Five Reasons Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Is The Wrong Man For The Job

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Don't let the smile fool you. This man can't be trusted.
Only in Miami-Dade County can a politician like Julio Robaina be considered a front-runner for the top elected post. With one day left for early voting before election day on May 24, we've compiled five reasons Robaina does not deserve becoming our next county mayor -- not counting his side gig as an alleged loan shark. Don't be fooled by his slick pompadour and slick campaign slogans. This dude is bad news.

1. He's down with Ralph Arza. Since 2008, when he back-stabbed his mentor and former Hialeah Mayor Raul Martinez in the congressional race against Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Robaina has turned to the disgraced ex-state legislator as his main consigliere. Arza resigned from office in 2006 after he was criminally charged with threatening another state representative who had recorded Arza using racial slurs against then-Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Rudy Crew. A known bully, Arza has been locked to Robaina's hip for the past three years.

2. He's a property tax evader. Robaina built a shopping center in Hialeah and doesn't notify the county property tax appraiser when it was finished. So for years, he got away with paying lower taxes on the property because it was classified as vacant. As a guy who built his $8 million net worth as a real estate developer, Robaina can't claim ignorance on this one. He had to have known he was cheating the county.

3. Illegal slot machines in every gas station and laundromat. Robaina is a tool for the maquinitas racket, championing regulations that made computerized "amusement games" legal in Hialeah. If he is elected mayor, his idea to create economic development will be to allow slot machines from Perrine to Miami Gardens.

4. All his cronies will get jobs at County Hall. Following his 2009 reelection, Robaina orchestrated the removal of his nemesis Alex Morales as director of the Hialeah Housing Authority. Under the mayor's direction, the authority's board of directors replaced Morales with Julio Ponce, a former business partner of Robaina who chairs a political action committee that has collected hundreds of thousands of dollars to assist the Hialeah mayor's political machinations.

5. He is a compulsive liar. I've counted at least five different times during his campaign when Robaina has emphatically insisted he did not speak in favor of the Marlins stadium deal. Yet, we all know video evidence proves otherwise. Robaina would get more respect if he had just admitted, "You know what, I was wrong. The Marlins got a sweetheart deal at the expense of taxpayers." Instead he chose to run with the lie.

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Disgusted
Disgusted

Do not appreciate the 3 robocalls a day I get on my telephone, & also do not appreciate the fact that when I block the numbers, another robocall from out of the area continues to pester me. I WILL VOTE FOR Carlos Gimenez for this simple fact alone. Hope these robocalls become a big reason for people to NOT vote for the candidates that use them. I have not received any from Gimenez, only from Robaina.

Mplongo
Mplongo

Ralph Arza rented an office in the Doral area from which he was evicted for non-payment of rent, and I hear from my Cuban friends that Robaina is known as "So Baina" - roughly translated as "So stupid" ! Nice representation!

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

Vote 'NO" to Julio Robaina. On his way out of Hialeah  he just waste more of the Hialeah tax payers money by giving a job to julio Ponce his crony he was the Hialeah mayor's former business partner who recently received a sweetheart deal to run the Hialeah Housing Authority. Despite only having a high school diploma and no experience in public housing, Ponce was approved for a $125,000 annual salary by the authority's board of directors this past May 19. He will destroy Miami Dade county by giving away jobs to his friends who are not qualified for the postions.

Alexandra
Alexandra

 3 Reasons to vote FOR Julio Robaina: Proven record of accountability and fiscal discipline, will eliminate wasteful spending, lower property taxes and supports Charter Reform that includes: Term limits for Mayor and county commission and prohibits outside income for both.

nevernot
nevernot

3 Reasons to NOT vote for Julio Robaina: Proven record of accountability except for his own criminal acts and ethical shortcomings, fiscal discipline in his loan sharking and tax evasion schemes, will eliminate wasteful spending unless he or his friends benefit as evidenced by the horrendous deals he's backed and continue to push including the Marlin's stadium, lower property taxes and MASSIVE increases in all other taxes, and lies about support for Charter Reform that includes: Term limits for Mayor and county commission and prohibits outside income for both.

Khamael35
Khamael35

The so called maquinitas maintain 30% of mom and pop stores open in dade county. Little do most people know the on average the owners of these mom and pop stores keep 75% of the profits made from these video games. Try and shut them down and see how many retail stores will shutdown in dade county. The only way to control this is through taxing of those video games. 

nevernot
nevernot

If mom and pop stores require slot machines to stay open maybe they should close. After all, it's not people with masses of disposable income playing these machines, rather it's the people that can little afford to spend a penny on something not critical for survival. These machines prey on the undereducated and underpaid, hosting one in your place of business means you are doing the same. They need to be outlawed once again in Hialeah.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Enough with these sleazy rafter scumbags and give someone else a chance in power. No more corruption and no more lies. Power to the people!!!

