Oct 13, 2014
Oct 9, 2014
The County Administrator has responded to the PBA letter regarding mold at B.S.O.'s District 5 HQ. Members may read the letter here.
Sept. 26, 2014
Read or Download the full report HERE.
Sept. 19, 2014
Representatives and Members,
PBA and BSO have been meeting on the issue of concealing visible tattoos on uniformed members with some type of garment. Colonel Dale and I have agreed to identify (6) members with tattoos to participate in a selection committee designed to test and evaluate garments which will address the objectives of the Sheriff’s Office. It was further agreed that BSO would provide the garment. Please contact Jeff Marano with the name of any member who has tattoos and wishes to participate in the process.
Sept. 19, 2014
Pick up your Charlie Christ for Governor yard signs at the BCPBA office.
2650 W. State Rd. 84, Fort Lauderdale, 33312
Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm M-F.
Our September issue is now available online. Click here to read the PDF version.
July 29, 2014
You can read The BCPBA's Proposed Bargaining Agreement to the City of Hollywood, and the response from the city.
From the City of Hollywood - http://www.bcpba.org/pdf/Proposed-Hollywood-City-Proposals.pdf
July 18, 2014
Commentary – "Arthur"
I spoke to Cheryl last evening regarding an update on Arthur Monteverde. He has been diagnosed with Adenocarcinoma. He is currently at home and will begin chemotherapy shortly. Both Art and Cheryl are in good spirits. Please keep them in your prayers.
Monday night at the PBA meeting, Miriam Fernandez, Mother of Officer Alex Del Rio #2513, will be presenting this year’s scholarship award to the daughter of a BSO Deputy and PBA member. For those attending please be prompt to support this presentation.
"Papo" who was always on time will be watching.
July 17, 2014
The Plot Thickens . . .
July 16, 2014
Rick Scott "featured' on CNN
Our editor notes that Rick Scott and the officers “behind” him, made it on to the News with Anderson Cooper, Florida, and even on to Star Trek.
Live long and prosper and read on...
July 14, 2014
From our friends at the Democratic Party...
Rick Scott spent all last week dodging your questions about his shady back room deals for All Aboard Florida and his illegal use of on-duty cops at political events.
This morning, reporters yet again asked Rick Scott to come clean about his misleading use of on-duty law enforcement:
1. "Did you really think that all of those deputies were off duty?"
2. "Did you think it was a problem to have on-duty law enforcement there?"
3. "You didn't answer that question. Should there be discipline?"
4. "Do you think it's okay for them to be there on-duty?"
What did Rick Scott have to say? Absolutely nothing. Four times in a row.
As always, Rick Scott is refusing to take responsibility for what happens under his watch. When Rick Scott can't even take responsibility for what happens on his campaign- when he can't even answer 4 simple questions - how can we trust him with 4 more years?
Click here to watch Rick Scott ignore the question FOUR times this morning...
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The October 2014 issue of The Broward Centurion
is now available for download here.
July 11, 2014
Follow up about uniformed officers at a Rick Scott Political Event...
Yesterday we talked about the presence of uniformed officers, who seemed to be on duty, at a Rick Scott event and the coverage it received all over the press. Today we have found out that we have made the news in even more media sources, read on at the bottom of this message.
July 10, 2014
Commentary – "King George or George Patton?"
First of all thanks to TMOFS, a Detective who called the PBA regarding the Class "B" mandate for suckers stuck working the Fourth of July. Members stuck working the 4th have been wearing shorts and a POLO shirt since Ralph Lauren was in second grade. Bad enough you have to stand a post in the heat and greet the Hialeah residents as they come on to the beach, but now King George mandates the only POLO shirt which can be worn is the Marine Unit issued POLO. Well that excludes 90% of the members working that day. The best part is he issued this DA decision on the second of July. Good Luck as it takes several months to get a uniform request filled. A member pointed out on this holiday while the rest of the country was home celebrating. The 4th of July is where the American Colonists declared their independence from Great Britain and their tyrannical ruler, King George. Finally the local King... the boy king allowed for other POLO shirts to be worn after the PBA spent two days on the phone and e mail with HR to attempt to rectify this insanity. Remember the previous 10-19 times when you had some spare time to fill out the Uniform requests forms?
Led by a brass band, George Patton had marched into and liberated Palermo, donned in his class "A" uniform. On the 4th our little General strolled down the boardwalk waving at fans attending the celebration, as any true politician would do. In all honesty the people he was waving to, he most likely knew as they too live in Dade County.
Attached is a copy of the postcards CSR/KD sent out to mislead the public and coerce them to vote against the members in the referendum. Please take a minute and show the propaganda to the new Officers at HPD to show them what the City is capable of.
