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05/21/2015Rallying Commissioner Gloria Lewis to the cause.

I’d like to know why Allen felt the need to spend taxpayer money (travel and his compensation) so that he could, according to his own words, share his "professional experiences and best management practices with public administrators.”

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05/20/2015Lauderdale Lakes Finance Director Marie Elianor is at it again!

Far be it for me to suggest Finance Director Marie Elianor would do anything improper, unethical, or illegal. Maybe perhaps, she’s just used to doing things a certain way (you know, play games and not provide the data). In previous banking statements, I noticed Austin travel expenses (10/11-2014) charged to both Allen and Elianor’s cards.

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05/20/2015Sun-Sentinel: Deerfield decides religious prayer will be silent in City Commission chambers

"Satan wins!" said Chaz Stevens, the city gadfly with a mischievous bent who pursues the separation of church and state on his blog, "My Acts of Sedition."

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05/20/2015Lauderdale Lakes City Manager (former) Jonathan Allen bombs in Austin

Jonathan K. Allen, who was a city manager of the relatively small Lauderdale Lakes, Florida. Allen was considered an expert in this field because his local city commission was all-female. His advice included: Women ask lots of questions. He learned a valuable lesson on communicating with women from his 11-year-old daughter, who peppered him with questions while they were on the way to volleyball. “In a matter of 15 seconds, I got 10 questions that I had to patiently respond to,” Allen said. Allen says female City Council members are less likely to read agenda information and instead ask...

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May 13, 2015 - City manager, Marc Ott, answers questions about the city training session during a press conference held at City Hall in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  The City of Austin held a two hour training session in March on how to handle a female dominated city council.  The new 10 member city council system plus the mayor along with elections gave Austin it's first female majority in history with 7 women and 4 men.  (Rodolfo Gonzalez / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

05/20/2015Former Lauderdale Lakes City Manager Jon Allen traveled to Austin twice in ’14.

Additionally, on Allen’s November 2014 statement, I would like all backup material relevant to a charge of $1,431.75 to Homewood Suites in Austin, Texas.

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05/20/2015Austin Statesman: Follow the money: Who paid travel costs for speakers at controversial training session for women?

It’s unclear what level of coordination, if any, was between the city and NFBPA on this training session. What I can say is that since 2009, the city has given NFBPA about $280,000, and that $72,753 of it is for “seminar/training.”

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05/20/2015We file an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) ethics complaint

In March 2015, Mr. Jonathan Allen provided training at the City of Austin, Texas while still employed with the City of Lauderdale Lakes. The training provided by Mr. Allen has been deemed offensive and demeaning to “female” elected officials, and resulted in national attention, both for its content and impact upon the “female” workforce.

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05/19/2015No thanks to the ACLU, Satan wins in Deerfield Beach!

Seeking a heavy hitter (Odin was busy smashing people on the set of Vikings), I reached out to the local ACLU chapter attorney, Barry Butin, for assistance. I figured my Festivus Pole stunt, and three decades of membership, would seal the deal.

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05/19/2015Jon Allen makes Cohan O’brien! We’re jealous!

Texas Politicians Keep Giving Sexist Anti-Sexism Talks. For whatever reason, it seems like Austin just can’t find a decent pol who isn’t a male chauvinist pig.

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May 13, 2015 - City manager, Marc Ott, answers questions about the city training session during a press conference held at City Hall in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.  The City of Austin held a two hour training session in March on how to handle a female dominated city council.  The new 10 member city council system plus the mayor along with elections gave Austin it's first female majority in history with 7 women and 4 men.  (Rodolfo Gonzalez / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

05/19/2015The Jon Allen Saga Continues!

After promising to launch an investigation into the controversial training session on women, City Manager Marc Ott revealed Monday more details behind who would be leading this investigation, and set a deadline of Friday for a draft report.

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