Watchdog Report EXTRA: February 24, 2019 EST 05.05.00 I go when you cannot – Celebrating almost 20 years of weekly publishing

See you next week (I must raise money and it is slow going and hope if you can for the coming year because I am trying to get a fiscal cushion. Since I may have to have a surgery in the future and would be out of action for a while, I wish it were otherwise and hope you can help and PayPal is an easy method to show your support Thank you) and hope you will consider supporting a reliable news service and keeping me in the field and I think over the years I have done my best work covering Jackson health System and the school board and these still need to be monitored and hope you will help. If you are no longer getting the WDR please send me an email after my internet service earth link account was hacked by a foreign actor a few months ago and the cost for the IT was not cheap. Thanks for all the past support! Please if you can use PayPal it will be most appreciated, and I need some help! Thank you.

>>>>Further today is my Vol.20, weekly edition since 05.05.00 of publishing the Watchdog Report and while I have had a variety issues over the past years, I thank my supporters again for the privilege of doing this free news service along with the internet.

>>> And to support the WDR go to my Pay Pal account that is easy to use and right now would be a great time: http://paypal.me/WatchdogReport   Further, if you would rather send a check send it made out to Daniel Ricker and mail it to 3109 Grand Ave., #125 Miami, Fla. 33133. Thank you, Dan

>>>And having a member of the press at public meetings gives teeth to the Florida Sunshine Law (and why you get a Flu Shot) and open meetings tape recorded keeps good governance in place and reduces waste fraud and abuse, and public corruption, and is why you don’t speed in front of a state trooper for example. And hope you can support the WDR efforts to have informed residents to public institutions issues, in our community.

>>> Further the www.watchdogreport.net  in South Florida is an established news service presence, because most people are too busy to go to these important meetings, and all the information comes through me as a central point allowing me to see things at a 100-mile altitude and being an early warning system when projects have overruns or other issues. But my job is to sound the alarm and I have done so many times over the past years in a host of ways.

 

CONTENTS

 

ARGUS REPORT: Paid protesters, “not minimum wage,” harangue, Miami commissioner Ken Russell first campaign kickoff at Berries in the Grove–

Enrollment in Florida’s Tate Prepaid college program is on, will you guarantee your children have tuition, 100,000 Floridians have now is the time – Assistant state attorney Horn asking county commission to us its muscle, to get state attorneys & PD a raise from $41,500 office suffers with 20 percent retention rate, who will replace KFR, 68, as the county’s top cop, handles 1,200 employees, 250,000 cases?– The civic angels of “the bobcat law society,” visited the Miami-Dade County Commission chambers Thursday, when a dozen or so high school students from the Bob Graham Educational Center spoke in front of the Miami-Dade County’s Homeless trust and if these students are our future America is in great shape.– The super bowl is not the big enchilada of upcoming events, but the 2020 Census is, undercount costs millions, maybe even a new future house seat like in 2000, the worse count ever after Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez sent fear through the Cuban community of the federal government, some $800 billion at stake for some counties around the nation.

EDITORIALS: Carollo claims extensive corruption in code enforcement, verbally beats down mayor Suarez and administration moving on up now sitting on dais between manager and attorney, make it seem he is a, not a good look for commission, political daggers out – Elected leaders’ foreign trips, could determine if they are Marco Polo, to county and city voters! – Mayor Suarez’s strong mayor proposal flawed should not allow outside income for either mayor or manager, not about him but future mayors – Politicians don’t realize voter’s frustration is they are such hypocrites, many times (like now when congress gets paid but no other federal departments with a gov. shut-down) in their own actions Florida Constitutional commission should insist on transparency, not darkness as Sunshine law gets diluted — Most politicians hate the press- Florida needs Sunshine Amendment many municipalities out of control and get little press coverage or oversight, legislators are on wrong side of this one

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>>> Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics will not take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)

 

ARGUS REPORT: Heard Seen on the Street

 

>> Paid protesters, “not minimum wage,” harangue, Miami commissioner Ken Russell first campaign kickoff at Berries in the Grove

 

The City of Miami District 2 race is heating up and I was polled last week and asked about several possible candidates potentially running for the commission seat that runs along the coast and has the bulk of the city’s property tax revenue and includes downtown Miami. The candidates I was asked about were Javier Gonzalez, a realtor, former commissioner Marc Sarnoff, and former commission candidate Kate Callahan, Ph.D.

 

After, I heard there were protesters at his Berries campaign kickoff in Coconut Grove. I asked Russel about this and he texted back. “Good kids who told me they were paid. “I asked if they at least got the minimum wage $15/hr. They laughed and said no.” Further, “four of them asked to join my campaign staff afterward,” he texted back. However if Sarnoff jumps in with his prodigious ability to raise millions though after the last failed race his brand and fundraising could be curtailed and in the past Gov. Rick Scott appointed him to the FIU board of trustees and a state transportation committee so he is still connected to the GOB after being a fervent Barack Obama supporter but would later do a campaign commercial for Scott.

 

I was also asked about commissioner Ken Russell’s run for congress, his stand on the “major league soccer stadium,” on Melreese golf course and other policies but the thrust of the poll was the other potential candidates that had Sarnoff leaving office because of term limits and he tried to have his wife Teresa replace him on the dais (after raising millions for her campaign) and that political maneuver failed and Russell a neophyte prevailed when she withdrew.

