Lynda Bell was instrumental in getting rid of Frank Nero from the Beacon Council -- a hatchet woman of sorts. For the Mayor? For herself? I don't know. I think it was Nero's stance against gambling that finally did him in. Helping Lynda Bell with the character assassination on Nero was Carlos Gimenez's other buddy, Jorge Luis Lopez. He was a confidant of Gimenez during Gimenez's Mayoral campaign.
|Bookends: Jorge Luis Lopez and Mayor Carlos Gimenez|
It all ties together.
Lopez says, in the Herald article, that the $90 million Economic Development fund should be used to refurbish the urban core and make infrastructure improvements. The $90 million economic development fund was supposed to be used as a catalyst to induce job producing private sector investment. Guess that isn't going to happen now.
One warning to Luis about predicting that Miami Dade would become an innovative hub, not sure this will happen. When Luis talks about building on successful technology and innovation he should also take into account that these sort of start-ups fail most of the time and those that do make it do NOT usually provide the type and number of jobs our community currently requires. The start-up technology businesses that do succeed take years to develop and are few and far between. Also, if they are successful, they are bought by larger companies and relocated. How many long term jobs can we count on?
Lopez says that "new ideas in economic expansion must take root in government led by new expertise in the county mayor's office with increased focus on these strategies." So does that mean the Mayor's office is taking over the Beacon Council? When has government ever been the innovator for "new ideas" for economic development? Are we giving up on business recruitment to our County?
When did Lopez become an economist and strategic thinker? What next? Lynda Bell running for Governor? Eddie Borrego pit boss at the new Genting Casino?