Recall Election for Alvarez and Seijas Set for March 15

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas better beware the Ides of March. Voters will take to the polls on March 15 to decide whether they want to recall the beleaguered politicians, the County Commission decided today. The decision to hold both elections on the same ballot is a significant setback for Seijas who has tried desperately to have her recall held on a date other than the mayor's.

Recall-mania was set into play when Alvarez and the commission approved a hike in property taxes, despite criticism that the Mayor was handing out hefty raises to his staff and other County employees and bidding on a brand-new BMW for himself. Billionaire Norman Braman has financed the effort to recall Alvarez, while a local PAC tried to collect signatures to recall the commissioners who voted for the hike but were only successful in getting controversial and long-serving Seijas on the ballot.

Seijas is no stranger to criticism and through shady maneuvering and a perceived plain-old bad attitude has earned the nickname "Vile Natacha" on Eye on Miami.

She's filed suit against County Clerk Harvey Ruvin claiming he mishandled the processing of signatures that triggered the recall. She urged her fellow commissioners to hold off on setting the date until her argument is held in court, but under public pressure to save funds by holding the elections on the same day her colleagues didn't catch her a break. Seijas may have had a better chance at surviving the recall if it was held separately.

All voters in Miami-Dade will be able to vote to recall Alvarez, while only voters in Seijas' district 13 will be able to decide her fate.

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FBI

WATCHING YOU

Now voters who sign recall petitions, as well as signature gatherers, face not only a legal attack but private investigators -- including former Miami-Dade cops -- showing up at their houses, courtesy of Alvarez and Seijas.

Sounds like intimidation.

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Recall Alvarez
Recall Alvarez

Carlos Alvarez was ordered by the Commissioners to ask the Marlins if they would consider a meeting to discuss giving the County back some of the money advanced to build the Marlins Stadium. Alvarez was given a 60 day deadline. Alvarez refused to make the call.

Recall the bums.

democracy
democracy

and now the county is looking to elect someone that is ten times worst than alvarez and natasha. let's talk about nepotism, cutting salaries to low wages employees to benefit only himself and closed friends. come on we in dade county can't be that stupid to vote for this dirty rat ( julio robaina).

Sadelanghorne
Sadelanghorne

The Federal Govt is just as bad on the kickbacks and jobs for friends/family/supporters. We must make the change ourselves. Love the raising taxes and salaries in this economy. Great decision.

P_Nis
P_Nis

From the Eye on Miami blog comments sections:

"Once we dump Natacha, we can then dump her nepotism trail. Natacha's daughter Justina made $106,378 in FY 2009-10 as a Division Director in the Aviation Department. Natacha's other daughter, Luisa Millan, works as the Division Chief for Professional Services in the Office of Capital Improvements (the multi-billion dollar GOB bond program). Luisa did better than Justina in raking in the cash, making $151,351 off the county in FY 2009-10. Of course, neither job was advertised to public and no one else was allowed to compete."

Uh, anyone in the state attorneys office reading this shit? Feds?? Anyone???

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

straight to jail for Alvarez and Seijas lock them up and weld the door shut

sell there houses ,empty there bank accounts and take away there pensions.

nevernot
nevernot

Couldn't be happier... Now to work on the recall of Sarnoff and Rick Scott....

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