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AUGUST 22, 2011

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RECALL? WHAT RECALL? AN INSIDE PLAY BY THE FOP INTENDED TO BENEFIT REGALADO

What if the recent efforts to stage a recall were actually nothing more than a staged event intended to eventually bolster the image and political standing of His Ignorance, Tomas Regalado, who has been taking a pounding in Miami’s Hispanic communities over the allegations about his campaign finance reports and the claims that he’s in bed with the gambling interests, as well as the continuing allegations of his incompetence and ignorance for the last 6 months?


This is Miami, Bitches!, and no matter how things appear on the surface, the key to understanding what’s really going on is to search the dark and murky waters beneath the surface to see what the various “players” are really up to.


REASON 1 WHY THIS IS A MISDIRECTION PLAY


When it comes to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), who the introduced original call for a recall motion at a hastily called emergency meeting on August 1st, slight-of-hand skullduggery has become almost an art form.


Documents obtained from the FOP archives, reveal that no prior notice was given of the emergency meeting, and that the only email message sent was after the meeting, informing the membership that the Executive Committee had made a decision to call for a vote on a recall of the Mayor.


As always, to view larger versions of all the documents included in this story click on any document.

This polish of this letter has led many to believe that it WAS NOT written on the fly AFTER the emergency meeting.


The call for a vote on a recall of the Mayor was first and foremost an effort to blunt the attacks against FOP President Armando Aguilar and FOP Vice President Javier Ortiz by FOP members who are angry over the way in which the union has failed to stand up against Regalado and his administration, while at the same time distracting the membership over the allegations of insider dealings and financial mismanagement of FOP funds which has become a rallying cry within the union to vote these guys out.


Even Regalado understood that when he stated shortly after the announcement of the FOP decision that the reason the union was spearheading this recall was because the FOP leadership was facing their own recall problem.


The above letter is the first indication that the notion for a recall was not some spurt of the moment decision, but rather something that had been carefully thought out well before the emergency meeting.


Secondly, even though the language attacking Regalado seems strong, appreciate that this was first and foremost intended to be an internal document, not widely read, and most certainly not quoted at length in the Miami Herald or any other news media. 


Also, for a misdirection play to work, sometimes you have to draw a little blood to make it believable, and in the rough and tumble of politics, even allies understand that sometimes the best way to maintain that alliance is to appear to be bitter opponents.


When the FOP battled with former Mayor Manny Diaz, and Police Chief Timoney the fight was real and the union waged almost constant war, going as far as hiring private investigators, seeking FDLE investigations and staging significant protests at numerous events all intended to embarrass and harass Diaz and Timoney on a regular basis.


At the time, the major beef by the union was that Diaz wouldn’t support a contract with a 9% raise, and that Timoney was a hard-nosed cop who expected his force to do things his way.

Even the signs and Tee Shirts created by the FOP for the protest were created in a way to make sure that the word “CORRUPTION” was as small as it could be so as not to overly upset and embarrass the Mayor.

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CHIEF MIGUEL EXPOSITO TO BE FIRED FOR INSUBORDINATION THE FIRST WEEK IN SEPTEMBER

There was never much doubt that no matter how many times Chief Exposito managed to bitch slap His Ignorance, sooner or later one of Regalado’s hand-picked City Manager’s would do the deed and fire the Chief.


It seems, like I previously predicted and reported, Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez will finally do the deed.


Martinez was primed and ready to fire
Exposito last Monday morning, after Exposito returned from vacation but was persuaded by Commissioner “Ethics” Sarnoff to hold off until September because he was out of town and would not be able to attend the emergency meeting that would be required for the Commission to uphold Martinez’s decision. At one point I’ve been told, Sarnoff even threatened Martinez that he would go to court and file an injunction to halt the process if Martinez did not agree to wait until September.


There’s always a problem in deals like this prematurely flying apart, and the fact that Martinez tipped his hand, and then had to pull back has energized both camps to load up for a major battle in the next couple weeks ahead of Martinez actually firing the Chief.


The current vote breakdown on the Commission is believed to be Commissioners Willie Gort and Richard Dunn supporting the firing of the Chief, with Commissioners Marc Sarnoff and Frank Carollo opposing, supposedly leaving Commissioner Francis Suarez as the crucial undecided swing vote. However, some vote counters have already put Suarez in with Gort and Dunn as willing to go along with the firing.


In typical Miami, Bitches! fashion, visits are even being paid to Santeria priests to cast various spells on both Regalado and Exposito as Exposito supporters pull out all the stops in the hope against hope that the Feds will sweep into City Hall and arrest Regalado before Martinez fires Exposito.


A wildcard in this mess, yet one that underscores both the
craziness and inside level of corruption that has beset Miami politics is none other than State Attorney Katherine “The Queen Of Swag” Fernandez-Rundle, who had her own battles (HERE and HERE) with Chief Exposito, trading allegations over the alleged police department’s failure to provide items of evidence related to the shooting of the 7 Black men shot in Miami’s ghettos in the summer of 2010. 


