Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine seems to be the whipping boy of the blogosphere these days. By extension, anyone he appears to be supporting in the upcoming November 3, 2015 election is also lumped in with the Bash Mayor Levine Campaign.
As I’ve said in previous posts, I have no idea if all the negative chatter is based on actual fact or political rhetoric (probably a bit of both), but I’m not entirely convinced that he’s the devil incarnate. Anyone who says “NO” to real estate magnate/bully extraordinaire Russell Galbut is doing a great job in my opinion.
In July, Mayor Levine nixed a proposed development that included a 50-story tower in an area zoned for no more than seven stories, or 75 feet, according to The Real Deal.
Galbut tried to claim that the massive building on the west side of Miami Beach was “designed to capture and redirect storm water from the perennially flooded Alton Road,” when it was glaringly obvious the only thing the project would “capture” was $1,200.00 to $2,000.00 per square foot from the sale of 180 condominium units.
Mayor Levine stopped that monstrosity from being built, stating that it was “blatantly irresponsible development.” Who could argue with that?
In the media’s rush to vilify Philip Levine, Miami Beach Commission Group V candidate Ricky Arriola has become collateral damage. Arriola is running against the husband of Levine’s regular sparring partner on the dais, the vacating Deede Weithorn, who is termed out next month.
Deede’s husband, #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn, wants to carry on the family tradition of bullying city vendors for votes by winning a seat on the commission.
Despite his crying wolf over Commissioner Jonah Wolfson’s use of a political committee, which has been disbanded, Weithorn continues to use his own political committees for smear campaigns against his opponent, Ricky Arriola.
In what has become #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn’s trademark, he has sent out yet another hit piece via a “Paid electioneering communication paid for by Miami Beach Advisory Council,” a political committee he formed with the City of Miami Beach last December, just days before he filed to run for office on January 6, 2015.
This latest email accuses his opponent of having a criminal record dating back to 1990, when then 23 year old Jose Ricardo Arriola was accused of selling alcohol to a minor. The case was dismissed less than three months later.
#DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn also claimed that Arriola was arrested in 2009 for “verbally berating” a security guard who knocked on his door to tell him to “turn down his loud music.”
According to the arrest report, the “victim” complained that Arriola said, “Why the f**k are you knocking on my door?” and called him a “p***y b***h.”
Instead of backing away and calling a REAL police officer to handle the matter, the p***y b***h, I mean, security guard, stuck around claiming “the verbal altercation continued and became physical,” at which point Arriola slapped the p***y b***h. I mean, security guard.
Any other wannabe cop with a lick of sense would have left at “Why the f**k are you knocking on my door?”
The fact that he stuck around for more “verbal altercation” and an eventual slap proves he wasn’t too quick on the uptake.
And, finally, #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn’s political committee hit piece claims that Ricky Arriola’s company is defending two lawsuits, one for sexual harassment and one for discrimination, neither of which names Ricky Arriola individually or personally.
While the media is attacking Ricky Arriola for what appears to be basically nonsense, Mark Weithorn is doing what he does best … pointing fingers at others while pretending to be the model citizen.
Pay attention, media! #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn is hardly the model citizen!
Unless there was some money in it for him!
Most likely that’s the case because Mark Weithorn has been sued PERSONALLY for NON-PAYMENT OF DEBT in EIGHT separate lawsuits, three of which also named his now defunct companies, Khameleon Communications, Inc., DPI Digital Printers International, Inc. and DPI-2, LLC, co-Defendants.
On August 31, 1990, PDQ Courier, Inc. filed a claim against Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY for $156.40.
On October 9, 1990, David L. Kahn, PA sued Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY for the sum of $1,022.50.
On September 27, 2001, Commercial Money Center, Inc. sued Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY for an undisclosed amount of money.
On August 6, 2003, Glenn and Laura Schmidt named Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY, as well as his companies DPI Digital Printers, Inc. and DPI-2, LLC, for the sum of $13,500.00. After delaying the case for six years, an Amended Final Judgment against Mark Weithorn was signed by the Judge.
Despite the Final Judgment, Mark Weithorn refused to pay, forcing the Plaintiffs to file an Ex-Parte Motion for Garnishment After Judgment, claiming “Plaintiff’s do not believe that Defendant, Mark Weithorn, has in his possession visible property sufficient to satisfy the judgment. In response, the Judge ordered a Writ of Garnishment on August 20, 2013.
Miraculously, after years of dirty stalling tricks on Mark Weithorn’s part, the case was finally dismissed on December 4, 2014.
Just in time for him to file to run for office.
Another lawsuit against Mark Weithorn, PERSONALLY, and his company, Khameleon Communications, Inc., is still pending, the Plaintiff, S M S Financial Vix (LLC), which claims that he stiffed them for $6,918.37.
In a lawsuit filed December 20, 2010, Banco Popular North America eventually won a Judgment on November 2, 2011 against Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY and his company DPI Digital Printers International, Inc. in the amount of $89,274.67, including attorney’s fees, court costs and interest.
On January 10, 2011, Chase Bank sued Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY for the sum of $7,015.10.
On July 5, 2013, a company named Cache LLC sued Mark Weithorn PERSONALLY for skipping out on payments he owed totaling $19,662.05. The case was dismissed with prejudice eventually closed, which most likely means an out-of-court settlement was reached.
Creditors have already sued deadbeat #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn for NON-PAYMENT OF DEBT in excess of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS!
What a guy, huh?
No wonder #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn is so desperate to get elected as a Miami Beach Commissioner. He obviously needs the money!
If #DirtyPolitician Mark Weithorn can’t manage his own finances, just imagine the damage he’ll cause if elected.
On November 3, 2015, please vote responsibly!
“Spreading the Wealth”