Video-on-demand finally comes to Broward County Commission meetings

A screen shot of archived video of last week's Broward commission  meeting.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward County took a step toward greater government transparency last month with the start-up of a new system of on-demand video for commission meetings and public hearings.

Hallandale city manager’s going away gift of public money to departing commissioner

Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller, ex-Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Thanks to Hallandale Beach City Manager Renee Miller’s generosity, former Vice Mayor Alexander Lewy collected a tidy gift of taxpayer cash after he quit the city commission last May before his term was finished.

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U.S. Supreme Court green lights 9/11 victims lawsuit against Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during a bilateral meeting at Rawdat Khuraim in Saudi Arabia, March 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
In a decision largely unreported by the national media, the U.S. Supreme Court last week denied Saudi Arabia’s appeal that it be dropped as a defendant in a civil lawsuit alleging it bankrolled al Qaeda in the years before 9/11.

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Hollywood tenants pushed out for upscale housing sue for relocation assistance

Hollywood Circle's proposed 25-story housing and hotel project at Young Circle.

By William Gjebre
BrowardBulldog.org
Residents of a Hollywood apartment building say they are entitled to relocation assistance after they were forced out of their homes on short notice to make way for a city-sponsored, multi-million dollar redevelopment plan. The residents made the allegations in a class action lawsuit filed in Broward Circuit Court by Legal Aid Service of Broward County.

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New FBI records: A chilling find in a dumpster; 9/11 “person of interest” re-enters U.S.

FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
Freshly released, but heavily-censored FBI documents include tantalizing new information about events connected to the Sarasota Saudis who moved suddenly out of their home, leaving behind clothing, jewelry and cars, about two weeks before the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

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Miami-Dade prosecutors, state agents investigate police chief, internal affairs officers

Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle

By Francisco Alvarado
BrowardBulldog.org
Miami-Dade prosecutors and state law enforcement agents are investigating Homestead Police Chief Al Rolle’s alleged participation in an elaborate scheme to hide and destroy public records requested by an officer he terminated, BrowardBulldog.org has learned.

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Down the rabbit hole with the FBI: Saying 9/11 documents don’t exist when they do

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By Dan Christensen and Anthony Summers
BrowardBulldog.org
In its only public statements about the Sarasota Saudis who suspiciously quit their home in a gated community in haste two weeks before 9/11 – leaving behind numerous personal belongings — the FBI has said it investigated, but found no connection to the 9/11 plot. Nearly three years later, however, the FBI has yet to back up its assertions.

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Broward commissioner’s dad wins VAB contract; Higher pay than AG, justices, judges

VAB members attend Monday's meeting. Commissioner Stacy Ritter, left, Mayor Barbara Sharief, Wendy S. Bodner with VAB counsel Monroe Kiar.

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
With no debate, Broward’s Value Adjustment Board voted Monday to rehire the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar as its $225,000-a-year lawyer, without going out for competitive bids.

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Supreme Court justices earn quarter-million on the side; Read their disclosure reports

supremes

By Reity O’Brien
Center for Public Integrity
Between legalizing gay marriage and sparring over campaign finance limits, the U.S. Supreme Court kept busy — and made money — outside the marbled halls of One First Street last year.

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Broward commissioner’s father wants no-bid VAB contract worth $225,000 a year

Broward Commissioner Martin David Kiar, right, with his father, Broward Value Adjustment Board Counsel Monroe Kiar. Photo: Brittany Wallman

By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Broward’s Value Adjustment Board will consider a resolution Monday to give a lucrative no-bid contract to the father of County Commissioner Martin David Kiar. Incumbent VAB legal counsel Monroe Kiar, who makes $225,000 a year, has asked the board to extend his contract for as long as five more years without having to endure any competition for the job.

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Gov. Scott signs ethics bill; Lobbyists at water districts must register and disclose

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By Dan Christensen
BrowardBulldog.org
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Friday a state ethics bill that requires lobbyists at Florida’s five water management districts to register and disclose who they’re working for and how much they’re being paid.

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