VG just lowered their millage rate. They have an outstanding police department, public works department, recreation department, beautification and planning and zoning boards. Of course this is in addition to a great Mayor and council.
Remember when the previous city manager used city funding to counter a political claim in the middle of an election? Sure, the ethics community wasn-t happy, but the end result was favorable for the CM at the time. Don-t tell me one hand doesn-t wash the other.
too bad someone placed a muzzle on ol- boy theo. he received too many complaints for aggressiev reporting and they have no re igned him to softy stuff like bike riders and farmer market. sad stat of journalism
Theo Cl ic: Records show that the mayor -- who said "please reduce our taxes" at a candidate-s forum before his April election -- owes back taxes in five of the past ten years:
Why are you giving Raul Martinez a p ? This SOB made Milander look like a preacher The only reason he got his conviction overturned was that his wife-s sister Lula was Janet Reno-s chief of staff as US Attorney and the Democratic machine went to work to get him off. The beauty is that he continues to get richer.
29. Miami Springs: You would hope a cop might try to build a case against a man he-s told is a cocaine dealer. Miami Springs Police Sgt. Andres Quintanilla did just the opposite: He tried to join him. Instead of getting rich pumping coke onto the streets, Quintanilla was busted on a federal corruption charge. The 2015 case, in which the disgraced officer was convicted and sentenced to nine years behind bars, was the most recent shadiness to come from the city initially called Country Club Estates. But in the not-so-distant past, the 13,000-person community with Pueblo-style architecture saw its share of scandal. Take former Mayor Zavier Garcia. In 2011, it was revealed that he spent $19,000 from his campaign coffers on services from DRC Consulting, a company he happened to work for. The spending caught the attention of the public corruption unit at the state attorney-s office, which five years earlier had investigated the then-council member for the petty move of removing an enemy-s campaign signs. Garcia was let off the hook both times and reelected. He held the mayor-s office until just last year.
16. Hialeah Gardens: These days, tiny Hialeah Gardens rarely makes the news. It was a different story in the late -90s and early 2000s, when the city of about 20,000 was rocked by a made-for-the-tabloids saga. Two city employees ó an istant to the mayor and a parks and rec staffer ó accused Mayor Gilda Oliveros of ordering them to murder her husband. When they refused, Oliveras taunted and har ed them with slurs and challenges to their masculinity. The trial of one of America-s first Latina mayors was a closely followed public airing of salacious municipal gossip, including allegations of affairs between elected officials, forced participation in Santeria rituals, and widespread corruption. Oliveras, branded with the sexist moniker of "Miniskirt Mayor," was found guilty in the murder-for-hire plot in 2000, but the conviction was overturned three years later. Since then, the mayor and her city have both faded back into obscurity.
6. Hialeah: Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez once got caught loan-sharking. He also got caught in 2015 publicly lying about loaning cash to a convicted Ponzi-scheming jeweler ó and responded by paying his $4,000 ethics fine in 145 boxes of pennies and nickels. Then there was the time he disappeared for a week and claimed he was in Las Vegas, but no one in the city could explain where he actually went.
Truth is, Hialeah has always been a mini-banana republic operating on U.S. soil. Back in 1991, then-Mayor Raul Martinez was convicted on extortion and racketeering charges after he got caught taking $1 million in cash from land developers (though he never served any time after the case was tossed on a technicality). Hernandez, meanwhile, is a monument to what you can accomplish with a broken system of checks and balances and a whole lot of gumption. He even convinced the city to buy him a $44,000 Jaguar luxury SUV last year for no apparent reason. At this rate, he-ll be president one day.
1. Opa-locka: Opa-locka is so crooked its own residents tried to wipe it off the map. Last August, a few local activists were so tired of fighting graft that they actually started a petition to dissolve the town. "Once you-re tapped out, you-re tapped out," said Willis Howard, one of the locals who mounted the charge. "The city revenues are tapped out, there-s no leadership, and in this case, you can-t even file bankruptcy to restructure your ets, because there-s nothing for you to restructure."
How did the Moorish-themed town get here? Here-s the tl;dr version: a federal graft probe starting as early as 2013; a city government that decided not to keep any real spending records; officials who thought taxpayer money could be spent on lavish birthday parties and huge holiday bonuses; elected officials convicted of using their employees to extort local businesses; a city commissioner who killed himself while facing bribery charges; and a morning FBI raid on city hall in 2016. Merrett Stierheim, the former county manager brought in to "clean up" the place, quit in March 2017 and said it was the "worst case" he-d seen in his long career. He said he left with "more questions than answers" about how the city became such a miserable failure.
