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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

OCTOBER 31, 2012

THIS IS WHAT A LYING, WEASEL DICK, CORRUPT POLITICIAN LOOKS LIKE
HOW CAN YOU TELL WHEN COMMISSIONER “ETHICS” SARNOFF IS LYING?  SIMPLE, ANYTIME HE OPENS HIS MOUTH
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The latest approval rating for the United States Congress was 10%.  I would venture that if a similar poll were taken about the Miami City Commission, that 10% might make the members of Congress look like beloved and honored public servants.


People have come to loathe politicians in large part because they continue to lie with such blatant disregard for the fact that video tape has made those lies so easy to discover and disprove.


Take my favorite pal, Commissioner “Ethics” Sarnoff.  It’s hard to believe that he’s so oblivious to reality that he doesn’t know that when he lies the chances are that if it’s on video tape I’m going to catch him.  Yet, time after time he does it, which is one of the main reasons why I continue to call him a classic sociopath.


Here’s the latest, and most amazing examples of Commissioner “Ethics” lying at a City Commission meeting.


LED BILLBOARDS FOR THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM


Last week, an item came before the Commission to approve the deal for the Children’s Museum to put 2 massive LED Billboards on the walls facing the McArthur Causeway.


The deal will generate a supposed $2 million in gross revenue for the Museum, and the City stands to collect 20% of that, or $400,000.


As usual, Barbara Bisno and Peter Ehrlich, representing Scenic Miami, were at the Commission meeting to oppose the placement of these billboards on the Museum Walls.


The entire portion of the City Commission tape that dealt with this issue is 15:51 long.  That version is at the bottom of this post.


The first portion, which is below,  features Ms. Bisno making her 2 minute presentation, and a snarky Commissioner “Ethics,” being a dick is 3.34.


Here it is.  Sometimes, folks read these stories, but don’t take the time to look at the videos.  I can appreciate that, but in order to get a full appreciation of what Sarnoff did, you really need to look at the tapes, and watch him in action.

In her 2 minute presentation, Barbara Bisno raised three specific issues.


  1. 1. The County Attorney opined that the LED Media Screen on the AAA Arena was illegal, and that the City of Miami had permitted it being placed there.


  1. 2.The new Miami Code 21, Section 6, prohibits the placement of these LED signs East of I-95.


  1. 3. The Children’s Museum is operating an illegal Charter School   

     inside the Museum.


Did you notice how snarky Sarnoff got after she finished?  You would have thought it was the first time in his entire life that someone had ever mistakenly handed him a document missing a couple pages. 


In order to appreciate Sarnoff’s posturing, understand that the guy handing out the documents to the Commissioners was Peter Ehrlich, who used to be one of Sarnoff’s aides.


Sarnoff could have easily said, “Hey Peter, I’m missing a couple pages here.”


But not Sarnoff. He had to muster up all that phony bullshit about how lawyers are supposed to behave, as if he were a Supreme Court Justice handed an incomplete brief in a death penalty case by some snot-nosed kid just out of law school.


Between the end of the above video and the one below, Commissioners Spence-Jones and Carollo engaged in some of  their usual pandering bullshit - Spence-Jones congratulating city staff on the great job that they had done on this illegal deal, and Carollo saying he would support it, but wished that the City could have gotten more money from the Museum - which gave Commissioner “Ethics” the time to work up one of his patented, I’m so smart, and you people are so stupid rants.


The video is 3:45 and it is here where the Commissioner lies his ass off.

It’s obvious that when Commissioner “Ethics” claims that the City never permitted the LED Media Screen on the AAA Arena’s front wall, he was in fact transposing the lack of a City issued permit for the illegal law firm he ran out of his house in Coconut Grove for over 10 years.


Given all the sleazy, scummy deals that Sarnoff’s been involved in over the years, it’s understandable that he might get confused over when, or to who, the City never issued a permit to.


When it comes to the AAA Arena however, the City ABSOLUTELY PERMITTED the LED Media Screen on the AAA ARENA! 


Here it is!  All 16 pages, with the accompanying letters of approval from the City’s Planning Director and Zoning Director.

A little over a month later, on July 9, 2008, Tony Recio, an attorney for Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., the attorney’s for the Arena management, in a letter to Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, the Director of the Planning Department came up with a more liberal definition of what could be shown on the sign.

So why would the Commissioner lie about documents that were so readily accessible? I would argue that it’s in large part pathological. 


Once he gets himself wound up in one of his rants, he’s incapable of controlling himself, and just says any and everything that he feels will bolster his argument, although in this case there was a definite method to his madness that I will reveal at the end of this story.


