Dade Commission Tables Braman’s Proposals

MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) -Miami Dade County Commissioners reacted coolly Monday to the latest demand by auto tycoon and newly crowned political power broker Norman Braman. On Friday, Braman sent a scathing letter to county commissioners, chastising them for their plan to place on the May 24 special election ballot a series of charter reforms that Braman opposes.

“I believe the people of Miami-Dade County are tired of Commissioners who are not accountable to their constituents, are tired of being ignored, are tired of slush funds, mismanagement and corruption, and are tired of business as usual,” Braman wrote.

The two items of particular concern for Braman were the charter questions would grant them a salary while setting term limits of twelve years – instead of the eight that Braman and others had demanded – and a move by commissioners to abolish the strong mayor form of government.

“The Commission’s Resolutions do not affect the real reform demanded by the People,” Braman wrote. “They amount to nothing more than a power and money grab by this commission.”

In an interview on Monday with CBS4’s Jim DeFede, Braman stood by his letter.

“The public officials don’t give a damn about the people who live in this community,” Braman said, “and we’ve taken it for granted for too long.”

Commissioner Carlos Gimenez, who is running for county mayor, tried Monday to pull the measures from the May 24 ballot. But he was blocked by his fellow commissioners. Gimenez, who is careful not to anger the public who views Braman as a hero, said he took Braman’s letter seriously – especially regarding the threat to recall more of them.

“He’s obviously a man of his word and when he says he’s going to do something he’s going to do something,” Gimenez said.

Commissioners Pepe Diaz and Sally Heyman both said Monday they respect Braman’s right to do what he is doing – they question the manner in which he is doing it.

“I think that it is offensive,” Diaz said. “You’re saying you are the people. That’s what I’m feeling offended by.”

DeFede asked Diaz: “Will the commission accede to Braman’s demand to pull those [charter items] off the ballot?”

“The people whose demand I accede to are the ones who put me in office,” Diaz responded.

Heyman said she was not going to succumb to Braman’s threats about recalling her.

“You know something, that is an option he has,” Heyman said. “And I am going to maintain my integrity and remember I represent all the people.”

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  1. Phyliss Myers says:

    Truth hurts. Mr. Braman is correct, 8 years is enough. Money hungry, power grabbing commissioners. Broward and Dade are all alike.

  2. DOMINGO says:

    I THINK THESE COMMISSIONERS NEED TO BE TAKEN OUT OF OFFICE THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING GOOD FOR THE COUNTY AND ALL THEY CARE IS TO GET A PAY RAISE AND THEY SHOULD HOLD OFFICE FOR NO MORE THAT COUPLE OF YEARS LIKE 4 MAYBE THEN WILL GET SOMETHIING DONE IN THE COUNTY THEY HAVE IT SWEET AND THEY DONT WANT TO LOOSE IT AND THE TAX PAYER IS THE ONE PAYING FOR THERE MISTAKE AT THE END ALL THEY ARE IS MONEY AND POWER GRABBING COMMISSIONERS THATS ALL THEY ARE LETS CLEAN HOUSE .

  3. LMMD says:

    COWARDS!! recall ALL of them!

  4. Kenneth Karger says:

    RECALL THE SIX THAT HAVE BEEN THERE OVER ONE YEAR. WE CAN DO BETTER.

    KENNETH KARGER

  5. rbwusa says:

    the problem with the commision all along has been no one had the nerve to go against what they were trying to do UNTIL NOW! throw-em OUT!

  6. JAMES says:

    WE SUPPORT MR. BRANMAN 100%.
    WE WANT CHANGE IN THE COMMISSION OF MIAMI
    WE NEED NEW PEOPLE WITH NEW IDEAS.

  7. MiamiVice says:

    I am a county employee and i thought it was crazy to raises taxes and give us a pay raise. We lost between 5 and 12% of our salaries, depending on your job, but at least we still had a job.
    But judge each of the commissioners on the their own merit, there are actually a couple of good ones.

  8. bckrd1 says:

    I too am against them lengthening their stay. That is the problem we have at every level of gvt now. They make a career out of it and enrich themselves while bankrupting us. Throw the bums out.

  9. Antonio Lopez says:

    Let the people vote on a reform!! It’s what the people want not what the commisioners want! NO LONG TERMS, IT DOESN’T WORK!