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

What people Mathew Earl? You mean someone like me who speaks better English than you do? One like me that served in the Army when you where probably still learning how to become the piece of shit that you are? Or, are you referring to someone like me that, by all accounts am more of an American than you are? Are you the ignorant piece of shit that I'm convinced you must be? Did you know that many, if not most of these rafters have more education than you do? Oh, and did you know, Mathew Earl, which I'm certain dirt like you don't use your name, but did I tell you, you useless son of a bitch, that those rafters are coming to this country by choice, not like you who just happened to be borne here. Oh, by the way, I'm a rafter and, man I can tell you that you are a bigot scumbag. Me? I'm just another American whose mode of transportation to the USA turned out to be different than yours, I guess. Stick to the politics and leave your personal hangups at home with your mother, if you get what I mean.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

So who are the idiots that actually vote for another corrupt scumbag like Julio Robaina? You DID recall Carlos Alvarez for this same exact reason. Miami-Dade is for losers.

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

Where may I ask should a winner like you come from? Because you certainly, by all accounts, are a looser too. Do they have your kind in Broward? Or, let me guess, you come from Hendry County? What Miami-Dade County needs Mathew Earl is for you and Julio ROBAINA to get out of town and let some one who cares remain. But, please take ROBAINA with you, so that you can both play with yourselves, chess I mean.

Robaina's illegal ads
Robaina's illegal ads

Julio Robaina is using an illegal billboard on NW 80th Street west of I-95, Robaina has an illegal billboard on the top of an shuttered crack addict hotel. Illegal billboard on an illegal building. Is this how he acts?

Eric Johnson
Eric Johnson

I will make sure I report that Billboard... Do you know who owns the property??  maybe one of his Slumlord buddies... 

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

Slick, did you see the Channel Six report wherein the Assistant City Attorney acknowledged that the shopping strip contained some very serious electrical code and life safety violations, but the City was going to take no action because, "in the interest of the economic benefit of the shopping strip owner and the car wash owner, the City of Hialeah " will overlook the violations." What has the City of Hialeah become? Laws are selectively enforced? The purpose of government is to provide public services to the entire community, not for just a few who are the beneficiaries of political favoritism resulting from putting money in the politicians pockets. The State of Florida must be concerned when a political sub-division abandons the primary, if not the only reason, for the existence of governments, which is to protect the population.

Robaina lies
Robaina lies

Julio Robaina was video taped pounding the lectern demanding all the low IQ easily conned County commissioners vote Yes to hand the Marlins over $3 BILLION (more with debt service). Now Robaina denies what is on tape. Liar.

Carlos Gimenez, Sally Heymann and Katie Sorenson voted No.

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

This article is so true.  It is ashame that Mr Robaina believes this is the way to govern.  He has had many opportunities but has not lived up to the office of Mayor. Vote 'NO" to Robaina  

SunMiami
SunMiami

 It's so not surprising that the same, redundant observations are once again highlighted against Robaina.  Furthermore these arguments are overly exaggerated and misleading. In this article alone the author's bias is obvious throughout the text. Using phrases like "compulsive liar", "illegal slot machines in every gas station and laundromat", "his cronies"etc leave little to the imagination. Try to get some new material, and if you're going to continue criticizing, then get more creative. 

Claudia Fernandez
Claudia Fernandez

 But, the problem you and your candidate have is that it is all accurate.

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

The information reported is absolutely accurate and complete. The various local news media have either initiated or followed up on the same issues. The spin from Alvarado is what qualifies the story as something sad or amusing, depending on your point of view. Let's not take the focus off the reporter and let's keep in my that we want the focus on this maggot.

Hiser1080
Hiser1080

I wish that this article will make headline news in our local TV. People need to see this so that Mr Braman investment for the people is not wasted. How embarrassing that if elected Miami will have another black eye once he is found guilty. Also in Hialeah he has a councilwoman Garcia walking the parking lots asking the elderly to vote Robaina Lago and Bovo. These other cronies have sold their souls to the liar devil and they will pay

nevernot
nevernot

 If that is the case that councilwoman Garcia is campaigning on city time please document it, it's a violation of the law to do so.

GerardMIA
GerardMIA

 I agree, we need a leader and Robaina is my candidate.  Remember, today we have early voting extended hours from 9-5pm. Check for your near voting locations. I voted for transparency, proven record, responsibility and experience.

