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NUMBER 108  -  OCTOBER 14, 2018

VOTE NO ON THE SOCCER STADIUM DEAL

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BE THERE - OR BE SQUARE

In case you're confused about this issue and this protest, it's about how Mayor Francis Suarez on his own - he didn't need to get the voters to approve of him acting like a Strong Mayor on this issue - decided on his own to have the Public Works Department replace the real grass in the median on Brickell Avenue with fake grass - $300,000 worth of fake grass, and how Commissioner "Sell Out" Russell was perfectly okay with this, as the below video clip from last week's commission meeting showed.

This is a good reason to come out and protest, not only for this bullshit fake grass, but just in general to let the Boy Mayor and Commissioner "Sellout" know that you're getting tired of their antics.

I've written several stories about the allegations of wrong doing alleged to have occurred during the last few years by MSEA, HERE, HERE, HERE.

Below is a video smashup of Lourdes Alvarez, the former Executive Director of MSEA appearing before the City Commission last week where she described in pretty specific detail what she alleged had been going on with MSEA, and then the rest of the video is the portion of the commission meeting where they discussed abolishing MSEA.

Everyone on the commission danced around the audit that the City Manager described back in May as having, "some discrepancies in accounting, financial procedures," and it is that audit that has never been publicly discussed by the MSEA Board, nor did they ever resolve any of those discrepancies before they voted to abolish MSEA last month.

This is a very serious issue, and while I've pretty much given up on the FDLE ever doing anything of consequence when it comes to investigating the City of Miami, I would ask anyone who reads this and his contacts with the local US Attorney's office to contact them and see if they will at least looking  the allegations raised by Lourdes Alvarez and the disputed audit.

This is after all the City of Miami that we're talking about here, where the movies on best practices that these people turn to for guidance when it comes to governance are The Godfather and Good Fellas.

It's Miami, Bitches!

NUMBER 109  -  OCTOBER 15, 2018

THE FIRST ANTI-SUAREZ STRONG MAYOR FLYER

IT'S CALLED DISASTER TOURISM, AND THE WORST OFFENDERS ARE POLITICIANS TRAVELING ON THE TAXPAYER'S DIME FOR A PHOTO OP, LIKE FOR INSTANCE, MIAMI CITY MANAGER COLONEL KLINK WHO DINGED THE TAXPAYERS $1709.49 FOR A 6 HOUR TRIP TO NORTH CAROLINA

Gonzalez Pascual Airfare by al_crespo on Scribd

I also wrote recently of how under Francis Suarez and Colonel Klink the City of Miami has seen an increase of politically affiliated individuals being hired in key jobs.

One of those individuals is Nikolas Pascual, who was hired shortly after the Colonel became City Manager.

Pascal's previous employment had been campaign manager and legislative assistant for Jose Feliz Diaz, who served in the Florida House of Representatives, from 2010 to 2017.

On September 20th, I posted a story that included the photo above questioning Miami City Manager Emilio "Colonel Klink" Gonzalez's decision to fly to North Carolina after the hurricane in what appeared to be nothing more than a self-serving photo op.

When I posted my story, I had requested, but not yet been provided with a copy of receipts for the trip.

I have them now, and true to form, Gonzalez dinged the taxpayers of Miami $1709.49 for airfare for him, and Nikolas Pascual, his Director of Intergovernmental Affairs to fly to Charolette, North Carolina.

They arrived at 8:29 AM, and were back on a plane to Miami at 2:27 PM,  which means that at best they spent a grand total of 4.5 - 5 hours on the ground in North Carolina, posing for photos.

But wait, there's more.

When Diaz lost his campaign to become a State Senator, he did what so many other former legislators do, he became a lobbyist, joining the mega lobbying firm Ballard Partners.

Among his lobbying clients, Diax lists Miami Beckham United LLC. He also lists a handful of projects that are seeking major zoning changes from the city where having an inside connection to the City Manager would be a wonderful thing to have.

It all an interlocking system of connected insiders, who can be followed from campaign donations, to lawyers and lobbyists to favorable treatment and sweetheart deals like the Beckham deal.

The reason why these connections are so easily found is that the "real" news media either because of laziness, incompetence of just outright collusion refuses to report on these kinds of connections and their implications and potential impact on the city.

One result of this negligence and/or outright refusal to cover these activities as assaults on the public's trust and abuse of power is that it allows the City Manager to figure that he and his aide could fly off for a day trip to North Carolina to pose for a little self-serving photo op, and not a word about this junket would ever be revealed to the public.

And just so no one think's I'm just picking on Colonel Klink, here is City Commissioner Manolo Reyes, who somehow managed to show up in the Panhandle over the weekend.

What the fuck's up with that, Manolo?  How much did this jaunt cost, and who did you take with you?  

NOTE: I have just received word from Commissioner Reyes' office that he and his Chief of Staff paid their own way, which is fine.

If you pay for the trip, you can go wherever you want, whenever you want.

It's only when you ding the taxpayer that folks should get upset.

It's Miami, Bitches!

