Farm share food rotting. Was it really about distributing food (you had to register) or about getting votes:
|These Farm Share Photos were taken at the South Dade Government Center.|
Lynda Bell had one of her famous food giveaways on Saturday, July 19, at the South Dade Government Center. Unfortunately, she can't stop talking about it. So, far she has mentioned it at two public campaign debates and in one campaign email.
Food giveaways are not new, Lynda has done them before. Many other politicians at the county take advantage of the local food banks to build voter affection. Of course, the timing of her event (and the other events she has been having) is questionable. The best time for food giveaways, tree giveaways, book bag giveaways, and ribbon cuttings is always directly before the election, just like now. No doubt she will be able to add-on to her database by having people fill in forms certifying they qualified for her gift.
Anyhow, Lynda managed to find time to have a food giveaway on a busy campaign Saturday with the election weeks away. Having this event on a Saturday required having county employees who aren’t usually scheduled to work (is that overtime?) to the support event. Cutler Bay had people there on overtime. Budget shortages do not seem to be an issue when it comes to Lynda’s events.
Lynda went all out for this event. Along with the enough food for a complete meal (a chicken, veggies, etc), she had multiple banners with her name in giant letters, and county funded handouts touting her smiling self. Even the gifted food was bagged in purple plastic bags with Lynda’s name in big letters. Nothing said “vote for Lynda Bell”, but then, everyone knows that when they vote "Lynda Bell" after being bombarded with her name at this event, they reap the benefit of commission slush funding.
In addition to the scheduled food giveaway, Lynda also had an unscheduled melt down at the event.
Apparently, the Police and Fire Unions parked a pick-up truck with a trailer carrying a Daniella Cava campaign sign in front of the building. The truck was neatly parked in a parallel parking area away from Lynda’s event. The county allows non-cars to park in the same area (like buses) there on week days, even when the parking lot is full.
Lynda could not handle the sight of this pick-up truck. Two weeks later, she still can't handle the sight of the truck. She is trying to make an A-frame sign put in a public parking area a major campaign issue. Actually, the general public doesn't give a hoot about a traveling campaign sign when our county governance is in shambles. Is this rant Lynda's way of distracting us from the real issue of budgets and multimillion dollar deals?
On that Saturday, the commissioner had the county building manager called to come handle the offending sign (he was on vacation that week). She then had Cutler Bay Village staff called which resulted in the Cutler Bay code enforcement people showing up. After much discussion and threats of fines, it was determined the sign could stay if it was covered up. So, out came black plastic and Lynda’s opponent, Daniella Levine Cava, disappeared in a billowing black plastic cloud. So much for freedom to express political opinions in Miami Dade County.
Classically, the story had a “be careful what you ask for” ending.
The truck’s owner arrived to move the Cava poster. He freed Lynda’s antagonist from the black plastic, once again displaying the ad and Daniella’s union endorsement. Because the owner could not park in front (and out of sight of the event), he simply drove. And drove. And drove. He drove in circles around the event, on roads with public access, and in full view of the public attending the event.
Lynda couldn’t stand it. My guess is there will be serious retribution directed at the PBA and Fire unions from the dais in the coming weeks. Be on the look-out for an ordinance banning rolling advertising with-in a half mile of a political event.
Lynda, put on your big-girl panties and stop whining about the sign being disrespectful to your constituents. You even stopped giving out the packages of food and whipped out your cell phone to start snapping photos of the truck. You were disrespectful of your constituents waiting in line by not paying attention to them and you certainly did not respect the employee on vacation nor the other employees that you demanded cover the sign.
Daniella Levine Cava did not put the truck there, the PBA did, so, get over it, Lynda, and give John Rivera a call. He misses you.
Police Union Sign Parked near Farm Share food giveaway. Lynda Bell went nuts when she saw it.
|They had to cover up the sign to placate Lynda Bell.|