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VICTORIA MENDEZ NEEDS TO BE FIRED
NUMBER 70 - MARCH 11, 2020
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The Mayor has been unhappy ever since Mendez, obviously in response to instruction and encouragement from Carollo, decided that she would not only offer a legal opinion on whether and when he could veto certain items voted on by the commission, but instead of offering her opinion as a guide for the members of the commission to make a decision on, she took it upon herself to become the decider of what items would be presented to the Mayor for a possible veto, and which ones SHE would determine he would not be allowed to make that decision.
The City Attorney is a constitutional officer, but she is an appointed officer, not an elected official, and it is only the complete and utter cowardice of the Boy-Toy Mayor that stopped him from looking over and telling her the morning she announced this new authority that she had granted herself, "Are you crazy! I'm the elected mayor of this city, and if you don't think that I should have the power to veto items, then you can take it to court, but you can't just highjack the process to curry favor with the guy who seems to have turned you into his sock puppet!"
Alas, these are but just two of the more recent notable examples of Victoria Mendez's questionable if not sanctional behavior.
Another nasty piece of business that I discovered and revealed in several stories was how the City Attorney's Office was rewriting legislation after the items had been approved by the commission.
Here is what I wrote on March 29, 2019:
I could, if I had the energy tonight to go looking, come up with another half-dozen reasons and examples of questionable legal behavior for why Victoria Mendez needs to be fired, and why at least some of the lawyers on her staff need to be fired along with her.
Suffice to say, the taxpayers of Miami have been getting screwed every which way but loose over recent years, and at the center of a number of those instances, Victoria Mendez has been the one providing the "legal opinion," justifying those actions.
Even in Miami, Bitches! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
The actions of Victoria Mendez and her staff in handling public records since she's been the City Attorney have been well documented on this blog, as well as though the numerous lawsuits filed and won by citizens that she has tried to deny access to public records, either because they contained embarrassing and even criminal information, or because they would be embarrassing to the people who wrote the emails.
These actions have cost the city's taxpayers tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in the cost of having her attorney defend against these lawsuits, and then having to settle them befor trial so they would not cause more problems by the legal precedents that these losses would create.
Below are copies of two checks totalling $29,989.89 as examples. In addition to these, my attorneys were also paid another $10,000 in legal fees to settle another lawsuit that they filed on my behalf against the City and Marc Sarnoff, and Grant Stern also had his attorneys collect $10,000 to settle his lawsuit about the withholding of documents in the Wallmart fight.
"Last year the commission discussed and voted on new limits for the use of Bayfront Park by outside events. There was a restriction placed on the number of days that the park could be used for these events and it was stipulated in the ordinance that the money collected would go to the Bayfront Park Trust Board.
Again, without any discussion or a vote, someone went in after the ordinance was approved and changed the language to read that the money collected from these events would go to the City's General Fund.
This is a copy of the email I wrote questioning this.
This is the response I got from Victoria Mendez, the City Attorney.
Not everyone at Miami City Hall is happy with what has been going on inside the City Attorney's Office, or with the quality, or lack thereof, of the legal advice that Victoria Mendez has been giving to the Mayor and the members of the City Commission.
The revelations contained in revealed the degree to which Mendez and a handful of her staff conspired to try and thwart the petition drive to oust Joe Carollo from his commission seat were stunning because they started looking for ways to stop the process even before it had officially gotten underway.
If that was not enough, I heard that at this afternoon's hearing before Judge Alan Fine, things were said that upset Victoria Mendez so much that she told the judge, and he agreed, to order Elaine De Valle to erase the video of the proceedings she she had been capturing on her cell phone.
IN ALL OF MY YEARS YEARS I HAVE NEVER HEARD OF A PUBLIC OFFICIAL DEMANDING THAT A JUDGE ORDER A MEMBER OF THE PRESS TO ERASE VIDEO FOOTAGE OF A HEARING, AND MIND YOU THIS WAS A HEARING ABOUT THE CITY ATTORNEY OF MIAMI TRYING TO THWART THE RIGHTS OF CITIZENS TO SEEK REDRESS OVER THE BAHAVIOR OF AN ELECTED OFFICIAL!
I look forward to Elaine's first hand account of this incident, but this is such an astounding incident that I feel obligated to make sure gets as wide exposure as possible, and I expect the Recall Carollo people to have and make available a transcript of the hearing ASAP so that it can be circulated to every news outlet in town.
This single act in and of itself should be enough to create a ground swell of anger and demand that this woman be fired by the City Manager immediately!
And that wasa just what happened today!
There is a long list of actions and statements that have made a lot of people wonder what the hell was going on inside City Hall long before this craziness started happening.
Take for instance the incident last year when under questioning Mendez admitted to the commission that the reason that they were allowed to deal with Planning and Zoning items in violation of the City Charter was because, "No one objected."
It was a stunning moment to hear the City Attorney admit that she allowed items to go on the agenda and be heard illegally because no one objected, and only because some finally had, they could not deal with the item then before it.
Here is the portion of that meeting.