Stench from Apopka Mayor’s Office is NOT from the Water Treatment Facility

Certified Second Chance Inc. a for-profit business “social purpose company” filed their initial papers on February 3, 2017. Just 6 days later, on February 9, 2017, a bill was filed in the Florida Legislature by Rep Kamia Brown (D) on behalf of this brand new company, requesting $500,000.00 in STATE Taxpayer money. The bill, HB 2809, is a simple one page request for a non-recurring sum of $500,000.00 from the General Revenue Fund appropriated to the Department of Corrections to fund this for-profit business. As of this morning (4/16/17), current status is that the Bill’s first reading was on 3/7/17; further action on this bill appears to be unscheduled for now.

According to Appropriations Projects Request form, filed per House Rule 5.14, the requested  $500,000.00 of the TAXPAYER money will go toward Salaries and Benefits ($100,000.00), Equipment/Travel/Supplies/Other ($100,000.00) and Contracted Services/Study ($300,000.00). The request does not mention even ONE DIME going towards helping convicted felons reintegrate back into society. Apparently the “social purpose” type of corporation for this venture was chosen because the State of Florida has a special provision that will require they demonstrate they are in business to convey a public benefit. Hmmm, who are these social purpose do-gooders?

According to the original business filing from February, the principles, all listed as directors are: Joseph Kilsheimer, Mayor of Apopka. currently earning a taxpayer funded salary of $150,000.00. Robert Olszewski (otherwise known as Bobby O), currently running for Florida House District 44. A candidate for FL house, going to that same legislative body asking for $500,000.00 to fund a for profit business he want to start up. Deveron Gibbons, out of St. Petersburg, a former mayoral candidate whose campaign Kilsheimer worked on. And finally Allen Chernoff, involved in the City of Life Foundation, the same foundation that has received over $70,000.00 from Apopka Taxpayers for the program, Apopka Begins and ends with an A. Plans are to continue to fund this program with Apopka taxpayer dollars through infinity. To date, I am not aware of a single, concrete, positive result yielded from this program.

Now, in several interviews, Mayor Joe stated he does not see a problem, a conflict of interest with his current job as Mayor of Apopka, because “this is not an Apopka project”. The City Charter was cited as the excuse that Mayor can be involved with this as long as it does not interfere with his duties and obligations as Mayor. City Attorney Shepard also reportedly told the Mayor that he “must avoid businesses interests that do business with or are regulated by the City”. As noted above, The City of Life received thus far, up to $70,000.00 of APOPKA TAXPAYER Funded Money. I would like to have the City Attorney clarify his statement to the Mayor in light of the relationship between the City of Apopka and the City of Life.

Let’s tie this all together, ok? Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, who receives a taxpayer funded salary of $150,000.00/year, and for better, or definitely worse, is the FACE of Apopka right now. EVERYTHING he does reflects directly on OUR CITY, so just diving into this business venture poses some real ethical and moral problems. The largest Mayoral salary in Orange County is apparently not enough for Mayor Joe, a liberal who spends Apopka money, including reserves like it’s his personal ATM; he is now asking for a boost of another $500,000.00 of State taxpayer money? Mayor Joe is going into business with Chernoff, who already gets plenty of APOPKA taxpayer money; the public trough feeding is pretty good. I don’t know what to make of Bobby O’s involvement here, except that Bobby O and Mayor Joe are  close personal friends, and Mayor Joe HAS endorsed the Candidate for Florida House District 44. Bobby O apparently also sees nothing wrong with going to the Legislative body he is running for and asking for $500,000.00 in Florida taxpayer money. I do not know much of the relationship between Mayor Joe and Gibbons, except as noted above.

Does this pass anyone’s smell test?? The stench coming from all of this is almost as bad as the stench coming from the Wastewater Treatment plant and Apopka’s on-going water problems. Elected officials should view themselves as public servants, and  view their time in elected office as a privilege, not as a money-making venture. If Mayor Joe wants to go off and run his own business, LET HIM, AFTER he is voted out of office in 2018. Till then, Apopka taxpayers pay him plenty of money to represent OUR interests, not his own.

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Stench from Apopka Mayor’s Office is NOT from the Water Treatment Facility

OCREC Members Ponder Leadership Changes

On Thursday December 8, members of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee will face another election, that of its Executive Officers. All positions are up for election including Chair and Vice-Chair, . This year, for the first time in several years, Current OCREC Chair Lew Oliver will face a challenge; from OCREC/Republican party new comer Randy Ross. The Vice Chair is up for grabs too as current Vice-Chair Wendy West has decided not to seek re-election. Long time Republican Activist Chadwick Hardee will face another OCREC new comer, Melissa Mcgee.

Both Ross and McGee were very active in Orange County Trump for President activities, with Ross serving as the Orange County Trump Campaign Chair and McGee as the OC for Trump Outreach Chair. No question both worked very hard in Orange County on behalf of President-Elect Trump; unfortunately, those efforts did not win Orange County for Trump.

The thing is, Ross and McGee joined OCREC within the last year; Ross was a registered Democrat until the opportunity to work for the Trump campaign came along, and I don’t know anyone who knew McGee until just this past summer, after an unsuccessful run for RPOF/Orange County State Committeewoman. I don’t know that either can offer the steady, dedicated principled leadership that OCREC needs right now.

Only Chairman Lew Oliver has been that steady, dedicated, principled leader of OCREC for over a decade now. He has guided OCREC through several election cycles and knows the players, the statistics, where the votes are and how to strategically fund raise for the party. And he does this because he is a True Republican and has been his entire life. This is just not another opportunity to Lew for something to do until something else comes along, but a passion, a calling. He leads through example, through inspiration, and he knows how to get the message across and motivate the grassroots to action. Candidate for Vice Chair Chad Hardee has been a dedicated member of OCREC for several years now, and always volunteering to do whatever it takes to get the job done.  Chad will compliment Oliver’s efforts  as well as be an active Vice-Chair in his own right.

OCREC Members: I believe our choice is clear. Principled, steady, dedicated leadership is what we need, and that will come from  Chairman Lew Oliver and Candidate for Vice Chair Chadwick Hardee.

OCREC Members Ponder Leadership Changes