Friday, September 04, 2015

Muchisimas Gracias!: Alcaldetta Nancy Shaver Opens 450th to Thunderous Applause

Welcoming three Spanish bands in Spanish, Mayor Nancy Shaver wowed the capacity crowd at the opening of the St. Augustine 450th September 3rd, speaking in flawless Spanish and English to introduce and thank the bands and the crowd in Flagler College's Lewis Auditorium.  There was thunderous applause from the bands and the audience.  Mayor Shaver began the 450th with class and panache.

The cultural exchange was  Spanish-American on one level, and Bolesian-Shaverian on the other.  Mayor Shaver charmed audience members, including some present who now might not easily admit that they ever voted for the ancien regime of JOE BOLES and LEN WEEKS.  The torch has been passed to a new generation of St. Augustine, and Mayor Shaver has made us all proud of her.

The Spanish bands evening was chaired by the leader-for-life of the all-white St. Augustine Sister Cities Association (SASCA) Chair, Ex-Mayor LEN WEEKS, a/k/a CLAUDE LEONARD WEEKS, JR.

St. Augustine's Code Enforcement Board fined WEEKS $3600 for destroying 62A Spanish Street (Don Pedro Fornells House) without proper City permits, ignoring urgent instructions from LEN WEEKS' architect, engineer and the late City Building Inspector Will Franke, et al. not to excavate all around the 211-year old Spanish colonial building, but to dig and pour a cement collar in four foot segments.  Temple Destroyer and SASCA Chair  LEN WEEKS is still apparently under state and federal investigation.

One audience member called out, "Demolition man!"  LEN WEEKS could not see his critic, but reacted indignantly, saying he "cannot see" the person.   Philistine LEN WEEKS is the Scrooge most associated with the effort to ban street artists and musicians from our City's historic area.  how gauche and louche for him to preside at a musical evening.

The unpopular LEN WEEKS was also reportedly booed again when he said that water was being sold in the lobby for $1.  That's chintzy.  (Water was also sold for $1 at Governor Scott's cabinet meeting at The Treasury on September 1, but will be handed out free during the 450th, I am assured).

In addition to Mayor Shaver and the ever-despicable LEN WEEKS, also present were "The Gang of Four," four sulking City Commissioners: TODD (TOAD) NEVILLE (R-Proctorville and conflict-of-interest ridden DOW PUD supporter), NANCY SIKES-KLINE (R-DOW PUD supporter), Vice Mayor ROXANNE HORVATH (R-DOW PUD supporter) and LEANNA FREEMAN (DOW PUD supporter).

The graceless "Gang of Four" appeared snooty and unfriendly and said nary a word in any language. Commissioner LEANNA FREEMAN (R-Weeks Construction), was one of four gargoyles at the door, checking to see if people's names were on "the list," with good seats reserved for rich guys, including 450th sponsors like Florida Power & Light and Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR.

Ex-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES, JR. was nowhere to be seen (sulking perhaps).

Defeated for re-election last year by Nancy Shaver, ex-Mayor BOLES remains LEN WEEKS' equally controversial business partner in the no-bid, below market rate rental of city property at 81 St. George Street (Florida Cracker Cafe),

Due to short notice and the odd, elitist requirement to call in advance to reserve a seat for non-sponsors, the Spanish bands event sponsored by the all-white St. Augustine Sisters Association long chaired by LEN WEEKS lacked diversity. 

It also seemingly lacked sensitivity, with our elders and other persons with disabilities told that ADA seats were reserved for swells (hundreds of "Very Important People," upon whom money was squandered for "Reserved" signs).  

As my Irish-Bavarian grandmother once said, "Some people want to be somebody --  ANYBODY!"

Thursday, September 03, 2015

ILLEGAL LOBBYING COMPLAINT


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Ex-Commissioner and Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW on his last junket to Aviles, Spain (third from right front, between Vice Mayor ROXANNE HORVATH and ex-Mayor JOSEPH LESTER BOLES and current HARB Vice Chair PAUL M. WEAVER, III.  CRICHLOW and WEAVER both lobbied City officials on behalf of DOW PUD and OLD ISLAND HOTELS, INC. and DAVID BARTON CORNEAL.  So did HARB member JEREMY MARQUIS, who resigned when I called him on his conflict of interest in working for CORNEAL and other property owners.

