Monday, April 24, 2017

Vinyl / DIB Just Gets Weirder!

So...lets get this right.

  • Three years ago when Hayward was Mayor a secret leasing deal was done with Vinyl, his supporter and the son of a Board member, for the meter spaces outside their business for three years.
  • No record of approval by the DIB Board or the Parking Committee of that secret deal is available.
  • Last month the DIB chairman states with no reservations in an email that the DIB does not lease spaces.  Lie or ignorant?  There are only two possibilities.
  • The DIB tells a Citizen requesting similar treatment that it does not lease spaces to businesses. The DIB ED admitted that he was unaware of the deal at the time.
  • So...the ED of the DIB executes a new agreement when he discovers the old one lapsed.  No Board approval, no Parking Committee approval.  Just makes up a SWAG number and makes a new agreement.
  • How does that work?
  • He is now making special deals for the Levins and telling other equal members of the DIB NO!
  • How is that even legal at all.  The DIB chooses who get special treatment?  Based on what documented criteria?
This is a HOT MESS!

PNJ article






Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mayor Hayward...Before you open your mouth, prepare to...

The Mayor was all brave and cavalier on the radio yesterday about the coming lawsuit by the ACLU against the City for its panhandling ordinance.

He is intent on the illegal panhandling ordinance. Intent on paying Beggs & Lane to fight the bad fight.

What he should have done is turn to the Bobblehead and ask her about CASE NO. 8:15-cv-1219-T-23AAS from the Middle District of Florida.

You see Bobblehead would have been able to show him the following against the City of Tampa:

ORDER

Challenging an ordinance that bans in parts of Tampa, Florida, the solicitation of “donations or payment,” Homeless Helping Homeless, Inc., sues (Doc. 42) for an injunction against the City of Tampa’s enforcing the ordinance and for a declaration that the ordinance unconstitutionally infringes the right of free speech protected both by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 4, of the Florida Constitution. Under Rule 12(c), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Homeless Helping Homeless moves (Doc. 47) for a judgment on the pleadings.

Blah blah blah

A. Soliciting money is protected by the First Amendment.

The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”3 Soliciting “donations or payment” is a form of speech protected by the First Amendment.

CONCLUSION

Accordingly, Homeless Helping Homeless’s motion (Doc. 47) for a judgment on the pleadings is GRANTED. Homeless Helping Homeless’s motion (Doc. 48) for a preliminary injunction is DENIED AS MOOT. The clerk is directed to enter a judgment for Homeless Helping Homeless and against the City (1) DECLARING that Section 14-46(b) unconstitutionally infringes the right of free speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and by Article I, Section 4, of the Florida Constitution and (2) PERMANENTLY ENJOINING the City from enforcing Section 14-46(b). Also, the clerk is directed to terminate any pending motion and to close the case.
ORDERED in Tampa, Florida, on August 5, 2016.

Federal Order

Nice work Bobblehead!  You are sooooooo good!  You made the Council and the Mayor look like buffoons!





Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hayward's Next Windfall to Beggs & Lane...Panhandling

Never one to stop the meters at Beggs & Lane, it appears the Mayor Hayward's insistence to push the panhandling ordinance for his DIB cronies will once again make him the top revenue producer at the prestigious downtown lawfirm.

ACLU attorney Sara Latshaw explained today that the organization will be filing a lawsuit against the City of Pensacola regarding the ordinance.

Sara_Latshaw_-_Director_for_North_Florida_Region_for_ACLU_of_Florida

B&L is killing it with Hayward at the helm.

Beggs & Lane
2014 $267,837.31
2015 $220,107.68
2016 $540,613.00

Lets run down all the litigation one of Pensacola's premier law firms is handling for the City:

  • Fish House / Seville Harbour - $250,000 plus
  • Bayview Cross - $70,000 plus
  • ECUA Wells - $109,000 plus
  • Lease matters for CMP
  • Independent Investigations
  • Charter Challenges
  • Criminal Investigations of the Mayor
Bet the attorneys at Beggs & Lane are begging AJHIII to run for a third term.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Insanity of Fining A Panhandler...Only in Pensacola

Last week the Pensacola City Council went to a new level of insanity in passing a panhandling ordinance.  According to the PNJ:

"A law enforcement officer would have the authority to issue citations to those caught soliciting donations. A first offense would levy a $50 fine, a second $100, a third $200 and all additional citations would hit offenders with $400 fines. The officer could also opt not to deliver a citation and instead direct the panhandler to local services meant to assist the poor.

Those opposing a citation would run the risk of a county court imposing a maximum fine of $500. No violations of the measure would carry jail time."

Link to PNJ article

Stop and think about this!  Fining someone begging for money $50.  Jail never possible but the fines increase. Insanity!

Has anyone heard the phrase you can't get blood from a turnip?

PPD should just tear out the pink copy and throw it in the nearest trash can.

More questions for the esteemed Council:
  • If a guy is begging for quarters...is he gonna pay a $50 fine?
  • Do you spend more money sending unpaid citations to collections?
  • What address do you put on the citation if they are homeless... front doorway of Jewelers Trade?
  • Who keeps track of all these citations?  
  • Is Pam Childers to bill the City for the clogged artery of uncollectible fines?
Why not just make the panhandler empty his pockets and seize his money, Gestapo?

