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AUGUST 1, 2011

Dear Reader,


if you have real, and verifiable evidence of wrong doing in the City of Miami, send it to me. Unlike the Miami Herald, if it’s real, I won’t sit on it, I’ll publish it!


Al Crespo

689 NE 92nd Street

Miami, Fl 33138

al@alcrespo.net

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QUEEN OF SWAG

EVEN OJ’S BBF HEARTS THE QUEEN OF SWAG

It’s time again for the quarterly report on how much “Swag” Miami-Dade State Attorney, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle collected in “gifts” during the last 3 months. 


This quarter she racked up $2425.00 in tickets, hotel room/meals and best of all, flowers and candy from some of her her buds.

A new wrinkle this time out is who showed up bearing flowers and candy for the Queen Of Swag.


Ever heard of Tom Scotto?  Well, if you haven’t, you’re not up on all things OJ Simpson.


Tom Scotto was O J Simpson’s best pal during his Miami years, as well as being OJ’s frequent golf partner. It was Scotto’s wedding in Las Vegas, where OJ was supposed to be the best man, that led to the fateful encounter in the hotel room that resulted in OJ currently serving 33 years in a Nevada prison for armed robbery.


Being OJ’s pal doesn’t make Scotto a bad guy, in fact, it takes some gumption to be pals with a guy like OJ, just like it takes some gumption to be my pal on occasion.


When I asked him if he was the same Tom Scotto who gave Fernandez-Rundle the flowers and candy, he said that he was, and that while he didn’t consider her a close friend, ”She has helped me out a few times.”


And what’s with the hotel and meals to celebrate Marsha Madorsky’s birthday?


If there was ever a public official that needed a sign at the front door that reads, “WE ACCEPT NO GIFTS OF ANY KIND BECAUSE IT MIGHT LEAD TO THE PUBLIC THINKING WE CAN BE INFLUENCED OR CORRUPTED,” the State’s Attorney’s Office should be that front door.


But, since there’s no sign, maybe we’ve all been missing the boat with the Queen Of Swag.   I wonder if just out of self-preservation maybe we need to hold a community fund drive to raise enough money to start buying her some REAL gifts so that she’ll help us out a few times, like maybe indicting some of the scummy crooks at Miami City Hall, starting with His Ignorance, Tomas Regalado, the most corrupt Mayor in recent Miami history!


Perhaps the way to get the State’s Attorney to do her job is just to bribe her? After all, it’s pretty evident that the crooked politicians have figured a way to keep her from trying to put them in jail, and it isn’t because the evidence isn’t there to put some of these scumbags under the jail.


After all, Regalado and his henchmen revealed that bribery is a tactic considered useful in trying to solve intractable problems like trying to get rid of the Chief of Police, so maybe if we send her some flowers and candy, book a hotel room or two and toss her a swanky party, maybe she’ll return the favor and indict a couple of these crooks. 


However, lets not call it a bribe, because in Florida even bribes are considered an acceptable transaction with politicians as long as they’re called “gifts” and are listed in a quarterly FORM 9.


In the meantime, this latest report increases the Queen Of Swag’s take of gifts and party favors over the last 3 years and 3 months to a GRAND TOTAL of $24,931.46.


Imagine, the value of the swag she’s collected in the last 3 years is higher than the median income for the average citizen living in the City of Miami!


Somebody explain to me why that doesn’t represent a Red Flag of potential corruption!?!

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LIFE LESSONS
MANNY ALONSO POCH TEACHING BY EXAMPLE

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE STUDENTS OF THE ARTS & MIND ACADEMY


Dear Kiddies,


It’s never too early to learn some of the lessons of life that aren’t necessarily taught in school, especially if those lessons are reflected in the behavior of Mr. Manny Alonso Poch, the person who your mommies and daddies pay thousands of dollars to in order to keep you out of the clutches of public education.


Today’s lesson is pretty simple: Don’t be a deadbeat if you’re trying to screw the pooch and the taxpayers, cause some smart-ass might send a guy like me a bunch of documents in the mail that reveals that Mr. Poch hasn’t been paying the property taxes on his parking lot and school property in Coconut Grove.


