Ralph Garcia Toledo, whom, as repoted by the Miami Herald, is "Raising money for the mayor, and making money from his administration".
He helped Carlos Gimenez raise nearly $4 million while billing $200 an hour on a county sewer contract that pays him to meet with administration officials.
Through April, G-T Construction has billed $672,000 for work that began in late 2014. Roughly $430,000 of that was billed as overhead — the added cost Miami-Dade lets contractors tack onto bills for employees’ work to cover both operating expenses and profit.
Read the article, I am on a cell phone blogging -- too hard. This isn't new behavior on the part of Mayor Gimenez. Here is what I wrote in 2013 about Ralph Garcia Toledo getting favors:
|Ralph Garcia Toledo the Mayor's right hand man during his campaign.|
These guys/lobbyists are just too close to Gimenez according to the June 6th Miami Herald, also on the Mayor's trip were:
Several Gimenez supporters are traveling as well: lawyer Marcelo Llorente of LSN Partners and his managing partner, Alex Heckler; and Ralph Garcia-Toledo of G-T Construction Group and his wife, Vicky Garcia-Toledo, a partner at the law firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod. Gimenez’s daughter-in-law Barbara Rodriguez-Gimenez, director of client relations at the law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista, is also a delegate. All are registered as lobbyists at County Hall.
Jorge Luis Lopez was also in Spain with the Mayor.
All three of these guys ARE JUST TOO CLOSE. Llorente, Ralph Garcia-Toledo's wife Vicky are lobbyists for CH2M Hill on this giant contract. Regarding what is going on read these two articles:
The Miami Herald on this contract.
THIS WHOLE THING SHOULD BE LOOKED AT WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB. TOO MANY FRIENDS INVOLVED. Too much hanky panky. I thought Mayor Gimenez was different but he is just like Alex Penelas always with a bevy of lobbyists at his side. Also read Miami New Times, Francisco Alvarado on Toledo, very good article.