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CRESPOGRAM REPORT

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013

 PLACIDO DIAZ IS NOT GOING TO BE THE RED LIGHT HEARING OFFICER - HE’S GOING TO BE THE ADMINISTRATOR
I WAS WRONG

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Sometimes I don’t get thing exactly right, but I’m never that far off from the real truth about the people and schemes that I write about.


At the beginning of the week I wrote about former slumlord Placido Diaz becoming the new Hearing Officer for the Red Light Camera Court that the City is starting up.


I was wrong, he’s going to be the administrator.


I couldn’t nail down the exact amount that he’s going to be paid, but I was told it will be in the $60,000 a year range.  That’s a $20,000 a year increase from his salary he’s getting with Commissioner Willie Gort. That’s a nice jump in salary for a guy in need of cash after walking away from over $3 million in debts.


More importantly, he going to become an employee of the Miami Police Department, which now explains very clearly why Chief of Police Manny ‘I Do Favors For The Commissioners’ Orosa is refusing to sign the IA Incident Report on the Diaz incident, where he pulled a gun and threatened to kill himself at Los Ranchos restaurant at Bayside last January.


How would it look to hire Placido Diaz in the Police Department if that report, that I’ve been led to believe doesn’t make Diaz or the officer who answered the call look good.


I mean really? This is a guy who showed such bad judgement - and I’m being kind here - that if he hadn’t been a former cop, and an employee of a Miami City Commissioner, would have been hauled off under the Baker Act to spend a minimum of 48 hours in an institution.


Is Placido Diaz still a Reserve Police Officer after this incident?  Does he still have a license to carry a concealed weapon? These are real and legitimate questions that the main stream news medias should be asking of someone who is now going to be hired by the Police Department to be the Red Light administrator!


The other question is that given that Diaz tried to get back on the foce last year, and didn’t, will this hire mean that he can get back on the police pension plan?  I mean really?  Will the taxpayers end up paying this guy a pension?


And just for giggles, who is going to be looking over Diaz’s shoulder to make sure that everything is done according to Hoyle?


It’s obvious that if the Chief of Police is willing to sit on an IA Investigative Report that’s critical of Diaz before he even becomes the administrator of this Red Light Court, then who’s going to be making sure that things run on the up and up with this new little financial boondoggle? And it will end up being a boondoggle because this is the Banana Republic of Miami after all, and stupid shit happening is just par for the course, starting with the fact - and you can make book on this - that this program will turn out to be underfunded and understaffed, and a year from now will be cosily operating somewhere spending more money than it takes in.


You gotta love the Manny Orosa, the Chief whose always eager to do a City Commissioner a favor, in this case Willie “Under Criminal Investigation”  Gort, even if it means hiring someone with the potential to go postal and pull out his gun again the next time things get too stressful!


Placido Diaz has demonstrated that he’s not the smartest, or most trustworthy rock in the quarry and it wll be really interesting to wait for the stories about how this program is running start leaking out.


Best of all, with all of the crying and gnashing of teeth by those good folks in Coconut Grove along with Commissioner “Ethics” crying about the need to spend another $9 - $10 million on hiring more police, it’s just going to be too funny that a portion of this money will end up going to hire Placido Diaz.


Let’s see how that helps put a stop to all those stolen bikes and break-in’s, right!


It’s Miami, Bitches!