Watchdog Report Vol.17 No.41 February 26, 2017 – EST: 05.05.00 – I go when you cannot — Celebrating 16 Years of reliable Weekly publishing

>>> Since May 2000 I have lived by miracles, and a few more happened over the past month, and back then when I started. I considered the internet a miracle, and another one was when The Miami Herald reporter Tyler Bridges got me an appointment with Hodding Carter, III then CEO and president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and at the time people were wondering if I was crazy to leave the corporate world in doing this but someone had to if you have any past memory of what County and local municipalities were doing back then. For it was not pretty when elected officials were being arrested at a brisk pace. Further Carter pumped me up and told me “what I was doing was old style journalism working in the trenches,” and at the time I had doubts but I persevered and another miracle was when I was septic and had I waited any longer would have died and more recently when I recovered from a stroke and my pro-bono physician with a great sense of humor for the last 16 years joked “at least you did not die,” so I have much to be grateful for and for years have almost been a community project. Since I go to meetings that others cannot make.

Further, I want to thank the 33 people that contributed to my Pay Pal account last week and with your help I was able to cover my rent and I hate being dramatic in this regard and I hope the coming months to have a better cash flow for Miami is such an expensive city now if you are a renter. Further, since 2000 every person that sent a check got a thank you letter and recently I have been unable to keep that tradition going but I thank you so very much. And my Best to all.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I would ask my readers if they could help pick up the slack and donate to my pay Pal account http://paypal.me/WatchdogReport that accepts most credit cards in a secure site found and if you can help keep me out in the field especially with all the new GOB bonds passed by JHS, M-DCC school district and needs to be kept watch on, and I am one of the few press that covers these important oversite boards watching how your public billions are being spent.

And to make a contribution go to: http://paypal.me/WatchdogReport. And I would like to make this a onetime event with my readers help to contribute go to and click on the button at the top of the page and most credit cards are accepted. It’s easy at PAY pal. And you can’t tell me that someone with a big microphone recorder doesn’t change the dynamics of a public meeting and is one of the reasons the number of scandals is down from the 1990s and I am just one component of that and why I try to get good people on boards. And I removed the usual plea for support to the end of the WDR. And years ago one lady emailed me saying “it was kind of comforting knowing you are always out there. After I sent out WDRs Dec.31, Jan.1, and July Fourth if it came on a Sunday for example and this tradition has continued over the past holidays. And hope you will help keep that tradition alive. I thank you from the bottom of my heart

And here is my philosophy on why I do this?

To have a free neutral community education news service resource available to all. Since over the 16-years I have used my own money to support this (And even returned some money from certain people). >>>> Further, over the past 16-years I have created a free news service brand and community education resource. I have done around 200 radio shows on WLRN 91.3 FM and since Mar.2000 and been an editorial and hard news columnist for The Miami Herald.

>>> However, I have not used social media effectively to expand my audience with younger leaders trying to make their mark in Miami-Dade County. Further I have interviewed a large number of political candidates from former President Barack Obama, candidate John McCain, and a host of others since 2000 after Miami’s election fiasco back then.

>>>And having a member of the press at public meetings gives teeth to the Florida Sunshine Law and open meetings tape recorded keeps good governance in place and reduces waste fraud and abuse, and is why you don’t speed in front of a state trooper for example.

>>>> Further the www.watchdogreport.net  in South Florida is an established news service presence, because most people are too busy to go to these important meetings. That is why my motto is ‘I go when you cannot.’ >>> Further, I am very efficient since I work alone and all the information comes through me as a central point allowing me to see things at a 100 mile altitude and being an early warning system when projects have overruns or other issues. But my job is to sound the alarm and I have done so many times over the past years in a host of ways.

 

CONTENTS

Argus Report: Trump war with “fake media,” and ”lying press.” escalates, Will N. Korea now with VX gas a drop kills, older brother with VX gas and assassination, saying no Korean is safe from leader, Peninsula heats up

State of Florida: FDOT hit with a lawsuit after two women on Harley Davidson motor cycles hit by a pole diver running over the yellow poles that define the express lane but the Lexus lanes are dangerous since there is a limited shoulder, full story in Miami Herald — The open enrollment for the Florida ‘Stanley G. Tate’ Prepaid College program ends Feb.28 and the program is an education bargain and to sign up for this education bargain before this year’s deadline go http://www.myfloridaprepaid.com/ .–Miami-Dade County is the big enchilada, contributes “36 percent,” of Florida revenue and is the “economic engine that carries the state,” says CFO Atwater at Chamber luncheon —

Miami-Dade County: Discussion of new MPO logo gets testy, soft spoken member Perla Tabares Hantman objects to short time to review the only logo presented, Chair Suarez noted he “in no way did he ‘want Hantman “to be mad, “and she is a long time member who shows up at the meetings religiously.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools: Fate of WLRN independence drawing outrage, panel of media experts to help craft a District operating agreement with the public radio and television — Children’s Trust offering a free book once a month to any 3-year old Public Health Trust: City of Miami honors PHT CEO Migoya with key to the city, was considered one of Miami’s best managers and very accessible management style.

City of Miami: Is Former Miami Commissioner Sarnoff amping up a comeback, said to be raising money for Quixote campaign? — Will Comcast offer seniors a “discount,” commissioner Suarez asks CEO to look into it?– Miami revenue for 2016 comes in around $326 million, healthcare costs came in “$2 million higher than expected” in past cost of diabetic employees causing rise commissioners should consider healthy life style bonus, for future medical costs could erode fiscal stability

City of Miami Beach: Will Beach support levying new sales tax, to expand homeless services, Commissioner Grieco believes after Zika hotels are burdened enough no new sale tax likely?