ILLEGAL LOBBYING COMPLAINT SENT TO FLORIDA ETHICS COMMISSION SEPTEMBER 3 AGAINST Ex-COMMISSIONER DONALD CRICHLOW FOR LOBBYING IN SUPPORT OF DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN): We SHALL overcome corruption in St. Augustine!

Did ex-Commissioner DONALD CRICHLOW violate F.S. 112.313(14) by lobbying former colleagues starting no later than January 1, 2015, only a month after he left office (December 1, 2014), when state law forbids such lobbying for two (2) years?  If so, it is both an ethics violation and a criminal misdemeanor.  Enough corruption in our Nation's Oldest City.  
Happy 450th, everyone! 
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Florida Statute 112.313(14) states:
(14) LOBBYING BY FORMER LOCAL OFFICERS; PROHIBITION.—A person who has been elected to any county, municipal, special district, or school district office may not personally represent another person or entity for compensation before the government body or agency of which the person was an officer for a period of 2 years after vacating that office.

1. A longtime employee of the U.S. Forest Service, local architect DONALD W. CRICHLOW was elected to City Commission by the voters in 2004 and 2008 and left office in 2012.
2. On February 11, 2013, DONALD CRICHLOW was re-elected to a position on City Commission by Commissioners to replace Commissioner William L. Leary, who resigned.
3. DONALD CRICHLOW left office for the last time on December 1, 2014. Within less than a month, CRICHLOW began lobbying St. Augustine's Mayor, City Commissioners, Planning and Zoning Board members and Members of the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB).
4. While still serving on the City Commission, and as Vice Mayor, from 2004-2012 and again from 2013-2014, DONALD CRICHLOW allegedly told architectural clients that there was "an intimidation factor" to his representing clients before City Boards, showing off his City Hall office to get architectural commissions. This was an overt act of corruption, in possible violation of 18 U.S.C. 666.
5. On videotape and in person, at meetings during 2015, less than the two year period prescribed by F.S. 112,313(14), DONALD CRICHLOW has threatened City officials that if a hotel is not approved in the HP-1 Old City South neighborhood, apartments will be rented in the former DOW MUSEUM of HISTORIC HOMES and DAVID BARTON CORNEAL will not make the investments that he previously promised whether or not the hotel was approved.
6. DONALD CRICHLOW's client, DAVID BARTON CORNEAL, destroyed a 111 year old building, CARPENTER's HOUSE, without waiting for appeal time to expire.   (See photo).
7. On April 26, 2015, CRICHLOW caused to be published in the St. Augustine Record a column supporting DAVID BARTON CORNEAL's conversion of the DOW MUSEUM OF HISTORIC HOMES into a hotel in HP-1, without disclosing his involvement as the lobbyist-architect.
8. CRICHLOW's letter threatened "Student rentals," an overt act of blockbusting in violation of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. 3604c.




Letter: Cordova Inn a good fit for St. Augustine
Cordova Inn a good fit
St. Augustine Record, April 26, 2015
Posted: April 25, 2015 - 3:59pm
By DON CRICHLOW
Cordova Inn a good fit

Editor: There have been several letters published in this space criticizing the proposed use of the old Dow Property Museum as an inn with nightly rentals. The concern centers around the “cardinal rule” of no commercial uses in HP1. I am a resident of HP1 and have been since 1946. There is no one more committed to protecting the quality of life in this neighborhood and limiting commercial intrusion. I am on record as speaking out against previous proposed B&Bs. Some people believe the only use for this property should be single family residential, however the site does not lend itself to this use for many reasons. Re-platting this property into individual lots would be a tragic mistake, and would destroy the historic integrity of this beautiful site. 

An historic inn is the best and least intensive use for the property. The owner has agreed in the PUD to no weddings or receptions, no amplified music and no music after 10 p.m. Off-site parking will be provided, and all access to and from the property will be from Cordova Street — which means no cars in HP1. But, probably, the greatest benefit from the iproposed use is that it would keep the property open to public access by the guests that stay there — and on other occasions such as the First Friday Art Walks. 

