Found this nice troll bait from Biker Chick on yesterday’s Coconut Telegraph page of bigpinekey.com. She had told me of something she had emailed to ED of the CT, and of his sending something back asking if she was serious? Yep, she said she wrote back; she was serious.
[Sloan the Holy Stud] Totally true. Yes, I had great sex with Sloan! Afterwards, while we were cuddling, two of his Angels made my body physically shake uncontrollably. His Angels made themselves known to me and this paranormal experience has prompted me to tell you that these entities really do exist around Sloan. I am not Keys Diseased; we were not drinking or on anything but Sloan really does have special powers which he uses for good. This will be exciting to see what he does for the Keys after he gets elected.
When I showed Biker Chick’s post to Sandy Downs last night, Sandy nearly cracked some ribs laughing; then she nearly cracked some more ribs laughing over people writing to the CT saying it was her who wrote it. Sandy don’t have a motorcycle; ergo, no way she is Biker Chick. Rose Dell at Coco’s Kitchen in the Big Pine Key shopping mall met Biker Chick yesterday. I made the introductions. The health food chicks at Good Food Conspiracy on US 1 on Big Pine met Biker Chick yesterday. Lots of Big Pine and some No Name Key folks saw us tooling around on her bike, me in the bitch seat, hanging on for dear life to whatever I could grab. On the federal highway, she wouldn’t let me hang on to her boobies. Didn’t want to end up in a federal prison, she said. What a ride!
Also yesterday, County Mayor Sylvia Murphy and Bill Becker discussed on US 1 Radio the purchase of the Hickory House by the County. Although Bill tried yet again to tag incumbent Republican County Commissioner Mario Di Gennaro with having been on the Commission when the decision was made to purchase the Hickory House, again it didn’t stick. Sylvia said she came onto the County Commission some time after Mario was sworn in. She said Mario was not on the Commission when the decision to acquire the Hickory house was passed in bulk. She said, when Commissioners George Neugent and Glen Patton (Sylvia’s predecessor appointed by the Governor to fill deceased Commissioner Murray Nelson’s seat) realized later that day what had happened and tried to undo it, they were told by county staff that they would get a chance later. But when later came, they were told it was already done. This was, apparently, a Tom Willi, maneuver, as he was County Administrator then and Sylvia used his name in effigy a few times yesterday.
Sylvia did not say George and Glen had not looked over the bulk items before the meeting, or if they had looked them over, a $3-plus million dollar Hickory House item would have jumped screaming out at them. Sylvia said, after Mario got on the Commission he pushed for the acquisition of the Hickory house and negotiated a somewhat lower purchase price than the appraisal. Sylvia said there was a second, lower appraisal of $2 million, and she was unable to explain why that appraisal was ignored. Sylvia said she and George Neugent voted against the budget and the purchase of the Hickory House and the Vandenberg. At the end of the interview with Becker, Sylvia said it’s really important to know what candidates do and how they think before election day, because that shows what kind of elected officials they will make.
If I had I been a county commissioner back then, I would have told the other commissioners before they voted, if the lower appraisal was not used to determine what the County would pay for Hickory House, I would call the State Attorney right after the vote and make an appointment to file corruption charges against the commissioners who used the higher appraisal to vote to fund the purchase.
Sylvia’s has been seen wearing a “David Rice” campaign button. David is Mario’s opponent in the Repubican primary. In that vein is another kind of troll bait from day before yesterday’s Coconut Telegraph, in reply to my recent Mario & David, Mostly post, which described David Rice as being up to his eyeballs in conflict of interest when he last served on the County Commission, 2002-2006.
I have no particular feelings about David Rice or his candidacy. I have no current connection to any of the parties. However, Sloan is way off base as was Sandy Downs who started this nonsense in the first place.