It’s no wonder public education is turning to shit when upstanding owners of “private” schools don’t pay their property taxes, thereby screwing “public” education out of money. 

So there you have it kiddies. When it comes to scheming about pulling a fast one on the taxpayers, certain pre-conditions like paying your taxes before you set out to screw them should be considered good form.


And always remember, as you spend your teenage years wondering what you’ll be when you grow up; if you aspire to grow up to be a scheming dick, someone, somewhere will always be lurking, eager to stick a knife in your back along the way.

AUGUST 1, 2011

    DEAD                     BEAT
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RUN PAPI CHULO, RUN!

AUGUST 1, 2011

HIT THE ROAD JACK, AND DON’T COME

BACK NO MORE!

MIAMI POLICE CALL FOR VOTE TO RECALL MAYOR TOMAS REGALADO

In response to a growing frustration over the direction that Mayor Tomas Regalado’s management of the City of Miami has taken, along with his efforts to place the brunt of the financial problems plaguing the city on the backs of city employees, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police Executive Committee on Monday night called an emergency meeting and voted to ask their members to support a recall of the mayor.


Th effort which will no doubt pass overwhelmingly sets the stage for the other 3 unions representing city workers to join with the FOP and wage a campaign to oust the Mayor.


The city cannot continue to endure the almost daily accounts of corruption, self-dealing, cronyism and incompetence that have come to represent the hallmarks of Regalado’s tenure in office.


Last week Miami’s New Times published a major front page story which provided 10 reasons why the Mayor should be recalled.


The Crespo-Gram Report joins the New Times, FOP and the thousands of hard-working city employees and citizens of Miami who have been victimized, lied to, tricked and generally disrespected by Regalado and his collection of thug cronies who have treated the city like their personal piggybank! 


Enough is enough!  Don’t let the door hit you in the ass Tomas! 

AUGUST 1, 2011

FIREFIGHTERS ALSO CALL FOR RECALL VOTE

In an email from Robert Suarez, President of the Miami Association of Firefighters - IAFF LOcal 587, the firefighters also voted on Monday to ask their members to vote on recalling Mayor Tomas Regalado.


This represents 2 of the 4 unions representing city employees, and the 2 most activist unions able to put bodies on the streets to get recall petitions signed.


This is now shaping up into a fight to the finish for Regalado, and the only ally he can count on in this fight is the Miami Herald, who have become so compromised over their financial dealings with the city, that they might well become a target of a boycott before this is all over.

BREAKING NEWS!

BUSTED

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MEMBER OF THE MAYOR’S FAMILY BUSTED FOR COCAINE POSSESSION

AND DUI:  TELLS COPS THE MAYOR’S HIS COUSIN

Last night at around  7 PM, Manuel DeJesus Loureiro, a first cousin of Mayor Tomas Regalado was arrested in Little Havana for Possession Of Cocaine and Driving Under the Influence.


In what has obviously become a patented response by family and staff of the Mayor when they get stopped by the police, Loureiro could not resist telling them before they hauled him off to jail that, “he was Regalado’s cousin, referring to Mayor Regalado.”


Below is the arrest report from the latest member of the Regalado clan to make the family proud.


To read a larger version of this arrest report

click on any page.

AUGUST 3, 2011

WHAT’S A RECALL CAMPAIGN WITHOUT SOME GOOD POSTERS AND FLYERS

I know there are a lot of talented and creative people who read this webzine, and who also feel like I and a number of others do that Tomas Regalado has to go!


Now is the time to let those creative juices flow.  A good poster or flyer can make people wake up, pay attention and galvanize them to take a stand.


This is the time to make your voices heard.  Design a poster or flyer and send it to me.  I’ll post it, and make it available for downloading so that folks can do with them what they’ve always done.  Stick them somewhere so that people will see them!


Create your poster or flyer and send it to me as a jpeg.  I’ll do the rest.


MAKE RECALLING HIS IGNORANCE, THE MAYOR, A REAL COMMUNITY EFFORT!

SHOW US WHAT YOU GOT!

