Friday, May 06, 2016

State's Attorney R.J. LARIZZA Re-Elected



So 7th Circuit State's Attorney R.J. LARIZZA was re-elected?
Four more years?
Sorry, you did not get a vote.
No one ran against him.
Qualifying ended today.
Not one lawyer with a spine in four counties willing to stand up and run against louche LARIZZA.
So, I reckon R.J. LARIZZA won't even be on the ballot.
Neither will the Public Defender, James S. Purdy.
R.J. LARIZZA is complicit in the coverup of the Michelle O'Connell shooting case.

The New York Times, "Two Gunshots on a Summer Night" by Walt Bogdanich & Glenn Silber (November 24, 2013):  http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/
PBS/Frontline, "A Death in St. Augustine (November 26, 2013):
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-in-st-augustine/ 

NBC News Dateline, "Two Shots Fired" (April 18, 2014):
http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/full-episode-two-shots-fired-n84816 Folio Weekly: Jeff Billman, "Somebody's lying -- An activist accuses the St. Augustine Record of bowing 
to pressure from Jeremy Banks' attorney. The paper accuses her of spreading misinformation" (September 17, 2014), http://folioweekly.com/SOMEBODYS-LYING-ST-AUGUSTINE-RECORD-ACTIVIST-JEREMY-BANKS,10912 Dr. Phil, "The Mystery of Michelle O'Connell" (November 3, 2014): http://www.drphil.com/shows/show/2298 Folio Weekly, "Murder, He Wrote," by Susan Cooper Eastman (November 19, 2014), http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2014/11/michelle-oconnell-shooting-read-folio.html
Folio Weekly, "The Proxy War," by Derek Kinner (March 4, 2015): http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2015/03/folio-weekly-deputy-jeremy-banks-and.html 

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Honor Robert Hall & Re-enactors Monday, 5/9

St. Augustine historic re-enactors will be honored on Monday, May 9th, including former Flagler College Art Department Chair Robert Hall, also an epic hero of historic preservation and critic of prevarication in St. Augustine. Here's the Folio Weekly profile. Here's the Record's editorial:

Editorial: de Aviles Awards right on target
Posted: May 5, 2016 - 7:06pm

Understand, all of the de Aviles Award winners over the past 28 years are deserving of the award, but this year’s honorees may be more meaningful. That’s because, by recognizing the two couples who’ll share the award this year, we are also recognizing the value of the vocation and passion that pulled these four out of “normal” lives and into personas of the past.

If you’ve ever watched the re-enactors downtown, you’ve likely seen Carl Rang and Bob Hall. Their wives, Patti Rang and Gudrun Hall, play a role more behind the scenes, keeping their husbands (and most of or re-enactment population) in stitches — quite literally.

The two couples lit the spark which started the fire of historic re-enactments in our city.

The Halls found their way into the city, and it into them, in the early 1960s. He was a teacher and later the founding chair of the Flagler College Art Department. Gudrun was the costumer for the then-Preservation Board. Both were involved in the genesis of Cross and Sword, the state’s official play, in 1965.

Carl and Patti Rang started out in the musical end of the re-enactment community, with Carl joining the Fife and Drum Corps and Patti making period costumes. You don’t go to Hobby Lobby for the raw materials for 17th century Spanish or 18th century British garb. And, you won’t find his instrument at a Fife & Dime store (... sorry).

Both couples, says City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline, have been “immersed” ever since in the activities and authenticity of the Florida Historic Militia. They began as specialists, and have become what we might call renaissance re-enactors, being able to flip from Spanish, to British and, we understand, they speak some Civil War as well.

They’re being honored for bringing what they did — and do — to their profession — although that’s probably the wrong word, because it hints at getting a paycheck. They don’t.

If you look around town, what single landmark or sight most brings our real history to life? Sure, the Castillo de San Marcos stubbornly resists time on the bayfront, but it doesn’t bark orders in Spanish, saunter downtown, tip a grog or fire a cannon. The re-enactor community, for many reasons, is the spinal cord of our history — live synapses firing all the time, connecting the heart and brain to our cultural cognizance.