Look no further than the Kobiakov Garcia connection. Kobiakov was tight with the Garcia clan. He gets a sweetheart deal and takes all the revenue and then underpays the city leaving the tax payer with the bill. Kobiakov made the money. Now, he-ll bankrupt Amber 18 and the city will get nada, zilch, nothing. It-s disgusting to see.
The city DID receive grant money for the pool, but it is a lot easier to get grants for seniors than for a recreational facility. Had you attended council meetings or been involved with the process you would have known this. Let-s not forget the $15,000,000 Olympic-size pool venue in Doral that will be opening in the next few years which Springs was told by the aquatic club they would be moving to no matter what Miami Springs built. Before Miami Springs spends a penny of its own money it always looks for alternate funding sources prior to and during any given project. Have a nice day.
the city received a million dollar check from SOSA for the senior center. Why couldn-t we have received money from the county or state for the pool and made the pool a full sized competition pool with 8 lanes? Our representatives failed us in not seeking the kind of funding necessary to build the pool the right way. Now, we-re stuck with the half-way right pool and zero aquatic sports for years to come or decades to come. I-m glad the city got money for the senior center, but it proves once again how badly they botched the pool.
Not happening. She-s the TV news darling. She-s not a bad looking cougar. She-s smart and hispanic. I think she-s generally honest, but unfortunately, she-s also a politician. That-s really her only downside. Nevertheless, she-s not getting thrown out any time soon.
It is true, that our poor city is in trouble and handed back and forth like a dog I heat by the same two Users. it-s all about the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, and controlled by a very wise step mother that knows when to move the peons on the board.
Despite all that is true about ex mayor Garcia it is also true that Billy Bain sold his soul to Garcia and has endorsed him repeatedly. It is true that both Garcia and Bain have gamed the system by repeatedly running for office term after term after term. Truth
It is true that the ex-mayor Garcia washed campaign funds through another entity and then back to bogus company. It is true that the SA office let it go because of political connections and statute of limitations. It is true that he should have been charged for stealing a campaign sign. It is true that he scammed on his mortgage foreclosure and let the taxpayers bail him out. It is true that he dodged the IRS for many years on paying his taxes. It is true that he has an arrest record. It is true that he was once evicted from an apartment. It is true that he has no real visible means of support. It is true that he has raised 10s of thousands of campaign dollars from mostly outside special interests. It is true that he has expressed an interest in developing the golf course. It is true that he has called residents liars in a public forum. It is true that he refused to listen to many residents on the pool design. It is true that the voters always fall for his obnoxious repeated mailed campaugn brochures and glad handing and have always elected him despite his lack of character and honesty. It is true that they probably will again if he runs. Truth.
Next to last election. He did his paper work right the last time. It was his election against Suco where Garcia failed to file properly, but was let to slide once again thanks to his collusion buddies at city hall.
Take his last election, where miraculously, the city clerk allowed Garcia to qualify to run for mayor despite not following the proper rules to qualify. No one is washing the other hand in Miami Springs. Nope. Never happens.
No corruption in Miami Springs. Nah. That never happens in our town. - insert Luke Campbell-s Nah, I never did that - when asked if he paid UM players for great performance on the field. Nah, that never happened.
Take former Mayor Zavier Garcia. In 2011, it was revealed that he spent $19,000 from his campaign coffers on services from DRC Consulting, a company he happened to work for. The spending caught the attention of the public corruption unit at the state attorney-s office, which five years earlier had investigated the then-council member for the petty move of removing an enemy-s campaign signs. Garcia was let off the hook both times and reelected. He held the mayor-s office until just last year.
The Miami New Times article is a quick piece, but if they actually knew about Miami Springs, they would have ranked Miami Springs higher on the corruption list. I would rank Miami Springs 13, right behind Sweetwater. But it brings to light how much corruption has historically happend in Miami and how important it is to be vigilant, especially when it-s still happening right in front of our noses. TERM LIMITS people.
I can-t say that. Most Miami Springs voters are just too busy with life. That-s why the photo opp and birthday card political bs works so well. When it-s time to vote, they say, oh yeah, I know that guy. Some voters do pay attention and either sit out the vote if they don-t like either candidate or pick the best one after a thorough review. Garcia is all about himself. we know that, but I don-t have a problem with people who vote for him considering the situation. It also depends who runs against him. Suco had a fighting chance.