Community Events & Public Service: Major new show at The Margulies Collection reopens at the Warehouse –

Editorial: Politicians since the dawn of time have hated the media, Trump’s fixation on press, distracts from his policies and administration, needs to get more focused and fill key lower level administration staffers

Letters: – advocate’s petition for FDOT to come up with alternative to yellow polls and injuries pole divers

Sponsors – Publisher’s mission statement & Subscription information is at the bottom of this issue

 

>>> Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics will not take an interest in you. –Pericles (430 B.C.)

 

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>>> And here is the story done by Miami New Times when they named the publisher as the community’s Best of Miami and Best Citizen and to read the story go to: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/best-of/2003/people-and-places/best-citizen-6399517    

 

>>> And here is the verbiage related to the award: Three years ago we said Ricker was our Best Gadfly. Given his dedication and perseverance, this new honor, Best Citizen, is well deserved. Ricker goes to 2500 mind-melting meetings annually, from the Public Health Trust’s purchasing subcommittee to the Efficiency and Competition Commission to the Alliance for Human Services’ nominating council to the school board’s audit committee. Sometimes he’s the only public observer. Object: to be the Public Citizen for all those out there who can’t attend, and to connect and serve as an information bridge among the special-interest-dominated Miami-Dade governmental institutions that seem so problematic and indifferent to the democratic process. This month his e-mail newsletter, The Watchdog Report, celebrates its [16th] Anniversary. In a former life Ricker made a handsome living as an international salesman of heart pacemakers. As the hard-working publisher of Watchdog, though, he’s struggling financially — this despite the fact that his weekly compendium of meeting summaries, analysis, interviews, and commentary has become essential reading for anyone involved in public affairs. What his written work may lack in polish, it more than makes up for in comprehensiveness. So raise a toast to the man whose official slogan says it all: “A community education resource — I go when you cannot!”

 

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ARGUS REPORT- Heard and seen on the street

 

>>> Trump war with “fake media,” and ”lying press.” escalates, Will N. Korea now with VX gas a drop kills, older brother with VX gas assassination, saying no one is safe from Korean leader, Peninsula heats up

 

Further, Trump continues to pound the “fake press,” and his press spokesman Sean Spicer limited which press came into his office during a press gaggle and a number of news outlets were outraged over this precedent and the president is even skipping the White House Correspondents Dinner, a Century long tradition in his honor and raises money for scholarships, and frankly it is rare when a president doesn’t attend and he gets skewered by the MC and just highlights the hostility he has for the media and psychiatrists are starting to talk about his actions and traits, and words and wondering if Trump may be dealing with a number of issues and the unquenchable need for adulation and while his supporters love his brash authentic speaking style. He even got into it with Sweden saying immigrants were causing real trouble in the nation and turned out not to be true and he explained that he had heard that on Fox news.

 

What about Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus?

 

The two were at a conservative meeting CPAC and essentially laid out the Trump agenda and Bannen rarely seen in person and casually dressed chose his words carefully and while on the alt-right fringe the Harvard College graduate  just parroted Trump and his casual look is seen as show of power in the Trump White House. Further the new administration is trying to muzzle the press and when a couple of news outlets were barred the rift between the president and the media just seems to escalate. And professional journalists are crying foul as the president by passes them with his tweets and his millions of followers.

 

What about Russia?

 

Further, Russia is backing off from reporting some of the Trump stories on the national state media. And Kremlin officials were said to be shocked when Michael Flynn resigned over calls to what could have been Russian operatives and the controversy hit the national press including the “Failing New York Times,” as Trump calls the paper and he claims they write stories with bogus sources to fit their own narrative. However in a large news room that is almost impossible to achieve.

 

However Republicans are calling for an investigation into the Flynn case and are demanding a full accounting if Russia was engaged in affecting the presidential race.

 

What about the White House?

 

“A fine-tuned machine,” said Trump about his administration an reports in the press that it is “in chaos,” and nothing is farther from the truth and even had Trump saying the “press is the enemy of the American people,” he said even though last year some 1,232 reporters were killed throughout the world and the president believes the media is an effective foil in keeping the press at bay and his supporters stoked.

 

He has also called for, “A new loyalty,” and one “glorious American Flag and make America proud and safe again greater than ever before,” he closed and The Stones “you can’t always get what you want began playing at the end of the Melbourne achievements rally. And when it comes to immigration “WE want people who will be great for our country,” and not wish it ill he believes and the crowd whooped followed by Chants of “drain the swamp,” went on and he went after the Democrats for the ’delays and obstruction in Washington work with us ‘to lower taxes and “reform this healthcare tragedy and is totally unaffordable,” said the president

 

>>> Costs of Winter White House security around $10 million says FOX News for the last three visits. Further, the Palm Beach County commission approved a new helipad at Mar-Lago, should ease traffic jams with presidential motorcade.