They work hard, They have a lot of fun. They pay attention to the detail of their “other” lives, and pride themselves on their ability to accurately “make it real.” The only way they might become more authentic is taking up residence in the Huguenot Cemetery.

The Rangs and Halls had much to do with demanding the quality of this experience from themselves and other re-enactors, and in ensuring the experience continues to resonate in vibrant, visceral ways for visitors and residents.

Thank you.

Come to May 18-20 Budget Hearings by St. Johns County Commission

So controversial St. Johns County, Florida Sheriff "Spends-a-lot" DAVID SHOAR's political machine plans to hold untelevised Budget hearings all day, May 18-20, 2016. SHOAR's henchman, County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK, refuses to televise and video-archive the hearings, walking away from me after less than a minute on May 3, 2016. In the words of the late Wm. F. Buckley, Jr., "Why does baloney reject the grinder?" Come watch. Ask questions. Demand answers. Expect democracy.
Current plans:
Won't be in County Administration Building Auditorium (Taj Mahal).
Why?
Won't be televised.
Why?
Won't be videotaped.
Why?
To be held in a conference room in this fancy-bears $16 million building.  (Below).
The "Gauze Mahal."
Why?
Because Sheriff "Spends-A-Lot," DAVID BERNERD SHOAR, f/k/a "HOAR," wants it thattaway.
He and his political machine disrespect your Right to Know.
Rights our Founders established.
Rights in our Florida Constitution.
I've filed a complaint against his henchman, County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK. See below.


St. Johns County's all-Republican Commissioners, Administrators and Sheriff "Spends-a-Lot" DAVID SHOAR with $140 pair of scissors at dedication of $16 million County Health and Human Services Building.

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: coc ; bsimmons
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2016 12:53 pm
Subject: Investigation of St. Johns County Administrator MICHAEL DAVID WANCHICK's Refusal to Broadcast Budget Hearings May 18-20, 2016

Dear Messrs. Conrad and Simmons:

Please investigate Mr. Wanchick's refusal to broadcast our County Budget Hearings on our $629,000,000 budget -- a violation of ADA and Sunshine, constituting waste, fraud and abuse.

It's our money.   

We, the People have a right to televised Budget Hearings.  All other County Commission meetings are televised. 

As the authors of the Fundamental Laws of West New Jersey wrote in 1676, (Sec. 23): "Justice may not be done in a corner, nor in any covert manner."

Please see below.

Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am, 
Sincerely yours,
Ed
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin <easlavin@aol.com>
To: mwanchick <mwanchick@sjcfl.us>; mryan <mryan@sjcfl.us>; pmccormack <pmccormack@sjcfl.us>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2016 11:47 am
Subject: Request No. 2016-177: Your Denial of Service Attack on Our Democracy and Public Participation Rights: Your Refusal of Sunshine & ADA Reasonable Accommodation and Refusal to Hold and Televise May 18-20 Budget Hearings in St. Johns County Auditorium








Request No. 2016-177:  Your Denial of Service Attack on Our Democracy and Public Participation Rights: Your Refusal of Sunshine & ADA Reasonable Accommodation and Refusal to Hold and Televise May 18-20, 2016 Budget Hearings in St. Johns County Auditorium

Dear Mr. Wanchick:


1. Yesterday, May 3, 2016, at about 1 PM, during a break in the SJC BCC meeting, in the County Auditorium, you spoke to me (for less than one minute)
2. I inquired about:
A. Your denial of an ADA reasonable accommodation; and
B. Your refusal to televise St. Johns County's May 18-20, 2016 Budget Hearing on COMCAST & AT&T cable television (SJC Government TV channel) and GTV live streaming video on the Internet.
3.  Yesterday you claimed that you were "in compliance" with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you did not articulate any valid legal reason for not televising and not video-archiving three (3) days of Budget Hearings on a $629,000,000 annual budget, then you abruptly turned your back and you walked away.    Our discussion was not finished.  Please call me today.
4.  Your curt behavior in response to my ADA and Sunshine "compliance" concerns yesterday showed a lack of compassion and decorum on your part --- and a lack of dignity, respect and consideration for First Amendment protected activity.   How gauche and louche.  
5.  Please send me today all documents on your consideration (if any) of my ADA and Sunshine request, your consultation with the County Attorney and Commissioners, and all research, e-mails, legal advice and research leading to your maladroit and dismissive response and to Mr.  Ryan's written response to Mr. Reynolds dated May 2, 2016 .
6. Are you willing to agree to mediation by Florida Assistant Attorney General Patricia Gleason?