SunMiami
SunMiami

 Reasons to vote for Robaina: Petition to revoke property tax hike, commitment fro transparency and cut wasteful spending. I'm waiting #25 and I'm sure Julio will fulfill all my expectations.

Conflicts much?
Conflicts much?

Julio Robaina makes $240,000 as Mayor WHILE he runs various side businesses? Sounds pretty sleazy.

Carlos Gimenez is looking better and better.

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

Yeah but Julito said that when he got elected he would stop all those dirty business. Julito is Mr. Clean from HIALEAH.

nevernot
nevernot

The Criminal Rick Scott also promised 70,000 new jobs when he was "elected", how's that working out so far?

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

Hialeah Mayor Julio ROBAINA currently enjoys business relationships with the same individuals who are property owners in the West Hialeah annexation area, the location where ROBAINA and Carlos HERNANDEZ are pushing for the Reverse Osmosis Water Plant. What and Who do ROBAINA and HERNANDEZ have in common?  Money from their friend and associate Martin CAPARRO, the principal owner of Prestige Builders Capital Investments. Did you know that Mayor Julio ROBAINA had active business interest with associates who have active business interest in the annexation area in West Hialeah ? Of course not. ROBAINA and HERNANDEZ would never tell you that. Why do I mention HERNANDEZ? Check Carlos HERNANDEZ campaign contributions from Martin CAPARROS and Prestige Builders. Martin CAPARROS has been contributing to Carlos HERNANDEZ political campaign since the early 1990's, when HERNANDEZ first ran and lost his bid for the Hialeah City Council. In 2005, HERNANDEZ received signigicant contributions from Prestige Builders, owned in part by Martin CAPARRO and Mayor Julio ROBAINA. Now, ROBAINA and Carlos HERNANDEZ returned the favor to Martin CAPARRO with their support and legislation of the Water Plant project at a cool cost of $160 Million. People of Miami-Dade County, do you really think that Hialeah Mayor Julio ROBAINA is going to advocate freezing the Urban Development Boundary line? I think the first thing Julio ROBAINA is going to do is expand the line to the west. Clearly, the Political Cortadito article exposed ROBAINA'S construction brothers. Why would you think that ROBAINA would work against his personal financial interest, and why would you think ROBAINA would work against the interest of his development and construction brothers? Perhaps, this explains why the Latin Builders Association endorsed Hialeah Mayor Julio ROBAINA for Miami-Dade County Mayor before the candidates left the parking lot on the date of the famous debate. WOW, hey Elaine, you did a great job outing this maggot for what he is, a corrupt politician. 

ERIC JOHNSON
ERIC JOHNSON

And one last reason..  HE IS WASTING TAX PAYERS MONEY 

"Mayor Julio Robaina" Julio Robaina Fired 17 Firefighters Illegally.Despite a ruling ROBAINA REFUSES TO OBEY THE LAW! According to Arbitrator Robert B. Hoffman:  The City failed to make any cost analysis showing what savings would be generated by these terminations.Failed to establish the costs savings it attributed to this decision were legitimate reasons and financially efficient. Failed to account for a myriad of costs that could substantially reduce any cost savings attributed to the terminations. Failed to explain why it did not accept the recommendation of its concessions committee to keep experienced employees retained who were in DROP. Failed to include in its decision one other DROP participant who was not in the bargaining unit and would have saved the City additional money. Failed to include non-DROP employees in its decision, who had vested pensions and that would have saved the City an additional 27.4% in contributions. Failed to provide the Union with proper contractual advance notice. Grievance award on: 4/21/2011Based on the above and the entire record, the grievances are sustained. The grievants shall be immediately reinstated to their former positions and made whole. Any issue that cannot be resolved relating to the administration of this Award shall be referred back to the arbitrator for resolution. As such, the arbitrator shall retain jurisdiction for a period of 90 days from the date of this award.Back pay =                   OVER $500,000.00Overtime cost =          OVER $ 500,000.00Legal fees =                 Unknown City will NOT disclose. Daily cost to TAXPAYERS  for Mayor Julio Robaina's  NON COMPLIANCE = $10,000.00 per day. JULIO ROBAINA "LIES" again.  At the May 9th Television interview Mayor Robaina said he was evaluating his legal options and considering to appeal the ruling.  Yet the same day  in a letter to the State Of Florida he stated  that he will comply with the order. The Mayor Extorted the firefighters demanding a ratified contract for their return.Robaina is Risking lives and WASTING MONEY!

ROLANDO D. BOLANOS
ROLANDO D. BOLANOS

The combined education and experience that Mayor Julio ROBAINA has achieved in matters pertinent to public policy is a high school education and less than six years experience as Mayor of Hialeah. 

