CRESPOGRAM REPORT
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
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THE DDA CREATED A VANITY BOOK
 FOR THEIR CHAIRMAN
WHEN COMMISSIONER MARC SARNOFF TOLD ALYCE ROBERTSON THAT HE WANTED THE DDA STAFF TO CREATE A BOOK HIGHLIGHTING HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A CITY COMMISSIONER, SHE DIDN’T TELL HIM NO,
 BUT SHE REPEATEDLY TOLD ME NO WHEN I 
TRIED TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH IT COST
PART I

You would figure that after doing this for going on 5 years that people would understand that I don’t take “NO” for an answer when it comes to getting copies of public records, and if you make me fight for them, then the chances are that I’ve caught you doing something that you shouldn’t have been doing, so in turn that will make me do my best to at least embarrass you for my catching you abusing your public trust.


Take for example Alyce Robertson, the Executive Director at the DDA. She gets paid over $200,000 a year to essentially be DDA Chairman Marc Sarnoff’s sock puppet.


Back in 2011, I did a series of stories about how the DDA had created it’s own Get-Out-The-Vote campaign that involved printing Absentee Ballot applications that listed the DDA address as the return address, and not the Board of Elections.


I alleged at the time that the DDA did this as a way to use the information on these Ballots as part of a data mining operation, and also as an effort to give the DDA Chairman, Commissioner Sarnoff, who was running for reelection that year, a leg up within the DDA District,


At the time Sarnoff had one of his City Commission staff members assigned to the DDA who took part in all of the meetings that were held to figure out the best ways to circulate these Absentee Ballots throughout the DDA District.


It was a rough and tumble fight between me and the DDA that involved them getting the City Attorney’s office to try and get the Florida Attorney General to issue an opinion that I would not be allowed to see the copies of the Absentee Ballots that the DDA had collected - the Attorney General’s Office refused to do anything once I made them aware of what was actually going on - and by the end of the fight, I had prevailed in getting the Florida Secretary of State to agree that I was entitled to see the copies of the 300 plus Absentee Ballots requests that the DDA had collected.


Fast forward to June of this year when I heard that the DDA was creating a vanity book for the Commissioner about his accomplishments in office. The book wasn’t about his accomplishments as the Chairman of the DDA, but of his accomplishments as the City Commissioner for District 2.


I was told later that some members of the DDA staff objected when Robertson instructed them to work on this book, but they were ordered to do it, and as wage slaves they did.


It took a week of exchanging emails with Robertson and Miami City Attorney Victoria Mendez, but I eventually got a PDF version of the book, which you can look at here.

Once I got my hands on the book I then tried to find out how much this effort had cost the taxpayers in the DDA District to have the DDA staff spend time creating this book. Creating a vanity book about the accomplishments of the City of Miami District 2 Commissioner isn’t something that falls within their job descriptions as DDA employees.


For almost 5 months I exchanged emails with Alyce Robertson in an effort to get some detailed record of how much staff time and effort was spent creating this book.


My first request was on June 30th.

My last request was on October 8th.

On October 17th, the same day that I received the above letter in the mail, I wrote an article about how the DDA was no longer putting copies of their agenda and meeting minutes on their website, and I also wrote about the refusal by Roberson to comply with my public records requests and how, if I was forced to file another lawsuit against the DDA, I would include all of the board members as Defendants.


The next day I went to their Board meeting and placed a copy of the above letter in front of every chair at the board table.


A week later I was notified by the City Attorney’s that her staff had copies of both the DDA’s Check Register that I had also been trying to get for several months, and a copy of an invoice for the costs associated with this book.

I’ve enlarged the date of the invoice to show that it was prepared on September 30, 2014, 10 days before the City Attorney’s letter claiming that “according to the custodian of records for the DDA” - Alyce Robertson - there were “none at this time.”


Not only does this invoice make a lie to the claim made in the October 8th City Attorney’s letter as to the absence of any documents responsive to my request, but the invoice points to additional documents that weren’t provided.

On top of everything else, the rumor mill has it that even with all the ass kissing that Alyce Robertson has been doing, the Commissioner is unhappy with her and is trying to see how he can get his other sock puppet, Pieter Bockweg who’s over at the the OMNI CRA, into position to replace her as the Executive Director of the DDA.


There’s an untrustworthy gang that’s now hanging out at the DDA offices. The board doesn’t seem to care too much about following their By-Laws; their Executive Director, among other things thinks she’s exempt from the public records law and can get away by just lying when it suits her, and worst of all their Chairman, my pal Commissioner Sarnoff, is all about exploiting the agency for his own benefit while treating the staff and some of the board as his personal employees and rubber stamps.


All of this on the taxpayer’s dime.