Yes, this technically is commercial intrusion into HP1 . But it’s the kind of intrusion that will protect the quality of life in the neighborhood. Isn’t that what it’s all about? The alternative use for the property could be 22 rental apartments. Let’s not, as the old saying goes, “Cut off our nose to spite our face.”  Student rentals are the real threat to HP1, not an historic inn such as the owner has proposed.

NEVILLE SENDS THREATENING LETTER


Commissioner TODD NEVILLE (R-PROCTORVILLE) SENDS THREATENING LETTER -- I WEAR COMMISSIONER ODD NEVILLE'S SCORN AS A BADGE OF HONOR.


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: tneville
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 7:26 pm
Subject: Re: DOW PUD RECONSIDERATION; Former Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW's lobbying in support of DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN) appears to violate F.S. 112.113(14), possible misdemeanor Dear Toddy:
1. ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ has proven herself to be inept, unethical and hostile -- her constant coverups and ducking of questions embarrass our City.
2. You are also inept, unethical and hostile.
3. Your misconduct on the DOW PUD and the Carpenter's House and demolition ordinance prove it -- so does your wife Heather's odd behavior.
4. Do not ever threaten me again -- ever.
5. Do not purport to give me illegal orders. See 42 U.S.C. Secs. 1983, 1985 and 1988.
6. Herein faileth not -- please govern yourself accordingly.
7. Please feel free to call me to discuss, in a civil, rational and non-threatening manner.
8. I hereby challenge you to a public televised debate on your low ethical expectations of our City staff and your behavior as a City Commissioner .
9. Thank you for your immediate attention to this serious matter.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998

-----Original Message-----
From: Todd Neville
To: easlavin ; Isabelle Lopez ; John Regan ; Alison Ratkovic
Cc: seth ; eaverysmith ; Denise May ; Debra Gibson ; David Birchim ; Tim Burchfield ; Lucy Fountain ; cb ; Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 2:36 pm
Subject: RE: DOW PUD RECONSIDERATION; Former Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW's lobbying in support of DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN) appears to violate F.S. 112.113(14), possible misdemeanor Ed,
As you know there are only three positions that directly serve the commission. Therefore, as City Attorney, Isabelle works for our City, the Commission and me. I will not stand (sic)Nfor one of my (sic) employees being treated (sic) with such disrespect (sic). Yes, you have free speech rights, and yes, you have public records rights, but Isabelle also has a right (sic) to work in an environment that is
not hostile (sic). You have continually (sic) crossed (sic) that line (sic). With this in mind, in the future I expect you to treat the Commission's (sic) attorney with all the decorum (sic) and respect (sic) due (sic) to her. I trust (sic) you will treat this as a very serious matter.
Thank you,
Todd Neville
Commissioner Seat 4
City of St. Augustine

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Again, I wear odd Commissioner TODD NEVILLE's scorn as a badge of honor. 
EARLIER CORRESPONDENCE HERE:
http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2015/09/city-attorneys-defense-of-illegal.html
http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2015/08/dow-pud-cordova-inn-reconsideration.html

Killer App? 450th Events Guide App May Violate Privacy: WARNING




KILLER APP? 450th Events Guide App May Violate Privacy -- DO NOT DOWNLOAD WITHOUT RESPONSE FROM CITY -- No Response from City Manager, City Attorney or 450th Director -- Pitiful
At 10:46 this morning, local resident David Nails shared the concern about the 450th Events Guide App: "very intrusive - it has the ability to read, copy, and store your text messages, images, and all other personal data. There is not a reason in the world for them to be requiring such permissions." I wrote and called the City of St. Augustine within minutes."
The facts are now undisputed and well-nigh irrefragable.
Still no response and it is after 5 PM, time for all the lugubrious goobers to go home and stare at their big-screen TVs, watching faux Fox News, no doubt.
Our City staff is lacking in transparency -- insouciant, unresponsive and incompetent -- about this subject.
450th Events Guide App maker Graham Media Group, listed on NYSE, through its spokesperson (Patty Oliva, 312-917-6242) promised to investigate and get back to me before Noon EST. It is now past 5 PM -- no response to two telephone calls.

