Thursday, September 18, 2014

7-Eleven: Mayor BOLES makes illegal promise requiring his recusal, two false assertions


Folio Weekly cover art from "The Forever King"

Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR., eight-year, four-term Mayor of St. Augustine, is on Facebook, where he made an illegal promise and two false assertions about 7-Eleven. It happened on Monday, September 14 at 4:13 PM.

Of course, the 7-Eleven at May & San Marco is only possible because of something for which BOLES rightly takes credit/blame: he chaired PZB when the Comprehensive Plan was under consideration.

BOLES wrote:

Joe Boles Mimi, Thank you for those words of wisdom. The truth of the 7-11 issue is that none of us like it. It was only brought before the City Commission once and we voted unanimously against it. If it ever comes to us again I know I will vote "no' again.
September 14 at 4:13pm


FACTUALLY, BOLES erroneously asserts that:
1. 7-Eleven only came before the City Commission once; and
2. The City Commission voted against it unanimously.

Both statements are demonstrably erroneous.
1. The 7-Eleven came before the City Commission twice; and
2. Neither vote was unanimous.

First vote was 1-3 against halting tree removal:
http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2012-09-10/city-commission-agrees-pzb-choice-allow-tree-removal-site-proposed-7-11

Second vote was 2-2 on reversing and dismissing PZB appeal:


Sadly, BOLES' memory may be deficient. It appears that he may be suffering from a Credibility Gap, like President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Furthermore, BOLES' Facebook statement (above) means he probably cannot vote on 7-Eleven again. He stated "If it ever comes to us again I know I will vote 'no' again."

BOLES was dumb as a post to say that.

ILLEGALLY, BOLES promises to vote against 7-Eleven if it comes up again.

This promise means that 7-Eleven's competent counsel could demand BOLES' recusal. The 7-Eleven matter comes up in a quasi-judicial hearing, where Commissioners sit like a court. Legally, BOLES cannot prejudge the matter.

By making this promise in writing, BOLES gives aid and comfort to 7-Eleven. He could never vote on this issue due to having prejudged the matter. Thus, if you want to stop 7-Eleven, vote against BOLES. A former debt collection lawyer who now works on decedents' estates, he lacks common sense -- by making this remark on Facebook, BOLES' vote has been disqualified, in advance, forever.

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt Knew Economic Royalists and Welcomed Their Hatred



President Franklin D Roosevelt said in 1936: "We know now that government by organised money is just as dangerous as government by organised mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me and I welcome their hatred."

Don't Be Discouraged by Yul Nivver, Spouting "You'll Never" -- American History Teaches That Yul Nivver is Nearly Always Wrong!

Don't Be Discouraged by Yul Nivver, Spouting "You'll Never" -- American History Teaches That Yul Nivver is Nearly Always Wrong!
(reprinted and adapted from September 2, 2007 www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com)



Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.: less than 40% of the vote in primary -- 60.4% voted against him.

City Manager WILLIAM BRUCE HARRISS was overthrown by "We, The People"






"The only thing we have to fear is, fear itself."
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