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NUMBER 110  -  OCTOBER 16, 2018

FAKE GRASS BE GONE - THERE ARE LESSONS TO BE LEARNED FROM YESTERDAY'S DECISION TO REMOVE THE FAKE GRASS AND REPLACE IT WITH REAL GRASS ON THE BRICKELL AVENUE SWALES - THE LEAST OF WHICH IS DON'T PISS OFF UPPER MIDDLE-CLASS WHITE FOLKS WHO VOTE

I've been writing this blog for over nine years now, and I've seen a lot of angry and pissed off people during that time who wanted the city to do right by them, or do right by everyone, but I've never seen what happened last night when Commissioner "Sellout" Russell, who only last Thursday told the handful of people who showed up at the City Commission meeting to complain about the fake grass and concrete on the swales along Brickell Avenue that,

          "There's going to remove the concrete, but they're

          putting back the fake grass, and this project is moving

          forward as long as the mayor wants it to."


showed up at Monday night's protest to apologize and promise the fake grass would be removed, and that they will be included in whatever design process is required for them to essentially shut up and quit protesting.

This is how things are supposed to work, right?

First, you show up at a homeowners meeting and confront the Mayor, then you show up at City Hall and bitch at the commissioners, then you call for a protest rally and get a couple hundred people to sign a petition - 382 folks to be exact - and if you are a group of upper middle-class white folks, your District Commissioner will show up and slobber all over you in an effort to get you to quit bitching.

If, on the other hand you're poor, Black and stage protests where hundreds and hundreds of people march in the streets over the killings of children, or show up at City Hall and bitch about drug dealing on the streets in your community it will take months and months, if not years, or even never, before anyone to do anything more than nod their heads and express their condolences at your misfortune.

It took almost a year after Karen Cartright showed up at City Hall, before the Commission Chairman decided to seek the Commission approval to declare the area around NW 13th Avenue and 1st Court to be a nasty, drug den and to seal it off as a way to clean it out.

LESSON NUMBER ONE

There are real lessons to be learned about what happened with and about the planting of fake grass on Brickell Avenue swales, and the very first lesson, a lesson that the Mayor and his sidekick Commissioner "Sellout," WOULD RATHER THAT YOU NOT LEARN, is that what happened here with the Mayor's arbitrary and capricous decision to pour concrete around the trees and lay down fake grass without bothering to discuss the issue with the District Commissioner or get any community input before having the Public Works Department swing into action is a classic example of the kind of leadership and management you can expect from Francis Suarez if becomes the Strong Mayor

Francis Suarez, no matter how eloquent he sounds when he shows up to talk to folks about why he wants them to vote in support of his becoming a Strong Mayor, is actually not very bright, nor more importantly, very focused on the intricacies of governance.

When the question about his being a part-time mayor comes up, the issue should not be so much on the number of physical hours that he spends on the job, as it should be on the mental hours he spends thinking about the job.

The difference between being a fulltime mayor, and a partime mayor is that the part-time mayor is easily distracted and limited in the mental time he spends thinking about the issues and problems facing the city, because being a real estate lawyer requires a lot of mental time too, and so does being a husband and a father, and at some point there is a limit as to how much quality thinking time you have to devote to issues like planting fake grass on a city swale.

The reality is that this episode represented a real life window into how Francis Suarez could be expected to operate if he becomes the Strong Mayor, and it was something that started dawning on people last week after the commission meeting.

You can bet that the real reason that the sudden decision to to a 180 degree turn around and agree to remove the fake grass and remove all the concrete poured around the base of the trees was in large part made as a way to try and put an immediate end to this protest before a lot more folks started making the same connections between this decision and what might happen if Suarez was given the power to make these kinds of decisions all the time.

LESSON NUMBER TWO

The residents of Miami need to understand that the management of the city is not getting better, it's getting worse!

They need to start paying more attention to all the dirty deals that are being orchestrated at City Hall and they need to start standing up for themselves.

There has never been so much money being poured into campaign accounts and Political Action Committees of the people running for public office in Miami, and especially Francis Suarez's, by real estate developers, land use lawyers, contractors and the associated companies that rely on these individuals and companies for financial survival to not understand that there has been a paradigm shift in just in the time that Francis Suarez decided to run for mayor in 2016, to the present.

Last week, I posted the latest contributions to the campaign account for his Strong Mayor initiative.  The total amount of money given to that  committee since March 19th has been $1,296,134.00.

What I did not report on was the amount of money that the newly created Accountable Miami Political Action Committee has collected since it was registered on August 24th.  That amount is, $747,200.00.

The grand total between these two committees comes to $2,043,334.00.

There are people out to buy the Mayor of Miami, and he has demonstrated not only is he willing to be bought, but as I've said on previous occasions, if you were to tattoo all the people and companies who have donated at least $10,000 to any of these campaign accounts, on Francis Suarez's face, he would become the First Black Mayor of Miami!

LESSON NUMBER THREE

This one is for all those folks on Brickell Avenue.

Just because Commissioner "Sellout" showed up and  shook your hands and looked into your eyes, don't trust that lying weasel-dick, because remember that it was only 4 days before he showed up to tell you that you could have real grass on your swale, that he told you:

          "There's going to remove the concrete, but they're

          putting back the fake grass, and this project is moving

          forward as long as the mayor wants it to."


He might shake your hand, but he's got his nose stuck up Francis Suarez's ass, and at this point to mix metaphors, he's going to continue to keep it there because in the real world of Miami politics, Commissioners Carollo, Reyes, Gort and Hardemon all have reasons to keep treating him like an ugly stepchild at Commission meetings, and he's just a couple commission votes away from being neutered like a squealing pig.

Crespodamas is never wrong about these things!

It's Miami, Bitches!

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