In sworn testimony to the Broward State Attorney’s Office, Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London said fellow Commissioner Bill Julian was a “migrant worker.” London gave a statement to Assistant State Attorney David Schulson who was investigating Julian for bribery allegations. The allegations arose when London and his lobbyist ally Evan Ross leaked recordings of Bill Julian to WPLG reporter Bob Norman.
As REDBROWARD reported, London and Ross concocted a plan to attack Julian via a robo-call to Hallandale Beach residents.
In his February 20, 2017 testimony to Schulson, Keith London called Bill Julian a “very simple guy.” London said Julian was “not particularly sophisticated. Doesn’t really understand the issues.”
“Bill’s a simple guy,” London said.
Schulson asked London if he was referring to Julian’s background as a horse trainer at Gulfstream Park. “Yeah. Basically, he was a migrant worker.”
Schulson asked if London was talking about Julian or Julian’s father. London said, “Bill and his family.”
“[Bill Julian] doesn’t own any property. He’s never owned anything,” London said, “They follow the horses around from track to track….You know, I don’t know if you can settle if you don’t own anything.”
London said he found it “bizarre” Julian would vote on taxes when he did not “have any skin in the game.” London claimed renters could not have an impact because they lacked “skin in the claim.”
When Schulson asked if working in Hallandale Beach gave a person some skin in the game, London attacked Julian’s work history.
“[Bill Julian] would follow the horses around, so I–You know, I’m sure he worked at Gulfstream part of the time,” London testified. “But once his father passed away I don’t believe he was in the horse business anymore.”
“HOW ARE YOU EMPLOYED”
Seemingly annoyed with London’s condescending tone towards Julian, David Schulson said, “I didn’t even ask you. How are you employed?” London said, “me?”
London said, “I am a City Commissioner.” Schulson said, “Okay. And?” London said he does “some consulting work.”
London said he specializes in “community”consulting. He said he once owned small businesses including food distribution, export and import business dealing in Chinese products and a process server company.
London said he sold he businesses. Schulson asked if he was retired. London said, “I’m not retired. I’m a city commissioner.”
When asked if he attended college, London said he moved to Florida with his family after completing high school.
According to numerous published reports, Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London is no stranger to rude behavior.
Just days after his testimony, REDBROWARD got a taste of Keith London’s anger. In a brief video interview with REDBROWARD, London could not recall whether he hired private investigators to help him find a GPS tracking device placed on his vehicle.
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. London seemed more concerned with why REDBROWARD was interested in Hallandale Beach.
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, fellow Commissioner Michele Lazarow tried to interupt the interview. She also 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.
In May 2017, London was caught on video hurling vicious, homophobic slurs at an African-American Hallandale Beach resident. London’s bizarre, profane diatribe was posted Von Thomas, a City of Hallandale Beach employee, on his Facebook page. WSVN Channel 7 included snippets of London’s disgusting performance in a bombshell report that revealed Broward Sheriff’s Office investigators were looking into Hallandale Beach corruption.
In the full video, a clearly upset Keith London exited his vehicle while recording the encounter. The unidentified citizen called London “prejudiced” and “the biggest clown in town.” Instead of trying to calm things down, Keith London went on the attack.
London made references to drug dealing and prison terms. “How many times did you go to prison,” London asked.
Then, London launched into homophobic slurs.
“Did you like prison,” London asked. “Did you suck d*ck? Or did you take it in the a**?”
Back in February 2015, a special counsel was hired to investigate Hallandale Beach City Attorney Lynn Whitfield’s allegations of racial discrimination against Keith London. Even though London was cleared one year later, the Sun-Sentinel reported, “While investigators cleared London, they took him to task for rubbing people the wrong way. They quoted his critics, who accused him of being aggressive, intimidating and rude.”
Earlier this year, Broward Beat reported on Keith London’s behavior at city commission meetings. Video posted by fellow Commissioner Anabelle Taub showed London recording members of the audience during a meeting. Broward Beat reported London has a “history of immature, divisive antics.”
Keith London will be on the ballot this November. Will he have a hard time winning the “migrant worker” vote? Stay tuned.