 

What about his third trip to Mar-Lago and its cost over the time for Palm beach County and the U.S. Secret Service and Fox news is stating the trips have cost some $10 million for the county and federal government and the long presidential motorcade is causing major local traffic disruptions that may be curbed since the Palm Beach County Commission approved a helipad at Mar Lago last week, and his visits is killing the local general aviation industry given the restricted fly zone when Trump is in town and on Saturday he held a rally in Melbourne and his campaign is paying for the event and pundits are saying this rally is to get his mojo back after a Thursday press conference where he once again blasted the media as “being the enemy of the American,” people and would ask reporters were they going to ask a “friendly question,” and he also took a jab at a BCC reporter and its reporting but the press conference was unlike any other such event with the president who called his fledging administration as being “a fine tuned machine,” an believed the media was stoking the fire of the White House being in disarray and in chaos. Further the press conference was supposed to introduce the new secretary of labor R. Alexander Acosta the respected law school dean at Florida International University

 

>>> Trump learning about three branches of government rails against federal judges, part of checks and balances in Constitution, and has signed 30 executive orders, keeping brisk pace up, but what will courts say about some of them?

 

President Donald J. Trump had his first setback in the courts and it was because of a federal appeals court denying the lifting of a stay in regard to his executive order flagging people from seven Muslim nations from entering into the U.S, and Trump essentially said about an earlier judge that if America were attacked it would be on the judiciary’s hands, because the court ruling is jeopardizing the nation’s safety Trump tweeted and a brouhaha erupted after one Democratic senator in a discussion with supreme court nominee Neil Gorsuch said the president’s comments about the judiciary was ‘demoralizing,’ though what actually was said is still in dispute.

 

And while Trump ignores local editorial boards, one editorial suggests given the erratic behavior that if Trump’s cabinet voted. He could be removed if the cabinet thinks he is dangerous to national security and Vice president Mike Pence could possibly be sworn in and the president with a shoot from the hip style of diplomacy and believes smoozing is the way to do foreign affairs and he has some serious challenges with North Korea, who could have an intercontinental missile after years at the rate the country is going and Iran, while put on notice is also an ally in fighting ISIS and people hope he will become more deliberate and believe his tweeting is an awful way to do foreign policy and has Foreign Service officer’s balking and signing letters of protest. And while Trump said he was a disrupter and going to shatter the Washington establishment during the campaign but the transactional business approach in foreign policy has risks

 

What about the Japanese Premier visiting in Florida?

 

Further, It is no coincidence that North Korea launched a missile Saturday (that may or not have ICBM) capabilities and frankly scares Japan in a big way and while Trump emphasized the long term relationship the country has with America and that we are also obligated to also protect Japan. But Trump needs to watch what he says for in the short time of his administration chaos and shock and awe seems to be the coin of the realm, and many of our allies are wondering where Trump will be taking in regard to the ship of state, and his negotiating style is to throw out something outrageous and then walk it back to get concessions and is kind of what he did with Mexico’s president.
 

What about the One China reversal by Trump this week?

 

Further Trump has also backed down on his friendship of Taiwan and is supporting the One China policy that has Taiwan considered a rogue province of the middle kingdom. After his call to the president of Taiwan and the Chinese strongly objected to this contact by the president.

 

>>> President Donald J. Trump is signing executive orders at a brisk rate and congressional Republicans are restless when former president Barack H. Obama did such orders and essentially by passed Congress, County Mayor Gimenez drawn into controversy, protests erupt around the nation.

Further Trump’s action to end sanctuary cities by ending federal funding (mostly for social services) is reverberating in South Florida and Mayor Carlos Gimenez is feeling the blow back after he ordered county law enforcement to follow federal guidelines because the $300 million loss of federal funding that would have a huge impact on the county budget. However despite protests at County Hall all week Gimenez is not changing his mind and he got a shout out by Trump on tweeter but Miami with such a diverse population and in the public schools teaches English in 59 languages and has 450,000 students and this kind of clampdown is frightening many immigrants without proper documentation and was one of the things Trump pushed during his campaign http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article128984759.html

 

How has Trump turned the tide of apathy with millennials with the constitution?

 

Millennials are getting much more politically active and at GOP town halls the big topics are health care, immigration reform and Climate Change and with the 2018 midterms coming this emerging voting block group could, will be a test of any commitment by this new emerging voter block, who grew up in significance different environment plus the technology they had all their life and do not even know what a Telex was and the before the worldwide wed

 

What about the DNC vote Saturday?

 

Democrats on Saturday elected Tom Perez as the party’s chairman (and a former secretary of labor in the Obama administration) and the Vice-Chair is Keith Ellison and the Democratic Party is trying to regroup after losing most state legislatures’ to the GOP and Florida Gov. Rick Scott is in Washington Saturday night for the national governors’ conference dinner and he is rumored to be up for vice chair of the organization

 

President Donald J. Trump is signing executive orders at a brisk rate and congressional Republicans are noting the actions when former president Barack H. Obama did such executive orders and essentially by passed Congress.

 

Further Trump’s action to end sanctuary cities by ending federal funding is reverberating in South Florida and Miami-Dade County’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez is feeling the blow back after he ordered county law enforcement to follow federal guidelines because the billions lost would have a huge impact (mostly in social service programs) on the county budget. However despite protests at County Hall Friday Gimenez is not changing his mind and he got a shout by Trump on tweeter but Miami with such a diverse population and a public schools that teaches English in 59 languages and a District with 450,000 students and this kind of clampdown is frightening many immigrants without proper documentation and was one of the things Trump pushed during his campaign. And in the Cuban American community one said while they benefited under the old laws. They also thought, “The borders need to be secure.” And keep dangerous people from entering and doing harm.”

