Signatures Certified; Alvarez Recall Proceeds

MIAMI (CBS4) -The clock is ticking. Miami-Dade commissioners have to order a recall election within 90 days to decide the political fate of Mayor Carlos Alvarez. That move is triggered by word today that a recall petition effort backed by auto tycoon Norman Braman easily cleared the hurdle it faced and will now move forward.

Nearly twice the number of recall petitions needed have been certified. The Miami-Dade clerk’s office made that announcement Tuesday. It took just 29 working days to organize, computerize and match those petitions against the elections department database.

Miami-Dade Clerk Harvey Ruvin told CBS4’s Michael Williams, “I am confident the process was done in a careful, professional manner and our result can be certified today.”

Braman was angered over Mayor Alvarez’s backing of a property tax rate hike mostly affecting those with longstanding homestead exemptions. So Braman organized and financed the collection of 114,000 voter recall signatures. More than 95,000 of those signatures are now validated. The ones tossed out largely involved people not registered to vote in Miami-Dade. The numbers easily eclipse the 52,000 valid voter signatures needed to spur a countywide recall election that must now be set within 90 days.

Braman said Tuesday, “I think he (Alvarez) owes the people of this community the right to say yes or no as far as his performance. I think we are going to expect the mayor to do everything he possibly can to deprive voters of that opportunity.”

Mayor Alvarez only hinted at the possible legal challenges ahead. He released a statement that said, in part, “I will continue to lead during challenging times with integrity, sincerity and a commitment to public service. We are analyzing the data and will continue reviewing the legitimacy of the (recall) certification process.”

There is word of a call for a special commission meeting December 29th—an effort to gather at least seven Miami-Dade commissioners over the holiday break to set the date for a recall election, one aimed squarely at a once popular mayor now in the fight of his political life.

Mayor Alvarez released this statement about the petition certification just before noon on Tuesday: “I will continue to lead during challenging times with integrity, sincerity and a commitment to public service. We are analyzing the data and will continue reviewing the legitimacy of the certification process. I remain focused on the job I was elected to do – ensuring the safety of our residents, providing quality programs and services and making strategic investments that position our community for the future.”

 

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  1. BigRon says:

    I haven’t gotten a raise on my job for 3 years because of a bad economy. These folks need to feel the pain as well. GO BRAMAN

    1. Jimbo99 says:

      Ron, with all the unemployment going on in this county, others where you work are getting the raises. They are easier to spot, look at who is having a baby, buying the new car or house. Fellow staffers in a job that is rated no better than everyone else’s aren’t getting the money to buy these things because their parents are giving them the money. My former employer hired a director and chief technology officer, then there are those that get promoted into management and director level jobs. Count the layoffs and then look at the way the money was diverted and spent for these new nepotistic hires & promotions.

  2. DEPORT ILLEGALS says:

    Can’t wait for the election ! ! ! I want him OUT, right along with the commissioners who voted for the TAX RATE increase ! ! Do they really think we as Citizens are a bunch of brain dead residents, that just follow blindly, NO WAY !!!!!! Changing the “rate” will eventually RAISE dramatically the taxes on EVERYONE in the coming years, not to mention the increases right now. Pack your bags mayor and commission, we are preparing to KICK YOU OUT ! ! ! ! !

  3. Honorable Robert says:

    A person of integrity would just resign his position as Mayor. Doesn’t Alvarez realize people in this County no longer want him. Why hang on ? Must be because of all the perks he is getting in this job. We are tired of you Alvarez, please go.

  4. Silver Star says:

    Amne, not let the citizens of Miami-Dade go to the polls, and see if he remains in office. His days are over and he will try to drag this out until his term ends. King Carlos you have disappointed a lot of your supporters uncluding me. I can’t wait to vot you out of office, and those who supported your wanton display of arrogance to us tax payers.

  5. Silver Star says:

    Amen, now let the citizens of Miami-Dade go to the polls and see if he remains in office. His days are over and he will try to drag this out until his term ends. King Carlos you have disappointed a lot of your supporters including me. I can’t wait to vote you out of office, and those who supported your wanton display of arrogance to us tax payers. George Burgess must go now, we voted for a strong Mayor, yet we are still paying a County Manager this hefty salary and perks

  6. Jimbo99 says:

    Time to throw this guy out and try to find an honest mayor out of the sea of politicians !

  7. tiredofcorruption says:

    Heave-ho Mr Mayor…your inflated salary and perks equal the President of United States and you’re really not worth this much! Give the rhetoric a rest and save the taxpayers some much need cash and resign.

  8. j. moore says:

    Mr Mayor can you really look yourself in the mirror? Aren’t you tired of it by now?
    Remove the mask. The charade is ending. Fool your kids, fool your wife, but you can’t fool the citizens.

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