Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Roughly 45% of MIami's homeless population was made homeless by the policies of Homeless Trust head Ron Book

FAC has a really good point-- Book's laws means 45% of those actually living on the street and not in shelters is Ron Book's fault.

https://floridaactioncommittee.org/according-to-homeless-trust-over-45-of-homeless-in-miami-dade-county-are-sex-offenders/

According to Homeless Trust, over 45% of Homeless in Miami-Dade County are Sex Offenders
by Florida Action Committee | Feb 5, 2018 | Articles, Featured Articles |

Last month, Ron Book was out with his “Homeless Trust” to count the homeless in Miami-Dade. Yes, literally, to manually count the homeless.

According to this article, the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust counts the homeless twice a year in January and in August, but “tonight’s count is the one that counts for federal funding.” Counts for “federal funding”… no wonder Ron Book is on hand for that one. If it means more money for him, you can be sure he’ll be hands-on.

But what about the stats? The article states, “most recent numbers show that more than 1,000 people are living on the streets in Miami-Dade County.” According to information recently available through the FDLE, there are 457 transient registered sexual offenders or predators in Miami-Dade County.

That would mean that 45% of the homeless population in Miami-Dade County are sex offenders!

So knowing Ron Book despises sex offenders – calls them “monsters” and has said, on record, “I don’t care if they have to live under a bridge or if they have to live somewhere outside Florida” – are we in good hands knowing that the Chairman of the Homeless Trust seeks to harm and punish almost half the people he is responsible for helping?

And it that’s the case, what’s he doing with the more than 60 million dollar annual budget the homeless trust has? Perhaps he’s spending the money on his collection of Olympic torches?

Friday, February 2, 2018

Oh the irony! The Book Crime Family accuses someone else of using the law as a weapon of vengeance against them

It isn't retaliation when the Book family abuses the law and uses it to attack their enemies, like those who support this blog.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article197950269.html

Lobbyist accuses legislator of retaliation over his role in sexual harassment case
BY MARY ELLEN KLAS
Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
February 01, 2018 07:10 PM

TALLAHASSEE
Should Ron Book, the mega lobbyist and lawyer who represented the sexual harassment victim whose testimony led to the resignation of Sen. Jack Latvala, be banned from lobbying the Legislature?

That was the effect of the amendment before the House Public Integrity and Ethics Committee Thursday on a bill that would impose broad, new penalties for sexual harassment. The committee voted no, but the bill became a vehicle for a disgruntled lawmaker, Rep. Kathleen Peters, R-Treasure Island, to air her grievances.

Peters, whose running feud with House Speaker Richard Corcoran cost her a committee chairmanship, filed the amendment to HB 7007 that would prohibit family members of legislators from lobbying the Legislature.

The relationship is a “direct conflict of interest,” Peters told the committee. “If you are a member of the Legislature, you are held to a standard that is higher than most.” It is unethical, she argued, to have a relative who “is a prominent lobbyist and that lobbyist has the ability to raise money to get other members of the Legislature elected.”

Peters, a Latvala ally, didn’t mention the former Clearwater senator who resigned after a Senate report found probable cause that he had sexually harassed a Senate aide. She didn’t have to.

“This Jack Latvala-proposed amendment is geared at one person,” said Book as he stood before the committee. His daughter, Lauren Book, is a state senator from Plantation.

“He’s right here with a target on his chest,” he said, dramatically drawing an imaginary circle on his chest.

Then, raising his voice, he added: “There’s a target and the target is called retaliatory conduct. Retaliatory conduct because I was willing to step forward and represent several women involved in the Latvala investigation.”

Book is the lawyer for Laura McLeod, the former lobbyist who was subpoenaed by the judge conducting the Senate investigation of Latvala. He also represented two other lobbyists who agreed to testify as part of the probe.

Related: “ ‘He unbuttoned my jacket and he felt me up.’ Lobbyist details senator’s harassment.”

Peters, who has announced she is running for a seat on the Pinellas County Commission in 2018, said she “takes exception” to Book’s claim the amendment was Latvala’s idea.

“Sen. Latvala is not in the Legislature anymore,” she said, adding that she proposed the idea last year after Corcoran spoke to members on the floor of the House during the so-called “whiskey and Wheaties” debate.

That bill to allow big box grocers to sell liquor passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by the governor. Corcoran’s brother was a lobbyist for Wal-Mart, which supported the bill, and Peters and others said they believed the speaker attempted to pressure members to support it. Corcoran denied it.

Several members of the committee criticized the amendment as too broad and that it could potentially undermine the citizen legislature.

Rep. Jason Brodeur, a Seminole County Republican whose wife is Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina K. Daly, said he met his wife while serving in the Legislature, and she is a registered lobbyist for her agency. If Peters’ amendment was law, he said, “my wife may not be my wife.”

“You are changing public policy for 20 million people for an incident that affects two individuals,” Brodeur said. By that logic, he suggested, the state should prohibit people from becoming police officers because they have had a family member in jail.

But Peters rejected that analogy and wouldn’t back down. She said her amendment — which she also filed before session as a bill — “may not have gone far enough.” She said she would have preferred if it also banned a lobbyist from seeking an appropriation for an organization on which the lobbyist is a board member, or if the “family member happens to be a CEO” of the same organization.

The reference was to Lauren Book, founder and director of Lauren’s Kids, a non-profit whose mission is to raise awareness about child sexual abuse. The organization has received more than $10 million in state funds for its educational and instructional programs and both Ron Book and his daughter serve on the board of directors.

In the end, Peters was the only vote in support of the amendment. Rep. Tom Leek, an Ormond Beach Republican, called the amendment an attempt at “political gymnastics.” The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jennifer Sullivan, R-Mount Dora, said the amendment was “taking away from what we are trying to do to end sexual harassment here.”

Sullivan and House leaders had engaged in some creative maneuvering to get the new sexual harassment rules added to the House ethics bill. That bill, HB 7007 had already passed the full chamber on the first week of session so House leaders pulled Sullivan’s bill back into committee and grafted the new sexual harassment language onto it.

Related: “After scandal, Florida Senate ready to make sexual harassment a crime”

In addition to making sexual harassment a violation of state law, enforceable by the Florida Commission on Ethics, the bill prohibits false reporting and retaliation, requires agencies to make victim advocates available to victims, mandates sexual harassment training of all state and legislative employees, and requires agencies to adopt polices restricting consensual dating relationships between a supervisor and a subordinate.

The original bill includes imposing a six-year ban on retired legislators returning to lobby the Legislature, and attempts to end the revolving door between industry and regulators by prohibiting legislators and agency heads from soliciting contracts for employment with the very people they regulate.

The committee also rejected a second Peters amendment that would have banned legislators from working for law firms that lobby the legislature.

Sullivan raised questions about the timing of the proposals, noting that Peters did not offer them when the bill originally came before the committee — before Latvala resigned.

