Did Lennar hire an armed security guard from Andrews International?

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I didn’t attend the April 12 hearing of the Board’s city operations and neighborhood services committee about Lennar’s decision to send an armed ex-SFPD officer to a Feb. 18 community meeting at the Nation of Islam’s mosque on Third Street.

But video footage shows that it was a packed house, during which plenty of folks stated loud and clear that they thought it was a really bad and potentially dangerous idea to send an armed ex-officer into a community meeting in the Bayview.


“What next? Concealed weapons at City Hall?” a member of the public asked.

At meeting’s end, Sups. John Avalos, Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd voted to refer a resolution urging Lennar Corporation to issue a formal, written apology to members of the Stop Lennar Action Movement (SLAM.) to the full Board without recommendation, after Elsbernd voiced concern that the ex-officer may have been threatened and had racial epithets hurled his way.

“If the gentleman was threatened, if racial language was used, in that case it should not be one- sided,” Elsbernd said. “There should be apologies on the other side as well.”

Meanwhile, it’s worth shining light on another question: Who was the ex-officer actually working for?

During the meeting, much was made of the fact that the ex-officer, who told police his name was Bob Tarantino though apparently that is not his real name, gave as his work contact an address in Miami, Florida, where PR agency Sitrick and Company, has an office.

(Lennar once sent a Sitrick employee to talk to me and my editors at the Guardian, after we published the first in a series of reports that showed that the company failed to adequately enforce promised asbestos dust mitigation plans at its Shipyard site.)

But Sitrick managing director Glenn Bunting, who oversees the company’s San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Miami offices, told the Guardian that the ex-officer in question has never worked for or been an employee of Sitrick.

“We know who is on our pay roll and we don’t provide security services,” Bunting said.

He confirmed that Sitrick recently opened an office in Miami and sublets space from another firm in the same building. “We have a very small presence in Miami,” Bunting said.

So, who could Tarantino work for who  also has the same address in Miami, Florida, where Lennar Corporation is headquartered?

The building in question looks pretty big, lies across the street from the court house and is home to Andrews International, which is headquartered in Los Angeles, and bills itself as “a full service provider of security and risk mitigation services” and the “largest private, American-owned full-service security provider in the United States.”

In October 2009, Andrews International acquired Verasys LLC, a Miami-based consulting firm focused on global risk mitigation, investigations and security services.

“The acquisition added new offices in Miami, Tampa, Dallas, Atlanta and Bogotá, expanding service capabilities in all 50 states and Latin America” an Andrews International press release states.“ This followed the June 2009 acquisition of the U.S. and Mexico guarding operations of Garda World Security Corporation (TSX: GW), encompassing 14 offices across the U.S. and abroad. Most recently in January 2010, Andrews International acquired A&S Security, a California-based full service security company, expanding operations in its Western U.S. Region.”

So, it’s possible Bob Tarantino, or whatever his name is, works for these folks?
Lennar Urban's Kofi Bonner has not replied to this question, as of this blog posting. But in a March 15 letter to Board President David Chiu and D. 10 supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Bonner said he was "working with our vendors to prevent such an episode from happening again."

Bonner's letter wasn't entirely apologetic.

"Lennar has become increasingly concerned that some community meetings have devolved into hostility accompanied by intimidation of our supporters," Bonner stated. "For that reason, I decided against sending any employees or consultants to the meeting in question."

"I am truly disturbed by the ensuing physical and verbal abuse directed at the security firm employee," Bonner continued. "Not surprisingly, he is independently considering his legal options."

Comments

If the SF Guardian wants to be considered a serious paper don't publish the above nonsense (even if only online).
With quotes like "So, it’s possible Bob Taratino, or whatever his name is, works for this folks. Just saying."
This is just fuels conspiracy theorist and shows a very poor level of investigation and poor grammar. Get your facts together before allowing this sort of clap-trap.
Did the editor have a day off?

Posted by Chris Pratt on Apr. 13, 2010 @ 12:40 pm

Chris Pratt says: "Get your facts together before allowing this sort of clap-trap."

Yeah Sarah, what do you call that whole bit about using the Florida address the guy provided to the police to connect him to a security firm and then detailing their recent acquisition of a Miami based group? You call that investigative journalism?

If you were a real journalist like the ones they have over at the Chronicle, you would've just told us that Supervisor Daly used the F word.

