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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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Florida public schools migrated to Common Core several years ago and embedded many liberal, biased concepts. Now charter school and home school funding is easier and parents have reasons to move their students to values based schools or teaching. This will continue to happen unless Florida School Districts change their written missions, teaching practices and learning materials to those supporting conservative values, not liberal, biases derived from the Obama Common Core standards. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Teams of 50+ activists and Florida parents spent most of 2017 reviewing K-12 Florida textbooks in subjects like social studies and history to identify excess liberal or Islamic religious bias. We obtained their Oct. 2017 Interim Report of "Objectionable Materials" which is discussed below. Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Mar. 11, 2018 I uploaded a video to YouTube of the Tavares, FL City Council meeting held on March 7, 2018 which is HERE: https://youtu.be/AWMAe7TYQC0. The agenda location is on the 2nd slide. Length is 1 hr, 17 min. The short link to THIS blog page is: https://tinyurl.com/TavaresFLMarch7 I have decided to write some comments about the actions seen in this meeting video which are below. Tab 7 - Annexation and Rezoning related to Shirley Shores Road / Hidden River Lakes proposed 222 acre development. THIS WAS POSTPONED DUE TO IMPROPER NOTIFICATION OF THE PUBLIC BY THE DEVELOPER'S REPRESENTATIVES. See overview starting at 3:55 on the video then more later. Probably at least 60 neighbors were there for this issue and for the 3rd or 4th time, the procedures were botched, so the issue was postponed to a future meeting. Apparently the developer representatives must follow certain steps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Jan. 29, 2018 Tavares, FL The Lake County, FL School Board had a morning workshop and Jim Krakowski was at the meeting and wrote his observations below. You can watch the entire meeting on video at: https://youtu.be/HHzf3Uzq574 And you can see the online agenda and attachments HERE: http://www.boarddocs.com/fla/lake/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=AV3KH65177F7 Vance Jochim Meeting Observations From Jim Krakowski jakmak@comcast.net My Comments / Observations – School Board Meeting January 29, 2018 (Jim Krakowski 2/2/18) Monday’s School Board Workshop meeting focused on three topics: • Updated student demographics …. past, present and future • Budget timeline • Review of staffing allocation policy Demographics: Every year the LCSD has an outside consultant review, update and present to the SB the projected student demographics for the District. The objective is to: • Identify student trends by grade level over the last several years, • Determine “natural” progression (Kindergarteners moving to 1st grade, 1st to 2nd, etc.) •... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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The recent cold weather caused a fish kill in this canal off Lake Dora, Tavares, FL Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Florida is home to the largest consortium of cities and counties tracking performance benchmarks, called the Florida Benchmarking Consortium. The Lake County government, plus three cities, Mt. Dora, Tavares and Clermont joined FBC last year (2017). The first annual FBC report showing performance measures for more than 30 members was just published in Dec., 2017 for fiscal year 2015-16 and they are in it. We review the overall program here, and will cover specific results in a future article. Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Jan. 5, 2018 by Vance Jochim Hooray! Trump dumped the implementation deadlines of the Obama anti-property rights 2015 regulation AFFH (Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing). AFFH required every city and county accepting Federal CDBG grants to do a detailed study of ALL residential areas then develop a plan to move poor people to wealthier neighborhoods to adjust "disparities" in income levels. This was also a huge revenue generator for Obama favored community consultants who would do the massive, required studies. HERE is the New York Times long article. HERE is a similar article in a paper that does not require online subscriptions. Here is an earlier 2016 background video on AFFH from critic John Anthony: https://youtu.be/mSYjqXffjFY Both news sources mostly complain from a liberal standpoint, and don't quote from critics of the program, so I have included my list of critics like Fox News, John Anthony, Rush Limbaugh, the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Dec. 2, 2017 Whoopee - the Senate just approved a tax bill, so it will be merged with the House version and sent to Trump to approve before Christmas! One condition added back by Senator Susan Collins was to still allow deductions of up to $10,000 in property taxes from Federal Income Tax returns. If it makes it to the final bill, that benefits states that have HIGH property tax rates. So I looked up how Florida compares to other states in average property taxes, and we are middle of the pack. Many northern states and Texas are double Florida's average property tax rate, so their residents get taxed higher, but will get more tax write-offs. But this also means Florida residents will still get to deduct the first $10,000 of their property taxes from their Federal Tax Return. Since Florida's tax rate is half of New Jersey,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Know any Lutherans? Their national group, Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Serices (Lirs) managing about $70-million in mostly Federally funded refugee resettlement programs just exploded in accusations of fraud, mismanagement, etc. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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We provide a link to a video of a public SEIU union bargaining session on Nov. 8, 2017 with the Lake County, FL School District plus an overview of the bargaining process and our conclusions. