BY BUDDY NEVINS
The following blast e-mail was circulated among the residents of Sunrise, political figures and the media. It alleges shenanigans in Sunrise government.
Sunrise City Hall has been a shop closed to everybody but a small group of insiders for over a generation. Run by a clique of commissioners all living in the western portions of the city, the poorer eastern sections get no representation.
Even voters in the Sunrise Lakes complex get abused. A car wash was opened next to the condominium, something that never would have happened in the past.
Recently, commissioners handed the city attorney’s job to lawyer Stuart Michelson at a ridiculously high fee without considering anyone else. Michelson was campaign treasurer for one commissioner and handled private legal work for two others.
Now word comes that Michelson’s wife, County Commissioner Ilene Lieberman, is calling around trying to find a legal job for Sheila Alu. Alu is one of the votes that handed her husband a job?
Nothing illegal. Just one friend trying to help another.
But isn’t that what’s wrong in Sunrise? A small group of “friends” control everything. One hand washes the other while taxpayers pay for the soap and water.
Another problem is the daily newspapers virtually ignore Sunrise government. With nobody looking over their shoulders, commissioners and bureaucrats can do what they want without fear of exposure.
When the cat is away, the mice play.
Sunrise needs a totally new government. It needs its charter rewritten. It needs districting so that all parts of the city gets representation.
Here is the blast e-mail, which I received from a nondescript e-mail address:
“Remember Stewart Michelson, the attorney who received a sweetheart deal from Roger Wishner, Sheila Alu, and Steve Feren?
Your Sunrise tax dollars are paying him over $400,000.00 per year to be the Sunrise City Attorney - and he gets to keep working full time in his law firm too!
He was the only attorney allowed by the commission to apply for this position. All other qualified attorneys were blocked from applying.
A very small number of citizens of Sunrise were present at the meeting to object, so the deal was passed with resistance from minimal residents. (Thanks Joey for fighting against this arrangement)
Now it’s time for Paybacks! The new city attorney has blocked anyone from running for mayor in the next election – EXCEPT HIS BUDDY, ROGER WISHNER!
This is in violation of the City charter, the law that the city attorney is required to follow. If Roger wants to be the next mayor, he should run a campaign against any other qualified citizens who want to run for that position – and let the voters decide!
The citizens (not the city attorney) should elect their representatives, especially the mayor of the city!
Now it’s your turn! You can do nothing, and the new city attorney will be happy with Roger as your next Sunrise mayor. Or, you can join your Sunrise neighbors at the next commission meeting to object to this scheme.
The corruption in this city must stop! Please come to the commission meeting and demand the following:
- the city commissioners follow the city charter (law)
- a fair election for mayor
Join us on Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 6:30 PM at City Hall to protest this injustice. Please don’t sit back and let election corruption prevail in Sunrise.
Most importantly, please forward this to everyone you know who lives in Sunrise. Or print and post this where people will see it.
Contact the news media (TV, Newspapers, Etc.) and ask them to cover this issue. They will respond if they believe a lot of people are interested in this. The more people they hear from, the more likely they will cover the issue.
Roger Wishner would only allow Stewart Michelson to be the City Attorney.
Now Stewart Michelson will only allow Roger Wishner to run in the next mayor election.
Help us stop this political payback!!! Others citizens should be allowed to run for this public office!!
Thanks for takng the time to read this. See you Tuesday evening.”