 

And the courts will probable rule on the order that a local ACLU representative Howard Simon says is unconscionable and abridges the “Human Rights of People,” some with proper documentation but Trump is finding out in politics things generally don’t go smoothly and protests at airports have erupted around the nation. Trump also reorganized the NSA and appointed his political strategist Steve Bannon to the national Security Council. However, since the county was appealing the sanctuary status designated by Obamas’ DOJ that also included the seven Muslim nations on the list and President Jimmy Carter banned a Muslim nation once.

 

What about extreme vetting and a Green Card?

 

Further, Trump does not appreciate what it takes for an immigrant to get a Green Card, no easy task and while diplomacy is not his strong suit and he says he is just doing what he said he would do on the campaign trail. However, he is moving at a fast pace and the question is how long the public will buy into this tectonic shift in the presidency and on the whole many of his supporters say let’s wait and see and Trump by saying Christians are welcome and only heightens them as targets within Islam.

 

 America must get a handle on cyber security with it evolving so rapidly the nation and world are many times all defenseless

 

Fast paced events that are evolving in the world and the issue of cyber terrorism, should rise to the level of the Manhattan Project, or the moon shot with the hack of a Vermont wanted to ‘influence the election’ power company where malware was found suspected to be from Russia and cyber sabotage ( and confirmed last week in a FBI,NSA, CIA released report) noting that the nation did not hack into any voting machines or change outcomes to the number of voters–Russia can be just as destructive as weapons and computer specialists say every “organization has been hacked, they just may not know it yet.” But with the presidential election over. The nation must design a cyber fire wall as we become more and more dependent on computers. And maybe a bounty for hackers if they find a backdoor and Chrysler Motors was the first company to hire hackers and look for vulnerabilities and later had Apple paying $25,000 for bug hunters. For it is clear there are some very determined and smart people out there and it may be time to try the economic incentive of a bounty for hackers who find a backdoor in software and for more go to http://abcnews.go.com/US/russian-hacking-malware-found-vermont-utility-computer/story?id=44479579   http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/223266-report-russian-hackers-infiltrate-us

 

What about Trump and the press?

 

The national press “and the dishonest media,” is taking a beating and Trump still has no press pool that follows him around just in case something happens and can be reported on and has been in effect for decades and the WDR has gotten the pool reports. Since George W. Bush. And this disdain the billionaire has for the press should be considered and Steve Bannon said the media, “should shut up and listen,’’ he is quoted saying because the media is the nation’s watchdog. But after the terrible election polling Americans believe the press is slanted and that it tends to favor liberals made worse when Clinton called Trump supporters “the basket of horribles,” because of what some supporters were saying. And for more go: Further every president has carped about the media and the media is the “party of opposition,” on the Trump administration. However the opposition is not always the enemy in a Democracy and should not be treated as an appendage and the press plays a key role to check government oversteps of power. But the Trump team argues “The dishonest media,” never gave Trump a chance in the election and now that he won the media is getting the stiff arm but the Watchdog Report believes there will be blow back to such a policy, Even though most Americans hate the media and the IRS.

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-american-press-is-under-threat-as-never-before/

Further Trump’s tweets are reverberating around the globe and the China response is an example of what happens when foreign policy is made by the technology and should remind Trump the world is a dangerous and complex challenge.

 

What about President-Elect Donald Trump?

 

Trump is still deciding his cabinet, some of whom are having tough confirmation hearings and some of his choices are sending howls in parts of the foreign policy community and with environmentalist. Who are aghast but the billionaire businessman, is picking some unorthodox people and it remains to be seen what transpires during the confirmation hearings in the U.S. Senate. Though the GOP has 52 seats enough to carry a Trump nomination and the nation with this man is in uncharted waters and the Democratic Party is trying to re build after the drubbing in the general election but in fighting is still occurring and the party has to rebuild its bench and here in Florida only one Democrat Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. has a statewide profile and he minority party has some soul searching to do to stay relevant in the world of politics.

 

What about China?

 

Trump who had tough words for the People’s Republic of China is going to find the Chinese are no pushover either and the nation deals in hundreds of years as it seeks its rightful place on the global scene. And China is introducing its new fighter with the J-20 stealth fighter After the Middle Kingdom hacked into the Pentagon and stole the plans   and for more go to http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/31/asia/china-zhuhai-airshow-j-20/

 

j20

New J-20 with stealth technology.

 

And Trump will soon learn every word he speaks has real consequences as the nation digests how this could have happened and one millennial told me Saturday the race was “rigged,” even though all the polls and pundits had the nation going for Clinton. Who just had too many controversies, the Clinton Foundation and then the emails and people wanted some of that too end. And having her husband Bill campaign so much looking old and tired probable did not help and reminded many voters of his own controversial time in office despite being re-elected and popular. And has Democrats reflecting on where the party goes from here and what to do with the old guard that Clinton represented but did no inspire millennials to vote.

 

>>> Former the Miami Herald reporter Noah Bierman once a county reporter is now part of the White house press corps. And such an assignment is a move on up the media food chain and he got a question in at White House daily press briefing.

 

STATE OF FLORIDA

 

>>> FDOT hit with a lawsuit after two women on Harley Davidson motor cycles hit by a pole diver running over the yellow poles that define the express lane but the Lexus lanes are dangerous since there is a limited shoulder, full story in Miami Herald

 

Further the state spends some $1 million on replacement poles yearly and some 6,000 accidents but it is unknown how many were because of pole divers. And the women are represented by high profile Coral Gables attorney Lewis “Mike” Eidson of the law firm Colson Hicks Eidson.

