|The Stephen P. Clarke Center's 29th Floor Has Become the Empire!|
It is harder and harder to find out who does what in Miami Dade County because the 29th executive floor is running the show, micromanaging every department. Take for example planning, one of a few departments called out in the Citizens Home Rule Charter as required and is now buried under economic development in RER or whatever it is called. Everyone at the County I talk to says, "I have to check that with the Mayor's office before I can release that report or give you that answer." It used to be, I just got reports and answers from the people in the departments when I asked.
Citizens trying to keep track really have to look hard and the buck always stops on the 29th floor. The idea that deputy mayors, or whatever they are called, have too many departments under them was presented to the public that money was being saved by the consolidation. In reality, it probably did not save much but did consolidate too much power in too few hands. Don't think Department big-wigs like Penny Townsley, Kathy Jackson, Jack Kardys, Greg Fortner, Lee Hefty etc. make any decisions without a consult from their very own Vice Mayor. It appears that Jennifer Moon might be the only one making unilateral decisions because her Vice Mayor probably can't read a budget.
How do you placate the County Commissioners while you are running an imperial, powerful entity from the 29th Floor? Let them travel: Now it is Pepe Diaz via the
|Deputy Mayor Jack Osterholt a.k.a. Col. Klink|