The same applies for every City Department and employee driving around in a city car on city business.


As for Alice Bravo and Carlos Migoya, they both have access to county placards that provide them the same parking privileges, and in Bravo’s case, I’m sure she has access to both a county car and a driver whenever she needs one.


That Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine supposedly got a decal because he’s on the MPO and a member of the Miami-Dade League of Cities is just bullshit.  Every city and municipality in the county is a member of the League of Cities, and none of the other Mayors in the various municipalities got a free parking decal.  In addition, I doubt that the City of Miami Beach provides a similar courtesy to any of the politicians in the City of Miami.


Other than attending the MPO meetings - where I’m sure he’s provided parking - there is no need for the Mayor of Miami Beach or any of the other members of that board to get City-Wide Parking Decals from the MPA - which is self-evident by the fact that none of them did.


So, at the end of the day, the same old same old keeps happening in the city that we’ve  come to know as,


It’s Miami, Bitches!

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THE 2016 SMOOCHIES

IF IT’S JANUARY, IT’S TIME TO REVEAL THE LATEST LIST OF RECIPIENTS OF THE MPA’S ANNUAL FREE CITY-WIDE PARKING DECALS, OR AS I CALL THEM, ART NORIEGA’S SMOOCHIE LIST

JANUARY 22, 2016

It was January of 2011, and I was hot in pursuit on the trail of Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and where he had moved his law firm after he had received the latest collection of Code Violations for maintaining the law firm that he and his cousin Neil Bayer had been operating out of the 2nd home on the Sarnoff property in Coconut Grove.


I had been told to go check out the parking lot in front of the Intercontinental Hotel next to Bayfront Park, and sure enough, my tipster had been right


Sarnoff and his cousin Neil Bayer had moved into the suite of offices maintained by Sarnoff pal, Jay Solowsky, in the office building next to the hotel, and right smack in front of the entrance of the hotel I found Sarnoff’s car parked in a spot with a customized private parking sign.

Better yet, further down the row of parking spaces I spotted Cousin Neil’s car, and affixed to the inside of the windshield, I saw this decal.

Several days later, I went to Art Noriega’s office at the Miami Parking Authority with a copy of the photo of the Decal, and asked asked him explain to me who had been the actual recipient of this Decal.  Here is the answer that he gave me that became the reason I filed a lawsuit against him several days later to force him to provide me with the list of all the people who had received City-Wide Decals..

Shortly after I filed my lawsuit, Noriega magically discovered that there was another way to access the files that he had previously claimed he had been unable to access, and I got my first list of who received the free annual City-Wide Parking Decals.

The column on the left, comprising the list of board members, senior staff and employees of the MPA has remained fairly consistent over the years, but the list on the right side, the politicians, and those on the Family and Friends Plan changed from year to year in part because I’ve always believed that Noriega issued these decals to folks who either he, or his pal Marc Sarnoff, was at the time trying to suck up to, or rewarding for some backroom deal.

I managed to get distracted in 2014 and 2015 and didn’t bother to get the annual list of City-Wide Decals, but a couple days ago, when requesting some information about another story I’m working on, I added to my request for documents this year’s list of who got a SMOOCHIE from Art.

As you can see, there are some regulars who continue to get these decals, like Alice Bravo, Carlos Migoya and State Representative David Richardson, along with some new names like Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine.


Now mind you, this list doesn’t actually mean that this is the full and complete list of folks who get the City-Wide Decals, because as I discovered in 2012, there was a separate list of Honorary Counsels - 51 in  2012 - who also receive these City-Wide Decals.


I discovered the issuance of these additional decals thanks to a Crespogram reader who had spotted one of these decals on the windshield of a Rolls Royce parked in Coral Gables and had taken a photo on his cell phone and sent it to me.


At first, the MPA tried to deny that this particular decal existed, and while I was in the process of preparing a new lawsuit to force the MPA to provide me the information that was obviously being withheld about this Decal, the MPA admitted that this decal was one of 51 decals issued to Honorary Counsels, and that there had in fact been a separate list for all of these decals that the MPA had not provided me when I wrote and asked for the list of ALL of the City-Wide Parking Decals.  (That story, worth a read, is HERE.)


Now, in the scheme of chicanery and feeding at the trough that goes on constantly within the City of Miami, these City-Wide Parking Decals are chump change trinkets, but they none-the-less underscore the persistent low-level bullshit that reveals that there are very few opportunities to abuse the system that the people in charge in City of Miami are all to willing to take advantage of, which when revealed, pisses people off to no end.


After I got this latest list I wrote Art Noriega asking him to explain why Carlos Migoya, Alice Bravo, Miami Beach Mayor Levine and State Representative David Richardson - none of whom works for the City of Miami -  get these decals this year.  This was his answer:

“The selectivity is a result of specific requests made by either them individually or by the offices they represent. Migoya is a result of him managing our Public Hospital. Alice as a result of her managing transit which has multiple stations within the city. Phillipe Levine was requested as a result of his involvement with the MPO and League of Cities. David Richardson has the city as part of his district. Everyone only gets one decal.”

The problem with Noriega’s answer is that when it comes to the Mayor, the City Commissioners, The City Manager, the City Attorney, the City Clerk and all of the other city employees on the list, they already have access to placards that they and their staffs can use while on city business.


This was something that I revealed in 2012, when I took this photo of then City Attorney Julie Bru’s car’s dash and windshield that had both a placard and a City-Wide Decal.

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