tort Reform, it’s Charles M. Baron.

Chucky is obsessed with stopping development in North Miami Beach despite the fact that he is neither a resident nor a business owner in the city.  He’s taken it upon himself Continue reading

NMB: General Employees Retirement Committee loses appeal against City (Updated)

CourtIn an Opinion handed down yesterday by the Third District Court of Appeal, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s final summary judgement in favor of the City of North Miami Beach.

At issue was the overturning of a previous ordinance approving section 1.05(a)(1) of the Retirement Plan’s provision that “Approval of 66-2/3% of the active participants shall be required before the Plan may be amended by the City Council.”  The appellate court opined, Continue reading

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