"We The People" have won more than 30 progressive victories in St. Augustine and St. Johns County since 2005.
Optimists are winning and pessimists are losing.
St. Augustine is about to elect a reform mayor.
Local corruption is being exposed by Folio Weekly, The New York Times, PBS Frontline, NBC News Dateline, ABC News Good Morning America, and soon CNN, Anderson Cooper and Nancy Grace. The Michelle O'Connell case, like the no-bid mosquito control helicopter before it, shows how corrupt St. Johns County has become under one-party Republican misrule.
Our American Founders originated the idea of "future preference": as expressed by our Georgetown University School of Foreign History Professor Carroll Quigley (whom Bill Clinton quoted in his 1992 acceptance speech). Americans believe that we can make a better future for future generations. Ours was the first nation in world history to have this idea, which distinguishes Americans from all of history's rotten, corrupt monarchies.
But Americans' core beliefs, including "future preference," were shaken and challenged by a wrecking crew approach to the Constitution, Bill of Rights, limited government and the rule of law. FDR taught us to oppose "organized money" as much as an "organized mob."
Organized money hires lobbyists to engage in sneak attacks on all of America's great progressive victories, including President Theodore Roosevelt's legacy of antitrust laws and his Square Deal as well as the New Deal, Fair Deal and Great Society. The intentional wrongs and grievous errors of this wrecking crew are as innumerable as the molecules of water in the oceans.
Unlike our Founders, Big Money defenders like Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. just don't like average people.
They never met a big corporation or a wealthy person they didn't cater to and serve amiably. They share the view of Hobbes and other "nattering nabobs of negativism" -- a misanthropic hatred of humankind.
From City Hall to the County Commission Taj Mahal to Tallahassee skyscraper to the U.S. Capitol, t hey steep the Nation in their pessimism, and fight all things progressive. Like the National Association of Manufacturers, they fight every decent legislative proposal every offered.
"Whatever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me" said Jesus Christ.
There are who exploit and cause misery, like City former City Manager WILLIAM B. HARRISS, who put the contents of the old city dump into our Old City Reservoir, kicked the artists and entertainers off of St. George Street, empowered tree-killing, wetland-killing speculators like ROBERT MICHAEL GRAUBARD. HARRISS smirked at reformers, thinking he would always have five Commissioners' votes in his hip pocket and the names of 300 Republicans who he would call anytime things don't go HARRISS' way.
Those days are over.
HARRISS' one-time hey-boy, John Patrick Regan, P.E is now City Manager, and has reformed.
HARRISS' hand-picked City Attorney, RONALD WAYNE BROWN, has retired.
HARRISS' other hey-boy, Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR., is about to be retired.
Instead of working for a Living Wage and other measures to grow the economy and solve poverty, some cynics in our Nation's Oldest (European-founded) City sought to cadge votes the old-fashioned way - - by marginalizing poor people here in St. Augustine. As President Bill Clinton once said, "they're themming us to death." The notion of marginalizing homeless poor people -- and calling them "bums" -- is akin to the fascist political tactics that led to the concentration camps in Germany and the killing fields in Cambodia.
The owners and controllers are constantly struggling to divert our attention from their crimes.
The discouragers have their own vocabulary to keep people passive, starting at an early age. They tell children, "you can't fight City Hall," even though our American Founders disagreed with such hierarchical concepts.
They also frequently discourage people with the negative construct "You'll Never!"
"You'll Never" is the doom-and-gloom killer of dreams, the discourager of reforms and the denier of truth.
Imagine this "You'll Never" construct with human form and a name -- let's call him "Yul Nivver" (perhaps he looks a bit like the late Yul Brynner, who played the angry absolute monarch of Siam in the play and movie of "The King and I.:\").
Like the King of Siam played so well by Yul Brynner, Yul Nivver is a "cognitive miser."
Yul Nivver "knows not that he knows not that he knows not."
Yul Nivver is the sour- apple teacher who says to a high schooler, "you'll never" get into a first-rate college or become a musician -- he's the misogynist who discourages women students from pursuing their dreams.
Yul Nivver is the cynic who says to grownups, "you'll never" overthrow a corrupt political regime, whether at home or abroad.
Yul Nivver is the gnome who said to Americans, "you'll never" reform health care -- though every other Western nation has followed the example of Bismarck's Germany (in the 1880s) and provided decent health care for all citizens.
Yul Nivver is a know-it-all who sews unhappiness.
Yul Nivver is an anti-literate energumen who wants to bring everyone down to his level of fear and gloominess.
Perhaps Yul Nivver is clinically depressed and wants everyone else to be depressed with him.
Yul Nivver doesn't think very much. That's because Yul Nivver doesn't read too much. Mostly, Yul Nivver watches FOX News. Yul Nivver emotes, always with negative emotions.
In short, Yul Nivver is no fun to be around.
Invoking George Bernard Shaw, Senator Robert Kennedy said, "some [people] see things as they are and say why. I see things that never were and say, 'why not?'" Deep down, Yul Nivver likes things as they are, because he always and everywhere discourages reform, disparages reformers, and prattles on about what is "politically do-able," as if his termagant's tunnel-vision must limit everyone else's imagination, forever.
Yul Nivver is a killjoy and a mocker and a meddler. Yul Nivver is against Gay rights, hates Gay marriage and wants everyone to be miserable, like him.
Too many politicians these days are of the Yul Nivver variety -- people who supported Bush, Cheney and Idaho Senator Larry Craig and now support Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT and Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr.
In 2014, send these satraps to well-deserved retirement.
If anyone heeded Yul Nivver, Americans would never have declared independence, abolished slavery, ended racial segregation or liberated women and Gays. .
If Yul Nivver were taken seriously, Americans would never have defeated Nazism and Communism and Apartheid.
If Yul Nivver were taken seriously, there would be no autos with safety glass, seatbelts or airbags.
If Yul Nivver were taken seriously, there would still be major coal mine disasters killing hundreds of miners at a time.
If Yul Nivver were taken seriously, Americans would not have stopped tobacco companies from marketing their products to children, for generations raised watching Bette Davis and other move stars smoke, part of the corrupt Hollywood system of "product placements" dismantled by the tobacco settlement. (Tobacco killed the actor Yul Brynner, who filmed a TV commercial before he died).
If Americans heeded Yul Nivver, we wouldn't have abolished child labor, sweatshops and Yellow Dog contracts; there would be no National Labor Relations Act, no minimum wage laws, no eight hour day, no laws protecting workers safety, no free democratic trade unions and no laws against discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and education. On this Labor Day, we remember Yul Nivver and know that we've defeated him, again and again -- it's part of our civilization that progressives unite and defeat tyrants all the time.
If Yul Nivver were in control, there would be no environmental laws and no Foreign Corrupt Practices Act making it a crime for American corporations to bribe foreign officials.
In 1981, I was editor of a small weekly newspaper in East Tennessee, the Appalachian Observer. Local residents had seven generations of ancestors. Time had tormented their beautiful mountains, with stripmining, political corruption and environmental pollution from Oak Ridge nuclear weapons plants. Cynicism abounded.
Yul Nivver was there. Yul Nivver said we'd never eject a crooked school superintendent, imprison a crooked Sheriff, or expose the pollution by the Department of Energy and Union Carbide in Oak Ridge.
Yul Nivver was wrong on all three counts.
We did it. Working together, our newspaper and local activists transformed the place. A referendum was passed for election of the school superintendent, sending 13-year veteran school dictator PAUL EUGENE BOSTIC, SR. to well- deserved retirement. Activists encouraged Sheriff's deputies to blow the whistle to the FBI and U.S. Attorney, helping send corrupt Sheriff DENNIS O. TROTTER to federal prison (entrenched Trotter was twice Tennessee Sheriff of the Year). Activists helped win declassification of long-secret pollution, exposing the largest mercury pollution event in world history -- bigger than Minimata in Japan -- helping spur cleanup of U.S. nuclear weapons plants everywhere.
Again, Yul Nivver was wrong on all three counts.
In 2005, our City of St. Augustine City Commissioners voted 3-2 to reject Rainbow flags on our Bridge of Lions -- kicking Gays and Lesbians in the teeth for the third time -- though every other local group was allowed to fly their flags to promote and commemorate history. After the City's May 23, 2005 vote, Yul Nivver made his inevitable appearance: "You'll never" get a federal court to overturn the City's decision, Yul Nivver said. On June 7, 2005, two weeks to the day later, U.S. District Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. ordered the Rainbow flags to fly. The Rainbow flags flew from June 8-13, 2005, proving Yul Nivver wrong, once again.
Foreign-funded real estate speculators are ruining our beautiful seaside community. I've drafted a proposed St. Augustine National Historical Park, Seashore and Scenic Coastal Highway . Maurine Boles, Andrew Young and Sheriff David Shoar all love the idea.
Inevitably, Yul Nivver has already weighed in.
Though his own mother Maureen Boles supports the idea, crabbed St. Augustine Mayor JOSEPH LEROY BOLES, JR. once said he doesn't want to "federalize" historic preservation. A member of the federal St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission, BOLES has never joined his mother, Andrew Young and Sheriff David Shoar in supporting the park.
Why?
BOLES' no-bid lease business partner, ex-Mayor CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. likewise is standing in the schoolhouse door, standing in the way of a National Historical Park and National Seashore.
WEEKS is apparently driving the bus, speaking for BOLES when Folio Weekly called about their $2-3 million profit from a no-bid lease of 81 St. George Street.
BOLES and WEEKS see the 450th as a way to make money for themselves and their cronies, not to elevate history teaching and preservation of our history and nature.
What short-sighted selfish people.
Yul Nivver has said there will be no national park, seashore and scenic highway like those elsewhere in our land, inflicting a too-modest vision for the 500th anniversary of Florida (2013) and the 450th birthday of St. Augustine (2015).
Let them squirt wine on each other.
Let them eat cupcakes.
BOLES never met a developer he was not willing to kiss up to -- BOLES won less than 40% of the vote in the August 26, 2014 primary election. BOLES' opponent in the 2014 general election is the real deal -- an elegant lady who knows management skills and listens to the people.
She is a great campaigner, and BOLES is quaking in his Gucci loafers.
In 1944, my mother heard FDR speak in Philadelphia: as FDR said, "I'm an old campaigner, and I love a good fight."
Yul Nivver doesn't have a chance, folks, because hope and history are on our side.
This year is the time to fight corruption, not by half-measures or by being mealy-mouthed, but by talking sense to the people of our city, county, state and nation.
Hapless cronies like JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr. must be thrown out of office, on their uncaring ears.
We will help melt Yul Nivver's heart, just like the King of Siam yielded at the end of "The King and I," on his deathbed signalling his son that absolutism doesn't work. Show Yul Nivver the way and the wave of the future.
As Robert Kennedy said in South Africa, "it is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal or stands up for the rights of others, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples create a current that can wipe out the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
It is up to us. What do you reckon?

Re-elect Ms. JEANNE MOELLER mosquito control commissioner.

She kept all her promises, including vastly reducing organophosphates, using natural pesticides, and canceling the $1,800,000 no-bid luxury jet helicopter. AMCD Attorney GEOFFREY DOBSON and the AMCD board falsely claimed it was "sole source." They violated AMCD's January 9, 1992 purchasing policy. DOBSON and other lawyers would never answer the question as to whether it was a "policy" under Section 178 of the Restatement of COntrscts, 2d (Contract Violation of Public Policy). DOBSON admitted that if it were, then it would be "void or voidable."
The illegal contract was symbolic of corruption here in St. Johns County.
Defeating the helicopter was one of the greatest victories for the public interest in St. Johns County. JEANNE MOELLER made it possible.
The $1.8 million no-bid luxury jet helicopter, manufactured by TEXTRON's BELL HELICOPTER DIVISION, was incapable of killing a single skeeter, and was not "sole source."
Nine months of dogged efforts by Commissioners JEANNE MOELLER, JOHN SUNDEMAN, my late mentor ROBIN NADEAU, et al. resulted in running off three inept attorneys, canceling the helicopter contract and winning an $81,000 refund on the deposit. JEANNE MOELLER's courage and determination were unflinching -- she is unstoppable and will do the right thing.
The $1.8 million helicopter was one of the gravest examples of corruption in the history of St. Johns County.
JEANNE MOELLER has the "right stuff" to protect our tax money and public health. There is no substitute for wisdom, experience and courage under fire.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Folio Weekly Editor Exposes St. Augustine Record Editor Threatening Reader After Threat From Deputy JEREMY BANKS' Lawyer, CLAUDE ROBERT McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD"


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




By Jeffrey C. Billman
Posted 9/17/14
“Clara, I need your help. Will you help me?"

