You squawkin’ to me?

(Originally published 6/11/11)

As I reported to you last week in “Phyllis Smith, Her Majesty the Baby” (http://votersopinion.com/archives/2847), North Miami Beach councilwoman Phyllis Smith is in the process of lobbying for council votes AGAINST the brand new Mayor, George Vallejo.  Right out of the box!  If this is any indication of how much a thorn in George’s side she’s going to be for the next four years, the Mayor should probably consider buying a really good set of ear plugs.  May I suggest 3M Combat Arms Ear Plugs (http://www.ustacticaloutpost.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=46024)?  If they’re good enough for the gun range or the battlefield, they should do a serviceable job of blocking out Phyllis’ incessant squawking.

As you can see by this photo I dug up, The Great Phyllis Suck Up has already begun. Continue reading

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HATE MAIL! YIPPEE!

(Originally published 6/9/11)

A pretty well known blogger recently told me, “If you’re pissing someone off, you’re doing something right.”  Since I started this blog last August, I’ve actually only received one negative comment, but I just got my second one.  Guess I must be doing something right.  WOO HOO!

Someone who attempted to post a comment on my last blog about North Miami Beach EX-mayor Myron Rosner, “More fun with our favorite Canadian! Eh?” (http://votersopinion.com/archives/2860), using the tag LOL NMB, wrote:

“How are you so different from Myron? He files complaints, you blog about it. He is trying to get back at people who he doesn’t like, and your write nasty and ignorant things on your blog about the people you dislike. You would think that you learned a little about politics when your husband lost the race a few years ago.  Shame on you for making nasty inappropriate comments about the people you bash, instead of sounding a little more educated by focusing on facts and letting people prove themselves stupid.”

Rather than “approve” it as a comment for the blog and responding there, seeing how it’s a slow news day I decided to write an entire column about and to this, ahem, person.  Stop me if I start having too much fun! Continue reading

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More fun with our favorite Canadian! Eh?

(Originally published 6/8/11)

As promised, this blog is all about the second complaint filed with the Florida Commission on Ethics by North Miami Beach ex-mayor Myron Rosner filed against his predecessor, former Mayor Ray Marin.  In this complaint, Myron claims that “business owner Lorenzo Brothers [requested] to allow for the sale of Beer and Wine outside of an approved City Ordinance,” and that Ray “unilaterally authorized” this request.  As proof of such “crime,” Myron provided a fax sent from David Laurenzo of Laurenzo Brothers, Inc. to former Mayor Marin, requesting an extension of the hours to sell beer and wine “during our holiday business hours from store openings til closings…approx 8 AM or 9 AM opening til early closings of 2 PM-3 PM or 6 PM.”  Mr. Laurenzo goes on to list the specific Sundays/holidays during which he would like to sell beer and wine before 1:00 p.m.  According to the photocopy of said fax, it appears that someone hand wrote, “OK RM” at the bottom.

As further proof of Mayor Marin’s “crime,” Myron provided to the Commission a copy of the City’s Ordinance No. 2001-12, which deals with extending Sunday hours of the sale of alcoholic beverages by package stores from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m., and adult entertainment establishments from 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The plot thickens, eh? Continue reading

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Phyllis Smith, Her Majesty the Baby

(Originally published 6/7/11)

Tonight’s North Miami Beach pre-council meeting, a/k/a Council Conference meeting, was barely called to order when the new Mayor George Vallejo announced that the seating arrangement on the dais had to be discussed.  WTF?  This issue is one that your little ol’ dirt digger has known about for several weeks now, but since the folks involved were hoping it would just be dealt with privately and quietly (and preferably, just go away), I decided not to blog about it unless it became public knowledge.  It is now.  And you can thank none other than councilwoman Phyllis “I Can’t Shut Up” Smith. Continue reading

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Some sobering statistics

(Originally published 6/2/11)

As if we didn’t already know how horrible the economy is, I came across this website (http://www.areavibes.com/north+miami+beach-fl/employment/) showing the employment statistics here in North Miami Beach.  Or, should I say UNemployment statistics?  For example, the income per capita in NMB is $18,080.00, well below pretty much anyone’s minimum standard of living.  Of course, “per capita” is the average of all income, including kids too young to work and other people who can’t for whatever reason, but it’s still a fair amount below the income per capita in all of Florida, which is $27,496.00.  However, even the median household income in North Miami Beach of $38,594.00 is less than that in Florida of $49,795.00, and way below the national median household income of $54,595.00. Continue reading

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Inauguration Wrap Up

(Originally published 5/25/11)
I finally watched last night’s North Miami Beach City Mayor and Council Inauguration on the city’s website.  I was unable to hear all the speeches last night in person because of the crowd, so I bring you my report tonight. 

First I want to extend my sincere thanks to outgoing Councilman McKenzie Fleurimond for his gracious, generous and truly genuine speech.  He was so sincere as he expressed his gratitude to everyone in the city, including his colleagues, the residents and city staff for everything they have done to help him during his service.  When McKenzie asked the audience to give his opponent, who won the race, a round of applause I was incredibly moved.  It was truly stunning.  He also congratulated and welcomed our new Mayor, George Vallejo, and spoke very highly of him.  No one ever said McKenzie didn’t give good speech!  Now if I can just shake some of that liberal thing out of him, I might encourage him to run again in a future election.

Okay, okay, kidding about the liberal thing.  (Sort of.) Continue reading

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NMB Presents the New Mayor and Council

(Originally published 5/25/11)

Last night’s Inauguration Ceremony of the new North Miami Beach City Council was truly awesome!  Please join me in welcoming our brand new Mayor George Vallejo and Councilwoman Marlen Martell to the Council.  I’m sure you’re all as excited as I am!  I have never seen so many people come to City Hall for such a wonderful occasion.

 

 

Councilwoman Marlen Martell 

 

 

I’m also sure you’re all sick of hearing me gush already, so I’ll get down to the real reason you read this blog … the dirt. Continue reading

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