What kind of public servants require $50-90,000 increases to move from one public job to another? (Iglesias and Osterholdt). They must have zero confidence in Gimenez getting elected. Reminds me of the big bucks companies paid "Chainsaw Al" to restructure corporations. These guys must be in it for the thrill of dismantling Metro government.
At least Palin sold the State Corporate jet instead of just complained about it. Also, she ran surpluses in Alaska and I think the Alaska economy grew more than 1.3% under her tenure.Sarah is not my first pick for the next President, but Obama has created a disatarous economic environment (as evidenced by todays GDP numbers & rising unemployment), that anyone who gets the GOP nomination can win. This is a mirror situation of 2008 when nobody originally thought a less than one-term senator could be elected. Enjoy your illness, because this is the best you are going to be feeling for the next 4 years.
G.O.D. didnt you endorse the INTERIM MAYOR? Now look at what hes doing!If you thought alvarez was bad, BEWARE the INTERIM MAYOR is even worse!
Road rage incident about to happen.
Genius I am under despair. This does not look good to me. A lot of people probably have a high fever by now. Maybe we should wait and see the only place for this county to go is up.
was it the amount of traffic that was depressing? lol...seriously, feel better, nothing worse than a summer fever...except being reminded that there are indeed people living amongst us that think Palin should be President...
Carlos Gimenez hired that douche Ed Marquez for $267,000 plus benefits? Ed Marquez worked on the Marlins deal and it's $4 BILLION plus screwing of the taxpayers. Marquez worked on many deals that stole money from taxpayers.What's up with Gimenez? Can't he find any competent staffers?
maybe this was a fever hallucination............... I hope
This is very disappointing for all of us who supported Carlos Gimenez for county mayor - it is a slap in the face! Many of us supported him because we did not want Julio Robaina to be the elected county mayor. Gimenez needs to understand that, among some of the reasons The People has for ousting Carlos Alvarez, one of them was the hefty salaries of "select" employees. C'mon - do you really need "deputies" to run county government? Please.... If anyone on Mayor Gimenez' staff or family member is reading this - tell him this is wrong! He just dropped his political career in boiling water!
Genius,You endorsed Carlos Gimenez. What do you think about his latest move?I kept telling everyone that claimed to know Gimenez that he was not what his handlers sold him to be. He has more disappointment to serve his rabid followers.What a way to start off your interim position. No matter what good he does afterwards, will not erase this Carlos Alvaerz script in hiring friends to great salaries. How depressing. I should have voted for Robaina, at least I knew what I was getting.
Alaska did well because of the oil, not because Palin is an economic genius. More developed areas, like Florida, could never acheive this level of oil production without totally wrecking the environment. Yet there are idiots willing to do just that! No Palin.
I'm sorry to see readers here jumping on the Carlos is bad bandwagon so quickly.I am thinking that his choices even if highly paid will end up as cost savings when compared to not having a bunch of ACMs and a manager and probably a much needed downsizing of departments and overpaid directors and their staffers.I'll happily bring the tar and feathers if I'm wrong but give him a chance to screw up first!
At least with Robaina you knew what you were getting. Gimenez never was a saint. Most of his "no" votes were politically calculated with a mayoral run in the cards. Real change would have been Luther Campbell!
Pretty simple you lib,s are scared to death of Palin. Look at ABC CBS and NBC they are leading the charge to destroy her however the America votes can see how scared they really are of her. She makes the press look like liberal fools who will say and do anything to get Obama elected again. Maybe the next person in the White House can fix what this failed social experiment who sits in the Oval Office has done to this nation.
This is an example of a Republican troll above. Also some one with a vendetta against Ed Marquez has been writing virtually the same email a half dozen times. That in my book amounts to a vendetta- once was enough. Read the warning above comments.
To the people baiting me about my support of Gimenez. I believe the perception of these high salaries is going to hurt him. I am not his advisor, I have no contol. I still think he is better than Robaina so I have no regrets. He thinks because he actually stayed within his lowered budget, it is up to him how he spends it as long as he reduced the overall amount. He doesn't get the point that big salaries should be over, and it has to start with him. I get it that these people are taking a risk leaving good secure jobs for maybe a year of work. But this is fodder in the next election that is going to hurt him.
But, he's hurting South Dade Ag, firing the Ag Manager and closing our Ag Center, at the same time, with those salary's, a little bit less on his employee side could have paid for both.If the Commission doesn't fix this and somehow give Redland back it's own tax funds to pay for the center, after all the money Redland puts in to the General County coffers, I will rigorously campaign for anyone running against him.Sorry, he hurt our Ag industry with his current budget and those salary's.
We have to look on the bright side. If Palin is the nominee, then Obama is a "shoe-in". We have to be thankful for small miracles.
Republican Troll or Fair and Balanced?You Libs all profess tolerance, transparency and openness until an opinion clashes with your worldview then the long knives come out.
I supported Carlos Gimenez but I never expected him to hire a bunch of bozos at extremely inflated salaries.
Just what America needs: an under-educated, mouth overloading the ass Hillbilly quitter.Us Libs are indeed scared of Palin.
With respect to the Redland AG folks.You so called 'farmers' are complete sell outs to your own. You run around acting like tree huggers but sell you precious 'green spaces' to developers. South Dade Farm Bureau supports Commis Bell, and according to this blog, she screws the Redland every chance she gets. So quit bitching because nobody cares. No one cares because you whine and whine and do nothing constructive. A couple weeks ago I watch you guys attack a group from kendall(Friends of Kendall) Typical of why you 'farmers' are a bunch of losers, you are cannibals. Even Genius attacked them so bad they went way. You Mr. Genius should be just ashamed as the Redland Whiners(I apologize if it was Gimeleye and Genius). Blogging doesn't mean your'Involved'. Gimenez was the lesser of the Evils. Chip brings something to the table but Ed Marquez will haunt Carlos next year. As for you 'Whiners' get your sh*t together fast before Martinez gets his turn at it...he is totally black ops and your precious green spaces will be history. There will be no one to blame but your own.
Deep in Redland when C Alvarez was in charge (early days)--an orchid was named in his honor: in order to enlighten the interim mayor with the enormous value of South Dade Agriculture maybe we need to honor C Gimenez with an orchid in his name. Plant a seed, maybe it will get watered.Riley
This person has some (2 above) vendetta against Marquez, just so you all know. I have been dumping the comments. Annoying person: there are 2 types of farmers the row farmers and the small 5 -10 acre farmers. The farm bureau represents the row farmers as far as I can tell...the farmers in waiting for development bucks. Many of the Redland farmers i know don't see eye to eye with the farm bureau. But then I don't anything.
Maybe if Robaina was elected as Mayor he might have been able to loan the County 40 or 50 million dollars to cover the shortage. After all Robaina is just a lone shark who was elected Mayor in Hialeah. Those bright voters in Hialeah will vote anybody into office, either dead or alive as it makes very little difference.
The County is facing a $400 MILLION deficit.The City of Miami is facing a $62 MILLION deficit.During the campaign Julio Robaina promised to fire 6,000 County employees to help close the budget gap. Head count is crucial. Pay and benefits takes the majority of tax revenues.
Miami-Dade County spends $1.9 billion on salaries. That and debt service make up the bulk of the budget.
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