 

However, for Floridians toll express lanes are said not to be going away said transit maven Maurice Ferre who is tight with Gov. Rick Scott and is on a state transportation board he said months ago at a County MPO committee meeting. But these lanes must be better segregated and some have suggested concrete barriers but I have been hearing about these poles and cars that drive through them creating a very dangerous situation for years and while there is no number with the FDOT lawsuit it could be the frequency of accidents. And for more on this go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article132704339.html and here is the FDOT secretary peaking on the matter with poles being closer together and there will be a 13 foot shoulder. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article132704339.html

Editor’s note: I know one of the injured women Cynthia Fleischmann a local talented Coconut Grove artist and she is one of the gutsiest women I know and wish her nothing but the best.

 

VIDEO RELEASE

 

>>> Florida Economic Development Visit Florida and Tourism Leaders Fight to Save Florida Jobs

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Florida economic development and tourism leaders, small business owners, and concerned Floridians from across the state traveled to Tallahassee to speak or stand in opposition to Legislation in the Florida House that would kill Florida jobs by eliminating Enterprise Florida and VISIT FLORIDA.

 

DOW

WATCH: Roger Dow, US Travel Association

 

CHAMBERS

WATCH: Cathy Chambers, Florida Economic Development Council

 

DAVIS

WATCH: Jaret Davis, the Beacon Council

 

MAYER

WATCH: Joe Mayer, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast

 

DIBELLA

WATCH: Laura DiBella, Nassau County Economic Development Board

 

TALBERT

WATCH: Bill Talbert, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

 
Further, while the WDR does not know what the precise number might be. But after 9/11 when tourism tanked and hit Miami-Dade hard tourist leaders convinced Gov. Jeb Bush to kick start tourism back in Florida a global tourism campaign and the state rebounded much faster than other states in the nation.

 

Further, while the WDR does not know what the precise number might be. But after 9/11 when tourism tanked and hit Miami-Dade hard tourist leaders convinced Gov. Jeb Bush to kick start tourism back in Florida a global tourism campaign and the state rebounded much faster than other states in the nation.
 

Childrens Movement of Florida

Press release: Dear Daniel:

On the topic of early learning, nobody encourages me more than Mark Wilson, the CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He leads a tough-minded business organization and truly “gets it” on the topic of investing early in children’s lives.

Just this week, in Sarasota, he shared his views on how Florida can ensure that there are opportunities for all its citizens — and how the disparities in children begin long before they enter kindergarten.

Please take the time to read this piece from the Sarasota Herald Tribune highlighting what he discussed. The business community is crucial to making progress. So are we all.

Dave Lawrence
Chair

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY

>>> Discussion of new MPO logo gets testy, soft spoken member Perla Tabares Hantman objects to short time to review the only logo presented, Chair Suarez noted he “in no way did he ‘want Hantman “to be mad, “and she is a long time member who shows up at the meetings religiously.

 

A Miami-Dade County Metropolitan Planning (MPO) organization got contentious when a new MPO logo was presented to vote on and members had only a short time to review the only choice. And Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez chaired the meeting and later he told the Watchdog Report he seems to only “chair MPOs when there is a controversy,” Suarez joked Thursday at the Miami commission meeting. And had Commissioner Barbara Jordan saying if we approved the logo “today we would be shoving it down the [MPO] members throat,” said Jordan.

 

Further since traffic is one of South Florida’s biggest problems the elected leaders want to be sure who pays for transportation is prominent.

 

Further the logo is a sphere with numerous colors and arrow lanes and the board had a hard time deciding what “branding,” said Suarez who believes there is a need “for better branding,” should be used since most people have no idea what the MPO is and its

 

regional role in transportation issues and the matter will come back to the MPO.

 

>>> Commission after 4 hour ruckus meeting upheld Mayor Gimenez 9-3 following federal law executive order, that sent fear into hearts of the undocumented, “a slippery slope,’ says one immigration attorney

 

A four hour hearing Friday demonstrated the diversity of the county as speaker after speaker implored the 13 member commission that they reject Mayor Carlos Gimenez plan to detain any undocumented residents for 48 hours and he is following federal guidelines and the mayor rejects the term sanctuary county, and the presidential executive order that could eliminate federal funding over $350 million Gimenez has said on television but many of the speakers believed the mayor was putting money over human rights and since he was Cuban-American how could he support such federal guidelines and he notes the police will not be immigration officers and that is being left to ICE to determine if they are a risk and should be deported. And commissioners repeatedly said that if someone is undocumented but has committed no crime they will be left alone most said.

 

Further there were a number of demonstrations in the chambers and the sergeant-of arms had their hands full and one veteran speaker Martha Baker, R.N. head of SEIU 1199 and is a nurse at Jackson and she complained about the line to get into the chambers when there were clearly seats available and she did not like the “process,” and how the public was being treated she complained to commissioners and Gimenez’s policy was up held by a 9 to 3 commission vote.

 

What did Miami Commissioner and vice chair Ken Russell say about the issue?

 

“Miami will have your back,” if you buck this federal edict and he noted Mayor Tomas Regalado is also objecting to this federal request as well

 
Greater Miami CVB press release: RECORD LEISURE AND HOSPITALITY JOBS IN GREATER MIAMI AND THE BEACHES REPORTED FOR DECEMBER 2016
Greater Miami’s Leisure and Hospitality jobs increased +4.8 percent in December 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, showing the continued strength of the destination’s travel and tourism industry in generating jobs for the community.  “The Miami area remained a top tourist destination and had another great year of job creation,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott in his press release of December 16, 2016. Final full year 2016 Leisure and Hospitality jobs report will be released in March 2017.

