Find A GPS Tracker On Your Car? Call The Di Pietro Legal Dream Team?

On Monday, Hallandale Beach Commissioners Keith London and Michelle Lazarow held a press conference to discuss the discovery of GPS tracking devices on their vehicles. Last week, 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. 

“We have received a complaint and are reviewing it to see if we will investigate,” said FDLE spokesman Phil Kiracofe.

Lazarow and Taub are facing off against controversial Democrats on the November ballot. Taub is challenging Hallandale Beach Vice Mayor Bill Julian. In August, Julian admitted to accepting favors in exchange for his vote on a city development project.

Bob Norman reported, “When asked about those apparent favors and played the audio recording that he had no idea existed, Julian immediately admitted that he had agreed to accept those gifts during negotiations in a meeting with one of the project developers, Michael Meyers, and Orshefsky, a partner in the Holland & Knight law firm and one of the most prolific development attorneys in South Florida.”

Lazarow’s opponent, Alexander Lewy claimed the whole matter was a “political stunt.”

Lazarow’s lawyer shot down the political stunt claim. “A crime has been reported,” Brian Silber said. “Evidence has been disclosed and they are reviewing this matter to determine if a violation of criminal law has occurred and who committed the crime.”

David Di Pietro Claimed He Found Tracker On His Car

Last April, former Broward Health chairman David Di Pietro claimed he found a GPS tracking device on his car. Like Keith London, Di Pietro claims he was being followed prior to finding the device. According to the Sun-Sentinel, Di Pietro found the device, removed it and placed it on his washing machine. “And then, in another twist, he said it appeared to have been stolen. He said most likely the person who snatched it gained entrance with a key hidden near a door to the garage. But he said he did not file a police report.

David Di Pietro’s “Legal Dream Team” for his lawsuit against Florida Governor Rick Scott included Brian Silber and Jay Spechler. Both men appeared with the Hallandale Beach commissioners at Monday’s press conference. Di Pietro has advised London on political matters in the past.

Coincidence?

There is no reason to doubt Commissioner Keith London was being followed. He shot video off one man who WPLG later identified as a local private investigator. London and Lazarow have been constantly attacked attacked by corrupt forces who dominate Hallandale Beach City Hall. Bill Julian and Alexander Lewy should be kept off the Hallandale Beach Commission. Period.

But what are the odds that the David Di Pietro Legal Dream Team lands two GPS tracker cases in a six-month period? Sure it could be a coincidence.

But why did David Di Pietro fail to file a police report in April? Not only did he think he was being followed. Not only did he find an illegal tracking device.

BUT SOMEBODY BROKE INTO HIS HOME TO STEAL THAT SAME DEVICE!

And, as regular REDBROWARD fans know, Di Pietro is married to Broward County Judge Nina Weatherly Di Pietro. Surely, BSO and other law enforcement agencies should be alerted if someone broke into a judge’s home, right?


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Why Did Broward Commissioner Chip La Marca Recuse Himself From Young At Art Vote?

Yesterday, Broward County Commissioner Chip La Marca made a stunning announcement before the Broward County Commission discussed whether cease negotiations with the taxpayer-funded Young At Art(YAA) children’s museum in Davie. La Marca stated he discussed the agenda item with the County Attorney, “Due to a concern that I had a conflict of interest with the chairman of the board of directors of the Young At Art museum. Although there does not appear to be  an actual conflict, in an abundance of caution to avoid the appearance of a conflict, I will remain on the dais for the item but I will not participate in the discussion…I have abstained from voting on the item.” La Marca’s close friend and adviser David Di Pietro is the chairman of the YAA board of directors.

La Marca did not recuse himself from an April 5, 2015 vote regarding Young At Art. In fact, County visitor logs show La Marca and Di Pietro met on April 4th to discuss the agenda item. The log states the two friends met alone. The April 5th vote was 8-0 with Commissioner Tim Ryan absent.

This reporter exposed a conflict regarding a 2014 Young At Art vote. David Di Pietro represented Chip La Marca in his recent foreclosure case. A review of the LaMarca case files shows David DiPietro filed most of the documents in the case.

On October 2, 2013, a Broward court order granted mediation between Wells Fargo and LaMarca, appointing a “Joy Speechler” as mediator. Local lawyers believe the court website misspelled mediator Jay Spechler’s name as “Joy Speechler.” Spechler, a former Broward County judge, is a prominent mediator who frequently works with DiPietro.