Posted by Jeremy on Apr. 13, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

Something I can't figure out from "article"

What does it matter who pays a person to go to a open to the public meeting? Wouldn't his being assaulted at the meeting be more of an issue?

If Chris Daly says fuck over and over again to get his name in the paper and the paper reports it, why is that bad journalism, if that is what you are trying to say there?

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 14, 2010 @ 8:47 am

"A middle-aged white man, who is a former cop, packing heat in a mosque?
Are you fucking kidding me?"

Posted by generic on Apr. 13, 2010 @ 1:01 pm
heh

When clicking on the first link you just go to the main blog page for the Guardian.

The rest is just obfuscation, was the gun obvious at the time he was recording the meeting? To find out the guy had a gun didn't they start to harass him for recording at a open to the public meeting.

If he has the right to carry a gun and wasn't waving it around threatening to be a problem, then the gun has nothing to do with anything. If he was attacked and the gun came out after the fact, the gun has nothing to do with this situation but a chance to change the subject.

This whole article just ignores what seems to be the real issue of a citizen no matter in what employ being attacked.

If say an armed black ex-cop in the employ of the SPLC was treated as this man was possibly treated by militia kooks, this would be a whole different article.

If the cop's story turns out to be true lets hope the Guardian starts calling for hate crime enforcement.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 13, 2010 @ 2:53 pm

Whether or not he had a concealed weapons permit, and whether or not it was a public meeting-- I'm generally offended by the idea of someone bringing a gun into a house of worship.

That just seems inappropriate, even to this agnostic... If you know you are going to a church or mosque or temple, just leave your gun at home, dude.

Posted by mcas on Apr. 14, 2010 @ 9:32 am

has a history of erratic behavior? Personality cults have every right to exist, but when they have a history of violence and weird behavior it's better to be safe than sorry.

Regardless, as an ex-cop he had every right to have his gun on him at a public meeting, in public, bitching about it to deflect the issue as the Guardian "reporter" has done here is exactly what the progressives complain about the non-"progressive" media doing.

As an atheist I find it odd the Guardians complaining about the Catholics so much of late, Catholicism is a varied belief system where a person can believe anything they want from one end of the political spectrum to another, while running this agitprop for a UFO personality cult.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 14, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

As a white person and long time member of the Stop Lennar Action Movement (SLAM) I am appalled that Lennar would be allowed to send an armed white man into a house of worship where small children where present with the clear intent to incite violence. This should be no surprise to anyone from a company that would knowingly expose the surrounding low-income community of color to dust containing asbestos and other toxic substances with a clear intent to cause actual harm to such for their own profit. What I find most surprising is that the mainstream white [racist] media like the Chron and Examiner portray the issue being those uppity black Muslims again capture a poor armed white man who just happened to be a retired police officer. Sarah Phelan's blog is a ray of sunshine in a never ending night of darkness that has descended on our world due to greed and avarice against poor people by companies like Lennar and their media moth pieces at the Chron and Examiner.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2010 @ 11:37 am

If someone be they white or black can legally carry a gun, if they are just sitting there recording a public meeting no matter their color and some goofy religious cranks attack them, their color or racial makeup has nothing to do with it.

You are an amazing racialist.

Posted by glen matlock on Apr. 16, 2010 @ 6:36 am

As a white person and long time member of the Stop Lennar Action Movement (SLAM) I am appalled that Lennar would be allowed to send an armed white man into a house of worship where small children where present with the clear intent to incite violence. This should be no surprise to anyone from a company that would knowingly expose the surrounding low-income community of color to dust containing asbestos and other toxic substances with a clear intent to cause actual harm to such for their own profit. What I find most surprising is that the mainstream white [racist] media like the Chron and Examiner portray the issue being those uppity black Muslims again capture a poor armed white man who just happened to be a retired police officer. Sarah Phelan's blog is a ray of sunshine in a never ending night of darkness that has descended on our world due to greed and avarice against poor people by companies like Lennar and their media moth pieces at the Chron and Examiner.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2010 @ 11:23 am

Yet another tired rant by a tedious "anti-white activist" desperate to impress upon people of color that he/she is not racist, while simultaneously denigrating or chastising all other whites for their presumed racism, whether they in fact harbor these prejudices or not. Word up - people of color find you amusing at best and irritating at worst, and the rest of us white folks just ignore your posturing.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 15, 2010 @ 1:19 pm