You can see the postcard here - http://bcpba.org/pdf/PDF-Special-Referendum-Election.pdf
The letter to the editor about the misuse of “crime mapping” was published on 7/9/14 in the Sun-Sentinel -
Also, I wanted to show you that we have been active in supporting candidates who are pro-law enforcement, and active in the defeat of candidates who are not - http://www.browardbeat.com/cops-union-takes-aim-at-commission-candidate/
Additionally, I made the public aware that officers who I believe were on duty, were appearing as campaign supporters for the election of Gov. Scott, this generated a lot of publicity. See bottom of page for links.
Reminder the first session for collective bargaining with the City of Hollywood is 7/28/14 at City Hall, room 215.
Reminder the evidentiary hearing for Goober is on 7/30/14 at 215 PM central courthouse.
July 3, 2014
Commentary – "In case you had any Doubts and were wondering?"
Why in four years the Boy King, with all his KSA, was BK unable to successfully compete for a Chiefs job.
Or, why 85% of Miami cops voted "no confidence" on the CQ in 2008.
Or, why he would have anyone stand a traffic or foot post on the 4th of July in a class "B" uniform in the heat for an entire shift where no other Chief, dating back to before Independence Day was declared a national holiday would impose such a mandate on someone.
Or, why was the uniform mandate was put into place two days before the Fourth making it almost impossible to comply.
Or, why the PBA attempted to resolve the issue with City Hall without success.
See the mail thread (below at bottom)
HOWEVER after an irate telephone conversation with HR the PBA agreed that nowhere in the CBA or policy was there any clear language delineating "common sense” the PBA advised the stance taken by the Boy King clearly worked for the PBA.
Why, as it only evidences what an autocratic executive he is and a clear lack of leadership he once again has demonstrated. Remember he was the member on bike patrol wearing a bike shirt with another members name embroidered on it.
The mandate was modified and I assume HR had a chat with FF/BK/FTF/CQ/MB and suggested this decision was much like him...a looser.
BUT the BK can take an on view for an ARK.
The PBA asked for HR to look into two complaints, the Acting Major working off duty details and the posting of the notice in the lineup room relating to "audio and video surveillance".
HR stated that nothing precludes an acting Major from working off duty details (no matter how many holes he kicked in the wall) and went on to assert the Chief has the authority to assign anyone to work off duty. (NOT)
The posting of the notice was just a "Prank" and was taken down before she could investigate.
In driving through Hollywood Hills last evening and putting up Joe Gibbons signs I discovered the existence of only one, lonely ole Beam Furr sign in front of ...guess whose house...Mel Pollock, the Mayors appointment to the Police Pension Board. Thanks again Mayor!
Please review the Matt Lalla (below)letter regarding the mid-year update. See attached.
Tonight the PBA is hosting an event with Charlie Crist at the hard rock...keep your fingers crossed.
Matt Lalla Letter:
From: Matthew Lalla [mailto:Mlalla@hollywoodfl.org]
Mayor and Commissioners,
The second spreadsheet reflects midyear projections after adjustments from budget resolutions (approved at the June 18th Commission meeting) which reconciled the actual audited fund balance to the budgeted amount and made other adjustments. The budget resolutions also reflect the prepaid pension amounts for FY 2014 which were made during FY 2013 and included in the “non-spendable” portion of the audited fund balance. This budget adjustment reflects the full value of resources used as part of the budget process and brings the City more fully into compliance with one of the findings included in the Operational Audit of the Auditor General conducted last year. As indicated in the second spreadsheet, the net result of the midyear projections is a surplus of $1.934 million.
The budgeted fund balance for the City's General Fund at the start of fiscal year 2014 was $22.7 million. Not including the portion of fund balance which is categorized as non-spendable, the audited fund balance for the City’s General Fund as of September 30, 2013 is approximately $2.0 million higher than the corresponding 17 percent fund balance target of approximately $28 million. Based on the FY 2013 audit, the City has met its 17 percent fund balance target for the General Fund.
This midyear projection will be included in an agenda item for the City Commission meeting of July 2nd in order to facilitate the availability of this financial information to the public. Additional midyear projections will be distributed as more actual data becomes available over the course of the fiscal year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
From: Raquel Elejabarrieta [mailto:RELEJABARRIETA@hollywoodfl.org]
From: Jeff Marano [mailto:email@example.com]
No the ridiculous uniforms they are being mandated to wear on the Fourth of July tomorrow. Please resolve as soon as possible?
I have reviewed the SOP on Appearance Standards and it clearly states that all officers "will have a Class B uniform, readily available, in the event of a contingency requiring a uniformed appearance.". The same SOP further states that Division Majors "have the authority to choose the class of uniform required for Members under their Command." As such, the directive below confirms with the SOPs.
From: Jeff Marano [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Please review and call me
From: Nikki Coffin
Thank You. I hope your shift is fast and uneventful.
Lt. Nicole Coffin
June 28, 2014
Commentary – "Jedi mind trick"
On 7/28/14 the negotiations session will be at 1pm in room 215 at City Hall in Hollywood.
FF shame on you!
Now we are not calling shootings...shootings but Signal 31...Signal 31/Aggravated. You are so clever.
See attached letter to the editor and e mail to patrol Lieutenants.
