Ram A. Schratter, a former County supervisor with 20 years’ experience in the Internal Services Department’s (ISD’s) former Alarm Unit, was charged today with one count of First Degree Organized Scheme to Defraud and surrendered in Circuit Court. The charges stem from a joint investigation conducted by the Miami-Dade Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office (SAO). The investigation uncovered that Schratter was purchasing security alarm system equipment intended for use in County facilities and diverting the equipment to his private security alarm business, Moon Security Systems, Inc.Now why was he allowed to have a private business if he was working full-time for the county? Part of his punishment: He can't work with the county for 5 years? OMG they would hire him again?
Schratter was immediately sentenced and will serve six months in jail followed by six months of house arrest (technically, a total of 12 months of community control), followed by two years of probation. As part of an agreement with the State Attorney’s Office, Schratter was required to pay $200,000 in restitution to the County and costs of investigation to the OIG. Schratter will also forfeit his 20 year County pension and any leave he had accumulated prior to his resignation. In addition, Schratter will be debarred from contracting with the County for a period of 5 years, have to perform 75 hours of community service and cannot hold any public employment until the expiration of his probationary period.
Miami Dade County moved the Fire Boat serving the North End of the Community South. Commissioner Sally Heyman was not happy as she is Commissioner of all the high-rise communities to the Broward line. She said to the Miami Herald:
“It’s a shame,” said Sally Heyman, a Miami-Dade commissioner whose district includes some of the causeway as well as waterfront cities like North Bay Village and Sunny Isles Beach.
Heyman has been pushing for a fire boat to be deployed even farther north, near the Haulover Inlet, and says the ritzy high-rise canyons and waterfront mansions in her jurisdiction pay enough property taxes to merit a boat nearby.
Heyman called her district a "donor" community. That means they give more than they take from the county. If one of her waterfront high-rises had a fire on a high floor it would be in deep shit and she would unfairly shoulder the blame and she knows it. She has the area from Aventura to parts of Miami Beach. Gimenez complained the fire boats were not being used. So what? They have to be there as a precaution. Now we have two fire boats almost in sight of each other. That makes no sense. This is the wrong way to run a government. Not everything is there to make money. You need services sometimes that don't make any money.
This was on Rebeca Sosa's Facebook Page...
Put the Youth Fair at the North Campus. There is plenty of room there. On the vote, were people made aware that they would be losing green space and that a lake would be filled in? Here is the ballot language you dumb clucks that voted for it:
Charter Amendment Exempting from Article 7 Florida International University’s Expansion onto Youth Fair Site. The Dade County Youth Fair site at Tamiami Park is exempt from the public park purposes use restrictions and construction limitations in Article 7 of the Charter. Shall the Charter be amended to:
•Extend this exemption to Florida International University (FIU) for its expansion onto up to 64 acres of such site upon relocation of the Youth Fair; and
•Provide that no County funds be used for FIU’s expansion and the Youth Fair’s required relocation?
This was terribly worded and had three issues in it. Norman Braman and Raquel Regalado...how about a lawsuit on this one too? Let's throw them all out.
Currently tapped to head the Water and Sewer Department with a raise, I found him to be a sub-standard Elections Department head. I think Penelope Townsley is 10 times better at the post. He would send me the stupidest emails that never solved anything.
Lastly, I found this blast from the past (2013) on a selection committee for a bid from AECOM and CH2M Hill on my computer that should interest someone (not me) Lester Sola was a CC on the memo: