Is Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London Still Working For Broward Construction Company?

On the 2016 Statement Of Financial Interests Form (finally) obtained by REDBROWARD, Hallandale Beach Mayor Keith London continues to list Lanzo Construction as a secondary source of income. On Monday, REDBROWARD revealed Keith London received income from the Deerfield Beach construction company involved in the ethical misconduct investigation of former Commissioner Anthony Sanders. On August 9, 2017, the Broward County Office Of The Inspector General (OIG) released its findings of its investigation into “allegations that Hallandale Beach City Commissioner and Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Director Anthony Sanders failed to disclose payments, that Palms Community Action Coalition, Inc. (PCAC) an organization which he voted to receive thousands of dollars in City and developer funding, made to him and his his son.”

In its final report, the OIG found, “Commissioner Sanders engaged in a pattern of misconduct that violated Florida ethics law, the Hallandale Beach City Charter, and the Broward Code of Ethics For Elected Officials.

Lanzo Construction was on a list of projects Sanders voted on which benefitted PCAC.

Two days after the Broward OIG report was released, Commissioner Anthony Sanders resigned.

WHY DID LANZO HIRE KEITH LONDON?

An August 2, 2017 letter from then- Commissioner Keith London was included in the OIG report. Referring to items approved by Sanders, London wrote, “You will see my voting record and I felt this was important to include because the vast majority of time, my vote was no.” He continued, “I would appreciate if you include this information as part of your report moving forward. I request you note within the report that not all members of the City Commission\CRA Board Of Directors voted for the mentioned projects.”

(Not mentioned in his letter to the OIG, was London’s income derived from Lanzo Construction. Under secondary sources of income on his 2015 Ethics Disclosure Form 1, Keith London listed Lanzo Construction. The form was signed and submitted by London in August 2016.)

Twenty-two days later, Keith London signed his 2016 disclosure form listing Lanzo Construction as a secondary source of income.

WHO DOES MAYOR KEITH LONDON WORK FOR?

Why did Lanzo Construction get into business with Keith London? He is not an engineer. Does London have experience in the sewer repair industry?

As REDBROWARD reported two weeks ago, Mayor Keith London has no problem working for developers. Campaign records show Keith London, Inc., a company owned by Keith London, received thousands of dollars in consulting fees from political action committees funded by Miami-Dade “mega developers.”

In 2015, developer Sandor Sher spent $70 million buying a large parcel of land in North Miami Beach. Laws in Miami Beach stated voters needed to approve Sher’s massive project. The Miami Herald reported that Sher created the “A Better North Beach” political committee to push his massive development project.

In October 2015, campaign records show A Better North Beach paid Keith London, Inc. $10,000 for consulting services.

Two years later, another political committee pushing development in Miami-Dade hired Keith London, Inc.

Campaign records show the “Building A Stronger Beach” committee paid Keith London, Inc twice in November 2017.

On November 3, 2017, Keith London, Inc. received a $456 payment for “parking, supplies and shipping.” One the same date, Keith London, Inc. received a $7,500 payment for “campaign consulting.”

In 2016, REDBROWARD revealed Hallandale Beach candidates received contributions from shadowy political committees funding by gaming and casino interests.

According to April 2016 campaign treasurer reports, Vice Mayor Michele Lazarow, a staunch ally of London, received $3,000 from the Village At Gulfstream Park, Gulfstream Park and Orchid Concessions. In October 2016 , Michele Lazarow recorded large contributions from out of state gaming interests such as Xpress Bet, Oregon Racing, Amtote of Maryland, and Monarch Content Management.

Just days before the November election, Michele Lazarow received maximum contributions of $1,000 from political committees created by lobbyist Evan Ross, another staunch supporter of Keith London.

On October 31, Lazarow received a $1,000 contribution from each of the following committees: Good Government, Public Service, and Progressive Principles.

Lazarow also received $1,000 each from the Ethics Matter political committee. This committee was funded by gambling interests.

Two weeks ago, REDBROWARD exposed one of Evan Ross’ political committees received money from a Hallandale Beach developer earmarked for Mayor Keith London’s re-election campaign.

In a telephone interview with REDBROWARD, Claudia Penas of CBV LLC said her company gave $5,000 to the “Good Government” Committee to help London.

When asked why they gave to Good Government, Penas said, “For Keith London’s campaign.” Penas became apprehensive when asked who requested the contribution. REDBROWARD asked if Keith London made the request.

