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MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS PRIVILEGES
UNDER MARC SARNOFF AND ALYCE ROBERTSON THE DDA’S FAILURE TO ENFORCE TERM LIMITS FOR BOARD MEMBERS IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THIS PUBLIC AGENCY HAS BECOME AN INSIDERS CLUB THAT TREATS THEIR BY-LAWS AS LITTLE MORE THAN TOILET PAPER

The Downtown Development Agency (DDA) was created by City Ordinance 7370  in November of 1965.  In 2006, the DDA amended it’s Rules of Procedures, and made a significant change to the term limits for its Board Members.

At the time of this change there were six Board Members who had been on the board going back to 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998, as you can see by this list of Board Members created on April 1, 2006.

In the years that followed, five of those six Board members moved on to greener pastures.  Only one remained: Alvin West, who represented the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau.


Here is a screen grab of the DDA Board taken from their website on Sunday morning.

  

If you didn’t catch it at first glance, the first document has Alvin West becoming a member of the DDA Board on May 12, 1998, and the document above has him becoming a member on September 28, 2000.


If you go with the 1998 date, then Alvin West should have termed out of his 8 years in 2006, and allowing for an additional 4 year term, he would have termed out in 2010.


If you go with the year 2000, then he would have termed out of his 8 years in 2008, and his 12 years in 2012.


Neither of those possibilities occurred. In fact, just last week, at the October 9th City Commission meeting Alvin West’s name was submitted for another 4 year term, taking him to 2018, thereby making it possible for him to have served on the DDA Board for a total of 20 years.

Right behind Alvin West in time served on the board is Jerome Hollo - son of developer Tibor Hollo - whose father has been the recipient of so many favors and reach arounds by Tomas Regalado and Marc Sarnoff - starting during my watch with the 1814 Brickell Park deal, and most recently the Mayor going to Argentina last year to hustle investment money for Hollo’s Panorama Condo tower, which also became the first designee of the City of Miami’s EB-5 program - that his dick ought to be sore from all the yanking that these two bozos have done on it.


Since Hollo was first appointed to the DDA Board in 2002, his 8 years + 4 bonus years should have expired in 2014, and therefore, in the list above there should have been the name of someone to replace him.  Instead, as you can see those names up for reappointment are the names of people already on the Board.


I guess for regular readers it will come as no surprise when I tell you that the Chairwoman of the Membership Committee is none other than Alicia Cervera. You remember her don’t you, she’s the same Alicia Cervera that recently hired the wife of DDA Chairman Sarnoff as a real estate agent.


When a public agency becomes little more than a collection of hand-picked crony insiders whose principal allegiance is not to obeying the laws and rules that are supposed to govern them, but rather to make sure that everyone at the trough continues to stay at the trough you start seeing these kinds of “mistakes” start occurring.


At the end of the day however, the person who is ultimately responsible for making sure that the agency’s By-laws are known and followed by all of the Board Members is the Executive Director, who in this case is none other than my pal, and Defendant, Alyce Robertson.


Robertson, who makes well over $200,000 a year, has become accustomed to that big paycheck and the perks that go with it,  including no doubt travel tips and assistance from Alvin West’s Convention and Visitor Bureau, and she clearly knows that her only way to keep her place at the trough is not only to keep kissing Sarnoff’s ass, but to do everything she can to further the election of Teresa Sarnoff, as her husband’s replacement.


Given what happened when Sarnoff ran for reelection in 2011, this means that things are bound to get infinitely more interesting at the DDA in the coming months.


Until then however, let’s see which City Commissioner has the balls to initiate a re-vote on the reappointment of Alvin West to the DDA Board, or which downtown resident or business owner decides that enough is enough, and decides to file a lawsuit to nullify his reappointment to the DDA Board?


Then again, Alvin West and Jerome Hollo could do the honorable thing, and acknowledging the provisions of the By-Laws, they could both resign.


It’s Miami, Bitches!