I want to make government more like a business; a problem solver, not a problem creator. My focus while in office will be restoring freedom, combating runaway taxes, eliminating uncontrolled government spending, and reducing inefficient, excessive regulation. My 'agenda' is to restore liberty, not restrict it, to shrink government, not expand it and observe the limited, enumerated powers of our Constitution, not ignore them.
Friday, December 25, 2015
Cooper City Resident Speaks Out About Mayor's Corruption!
look forward to reading your analysis. Hey! You didn't speak to any local
mayor is going too far. Greg Ross seems to be the one aggressively pushing this
Resolution. While I understand his concern about the letter Sims sent to the
Judge, the breadth of the proposed Resolution is very disturbing. There are
very serious allegations set out yet there is no clear procedure about
submitting any sort of evidence backing up the allegations. The word "illegal"
is even used. Is the plan by Ross to go in, the city attorney reads the
resolution, someone moves to vote on the resolution, and after a member's
second they proceed to vote? Commission members do not have to speak. They can
vote on this w/o any real discussion. This has all the makings of a drumbeat
court martial to be followed by an execution.
mayor is supposed to be an experienced Florida attorney. Someone who appears
before local state courts in civil and criminal matters. Yet none of the rules
or procedures related to this "special meeting" seem clear. It is not
even clear why Mayor Ross felt the urgent need to bring forward such a highly
wrote the mayor for information on the planned procedures & received no
response. The Resolution has the appearance of a not very well thought out
tantrum. Yet, because due process, notice, minutes, etc., seem to be of only
marginal interest to many of those in Cooper City government, it looks like the
plan is to just barrel ahead. Why not? That's the way things are done in Cooper
is a background to all of this going way back. Back to Greg Ross before he was
mayor coming into meetings to criticize Sims. Back to about the very first
thing Ross did when elected mayor- when he pushed an expedited agenda item to
de facto censure Sims for a Sims Facebook posting criticizing Obama. Ross got
away with that, his city attorney saying and doing nothing. The latter saying
nothing despite a written city policy seeming to direct "hands off"
on a commission member's off the dais political speech. The city got away with
it in a well-established local procedure. Anything troublesome, anything
possibly an impediment? Just ignore it. And so it has gone since that
first Ross move in 12/2012.
the last two months the majority of the commission under Ross' leadership have,
in my view, taken steps towards ripping up the City's Charter. They are making
changes that affect the City's most important appointive board w/o allowing
residents to vote on those changes in a referendum. It has been outrageous and
insulting, and it has been backed at every step by the day to day city
attorney. It is
clearly the case the majority of the commission wants to exercise control over
the city's Charter Review Board, and nothing is going to stop that. Even
when legal opinions and analysis had no references or citations to legal
authority, it did not matter. Even when a commission member made inaccurate
assertions about receiving a "second opinion" from the AG on a vital
question, it did not matter. Even when it meant setting aside or ignoring well-established
precedent, it did not matter.
local political situation is that nothing gets in the way of our commission's
majority. They are increasingly authoritarian and as indicated by this new
Resolution, completely out of control. They are far too free from any effective
oversight, and their insensitivity to the will of the people is clearly
reaching critical mass.
my opinion Sims' perception is the city has no respect for any law or rules
that impede its desires. Sims obviously believes the day to day city attorney
is a mere "yes man" for whatever the majority (his paymasters) orders
him to do. That is what John Sims believes. I am not defending Sims' letter.
But in my opinion Commissioner Sims' actions and intent can only be understood
and analyzed within the context of why he so distrusts the day to day city
attorney and the majority of his colleagues.