By the way...If Peacock stops you to ask for a donation to his charity on Palafox...Call a cop and have him fined.






Friday, April 14, 2017

Special Snowflakes Part 5 of 5

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Public, these are the facts and they are indisputable.

  • Vinyl Music Hall is owned by very prominent supporters of the Mayor. In fact, the Mayor held his victory party AT VINYL.
  • The DIB is comprised of a Board of Directors appointed entirely by the Mayor.
  • The City has a contract with the DIB to manage parking downtown.
  • Vinyl, in violation of Florida law, had an LEGALLY parked car towed away for the private unpaid use of a City of Pensacola resource.
  • The illegally towed vehicle incurred $3,000 in damage while in the custody of the towing company.
  • The management of Vinyl were made aware of the damages incurred by the Citizen and have refused to do anything to correct their illegal activity.
  • After growing ever bolder, Vinyl approached the DIB parking contractor about purchasing bags for the meters outside their business.
  • The purchase and use of these bags was unknown to the DIB chairman or the DIB parking committee.
  • Vinyl Music Hall, without permission began a campaign of illegally depriving the City of Pensacola and the DIB revenue by illegally covering the meters outside its establishment falsely stating that the metered spaces were "no parking" and "violators would be towed".
  • Ever emboldened in their illegal enterprise, Vinyl had a multitude of Vinyl meter bags manufactured and with no regard to the illegal nature of their actions and extended their illegal diversion of City resources to over 2.5 blocks of City of Pensacola parking meters.  
  • The illegal actions of Vinyl were video taped by the bar manager and posted on social media in a blatant flaunting of their illegal acts.
  • The DIB in its capacity as the parking management organization for the City routinely decides enforcement issues and fines Citizens for breaking Pensacola parking regulations.
  • Once confronted about the situation, the DIB, in violation of its contract, admitted it allowed the illegal activity as it was arbitrarily allowing Vinyl to act illegally in an attempt to provide the FOR PROFIT business with a private unapproved economic incentive to enhance the profitability of the business. 
  • The actions of Vinyl were pointed out here on this blog and in the Pensacola News Journal.
  • Management has refused to comment to the newspaper
  • The illegal activities are continuing 
  • The DIB once made aware of the illegal activities is continuing to allow the business to deprive the DIB and the City of its rightful income.
Ladies and gentlemen of the public,  how do you find!

Super Special Snowflakes!


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Special Snowflakes Part 4 of 5

What Vinyl Music Hall is doing with the bags is a CRIME.

877.08 Coin-operated vending machines and parking meters; defined; prohibited acts, penalties.—
(1) A “coin-operated vending machine” or “parking meter,” for the purposes of this act, is defined to be any machine, contrivance, or device that is adapted for use in such a way that, as the result of the insertion of any piece of money, coin, or other object, the machine, contrivance, parking meter, or device is caused to operate or may be operated and by reason of such operation the user may become entitled to receive any food, drink, telephone or telegraph service, insurance protection, parking privilege or any other personal property, service, protection, right or privilege of any kind or nature whatsoever.

(2) Whoever maliciously or mischievously molests, opens, breaks, injures, damages, or inserts any part of her or his body or any instrument into any coin-operated vending machine or parking meter of another, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

mo·lest

 (mə-lĕst′)
tr.v. mo·lest·ed, mo·lest·ing, mo·lests
1. To disturb, interfere with, or annoy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Special Snowflakes Part 3 of 5

Yesterday, I showed how the DIB, with Mama Levin on the Board, allowed a private business, Vinyl Music Hall, which her son owns, to purchase bags for $258 (the cost of the bags) to place over the City parking meters to magically, with a little magic marker, turn them into a tow away zone.

Never mind that it is illegal.
Never mind that it wasn't approved by the Board.
Never mind the Chairman said the DIB didn't do it.

Dang it now, the DIB is trying to help a private for profit business that supports the Mayor of Pensacola to attract profitable bands to their business.  Personal marketing assistance by the organization that their mom is a Board member of.  Whats the issue Maren?

Well yesterday I stated "if you give a mouse a cookie he will want a glass of milk"

That's nicer than saying if you give Special Snowflakes an inch they will take a mile...literally

Why only buy bags for 4 meters, when you can go online and buy bags for 2.5 blocks of Palafox and not pay anyone for them.

Look at the audacity in this video of Vinyl, WITH NO PERMISSION, bagging 2.5 blocks of City meters for their exclusive use.

video


These run all the way down Garden Street folks.

THEFT OF PUBLIC INCOME! MISMANAGEMENT BY THE DIB OF CITY RESOURCES THEY ARE UNDER CONTRACT TO ADMINISTER!

They are proud of it.  They took a little favoritism due to WHO THEY ARE and decided to DOUBLE DOWN.

What has the DIB done?  Nothing.
What are they going to do?  Nothing

The Ultimate Special Snowflakes!