Sloan makes it sound like Rice benefitted personally by these contracts and refers to the Guidance Clinic as “his organization.” Sloan makes it sound like as CEO of the Clinic, Rice would personally benefit from these contracts, as in putting money in his pocket. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
First, the Guidance Clinic is NOT a business. It is a non-profit organization with a board of directors. The Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys and the Care Center of Key West have merged and both are a part of WestCare Foundation which provides financial assistance, technical assistance and other support. WestCare is represented on both boards. WestCare is a $70 million a year organization operating in more than eight states with many facilities throughout Florida.
These clinics are THE mental health facilities of the Florida Keys. They have extensive staff and facilities, plus have contracts with the state, county, the cities in the Keys, and the Federal government. There are various provisions in these contracts that only a local agency could provide. The clinics have vital national certifications and are approved for Medicare billing and similar federal programs. They have been providing services to the Sheriff’s department for a long time, both for inmates and employees. Both are approved by and affiliated with Florida DCF and all employees go through DCF background screening. Both agencies also have contracts with and support other agencies in the Keys such as AIDS Help, the Homeless Coalition and many others.
The simple fact of the matter is that no outside agency is going to bid on a measly 300k contract and then set up facilities in the Keys, hire people and obtain the necessary certifications and so forth. The fact the contracts are non-bid is totally unimportant because no other mental health agency could deliver the services and meet the other requirements of the contracts. No agency could survive on the Sheriffs’ contracts alone. No agency outside the Keys is going to spend millions of dollars to get established here just to bid on a couple of contracts worth several hundred thousand and then go head to head with local established agencies, much less taking on WestCare Foundation.
Please keep in mind we are not talking about a contract for grass cutting which dozens of firms could provide. We are talking about professionals with Masters and Doctorate degrees, years of experience, plus an expensive support structure. The Guidance Clinic and Care Center have already hired the best people. A few hundred thousand is not really that big of a contract. There is no practical reason at all for the contract to be put out for bid.
Sloan is parroting Downs, and both are raising an issue that is strictly for political purposes.
This commentator missed the entire point of what I posted. I have no beef with the Guidance Clinic doing business with the County and the Sheriff, if it lands the bids fair and square, and legally.
My beef is, David Rice should have disassociated entirely from the Clinic and the Sheriff Office after he became a county commissioner. His wallet benefited considerably via what he was paid by the Sheriff and the Guidance Clinic as its CEO. He should promise now that if he gets back on the BOCC, he will disassociate entirely from the Clinic and the Sheriff Office. Alternatively, he can promise to provide pro bono any of his services that they use, and the Clinic and the Sherriff Office can promise to hold him to his promise and furnish the County Commission with proof of it.
My own personal, biased view, the Guidance Clinic’s results with patients probably is pretty dismal. Band-aide methods with few, if any, cures, and lots of recidivism in substance abuse treatment. This critique is not aimed specifically at the Guidance Clinic, but at all such facilities and methods they use. I have some experience in this area and with its health care practitioners, including having quite a few of the practitioners as patients I was supposed to try to help. Practitioners with letters after their names: M.D., PhD, MSCW, LPC, etc. The blind leading the blind, they were/are, not all that unlike the many ministers I had as patients.
What I came to see was, people who cannot discern and deal with their own conflicts of interest have serious boundary issues dating back to early life trauma: incest, sexual molestation, physical abuse, mental abuse; in the home, in church, in school – one or more of any of that. Very difficult to treat, especially when the patient already views him/herself as an expert in the field. Cure only possible through strenuous and lengthy angelic interdiction. Symptoms of the cure would be diagnosed by the patients’ families, peers, ministers, doctors, etc. as this or that mental disorder and/or demonic possession
In a previous life, I had extensive training and experience in this area. I was trained by angels, who made me their patient and brought me patients. I relied on the angels to guide me in my attempts to help the patients. Some patients did pretty well, for a while. The rest didn’t get very far. I hold to my previous assessment and report of David Rice having a psychopathic personality. A well-known such personality is Barack Obama.