As much as I would love to see Sosa gone, it is beyond our power as her district encomp es much more than just Miami Springs. Having said that, Garcia is not the problem; he simply throws his hat in the race, the problem is the people that vote for him.
We have term limits in MS. The problem is there is a loop hole that gets exploited. MS council and mayors can sit out a term and then start all over again for another possible 8 years. (4 two year terms). That-s how best, bain and garcia have all spent soooooo much time up there.
The tax payers are going to be in trouble. The kronie Kobiakov makes money and the residents get the bill. Just remember, the guys who voted for the Kronie were Garcia, Bain, Best, and Petralanda. The only one who voted no was Rosie Buckner. Only Mitchell and Zapata are getting my vote. The guys have been there way too long. All of them.
Exactly. Just look at the ex mayor he just loved having his name on absolutely everything even to the point of pushing for things that were ridiculous. And even after not mayor he still tried to present himself as the mayor by wearing the stupid mayor of Miami springs shirts every place he went. Lol narcissist s at their finest
Council people like to see their names on new buildings etc. They like to pat themselves on the back when a large project is completed. It just goes to show how out of touch they are. Any moron can spend a lot of tax payer money. That is not an accomplishment. A true accomplishment is producing a well thought out design that provides the most bang for the buck that is highly functional for decades to come. The MS council has failed miserably in that regard.
I-ve got to call her out for not standing strong and dissenting against giving Kobiakov that discount we never recovered. That was a BAD DEAL. I expect that from the 3 amigos and Zapata, but not from Mitchell.
It-s nice to see the paper corrected itself. Rosie Buckner was the lone dissenting vote to authorize the contract with Kobiakov. I hadn-t realized Nery Owens came up with the evidence of the $7 mm judgement. Good for her. I bet mustang Sally is just shaking her head on this one.
I agree wholeheartedly. The present males have been there way too long. I give them a grade D on their efforts and that is not acceptable. They keep getting elected because in bents have such an advantage with name recognition and all of the useless photos and events that they show up for that sticks in the minds of voters. They would step down after so many stale years up there if they had any sense of what-s best for the community. Which is fresh blood.
Nice job! Don-t let the cave people bring you down. It-s ok when some of these negative people disagree with you. BUT Keep doing what you-re doing. I will also vote for all of you again. Liberal cry babies woo hoo hoo can-t win an election, can-t get your way... woo hoo.. LIBERATDS SNOWFLAKES
BTW love the parade and fireworks.
This council is the bomb.... great group of people. I don-t always agree with them, but they have the interest of what-s best for the city and the residents. No doubt! keep up the great work. Will vote for all of you again.
The "Intelligence" of the average Miami Springs Resident is somewhere below wale doodoo and is plainly demonstrated in their voting record. And then of course we have the dinosaurs that are still trapped in the 40-s and 50-s Esther Williams swimming movies and want their little daughters to follow the example (sic)
Monday morning quarterback? That-s a laugh. Do something about it? Another pathetic attempt to defend an inept an incompetent city council and management. A resident had the guts to get up and make sure the city was aware of the multi million dollar judgement against the bidder before the CC award was given anyway. Going back. Many, many people got up and pleaded with the council to consider a real, official sized pool that would have provided so much more for so little for generations to come. The council refused. Going back even farther many people advocated for a vote of the people on the 5 million dollar Community Center because of the stupidity of the design that provided such a ridiculously small work out area, no lockers etc. The city refused because they know best. So stuff the Monday morning quarterback BS. The council has long been an arrogant know it all bunch who refuse to truly listen to the people. They are now being proven as stupid and incompetent. That is all on them. And on you cheerleaders that pathetically defend every inept decision.
To the poster once again crying that we should be quiet about criticizing the council if we don-t want to run for office. I think you better educate yourself on the First Amendment rights and the right to criticize and hold government accountable. Sounds like you are in the wrong country. We don-t have to be quiet and we certainly don-t have to run for office to hold the city responsible. Get real cheerleader. Your argument is a disgrace to the freedoms of America. You don-t like it? Tough. You are tired of hearing it? Tough. Find a more repressive society to live in.
