Wednesday, January 26, 2011


"I will get back to you with an incredibly well written 'Cover-Your-Ass' memorandum Commissioner..."
Beginning with Miami for Change, and now with Take Back Miami, we have spent the last few years uncovering the otherwise covered underbelly of Miami-Dade politics.

If there is a single story, a single person, that captures everything that is wrong with Miami-Dade County politics, and why Miami-Dade residents should have no confidence in their government, that dubious distinction would go to Bureaucrat in Chief, County Manager George Burgess.

Burgess, who takes $422,000 a year in taxpayer salary, (incidentally MORE than President Barack Obama's $400,000 salary) continues to oversee the complete meltdown of Miami-Dade County government.

Some recent examples:

Federal audit blasts Miami-Date Transit for shoddy oversight.
A federal audit made public late Monday sharply criticizes Miami-Dade Transit for shoddy financial management and weak internal controls -- including improper accounting for bus fare boxes and a failure to document how federal grant money has been spent.

The audit comes two months after the Federal Transit Administration took the extraordinary step of suspending grant payments totaling about $182 million to the county-run transit agency.

Miami-Dade must repay $3.6 million in Housing and Urban Development funds.
In the latest sign of weak financial controls in Miami-Dade government, the county must pay back $3.6 million in federal grant funds received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after a federal audit found that county officials couldn't show the money was properly used.

The county's latest problems with HUD -- which administrators unveiled at a County Commission meeting Thursday -- come just two years after the federal agency returned control of the troubled Miami-Dade Housing Agency to county hands after 15 months under HUD supervision.
Work on Lyric Theater Halted by fraud probe. 

The county has spent $6.2 million to renovate the historic Lyric Theater, but its completion is on hold while prosecutors investigate alleged fraud by the project's construction manager.

The renovation of Overtown's historic Lyric Theater has been halted as Miami-Dade prosecutors investigate allegations that the project's construction manager pilfered hundreds of thousands of county dollars.

Individually, any one of these disasters would be enough to place any public official in some hot water, never mind the private sector where such a person would join the rank of the 13% County unemployed.

And yet, Burgess continues to survive, explaining away the mess.

“We’re well on our way to correcting things; it’s a work in progress.”

George, it's been a work in progress since the minute you took over the reigns at the County!

For this "work in progress," we the taxpayers shell out $422,000 to Mr.Burgess.

Granted, Mr. Burgess is no fool.  In his nearly three decades in County government, Burgess has surrounded himself with a cadre of acolytes, all richly rewarded in the six figures, who form a protective shield of bureaucracy around him.  In this tangled web, he with the most knowledge wins, and Burgess sure knows how to play the game.

And so, Miami-Dade County residents must continue to put up and pay for complete and total incompetence, while Burgess and his army of bureaucrats, with our money, laugh all the way to the bank. 

But there is one person who can stop all this, and he faces an election March 15.

So the question becomes:

Mayor Alvarez: why is George Burgess still employed?


Anonymous said...

Right on!! Burgess needs to be fired.

Anonymous said...

Jackson Health System's next chief executive won't need to have experience in healthcare, an executive search committee decided Wednesday.

The decision could help advance the candidacy of Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess, who is widely reported to be interested in the job.

After the meeting, Joe Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission and a member of the search committee, told The Miami Herald that Burgess would be ``very much qualified'' for the job.

Burgess is expected to be looking for work because in August voters approved a measure to abolish the office of county manager in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Can't this guy take a hint? I bet no one in the private sector would touch him with a ten foot pole.

Instead of retiring with his giant pension, he wants to stay on the government dole, at Jackson, making $600,000.

Just let Burgess go away, and all of his little cronies, just go away.

Anonymous said...

Marlins Stadium. Don't forget George Burgess lied to Miami-Dade Commissioners and to the public as he sold them on the scam of having the taxpayers pay all the costs to build the Marlins Stadium and Garage. That disaster will cost the taxpayers over $3.5 BILLION, including debt service. Probably much more than $3.5 BILLION as the debt gets re-financed and extended.

Anonymous said...

Burgess lied?

No way!

Where is the Ethics Commission. Oh yeah, Meyers has his hands inside his secretary's pants.

"Wear something nice!" We're all getting screwed.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that Gimenez put that removal of the County Manager's Office, effective on 2012. I have a feeling that Burgess may be gone soon regardless. Once Alvarez is gone, no way he stays. At the end of the day, Burgess is the one biggest problem that we have at the County. No way to recall, but, I guess the best alternative was to vote his position into oblivion!

Anonymous said...

George Burgess is also master minding the pending $1 Bil disaster on Bicentennial Park. Two broke museums covet waterfront park land. They want to build on waterfront Bicentennial Park. But both museums are broke and counting on idiot George Burgess to bail them out using taxpayer money.

George Burgess said...


I can't hear you.

The cell phone reception is terrible up here in my Maine cabin...

Anonymous said...

So why don't you stay there Georgy Porgie!!

Anonymous said...

