“To Protect and Serve”

When our kids were young, my husband tried his best to convince at least one of them to follow in his footsteps and become a firefighter.  Although he never said it, I’m sure he was disappointed that none of them were ever interested.  Years later when most of them were already young adults, we were out to dinner with the family.  My husband’s oldest daughter was telling us about her job search, and my husband suggested again that she apply at her local fire department.  She looked at him point blank and said, “Dad, I’m not interested in helping other people.  I’m much too selfish.”

Well, at least that was honest!  My husband was taken aback, but I knew exactly what she meant.  It takes a special type of person to make a career out of serving others.  Personally, I know I’m not one of them, either.  Yes, I know that being a secretary/bookkeeper is service position, but let’s face it.  I’m not saving lives here or risking my own life and limb for those in need.  And, no, paper cuts don’t count. Continue reading


The Grand Bloviator of NMB

At the end of every North Miami Beach Council meeting, there is a section entitled “City Council Committee Reports,” which is familiarly referred to as the “Good ‘n’ Plenty.”  In case you’re interested, the entire July 5, 2011 Council meeting can be viewed on the city’s website here: 


I decided to watch it again to see how long each of the Council members spoke when wrapping up the meeting.

First up, Vice Mayor Philippe Derose spoke for just under three minutes.

Councilwoman Marlen Martell spoke for a grand total of 30 seconds.

Councilwoman Beth Spiegel spoke for just under two minutes.

Councilwoman Barbara Kramer spoke for slightly over 3 minutes.

Then came the Grand Bloviater, Phyllis Smith, who blathered on for SIX AND A HALF FREAKING MINUTES! Continue reading


Too Bad Phyllis Didn’t STFU!

I’m so glad I decided to not attend last night’s Pre-Council Meeting of the North Miami Beach City Council, which began at 5:30 and ended at 7:20 p.m., just in time for the Council to have it’s Actual Council Meeting.  If I had been sitting in the audience instead of watching the live stream on the City’s website, by the second hour I would have been pulling my hair out in utter frustration.  By the third hour, Phyllis Smith would have had a sock in her mouth.

Just once I’d like to hear Phyllis saying something that is directly related the issue at hand instead of responding with non sequiturs that go absolutely nowhere.  I can’t even begin to repeat all the stupid things she said at both meetings, but suffice it to say, she didn’t miss a single opportunity to make a fool of herself.  It’s a damn shame that Phyllis can’t watch the meeting from the standpoint of the viewers while she’s bloviating because judging by the looks on the faces of her colleagues, they’re all just as sick of her endless self-promotion as the residents are.  The only person on that council who can still stand her is her fawning puppy dog, Frantz Pierre, and he wasn’t present last night. Continue reading


Happy Independence Day!

As we approach our country’s birthday on the fourth of July, please keep in mind that our independence was won by fighting for the right to be free.  Thanks to our men and women in uniform we have Freedom from tyranny and suppression.  Freedom from taxation without representation.  Freedom to practice our respective religions in peace.  Freedom to speak our minds and follow our dreams.

The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by Congress on July 4, 1776, is a statement of principles through which the Constitution of the United States is interpreted.  The most famous sentence of the Declaration states, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Continue reading


Leading by example

The recall of former Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the election of Carlos Gimenez to replace him is proof (in my opinion) that the citizens are mad as hell and they’re not gonna take it anymore.  People are just plain fed up with having their hard earned tax dollars spent on government waste and excess.  Mr. Alvarez’ fourteen percent property tax hike followed by the generous raises he gave to his cronies was more than the residents could take, especially in an economy when so many are literally losing their homes.  Imagine scraping every penny together to keep your mortgage payments barely up to date, and then losing everything because you can’t pay the property tax increase.  That’s just plain wrong.  How Mr. Alvarez didn’t see this coming is a real mystery.

In an article published in CBSMiami.com yesterday (http://miami.cbslocal.com/2011/06/29/mayor-elect-gimenez-lets-get-to-work/), it was reported that Mr. Gimenez announced, “I’m going to cut the salary and benefits of the mayor by 50 percent,” Gimenez said. “I’m not going to have a car allowance. I’m not going to have two SUV’s. I’m not going to have people driving me around.”

Talk about leading by example!  I don’t know about you guys, but that impressed the hell out of me.  And I do not impress easily. Continue reading


Guest Columnist “Patrick Henry”

Here is a column submitted by a Guest Columnist by the name of “Patrick Henry.”
So the hotly fought elections are over. Thank G-d! You would think that some people would just sit back now and let city government function. That just doesn’t seem to be the case. While civic involvement and the invitation to be heard by your city leaders gives residents the opportunity to have a voice, some seem to just take it too far. Just watch a few of the city’s council meetings and you’ll see the same half dozen or so residents get up and try to run the city. Some, we are convinced, need a hobby. They appear to love to hear themselves talk…and talk…and talk. They’ve become redundant, boring, predictable and sometimes even resort to personal attacks.
One resident gets up there at practically each meeting, rambles for his 3 minutes and just leaves people scratching their heads. Continue reading

Street Furniture NMB Exhibit (Reproduced)

Since it’s a slow news day in North Miami Beach, I thought I’d re-publish some of my favorite columns for your entertainment.  At the top of my personal list is the Street Furniture NMB Exhibit.  Enjoy!  🙂


(Originally published March 27, 2011)

Since North Miami Beach City Attorney Darcee Siegel claims that Myron’s campaign bus benches are legal because they are considered “street furniture” as opposed to “property” (yes, I’m still shaking my head over that dumbass opinion), I decided to go out and put up my own non-campaign campaign signs on all the “street furniture” I could find.  Without further ado, may I present to you my first ever art gallery exhibit entitled “Street Furnture NMB!” Continue reading


Complaint Department Now Open

Good morning, North Miami Beach residents.  I’ve been getting flooded with emails from so many residents who have comments, complaints and requests about the council, the city and life in NMB in general.  I do know that most of the council members do read this blog, except Phyllis Smith, of course, who “doesn’t read the blogs.”  I had this brilliant idea (well, maybe not brilliant, but something), to open this column for readers to weigh in.  Feel free to post whatever comments and questions you have and I will do my best to (a) dig dirt, (b) relay messages, (c) commiserate, (d) request public records, and (e) kvetch back.  Just don’t expect me to do your laundry or babysit your pets.  I have enough of my own to deal with. Continue reading


Press Release

June 27, 2011


CONTACT: Jennifer Laurent
(305) 650-0022

Rep. Julien Files Disabled Parking Permit Legislation
NORTH MIAM BEACH, Fla. — Today, Representative John Patrick Julien (D-North Miami Beach) refiled his Disabled Parking Permit bill for the 2012 legislative session. Similar legislation was considered and failed during the 2011 session.

House Bill 27 will allow parking enforcement officials to impose fines and revoke disabled parking permits from able-bodied individuals who improperly use the permits. Continue reading