Hialeah Mayor Julio Robaina Is Running Scared

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Why is everybody picking on me? Wah!
For someone who is the presumed front runner in the race to become the new Miami-Dade Mayor, Julio Robaina is showing he has no backbone. He's been conspicuously AWOL from candidate forums where he knows he'll face a tough crowd and skipped out on his interview with The Miami Herald editorial board. In a letter he sent editor Myriam Marquez and that he posted on his Facebook campaign page, Robaina whines like a little kid who got his milk money taken away by the Gooch.

"The Miami Herald disregards the truth to cast stories with misinformation and erroneous contexts," Robaina writes. "Unfortunately, there will continue to be a great divide between the Miami Herald and our community as long as your newspaper insists on passing off opinions and misconceptions as journalism."

That last dig is Robaina's attempt to put himself in the same stratosphere as the great Cuban American exile leader Jorge Mas Canosa, who once led a campaign against the Herald because of percieved unfair coverage. Well, the Hialeah mayor wishes he could wear Mas Canosa's underpants. But Robaina just comes off as wuss. He's ducking and hiding because he is afraid to answer the tough questions like why he keeps lying about not supporting the Marlins stadium boondoogle when he did.

And as far as all the other scandals clouding Robaina's campaign, he's got no one to blame but himself. No one told him to go become Hialeah's shadow banker, handing out loans at ungodly interest rates. No one put a gun to his head when he "invested" money with a ponzi schemer. And no one forced him to make it legal to put slot machines in every Hialeah gas station. Maybe if Hialeah's mayor actually showed some class befitting an elected official, he'd get the respect he thinks he deserves from the local press corps.

Read Robaina's letter below:

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Guest
Guest

JULIO ROBAINA NO FOR COUNTY MAYOR. VOTE NO FOR ROBAINA. SHOULD BE STAY IN HIALEAH.  HIALEAH IS NOT THE ONLY CITY THAT VOTE FOR THE COUNTY MAYOR, THE REST OF THE CITIES DO NOT WANT   (ROBAINA AS COUNTY MAYOR)  

Hialeahcondado
Hialeahcondado

 A HUMANITARIAN story is receiving little attention because of all the POLITICS going on in Hialeah. Mayor Robaina cut our pool operating hours last summer by 67%, he eliminated our summer morning operating hours and free lunches from 12 of our 15 parks. He closed all parks on Saturdays and eliminated little leagu ...e baseball from Babcock Park. Most activities from our summer programs have been eliminated including field trips. Yet Mayor Robaina DID find money to create a Communication and Special Event Dept. I feel this is more important than POLITICS because low income families have been affected the most. HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE MR. HERNANDEZ AND THE CITY COUNCIL TO BRING BACK SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS?Ver más

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

Thank you for providing this information. Mayor Robaina is not thinking of the hard working citizens of Hialeah. He is wasting tax dollars as we speak by not following the ruling to rehire the firefighters he illegally fired. Those wasted tax dollars (10000 a day) could help fund free lunches and extend pool hours. I assume the new department he created was for a friend. Mayor Robaina does not deserve to be Mayor of Miami Dade County. Vote 'no ' for Robaina'

Hialeahcondado
Hialeahcondado

 Noticia: Julio Robaina no piensa dar el reporte financiero de su administración en Hialeah, lo piensa hacer una vez sea elegido. Ojo mucho ojo, salgan a votar y digan No a los recortes de empleado, No a los cobros sin limites de licencias de negocios, digan no a los recortes de salarios, digan no a las pensiones millonaria de Robaina, digan no a los carros de lujos de Robaina porque esto sale de nuestros bolsillos, digan no a las secretarias de Robaina porque JR les paga sus favores a nuestras costillas. NO A ROBAINA.

Hialeahcondado
Hialeahcondado

 Robaina que hizo usted en Hialeah? Que pasa en los Parques, Bibliotecas, centro de recreacion, en las estaciones de policia de Hialeah? sabian ustedes que las estaciones de policia en Hialeah son las unicas en todo el condado, en toda la florida que cierran a las 5:00PM. los residente de la ciudad no pueden ir a la estacion despues de las cinco, porque las estaciones de policia se encuentra cerradas, por esta razon los residentes llaman y saturan las lineas del 911. Los residentes cuando llegan despues de las cinco a la estacion de policia, tienen que llamar por un telefono afuera de la estacion, el telefono esta ubicado afuera de la puerta principal, esto no es posible. A que horas cierran las bibliotecas?, que pasa los fines de semana con todas las bibliotecas? Sr. Julio Robaina por que no ha mostrado el presupuesto de los 40,000.000.00, donde esta todo ese dinero?, Julio Robaina esta gastando el dinero de las reservas del departamento de agua, porque? estas reservas fueron de 60, 000.000.estamos hablando de sifras de seis. DONDE ESTA EL DINERO? Un buen administrador produce dinero, un buen aministrador sabe como y donde poner el dinero, un buen administrador no gasta las reservas. 

DIGANOJULIOROBAINA
DIGANOJULIOROBAINA

 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 lied 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.WHERE ARE THE FIREFIGHTERS? Robaina is Risking lives and WASTING MONEY!

Hialeahcondado
Hialeahcondado

 El ex Alcalde de Hialeah Raul L. Martinez, en el 2005 entrego  la ciudad al Sr. Julio Robaina con $40,000,000.00, seguidamente le baja el salario a los empleados de la ciudad lo cual suma $25,000.000 y finalmente acabándose todo el dinero, decide tomar todas las reservas del departamento de Agua, lo cual tienen un neto de $62,000.000.00 millones. Amigos estamos hablando de sifras millonarias, en total Julio Robaina ha gastado: 40+20+62=122,000.000.00, La pregunta del millon:  A ustedes como residente y contribuyente de este condado, es inteligente y factible tener a Julio Robaina en el condado después de esto? Después no se quejen estan a tiempo de resarcirse y reivindicar, NO VOTANDO POR ROBAINA, VOTEN CON EL CEREBRO Y NO CON EL CORAZÓN!

Ray
Ray

I want transparency in my next government. Robaina plans to reform the County Charter to restore the public's trust in County Hall. What are the rest of the candidates proposing on this matter? 

eric26z
eric26z

He was an honest and progressive legislator and proven to be a true leadership. Now running for Mayor of Miami-Dade County!. Sounds promising!

Miamianlatin
Miamianlatin

Proved leadership, ethics and transparency for Miami-Dade county mayor.

SunMiami
SunMiami

We need transparency, this is the only way we can know what is really happening with the government, candidates etc.

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

Why does Robaina always try to blame others or never answer a question that is asked. Maybe he does not want the public to know the truth. He claims to want to save money . But it never includes him. (Besides his salary in Hialeah which he is still collecting (Please explain to me the savings he is obviously sharing duties to run for office and still has a large expense account (how is that accounted for) Ask yourself this question Robaina willl tell you DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO.

Salgado5432
Salgado5432

Robaina, Llorente, Gimenez or whoever we elect as our new mayor, we need a candidate that works with the community and their problems. We need to lower taxes, we need to know where our tax-dollars are being spent and a much more transparent government.

Gus Martinez
Gus Martinez

Robaina's principal sin IS not going along with the UNIONS as Carlos Alvarez did with pensions and salaries nor encompassing realities. Mr. Bolano's Sr is a lacky of former Mayor Martinez he has a Travel agency ready to take your money for travekl to Cuba. Mr. Raul Martinez was as is a scum bag so was Chin, AND HE KNOWS IT. .- IN sPANISH DE TAL PALO TAL ASTILLA.....

Thinkfair1
Thinkfair1

You try to scare the public by telling lies. Robaina has no respect for anyone. He will never answer a question that needs to be answered. Wishing people happy birthday vote for me is not the answer. He needs to be accountable for his actions.......

nevernot
nevernot

Actually, his principal sin is being a tax cheat and loan shark, two things that are ILLEGAL in the United States. Failing to pay your taxes while bankrupting an entire city with blatant incompetence is a sin as well. Robiana is a liar and a hypocrite, and should be locked up.

Miami_Ray
Miami_Ray

ReportWaste@KhavariForMayor.com

ReportCorrupt@KhavariForMayor.com

Make a difference!

Juliodecastro
Juliodecastro

“Miami-Dade government is out of touch and must be reformed. We need to lower taxes, cut wasteful spending and end the culture of arrogance to restore trust–after all It’s our government and our tax money. Please lets all help him fight to protect it.” (The American Missile Crisis Veterans Association, Inc.)

pepinelloco
pepinelloco

Hialeah firefighters were unjustly fired by this kook! Now it will cost the poor taxpayers of Hialeah alot of money just correct the unlawfull decisions this knuclehead made! He is not a Reformer like his ads say!

ROBAINA MUST GO!
ROBAINA MUST GO!

Question, wasn't the City of Hialeah budget prepared assuming that both the fire fighters would be fired, and that the illegal concessions forced upon the general employees?? With both these acts of utter mismanagement, the City of Hialeah must be officially BANKRUPT!!!! What a great manager this man is. He is a crook, and incompetent!!! Robaina is all pomp, no substance, and his political career must end NOW!!!

