NUMBER 48 - JUNE 14, 2018
EVEN IN A REAL BANANA REPUBLIC, THE VINDICTIVE ABUSE OF POWER BY JOE CAROLLO TO TRY AND DO AWAY WITH THE CITY'S SPECIAL MASTERS BECAUSE ONE OF THEM WOULDN'T DO WJAT HE WANTED WOULD CAUSE PEOPLE TO SAY, WHAT THE FUCK?
Joe Carollo is full of shit when he talks about wanting a level playing field for business owners and residents. What Joe Carollo wants is what every petty despotic politician wants: a playing field that lets him reward his friends and screw his enemies.
And, like every petty despotic politician that needs an arch enemy to make himself into a fake comic book hero, Carollo has decided that his arch enemy is a guy named Bill Fuller.
Fuller is one of the guys who owns the bar on SW 8th Street called Ball and Chain. He also owns, or has leases on a bunch of other properties on SW 8th Street, one of them being a parking lot at 1380 SW 8th Street.
For a while now Fuller has been trying to put some sort of little street market on this piece of property, and along the way he's had problems with Code Enforcement.
Last week, Fuller appeared before a Special Master at City Hall over the code violations on this property, and supposedly after explaining his situation, and asking for a continuance of 10 days during which time he thought that he would be able to resolve the outstanding problems, the Special Master accepted his argument, and instead of giving him 10 days, gave him a 30 day extension.
At that point, Carollo stood up to argue with the Special Master - that what he's doing in the photo above - that Fuller shouldn't be given a 30 day continuance.
The Special Master heard Carollo out, and reaffirmed the decision to give Fuller 30 more days.
UPDATE: That pissed Carollo off so badly, that at today's Commission meeting he is sponsoring the following ordinance, a proposal which was pointed out to me after I posted this story that reveals another ethical violation of Section 4 of the City Charter by Carollo that prohibits elected officials from directly interfering with, or trying to direct any city employee in how they do their job.
First, Carollo tried to get the Special Master to change his mind, and when that didn't work, he now invoking his oversight capabilities to punish the Special Master for not doing what he wanted.