CRESPOGRAM REPORT
JUNE 19, 2015
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
ROPE-A-DOPING HIS CONSTITUENTS

Anytime an elected official claims he or she wants to hold a Community Meeting to discuss a serious community problem with their constituents and decides that the best place to do so is at a meeting that starts at 5:30 PM at the Culmer Center, you can bet that that elected official is planning on bamboozling their constituents and that there is definitely shit in the game.


I say that because the Culmer Center is a county building that come hell or high water refuses to stay open after 6:30 PM, no matter how important or compelling the meeting that is going on inside might be.


Everyone by now should know that, and consequently, it’s become the goto place for politicians looking to bullshit folks in Overtown and then making sure that time runs out before anyone can start demanding serious answers or explanations.


So it was on Wednesday night when Commissioner Keon Hardemon called for a meeting at the Culmer Center to supposedly discuss a number of issues related to the All Aboard Train project AND the TRI-RAIL project, all related to the itemized list of talking points that he had circulated in advance of the meeting.

If the Commissioner was really serious about providing the community a clear understanding of the issues and the ability to question and make suggestions then there should be a separate meeting for the items related to All Aboard Florida and Tri-Rail.


It’s a disservice to lump all of these items together in a meeting with so little time to not only explain the issues on a clear and detailed manner, but more importantly to forestall any serious discussion or questions in an arena where everyone could listen, so as to better understand the issues involved.


As you will see in the video of the meeting below, the Commissioner took up most of the allotted hour, and ironically it was when I stood up and said that I had a number of questions I wanted to ask that James McQueen, the Commissioner’s Chief of Staff informed him that everyone had to leave because the Colmer Center was closing.


I’m sure that it was just a coincidence that this happened when I stood up, but what clearly not a coincidence was the manner in which the Commissioner went about using the allotted hour to present a series of justifications and explanations for a series of decisions that it seems that he had arbitrarily made without any input or discussion with members of the SEOPW CRA Board.


The Commissioner had demonstrated a real lack of interest or willingness to deal with, or allow folks to seriously question his decisions or judgments, as evidenced by the manner in which he not only chairs the SEOPW CRA meetings, but by the way in which continues to stage these so-called community meetings in a location that provides him a platform that lets him hog most of the time and limits the ability of those who attend to question him on the details of the claims that he makes.


Never forget that the truth of complicated deals is in the details, and the refusal to provide citizens with those details, or more importantly their ability to question those details is tantamount to


Never once has the Commissioner produced any sort of cost/benefit analysis to support or justify his willingness to give away these tens of millions of dollars of tax increment money to rich developers and large corporations.


Do the costs for the supposed benefits that the Commissioner claims will come to the remaining residents of Overtown justify the tens of millions that he’s willing to give away, or would it be cheaper in both the short and long run to pay for these supposed benefits directly.


There are far too many specific items in the Talking Points above that warrant a detailed analysis and review that unfortunately will never get even a cursory review because not only did the Commissioner stage the event in a way that precluded that from happening, but also it’s evident that none of the other City Commissioners have had any input or discussion about any of this, and when they do go through this at their next CRA meeting, you will see just how unwilling and uninformed they are about the details surrounding most of these items.


This brings me to the one item that the Commissioner tried to bamboozle everyone on dealing with the membership of the CRA Board of Directors.


Can anyone with a straight face believe and support the desire of the Commissioner to, “Maintain current membership of the CRA Board?”


The lame and self-serving excuse that he gave about how the inclusion of a member of the Miami-dade County Commission - specifically County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson - would create a situation where they would be unable to talk about improving the Overtown other than at a  CRA Board meeting because that would create a Sunshine Law conflict is just absolute bullshit.


They could have “noticed”  meetings every day of the week.  What the Commissioner really means by this is that what he’s really afraid of is having anyone know just what he and Commissioner Edmonson talk about in private.  Everybody ought to be concerned about that.


Far more importantly, forget the idea of a County Commissioner being added to the CRA Board, and focus instead on demanding that members of the community being appointed to the board, and replacing the current CRA Board which is made up of Miami City Commissioners. 


That’s a real issue that should concern all of the people who have for years sat and watched the corrupt members of the Miami City Commission screw the people of Overtown as the Chairmen and members of the both the OMNI and SEOPW CRA’s.


If folks in Overtown are really concerned about their future they need to take back the control of these so-called public bodies that are comprised of elected public officials who maintain a death grip on the decision making and spending on money, and demand that these bodies, starting with the SEOPW CRA are controlled by people in the community and not a bunch of thuggish, corrupt members of the Miami City Commission who have repeatedly demonstrated just how willing they are to lie, cheat and fuck over the folks in Overtown, starting with the Commissioner of District 5 who demonstrated that he will continue to hoodwink and bamboozle the folks in Overtown until they tell him in no uncertain terms that that bullshit’s got to stop.


It’s Miami, Bitches!


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ONE SURE WAY TO BAMBOOZLE YOUR CONSTITUENTS IS TO INVITE THEM TO A MEETING WHERE YOU PROVIDE THEM WITH SO MUCH INFORMATION - MOST OF IT IN A HURRIED AND CONFUSING MANNER - AND THEN MAKE SURE THE MEETING IS HELD IN A LOCATION THAT FORCES EVERYONE OUT THE DOOR AFTER ONE HOUR, BEFORE FOLKS CAN START ASKING SERIOUS AND DETAILED QUESTIONS