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Tamarac Mayor Flansbaum-Talabisco was arrested and "charged with unlawful compensation, bribery, official misconduct and conspiracy to commit unlawful compensation. She had been under investigation by the Broward State Attorney’s Office for allowing developers Bruce and Shawn Chait to contribute $21,000 through a political action committee to support her 2006 campaign in exchange for favorable votes involving the development company..."
1. Billboard companies give money to the Mayor's campaign, and his daughter's campaign for School Board, the attorney for a billboard promoter writes a new billboard law inside the Mayor's office, the City Commissioners approve illegal billboards, and go as far as to sell space on the City of Miami Police Department building to a billboard company.
2. Gambling machine interests give money to the Mayor's campaign and that of his daughter's campaign for School Board, the Mayor passes a law making illegal machines legal, tries to prevent the Chief of Police from confiscating gambling machines.
3. Phantom Mayor Armando Gutierrez (who also ran Regalado and Raquelita's campaign) gets a sweetheart land deal for his client Rusty Pelican after they donate to the Mayor and Raquelita's campaign.
The Broward State Attorney's Office IS DOING IT'S JOB.
Why can't Kathy Fernandez Rundle do hers???
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Katherine Fernandez Rundle makes very little sense. Here she is going after Michelle Spence Jones on weak evidence while the rest of Miami continues to swim along in a sea of corruption.
The headlines tell the story:
And when Codina took the stand he "then lashed out at Scruggs, saying the prosecutor purposely mislead him during an interview into thinking the Lyric Theater event never happened; Codina said he remembered later that two of his associates attended the event. (Scruggs responded, during later questioning, that Codina misunderstood him.)"
This is the same prosecutor Scruggs who in December of last year "withheld key information from attorneys on both sides of the [Gaston] Smith case as well as from a New Times reporter. It was all part of an effort to convict Smith for allegedly stealing more than $10,000 in county grant money."
Meanwhile, as we read in Investigation Miami, the Phantom Mayor Armando Gutierrez and the Wannabe Steve "Wait Until Francis is Mayor" Marin, have cooked a very "fishy" deal for their friends and clients at the Rusty Pelican and Rickenbacker Marina.
"The only way to determine if the city is getting fair value from the lease is through an independent appraisal. The Rusty Pelican submission to the commission includes NO APPRAISAL!
"This "deal" has been worked on for nearly 10 years. And good sources tell us that the reason it has taken so long to get done is that the Diaz administration refused to give away the property under the terms that then Commissioner Regalado was pushing for his friends at the Rusty Pelican
"Those friends of Regalado have given him thousands of dollars of campaign contributions over the years - and we won't get into all the free meals and events.
"In the end, Sarnoff and Regalado take care of their campaign contributors. The favorite lobbyists and campaign managers walk away is thousands and thousands and thousands of dollars of fees and favors.
"And the taxpayer gets screwed every time. Its all about big fat lies, big fat lobbyists and big fat sweetheart leases.
"The charter violations are clear. These people should be charged!"
Problem is, they won't.
They won't be charged because Katherine Fernandez Rundle is more interested in convicting Michelle Spence Jones with flimsy evidence that she is about rooting out the true source of corruption at the City of Miami.
With Regalado as mayor, it's open season for Tomas Regalado and the Phantom Mayor.
Rusty Pelican will get anything they want.
When Tony Crapp decided that there should be a new "marina" on Virginia Key, guess whose idea that was?
And whose idea was it to sell the side of the police headquarters to a billboard company for $80,000?
Mayor Tomas Regalado's corruption knows no bounds.
And the State Attorney is doing nothing to stop it.