Saturday, October 31, 2015

Evildoers around us

God forgive them in the long run. In the short run, as Churchill said, "We shall fight them on the beaches…." And we shall have fun in paradise, exposing flummery, dupery and nincompoopery.


No response to text messages and questions at Commission meetings.
As William F. Buckley, Jr. once asked, "Why does baloney reject the grinder?"

Vote NO on $150 Million Sales Tax Increase: Make Developers Pay For the Costs of Their Edifice Complex, Suburban Sprawl, Overbuilding Orgy of Ugliness, Treekilling and Wetland-filling

Organized, corrupt forces want to inflict an 8% sales tax increase on you and don't want to pay their fair share of taxes and concurrency and impact fees.  
Those forces once owned this county, acting through corrupt County Commissioners and Sheriffs.  They're hoping you won't vote in an off-year election, with low turnout their stated goal to take $150,000,000 of our money over ten years. They want to hoodwink you. 
They want to con you.
They want to manufacture your consent -- at $25-45 per vote -- to spare foreign-funded developers the indignity of paying their fair share.  
Vote NO.  
Tell those builders of shoddy gerry-built houses  --  Fortune 500 developers and their entourage of lawyers, engineers, lobbyists, and politicians:
Tell them what you think of their clear-cutting our trees, destroying our wildlife, filling in our  wetlands, and creating massive uncompensated impacts in requiring new schools, roads, fire stations and other "infrastructure." 
Tell them NO.
In the words of the School Board's mantra, "Character counts":
Fairness: the one percenters demand an 8% sales tax increase -- the one percenters' organized money mob would rob working people to subsidize wealthy developers.  Vote NO.
Trustworthiness: the one percenters make bogus apple pie arguments, not supported by facts. Vote NO.
Respect: developer propagandists talk down to us, as if we were five-year olds.  Spending $25-45 per vote, expecting high ROI in taxes, impact fees and concurrency costs avoided, laughing all the way to their banks. Vote NO.
Caring: we care about seniors and those who can least afford to pay sales taxes, exploited by Confederates throughout the Old South -- Tallahassee Republicans want working people to subsidize the wealthy, and are even talking about abolishing property taxes. Under Governor Jeb Bush, intangible property taxes on stocks and bonds were abolished, with Bush calling it an "evil tax." No, exploitation of working people through sales taxation is an "evil tax." Reject their works and pomps. Vote NO.
Responsibility: Foreign-funded secretive developers and their Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), shadowy dodgy organized money from corrupt countries with high growth rates -- emboldened by County and City Commissioners in St. Johns County, St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach -- don't want to take responsibility for the cost of their massive overbuilding: they want y'all to pay for it.  Vote NO.
Citizenship: St. Johns County's office holders act like we "can't tell us what to do." Yes we can!  You work for us -- just say no to swinish foreign investors, developers, lawyers, contractors and PACS. Or you're out the door -- every single one of you. Vote NO.
Time to "educate" the School Board and Commissions, a/k/a, "Fool Board, County Omission, and City Omissions "of St. Augustine and St. Augustine Beach: time to teach those dumb 'ole Fortune 500 developers some manners, respect, fairness, trustworthiness and responsibility, St. Johns County style.  There are more of us folks, "We the People," than there are developer-driven hick hacks.
And developer mouthpiece GEORGE MORRIS McCLURE is no longer with us, no longer bribing officials.
And the FBI is investigating corruption.
Vote NO.
Vote NO like your lifestyle depends upon it, because it does.
Vote NO on November 3, 2015 on sales tax increase.
Do it for your grandchildren, so they might live without corruption and sprawl.

Record and Chamberpot Cohabiting Together Come December 1: Corporation-lovers' Love Nest at SR 312 and SR207

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States a/k/a "Chamberpot" has lobbied against all decent legislation since the New Deal.
It's a cartel: a "peak association," in political science terms, representing cartelists.
It is an affront to small business interests, taking millions of small businesses' hard-earned money to lobby against small business interests, in favor of monopolies, Big Business subsidies, and even supports Big Tobacco and Big Oil interests that are contrary to public health and our planet's future.
Investing your small business profits in Chamber of Commerce membership is like putting Dracula in charge of the Bloodbank.
The Chamber of Commerce's tawdry tatterdemalion local affiliate, which Chamberpot lobbied to criminalize art and music in St. Augustine, is moving in to the ghostly, nearly-empty The St. Augustine Record building on December 1, 2015 as a tenant.  (The $5 million Goss press was moved out and the paper is now printed in Jacksonville).  
How desperate a newspaper to make "strange bedfellows" with business lobbyists?
Can't imagine The New York Times selling its office space to polluters, price fixers and corrupter lobbyists.
Will this make the impecunious Record crew even more amenable to printing impudent monopolistic propaganda favoring developers and Florida Power & Light?   
Will this odd tenancy stave off a second Morris Communications bankruptcy?
You know what William Shakespeare said?

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce to share Record building

Posted: October 18, 2015 - 11:32pm  |  Updated: October 19, 2015 - 10:08am

St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce to share Record building
Posted: October 18, 2015 - 11:32pm | Updated: October 19, 2015 - 10:08am
For years, the St. Augustine Record building at State Road 312 and S.R. 207 has been more than just a newspaper office.
That diversity is about to increase further.
The Record has reached an agreement to add the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce and St. Johns Volunteers! as tenants of the building, effective Dec. 1.
Customers of The Record will still be able to access the building during normal business hours just as before. [Ed's note: whew! We're so relieved.] Operations for the newspaper at the building will remain unchanged.
Record publisher Delinda Fogel said she’s comfortable with The Record’s alignment with its new tenants.
“It was just a nice fit,” she said. “The three entities, we all want to make St. Johns County a better place.”