In light of all that has transpired since, one has to question just how much of that battle was staged by Fernandez-Rundle as a way provide support for Regalado.


I raise this possibility because of Fernandez-Rundle’s behind the scenes involvement in stalling the inevitable dismissal of charges against Michelle Spence-Jones has begun to leak out of the State Attorney’s Office like a water pouring out of a leaky boot. 


The allegation is that Fernandez-Rundle has willfully been stalling signing off on dismissing the charges because the return of Spence-Jones would not only tip the voting balance on the Commission in the vote to oust the Chief, but would also give several of the Commissioners and Regalado himself a year and a half case of severe heartburn.


Originally sources informed me Fernandez-Rundle was attempting to get Spence-Jones to go along with the charges being dropped if she would promise not to run for office, or not demand her seat back from Reverend Commissioner Dunn.


Now, with a status hearing on the case scheduled for this week, the plan I’ve been told is that Fernandez-Rundle will ask for a trial date thereby extending by at least 60 days the time that Spence-Jones can be kept from returning to her District 5 Commission seat, or until after the critical vote to uphold the firing of the Chief.


Two weeks ago Regalado allegedly slipped into a meeting with Fernandez-Rundle by-passing the normal security requirements at her office. 


It is no secret that Regalado and Fernandez-Rundle are connected through Armando Gutierrez, and although the Fat Man has been lying low for a while, perhaps because of his own potential legal problems for playing patty cake with Julio Robaina, he is still considered a prime strategist for the Regalado camp.


The fact that Regalado was able to slip in for a private meeting with Fernandez-Rundle and the information that Rundle again refuses to follow the advice of her staff attorneys to just end the Spence-Jones case raises some very serious and troubling questions about how and why the Miami-Dade State’s-Attorney would engage in such blatant and politically corrupt use of her office to run interference for the Regalado faction on the Miami City Commission.


It’s one thing for the Miami Herald to act like political whores, it’s an entirely different matter for the State’s Attorney to also act this way.


More and more people are becoming dismayed at Fernandez-Rundle’s overall behavior, and especially her actions in this case which have caused members of her staff to become frustrated at the apparent way that it has been manipulated for political reasons. In many other communities across America all of this would be grounds for a major investigation of the State Attorney and her office.


In Miami, while this behavior illicits some anger among the civilians privy to what’s been going on, overall it merits a shrug and a ‘what else would you expect from her’ kind of resignation, as just another example of the pervasive level of corruption that now impacts all levels of government in Miami-Dade County.


With two whole weeks to go before Martinez calls in the Chief to fire him, expect any number of surprises and loop-de-loops because in street terms this has turned out to be a “Head’s up murder game,”  and nobody is taking prisoners in this knife fight.


So, mark the week of September 5th on your calendar as when Chief of Police Exposito gets fired - it could be the Friday night before, or most likely September 6th - and then bring some popcorn to the Commission meeting on the 8th for the show, and to see how Francis Suarez decides to cast his vote.


One word of caution. If the vote goes against the firing of the Chief, and you happen to be standing anywhere near Assistant City Manager Luis Cabrera, get away from him quickly, because the medications haven’t been doing Luis much good lately and he might go off like a Roman Candle once he realizes he won’t be going back to the Police Department. 


This isn’t a joke. Cabrera is rapidly spinning out of control over at the MRC Building with his tantrums and tirades, and at the rate he’s going somebody’s probably going to have to dial 911 for help PDQ.


All in all, September 8th is shaping up to be a classic Miami, Bitches day!  So be there, or be square!

 

Compare these multiple protest marches and the chasing of a gathering of visiting Mayors from other states by boat as a way to embarrass Manny Diaz, with what has happened during the first 18 months of the Regalado administration, where pay and benefits have repeatedly been slashed, where the Mayor has been tagged repeatedly with serious and documentable evidence of corruption, along with repeated examples of his lying to the city’s employees and the public.


The same FOP who repeatedly showed up to protest Diaz only called for one major protest outside the AAA Arena before the first Miami Heat game of last season, and before the tail end of the protesters settled in in front of the arena that night, Aguilar order the marchers to turn around and go back to their buses. 


Their much vaunted protest rally meant to let everyone know the FOP were mad as hell and wouldn’t take it anymore, lasted less than 10 minutes.

This February 2007 protest started at the Chalks Seaplane Base on Watson Island, and then they marched to the Parrot Jungle, then marched over the McArthur Causeway

Bridge to the PAC Center.

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DID JOHNNY MARTINEZ REVEAL INFORMATION HE SHOULDN’ T HAVE?

The notion that FOP President Armando Aguilar would ever seriously ever go after Regalado, for any reason, and especially to lead a real effort to recall him is laughable.


These two have a personal history that goes back many years. Regalado stood by Aguilar and the other cops indicted in the infamous Leonardo Mercardo murder case, when Aguilar as part of that incident, was indicted for lying to a federal grand jury.