  10. Amy Rose says:

    Are they serious? Do they really think the local people will just stand by and let these commissioners stay in office for practically a lifetime and just dominate the county with an iron first of power? They need to clean out their ears and actually listen to what they’re saying: GET OUT OF OFFICE NOW! I’m sure Braman will get the signatures he needs for another recall vote.

  11. Theresa Iuzzolino says:

    I support CBS News, but I have to say am disappointed at Jim DeFede’s demeanor on his report that just aired. For him to be scarcastic and to insinuate that the government is no longer in the Comission but in Norman Brahman’s car lot was unnecessary and even childish. If the Commisioners are doing what is ethical than they simply have nothing to worry about. Unfortuantely, the truth is that they have bought their seats and keep getting elected based on ignorance, fear, and racial favoritism. Brahman has done what plenty of us have wanted to do but we simply don’t have the means, I am glad he has invested in our voices (by “our” I mean the people Jim DeFede) and I support his continued efforts in making heads roll.

  12. Ob Lopez says:

    I suggest to vote no on all their proposals on election day and getting started on recalls. The commissioners masks have been taken off by the voting public of Miami-Dade county.

  13. Emi says:

    The problem is not just here in Miami is everywhere. it just greed

  14. Money says:

    You guys are pretty misinformed if you think it’s legally possible to recall the entire commission ! You cant do that because it would literally shutdown county government !! Not to mention the costs !! If you so passionate about this issue , than run against them and make the changes while in office .

    1. Money says:

      Your right but you need a minimum amount of standing commissioners at one time inorder to make decisions . Therefore it would take some time to implement your suggestion . And at 5 million dollar price per special election , very expensive !

  15. Atheist says:

    I’m loving this guy by the hour. Bramen please come to Broward🙂

  16. The Mean One says:

    You guys always say that all the Commissioners need to be recall because they are not doing anything for the Communities. That is such a lie…………. Seriously 99.9% of yall don’t even get out to go VOTE but when something is going on all of you get an attitude. These Commissioners be doing a lot for the Communities, the only reason why you guys can’t see it is because it’s nothing that includes money coming in yall pockets. How about you go to school get an education and see what these people go thru to be in those seats. You can never please HUMAN BEINGS no matter what you do. That is why i prefer to do goods for animals instead of human. Lets take a dog for example; if you feed a dog or have done something good for them in the past they will never forget that. But HUMAN BEINGS are so freaking ungrateful. If a person has done 100 goods and one bad, you guys always remember the bad and forget the GOODS. Ungrateful CRAP…Trust me I work for one of the Commissioners and i know what they be going thru. So before you talk crap about them need to be replace just get involved in see what they be doing. You guys won’t even works most of yall just want the Government to take care of you and your family so mind your food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare…..

    1. Theresa Iuzzolino says:

      @”The Mean One”-First of all I would strongly suggest not including in your argument words such as “yall”, it exemplifies horrible grammar. Second, if anyone on this blog were uneducated about what is going on in the Commission they would not be reading the news and positing on it, 2 million people in Miami and how many people take the initiative to have a voice? Not many , but yes, I do vote. Thirdly, assuming people have no education and are on “food stamps, Medicaid, and Medicare” makes me question how educated you are about raising actual issues, not blog rants. And Fourth, It would have helped your position if you could explain what the Commissioners “are going thru”. I would love to know, so please educate me if you feel like having a formidable argument and not a blog rant. Feel free to respond with any concerns.

  17. THE PEOPLE HAS SPOKEN says:

    Mr. Braman has spoken for the PEOPLE. Doesn’t the Commissioners know that MONEY TALK and BS WALK? Thank God, Mr. Braman has enough money to speak loud enough for all of us. Mr. Braman is for the people, by the people, with the people and We are the PEOPLE. The commissioners has gotten so complacent, they don’t even hear our voices any more; their actions say they don’t believe Mr. Braman is speaking for us and it’s okay to ignore us. I support Mr. Braman’s (OUR) REFORM changes that needs to be put on the ballot before our next vote. And my vote will be a solid YES. I feel the commissioners have a fair option; either listen to us and make the necessary changes or GET RECALLED. I’m a WORKING, VOTING AND TAX PAYING CONSTITUENT. They have not gone through nothing yet until they go through a successful recall. They better ask somebody like Alvarez and Sejas.

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