Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Deerfield Beach City Commissioner, Bill Ganz: "City Mentioned Once a Year Ago That OIG was in Town"

Apparently Chaz, Bill, and Burgess have all been drinking the kool-aid...and it wasn't grape.

First, Ganz identifies that there are City records from a Budget Hearing in Sept 2010 where the City mentioned that the OIG was here auditing the City.

Now, I want to stop here and repeat the word "mentioned".

The definition of the word "mentioned" is to refer to something briefly and without going into detail.  Some related words are hinted, imply, bring up, broach, insinuate, and worm.  The last word struck the me the most as it seems that Bill Stevens, Burgess Ganz and Chaz Hanson are trying to worm their way out of trying to hide this FEMA audit from the public and then lying about it from the dais.  

Let's face it, Bill chose his words very very carefully, but to anyone with sense you don't mention something of importance you state and clarify it, like they did with the OIG HUD audit of the Deerfield Beach Community Development Division. 

For example:

Honey, did I mention I left my cars in the car.

as compared to 

Honey, did I mention that your mom died last week.

A death is important that is why it's not mentioned, you tell someone of a death in the family because it is important information that should be stated, clarified or explained.  All important information warrants an explanation, not just a "mention".

I guess the Good Ol Boys, of Bill, Burgess, and Chaz didn't think the possibility of the City of Deerfield having to possibly pay FEMA anything was important enough to warrant more than a mere mentioning at a Budget workshop last year.  In fact like I stated at tonights Commission meeting that is the point.  This report, like any othereport, audit, investigation, etc... is important to the residents and citizens who pay the taxes and will have to foot the bill.

Come on guys, just admit it.  You screwed up and didn't think that anyone would find out until after you had weaseled wormed yourselves out of it.

The point and the fact remains that you stated and re-stated, not mentioned the facts and conclusions from the OIG HUD audit, well before the final numbers came out.  The headlines and news articles prove it.  The mere fact that Judy Wilson of the Pompano Pelican posted her story on 10/14/11 regarding information provided to her from the 10/4/11 meeting makes it clear that the City was hiding this information.  You knew Judy had possibly read the report and saw the OIG's recommended amount of ineligible charges of $3.9 million dollars.  Since according to Burgess, "we have made this City transparant" then why was she and the othereporters not informed of this miraculous reduction by FEMA to only request a possible $1.6 million back from the ineligible charges the OIG recommended.  That is a headline and again worth more than a mention, if you are truly trying to make this City transparent.

Why isn't the OIG HUD report available on the City's website for transparancy sake so all of the interested residents to review.  The Kesslereport is on there, so why not that report.

Matter of fact, Burgess if you think by mentioning over a year ago that the "OIG was here looking at the books" suffices for an attempt of transparency, but actually telling us when the final report was completed and you had the OIG's conclusion and audit findings isn't worth even a mention, then you and anyone else who agrees with you, like David Cohen and the Ganz Gremlins from the front row, then you all are either seriously deluded or are hiding something and trying to worm your way out of it.

The fact is this report and all reports and almost any information related to the government of our City and it's business is exactly that, our business.  It's not only conducive to having an open government with transparency and maintaining the public trust, but it's the "LAW".

I didn't realize that elected officials and public officials had the right to determine what information, that clearly falls under the purview, scope, and jurisdiction of the State and Federal Governments public record laws, should be disseminated to the public and when.

