WATCH THE DAMN VIDEO!
The Mayor of Miami Dade County's Statement November 15th:
Following a careful and detailed review of the response to my request for an opinion from the Executive Director of the Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, and the written observations submitted by the Interim Inspector General, a course of action has been developed with their participation to cure the irregularities identified in the selection process of the Program and Construction Management Services related to the wastewater system priority projects. To ensure the selection process continues to move forward, I will appoint a Mayoral Advisory Committee (Committee) composed of three external and two County staff members with knowledge and expertise in these types of services. This Committee will be charged with providing to me a final ranking and consensus statement of the proposals submitted by AECOM and CH2MHill.
It is important that this selection be completed via a fair and equitable process. Given their importance to the residents of our community, my administration is committed to expediting all Water and Sewer infrastructure projects in the County. In doing so, I want to ensure that the process we use to select firms and contractors is one that is fair, competitive and transparent.
Our post on the issue. The public is satisfied that the Mayor is trying to do the right thing, left with a difficult situation, on this $1.6 billion dollar contract Lynda. You didn't mention the controversy, the conflicting ethics opinions,etc. It is amazing what you leave out, like that Mike Shehadeh was hired right around the time of the bid submittals, in September, by CH2M...for you? On your behalf? You have been trying to get him a job, many will acknowledge that. CH2M got the bid but there was some hanky panky going on (the mayor's statement acknowledges that).
Lynda Bell having lunch with Mike Shehadeh 2012: