"An appeals court later found that the zoning changes violated state law, and that the vote was tainted by improper communications between (Jorge) Perez and then-Miami Mayor Manny Diaz." - Miami Herald
This paragraph alone should disqualify former Mayor Manny Diaz from further office.
Manny Diaz rewrites history in his book, trying to position himself for the Governorship, let's not let Jorge Perez do the same thing. Yes, Jorge Perez has a Museum named after him (stupid MAM) but I don't want to see him also running for office. I wanted to get this history on our blog because the Herald does seem to lose some stories.
The article in the Miami Herald disturbed me, not because I think cone of silence violations don't go on, but to see it in writing makes it real for me...for all of us. Look at the tactics Jorge Perez's Related Group used: Bribing neighbors with millions of dollars, hiring friends of commissioners, illegally talking about the project repeatedly to city officials before the vote, more importantly before the Public Hearing, and then harassment of those who oppose them. We citizens don't have a chance fighting developers. Except for establishing standing, we all waste our time at public hearings.
Who were the City of Miami Commissioners in 2007? Tomas Regalado, Linda Haskins/Marc Sarnoff, Joe Sanchez, Michele Spence Jones, Angel Gonzales - to the best of my knowledge. Three of them at least were tainted with violating the cone of silence.