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PART II - CATS IN A SACK LEADS TO BATSHIT CRAZY SHOWING UP
TERESA SARNOFF CLAIMED THAT GRACE SOLARES’ LAWSUIT COST THE CITY OF MIAMI $12 MILLION DOLLARS.  I DON’T THINK SO, BUT THERE WERE REAL COSTS, AND ONE OF THEM IS THAT GRACE MIGHT BE LIABLE FOR ATTORNEY’S FEES

I swear, I do not think that if I were to smoke dope or take LSD, the shit that I’d dream up would be any crazier than the reality of what goes on in the City of Miami almost daily.


Yesterday, in the letter that Teresa Sarnoff wrote announcing that she was conceding the election to Ken Russell, she included the following paragraph:


“I remain in this election as it remains unclear what the law is if the runner-up concedes. I do not want to put the taxpayers at risk of a lawsuit by the second runner-up, who has already cost the taxpayers more than $12 million, money that will never be made up and money that could have improved our police department or parks or help fund transportation solutions.”


Now, I think there is a fair amount of hyperbole in Teresa’s statement, and in fact, those alleged costs are not actually related to the attorney’s fees for all of Solares cases, but rather relate to the supposed loss of construction spending - including jobs and materials - and to the expected revenue from the new Grove Harbour project that both Grace and Stephen Kneapler’s lawsuits tied up while they were being argued.  Although Grace also filed other lawsuit, including one against the Skyrise Tower - which the Mayor’ daughter also sued, the Grover Harbour case is the one that really pissed Sarnoff off the most.


It’s true that the City of Miami used their own lawyers in defending those lawsuits, and it might be a good thing if the City Attorney’s office were to make public the billing hours - and the costs associated with those hours in defending the city against those lawsuits - but, as usual, nobody ever seems to bother looking behind the curtain, because if anyone had, they would have discovered that when Solares and Kneapler filed their lawsuits, the folks associated with the Grove Harbour project petitioned the court - as they were entitled to do -  to allow their attorney to be part of the process, so as to be able to protect their interests.


And, after Solares and Kneapler lost their cases, the attorney, JC Planes, submitted a motion to the court asking for a hearing in order that he might argue as to why he was entitled to attorney’s fees from Solares.

That hearing was held on Friday, October 30th, and after JC Planes had made his presentation on why he believed Solares should be required to pay for filing her unsuccessful lawsuit, Grace’s attorney and boss, Linda Carroll, told the judge that she was not feeling well. 


The hearing was postponed.


I’m not sure that a new date has been set yet to pick up where the hearing ended last week, but I am sure that such a hearing will take place, and eventually so will one for Kneapler.


So, contrary to the claims of everyone there are potential financial consequences to Solares’ and Kneapler’s lawsuits that few people were aware of, but they wren’t $12 million dollars.


BATSHIT CRAZY SHOWS UP


The absolutely, most batshit crazy part of this uproar over whether Teresa Sarnoff should submit a resignation letter, or whether it’s just one last gigantic scheme by her and her husband to lull everyone into a stupor, so that her supporters could go to the polls and vote her in on November 17th, is that out of nowhere, former Miami City Attorney Julie Bru decided that this was a fight that she ought to weigh in on.


I wrote a lot about Julie Bru when she was the City Attorney, including all the underhanded bullshit involving the bogus legal opinions justifying the Mayor and City Commissioners taking free tickets, and especially her involvement in the free VIP tickets ULTRA Music Festival brouhaha.


The worst thing about Bru - or at least the worst thing that I was ever able to turn up - was her participation in the scheme to bribe former Miami Police Chief Miguel Exposito, where the $200,000 check that Larry Spring offered Exposito came from the City Attorney’s private settlement account.


That check was illegally cut, and I said then, and I say now that Julie Bru should have been arrested and charged for that crime. Here is the link to the story that I wrote at the time that includes an audio tape from the wire that the Chief wore, the info on the check, and a portion of the City Commission meeting where Frank Carollo, in his usual confused way attempted to reveal what Bru had done, along with an unnecessary mugging by the Miami Herald. CLICK  HERE


I still would love to have her sue me for slander so I could get Tomas Regalado, Larry Spring, Tony Crapp, the FBI and FDLE agents and former Chief Exposito before a court reporter for depositions, because that still remains in my mind the single story - among many - that never got the coverage it deserved.


Here’ how Bru decided to jump into this free-for-all.


Yesterday, David Smiley did a story that appeared on the Herald’s political blog that carried statements from Teresa, Ken Russell and Grace Solares about Teresa’s decision to concede, and included a defense by Grace that her lawsuits had not cost the City $12 million dollars.

Of course Solares was wrong because the cost of the city attorney fighting her cases does represent real costs, but to see a response from Julie Bru about this, given her own shenanigans was just too much.

For someone who I believe deserved at the very least to be sanctioned by the Florida Bar, and if we didn’t have such a corrupt State Attorney, should have been arrested and charged over the $200,000 illegal check,  the very idea that Julie Bru would decide to get involved in this issue and write sanctimoniously about someone showing no respect for the City’s Corporate Counsel, was so astounding that it made me laugh till I cried!


Go away Julie Bru, you’re batshit crazy, and nobody give a fuck what you think!


This is really Miami, Bitches!