Record Greater Miami Leisure & Hospitality Jobs
December 2016 December 2015 % Change
141,700 135,200 +4.8%

 

MIAMI-DADE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

>>> Fate of WLRN independence drawing outrage, panel of media experts to help craft a District operating agreement with the public radio and television

>>>> Friends of WLRN have been getting a lot of press because of a possible District operating agreement with the station that some believe would impact the public radio station’s independence and the agreement has raised red flags and Supt. Albert Carvalho has been trying to tighten up some of the procedures at the station and he has asked for help in finding a resolution and includes two past publishers of The Miami Herald and includes Alberto Ibarguen President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, David Lawrence, Jr.,and reporter Joe Oglesby, a former Herald editorial editor along with former County commissioner Katy Sorenson who ran the Good Government Initiative at UM and this independent group and the station also has a relationship with the Miami Herald and a separate entity funds some of the stations staff who Carvalho wants to convert to school employees subject to background checks and other conditions.

 

However listeners are rebelling in some harsh letters in the herald

 

The Watchdog over the years has been the only media keeping an eye on the station owned by the school board and I have their audits for almost a decade and The Friends of WLRN board changed their charter years ago without the district’s knowledge and the issue of some high salaries was voiced years ago by then school board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman. Further I went to the stations WLRN’s web page and I could find no agendas or minutes of past meetings and this information should be easily accessed but is currently not and that should be corrected. Since we are not talking nuclear launch codes but public radio and NPR.

 

What about the station’s audit?

 

Over a month ago I knew something was amiss when the station delayed the release of its annual audit to the school board’s Audit and Budget Review Committee and is the community firewall watching how your public tax dollars are being spent and has been doing an excellent job and why you don’t see all the past scandals from the late 1990s that rocked the district and cost the Supt. Roger Cuevas his job.

 

>>> Further at a Miami-Dade County school board meeting a robotics class demonstrated a robot capable of bouncing a basketball and it was amazing to watch and STEM is moving along at full speed in the schools for women and men.

 

>>>> Children’s Trust offering a free book once a month to any 3-year old held that is three

 

The Children’s Trust of Miami-Dade County is working with the public schools district on a new program for three year olds where every month the child will get a new book free and is the Trust’s way to improve reading skills at an early formative age and being a strong reader early is a lifetime achievement and these children develop to their full potential and to sign up go to:https://www.thechildrenstrust.org/parents/initiatives/read-to-learn-book-club Further, reading skills can also predict children that might fall into the criminal justice system a former us attorney who reads to children said. And this program could jump start a child’s interest in books.

 

Who is the new county commissioner that will sit on the 33 member Trust?

 

County Commissioner Xavier Suarez was appointed by commission chair Estephan Bovo to the Children’s Trust and he will replace Daniella Levine Cava on the volunteer board that has been free of any scandal’s and was renewed overwhelmingly in 20006 by voters.

 

>>> What about WLRN and its late audit, I knew something was up when audit delayed?

 

The Watchdog Report asked Carvalho Wednesday at a school board meeting what was going on at Friends of WLRN and he said he “could not comment,” right then and he reminded me how he had to fight to get a charter with Friends of WLRN changed after it had been modified by the organization and made the station’s GM different. Since the school board owns the radio and television licenses. And the tension between the district and the station has now spilled into the public and the issue is freedom of the press and what control on content the nation’s fourth largest public schools district and Carvalho and the administration would have. Further another flash point is background checks and be fingerprinting (something I have had to do twice since 2000) under the state’s Jessica Lunsford Act. Since some interns are paid s and staff salary a past issue blew up in the media and has one employee making more than Carvalho. And for much more go to: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/education/article133698704.html

 

>>> Will stay heathy “Blue Book, save district millions with $400 million self-insured, if employees go to the green hospitals since medical procedures “vary, “in price said Carvalho

 

Further, Supt. Alberto Carvalho discussed a new stay healthy care “Blue book,” that lists the cost of medical procedures throughout the county and since the district is self-insured the Blue book lists medical facilities and the different costs and Carvalho said if the employees used the “green marked” hospitals the district will save millions of dollars and in some cases procedures could cost the district less “if they went to the Mayo Clinic in Ohio,” said Carvalho. And if the districts 50,000 employees and retirees used the green facilities “millions” could be saved if the green medical hospitals were used and if the greens are used the employee could get a check back for seeking the more reasonable pricing but still keeping a ‘high,” level of healthcare. Further, Carvalho noted one of the big reasons healthcare costs are so high is because of all the Medicare “Fraud,” he said and is why the district has a “white collar fraud crime unit,” something most public districts don’t have but here in Miami it is a must. Since people from Miami do fraud beta sites here and then export it around the nation.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH TRUST
 
>>> City of Miami honors PHT CEO Migoya with key to the city, was considered one of Miami’s best managers and very accessible management style.
 
The City of Miami Thursday gave former city manager Carlos Migoya a key to the city and when he was manager he was well respected especially his financial expertise that he also used to help Jackson health System go over three years in the black after years of hemorrhaging red ink to the tine of $80 million in a loss back in 2004, and he has benefited from a smaller more nimble board and county commissioners not interfering with the task at hand.
 
