Power Corrupts: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely
Why is Lynda Bell calling all over Miami Dade County raising an obscene amount of money for her husband's Mayoral campaign in Homestead? Between the ECO's and his account he has probably raised about $200,000 which is unheard of in a Homestead race. What is this obsession with power? Mark Bell has been a plumber's assistant a great part of his life. He wouldn't have the hotel if Vice Mayor of Palmetto Bay John Dubois' partner didn't write the mortgage. Bell was on/or was just getting off of disability. He would have had a hard time getting a mortgage. Lynda needed him not to be a plumber's assistant anymore, that is why the Hotel was bought. He had to do something.
I don't understand the Lynda power thing and why she is extending it to her husband who seemed to have little ambition before this race. I don't understand why her behavior isn't turning off more people. Maybe it is the combination of Eddie Borrego and her - bad mix.
Lynda doesn't lose friends. She makes enemies. When people break with Lynda they do it with extremely hard feelings. I know because dozens of them have found me and call me to bitch about her. Remember when Lynda tried to take over the Homestead CRA by going to Tallahassee? It died in the Senate. Who does that? Read my blog from February 10, 2012 to give you some idea why this race is so personal to her, it isn't just about her husband, it is about her powerlessness in Homestead, she just can't let it lie, she needs revenge:
2/10/2012: I don't like Homestead's government much, but why did District 8 County Commissioner Lynda Bell go to Tallahassee trying to make an end-run around the local government on the CRA? She wants to change the playing field and give the County power over the CRA instead of the City. That doesn't sound like a good Republican move does it, sending power to a bigger government instead of keeping it local? The League of Cities is against it.Funny, her husband just got a CRA grant for $25,000 on the hotel.
First she tried with her pal Erik Fresen in the State House. That failed. Now she is working with her former foe, Miguel Diaz de la Portilla trying to get the Senate to do her bidding.
Yes I know about the corrupt CRA. I had a copy of the audit by Kathy Jackson that was done years ago and reported on it in 2010.
The reason why this deserves a report, Lynda Bell is not doing this unholy alliance with these two State Legislators for good, it is out of vindictiveness against a City Government that doesn't acknowledge her at all. This isn't her first vindictive end-run. She also did it to the Department of Environmental Resource Management (DERM). When she couldn't get her way with them, she created a Wetlands' Task Force to punish DERM and help Rock Mining -- her biggest contributor. Dennis Moss saw through her charade telling her not to throw DERM under the bus.
Here is the Bill she was pushing with Fresen that died:
General Bill by Fresen Community Redevelopment Agencies: Provides reporting requirements for certain community redevelopment agencies; provides for termination of community redevelopment agencies by board of county commissioners of certain counties; provides public hearing & notice & termination plan requirements; provides that consent from certain entities is not required for such termination; provides additional redevelopment plan requirements for certain counties; provides requirements for expenditure of moneys from redevelopment trust funds in certain counties; exempts payment of debt service in such counties from certain approval; provides requirements for appropriation of certain trust fund moneys in such counties; requires forensic audit of agencies in such counties at least every 5 years for certain purposes. Effective Date: July 1, 2012 Last Event: Unfavorable by Finance & Tax Committee on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 6:00 PM