Due to the size of The Record’s office, the company has a history of leasing space to others. Currently, the radio station 105.5 FM The Beach, owned by Flagler Broadcasting, broadcasts from the building. Episcopal Children’s Services is a former tenant.
“We just need to make the best use of the asset we have,” Fogel said.
The Chamber recently sold its building at 1 Riberia St. and will be moving into The Record building while it transitions into a new way of operating.
“We are eager to move into a more suitable office space in the St. Augustine Record building,” said Isabelle Rodriguez, president of the Chamber, in an email. “We are working diligently and making great progress on our three-year plan to modernize the Chamber’s programs and services.
“The sale of our St. Augustine office and our move into what will likely be a temporary space is one more step toward our goal of creating a co-work concept space for our members, staff and the business community at large.”

Are Some "St. Augustine Conservatives" Really Corporation-Lovers"

Just got dropped by a St. Augustine Conservatives Facebook page after posting links critical of the 8% sales tax increase and cramdown arbitration clauses and criticizing Ann Coulter, whom the sponsor said "rocks." How despicable. How many uninformed St. Augustine "conservatives" are really corporation-lovers who worship the Almighty Dollar?

St. Johns Democrats Still A Third Party: Inept Leadership Continuing Decline in Registration

St. Johns County Democrats are now a third party, and the trend continues unabated:
Republicans: 84,625 51.98%
Others: 39,810 24.45%
Democrats: 38,358 23.56%
Total: 162,793
Source: St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections, as of October 31, 2015.
We first reported this datum on this blog on March 22, 2015, and since that time -- the decline since then has been a full quarter of a percentage point.
That's okay, we still have a headquarters run by Undercover Republicans.
And we're one of fourteen (14) Florida counties where No Party Affiliation voters outnumber Democrats.
Inexcusably inept.
By the way, mirabile dictu, wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles, The St. Augustine Record finally noticed!
But it got the numbers wrong, stating in a November 1, 2015 editorial:
"The county has 84,625 registered Republicans. For the first time during an election, the number of independent voters in the county has eclipsed the Democrats — 39,810 to 39,358 (sic). That’s significant." Actually more significant than the Record stated: The Record is off by 1000.
That would be my guess -- an inability to perform mathematical functions, something which most politicians and journalists suffer.
What do you reckon?

Arbitration Abuses Series in NY Times: Judge Guill and I Warned of It in 1989 ABA Judges' Journal article

The New York Times has a series on arbitration abuses by corporate America.
More than 27 years ago, I was proud to co-write a peer-reviewed article exposing this dreadful anti-consumer cram-down arbitration scheme for ABA's peer-reviewed Judge's Journal, with Judge James L. Guill, in 1989: see James L. Guill and Edward A. Slavin, Jr., "A Rush to Unfairness: The Downside to Alternative Dispute Resolution," American Bar Association Judge's Journal (1989).

ALL Sgt. Monroe West Charges Dismissed: Not One Word in St. Augustine Record

With great hoopla and press fanfare, Sheriff DAVID SHOAR had Sgt. Monroe West arrested last year for three fraud counts (double-dipping and moonlighting -- allegedly collecting money for an outside job at the same time as he was paid to work as a deputy. West was charged with two counts of falsifying an official document and one count of an organized scheme to defraud.

Represented by Jacksonville attorney Bryan DeMaggio of the Sheppard law firm, Monroe West agreed to a twelve month diversion program, but after only nine months, all three felony charges were dismissed in February 2015 by nolle prosequi, according to the Clerk of Court's website docket sheet.

I've requested the documents -- more next week.

Meanwhile: Not a word in The St. Augustine Record, too often the propaganda organ of Sheriff DAVID BERNERD SHOAR (R-Developer Shillville) and his rebarbative Republican St. Johns County political machine. Wonder why?

Does the Record ever cover anything in the St. Johns County Courthouse without being instructed to do so?

You tell me.

The Record is mum on the truth of the criminal prosecution/persecution of Sgt. Monroe West (a respected African-American in a traditionally racist, KKK-run Department).


The Record was long owned and controlled by racist elements, including the racist recently deceased publisher and former owner, ALFRED H. TEBAULT, JR, who was also for years a Vice President at Flagler College. Under TEBAULT's suzerainty, the Record printed biased articles attacking civil rights protesters, providing advance notice of KKK meetings, and publicizing the names and addresses of children desegregating local schools, resulting in their parents being fired, blacklisted, evicted and firebombed. The Record's coverage on TEBAULT's death was disgusting hagiography; TEBAULT never apologized for his crimes, torts and sins, and neither has the Record's current owners, MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS, which bought the newspaper from Seaboard Coastline Railway in 1982, along with the Florida Times-Union.

Was this prosecution retaliation for West telling about his arrest years earlier of one RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA, now our State's Attorney, after which he was allegedly told to let LARIZZA go? ("Do you know who he is" is the mantra of corrupt cops everywhere).

Was this prosecution yet one more overt act of criminal and civil rights violations in retaliation for deputies exercising their God-given right to First Amendment protected activity? See 18 U.S.C. 241, 243, 42 U.S.C. 1983 and 1985.

You tell me.

Inquiring FBI agents want to know, and so do "We, the People."

The truth will set us free.

On November 8, 2016, we elect a new Sheriff and a new State's Attorney.