“My attorney told us to make the contribution,” Penas said.

Keith London wants Hallandale Beach voters to support his campaign for Mayor. Hallandale Beach voters deserve answers before they cast their ballots.

Keith London has not responded to requests for comment.

Investigation Documents Chip LaMarca’s Threats and Intimidation Of Broward Health Employees

An investigation by the Berger Singerman law firm discovered a pattern of threats and intimidation directed by Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca at Broward Health employees. Berger Singerman was hired by the Broward Health commissioners to monitor the Inspector General of Florida investigation into claims of corruption involving contract procurement at the North Broward Hospital District. Mitchell Berger and lawyers at his firm interviewed LaMarca and Broward Health officials regarding a multi-million dollar contract with Zimmerman Advertising.

Chip LaMarca’s role in the $71 million dollar contract for Zimmerman Advertising dominates the 132 page report from Berger Singerman. The report was made public at last week’s meeting of the Broward Health Board. Over the weekend, many news reports focused upon an August 2015 meeting at a North Broward Waffle House restaurant.

Chip LaMarca met the late Dr. Nabil El Sanadi and Doris Peek, a Broward Health senior vice president to discuss the Zimmerman Advertising contract. While LaMarca claims Zimmerman hired him to perform “community relations,” the Berger Singerman report shows he was the main force pushing the contract. According to the report, Peek claims LaMarca threatened El Sanadi. Peek stated the purpose of the meeting “was to discuss Zimmerman’s desire to epand its contract with the District and Mr. LaMarca carried the conversation.” LaMarca told Berger Singerman lawyers that El Sanadi called for the meeting. LaMarca said El Sanadi wanted his advice on “how El Sanadi should approach Mr. Zimmerman about the maketing issue.” Peek claims LaMarca stated at this meeting that his role at Zimmerman was to develop new business for Zimmerman Advertising.

At the same meeting, Peek stated LaMarca asked Broward Health to move its marketing working group meetings to a new night. The group met on Tuesdays, the same day as Broward County Commission meetings. When she asked why he wanted to attend these meetings, Peek claims LaMarca said, “he wished to identify new opportunities which could be mutually beneficial to the District and Zimmerman.”

During the Waffle House meeting, Peek claims Chip LaMarca leveled a direct threat at El Sanadi. Peek told investigators that LaMarca said, “I put you here, and I can take you out.” Peek believes LaMarca wanted El Sanadi to support the lucrative contract for Zimmerman Advertising. El Sanadi committed suicide earlier this year.

LAMARCA GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE

After news of the threat went public, Chip LaMarca moved quickly to deny that it ever happened.  LaMarca told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel it was “ridiculous, outlandish statement.” In an interview with the Florida Bulldog, LaMarca said, “Having been raised by a good mother, the only way I can describe that woman [Peek] is that she was untruthful.” LaMarca told Bob Norman of WPLG Local 10 News, “This is an unfactual allegation. It’s a lie….I wouldn’t threaten a friend.”

The Berger Singerman reports states LaMarca ire may have been directed at Doris Peek as well. Peek was originally scheduled to deliver the Zimmerman proposal to the Broward Health board, but Berger Singerman lawyers learned El Sanadi wanted Peek “removed from the process” because “members of the Zimmerman team were complaining about her ‘interference’ and ‘obstruction.'” Peek believed Jordan Zimmerman and Chip LaMarca tried to get her fired many times between 2015 and El Sanadi’s death in 2016.

LaMarca denied her tried to get Peek fired, “Although he did concede that he believed her to be ‘skeptical’ of Zimmerman’s abilities.”

LaMarca claims he resigned as Vice President of Community Relations for Zimmerman Advertising on March 25 in order to talk to Berger Singerman lawyers. On the same day, lawyers for Zimmerman Advertising advised Berger Singerman they spoke to the Chief Inspector General of Florida. William Shepherd of Holland & Knight wrote, “We have offered to cooperate in [the Inspector General] formal investigation if she feels that is necessary; however, at this time, it does not seem appropriate to work with your law firm in its private engagement.” Why would Chip LaMarca decide not to wait for the Inspector General? Has LaMarca already talked to State investigators? Why would he give up a lucrative job to speak with Berger Singerman lawyers? Was he aware of Peek’s allegations before his interview?