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AUGUST 22, 2012

On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Abby Cynamon, granted the Miami Fraternal Order of Police a temporary injunction against the City’s attempt to impose the 3rd consecutive Financial Urgency measure.

It was a procedural blow that caught everyone by surprise.

The City Commissioners are in a quandary, because up until the judge ruled, they were all to happy to sit back and let the Mayor and City Manager, Johnny “The Doormat” Martinez, take the heat for imposing this Draconian measure.

Now the judge has told them that they’re the ones who have to step up to the plate and vote if they want to impose a Financial Urgency Measure.

Frank Carollo, wouldn’t respond to calls from the Herald for a statement, and supposedly sent word that he wouldn’t be available for any Commission meetings until September. 

Michelle Spence-Jones praised Jesus on hearing the news, but I don’t think that Jesus has the power to undo the decision made at the last Commission meeting that lowered the millage. 

So, instead of praising Jesus, she might consider doing more than a cursory study of the proposed budget to see how many millions have been squirreled away for a rainy day by the Regalado administration.

As usual, His Ignorance, the Mayor chimed in claiming, “Everything we did was totally legal.”  Of course it was Papi, and your nitwit City Attorney is right there to back you up by claiming that she wants to appeal. 

Given that it was one of her staff attorney’s who lost the argument in front of Judge Cynamon, does this mean that the appeal will require outside counsel at $450 per hour?

The local Bar Association should give Julie Bru an award for being the biggest job stimulator in the city as a result of giving so many outside lawyers jobs representing the City on bogus cases at exorbitant rates.

Of course, all this will soon pass, because after the shock wears off, the smart money folks will come to realize that the City Commission boxed themselves in at the last meeting when they voted to reduce the millage, and short of winning the lottery, or starting to run the City  competently, there no other viable options.

The unions have not shown much success over the last 3 years in trying to negotiate with the Regalado administration - hence the repeated decisions to impose the Finance Urgency Measures - and with the realization that unless a credible, financially viable candidate shows up soon to challenge Regalado next year, they will have to continue dealing with him for till 2017, and that has had it’s own impact on decisions made by union leaders.

It doesn’t help the FOP membership to know that even though Armando Aguilar’s name might be on the lawsuit as a Plaintiff, when push comes to shove, he’ll sell them down the river like he’s done every year since his pal Regalado has been Mayor.

No matter how you look at it, the whole thing is a mess, made worse by the fact that year after year no one bothers to demand that the City Commission spend the time and effort to start sorting out the long term solutions to undo the current debacle that leads to these Financial Urgency measures having to be imposed.

Here’s a copy of the Judge’s Order, which in plain language makes it clear that the days of pointing fingers at “The Doormat” and saying, don’t blame us are over, The ball is now in the  City Commission court,

It’s Miami, Bitches!