Spending $25-45/vote on 8% sales tax increase? VOTE NO.

If developers have their way, their $189,000 (and change) spent on inducing you to support an 8% sales tax increase will have a huge return on investment.
One of the last minute contributors is "David B. Shofar" (sic), otherwise known as DAVID BERNERD SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR," the St. Johns County Sheriff (R-Developer Hell).
It's an off-year election, with low voter turnout expected -- we're spending $200,000 in tax money so you can vote on only one proposition. If turnout is 15%, developers and other corporate special interests will have spent as much as $25 for every vote they get.
Add in the $200,000 we've already spent on this dumb 'ole special election, and it could be $45/vote.
That would rival the 2006 election, when County Commissioner KAREN STERN spent more than $25/vote to lose. That developer money is tainted, and it taints any politician or proposition it supports.
Corrupt foreign investors send their dollars to Flori-DUH to buy corrupt developers, lawyers and politicians, resulting in massive overbuilding of shoddy houses, promiscuous tree clear-cutting and wetland-killing.
We see right through them.
Sales taxes are regressive.
Developers need to pay the cost of infrastructure.
Rich people need to pay their fair of taxes.
Not you and me.
Vote NO.

Follow the Money: $189,175.00 Tax Increase Spending:

Developers and large property owners (and their other-directed school system leaders and contractors) all expect an ROI (rate of return): they demand your vote to raise your regressive sales taxes 8%, so they don't have to pay for the cost of suburban sprawl "development."

