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Monday, November 17, 2014

Activist Grace Solares running for District 2 seat

I'm thrilled at the news that local activist Grace Solares has decided to run for District 2 commission seat when Commissioner Sarnoff's seat is up for re-election next November 2015. Sarnoff is termed out.

Grace has always been a true supporter of what's right with the city and has never sold out or put up with over-development plans or other shady deals. It's a bit late for the mass destruction going on in Coconut Grove today due to a select few lining their pockets, but getting in late is better than not. I really feel that our village will have some sort of protection if Grace is becomes our commissioner. If only she could undo the mess that is Coconut Grove today.

She has always been a friend of the Grove, she has tried to stop the Glass House RFP, trying to keep it from being a commercial enterprise. She has fought against Mercy Hospital's expansion plans and the Related Group mess (300 Grove Residences) a few years back, to name a few important Grove issues. She has tried to protect all of District 2, most recently trying to stop the SkyRise Miami project. Here are a bunch of stories I've written over the years regarding Grace Solares.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish her luck against the Sarnoff political machine. Lord help us if Mrs. Sarnoff wins.

November 17, 2014 7:22 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Sounds like she is the right person for the job.

November 17, 2014 9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question is if she is Hispanic, District 2 has been sort of reserved for non Hispanic non African Americans politicians.

November 17, 2014 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Bryan said...

PLEASE post any opportunities here for ways we can help Grace's candidacy against "The Beard" Sarnoff.

November 18, 2014 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Charles Corda said...

This is the BEST NEWS I've heard in a very long time. I have had the pleasure of knowing Grace for quite some time now. I believe that Grace Solares is completely honest, highly intelligent , very creative and committed to a sustainable future for ALL Residents of Miami. She has an in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the City and knows that the multifaceted responsibility of Government is to balance the needs and desires of the residents, business, and the environment. Finally we have hope that all is not lost in the City of Miami or Coconut Grove. GRACE SOLARES will be a GREAT City Commissioner. Hallelujah! GO GRACE!

November 18, 2014 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace really does care about the city. She has worked so hard for the goals of Miami Neighborhoods United and for the Roads Association where I live.

She would make a great commissioner (she has a big ego--not saying that in a negative-- and she is not selfish which most pols are highly selfish) but unfortunately we don't really elect community activist/civic minded people so I am not optimistic that she would win but will donate to her campaign.

November 18, 2014 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can Grace open up some waterfront, cool down the voracious developper$'$ concrete avalanches, or save Scotty's, or Grove Isle, or lower rental spaces in decrepit Center Grove, get a Grove Trolley going, some free freaking parking and stuff like that? (feel free to add to that infamous list of prayers).

In a this wonderful world of politic$, those would be considered miracles. Maybe, at least, she could stop retarded, laughable, waste-of-money projects like what we just saw at Commodores Fiji Islands there, or the never-ending oval circle mysteries of 27th and S. Bayshore..

November 18, 2014 3:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, She try to stop everything! Why Would I vote for Her? We do not need people who does not like change and progress.

November 18, 2014 3:40 PM  
Anonymous GroveGirl said...

Oh my! City Hall must be full of people with spinning heads. What would they do if she actually won? Inquiring minds want to know. You can't blame Sarnoff for everything. We the people must speak up and let our voices be heard. However, we the people prefer to gripe and cry instead of becoming involved. You don't like the grove today? Look in the mirror, what are you doing to lower rent, change dumb anti-business policies like the parking fee for no parking. What about the Glass House project and the trouble they had to go through to open a small business. We should be speaking up and supporting reasonable, boring things like that. It's not exciting but necessary. So stop passing the buck and get involved. Commission meetings are posted on the city's website. Your commissioner's e-mail and phone number are as well. Not even an activist can make great change without your involvement.

November 18, 2014 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All depends on what you call progress. Losing our waterfront is not progress. Building concrete behemoths are not progress. There is a social cost to all that development. Think about infrastructure expenses. You really think tax revenue will pay for the impact? Sky Rise? The name alone is a hint, as in up in smoke. We are turning Miami into the capital city of any third world country. Is that what you call progress? Because most of those governments have fallen. The economy crashing on the broken back of the laborer while the elite wealthy squander their excess on fur coats for their cats, plastic surgery for the entire family, and poor social graces. Is any of that progress or is it a recipe for disaster. Do you want to live in new Caracas?

November 18, 2014 5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll start taking bets now. I guarantee she will sue the City when she loses the election.

