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Vance Jochim
Tavares, FL
18 years as Certified Internal Auditor and Anti-Corruption specialist plus acted as US advisor helping set up Iraqi Anti-Corruption agency.
Interests: FiscalRangers.com is a watchdog blog on local Lake County, FL government agencies. This blog was started in 2006. My blog interests are fiscal & business controls in local government agencies and anti-corruption efforts in countries. Until 2011, I wrote another blog on worldwide anti-corruption programs, especially regarding Iraq, which is here: http://webworks.typepad.com/corruption_in_iraq/ You can see pictures from my 2004-2006 visit to Iraq as an anti-corruption adviser here: http://webworks.typepad.com/photos/iraq_photos_2004_06/index.html I am listed on LinkedIn for more details.
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FiscalRangers.com Consumer WARNING about "Eclipse" glasses to view the upcoming Eclipse. WATCH OUT and do not buy any "Eclipse" glasses except those four brands specified by NASA. Many are counterfeits and not properly certified and could harm the eyesight of the users. Even Amazon is selling counterfeit versions of the brands as described in the "1" review comments. Track down NASA's original recommendation and only buy from the manufacturer website or learn how to ensure your glasses meet the official certification standards. There is a link on this NASA page below to the list of official glasses certified by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) that are safe: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety FoxNews also issued a warning about these glasses HERE on July 28. Don't think because you find the manufacturer name on Amazon's website that the glasses are from them. Most likely they can be knockoffs from "sold by" vendors. (Amazon allows a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Fiscal Rangers
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Liberals keep attempting more regulations on septic tanks, but they don't want to talk about the huge amount of water quality damage done by broke sewer lines and spills harming surface water. In this commentary, septic tank defender Andy Dubois comments about the damage from sewage spills which causes more harm to water supplies than septic tanks. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Aug. 2, 2017 Here is our full video of the August 2, 2017 Tavares, FL City Council Meeting Compared to the insane meetings recently at Mt. Dora (firing the City Attorney), Groveland (tried to fire the suspended Finance Director but reached an impasse), and Eustis (3 Council Amigos trying to investigate the residency of a fellow Councilman), the Tavares City Council implemented sanity, world peace, new Warner Bros. Christmas Train events, fancy Christmas lights and initiated an ordinance to allow mini-pigs. The City Police Chief, Stony Lubins, swore in three new police department members, and parents and friends went nuts taking pictures. The Council voted down a proposal to buy and maintain a fallow golf course at Bay Tree Estates, saving existing taxpayers from a most likely boondoggle. Staff created a WELL researched guide on the dubious future of golf courses and the City Council listened. The City... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Less affluent county school districts like the Lake County, FL School District receive less for schools than they pay in Florida collected education property taxes. This explains the problem and what to do about it. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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This is a recap of all the upcoming political events in Lake County the week of July 31, 2017. Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The liberal controlled Eustis, FL City Council keeps digging holes of controversy, including a new one where three Council members voted to engage lawyers costing $320-$450 per hour to investigate another City Council member. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County, FL School District Board needs to mandate that administrators and external speakers provide all attachments and Powerpoints for agenda items at least 3-workdays before Board meetings for attachment to online agendas. That is needed so the Board and the public have time to read and digest presentations and develope questions as needed. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
Posted June 13, 2017 - see June 19 update below. I just got this memo below which indicates a plan to setup a charter school in North Tavares, FL. It is from the marketing rep for the big new integrated 1000-home village approved by the Tavares City Council that will be north of Waterman Hospital. They are the very organized Swiss firm that built Avalon Park community in Orlando. I have attended 3 meetings where they presented to the City of Tavares including their open house and sales office in downtown Tavares. I am guessing they plan to build this K-8 school within their development right by the hospital and use it as a draw for home buyers. They are a very organized firm like I saw in Southern California when I lived there. Their website is: http://www.avalonparkgroup.com/development-portfolio/ Here is their press release about the Tavares project which will be... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County School District met today to discuss how to compete with charter schools while funding will be static for at least three years. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Eustis, FL May 16, 2017 Staff leaders from Eustis, Mount Dora and Lake County met in Eustis on May 15, 2017 to discuss a Eustis ISBA (Interlocal Service Boundary Agreement) proposal to greatly expand their city by annexing several retirement communities east of Mount Dora that don't want to be annexed (or pay higher Eustis property taxes). A full video of this two hour meeting is HERE. There was standing room only with sparks flying when County residents gave public input. The County and Mount Dora got the revised proposal late from Eustis, so would not make any decisions because their attorneys did not have time to analyze it. As it was, the apparent direction from the County Board to the County Manager David Heath is they did not think it appropriate. The Eustis City Manager Ron Neibert was the proponent of the expansion to annex communities about 8 miles... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The credible watchdog group Truth in Accounting just published their ratings of different state fiscal management ratings and Florida got a C. One deceitful practice used by Florida is to promise government employees big health insurance benefits, currently totaling over $9-billion, but NOT FUNDING it at all. Thus future taxpayers will inherit the bill for these unfunded benefits. