CRESPOGRAM REPORT
BARRED FROM NUMEROUS GOVERNMENTAL COMPUTER NETWORKS FOR TELLING THE TRUTH
NOVEMBER  16, 2015
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THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT RESULT OF KEN RUSSELL’S ELECTION
THE MIAMI CITY COMMISSION WILL HAVE  A NEW HYPHENED-AMERICAN MEMBER, BUT IT WON’T BE 
A CUBAN-AMERICAN

As a result of all the confusion and drama surrounding the withdraw of Teresa Sarnoff as well as the confusion over what that meant for the runoff election, nobody it seems, has really paid attention to the most remarkable thing about the election of Ken Russell to the Miami City Commission beyond the fact that he beat Marc and Teresa Sarnoff.


Ken Russell is a Japanese-American. His mother is Japanese, and she captured Ken’s father’s heart because she was the best female Yo-Yo player in Japan.


Given the grip that the Cuban exile community has acquired over the years on local politics, the fact that Russell represents not only a break with that hold on power, but is also is probably one of a very small number of Japanese-American elected officials east of the Colorado River, and maybe the only one in Florida,  his getting elected to the Miami City Commission is a very remarkable achievement.


It’s propitious that in addition to Russell being elected to the City Commission, a new Japanese Counsel-General recently arrived in Miami.

From an economic development perspective, these developments could prove to be a boon to Miami, because you can bet that in the coming weeks and months you can expect to see Japanese TV news and talk shows showing up at City Hall to interview him - he speaks Japanese which another plus - and all of that attention can serve as the basis for increased interest in, and increased business and tourism opportunities between Miami and Japan.


The business opportunities could also extend to the Russell family business: Yo-Yo’s.  A young, handsome Miami City Commissioner  with a photogenic family and a Mom who also happens to be a former Yo-Yo champ in her youth could spur a whole new resurgence of interest in Yo-Yo’s in Japan, and one day might result in him and his Mom showing up on a giant billboard in Toyko twirling Yo-Yo’s.  Hey, if I can think of this, even a dimwitted ad agency somewhere could think of it too.


It’s a new day in Miami, and with it will come change.  So far, the changes hold the promise that the past might not be the prologue to the future, but then again, there are those who will say that the more things change, the more they remain the same.


Right now though, one thing has definitely changed, and that is that District 2 now has a Commissioner who does speak Spanish, but also speaks Japanese.  Who’d have thunk that would ever happen?


So, here’s to you Ken Russell, がんばろう