A union chief from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department is throwing a fundraiser for Broward sheriff's candidate Scott Israel.
Reminds me of a few years back, when Fort Lauderdale considered getting rid of its own department and going with BSO, Broward Sheriff's Office. Could that happen, if Israel's elected sheriff? He spent his career with Fort Lauderdale.
In this fundraiser invitation, we see that Fort Lauderdale police union chief Jack Lokeinsky is one of the hosts, along with a team of Fort Lauderdale's finest.
Got more fundraiser invitations? Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who wish to travel down memory lane, here's an excerpt from a Sept. 22, 2004, Sun Sentinel article from a Fort Lauderdale budget hearing:
The meeting room was packed, and a spillover crowd sat outside. Rumors that the city might turn to the Broward Sheriff's Office for policing to save money brought out crowds wearing "No to BSO" pins and helped fuel the feelings of instability that characterized last year's final budget hearing.
The meeting began with Pat Meo's comments about the police department: "I have lived in this town in the same house for 32 years. For 28 of those 32 years, I had the Broward Sheriff's Department. It was deplorable."
Wild applause and cheering erupted from the crowd listening outside the building.
The rumors began with a memo written Monday by former interim City Manager Alan Silva, self-described "number cruncher," advising commissioners that the tax rate could remain the same if the city outsourced policing with the Sheriff's Office.
"It comes on the heels of our budget hearing and now we're in chaos again," Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson said. "I gotta tell ya, I'm sick of being in chaos. That's where we've lived for the last year."
Vice Mayor Dean Trantalis called for a vote in support of the city police department, to put the debate to rest and prevent the budget hearing from being hijacked by a non-issue. Commissioners voted unanimously to support the city police department and agreed not to negotiate for policing with any other agency.
As commissioners fought to come to an agreement on the budget, the tenor turned nasty.
"How many of you plan on paying the [tax] bill?" Naugle asked of the audience, attacking Moore for not paying his property taxes for two years in a row. " ... Brand new cars, fancy clothes."
"I resemble that remark," Moore said about the taxes. "Now let's vote."