The fact that Carlos Alvarez is too ignorant to see that George Burgess is a failure to the taxpayers of Miami-Dade County is a main reason to recall Carlos Alvarez.

George Burgess said...

Because Miami county government is the only place where a hack like me can make $422,000 with no oversight or accountability.

The Honorable Tomas Regalado said...

Did someone say recall?

Veritas said...

Has Braman proposed what will happen once the recall take place and in the event Alvarez loses?

Yeah, I thought so.

Just wait until Joe Martinez and his pals on the County Commission take over.

This reminds me of how everyone was in such a supposed rush to end the days of Manny Diaz.

And now we have shit-for-brains Retardado over in Miami.

Be careful what you wish for kids, in this case the cure may be worse than the disease.


Joe Martinez, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Commission and a member of the search committee, told The Miami Herald that Burgess would be ``very much qualified'' for the job.

Anonymous said...

That was crazy.. Burgess should not be a candidate for the Jackson job. Never... He can get a job with Major League Baseball!

Anonymous said...

Burgess is not qualified to earn $40,000 per year.

The Straw Buyer said...

Look at it this way, no matter if he's on the job, sitting at home watching TV or lounging around the house on the weekend, the tax payers of Miami Dade county are giving this asshat $1,156 EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR!

If that's not enough to get your blood boil, especially with the kind of performance he's given us, then I don't know what will.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the giant pension too. This guy can go home, sit on his ass all day, and STILL make six figures from taxpayer pockets.

Burgess' Bureaucrats said...

George Burgess $422,118
Ana Bustamante $115,147
Liliana Collazo $110,165
Lourdes Gomez $105,678.96
Alina Hudak $264,343
Ysela Llort $260,970
Mario Morlote $114,718
Alejandro Munoz $199,941
Matthew Pinzur $119,488
Howard Piper $158,053
Henry Sori $167,472

Anonymous said...

Why haven't these salaries been published by the Miami Herald?

Anonymous said...

Because the Miami Herald is too busy serving as Tomas Regalado's press office.

The Miami Herald said...

Did you know that Tommy Regalado Jr. is NOT the executive producer of the police video that has his name as executive producer?

And Raquelita Regalado is bringing change to our children.

Anonymous said...

Did you also know that Marc Sarnoff is straight?

Anonymous said...

George Burgess at M-D County and City of Miami CFO Larry Spring recommended (demanded) the taxpayers give the Marlins $3.5 Billion.

Fire them both.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was $3.5 trillion?

Where do you people get these numbers? The Herald? No wonder this County is so fucked up!

nevernot said...

Only reason for someone that incompetent to still be employed and be pulling that kind of pay is knowing something about a few people. I would be willing to bet he has a safe deposit box somewhere in Miami filled with dirt on people in power.

Anonymous said...

Just like Merrit Steirheim.

Burgess needs to go.

Anonymous said...

Marlins Stadium and Garage. Costs.
Cost of the City of Miami giving Orange Bowl site to County for exclusive use of the Marlins. Value? $50 Mil?
Loss of rental income from renovated and then demolished Orange Bowl?
City of Miami use of Homeland Security Bond proceeds to renovate the Orange Bowl - since demolished$20 Mil?
Marlins Stadium $3 Bil including debt service.
Marlins Garage $240 Mil including debt service.
Man hours of County and City staff 2004-2011 - $10 mil.
$3.5 Billion.
Cost will increase as Miami-Dade County refinances the bonds.
Carlos Alvarez and George Burgess and others demanded the taxpayers money be diverted to the Marlins.
(Marlins keep 100% of all ticket revenues.)

Anonymous said...

I would rather have a Marlins Stadium that 2 giant electronic billboards.

Anonymous said...

Oh don't say that!

Carlos Alvarez and the stadium are bad.

But Tomas Regalado and his billboards, red light cameras, gambling machines, shooting police officers, hiring family and felons, is good!

Anonymous said...

Tomas Regaldo and five City commissioners and an army of the promoter's lobbyists demand multiple 50 story LED billboard towers and the ability to blast ads for 20 miles. Visual pollution.

The Honorable Tomas Regalado said...


Anonymous said...

Which commissioners take bribes or campaign contributions from sleazy attorney/lobbyists? Who is taking cash?

Anonymous said...

George Burgess is too dumb or too corrupt to know he is being lied to by the two broke museums that want over $500-700 Mil from the taxpayers. Miami Art Museum is broke and Miami Science Museum is broke. Yet their lies about the true status of their finances are not questioned. Sort of like what happened with the Marlins?

"I am shocked, shocked, to learn the Marlins are the most profitable team in Major League Baseball."

Anonymous said...

Burgess is being lied to. Burgess will lose over $1 BILLION by sinking the taxpayers money into the black hole of the two broke museums.

Anonymous said...

Burgess doesn't care. It's not his money.

Anonymous said...

Burgess and his inflated salary is only the tip of the iceberg. Did you ever see how many County Attorneys are making more than $200,000 per Year? You would be amazed!!!!!

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