Although acquitted, Aguilar was subsequently brought up on charges by the Miami Police Department, who recommended that he be fired for his role in that case, only to have that recommendation overturned by that pillar of truth and honesty, then Police Chief Donald Warsaw, who went on to serve time for diverting $70,000 from a charity for personal use, in the process losing his pension.


Even under the increasing pressure from the FOP rank and file who have had it with what they believe are his high-handed ways, persistent allegations of self-dealing and financial mismanagement of union funds, Aguilar might be forced to talk the talk of recall, but he’s never, ever going to walk the walk. 


REASON 2 WHY THIS IS A MISDIRECTION PLAY


Four days before the FOP emergency meeting that led to the letter calling for a membership vote on recalling the Mayor, Javier Ortiz, FOP Vice President, was appearing before the July 28th Miami City Commission meeting accusing Chief of Police Miguel Exposito of being a liar, incompetent, and of failing to honor terms of the FOP contract.


While Armando Aguilar has focused his attention on running for president of the Florida FOP, Ortiz has assumed more of the day-to-day activities of the union, and has focused his attention on going after Chief Exposito.


One of the two gathering places for this activity has been the City Commission office of Commission Chairman Willie Gort.   In addition to Gort staff members Frank Castaneda and Placido Diaz, Javier Ortiz, Luis Cabrera, Wilbur Jackson from the Fire Department and several others, who for the moment will remain unidentified, all regularly hang out in Gort’s office scheming and plotting against the Chief.


In short, the same cast of characters who plotted against Tony Crapp for refusing to fire the Chief, are now continuing to plot against the Chief, with the only difference being that now Johnny Martinez is experiencing first hand how serious a liability Luis Cabrera has become to the orderly running of the city.


The one thing - besides animus against the Chief - that they have in common is that they are all Regalado loyalists, starting with Gort himself, who was hand-picked by Regalado to be the Commission Chairman this year.


The relationship between Assistant City Manager Luis Cabrera and Javier Ortiz is especially telling, since if the plans of this group were to play out,  Aguilar will move up to State FOP President, leaving the local presidency open for Ortiz, while Cabrera would either return as Deputy Chief, or become the Chief of Police upon the departure of Exposito.


NONE OF THAT WOULD HAPPEN IF REGALADO WERE TO BE RECALLED SO THE IDEA THAT THESE GUYS WOULD WORK AGAINST THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST BY SUPPORTING A RECALL IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. EVERYTHING THEY HAVE IS RIDING ON REGALADO REMAINING AS THE MAYOR TO SANCTION AND APPROVE THEIR PROFESSIONAL GOALS AND ASPIRATIONS.


REASON 3 WHY THIS IS A MISDIRECTION PLAY


If the FOP was really going after Regalado, then given their limited resources of manpower and money, that’s where they would be focusing their energy.


Not so.


Starting long before the July 28th City Commission meeting where FOP Vice President Javier Ortiz went after the Chief over his mishandling of the police department budget, the FOP has focused almost all of it’s attention - with the exception of a handful of TV and radio appearances to talk about the Recall - on going after Chief Exposito.


Perhaps the strangest example has been the way that the FOP has championed Commander Jose Perez’s whistleblower complaint against the Chief.


Perez was one of the three senior officers that Exposito told the City Manager he wanted to demote. When the story broke and Perez was identified by name, he quickly filed a whistleblower complaint which the FOP took upon themselves to circulate.


To read the entire 5 page Whistleblower complaint, click

on this 1st page.

How strange is this?  Consider that the FOP is a union, and Perez, as a Commander, is part of management.


You don’t often find unions going out of their way to support members of management.


What will be most interesting is when the information is revealed that Exposito provided to City Manager Martinez seeking to demote Perez. Remember - as I wrote above - that behind all the finger pointing and back and forth allegations now being made Martinez had signed off on allowing Exposito to demote these senior officers until Luis Cabrera got wind of it and ran to Regalado who ordered Martinez to stop the demotions.


Given the egg shells that all of these people have been walking on for months, Martinez would not have initially approved the demotions without there having been real justifiable reasons for doing so.


At this point, all we have is Perez’s version of why he claims he was targeted for demotion, and much of that reads like dialogue in a bad cop movie.


IN CONCLUSION


To undertake a serious recall effort, the costs would probably be anywhere between $300,000 to $500,000.  Unless you’re really rich, this is a lot of money.  There’s no way that the FOP has that kind of money to spend on an effort that in the end might very well fail, especially since the first step in the process is even determining whether or not the City Charter and state law allows for the Mayor to be recalled.


It’s now pretty much agreed by insiders who have had the time to study this scheme and the players involved that this was originally cooked up by Aguilar and Ortiz, along with the rest of their little gang as a way to distract the growing rebellion inside the FOP against their leadership.  It appears that they figured they could jerk around a couple months with this charade, and in the end when it collapsed, the Mayor could make a celebratory round of the TV and radio talk shows proclaiming that he had been vindicated, and that the whole thing was - as he has claimed from the beginning - nothing more than a union scheme to attack him for imposing salary and benefit reductions on their members.