Update: 8:40 PM: Have filed amended request:
-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: ilopez ; support ; dsteclaire ; jregan ; lfountain ; nshaver ; dmay ; jpiggott
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 8:25 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-327: Alleged Privacy Violations by "450th Events Guide App" -- All documents on app contract, bids, cost, privacy concerns and app software design
Good evening:
1. Please send source code. Our City owns it.
2. Please send list of software development tools
3. Please send proof of the associated licenses for those development tools.
Thank you.
Update: 6:55 PM -- Not a peep from the itty bitty City mismanagers and their hangers-on, toadies, acolytes and mouthpieces.
Blaming Google® ("We have to") is no excuse, there's an intriguing written response from Graham Media (below), unadorned by the name of any natural person (e.g., no name of a living breathing human). Here's the GDS e-mail and and my response:

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: support
Cc: nshaver ; jregan ; lfountain ; llueders ; ilopez ; dmay ; dgibson ; jimwil03 ; pat.gleason ; sunshine ; sceastman ; gardner ; news ; craig.richardson ; jim.sutton ; stuart.korfhage ; sheldon.gardner ; steve.patterson
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 6:25 pm
Subject: Re: UPDATE: 450th Event Guide App
Hello, GDS:
1. It is much broader than that.
2. Text messages -- everything in your cellular telephone, right? Why?
3. Please give me your name, title and phone numbers.
4. Who designed software -- was it your firm or a subcontractor in India or China?
5. Please share a copy of bid and contract documents with City and City specs and instructions.
6. Please call ASAP today.
7. Story already posted.
8. No substantive response from City.
9. No contract documents from City. This stinks.
Thanks,
Ed Slavin
www.cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com
904-377-4998
-----Original Message-----
From: Graham Digital Support
To: easlavin
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 5:55 pm
Subject: UPDATE: 450th Event Guide App
Hi Mr. Slavin,
I wanted to follow up with you on the issue your reported regarding the 450th Event Guide App.
Those permissions display because Google Play says we have to.See, we access the phone's photos so the user can create a postcard, that's why the Photos and Media permission request is there.
The calendar request is there because users can add events that you have in your App to their phone's calendar.
The location permission is there so the user can get directions to a location you have in your App.
To sum up, all of the permission are there because they allow the user a better and more integrated experience.
You should feel free to download the App. I personally promise nothing untoward (sic) will come of it!
If you still have questions or concerns, please let us know and we would be happy to get on a call and walk you through them.
Thanks for the feedback,
Graham Digital Support Team

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: ilopez ; dsteclaire ; jregan ; lfountain ; nshaver ; dmay
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 11:36 am
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-327: Alleged Privacy Violations by "450th Events Guide App" -- All documents on app contract, bids, cost, privacy concerns and app software design
Please investigate. Software is by Graham Media Group, formerly the Post-Newsweek stations, which owns WJXT in Jacksonville (News 4).
-----Original Message-----
From: Isabelle Lopez
To: easlavin
Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 11:18 am
Subject: RE: Request No. 2015-327: Alleged Privacy Violations by "450th Events Guide App" -- All documents on app contract, bids, cost, privacy concerns and app software design
I have no responsive document.
From: easlavin@aol.com [mailto:easlavin@aol.com]
Sent: Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:12 AM
To: Paul Williamson; John Regan; Isabelle Lopez; Denise May; Nancy Shaver; Debra Gibson; Dana Ste. Claire; Jennifer Zuberer; NancySikesKline@aol.com; Roxanne Horvath; cityfreeman@yahoo.com; Todd Neville; Tim Burchfield; Meredith Breidenstein; llueders@staugpd.com; Mark Litzinger
Subject: Request No. 2015-327: Alleged Privacy Violations by "450th Events Guide App" -- All documents on app contract, bids, cost, privacy concerns and app software designPlease send. Thank you.
======David Nails
September 3 at 10:46am
ATTENTION:
The St. Augustine 450th Events Guide app is now public. You can get it on the Google Play store, and probably whatever the iPhone store is.
I suggest that you DO NOT download this application. It is very intrusive - it has the ability to read, copy, and store your text messages, images, and all other personal data. There is not a reason in the world for them to be requiring such permissions.
Check out the screenshots below. If anyone involved in building this app can tell me why it's asking for such sensitive data, I will listen and change this post if my query is satisfied. I don't expect that is going to happen.

