This is just a quickie blog to bring some who are interested, up to snuff. Monday's agenda includes items on the Charter Review Board. No, even though they served little purpose, as a whole, they are not being eliminated. Instead, there's a 'deal' (rumor) circulating that three commissioners have already decided to attempt to silence the citizen's voices by having the Charter Review Board meet every TEN, (10) years!
Those commissioners wanting to silence the people are, Cheryl Grieb, Brandon 'Arrogant' Arrington, and the Commission Chair, Viviana Janer. Now, the ONLY question is, when did they decide this? Why are they trying to silence the PEOPLE and why now? Have they disregarded the Sunshine Law? Those questions should be willingly answered by all three, however, the county needs, begs for a Federal Investigation into the practices of the entire Commission. The more they get away with, the more they will take from YOU! Time to FLUSH out the Commission!
Today we'll pass along some information regarding the Clerk of Courts race.
Osceola County – The Osceola County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for the next Basic Citizen's Academy program to begin Monday, June 13, 2016.
Citizens meet every Monday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
The 10-week program explores the duties of various divisions and units within the Sheriff's Office such as traffic enforcement, patrol, judicial services, elder crimes, aviation, mounted patrol, intelligence, sex and child abuse crimes, domestic violence, gangs, the SWAT team, communications, forensics, community services and the drug unit.
Any Osceola County resident with an interest in law enforcement is encouraged to apply. All applicants are required to fill out an application and pass a background check. An application can also be downloaded at www.osceolasheriff.org or by calling (407) 348-1105.
Well, this blog begins the season we royally pee off several locally elected officials but we're going to try to explain our choices;
There are 8 registered candidates for the office of Osceola Sheriff BUT, there are only a few we would consider giving our vote to. Those wanting to be elected are; Rolando Bagnasco, Timothy Devine (yes, again),Luis "Tony" Fernandez, Russell Gibson, Carl Paul Mitchell,Jose Sanchez-Garcia, Dave Sklarek, and Steve Theodoropoulas. Unfortunately, Mr. Divine just wants to talk with voters to convince them why he should be elected. In 2016, you need more than that, including a platform. What are your plans, what will you do differently to improve, ANYthing? Nothing. Nada, not even a glimmer, pretty much his record for the last several elections. We just can't even THINK of him as a candidate!
We have a problem with candidates who reside in the Post Office Box section. First, the election form calls for a specific address yet no one at the Elections office cares enough to enforce the rule. Either way, if Mr. Banasco doesn't want to abide by the rule of listing a bona fide address, then we won't consider him at all. **In the race for Clerk of Court, the current Clerk resides in a P.O.Box as well! That leaves us with candidates. Back to the Sheriff's race, Dave Sklarek has also taken up residence in a Post Office Box but we're concerned how he's hanging on by a thread, or to the last minute to retire from the Sheriff's Office so he can simply sit back and collect his pension and DROP proceeds.
How much is that? Well, get your pencils out. He'll collect roughly $574,000.00 from his DROP account, and then $8,000 per month from his Florida Retirement account. IF elected, he'll draw about $12,000.00 monthly, or about $240,000.00 yearly! Now, in fairness, Mr. Sklarek has done an excellent job watching the budget, expenditures and all that comes with being the Chief Deputy. Still, he's been rough around the edges but it is his race to lose, so we're told. Mr. Garcia is one fellow who has a lot of qualifications and apparent skills. Well qualified, and plenty of skills, Mr. Garcia deserves a look.
Of the three remaining candidates, only Russ Gibson and Carl Mitchell should also be considered. We do not fully accept what Mr. Theodoropoulas claims to qualify himself for the Office of Sheriff. Mr. Gibson resides in the East section of Osceola County while Mr. Mitchell resides in the Poinciana area. Both are well liked and respected, long time employees of the Sheriff's office. If it were possible, we'd like them together as a team and a hands down vote gathering machine. But no, while they are friends, they each see a future with the very same paths. If we were forced to select someone tonight, and we're NOT being forced, Mr. Gibson has many Osceola County connections and for just that reason we would, tonight, give him the edge over everyone running. While some have been whining about a lack of racial equality within the Sheriff's Office, quite frankly, that's just pure bologna and anyone who tells you that is fibbing, BIGTIME! As we grow closer to November we will announce our final election selection!
Next blog comes the Clerk of Court, Tax Collector, and Property Appraiser.
Now that the NFL is, without doubt coming to Orlando, watch for Orlando's and Orange County's Mayors coming to the Osceola BOCC to beg for financial assistance! No kidding. It's already in the works!
God bless you all and thanks for checking in!