The voice on the other end of the phone belonged to Kathy Nelson, the director of audience/editor of the St. Augustine Record.

"I will if I can," Clara Waldhari responded. It was 10:59 a.m. on Sept. 9. The conversation lasted seven minutes and 23 seconds, according to Waldhari's phone records. Throughout, Waldhari took detailed notes — a habit she says she picked up many years ago while earning a master's degree in journalism. (She later worked as a book editor, and is now retired.)

Nelson, she says, told her she'd received a phone call early in the morning — 1 or 2 a.m. — from Robert L. "Mac" McLeod, the attorney for St. Johns Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Banks, whom Waldhari and many others believe killed his girlfriend Michelle O'Connell on Sept. 2, 2010. (O'Connell's death, caused by a bullet fired from Banks' gun, has been ruled a suicide.) McLeod was threatening to sue the Record unless Nelson reined in Waldhari's comments about Banks on the newspaper's website, Nelson told her. Nelson told Waldhari to never again use the words "Jeremy Banks," or "sick dog" or "murderer" in reference to Jeremy Banks. If she violated these rules, her posts would be unpublished and she would be banned.

"I don't want any more calls from a lawyer at two in the morning," Waldhari says Nelson told her.

That afternoon, Waldhari 
fired off an email to Nelson: 
"Mac MacLeod [sic] is advocating for his client. Why would The Record fold? Don't you see? They are trying to shut up ANOTHER woman." Still, she promised to abide by Nelson's edict. "I intend to write advocacy pieces that support drawing attention to Michelle's death, not as a challenge to you or Mac or anyone else, but because this is important. … I believe, according to your rules of posting, that I get three warnings. This is number one. I heard you loud and clear."

Waldhari says Nelson never responded.

Waldhari then shared her story with fellow activist Ed Slavin, who posted it on his blog, cleanupcityofstauagustine.blogspot.com. "A member of the [Florida] Bar calling a party represented by corporate counsel at two in the morning is unethical," Slavin wrote.

Slavin says he called Nelson and left a detailed message, then sent her a letter to the editor. Nelson never got back to him to dispute Waldhari's story, which he took as an "admission of silence," he says.

That same day, the Record posted a rote story about Gov. Rick Scott's campaign visit to Fruit Cove, omitting the part where he dodged Michelle O'Connell's sister, who was waiting in line to speak with the governor about her family's demand for a coroner's inquest into Michelle's death. Waldhari posted a comment asking why the Record had ignored what other media outlets had highlighted. Within an hour, she says, the story had vanished from the home page, relegated to a nether region accessible only by the website's search bar. She assumed the paper was trying to silence her voice. And that was when she decided she'd had enough.

On Sept. 10, she wrote an email asking the paper to delete her account. On Sept. 11, a Record staffer responded, "I will have them remove your account."

"There are things that are right, and there are things that are wrong," Waldhari says. "The stance the paper is taking — it's not journalism, it's propaganda."

If her story is correct, it indeed paints the Record in a less-than-positive light — cowed by flimsy legal threats (Banks is, after all, a public figure), or perhaps overly deferential to the official narrative. (Just last year, in fact, Nelson drew national ridicule when she answered The New York Times' deeply researched story that laid bare the problems with the investigation into O'Connell's death with a page one article suggesting that St. Augustine was "a victim of big media parachuting into a small town.")

But the Record isn't conceding her veracity.

"There was no middle-of-the-night phone call," says St. Augustine Record publisher Delinda Fogel. "That is simply not true. It simply did not happen."

"I have never called or spoken to Kathy Nelson and have no clue as to why or how this allegation could have started or gained any traction," McLeod wrote in an email. "Anyone that says I have called her or made any complaints about their postings is either wholly ignorant or duplicitous. … I cannot recall the last time I was awake at 2 a.m., much less making phone calls."

Nelson did not respond to a voice mail or email seeking comment. (Fogel called on her behalf.) She did, however, respond to an email McLeod sent after he was contacted by Folio Weekly, in which he asked her to "confirm to others that I have never met, phoned or in any other way communicated with you about any subject, much less the Banks case."

"I can confirm that I never told anyone that and am just as annoyed as you that Clara W. and Ed Slavin have put this misinformation out in the community," Nelson replied. "Clara was warned and then banned from commenting on our website because she continually violated its terms of service."

The commenting rules the Record outlines on its website are fairly boilerplate: Don't use profane or racist language; don't defame or threaten anyone; don't post anything fraudulent or grossly inflammatory. Nelson did not specify which term of service Waldhari had allegedly violated. (A review of Waldhari's comments on the Record's website reveals nothing particularly incendiary, though it's possible those posts were deleted.) Nelson's statement that Waldhari was banned does seem at odds with the email exchange in which Waldhari asked the Record to delete her account.

After learning that the Record was, in essence, calling her a liar, Waldhari told Folio Weekly that she stands by what she said. "I know what I heard. I know what I discussed."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

City Needs Ethics Code for Employees and Former Employees

Fired City Planning and Building Director is already working at McCLURE BLOODWORTH, working as a non-lawyer representing developers before the City. RONALD WAYNE BROWN retired yesterday. He has opened a law firm and will be representing you know who.
Tell your Commissioners you want an Ethics Code that restricts post-employment activities.

FIVE QUOTES ABOUT CORRUPTION

"The accomplice to the crime of corruption is often our own indifference."
-- Bess Myerson, former NYC consumer protection regulator and Miss America

"The more corrupt the state, the more laws."
-- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

"We are corrupted by prosperity."
-- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

“It’s a sad day when you have members of Congress who are literally criminals go undisciplined by their colleagues. No wonder people look at Washington and know this city is broken.”
--- Senator John Forbes Kerry, now U.S. Secretary of State

“It’s a sorry statement about how broken Washington is that we could not take advantage of this unique and sad moment in history and enact serious lobbying reform. We owed it to the people who sent us to Washington to root out corruption, and the Senate turned its back on a golden opportunity today.”
--- Senator John Forbes Kerry

Monday, September 15, 2014

City Never Approved Sublease of 81 St. George Street Lease by Mayor, Ex-Mayor -- Return Requested: IN HAEC VERBA

What do you reckon?


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: lweeks ; mayorboles
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 3:44 pm
Subject: 81 St. George Street - - no written document approving sublease(s) -- please return the property to the City of St. Augustine. Now.

Dear Messrs. Weeks and Boles:
1. Our City of St. Augustine has never approved your sublease(s) of government property.
2. There is no document of any kind approving your sublease(s) of government property.
3. Your subletting government property without the landlord's written permission is a material breach of the lease and unethical. (Paragraph 8, ASSIGNMENT OR SUBLETTING).
4. Your no-bid lease is already an embarrassment to our City and its residents, reported in a Folio Weekly cover story. http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2014/08/folio-weekly-blogger-lease-and-st.html
5. Therefore, please tender the 81 St. George Street property back to the City of St. Augustine to protect our City's global reputation, the public interest and the public fisc. Now.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely,
Ed Slavin
www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
904-377-4998

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: jpiggott ; ilopez ; rbrown
Cc: ilopez ; jregan ; lfountain
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:37 pm
Subject: Re: 81 St. George Street - - no document approving sublease(s)

Therefore, the sublease is illegal, right? The City can take back the building now. Please do so.