At the October 22, 2013 commission meeting, Chip LaMarca and seven other Broward County Commissioners voted to approve a new financial arrangement with a local children’s art museum. In the days before the vote, Mindy Shrago, Executive Director/CEO of Young At Art, visited commissioners. The Commission visitors log shows Shrago met with LaMarca on October 21, 2013 at 4:00pm.

Mindy Shrago is the wife of former Judge Jay Spechler.  She is the mother of Zack and Ali Shrago Spechler, two of the YAA artists REDBROWARD revealed to be behind raunchy art exhibits.

LaMarca never mentioned a potential conflict of interest before casting his vote on the refinancing measure.

So why the change of heart from La Marca? What changed since April 5, 2016?

BROWARD HEALTH INVESTIGATION INVOLVING DI PIETRO & LA MARCA CONTINUES

Published reports state multiple investigations continue into the bidding practices at Broward Health. In March, Florida Governor Rick Scott removed David Di Pietro from his post as chairman of the North Broward Hospital District (Broward Health).

In April, REDBROWARD reported Mitch Berger’s investigation uncovered evidence LaMarca was the driving force behind the huge Zimmerman contract.

Chip LaMarca’s role in the $71 million dollar contract for Zimmerman Advertising dominates the 132 page report from Berger Singerman. 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 told the Sun-Sentinel he never made the threat. He called Peek’s testimony, a “ridiculous, outlandish statement.” LaMarca told the newspaper he quit his job at Zimmerman so he could, “speak freely to the lawyers writing the report to protect ‘my reputation and my name.’”

State investigators are still trying to gather information related to Zimmerman and LaMarca. Last month, POLITICO reported Broward Health has not turned over documents related to Chip LaMarca. “Melinda Miguel, Scott’s chief inspector general, sent a letter to Broward Health Board of Commissioners Chairman Rocky Rodriguez Monday saying she was ‘deeply troubled by what may be an intentional effort to withhold requested emails from my office’ and told him that Broward Health has until Sept. 23 to provide her office with all the emails she requested from the health care district.” According to POLITICO reporter Christine Sexton, “Miguel’s letter specifically notes that she is looking for emails from Chip LaMarca, Broward County Commissioner and Vice President of Community Relations for the Zimmerman Advertising Agency; former commissioner and board chairman David Di Pietro; and, former Chief Executive Officer Nabil El Sanadi, who committed suicide in January.”

Did all these folks running around town with badges and subpoena power cause Chip La Marca’s change of heart?

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Young At Art: One of Broward’s Top Tourist Attractions?!?

Hoping to show why Broward County should keep making financial accommodations to the troubled Young At Art(YAA), museum officials will claim to be one of the area’s top economic engines. A  museum insider provided REDBROWARD with the YAA gameplan to combat the controversies and negative press surrounding the taxpayer-funded children’s museum in Davie.

Written in 2015, the YAA playbook was prepared to combat the report from independent consultant Louise Stevens of Artsmarket. Stevens’ report focused on financial problems as well as the controversial Bedlam Lorenz Assembly (BLA) program operated by curator Zack Spechler, the son of YAA CEO Mindy Shrago. The playbook makes no mention of recent controversies exposed by REDBROWARD such as nudity, pornography and topless women.

According to the YAA playbook, “Young At Art provides over $1,500,000.00 Total Economic Benefit to Broward County.” How does YAA come up with this shocking number? It uses a convoluted cost/benefit formula from “American for the Arts.” The playbook states, “[YAA] is an economic driver, supporting jobs and generating government revenue.” 

The playbook claims YAA is responsible for $8,737,704 total expenditures in Broward. YAA claims it’s responsible for 256.8 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs in Broward. YAA claims it generated “559 documented hotel nights at 11 Broward hotels in 2014/15.”

Seriously? Tourists stayed overnight in Broward 559 times to visit the Young At Art museum off 595 in Davie? If you believe that, we will build you a children’s museum, oh wait….

Let’s hope Mindy Shrago and YAA Chairman David Di Pietro have better answers when they appear before the Broward County Commission on Tuesday.

Broward taxpayers deserve real answers.