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Sloan Bashinsky Hi, Mark (Judge) – I don’t see a direct link to the Supervisor of Elections website for requesting an absentee ballot. I just now called them and ended up with this link, which I put on my Sloan for Mayor FB page. http://www.keys-elections.org/…/Request-an-Absentee.aspx . It seem to work okay on my FB page. If it doesn’t work okay on your end, perhaps you or someone you know can get it to working. Nice talking with you at Dennis Ward’s and Mirna’s St. Patty’s party. It bothers this ex-lawyer hearing some Conchs are backing your opponent because of your role in rendering justice in the Acevedo matter. Just like it bothered me that KW Conchs, led by Harry Bethel, perhaps other KW Conchs, backed Cathy Vogel against Dennis in 2012, because he prosecuted Harry’s fisherman’s trap thieving son and the Acevedos. It seems some Conchs, maybe a lot of them, feel they are above the laws everyone else is supposed to live by.
Used to love this place and tell all my friends to go. Then you started bashing the Mayor. Now, not so much.
In today’s Key West Citizen – www.keysnews.com:
Van case delayed a month by CRB
BY GWEN FILOSA Citizen Staff
A Key West man who was convicted of and admits to living in his Dodge van near Higgs Beach won some more time to make his complaint in front of a city-appointed panel due to a lack of member attendance at that panel’s Monday evening meeting.
After discussing his case for more than 45 minutes, members of the Citizen Review Board decided to postpone a decision on Shahdaroba Rodd’s complaint in light of the fact that three of the seven board members were absent.
Rodd’s case was postponed until April 28.
Five members showed up for the 6 p.m. meeting at Old City Hall, but Kevin Collins left before 8 p.m., saying he felt unwell.
Collins left after first voting with the majority of the board to toss out Rodd’s harassment complaint. But board members then agreed it wasn’t fair to Rodd to have only four members hear the case, so they pushed the entire matter off until next month, when the board could agree to revisit that vote on April 28.
Members Larry Beaver and Virginia Altobello, whose terms expire in June, were absent Monday.
At issue for Rodd is that Key West police officers waited until trial to claim they saw a five-gallon bucket containing human waste inside Rodd’s Dodge van the night of his arrest on March 9, 2013.
The bucket detail was not in the police report and no mention was made of it on the video recording police made that night.
That’s because it’s a lie, said Rodd, who added other allegations to his city complaint.
“I do think I am a victim of selective enforcement,” said Rodd, 67, who was convicted in December in circuit court for violating the city’s prohibition against living in one’s vehicle.
Rodd recently filed a complaint with the Citizen Review Board, accusing two officers of untruthfulness, harassment and selective enforcement.
Rodd lives in a white 1999 van that is hard to miss, as it is a regular fixture at Higgs Beach and has a makeshift roof carrier and curtains draped inside.
“If you’re sticking out like a sore thumb, easy to spot, I don’t think that’s harassment,” said CRB member Tom Milone.
Milone said it’s plausible officers didn’t want to embarrass Rodd by putting the bucket of feces in the incident report but were asked by city attorneys to mention it at trial.
“I find it hard to find perjury,” Milone said.
Sloan Bashinsky, a constant government critic who is running for mayor a third time, said he watched the trial and was wary of the fact that police did not place the supposed bucket into evidence.
“I want to see this bucket,” Bashinsky said. “He’s living in his vehicle, of course. But they didn’t have to trump it up and they didn’t have it in the report. If they were really doing their job, it would have been in their report.”
The panel’s postponement came after several board members aired some skepticism about Rodd’s claims, which were heard at a trial in December before Judge Wayne Miller, who ruled against Rodd at every turn.
“We did see the video,” said panel member Hayward Magby. “There was no harassment.”
Rodd said it was the fact that police warned him six times in 2013 about the lodging-in-vehicle law, yet they look the other way when it comes to other locals who live in their cars.
Robert Cintron, an advising attorney for the CRB, said Rodd is welcome to appeal his conviction to a higher court.
As for perjury, Cintron told the board it only applied if what was said under oath at trial referred to something critical to proving the allegation.
