Mayor Stoddard has earned our respect, too. Before being elected, he had taken on Florida Power and Light's turkey of a planned nuclear expansion. As mayor, he leads the fight again FPL's efforts to put new high capacity lines near people's homes.
And I've just noticed Mayor Stoddard has taken to blogging.
Interesting, because Mayor Stoddard blogs about venomous local in-fighting (particularly the questionable behavior of the police chief toward him) directly to the public. It might not be necessary for Mayor Stoddard, if there were a newspaper or other form of independent media to pick up these stories.
Mayor Stoddard rattles the folks in South Miami who treat government as their personal Christmas tree, stockings stuffers filled with patronage jobs, relatives of relatives of relatives, and so forth. No one believed an outsider could take a broom to the cobwebs. But when there is possible retaliation by law enforcement against some elected officials, like the mayor, that is certainly a cause for heightened attention.
Anyone can blog, and anyone does blog.
Back in the crack cocaine days of the housing boom of the mid-2000's, former county commissioner Joe Martinez, Pepe Diaz, and Dennis Moss slammed civic activists from the dais, for daring to reach out to the public with a Spanish language flier, deployed in coffee shops around the county opposing the movement of the Urban Development Boundary. They were outraged! And decided to appropriate money to fund their own news organ; a domestic, local version of Pravda.
The current case in south Miami is disturbing. This would seem a place for the state attorney or FBI to get involved; the fact that Mayor Stoddard is taking his case directly to people, through his blog, is evidence that law enforcement in Miami-Dade is not working. Surprised?