Was mere mention of lobbyist Judy Stern enough to get Hallandale Beach Keith London to attack the credibility of Assistant State Attorney David Schulson? During his February 21, 2017 sworn testimony, Keith London was asked to identify an e-mail. The August 2016 e-mail attacked Vice Mayor Bill Julian over remarks made on a tape London and lobbyist Evan Ross leaked to WPLG Local 10 reporter Bob Norman.
Schulson told London, “I have an e-mail from you to Judy Stern.” London shot back, “I don’t write e-mails to Judy Stern. This is my e-mail blast that goes out to a few thousand people. That didn’t go to Judy Stern, this went to thousands of people.”
Schulson said, “this says ‘from Keith London. The exhibit says from your e-mail to her e-mail.”
London replied, “I find it interesting I’m sitting here with you, and I’m talking about Bill Julian, and the only e-mail you produced, or an e-mail address is from Judy Stern.”
Schulson said her did not get e-mail from Judy Stern. London said, “No. I assume you got it from the Diplomat.” Assistant State Attorney Schulson said he did not get it from the Diplomat developers and he did not have to tell London where he got the e-mail.
Keith London’s attorney David Di Pietro wisely told his client, “Just answer.”
JUDY STERN IN A CAMPAIGN T-SHIRT?
One of the key allegations in the Bob Norman story was whether the Diplomat developers would supply 300 volunteers for Bill Julian’s re-election campaign. In his sworn testimony, lobbyist Evan Ross identified Keith London as the campaign manger for Bill Julian’s opponent. Schulson asked Keith London if he had personal knowledge that developers paid for 300 volunteers to work for Julian.
London said, “I did see Judy Stern out there handing things to volunteers. I have pictures of Judy Stern handing stuff out to the volunteers.” Schulson asked what was Judy Stern’s relationship to the Diplomat developers. London said, “I don’t know. You’re handing me something [e-mail exhibit] that has Judy Stern right here, so obviously Judy Stern has a relationship with the developers.”
Later, London admitted he had no personal knowledge of developers hiring Julian volunteers or whether Judy Stern had any relationship to the developers.
In his March 2017 sworn testimony, lobbyist Evan Ross testified Judy Stern was mentioned in one of the ten recordings he leaked to reporter Bob Norman.
As REDBROWARD reported, Ross stated Bill Julian left ten recordings on his system. The night the robo-call went out, Ross noticed a voicemail in “the system.” When he listened to the call, Ross “quickly identified it was Bill Julian’s voice talking to someone.” The following day, Ross claimed he found more voicemails. He testified there were ten recordings.
Evan Ross stated he told Commissioner Keith London about the Julian recordings the same day he discovered them.
When asked about the eight recordings not featured in stories by Bob Norman, Ross testified, “The only thing that I recall being noteworthy were a reference to a conversation that Bill Julian had with Joy Cooper, saying that Joy Cooper wanted him to call her campaign person, Judy Stern.”
MICHELE LAZAROW SOCIAL MEDIA MELTDOWN
Keith London is not the only member of the Hallandale Beach Commissioner with a unhealthy dislike of Judy Stern. Just days after London and Ross testified under oath, REDBROWARD covered London and Lazarow’s appearance at a Plantation City Council meeting. Lazarow was spearheading efforts to ban pet stores in Plantation.
During the meeting, Michele Lazarow expressed her anger over the presence of a local lobbyist. Lazarow told two supporters, ” Fucking Judy Stern is here in the front row.”
With a long list of speakers, (many of whom did not live in Plantation) the meeting ran very late which may have contributed to Lazarow’s late night Facebook meltdown.
Just after midnight, Michele Lazarow incorrectly informed her Facebook friends the ordinance had been repealed. Around 2AM, Lazarow declared, “Yep. So fucking fixed.” Hours later, Lazarow was still ranting about lawyers and lobbyists. When asked why the Petland supporters got time to make their case, Lazarow said, “Because the fix was in with the lawyers and lobbyists.”
While she complained about lawyers Ron Book and Bill Laystrom, Michele Lazarow saved her anger for Judy Stern.
“The cow lobbyist who ran the campaign against me took our second vote. She’s disgusting. Judy Stern should rot,” Michele Lazarow said.
Before the March 2017 Plantation City Council meeting, REDBROWARD asked Keith London about an investigation surrounding GPS trackers. London could not recall whether he hired private investigators to help him find a GPS tracking devices on vehicles belonging to him, Commissioner Lazarow and Anabelle Taub. Lazarow refused to answer any questions.
In October 2016 Keith London and Michele Lazarow held a press conference to discuss the discovery of GPS tracking devices on their vehicles. A week earlier, in front of WPLG Local 10 investigative reporter Bob Norman’s camera, London took GPS devices off vehicles owned by himself, Lazarow and candidate Annabelle Taub. London turned the devices to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
In March 2017, Keith London was not interested in divulging information regarding the FDLE case. London complained REDBROWARD and our “ilk” accused him of committing perjury. REDBROWARD never accused London of anything. At the time, REDBROWARD reported there was no reason to doubt Commissioner Keith London was being followed. He shot video of one man who WPLG later identified as a local private investigator (who was later charged with illegal tracking).
When asked how he knew to check underneath his car for a GPS tracking device, London said,”numerous people told me you might want to look under your car.” When asked who these “numerous people” were, London said he could not recall. When asked if he hired McGarry and Associates, a private investigation firm, London said he could not recall.
When asked if he could recall hiring any private investigator, Commissioner Michele Lazarow tried to interupt the interview. She refused to answer any questions about private investigators.
Keith London asked REDBROWARD if we had any evidence he hired McGarry and Associates. When pressed, London said he could not “remember” if he hired any private investigator.
On Thursday, a spokesperson for the FDLE told REDBROWARD the Hallandale Beach GPS case remains open.
Did his recent sworn testimony in front of an Assistant State Attorney have Keith London on edge that evening?
Were London and Lazarow upset they had to share the same air with Judy Stern that night?
Do Hallandale Beach residents deserve better?
More to come…