Monday, October 31, 2016

Will PC Wu waste our tax dollars if NOT elected? Will Bare have a quorum?

Election day is November 8.  PC Wu is running against CJ Lewis for the District 1 seat.  The following week is the National League of Cities City Summit from November 16-19, 2016 in Pittsburgh. PC Wu is registered to go at City expense.

Questions:

  • Will PC Wu skip his last Council meeting to go to the conference?
  • Why should we pay thousands of dollars to send him if District 1 fires him?
  • Is it more ethical for the City to obtain a refund or send another Councilperson?
If District 1 fires him, is it ethical for him to travel to a seminar at City expense when he leaves office the following Tuesday?

How will that expense in any way benefit the City?

Another question:

With three Council members attending the conference, is everyone else confirmed to attend?
Will Bare even have a quorum for his last meeting as President?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Bob Kerrigan "Collaborating" at Beggs & Lane Again

I noticed Kerrigan's Jaguar at Beggs & Lane again Monday.

I'm sure it had absolutely nothing to do with the First District Court of Appeals last Friday issuing an order that the City of Pensacola must show cause within 10 days why Russenberger's motion to strike served on October 18, 2016 should not be granted.

First DCA docket

I'm sure he was just "collaborating" on other matters since he hasn't been retained in that matter.


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Unfortunately...Smoke!

The former executive director of REAP also had other Not For Profits that he founded.  One such entity did essentially the exact same thing that REAP was attempting to do.  It is named:

Faithworks Interfaith Ministries Network, Inc.

It was registered as a Florida Not for Profit Corporation in September 08, 2008

Florida Registration Document

It filed annual reports with the state each year.

It reported a FEI/EIN of 26-4452784

Details of Faithworks

It has a website http://www.faithworksnetwork.com/index.html

It attempts to link workers with people that need work done.

  • Auto work
  • Yard work
  • Smallengine work
  • Floor work
  • Paint work
  • Reworks Cut
The website states: (NOT FOR PROFIT)

Here is the interesting item...They don't appear to be a Not for Profit registered with the IRS


Try by EIN!  No results!
Try by Name! 20 results....None for them!
Try by City and State! 754 results...None for them!

I tried other NFP databases...Nothing!

The IRS website states:

The following list includes tax-exempt organizations that are eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.

Based on my research, I cant't see where they are eligible to accept charitable contributions.

Hmmm!








Monday, October 24, 2016

What in the World is Gulf Coast Community Bank Doing?

I did a search of Gulf Coast Community Bank owned properties in Pensacola and then searched Sexual Predators and Offenders in Pensacola from the FDLE.

Gulf Coast Community Bank Owned Properties Housing Sexual Predators and Sexual Offenders
Based on FDLE Database

  • 780 Dominquez - Three Sexual Offenders
  • 909 Lynch - One Sexual Predator and One Sexual Offender
  • 911 Lynch - Three Sexual Predators and One Sexual Offender
  • 2716 Gadsden - One Sex Offender
  • 614 N V Street - One Sexual Predator and Two Sexual Offenders
Five Sexual Predators and Eight Sexual Offenders Living in GCCB Sex Offender Group Homes.

http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do

WOW!  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Where did REAP go off the tracks?

Everywhere you read the REAP propaganda it keeps stating Non-Violent offenders, Non-violent offenders.

The link below is to a Federal Judicial Center listing of ReEntry programs by Federal Court District. For the Northern District of Florida, the listing states:

Eligibility

  • 24 months remaining on supervision (TSR or Probation)
  • Geographically located in the Pensacola Division
  • A Moderate to High PCRA score.
  • No sex offenses.
















From non-violent Federal inmates with no sex offenses to inmates from any jurisdiction (local, state or Federal).

From Community REAP Gardens to Home Rehabilitation of uninhabitable bank owned properties by rent paying sex offenders.

This program clearly went chasing the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.




Thursday, October 20, 2016

You be the Judge...of the Judge.

I recently put up a letter to Judge Casey Rodgers regarding a letter from a Citizen to her about the group housing of sex offenders in a Brownsville neighborhood.  The house the local kids call the "Reaper House".

Why would the Citizen reach out to Judge Rodgers?  Because she is a founding Board member and champion of the organization.  She recruited Mayor Ashton Hayward to donate City resources (Saenger Theater) to REAP and to travel at City expense to a Re-Entry conference.


























The Mayor even picks up the tab with our tax money when he takes her lunch.
















So what does she do when she receives the letter from the Citizen?

He gets this:

On Friday, October 7, 2016 11:00 AM, "Anthony_Castellano@flnp.uscourts.gov" <Anthony_Castellano@flnp.uscourts.gov> wrote:

Good morning Mr. REDACTED,


My name is Anthony Castellano and I am the Chief U.S. Probation Officer for the Northern District of Florida. I am writing to set up a meeting with you, myself, and Chief Judge Rodgers to address your concerns regarding the issues and concerns you brought up in the letter you sent to Chief Judge Rodgers dated Octber 4, 2016. Would you be available either this afternoon (Friday) or sometime next Tuesday (October 11) to meet at the Federal Courthouse to discuss further? We look forward to having the opportunity to discuss your concerns. My contact information is noted below.

Regards,



 






Now I see three potential items in the Judge's Rule Book I posted yesterday which may be at issue here:

  1. Otherwise, a judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities, solicit funds for any organization, or use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for that purpose. 
  2. However, a judge should not participate in extrajudicial activities that detract from the dignity of the judge’s office
  3. THE BIGGY
(G) Chambers, Resources, and Staff. A judge should not to any substantial degree use judicial chambers, resources, or staff to engage in extrajudicial activities permitted by this Canon.

You be the judge.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Posted at Reader Request


http://www.uscourts.gov/judges-judgeships/code-conduct-united-states-judges#e

(B) Outside Influence. A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment. A judge should neither lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others nor convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge. A judge should not testify voluntarily as a character witness.

Canon 4: A Judge May Engage in Extrajudicial Activities that are Consistent with the Obligations of Judicial Office 
A judge may engage in extrajudicial activities, including law-related pursuits and civic, charitable, educational, religious, social, financial, fiduciary, and governmental activities, and may speak, write, lecture, and teach on both law-related and nonlegal subjects. However, a judge should not participate in extrajudicial activities that detract from the dignity of the judge’s office, interfere with the performance of the judge’s official duties, reflect adversely on the judge’s impartiality, lead to frequent disqualification, or violate the limitations set forth below.

