This blog is dedicated to:
A) improving fiscal oversight, management and operational efficiency of the 1) Lake County, Florida School District, 2) the separate Lake County Government, 3) the North Lake County Hospital District, PLUS 4) the operations of the independently elected Constitutional Officers (Sheriff, Tax Collector, Assessor, County Clerk, etc.) and also
B) Improving fiscal and management effectiveness of other local government agencies and programs spending taxpayer funds.
To read older articles, select them from the categories or archives listings. We also recommend listening to Ralph Smith's Lake County (FL) Round Table radio show every Wed. at 1pm to 2pm on WLBE AM-790.
Lake County, FL allows many lax residential code weaknesses, and we show you pictures of many of them in just one residential community. Caveat Emptor when you buy a house in unincorporated Lake County. Read more →
Tavares, FL Feb. 18th, 2015 Consumer tip: Comcast/Xfinity Cable internet or TV users - don't EVER get sucked in to a "promotion" for a new service where it is improved at the same price you pay. Then in 12-15 months, it goes up +30%. Magically, they won't let you step back to the prior level you had at the old price. This happened to me with Comcast cable and price went up from $25 to $40 for just an internet connection (no TV). Then today, a Comcast guy calls up with another promotion "for faster bandwidth" at the same price of $40, but admitted it was a promotion. Guess what, price goes up after 12 months. And, he couldn't say if I could then stay with the old level. Even though many customers are happy with current bandwidth, this may be an attempt to lock in customers to higher rates... Read more →
Tavares, FL (Lake County, FL) Feb. 18, 2015 Yup, that APUSH (Advanced Placement US History) issue is still out there. The College Board, who creates, distributes and tests high school students on AP US History revised the 2015 curriculum to be "unpatriotic and negative" about the US, and conservatives have objected. So, unlike Florida, the Oklahoma House has listened to parents and acted on the issue with a new bill "that keeps the state from funding AP U.S. History unless the College Board changes the curriculum. The bill also orders the state Department of Education to establish a U.S. History program that would replace the AP course." Additionally, the Republican National Committee published a resolution condemning the new APUSH changes HERE. I wonder if more parents and School Board members in Lake County will start to act on this, since the SAME College Board produced AP US History http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/oklahoma-ban-ap-us-history Vance Read more →
Tavares, FL Feb. 12, 2015 Here are several articles from outside Lake County that were all posted this week explaining the loss of "LIP" funding to Florida hospitals. Thus the issue is how will this affect the local Lake County hospitals and uses of funds from the North Lake County Hospital District (NLCHD). The status of LIP funding is important since NLCHD funds are used as matches to get LIP funds in a multiplier effect. We are talking about several million dollars. The NLCHD Board should review and monitor this - I am sure that Waterman and Leesburg hospitals are doing so. Vance Source: FAC - Florida Association of Counties Tampa Bay Times State, feds negotiate over looming $1.3 billion health care budget shortfall The state continued negotiations with the federal government on Wednesday in an effort to preserve funding for hospitals that treat large numbers of poor and uninsured... Read more →
Feb. 10, 2015 Lake County, FL This post courtesy of Jer Broadhurst includes notes and link to a speaker video of Frank de Varona on "America in Decline" vj Recap of "America in Decline" Presentation and LInk to video by Jer Broadhurst ======================================================== Frank de Varona presented “America in Decline” on Friday, January 23, 2015. He was sponsored by the Royal Highlands Republican Club. A YouTube video of that presentation is on the Royal Highlands Republican Club YouTube Channel at: http://youtu.be/Mz-dAsIZi5k The Highlights of Frank’s Presentation: 1. President Barack Hussein Obama is a Marxist 2. President Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim 3. Obama Administration Switched Sides on War on Terror Details of the above highlights are at:: http://goo.gl/lRfAvk You may not believe that the above topics are true. If so, that is because the mainstream media never vetted President Obama and they have been protecting him since he was... Read more →
Tavares, FL Feb. 6, 2014 Florida state investments in some economic incentives result in ROI of less than ONE or a LOSS. A new report shows how, and that "Enterprise Zones" are one of the "investments" that LOSE money at the State level. Read the last page in this 14 page report to see the ROI for several FL state "investments", and that "Enterprise Zones" LOSE taxpayer funds. http://static-lobbytools.s3.amazonaws.com/press/76982_return_on_investment_in_florida_practice.pdf vj Read more →
Feb. 5, 2015 FYI – a movement is growing to hold school administrations responsible for providing Islam based assignments to students in violation of Church vs State regulations. Many K-12 books have been rewritten to provide Islam information without balanced details on Christianity or Judaism, or citing all the well known negative practices of Islam. It is commonly known that Saudi Arabia paid book publishers to modify books to provide one sided views of Islam. Note: The picture is from a different incident where Islam focused statements were used in an ENGLISH assignment. Example of Muslim Indoctrination in US Schools: A NY parent, and founder of the Facebook Group "Choose to Refuse Common Core" found her son was being given homework assignments that appeared to be proslytyzing for Islam. She and her son are Jewish and asked why this could be done when there is supposed to be separate of... Read more →
Tavares, FL FEb. 5, 2015 A well known K-12 math education standards designer, Dr. James Milgrim, provided clear background on why Common Core math standards will result in students never being able to recover vs non Common Core students after four years under Common Core. Milgrim was the ONLY math curriculum designer on the official Common Core validation committee, and he refused to sign off, so his name was removed from the list of participants. In this audio interview from Jan. 4, 2015, Milgrim explains a clear overview of how Common Core math standards were developed. The interview focuses on new Texas TEKS math standards, but they are very close to Common Core standards and apparently from the same development source, the Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin. (The audio was on the Alice Linahan Soundcloud.com channel HERE). You can listen to the 25 minute audio recording,... Read more →
Tavares, FL Feb. 4, 2015 My golden rule is the less you allow government to have, the less they can waste. The City of Vidalia, Louisiana, has "flushed" $16-million of local, state & federal taxpayer funds into a fiscal fiasco plan to build a deepwater port, even though one already exists across the Mississippi river in Natchez. So, not much is happening in the Vidalia port for when they open later this year. They didn't involve private firms in funding the project, so there is no commitment to use it. "Despite assurances of great payoffs, Heather Malone, executive director of the Concordia Parish Economic Development District, said no private interests have taken advantage of the situation and invested in the port’s infrastructure. Port Director Wyly Gilfoil said no one ever discussed the possibility of private interests involving themselves with the port’s construction" At this point, Vidalia officials have no info... Read more →
Feb. 3, 2015 Tavares, FL Another fine government fiscal fiasco in Michigan wasting over $12-million in taxpayer funds. It seems that the State of Michigan leased a bunch of OLD railcars for a local commuter rail project, but it isn't ready, so the cars sit idle while piling up over $1-million per year in lease payments. Only government (in Michigan) could be that stupid and wasteful of taxpayer funds. It seems that Michigan requires 10% of a Transportation fund be spent on commuter rail, so they blew it on the commuter railcar leases when the railroad line was not usable. "The Michigan Department of Transportation started leasing the cars in 2010 for two commuter rail passenger services proposed between Detroit and Ann Arbor, and Howell and Ann Arbor. But nearly five years later, none of the cars has logged a single commuter passenger mile. There still is no funding and... Read more →