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ETHICS COMPLAINT FILED AGAINST THE MIAMI 7
CITY CHARTER?  WHAT CITY CHARTER? WE DON’T FOLLOW NO CITY CHARTER

On Thursday, I filed an ethics complaint against the City Manager, all of the City Commissioners and the Chief of Police for blatantly violating the City Charter.  Specially, the violations involved the Chief and the City Commissioners circumventing the provisions of the City Charter which prohibit them from dealing directly with each other and bypassing the City Manager.


I have written in the past about these kinds of violations, starting in 2010, when I published emails from Alice Bravo, then Director of the Capital Improvements Department taking orders and instruction from Ron Nelson, Commissioner Sarnoff’s Chief of Staff, and when one of Sarnoff’s aides wrote an email telling


Another of my early discoveries was this nots attached to the back folder of the file that dealt with the Traffic Circle across the street from Commissioner Sarnoff’s house written shortly after he became a Commissioner.


His staff didn’t let any grass grow beneath their feet before they started throwing the weight around and started violating the Charter. Here’s a copy of that memo where Ryan Alexander informs “Cesar” at CIP to get moving.

I was able to capture this whole exchange on video, so the fact that the Chief was under oath will make it almost impossible for him to deny - of course, we are dealing with the Ethics Commission here, so you can’t rule anything out - what he said.


Here is the portion of the video where the Chief admits to violating the City Charter.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

It’s Miami, Bitches!

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My complaint today was just a bare bones complaint.  I’ll be following it up with all the information and examples that I can find in my files about how this activity goes on, but one of the easiest ways for the Ethics Commission to determine whether the Chief and the Commissioners have been playing patty cake over the phone is just to subpoena’s the Chief’s cell phone records and see how many phone calls he got from the various Commissioners over the last year.


By rights the only phone number that the Commissioners should have is the City Manager’s number.  He’s the one that the Commissioner need to contact when they want something done by the Chief, or any of the other Department Directors, because the City Manager is their boss. 


While it has never been hard to collect information on these kinds of violations, it was only as a result of the decision of Frank Carollo to challenge my ethics complaint that he abused his position by calling the Chief when he was stopped for a traffic violation, that created the opportunity for Manuel Orosa,  the Chief of Police to be put under oath at the hearing last week, and my good fortune to have Carollo’s lawyer dazzle the Chief with his brilliant cross examination that got the Chief to admit what he and the Commissioners had been up to.


Here’s the relevant portion of the cross-examination that led to my complaint.


    “KUEHNE: In the City of Miami, there is a Commission

    form of government…


    OROSA: Yes


    KUEHNE: Have you made it clear to the

    Commissioners and the Manager that the    

    Commissioners should contact you directly,

    and not deal with the subordinate officers in the

    ranks?


    OROSA:  Well, you, if they deal with subordinates you        

    want to know as a matter of courtesy what’s going

    on...what, what the subordinate is doing…try to

    resolve whatever issue that might come up.  I’d prefer

    that just calling me, taking subordinates out of the

    loop, and I’ll have the subordinates do whatever I

    think is appropriate.


    KUEHNE:  So it’s consistent with your practice that

    Commissioners should be dealing directly with you

    on matters that interest them.


    OROSA: Correct.”


Here is a copy of my complaint, including email correspondence with the City Manager’s office and the City Clerk that establishes that there were no memo’s written or signed - even though they too would have been illegal - allowing the Chief and the City Commission to bypass the City Manager.