That the leaders of a labor union would set themselves up for this kind of attack also says a whole lot about their motives and fidelity to their members.


What has happened however, is that a group within the FOP is attempting to turn the tables on them, and are now trying to force Aguilar and Ortiz to start taking the steps required to initiate a recall as a way to demonstrate that when push comes to shove, these guys will fold.


At the same time, these guys are hellbent to trying to get the FOP membership to go along with an effort that will force the FOP to conduct an independent audit of the books, because they believe that the Aguilar and Ortiz have been playing as fast with the books as they have been with the truth.


To that end, they’ve even started playing minds games like producing this little video in advance of this week’s FOP meeting.

The big question that now faces the members of the Miami Police Fraternal Order of Police is how mad are they, and have they really reached a point where they’re not going to take it anymore?


We’ll find out Wednesday night.

Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez and Madelin “Hot Lips” Pacheco sharing a moment.

It’s funny - although not Ha Ha funny - how things continue to happen over and over in the administration of His Ignorance, Tomas Regalado.


Remember how the whole thing with Mayor Tomas Regalado and Chief Exposito started.  Exposito attended a meeting with the City Manager Carlos Migoya and Regalado to inform them that he was planning on staging a raid of video gambling establishments, and Regalado asked Exposito to hold off for a couple days.


The reason that Regalado gave for his request was that he was afraid the raid would affect voter turnout in his referendum effort to take over the Miami Parking Authority.


The reason that the Chief gave for going public was that he suspected that Regalado would reach out to warn the owners of he gambling machines with whom he’s had a close relationship over the years.


While no evidence has yet come to light that Regalado did reach out to his gambling friends, the rumors of pending indictments hold the promise that a laundry list of old and new allegations will be revealed.


Now fast forward to the meeting held between City Manager Johnny Martinez and Chief Exposito a couple weeks ago when Exposito informed Martinez that he wanted to demote three members of his senior staff and provided Martinez with the specific information on why he wanted to do it.


I’ve already written about this and included Exposito’s emails to Martinez where Exposito claims that Martinez gave him the authorization to demote these officers, only to reverse that order several hours later.


I stand by my claim that Luis Cabrera, Deputy Chief of Police/Assistant City Manager learned of this move and ran straight over to the Mayor’s Office to tell Regalado because Commanders Roque and Perez were part of his posse that he had arranged to get promoted along with him shortly after Regalado became Mayor.


Now you have to have been around Cabrera to appreciate how crazy he is about doing everything to bring down Exposito and Major Al Alvarez, and how whiny and aggravating he can get in trying to get information about anything that these guys do.


So, here’s my read on what really happened after Exposito left the MRC Building.


Cabrera, having lurked - he can’t sit still for long when he gets excited - around the 10th Floor, wasted no time in going into Martinez’s office as soon as Exposito left and started giving Martinez the third degree as to what Exposito was doing there and what did they talk about.


As City Manager it’s understood, although I suspect that Exposito probably went further by actually warning Martinez at some point in their conversation that what he was telling him was for his ears only, he ended up telling Cabrera what Exposito was planning, and Cabrera wasted no time in hot footing it over to tell the Mayor.


After he got through with the Mayor, Cabrera fed it to someone else, which resulted in one of those mysterious actions that seldom get connected, but which I will reveal as part of another story in a few days.


In any event, if that’s the case - and I’d wager real serious money that it happened just that way - then Johnny Martinez really screwed up.


Martinez clearly revealed information that he shouldn’t have and that means that he can’t be trusted to keep his mouth shut when he has to. From an invstigative perspective, that means that Martinez has to be kept in the dark as the various criminal investigations now taking place continue.


In some ways worse, he told Luis Cabrera, someone who’s beginning to alarm and upset a growing number of city employees with his emotionally unbalanced tantrums.


All in all, this incident has now set the stage for what promises to be the opening salvo in a battle that might soon consume Miami’s public life for a long time to come.

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Armando Agular herding the protesters back to the buses

WHEN YOU GET THE TIME, GO OVER AND CHECK OUT INVESTIGATION MIAMI.  ANOTHER GREAT STORY ABOUT THE MIAMI HERALD.

ON DAY ONE THE CHIEF LANDS THE FIRST PUNCH

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MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL, I THINK I KNOW WHO’S THE DUMBEST OF THEM ALL

I’ve said for sometime now that Chief Exposito and his guys are just light years smarter than His Ignorance and that collection of morons that hang around kissing his ass.


In fact, a lot of the time it isn’t that Exposito and his guys are so smart as it is that Regalado and his guys are really so dumb.


This afternoon, proof of this became available in the below email that was just made public through the Miami Police PIO Office.