Unlike other issues, the issue of electronic billboards and LED’s has been a topic of major controversy almost as long as Sarnoff has been on the City Commission, and most of the billboards, including the LED billboard on the front wall of the AAA Arena are in his District.


That I was able to find the permit in 45 seconds belies any claims that Sarnoff could ever make that this information was beyond his ability to discover.


WORDS MEAN SOMETHING


The arguments over this LED billboard sign on the front wall of the AAA Arena have been bouncing around since 2008, when the arena management first broached the subject of putting the billboard up.


The critical issue was what could be advertised on the billboard. The Florida Department of Transportation, which has ultimate say over Federal Highways in Florida - Biscayne Boulevard is part of US-1 - had this to say about the advertising on the AAA Arena’s LED billboard.


In a June 2, 2008 letter to Stephen Helfman of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L., Bruce R. Conroy, Chief of the FDOT’s Administrative Law Division, had this to say about what could be advertised on the LED billboard.

Last week it took me all of 45 seconds once I had logged on the City’s Building Department website, to find the permit numbers for this job in April 2009.

A week later, on July 14, 2008, Orlando Toledo, then the Director of the City of Miami’s Building, Planning and Zoning departments wrote to Ana Gelabert-Sanchez, the Director of the Planning Department informing her that the City Manager’s office supported the permitting of the LED sign, and chose to adopt the language of Tony Recio, and NOT the FDOT, in defining what could be advertised on the billboard.

Did you notice the difference in wording?  The FDOT says that the only things that can be advertised on the sign were:


     “...is limited to the principle or accessory merchandise,

     services, activities, or entertainment actually sold,

    produced, manufactured, or furnished on the premises.”


The Arena’s attorney’s language expanded this to read:


    “... is to relate to products sold, services rendered, or

    activities held on site, or to official sponsors of an activity

    and/or entity that plays, performs, or is exhibited or

    promoted within the Arena.

By accepting the language proposed by the AAA Arena’s lawyer, instead of the FDOT, it allowed the Arena to sell advertising on the billboard not just to companies that “provided services or entertainment actually sold, produced, manufactured or furnished on the premises,” but also to companies who “promoted within the arena.” thereby expanding their advertising base to any company that purchased an ad in any of their game programs, or did any other kind of promoting within the building.


To facilitate that process, if you go to the AAA Arena’s website they have a pulldown window that even has a technical page describing all you need to know to put your ad on the billboard.

I’ve cropped the page for space reasons.  You can go read the entire page HERE.

Is any of this legal?  Not according the Miami-Dade County Attorney R.A. Cuevas, Jr., who on April 17, 2012, wrote a memo to County Commissioner Barbara Jordan responding to a number of questions that Jordan had raised about LED billboards, and the AAA Arena LED billboard specifically.

The above opinion doesn’t make the County any paragons of virtue, because the claim that “the County could take appropriate action to require that such a city-permitted sign be made to comply with the Code or be removed,” is weasel talk for, we could, but we won’t.


THE END OF THE TALE


I promised earlier that there was a method to Sarnoff’s madness and it’s actually very simple.


The item last week where Sarnoff made his claim that the City DID NOT permit the AAA Arena LED billboard, was the item having to do with the Children’s Museum having to give the City as much as $400 thousand of the $2 million they planned to make from selling advertising on THEIR two new LED billboards.


If Sarnoff were to admit that the City permitted the billboard - and of course none of the other 5 Dwarfs dared to say boo about any of this - then the AAA Arena folks would have had to enter into a similar agreement with the City for the permit fees and a split in the revenue, just like the Children’s Museum had to do.


In short, the City issued the permit that was required to stick this LEB billboard on the AAA Arena building, but by denying that they did, then the City Commission didn’t have to make the Miami Heat give the City any money from the profits they take in from that billboard.


That, boys and girls, is how Commissioner “Ethics” ended up in China a couple weeks ago carrying around LeBron James jockstrap, and why a dollar to a donut says that on Tuesday night, somewhere in the shadows - although they might get brazen and do it at mid-court - the Commissioner will get a Championship Ring from the Miami Heat for services rendered as being the Heat’s biggest butt boy.


It’s Miami, Bitches!


COMPLETE VIDEO OF ITEM HEARD BY CITY COMMISSION

THIS IS PART I OF A MULTI-PART SERIES ON THE LED BILLBOARD ISSUE.  HOPEFULLY I’LL GET TO PART II BY NEXT WEEK THAT ADDRESSES THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DEAL.