Most people tend to love their own birthdays. And why wouldn't you? For one thing, everyone is supposed to go along with whatever you want. And better still, you get presents.Whole Foods Pembroke Pines is turning 1 on Thursday. And rather than expecting anything from you, the store is celebrating wi ... More >>
Planners and lawyers at the Corrections Corporation of America are going to show up for work this morning with a significant task ahead of them: figuring out how to provide water, sewer, and emergency services to the ICE detention facility they want to build in Southwest Ranches. They were counti ... More >>
Iris SipleA couple of weeks ago, Pembroke Pines Commissioner Iris Siple got up in public and promised to try to cancel an agreement that said Pembroke Pines would provide fire, medical, water, and sewer services to a new ICE detention facility being planned for a plot of land near the Everglades. ... More >>
Ortis faces off with Southwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson.We've just discovered the austere yet intriguing Twitter account of Southwest Ranches Town Attorney Keith Poliakoff -- perhaps the perfect 140-character medium for the man who stated, "the less we say, the better off we will be."His feed di ... More >>
Photos by Stefan KamphSouthwest Ranches Mayor Jeff Nelson, ICE Director Gary Mead, and CCA exec Tony GrandeMike Machak, who has the unenviable job of public affairs manager for prison contractor CCA, stood at the door of the Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines, looking at the line of opp ... More >>
The garbage contract is up in North Lauderdale -- and suddenly there's a lot of family involvement in the business. Mayor Brady, center, with Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, right, and Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley.Long-time Mayor Jack Brady announced at the January 11 commission m ... More >>
Cal Deal Wild art: Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler with a friend (is that Judy Stern behind that mask?). And no, Seiler has nothing to do with the following blog post.So what do you do when your brother is elected to the city commission?
Why you go to political events -- like a meeting of the B ... More >>
Don't trust Pembroke Pines; don't ever trust Pembroke Pines.
It's run by a private contractor, City Manager Charles F. Dodge, in a secretive and dubious way. The city manager is aptly named -- Charlie dodges close scrutiny while he cozies up to the vendors in the town and makes multi ... More >>
You know something is wrong when an elected official is a close "friend" of a lobbyist or contractor on which he or she routinely votes.
Lobbyists and vendors want nothing more than to forge close relationships with government leaders so they can make sure to win ... More >>
That's video from August 29, when Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis climbed in the ring with NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor. Considering that LT could have crushed Ortis' skull with one swing, I suppose we shouldn't be surprised that the rolly-polly mayor is an advocate of civility and g ... More >>
Flickr user: clar@bellConflict? What conflict?This summer, the Juice raised ethical questions about the City of Pembroke Pines' decision to outsource its building department to a private, Fort Lauderdale-based company, Calvin, Giordano & Associates. Because the firm also handles multimillion- ... More >>
Flickr user: Patrick Henry McGinleyDodge this, Charlie!Many people who packed the Pembroke Pines City Commission chambers for a budget hearing last night were angry at political leaders they believed had failed them. Despite laying off 84 employees and outsourcing major city services, the city st ... More >>
Broward CountyOrtisWith its 150,000 population, Pembroke Pines stands to get a nice, fat slice of the $10-12 billion coming to Florida from the economic stimulus package Obama will sign into law today. How will Mayor Frank Ortis spend his Obama bills? Not on hookers nor cocaine. Not on a U2 performa ... More >>
Jennifer Gollan had a nice little scoop about elected officials' travel that centered on mayors Richard Kaplan, Joy Cooper, and Frank Ortis billing hundreds of dollars to stay at a hotel for a convention in Miami -- all of about 30 miles away. Nothing earth-shattering, but a sweet daily&nb ... More >>