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Patte Atkins-Grad walks out of a Commission meeting before an important vote last Wednesday

Patte Atkins-Grad walks out of a Commission meeting before an important vote last Wednesday

By:  Sharon Aron Baron

Despite finding out the truth about the real cost of a recall election, Patte Atkins-Grad continued to mislead residents on her new website in which she says the amount was $200,000.

TamaractruthAtkins-Grad distributed flyers with the same information at a recent homeowners association meeting as she contends with the fact that 1,468 resident’s signatures are currently in the process of being certified at the Supervisor of Elections office.

Last Wednesday, the $200,000 amount was publicly disputed by Interim City Clerk Pat Teufel at the City Commission meeting when she said the cost was around $61,000.

“This was a perceptive lie,” said resident George Stroker, “The approximate cost of a recall election is $61,000 as confirmed by the City Clerk the very next day.”

Stroker continued, “By the way, the cost of her resignation would be zero dollars.”

Recall Chair and Defense Attorney Alvin Entin says the $60,000 election cost is a lot of money,  but the alternative for the city and its residents to allow an unabashedly corrupt public official to continue to sit on the commission making financial calls on issues is ten times more expensive than the recall.

“How can we as taxpayers take any comfort in the fact that Atkins-Grad who doesn’t deny taking the money the last time, will vote without conflict this time?”

In the latest twist, Atkins-Grad’s website asks why wasn’t Mayor Beth Talabisco being recalled and whether there will be a future effort to recall her? She goes on to say that if the recall effort against Commissioner Atkins-Grad is successful, this could start a domino effect leading to a recall effort to remove the Mayor resulting in another recall election paid for by the residents of Tamarac.

Alvin Entin who answered publicly on said, “We are not going after the Mayor, because unlike Grad she did nothing objectively wrong. Her lawyer, Larry Davis filed and won a C4 motion where the truth of all the facts known to the State we conceded as true and Judge Cindy Imperato, one of the very best we have, found, as a matter of law there was no crime committed and the Mayor did no wrong. That was good enough for the (Recall) Committee.”

Since the commissioner has proven to be a time-bomb, recently telling Commissioner Pam Bushnell, “Shut up you bitch” and yelling at a resident at a public event, no organization or business is clamoring to schedule Atkins-Grad at any public event.

Therefore, with no events on her agenda, she only has to show up for two morning workshops and two city commission meetings each month as part of her salary.

However, Atkins-Grad can’t accomplish this without drama, choosing to conveniently stroll out of last Wednesday’s City Commission meeting without proper protocol by informing the Mayor, or even the audience members before doing so. She chose the exact moment to “bail” before residents had a chance to express their concerns about her.

More importantly, she left before  one very important vote: The Firefighters Pension Plan Amendment.

The Firefighters Pension Plan Amendment locked the sustainability of our Tamarac Firefighters and a savings to the City of more than $660,000. It represented hundreds of hours and months of cooperative negotiations between our Firefighters and the City Staff

Not only did she thumb her nose up at residents at Wednesday night’s City Commission Meeting, she strolled out without supporting our Firefighters with her important vote.

Tamarac Resident Patti Lynn believe that the residents in District Two deserve a commissioner that can properly represent them.

“Let’s face it, she’s reaping $5,000 per month in salary and benefits. She’ll hang on until the last possible moment. If she truly cared about the residents of District Two, and not her own pocketbook, she’d resign.”

About Sharon Aron Baron

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  • truth be known

    I am really starting to find these continued attacks offensive. The Tamarac City Clerk does not know what the cost of a special election will be. Dr. Snipes determines the costs and not the Tamarac City Clerk. What happened to innocent until proven guilty? Commissioner Patte Atkins Grad was found not guilty of the very charges the recall committee is bringing against her. Our jury system is a cornerstone of our democracy. We are a nation of laws and not a communist country. The members of the recall committee need to remember that.

    • Steve Kahuna

      And OJ wasn’t guilty either, right? LOL!!!

  • John

    Truth be known doesn’t get it. It’s not that she was found not guilty because she didn’t do it. She did do it.

    She was found not guilty because she was too naive or stupid to know that what she was doing was wrong. She lacked the capacity to know that it is illegal. Is that who you want as a elected representative? One that doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong?

    And if the city is so concerned about the cost, they could recall her and not fill her position for a few months at a savings of $5000/mth.

  • George Stroker

    Dear ‘truth be known’:
    My name is George Stroker. I am an active volunteer on the recall committee. Let’s clear some facts please.

    First and most important: Is Ms. Grad competent and does she have the ability to command her commission seat and serve her constituents’? The answer to that
    question is … No.

    Innocent until proven guilty: The court found her not guilty of ‘criminal intent’ during a Christmas jury trial. Her defense was as her attorney presented … ‘She was politically naive. She did not understand the nature and intent of the gifts. She thought the Chaits were her friends.’ Ms. Grad never denied excepting the money. She never disclosed to the city that she accepted these gifts, as required by State Law. She had a good lawyer in a Christmas trial. She beat the rap. She took the money. She lied about taking the money. She continues to lie. This is not the behavior of someone that can be entrusted with representing people of Tamarac. She should be recalled or resign.

    Regarding the offensive attacks: It is the recall’s stated opinion that Ms. Grad’s vote is still for sale. Her behavior since returning says nothing different. In her mind, she did nothing wrong. ‘Truth be known’ … I believe that you know this to be true. ‘Truth be known’, you may find the attacks offensive, I find them unapologetic and necessary. Let’s take your example of the cost of a recall election for just one of many horrible and embarrassing actions that Ms. Grad has taken since returning to office.

    Members of the City Commission and Ms. Grad asked the City Clerk to inquire about the cost of a special election during the Commission Workshop on February 11, 2013. Ms. Grad asked a leading question trying to plant information that the City of Plantation just spent $200,000 for a special election. Unbeknown to everyone, Ms. Grad had already
    produced flyers and a website touting the $200,000 cost and began an unauthorized distribution on February 12, 2013. It is not known where Ms. Grad got her inaccurate information. The City Clerk inquired with Dr. Snipes’s office on February 12, 2013 and received the response on Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Dr. Snipes’s office indicated that the cost would be consistent with the last special election in that same district in
    2009. Costs may be more or less, but consistent with the 2009 election which was a little over $61,000. This was publicly reported in the Commission meeting on Wednesday night, February 13, 2013. Ms. Grad had already released her inaccurate information the day before.

    I have since inquired further with Dr. Snipes’s office. At this writing, Dr. Snipes’s office referred me to a recent report generated to Broward County Commissioner Sue Gunzburger. In that report it sited actual costs for special elections in Pembroke Park, Miramar and Plantation. The Plantation election was citywide representing 55,000 voters and cost $120,000, NOT $200,000. The special recall election for Tamarac is NOT citywide and represented 12,000 district voters. Again, I do not know where Ms. Grad got her information, but it is wrong and she knows it is wrong. Ms. Grad continues to
    promote this inaccurate information as the truth. By the way …. Her resignation would cost the City ZERO dollars.

    I invite further discussion. Come to the recall meetings. Learn things about Ms. Grad that you didn’t know … or, maybe you do know. Feel free to call our Recall Hotline at
    954-380-4166 and leave a private message.