Should II just received an “unconfirmed” rumor – again – that North Miami City Manager Aleem Ghany is resigning.

Although I first heard rumors last month and blogged in “Should I stay or should I go?” that he was intending to resign by September 30, 2015, since then there’s been radio silence.

It now appears that there was more to this rumor than skeptics originally believed because my source is absolutely convinced it’s a done deal. Continue reading

Is the Fat Lady about to sing?

Fat ladyDespite the obviously unethical, and possibly illegal, delay tactics employed by Joseph S. Geller, Esquire, the lawsuit filed against North Miami Beach “Councilwoman” Phyllis Smith is finally moving ahead.  In a few short days, she’ll be compelled to answer the allegations of absentee ballot fraud.

According to the Notice of Hearing filed by Juan Carlos Planas, Esquire, the Plaintiffs’ Motion to Compel Discovery will be heard on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9:00 AM. Continue reading

“WHERE ARE THE AUTHORITIES?” Well, here ya go!

No wayDo you remember the good old days when North Miami resident Ellen Abramson would complain about corrupt local politicians, and end each rant with “WHERE ARE THE AUTHORITIES?”

Good times.

Sadly, Ellen seems to have given up the fight.

Unfortunately, most people eventually, and wearily, accept the fact that “THE AUTHORITIES” either don’t care or they’re just as corrupt as the politicians they’re supposed to be babysitting. Continue reading

Chief Lenny: Incompetence on Parade

GO TEAM!Despite the ceaseless praise by Team Burgess Head Cheerleader Michael Etienne, North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess has once again proven that his job is way above his pay grade.

In June, Chief Lenny had his lapdog public information officer contact the media to report all the “feel good” stories about the North Miami Police Department.

In response, PIO Natalie Buissereth invited Channel 4 and Channel 10 to cover “Operation Safe Streets.”

This is Chief Lenny’s pet project which gives his most photogenic team members the opportunity to smile for the camera once a month as they “conduct a crime sweep across the city.”

Their goal is to confiscate toy guns, oust squatters and cite code violators, in a “concentrated effort is to show the community that officers are watching.” Continue reading

Chief Lenny: “The D̶e̶v̶i̶l̶ PBA made me do it!”

The devil made me do itWhen North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess chose to defy all logic (not to mention a disposition panel recommendation and a City Manager directive) by entering into a Last Chance Agreement with deviant cop Jodlyn Antoine, he put his own job on the line.

The Chief took a calculated risk by supporting an officer who is known to be a sexual predator by members of both the North Miami and Biscayne Park Police Departments, as well as the media, and most importantly, by his victims.

Burgess can’t claim that he didn’t know Antoine’s history of stalking women.  And, unless he is completely clueless, he had to know that Antoine would do it again. Continue reading

FDLE: Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

move along citizensWhen I wrote that North Miami Beach EX-Mayor Myron Rosner’s felony trial had been continued for the sixteenth time, NMB resident and former council member David Templer tried to take matters into his own hands.

He sent an email to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and several individuals at the Miami Herald, including the editor.  David wrote: Continue reading

Peter Cruz and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

Peter Cruz DrunkOpa-locka Police Major Peter Cruz had to know his week was off to a bad start when, before the sun even rose on Monday morning, he crashed his city owned pickup into a fence along a tree lined Aventura street.

It only got worse from there.

His ill-timed, single car accident was witnessed by the Aventura Chief of Police Steve Steinberg, who I’m told was hardly a Peter Cruz fan to begin with.

Then again, I’m hard pressed to find anyone who has anything nice to say about the former North Miami Commander, whose departure was cheered by his colleagues at the NMPD, Continue reading

“An assault on the very fabric of society.”

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson speaks during a news conference regarding the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth in Houston. AP photo

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson, Houston. Texas
AP photo

While despicable cops like Peter Cruz and Jodlyn Antoine, who don’t deserve to wear the badge, focus on their next drink or their next victim, the vast majority of law enforcement officers are focusing on trying to stay alive.

August 28, 2015 was one of the deadliest days in 2015 for the law enforcement community in this country.  Two state troopers and one deputy sheriff were killed in the line of duty. Continue reading

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