City's 450th Contracts With More Than 70 Performing Artists

UNFRIENDLY FORM CONTRACTS Leave Much to Be Desired: Pitiful. Odiferous. Contracts of Adhesion.  Yuck!
If you are a performing artist, know one or were one, would you sign this dumb 'ole contract without crossing out at least a few words? Our City still hates musicians, and it shows. Hick hack City Attorney ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ needs a performance evaluation. Now.


CELEBRATE 450!
Entertainment Services Contract – City of St. Augustine
Agreement between
_____________________________________________
(Performer)
&
___________The City of St. Augustine_____________
(City) Performance date: ______________________ Performance fee: ______________________
�������� T E R M S & C O N D I T I O N S ��������
(1) Performer shall determine with the City the time required for access to performance venue.
(2) The performance venue is an outdoor stage (______________________________________________). Electrical source will be provided as described in the diagram (attached). The City will provide no support equipment (i.e. chairs, lighting, etc...)
(3) If the performance is cancelled prior to the time of the scheduled start of the performance and is not rescheduled this agreement will be considered terminated and payment will not be made to the performer. If the performance must be stopped after it has started, this agreement will be considered fulfilled, and the Performer will be paid in full. Any decision to postpone, stop or cancel the performance will be at the discretion of the Chief of Police for the City.
(4) Full payment shall be made by check to the Performer on the
date of the performance and will be made payable to the party as determined by the Performer.
(5) Venue for any legal proceedings arising out of this agreement shall lie in a court competent jurisdiction located in St. Johns County.
(6) Each party to this Contract shall be entitled to seek enforcement of this Contract against the other party and shall have all remedies available at law or in equity, including the remedy of specific performance and all forms of injunctive relief. The CITY, however, specifically and expressly, reserves all rights to sovereign immunity granted to municipalities by law, including, but not limited to, Section 768.28, Florida Statutes.
For the Performer:
________________________________ __________________________________ __________________
Signature Printed Name Date
For the City:
________________________________ __________________________________ __________________
Signature Printed Name Date


City Attorney's PITIFUL Defense of Illegal Lobbying


 City Attorney's PITIFUL Defense of Illegal Lobbying By Commissioner DONALD CRICHLOW -- Complaint Filed Today

City Attorney ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ still defends the indefensible -- illegal lobbying in support of the DOW PUD by ex-Commissioner DONALD CRICHLOW, less than two years after he left office. Enough. An ethics complaint against CRICHLOW for violating F.S. 112.313(14) was sent to Tallahassee today. Our inept City Attorney should stand for ethics and n to against it. http://cleanupcityofstaugustine.blogspot.com/2015/09/city-attorneys-defense-of-illegal.html

Inept City of St. Augustine City Attorney ISABELLE CHRISTINE LOPEZ will now see what the Ethics Commission really says when it rules in writing on an ethics complaint against ex-Commissioner CRICHLOW for lobbying on the DOW PUD.
ISABELLE LOPEZ refused to request any written opinion on any ethics issue during her entire career with our itty bitty City.
Wonder why?
ISABELLE LOPEZ has delusions of adequacy.
ISABELLE LOPEZ claimed that she "believe[d]" she had "oral guidance" on F.S. 112.313(14) -- illegal lobbying by ex-Commissioner DONALD CRICHLOW on the DOW PUD.
A complaint against DONALD CRICHLOW was sent to the Ethics Commission earlier today.
Here's the latest correspondence with ISABELLE LOPEZ, an unjust steward of your City Hall, who fails to protect the public interest against developers, corporations and contractors:
-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: ilopez ; jregan ; aratkovic Sent: Thu, Sep 3, 2015 12:08 pm