Better Schools. Better Economy. Brighter Future
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Campaign Treasurer's Report - Itemized Contributions
19/24/2015John D Rood
3030 Hartley Rd.
Ste 310
Jacksonville, FL 32257
29/24/2015The Cummings Consulting Group
932 Birdwood Drive
Orange Park, FL 32073
39/24/2015The Vestcor Companies, Inc.
3030 Hartley Rd.
Ste 310
Jacksonville, FL 32257
2900 Hartley Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
59/14/2015Split Pine Development, LLC
4314 Pablo Oaks Court
Jacksonville, FL 32224
BusinessRealEstate DevelopmentCheck$10,000.00
69/14/2015England-Thims & Miller, Inc.
14775 Old St. Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32258
79/14/2015Roger O'Steen
4314 Pablo Oaks Court
Jacksonville, FL 32224
89/18/2015S Brooke Wilson
120 Durango Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32086
99/18/2015Jeanette J Cox
241 Redfish Creek Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32095
109/18/2015Allison Profitt
5120 Foliage Way
St. Augustine, FL 32092
119/18/2015Anne M. Curtis
1717 Keswick Road
St. Augustine, FL 32084
129/18/2015Rebecca S Jones
1352 Smiling Fish Lane
St. Augustine, FL 32080
139/18/2015Joan B Thornton
1 16th St.
Apt B
St. Augustine, FL 32080
149/18/2015Sabrina M Abare
144 Spartina Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32080
159/18/2015Maria Ugartechea
674 Aleida Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32086
169/18/2015Iris M Nieves
609 Sun Down Circle
St. Augustine, FL 32080
179/15/2015Susan W Connor
309 Ocean Forest Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
IndividualExec. Dir. ChildMus.Check$500.00
189/14/2015Andrea S Samuels
110 Mickler Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
199/14/2015Karen Burke
77 S. Roscoe Blvd
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
209/14/2015Suzanne M Dixon
5455 Windantide Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080
219/11/2015Sniffen & Spellman PA
123 North Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
BusinessLaw FirmCheck$5,000.00
229/11/2015St Johns Education Assoc-PAC
2301 Park Ave
Ste 305
Orange Park, FL 32073
Political Comm.
(Federal or State)
239/14/2015The McLeod Firm
1200 Plantation Island Drive South
St. Augustine, FL 32080
BusinessLaw FirmCheck$500.00
249/14/2015Hutson Companies, LLC
111 Natures Walk Parkway
Ste 102
St. Augustine, FL 32092
259/4/2015Peter Ellis
273 Moses Creek Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32086
269/4/2015W. Abrahams
347 Eagle Creek Circle
Lake Mary, FL 32746
279/4/2015S Gary Snodgrass
712 Ocean Palm Way
St. Augustine, FL 32080
IndividualMayor St.AugustineCheck$500.00
289/4/2015Douglass F Wiles
405 Night Hawk Lane
St. Augustine, FL 32080
299/1/2015Patrick T. Canan, PA
1030 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32084
BusinessLaw FirmCheck$2,500.00
309/1/2015Florida School Book Dep, Inc.
1125 N. Ellis Road
Jacksonville, FL 32254
BusinessEducationalBook StoreCheck$1,500.00
319/1/2015Joseph G Joyner
700 Arnold Way
St. Augustine, FL 32086
328/27/2015Harvard Jolly Inc.
2714 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
338/27/2015Frank D Upchurch III
4148 Creekbluff Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32086
348/27/2015Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP
230 Peachtree St.
Suite 2400
Atlanta, GA 30303
BusinessLaw FirmCheck$500.00
358/27/2015Alecia Bailey
1200 Plantation Island Drive
Suite 210
St. Augustine, FL 32080
3610/2/2015Nissan of St. Augustine
2755 US Highway 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
3710/2/2015St. Augustine Beach Civic Asso
PO Box 840127
St. Augustine, FL 32080-0127
3810/2/2015FEA Solidarity Fund, Inc.
213 S. Adams St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301-1720
3910/3/2015Nancy Sloan
St. Augustine, FL 32080
4010/5/2015David R Toner
55 Orange Street
St. Augustine, FL 320843634
4110/5/2015William G. Graham
4109 Tam O Shanter
Tallahassee, FL 323092732
4210/5/2015Premier Properties St Aug, LLC
661 A1A Beach Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
4310/8/2015Gregory E Baker
39 Valencia Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
4410/8/2015ThompsonBaker Agency, Inc
61 Cordova St.
St. Augustine, FL 32085
4510/13/2015Letti Bozard
540 Outlet Mall Road
St. Augustine, FL 32084
4610/13/2015Charles J Forcier
3816 W. Glendale Ct
St. Johns, FL 32259
4710/13/2015Jacqueline K Nelson
145 Moses Creek Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32086
4810/17/2015Beverly Slough
341 W. Adelaide Drive
Saint Johns, FL 32259
IndividualSt. JohnsCtySB ChairCheck$250.00
4910/17/2015Matt Price
10 Northgate Drive
Ponte Vedra, FL 32082
5010/17/2015Gregory W Teisan
48 Willow Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
5110/20/2015Thomas Reinheimer
1178 Neck Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
5210/21/2015William Young
833 Kalli Creek Lane
St. Augustine, FL 32080
5310/21/2015Wayne Hogan
6750 N Epping Forest Way
Unit 113
Jacksonville, FL 32217
5410/21/2015BBM Structural Engineers, Inc.
1912 Boothe Circle
Suite 100
Longwood, FL 32750
5510/21/2015Schenkel & Shultz, Inc
200 E. Robinson St. #300
Orlando, FL 32801
5610/21/2015Matern Prof. Engineering Inc.
130 Candace Drive
Maitland, FL 32751
5710/23/2015Cruz & Company
5000-18 Highway 17 #268
Orange Park, FL 32003
BusinessConstructionand DevelCheck$500.00
5810/26/2015Kelly Barrera
101 Greencrest Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
IndividualSt JohnsCty SBCheck$100.00
5910/27/2015Melinda Lang Hilsenbeck
204 Inlet Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
6010/27/2015Karsten Amlie
350 San Juan Drive
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
IndividualVP/EVINELive, IncCheck$150.00
6110/27/2015Bill Mignon
723 Camelia Terrace
St. Augustine, FL 32086
6210/27/2015Crisi H Korth
104 Carden Place
Saint Johns, FL 32259
IndividualRegistered trainee AppraCheck$200.00
6310/27/2015Jane G Ford
2602 S Dundee Street
Tampa, FL 33629
6410/27/2015Delores T Lastinger
8342 A1A S
St. Augustine, FL 32080
6510/27/2015Eireann D Aflleje
176 Thornloe Drive
Saint Johns, FL 32259
6610/27/2015Jennifer Ashenfelder
109 Drumellan Court
Saint Johns, FL 32259
6710/27/2015Keri Ann Lambert
2027 N Cranbrook Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32092
6810/27/2015Darcy Bennett d'Errico
2716 Arundel Lane
St. Augustine, FL 32092
6910/27/2015Cynthia G Piron
168 Thornloe Drive
Saint Johns, FL 32259
7010/27/2015Karen E Naudascher
116 Burghead Way
Saint Johns, FL 32259
7110/27/2015Heather L Patterson
212 Edgeford Court
Saint Johns, FL 32259
7210/27/2015Hydry Company, LLC
4314 Pablo Oaks Court
Jacksonville, FL 32224
7310/27/2015Realtors PAC
7025 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
Political Comm.
(Federal or State)
7410/30/2015The PARC Group, Inc.
4314 Pablo Oaks Court
Jacksonville, FL 32224
7510/30/2015David B Shofar
4015 Lewis Speed Way
St. Augustine, FL 32084
IndividualSheriff StJohns CtyCheck$250.00
7610/30/2015All American Air Cond. & Heat
1010 SR 312
St. Augustine, FL 32080
7710/30/2015Alecia Bailey
1200 Plantation Island Drive
Suite 210
St. Augustine, FL 32080
7810/30/2015Thomas L Allen, Jr.
2500 Cabbage Hammock Rd
St. Augustine, FL 32092
7910/30/2015Realtors PAC
7025 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, FL 32822
Political Comm.
(Federal or State)
8010/30/2015St Johns Cty Civic Roundtable
107 Clam Bake Court
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Total Contributions$189,175.00
Campaign Treasurer's Report - In-Kind Contributions
No Activity This Period
Total In-Kind Contributions$0.00
Campaign Treasurer's Report - Itemized Expenditures
110/6/2015Signs Now
1711 Lakeside Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
29/29/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Consulting ServicesMonetary$7,500.00
39/29/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and Mailing ServicesMonetary$16,017.19
49/19/2015Office Max
1935 US 1
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Office SuppliesMonetary$154.27
59/16/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing servicesMonetary$700.00
69/15/2015Hybrid Design
18 Sea Oaks Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Sign and installMonetary$986.00
79/15/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
89/9/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Consulting ServicesMonetary$5,000.00
99/4/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Consulting ServicesMonetary$2,500.00
109/4/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and mailing servicesMonetary$1,996.54
119/4/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing servicesMonetary$4,000.00
1440 US 1
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Office SuppliesMonetary$121.82
138/31/2015Brecks Beach Billboards
1093 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
148/31/2015Signs Now
1711 Lakeside Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
158/28/2015St. Johns Cty SOE
4455 Avenue A
Suite 101
St. Augustine, FL 32095
Voter List
168/27/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
178/27/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
188/27/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Legal and Compliance/Digital AdsMonetary$2,500.00
1910/6/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and mailing servicesMonetary$10,799.28
2010/13/2015Raise the Money, Inc.
PO Box 26466
Little Rock, AR 72221
CC Processing FeesMonetary$5.15
2110/14/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and mailing servicesMonetary$24,820.55
2210/14/2015Signs Now
1711 Lakeside Avenue
St. Augustine, FL 32084
2310/15/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and mailing servicesMonetary$10,799.28
2410/15/2015Service Pros USA
1711 Dobbs Road
Suite A
St. Augustine, FL 32084
Campaign T-shirtsMonetary$1,195.51
2510/17/2015Office Max/Office Depot
1935 US 1
St. Augustine, FL 32086
2610/22/2015Hybrid Design
18 Sea Oaks Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Sign and InstallMonetary$986.00
2710/24/2015The UPS Store
1093 A1A Beach Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080
2810/24/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Newspaper Ad. and Social MediaMonetary$3,520.38
2910/27/2015Hybrid Design
18 Sea Oaks Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Signs and InstallMonetary$1,972.00
3010/28/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and Mailing servicesMonetary$17,785.63
3110/28/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Consulting ServicesMonetary$7,500.00
3210/28/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Newspaper AdvertisingMonetary$2,620.38
3310/28/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Live phone callsMonetary$6,000.00
3410/28/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
printing and mailing servicesMonetary$2,198.06
3510/29/2015Hybrid Design
18 Sea Oaks Drive
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Signs and stakesMonetary$1,017.50
3610/30/2015Raise the Money, Inc.
PO Box 26466
Little Rock, AR 72221
CC Processing FeesMonetary$165.15
PO Box 3847
St. Augustine, FL 32085
Media AdvertisingMonetary$1,470.00
3810/30/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Newspaper AdvertisingMonetary$900.00
3910/30/2015David Millner Group, LLC
726 Hibiscus Lane
Vero Beach, FL 32963
Printing and Mailing servicesMonetary$9,727.01
Total Expenditures$162,129.20
Campaign Treasurer's Report - Fund Transfers
Nature of
No Activity This Period
Campaign Treasurer's Report - Distributions
Related Exp
No Activity This Period
* Petty cash expenditures are realized when the funds are withdrawn for petty cash. Therefore, the referenced item is not included in the total.