AUGUST 3, 2011

AUGUST 5, 2011

A TALE OF TWO CITIES

HERE’S PROOF THAT THE MIAMI HERALD SELLS OUT THE ANGLO COMMUNITY

Take a look at the front pages of the web version of the Miami Herald above, and El Nuevo Herald for Wednesday, August 3, 2011, below. (Click on either page to read a larger version.)


On the Miami Herald page, you’ll not see any mention of the recall effort that was announced by the City of Miami police and firefighters union on Monday night.  In fact, in neither the web version, nor the print version will you find a word about this drastic turn of events.


In El Nuevo Herald on the other hand, I’ve put an arrow below a story written by Melissa Sanchez, that received the full treatment including photographs.  Even if you can’t read Spanish, go and look at the article to appreciate that El Nuevo Herald took this story seriously.

On Wednesday evening at 8:38 PM, the Miami Herald finally decided to reveal to the Anglo community what the readers of El Nuevo Herald had learned about that morning, in significant detail.


Did Chuck Rabin, the Herald’s City Hall beat reporter who is increasingly referred to as Regalado’s stenographer write a story about the recall efforts, or perhaps did the Herald decide to reprint Sanchez’s story?


Neither.


In the body of a story about His Ignorance’s phony ploy to pander to the Black community by sending a letter - almost 7 months after the Chief of Police requested a federal investigation - the Mayor wrote asking for a federal investigation of the rash of shootings in Overtown and Liberty City in the last 10 months.


And even then, it was an add on at the end of a 2 sentence paragraph.  Again, to appreciate just how blatantly this information was all but hidden within the article, go read the full article.

For it’s readers, El Nuevo Herald offered a full story with some context and explanation, along with photos. For the Anglo readers, the Miami Herald offered:


        “and faces a potential recall campaign by city

        union members...”


At every level this underscores how far the Miami Herald has fallen in abandoning its basic journalistic ethics and responsibility to the community it purports to serve.


The recall effort against the Mayor of Miami is not only the second such effort to have taken place in Miami-Dade County in the last year against a sitting Mayor, but it’s the first time in Miami’s history that a recall effort will be mounted against a Mayor.


Under any conditions, a real newspaper in any major American city would treat it as such.  It’s what El Nuevo Herald did.


The Miami Herald on the other hand is, and has been in the bag so long, that they’ve lost all sense of what their basic journalistic responsibility is to it’s readership.


First and foremost, almost nothing that makes it to the pages or website of the Miami Herald about the City of Miami gets there without being filtered by Regalado supporters on the Editorial Board and staff - the Herald after all has an investment in Regalado, they endorsed him for Mayor - and worse, everything that the Herald publishes seems to be filtered to insure that their economic self-interests are covered and protected first and foremost.


This has led them on repeated occasions to be little more than pimps for the latest scheme or deal from which the Miami Herald hoped to benefit financially. 


One need only look at how their treating the arrival of the new owners of the Herald’s property to appreciate to what lengths the Herald is willing to go to prostitute itself in support of its economic interests.


In this case however, the evidence is there in plain site.  The Miami herald believes that the Anglo community should be kept in the dark and occasionally fed shit.

Dear Reader,


if you have real, and verifiable evidence of wrong doing in the City of Miami, send it to me. Unlike the Miami Herald, if it’s real, I won’t sit on it, I’ll publish it!


Al Crespo

689 NE 92nd Street

Miami, Fl 33138

al@alcrespo.net

ALL IN THE FAMILY

SHARING THE CAMPAIGN WEALTH AND OTHER BENEFITS OF BEING THE MAYOR’S SON

At a time when the concept of the nuclear family is in disarray it’s good to see the Regalado clan sticking together and helping each other out like families are supposed to do.


Take Tommy Regalado for instance.  When Tommy wanted a promotion at TV Marti, and his “brother” Angel Zayon stood in the way by holding the job that Tommy wanted, Daddy Regalado and Angel got together and Angel graciously agreed to give up his TV job and go to work for the city as the unqualified Director of Communications so Tommy could take over Angel’s duties.


Back during the campaign, all of the Regalado children pitched in to help Daddy Regalado become Mayor, and because Daddy and Raquelita wanted to show their appreciation for all the help Tommy’s wife gave to the campaign, they paid her $15,000.