(3) Organizations. A judge may participate in and serve as a member, officer, director, trustee, or nonlegal advisor of a nonprofit organization devoted to the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice and may assist such an organization in the management and investment of funds. A judge may make recommendations to public and private fund-granting agencies about projects and programs concerning the law, the legal system, and the administration of justice.

(B) Civic and Charitable Activities. A judge may participate in and serve as an officer, director, trustee, or nonlegal advisor of a nonprofit civic, charitable, educational, religious, or social organization, subject to the following limitations:
(1) A judge should not serve if it is likely that the organization will either be engaged in proceedings that would ordinarily come before the judge or be regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court.
(2) A judge should not give investment advice to such an organization but may serve on its board of directors or trustees even though it has the responsibility for approving investment decisions.

(C) Fund Raising. A judge may assist nonprofit law-related, civic, charitable, educational, religious, or social organizations in planning fund-raising activities and may be listed as an officer, director, or trustee. A judge may solicit funds for such an organization from judges over whom the judge does not exercise supervisory or appellate authority and from members of the judge’s family. Otherwise, a judge should not personally participate in fund-raising activities, solicit funds for any organization, or use or permit the use of the prestige of judicial office for that purpose. A judge should not personally participate in membership solicitation if the solicitation might reasonably be perceived as coercive or is essentially a fund-raising mechanism. 

(G) Chambers, Resources, and Staff. A judge should not to any substantial degree use judicial chambers, resources, or staff to engage in extrajudicial activities permitted by this Canon. 

Canon 4C. A judge may attend fund-raising events of law-related and other organizations although the judge may not be a speaker, a guest of honor, or featured on the program of such an event. Use of a judge’s name, position in the organization, and judicial designation on an organization’s letterhead, including when used for fund raising or soliciting members, does not violate Canon 4C if comparable information and designations are listed for others.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Julius Spencer Better Tread Lightly

It is no secret around town that Julius Spencer is toying with the idea of running for Mayor.

So it came as a little shock to me when he was so adamant about issuing Offshore Inland a default notice.  You see Offshore inland is in a very cyclical business.  One with peaks and valleys.  One subject to market conditions.

One sort of similar to...AEROSPACE.

Yes ladies and gentlemen, all of the same risks put into the Offshore Inland bucket are present in the VT-MAE bucket.

So lets run down this rabbit trail.  Suppose Spencer is elected Mayor.  Fat chance but let's suppose.

Will he be so adamant about a demand letter to VT-MAE when the aircraft MRO cycle decreases?

Or is his desire to put the condos Adache Group proposed years ago, that he and Sam Hall begged me to go listen to their presentation at the Fish House, greater than his desire for "Good Business Practices"?

Is his desire to silence the hum of the ships, so great that he would treat a PORT tenant worse than an AIRPORT tenant?

VT-MAE will hit market dips.  Count on it.
Remember Pensacola is a satellite of Mobile.
Last in, First out!

ST Aerospace has done it before.  They cull unproductive subsidiaries routinely.  All of the following are this year.

http://www.stengg.com/press-centre/press-releases/st-engineerings-aerospace-arm-restructures-its-scandinavian-business

http://www.stengg.com/press-centre/press-releases/st-engineering's-aerospace-arm-liquidates-madrid-aerospace-services-sl

http://www.stengg.com/press-centre/press-releases/st-engineering's-electronics-arm-dissolves-united-kingdom-subsidiary-parallel-limited

http://www.stengg.com/press-centre/press-releases/st-engineering's-land-systems-arm-completes-liquidation-of-allied-ordnance-of-singapore-(pte)-ltd

http://www.stengg.com/press-centre/press-releases/st-engineering's-electronics-arm-completes-liquidation-of-china-subsidiary-in-shenzhen

Be careful Julius, Pensacola's future potential delinquent leaseholders are watching!

Just the Facts of Aerospace Life

http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/322412661.html

http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/business/best-blogs-be-aerospace-layoffs-hhgregg-closes-on-/nspZc/

http://www.seattletimes.com/business/boeing-aerospace/boeing-plans-hundres-of-layoffs-in-local-it-unit/

http://www.aero-news.net/index.cfm?do=main.textpost&id=922a98b6-2266-4d02-b2f5-e8f66893000c

http://wane.com/2016/01/19/bae-systems-plans-layoffs-in-2016/




Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Funny: Derek & Drew Get Schooled by Dubuisson. Let Me Prove Her Point

Saw the following over on the Escambia Citizens Watch Facebook Page.

Derek Cosson Dotty — no one volunteered the information about Mr. Outzen. I was irritated that my relatively minor requests were taking longer than I felt they should, so I asked why. I was told, politely, that another requestor had several time-intensive requests ahead of me in the queue. After digging deeper (public records requests themselves are public records) I learned that Mr. Outzen has submitted upwards of 50 records requests to the city this year. God only knows how many hours city employees have spent on these requests.

I have been and remain an ardent supporter of Florida's public records statute. Mr. Outzen certainly has the right to make as many requests as he wants. But I've been on the other side of things and I understand how disruptive it can be when employees have to take hours out of their day to review records because of one guy's politically motivated requests. In other words, Outzen wants to write about problems with the city's public records system, so he is creating problems with the city's public records system.

Dorothy Dubuisson I would take issue with the statement"Outzen wants to write about the public records system, so he is creating problems with the city's public record system." Problems are of administraton's creation...by now workable response and adequate trained assistance in providing should be in place. The city administration attempts to minimize sharing of info is the direct cause of colossal failure. Goes back beyond Rick's current requests. Your assigning political motives to a fellow journalist is laughable considering your track record. Grow up and quit getting off with your petty attempts to discredit others in your arena. Many citizens believe Outzen's digging for facts has far greater value to the long term health of this community than fuzzy warm pandering articles do. not interested in opinions of a poser who cannot even spell name correctly. Have a great day!