Only this morning I had written about Commander Jose Perez filing a Whistleblower Complaint against the Chief and some of his staff, and how the Miami Fraternal Order of Police was supporting him by circulating the complaint


The below email addressed to Joe Centerino, current head of the State Attorney’s Public Corruption Unit regarding Perez’s complaint spells out how Perez in his complaint revealed that Commissioner Willie Gort and Mayor Tomas Regalado last December, when the Chief first wanted to demote him, were opposed to the demotion and went to the City Manager to stop it.


As the email to Centerino rightly points out, this act by both Gort and Regalado is direct violation of the Miami City Charter.  Here is the section from the complaint where this is revealed. (Page 1, paragraph 5)

While I am not a lawyer, it would appear to me that if Commissioner Gort did in fact intercede on behalf of Perez last December, and if this request for an investigation is not resolved completely by September 8th, then Commissioner Gort will not be able to sit in on any hearing held by the City Commission to determine whether or not to uphold the firing of the Chief by the City Manager.


With all due respect to Jose Perez and whoever helped him write his Whistleblower Complaint, they are realy dumb fucks to have included this revelation in the complaint.


I’d say Round One goes to the Chief by virtue of gross stupidity by the other side.

CHECK OUT CHANNEL 6 AND/OR 23 THIS EVENING.  I WAS BARRED FROM THE MRC BUILDING THIS MORNING, AND NOW A NEW POLICY REFERRED TO AS “THE CRESPO POLICY” HAS BEEN INTRODUCED.


I LOVE THE SMELL OF A LAWSUIT IN THE MORNING, AND I’LL BE ADDRESSING THIS FULLY ONCE I’VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW ALL THE DOCUMENTS.

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Below is a copy of the complete CIP Investigation File.

AUGUST 22, 2011

PLAYING THE EX-CON CARD

In the rough and tumble of political fights the first thing you learn is that when they can’t kill the message, your opponents will always try and kill the messenger.


That’s why over the years whenever I’ve found myself engaged in one of these knock-down, drag out free-for-alls with corrupt politicians I always make sure to let as many folks as possible know about my past.


I figure that no one likes surprises - I damn sure don’t - so there’s no sense trying to keep a secret of something that’s going to come out anyhow.


The video above about how I was banned from the MRC building on Monday is just the latest example of the efforts by Regalado cronies to try and use my past as some sort of weapon against me, because none of them has ever attempted to refute the claims that I continue to make of how corrupt and incompetent all of them are.


Now, you can go to my Bio Page on this site where I’ve detailed a lot about my past, but just to get the basics out one more time, here’s what I did, and how I spent my time in prison.


I became an armed robber when I was 17 years old.  I eventually worked my way up to being a bank robber - there’s no seniority involved in becoming a bank robber - nor is it like starting out smoking pot and graduating to cocaine - I just started robbing banks.


It wasn’t romantic, like some people think.  It was actually quite scary on occasion, but it was also a huge adrenaline rush, and I have always been an adrenaline junkie.   Although as strange as it might sound, I don’t like guns, and never carried one except when I went to do a stickup.


I never shot anyone, nor pistol whipped anyone or any of that stuff, but I did try to scare the living shit out of people so I wouldn’t be put in a position to do any of that.


So understand, that when I was doing stickups I was not a nice guy.  People need to know and understand that. I was not some jokey kind of guy who walked into banks with a note scribbled with a crayon. I came with a gun and jumping over counters.


The last bank I robbed was in the summer of 1975.  In fact, the last crime I committed was the summer of 1975.  There are any number of ways I could offer to explain how I got from there to here,  but the simplest answer I can give in this kind of space as to why I quit robbing banks and stuff is that I got tired of being rehabilitated.


I made some money during my life in crime which I pissed away on fast cars, pretty nice women and a lot of plane tickets to places I wanted to go.  I really miss just being able to go to an airport, walk up to the counter, buy a ticket and get on a plane.  That’s a real loss for the concept of freedom in America.


For my efforts, I spent almost 20 years to the day in a number of prisons including Leavenworth and Lewisburg Federal Penitentiaries, The Ohio Penitentiary, the Connecticut State Prison, Raiford in Florida, and a couple road gang camps like the one in Cool Hand Luke.   


8 1/2 of those 20 years I spent in various forms of solitary confinement because, and this should come as no surprise, I developed early on a habit of trying to tell wardens how to run their prisons, and/or writing exposes about prison conditions and smuggling them out of prison.


That’s why this letter was written to Vice President Mondale, and why the warden said I had a bad attitude.

Prison is in many ways worse than it’s portrayed in movies and TV shows, but I was extremely fortunate that I did time in the late 50’s and almost all of the 60’s when prisons in America were by and large run by the prisoners.


I was able to do and learn things that no one in an American prison would ever be able to do today.