“Does it matter whether or not there was a bucket in the vehicle as it relates to what [Rodd has] now admitted?” Cintron said.
Overall, Cintron warned the panel to tread carefully.
“What I see happening here, indirectly, is Mr. Rodd is trying to get the Citizen Review Board to weigh in on whether Judge Miller’s decision should be reversed,” Cintron said. “We don’t even have the benefit of the transcript.”
I sent this yesterday to Banks Prevatt, President of Dump the Pumps, Inc. –www.dumpthepumps.com
Hi, Banks – My dream maker sez the best lawsuit chance is in Federal Court, if it can be shown US environmental laws and regulations are being violated. If so, a Federal Judge might be obliged to issue a preliminary injunction no matter how far the grinder pump work has gone, which might eliminate the burden of the plaintiffs below Big Pine Key having to post an indemnity bond. I still think Big Pine is the best venue for a lawsuit, since little, if any, sewering has been done there, and since it is the epicenter of the Key Deer Refuge, and since it has many fresh water lenses, which I imagine have a lot to do with why so many key deer reside there and over on No Name Key. Perhaps our US elected officials can lend a hand as well. Please share this email with the others, as a P.S. to what I sent to you this morning. Thanks. Sloan
I am forwarding your PS. I believe your dream maker read my notes and shared them with you. A number of people heard me say the same thing at our meeting Sunday.
Then Banks sent:
I post the positive and negative. I am dealing with intelligent people capable of decisions. Some of what you say rings true, but much is a premature judgment on whether Dump the Pumps, Inc will stay the fight.
The battle line is Big Pine. Big Pine is an absolute priority and may be the reversing point for the lower Keys. Dump the Pumps has never taken a south of Big Pine position, so I miss your conflict of interest. Many of the real dollar donations that got us started came from Big Pine, and we know that.
It may be time to send you and your angles back to Key West for remedial dump the pump training. You already have the red tee shirt.
Then, Banks forwarded something from Anon Emus (Anonymous), who throughout this entire grinder pump vs. gravity sewer system saga has declined to put a real face and a real name on anything I have read from him. Reason given, he works for one of the bad agencies, either Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority or Monroe County. He will get fired, if he puts his name and face on what he writes about this topic.
“Divide and conquer” has been the FKAA’s modi operandi throughout.
FKAA led nearly all to believe they would be provided a gravity sewer, so as to keep preliminary dissent minimal. Then they divided the regions for meetings, they divided the neighborhoods with hybrid sewers, and then they attacked individual homeowners for easements to try to conquer one street at a time.
The anti-grinder warriors of the lower islands (with the assistance of sympathetic commissioners) saved many in Big Pine from the loss of property rights, the added expense, and the uncertainty and inconvenience of living with a grinder pump station in the yard. We stand united, and we in Big Pine will not abandon our battered and wounded brethren in lower islands.
Many property easements were obtained under duress and/or with falsehood assurances and these shameful tactics continue.
For a company that claims to prefer gravity sewers, there is no evidence to support that claim in the manner that Engineering and Construction Management has been accelerating and hard-selling grinders. I feel that some individuals must be personally profiting from grinder installations at the expense of the citizens, the environment and the reputation and good will of FKAA.
FKAA employees have reported public scorn when they are in uniform and just stop to pick up lunch, a soft drink or groceries on the way home. The few at the top have soiled the nest for all.
I wrote to Banks:
Hi, Banks –
From the remedial section, I don’t see anything specifically from Dump the Pump’s lawyer, Lee Rohe, who, I think, lives on Big Pine Key. You might wish to ask Lee if he feels perhaps he has a conflict of interest representing the folks below Big Pine and also the folks on Big Pine, when folks on Big Pine, in my remedial opinion, have not yet let the horse out of the barn and might have different needs from a lawyer than do the folks below Big Pine.
I don’t know ding squat about federal environmental law, but it has been my impression that Big Pine Key, mainly because of the key deer, is of more concern to the Feds environmentally, than is, say, Little Torch Key and the keys below there.
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