Monday, March 17, 2014

The Miami Dade Commission on Ethics and Public trust fines City of South Miami Vice-Mayor Josh Liebman.

Back in October we wrote about City of South Miami Vice-Mayor, Josh Liebman, campaigning for one of his friends while on the dias.  You can see him babbling on here in this video endorsing his friend Donna Shelley...

Mr. Liebman's plug for his friend clearly violated several different laws and last week, the Ethics Commission saw it fit to punish Mr. Liebman for his actions.  From their press release...
South Miami Vice Mayor Josh Liebman agreed that there is Probable Cause he violated the “use of public property” section of his city’s Conflict of Interest and Code of Ethics Ordinance when he endorsed a candidate for office in his official capacity during a televised and web-streamed city commission meeting. To avoid the time and expense of litigation, Liebman reached a settlement to the complaint (C 13-41), by entering a plea of No Contest and paying a fine of $250 and investigative costs of $500, which was approved today by the COE. His support for candidate Donna Shelley in last month’s election came during the “commissioner’s comments” portion of the October 15, 2013, city commission meeting. The Code prohibits the use of publicly-supported property to the advantage of the official or any other person.  Vice Mayor Liebman was speaking from the dais in a meeting that was broadcast throughout the city and is maintained on the city’s website, which is considered a public resource.
I suppose the punishment fits the crime in this instance, no children or animals were hurt, so I slap on the wrist and $750 in fines and costs seems more than appropriate.  

It's refreshing to see the Ethics Commission get something right for once after years of disappointments and free passes for the politically connected.  With that said, back to our regular programming tomorrow...


  1. "he who knows most, knows best how little he knows." - Thomas Jefferson

    The Cultivating Leaders of Excellence Program educates and builds skills among state and local elected officials from Monroe to Palm Beach County.

    What a waste of time and resources it's all about
    the "U"
    GGI Inaugural Class 2011 Francis Suarez, Commissioner, City of Miami

    GGI 2012 Class Josh C. Liebman, Vice Mayor, City of South Miami

  2. Strawbuyer you are not doing your homework or perhaps it is a combination of your buddy Mayor Stoddard and Commissioner Welsh not informing you that Commissioner Harris is quilty of the same crime and used his position. Fast forward to a commission meeting following the one you mentioned and you will see Commissioner Harris ask Commissioner Liebman, on record, if Liebman was supporting him in the upcoming election. Wonder why Mayor and his quirky side kick Commissioner Welsh didn't inform you, better yet, wonder why Commissioner Liebman didn't file an ethics complaint against Walter Harris

  3. With SO much real scam scum bag shit going down, you can do better Mike. This was Duche Bag material. I am still reading every other day in Hopes that you poke another scum POS like that Fire Chief. There shit over there that Crespo cant even keep up w/it.

  4. Ethics Training
    2014-3-26T2:00 PM
    March 26, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ City of South Miami Commission Chambers


  5. Interesting the ethics class at the City of South Miami was posted on this website by non other than the Mayor of South Miami. How hypocritical is that? He needs to attend with and pay double attention along with his sidekick Robert Welsh, and hearing impaired Walter Harris. They have been communicating, obviously, about issues brought before them at meetings and haven't been stung by ethics as yet, probably because an FIU professor is on the ethics committee,too bad that person won't be there forever, and what else is good to know, the state attorney's office is listening. I wonder why Phil and company think they can break sunshine and get away with it? Too confident for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Stoddard - ethic rules ugh! they should only apply to those who i do not want to hear from and not from my friends, those that i so want to like me, please like me. ethics ugh!

  7. Josh Liebman should be fined regularly for being such a whiny, self-absorbed douchebag

  8. Newman has made a hobby of filing ethics complaints on Stoddard and Welsh. Number of probable cause findings? Zero and counting

  9. I didn't know being whiny and self absorbed was an ethics conflict.

    1. Yes it is but only if you are the chair of the city commission meetings and repeatedly censor free speech for those you do not care for or wish to hear.

    2. Sharon - you write like you speak, in incoherent babbling sentences. Go back to your hole.

    3. sm mayor stoddard sensoring even in the comment section? Just cant help himself he bias, discriminatory, prejudice you get the picture.

    4. Everybody gets it. You lost and He won. And there is no relief for your pain and no hope on the horizon. Too bad for you. Writing on this blog will not help you either.

    5. nice spin Faux News can't face the truth until the feds tell you what the facts are with an arrest and removal.

    6. Not everybody gets it SM Mayor, Faux News and SM very own home grown.

      Ex-South Miami cop named in Sweetwater case
      Richard Muñoz, a 15-year South Miami veteran until his retirement last year, pleaded guilty March 14 on charges of taking advantage of his position and using false information with intent to commit fraud. ... water.html

      Now SM home grown gets it?