Book, the senator, said she was disappointed by the drama in the House.

“Retaliation goes both ways,” she said. “We’re working really hard to create a product in the Senate that works to address the culture issue that we all know exists here and that honors the journey of individuals who have been victimized. I’m not going to let small roadblocks or barbs deter us or distract us.”

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The lowdown on Lauren Book's personal crusade against anti-registry activism & state of the Anti-Registry Movement

The true story behind the controversial "protection order" against Anti-Registry Movement activist Derek Logue is only one of the things Senator Lauren Book has tried to stymie the efforts of the Anti-Registry Movement over the past year. So far this year, we have seen the Book family assist the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners pass a local ordinance to arrest homeless registrants for being unable to find housing, as well as introduce HB 1301, intended to lower the time registered citizens can be in the state without registering. 

Since Derek Logue does at least a fair amount of the posting here, it seems silly to do a sit-down interview, so instead, we've invited him to just write something about this entire lawsuit ordeal and the rest of Senator Book's efforts to kill his activist efforts. 

On the Lawsuit

"First off, I'd like to mention that Lauren Book, or even Ron Book for that matter, came up with the idea to drag me to court. The lawsuit mentions getting a call from Ken Rau, who is a member of Parents For Megan's Law in Long Island (and some say is Laura Ahearn's rich boyfriend who helped fund her through law school), that other group trying to sue me in court. They told the Books about the Twitter posts and then told them to sue me, but since I don't have money and can't be intimidated by suing me for money I don't have, they decided to file a 'protection from abuse' order. 

In July, I received an 'anonymous' PM on Twitter from someone using the pseudonym Garl Pinkerton. He wrote, "Derek, I hear you are in a bit of a bind in Broward County.  What's your plan to dodge this?" It didn't take me long to figure out it came from someone connected to the Book family. It does not make sense to a reasonable man why someone would file a "protection from abuse" order against someone who is not in a relationship with someone or stalking anyone. However, her lawyer let it slip in court that they filed this protection order specifically because they knew suing me for money would not shut me up. A protection order would not stop my efforts against her, either, since aside from the Tribeca festival and the Rally in Tally, I haven't been anywhere near her. 

The truth is the Book family is desperate to stop my efforts because people are paying attention to them. This entire lawsuit was a Hail Mary pass intended to end my participation in a BBC film that I ended up not being left out of in the first place (which I suspect was at least partly the fault of the Book family. This isn't the first time that the Books have used their power and influence on film projects, just look at how our movement got screwed in the Untouchable film. Did you notice there were no interviews with any real anti-registry activists in that film? Feige sold out because he cared more about selling a story than telling the truth, and that is why I think his film is trash. 

Some of the Book family's tactics against me constitute harassment. Their representatives have called my registration office multiple times in a failed attempt to get me in trouble. PFML has tried the same tactic as well. One of them had called my registration office back in July, wanting me to get in trouble for calling them a "cunt." Whoever called claimed to be a State Senator from NY. Well, I have called people cunts in the past, among other things, but I did not know any state Senators or have spoken to one, so I had an idea that either PFML reps or Lauren Book called my registration office. It did not get the desired result, because calling someone a cunt might piss someone off but it is not a crime. 

This entire lawsuit is just an attempt to intimidate me. While the lawsuit is ongoing, there isn't any evidence that would make a reasonable person say there is "stalking" going on. Lauren Book is a public figure, and public criticism of her is not stalking. They issued a court summons to drag me to court just so I could testify that every retweet of news articles criticizing her, every post someone made online she did not like, and every comment others posted in response to my sharing of news articles were introduced as 'evidence' of 'stalking.' Then I got questioned about how OnceFallen.com is funded; I'd love an explanation as to why that is relevant."

"I'd be shocked if Lauren wins her suit, seeing as how there is nothing to suggest a threat of any kind against her, but then again, she is banking on prejudice against those on the registry rather than actual facts." 

On reaction to the lawsuit:

"Speaking of funds and support for OnceFallen, I've always been disappointed in the lack of support for the work I do, including not participating in research surveys I conduct or joining me in public awareness campaigns. If anyone thinks I findraise to make a profit, they are sorely mistaken. So I'm not surprised at all that a number of people who are supposedly anti-registry bashed me and campaigned against me once word of the lawsuit got out. Yet, the same people who bashed me because I cuss on occasion threw their support behind someone whose son was in an FBI standoff  and wanted to make excuses for that guy. That pisses me off to no end. Ultimately, if I quit fighting for the rights of former offenders, it will be because of these folks and not people like Book.

Support was down in 2017 yet requests for assistance has gone up considerably. I continue to offer what many other websites don't do-- offer info to help people find housing, employment and support services. Fighting the laws are important, but people are't able to help when they are too busy trying to find a house and a job. But for 2018, I'll be slowing down my efforts due to the low level of support. I want to do more. Someone should have been down in Miami besides an ACLU attorney testifying against the Miami ordinance. Where were the registrant activists? I wanted to go but my finances are in bad shape. The Books are aware of my lack of funds and are trying to win by attrition." 

On lawsuits in general:

"I am tired of seeing laws pass because it seems folks just want to wait for a lawyer to save us. Lawsuits are expensive. I am very fortunate to have someone paying for attorneys in my battle with PFML and an attorney representing me pro bono in the idiotic Book suit, but do you realize that the PFML lawsuit bill is already at $30k and I am STILL awaiting my day in court!. Imagine how much more costly a class action would be with a team of lawyers. Fighting bills before they become law is far less expensive, folks. It takes some of your time to do it, but bills pass because if no one opposes them, the belief is that everyone wants this law and it passes. Instead of having a bunch of lazy fools waiting on money to fall from the sky so we can fund expensive litigation, we need to fill up legislative halls with people opposing bad legislation." 

On the Book family and their personal crusade:

"People are mad because I call the Books names, but they call us monsters, incurable, creeping crud, and ticking time bombs. They have repeatedly called my registration office in attempts to intimidate me. Obviously, they are trying to use the courts for the same purpose. They are primarily responsible for forcing so many of Miami's registrant homeless population into homelessness. And as Senator, Lauren Book is trying to pass more legislation to stop us from speaking out against her. 

Book's HB 1301 is nothing but a thinly-veiled effort to stop anti-registry activists from organizing. Since Floridians aren't standing up for themselves, I and many of those who attended my Rally in Tally in 2015 were from out-of-state. This bill serves no purpose but to limit our rights to engage in peaceful demonstrations. That should be painfully obvious.

Senator Book should be brought up on ethics charges. She has done absolutely nothing useful in her time as Senator, save giving herself millions of dollars while sitting on Appropriations subcommittees. Of course, it should come as no shock that her only bills are against those on the registry. She is a very vindictive, evil person and is the worst kind of politician you can have in office. She should be challenged by more people, but it seems I'm the only one not afraid to take her down."