-----Original Message-----
From: Ed Slavin
To: Jim Piggott
Cc: ilopez ; John Regan ; Lucy Fountain
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:10 pm
Subject: Re: 81 St. George Street documents approving sublease(s); lessee communications requesting extension, modification or amendment of lease

Thank you.

-----
On Sep 15, 2014, at 1:44 PM, Jim Piggott wrote:

Ed,

The City has no sublease approving documents.
Verbal approval from tenant to extend contract. Nothing in writing.
Addendum is attached.

Jim

Jim Piggott
Director, General Services
75 King Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 825-1010
-----
From: easlavin@aol.com [mailto:easlavin@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2014 1:07 PM
To: ilopez@cityofstaug.com; John Regan; Lucy Fountain; Jim Piggott
Subject: 81 St. George Street documents approving sublease(s); lessee communications requesting extension, modification or amendment of lease

Please send. Thank you.


RONALD WAYNE BROWN Retires As City Attorney, Opens Law Practice Same Day

Congratulations, everyone!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ron Brown
To: easlavin
Sent: Mon, Sep 15, 2014 2:37 pm
Subject: Out of Office: 81 St. George Street - - no document approving sublease(s)

I will retire as City Attorney effective September 15, 2014. Should you require assistance from our office, please email our office administrator, Debra Gibson, dgibson@citystaug.com. Should you desire to contact me personally, please direct any correspondence to ron@lawronbrown.com. Thanks. Ron.

Ron Brown, Counselor at Law

A north Florida native, Ron Brown recently retired as City Attorney for St. Augustine, Florida. Prior to that service, he practiced law in St. Augustine for 17 years as a partner in Dobson and Brown, P.A. where he represented numerous condominium and homeowners′ associations across North Florida, as well as represented local government clients including:

Town of Hastings – City Attorney
St. Augustine Beach – City Attorney
St. Johns County Clerk of Court
St. Johns County Tax Collector
St. Johns County Code Enforcement Board
Anastasia Mosquito Control District
Port, Waterway and Beach District
Condominium and Homeowners′ Association Law Experience Includes:

- Developer Turnover

- Covenants and Restrictions Enforcement

- Association Arbitration

- Construction Claims

- Special Assessments

Additional Practice Experience Includes:

- Civil and Commercial Litigation

- Real Property and Land Use Law

- Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation Actions

- Administrative Law before Local and State Agencies

- Appellate Law

Credentials & Professional Associations:

Florida Bar, member in good standing
Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, member in good standing
11th Circuit Court of Appeals: member in good standing
St. John’s County Bar Association: former president and current member in good standing
Ron and his wife, Janice, reside in St. Augustine, Florida.







Sunday, September 14, 2014

MAYOR BOLES SPENDS 1/5 OF CAMPAIGN FUNDS ON HATE RADIO Stations WFOY & WFOY-FM

In 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was murdered in Dallas; I was six years old. I was devastated. I was in awe of JFK and his policies, particularly civil rights (as explained to me by my late father).
In fact, on Halloween 1963, I played JFK, complete with plastic mask. 22 days later, JFK was murdered. I heard the cheers of 3rd and 4th graders up the hall in Mantua, N.J.
Later I read Arthur Schlesinger’s book, A Thousand Days, about the Kennedy Administration – he noted how kids in Dallas cheered. But they cheered at my elementary school. JFK worked to extend civil rights to all and saved the world from conflagration during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It was apparent that the Protestant parents of some of the kids in my school hated JFK because he was a Roman Catholic (like me); that is why 3rd and 4th grade children cheered upon news that our President was shot.
In 1968, Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was murdered; I was eleven years old. I was devastated. I supported his run for the presidency and opposed the war in Vietnam. Senator Kennedy spoke from the heart, spontaneously, in the heart of Indianapolis’ ghetto the night that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered:
…we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.
My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."
What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black. ..
Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.
Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much. (Applause)
In 1972, the Watergate scandal broke. I was fifteen years old. I watched the scandal unfold, read the New York Times every day and watched the Senate Watergate hearings on TV. Slowly, like all other thinking Americans, came to the conclusion that President Richard Milhous Nixon was a crook. The lessons that I learned watching Watergate shaped the rest of my life – holding governments and corporations accountable to the people and using journalism and law to do it.
I watched Richard Nixon resign and leave office in disgrace in August 1974.
Within days I was enrolled at Georgetown University, where I hoped to watch the criminal trial of Richard Nixon.
There I heard Ralph Nader speak to Georgetown freshmen in Gaston Hall, answering all our questions until the last students left.
The next day, I volunteered to work for Senator Edward M. Kennedy (at age 17 ½) and worked for him and three Senators, earning the nickname of “Fast Eddie” in Kennedy’s office for the speed with which I perambulated about the Senate, U.S. Capitol and environs and performed errands.
A few weeks later, our new President, Gerald Rudolph Ford, pardoned disgraced, resigned ex-president Richard Milhous Nixon. I found out about the Nixon pardon when one of the maids in our dormitory walked in my room and told me about it. I was so angry I punched the wall by my desk, next to the color photo of Robert Kennedy.
Punching the wall hurt – it was made of actual plaster (I was a “hick from the sticks” of Southern New Jersey, where our walls were made of wallboard).
Our country was hurt by Ford’s pardon, which functioned as a never-go-to-jail card, and allowed a criminal politician to avoid a criminal trial, without Nixon ever confessing his guilt.
I watched as anti-Gay haters (like Jerry Falwell) announced a “30 years war against homosexuality,” attempting to declare 10% of Americans were immoral and persona non grata, enacting Nuremberg-style laws (including the Defense of Marriage Act and the recently repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law).
When Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court, Jerry Falwell and other haters opposed her, because she might be pro-choice. Senator Barry Goldwater (R-Arizona) said at a public forum that “every good Christian ought to line up to kick Barry Goldwater in the ass.” Rep. Morris K. Udall responded by passed note, “he’d just turn the other cheek.”
I watched as President Ronald Reagan attacked civil rights and held his first campaign appearance in 1980 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, a KKK stronghold where civil rights workers Cheney, Schwerner and Goodman were arrested on bogus speeding charges, released by the local sheriff and murdered by his friends in the KKK.
I’ve watched as organized bigots, funded by right-wing oil billionaires, have attacked every progressive politician, targeting them.
I've watched as St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR issued t-shirts encouraging violence against anti-war protesters (although he later apologized to me and our community, the t-shirt speaks volumes about the quality of debate in our county).

