CRESPOGRAM REPORT
MAY 16, 2014
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NOW YOU KNOW HOW IT FEELS
THE CITY ATTORNEY COMPLAINED BECAUSE THE CITY GOT SCREWED OVER BY THE GOVERNOR AND HIS CABINET.  GEE, THAT’S WHAT THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION DOES TO THE FOLKS IN MIAMI AT ALMOST EVERY COMMISSION MEETING

A couple days ago, Miami City Attorney Victoria Mendez, along with a bunch of local folks including politicians and members of environmental groups representing or speaking on behalf of the citizens of the cities that will have the new high-voltage transmission lines that FP & L wants to string up along US 1 all traipsed up to Tallahassee for the quarterly meeting of the Governor and his Cabinet where they proceeded to get some of that special Tallahassee bend you over and screw you treatment.


On her return, Mendez circulated this Memorandum - the first time in the last 4 years that a public official in the City of Miami has ever bothered to provide a public accounting of any trip they’ve taken to anywhere, for any reason - that detailed her perspective on what had transpired.

Now, I got an unsolicited email from one of the Mayor’s who went on the trip crediting Mendez for leading the effort on getting the the concession that forbids FP & L from starting construction of the transmission lines until the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission approves the construction of the 2 new nuclear power plants: “That was our only good news, and she gets most of the credit.”


That’s a good thing, and the citizens of Miami and those in the other communities affected by what FP & L wants to do should give her thanks for her efforts, but at the same time, I highlighted two sections of her Memorandum that I cannot allow to go unchallenged.


FASTER THAN A SPEEDING BULLET


My fellow bloggers at Eye On Miami, commented after the meeting on the lack of discussion and the speed in which this proposal was brought to a vote.  Well, I venture to say that the City of Miami probably holds the land speed record when it comes to speed in passing an item.


Here’s a Pocket Item introduced by then Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones last year that took 13 seconds.

Here are 2 items, and an entire OMNI CRA meeting that lasted all of 58 seconds.

I would venture that not only on the basis of the above 2 videos, but on a long history of the Miami City Commission ramming through questionable items with little or no comment, and at a speed that would make The Road Runner look like a slow poke that the time that the Governor and his Cabinet devoted to this issue could probably be considered an example of gracious Southern hospitality in comparison to the 13 second video above.


MISTAKEN CONCLUSIONS OF LAW INFECTING THE PROCESS


There is no small irony that the current  City Attorney of Miami would decry a process that included “mistaken conclusions of law” when the City Attorney’s Office over the years has “infected the process” through not only “mistaken conclusions of law,” but worse, just out and out bogus opinions that have caused the taxpayers of Miami to unknowingly subsidize what amounts to a welfare program for outside law firms who have been tasked fruitlessly to undo the damage.


In just one case the City of Miami has spent millions of dollars in recent years on the SEC case, where “the city and a former Budget Director were charged with securities fraud in connection with several municipal bond offerings and other disclosures made to investors” - FOR THE SECOND TIME IN LESS THAN A DECADE.


Let’s just highlight a couple of the more flagrant examples of bad legal advice, or performance by the City Attorney’s office that have resulted in real financial damage to the City.


  1. 1. The original contract and all of the amendments to that contract negotiated by the City Attorney’s Office and Bayside Marketplace that have cost the taxpayers tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue.


  1. 2. The failure of the City Attorney’s Office to do anything about the GLARING problems with the Grove Key Marina/Scotty’s Landing contract that last year resulted in the City being found liable for over $1 million in property taxes being owed the County.


  1. 3. The failure of the City Attorney’s Office to oversee the contract with the Miami Marlins that resulted in the disclosure last year that the city is obligated to pay property taxes on the parking garages.


And then of course there are those in-house legal (political) opinions like the bogus opinion issued last year on the ability of Michelle Spence-Jones to run for a 3rd term that was shot down by both the 11th Circuit Court and the 3rd District Court of Appeals.


If I’m less than sympathetic to Mendez bemoaning her treatment at the hands of the Governor and the members of the Cabinet - not withstanding the seriousness of the issues - its because The Miami City Commission, often with the active collusion of the City Attorney, and on a regular basis engages in the very same bend them over and screw them tactics on the citizens of Miami that she and the others were subjected to in Tallahassee.


One of the reasons that I do this blog is that I think that its a good thing for folks who screw over other folks to get a taste of their own medicine, and to read Mendez’s bemoan the City suffering from “the mistaken conclusions of law that have infected this entire proceeding,” is about the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time!


It’s Miami, Bitches!


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