I became a prison dentist and the head surgical nurse of the Ohio Penitentiary Surgical Team.  I was the president of the first prison Jaycee Chapter in Ohio with about 150 members who included members of the Klu Klux Klan and the Black Panthers. You want to talk about political knife fights, we had a couple of them with real knives.


I helped organize a state-wide prison strike, and was the only “surgeon” inside the walls in the Ohio Penitentiary for almost 2 days in the aftermath of the June 1968 prison riot when the Governor ordered all the civilians out.


Through it all I educated myself by reading voraciously, and taught myself how to write, and how to become a southern regionalist landscape artist.


Best of all, I managed to walk out of prison in 1984 with my brain relatively unscrambled, and beat the recidivism odds. 


In the last 27 years I’ve managed to become a nationally recognized, award winning photojournalist and author, and as a free-lance TV Commercial Producer and Location Scout who’s been able to travel to a lot of places around the world where I’ve had the privilege of working with amazing people who have won Oscars, Emmys, Grammies, and all kind of other creative awards.


But, as the warden said in the letter, I do have a bad attitude about corrupt authority figures and I’ll die with that attitude. 


AM I BEING PAID?


The second allegation that Cabrera and the rest of those morons hanging around the Mayor like to make is that I am being paid, and that I have a political agenda.


Well, I’m not getting paid, and if anyone would like to come to my house I’ll provide my bank statements for the last year and a half, along with my income tax returns, and for good measure I’ll pay $1000 to charity to anyone that can prove that anyone has been paying me to write any of the stuff I’ve written on this site.


I’ve been so adamant about financing this on my own that a number of folks have over time suggested that I start putting ads on this site, and I’ve always replied that I will NEVER put ads to sell stuff on this site.  The only ad I might put on this site is one to sell copies of my book as a way to raise some of the money that will be required to sue the City in Federal Court over this latest incident.


DO I HAVE A POLITICAL AGENDA?


Absolutely!!!!!  My political agenda is on my website for everyone to read every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  For the record, here are some of the key points of my political agenda.


I think Tomas Regalado is the most corrupt Mayor that the City of Miami has had during my lifetime - which is saying something - and that he deserves to be walked out of City Hall in handcuffs!


I had something to say about the Reverend Commissioner Dunn, but with his imminent departure, why bother.


I think Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is actually more dangerous in terms of the damage he’s doing based on his intelligence and his twisted mind, who also deserves to be walked out of City Hall in handcuffs, or at the very least voted out of office this November.


I think Commissioner Willie Gort is much more dangerous than people realize and that folks underestimate his level of deviousness.


I think that State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle should at the very least recuse herself from anything having to do with the City of Miami, and that her acceptance of almost $25,000 in gifts is a shameful and corrupting example of a public official who long ago lost track of what it means to set an example of probity as the lead law enforcement official in this community.


I think that the CRA’s need to be abolished because they are nothing but slush funds for the members of the City Commission to give public money to their pals and political contributors.


I think that the Marine Stadium should not be given to the Friends of Marine Stadium, and will be writing more about that soon.


I think Manny Alonso Poch should have the license to his Charter School revoked.


I think that the illegal Children’s Museum Charter School is as flagrant an example of political cronyism as one can find in this city and it needs to be shut down.  I will be writing about that soon too.


I think there are at least a couple dozen folks like Luis Cabrera, Placido Diaz, Angel Zayon, Madelin Pacheco, Richard Labelle, Joe Marrero, Pieter Bockweg, Bert Gonzalez, Koteles Alexander and the like who need to be fired, in part because some of them didn’t deserve to be hired to begin with, and the others because they are ethically challenged on what it means to be a “public employee.”


I think that Chief Miguel Exposito needed to quit or be fired back in January.  I don’t think that the Chief is a crook, in fact, contrary to what some folks believe, that’s the one thing that I don’t think he is.  I think that he’s made some serious mistakes that under any circumstances would warrant him being replaced, but my biggest problem with the Chief has always been one of public policy.


The Chief is an employee, and the Mayor is an elected official.  It’s not good for the city to have a long, protracted fight like the one that has occurred this year between these two, especially when the Chief has essentially continued to outsmart the Mayor at every turn.  It’s not good for any city for a subordinate employee to become more powerful than an elected official in this way.


However, having said that, I have come to the conclusion based on all that I have seen and information that I have been provided - some of it yet to be published - that as contradictory as it might seem, I don’t think that the City of Miami can afford to have Chief Miguel Exposito removed from office at this time. In fact, I think it could become a disaster if that were to happen.


The City of Miami is in a very dangerous situation right now, and quite frankly I have no faith that the City Commission as a whole is capable of doing what is right for the city, while I am absolutely convinced that the Mayor is definitely not out to do what’s right, but is out to screw everyone.


I think that until the various criminal investigations are completed and the indictments that everyone continues to claim are coming actually arrive, that the Chief needs to stay.


Now, when that happens - although Katherine Fernandez-Rundle continues to pose a serious threat to any state prosecution - then I think that the Chief needs to submit his resignation letter and go fishing.