NOW HERE COMES DREW TO THE RESCUE

Drew Buchanan "Many citizens believe Outzen's digging for facts has far greater value to the long term health of this community than fuzzy warm pandering articles do."

Wow, Dotty. Tell us how you really feel. Honorable people can disagree but your below the belt personal attacks are below you.

Dorothy Dubuisson Many publicly supported concerns might correlate.,wIth personal passions,agreed. How can you determine motivation? Many of your efforts appear to be politically motivated by your sponsors and friends passions as well, does that diminish the validity of facts shared? Citizens are thirsty for real factual knowledge in an attempt to understand the runaway train that is heading us all into a community crash, or at the least into a sidetracking of community route. Not going to play word games with you today, have serious issues of responding to real human need to keep me busy. Bash away!

Drew Buchanan Dorothy Dubuisson "Many of your efforts appear to be politically motivated by your sponsors and friends passions as well."

We don't take such allegations lightly, Dotty.

Provide support for such claims and bullying attacks, please.

WELL DREW YOUR PARTNER PROVIDED THE PROOF HIMSELF

The Case Supporting DD'S Claim.

Look what Derek states. "After digging deeper (public records requests themselves are public records) I learned that Mr. Outzen has submitted upwards of 50 records requests to the city this year."

So Derek dug deeper on Outzen requests. OK!

Where did the Derek evidence appear?  Link to Bobby K's Blog with Derek's PRR

What does Bobby K say in line one?  According to our list of Public Record Requests, in 2016, Mr. Outzen has managed to equal his record request total from the previous three years, making over fifty requests this year alone (see image below this post).

Derek said I...Bobby said OUR!!

So Drew...OUR with Bobby K?

Who is your oldest advertiser?  


Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury.
  • Kerrigan props up the Pulse financially.
  • Kerrigan uses Drew and Derek to do his research and shield him.
  • Until Kerrigan wants to attack, but Drew and Derek can't figure out a story angle, then the Drew and Derek info that has Kerrigan all twitchy gets posted on Kerrigan's blog.
Drew, you stated:

"Many of your efforts appear to be politically motivated by your sponsors and friends passions as well."

We don't take such allegations lightly, Dotty.

Provide support for such claims and bullying attacks, please.

Drew Buchanan, the jury finds you GUILTY AS CHARGED!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

REAP First Pass Wrap Up

This week I have scratched the surface on REAP and its issues with "Group Homes" for sex offenders.  I will now start making public records requests for applications, financial documents, and other documentation.

So to summarize facts found to date:

  • A Citizen was brave enough to issue a letter to Federal Judge Casey Rodgers advising her of what was going on in REAP.
  • Rodgers was the founder, an initial board member and the public face for REAP accepting numerous awards and accolades.
  • Rodgers founded the program for Federal non-violent offenders as a means to reintegrate them into society.
  • Rodgers enlisted Mayor Ashton Hayward to be a supporter of REAP.
  • Hayward, under Federal Criminal Investigation, must have thought helping a Federal Judge might be a good idea.
  • His criminal defense attorney was on the REAP Board also (Did he suggest the Mayor's involvement?)
  • The Mayor spent City tax dollars to travel to a REAP conference.
  • The Mayor was keynote speaker at REAP graduations.
  • The Mayor had Judge Rodgers child be his intern at City Hall.
  • The Mayor's campaign treasurer and pension guru joined up with REAP as their Treasurer.
  • In 2015, REAP wanted to apply to Impact 100 for a grant.
  • Impact requires tax returns.  REAP hadn't done them.
  • REAP files 2013 Federal tax return on February 2, 2015.  Rather late.  Leaves Rodgers off.
  • March 9, 2015 the IRS records 2013 return filed.  TOTAL REVENUE $11,430
  • Impact 100 applicants workshop starts April 2015
  • REAP files 2014 tax return TOTAL REVENUE $10,846
  • 2 years - Year One $11,430 Year two $10,486.
  • REAP HAS AN IDEA.  EXPAND FROM JUST FEDERAL INMATES TO STATE AND COUNTY INMATES.  THE STATE HAS MORE MONEY.
  • REAP wins $106,000 or 10 times their annual revenues from Impact 100 to HOUSE offenders in neighborhoods.  Does Impact 100 know they include sex offenders?
  • REAP also received $5,000 from Sheriff David Morgan.
  • Together REAP and Morgan apply for a grant from the State of Florida and the McArthur Foundation
  • REAP begins housing sex offenders in "GROUP HOMES" in Brownsville owned by Gulf Coast Community Bank.
  • REAP claims the houses are uninhabitable and the "residents" will fix them up for free while paying rent.  WHAT?
  • Some program participants are forced to sleep in the yard in tents.  Nice housing!
  • Residents complain and start calling code enforcement.
  • Code enforcement steps in.
  • Gulf Coast Community Bank evicts the offenders.
  • Rick Dye the Executive Director resigns.
  • The program and its Impact 100 and state grant funds are now being administered by a man convicted of misuse of Trust funds.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

REAP Fallout: IMPACT 100 Assisted REAP (Unknowingly) In Placing Sex Offenders In Neighborhoods


http://impact100pensacola.org/grant-recipient/reaps-second-chance-re-entry-program

$106,000 for Sex Offenders in Neighborhoods??

Project Description

Drawing on three years’ experience resourcing and working with over 60 local re-entering federal ex-offenders, REAP’S project proposes to expand re-entry services to include both federal inmates and approximately 30 additional men, women and juveniles returning from years of state incarceration back home to Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties’ neighborhoods to live, work and play. Funds will be used to provide the basic resources of housing, food, medical and mental health care and transportation. Additionally, the project will fund tuition, course fees, and books for an ongoing Learn to Read program, which is started six months prior to release from prison, and is customized for each individual based on his/her individual reading and writing levels, and other coursework providing job readiness training. Finally, a living stipend will be provided for the first 30 days after release from incarceration. These resources are the first steps needed for them to be ready for job interviewing and stable employment, which is the key factor in reducing recidivism.


Did REAP tell the ladies of Impact that SEX OFFENDERS were their new target clients for neighborhoods?

Do we really want convicted sex offenders live, work and playing TOGETHER in our neighborhoods IN GROUP HOMES?


