But she is not just an empty dress. She is skilled and intelligent. I am so impressed with her lone stand against the Court House funding referendum slated to be paid for out of our property taxes. Exactly what does our county tax dollars pay for? There is so much unfunded infrastructure, I say not much.
I am a big fan of this young lady. Raquel Regalado earned a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. At St. Thomas, she was the recipient of the Florida Bar’s Young Lawyers Division Scholarship and winner of the St. Thomas University School of Law C. Clyde Atkins Memorial Moot Court Competition and American Trial Lawyers Association Open/Close Competition. Ms. Regalado was a member of the St. Thomas Law Review and the Moot Court Team.
Brains and beauty and not afraid to stand up for what she believes. In today's Miami Herald:
Though they have known for decades that the courthouse would need replacing, county leaders have not set aside funding for a new building, and they have yet to decide where one would go. The existing structure cannot be demolished because the city of Miami has designated it historic; the county isn’t sure what it would do with it.
Those loose ends should trouble voters, said Raquel Regalado, a Miami-Dade school board member who has been the bond referendum’s most vocal opponent.
“People want to talk about specifics, and they don’t have specifics on their side,” she said of supporters, calling their proposal “half-baked.”
While there is no organized “No” campaign, Regalado has repeatedly taken to Spanish-language media to make her case — to older Cuban-American voters who reliably go to the polls — that the referendum has been rushed and poorly planned. She has also criticized the campaign for failing to spell out, in advertisements showing the rundown courthouse, that the new funding would mostly not go to the existing building.
I am certainly in favor of a Courthouse that is not falling apart and making people unhealthy. I am just in favor of the taxes we are already paying, paying for it. How did we renovate a dilapidated mental hospital into the premiere Coral Gables hotel the Biltmore? Can't we restore the Courthouse to the same splendor? We have to stop neglecting everything and then have taxpayers pay for the neglect in bond issues (new taxes). Raquel is 100% right.
Don't blast Raquel here, I like her too much. Be polite. She may be our next City of Miami Mayor. I hope so.