_____ Yes    _______ No

Thank you for your prompt response today.
With kindest regards, I am, 


Sincerely yours,
Ed
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998



-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin <easlavin@aol.com>
To: pmccormack <pmccormack@sjcfl.us>; mwanchick <mwanchick@sjcfl.us>; mryan <mryan@sjcfl.us>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2016 8:24 am
Subject: Request No. 2016-176: Photo, fire marshall occupancy rating and diagram of SJC HHS Building Conference Room, including furniture, electrical, PA, telecommunications and camera outlet locations


Please send.  Thank you.

-----Original Message-----


From: easlavin <easlavin@aol.com>
To: mwanchick <mwanchick@sjcfl.us>; pmccormack <pmccormack@sjcfl.us>; bcc1jjohns <bcc1jjohns@sjcfl.us>; bcc2jsmith <bcc2jsmith@sjcfl.us>; bccd3 <bccd3@sjcfl.us>; bccd4 <bccd4@sjcfl.us>; bccd5 <bccd5@sjcfl.us>; coc <coc@sjccoc.us>; arimel <arimel@sjcfl.us>; mryan <mryan@sjcfl.us>
Sent: Mon, May 2, 2016 2:43 pm
Subject: ADA Reasonable Accommodation and Sunshine Law Request on St. Johns County Budget Hearings May 18-20, 2016; Request No. 2016-175






Dear Chairman Smith, County Commissioners and Messrs. WanchickMcCormack and Ryan:
A. No response to my 5/1 requests.  Why?  
B. I just received the response Mr. Ryan sent to Mr. Reynolds e-mail today.
C. His pretexts are at best facetious and "not worthy of belief."  DeFord v. TVA, 700 F.2d 281, 283 (6th Cir. 1983).
D. Your "historically" holding meetings at inconvenient times and places is a stench in the nostrils of our Nation.
E. What County ordinance allows or requires such evasion of television?
F. Why hold a meeting in a cramped conference room instead of the County Auditorium?
G. This is undemocratic and a blatant attempt to avoid public scrutiny.
H.  One of you (Commissioner Morris) publicly insulted and stigmatized me at the June 16, 2015 meeting on the proposed 16.66% sales tax for opposing waste fraud and abuse but not attending the untelevised Budget Hearings.   Once again, BCC is still holding Budget Hearings away from tv scrutiny.  Why?  Again:
1. Please assure that there is live streaming internet, live cable TV video and archived video of the May 18-20, 2016 Budget Hearing of the St. Johns County Commission.
2. Why is the important annual budget meeting not being held at the County Commission Auditorium?  Please explain and provide documents.
3. This is a request for reasonable accommodation pursuant to ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and for using best available technology to comply with reasonable expectation of probity under Florida's Sunshine laws, enacted pursuant to Article I, Section 24, Fla. Constitution by vote of 3.8 million people (83% of voters) in 1992.
4. Please honor your duties under your constitutional oath, pursuant to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, to "support, protect and defend the Constitution and laws…."
5. Please send all documents concerning this and my prior ADA and Sunshine requests to open all public meetings to public scrutiny via live streaming video and archived video. 
6. St. Johns County has a custom, usage, practice and procedure violating First Amendment rights by holding BCC and Board meetings at the most inconvenient times and places,  so that we won't be able to go and discuss government actions, just as our Founders complained in the Declaration of Independence (1776), listing the offensives against democracy of King George III.  
7. Why do you hold meetings that are not televised?   Please explain and provide documents.
8. Why are virtually all of your meetings during the workday?   Please explain and provide documents.Please call me to discuss.

Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998







-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Reynolds <thomasfreynolds@yahoo.com>
To: Ed Slavin <easlavin@aol.com>
Sent: Mon, May 2, 2016 2:12 pm
Subject: Fw: Budget meetings




Rights

On Monday, May 2, 2016 12:51 PM, Michael Ryan <mryan@sjcfl.us> wrote:


Mr. Reynolds,
Thank you for contacting St. Johns County with your inquiry about the Administrator Budget Hearings. Mr. Wanchick asked me to respond on his behalf due to my involvement in the division that operates GTV. Because the design of BCC Auditorium is not conducive to the round table discussions that occur during the Administrator’s Budget Hearings, the meetings have historically been held at other County facilities. The hearings mentioned in your email will be held in the Health and Human Services building conference room. The County does not currently possess the technology or equipment to live broadcast off-site meetings. In addition, while we can video record in the field, we do not have the capabilities to capture audio at an off-site meeting that would be adequate for a rebroadcast on GTV. The Administrator’s Budget Hearings are open to the public and will be noticed in the media, on the St. Johns County website, and through a variety of other communication tools. We look forward to seeing you there. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any additional questions regarding GTV.
Thank You,
Michael Ryan
Director of Communications
St. Johns County, Florida
Office: 904.209.0549 / Cell: 214.493.2983 / www.sjcfl.us
link1twitfacebmail instagram youtube
PLEASE NOTE: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and employees regarding public business are public records available to the public and media through a request. Your e-mail communications may be subject to public disclosure.
From: Tom Reynolds [mailto:thomasfreynolds@yahoo.com]
Sent: Monday, May 02, 2016 9:29 AM
To: Michael Wanchick
Cc: Commissioner Jeb Smith; Commissioner James K. Johns; Commissioner Bill McClure; Commissioner Jay Morris; Commissioner Rachael Bennett; Patrick McCormack
Subject: Budget meetings
To: Mr Michael Wanchick, County Administrator of St Johns                County, Florida
From: Tom Reynolds, a very concerned Citizen, St Johns County,               Florida
Re: Budget Hearings 
Mr Wanchick, will the Budget Hearings that are going to be held starting May 18th 2016 and going through May 20th 2016 going to be Televised on our County GTV ? 
Thank You,
Tom Reynolds   



-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin <easlavin@aol.com>
To: mwanchick <mwanchick@sjcfl.us>; pmccormack <pmccormack@sjcfl.us>; bcc1jjohns <bcc1jjohns@sjcfl.us>; bcc2jsmith <bcc2jsmith@sjcfl.us>; bccd3 <bccd3@sjcfl.us>; bccd4 <bccd4@sjcfl.us>; bccd5 <bccd5@sjcfl.us>
Sent: Sun, May 1, 2016 3:44 pm
Subject: ADA Reasonable Accommodation and Sunshine Law Request on St. Johns County Budget Hearings May 18-20, 2016; Request No. 2016-175















Dear Chairman Smith, County Commissioners and Messrs. Wanchick and McCormack:
1. Please assure that there is live streaming internet, live cable TV video and archived video of the May 18-20, 2016 Budget Hearing of the St. Johns County Commission.
2. Why is the important annual budget meeting not being held at the County Commission Auditorium?  Please explain and provide documents.
3. This is a request for reasonable accommodation pursuant to ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and for using best available technology to comply with reasonable expectation of probity under Florida's Sunshine laws, enacted pursuant to Article I, Section 24, Fla. Constitution by vote of 3.8 million people (83% of voters) in 1992.
4. Please honor your duties under your constitutional oath, pursuant to Article VI of the U.S. Constitution, to "support, protect and defend the Constitution and laws…."
5. Please send all documents concerning this and my prior ADA and Sunshine requests to open all public meetings to public scrutiny via live streaming video and archived video. 
6. St. Johns County has a custom, usage, practice and procedure violating First Amendment rights by holding BCC and Board meetings at the most inconvenient times and places,  so that we won't be able to go and discuss government actions, just as our Founders complained in the Declaration of Independence (1776), listing the offensives against democracy of King George III.  
7. Why do you hold meetings that are not televised?   Please explain and provide documents.
8. Why are virtually all of your meetings during the workday?   Please explain and provide documents.Please call me to discuss.


Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998






Two Tallahassee Lobbying Firms Merge

GrayRobinson, Cannon firms merge

BY THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
In a move that will combine two prominent Tallahassee lobbying shops, the GrayRobinson law firm is merging with Capitol Insight, a firm founded by former House Speaker Dean Cannon. Under terms of the merger, Cannon will serve as statewide chairman of government affairs and executive vice president of GrayRobinson. Cannon, an attorney, worked for GrayRobinson from 1995 to 2007. "The merger blends the power and experience of Capitol Insight into the statewide footprint of politically charged GrayRobinson," GrayRobinson President and Managing Shareholder Byrd F. "Biff" Marshall, Jr. said in a prepared statement. Also joining GrayRobinson as part of the deal are are former House Speaker Larry Cretul, Rheb Harbison, Cynthia Lorenzo, Richard Reeves, Kirk Pepper and Joseph Salzverg. Cretul seved as House speaker in 2009 and 2010 and was followed in the job by Cannon.

Stop bigotry


FBI Investigating Local Hater, JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH

A local extremist hater, "property rights" advocate JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH,  is under FBI investigation.

He had planned to be "judge" at Malheur NWR occupation kangaroo court grand jury.

In 2011, JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH accused County Commissioners and activists of "treason" for considering St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore. He accused St. Johns County Commissioners of "treason" at the November 1, 2011 Commission meeting, where he and other extremists opposed the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore.  As we reported in January:


Sunday, January 24, 2016


Local Man to Preside at Malheur NWR Kangaroo Court







Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the armed terrorists occupying Malheur National Wildlife Refuge have invited JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH, a St. Johns County resident, to be the "judge" at a kangaroo court "grand jury" attacking federal government land ownership. 

JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH has a habit of filing bizarre, seemingly meritless rambling legal filings -- he is not an attorney.  Sample here:  http://scannedretina.com/2014/06/18/public-notice-joaquin-mariano-demoreta-folch-common-law-grand-jury-administrator-announces/
For good reasons, U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales dismissed DEMORETA's deluded lawsuit in 2015, writing:
This case is before the Court on a complaint filed by Joaquin Mariano DeMoreta-Folch in the name of "We the People Statewide Common Law Grand Jury, Florida." (Doc. 1; Complaint). The Complaint names employees of Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) and several government officials, accusing them of various crimes and acts of wrongdoing apparently arising from FPL's attempt to replace DeMoreta-Folch's residential electrical meter box with a smart-meter. This Complaint is part of a troublesome trend, whereby citizens purporting to act as "common law grand juries" file frivolous or non-cognizable complaints in federal court. These frivolous and patently misleading filings burden the judiciary and hinder its ability to administer justice in truly meritorious cases.
Upon review, the instant Complaint fails to articulate a cognizable claim for relief. District courts have "the inherent authority to dismiss a patently frivolous complaint." Cuyler v. Aurora Loan Services, LLC, 2012 WL 10488184, at *2 (11th Cir. 2012) (unpublished) (citing Fitzgerald v. First East Seventh Street Tenants Corp.221 F.3d 362, 364 (2d Cir. 2000)). The courts have that authority whether the complainant has paid the filing fee, as here, or not. Fitzgerald, 221 F.3d at 364. Additionally, the Complaint fails to articulate the basis of the Court's subject matter jurisdiction.1 Because this Complaint is patently frivolous and fails to state any claim on which relief can be granted, it is due to be dismissed.
Ordinarily, the Court would give a pro se litigant, such as DeMoreta-Folch, leave to amend the complaint before dismissing it — if "it appear[ed] a more carefully drafted complaint might state a claim upon which relief can be granted[.]" Bank v. Pitt928 F.2d 1108, 1112 (11th Cir. 1991), overruled in part by Wagner v. Daewoo Heavy Indus. Am. Corp.314 F.3d 541, 542 (11th Cir. 2002) (en banc) (overruling Pitt's holding only where the litigant is counseled, and the litigant neither moved to amend nor requested leave to amend). Upon review of the Complaint, the Court is convinced that DeMoreta-Folch could not state a cognizable claim for relief even if the Court gave him leave to amend, and therefore granting such leave would be futile.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED:
1. Complainant Joaquin Mariano DeMoreta-Folch's Complaint (Doc. 1) is DISMISSED.2. The Clerk of Court is directed to close the file.3. The Clerk of Court is further directed to remove the .pdf of the Complaint from the electronic filing system and maintain it in paper format.
DONE AND ORDERED.

