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LOST IN THE CRAZINESS OF LAST WEEK WAS THE APPEARANCE OF ONE OF MIAMI'S REAL COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS AT CITY HALL

NUMBER 24 - APRIL 29, 2018

Miami could benefit from more community activists.  Especially activists who put their money, or better yet, their actions, where their mouths are.


There is no better example of someone who does that, and who deserves a lot more attention and respect that she receives is Karen Cartwright.  


Cartwright lives in Overtown, and every few months she shows up at a City Commission meeting to provide a verbal report card on the behavior of the city's administration in dealing with her community.


The grades are always a D or an F.


Last November she showed up to deliver a scathing report on the levels of drug dealing in Overtown.  It was compelling, and spot on, and all but ignored by the local news media, including the Miami Herald, who I am now convinced should just quit the pretense of claiming to have a "City Hall Reporter," and post a link to the videos of the City Commission meetings on their website, with a message saying:


   If you care about any of this, go watch it yourselves, because we don't.


Last week, Cartwright showed up again, and gave a compelling, detailed report of the failures of the city to adequately provide city services to her neighbors and friends.


Here is what she had to say.

HEY, HOWDY DOODY, WHAT TIME IS IT?  

IT'S TIME TO GET READY FOR HURRICANE SEASON BUFFALO BOB

Last year, I was really hard on the administration of the Village of Miami Shores, where I live, and where I can see the City of Miami from my window, about their failure to take the necessary steps before hurricane season to give the residents proper assistance and a fighting chance against loosing electricity for days.


This year, I'm proud of the Village, because they did do their homework, and put together a simple, but effective page that detailed what the residents needed to do to insure that their alleys don't contribute to the problems that we all faced last year.


Because the City of Miami, and in fact, other communities also have alleys, I figured I'd post this page from the Village's newsletter so that other folks can avail themselves of some simple, and concrete things they should do in the next 30 days.


Don't depend of your local government to do these things, do them yourself, except of course for climbing up on a ladder with a saw to start cutting down limbs.


Don't do that!

WHERE YOUR TAX DOLLARS GO

The City of Miami is a big business, and as with all big businesses, there are some folks who make big money.


Here is a breakdown that I found as part of the agenda packet for last week's City Commission meeting.


The first list is the salaries and benefits for the City manager, the City Attorney, the City Clerk and the Auditor general, which are considered the 4 Charter Officers of the City.


The second list is the salary increases for these folks and the two Deputy City Attorneys, Assistant City Managers and Budget Director.


The third list the the range of pay for all of the Department Directors, and excluding the Charter Officers.


We can all have our opinions as to the merits of these salaries and salary increases, but I try whenever I get this kind of information to post it on this website so that those of you who pay the taxes that cover these salaries can know who's getting some of your money.

IS THIS A SIGN THAT THE CORRUPT STATE ATTORNEY IS PLANNING ON RUNNING FOR FLORIDA ATTORNEY GENERAL

It used to be that the last refuge of a scoundrel was to wrap themselves around the flag, but now in the 21st Century, it looks like the last refuge of a scoundrel might be to wrap themselves around the survivors of the Parkland High School shooting.


The letter below was supposedly written by Katherine Fernandez-Rundle to a local criminal attorney who publishes the legal blog Justice Building Blog, and goes by the nom de plume Rumpole.


Here's how he introduced this letter to his readers:


               Nothing surprises us anymore.

               Judges in Broward throw fits from the bench.

               POTUS is best friends with the French.

               And now, in a shocking missive, our intrepid State

               Attorney has written to us to let us know she is against

               gun violence! (Prosecutors Against Gun Violence- PAGV).


Like I keep saying, you can't make this shit up

PHOTO OF THE DAY

At the BBQ hosted by the Miami Police Department on Saturday, I promised this child that I'd post her photo.

It's a frustrating, aggravating and an always thankless job that activists find themselves compelled to take on, but for communities like Overtown, having someone like Karen Cartwright willing to stand up and talk truth to power is one of the reasons that the the famous quote by anthropologist Margaret Mead continues to have such importance:


                "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed

                citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing

                that ever has."


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