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Five cities in Lake County, FL are having contested elections for City Council members today, election day, Nov. 7, 2017. We reviewed candidate's contribution and campaign filing documents to identify clear Democrats running for these "non-partisan" positions and made some observations. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Wed. Oct 18, 2017 Update: Here is the official press release describing the FEMA assistance office. The article below was corrected to describe the office as an assistance, NOT claims center. Breaking news: FEMA is opening a Hurricane IRMA damage assistance shop, along with SBA in Lake County, FL at the Agriculture Center in Tavares on HWY 19 and Woodlea Road. It starts with a "soft Opening" tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 19 at 1pm to the evening, then open four more days to provide Hurricane IRMA disaster recovery assistance. This was announced at the Tavares City Council meeting about an hour ago (Wed. Oct. 18, 5:30 pm). I have no other details, so I imagine it will be in the newspapers tomorrow, so if you have damage, plan to determine how they can help. VERIFY this by watching for other notices. http://lake.ifas.ufl.edu/ Look for details as I get them... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Oct. 10, 2017 Lake County, FL Conservative Fun Fact - Did you know the Lake County Comprehensive Land Use plan passed in 2010 by a committee that included County Commissioner Sean "Pickpocket" Parks (he voted to increase property taxes 14% two years ago) contains 2588 "SHALL" statements? The committee was filled by liberals who added thousands of mandatory "SHALL" statements raising cost of government and reducing freedom of property owners and taxpayers. An example is the "SHALL" statement that approval for a new residence "SHALL" set aside 40% of the land space for open space. Once these requirements were embedded into the Comp Plan, the professional County staff must address them for permits, land uses, etc. Soon after, two of the liberal Lake County Commissioners were voted out, and Commissioner Campione and others championed rolling back several of the most onerous restrictions set by the liberals. A much... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Marion County, FL School District leaders have decided to choose their own textbooks using local committees rather than select from State "approved textbook" lists. Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The City Council of Eusits, FL is discussing approval of a resolution supporting Home Rule to be sent to Florida legislators. Conservative activists Ralph Smith and Richard Pettis made a video opposing the Home Rule resolution and are encouraging others to attend the Oct. 5, 2017 City Council meeting and oppose the resolution. This should be good. See you there Oct. 5 at 6pm. Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Sept. 26, 2017 President Trump just signed new Presidential Memo to the Education Secretary on STEM and need for coders in K-12. LCSD has consistently ignored need for code training, only focusing on robotics. I have brought this up at prior meetings. Yesterday's White House Press Briefing by Sarah Sanders mentioned this and the lack of code training in K-12, which results in importing foreign coders. There are many more jobs in coding than there are in robotics. Notice Trump focuses on needed JOB training for high paying jobs, thus doesn't discuss the politically correct "STEAM" that includes Arts. "Today, too many of our Nation's K-12 and post-secondary students lack access to high-quality STEM education, and thus are at risk of being shut out from some of the most attractive job options in the growing United States economy. Courses in Computer Science are especially scarce in too many... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Tavares, FL Sept 20, 2017 Post meeting updates for both meetings were added at the end of each section at 8pm on Sept. 20, 2017. Can any Lake County, FL resident who built a "dream home" in rural or lakefront Lake County feel safe from being annexed by a nearby city with higher taxes and high density planned development over their back fence? Today are two meetings affecting future living styles of retirees in rural Lake County residences. Two different cities are trying to annex different land areas that County rural residents don't want to happen. They don't want the taxes, or they don't want the planned nearby development that conflicts with the existing land uses. (Note: I will post updates on these meetings below each section after they take place today.) 1. The Tavares City Council meets today, Sept. 20, 2017 at 4pm to review and approve two ordinances... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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The Orlando Sentinel is mis-representing the true cost of a home delivery subscription. They publicly state it is $3/week or $39 per 13 weeks, but then once you are enrolled, the invoices reduce the issue counts to pay $3.99 each for up to 10 "Premium Issues" per year, which are really advertising inserts. So you may think you are getting a true 13 weeks of issues, but they reduce that issue count to offset the hidden cost of the "Premium Issues". In a year, you are paying about $39.90 more than you knew about from the published prices. And if you used credit card autopay, you probably never know you are getting fewer issues to offset the Premium Issues. Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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Visit today's Town Hall of the Lake County, FL state legislators to ask for FREE STUFF, or just ask for fiscal Sanity and new or less legislation to improve life and transparency and oversight in Florida and Lake County. Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2017 at Fiscal Rangers
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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 Aug 16, 2017 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