HERE ARE THE FACTS:

In December 1993, then Real Estate Broker Julio ROBAINA misappropriated $10,000 from a Real Estate client. ROBAINA returned the money, paid a fine, received a written reprimand and was ordered to complete Ethics education.

ROBAINA has falsely represented in his resume and on the Facebook Information page that he attended the University of Miami, Business Management, Class of 88. ROBAINA admitted to the Miami Herald that he did not graduate from the University of Miami. ROBAINA has a High School Diploma. 

On July 1, 2002 Mayor Robaina obtained a $200,000 loan from Felix Sanchez. Mr. Sanchez is the owner of Fedan Corp. Fedan Corp was and is a City of Hialeah Vendor. Robaina knowingly solicited and obtained a loan from a city vendor whose bid he had approved as a member of the City Council. This is a violation of the City Charter and a violation of the State of Florida Code of Ethics.

On September 13, 2007, Mayor Julio Robaina and his sister Teresa Mestre loaned $300,000 to Ana 24, LLC. At the time the loan was made, the President of Galloway Towing Services. Galloway Towing Services had a business relationship with the City of Hialeah and was on the rotation to provide police initiated towing for the Hialeah Police Department. 

Mayor Julio ROBAINA is telling the Miami-Dade County electors that he has never raised taxes in Hialeah. Nothing can be further from the truth.

In FY 2006-2007, Mayor Julio ROBAINA increased Ad valorem taxes 14.92 % - collecting an additional $8.5 Million.  

In FY 2007-2008, Mayor Julio ROBAINA increased Ad valorem taxes 12.01 % - collecting an additional $4.5 Million.

HISTORY OF DEFICIT BUDGET FUNDING:

In fiscal 2006-2007, Mayor Julio Robaina and his City Council estimated revenues at $139,430,298, and estimated expenditures at $151,064,950. A FUNDING DEFICIT of ($11,634,652).

In fiscal 2007-2008, Mayor Julio Robaina and his City Council estimated revenues at $143,023,493, and estimated expenditures at $159,558,486. A FUNDING DEFICIT of ($16,533,993)

In fiscal 2008-2009, Mayor Julio Robaina and his City Council estimated revenues at $135,122,818, and estimated expenditures at $143,672,258. A FUNDING DEFICIT of ($8,549,440).

In fiscal 2009-2010, Mayor Julio Robaina and his City Council estimated revenues at $128,902,336, and estimated expenditures at $128,902,336, a BALANCED BUDGET?  NO. The 2009-2010 Budget contained a ($7 Million) deficit that Mayor Julio ROBAINA deliberately failed to report.On April 27, 2010, the Hialeah City Council approved Resolutions 10-40 and 10-41, which authorized Mayor Julio Robaina to add supplementary funds and to transfer the new funds into the various deficit accounts in order to balance the budget. The REVISED City of Hialeah budget for FY 2009-2010 was $135,876,430, an increase of $6,974,000.

Robaina loves bailouts
Robaina loves bailouts

Julio Robaina was endorsed by the blood sucking Latin Builders Association. What other proof do we need to vote for Carlos Gimenez?

Robaina lies
Robaina lies

I heard Julio Robaina with my own ears lie. Video and transcripts prove he was at County Hall pounding the lectern demanding the County Commissioners divert over $3 BILLION to the Marlins. There is video proof yet he denied the truth. What other lies is he telling?

Guest
Guest

anyone coming out of elected officie in Hialeah is a scumbag, period. let's keep his incompetence/corruption confined there, please.

sdv14
sdv14

 Citizens ask for transparency while some newspapers seem biased and apparently support some candidates. False allegations and dirty moves are not the right way. Julio Robaina is a great candidate and everyday more associations, committees, politicians etc support/endorse his cause and his ideas, we need a leader like Julio.

Iuzzollth
Iuzzollth

If I had $1,208,855 in my campaign bank I bet I could convince people who know people who know people like you to vote for me too. Source: https://www.facebook.com/home....Be educated, not ignorant.

Jmgitern
Jmgitern

You must be on his payroll or mentally disturbed. Will you come to his support when the truth gets published soon. Nah I dint think so

Roger Keith
Roger Keith

C'mon David I mean crony. You are obviously a Robaina kiss ass. If Robaina is so wonderful why is he defying an order to reinstate employees and costing the city thousands a day in overtime. All the articles and investigations can't be wrong. Interesting how no other candidates share the same investigational spotlight. I hope the Federale arrests his fat ass soon! 

Anon
Anon

lmao, stop lying. 

Guest
Guest

you mean Raul Martinez****

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