Friday, December 15, 2017

Ron Book and his patsy Jose "Pepe (le Pew)" Diaz flat out LIES to the Miami-Dade subcommittee in support of ordinance to arrest homeless registrants

Ron Book is pimping Miami's latest proposal to "clean up" the homeless camp by making it legal for the police to arrest them for being homeless altogether. Currently, the police must provide the homeless with the opportunity to go to a shelter and can only arrest after the homeless refuse the shelter. Thus, police can't arrest a homeless registrant because there aren't any shelters for the in Miami-Dade. If they succeed in passing this local ordinance, then the police can just arrest them without offering shelter. I suspect this will lead to a roundup of camp residents.

See full story at http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-commissioners-propose-arrest-of-homeless-sex-offenders-on-sight-9807032

Ron Book's lies can be found at 44 minutes in. The bill passed the subcommittee and will go to a full committee on January 23rd.

It is hard to tell what is worse here- Ron Book's lying mouth or Jose "Pepe Le Pew" Diaz planting his lips firmly on Ron Book's lying ass.

http://miamidade.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=4704

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Florida State Senator Lauren Book is Political Corruption Personified

I absolutely love this headline

https://thenewantifederalist.com/2017/07/florida-state-senator-lauren-book-is-political-corruption-personified/

Florida State Senator Lauren Book is Political Corruption Personified

Posted in Legislation, Politics • 3 months ago • Written by Defender Of Liberty

Democrat Lauren Book is a lawmaker in Florida who is the personification of political corruption. In 2016, Book was elected to the Florida Senate, and has made great use of her brief time in office. Book has been able to accomplish a lot for herself in her seven months in office, including voting for the passage of a General Appropriations Act that included the redistribution of $1.5 million to her non-profit, Lauren’s Kids.

In 2007, Book founded Lauren’s Kids to “educate adults and children about sexual abuse prevention through in-school curricula, awareness campaigns, and speaking engagements around the country and the world.” Book alleges that her female nanny sexually abused her for an undisclosed amount of time and it was this victimization that led her to found her non-profit and serve as its CEO. According to the charity’s website, “Lauren has worked to turn her horrific personal experience into a vehicle to prevent childhood sexual abuse and help other survivors heal.” Book has been able to use her office to redistribute tax dollars to Lauren’s Kids, which will guarantee that the charity has money to cover her annual salary of $135,000.

Book secured $1.5 million of the hard-earned money confiscated from Floridians by taking advantage of a loophole in Florida Senate ethics rules.  Florida Senate ethics rules do not allow a Senator to vote “on any matter” that he/she or a family member would “privately gain” – except votes on the annual General Appropriations Act. Senator Book was able to vote for the $1.5 million tax dollar giveaway to her charity because it was part of the annual appropriations bill.

Florida Bulldog broke the story about Book’s malfeasance and provided relevant facts about her conflict of interest. Lauren Book’s father, Ron Book, a lobbyist, is the chairman of Lauren’s Kids. In his brief time as chairman, the Senator’s lobbyist-father has elevated the non-profit to one of the Florida Legislature’s favorite charities. According to Florida Bulldog, “Since 2012, Lauren’s Kids has bagged more than $10 million in taxpayer-funded handouts.” Lauren’s Kids is flush with cash and is set to spend millions of dollars on educational materials designed to protect children from abusers like Lauren’s nanny; not so fast.

Lauren’s Kids drinks from the public trough, which means it doesn’t have to operate like the typical charity that has to fundraise and answer to donors. Ron Book is very aware of the charity’s new found freedom as can be gleaned in the manner in which the organization spends taxpayers’ money. For instance, the Senator’s charity paid Sachs Media $3.1 million between 2012 and 2015 to build her brand.  According to Florida Bulldog,

“Millions of taxpayer dollars flowed through the non-profit to Sachs Media as it both promoted Lauren’s Kids and cultivated Sen. Book’s public persona as a survivor of child sex abuse. Critics say the domination of Lauren’s Kids by the Senator and her lobbyist-father raises concerns that the work Sachs Media does is about making her look good, nothing more.”

Millions of tax dollars earmarked for a charity that claims it is dedicated to sex abuse prevention going to a public relations firm is beyond sleazy. It sounds like Lauren wants the world to know about and affirm her victimhood; she might want to ride her victim status to higher office.

The story of Senator Book is all too common in national, state, and local government. The greater majority of politicians, Democrats and Republicans, use their offices to enrich themselves; political corruption is bipartisan. In fact, Governor Rick Scott of Florida is a Republican, and he signed the General Appropriations Act that sent $1.5 million to Lauren’s Kids. Scott could have sounded the alarm and refused to sign the legislation, but he looked the other way.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Miami-Dade Commissioners Want Cops to Arrest Homeless Registrants on Sight

I don't know if the Book crime family had a hand in this, but I'd actually be shocked if they weren't at least in support of this evil measure. This law won''t make the streets safer; it will merely drive homeless registrants deeper underground.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-commissioners-propose-arrest-of-homeless-sex-offenders-on-sight-9807032

Miami-Dade Commissioners Want Cops to Arrest Homeless Sex Offenders on Sight
ISABELLA VI GOMES | NOVEMBER 7, 2017 | 1:07PM

For 12 years, Miami-Dade's registered sex offenders have been barred from living within 2,500 feet of any school, playground, or daycare. They're effectively homeless by law, and today hundreds live in squalor in makeshift "tent cities" under bridges, near trailer parks, and on roadsides. After New Times reported on a camp near Hialeah, county officials called these encampments inhumane and unsanitary and promised a solution.

That solution, though, apparently isn't to amend the law or to find transitional housing. Two commissioners now want to simply put the offenders back in jail.

This morning, the county commission considered an ordinance that would change Miami-Dade’s policy on what to do with homeless people who are found sleeping on public property. Currently, police are required to offer homeless people the chance to go to a shelter before arresting them, but under the proposed change, homeless sex offenders would be immediately arrested.

Members of the local American Civil Liberties Union and the Florida Action Committee (FAC) have already called the measure excessive punishment and are demanding that commissioners vote against it.

“Instead of building affordable housing, [the county] would rather spend money on incarceration and criminalizing homelessness,” says ACLU attorney Nancy Abudu, who is defending three homeless sex offenders in a lawsuit against Miami-Dade.

Since the county passed its restrictive laws in 2005, sex offenders across Miami-Dade have struggled to find permanent residences. Because the majority of the county is off-limits, dozens were forced to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway until a national backlash resulted in their relocation. By 2014, the colony had been moved multiple times, eventually to a set of railroad tracks near Hialeah, where at least 233 offenders have lived in tents since then.

This past August, New Times investigated the encampment at NW 71st Street and NW 36th Court, which local business owners say has scared customers away and made them worry for their safety. Soon after, Homeless Trust Chairman Ron Book declared the site a “health crisis” and promised the county would shut it down as soon as possible. In spite of his remarks, the camp is still there months later.