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

REAP Fallout: Rick Dye OUT as Executive Director

From Rick Dye's Facebook Page

Dear friends, associates and life long supporters,

We learn in management school that the same skill set and interest which gets an enterprise going is not the the same skill set and interest needed to continue to keep it operating. This has never been more true than with REAP and me.

After 3 years of ramping this re-entry service up and settling in with the Florida Department Of Corrections, my friends on my Board and I could sense my growing frustration and we knew this... day would come.

Therefore, as a result of our now securing a $200,000 State of Florida contract to operate the Pensacola ReEntry Portal on the campus of Richards Memorial United Methodist Church, I am putting up my soapbox again for a few months and headed back north to spend some time with our newest grandson and all my other precious grandchildren in Louisville and Kansas City. My entrepreneur spirit, out of the box thinking and my get ur done attitude will not go well with the rigid boundaries necessary to successfully manage a State contract.

Please begin to direct your future REAP communications and contact to Vinnie Whibbs who has been our Director of Operations from the start. Thanks to all of you for your continued support in our reaching this point in REAP's maturity and I ask your continued support and love for these men and women returning home and seeking their second chance.

Once I get enough of that snow and ice, I'll be coming back home for yet another adventure in helping others.

So stay in touch, I may need some help!!!
______________________

What "out of the box thinking" and "get ur done decisions" brought this about?

This charity needs to make an official statement about what went on.  State monies are involved.

REAP Fallout: GCCB kicks out the REAP's Sex Offenders

Below is an email from Gulf Coast Community Bank to Escambia County informing the County the Bank was evicting the sex offenders from the Bank owned property.

-------- Original message --------
From: REDACTED <REDACTED@MYGULFBANK.com>
Date: 9/30/16 3:41 PM (GMT-06:00)
To: "Vonche R. Jackson" <VRJACKSO@co.escambia.fl.us>
Cc: mhoffman@carverdarden.com, RAP@beggslane.com, "Vince Whibbs (vincewhibbs@gmail.com)" <vincewhibbs@gmail.com>, Buzz Ritchie <britchie@MYGULFBANK.com>, "Will Dunaway (wdunaway@clarkpartington.com)" <wdunaway@clarkpartington.com>, "Rick Dye (dyefive1@bellsouth.net)" < dyefive1@bellsouth.net>
Subject: 909 Lynch
Officer Jackson:
 
With regards to the property located at 909 Lynch, the premises will be vacated by 6:00 p.m. this evening.  Thank you.
 
REDACTED
Assistant Vice President
Gulf Coast Community Bank
40 N Palafox St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Direct #: 850-202-XXXX

The question becomes where did they go and why were they there in the first place?

Who do we ask about this?


Friday, October 7, 2016

Time to Start Unpacking the REAP Letter to Judge Rodgers

Yesterday I posted a letter from a Citizen to US Federal Judge Casey Rodgers concerning her charity the Re-Entry Alliance of Pensacola (REAP).  The letter was full of facts concerning the actions of the organization and allegations which need to be addressed.

Unpacking that letter will take some time.  No time like the present to start!

http://pensacolad3.blogspot.com/2016/10/mayor-hayward-and-judge-rodgers.html

So lets list the charges as stated in the letter:
  • Violated IRS statutes by denying the public access to 501(c) 3 financial documents
  • Violated IRS statutes by denying the public access to its 501(c) 3 application
  • Violated IRS statutes against lobbying – at several levels.
  • Violated Escambia County Florida Zoning Regulations
  • Violated Escambia County Code Enforcement Statutes
  • Discriminated against a designated class of individuals in violation of four US statutes
The Citizen states:

"On August 5, I requested in writing the 1023 or 1024 and the 990 forms from the president of REAP, a 501 (c) 3. Both the President and the Executive Director refused to comply with my request for public financial documents. Instead I was set upon by the organization's  “Operations Manager” in a telephone call at 3:48 CST on August 10, 2016. The call originated from   850-324-6667, REAP’s office. In that conversation a Mr. Vince Whibbs asked me why I wanted the documents; then proceeded to tell me why I was not going to get them."

Well, those are public documents.  The Citizen is right and by denying them when requested, the organization violated the Federal Internal Revenue Code and could loose their not for profit status.

So lets show what we have to date to the public.



Interesting Items of Note:
  • Right under the year, what does that say? "Open to Public Inspection"  Your honor we have a Federal problem!
  • The 2013 return was filed when - February 2 ,2015.   2015!  Your honor we have a Federal problem!
  • Who signed the return?  David Penzone, the Mayor's campaign finance manager and his Union negotiator.
  • Who is a Board member?  David McGee, the Mayor's criminal defense attorney.
  • Where is the office of REAP?  Beggs & Lane, the Mayor's criminal defense firm and the City's go to law firm for all legal matters.
  • Who else is a Board member?  Bill Rankin, law partner of the Mayor's puppet master, Bob Kerrigan
2013 was the first return.  The form describes programs that were planned for the future but states that the Community garden was the only program for the year of the return.  

But here is the State of Florida incorporation documents.



It lists Judge Rodgers as a Director, the tax return does not.  Houston we have a problem!  

Did they file a false document concerning a Federal judge with the Federal government?

That's not good!







Thursday, October 6, 2016

Mayor Hayward and Judge Rodgers Favorite Charity Housing Sex Offenders In Houses by School Bus Stop

Long read...but WOW!  Stay tuned.  I will be digging in to look at this.
________

Hon. M. Casey Rodgers
Chief Judge US. District Judge
Northern District of Florida
Arnow Federal Building
100 North Palafox St.
Pensacola, Fl 32502                                                                           October 4, 2016
                                                                                                           
                                     RE:   Illegal Activity at REAP
                                                      Via -email

Dear Judge Rodgers,


Even though you don’t serve on its board, as the founder, promoter, endorser, and lobbyist for REAP, I know you will find the following information disturbing. 