FootNotes


1. Federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction and therefore have an obligation to inquire into their subject matter jurisdiction. See Kirkland v. Midland Mortgage Co.243 F.3d 1277, 1279-80 (11th Cir. 2001). This obligation exists regardless of whether the parties have challenged the existence of subject matter jurisdiction. See Univ. of S. Ala. v. Am. Tobacco Co.168 F.3d 405, 410 (11th Cir. 1999) ([I]t is well settled that a federal court is obligated to inquire into subject matter jurisdiction sua sponte whenever it may be lacking."). "In a given case, a federal district court must have at least one of three types of subject matter jurisdiction: (1) jurisdiction under a specific statutory grant; (2) federal question jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1331; or (3) diversity jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1332(a)." Baltin v. Alaron Trading Corp.128 F.3d 1466, 1469 (11th Cir. 1997). In the event this threshold requirement is not met, the Court must dismiss the action if it "determines at any time that it lacks subject-matter jurisdiction." Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(h)(3). Although DeMoreta-Folch alleges that FPL violated various constitutional rights, he does not allege that FPL is a state actor, or that FPL was acting under color of state law when it engaged in the conduct of which he complains. Therefore, the Court has no basis to assume that it has federal question jurisdiction merely because DeMoreta-Folch alleges constitutional violations by FPL, a private company.

http://www.leagle.com/decision/In%20FDCO%2020150710C91/DeMORETA-FOLCH%20v.%20RODRIGUEZ

For good reasons, after a case filed by DEMORETA-FOLCH was dismissed by St. Johns County Circuit Court Judge J. Michael Traynor, in 2010, the docket notes:
10/14/2010******DO NOT ACCEPT OR TIME STAMP ANY PLEADINGS BY MR FOLCH UNLESSSIGNED BY AN ATTORNEY. ***** 

On November 1, 2011, JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH, a local Tea Party advocate who lives near St. Augustine, publicly threatened St. Johns County Commissioners with "treason" charges if they supported the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore.

JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH was the Tea Party's lead dog speaker on agenda item 1, our proposal for St. Johns County to support the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore, first proposed by Mayor Walter Fraser and then Senators Pepper and Andrews in 1939.  

Speakers in favor included the late environmental activist Ms. Robin Nadeau, Ms. Judith Seraphin, 2008 Democratic Congressional nominee Faye Armitage and former County Commissioner Sarah Bailey.  The discussion spanned some ninety minutes.  While proponents were speaking JOAQUIN MARIANO DEMORETA-FOLCH's his allies made gun noises and gun gestures and accused those of us who wanted to promote a St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore (particularly me) of being Nazis and Communists in the spirit of Hitler, Stalin and Goebbels.  

Five all-Republican St. Johns County Commissioners were not given any staff advice or memorandum. Their then Assistant County Administrator, JERRY CAMERON, is a Tea Party supporter who has appeared in Patrick Henry costume at Tea Party meetings; CAMERON retired in 2015 and is now the developer-supported candidate running for County Commissioner, with more than $56,000 of contributions. 

With significant encouragement from CAMERON, the Commissioners were terrorized by the Tea Party and voted against supporting the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore.
Their logic was as specious as the Tea Party's sophistry.  Although Commissioners have a civility rule, they never enforced it, despite being asked to do so.
Read DEMORETA's bragging of his influence on the vote here: http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2011/11/in-haec-verba-st-augustine-tea-party.html
Links to St. Augustine Record story and my responsive Sunday column are here: 
http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html
View video here (my opening statement November 1, 2011 County Commission meeting). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpGJHDyA_pU

Time to Cut Pretense of "Decorum"





St. Johns County's all-Republican Commissioners, Administrators and Sheriff "Spends-a-Lot" DAVID SHOAR with $140 pair of scissors at dedication of $16 million County Health and Human Services Building.