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The May 3, 2017 Tavares, FL City Council meeting had several interesting segments, so THIS is a GOOD VIDEO to watch to understand Tavares City Council activities. Click "SHOW MORE" to read more details below. You can also get the agenda and attachments at this link: http://www.tavares.org/archive.aspx The agenda topics included these topics: Tab 3: Report by the owner of Jones Brothers Seaplanes about how business has expanded in the Seaplane City. Tab 4: A presentation about how the franchise chain "Firehouse Subs" funded $30,000 of safety equipment for the Tavares, FL Fire Dept. Specifically, they provided three high tech pieces of gear for removing crushed parts of auto accidents to get at passengers who are trapped. The gear is from Hurst, the make of performance automotive equipment, who is widely known for Hurst transmission shifters. Representatives from the national headquarters as well as the local franchise presented the equipment,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Is John Michael Chambers, the author of a book about Trump, actually a financial services promoter who gives promotion presentations to Tea Party and Conservative groups? Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Florida Huckster State Case #33 A Florida Commuter Rail Contract for $500+million was awarded using possible Crony Capitalism and Bid Manipulation politics There just seem to be weak standards for ethical contract selections procedures in Huckster Florida, especially in independent agencies in Florida. In this case, the deciding agency, the South Florida Regional Transit Authority (SFRTA - aka Tri-Rail) is also partially funded with Florida taxpayer funds. Suspicious methods were used to award a $500+million contract to a company whose bids were much higher than other competitive bidders who were deemed "ineligible". AND, back in 2011, SFRTA was tied up on a lawsuit over another $100-million contract dispute. Politico.com - Jan. 26, 2017 - " The winner of the South Florida Regional Transit Authority (SFRTA) contract operates Tri-Rail, a commuter rail service that runs on 70.9 miles of track between Jupiter and downtown Miami. The contract could be up a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL March 13, 2017 The Trump Team is expected to reduce Refugee Resettlement programs in the US in addition to the recent 90 day moratorium. When liberals whine that there is little cost to the program, you might remember this article about the State of Tennesee suing the Feds due to the excess costs absorbed by State taxpayers. Several states have withdrawn from administering the programs, but the Feds can designate a major charity to run the programs in the States. Apparently, the State's still have to PAY to run the programs and for welfare costs, so nothing really changes except the employees are not State employees. So Tennesee is now suing the Federal government, using a well known pro-bono conservative law center, Thomas More Law Center, claiming the forcing of refugees and costs on to the State taxpayers violates the 10th Amendment. This article describes all the costs... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Karen Jaroch, Florida Regional Coordinator, speaking about the Heritage Action organization, which is a community action spinoff of think tank Heritage Foundation. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Facebook Hacking and Cloning Overview and Prevention Tips from former IT Auditor Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
The Florida House Children, Families and Seniors Sub-committee is holding a hearing on the refugee program on Jan. 26, 2017. I sent them the following list of reasons to reject Federally run refugee programs. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Two videos on Tavares, FL meetings were uploaded to our YouTube channel and here are the links. Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tonight's 6pm meeting of the Lake County, FL School District Board includes an agenda with several consent items that should be "pulled" for public justification by the School Board. There are also discussion items with the most important being the approval of the contract and start date for the new Superintendent of Schools, Diane Kornegay. Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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US Agency responsible for certifying voting machines is hacked and staff login credentials are offered for online sale by Russian hacker. Just another example of the loose systems used for US voting. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL 32778 Dec. 18, 2017 This improtant scientific news is from Cathy Holden on Facebook: Subject: New Chemical Discovered The heaviest chemical element yet known to science A major research institution has recently announced the discovery of the heaviest chemical element yet known to science. The new element has been named "Governmentium". Governmentium has 1 neutron, 12 assistant neutrons,75 deputy neutrons, and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312. These 312 particles are held together by forces called morons, which are surrounded by vast quantities of lepton-like particles called peons. Since governmentium has no electrons, it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes every reaction with which it comes into contact. A minute amount of governmentium causes one reaction to take over 4 days to complete when it would normally take less than a second. Governmentium has a normal half-life of 2... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County, FL School District is undergoing a search and selection for a new Superintendent of Schools, assisted by national search firm Ray & Associates. Six finalists have been selected by the School Board and will start the personal, on site interview process on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2016. This post will be updated with information about the candidate selection process, the candidates and the selected applicant, which is expected to happen about Dec. 22. One round of interviews of six candidates will take place the week of Dec. 12, and the second round of three finalists will take place the week of Dec. 19, along with the assumed announcement of the finalist on Dec. 22 or soon after. Bookmark this page and return for updates. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Lake County, FL Elections Canvassing Board performed an audit on Nov. 21, 2016 to compare a sample of paper ballot counts to machine generated totals. This is an overview of the process and a link to the video of the 3+ hour process. This includes some observations about loopholes in the "audit" process. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2016 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Oct. 30, 2016 The Tampa Bay Times posted an article about how local voters are challenging vote integrity and questioning processes more than before. The concern was enough in Hillsborough County that last week Hillsborough County Elections Supervisor Craig Latimer printed " a flier titled "Let's talk about safe and secure elections" for staff and volunteers to give out at voting sites. It includes a list of 10 safeguards his office employs to ensure that only eligible voters cast a ballot and that they only get to do it once." I think all this questioning is a good thing. Here in Lake County, the Republicans have undearthed several absentee and sample ballot screwups forcing the County Elections Supt. Emogene Stegall to answer them. She still hasn't answered my last email questions about incorrect absentee ballots sent to residents of one community. If you have not voted yet, be... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Fiscal Rangers