Miami-Dade Mayor Faces Voters As Recall Election Looms

WEST KENDALL (CBS4) – Embattled Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez made one of his first public appearances Monday night, since his recall election was scheduled.

Supporters of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and angry homeowners alike questioned the mayor as he fights for his political life.

“When you don’t have, you make do with what you have until situations improve. That’s it there’s nothing else to do. You don’t raise taxes,” one Miami-Dade resident told Mayor Alvarez at the Kendall Federation of Homeowner’s Association meeting.

Mayor Alvarez spent most of the evening defending his budget which rolled back the tax rate to that of the previous fiscal year- raising some homeowner’s taxes. He says he had to or services, like police, fire and parks would’ve been slashed.

“That is what I believe would’ve been a disaster for this community,” Alvarez told the group of about 100 people.

That budget is at the center of the recall efforts against him.  And though he said this event was not about campaigning for votes…he admitted to CBS4’s Natalia Zea that he has to address concerns.

And he did get some tough questions.

“How can you justify giving substantial raises and promotions to your own staff?” asked resident Kenneth Karger.

The Mayor responded, “Four individuals got salary adjustments, probably about $80,000 worth. We saved the taxpayers by merging about $1.7, $1.8 million.”

Mayor Alvarez also took some jabs at the County Commissioners who voted against his budget.

“When all these folks that are wannabe mayors say I voted against it- ok- well what did you offer?”

But the point he drove home hardest, was that voters will decide whether his budget, and his track record are worth pushing him out of County Hall.

“You’ll decide whether the recommendations I made were appropriate or not and if not you’ll choose someone else to represent you, it’s as simple as that,” Alvarez said.

But the Mayor’s legal efforts to stop his recall election continue. Monday, a second judge stepped away from the case for being too close to one of the attorneys involved.

The new judge has not yet been named.

Comments

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  1. Kenneth Karger says:

    My name is Kenneth Karger, not Kenneth Carver. The mayor will be turning in his keys next month. Enough is enough. We the people can and will do better

  2. Didine Dimanche says:

    If it looks like a snake, slithers like a snake, smells like a snake..IT IS A SNAKE= Mayor Alvarez!
    He said ““You’ll decide whether the recommendations I made were appropriate or not and if not you’ll choose someone else to represent you, it’s as simple as that,” if he finds it this way than Alvarez…WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO STONEWALL THE PROCESS?!! Just buying time to hide all the pocketed $$ he took from the citizens!!!! SNAKE!!!!

  3. George Nader says:

    Mayor Alvarez with a hard face announced cuts to all county employees while at the same time was increasing the salary of a few of his close associates. How loyal is that? He along with Pinellas have not done anything for this County. We have had years of poor leadership in this County. As a result, we are in the present situation. Let’s all vote against this guy to show politicians that we have a voice and the power to fire a bad employee.

  4. Eduardo Gandolfo says:

    The Miami-Dade County management has been a total failure the last years. As an example is the 0.5% sales tax to improve transportation. No only they did not do anything, but they are still charging us those taxes, and to make it worst, they have added a lot of tolls on 836, 874, 878, even on I-95.
    What happened with all the taxes collected during the Real Estate boom?
    Marlins stadium, Contracts at the Airport, other failures on budgeting and cost control.
    Commissioners also are to blame and should have term limits on their jobs. What are their interest to keep a job for 16 years for a $6,000 annual salary?

  5. Kenneth Karger says:

    2/8

    Last night, the Mayor’s answer didn’t answer my question…if he could save $1.8 million elsewhere, why spend ther $80k on his friends? This would raise ther question “Is your staff on Wall street pay schedule…on commissions where savings generate a percentage bonus that can reach into the millions?