I've watched SHOAR coverup the September 2, 2010 shooting death of Michelle O'Connell in the home of one of SHOAR's deputies, with his service weapon, aided and abetted by State's Attorneys RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA and BRADLEY KING, Medical Examiner PREGRAG BULIC, M.D. and Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT, who took the Fifth Amendment 75 times in depositions involving his dodgy corporation, which paid some $1.6 billion in settling Medicare and Medicaid fraud charges.
Lately, I’ve watched reprobate St. Augustine MAYOR JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. spend 1/5 of his campaign budget on HATE RADIO for his re-election campaign and law office advertising, soliciting clients.  
Despite his occasionally inspiring efforts to reach out to African-Americans, including Ambassador Andrew Young, BOLES is NOW subsidizing HATE RADIO with thousands of dollars from his personal fortune and campaign coffers.
As Douglas Bloomfield wrote about his late father in the Jerusalem Post in 2009: “To him many of the hate radio voices of today were echoes of one from his youth, Father Charles Coughlin, the rabid anti-Semitic radio preacher who praised Hitler and accused FDR of ‘leaning toward international socialism’ (sound familiar?) and being a tool of the Jews. Dad didn't listen to talk radio; it just made him angry, he said, and he thought most of those on it were "stupid." He said people like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh and their ilk reminded him of Father Coughlin. He called them ‘aginners.; They don't stand for anything, they just want to tear things and people down and tell you what they're against, he liked to say. ‘They're aginners, not builders,’ he explained. ‘It's always easier to be an aginner.’ The aginners don't have to take any responsibility, they don't have to solve problems. Actually they prefer to create problems for others, he'd say. Often the aginners are haters, racists, elitists. Or they are stirring up rage for purely mercenary reasons. NO PARTY has a monopoly on aginners, although the conservatives appear intent on cornering the market these days and have the greatest access to the mass media - despite absurd claims about the ‘liberal media.’ Race baiting is a popular focus for hate-talkers like Beck, who has accused the president of hating white people, and Limbaugh, who is alerting the nation to the looming crisis created by two black teens beating up a white kid on a Missouri school bus. …When it came to politics, my father and I found little in common, but there was one thing we could agree on - the aginners. Dad would have agreed with The New York Times's resident conservative columnist David Brooks, who said Beck and Limbaugh, with their agenda of fear and hate instead of ideas and policy, aren't going to take over the country, but they are taking over the Republican Party, and that's not good for the country.”
In Arizona, these have reached a fever pitch, and Arizona is becoming, as Pima County Sheriff Clarence W. Dupnik said, “the mecca for prejudice and bigotry.”
"It’s time for us to do some soul-searching,” Sheriff Dupnik said.
I reckon Sheriff Dupnik is correct.
Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat, won re-election over a Republican Tea Party opponent backed by Sarah Palin, who urged that Giffords was someone who needed to be taken out! “Don’t retreat, instead- RELOAD!” was how Sarah Palin introduced a map targeting 20 officeholders for their support of health care reform, targeting GIffords’ Congresional district with rifle cross-hairs. Palin’s staff now claims that the cross-hairs were “surveyor’s marks.” That dog won’t hunt.
According to Desert Living Today, quoting Gawker, “Giffords’ Tea Party opponent in the 2010 election, Jesse Kelly, went even further with the violent rhetoric. Kelly’s campaign held an event called ‘Get on Target for Victory in November.’ Description: ‘Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office. Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.’”
After Gabrielle Giffords was shot down on Saturday at a Tucson Safeway supermarket, Sarah Palin wrote,” “My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”
“Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue,” as Francois de la Rochefoucauld said.
Our Founders pledged “our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor” to protecting liberty in our Declaration of Independence.
Some haters would like to read out of the Constitution Hispanics, African-Americans, women, poor people and Gays and Lesbians. These haters are other-directed and would if empowered vote to protect only corporations’ rights (like House Speaker John Boehner).
Haters want to divide us between “us and them” – as Bill Clinton once said, “they’re ‘themming’ us to death.”
They’d like America the way Dick Cheney wanted it – “afraid, very afraid!”
Authoritarians would like to rule the world and destroy our democracy. Senator Robert F. Kennedy said in South Africa June 6, 1966, in the face of the racist Apartheid government there: “"Few will have the greatness to bend history; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation ... It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."
Real Americans agree with the late Senator Robert Kennedy, who said in the Indianapolis ghetto April 4, 1968: “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”








Battalla de vino is invidious, conspicuous consumption










Yesterday, September 13, is a date that will live in infamy -- a day of conspicuous, invidious, wasteful consumption and exemplifies how mismanaged our 450th celebration has become under St. Augustine, Florida Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, Jr.

Mayor BOLES' buddy, CHARLES SERAPHIN a/k/a GOOD-TIME "CHARLIE SERAPHIN," is a City Hall hanger-on. CHARLIE SERAPHIN is a dodgy $70,000/year City contractor employee, the failed 450th fundraising consultant, reborn as its marketing consultant.

CHARLIE SERAPHIN also heads the St. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY and misused its resources publicly: when the City's negligence caused a pickup truck to plunge into a Charlotte Street sinkhole in the historic area, caused by City neglect of infrastructure -- the City and its SERAPHIN League of Cities Insurance would not pay the claim. That was wrong. The claim should not have been denied. The City should have advocated for its payment by the Florida League of Cities. Instead, the St. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY, headed by CHARLES SERAPHIN, bailed out the City of St. Augustine and paid for the truck repair, matching community donations. That was so wrong -- those funds are intended for the poor, not to coverup bad city management and dodgy insurance adjusters. That was like burning money raised for charitable purposes.

That's CHARLES SERAPHIN for you -- a former sports marketer who masquerades as a city consultant, doing little of public benefit, a good-ole-boy on the government payroll, a hey-boy in the employ of Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.

CHARLES SERAPHIN -- this frivol, this flop, this fop -- heads a group called the ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC. At Fred Francis Field, sometimes called the Special Event Field, there was an event held by SERAPHIN and his ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC., 44 Avenida Menendez a 501c3 charitable organization that also includes BOLES' cronies, including liquor store owner BARRY BROUDY, MICHAEL LUGO and JIM BABCOCK on its board).

Yesterday, CHARLES SERAPHIN's ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC., held an event: it involved people running about, squirting wine on each other. It is called the "Batalla de vino" or "battle of wine."

Not tasting wine. Not enjoying wine. Not drinking it. Squirting it on each other. How bizarre. How wasteful.

Economist and sociologist Thorsten Veblen coined the term "conspicuous consumption." Wikipedia reports:
Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power—either the buyer's income or the buyer's accumulated wealth. Sociologically, to the conspicuous consumer, such a public display of discretionary economic power is a means either of attaining or of maintaining a given social status.

Moreover, invidious consumption, a more specialized sociologic term, denotes the deliberate conspicuous consumption of goods and services intended to provoke the envy of other people, as a means of displaying the buyer’s superior socio-economic status.


St. Augustine Record Editor KATHY NELSON considers it front page news, and there were several lengthy stories about the ST. AUGUSTINE SPANISH WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL, INC. (while the Record refuses to cover local government waste, fraud, abuse, misfeasance, malfeasance, nonfeasance, flummery, dupery, nincompoopery, potholes, red water and other issues that people care about, including waste by the 450th, and the preponderance of rich-guy events and the lack of free events for all of our people).

Snooty Ponte Vedra rich people (and poseurs and hangers-on) squirting wine on each other is by definition "conspicuous consumption" and may be considered "invidious consumption."

Wasting wine is like wasting food.

Wasting wine is like burning money.

It is in-your-face waste.

It is disgusting.

It promotes the idea that waste is okay.

It is contrary to the dignity and genius of a free people.

It is symbolic of waste by our City government on the 450th commemoration.

While some people don't have enough to eat, and more than 1200 are homeless in our county, and our Mayor said he did not want to be "crippled by compassion," our 450th celebration here in the City of St. Augustine is smeared, bleared and teared with a bunch of invitation-only, rich-guy events, including the conspicuous consumption and wasting of wine.

What immoral degeneracy.
What a waste of wine.
What a waste of time.
What a waste of government resources that CHARLIE SERAPHIN spends city time promoting wine waste to benefit liquor sellers.

Our 450th celebration is disorganized and poorly planned.

What a waste of an opportunity for our 450th celebration to leave lasting legacies, like the St. Augustine National Historical Park and National Seashore -- America's Best Idea. www.staugustgreen.com

Oh deer!

