The most resounding message sent by the conviction of former Deerfield Beach Commissioner Steve Gonot is this: Not this time, Stephanie.Juries, at least those in Broward County, don't buy politicians' convoluted explanations for apparent wrongdoing. So those of you now facing corruption char ... More >>
The recent ridiculous "Convicted Criminal" mailers targeting Broward County Commission candidate Chip LaMarca is indeed tied directly to Broward Mayor Ken Keechl's campaign. Another egregious Keechl mailerTurns out that the address of the "Broward Good Government Commi ... More >>
Catherine Maus is the chairwoman of Fort Lauderdale's Planning & Zoning Board. And that isn't right. Maus is perfectly smart enough and certainly seems of fine enough character to serve in such a capacity. In fact, I'm sure that she, as a lawyer, is a very valuable memb ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire Michael Bienes never cut ties with Bernie Madoff — even after the SEC shut him down.
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 >>
Al Capellini takes the Nixon route against his rival on the commission
Mara Giulianti's allies don't know when to stop
Investigating a gun-slinging city commissioner and the mayor who hides in the bathroom
Granteed: Is He The Leaker? The Sun-Sentinel's John Holland revealed the depths of Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry's delusions in this morning's newspaper. Scarberry swears the leak of the FBI investigation into his department didn't come from his men even though he squealed about it to six ... More >>
You know Mara and Stacey. Now, meet Michael, the Giulianti family's tough guy.
Scarberry Another morning, another day of Hollywood fallout. First came the news last week that four veteran officers in the Hollywood P.D. had become ensnared in an FBI sting. The four believed they were protecting a mob family from New York and helping it run heroin when really the wiseguys were ... More >>
Cynthia Berman-Miller, at far left, with Hollywood Commish Cathy Anderson (in purple), lobbyist Alan Koslow, and County Commish Sue Gunzberger (watch that hand, Al!) I'm going to be updating this damn bloggy beast all day long, but wanted to start with news coming from Hollywood that former state ... More >>
They're all graced with an ineffable South Florida quality
Rubin On Rubin The Sun-Sentinel's front-page headline on the death of lawyer Ellis Rubin was so crazy that you might have thought Rubin wrote it himself: "A defender of the poor, defenseless." That's rich. I'm not saying that Rubin, who died of cancer in his home at 81, was a bad man. He was a ... More >>
A Porn Starlet's Appearance on Satellite Radio Was More Rough-up Than Tete-a-Tete
An Invitation to Steal an Election
Hollywood Commission meetings are a dysfunctional family feast for developer pals.
Here's to Ray McKinney. Who is Ray? He's just a retired fellow in Fort Lauderdale who doesn't like corruption. He called me after I wrote stories about Southwest Ranches last year and said he was going to do something about it. Based on the stuff I'd dug up, he filed an ethics complaint based on th ... More >>
There's been a lot of controversy lately regarding the New Times' takeover of the Village Voice and the resulting carnage at the legendary weekly in New York. Blood has been spilled, great reporters have left or been fired, a lot of people are concerned. I don't pretend to understand what's happen ... More >>
So I was interviewing Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle last night about a story and he starts going off about the media, specifically about the Sun-Sentinel. Here's a synopsis of what was said: Naugle: It's a national crisis. People have really lost faith in the media and the new media is saving t ... More >>
To be a development star in Hollywood, its all in who you know, baby
Michael Satz's office clears Ilene Lieberman. Some might call it a travesty, but we call it transcendence.
Hollywood peddles prime downtown land for a steal with the help of a developer-loving senator
She visited Hollywood the same day as the developer. Now residents fear for their homes.
Once a commission candidate, always a critic: