"HOW MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ ERODED THE TRUST IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY GOVERNMENT?" By Farid A. Khavari

HOW MAYOR CARLOS GIMENEZ ERODED THE TRUST IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY GOVERNMENT?

Submitted by IWB, on January 27th, 2012
By Farid A. Khavari
PART TWO:

Best Post sent to Miami Papers came from supporters of Farid A. Khavari Candidate for Miami-Dade County Mayor. The 2 part series was published on IWB, on January 27th, 2012. (Note: Post is edited for format.)


In the coming days Miami Papers will post excerpts from Dr. Khavari's work:

"It is not so much the existence of corruption in Miami-Dade County government that surprises one, but the shameless behavior of those involved in carrying it to the next level!

For example:

Since Carlos Gimenez became the new mayor of Miami-Dade County in July 2011 by replacing Carlos Alvarez, documents keep popping up that both his sons, Carlos and Julio, are either involved in lobbying activity or their firms are being favored for governmental contracts as discussed in my last article. Recalling from before: Carlos J. Gimenez, Jr. the son of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos J. Gimenez is listed as a lobbyist for American Traffic Solutions, the company that contracts with most of the red-light camera programs in Florida, record show. (The Miami Herald, October 3, 2011)

In his professional biography, Carlos J. Gimenez, Jr., the older son of Mayor Carlos Gimenez, announces publicly: “…Carlos (J. Gimenez, Jr.) has close personal ties to many Miami-Dade County’s elected and appointed governmental officials.”  (Source: Carlos J. Gimenez, Jr.’s professional biography published at his employer’s Web site, which is owned by the law practice of Becker & Poliakoff.)


One would have to be quite naive to miss what ‘Miami-Dade County’s elected and appointed government officials’ are being referred to in the above biography excerpt. They are referring to none other than his father and his father’s highly-paid and double-dipping cronies.

With regard to his younger son, Julio, Miami New Times Blog (September 23, 2011) writes: A possible conflict has forced Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez to sit out the awarding of a $50 million contract to a local construction company that employs his son Julio and uses his other son Carlos Jr. as its lobbyist. Munilla Construction Management submitted the lowest bid out of seven firms vying to be the general contractor on miscellaneous construction projects at the county’s airport. As Miami-Dade government’s chief executive, Gimenez is supposed to ultimately decide if MCM get the deal.”


INCOMPLETE REPORTING
According to the Miami Herald (October 02, 2011): The mayor says he will not oversee the plan directly.

The Miami Herald (October 02, 2011) quotes Mayor Carlos Gimenez:
In an effort to avoid any appearance of impropriety, I will delegate oversight of this issue to the deputy mayor overseeing public safety, regardless of which companies show interest in the program.

The Miami Herald continues in the same article:
“Gimenez also pointed to a letter issued last month by the director of Miami-Dade’s Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. It said the mayor would not have any conflicts of interests if his son is not involved in Becker Poliakoff’s representation or lobbying efforts.”
Then-Director Robert Meyers (Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust) recommended that you [Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez] not take part in any actions as County Mayor if your son were to lobby to represent clients who have matters before Miami-Dade County government.

Of course the ‘Miami-Dade County government’ refers to the aforementioned well paid cronies of his father, Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

More in coming posts ...

Farid A. Khavari, Ph.D., a noted economist and author of ten books dealing with economics, environment, energy, healthcare, financing, banking and other economic and political issues. He is a candidate for Miami-Dade County mayor in 2012 [and August 30, 2016]. If elected, he wants to make Miami-Dade County prosperous and corruption-free, creating an economic model for the United States."

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