Subject: Re: DOW PUD RECONSIDERATION; Former Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW's lobbying in support of DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN) appears to violate F.S. 112.113(14), possible misdemeanor
Dear Izzy, et al.:
Just saw this e-mail a few moments ago. In response.
1. Nothing misstated. Nothing. The Ethics Commission General Counsel told me in a 31-minute conversation last year it does not issue oral opinions.
2. Ex-Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW was elected by Commissioners to fill Mr. Leary's term.
3. Thus, DONALD CRICHLOW had a duty to refrain from lobbying for two years-- your inculpatory silence, dilatoriness and desuetude empowered corruption.
4. You sought no opinion. Where is the one that you purport to rely upon?
5. Your odd behavior and your misleading of our Commissioners is a stench in the nostrils of our City and our Nation.
6. When will you cease and desist being such an inept, rude, insensitive doormat for corporations, developers and contractors?
7. Please call to discuss.
Happy 450th.
Cordially,
Ed

-----Original Message-----
From: Isabelle Lopez
To: easlavin ; John Regan ; Alison Ratkovic
Sent: Sat, Aug 29, 2015 6:59 pm
Subject: RE: DOW PUD RECONSIDERATION; Former Vice Mayor DONALD CRICHLOW's lobbying in support of DOW PUD (CORDOVA INN) appears to violate F.S. 112.113(14), possible misdemeanor
Mr. Slavin,
Please stop misstating law and fact. The attorneys at the
Commission on Ethics welcome and encourage communication with the public on
questions regarding Florida ethics. They routinely answer questions verbally
over the phone. Your request was initially for public records, I do not believe
that I have any such records, which is not to say I did not discuss the
revolving door prohibition with both Mr. Crichlow and Mr. Steve Zuilkowski, then
an attorney with the Commission in Ethics. I believe that I spoke to them
simultaneously via speakerphone, but I may have spoken to them separately.
There was no need to ask for a formal, written opinion as there already exists
an opinion on the same topic, which Mr. Zuilkowski brought to my attention. The
statutory language was previously interpreted by the Commission on Ethics as
only prohibiting representation before the local government if a commissioner
was elected to the position. Mr. Crichlow was most recently appointed to finish
Mr. Leary's elected term. Hence, there was no violation of law. You may call
the Commission on Ethics yourself, and they will give you the same answer, over
the phone, verbally.
Isabelle C. Lopez
City Attorney City of St. Augustine

450th AUDIT NEEDED

$10,000 For 450th From St. Johns County Sheriff, or Is It From "St. Johns County Sheriff's Department Four Star Association, Inc.?"
"Celebrate 450!" Ad in newspaper today with "Four Star Association" logo.  Sheriff SHOAR has his hooks in our "Celebrate 450!" event.  Is it from his dodgy, putative non-profit (long run by WILLIAM BRUCE HARRISS, ex-City Manager)  or developers' money, or or from Sheriff's Department funds?  Not yet clear from paperwork received from City, which invoiced "St. Johns County Sheriff's Office" on June 29, 2015 (today).  Post-450th audit will clarify these things.  What do y'all reckon?

"Time Wounds All Heels," But Energumens Say Corruption "Non-Issue."

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KKK Police Chief Virgil Stuart (grandfather of DOW PUD publicist Melissa Stuart), right.


