The Showdown at Sunrise

So I watched the end of last night's Sunrise Commission meeting and thought it was pretty interesting drama. So I asked Chaz Stevens to jimmy up a synopsis vid, and here's what he put together (I could have had it done but would have had to go through a guy in Kansas City or something, so I stayed local):


Commissioner Sheila Alu first goes after Don Rosen hard-core, saying that he sold out the city for his business associate Jim Feeley and the garbage transfer station and that he shouldn't be a commissioner at all. Rosen comes back to

claim that he didn't actually support Feeley's controversial project (the truth is that Rosen did support the project and even had his political do-boy, Marty Rubenstein, out there promoting it as well). Rosen went on to say he doesn't "particularly like" Alu or her "nonsense" and pointed out that she had voted for Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom's company, Sterne Agee, in a Sunrise bond deal. The implication was that Alu had voted for a political friend (and it's absolutely true that Rodstrom lobbied Alu on the deal).

"Rodstrom doesn't pay me for my votes like Feeley pays you for your votes," Alu said to him.

"First of all, I haven't voted, have I?" replied Rosen. 

Actually, Rosen voted to bring the garbage proposal to the board.

"You were the pushing the whole thing," Alu countered.

"No, all I pushed was the discussion, commissioner," said Rosen.

"Just certify this portion of the transcript so I can make sure I turn it in to the proper authorities, thank you," Alu concluded. 

"Be my guest. Bring it on," Rosen said. "Bring it on."  

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