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NUMBER 143 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2019
THE CENTNERS INVITE THE FOLKS IN THE HOOD FOR A LITTLE MEETING
if you live in the Buena Vista neighborhood, or if you know of people that do, I would suggest that you pass this information on to them.
It's always good to have more information, rather than less.
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LAWSUIT CHALLENGING FREEDOM OF SPEECH THROWN OUT OF COURT
Dough Muir, one of my favorite lawyers in town recently succeeded in having a lawsuit challening Freedom Of Speech thown out of court, which in today's climate of intolerance represents a victory for the 1st Amendment.
The case involved a political mailer that sent out opposing the reelection of North Miami Mayor Anthony DeFillipo, alleging that Fillipo was FOR SALE to the highest bidder, and other claims that his term in office had been on par with much that passes for municipal government in South Florida.
DeFillipo took offense as being labed with terms that have become almost generic when describing South Florida politicians, and sued.
Here is the Memorandum Of Law that Doug Muir submitted, and the Court Order dismissing the case.
These might be handy documents for some folks to download and keep in a safe place.
This is a far more reasonable way to handle the requests that might involve multiple documents, and I am happy that, for whatever reason, a decision was made to do away with the arbitrary $42.81 search charge.
Having said that, I still maintain that the charge was illegal from the very beginning and that the city needs to review all the public record requests that resulted in the search charge being imposed, and where the new guidlines apply, they need to either refund the money or give those individuals a credit for those charges.
I have several other issues that I also think need to be changed, but for now let us celebrate the light of reason that managed to find its way into the office of Victoria Mendez.
It's always Miami, Bitches.
NUMBER 144 - SEPTEMBER 18, 2019
THE CITY ATTORNEY HAD A COME TO JESUS MOMENT AND DECIDED TO QUIT VIOLATING FLORIDA'S PUBLIC RECORD'S LAW
For years I argued that the arbitrary manner in which the City Attorney had made a decision to impose an automatic search fee of $42.81, as evidenced by the above email was not only illegal, but it caused some people to reconsider making a public records request because of this cost.
In my April 19th story about the problems that I was having in my efforts to obtain information about the "free tickets" that had been distributed by ULTTRA and the city, I devoted a significant portion of that story detailing the city's attempt to force me to pay this $42.81 fee, and why I believed that it was illegal.
It was with some surprise when a few days ago I received the following email in response to a public record request I had submitted.