 

Russell is the first District 2 commissioner that speaks Spanish and other languages and is a UNC Chapel Hill graduate and, in the past, ran a very grass roots campaign (The state of Kentucky also made him an honorary colonel something of a surprise he told me once and is done by a committee). Callahan a former trustee on the public health trust was hammered on the hospitals problems when she ran against Sarnoff a few years ago and while educated she is not a great campaigner and comes off as being condescending.

 

Since Russell’s election over two years ago the only real dustup was the laying of artificial grass on the swale of a street on Brickell and cost the city thousands to replace and he is also chair now of the commission along with commissioner Wilfredo Gort the vice chairman and is termed out and Gort has a host of people vying for the seat, Here is the list of candidates listed on the city’s clerk’s web page and Aguirre is close to former mayor Tomas Regalado and has long served on the Miami River commission and has supported much of the new development along the river.

 

What about Alex Diaz de la Portilla?

 

Controversial former state Sen Diaz de la Portilla is back in the political mix after losing two previous elections and has been a perennial candidate but the family brand has waned and there have been a number of issues in his personal life while in past office and his brother Miguel, a land use attorney is in front of the Miami commission very often and was the lobbyist pushing for the city to have red light cameras since removed. Below is the complete list of candidates running for office in November and their fundraising to date: This Extra is a special service of the WDR.

 

Office: Commissioner District 1

Horacio S Aguirre

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$38,025.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$3,981.75

 

Alex Diaz De La Portilla

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$40,400.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$2,003.75

 

Miguel Angel Gabela

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$112,930.00

In-Kind

in-kind$327.31

Expenditures

expenditures$4,734.88

 

Michael A Hepburn

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$0.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$0.00

 

Yanny J. Hidalgo

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$10,337.30

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$2,561.95

 

Eleazar David Melendez

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$17,723.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$48.59

 

Francisco (Frank) Pichel

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$0.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$0.00

 

Office: Commissioner District 2

Javier Gonzalez

status (Active)

Contributions

monetary$5,830.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$458.98

 

Ken Russell

status (Active-Incumbent)

Contributions

monetary$17,000.00

In-Kind

in-kind$321.00

Expenditures

expenditures$40.30

 

Office: Commissioner District 4

Tony J. Diaz

status (Inactive-Withdrawn)

Contributions

monetary$0.00

In-Kind

in-kind$0.00

Expenditures

expenditures$0.00

 

Manuel (Manolo) E. Reyes

status (Active-Incumbent)

Contributions

monetary$165,932.06

In-Kind

in-kind

 

>>> here are the candidates for the county commission: https://www.miamidade.gov/elections/library/elected-officer/md-ed-28-filers.pdf

 

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EDITORIAL

 

>>> Carollo claims extensive corruption in code enforcement, verbally beats down mayor Suarez and administration, not a good look for commission, political daggers out

 

What happened last Thursday at the Miami commission meeting where commissioner Joe Carollo went after the mayor and city staff reminded me of the Sen. Joe McCarthy hearings since words like corruption possible incompetence were thrown around like confetti and it was only the police chief Jorge Collina who stood up to the inquisition by the former mayor, “saying he would not be bullied,” that had the moniker of “Crazy Joe,” it was Mayor Francis Suarez who had it worse and the man just got up and started to walk away (realizing anything he said was useless) under the tirade and has the magic city becoming one of the counties dysfunctional governments

 

>>> Elected leaders’ foreign trips could determine if they are Marco Polo, to county and city voters!

 

Since Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is termed out next year he is a lame duck and he is using this time to become the community’s Marco Polo as he travels the globe with his wife in tow and while he pays for her trip it comes across to the public as someone with entitlements and is his reward for being the strong mayor since 2011 and while luckily the region is booming people are wondering what is being accomplished on what used to be called junkets in the congress. However, Miami is not some unknown place throughout the world, and I used to joke. I could be with headhunters in Borneo and say Miami and they would come back with a response. The man a former Miami Fire and Rescue Chief should consider what his legacy will be in the twilight of his political career and these types of trips are little dings, especially since he never admits he might be wrong and bristles when challenged with is lobbyist son C.J. Gimenez his biggest liability as he ply’s the halls of the municipal governments.

 

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>>> The Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel & Sun-Sentinel articles on the Watchdog Report publisher over the years.

 

Published on September 9, 1999, Page 1EA, Miami Herald, the (FL)

CITIZEN ADVOCATE’ KEEPS TABS ON POLITICIANS

 

Published on January 3, 2000, Page 1B, Miami Herald, the (FL)

MIAMI-DADE WATCHDOG WILL BE MISSED

 

Published on January 20, 2003, Page 1E, Orlando Sentinel, PAPERWORK TIGER, Miami’s citizen watchdog piles up government files in his quest to keep the “little people” informed. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190045_1_ricker-miami-watchdog

 

>>>Watchdog Report publisher named ‘Best Citizen’ 2003 by the Miami New Times

 

The publisher would like to thank the weekly alternative paper Miami New Times for bestowing their 2003 Best of Miami, ‘Best Citizen’ award to me and I am honored.  Thank you. To read the full story go to http://www.miaminewtimes.com/best-of/2003/people-and-places/best-citizen-6399517

 

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Published on January 20, 2003, Page 1E, Orlando Sentinel, PAPERWORK TIGER, Miami’s citizen watchdog piles up government files in his quest to keep the “little people” informed. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190045_1_ricker-miami-watchdog

 

>>>Watchdog Report publisher named ‘Best Citizen’ 2003 by the Miami New Times

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Watchdog Report EXTRA: February 24, 2019 EST 05.05.00 I go when you cannot – Celebrating almost 20 years of weekly publishing