Monthly Archives: February 2012

Update: February 23, 2012

On Tuesday the PBA was party to the unfair labor practice hearing at Hollywood city hall (2011). We were represented by Barbara Duffy and myself. Dr. Irv Rosenbaum from Nova University testified for the PBA. The hearing ended at 6 pm. Barbara had some fun with Lalla while he was testifying, especially when it came to two years of cuts and takeaways for employees and an $11,000 raise for him. The process from here:  Both parties, the city and PBA, will agree on a date to submit closing arguments in a brief format. After the briefs are received by the hearing officer he will issue a recommended order within 45 days. Then PERC will issue a final order around the same time as Ryder Coffin goes to his high school prom. Nice process, isn’t it?

Congratulations to recent promotees as well as Major Scott Pardon. Scott was a PBA representative for many years and respects members’ rights as well as the CBA. We are confident his objective and independent style of leadership will be an asset to Chief Wagner. 

The PBA made several attempts recently to ascertain how much money is in the reserve account for the city. One of the ways the city justifies their financial urgency is that the reserve account is being depleted, which has resulted in the dropping of the city’s bond rating,  which in turn effects their ability to borrow money. Lalla failed to give  the PBA the requested updated reserve account balance after the gutting of the contracts and pensions. As a result the PBA filed another lawsuit for violation of FSS 119, public records. Case #12-04978, Judge Phillips.

The interim city manager reached out to the PBA about 2013. She also wants to show us the five-year plan. We are going to stick with the PBA plan and do not have anything to talk about unless it is givebacks sooner than 10/1/13.

Congratulations to Kenny, Danny, and Mike for being recognized and recipients of their respective awards. The boycott of awards at city hall has been effective with several commissioners. They are feeling the disgust of the membership whenever they publicly come in to contact with members.

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Update: February 6, 2012

Politics: All the sitting commissioners and the mayor have drawn opposition for the November election. Several seats have more than one challenger. You should and can monitor this on the City of Hollywood website. As you are aware the BCPBA hosted a meet and greet on February 1, where several candidates got a chance to meet and hear from the membership. The PBA has not endorsed anyone in any races for Hollywood seats as of yet. Justin Serian, a candidate against Blattnerm has been making several PRR (public records requests) on issues brought to his attention by the membership. He is on Facebook with Ernie. The PBA has met with the mayor twice in the last two weeks discussing the morale and exodus of the membership. He seemed genuinely concerned. Blattner continues to give out false information relating to police staffing levels and seems concerned when addressing the issue in his blog.

 Tallahassee: Several bills are travelling from House to Senate committees where the Florida PBA staff are monitoring and working with legislators who support the PBA to minimize the impact or kill the bills. 

BSO Fire:  The drama continues with the lack of a valid proposal from Lamberti. Finally the IAFF realizes that the FRS changed last July and they cannot merge in to the old plan as they all thought. Heidi NO Sheehan addressed this at a community meeting two weeks ago and she opposes the merger. The PBA still can’t get a grip on the proposal as it relates to the HFD buldings that the taxpayers are still paying for. Does Hollywood still control the facilities or are they property of the county?

2011 Special Master: Briefs went out on February 1. The special master, Marty Soll, will submit a recommendation within 45 days. Once that is done the PBA will have a “public hearing” before the commission on the recommendation. The public will be able to speak as well as the PBA. We will have a meeting prior to that with the general membership. 

State Audit: The state auditor notified Nick Matthews, aide to Senator Sobel, that they will be in the City of Hollywood this month. The scope will include the legal declaration of financial urgency as well as expenditures with in the CRA’s.  

185 Lawsuit: There will be a hearing on April 17 before Judge Singer. This will be on Hollywood”s motion to dismiss the complaint. This is scheduled for 11 am.

Thanks from the PBA to the Hollywood members who helped with the reception after the Darin Dowe funeral as well as to Don Huneke, who spoke so eloquently during the service.

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