On July 28, 2016 I read an article in the Pensacola News Journal in which Re-Entry Alliance of Pensacola (REAP) Executive Director, Rick Dye, was asking owners of substandard and condemned houses in Escambia County to rent said houses to REAP. For several months I've been hearing complaints from the mothers of schoolchildren that there were several houses in Brownsville housing sex offenders and predators. These particular houses, side-by-side, house six sex offenders each, with an additional half-dozen in tents in the backyards. It's my understanding that these mothers had a school bus stop relocated from in front of the offending houses.  I called the number provided in the PNJ article and reached Rick Dye.  I asked Mr. Dye if he had sex offenders in REAP houses located on Lynch St. in Brownsville. When he answered in the affirmative, I told him that these houses were zoned for single-family housing. Mr. Dye told me to sue him in court. As children you and I have heard the expression “ sue me” many times by both children and adults - it's an American expression. But I have never heard anyone say sue me in court. His hubris statement was an attempt to use your position on the federal bench to silence me -I hope you find that as troubling as I do.

On August 5, I requested in writing the 1023 or 1024 and the 990 forms from the president of REAP, a 501 (c) 3. Both the President and the Executive Director refused to comply with my request for public financial documents. Instead I was set upon by the organization's  “Operations Manager” in a telephone call at 3:48 CST on August 10, 2016. The call originated from   850-324-6667, REAP’s office. In that conversation a Mr. Vince Whibbs asked me why I wanted the documents; then proceeded to tell me why I was not going to get them. Mr. Whibbs seemed to have considerable knowledge of the law; when I asked him if he was an attorney, he hung up. Being relatively new to Pensacola I was not familiar with his name.  As it turns out he is better known as “Vinnie Whibbs”, and yes he is an attorney - a disbarred attorney. The Florida Supreme Court disbarred Mr. Whibbs for embezzling $680,000 from client escrow accounts, and a jury convicted Whibbs of three felony counts of embezzlement – he was sentenced to four years in prison. Mr. Whibbs does not get a third bite from the judicial apple. As an attorney, disbarred or not, he has degreed knowledge that he lied to the public to protect his client-employer, and he did it from REAP’s office. I believe a jury would agree that he was practicing law without a license.

As you well know, REAP is a state and federally chartered 501(c) 3 with a mission to transition criminals from jail and prison into productive citizens in of Florida, a noble ambition that has gone terribly wrong. Mr. Dye, in his initial pitch to the people of Pensacola in 2014 explained that REAP was only going to assist individuals with minor offenses (like shoplifting) to re-enter the workforce. You can actually hear Mr. Dye explain to Rick Outzen (Inweekly Newspaper) on Outzen’s WCOA radio show that REAP will not be housing any violent criminals. Listen here  -- http://ricksblog.biz/ps-podcast-rick-dye-on-reentry-alliance-of-pensacola/   In the last two minutes of the broadcast you can hear in Mr. Dye's own voice that only young men and women with minor offenses will be housed in REAP housing. No part of that statement is true. I can find no young men or ANY women housed in REAP houses. I could only find hard-core middle-aged convicted multiple sex offenders housed at Florida taxpayer’s expense in Brownsville.  These are not twenty-something men who fell in love with high school girls. The men housed in some of REAP housing are some of Florida's worst sex offenders. They are sex offenders, child molesters, and men who cross state lines to have sex with minors. You'll find these individuals in houses under the control of REAP in Escambia County, and within the city limits of Pensacola. Here is a link to just two REAP houses. On the address line type in – 909 or 911 Lynch St, click on the zip code button and type in 32505. http://offender.fdle.state.fl.us/offender/searchNeighborhood.do?actionPerformed=neighborhoodSearchMain        You can click on the flyer for each man for their criminal record; I couldn't find any shoplifters.  But I did find five-time offenders, and offenders from as far away as Cook County Illinois.

At first blush this may appear to be a “ Not in my backyard issue”, quite the opposite. Mr. Dye, along with REAP's board, and you represented the organization as an asset to Pensacola. Mr. Dye introduced himself as a retired banker who moved from Panama City to help the troubled youth of Pensacola. He went into great detail on how he was going to prevent young offenders from returning to jail. He was going to keep unemployed young women from returning to prostitution in order to feed their drug habit. It was a very good pitch. The organization received land for a community garden, fund-raisers, and a $106,000 grant from Impact 100. Everyone bought into the program including the Florida State Legislature with a check for $200,000.

Here is what we actually got. It turns out that Mr. Dye was Region Bank’s local president in Panama City. After Region received one of the largest TARP bailouts -$3.5 Billion, Mr. Dye took a bail out for himself. Using the legislature, the judicial system, and a politician turned banker, REAP began to systematically lease, rent, or borrow single-family homes that failed to meet minimal housing standards. He then started placing released convicted sex offenders, and sexual predators in the houses. He charges them $100 a week. That's $400 a month for one room (2 men per room). With six men per house that would generate $2400 in rent per month per house, or $28,800 per year. That's a lot of money for houses that appraise for $16,000, and could easily be purchased for $8,000.  But there's more, according to Mr. Dye in addition to paying rent the boarders rehab the houses. So in addition to receiving rent on a house that normally could not be rented, the homeowner is getting his house rehabbed. Who is going to say no to that offer, certainly not the homeowner, or the felons – it beats prison. It's unclear what REAP charges the original owner for its ex-convict labor. It's also unclear whether REAP is paying its clients for their labor. Six of the seven REAP board member are lawyers, one specializes in sex crimes, child abuse, and child pornography. How many of his clients live in REAP houses and is that a conflict? As you now know only the board has the right to know.


Simply put, the people of Pensacola are victims of bait and switch.  In an attempt to receive additional grant funding it’s necessary for the boys at REAP to keep their numbers up. Smalltime offenders go home to their families when released, but no one wants a sex offender around their children, even if he is a relative. The simple solution is to include sex offenders in the REAP program in an attempt to keep their client numbers high enough to justify additional grant money. There's nothing really unique here. You pick  “ Mr. Clean” who has no experience with ex-cons, to be president of the board. When he is asked to fulfill a legal requirement of financial disclosure, he passes that responsibility to an incompetent former bank president, who in turn releases his bulldog disbarred lawyer to intimidate the public that has legitimate questions about the organization. I do have to give them kudos for the disbarred attorney; that I've never seen before.

