Posts Tagged ‘records’

Florida Man Fights Extensive Public Records Request Abuse

Friday, May 26th, 2017

INTRODUCTION
 
The City of Homestead has a torrid reputation, and a pattern of willfully refusing to comply with the public records law. Homestead is a little town at the southern end of Miami-Dade County, rarely receiving the scrutiny it deserves as a cesspool of public corruption and maleficence.
 
I have used the records request process, as a pre-discovery method for investigating my civil rights claims. Homestead has failed to comply with the public records law on the majority of the nearly one hundred requests I have filed.
 
Homestead has a pattern and practice of unlawful noncompliance as it relates to the records law including but not limited to: excessively overcharging for records, claiming inapplicable exemptions, creating automatic and/or unreasonable delays in production, claiming incriminating records do not exist, falsifying records and destruction of records.
 
Florida has some of the strictest public records laws in the nation. The records law is thoroughly explained in the Government in the Sunshine Manual (GSM), and the city owns several copies. Yet, you could be easily fooled into thinking otherwise, based on the behavior and actions of Homestead and their attorneys.
 
I hope the information provided herein, while extensive by nature, will educate the readers on the public records law and how some public entities create costly issues.
 
BACKGROUND
 
PINAC published the original story of my abuse by Homestead officer Alejandro Murguido, beginning in 2012. I was falsely arrested in April 2013, after attempting to file a complaint, and charged for simply asking my neighbor to not speed and recklessly drive his city owned police car, in our community. Children regularly play in the street, and Murguido had previously asked me to contact him directly versus filing a formal complaint with his department.
 
I met with Homestead Chief of Police Alexander Rolle to file a complaint in February 2014. All false charges against me had been dismissed shortly

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Blake Dowling: Somewhere more familiar: The 1999-2015 tech revolution

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

I headed to D.C. this summer to attend the wedding of a former colleague of mine, Ryan Newell. Ryan plays guitar in a band called Sister Hazel. They were a local bar band when I was in college and I got to know them as I went to a bar once, just that once, and saw them play. I got to know them even better as I booked them to play the fraternity house a couple of times (part of my grueling job as social chairman).
As fate would have it, right around the time I pried a degree out of the university’s hands, Sister Hazel was hitting the big time with their Universal Records platinum-selling album, “Somewhere More Familiar.” Their team extended me an opportunity to join their management company, which had relocated from Florida to Atlanta, and they were growing (with new clients like Dexter Freebish and others).  I had a great run at what the Hazel guys called “Where’s the Party Management” and to relive those times at the wedding was a blast.
The wedding was great, the W (the old Hotel Washington with rooftop views of the White House) was an ideal if not spectacular place to set up shop. A new group of old friends came in each day. Needless to say, the wine flowed heavily for many minutes, many hours and many days as I got caught up with my old pals.
Sister Hazel’s original manager, Andy Levine, and I got to spend a lot of time talking shop. He morphed his artist management business into a floating music festival company called Sixthman, and when it came to technology he had this to say: “All roads lead through our IT Team.  Whether it’s how to offer our guests more flexibility to pay for their vacations or giving

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