Short Notes – 10.7.13

Cry Baby

Grown Men Playling Little Boy Games

Breakfast

Ricky Botolino is a hero.

Georgia wins and loses BIG!

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West Palm Beach Waterfront – 10.7.13

Tuesday 10 – Tim Byrd

TuesdayIt’s been a crazy few weeks and the Tuesday 10 has fallen by the wayside, you know how it is sometimes life just gets in the way.

This week as we welcome back the Tuesday 10, I am pleased to showcase one of the most “in the know” people in all of the Palm Beaches.  For many years this guy has been renowned as a television and radio personality in the area.  Recently he has expanded his talents to the internet as publisher of Palm Beach Live, Work, Play

LWP’s Mission Statement sums it up….

Mission Statement

Our mission is to showcase Palm Beach, Palm Beach County via a world-class news and entertainment virtual publication using content rich blogs, feature stories and video podcasts. We will demonstrate how residents and visitors, both nationally and internationally, can obtain an insider’s view of why Palm Beach County is the best place to live, work, play.

This Week‘s Tuesday 10 Feature is….. Tim “The Byrdman” Byrd.  Thanks for participating Tim!

1)    Excluding family members, who inspires you?  People who achieve against all odds

2)    What is your guilty pleasure?  down time, i work very hard almost all the time, so to relax is a guilty pleasure of mine  4750_1172569351590_2654828_n

3)    If you were to write a book, who is one person you would want to list in the acknowledgements and what would you say?  Claude Casey a B movie actor and owner of a small radio station in South Carolina that gave me my first break

4)    What is your favorite sandwich?  Besides a hamburger, turkey bacon on a deli flat

5)    What is the best professional advice you ever received?  Keep your nose clean and do your best, careful of the company you keep, use your influence wisely

6)    As a child, what was your favorite bedtime story?  Uncle Remus stories

7)    Who is the first Presidential candidate you ever voted for?  President Ronald Reagan

8)    What is the one career achievement you are most proud of?  Having spent over 11 years broadcasting successfully in the number 1 market in the world, being one of the original on air personalities on Vh-1 and pioneering that channel

9)    If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?  Superman

10) What is the best meal you ever ate?  My Mother who is from Southern Georgia can cook better tasting food than any i have ever eaten(everything)

Tim Byrd “The Byrdman” world renown radio/TV personality, publisher, and lover of Palm Beach County

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Thanks for being part of the Tuesday 10 Tim, appreciate your participation and service to our community!

Short Notes – 8.14.13

Aretha ’nuff said.

RIP – Jack Germond

Scott Patrick Wilson didn’t get to say good-bye to his mom.  John Goodman does.

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This is a POWERFUL article from the blog Single Dad Laughing.

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West Palm Beach Skyline from Royal Palm Bridge 8,14.13

PB Post Editorial: Lake Park has new voting system but no change

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Editorial: Lake Park has new voting system but no change

By Andrew Marra

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

It’s been more than three years since Lake Park, under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, put in place an unusual system for electing town commissioners in an attempt to make it easier for black candidates to win office.

On Tuesday, all four commissioners, excluding the mayor, will be elected at once, not in individual races but in a free-for-all that has no parallel in Palm Beach County. Under the system, Lake Park residents will vote for one candidate from among the six on the ballot. The top four vote-getters win three-year terms.

This will be the second time the town commission has been elected under this system. Unfortunately, it has yet to give the town its first African-American commissioner, even though blacks make up roughly half the town’s population. Both this year and in 2010, no black residents chose to run.

Among the six candidates who are running this year, we recommend Kimberly Glas-Castro. Ms. Castro, a land-planning consultant and former planner for Palm Beach Gardens, has lived in Lake Park for nearly 20 years. Her husband, Paul Castro, is a former mayor. She has served on the town’s tree board and the historical society, and is currently on the planning and zoning board.

Ms. Glas-Castro traces her decision to run to a moment when, as a finalist for the job of town manager last year, a town commissioner took note of her land-planning experience and asked her to get more involved in Lake Park issues. She is concerned that the town’s leadership has suffered from “mixed priorities” and “mixed direction.” She would like to get rid of the town’s parking meters, opposes closing Lakeshore Drive by the town marina, and thinks the marina’s parking area needs to be redesigned.

If Ms. Glas-Castro wins a seat on the commission, she will be joined by three of her five rivals. Among these, the most qualified to join her are: incumbent Steve Hockman, Michael O’Rourke and Diane Bernhard.

Andrew Marra

for The Post Editorial Board

Transparent Candidate

One of the candidates for Lake Park Commission is an incumbent, Steve Hockman.  Interesting thing about incumbency, you have a record.

It is not always easy to determine if a first time candidate is just saying something to get elected or if they really and truly mean it, incumbency isn’t like that, you have a record.

On the incumbents campaign website he states….

Main Principle – Transparency in the Government!