On the same topic is this front-page piece in the current issue of Key West the Newspaper (kwtn.com):
PAGE ONE COMMENTARY: When David Rice was a County Commissioner in 2002-2006, His Net Worth More than Doubled. No Wonder He Wants the Job BackRICE WALKED AWAY FROM THE JOB IN 2006 TO RUN FOR STATE REP WITH BIG-BUCK BACKING FROM THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. HE LOST TO RON SAUNDERS . . .
by Dennis Reeves Cooper
NOTE: Much of the information in this commentary was originally reported in this newspaper in October 2006.
It is no wonder that David Rice wants to be a county commissioner again. Although he served less than one term as a commissioner between 2002 and 2006, he raked in more than
$3 million of Monroe County taxpayer dollars during that period, according to financial records obtained by Key West The Newspaper (KWTN).
In fact, according to Rice’s financial disclosure forms, while he was a county commissioner, his net worth more than doubled— from $1.24 million in 2002 to $2.58 million in 2006!
At that time, Rice was chief executive officer of the Guidance Clinic of the Middle Keys Inc. Every year that Rice was on the Board of County Commissioners, his clinic received more than $800,000 in county taxpayer money.
In addition to his commissioner’s salary of $42,974 per year and reimbursements of almost $30,000 for expenses— such as the use of his private airplane— Rice was also getting paid by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). According to IRS 1099 forms filed by the MCSO, David P. Rice Consulting Inc received $90,000 in psychological consulting fees while he was a county commissioner.
According to Michael Scott, the former human resources director for the MCSO, Rice enjoyed a special personal and professional relationship with then-Sheriff Rick Roth— so special, in fact, that he never had to bid on his contracts with the MCSO.
“When I became human resources director, I asked that bids be put out on that contract, Scott said in a written statement given to KWTN for a story that was published in 2006. “That was the beginning of the end for me.”
Scott was forced to resign in April 2003.
According to Scott, Rice also used his influence with Roth to get his 28-year-old son, Michael, a cushy job in the Sheriff’s Office as a high-level administrator. Michael Rice was also given the title of “major,” although he was not a sworn law enforcement officer.
In 2005, with about a year remaining on his county commissioner term, David Rice decided to run for state representative to replace Ken Sorenson, who could not run again because of term limits.
But Rice got himself into a little trouble with elections officials by taking too long to resign from the county commission to run for Sorenson’s seat. Rice argued that the state resign-to-run law did not apply to him. So, even while running for state rep, he continued to sit as a Monroe County commissioner, allegedly soliciting campaign contributions from citizens who had business before the commission.
His service on the commission came to an abrupt end, however, right in the middle of a commission meeting on July 16, 2006, when he received a telephone call telling him that, indeed, the resign-to-run law applied to him. Reportedly, he got up and walked out of the meeting.
Unfortunately for Rice, his opponent for the state rep seat was former state rep Ron Saunders, who was and is very popular in the Florida Keys.
With heavy backing from the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF), Rice was able to collect and spend an estimated $400,000 in campaign funds. But he still lost the election to Saunders.
Now, after literally walking away from the commission job in 2006, Rice is trying to get the job again in 2010.
Dennis didn’t take out after the Guidance Clinic. He took out after David Rice.
I wish you could have seen and heard David’s cover-his-ass answers to questions at the Key West Chamber of Commerce Candidate county commission forum this past Wednesday. I wish the Chamber had let me design just two of the eight (wasn’t it?) questions put to all candidates. The rising temperature would have run all but a few out of the assembly hall. As, I suppose, would any of them getting picked up by Biker Chick. Good thing I had my nitroglycerin tablets with me. Good thing. Imagine what my old law school professors would think to see all of this horsing around. Somehow I don’t think the old Alama Mata will invite me to speak at any graduation ceremonies any time soon, although that doesn’t seem to slow their tracking me down and asking for donations.
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