Now, perhaps they were embarrassed to slap the name Marta Regalado on the checks, or perhaps Tommy’s wife is a 21st Century woman who doesn’t believe in using her husband’s name, but for whatever reason, the Regalado campaign paid Marta Basallo (Regalado) $15,000 in checks of $5000 and $10,000, for consulting and professional services.


To read a larger version, click on documents.

This probably would have remained largely forgotten, although Eye On Miami did comment on the first $5000 check back in April of 2010, but with the increased attention being paid to the Regalado campaign reports as a result of the excellent articles written by Investigation Miami, and a follow-up in El Neuvo Herald last week, this new focus cause one to wonder how the wife of the Mayor’s first son managed to get more money from Daddy’s campaign than any other individual campaign “worker.”


MEMBERSHIP HAS IT’S PRIVILEGES


Now since Tommy is a talking head on a marginally watched TV channel he doesn’t make the kind of big bucks that the local anchors on the major channels do, so an extra $15,000 could go along away to financing the kind of lifestyle that he and Marta seem to have gotten accustomed to as the son of the Mayor of Miami.


Take for instance his supposed membership at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.

Yes, hanging out at Ocean Reef does indeed inspire “an affinity for the rewarding lifestyle.”  And that lifestyle comes at a steep price.


In 2007, the real estate company Swenson & Ecuyer published the details of what a social membership cost at Ocean Reef.  The initiation fee was $40,000, with annual dues of $5,848.01

That’s a lot of money for a young couple with a small child, even if daddy can chip in the occasional $15,000 from one of his campaigns.


Yet, Tommy supposedly brags about being a member of Ocean Reef, which i quite frankly considered little more than empty talk until I found this little nugget among his tweets.

Now, it’s possible that Tommy freeloads off of someone else’s membership, but free memberships at swanky clubs and resorts like Ocean Reef aren’t beyond the range of  benefits that someone like Tommy would have dangled before him as the son of the Mayor of Miami.


After all, folks claim that Daddy’s never paid for a meal at the Rusty Pelican, and we do know he’s not beyond asking for free tickets to basketball games and the like, as well as filing up the gas tank on occasion.


So, here’s a little head’s up to the FBI and the IRS:  I think you all need to start looking into all of the social memberships that the Regalado clan and others close to them have received, at either discount prices and/or as out -and-out “gifts,” which I’m willing to bet a dollar to a donut none of these people have ever declared on their taxes.

THE  BANANA REPUBLIC’S NEWEST MUST HAVE CARD

DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT

Now if you live in the City of Miami, you too can try to use the Mayor of Miami to get out of jail, just like The Thuget and his cousin Manuel.  Do a screen grab of this article, print and cut out the card.


If you want to go the extra mile, laminate the card so you can use it over and over.  It’s Miami, Bitches! and having a GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD is something that  will last you longer than the $30 the Mayor says he’s going to save you in taxes this year. 

AUGUST 5, 2011

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I WAS WRONG

It really pisses me off (at myself) when I’m wrong, and I try very hard not to be wrong. This time however, is one of those times, and when it happens, I own up to it.


Below, I posted a story about the Miami Herald not covering the pending recall of the Mayor, and only mentioning the recall in passing on Wednesday evening, as part of a story about the Mayor’s lete-to-the-game request of an investigation of the Miami Police Department over the shootings in Overtown and Liberty City.


I don’t read the hard copy of the Miami Herald, in large part because I often don’t leave the house till the afternoon, spending my mornings writing, and like many people, I’ve grown accustomed to just getting most of my news on-line.  Since the Herald never posted the story about the pending recall they ran in Tuesday’s hardcopy on page 3B on their web archive, I never knew it existed until I spoke with a Herald reporter today on an unrelated subject.


Therefore, I was wrong about their failure to cover this story, and I apologize.


However, I do not apologize for my overarching complaints about the overall reporting of the Miami Herald when it comes to the City of Miami and the numerous instances where they have acted more as cheerleaders and/or stenographers rather than reporters.


And I definity stand by the last sentence in my story: The Miami Herald believes that the Anglo community should be kept in the dark and occasionally fed shit.


But, I was wrong on the facts in this case, and that’s the only thing that really matters

AUGUST 5, 2011