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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

SEPTEMBER 24, 2012

FRANCIS SUAREZ’S FINEST MOMENT

On occasion, I’ve been hard on Commissioner Francis Suarez.  Currently he’s under investigation over an ethics complaint I filed against him and Commissioner Sarnoff for being driven to Versailles restaurant in a City SUV by a Sgt-At-Arms for a private luncheon with his campaign manager and others. And then of course I’ve called him on more than one occasion both the Boy Prince, and one of the 5 Dwarfs.


But even after all of that, in the two plus years that I’ve been watching and writing about the political antics in the City of Miami, what he did at the September 13th Commission meeting, captured in the video above, I believe represents not only his finest moment as a Commissioner, but certainly the finest moment that I’ve witnessed in tens of hours of often mindless, devious self-serving posturing by Commissioners who did know better, but chose to go along with schemes and deals that clearly were not in the best interests of the City of its citizens.


The issues raised by the Commissioner regarding the lack of credentials of Stephen Petty to be the Director of Finance, and the attempt by Petty and his pal, Janice Larned, the Assistant City Manager/Chief Financial Officer to try and get a $180,000 transfer of funds in the waning days of this fiscal year to hire an outside consultant to come in and do part of Petty’s job, are the basis for today’s story.  This story points to how a lot of deals get done in the city which end up costing the taxpayers hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions of dollars in wasted funds for projects, whose real intentions are to provide payoffs and welfare benefits for the small clique of companies and consultants who feed at the public trough.


Below is the story of what the $180,000 transfer was all about.

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