>>> JHS CEO Migoya awarded business community’s highest honor’ Sand in my Shoe Award, at sold-out Greater Miami Chamber gala honoring the banker tuned hospital administrator

 

Carlos Migoya the President and CEO of Jackson Health System was honored with a sold out event at the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce where he was honored with the Chamber’s highest honor “The Sand In My shoes award,’ for turning around the beleaguered Jackson System that was hemorrhaging millions in losses including in 2004 losing $84 million and making audit adjustments back to 1998. And for more on Migoya and the turnaround of JHS go to http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article131134874.html

 

CITY OF MIAMI

 

>>> Is Former Miami Commissioner Sarnoff amping up a comeback, said to be raising money for Quixote campaign?

 

Former Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff is said to be doing fundraising for his return to the District 2 if he can be elected and Sarnoff after he was termed out tried to have his wife Teresa take his place on the five member commission and helped her raise over $1.2 million for her campaign but went down in flames when she faced challenger Ken Russell now the current commissioner and Russell is a much more pleasant elected official versus Sarnoff who was considered a bully and lost the confidence of his base in Coconut Grove and there are still many people who despise Sarnoff who embellished his family tree and unless Russell does something really stupid Sarnoff will find voters may have lost that loving feeling and his wife has not been seen since she lost the election last year

 

>>> Will Comcast offer seniors a “discount,” commissioner Suarez asks CEO to look into it?

 

The CEO of Comcast is about to get a letter asking the company to enhance the availability of elders to get a “Senior discount,” and is part of the contract Miami signed with Comcast as the cable company absorbed local cable operators and was part of the community benefits Comcast had to agree to and is why Comcast broadcasts commission meetings for Miami for free and years ago it was deceased commissioner Arthur Teele,Jr., that put the screw to the cable companies as they tried to consolidate the industry and at the time got some decent concessions from the company to the benefit of the residents and Commissioner Francis Suarez sponsored the resolution.

 

CITY OF MIAMI BEACH

 

>>> Will Beach support levying new sales tax, to expand homeless services, Commissioner Grieco believes after Zika hotels are burdened enough no new sale tax likely?

 

While the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust wants   Miami Beach to approve and support legislation in the capital to add a sales tax along with Surfside, two municipalities exempted when the trust was created and Beach hotels objected to the tax that has Commissioner Michael Grieco saying after the Zika scare that hotels cannot take any more burden with a new sales tax and while Grieco is running for mayor this could be a political position for Grieco. Further Trust Chair Ron Book has legislation in the works in Tallahassee but he needs the municipalities approval for the bill to forward and the expansion of the tax has been a long time goal, especially with the cutbacks in federal funding and has Camillus House having to stop a program that provided meals and showers and the organization in 2015 served 547,000 meals, but funding from the Trust is limited and why the expansion of the sales tax area is so critical and the city does fund some homeless programs on the streets of the tourist hot spot. And for more on Camillus go to:

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article132065024.html

 

Community Events & PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Margulies collection

 

 

http://www.margulieswarehouse.com/index.php#/exhibitions

 

>>>> Now open and the Warehouse has a new exhibit and check it out at http://www.margulieswarehouse.com/#/home

 

Margulies Collection 2

 

>>> And the Margulies Warehouse will be opening the season in weeks and to see what art is on display and when it plans to close the season for this community treasure go to http://www.margulieswarehouse.com/#/home

 

Jannis
Jannis K copy

 

>> Press release: The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and Miami Science Barge join together to bring the expression of art to a scientific experiment. Visitors will have the opportunity to create artworks on a drift card that will be deployed into the ocean. These drift cards will help scientists gain understanding of how the ocean currents distribute debris through the Biscayne Bay. Admission is free. Miami Science Barge
1075 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami 305-434-9560www.dwntwnartdays.com

 
Editorials

>>> Politicians since the dawn of time have hated the media, Trump’s fixation on press, distracts from his policies and administration, needs to get more focused and fill key lower level administration staffers

 

Since the dawn of time leaders have hated the press and media yet President Trump keeps harping on the “dishonest media,” and actually singled some of the nation’s news organizations and a republic needs a diverse and strong press to challenge authority and calling the media the “enemy,” of the American people which is ironic since Trump was in many ways created by the media and he is extraordinary marketer.

 

But people will get tired of this demand for adulation that the president seems to feed on and he won and now people want him to get to governing. For the world is a dangerous and having the national security council head vacant is a serious issue and when it comes to Russia Trump should clearly state he or his staff did not have contacts and perhaps release the transcripts of the conversations if the president wants to end this distraction on the world stage.

 

Further he is saying some of the executive orders are being rewritten and he is moving quickly carrying out his campaign promises. However, in many ways Trump is a creation of the press and his constant carping is getting old with the American people and some are wondering why he is so fixated on his victory considered a long shot by the media ever since he went down the escalator but he won .And Americans expect him to govern and keep the nation safe and that is the job he accepted when he ran for office.

 

>>> The Watchdog Report is Celebrating 17 years of weekly publishing since May 5th 2000 and when I started back then I never thought I would be doing this so this is a national story in all the Tribune papers

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190045_1_ricker-miami-watchdog. And while I have taken a licking over the years including some medical issues I have kept at the job thanks to my supporters who I thank so very much over the many years. And the community’s public institutions are better when it comes to them knowing what the other is doing and

 

Why I have tried to be an information electrolyte for these giant institution’s leaders and things and here is a national story done on why I started to watch government back in 20000 http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190045_1_ricker-miami-watchdog and to all the people along the way that have helped me I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

 

>>> The Watchdog Report publisher would like to thank the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation www.knightfoundation.org for funding by the Knight Foundation with technical support from the Knight Center www.knightfoundation.org   to maintain my webpage. The Watchdog Report webpage is free, has no pops-up and is just the news in a mainstream reporting manner.