We don't need lectures on "decorum" from five all-Republican County Commissioners who refuse to do their jobs without fear or favor of corrupt contractors and developers and inept county bureaucrats.

County Commissioners May 3 repeatedly tried to cut short the presentation of Treasure Beach residents about the breach of contract, breach of warranty, bad dredging work, inept County supervision of its contract, bad contract-writing, flummery, dupery, noncompoopery, waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance of County Project Managers, who referred concerned neighbors to the County Attorney.  Maladroit County Commissioners praised their awful staff and insulted the concerned Treasure Beach residents, each assessed $10,000 for $3,000,000 worth of bad contractor work by GATOR DREDGING.  Residents were lectured pompously about how they should not applaud (which is protected activity under the First and Ninth Amendments).  Later, Commissioners airily insulted the residents for having shown a lack of "decorum."  Decorum is not the issue -- it's a failure of democracy when County Commissioners show such shameful, disdainful bias.

Time to Cut the Foolishness at County Commission



St. Johns County's all-Republican Commissioners, Administrators and Sheriff "Spends-a-Lot" DAVID SHOAR with $140 pair of scissors at dedication of $16 million County Health and Human Services Building.

Watching five all-Republican St. Johns County Commissioners "investigate" a documented Sunshine violation is like watching a duck try to make love to a football.


This is what you end up with:


(Art by Chuck Rowland)

Discussion was pitiful May 3, 2016 of the documented Sunshine violation by DICK WILLIAMS, County PZA Chair, in writing Commissioners.

County Attorney PATRICK McCORMACK -- who has delusions of adequacy -- asked WILLIAMS leading questions -- questions suggesting the answer -- in a transparent and unethical effort to try to coverup and paper over the documented Sunshine violation, with WILLIAMS stating in haec verba that he and the other Board members -- who had no legal meeting -- now supported putting BRAD NELSON back on the Planning and Zoning Agency.

Worse, the St. Augustine Record censored the truth, with a very shallow discussion (see below).

Commissioners voted 5-0 to approve putting BRAD NELSON back on the Planning and Zoning Agency, approving the Sunshine violation

What's going on here?

You tell me.

Play the tape -- it's here:  http://stjohnscountyfl.swagit.com/play/05032016-545  (click on agenda item 7)

Time to Cut the Pretension of Democracy -- No SJC BCC Answers on Public Questions




St. Johns County's all-Republican Commissioners, Administrators and Sheriff "Spends-a-Lot" DAVID SHOAR with $140 pair of scissors at dedication of $16 million County Health and Human Services Building.



When St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver or St. Augustine Beach Mayor Richard O'Brien (or prior Mayor Sherman Gary Snodgrass) have presided over meetings, and people ask questions, they get answers.

When St. Johns County Commission Chairs preside in recent years, there are no answers to public questions.

Stop pretending we have a democracy, Commissioners.  Jimmy Carter says we have a corrupt oligarchy.

I agree.

Either answer public questions and hold Budget Hearings on television, or prepare for consequences. 


Our former Vice President and Oscar® and Nobel Prize winner Albert Gore, Jr. has rightly compared Americans to a dysfunctional family in dealing with environmental issues, quoting Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, who said:
The Government simply cannot make up their minds, or they cannot get the Prime Minister to make up his mind. So they go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.... The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.
[Winston Churchill before the House of Commons, November 12, 1936 regarding appeasement of Nazis, quoted in Albert Gore, Jr., Earth in the Balance (1992) at 196 in context of desuetude and indecision in U.S. environmental policy.]

There has been no discussion by St. Johns County Commissioners of the proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore since the infamous date of November 1, 2011, when five craven Commissioners let gun-gesturing bullies, cowards and bigots call us "Nazis and Communists," comparing me to "Hitler, Stalin and Goebbels" for wanting to protect our public lands from developers and the likes of Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT.

Without speaking of "decorum" or invoking their "civility" rule.