At right, at KKK rally in Slave Market at Plaza de la Constitucion, a St. Johns County Sheriff's Deputy (see badge on belt , holds up a "Don't Tread on Me" Sign at St. Augustine, Florida Slave Market, as Georgia segregationist lawyer J.B. STONER preaches hatred of African-Americans and Jews in 1964.  (JESSE BENJAMIN STONER, JR. died in a nursing home in 2005 after his 1980 conviction and incarceration for 1958 Bethel Baptist Church bombing murders in Birmingham, Alabama).
Late last night, I talked with Ms. Patty O'Connell (Michelle's mom), and then read how Sheriff SHOAR's brother-in-law, former City Commissioner JOHN GIANNOTTA, wrote that Michelle's death and local corruption were "Non-issue.  She Killed Herself. RIP."  
I was reminded of my own mother's bon motTIME WOUNDS ALL HEELS.
My mother had a way with words.  She hated cliches.  She hated corruption continued to learn her entire life.  She took college French when she was in her sixties.  She stood up for worker rights.  She encouraged me to speak out for the rights of others.  
She never saw St. Johns County or Northeast Florida.
But those who have, have had enough, by God!
Cynical public officials feeding at the public trough.
Cynical corporations owning cynical public officials.
Sinister forces corrupting our lawmakers.
Crimes, torts and sins, the likes of which few could even imagine.
Kansas Republican U.S. Representative David Perley Lowe was quoted by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1961 in the landmark police abuse case of Monroe v. Pape, discussing Congressional debate of the 1871 Civil Rights Act (Ku Klux Klan Act): "While murder is stalking abroad in disguise, while whippings and lynchings and banishments have been visited upon unoffending American citizens, the local administrations have been found inadequate or unwilling to apply the proper corrective. Combinations, darker than the night [which] hides them, conspiracies, wicked as the worst felons could devise, have gone unwhipped of justice. Immunity is given to crime, and the records of the public tribunals are searched in vain for any evidence of effective redress." Monroe v. Pape, 365 U.S. 167, 175 (1961), quoting Cong. Globe, 42nd Cong., 1st Sess., App. 166-167.
Congress adopted the 1871 Civil Rights Act as a remedy for that evil wickedness by the KKK, which long ran segregated places like St. Johns County, Florida, terrorizing residents through control of government and police.  That 1871 Civil Rights Act was repeatedly, successfully invoked here since 1963; on June 11, 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote reform rabbi Israel "Sy" Dressner that this was "the most lawless city in America," leading to the largest mass arrest of rabbis in American history on June 18, 1964.  
"Be not afraid."  
It's in the Bible hundreds of times.  It inspires our lives.  It was the first three words spoken by Saint Pope John Paul II on the balcony on October 16, 1978 to the crowds in St. Peter's Square.
We're standing up to mendacity, mediocrity and worse -- ask disgraced, defeated ex-Mayor JOE BOLES.  
You're next, Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, and your enablers from City Hall to the County Administration Building. 
2016 is an election year.   
Your works and pomps are ending soon.  
DAVID HOAR, the corrupt young man empowered by City Commissioners to violate the Fourth Amendment at age 19 is now embattled Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, nearing retirement, and, we believe, indictment.   The New York Times, PBS Frontline, Dateline NBC, Guardian and Dr. Phil reports all show him for what he is: a hideous coverup artist, a coward, a heel.
"Time wounds all heels."  
Count the days, St. Johns County.  Count the days, St. Augustine. Sheriff SHOAR will rue the days he obstructed justice and violated constitutional rights.  Every single one of them.  So will his toadies.  Every single one of them.  There's a federal criminal investigation of St. Johns County Corruption.  
Your time is up, "big shot crooks," as Jimmy Carter would say ("I see no reason why big shot crooks go free and the poor ones go to jail," President Carter famously said).
"Time to pay the piper," in the words of ex-Mayor JOE BOLES, threatening Dr. Dwight Hines with sanctions and attorney fees merely for seeking public records (Dr. HINES won, including release of records Assistant City Manager TIMOTHY BURCHFIELD falsely swore did not exist and payment of his attorney fees by the City of St. Augustine, Sheriff SHOAR's erstwhile employer, starting in the days when JOHN GIANNOTTA was a City Commissioner and "working is way up" to Police Chief before City Manager WILLIAM BARRY HARRISS helped coronate SHOAR as High Sheriff).





Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Ex-Commissioner JOHN GIANNOTTA: "It's a non-issue. She killed herself. RIP."


FOOT IN MOUTH AWARD TO JOHN GIANNOTTA, EX-COMMISSIONER, WHO WROTE earlier today: ""It's a non-issue.  She killed herself.  RIP."   GOD FORGIVE HIM.
JOHN GIANNOTTA, Sheriff DAVID BERNARD SHOAR's brother-in-law wrote this on Facebook on 9/2/2015, fifth anniversary of Michelle O'Connell's shooting death in the home of Sheriff's Deputy JEREMY BANKS.  JOHN GIANNOTTA was a St. Augustine City Commissioner when SHOAR was hired/promoted at SAPD.  What a feckless, reckless, lugubrious goober.  GOD FORGIVE HIM.