The commission has one more meeting before the August break. They will set the mileage rate "not to exceed" at this meeting.
How and why is it closed?
Answer: a write in candidate for the same seat qualified. Her last name is Saffran...common spelling. She lives in the district however her home address is exempt from 119.
See the letter to the Editor here.- http://bcpba.org/pdf/Manipulation-by-Reclassification.pdf
See the taxable value report here.- http://bcpba.org/pdf/2014-Taxable-Value-Report-July-1st.pdf
June 23, 2014
Commentary – "A true Politician-flip flop and remove foot from mouth!"
The boy king was recently quoted in the SS that the rape kits not being tested was NOT exclusively a Hollywood problem and recognized rape kits are not being tested nationwide. So now the political flip flop AFTER he threw the Detectives and the agency under the bus to attempt to discredit the former administration and the rank and file. If he would have done some research he would have found out how widespread this gap in the system is. Unfortunately it comes down to money and the victims are left out of the loop. Fabricating and planting evidence is not as easy as just putting a non-rebutted (untested) do0cument in to someone’s file and dropping a dime to the SS. BTW outside consul has already determined through PRR’s of City e mails that substantiate CSR/FF were untruthful as to when they became aware of the Callari memo. I know….shocking!
Attached is the SAN JOSE story and video. Sounds familiar?
FF/AKA “The Ring Master” has invited selected HPD members to “The Blitz”. Let’s see, you were entitled to an additional 2% and 2% the last two years of the contract. Then through financial urgency the City reduced your wages by 12%. Two years later you recovered 10% so you are still 6.5 % behind except for one chosen member, Frankie the Flaker. He has received two 4% raises which brings him from $135,000 to $148,000.
So now the circus side show, called the blitz, where the ring master will show the community how his troops can still do tricks without any treats. I see his motivation as he never has lost anything, except his job in Miami where the FOP sent him packing. As a reminder he is the only member of HPD who is 14.5 % ahead of you. Clearly he leads from the front as he is way ahead of you.
Remember that when he gives you the “take one for the team” speech.
BTW in speaking with a PBA member from the City of West Palm PD, who sat in on FF’s interview when he applied for the Chiefs job there, he indicated the BK came in second place….from the bottom. MB finished first in Hollywood as no one else was considered.
REMINDER….Wednesday at 1630 the Hollywood Commission will appoint a citizen to the Police Pension Board seat which is currently held by Dick Brickman. Blattner and friends are trying to remove him and replace him with a patsy; tea party type like Bober did with Mel Pollack. Stop the trend!
Please show up and support Dick.
June 24, 2014
Hey Hollywood, you’re not alone in forced overtime... Watch (and read) this report about what is happening in San Jose.
June 23, 2014
Commentary – "Driving in circles"
Ever feel like your days are spent aimlessly driving in circles? Check out this U-Tube video and see FF/BK/MD/FTF/CQ at play. youtu.be/j33JGpispXo
The PBA Attorneys and I have gone over the Hollywood Proposals 3 times and are in the process of reducing them to writing. Last week, I met with Raquel Eljabarita, the labor relations specialist from the City. The meeting went very well. As requested, she will be providing the PBA dates the City is available for negotiations. Once we have that, we will be meeting with the membership and following the direction of the membership survey. In addition, the attorneys and I have some non-economic, common sense issues to also address at the table.
We have met and are waiting to again meet with the city on the tattoo policy.
June 16, 2014
UPDATE! - Our Press Release is featured in the Sun Sentinel - http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/sfl-marano-battles-hollywood-chief-20140617,0,3401019.story
Hollywood, Fla. June 16th, 2014 — Women are equal under the law, but are they equal under the leadership of the Hollywood Chief of Police? Recently, an e-mail was sent out with a “Happy Father’s Day” message to all of the Hollywood Police Officers. No such e-mail was sent out honoring Mother’s Day, which would have recognized the hard working mothers who equally sacrifice time away from their families, and risk their lives to help insure public safety.
Beyond what might be considered a mere oversight, there has been continued contempt and a chauvinistic oversight directed toward female officers. On one occasion a female officer was asked if she cheated after she qualified on the firing range, which insinuated that women need outside help to do the same job as men. At other times it has been reported that he referred to women present during meetings and roll calls as ‘her’ or ‘she’ rather than directly by name.
“The BCPBA is working to ensure that all members of the Hollywood Police Department are treated equally regardless of gender, ethnicity or any other factor,” stated Jeff Marano President, BCPBA, he went on to state that … “This type of behavior is offensive to both the men and women of the Hollywood Police Department and citizens of the City as well, it reduces morale and harms our City.” Mr. Marano asked the City Government to address this issue and make sure equality is enforced.
The Broward County Police Benevolent Association is a non-profit organization providing labor relations assistance and collective bargaining services for its members. The PBA’s mission is to promote professionalism in law enforcement and to protect the rights and privileges of individual law enforcement officers and civilian employees, as well as to keep citizens informed of the challenges facing law enforcement today.