Those are some of the issues that make up my political agenda.


DO I HAVE REASON TO BE AFRAID?


All of a sudden this question has started being asked of me, and I have to admit that I’m not foolhardy, I know that I’m involved with a bunch of people, a couple of who are mentally unstable, and a lot of whom have guns.


So in that regard, I absolutely have apprehension.  At the same time, I haven’t lived the life I’ve led and gotten to be my age without being able to take care of myself.  I’m not a tough guy, but I am a survivor.


I definitely have initiated some security measures, and I’m fully aware of who I’m dealing with, and their ability to reach out and find some stupid little gangbanger with an AK 47 to do a drive-by.


At some point though, life is life and you just have to deal with what comes at you when it comes.


So yeah, I’m paying a lot more attention, but I never figured I’d live as long as I have and I’m certainly not going to stop anything I’m doing because of worrying about some nut case trying to hurt me.


IN CONCLUSION


I have never attempted to run away from my past and I will be an ex-con until the day I die, and while I fully admit to doing the crimes I got convicted of, and a bunch that I never got caught for, I also did the time - an ass-load of it, and some of it under very harsh conditions.


None of this however stopped me from beliving that in America any of that disqualified me from exercising my rights as a citizen when I got out of prison.


Now, a lot of people, especially folks like Luis Cabrera disagree with that idea, and none of these folks - as Cabrera demonstrated this week - have ever had any problems in abusing or breaking the law in an attempt to deny me those rights.


So far, I’ve managed to defend myself against these attempts, and hopefully this time will be no different. In the meantime, I will continue to pursue my “political agenda” and I will continue to go to the MRC building whenever I need to do so!


There are a lot of people depending on me who would not expect anything less, and while I’m far from being the best guy to fight on their behalf, for better or for worse, I’m on their side till the Fat Lady sings.

WHEN YOU CAN’T KILL THE MESSAGE, THE ONLY OPTION

IS TO TRY AND KILL THE MESSENGER

MY LODGE BROTHERS AND SISTER

HOW COME NONE OF THESE FOLKS GET CALLED EX-CONS, FORMER FELONS, CROOKS OR STOPPED AT THE DOOR OF ANY CITY BUILDING?

Now I’m a guy who has a reason to believe in the redemptive powers of getting a second, or third, or fourth chance to get their lives together and make a contribution to their community, but somehow, I’ve never heard anyone associated with Tomas Regalado denigrate any of these people for their past mistakes.


Let’s start with the soon to be departed Reverend Commissioner Richard Dunn. He stole money from the church, not once but twice.  Now that he will be an ex-City Commissioner, will anyone start treating him like an average citizen with a criminal past?


Or how about Dunn’s Chief of Staff Koteles Alexander, who was disbarred after stealing money from a client.  he too will be gone in the next day or two.  How will he be treated the next time he goes to the MRC building?

And then we have Ada Rojas, the Mayor’s Director of Constituent Affairs, who got busted for drugs in the 80’s, then got caught allowing someone else to take her piss test to get a job for the city, and then got arrested last year for trying to drive through a Presidential motorcade and got arrested after telling police, “I work for the Mayor’s office and you have no right to block the street.”


The Mayor not only forgave her for these indiscretions, but after the latest one her gave her a City SUV and $6000 in raises.

Or how about the late Pablo Camacho the ex-cop who did time for his involvement in the Mercardo case and then went to work on the Mayor’s staff.  The Mayor has often talked about how he felt that Camacho deserved a second chance, and I applaud him for that, but I’ll bet that even if he hadn’t gone to work for the Mayor no one around the Mayor would have ever talked about him like they’ve been talking about me this week.  To the left of Camacho is Jose Marrero, poster boy for illegal driveways, and father-in-law of Richard LaBelle, unqualified $80,000 a year hire in the IT Department.

And then we got the guys who lead charmed lives and who have been embraced by Regalado and the Commissioners for their good deeds and/or good deals.


Take for instance my homebody Monty Trainer who my Aunt Juliet in Key West considered one of her children when he grew up next door to her house with my cousins.  Monty stole a couple million in tax receipts from the City of Miami, went to prison and came out to become the President of the Coconut Grove Art Show that collects thousands of dollars every year from the city.  Everybody loves Monty even though he screwed the city royally.  But then again Monty’s now a Groveite where they believe that if they can’t screw their neighbors and friends, who can they screw.

And what group like this wouldn’t be complete without Mark Siffin, heroin dealer turned developer who only a year ago was the bell of the ball with his scheme to put 240’ LED billboards on top of an 11 story garage.  Imagine what kinds of things Regalado’s pals would be saying about me if I was a convicted heroin dealer.

CHARGES DROPPED

FERNANDEZ-RUNDLE THROWS IN THE TOWEL

In the clearest signal yet that Tomas Regalado’s luck might be running out, State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle spent this afternoon in the judge’s chambers completing all of the paperwork to drop the remaining charges against Michelle Spence-Jones.