  6. gary liv says:

    It is due that he be replaced and remember people demand that we get our countys and the so called “MIAMI DADE POLICE DEPT ” BE GIVEN BACK THEIR RESPECTIVE NAMES AS IT WAS PLACED MANY YEARS AGO UNTIL THE IDIOT ALEX PENELAS DECIDED TO CHANGE ITS NAME FROM “DADE COUNTY and :DADE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT to ” MIAMI DADE COUNTY “os “MIAMI DADE COUNTY ONLY A COUNTY FOR MIAMI or is it for hialeah carol city wynnwood miami lakes palm springs north and so on and the “MIAMI DADE POLICE ” IS SUPOSSED TO BE ” DADE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPT LIKE BROWARD COUNTY HAS A SHERIFFS DEPT YOU FONT SEE THEM GOING AROUND AS BROWARD FT LAUDERDALE POLICE DEPT HOW STUPID CAN YOU BE TO NAME A NOTORIOUS DEPT AS MIAMI DADE SHERIFFS DEPT MIAMI DADE POLICE DEPT THAT I THINK WAS SO IMPROPERLY NAMED BY THE EX MORON ALEX PENELAS THAT STARTED MESSING UP DADE COUNTY PLEASE MAKE NOTE OF IT AND DEMAND IT BE CHANFED WE ARE NO DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER COUNTY AS THE SHERIFFS DEPT AND COUNTY ARE CONCERNED AND THIS IS ” AMERICA ” NOT HAVANA SO I THINK THAT EX MATOR SHOULD GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND LEARN HOW TO PROPERLY NAME PLACES AND THINGS

    1. Roger Keith says:

      Seems like you should go back to school or at least finish 3rd grade to learn some spelling. Everyone before you is posting about the Mayor and a possible recall and all you have to say is change the name of Miami Dade PD? I guess there is nothing more important these days like a name change eh! Cops need to get a life!

      1. gery liv says:

        WHAT IS IT ROGER KEITH YOU WANT ME TO POST ABOUT THE MAYOR I THINK THE ONE WHO SHOULD GO BACK TO THIRD GRADE IS YOU THAT YOU HAVE SOME MORON CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR COUNTY AND YOUR SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AND ALLOW IT JUST LIKE THE MAYOR AND HIS CLAN HAVE SHAFTED ALL THE CITIZENS OF DADE COUNTY WITH ALL THE HIGH TAXES AND ALL THE AMENITIES GIVEN TO HIS STAFF INCLIDING PAY RAISES HUH GO BACK AND LEARN A BIT OF WHAT IS AROUND YOU

  7. gary liv says:

    A nd also ROGER KEITH this is in reply to your coment DADE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT OR ANY OTHER DEPARTMENT SHOULDNT GET A LIFE THEY WORK VERY HARD FOR THEIR PAY AND ALSO ARE KEEPING PEOPLE LIKE YOU SAFE FROM HARM AND BEING ABLE TO WALK FREELY AND WITHOUT FEAR OK SO I REALLY THINK YOU SHOULD TRY TO REFRASE YOUR WORDS OK I AM PROUD OF THE DADE COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT AND ALL OTHERS WHO ENFORCE THE LAW

  8. lmmd says:

    Suck up alvarez – yes we will choose and you will be out. Your budget was totally wrong. And you thought you were going to get away with it too.

  9. lmmd says:

    But the point he drove home hardest, was that voters will decide whether his budget, and his track record are worth pushing him out of County Hall.

    Absolutely it’s worth getting him out.

  10. PoliceUnionsSuck says:

    The only idiots that support Mayor Crook is the police and their crooked PBA union. Out with the crook!!. Who does he think he is raising taxes to be able to give his buddies pay raises?

  11. KOOLTOZE says:

    He looks like a sick dog in the picture upstairs. What do you do when your dog is sick? PUT IT OUT OF IT’S (AND YOUR) MISERY!!! Recall the sewer rat, and tell Katherine Fernandez she’s next, if she doesn’t prosecute him and his cronies for misfeasence and malfeasence!!! Maybe, then, the rest of the crook politicians will realize that the public is done with being the only ones in the game who follow the rules.

  12. Michael says:

    We just elected Governor Scott. It’s been one month. All of you are complaining and complaining and not offering solutions.

    Should we begin the recall of the Governor? Should we start the process now?

  13. OFAC says:

    He is running scared and trying to prolong the time to get rid of any incriminating evidence. If he ends up recalled he knows that there will be an investigation into what went on when he was mayor. For example there were approximately 30 boxes they had in a storage on the 30 th floor of the County buidling from the mayor’s office and now there are approximately 12. Jim DeFede also needs to look into phone records for international calls to the Caribbean. A different investigation led authorities to phone calls made to banks on some of the islands and the phone numbers came back to the county and they even had the extension numbers for those offices. There is alot more I would like to share but cannot at this time.

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