One of the most important things within the government is transparency. There is nothing worse than when you request something from your government, but you end up getting the run around. As taxpayers, you have the right to know where and how your tax money is being spent and to know that the town is working hard to get the most “bang” for your tax dollars, and not just wasting them.

It is always interesting what someone says when they are running for office…. isn’t it!?!

Lots of keywords can be found on the website reflecting a “Main Principle” of Mr. Hockman, transparency, run around, know how your money is being spent, most “bang” for your buck, wasting….. all great buzz words for a candidate.

Each year as we put together the budget for the Town, one of the items I have tried to reduce is the line item for Commissioners “Travel and Training.”  When I was elected this line item was over $5,000 and thru the years I am proud to say I have been able to get it reduced to $2,500.  I must say it has been a fight each year as this is one line item in the budget that Mr. Hockman has always fought against reducing, he does not want to touch this item.

A few months ago, I asked the Town Staff for a breakdown of Commission expenses by individual from this account.  The numbers reflect each representative and their years in service…. it really is quite telling and transparent!

Allow me to share the numbers, with the complete breakdown listed below….

2009:

Commissioner Rumsey          $1,195.87

2010:

Commissioner Hockman       $1,347.49

Commissioner Longtin          $1,023.43

2011:

Commissioner Hockman      $1,461.40

Commissioner Longtin          $325.00

Commissioner Rumsey          $983.13

Commissioner Stevens           $1,224.08

Mayor Dubois                          $479.71

2012:

Commissioner Hockman      $3,139.54

Commissioner Stevens          $45.00

Mayor Dubois                          $1051.96

TOTAL EXPENDITURES BY COMMISSIONER:

Commissioner Hockman:  2010 – 2012  – THREE YEARS          $5,948.43

Commissioner Longtin: 2010 – 2012 – THREE YEARS               $1,348.43

Commissioner Rumsey: 2009 – 2012 – FOUR YEARS                 $2,179.00

Commissioner Stevens:  2011 – 2012 – TWO YEARS                    $1,269.08

Mayor Dubois:  2011 – 2012 – TWO YEARS                                    $1,531.67

An interesting note to take away from the numbers above….  in three years Mr. Hockman spent only $379.75 less than the other four representatives COMBINED!  Transparency.

It is easy to throw up numbers on a list and show how much a Commissioner has spent, but I do think it is important to show the actual expenditures.  After all if I told you, a  Commissioner charged the Town over $325.00 for shirts in a year you may think I was making it up, or if I told you a Commissioner charged the Town to attend seven conferences in three years, that too may be considered a bit of an exaggeration.

Incumbency is interesting…..you have a record.

Below you will find a breakdown of Commissioner Hockman’s individual expenditures charged to the Town from 2010 – 2012.  (Keep in mind, the numbers are reflected thru SEPTEMBER 30, 2012, we have a whole new five months of spending that isn’t even accounted for here!)

2010:

Shirts:                                                                        $332.32

Travel Advance/ FLC Annual Conference         $194.00

Westin Diplomat Hotel/ FLC Annual Conf       $496.17

Registration/ FLC Annual Conference               $325.00

2010 Total:                                                         $1,347.49

2011:

PBC League of Cities Installment Luncheon    $50.00

Registration FLC                                                    $325.00

Travel Advance/ FLC Annual Conference        $313.93

Marriott Hotel/ FLC Annual Conference          $516.39

Marriott Hotel/Credit Charges                           -$41.40

Reimburse Parking                                                -$15.00

Intercontinental Hotel/Inst Elected Officials  $312.48

2011 Total:                                                         $1,461.40

2012:

Travel Adv/Institute of Elected Officials           $350.86

Travel Adv/FLC Annual Legislative Conf         $303.63

Bus Dev Board/ Life Science Lunch                   $45.00

Registration/FLC Legislative Conf                     $87.50

Registration/PBC Day                                           $100.00

Travel/American Airlines/PBC Day                   $291.40

Hyatt Regency/FLC Legislative Conf                 $328.00

Travel Advance/PBC Day                                     $86.50

Doubletree/PBC Day                                             $418.00

PBC League of Cities/Installation Luncheon   $50.00

Registration/FLC                                                   $325.00

Gold Coast Annual Breakfast                              $20.00

Travel Advance/FLC Annual Conf                     $256.65

Westin Diplomat/FLC Annual Conf                  $477.00

2012 Total:                                                        $3,139.54

Transparency shows that Steve Hockman has been a free spending, conference attending, luncheon going, shirt wearing, four star hotel staying, good time guy.  Sadly, the people of Lake Park have suffered from cuts, staff members have been laid off, employees have taken furlough days and with Mr. Hockman the conferences just keep on coming.

Mr. Hockman wants transparency in government…. it is funny how he has never discussed these expenditures with the citizenry before.

It’s a funny thing about transparency….. if you don’t walk the walk…. then your talk can come back to bite you!