 

>>>> The Watchdog Report publisher for 16 years now, has reported back weekly on how your billions of public dollars in local government are being spent. And how to help support me providing this information is at the end of the WDR. And I hope you will consider supporting keeping an independent news service out in our community, where what is going on with all our government entities is of critical benefit for both the public institutions but voters as well l. Thank You.

 

And to my Supporters I pledge to keep ‘going when you cannot.’ And we have about $9 billion in GOB funds being spent through a variety of public institutions and that is no small number and in the past I have broken the story on Cuban refugees coming in droves and also the Oriental fruit fly quarantine and its huge economic impact to name just a few of the more recent stories in past WDR’s.And I also keep watch for the all-important tourism industry and with the Zika Virus people are starting to understand how vital these tourists are for a host of amenities like culture and the arts, Jackson health System and transportation dollars all entities that benefit from tourism sales tax dollars.

 

>>> And while the Watchdog Report has reached 16 years of using my own money to survive in the costlier Miami community. And while I have cut expenses I need my readers help. In this fast changing world and with Pay Pal now you can easily use a credit card to contribute and I hope you will consider helping keeping someone out in the field. And I have not wanted to be a lobbyist but rather a lobbyist for everyone and is why I use the tag line ‘I go when you cannot’. But things were made worse after spending 18 days in the hospital with a badly infected finger. And is why I am behind sending my traditional thank you letter to any supporters contributing and hop to catch up in the near future. And I thank these people from the bottom of my heart for the past financial help.

 

>>> And one of my sponsors who hates reading the above financial pleas suggested to me. I just ask any reader, once a year who thinks this community resource is valuable to contribute five or possible ten dollars via my Pay Pal account for the fiscal issues sometimes keeps me from going to a meeting sometimes, and the stress also affects my health and only with my readers support can “I go when you cannot,” thank you and hope you will help so the WDR can celebrate 17 years on May 5th.

 

>>> And to support the WDR go to my Pay Pal account at https://paypal.me/WatchdogReport

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However, it is no easy task to do the WDR weekly. And years ago the county Ethics Commission did a report that suggested over the past decade some $50 million had been spent fighting waste fraud abuse and public corruption and having the press at public meetings (some very obscure) changes the tone of the meeting (and is why you don’t speed past a state trooper, if you’re smart) Further, I have tried to be an information electrolyte available to all free between these large public institutions when I first started back in 1997. And many public meetings back then were not being recorded except by me and that is no longer the case.

 

For an accurate public record is key and diminishes future legal action. For you either have an accurate public record or you don’t. And I hope you will consider helping me in this effort to keep the community informed and saving taxpayer monies in the process. And I thank my supporters over the last 17 years. And to read a national story and profile of the WDR publisher in the early years and background back in 2003 go to: http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190341_1_ricker-school-board-president-miami-s-first-cuban-american        

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>>> Publisher’s Statement on the mission of the Watchdog Report and the special people and organizations that make it possible:  Government Subscribers/Corporate Subscribers/Sustaining Sponsors/Supporting Sponsors the Watchdog Report covers a few of the meetings attended weekly. It remains my belief that an informed public will make better decisions. Therefore, I go to meetings, make the presence of an informed citizen known, and bring the information to you.   The Watchdog Report is in the fourth year of publication and it has been an honor to be able to send this information to you. It is sent to readers in Miami-Dade, Florida, the U.S. and the world. The Watchdog Report is sent to thousands free and while readers have been prodded to subscribe the results have been mixed. Over 250 reports and Extras have been sent since May 5, 2000 and over one million words have been written on our community’s governments and events.  The report is an original work based on information gathered at public meetings, interviews and from documents in the public domain. I welcome letters via e-mail. Letters may be edited for length or clarity and must refer to material published in the Watchdog Report.  Please see address and contact information. Please send any additions and corrections by e-mail, fax or snail mail. All corrections will be published in the next Watchdog Report. If you or your organization would like to publish the contents of this newsletter, please contact me. Please send your request to watchdogreport1@earthlink.net

 

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>>> The Miami Herald and Orlando Sentinel & Sun-Sentinel articles on the Watchdog Report publisher over the years.

 

Published on September 9, 1999, Page 1EA, Miami Herald, the (FL)

CITIZEN ADVOCATE’ KEEPS TABS ON POLITICIANS

 

Published on January 3, 2000, Page 1B, Miami Herald, the (FL)

MIAMI-DADE WATCHDOG WILL BE MISSED

 

Published on January 20, 2003, Page 1E, Orlando Sentinel, PAPERWORK TIGER, Miami’s citizen watchdog piles up government files in his quest to keep the “little people” informed. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2003-01-20/news/0301190045_1_ricker-miami-watchdog

 

>>>Watchdog Report publisher named ‘Best Citizen’ 2003 by the Miami New Times

 

The publisher would like to thank the weekly alternative paper Miami New Times for bestowing their 2003 Best of Miami, ‘Best Citizen’ award to me and I am honored.  Thank you. To read the full story go to http://www.miaminewtimes.com/best-of/2003/people-and-places/best-citizen-6399517

 

 

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