It also unclear whether the $200,000 Florida State grant is being used to rehab privately owned houses. If indeed that is the case, who gets to pick the homeowners who benefit from that program? Where are the houses, and how much money is being spent? It's embarrassing for me to be unable to give you more details, but unfortunately I have been denied access to public financial documents by a convicted embezzler. It would be very easy to extrapolate the total revenue generated by this questionable business model, but I don't know the total number of houses or their locations, and neither do you. The location of the houses cannot be traced because they are still in the original owner's name, they could be next door to anyone, but I doubt if they are next door to you. With the help of county officials we were able to locate the owner of the Lynch Street houses. The owner is Gulf Coast Community Bank. It appears that Mr. Dye used his banking connections to make the bank an offer they couldn't refuse. REAP gets the use of the foreclosed houses that don't meet code, and the bank can now satisfy the regulators who are complaining about non-performing bank assets. If REAP’s sex offenders are rehabbing the bank owned houses with taxpayer money, and the bank then sells them - who gets the money? I would like to give you more details concerning that operation, but as you now know the public has been told by a convicted felon that we have no right to see the financial records of the not-for-profit organization that you helped create. I will not be accepting any financials from REAP; at this point they would have no credibility. However, we do know that in past audits the FDIC found $6 million in insider loans at the bank, and the bank lost $500,000 in 2015. They also found that there were several non - performing assets owned by the bank; that would be the foreclosed houses -now called REAPER houses by the neighborhood children. After several complaints to both Zoning and Code Enforcement, on March 7, 2016 a VP at the bank emailed Rick Dye to say, “ Maybe this isn't a good idea going forward”. However, the houses are still there, they are still owned by the bank, and they still house 13 sex offenders and predators in violation of Escambia County zoning laws.

Judge Rogers, does the above scenario meet your threshold for RICO?

You may assess this letter to be a personal attack on you; I assure you it's not. When my sons throw a baseball through a neighbor's window - I get the phone call. When you, using your position as a federal court judge, create an organization that places women and children in harm's way - you get the letter. If and when the citizens of Escambia County decided to relax zoning regulations it will be done by the county commissioners, not from the bench of a sitting federal judge. And it will not be for the benefit of child molesters.

These offenders will not only create another victim, but also another offender. That is a documented scientific fact. Should you want to challenge that science, I invite you to explore the archives at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. Or you can call Sheriff David Morgan, and have him explain to you why the doctor in Perdido Key convicted of child molesting and released on probation, will strike again. Sheriff Morgan doesn't need the results of social experiments; he has years in the trenches

The people of Brownsville are ill equipped to defend themselves from this program funded by their own tax dollars, and endorsed by a federal judge. That is why REAP is in Brownsville. The well-heeled and legally represented residents of Pensacola refused to even allow a simple probation office in their neighborhood. I'm certainly not going to allow this organization to move sex offenders into mine.  From the time of slavery through the world wars the downtrodden people of Brownsville have finally emerged from their despair. Many years ago Mr. May told his children “You can't save the world if you can't save your neighborhood”. One of his sons now represents Brownsville on the Board of Commissioners. Last week Mr. Underhill, the other Brownsville Commissioner, said “ Each time with one of these organizations, when you start rolling back the layers of obfuscation you find that you don't have what you really thought you had”.

 Brownsville is now recognized by Florida as a CRA geographic - demographic entity, with a neighborhood board that will soon be recognized by the federal and state governments as a 501(c) 3. I contend that REAP is discriminating against a class of people numbering 34,000, and is violating my civil rights.  That is a class that civil rights lawyers dream about. In your efforts to create a program that would receive national recognition, and thus boost your personnel status among the judicial elite, you have totally disregarded the civil rights of the people you have sworn to serve in Florida's Northern District.


REAP was created without any supervision, and is now a ticking time bomb in Pensacola. The sex offenders in REAP houses will offend again. Several are repeat offenders with up to five convictions already! When REAP’s “clients” strike again it will take less than a New York minute for the Cable News Networks, and activists, to Google pedophile-Pensacola, and up pops the story of the United States Attorney from Pensacola who traveled to Detroit to have sex with a five-year-old girl. Those news videos are still running on the Internet in which he is quoted as saying he has done it before-“plenty of times”. This time the headlines would read “Pensacola -US Attorney pedophile –REAP- program by federal judge”. Only those that listened closely, and read deeper would know that it was just a bad coincidence.  

Sandra Day O'Connor said from the bench “ Appearances are reality”

The realities are that REAP:
Violated IRS statutes by denying the public access to 501(c) 3 financial documents
Violated IRS statutes by denying the public access to its 501(c) 3 application
Violated IRS statutes against lobbying – at several levels.
Violated Escambia County Florida Zoning Regulations
Violated Escambia County Code Enforcement Statutes
Discriminated against a designated class of individuals in violation of four US statutes
Conspired to violate the civil rights of a US citizen – me!

Elected officials should be most concerned about the incredible career ending tragedy of yet another sexual assault by a REAP client on their watch. In Purdue University's political science 101 it’s referred to as the Willie Horton affect. Mr. Dye is very aware of the Escambia County zoning laws; he has already been thrown out of a motel in Pensacola. So now with the help of his banking cohorts he is operating in Brownsville, where he thinks no one will notice or care. All sex offenders must register so we know their location, but REAP feels we have no right to know where the REAP houses are. In that way the public will never know if newly arrested sex offenders were living in REAP houses at taxpayer expense – like the 26 that were just arrested.  Rick Dye will be pitching REAP to neighborhood groups this week, that concerns me. He is risking the reputation and goodwill of a lot of good people, including you, with his runaway agenda.

Judge Rogers, I am formally requesting that prior to Halloween, you use your influence with REAP to move the REAPER houses out of Brownsville.


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Cc
    Fredric G. Levin
    Escambia Board of Commissioners
    Pensacola City Council
    David Morgan
    
   

          

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

When is enough...enough?

The SAO doesn't want to prosecute politicians.  It's uncomfortable. I understand.

But when do the repeated violations of the Mayor's office regarding public records reach the point where the SAO's filter is full.

Let's recap this Mayor's office actions regarding the public's access to its OWN records.

Logo - The Mayor's City Administrator and flunky are charged with Public Records Violations for withholding public records.  One cops a plea.  The other beats the wrap.

