THE PLOT TO FIRE CITY MANAGER
CRESPOGRAM REPORT
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SEPTEMBER 3, 2015
AT LEAST 3 CITY COMMISSIONERS ALONG WITH SOME OF THE USUAL SUSPECTS WHO ALWAYS SEEM TO POP UP IN SEPTEMBER TO SCREAM ABOUT MORE POLICE PROTECTION ARE IN CAHOOTS TO TRY AND GET MIAMI CITY MANAGER DANNY ALFONSO FIRED

Whether it’s rain or shine, good times or bad, there’s one thing that has been constant during the years that Marc Sarnoff has been on the Miami City Commission, and that is that there’s always been enough Machiavellian drama behind the curtains at City Hall to fuel the creation of a dozen plays or movies about skullduggery and backstabbing among the Commissioners, the Mayor and the City Manager(s).


The Crespogram learn learned from exclusive sources that the latest plot in Regaladoland involves an effort to fire Miami City Manager Danny Alfonso at the September 10th Commission meeting over the failure of the police department to significantly increase the number of police officers that they’ve been told to hire for the last 3 years.


For the last several months Fernand Amandi, the Coconut Grove resident and political pollster who has pretty much been Commissioner Sarnoff’s sock puppet every September for the last couple years mouthing Sarnoff’s talking points and wrangling up a collection of unhappy wealthy Groveites to show up at City Hall and flex their sense of entitlement, has been making noises about his unhappiness with the City Manager on various latin radio shows, and I would not be at all surprised that if on September 10th., Amandi is the designated Hit-And-Run Driver who calls for the Commissioners to issue a vote of “ No Confidence,” against the Manager.


While Alfonso has done yeoman’s work in straightening up the massive financial mess that the economic crisis and the Diaz administration left, along with the gross incompetence that the three previous City Managers under Tomas Regalado managed to compound, Alfonso has managed to rub some folks the wrong way and they believe that his hubris in believing that because he cleaned up the books he was untouchable has not sat well with some at City Hall, among them Commissioner Frank Carollo, who for some unfathomable reason actually believes that if he clicks his heels three times he can become the next Mayor - even though the position of Mayor of Miami is probably looking better and better to Raquelita every time Carlos Gimenez demonstrates just how formidable the power of incumbency is.


Because this is Miami, where dirty double deals are only a prelude to dirty triple deals, here’s what I’ve been able to dig up.


The original deal to remove Alfonso involved Sarnoff, Carollo and Suarez.  That created a problem because without a fourth Commissioner, Regalado could veto their vote to remove Alfonso.  Gort would never vote against Regalado on a deal like this so it was Commissioner Hardemon who was seen as the potential 4th vote locking the deal up.


In the devious, backroom way that deals get done in Miami, I’ve been told that Commissioner Hardemon was initially convinced to throw his hat into the ring with the other 3 to join them in the coup giving them a 4 Vote Super Majority, but then again, Hardemon has demonstrated a wily ability to play everyone against everyone else as long as he gets what he wants.  What that is, is always a problem, because he has a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of hands that expect to get greased.


Then, I heard Regalado got wind of the deal and figured that since Hardemon was the last guy in he would probably be the easiest to peel off, and supposedly, Hardemon has now backed off, although for what promises or deals have yet to be revealed.


I’ve been told from several sources that as always, when it comes to these kinds of deals, a lot of horse trading has been going on behind the scenes, and the quid-pro-quo that supposedly Alfonso, and Police Chief Rudy Llanes have done with the Mayor to protect both of their jobs was to very quietly promote Regalado’s Sgt-At-Arms James Carvil to become a NET Commander.


Don’t ask why Regalado would make this promotion a major point on a deal like this, especially since Carvil has less than 6 months to go before retiring and last year Regalado arranged for him to get a sizable salary bump that would be reflected in his retirement package, but, it is what it is.


Carvil has already been appointed - very quietly - but he will not actually become a NET Commander because he’s just not qualified to hold any kind of real management position. It’s one of the things that Regalado wanted, and they’ll stick Carvil somewhere out of the way until he retires.


For those who might not know who Raymond Carvil is, I posted a rather interesting video of his behavior several years ago involving a public record’s request made to the Mayor’s receptionist.


Here is that video.

A CRESPOGRAM EXCLUSIVE

The one thing that you can be absolutely sure of is that there are still 7 days to go before next Thursday’s Commission meeting, and between now and then these plotters will be greasing up the dildos to see how many different ways they can Screw The Pooch.


It is after all, still Miami, Bitches!


NOTE: At this time I have no evidence that FOP President Javier Ortiz is directly involved in this plot.  We’ll just have to wait and see whether or not he shows up in the next few days.


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UPDATE

A press release was issued this morning dated yesterday announcing a Press Conference at City Hall with the Mayor, the City Manager, the Chief of Police this afternoon to announce “police hiring strategies and implementations as well as the addition of police officers to the proposed 2016 budget this month.” A memo from the City Manager has also been released detailing some of these strategies.


It would seem to me that these supposed “new” actions could have been done 6 months ago, or a year ago, and that in reality this constitutes little more than a moving of the deck chairs as City Manager Alfonso in an effort to derail whatever efforts are going on behind the scenes to fire him.


The police department has been in almost constant turmoil since Tomas Regalado has been Mayor, and the principal cause of that turmoil has been the open and naked political interference and string pulling that Regalado and the members of the City Commission have engaged in, that involved such embarrassing actions as appointing Manny Orosa as Chief after the Commission fired Miguel Exposito.


It was Orosa, under oath, who admitted that he gave his personal phone number to the City Commissioners so that they could deal directly with him, and in the process bypass the City Manager when it came to appointments of officers and command staff in their Districts, and all other kinds of favors and deals, not the least of which was Commissioner Frank Carollo’s infamous phone call to the Chief after he was subjected to a traffic stop in Coconut Grove which eventually led to his copping a plea and paying a fine to the Ethics Commission.


When you couple the corrupt politics with the bad pay and benefits that occurred when Regalado gutted their salaries as part of the Financial Urgency in 2010 and 2011, and the increasingly terrible morale that this has created in the department, it’s a wonder that they’ve managed to recruit anyone to work for the City of Miami Police Department.


Here is the City Manager’s latest memo.

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