Alejandro Dominguez
Alejandro Dominguez

Running scared or not, we need a candidate that will stick to its commitments and promises. We need an efficient Miami-Dade government helping the community.

Robert Lee
Robert Lee

When is a shopping center vacant land? When the tax bill belongs in Robaina's hand.

P_Nis
P_Nis

Frank, can we recall Rundle?

Robaina Stinks!!
Robaina Stinks!!

He and his friends at the PBA have been hitting other candidates under the radar since before the March 15 recall. He is one to talk. Alvarez, Seijas, the PBA (John Rivera) and Robaina have been in bed for years. The fact that he runs and hides completely confirms who he is. Robaina will say anything to get elected, and will run from any question that hurts chances. Put simply, he is Tony Suprano (loan shark, illegal gambling, money laundering, ponzi schemer) without the testicular fortitude!!!

Ryan McGrath
Ryan McGrath

Robaina is nothing more than a swine who relies on ignorance to run his campaign. The hard-working people of Hialeah have had the shades pulled over their eyes by his staff of misinformation distributors, who spend 90% of their day going to websites that openly detest his lies to spew more confusion throughout the comment sections. Give this blog post about 8 hours and you'll see a bunch of "anonymous" supporters of his campaign trying to turn this around on his opponents.

The truth of the matter is that he can't face up to the questions that almost every major news source has put to him. If you're reading this Julio, I suggest you go to the next mayoral forum and fess up to your crimes. The cover up won't work all the way up to the election, and you're in for a major crash & burn-style end to your political career if you let all of this crap fester.

Everyone outside of Hialeah knows you're a loan shark, everyone knows you pushed through an ordinance to make those gambling machines legal and that your biggest campaign contributors are the owners of said machines, and last but not least, everyone knows you had a hand in putting up that stadium. Fess up like a man.

roger keith
roger keith

The hard-working people of Hialeah have had the shades pulled over their eyes by his staff of misinformation distributors, who spend 90% of their day going to websites that openly detest his lies to spew more confusion throughout the comment sections.

Don't forget to mention the hundreds (yes plural hundreds) of Hialeah loyal employees whom he has also had the shades and paychecks pulled over their eyes unless your a piece of crap cronie. Karma is a bitch for all of those kiss-asses that follow Julio.

This corrupt Mayor of Hialeah should keep his arrogance in Hialeah where the residents are brainwashed already.

The people of MDC know better than to allow this fellow into the deeper pockets of the county. Julio keep your arrogant city manager, mayor, jefe, commander in chief, administrator extraordinarre, and all the other inflated titles you spew off to the public in Hialeah if Martinez allows you and allow a real, qualified individual to do the right thing and therefore job. I'd love to see the huge mirror this guy has at home so that he may put on a show for himself and believe what he says..........

P_Nis
P_Nis

What's sad is that I'm told that Julio has been given a pass by the Feds and will not be indicted. It goes without saying that our local SAO won't lift a finger against him either.

Consider for a moment the crimes he's been accused of, loan sharking, cheating on property taxes, lying on his campaign financial disclosures etc and compare these crimes with what KFR has accused Spence-Jones of doing. Why hasn't she made going after Hialeah Julio a priority? Why no press conferences where she rambles on about public corruption? I guess she's too busy prosecuting the surfside cops that were working second jobs while on duty or the other guys who were running the towing scam...

Hialeahcondado
Hialeahcondado

 A HUMANITARIAN story is receiving little attention because of all the POLITICS going on in Hialeah. Mayor Robaina cut our pool operating hours last summer by 67%, he eliminated our summer morning operating hours and free lunches from 12 of our 15 parks. He closed all parks on Saturdays and eliminated little leagu ...e baseball from Babcock Park. Most activities from our summer programs have been eliminated including field trips. Yet Mayor Robaina DID find money to create a Communication and Special Event Dept. I feel this is more important than POLITICS because low income families have been affected the most. HOW CAN WE ENCOURAGE MR. HERNANDEZ AND THE CITY COUNCIL TO BRING BACK SOME OF OUR PROGRAMS

EricJohnson
EricJohnson

Mr. P_Nis, In response to your letter......

What's sad is that I'm told that Julio has been given a pass by the Feds and will not be indicted. It goes without saying that our local SAO won't lift a finger against him either. Truth be told..... I have made this statement many times: The wheels of justice turn slow but have no doubt they ARE TURNING!!!! Amazingly enough they are actually turning a little faster... Chuga luga chuga luga CHOO CHOO.....

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