NO DISCLOSURE: Tax Increase Supporter Is Deputy School Superintendent in Charge of Facilities, TIM FORSON -- print version of Record did not identify him

TIMOTHY FORSON, given unlimited time to speak to St. Augustine City Commission on 8% sales tax hike, without public comment or rebuttal
(5.5% of the words in this overwrought 326 word letter are self-referential vertical pronouns from a smarmy schoolmarm in charge of giving contracts to engineering and construction firms).
Letter: An investment in St. Johns County learning always pays off
Posted: October 30, 2015 - 11:44pm | Updated: October 30, 2015 - 11:49pm
By Tim Forson
St. Augustine Record
Editor: I am a lifelong resident of St. Johns County and proud to have grown up in this community. During the time I was growing up, St. Johns County was a quiet area of several communities with a great deal of history and a slow pace of change. As I raised my family here I have watched the county grow and develop into a wonderful community for families. I feel what sets us apart is the fact that the school system and the community continue to recognize the importance of quality education and character development. Those two priorities are vital to St. Johns County as it continues to grow.
We all recognize the history of St. Johns County and we are all responsible for the future of the county. We all must invest in the future our county to ensure well-educated, responsible, and respectful children. Although schools cannot replace the importance of the family, they can be the foundation for the future of St. Johns County. With this in mind, the ½-cent sales tax makes sense. Although my children are now grown, it would be selfish for me to say “no” to the sales tax referendum.
The growth in our county and the increasing demands on classroom teachers creates stress on the school system. The numbers have been shared with the community. The need is obvious. The sales tax referendum is not just about new schools, it is a lifeline to the school system to maintain and enhance the current learning environment for all students. If approved, these funds will also provide for appropriate commitments to technology and school safety. Providing new schools ensures existing schools do not become overcrowded. Investing in our existing schools maintains consistency and excellence throughout the county. I will soon retire, but I do not plan to leave the community I love. Therefore I plan to vote “yes” so that I continue to support St. Johns County for the next 10 years.
NOT IN PRINT VERSION: Forsen is deputy superintendent of operations for the St. Johns County School District

Friday, October 30, 2015

TRANSPARENCY?: Unnecessary Dig in Editorial on St. Augustine City Finance Computer

Editorial: St. Augustine city transparency: Let your fingers do the sleuthing
Posted: October 28, 2015 - 8:19pm | Updated: October 29, 2015 - 12:00am
Whether you’re a political gadfly, number junkie, conspiracy theorist or just Joe Citizen with a question about St. Augustine’s municipal finances, you’ll find no stone unturned next week.