Oh, deer!
We went for a walk this morning and saw a great big 'ole deer at 7:05.
We all froze in our tracks, on both sides of the road.
I spoke to her and told her "good morning."
Our dear deer friend nodded, taking several steps toward us.
I spoke to her again, assuring her that our friend the dog was okay, wishing her a wonderful day.
We all stood for a minute, watching each other, admiring her beauty.
She then took off, a beautiful dear deer creature, unafraid, running at a light pace toward the marsh.
Carpe diem! Seize the day!
Enjoy your Sunday wherever your are. :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

20% OF MAYOR BOLES' CAMPAIGN SPENDING ON HATE RADIO STATION WFOY & WFOY-FM

Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR advertises both his Mayor's campaign and his law practice on WFOY and WFOY-FM -- hate radio.
BOLES has spent the Lion's Share -- more than 20% of what he has spent so far ($2475.00 of $12,184.25 spent to date).
WFOY, WFOY-FM and PHILLIPS BROADCASTING LLC are most noted for being a radio station catering to hick political hacks and:
1. Devoting most of each day to radio programming hating President Barack Obama, "FemiNazis," Liberals, African-Americans, Gays and Lesbians and trial lawyers. Featured haters every day are RUSH LIMBAUGH, LAURA INGRAHAM, SEAN HANNETY, et al. (The Call of the Riled, as Bill Maher calls it). Every right-wing bit of buttery, paranoid, delusional psychosis can be heard on this one-sided station, where JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. has spent 1/5 of his entire campaign budget.
2. Founding by KEVIN L. GEDDINGS, indicted, convicted and imprisoned for five federal fraud felonies involving receipt of more than $228,000 from Scientific Games International, not disclosed when he received the job as Lottery Commissioner of North Carolina (later released by federal court order after new precedent on honest services fraud involving federal officials).
3. Incompetent news coverage, including election night 2006, when the election of reformers sent the PHILLIPS & Co. over the edge.
4. Pay-to-play radio programming.
5. Inept engineering that historically sent most of the station's signal over the Atlantic Ocean, to be heard only be cetaceans.
6. Failure to fulfill its professional responsibility to provide news coverage of our Nation's Oldest City.
7. Constant bias toward the corrupt political machine, the rich and powerful and smug indifference to human suffering (e.g., Michelle O'Connell and injustices perpetrated by Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR).
8. Completely ignoring diversity, including ignoring Civil Rights progress here in St. Augustine.
9. Being out of touch with young, minority and hip audiences (who prefer Flagler College radio, noncommercial WFCF-FM).
Mayor BOLES is in bed with PHILLIPS BROADCASTING, LLC and his commercials air alongside RUSH LIMBAUGH, LAURA INGRAHAM, SEAN HANNETY, et al. (The Call of the Riled, as Bill Maher calls it) -- the station is smeared, bleared and teared in hatred -- hate radio.
BOLES spent another $1500 on KEVIN GEDDINGS' WSOS radio station, which has a rock and roll format.
Between the two stations founded by a dodgy North Carolina ex-lobbyist, BOLES spent $3975.00 of the $12,184.25 spent on his unsuccessful re-election campaign to date (32.6%).







DOJ PRESS RELEASE ON INDICTMENT OF LOCAL HATE RADIO FOUNDER KEVIN L. GEDDINGS:

CONTACT: 919/856-4530

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

MAY 18, 2006

MAN INDICTED FOR $228, 786 FRAUD RELATED TO SCIENTIFIC GAMES INTERNATIONAL INC.

RALEIGH - United States Attorney Frank D. Whitney announces that this afternoon a federal grand jury sitting in the Eastern District of North Carolina returned a Bill of Indictment against KEVIN L. GEDDINGS, charging him with five counts of honest services mail fraud (18 U.S.C. §§ 1341 and 1346), four counts of honest services wire fraud (18 U.S.C. §§ 1342 and 1346), and aiding and abetting the same (18 U.S.C. § 2), and seeking forfeiture of assets involved in mail and wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 982 and 21 U.S.C. § 853).

The Indictment alleges that defendant GEDDINGS, from February 2001 to September 2005, received revenue, directly or indirectly, in the amount of $228,796.18 from Scientific Games International, Inc. (“Scientific Games”), a corporation operating state lotteries and a bidder for the North Carolina Education Lottery, or one of Scientific Games’ subsidiaries or affiliated entities. The Indictment further alleges that GEDDINGS, as a candidate for appointment to the North Carolina Lottery Commission (“Lottery Commission”) and as a Commissioner on the Lottery Commission, devised and intended to devise a scheme and artifice to defraud the State of North Carolina and the citizens of North Carolina of their intangible right of his honest service by failing to disclose his conflict of interest arising from his nearly five year financial relationship with Scientific Games relating to state lotteries in South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma in addition to North Carolina. According to the Indictment, on or about October 6, 2005, the day before he mailed his North Carolina Statement of Economic Interest on October 7, 2005, GEDDINGS or an associate deposited a check for $9,500 from Scientific Games into a bank account of Geddings & Phillips Communication, LLC, an entity wholly owned by GEDDINGS and his wife. On October 11, 2005, he telefaxed a revised North Carolina Statement of Economic Interest, and again failed to disclose this conflict of interest.

The Indictment also alleges that GEDDINGS intentionally concealed his relationship with Scientific Games because he knew it would disqualify him from service as a Lottery Commissioner. In an email to his executive assistant on September 26, 2005, GEDDINGS wrote; “Pls never acknowledge by phone that sci games is a client . . ..” The Indictment also alleges that, when Scientific Games began cooperating with federal and state investigators in October 2005, two Scientific Games’ representatives spoke with GEDDINGS and asked him if he had listed the work he had done for Scientific Games in 2005 on his Statements of Economic Interest. GEDDINGS acknowledged to the two Scientific Games’ representatives that, while he had disclosed some work for an affiliated entity of Scientific Games, he had not disclosed his payments from Scientific Games because if he had so disclosed, he would not have been appointed a Commissioner.

This indictment is a part of an ongoing investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Attorney’s Office, in cooperation with the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. The North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement has also participated.

Senior Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Duffy and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John Stuart Bruce are handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

An Indictment is merely a charge and is not evidence of guilt. Defendant GEDDINGS is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. A trial date has not yet been set. This indictment does not allege wrongdoing by anyone other than defendant GEDDINGS.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

City of St. Augustine defeats Whetstone family on ownership of bottomlands in Matanzas Bay




Judge Howard Maltz today granted summary judgment to the City of St. Augustine, defeating the Whetstone family's bogus claim to title to bottomlands in front of one of their motels on Avenida Menendez.
This halts efforts to build a dock there.
UPDATE 9/12: Judge Maltz's 24 page order is scholarly, thorough and appeal-proof! We are encouraged by what we have read!
Viva!
Three cheers for the St. Augustine City Commission, City Attorney Ron Brown, Assistant City Attorney Isabel Lopez and outside counsel.
Thank you for standing up to the one percent, and to a powerful and demanding local family that long felt it owned City Hall.
Viva!

7-Eleven building permit granted

First Coast News
St. Augustine Record

Response to Stanley Raff and Record Editorial on Mosquito Control Budget

Why the raffish editorial and letter-attack in today's Record 'on our local mosquito control board, Stanley? What's your agenda? There have been no mosquito-borne diseases affecting humans in our county for 11 years. We want to keep it that way. You need further research? Let me know. I can help you.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Folio Weekly: BRING ON THE INQUEST INTO MICHELLE O’CONNELL’S DEATH -- The St. Johns Sheriffs Office cannot be trusted


BRING ON THE INQUEST INTO MICHELLE O’CONNELL’S DEATH -- The St. Johns Sheriffs Office cannot be trusted



Michelle O’ Connell
JUSTICEFORMICHELLE.COM
By Jeffrey C. Billman
Posted 9/10/14
“There is a visceral sense of, ‘What if she was murdered and this guy goes free?’” Brad King, the special prosecutor who declined to indict St. Johns County Deputy Jeremy Banks for his girlfriend Michelle O’Connell’s death (ruled a suicide) in 2010, told PBS’ Frontline last year. “There ought to be at least some visceral sense, ‘What if she did commit suicide and he’s in prison for the rest of his life?’”

