Big trouble in store for Opa-locka city officials! Is former City Manager Kelvin Baker next?

One of us isFour years ago on July 3, 2012, when Kelvin Baker landed the top job in Opa-locka, I predicted that “this unholy union should keep the Miami New Times and the Miami Herald (and hopefully, this blog) in business for the next two decades.”

Even as I pointed out that Opa-locka was “arguably the most corrupt city in Florida, possibly the entire country,” I had no idea just how unholy this union would turn out to be.

As impossible as it seemed at the time, Opa-locka’s long and scandalous history of fraud and corruption took a turn for the worse after the Mayor and Commissioners hired the same former city manager who wreaked financial havoc in North Miami Beach until he was finally fired in 2010.

It should be noted that even before Kelvin Baker was promoted as the North Miami Beach city manager in 2008, he also served as the assistant city manager since 2004, and was previously the director of public services, including its water utility operation, for 10 years from 1994 to 2004. Continue reading

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Hey, North Miami, keep digging that hole and watch what happens!

The more you talkDespite North Miami Police Commander Emile Hollant’s being cleared of all allegations by the Miami State Attorney’s Office that he lied to North Miami Police investigators, WPLG Channel 10 just reported that city officials are still not giving him back his job or his pay.

When questioned why Hollant has not been reinstated, North Miami Councilman Scott Galvin told Channel 10 reporter Derek Shore, “Not yet, because we still don’t know the full story.”

Oh, really?

That’s interesting because the Councilman also didn’t have the “full story” when he chose to trash Commander Hollant at a press conference held four days after North Miami Police SWAT team member Jonathan Aledda shot an unarmed black man, with his hands up, on July 18, 2016. Continue reading

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NMPD: Commander Hollant EXONERATED!

BatmanThe fallout continues from the July 18, 2016 North Miami shooting of an unarmed black man by Officer Jonathan Aledda, and the abrupt suspension of Commander Emile Hollant for his allegedly  giving “conflicting” information to North Miami Police investigators.

Curiously, on July 22, 2016, when North Miami city officials finally released the name of the officer who actually pulled the trigger, they immediately implicated Commander Emile Hollant in the incident, and announced that he was being suspended without pay for his alleged  involvement.

As first reported by CBS Miami earlier this evening, then followed by WPLG Local 10 and NBC Miami, the Miami State Attorney’s Office issued a Close-Out Memo on August 2, 2016, emphatically announcing that “Commander Hollant did not lie about his involvement in the NMPD shooting.

It’s important to note that in this Close-Out Memo, Chief Assistant State Attorney Jose Arrojo and Deputy Chief Assistant State Attorney Howard Rosen specifically stated that the investigation of the shooting “by Officer Jonathan Aledda is not the subject of this preliminary inquiry,” which “is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and other Assistant State Attorneys.” Continue reading

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NMPD: Background Checks “Я” Us

Background CheckAn interesting development just arose regarding the July 18, 2016 North Miami police involved shooting of an unarmed black man.

The SWAT team officer who pulled the trigger was identified as Jonathan Aledda, a four year veteran of the North Miami Police Department.  Posted on the NMPD’s website as part of the city’s recently launched “transparency portal” are the police department’s personnel files of both Officer Aledda and Commander Hollant.

What is not posted on the website, but what I found out by way of a public records request, is that Jonathan Aledda was a questionable hire in the first place.

On April 10, 2012, North Miami Police Investigator Deborah Futch sent a Memorandum to then-North Miami Chief of Police Marc Elias, recommending that Jonathan Aledda be hired based on the findings of a background check. Continue reading

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Round One: North Miami 1, Biscayne Park 0. Game on!

Round OneIn one of my previous posts about Biscayne Park, a certain Village Idiot accused North Miami Councilwoman Carol Keys of being on a “rogue mission” to derail (no pun intended, of course) the village’s application for annexation.

Aside from the fact that Ms. Keys announced at the County Commission meeting that she was speaking as a resident of North Miami and not in her official capacity as a Councilwoman, she also has the responsibility to represent the best interests of her constituents.  That hardly qualifies her as going “rogue.” Continue reading

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Biscayne Park: “Build that wall!” (But, shhh! Just don’t tell anyone.)

we value transparencyAaaah, transparency!

Gotta love it!

Despite the fact that there is a very public record filed among the gazillions of public records of Miami-Dade County, in the Land of Oz Village of Biscayne Park, public records are just figments of my imagination.

And bloggers who dare speak the truth get immediately attacked by the Keepers of the Gate.

Or, in this particular instance, the Wall. Continue reading

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Fire Judge Jason Bloch!

Election 2016Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Judge Jason Bloch seems to make one questionable ruling after another, and especially in two high profile cases in North Miami Beach.

In March of this year, he granted bail to Deandre Edwin Charles, the alleged  vicious murderer of Rabbi Joseph Raskin, ruling “that prosecutors failed to provide enough evidence to keep Charles behind bars before trial.”

This was despite the fact that a “16-month investigation, in which homicide detectives went through cellphone records, tested evidence for DNA and relied on a sketch drawn by a neighbor who saw the gunman running from the scene, followed this tragedy,” according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Police finally arrested the 15-year old last December after a grand jury indicted him for murder. Continue reading

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