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Miami Herald: Private Eye’s Ex-Girlfriend Claims Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London Behind GPS Tracker Story

The latest news on Hallandale Beach Keith London comes from a blockbuster story in the Miami Herald:

“Then came the plot twist. Gimenez looked straight at Mayor Keith London and said: ‘By the way Mayor, this is the first time I see you in person.’ The only other time she had seen him, Gimenez said, was on her ‘ex-boyfriend Victor Elbeze’s monitor when he told me [Gimenez] that you [London] hired him to track your colleagues.’

London cut her off to reply: ‘No no no no, I’m sorry. I’ll correct that afterward.’ Later in the meeting, he denied it all, pointing to Elbeze’s testimony about the developer as proof.”

Read the full story here.

Mom?!? Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London & Lobbyist Evan Ross Reveal Surprising Identity Of Mystery Woman Who Recorded Robo-Call Smear

In sworn testimony to the Broward State Attorney’s Office, Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London and lobbyist Evan Ross revealed the identity of the woman whose voice is heard on the March 2016 robo-call attacking then Commissioner Bill Julian. To this day, many political insiders believe Commissioner Michele Lazarow, another London/Ross ally, is the woman on the call. While under oath, London and Ross testified the woman on the call was Marna Winter.

Who is Marna Winter?

She is Evan Ross’ mother.

During his February 2017 testimony, Keith London was asked whose voice was used on the call. London said, “It’s–can’t remember her first name. Evan Ross’ mother.” Asked why his mother made the call, London stated, “She has a nice voice. She has no interest [in Hallandale].”

Later Assistant State Attorney David Schulson asked London for Evan Ross’ telephone number in order to get her name. David Di Pietro, Keith London’s attorney, told Schulson “I’ll get you the name.”

Di Pietro said he would text Ross to get the name. Schulson asked, “Okay. I mean, I assume you know him also.” Di Pietro said, “Yes, I know him. It might be a weird text. But—”

In his March 2017 sworn testimony, Evan Ross stated his mother’s name is Marna Winter Dellerson.

When asked who was the woman on the call, Ross said, “The woman is my mother.”

Ross said the call was recorded at the home he shares with his brother and two women.

More to come…

JUDGE: Ex-Broward Health Chairman Cannot Recover Legal Fees From State

A Broward County Circuit Judge ruled former Broward Health Chairman David Di Pietro cannot recover his legal fees from the State Of Florida. In March 2016, Florida Governor Rick Scott removed Di Pietro, spouse of Judge Nina Di Pietro, for interfering in a State investigation of contracting practices at Broward Health. Di Pietro sued to have the Governor's decision overturned. One month later, Judge Carol-Lisa Phillips ordered that Di Pietro be reinstated to his position. While Governor Rick Scott appealed the decision, David Di Pietro resigned from the post.

Di Pietro demanded the State pay the fees for his legal "dream team" (Bruce Green, Brian Silber, Jay Spechler and three lawyers from Di Pietro's firm). The six lawyers claimed they spent 367.40 hours working on the case. The bill for these six lawyers came to $155,036.24 including the cost of two easels and dry erase markers from Office Depot.

Published reports questioned the veracity of the billing. BROWARD BEAT reported on the billing from March 20, 2016. In a sworn affidavit, Attorney Brian Silber claimed he spent fifteen hours at David Di Pietro's offices. BROWARD BEAT wrote, "Silber said on his timesheet that he arrived at Di Pietro’s office at 10 a.m. on March 20, but it doesn’t say when he left. Having worked 15 hours, he got little sleep that day. Especially since he attended Lynch’s fund raiser in the late afternoon and his picture appeared on Lynch’s campaign Facebook page."

BROWARD BEAT reported Bruce Green and Jay Spechler attended the same fundraiser.

In May 2017, Judge Phillips ruled that while Di Pietro is entitled to legal fees, he cannot recover them from the State as he wanted. Phillips ruled that any fees would have to be recovered from his "employer" i.e. Broward Health.

Great news you say? Broward taxpayers are off the hook? Not so fast.

Broward Health, a.k.a. the North Broward Hospital District, gets its funding by taxing Broward residents.

Since the lawsuit, Jay Spechler has joined David Di Pietro's law firm. This means lawyers at DDP Law spent 162.90 hours on this case and at cost of $62,572.79. Will David Di Pietro see any benefit from the fees generated fighting claims he was interfering with an investigation of illegal practices at Broward Health?