Monday the city debuts its new Citizen Transparency site.
Mark Litzinger, who heads the city’s finance department, is the point person on the project which basically opens up the city books in their entirety to anyone with the time to hop online and peel back the onion of city spending. It does not take long. The actual program is deceptively simple and seriously intricate in its ability to peek under the sheets of the city’s books (there is minor redaction of some private employee information, but not financials).
The program will reside on the city’s website, Litzinger gave us a preview of the program early this week. One click takes you to a menu bar. Click “St. Augustine,” you’ll get a dropdown of citywide budgets compared to actual expenditures. Click “Categories” you’ll see personal and operational expenses, grants and more. “Departments” allows you to view, say city manager John Regan’s travel expense, as well as those of fire, The VIC, city commission, police and more. Each one opens up to expose more detailed data. Under “Funds” the 450th financials reside. Under “Government” you can breakout public safety, transportation, general government services, culture and recreation and more. Click “Vendor” you can view every city vendor in alphabetical order, with actual expenses to date. Break those down further, you’ll see every check written. “Other reports” are basically budget summaries.
The last category is “Site Links” under which you’ll find an easy to digest user guide and frequently asked questions.
The site is searchable as well, so you won’t need a degree in computer programming to mine the data you need.
Another slick feature of the system is its ability to not only show you the data, but also give you multiple options to capture it. Under the “Actions” you can download any of the information you deem important to TIFF, Word, Excel, XML PDF files and more. Color charts abound on the site — which, for instance, may be very useful and accessible for a newspaper to reprint while explaining a budget issue. It’s an extension of public access through us and to you. It should prove useful all-around.
City manager John Regan calls the new system “the next generation of citizen access.” It certainly looks that way from our brief foray into the program. Regan said much of the credit for the new site goes straight to Litzinger. “I’m really proud of Mark on this.”
Litzinger says “It mirrors our financial system exactly.” And it appears to do that — and perhaps a little more, when combined with and filtered through, all the information in new ways. Litzinger admitted “It lets me run numbers I can’t get myself right now.”
And, he said, because it’s a portal in the city’s site, “you can’t break it ... you can’t mess it up.”
Take it for a spin. Kick the tires. FYI, the initial software cost the city $10,000. Check the vendor list.
[It actually costs more, with a monthly bill, you reckon?]

Decision Not to Prosecute Ex-Mayor for Shooting Raises Questions About Blurred Ethical Lines, Politics, Incompetence, Failure to Comply With Prosecutorial Standards

CHRISTOPHER ANTHONY FRANCE, Chief Deputy State's Attorney for St. Johns County, wrote after-the-fact memo October 15-20, 2015 justifying not prosecuting FRANK CHARLES in 2014;
Mr. FRANCE is running for Circuit Judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit (election in 2016).

Sheriff DAVID BERNERD SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" -- Another political coverup?

St. Johns County Sheriff's Detective EUGENE TOLBERT (left), one of two maladroit detectives on Michelle O'Connell case, ordered ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES released from handcuffs at scene of double-shooting in August 2014

Ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES of St. Augustine Beach shot his housemate and former employee
Blake Miles, shot by ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES of St. Augustine Beach in August 2014.
At 2:58:27 pm on Thursday, October 15, 2015, CHRISTOPHER A. FRANCE, our Chief Assistant State's Attorney in St. Johns County prepared a three page memorandum, supposedly explaining why former St. Augustine Beach Mayor FRANK CHARLES was never prosecuted for shooting Blake Miles in the testicles and abdomen.
The shooting was in August 2014.  The memo was completed on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Why?
The memo does not bear a date, and does not show that it was sent to anyone in particular.  This curious memo was prepared in response to my Open Records request on Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 6:53 AM, stating in haec verba:

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: HathawayS ; larizzar

Sent: Thu, Oct 15, 2015 6:53 am
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-393: 8/14/14 Ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES/Blake Miles shooting -- investigator's reports and SAO memos recommending against prosecution or for nolle prosequi

Dear Messrs. Hathaway and Larizza:
1. Please send documents concerning the SAO7 decision not to prosecute FRANK CHARLES, ex-Mayor of St. Augustine Beach, Florida, for the August 2014 alleged assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder with a handgun of Blake Miles, including the investigators' reports and SAO memos recommending for or against prosecution or for nolle prosequi.  
2. Please include any and all police reports concerning Deputy JEREMY BANKS: was he the first responder on the scene? Please share 911 calls, dispatch records and any evidence that the CHARLES' residence was on JEREMY BANKS' regular duty station that night and how JEREMY BANKS came to be assigned or volunteered for domestic violence calls.  Please include all BANKS police repots on the shooting of Blake Miles and sequelae.  
Thank you.
Ed Slavin

Like Sheriff DAVID BERNERD SHOAR, 7th Circuit State's Attorney RALPH JOSEPH LARIZZA is willing to create post hoc documents justifying decisions not to prosecute persons with influence, in response to journalists' Open Records request.
Sheriff SHOAR's magnum opus was a tortious, criminal, materially false and misleading 153 page pile of drivel, driving under the inference, rambling, repetition, supposition, libel, slander, defamation and Lashon hara, in response to New York Times reporter Walt Bogdanich's inquiries about the Michelle O'Connell case.  Like the FRANK CHARLES case, the Michelle O'Connell case was already closed, but Sheriff SHOAR determined to say to the Times' reporter, "We'll show him."  FBI is investigating.

State's Attorney LARIZZA's effort in response to my request was shorter, but emits the same stench.

Rather than take shooting cases to the Grand Jury, and allow evidence to be heard and decided by objective Grand Jurors, LARIZZA makes prosecution decisions all by himself, with his secretive crew of second-rate prosecutors, who do not follow National Prosecution Standards set forth by the Nationa l District Attorney's Association, which you can read here.

