How have the charges and allegations against our elected officials changed Deerfield Beach? For the better or not?
We traded indicted Mayor Capellini for one who might well have been indicted if Stevens had been around when Noland was voting on fire pensions and perks (they were voted in unanimously so no harm except to taxpayers’ pocketbooks, but wrong is wrong, and she should have recused herself).
Commissioner Gonot resigned and didn’t run for Mayor and the fuss over the indictments caused a throw-all-the-bastards-out knee jerk reaction which resulted in our present commission makeup; one in which, as was said by http://www.deerfieldbeachusa.com/, Bill Ganz has 90% of the brains. Harsh, but not too far off, if you take as evidence how the rest are behaving and voting.
Now, Marty Popelsky and Sylvia Poitier/Ferguson and her family are being dragged through the mud over and over. They are not alone, other commissioners are being made fun of, harassed, and called names. To what end? How is this type of hurtful mudslinging helping us?
No surprise that, given the past record of Deerfield Beach’s administration, a records request found that there were some left over institutionalized “favorites lists” from a couple of commissions ago which allowed some privileged few an exemption from penalties resulting from such things as late water bill payments.
Good that they were discovered. Apparently Sylvia et al were still getting that advantage, perhaps knowingly, perhaps not; it seems the former paid city administration set things up to do favors to their bosses, and the bosses (the commissioners) got used to it.
OK, correct this, fix it, make sure it doesn’t happen again, get the back bills paid, and get the interest or penalty payments if that is the rule.
(I have an idea, let Robert Weech, (the assistant fire chief who investigated the allegations against the firefighters who were found guilty of ethics violations during the last election) do the investigation. That’ll fix ‘em. They will shake in terror, afraid they might have to partake in counseling. OK, I’m not serious. But I couldn’t resist.)
What’s my point? The harm that is being done to the city far outweighs the good. No, I don’t want anyone who is violating the rules to get away with it, sure, lets seek out the violations, and when they are proved, the perps will have to take the consequences.
But, I do want good people to step up and run for office, and what is happening now, and was very evident in the last election, is that good people WILL NOT expose themselves to what goes on in a Deerfield Election.
Many good caring, intelligent people have told me that they would not consider running for office here, not because they have anything to hide, but because of to what a sitting commissioner is subjected. So we will largely wind up with buffoons and those who think that being a commissioner will enrich them or give them a personal benefit of some kind.