      South Miami Mayor Stoddard violates the City's Charter...AGAIN AND AGAIN
      South MIami Commission meeting
      April 1, 2014 Public Remarks:
      "Now just one general item of note um our code of ordinances allows residents of the city and taxpayers of the city to speak at our commission meetings anybody else who speaks is by permission of the chair uh and so please note that for the future" City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard

      "Point of Order the city charter bill of rights states everybody has a right to be heard and that my friend was stated by Joe Centurino at the ethics committee meeting" Miami Dade County Resident (takes the floor by point of order according to roberts rules of order updated)

      "Please sit" (interrupting speaker's point of order) City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard

      "held here" Miami Dade County Resident

      "You Don't have the floor please" City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard
      (microphone turned off at the podium) by City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard??

      "Its by code of ordinances" City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard

      "Yes Excuse me" City of South Miami Mayor Philip K Stoddard

      5. Right to be heard. So far as the orderly conduct of public business permits, any interested person has the right to appear before the Commission or any municipal Board or Charter of The City of South Miami Amended 2/11/14 Page 5 of 39

      agency, or department for the presentation, adjustment or determination of an issue, request or controversy within the jurisdiction of the governmental entity involved. Matters shall be scheduled for the convenience of the public, and the agenda shall be divided into approximate time periods so that the public may know approximately when a matter will be heard. Nothing herein shall prohibit any governmental entity or agency from imposing reasonable time limits for the presentation of a matter.
      Charter of The City of South Miami Amended 2/11/14 Page 6 of 39

      2. Truth in government. No County or municipal official or employee shall knowingly furnish false information on any public matter, nor knowingly omit significant facts when giving requested information to members of the public.
      Charter of The City of South Miami Amended 2/11/14 Page 5 of 39

      A. Forfeiture of Office. A Commissioner shall forfeit office if he or she (1) lacks at any time during his or her term of office any qualification for the office prescribed by this Charter or by the General Laws of the State of Florida, (2) willfully and intentionally violates any express prohibition of this Charter, Grounds for forfeiture for (1) and (2) will be determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.
      Charter of The City of South Miami
      Amended 2/11/14
      Page 10 of 39

  10. This arrested SM cop who has ties with Sweetwater apparently was very close to the Mayor and Commissioner Welsh and fed them false information about their own police department. Not a peep about this from the Mayor or Welsh because it would make them look bad. Munoz is going to prison perhaps he will have 2-3 more roomates

  11. "Now just one general item of note um our code of ordinances allows residents of the city and taxpayers of the city to speak at our commission meetings " - City of South Miami Mayor Stoddard
    What about Non City of South Miami resident and non declared Lobbyist being on a City board for over 40 years which violated city ordinances for that time..Dick does not have to follow rules in South Miami
    18. A Resolution re-appointing Dick Ward to the Parks and Recreation Board for a two-year term ending May 4, 2016. 4/5 (Mayor Stoddard)

    A Resolution re-appointing Dick Ward to serve on the Parks and Recreation Board
    for a two-year term ending May 4, 2016.

    WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to re-appoint Dick Ward to serve for a two-year term on the Parks and Recreation Board. This appointment(s) shall expire May 5, 2016 or until removed or until a successor is duly appointed and qualified.
    WHEREAS, commencing with appointments made after January 1,2009, Sec. 2-22 "Term Limits" of the Code of Ordinances provides that, appointees are limited to two (2) consecutive two-year terms of membership on a specific commission, board, or committee. After serving a maximum of two (2) consecutive year terms, an appointee shall not be reappointed to the same commission, board or committee unless at least one year has elapsed between the term limited position and the effective date of commencement of the proposed appointment for a new term; and
    WHEREAS, Sec. 2-22 "Term Limits" ofthe Code of Ordinances, as amended by Ordinance No. 06-14- 2184, dated April 15, 2014, provides that the appointer, or his or her successor in office, may extend the term limits of his or her appointment with the advice and consent of a majority of the City Commission; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Sec. 2-22 "Term Limits" of the Code of Ordinances, this will be Mr. Ward's third two-year term of the two (2) consecutive year terms.

    WHEREAS, Mr. Ward was previously appointed and he will have served as a board member
    of Parks and Recreation Board for over four continuous years when his current appointment expires; and
    WHEREAS, Mayor and Commission desires to re-appoint Mr. Ward to serve on the Parks and
    Recreation Board for an additional two-year term exceeding the City's term limit ordinance as an
    allowable exception. His appointed for this new term will expire May 4, 2016, or unless removed or until a successor is duly appointed and qualified; and

    1. I am interested in serving on the following board(s)/committee(s):
    RECREATION First Choice
    2. Name: RICHARD WARD
    3. Home Address:

    4. Business Address:

    5. Home Phone No. Business Phone No.

    6. E-mail Address:

    7. EducationlDegree Earned: BA + MA

    Pertinent Experience: ON CIty REC FOR OVER 40 yEARS
    Field Expertise: ? ? ?
    Are you a resident of the City? NO
    Date 4/28/14

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