This breathtaking lack of standard-following permits all kind of corruption, coverups, case-fixing, ineptitude and decrepitude.
It appears that LARIZZA is a political prosecutor, in the same sense as Lincoln's political generals.  Political prosecutors decide not based on the fact and law of record, but allow politics to dictate taking the easiest road: avoiding a potential loss that would hurt LARIZZA's statistics. Real prosecutors -- like Lawrence Walsh, Thomas E. Dewey or Roger Adelman -- don't care about "conviction rates." They take tough cases. They prosecute powerful people and organized criminals.
Blowhard prosecutorial phonies like LARIZZA campaign based on fantasyland -- all Dick Tracy and no spine. They want a high "conviction rate," based on taking only easy cases, or plea bargaining meritless cases into probation.
The decision LARIZZA made not to prosecute ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES is a fairly debatable question.
In cases of domestic violence, prosecutors will often refuse to prosecute, based upon both victim and victimizer having hit each other.
Other prosecutors, like former Anderson County, Tennessee District Attorney General James Nelson Ramsey, prosecute both belligerents, allowing the court system to figure it out, without fear or favor, and discouraging domestic violence.  Never having been a prosecutor, I have no opinion on which approach is best.
But upon reading the applicable National Prosecution Standards published by the National District Attorneys' Association, I reckon that you might agree with me that the Seventh Circuit State's Attorney's office is a deeply dysfunctional office, one incapable of spotting other issues in the police reports that would be worthy of a Grand Jury, or further investigation.
Why was St. Augustine Beach ex-Mayor FRANK CHARLES handcuffed and then released, on orders of Detective EUGENE TOLBERT, one of two detectives on the Michelle O'Connell case?
Why was evidence of FRANK CHARLES' auto trips driving the shooting victim to "drug town" not resolved?  Why was evidence of glass pipes in CHARLES' home not investigated?
Why weren't both alleged aggressors charged with assault?  Read the police blotter: assault is the subject of daily charges against lesser-known people, often over the most trivial of touching.
Why is it that FRANK CHARLES shot his domestic partner twice and was never even booked -- initially he was handcuffed, but ordered released by St. Johns County Sheriff's Detective EUGENE TOLBERT, one of two detectives on the Michelle O'Connell case oblivious to domestic violence?  Why?
Why was there no press release on the decision not to prosecute a notorious shooting case?
Was this case "fixed?"
Sheriff DAVID SHOAR and State's Attorney RALPH LARIZZA are both Republicans, and pals.  Ex-Mayor of St. Augustine Beach FRANK CHARLES is also a Republican.
Is there a custom, usage, practice, procedure and policy of a dual justice system here?
"Catch and release" for big-shots?
Harsh treatment for the rest of us?
Does this violate the criminal and civil provisions of the 1871 Civil Rights Act (Ku Klux Klan Act)?
It appears that there are "two Americas," and two standards of justice in St. Johns County: one for the rich and well-connected, and one for the rest of us.
The rich get their tickets fixed and their problems solved based upon the pull of special influence.  The rest of us get picked on, too often, under the corrupt Republican regime in St. Johns County (one that was a Democratic regime until Sheriff Neil Perry ordered all of his elected officials to change parties on the same day a quarter century ago, all standing in line at the same time).
The fact that Deputy JEREMY BANKS and ex-Mayor of St. Augustine Beach FRANK CHARLES were never arrested and never treated as suspects in two cases of apparent domestic violence speaks volumes.
On November 8, 2016, we elect a new State's Attorney for the Seventh Judicial Circuit and a new St. Johns County Sheriff.  Choose wisely, my friends.  We need ethical, honorable lawmen who will respect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
Here are the NDAA National Prosecution Standards that LARIZZA disdained to follow in the shootings of Michelle O'Connell and Blake Miles:
1. Screening
4-1.1 Prosecutorial Responsibility
The decision to initiate a criminal prosecution should be made by the prosecutor’s office. Where state law allows criminal charges to be initiated by law enforcement or by other persons or means, prosecutors should, at the earliest practical time, decide whether the charges should be pursued.
4-1.2 Prosecutorial Discretion
The chief prosecutor should recognize and emphasize the importance of the initial charging decision and should provide appropriate training and guidance to prosecutors regarding the exercise of their discretion.
4-1.3 Factors to Consider
Prosecutors should screen potential charges to eliminate from the criminal justice system those cases where prosecution is not justified or not in the public interest. Factors that may be considered in this decision include:
a. Doubt about the accused’s guilt;
b. Insufficiency of admissible evidence to support a conviction;
c. The negative impact of a prosecution on a victim;
d. The availability of adequate civil remedies;
e. The availability of suitable diversion and rehabilitative programs;
f. Provisions for restitution;
g. Likelihood of prosecution by another criminal justice authority;
h. Whether non-prosecution would assist in achieving other legitimate goals, such as the investigation or prosecution of more serious offenses;
i. The charging decisions made for similarly-situated defendants;
j. The attitude and mental status of the accused;
k. Undue hardship that would be caused to the accused by the prosecution;
l. A history of non-enforcement of the applicable law;
m. Failure of law enforcement to perform necessary duties or investigations;
n. The expressed desire of an accused to release potential civil claims against victims, witnesses, law enforcement agencies and their personnel, or the prosecutor and his personnel, where such desire is expressed after having the opportunity to obtain advice of counsel and is knowing and voluntary;
o. Whether the alleged crime represents a substantial departure from the accused’s history of living a law-abiding life;
p. Whether the accused has already suffered substantial loss in connection with the alleged crime;

q. Whether the size of the loss or the extent of the harm caused by the alleged crime is too small to warrant a criminal sanction;
4-1.4 Factors Not to Consider
Factors that should not be considered in the screening decision include the following: 
a. The prosecutor’s individual or the prosecutor’s office rate of conviction;
b. Personal advantages or disadvantages that a prosecution might bring to the prosecutor or others in the prosecutor’s office;

