The Pressley trial was well attended by members showing their support for Dewey and Kari. Once the jury began to deliberate, the two alternates were excused. As they exited the courtroom one gave very positive comments about Dewey and the lack of evidence presented by the prosecutors. Both conversed with members and gave favorable comments about the PBA attorneys representing Dewey. One alternate juror stayed the remaining six hours and when the six-member panel found Dewey guilty of the two misdemeanors, she began to cry. We will be back before Judge Robinson on December 22 in courtroom 6750 for sentencing. Time TBA.
On December 2 the city and the PBA were before PERC hearing Officer Carlos Lopez via telephone. As we began, the hearing officer indicated he wanted verbal testimony on all exhibits entered in to evidence regardless of whether both parties had agreed to stipulate to the exhibits. This process would have taken two days. The PBA asked for a continuance and the city did not object. We are waiting for dates in February to continue.
The recommendation from the special master on the 2011 takeaways should be back in January. Once the recommendations are released the PBA will evaluate them and most likely go to the next step, the Hollywood Commission.
The outside counsel for the city responded to the 185 complaint by filing a motion to dismiss. The matter has not been set down for a hearing as of yet. The PBA will advise as soon as a date and time is set.
On Saturday, December 17 at shelter #6 at TY Park, Senator Sobel is having a charity toy drive. She supported us in the referendum by providing a quote for a mail piece and requested Florida’s Chief Financial Officer conduct an audit on the City of Hollywood. She took a lot of heat from the commission for supporting us during the referendum. Please make an attempt to come by the picnic and drop off a gift for a child. See your PBA rep for a flyer or check the PBA bulletin board. The event is being catered by Bobby Rubinos. (NICE). The PBA does not always agree with all the positions elected officials take or the candidates they support. This is the case with Senator Sobel, however, she has supported us during a confrontational time and we should show her some consideration.
Mayor Bober requested the affected unions weigh in on a resolution which will be voted on tomorrow (December 14) at the commission meeting. The item is #22 and is being pushed by the League of Cities in support proposed legislation in Tallahassee to further adversely impact 185 and 175 plans. The PBA will be there Wednesday to oppose the resolution.
Hope to see you all at TY Park and/or the commission meeting.