So Kobiakov is throwing in the towel. According to the article in the Gazette, the city deemed this operator the most responsible bidder of among the 6 that were judged reasonable when they awarded him the contract. The city decided he was the most responsible bidder despite a local resident going on record and providing do ents about Kobiakov having a 7 million dollar judgement against him. The city decided he was the most responsible bidder despite his pie in the sky bid being almost 1 million dollars over 5 years. About half for rent and half for improvements. Yep that was very responsible and many of us saw the fiasco coming a mile away. Many times a governmental agency will award to insiders or a pre-select bidder a contract based on an unreasonable bid because they want that particular bidder to win. Then after the insider gets the bid they go back and re-negotiate the terms of the contract. Wink wink. The city did just that, allowing the operator to lower his rent payments until he reneged even on that. Now I don-t have proof of that happening here. But there is proof aplenty that this was once again an inept and irresponsible job by the city.
Unfortunately any one that has a Job, and some commonsense is not eligible, only those that are bored or need a secondary income or even have bigger economical and political asperations can run for office in the Springs. Some have already seen our X on he-s knees following MasCanosa.
If you think you can make better decisions run for office. It-s very doable. Anyone who resides in Springs certainly qualifies to do so. Stop being a Monday morning quarterback. Frankly it-s getting very old. You don-t approve or like the councils- decisions well then do something about it. If not then please be quiet.
ďThe new trend in real estate is office space,Ē says Javier Gonzalez, vice chair of the Coconut Grove Village Council, an elected body that advises the city. ďOffice is the future. There-s nothing else. Anybody who-s considering building retail is way behind the curve. Every time I see these buildings adding retail on the bottom floor, I feel like they are supporting a dying trend.Ē
Does anyone else think the bikes on Curtiss Parkway look like a mess? What happened to the dinosaur looking bike rack? I-m kind of okay with the bike thing, but have it more organized. The mess of bikes looks horrible. You have this beautiful new clock and then you have this mess of bikes. It doesn-t go together.
Well after really thinking about it. ...SAVE MELREESE GOLF ! ....I am SICK and TIRED of these Billionaires coming into South Florida buying out politician to get their way and do what they want without any concerns for the people, environment, traffic, crime....etc etc etc.... Like the Mega Mall that was shoved down everyone-s throat, The Richmond pine Rockland and many more. The citizens of Miami will have their vote but I truly hope they vote to reject this project. Build your Soccer elsewhere. Go buy out buildings knock them down and build your so called Green Park. Many people love this course and its programs......Imagine this happening to our Golf Course how would you feel ? Imagine Billionaires coming in and pretending they want to help the city build govermental buildings on our course ... It differently can happen, and with us there will be no Vote required....... SAVE MELREESE GOLF
Agree on the golf comment. Who can afford to golf? Itís very expensive to golf even at our public golf course. Why are we using public land to cater to the very rich? We should use our open space for purposes we can all use, such as football fIelds, soccer fields, baseball fields, etc. We could even use it for a competition pool!
You cannot lay down an actual argument. You cannot lay down a solid argument why the city destroyed aquatic sports - where thousands of Miami Springs youth participated in over generations. But now, future generators will be denied this benefit because the city couldn-t figure out how to add 2 more lanes and build the pool the right way. So, insult the thousands that did participate in swimming, polo, diving, etc.
What if I caught my son in a speedo and a bathing cap participating in competitive swimming with one of his buddies? I would be totally cool with it. I wouldnít disown him or anything like that. Seriously. Itís 2018 after all and competitive swimming is no longer taboo activity. Live and let live.
Mindshare exclusively provided a portion of its survey to Adweek, the part about which sports people are most likely to watch.
88 percent will watch gymnastics
87 percent will watch swimming
81 percent will watch other water sports (diving, rowing, etc.)
81 percent will watch track and field (declining to 75 percent for women and rising to 85 percent for men)
73 percent will watch volleyball (79 percent of men)
72 percent will watch basketball (80 percent of men)
69 percent for soccer (77 percent of men)
67 percent for tennis (72 percent of men)
61 percent for combat sports (just 49 percent of women)
57 percent for weightlifting (69 percent of men)
53 percent for rugby (65 percent of men)
Who else wants to join me to watch competitive swimming this weekend? No one needs to watch baseball, basketball, football, or soccer when there is competitive swimming on TV! Come on over! I have the Swimming Come channel on 24 7! Come hang out in my 8-lane pool while we catch the hottest swimming competitions. And remember to BYOS - Bring your own speedo! 🤣🤣🤣
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