Critics have long demanded that the county relocate sex offenders to legal housing. However, many commissioners disagree. One, in particular, has offered his own solution: placing offenders back behind bars.

Recently, Commissioner Esteban Bovo drafted a proposal to amend the county code governing overnight camping on public property. The code states that law enforcement is required to offer homeless people the opportunity to go to a shelter before arresting them. Bovo’s ordinance, however, would eliminate this safeguard for sex offenders, claiming it has been an “unworkable, unduly [burden] on law enforcement” because sex offenders are ineligible to stay at homeless shelters anyway.

Bovo’s ordinance, cosponsored by Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, passed its first hearing this morning and is scheduled to go to committee in December. If it's approved, homeless sex offenders would be vulnerable to immediate arrests, while other homeless people would continue to be protected under the code.

Bovo says that “as commissioners, we are tasked with identifying ways in which to keep the residents and families of Miami-Dade safe, and this item accomplishes this goal.”

Many homeless advocates, however, insist the ordinance would not improve public safety.

“It’s ill-informed, uninformed policy,” says Gail Colletta, president of the FAC. If anything, the ordinance would put sex offenders, who are trying to be compliant with the county law, between “a rock and a hard place,” she says.

“Either they stay in the area and risk violating the [ordinance], or they leave and risk arrest for violating the county’s [residency restriction]," she says. "It’s a lose-lose situation.”

Abudu says the ordinance might also violate the state and federal constitutions because it would add time to sex offenders’ criminal sentences retroactively. “It’s unfair to set these people up for incarceration, where they’ll be subject to poor mental-health services, overcrowding, and limited resources,” she says.

Of particular concern, Colletta says, is the motivation behind the ordinance: “It seems like a pointless move on [the county’s] part. Either it’ll push [sex offenders] to go underground or, if they’re arrested, taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill.”

Instead, the ACLU and the FAC urge the county to do away with its harsh policies.

"[The county] should be getting rid of the residency restriction," Colletta says. "These people shouldn't need to live on the street in the first place.” 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Who is "Muboshgu" and why is he deleting criticisms of Lauren Book on Wikipedia?

Riddle me this, why is a Muboshgu, a guy who edits BASEBALL articles on Wikipedia responsible for writing Lauren Book's Wikipedia page, and why is he trying to erase the truth about Lauren Book from Wikipedia? Political figures generate controversy, and few are more controversial these days than the woman who gave her own charity $1.5 MILLION while sitting on the Appropriations committee. In recent days, he repeatedly vandalized the Lauren Book page after a "controversies" section was added a few weeks ago. He repeatedly sabotages the page. (Interestingly, a similar sounding account, "Matkakuk," also vandalized the controversies section twice.

Since I knew the entry was recently changed, I thought I'd watch and see how long it would be before the section was vandalized. The Controversy section was added on August 10; on August 25, it was vandalized by Matkakuk. That was undone within minutes. On August 30, Matkakuk struck again. It was reverted, but then Muboshgu entered the fray. He added comments that the section was "inappropriate" and added "geez" in the edit section. From then on, he tried arguing the entries were invalid, claiming the news sites were not legitimate. Muboshgu deleted the entire section on Sept. 13, and after it was reinstated, removed it again on the 14th, then made a half dozen minor edits so that his revisions could not be automatically undone.

It is plainly obvious that this is a sockpuppet account for Lauren Book. However, Wikipedia editors are banding together to protect the sacred cow.

Below is the controversy section Wikipedia doesn't want you to read:

Controversies[edit]

Lauren Book is embroiled in numerous controversies, particularly in promoting Miami-Dade County's 2500 residency restriction laws which carries her namesake,[10] in turn forcing Miami's registrant population to live under the Julia Tuttle Causeway and other isolated areas of the county. Lauren Book had referred to those on the sex offender registry as "animals" and "In so many instances these individuals should never ever be allowed out for a second chance, they're ticking time bombs, its not a questions (sic) if they a re-offend, it's a question of when they re-offend."[11] Jean Zeeb of the Florida chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA), in responding to an editorial written by Book, referred to Book's statements as "alarmist, misleading and mostly false." Zeeb also added, "Book states that we must be vigilant for sexual predators who work in youth-serving capacities. She wrote that 'the average sexual predator will offend against 117 children in his or her lifetime.' This is an old trope, discredited decades ago."[12]

Lauren Book has publicly attacked individuals and organizations who have publicly criticized her role in forcing Miami's registrant population into homelessness. On April 22, 2015, a group of individuals representing organizations opposed to Book's promotion of residency restriction laws engaged in a peaceful demonstration. Book had misled supporters of we organization, claiming on her charity's website that this group of protesters oppose "Lauren's Kids' mission of preventing sexual abuse and healing survivors."[13]

Ethical questions arose after Lauren Book formed her own political action committee ("Leadership For Broward"), headquartered in her Plantation residence. By 2016, Lauren Book had raised over $640,000, mainly from Ron Book's clients, including the Miami Dolphins and the controversial private prison company GEO Group. In 2015, her charity received $3.8 Million, over 10 times the amount given to the Girl Scouts and YMCA.[14] Lauren's Kids has received preferential treament by the state in other ways, particularly through soliciting donations at driver's license renewals and vanity tags.[15] The fliers sent as reminders to those in need to renew car tags, as well as having a road named after Lauren Book, had been criticized as free advertising for a state Senate candidate.[16] Political activist Derek Logue heavily criticized Lauren Book's decision to collect a total of $65,000 from the GEO Group, citing a US Department of Justice investigation into the Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, which is run by GEO Group, found that it was "deliberately indifferent to staff sexual misconduct and inappropriate behavior with youth. The sexual misconduct we found was among the worst that we have seen in any facility anywhere in the nation."[17]

Since becoming state senator, many have questioned Book's potential conflict of interest in running a charity while holding a state senate seat. Despite claiming to have stepped down as the CEO of Lauren's Kids, she is still publicly listed as the CEO on her website as of August 2017.[18] Lauren Book tald a reporter for FloridaBulldog.org she wouldn't abstain on matters involving her lobbyist father's clients nor from voting on funding her charity while in office.[19] Book kept good on her word, voting yes on an appropriations bill which included $1.5 Million (half a million dollars more than the charity asked for) to Lauren's Kids charity.[20] Lauren's Kids reportedly spent about 28 percent of the charity's funds to Sachs Media Group, which has powerful political ties in Florida. The Sachs Media Group helped Lauren's Kids disseminate an unsubstantiated online study conducted by the company proclaiming a high number of people were sexually abused.[21] Lauren's Kids also benefits from being first in line among promotions supporting charities through the purchase of vanity plates. As noted by Florida Bulldog, "And now that Book is a state legislator, her nonprofit's participation in the auto tag renewal raises the possibility of a conflict of interest. 'In a perfect world, she would not do it,' said Beth Rosenson, a University of Florida political science professor who teaches government ethics. 'It's an accountability issue that raises questions in constituents' minds. It leads people not to trust government.' Ben Wilcox, research director for the government watchdog organization Integrity Florida, echoed Rosenson. 'It may be technically correct,' Wilcox said. 'But I don't think it will look good to the public.'"[22]