c. Political advantages or disadvantages that a prosecution might bring to the prosecutor;
d. Characteristics of the accused that have been recognized as the basis for invidious discrimination, insofar as those factors are not pertinent to the elements or motive of the crime;

e. The impact of any potential asset forfeiture to the extent described in Standard 4-7.4.
4-1.5 Information Sharing
The prosecutor should attempt to gather all relevant information that would aid in rendering a sound screening decision. The prosecutor’s office should take steps to ensure that other government and law enforcement agencies cooperate in providing the prosecutor with such information.
4-1.6 Continuing Duty to Evaluate
In the event that the prosecutor learns of previously unknown information that could affect a screening decision previously made, the prosecutor should reevaluate that earlier decision in light of the new information.
4-1.7. Record of Declinations
Where permitted by law, a prosecutor’s office should retain a record of the reasons for declining a prosecution.
4-1.8 Explanation of Declinations
The prosecutor should promptly respond to inquiries from those who are directly affected by a declination of charges.
It could be argued that screening decisions are the most important made by prosecutors in the exercise of their discretion in the search for justice. The screening decision determines whether or not a matter will be absorbed into the criminal justice system. While the decision may be very easy at times, at others it will require an examination of the prosecutor’s beliefs regarding the criminal justice system, the goals of prosecution, and a broad assortment of other factors. These standards set forth some of the considerations that may be relevant to an informed screening decision as well as some that should not be used in making the determination. The prosecutor should take care to recognize any of the listed factors that are not appropriate for use in his or her jurisdiction.
2. Charging
4-2.1 Prosecutorial Responsibility
It is the ultimate responsibility of the prosecutor’s office to determine which criminal charges should be prosecuted and against whom.
4-2.2 Propriety of Charges
A prosecutor should file charges that he or she believes adequately encompass the accused’s criminal activity and which he or she reasonably believes can be substantiated by admissible evidence at trial.
4-2.3 Improper Leveraging
The prosecutor should not file charges where the sole purpose is to obtain from the accused a release of potential civil claims.
4-2.4 Factors to Consider
The prosecutor should only file those charges that are consistent with the interests of justice. Factors that may be relevant to this decision include:
a. The nature of the offense, including whether the crime involves violence or bodily injury;
b. The probability of conviction;
c. The characteristics of the accused that are relevant to his or her blameworthiness or responsibility, including the accused’s criminal history;
d. Potential deterrent value of a prosecution to the offender and to society at large; 

e. The value to society of incapacitating the accused in the event of a conviction; 
f. The willingness of the offender to cooperate with law enforcement;
g. The defendant’s relative level of culpability in the criminal activity;
h. The status of the victim, including the victim’s age or special vulnerability; i. Whether the accused held a position of trust at the time of the offense;
j. Excessive costs of prosecution in relation to the seriousness of the offense; k. Recommendation of the involved law enforcement personnel;
l. The impact of the crime on the community;
m. Any other aggravating or mitigating circumstances.
Following an initial screening decision that prosecution should be initiated, the charging decision is the prerogative and responsibility of the prosecutor. The charging decision entails determination of the following issues:
  • What possible charges are appropriate to the offense or offenses; and
  • What charge or charges would best serve the interests of justice?
    In making a charging decision, the prosecutor should keep in mind the power he or she is exercising at that point in time. The prosecutor is making a decision that will have a profound effect on the lives of the person being charged, the person’s family, the victim, the victim’s family, and the community as a whole. The magnitude of the charging decision does not dictate that it be made timidly, but it does dictate that it should be made wisely with the exercise of sound professional judgment.
    There will be times when information not known at the time of charging will influence future actions in a case. While it is advisable to gather all information possible prior to charging, that is simply an unrealistic expectation. The prosecutor must balance the importance of gathering information and the importance of public safety interests when determining when he or she has sufficient information to make a charging decision.
    While commencing a prosecution is permitted by most ethical standards upon a determination that probable cause exists to believe that a crime has been committed and that the defendant has committed it, the standard prescribes a higher standard for filing a criminal charge. To suggest that the charging standard should be the prosecutor’s reasonable belief that the charges can be substantiated by admissible evidence at trial is recognition of the powerful effects of the initiation of criminal charges. Pursuant to the prosecution’s duty to seek justice, the protection of the rights of all (even the prospective defendant) is required.
    The means by which a prosecutor elects to implement charging decisions is closely related to the mechanism utilized in reaching screening decisions; indeed, the two functions may be appropriately combined in a single individual or office division.
    Diversion participation should only be done at the prosecutor’s discretion, and the prosecutor should not yield to external pressures in either selecting a charge or deciding if diversion alternatives are a proper course of action. Diversion may be done at any stage of the proceeding, but with the option of continued prosecution. That does not preclude diversion alternatives after a formal charge. At that stage, the threat of criminal prosecution is even greater to the accused, and thus positive participation in diversion alternatives and favorable results may be more likely.
    Initial standards or guidelines for charging will be established by the chief prosecutor only. In the one-person office, the chief prosecutor will also act as the agent for implementing these guidelines. Larger offices may find it convenient, particularly in

respect to minor offenses, to delegate much of the responsibility for charging to selected individuals or to establish a separate office division for intake procedures. The designated individuals or office division should be responsible for reaching initial charging decisions, subject to review and approval by the chief prosecutor.
The chief prosecutor should establish guidelines by which charging decisions may be implemented. For the one-person office this formulation process will provide consistency of operation and an incentive to develop and articulate specific policies. The same holds true for other size offices.
Some prosecution offices employ vertical prosecution with great success, making the use of guidelines important for consistent application.