The Attorney General Pam Bondi has been quoted as saying 
"In Florida, transparency is not up to the whim or grace of public officials. Instead, it is an enforceable right."
I found this when I submitted my complaints against City Manager, Burgess Hanson, and Bill Ganz, along with the Commission Video of the Oct 4, 2011 meeting with the "only" articles that discuss this FEMA audit, which are Judy Wilson's articles from the Pompano Pelican dated Oct 7, 2011 and the one that Ganz held up after I left tonights meeting, after being fed up with the cover-up and lies that he was spewing, from October 17, 2011, for lying to the pubic and causing a public record to be falsified, which I believe may be a violation of FL Statute 839.13.  Some of you may remember this statute because it is the one that the SAO is charging Sylvia Poitier with violating, well I believe her comrades from the Deerfield Beach dais Bill and Burgess did the same thing on Oct 4 and Oct 18, but again I am no lawyer, so we will leave that up to the District 17 State Attorney's Office and Broward's Office of the Inspector General to decide.  This is a perfect test for Satz and Scott to show the people of Florida that what's good for the goose is good for the gander and they investigate and prosecute indiscriminately.

Isn't that odd, that even the newspapers didn't find this information important enough to inform the residents of it's possibilities and implications when it came out on April 12, 2011.  September 28, 2011, almost one year to that date that the OIG HUD audit of the Community Development Department was finalized and the OIG's recommendation was submitted to HUDs Miami office foreview did a member of the public discover and inform the residents of this possibility and mysterious audit.  Since then the City has taken a defensive stance on why they didn't tell us and now they are hoping that we buy this new story that it was mentioned by Hugh Dunkley on Sept 21, 2010 that the OIG was here.  

Again, even if it is true we the residents deserve more than a mere mentioning of a possible multi-million dollar or even 2 cent payback to FEMA or any other agency, entity, or even 16 ex-employee(S) that recently may have won an arbitration against the City, who was found to have conducted the 2010 lay-offs out of compliance with the Employee Unions Agreement.  This is "NEWS" and yet our "NEWS" papers are void of the very thing they should be putting first, actual "NEWS".

Now some of you like David Cohen and the Ganz Gremlins, which are those three ladies in front, that hurriedly asked that I be removed by "JOE" the Cop after I stated that I was voluntarily leaving due to the bull**** Bill Ganz was excreting from his anus, through his chest and out of his mouth may think that what the City is doing is okay.

Let me just say something and this is directed directly at David Cohen, who attended some of the Community Action Team meetings during the utility tax affair and who publicly advised the group  to submit prr's in regard to seeing if major companies in Deerfield Beach, i.e. Publix (his words not mine) were paying their fair share of the water bills and not taking advantage of loopholes in the charter and the law, which the City is allowing them to exploit (again his words not mine).  I don't know if you, Mr. Cohen, have had a change of heart or maybe you just batting for both teams, but you sir need to make a choice.  You either know that the City is not as transparent as it claims and does indeed hide information from the residents and you choose to keep it to yourself or you know the information and shout it from the rooftops because the law demands it and if the City won't follow the law then you will.  That is your choice, like it is all of our choices.  The only person that will condemn you for making the right one, which is choosing to keep your fellow citizens informed of wrong doings, is the individuals that are doing the wrong-doing.

Which if I am not mistaken, Chaz Bill, and Burgess are at this very moment trying to figure out how to discredit me and the facts of the OIG FEMA report, but was right about one thing, the facts are the facts and let them do withit what they will.  Me, I will tell the facts to my brethren in the City and keep all of us residents informed, so we can begin to finally have an open and transparent government as the law prescribes but the City Staff and Commission won't obey.

In closing, I advise everyone to read the report for yourself.  See who is the giving the facts that are available.  I know I didn't make this stuff up, but Burgess, Bill, Chaz, and certain Staff would have you believe that the OIG and I don't know what we are talking about and so they alone should be trusted.

Yeah, right!!!

If these Commissioners don't see that "we the people" need answers and a full investigation into our City and it's management then maybe they are not fit to govern us, especially those will seek re-election or those that will run be running for Mayor in the next election.

Let us be leaders in the fight against corruption.  Let's be the first City to take a hard and definitive stand against corruption instead of just giving it new places to hide, like at the Ganz residents.  It is no secret that everyone knows that corruption has a permanent home over at Noland's and Popelsky's respective places.

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