Resignation from Coconut Grove Village Council

Effective immediately, I am resigning from the Coconut Grove Village Council. I regret not being able to finish out the full length of my term but due to personal reasons, I have moved back to my home state of New York to be closer to my family. I wish you all the very best and … Continue reading

An open letter to the community

Having just passed the one year anniversary of when I announced my candidacy, and amid a hectic period of time here in Miami, I decided to reflect on what has been going on from my perspective. It has been an emotional roller coaster for me. I have learned so much but made quite a few … Continue reading

Virginia Street Closure – Updated

David Collins Executive Director Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) Dear Mr Collins, This email is an amendment to the Public Records Request I submitted earlier this afternoon. I would like to broaden Bullet Point 2 to state the following: “Copies of all memos, text messages, instant messages, emails, and letters between yourself, Commissioner Sarnoff, … Continue reading

Letter to the City Manager Re: 3000 Shipping Ave

Carlos Migoya City Manager City of Miami Tuesday, August 31, 2010 Dear Mr. City Manager, Almost a week ago, I wrote a letter to City Attorney Julie Bru alleging blatant abuses of power occurring in the City of Miami. It was my mistake to direct that letter to her. Now it has become obvious to … Continue reading

6 Questions for the City of Miami

Mayor Tomas Regalado City of Miami Chairman Marc Sarnoff City of Miami District 2 Carlos Migoya City Manager August 6th, 2010 Mayor Regalado, Chairman Sarnoff, and Mr. City Manager, Today, the well-known watchdog blog “Miami For Change” ( posed six questions that were directed at Chuck Rabin from the Miami Herald but I feel would … Continue reading

Miami-Dade Transit and 50 State Security

Honorable Mayor, Commissioner Gimenez, and County Manager, I’m writing today in reference to two incidents that have occurred at the Coconut Grove 27th Ave Metrorail station in the last month. Carlos Miller, a nationally known photojournalist and First Amendment activist, was filming at the Metrorail station on July 1st, 2010 and July 29th, 2010 and … Continue reading

Campaign Finance Report Part II – Registered Lobbyists

As a follow-up to yesterday’s report, it was suggested by a reader at Miami For Change that I crosscheck the report to the official “Registered Lobbyists and Active Issues” lists provided by the City of Miami Clerk’s office. Again, this is not 100% complete, but will give you an idea. The lobbyist list can be … Continue reading

Campaign Finance Analysis for District 2 Commissioner Sarnoff

I have long been a believer in the concept of “following the money” in politics. Unfortunately, the political climate in this country has become one in which candidates and incumbents must raise substantial amounts of money in order to take or retain elected office. Almost a year ago to the day, I published some analysis … Continue reading

Issues with 2010 Census

The following letter was sent to Mayor Regalado and Commissioner Sarnoff. Please make sure you are counted, a lot of funding for our community depends on it. Mr. Mayor and Commissioner, I am writing this email to plead to your city’s leadership. We have made several attempts at counting some of your city’s exclusive locations, … Continue reading

Response to City Commission Chairman’s Press Release

City of Miami Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff released a statement yesterday in regards to the tragic death of cyclist Christopher Lecanne last Sunday on the Rickenbacker Causeway at the hands of a drunk driver.  I agree with the Chairman’s position on the systemic problems revealed by this situation and would strongly support any measures he … Continue reading

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