Sunday, September 30, 2012

Shame on Mayor John Rodstrom

Broward County Mayor John Rodstrom has proposed that the code of ethics be changed. This is the agenda item he is proposing.
MOTION TO DIRECT Office of the County Attorney to draft an Ordinance amending Section 1-19 of the Broward County Code of Ordinances (the Broward County Elected Official Code of Ethics) to delete Section 1-19(c)(6), which, with limited exceptions applicable to municipal elected officials, prohibits elected officials from serving as or appointing the members of any Selection/Evaluation Committee in connection with any prospective procurement by the elected official’s governmental entity. (Mayor Rodstrom)
This is the email I sent him:
Shame on you for even considering rescinding any of the ethics code. This type of thinking is exactly why a code is needed. Did the mandated ethics classes not sink in. Do you not know what a commissioner is supposed to do - REPRESENT THE RESIDENTS, not the lobbyists, not the interests of the commissioner him/herself, this cannot be news to you. So I am left with the only reason that any commissioner would want to be on a selection committee, why he or she would want to override staff recommendations, it must be personal benefit, perhaps a job opportunity after the next election, perhaps donations for some future office, but there is some personal reason. Sad that an elected official, term limited or not, puts personal interest ahead of ethics and doing the right thing. REMOVE THIS FROM THE AGENDA NOW!!!!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

All Deerfield Beach Elected Officials Should Read This

While browsing the  site I found their "Quote of the Day"

"[With respect to ethics,] I always say the law is the floor, not the ceiling.”
—Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University, and author of the Her Honor blog, quoted in a Friday New York Times article. This is a good way to put this essential difference between law and ethics, a concept that is far too little recognized or understood."

by Judy Nadler, in describing her the City Ethics site linked to an article in the New York Times titled "Doing the Right Thing, Whatever That Is"  I loved the title, and also loved the article, please click on the link and spend 5 minutes or so learning what Ethics is NOT as well as how to be as ethical as possible.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

What are they thinking?

Looking at the overgrown weeds and vines on the formerly pretty landscaping on the sides of the Deerfield Beach Hillsboro Boulevard Intracoastal bridge I wondered how they were allowed to get to such a state.  Who made the call to let them get all overgrown rather than keep up with the trimming?

 How much was spent on the Hillsboro Boulevard streetscape?  Why? To make it look nice, to give a nice appearance to the entryway of our beach.

 So here is our DUH???? Moment.  Shouldn’t the landscaping stay looking nice, shouldn’t the landscaping be kept trimmed, shouldn’t the trees and bushes we paid for be allowed room to live?

Now that they are in such a state it is going to take a massive, costly effort to trim them and get them back into shape.  Then what, let them go again?  I was told a couple of weeks back that the trimmers are working from west to east killing the vines and weeds, it's a pretty slow trip, the weeds are growing faster than the grounds crews are moving.

I’m guessing this is going to turn into a job like painting the Golden Gate Bridge, by the time it is finished it has to be started all over again.

This mess brings to mind some time worn but still valid sayings:

·         A stitch in time saves nine.

·         An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

·         There’s no time like the present.

·         Penny wise, pound (dollar) foolish.

 Budget concerns are one thing, but I have trouble believing that this is cost efficient.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

What is Character

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.  ~J.C. Watts

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Help for Voters

Need help wading through the glut of voter information, and some pros and cons on the Amendments for the upcoming election.  This may help. 

It's a link to the League of Women Voters’ Voter Guide, they say:

This Voter Guide will give you nonpartisan information on the statewide candidates and the 11 constitutional amendments on the Florida ballot.

 Do the research you have time for and simply make the best choice you can. Otherwise, you will allow others to make the decision for you. And it is a decision that affects the future of Florida’s economy, jobs, housing, health care, education, natural resources and families. America is the land of opportunity and relies on you, as a citizen, to help pick our leaders.”

 In this Voter Guide, you will find information on all three branches of government: executive (U.S. President), legislative (U.S. Senate) and judicial (Florida Supreme Court).

Candidates were asked to submit either a vision statement (U.S. President) or responses to the League’s questionnaire (U.S. Senate). Questions for the candidates were developed by League members using knowledge of recent events and issues that are important to Florida voters.

Candidate’s submissions were published without substantive changes.

Closer to home here is a link to the Broward County Supervisor of Election’s look up page where you can determine your voter status, or using the links on the left, find out all about voting in Broward cities.