Ashtonhayward@yahoo.com - The Mayor uses his personal email for city business outside of any ability of the City to know what he is doing or the ability of the City to maintain records of the activity.  I complain to the SAO who investigates the charge along withe the Logo investigation.

BASED ON THE INVESTIGATION, THE SAO INSISTS CHANGES ARE MADE. BUT IT CONTINUES.....JUST IN DIFFERENT FORMS.

Red Bull - The mayor uses City funds to purchase Red Bull him on for the 7th floor.  He used to send a City employee to Sam's to purchase it by the case.  A citizen asked for Red Bull purchases by the City from 1/1/11 to 1/1/13.  Should be easy.  It was only one employee's P- card statements as he was the only one ever sent.  The Citizen was quoted a cost to provide the receipts of $3,000 and 160 hours of work to retrieve the data.

Longhollow Radio Tower Lease - The Mayor's City Administrator retaliates against a Citizen asking for documents surrounding a radio tower lease that the City should never have entered into. She knew the lease was not legal, the City knew it was illegal, the Council knew it was illegal.  Ms. Nichols pushed for documents.  The City Administrator goes as far as calling the Citizen's employers to snitch on her for her use of email becoming the most hated man in Pensacola.

Joe Glover - Assistant Chief Joe Glover submitted a public records request for documents related to his EEOC complaint against the City.  THE DAY HE WAS PUT ON LEAVE HE RECEIVED A QUOTE FROM THE SUNSHINE CENTER OF $ 15,234.79 FOR 810 HOURS OF RESEARCH TO FULFILL THE REQUEST.

Personnel Board Vote - I made a public records request surrounding the Personnel Board vote that Sisson and Olson scraped once it looked like I might be elected to the board.  The Sunshine Coordinator quoted me $548.41 for 29.64 hours of work to prepare the documents.

Southwest Engine Failure - I make a public records request of various documents.  All but two items are in ONE document.  The Assistant Chief and Sunshine Coordinator quoted me $555.19 for 30 hours of work to prepare the documents.  All but one item could be furnished in 10 minutes.

Reynold's Settlement - Rick Outzen asks the city to "supply documentation that showed how the mayor and his attorneys analyzed the lawsuit, determined that the best decision was to settle, and validated his authority to settle without council approval".  The City Sunshine Coordinator responds "The volume and nature of your records request requires extensive use of personnel to process in a timely manner."  Then a few days later when the lie is up states: "After a review of our records, the City of Pensacola has determined there are no additional records responsive to your request."

Now let me let you in on the biggest disappointment for me regarding public records and a clear crime.  Their is no doubt.  In 2012 while I was still on Council, I made a public records request of a City department.  It concerned the actions of a key Hayward employee.  Most everyone in the department in question knew of the incident.  Some had been trying to get me the document but could not find any written record of the matter. I made the request in person. In the public records request, I detailed out the place where the incident occurred, the time frame and the actions that were involved. This request was before the Sunshine Center.  I wrote it down and dropped it off at the department. After some time the City Department came back and verbally informed me there were "no responsive records".

Fast forward four years.

One of the departments employees at the time has retired.  They contact me to discuss various City matters. They inform me that the public records request 4 years before made its way all the way up to the department head.  This employee and the department head knew exactly what I had asked for and due to their experience knew the document could only be located by the department by going to an old employees file in the attic.  The now retired employee and the department head went to the attic and sure enough retrieved the document just as I had detailed.  The document would have at the time been cataclysmic to the Mayor due to political situations at the time if turned over.

The department head retrieved the document from the employee file.  It documented the incident in question exactly as stated in the request. It also documented where the incident occurred exactly as stated in the request.

What did the department head do?  Provide me with the document? NO!  The department head contacted his bosses office.  After discussions directly with the Mayor's office, the decision was made to inform me that there were "no responsive documents" due the way my public records request was worded.

Evade on a technicality although it was clear this was the document I was requesting.

So what became of the document in question?  The department head gave it to the now retired employee as insurance against the Mayor's staff member if he ever needed it.

I do have it now...4 years later.

The criminal statute of limitations does not start until Hayward leaves office.

Call Tallahassee and get a special prosecutor if you don't want to enforce the laws.  Just stop pretending its not being broken.  It is being broken intentionally and you know it.

In our state, transparency is not up to the whim or grace of public officials. Instead, it is an enforceable right of the people.  

Pam Bondi, Attorney General

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

CJ Lewis on the Rise?

Last month before the primaries, District 1 was a sea of PC Wu signs. Travelin' Wu had whined to his constituents to let him put yard signs in their yard.

If you lived on a corner, he needed to place two, one on each street.

It looked like PC was cruising to another 4 years of free travel on the Citizens.

Never underestimate a Marine Colonel.  They have a plan.

Lewis plan was to wait out the primaries as it only confuses the voters.  He held his fire.  Once the primaries were through Lewis hit the ground running.

Wu signs started coming down and Lewis signs started going up.  Lewis contacted Wu to let him know daily where to go pick up his signs after they were taken down.

Lewis evidently didn't want to end up in the hoosegow like Mark Taylor supporters did when Crystal Spencer called her buddy the Police Chief about hubby Brian's signs missing in a yard and had the supporters arrested for theft.

With Charles Bare joining me in fading into the annals of Pensacola political history in November this seat on Council is pivotal.

If you believe Ashton Hayward is the bee's knees, you need to vote for PC Wu.  He is the Mayor's puppet and has been telling people how Hayward scares him.  Plus apparently PC wants to be on the Board of Directors of the Intergalactic League of Cities with Princess Amadala.

Lewis is working hard, meeting people at their door and listening to the issues District 1 is interested in:

  • Government waste
  • the impact of the VT Aerospace development on the neighborhoods including noise and traffic
  • safety in the neighborhoods
  • great public spaces outside of the downtown core

As election day approaches and a new majority on Council being 4, this race could result in a major shift in the power at City Hall.