He makes a good point, one intrinsic to the American justice system — better that 10 guilty men go free than an innocent hang, and all that. But that doesn’t elide the myriad and troubling problems with the official account of Michelle’s death: the charges from Michelle’s family that Banks was a domestic abuser; the reports from colleagues that he had a temper, especially when he drank (as he did that night); the statement of crime scene expert Jerry Findley, who concluded that the shooter, like Banks but not O’Connell, was most likely left-handed, and the scene was “more consistent with homicide than suicide”; the testimony of two neighbors who say they heard a woman yell for help, then heard a gunshot, then another yell, then another gunshot, then silence; the fact that the official theory of how Michelle got a cut on her eyelid is that the gun recoiled forward, which, according to forensic scientist Peter Diaczuk, “defies the laws of physics.”

All of these things, well elucidated by the blockbuster New York Times/Frontline investigation, lead me to suspect that Michelle O’Connell did not commit suicide that night four years and one week ago. But neither can I say beyond a reasonable doubt that Jeremy Banks murdered her. And that gets at the underlying issue, why we’re still talking about this case: the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, either through willful indifference or general incompetence, botched (perhaps irreparably) this investigation six ways to Sunday, most importantly by failing to call in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement right away. Instead, deputies decided on the spot that O’Connell killed herself and unquestioningly took Banks at his word.

For that, someone should be held accountable. But that hasn’t happened. And it won’t happen. The SJSO is now invested in the suicide narrative, rallying around its deputy and vigilantly protective of its reputation.

Consider the statement Sheriff David Shoar’s office issued last week, after Michelle’s family held a press conference to announce new evidence in the case — a bar owner who said Banks was in his establishment the day after Michelle’s death saying that she got what she deserved — and demand that State Attorney R.J. Larizza order a coroner’s inquest: “It is not surprising that on the fourth anniversary of Michelle O’Connell’s death, members of her family have orchestrated news events to again draw attention to this tragedy. Families of suicide victims often go to great lengths to try and demonstrate that their loved one did not take their own life and we have great compassion for these families.”

Sorry, but “great compassion” is not a condescending statement dismissive of the family’s legitimate questions — questions that exist only because of the sheriff’s office’s well-documented failings. Can you really blame Michelle’s family for not trusting them?

Who knows if, four years on, a coroner’s inquest will reveal anything new or useful? But at this point, it’s the least we can do. The SJSO has proven that, at least in this instance, it has zero credibility.

224 Corporations -- Ask Questions, Demand Answers, Expect Democracy Now!

Some 224 corporations that Mayor BOLES was involved with according to the Florida Secretary of State. How many were unhappy with his fees? How many conflicts of interest does BOLES have? How many "developers" did he advise?

BUSY MAYOR BOLES INCORPORATED OR WAS DIRECTOR OR AGENT OF SOME 224 CORPORATIONS (MANY INACTIVE OR EXPIRED) -- FOR MORE SEE WWW.SUNBIZ.ORG

icer/Registered Agent Name List
Officer/RA Name Entity Name Entity Number
BOLES, JOSEPH FR JUMPIN' JACK FOOD STORES, INC. M91985
BOLES, JOSEPH JR G & J ENTERPRISES, INC. 667596
BOLES, JOSEPH JR. WILSON MACHINE & WELDING WORKS, INC. F02050
BOLES, JOSEPH JR GENTRY PETROLEUM PRODUCTS CO., INC. M92048
BOLES, JR., JOSEPH THE LIGHTNER MUSEUM FOUNDATION, INC. N04000003143
BOLES,L,JOSEPH, JR. ST. AUGUSTINE/KETTERLINUS HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION, INC. N97000003786
BOLES, JOSEPH L. ELECTRICAL SUBCONTRACTORS, INC. H96123
BOLES, JOSEPH L. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. J56205
BOLES, JOSEPH L STEPHEN ADZIMA ST. AUGUSTINE, LLC L07000011882
BOLES, JOSEPH L. URBAN GARDEN PROJECT, INC. N51000
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. P93000084092
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE-ST. JOHNS COUNTY VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. P93000084092
BOLES, JOSEPH L FRATELLI RESTAURANT, INC. P96000067482
BOLES, JOSEPH L STEVEN M. SCHUYLER - ARCHITECT, P.A. V35124
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE'S VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V40568
BOLES, JOSEPH L HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V72687
BOLES, JOSEPH L HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE VISITOR'S INFORMATION CENTER, INC. V72687
BOLES, JOSEPH L ST. AUGUSTINE WELCOME CENTER, INC. V72688
BOLES, JOSEPH ST. AUGUSTINE FOOT SOLDIERS REMEMBERANCE PROJECT, INC. N06000004355
BOLES, LES, JOSEPH MATTHEW JENKINS PLUMBING, INC. P03000126238

BOLES, JOSEPH L JR BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS INC 358884
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR ACOUSTICOM INC 359056
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. WHETSTONE AUTOMATION, INC. 623921
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HIGHSTEPPERS' ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 750685
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HIGHSTEPPERS' ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 750685
BOLES, JOSEPH L JR THE ERIN LEIGH CORPORATION F18137
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HISTORIC ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. G25641
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. WALL TRUCKING, INC. H33045
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. PHINNEY-TANNER JEWELERS, INC. H59706
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. ST. AUGUSTINE ELECTRICAL SERVICE, INC. H67296
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. BRITISH DARTS, INC. H73027
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. UNDERWATER TECHNICS, INC. H78256
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH DICK PITTMAN ROOF SERVICES, INC. J13840
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. W.A. AERO, INC. J52980
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, INC. J5620S
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR. BREAD OF LIFE BAKERIES, INC. J58894
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR SEA MARKET INTERNATIONAL, INC. J59245
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR J.L. CLEANING SERVICES, INC. J65961
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. AGATHON USA, INC. J67756
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR ST. AUGUSTINE TOUR CENTER, INC. J67787


BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS, INC. J67906
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS, INC. J67906
BOLES, JOSEPH L. JR INDUSTRYWARE, INC. J72592
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. INDUSTRYWARE, INC. J72592
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR EFFTEE LEASING COMPANY, INC. J85978
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. EFFTEE LEASING COMPANY, INC. J85978
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. MCBRIDE & MCBRIDE, INC. K06815
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH THE RIGGAN COMPANY, INC. K60578
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. E.B. OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. K83280
BOLES, JOSEPH L., JR. E.B. OF ST. AUGUSTINE, INC. K83280
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH TILE & STONE, L.L.C. L03000019783
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH VISION INVESTMENTS, L.L.C. L03000028881
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH LEN WEEKS CONSTRUCTION.DESIGN.DEVELOPMENT, L.L.C. L03000055563
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH MATTHEW JENKINS PLUMBING, L.L.C. L03000056775
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH MR. B II, LLC L06000003255
BOLES, LJR., JOSEPH BALLYHOO, LLC L07000017131
BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH FORD INVESTMENT, LLC L08000012544
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BOLES, LJR, JOSEPH BOSTWICK TOWN CENTER I, LLC L08000046583
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False Advertising by Deputy JEREMY BANKS' attorney, CLAUDE ROBERT McLEOD, II a/k/a "MAC McLEOD"

1. McLEOD claims to be a Deacon at Anastasia Baptist Church. But Anastasia Baptist Church pastor Walter West confirms that MAC McLEOD is "not an active deacon," and not on the deacon's list, and attends church rarely.
2. McLEOD claims to be a member of the "American Trial Lawyers Association (sic). The name of the organization was the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, but it changed its name to the American Association for Justice some seven (7) years ago. McLEOD is not a member of AAJ.
3. McLEOD claims to be a member of the Florida Association for Justice. A search of its website did not turn up his name.




Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Busy Day -- September 9, 2014 In St. Johns County Florida

2 AM: Lawyer for JEREMY BANKS awakens St. Augustine Record letter to threaten libel lawsuit. Go here
< 4 PM: Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT runs away from Michelle O'Connell's sister, Jennifer, at event in Fruit Cove, refuses to speak. Here

Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT runs from OIDV victim's sister. Sheriff Deputy JEREMY BANKS lawyer harasses newspaper editor with 2 AM threatening telephone call. Just another full moon day here in St. Johns County, where our corrupt political machine is baying at the full moon, thinking it hung the moon, but knowing that its days are numbered and that reformers, reform candidates investigative reporters, prosecutors and FBI agents will help make this a better place.

Justice for Michelle O'Connell. Now.





STAY CALM -- Deputy JEREMY BANKS lawyer threatens St. Augustine Record Editor at 2 AM

The St. Augustine Record's Director of Audience/Editor KATHY NELSON just called Clara Waldhari and asked for her help.
NELSON said that Deputy JEREMY BANKS' attorney called her at 2 AM and threatened her with libel litigation.
Ms. Waldhari earned a Master's Degree in Journalism at the University of Arizona; she has long published comments in the Record's online and print editions. "I don't want any more calls from a lawyer at two in the morning," NELSON told Ms. Waldhari.
NELSON asked Ms. Waldhari not to post anything further about the September 2, 2010 shooting death of Michelle O'Connell, who was Deputy BANKS' girlfriend. A member of the Bar calling a party represented by corporate counsel at two in the morning is unethical. It also stinks of the chilling effect of representing a gun-carrying Deputy who works for Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR. Deputy BANKS is now a member of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Department SWAT team. This is the Florida Bar information for BANKS' attorney, ROBERT LESTER McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD."

ID Num: - 369632
Address: 1200 Plantation Island Dr S Ste 140
St Augustine, Florida 320803114
United States
Phone: 904.471.5007
Fax: 904.461.5059
E-Mail: mmcleod@themcleodfirm.com


ROBERT LESTER McLEOD, II, a/k/a "MAC McLEOD





After New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, published a page one story and four inside pages about the O'Connell case on November 24, 2013, NELSON, a newbie here, asked Mr. Bogdanich if he had "any regrets," stated he "made few friends" in the Sheriff's Department and suggested he had "parachuted in" to St. Johns County.



Who is afraid of St. Johns County SHERIFF DAVID BERNARD SHOAR?




St. Augustine Record Director of Audience/Editor KATHY NELSON



Rather than threaten a longtime reader, NELSON should call her libel defense lawyer, Mr. George DeSaussure Gabel, Jr., an extraordinary lawyer who represents the Record and is a partner at Holland & Knight, one of the finest First Amendment lawyers around. He is also honorary Norwegian consul, hence this photo:









UF Law school's ex parte filing in my age, disability and retaliation case -- IN HAEC VERBA -- my filing with OC and letter to UF

Secretive University of Florida Levin College of Law blackballs environmental activist, then files ex parte August 26, 2014 response to Department of Education Office of Civil Rights investigation of age, disability and retaliation discrimination complaint after phoning in its participation in mandatory mediation before the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on August 25, 2014. "Justice may not be done in a corner, nor in any covert manner." Fundamental Laws of West New Jersey, sec. 23 (1676). Forgive them.




My September 8, 2014 filing with Department of Education Office of Civil Rights:
Re: 04-14-2419 University of Florida-- Objection to Ex Parte Filings by Respondent
1. I hereby object to the ex parte filing, on or about August 26, 2014, by Respondent UF of it putative response to OCR's Data Requests.
2. I request that OCR direct UF to serve this OCR CPM section 602 filing -- and all other filings -- on me promptly, from this day forward.
3. The Respondent is a law school.
4. This law school's ex parte OCR CPM section 602 filing shows both angry animus against my protected activity and a disturbing disrespect for my civil rights.
5. Respondent UF Levin College of Law must apologize for its ex parte filing.
6. Failing that, I request OCR issue an Order to Show Cause why adverse inferences or other sanctions should not be ordered against UF for failing to serve its OCR CPM section 602 filing on the complainant.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

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My September 8, 2014 Letter to University of Florida Levin College of Law Senior Associate Dean Alyson Craig Flournoy, et Assistant VP for PR and UF counsel:
Dear Alyson, Janine and Brande:
1. Please send all documents on this case.
2. This will greatly assist my First Amendment and EEO protected activity in suggesting questions for the OCR investigators during their UF campus visit(s). You might even arrange for OCR to have a tour (you unkindly refused to provide one for me during my campus visit in June 2010).
3. From this day forward, please send me every single one of the paper and electronic documents prepared in this case as it is written or filed.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

"Not a Dialogue?" Saving Our Democracy From Mayors BOLES, SAMUELS et al.





Resembling dictatorial Florida Governor RICHARD LYNN SCOTT, our rebarbative St. Augustine Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. and St. Augustine Beach Mayor ANDREA SAMUELS are like two peas in a pod.
Both BOLES and SAMUELS have been known to abuse public comments speakers. How gauche. How louche.
Both BOLESS and SAMEULS have used the same trite trope: "This is not a dialogue" to insult public speakers who dare to ask questions.
Who told them that?
What makes them think democracy is not about dialogue?
Who taught them this?
What are their qualifications to hold their job?
Where did they learn about government?
Why are they so mean?
Who appointed them the king and queen of mean, and the King and Queen of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach?
They are both ill-advised and misguided.
forgive them.
Pray for them.
They both betray the ideals of our founders.
They both must read The Federalist Papers, start listening, and stop mouthing off about things you don't understand.
Like democracy.
During Watergate, U.S. Senator Sam J. Ervin, Jr. said, "I love my country.... I deeply regret that this situation has arisen, because I think that the Watergate tragedy is the greatest tragedy this country has ever suffered. I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate."
Today, from City Halls to the Capitol, anti-democratic oligopolistic corporations, no-bid sweetheart contracts and other exemplars of corruption are killing our democracy.
Big Money talks, whether it is little despots (like CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR. and his campaign against St. Augustine wrtists and musicians) or big despots (like Lockheed Martin and other global arms merchants).
When petty Tinpot Napoleons get their way, and the people are ignored, democracy is threatened.
Won't you stand with us in working to save it?
Yes we can!
Politicians say the funniest things: "This is not a dialogue" saith the mayors of the twin cities of St. Augustine (JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR.) and St. Augustine Beach (ANDREA SAMUELS), in Northeast Florida. They say it to citizens who take the time to come to public meetings and ask questions. They have a hateful history of being rude and crude. They have been known to roll their eyes, look away, interrupt speakers and even threaten arrest (as BOLES did on illegal dumping in St. Augustine's Old City Reservoir). Forgive them. Come to government meetings and explain the essentials of democracy to them. Ask questions, demand answers and expect democracy. This is our time, our town, our place and our government. Let the developers, vendors and other oligopolists know, as Madison said, "Here, the people rule."