11. Jones, Brittany (September 3, 2013). "Petition gains support for "Cherish Law"". ABC 27 WXTL. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
12.  Zeeb, Jean (Jan 4, 2017). "Jean Zeeb: Column misleads about sex offenders". The Gainesville Sun. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
13. Logue, Derek. "ARM Rally in Tally (Tallahassee, FL) April 22, 2015". YouTube. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
14. Smith, Nancy (September 1, 2015). "Senator Lauren Book: How Will She Serve in Daddy's Shadow?". Sunshine State News. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
15.  Alvaredo, Franciso (May 6, 2015). "Tallahassee jackpot: Politicians send millions to charity of lobbyist’s daughter". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
16. Nevins, Buddy. "Update: Senate Candidate Uses Public Mailing". Retrieved August 10, 2017.
17. Funcheon, Dierdra (March 29, 2016). "Lauren Book, Running Unopposed, Raises $1.3 Million Despite Criticisms". Broward/ Palm Beach New Times. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
18. "Our Team". Lauren's Kids. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
19. Alvarado, Francisco (March 20, 2017). "Ms. Book goes to Tallahassee, sees no conflict voting $ for Lauren's Kids or dad's clients". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
20. Alvarado, Francisco (June 22, 2017). "Using ethics loophole, Sen. Lauren Book votes to give her nonprofit $1.5 million". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
21. Alvarado, Francisco (June 29, 2017). "Lauren's Kids funnels $3.1 million to politically connected public relations firm". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
22. Alvarado, Francisco (May 4, 2017). "Lauren's Kids racks up six-figure donations via auto tag registration renewals". Florida Bulldog. Retrieved August 10, 2017.



Friday, September 8, 2017

The Book Crime Family threatens the homeless with involuntary "civil commitment" for not trusting the city to provide adequate shelter

The homeless of Miami can't trust the Homeless Trust because of Ron Book. Ron Book is directly responsible for forcing hundreds of people into homeless. This act is a straight up case of CYA. Ronnie doesn't want the scrutiny of the media if he left those he made homeless to die. But after he has screwed the homeless for as long as he has, it is no wonder many are refusing his "aid."

Of course, the report made no mention of the homeless registrants.

Ron Book is mentally unstable and he should be held under the Baker Act for more than 72 hours. I can prove he is worthy of civil commitment.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/hurricane-irma-homeless-held-against-will/

Miami's homeless held against their will ahead of Hurricane Irma
September 8, 2017, 5:35 PM

Last Updated Sep 8, 2017 5:16 PM EDT

MIAMI -- On what is likely the last clear day in Florida before Hurricane Irma's monster wind and rain, social workers and police officers are giving Miami's estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation.

With the outer edge of the storm approaching Friday, these officials -- backed by a psychiatrist and observed by an Associated Press team -- rolled through chillingly empty downtown streets as dawn broke over Biscayne Bay, searching for reluctant stragglers sleeping in waterfront parks.

"We're going out and every single homeless person who is unwilling to come off the street, we are likely going to involuntarily Baker Act them," said Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.

Invoking the "Baker Act" -- a law that enables authorities to institutionalize patients who present a danger to themselves or others - is not something law enforcement does lightly, but officers detained at least six people by Friday afternoon. Under the law, they can be held up to 72 hours before the state would have to go to court to prolong their detention.

By then, Irma's howling winds and terrifying storm surge should be somewhere north of the city.

The Miami Herald reported Thursday that officials planned to use the Baker Act.

"No one's ever tried this before," Book told the newspaper. "But I'm not going to be the mayor of Houston. I'm not going to tell people to take a Sharpie and write their names on their arm."

"I am not going to sign suicide notes for people who are homeless in my community. I am just not going to do it," Book told the AP. "That's why you have a Baker Act. It's there to protect those who can't otherwise protect themselves."

Book's group was working closely with police, who acknowledged that the effort is unusual: Officials said it is the first time Miami has invoked the law for hurricane preparedness.

About 70 people willingly climbed into white vans and police squad cars Friday, joining others who already arrived at shelters. About 600 others were thought to remain outside somewhere, exposed to the storm, despite mandatory evacuation orders for more than 660,000 people in areas that include downtown Miami and coastal areas throughout the county.

One older man pushing his belongings in an empty wheelchair in Bayfront Park tried to wave them off.

"I don't want nothing," he said, insulting a social worker.

"So you are cool with dying in the streets?" he asked.

"Get out of my goddamn face," he responded.

"What's your name?" asked Dr. Mohammad Nisar, a psychiatrist who was looking for evidence of mental illness, a necessary factor for a Baker Act detention.

"None of your damn business!"

Police officer James Bernat intervened.

"We are here to help you. Listen to me. You are being very aggressive. We are trying to help you," Bernat said. "It's very dangerous out here."

"You are trying to make me go somewhere I don't want to go," he insisted.

Finally, the man was handcuffed without a struggle and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital for a 72-hour psychiatric evaluation.

"A person who has a history of mental illness and who is staying in harm's way, and doesn't have a logical cohesion of what is right or what is wrong at that point, is a harm to himself, and at that point we can Baker Act them for his own protection," Nisar explained later.

Friday's encounters alone weren't enough to justify their involuntary detention. Nisar said social workers and officers on the team already know these men and can testify to prior signs of mental illness to support each case.

Also, the law requires a court order to keep them detained against their will after 72 hours, and public defenders have pushed back against such requests, citing court rulings that the Baker Act can lead to unconstitutional curtailments of individual liberty.

But those hearings won't happen until Monday at least -- and by then, Irma's wrath will have moved on from Miami.

After driving more than 400 people to shelters, the Homeless Trust said it would continue searching for stragglers until winds reach 45 mph, sometime Saturday afternoon.

"I am not happy to have to do it," said Steven Nolan, whose face has weathered many days of Florida sunshine. "But I'd rather be in there than out here when the storm hits."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/weather/hurricane/article171813132.html

Miami’s homeless to be committed if they won’t seek shelter from Irma
BY DAVID SMILEY
dsmiley@miamiherald.com
SEPTEMBER 07, 2017 3:49 PM

Miami’s homeless men and women who won’t seek shelter from Hurricane Irma will be involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward ahead of the storm, the head of Miami-Dade’s public agency in charge of homeless services said Thursday.

Ron Book, a prominent lobbyist and chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, said that starting Friday, outreach teams will begin working with police to Baker Act anyone who refuses to get off the streets.

“It’s my experience that those individuals who have been unwilling to come off the streets, they all have mental health issues,” Book told the Miami Herald. “They are a danger to themselves … we will go in and have all of them Baker Acted.”


