Tuesday, October 23, 2012
So now we have two ethics complaints!
I guess by now the folks over at the Miami Dade County Ethics Commission may be a little of tired hearing from us...
So far we've managed to file two complaints, the first one against City of South Miami Police Chief Orlando Martinez de Castro for sending city business to his wife's tag agency and the second one against City of South Miami Commissioner Valerie Newman for altering an email sent by the city clerk regarding a public records request.
All in all that's some pretty serious shit. From what I've been told the ethics commission is going to come down hard on the Chief and I'm told there's been a flurry of activity regarding Commissioner Newman's funny email business. That's all well and good, but is that enough? Where's the state attorneys office in all of this? After all, we're alleging that the police chief from South Miami sent several thousands of dollars worth of city business over to his wife's tag agency, shouldn't this be a matter taken up by the state attorneys office?
What if these alleged ethics violations happened somewhere other than a sleepy predominantly upper middle class little town like South Miami? Say these ethical lapses happened in a place on the other end of the spectrum, say like the City of Opa-Locka, how would something like sending city business to a government employee's family member be handled? It seems like the state attorneys office has a penchant for nabbing crooked politicians over in places like Opa Locka yet she seems reluctant to go after fellow Cuban Americans in places like the city of South Miami. It certainly doesn't help when the police chief claims to be close personal friends with the state attorney herself.
Regardless, we're stuck waiting for Joe Centorino and his crew at the Ethics Commission to make a decision on these nefarious characters over in South Miami. Let's hope that the noise we've made makes it a bit easier for them to sweep these ethical and possible criminal acts under the rug.