Notable Non-District 1 Financial PC Wu Supporters 









57/5/2016James Reeves
730 Bayfront Parkway
Pensacola, Fl 32502
IndividualAtttorneyCheck$200.00








77/14/2016Rodney Rich
1 Beach Dr.
Gulf Breeze, Fl 32561
IndividualFinancialAdvisorCheck$500.00
87/12/2016Moulton Property
PO Box 32591
Pensacola, Fl 32591
IndividualPropertyManagementCheck$500.00
97/14/2016Robert Switzer
92 Highpoint Dr
Gulf Breeze, Fl 32561
IndividualAdvertisingCheck$250.00
107/11/2016Alan Bookman
30 Spring St
Pensacola, Fl 32596
IndividualAttorneyCheck$200.00
117/11/2016Solian
900 East Cross St
Pensacola, Fl 32503
BusinessHair SalonCheck$150.00
127/14/2016Greenhut Construction
PO Box 12704
Pensacola, Fl 32574
BusinessConstructionCheck$200.00
137/19/2016Joseph Billow
6709 Melville Pl
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
BusinessCommercialRealEstateCheck$250.00
147/19/2016Dick Baker
44 Baybridge Dr
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
IndividualBlueWahoosCheck$200.00
157/21/2016Buzz Ritchie
PO Box 13401
Pensacola, FL 32591
IndividualBankerCheck$100.00
168/1/2016Baskerville-Donovan INC
449 W Main St
Pensacola, FL 32502
BusinessEngineersCheck$250.00
178/2/2016Clyde&Mary Touart
671 Whitney Dr
Pensacola, Fl 32503
IndividualRetiredCheck$25.00








228/5/2016John & Nancy Hutchinson
3451 Oakmont Dr
Pensacola, FL 32503
IndividualRetiredCheck$250.00
238/5/2016Joe & Linda Buehler
205 Bayshore Dr
Pensacola, FL 32507
IndividualRealestate Check$500.00
248/8/2016David Jacobi
PO Box 12825
Pensacola, FL 32591
IndividualRetiredCheck$100.00








268/9/2016Doug & Nancy Halford
411 C Bayshore Dr
Pensacola, FL 32507
IndividualRetiredCheck$100.00
278/9/2016Bill & Shirley Linne
2325 Glamis Dr.
Pensacola, FL 32503
IndividualAttorneyCheck$100.00
288/9/2016Jim Cronley
1401 E. Belmont
Pensacola, FL 32501
IndividualContractorCheck$500.00
298/9/2016Suzanne Kahn
510 Windrose Circle
Pensacola, FL 32507
IndividualRetiredCheck$250.00
308/9/2016Gilmore Services
31 E. Fairfield
Pensacola, FL 32501
BusinessrecordmanagementCheck$500.00
318/10/2016Nathan Kahn
2915 Blackshear Ave
Pensacola, FL 32503
IndividualRetiredCheck$100.00
328/11/2016Kotlarz ENT & Facial
6100 N Davis
Pensacola, FL 32504
BusinessSurgeonCheck$100.00
338/13/2016Ed & Ester Turner
4346 Gusty Ter
Pensacola, FL 32503-2550
IndividualRetiredCheck$100.00
348/13/2016John Clark
375 North P Street
Pensacola, FL 32504
IndividualCEOCouncil onAgingCheck$300.00
358/14/2016James "Mick" Novata
411 W De Soto St
Pensacola, FL 32501-3040
IndividualRealEstateCheck$200.00
368/14/2016Eric & Peggy Nickelsen
120 E Main
Pensacola, FL 32502
IndividualRealEstateCheck$250.00
378/14/2016David Hoxeng
7151 Plantation Rd
Pensacola, FL 32504
IndividualOwnerRadioStationCheck$125.00
388/16/2016David Clark
2307 Malysa Pl
Pensacola, FL 32504
IndividualRealEstateCheck$250.00
398/16/2016O'Connor Management Group
1110 North 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32501
BusinessRestaurantsCheck$500.00
408/14/2016Patrick & Christine Emmanuel
5807 Kaiser LN
Pensacola, FL 32507
IndividualAttorneyCheck$200.00
418/16/2016Herbert Woll
5588 E Bay Blvd
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
IndividualCharityAdministrationCheck$50.00
428/31/2016Bill & Nancy Roberts
7857 Siesta Cove
Milton, FL 32583
IndividualRetiredCheck$200.00
438/31/2016Scott Remington
PO Box 13010
Pensacola, FL 32591-3010
IndividualAttorneyCheck$100.00
448/31/2016Mary -(Rishy) Studer
1919 E. LaRua
Pensacola, FL 32501
IndividualBusinessownerCheck$250.00
458/31/2016Quint Studer
1919 La Rua
Pensacola, FL 32501
IndividualOwner-BaseballTeamCheck$250.00
469/12/2016Larry Walker
9245 Woodrun Rd
Pensacola, Fl 32514
IndividualECUA BoardCheck$100.00
479/14/2016Gene & Joe Rosenbaum
PO Box 2100
Pensacola, FL 32513
IndividualOwner-ScrapMetalCheck$250.00
489/14/2016Gilbert Singer
3406 W Mullen Ave
Tampa, FL 33609
IndividualAttorneyCheck$250.00


Hmmm? Quint Studer owns a baseball team but Rishy Studer is just a businessowner?

Typical Pensacola Good Ole Boy mentality, PC!

Rishy and Quint are a team!

  • Peas and carrots
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Cookies and milk
  • Macaroni & cheese

As the Wahoos website shows, she is just as much an owner as Quint.

http://www.milb.com/content/page.jsp?ymd=20140122&content_id=66930442&sid=t4124&vkey=roster

Sexist?
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Stray Cat Strut

Council recently had on its agenda cutting edge legislation.

  • Food trucks again...No!
  • Charter reform...No!
  • Fire safety at the Airport...No!
  • Investigation of the Reynolds settlement...No!

Brian Spencer brought forward a "Community Cat Initiative".  No... I'm serious!

"The City of Pensacola recognizes the need for properly addressing the issues presented by feral, free roaming and other community cats. Further, it is recognized that there are community caregivers of cats and that properly managed community cats may be part of the solution to the continuing euthanasia of cats, as well as providing a valuable service in rodent control."


Really??

Spencer actually had someone waste their time drafting a "community cat ordinance"

"Qualified community cats are exempt from pickup and impounding as strays"

Gothan City has Batman!
Metropolis has Superman!
Star City has Green Arrow!
Fawcett City has Captain Marvel!

Spencer wants Pensacola to have a bunch of widdle puddy tats!