The Homeless Trust believes there are about 1,130 people who are homeless and living outside of shelters and housing units throughout the county. They’ve been working since Tuesday to get as many people as they can into homeless shelters, and had placed about 240 into shelters as of Thursday morning.

Outreach teams are now directing people off the streets and into general population shelters, Book said.

But there is a small group of people — maybe 10 or 20, Book said — who are refusing to seek shelter from the Category 5 storm, which could hit Miami sometime Saturday. Book says that’s likely due to mental illness or drug addiction. And under Florida’s “Baker Act” law, anyone who may have a mental illness and poses a danger to themselves can be involuntarily committed by police for up to 72 hours.

“No one’s ever tried this before,” Book said. “But I’m not going to be the mayor of Houston. I’m not going to tell people to take a Sharpie and write their names on their arm.”

Book said that with the storm slowing down, involuntary committals would start Friday in order to ensure that anyone committed would be inside for the duration of the storm. Anyone Baker Acted Friday would be committed to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Crisis Stabilization Unit, a 20-bed facility located in the city’s health district.


In the meantime, the Homeless Trust is planning to evacuate the Chapman Partnership’s Homeless Assistance Center in Homestead and some of its housing units in South Dade, he said. Those evacuated people will likely end up in general population emergency shelters, Book said, along with homeless assistance workers.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Desperate to deflect criticism over her dubious first year as Senator, Lauren Book picks the low hanging fruit



Just in time for her phony lawsuit hearing, Lauren Book is jumping on the Confederate Controversy bandwagon. I personally don't have an issue with this proposal. However, Senator Lauren Book is just using this as a PR stunt because her track record as Senator is shoddy. Her only accomplishment to date has been funneling more money to her charity, which in turn pays her roughly five times her Senatorial wages.

Speaking of hate, she is such a hypocrite. Her hate has led her to pass laws to force registered persons in Miami to live in squalor. She has made her living off the misery of others. This woman is the epitome of hate.

Senator Book is merely exploiting an issue for attention. Since she hasn't actually accomplished jack shit since taking office, she needs an easy mark. If this was such a concern for her, then why have the annual walk across Florida end on the very grounds hosting a Confederate monument? She never mentioned this before. The answer is simple-- this is merely a PR stunt.

If I lived in her district, it would be the first time in my life that I would ever vote Republican, just to spite this worthless, piss poor excuse of a Senator.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/latest-florida-senator-files-bill-ban-confederate-holidays/WRxWOCkb2qy0aUoxsfhcEP/

LATEST: Florida senator files bill to ban Confederate holidays
Sandra Nortunen  Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
1:02 p.m Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017  Florida Politics and Legislative News

A state senator has proposed a bill that would eliminate three Confederate holidays in Florida. 

Sen. Lauren Book, D-Plantation, filed the bill on Friday for the 2018 legislative session, according to CBS4.

“During a time when the country is completely divided, I think we look at celebrating our unique coming together instead of some of the things that kind of create hate and divisive environments,” Book told CBS4.

The holidays on her list are the birthdays for Robert E. Lee and Confederate Jefferson Davis; and Confederate Memorial Day. 

Observed on April 26 in Florida, Confederate Memorial Day is an official public holiday in some Southern states. It was established to remember and commemorate members of the Confederate forces who died in combat. Lee’s birthday is recognized Jan. 19 and Davis’ is June 3. 

Elected in 2016, Book was born in Hollywood and is the founder/CEO of the nonprofit Lauren’s Kids. She joins others who are pushing to remove Confederate statues and monuments. 

“We are not asking people to not remember these things, but let’s not celebrate them,” she told CBS4. “Let’s not put them on a pedestal, some of the darkest times in our history.” 

So here's the Confederate Monument in Tallahassee, on the grounds of the Old State House...
Confederate memorial, within the Book protected zone. 

The memorial is to the left of the gaudy sign. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

The definition of insanity: Getting Emperor Ron Book to clean up his kingdom... again

Here's the deal-- we've already been there, done that. Ron Book was finally taken to task to clean up the homeless camp in 2010 and received $1 million to do it. Barely a month in, Book kicked everyone out of temporary housing (presumably pocketed what was left) and everyone was forced to find a new camp.

http://www.oncefallen.com/juliatuttlecauseway.html

THE MAKING OF A BAD SEQUEL: THE JOURNEY TO BOOKVILLE II

"I've seen Third World countries with parks better than this." – Paul Anderson, Shorecrest community resident, in response to a community pocket park designed to prevent registrants from living in the community

It should come as no surprise that the remaining registrants were skeptical of the assistance offered by Miami–Dade County Homeless Trust  advocate Ron Book, the very man who created the JTC camp through his laws. Over the years, Book was seen as the central figure behind  the creation of the camp that mockingly bore his name sake. Book was even heckled during a community meeting formed over concerns of the  dispersal of the JTC registrants across the county. If the general public had reason to be concerned, the registrants had even more reason to be concerned for their well-being.

Ron book received $1 million to provide temporary housing to the displaced registrants, but less than three months later, the displaced registrants were facing eviction from their temporary housing. About 20 faced eviction within a single month of displacement. Despite efforts to prevent clustering, two clusters of displaced registrants formed, one at a trailer park in Allapattah, the other in a secluded area in the Shorecrest community. A number of former JTC camp registrants were even temporarily housed in the parking lot of the Florida Department of Corrections.

Ron Book claims he didn't know about conditions until last week. Maybe it is because that SOB and his bimbo daughter had never been to the camp in FIVE LONG YEARS. When Once Fallen went to the camp on separate occasions last year, he posted about the conditions at the camp, INCLUDING VIDEO! This blog also posted pics from the camp. And, as noted in the Book's phony court case against Once Fallen, the Books read this blog religiously.

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-dade-homeless-trust-wants-to-close-hialeah-sex-offender-camp-9611195

Two Weeks After New Times Story, Ron Book Wants to Close Sex Offender Camp Near Hialeah
ISABELLA GOMES | AUGUST 24, 2017 | 9:09AM

For nearly three years, county officials and police in Miami-Dade failed to respond as a tent city of sex offenders grew along train tracks near Hialeah. The squalid camp is just the latest consequence of a 2005 county law that banned sex offenders from living within 2,500 feet of any school, daycare center, or park, effectively banishing them into homelessness under highway overpasses and the Julia Tuttle Causeway until they were forced into this remote industrial corner. More than 300 offenders are now registered in the area — living without running water, electricity, or plumbing.

Furious local businesses and property owners have repeatedly begged the county to do something, but their grievances fell on deaf ears. That is, until this past Monday.

About two weeks after New Times published an in-depth story about the deplorable conditions in the growing encampment, calling it a "sanitation and security nightmare," Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust workers, city officials, and police officers visited the site. Now they've announced a new campaign they claim will finally find housing for the long-transient sex offenders.