The return of Spence-Jones to the Miami City Commission represents paradigm shift within the Commission and might throw a giant monkey wrench in the attempts of Regalado, through City Manager Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez, to fire Police Chief Miguel Exposito. 


The biggest problem that faces Spence-Jones on her return is dealing with the new city budget and how to come to grips with the $61 million deficit without throwing all but a handful of city emloyees overboard.


She also will take over the SEOPW CRA and the still pending scheme to award The Carisle Group as many as 6 downtown city blocks for a development that gets more questionable as more information is revealed, including the plans to build a Walmart 4 blocks from the downtown business core.


For Fernandez-Rundle, this represents a stinging defeat, and was brought about by a near rebellion within her staff, and mounting pressure from the outside as everyone came to realize that the case was never going to be tried, yet Fernanedez-Rundle’s actions all pointed to her manipulating a decision to drop the charges while schemers at City Hall tried to figure out any way they could have the Chief fired, hold an emergency hearing by the City Commission upholding the firing, while Fernandez-Rundle tried to keep everyone from forcing her to drop the charges until the dirty deed was done.


With this decision Fernendez-Rundle all but signals to Regalado and his gang that they are now on their own, because if she tries to pull any more fast ones there are people ready to go after her in ways that would probably destroy whatever chances she has left of getting out of town through an appointment for some job in the Obama administration.


The paperwork needed for the Governor to sign the order returning Spence-Jones to the Commission is supposedly on the way and by noon tomorrow she should once again be the City Commissioner of District 5.


And that boys and girls means it’s new day in It’s Miami, Bitches!

THE PLOT THICKENS

JOHNNY AND CARLOS TOGETHER AGAIN?

The Crespo-Gram got a rumor just before publication tonight that Johnny Martinez was heading off to Colorado to spend a little vacation time with former City Manager Carlos Migoya, who owns a home in the Rocky Mountain state.


Migoya was responsible for bringing Martinez to the city from the county, and given what Martinez has already faced in his month and a half on the job, he is either looking for Migoya to tell him some secrets for survival, or planning to ask him who’s he got to screw to escape.


Seriously, if this little vacation takes place, Martinez’s first task has got to be to feel out Migoya’s intentions should he be called as a witness in the request made yesterday to investigate Regalado and Commissioner Gort for abuse of power and violating the City Charter by going to Migoya last December to get him to stop the demotion of Commander Perez by the Chief.


It was Migoya after all who on January 5th revealed in the Miami Herald that Regalado had indeed asked the Chief not to pursue the raid on the video gambling machines.


There is little love lost between the two after Migoya asked Regalado to let him stay on as City Manager late last year - with pay - only to be told that his services would no longer be needed because Tony Crapp was taking over.


Oh to be a fly on the wall when these to guys get together.

Last but not least is Regalado’s cousin Manuel DeJesus Loureiro, who got busted recently for DUI and possession of cocaine.  Manuel couldn’t wait to tell the cops that Regalado was his cousin, because after all in the Banana Republic, cousinhood is like a get Out Of Jail Free Card. 


I wonder how Manuel will be treated the next time he shows up to visit his cousin?  With they stop him at the door like they did me, or will they wave him right in?

The list is much longer, but I think you get the idea. 

AUGUST 24, 2011

AUGUST 24, 2011

AUGUST 24, 2011

YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS UP

REVEREND EX-COMMISSIONER NITWIT WANTS TO BE PAID FOR REMAINDER OF TERM

You cannot make this craziness up!


Reverend Ex-Commissioner Richard Dunn, who wanted to be a City Commissioner so bad that that he promised that he would not run for a full term, which of course he did, is now claiming that he wants to be paid for the remainder of the term that was nullified with the return of Michele Spence-Jones.


Is this a low-life phony, or what?


I guess he’s also sending out word to all the various developers and wheeler-dealers that he wants to collect all the benefits from them that would have come his way over the next three years also.


Dunn has always been a low-life scumbag who played the race card and looked for every opportunity to enrich himself at the expense of the poor people of District 5, and it’s a good day for those folks to have this guy leave office without doing more damage than he already has.


So Reverend, here’s a message from Santa Claus, because even he thinks your a scummy asshole!

EX-CON UPDATE      EX-CON UPDATE

Looks like the Regalado camp is panicking.  This morning a couple of Armando Guteirrez’s lackeys were on AM 1020 teling folks about how I was this ex-con bank robber and stuff, and it seems that people who called in started defending me, and asking why Regalado wouldn’t respond to the charges I’ve been making instead of attacking me.


I’ll know I have become PUBLIC ENEMY NUMBER 1 on the Regalado hit list when Guteirrez’s personal blogger Nelson Horta does one of hit patented attack pieces on me.


Come on Nelson, earn your money: Give it your best shot!

WEDNESDAY MORNING UPDATES

AUGUST 24, 2011

AUGUST 24, 2011