(Yes I added the crown, but that is all I did.)
According to the Miami Herald today, a Boastful Ron Book actually said:
"...I am the number one -- the number one -- homeless advocate in this community, I have been for 16 years."
Let me set the stage, he wants to put parking meters around town so you can deposit money for the Homeless Trust (he is a Board Member) and does not want YOU giving directly to panhandlers. I suppose he was the driving force for the Trust to do a Zogby poll on how much we give to panhandlers. The figure the Trust says we give is $40,000,000. Experts scoff at the number. Only trouble is, Zogby did not come with that $40 Million, the Trust did, extrapolating from the survey's findings, said the Herald. Wow, what a stretch. Lobbyists, always trying to manipulate, sad. Business as usual but so much more transparent when you take it out of the Commission chambers, because we aren't stupid.
This is a perfect example why we should be able to vote on (Florida Hometown Democracy) local government land-use amendments. Lobbyists might be able to manipulate the elected officials with an inane explanation and supplying a cover for them like a massaged poll (don't forget a major nudge of campaign contributions) we won't be so easy to control. Anyone with a brain can see Book is trying to get us to support his program any way he can. Fred Grimm on same subject:
Referring to Lobbist Book and his parking meter idea to collect money for the Homeless Trust-- "....also known as South Florida's most powerful lobbyist, leading one to wonder if local governments might function better if they installed lobbyist donation meters to replace high priced, fact-twisting influence peddlers."
Grimm looked into meter collection for the homeless results around the country and found money raised was in the thousand dollar range, at best, hardly worth the effort.