Among those supporting the move is Homeless Trust chairman Ron Book and his daughter, state Sen. Lauren Book, who both visited the camp after New Times' story was published. Book, whose day job is an ├╝ber-influential lobbyist, has long backed the county's harsh restrictions on sex offender housing. And when New Times contacted him earlier this month, he argued that "the Constitution doesn't guarantee where you can live when you break the law." At the time, he insisted he had no intention of reexamining or changing the county's rules, asserting that "it's not a question of will [sex offenders] reoffend; it's a question of when."

So has Book changed his tune? "This has got to close," he said of the camp Monday in an interview with the Miami Herald.

The lobbyist insists that, in fact, nothing has changed. Book says the county is simply allocating resources to the sex offenders for temporary rental assistance, such as first month's rent and security deposits. But he says that service has always been available to the offenders and blames them for lacking the initiative to arrange proper housing.

So why is the county finally stepping in now? "It's become a health hazard and a health emergency," Book says. Even though he had no response when New Times asked him about the tent city's sanitary risks two weeks ago, Book claims, "I was only notified a week ago. Before that, nobody ever said this was a health crisis."

He admits local property owners have filed complaints over the years but argues that the taxpayer-funded Homeless Trust "[doesn't] operate based on people complaining." Instead, Book states that the role of the Trust is to "provide assistance equally to the homeless" but that it is "not [his] job to find housing for sex predators and offenders."

Because offenders are prohibited from living in most subsidized federal housing and homeless shelters due to the restriction, it is their responsibility "to avail themselves to other funding paths for housing," Book says. "It's not a free lunch."

Even so, many county officials, such as Commissioner Xavier Suarez, insist there must be a better legislative solution to deal with the tent city. In a 2014 interview, Suarez told New Times: "That we restrict where [offenders] can live and not provide any facilities for them isn't human or logical."

Regardless, Book says the county will soon announce a deadline to shut down the encampment, essentially evicting the sex offenders once again.

Where will they go when this tent city is closed? That's up to them, Book says.

Here's the earlier Miami Herald report. Note the pic of Lauren Book bringing paperwork to "assist" the man in the wheelchair. I'd like to point out that Derek Logue of OnceFallen.com had contacted the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust earlier this year to seek help and go one response letter. After receiving that response, they were told about the current situation and further inquiries went unanswered.


On to the Miami Herald now:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article168569977.html



Tent camp of homeless sex offenders near Hialeah ‘has got to close,’ county says
BY DOUGLAS HANKS
dhanks@miamiherald.com

AUGUST 22, 2017 6:48 AM

Seven years after Miami-Dade County shut down a camp housing about 100 homeless sex offenders under a bridge in Miami, it’s now trying to deal with an encampment on the outskirts of Hialeah that has almost three times as many people registered to live there.

Police and social workers on Monday night visited the roughly 30 tents set up near warehouses that sit by railroad tracks outside Hialeah’s city limits, the legally registered homes of almost 300 people convicted of sex offenses against minors and barred from living within 2,500 feet of schools, parks, daycare centers and other places where children congregate.

“This has got to close,” said Ronald Book, the powerful head of Miami-Dade’s homeless board who has also lobbied for the county’s tough residency restrictions on sex offenders. “The complaints have continued to grow and grow and grow.”

The encampment, in the area for about three years, stands as the latest replacement for the one under the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami that brought global attention to the county’s restrictions on homeless sexual offenders. More than 100 sex offenders lived in the encampment, some delivered there by probation officers after the convicts couldn’t find another place to legally reside.

Book said that about 270 offenders are registered as living in the tent village outside Hialeah, sitting on either side of the 3500 block of Northwest 71st Street. There is no electricity, running water or bathroom facilities, leading to complaints of human waste being tossed roadside and around the warehouses whose fences front the tents. Others use bathrooms at a Walmart and a Walgreens about a mile away.

Claudia Marie Baker, 58, who said she spent nine years in prison on child-pornography charges, has lived in a tent there for about a year. “My sister has five different real-estate people looking for places for me,” said Baker, who said she was convicted as a man, Gregory Baker. “Every place they picked, it was too close.”

The 2,500-foot restriction is far tougher than Florida’s 1,000-foot rule but matches the limit for some local governments across the country, including Lake County near Orlando and Pasco County north of Tampa. In dense Miami-Dade, hemmed in by the Everglades and the Atlantic Ocean, the 2,500-foot rule eliminates wide swaths of Miami-Dade’s housing stock as an option. The county also bars sex offenders from homeless shelters where families are housed, making most of the tax-funded emergency housing off-limits, too.

Miami-Dade adopted the 2,500-foot limit in 2010 after the Tuttle controversy, replacing a patchwork of city laws that generally had the same distance in their sex-offender restrictions.

The renewed focus on a replacement tent camp also revives attention to Book’s unusual role at the center of both issues: a volunteer board chairman who serves as the county’s de facto homeless director, and a top crusader for Miami-Dade cracking down on the same sexual offenders left homeless by the residency rules he helped enact. One of the most powerful lobbyists in both Miami-Dade and the state of Florida, his position landed him at the center of the Julia Tuttle controversy, with some tent residents naming the encampment Bookville.

Book’s daughter, Lauren Book, was the victim of sex abuse at the hands of the family’s nanny, and the experience propelled both Books into becoming advocates for tougher penalties for sex crimes against minors. Lauren Book, 32, started a foundation dedicated to the cause and then won a state Senate seat last year as a Democrat representing Broward County.

In 2010, when county commissioners were considering the proposed 2,500-foot limit for sex offenders, both Books spoke in favor of the rule. That day, commissioners not only voted to pass the legislation but also renamed it the Lauren Book Child Safety Ordinance.

Both Books were on hand Monday night, too, when the county invited media to cover the launch of outreach efforts at the tent encampment. After darkness fell on the tent camp in Miami-Dade, Sen. Book described the squalid village as part of a problem that requires some sort of legislative fix.

“I think the local law has caused unintended consequences,” she said. “You’re seeing it.”

Her father dismissed a suggestion that the tents standing nearly a decade after the Julia Tuttle controversy revealed a flaw in Miami-Dade’s approach.

“There are places [they] can live. You’ve got to go find those places,” he said in a telephone interview before the visit. “What sex offenders want to do is blame everybody else for the problem. They want to blame the laws and the residency restrictions.”

Gail Colletta, leader of an advocacy group pushing for changes in Florida’s residency requirements, said Miami-Dade captures the political hysteria over paroled offenders. Because most victims of childhood sexual abuse know their abusers, Colletta argued that the extreme measures governments take to keep offenders away from schools and parks don’t prevent crime but do lead to inhumane conditions like tent cities.

“Practically nobody is getting this right,” said Colletta, president of the Florida Action Committee, who described herself as the mother of a grown son who served prison time for possession of child pornography. “They’re all hung up on this false sense of security.”

