30 September 2014
CITY OF MIAMI BEACH
Subject: Lobbyist Registration and Our Goal
Dear Mr. Granado:
Thank you for allowing an ordinary person to participate in your government. It is for that reason that I have a great deal of respect for your office under your supervision as well as that of your predecessor, the good Mr. Parcher, who was known for his dogged independence despite the city’s branchless or monolithic constitution.
2014-09-29 Email: Rafael Granado to David Arthur Walters. Mr. Walters. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. Our goal is to have the form(s) completed accurately by the applicant, lobbyist and/or principal, As soon as that is done, they will be scanned and posted. Rafael Granado
It is with independence in mind that I must say with all due respect that I do not know whom “our” means when you state that “our goal” is to have the fatally defective lobbyist registration forms completed by someone at some unspecified date. I suspect that “our” excludes most of the community. I had asked when you will refer the matter to the Ethics Commission, as our lobbying ordinance provides you with the discretion to do that.
I certainly am looking forward to being alerted on the arrival of the information as to who owns 10% of more of this ‘Alaskan’ member of the Related Group controlled by billionaire Jorge M. Perez, the developer behind the huge South Pointe developments gobbling up the last acres of scarce open space for the benefit of wealthy international clientele.
I hope that I and anyone else interested do not have to search the records everyday of the workweek to discover that information someday.
If I were clerk, I would set a five-day compliance deadline. Compliance is minimal or nil without punishment. The natural persons involved here know better. They know why the community wants to know who is behind real estate developers’ façades, and yet they have scoffed at the law expressed clearly on the lobbyist registration form itself. They knew better, and now is the time for the city to show that it takes the people’s will expressed in laws seriously enough to enforce them.
We are plagued by noncompliance in this city. The fault lies not only with city officials but with the ethics commission and the county board of commissioners, not to mention the state attorney and attorney general and governor. I pray that you may include everyone within your “our,” and act independently of the will of Jimmy Morales, Philip Levine, Jorge M. Perez, and the Clintons.
David Arthur Walters
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Labels: Clerk, Irregularities, Jorge Perez, Mimai Beach, Rafael Granado, TRG Alaska