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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

NOVEMBER 4,  2013

CONFLICT OF INTEREST
HE’S A DUES PAYING MEMBER OF THE FOP, AND HE SITS AT THE TABLE REPRESENTING THE CITY IN CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE FOP

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When Luis Cabrera isn’t making arrangements for family members to get jobs in the city, he’s spending part of his time sitting in on the negotiations between the City of Miami and the Fraternal Order of Police, regarding the contract extension that Javier Ortiz, the FOP President is trying to pressure the city into giving him and his members.


Cabrera, as I’ve repeatedly written, is not only an “Acting” Assistant City Manager, but he continues to be the Pretend Deputy Chief of Police. 


In fact, Cabrera’s salary is being paid by the Miami Police Department - therefore depriving the department of the money to hire a real Deputy Chief of Police - and for good measure, Cabrera continues to receive several thousand dollars in police incentives annually, even though he’s been banned from the Police Department except on occasions when he’s allowed to play dress up and wear his uniform to some ceremony. 


Cabrera also continues, like a lot of the other senior staff who came up through the ranks, to pay his FOP union dues.


That presents a real and unavoidable conflict of interest when Cabrera walks into the negotiations session and sits on the Management side of the table.


The last time the city and the FOP were in negotiation, Cabrera walked into a session, had a profanity-landen fit that caused the meeting to be adjourned, and then FOP President Javier Ortiz, in an effort to protect Cabrera, refused to provide a copy of the audio tape of that meeting to the city - which is common practice - so that I could not get ahold of it and post it on this website for everyone to hear.


Cabrera can’t be a dues paying union member and at the same time represent the taxpayers in the City of Miami during union negotiations with the same union that he’s a dues paying member of.


That’s so blatantly obvious that you got to wonder just how cowardly is Acting City Manager/Chief Financial Officer  Danny Alfonso that he continues to allow this to happen.


True, Alfonso is only the “Acting” City Manager, but he’s been around long enough now to know what the deal is, and his allowing Cabrera to pretty much do what he wants - and Cabrera is not the only one who’s getting a free pass, Angel Zayon too pretty much has pulled his weenie out and told Alfonso to kiss it - that any hopes that Alfonso was going to represent a new “adult” kind of supervision in the sandbox was just a pipe dream.


And Cabrera is not only involving himself in union negotiations. 


I’ve been told that he’s also involved himself in the negotiations over the lawsuit filed by a number of cops - including Cabrera - against the city over the 2010 decision that they claim forced them to enter the DROP against their best interests.


Cabrera, who stands to walk out with lump sum payment of $1,000,083.84, AND an annual pension of approximately $137,899.54 in 2017, is now, like the other Plaintiffs, arguing that he was misled into retiring and entering the DROP, and wants that decision to be overturned by a court.


Now, that’s his right to argue that if he wants but at the same time, being privvy to, and being involved in the decision making by the city over how to deal with this lawsuit is just a most amazing state of affairs, even in a county where ex parte communication between parties in lawsuits and judges is considered so common that the first thing that insiders do when a case is filed that has any political connotations is to go and see who that judge’s campaign manager was in the last election.


This is done to so as to figure out what the odds are that the campaign manager might require being hired on a retainer before he ends up acting as a messenger to the juge for the opposing side.


All of this bullshit is just part of justice, Miami style.


And then of course there is the widely circulated rumor that when Manny Orosa is forced to retire early next year, Tomas Regalado is going to fulfill Cabrera’s wet dream and appoint him Chief of Police.


Not only will this be a real case of a lunatic running the asylum, but just think about what it will say about the character and integrity of the City Manager and City Commission who would go along with this crazy scheme.


That’s just one of the fun things that folks have to look forward to when they reelect Tomas Regalado on Tuesday.


It’s Miami, Bitches!