Black Lives Matter Alliance Wants Voters To Defund The Police By At Least $100 Million Dollars

What will Mayor Dean Trantalis do?

The Broward-based “Black Lives Matter Alliance” wants Fort Lauderdale voters to “defund the police” by at least $100 million dollars. Stating it is “autonomous” from the National Black Lives Matter group, this local alliance is made up of far-left groups such as the Broward Democratic Socialists of America and the Broward Dream Defenders. Yesterday, REDBROWARD revealed the alliance’s demand for funding from Broward County, the City of Hallandale Beach and the City of Fort Lauderdale. The alliance wants Mayor Dean Trantalis and his fellow commissioners to “divest” $10 million dollars from the Fort Lauderdale Police budget.

But the demand does not stop there.

In a fundraising plea on its website, the Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward wants $100 million dollars from the City of Fort Lauderdale.

On May 31, a protest planned in Lauderhill was cancelled after city leaders failed to recruit sufficient police support for a large gathering. With less than two hours notice, the protest was moved to Bubier Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale. According to the Black Lives Matter Alliance, “After our action ended, protesters were making their way home when police escalated violence. The Ft. Lauderdale Police Department shoved one black woman on the ground and shot another one in the head with a rubber bullet.” The actions of the police were condemned by Mayor Dean Trantalis.

In retaliation, Black Lives Matter Alliance posted a series of demands.

“We are calling on the Ft. Lauderdale City Commission to become visionary leaders and defund the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department and invest in community-based solutions to keep black, indigenous and communities of color safe,” the alliance wrote.

These demands include:

  1. To never again vote to increase police funding or to increase the police department’s budget.
  2. To protect and expand current investment in community led-health strategies (such as investing in doula care, restorative justice, and an additional stimulus to Ft. Lauderdale residents).
  3. To propose and send to municipal vote for a $100 million reallocation of money that was allocated from the General Obligation Bond for Public Safety in March of 2019 for a new Police Headquarter replacement project and instead invest those resources in community-led and identified measures. This cut is a response to safety shortfalls and failures.
  4. To propose and vote on Tuesday, June 16th on an immediate 10% cut to the 102 million police department budget.

What will Mayor Dean Trantalis do?

Will he back the Fort Lauderdale Police?

Or, will Mayor Dean Trantalis side with Broward socialists by chopping $100 million from the police budget?

Mayor Dean Trantalis Urges Fort Lauderdale Residents to “Shop Local”…By Promoting Wilton Manors Business?!?

Mayor Dean Trantalis spending money in Wilton Manors

Imagine this. After spending more than two months shuttered due to COVID-19, most Fort Lauderdale businesses were finally allowed to open on Monday. Local store owners and restaurants desperately need customers to come through their doors to jump start the local economy. So what does Mayor Dean Trantalis (D-Backbencher) do?

Like a true backbencher, Mayor Dean Trantalis takes to social media to urge residents to #shoplocal. Trantalis even shows off the face mask he purchased at Julian’s Fountain of Treasures.

Just one problem.

Julian’s Fountain of Treasures is not located in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Julian Cavazos’ high-end thrift store is located at 2378 Wilton Drive in the City of Wilton Manors.

After two months in lockdown, Dean Trantalis’ first post in support of “local” business is a Wilton Manors thrift store?!?

Can you imagine the Mayor of Miami urging residents to “shop local” by visiting The Galleria Mall?

Or the Mayor of Hollywood asking residents to visit the Elbo Room in support of “shop local.”

Does Dean Trantalis even know the boundaries of his City? Does he realize the city limits extend past I-95? Maybe his advisers, Eric Johnson of Wilton Manors and Blake MacDiarmid of Miami Beach, gave Trantalis bad directions?

Fort Lauderdale Commissioners Collect Campaign Contributions During Coronavirus Shutdown

COVID 19 press conference 3/13/2020

On March 13th, Mayor Dean Trantalis issued the first of several emergency orders to bring the City of Fort Lauderdale into compliance with the CDC’s “social distancing” rules to combat COVID-19. This order cancelled all city events, recreational programs and sports leagues across the city. Trantalis’ initial order also cancelled “upcoming meetings of the City Commission, all boards and committees, all special magistrate hearings and all Code Enforcement Board hearings.”

Two days later, after meeting with Governor Ron DeSantis, Trantalis ordered the closure of public beaches and recreational facilities. The next day, Broward Schools were closed. On March 17th, Trantalis held a press conference in front of City Hall. He was joined by Commissioners Heather Moraitis, Steven Glassman and Ben Sorensen.

Even though the official “shelter in place” orders were still ten days away, all commerce and schooling in the City Of Fort Lauderdale was effectively shut down.

Except for raising money for re-election campaign coffers. Apparently, a global pandemic is not enough to stop Fort Lauderdale Commissioners from cashing checks from folks doing business in the “Venice of America.”

According to March campaign reports, Commissioner Robert McKinzie received no campaign contributions. Reports for Mayor Dean Trantalis and Commissioner Heather Moraitis accepted no contributions after the City shutdown.

But Commissioner Steven Glassman (D-Backbencher) continued to collect campaign contributions after the COVID-19 lockdown. Glassman received $2,500 from checks collected on March 17 and March 30, 2020. Glassman, a former Buffalo hair salon owner, is no fan on the lockdown. Last week, Glassman sent an email blasting the closure of condominium swimming pools and amenities.

Glassman’s COVID-19 campaign haul is chump change compared to Commissioner Ben Sorensen’s take.

Official campaign treasurer reports show Commissioner Sorensen accepted 19 checks after the Coronavirus lockdown. His campaign received two checks on March 16, 2020 totaling just $150 dollars.

But on March 27, 2020, the date of the Broward County order to shelter at home, Ben Sorensen’s campaign accepted 17 checks for his re-election bid. Sorensen raised $6,975 on the first day of the Coronavirus shelter in place lockdown.

Sorensen didn’t just raise money during the crisis. His campaign spent $6,865.53 during the lockdown.

One expenditure was $500 to Jennifer Lovell for “event reimbursement.” It is unclear if Lovell hosted a fundraiser for Sorensen, but a Rose Ann Lovell is listed as a contributor. Ms. Lovell was appointed to the City Of Fort Lauderdale Education Advisory Board by Sorensen.

Lovell is one of several Sorensen’s contributors with ties to environmental services firms. State records show in December 2019, Jennifer Lovell formed “Lovell Environmental Services.” On her LinkedIn page, Lovell states she is the “President and Chief Activator” at Lovell Environmental Services. Lovell wrote her new company provides “disinfecting and sanitation solutions.”

And with all the poop and Coronavirus around Fort Lauderdale, business should be booming for disinfectant services, right?

Once again, politicians will chase residents from the beaches, dog parks and waterways in the name of public safety while ignoring those very rules meant to keep us all safe.

More to come…

Trantalis COVID-19 press conference outside City Hall