The county shut down the Tuttle encampment in 2010, and Book said the homeless agency placed the more than 100 residents in private apartments and other residences outside of shelters and in compliance with the 2,500-foot limit. Monday’s deployment was designed to start a similar process, with the county offering to help with rental subsidies and placement to get the tent residents to move. The action followed a New Times story profiling the tent village in early August.

There have been other encampments in Miami since the Tuttle one closed, including one in Miami that lasted until 2012 when the city created a tiny park that triggered the 2,500-foot restriction. Book said that any former Tuttle residents living in the Hialeah encampment would have lost a prior home because Miami-Dade had determined that each registered Tuttle offender had found a place to live.

Miami-Dade’s restrictions on where sexual offenders live largely survived a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2014, which was filed for anonymous plaintiffs that a lawyer said Monday were living in tents near Hialeah at the time. A federal judge rejected the bulk of the ACLU’s complaint that the local law constituted unfair punishment, but the nonprofit is appealing whether the county can enforce restrictions on offenders convicted before the law went into effect.

Jeff Hearne, a Miami lawyer working on the case, said the county rules create the problem that Miami-Dade spent Monday night trying to solve.

“It’s our position that forcing people into homelessness is punitive,” Hearne said.

Because probation rules require sex offenders to sleep at the addresses where they’re registered, he said, many tent residents could afford to live elsewhere if they were allowed to do so.

“Many of them have places they can go to,” he said. “They have family members who have homes that can keep them there. Many of them have rooms they rent to keep personal belongings. But at night, they’re forced to go out and sleep in tents.”

The county shut down the Tuttle encampment in 2010, and Book said the homeless agency placed the more than 100 residents in private apartments and other residences outside of shelters and in compliance with the 2,500-foot limit. Monday’s deployment was designed to start a similar process, with the county offering to help with rental subsidies and placement to get the tent residents to move. The action followed a New Times story profiling the tent village in early August.

There have been other encampments in Miami since the Tuttle one closed, including one in Miami that lasted until 2012 when the city created a tiny park that triggered the 2,500-foot restriction. Book said that any former Tuttle residents living in the Hialeah encampment would have lost a prior home because Miami-Dade had determined that each registered Tuttle offender had found a place to live.

Miami-Dade’s restrictions on where sexual offenders live largely survived a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2014, which was filed for anonymous plaintiffs that a lawyer said Monday were living in tents near Hialeah at the time. A federal judge rejected the bulk of the ACLU’s complaint that the local law constituted unfair punishment, but the nonprofit is appealing whether the county can enforce restrictions on offenders convicted before the law went into effect.

Jeff Hearne, a Miami lawyer working on the case, said the county rules create the problem that Miami-Dade spent Monday night trying to solve.

“It’s our position that forcing people into homelessness is punitive,” Hearne said.

Because probation rules require sex offenders to sleep at the addresses where they’re registered, he said, many tent residents could afford to live elsewhere if they were allowed to do so.

“Many of them have places they can go to,” he said. “They have family members who have homes that can keep them there. Many of them have rooms they rent to keep personal belongings. But at night, they’re forced to go out and sleep in tents.”

The county shut down the Tuttle encampment in 2010, and Book said the homeless agency placed the more than 100 residents in private apartments and other residences outside of shelters and in compliance with the 2,500-foot limit. Monday’s deployment was designed to start a similar process, with the county offering to help with rental subsidies and placement to get the tent residents to move. The action followed a New Times story profiling the tent village in early August.

There have been other encampments in Miami since the Tuttle one closed, including one in Miami that lasted until 2012 when the city created a tiny park that triggered the 2,500-foot restriction. Book said that any former Tuttle residents living in the Hialeah encampment would have lost a prior home because Miami-Dade had determined that each registered Tuttle offender had found a place to live.

Miami-Dade’s restrictions on where sexual offenders live largely survived a suit by the American Civil Liberties Union in 2014, which was filed for anonymous plaintiffs that a lawyer said Monday were living in tents near Hialeah at the time. A federal judge rejected the bulk of the ACLU’s complaint that the local law constituted unfair punishment, but the nonprofit is appealing whether the county can enforce restrictions on offenders convicted before the law went into effect.

Jeff Hearne, a Miami lawyer working on the case, said the county rules create the problem that Miami-Dade spent Monday night trying to solve.

“It’s our position that forcing people into homelessness is punitive,” Hearne said.

Because probation rules require sex offenders to sleep at the addresses where they’re registered, he said, many tent residents could afford to live elsewhere if they were allowed to do so.

“Many of them have places they can go to,” he said. “They have family members who have homes that can keep them there. Many of them have rooms they rent to keep personal belongings. But at night, they’re forced to go out and sleep in tents.”

The bottom line is that Ron Book created this mess, and swept it all under the rug. He continues to blame his victims for forcing them to live in squalor. Yet, the Miami-Dade council continues to rely on Book and the so-called "Homeless Trust." We have already seen how ineffective the Book crime family is at cleaning up messes they created.

I have a better idea. Force the Books to live at the camp. Take away Lauren's gaudy tour bus, daddy's multi-million dollar bank account, his fancy cars, and the millions in tax dollars going to the Lauren's Kids charity scam. Make the Books shit in a bucket, bathe themselves in a bucket, and eat donated stale donuts and sleep in a tent. How long could they last? They'rd be BEGGING for services! Ron Book already looks like a homeless bum in a suit. He'd fit right in. As for Lauren, well, since she doesn'y like to eat, she'll keep her figure, I suppose. But she won't have as much L'Oreal makeup to hide her blemishes or her shame for being such a scumbag. For good measure, drag Pepe Diaz out of the drunk tank and into the camp as well. Hell, drag out the entire Miami-Dade council for that matter!

Speaking of the Council, FAC was kind enough to publish the council members on their website, so it is reposted here:

District 1Barbara J. JordanDistrict1@MiamiDade.gov305-474-3011
District 2Jean MonestimeDistrict2@MiamiDade.gov305-694-2779
District 3Audrey M. EdmonsonDistrict3@MiamiDade.gov305-636-2331
District 4Sally A. HeymanDistrict4@MiamiDade.gov305-787-5999
District 5Bruno A. BarreiroDistrict5@MiamiDade.gov305-673-7743
District 6Rebeca SosaDistrict6@MiamiDade.gov305-267-6377
District 7Xavier L. SuarezDistrict7@MiamiDade.gov305-694-3550
District 8Daniella Levine CavaDistrict8@MiamiDade.gov305-378-6677
District 9Dennis C. MossDennisMoss@MiamiDade.gov305-234-4938
District 10Javier D. SoutoDistrict10@MiamiDade.gov305-222-2116
District 11Joe A. MartinezDistrict11@MiamiDade.gov305-552-1155
District 12Jose “Pepe” DiazDistrict12@MiamiDade.gov305-599-1200
District 13Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.District13@MiamiDade.gov305-820-8424