Police Union Prepares Lawsuit Over Recall After Overwhelming Vote to Oust Regalado

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The morning after the police union overwhelmingly voted to back a recall of Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, union lawyers are drafting a lawsuit to force the city to figure out how to make it happen. The problem, according to union chief Armando Aguilar, is that the city charter specifies officials can be recalled -- but then never spells out how to do so.

"It's so typical of the City of Miami," Aguilar tells Riptide.

Aguilar's union met last night to vote on whether to help oust the mayor. Of the 900-plus active members, 448 voted -- 432 for a recall and just 16 against.

The vote came at the same time commissioners held a closed-door session at city hall to decide whether to cut union contracts to try to plug a looming $61 million budget gap.

Aguilar says the vote was so lopsided because his members believe that Regalado has mismanaged the city into its financial black hole.

"I've worked in this city for 30 years and I've never seen it this bad," Aguilar says. "There's a lot of frustration."

Now Aguilar's union must look to the courts to figure out how to organize a recall. Although the city charter states, "The mayor and all other members of the city commission are subject to recall," it never bothers to specify how to put a recall on the ballot.

The city could look to state law, but City Attorney Julie Bru issued an opinion yesterday that she doesn't think Regalado would be subjected to recall under the state provision; state rules apply to "legislative officials," while Regalado is technically an "executive," she says.

Aguilar says his lawyers will ask a judge either to force the city to write a recall provision or to follow state or county rules.

The police will likely be joined by the 1,100-strong firefighters union, which is scheduled to vote tonight on whether to back the recall.

Many have questioned how the unions would finance a recall without a big-money financier such as Norman Braman, who has already made it clear he's in Regalado's corner in this fight. But Aguilar says the unions' grassroots networks could get the job done.

"Just because in the last recall Norman Braman spent a million of his own dollars because he's got money to waste doesn't mean it has to be that expensive," Aguilar says. "We have thousands of volunteers. We could get the signatures."

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Taxpayers get screwed
Taxpayers get screwed

Cops don't even leave their cars when responding to crimes.

When they leave their cars to get donuts they leave their cars running with the A/C blasting.

Who pays? The taxpayers pay.

Good luck?
Good luck?

Are the police union members idiots? 85% live in Broward County and other City's. Many drive taxpayer owned take-home vehicles to commute. Now they want to raise taxes in Miami? Raise taxes on actual Miami residents?

They abuse off-duty and overtime compensation.

Many cops are accused of shaking down business owners.Good luck with that.

Out of town cops
Out of town cops

85% of the police union members live outside Miami.

100% demand more money.

El_Bananero
El_Bananero

Julie Bru is another Regalado puppet. Hey Julie, what happened in that helicopter with Victor De Yurre? I know, his name is Bevin.

Greedy police
Greedy police

Herald reported that only 15% of the police union members live in Miami. So 85% don't live in Miami, they don't vote in Miami and THEY DO NOT PAY TAXES IN MIAMI.

Why aren't the Police forcing the City reduce the pay and benefits for the fire union?

worriedprocrastinator
worriedprocrastinator

Fair? When has the new times (specifically Tim Elfrink) wrote and unbiased article toward Regalado. He is as fair and balanced as FOX NEWS. 

I'm sure he is a swell guy otherwise though.

michael wind
michael wind

miami herald is on the side of regalado,miami new times is more fair in their approach...

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Miamimama
Miamimama

@El_Bananero Regalado needs to be stopped, things need to change for our Miami.  Vote for Tomás Regalado is a Vote for:


Ø CUT IN JOBS
Ø UNEMPLOYMENT
Ø LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY
Ø GIVING HIGH SALARY JOBS TO HIS FINANCIERS
Ø VIOLATING YOUR PRIVACY WITH CAMERAS
Ø MURDERS OF BLACK CIVILIANS AND NO ONE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Ø FIRING OPPONENTS WHO QUESTIONS HIS ADMINISTRATION
Ø FRIENDS GETTING DEALS AFTER DONATING TO HIS CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS HIS DAUGHTER'S
Ø PASSING A LAW TO MAKE ILLEGAL GAMBLING MACHINES LEGAL
Ø THE STADIUM FIASCO PROJECT VS THE HARBOR PROJECT
Ø LYING ABOUT HIS ASSETS
Ø VIOLATING HIS OWN “HIRING FREEZE” BY EMPLOYING FRIENDS AND DOUBLED THEIR SALARIES
Ø ILLEGAL BILLBOARDS
http://politicsinmiami.blogspot.com/?spref=fb


Miamimama
Miamimama

@michael wind Nov 5th, Vote for Tomás Regalado is a Vote for:


Ø CUT IN JOBS
Ø UNEMPLOYMENT
Ø LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY
Ø GIVING HIGH SALARY JOBS TO HIS FINANCIERS
Ø VIOLATING YOUR PRIVACY WITH CAMERAS
Ø MURDERS OF BLACK CIVILIANS AND NO ONE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Ø FIRING OPPONENTS WHO QUESTIONS HIS ADMINISTRATION
Ø FRIENDS GETTING DEALS AFTER DONATING TO HIS CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS HIS DAUGHTER'S
Ø PASSING A LAW TO MAKE ILLEGAL GAMBLING MACHINES LEGAL
Ø THE STADIUM FIASCO PROJECT VS THE HARBOR PROJECT
Ø LYING ABOUT HIS ASSETS
Ø VIOLATING HIS OWN “HIRING FREEZE” BY EMPLOYING FRIENDS AND DOUBLED THEIR SALARIES
Ø ILLEGAL BILLBOARDS
http://politicsinmiami.blogspot.com/?spref=fb

seep
seep

It's currently easier on the Herald's website to find stories on the Miami Blue Butterfly than about the  Regalado recall--even though both stories were published yesterday.

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