The Geller Brothers Legacy of Corruption

The unethical and outright corrupt ways of Shady Lawyer/State Representative Joseph S. Geller have been well documented here in Voters Opinion.

In addition to his penchant for employing sleazy legal tactics when representing fellow dirtbags like Phyllis Smith, Frantz Pierre, and Jason Bloch, he regularly abuses his position in the Florida House… where he still hasn’t figured out how to vote properly.

Even worse, after royally screwing up as the legal counsel for the municipalities of El Portal, Miami Lakes and Opa-locka, Geller teamed up with Shady Boy-Lobbyist Evan Ross in an attempted stealth power grab in North Miami during its search for a new city attorney. Continue reading

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Michael Etienne, World Traveler (Courtesy of North Miami taxpayers, of course.) (UPDATED)

North Miami City Clerk Michael Etienne has a sweet gig.

Not only does he make $36,000.00 per year, but he also has a generous yearly allowance for travel ($5,000.00), car ($9,000.00), cell phone ($1,200.00), and a miscellaneous expense account ($3,600.00).

In addition, he also receives medical, dental, life and disability insurance coverage costing at least $10,000.00 per year.  (*UPDATED BELOW)

All courtesy of North Miami taxpayers.

Meanwhile, in the real world, the median income for an entire household (up to four persons) in the United States is $54,462.00 per year.  Those ordinary folks don’t have expense allowances or free insurance, either.

With a total salary and benefits package worth nearly $65,000.00, little wonder Michael is so desperate to keep his part time job.

All he has to do to keep the river of cash (and perks) flowing is run for re-election every four years. Continue reading

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We got a winner!

Remember that time when North Miami Beach police attempted to serve Elton L. Bandoo with a search warrant only to be met with gunfire?

Unfortunately, Officer Lino Diaz was shot.

Bandoo’s “defense” was that he thought his house was being robbed.

By police officers wearing green tactical uniforms marked with the word “POLICE.”

And who knocked on the door while loudly announcing, “POLICE!”

Yeah, the judge didn’t buy it, either. Continue reading

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And another one down! Opa-locka official does the perp walk.

perp-walkLast month, an Opa-locka commissioner lost his seat on the dais.

This month, he lost his freedom.

Idiot.

In Opa-locka politician is latest to surrender in city’s bribery scandal,  the Miami Herald reported that now-former Commissioner Luis Santiago “surrendered on a bribery charge Friday, making him the fourth defendant to be prosecuted in the widening probe” of the ongoing federal investigation. Continue reading

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2016 … is it over yet?

excitementWe started out the year with high hopes, only to watch most of them crash and burn.  There were a few good moments, though.

Like the time North Miami finally  got rid of Chief Lenny.

We had serious doubts that North Miami Police Chief Leonard Burgess would ever face any consequences at all from his disastrous missteps as the head of the department.  In the end he did himself in.  After two years of running the department into the ground, Chief Lenny’s NMPD FAILED its Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation assessment.  Although he tried to worm his way out of admitting the truth, this was his last screw-up.

On May 2, 2016, he finally “resigned,” claiming he wanted to spend more time with his wife, who was retiring.  As usual, Chief Lenny lied.

Later that month he took a job as Assistant Police Chief of the Miramar Police Department.  We wished him well.

Okay, not really. Continue reading

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More Hallandale Beach dirt! It just keeps getting better and better!

lobbyingCommissioner Michelle Lazarow had some chutzpah when she bragged to the Sun Sentinel on the night of her re-election, “Tonight, we turned the page to a new chapter for Hallandale Beach.”

Unless the title of her new chapter is “Hallandale Beach:  Pay for Play!”

During the contentious election, Lazarow and her slate-mate Anabelle Taub slammed Taub’s opponent, then-incumbent Commissioner Bill Julian, for allegedly accepting political favors from a developer and then voting for the project.  Taub even told the Sentinel after her win against Julian, “The residents of Hallandale Beach struck corruption with a fatal blow tonight.”

Um, not even close. Continue reading

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BUSTED! Shady Boy-Lobbyist Evan Ross at the heart of Hallandale Beach’s dirtiest ever election!

Photo: MyActsOfSedition.com

Like almost every city in South Florida, Hallandale Beach is not immune to corruption and political drama.  Lately, though, the city has had more than its fair share of scandal.  The recent commission election, which was one of the nastiest in Broward County’s history, only served to publicly air the city’s dirty laundry.

At the center of the storm was none other than North Miami’s perennial parasite, Shady Boy-Lobbyist Evan Ross.

Wow, who saw that  coming?

Just kidding.  Who didn’t?

Apparently no city is safe from Evan’s smarmy, opportunist ways.

Here’s how it all went down. Continue reading

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News Briefs

FEC to Carline Paul: “Guilty as charged!”

too-bad-so-sadOn November 16, 2016, the Florida Elections Commission issued its Final Order on the complaint filed against Carline M. Paul.  At the Commission’s informal hearing held last month, it found that the former North Miami City Council candidate violated all twelve counts of campaign finance violations with which it found probable cause.

As I reported in a previous blog, Carline hired a lawyer to defend her, using the excuse that she was “new to the political arena.”  Sabine Millien-Felix, Esquire, also responded to the complaint with, “she had no prior experience in preparation of the reports, never ran for elected office nor had she ever run or managed anyone else’s campaign.”

That’s so adorable! Continue reading

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