November 18, 2014 6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace has been fighting corruption for years. Sarnoff and his handlers are worried.

November 18, 2014 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms. Grace Solares is not who you all think she is. It will all come out soon so think twice before you jump on her bandwagon.

Just ask yourselves, for all of her "activism" what has she ever accomplished for you? The Glass House, Grove Harbor, and many other fights were still lost. In fact, every lawsuit she ever did herself lost. You would think that if she really cared about our Grove she should have had Sarnoff recalled years ago and saved us the trouble.

And who are her campaign supporters? Pick another group of real estate developers and City insiders going back decades with her. She is as inside as it gets. Just look who she works for and the real estate transaction work they do. Very deep into real estate development (just not the Related/Architectonica variety).

This "lady" is not who you think she is. This will come out. You have been warned.

November 18, 2014 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what you're saying is that she is another Sarnoff. He ran on the premiss that he was an activist and we all got behind him against Home Depot. He was elected and a "back room" deal was arranged. When asked, we were told it was all for our own good and the good of Coconut Grove, but the details were never divulged. Thus, the "Grove Mafia" was born. The rest is history! Are you saying that that is the type of scum Grace Solares is? I sure hope not. Sorry, but I have to remain anonymous as Sarnoff as been known to go after anyone that publicly complains.

Grace, can we get back our Mango Strut if you win?? It has really sucked since the Mafia has taken over.

November 19, 2014 10:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Relax everyone Grace Solares is not the answer. She has financially backed Tomas Regalado and Frank Carollo to name a few. She also does not have the temperament to be a commissioner. Mrs Solares attacks all those who disagree with her, cuban dictator mentality. There will be at least 4 other credible candidates to choose from.

November 19, 2014 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you want to live in Cuba!

November 19, 2014 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And who are you to tell the people what to do with their money? No, I do not want to live in Caracas, but you deserve to live in Cuba!

November 19, 2014 7:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without knowing the apparent merits of the person referenced on this thread, ask yourselves: why would any smart, educated person get involved in the murky, treacherous waters of freaking Politics?!

The frequent answer in defense of some good people: "he/she just wants to make a difference", "selflessly sacrifice and serve, and help others".

Nice and dandy, huh.. and sure, some politicians may have a share of good intentions, but again, freaking poitics??!!

The more probable, true answer incvariably is $$$ and fame. Power trips, notoriety, Ego. And some mo' money and special favors or cute little "privileges on the side never hurt, plus the permanent massage of plastic flattery coming from every direction on a daily basis.

The $ystem ultimately always prevails, bends any original good will from individuals with good intentions who fall in the trap of Politics. Eventually, you will have to sell your soul, or at least, pretend you didn't know or hear this and that..

That's why most talented, competetent people with pure intentions eventually get the hell out of politics while they still can; if they really don't need the prestige or the freaking money. Ask Michelle, and many other former Village reps, or any Washington Black House rookie, who ever ventured innocently into that dark, twisted world of freakin;' politics. No wonder most of us stay as far away from that mess as possible.

November 20, 2014 8:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how much all those lawsuits Solares filed against the City ended up costly us in legal fees.

But now that we know she is the Regaldo candidate, was this some type of "bait and switch" at our expense? Possibly, worse than what Sarnoff sold himself off to be.

November 20, 2014 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any friend of Regaladoland canNOT and should not be elected to rep us, but then that leaves us choosing between "The Beard", and some other nameless candidates with no backing. It's hard to always try voting for the lesser of all of the evils, especially when the lesser evil has the least amount of funds to have a shot at winning. How do we end this terrible cycle?

November 20, 2014 10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon@10:35AM

It's way too early to sit there and say Grace Solares is all we got!

The election is in a year. Expect more people to file.

You will have much better choices offered to you.

And one or more of them will actually have money to run a competitive campaign. You can then vote for them with a clear conscience.

November 21, 2014 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace Solares has spent years fighting for the rights of citizens. City of Miami elected officials and its City Attorney refuse to honor legal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for information.
We need someone with Grace's experience on the dais. No more empty suits.

November 22, 2014 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look at the recent campaign donor list because it screams insider. That's your proof; same dog different collar. This woman has sued the city multiple times costing taxpayers money. Why would anyone vote for a person that sues the city they supposedly love and want to represent? Her employer makes a living suing the city. This is and has always been a direct conflict. Grace is negative and unwilling to listen. It's her way or the highway. This quality is ok if you live 90 miles away. What solutions can she possible bring to the table considering who is behind her?

December 30, 2014 9:37 PM  

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