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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Kick-off party for Grace Solares

Grace Solares
There's a kick-off party for Grace Solares who is running for City Commission, District 2, on Thursday, January 22 from 6 to 8 pm.

The party is at The Garrett, at the Grand Central Miami club, 697 North Miami Avenue.

Activist and artist, Brad Knoefler, who owns Grand Central Miami and the man behind Grand Central Park, who is hosting Grace's party says: "In the past eight years we've gotten the Marlins Stadium debacle, hundreds of millions of handouts to billionaires, and no advocate at all for the issues of concern to residents (traffic, quality of life, parks, etc.)"

Brad says that it's time for a change from "elitist, exclusivist policies with closed door deals with our tax money."

"Please join us to support Grace Solares, the ONLY viable candidate for District 2. For years she has been a tireless supporter of the community and spoken out consistently for residents, parks and quality of life issues. She is not afraid to put here money where her mouth is by using the legal system to check corruption when the political process has failed."

Others running are Mike SimpsonRosa Maria Polamino and Teresa Sarnoff

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the Marlins Stadium! Great for the city and the people!

January 18, 2015 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Grace Solares
• President of Urban Environment League
• Former President of Miami Neighborhoods United
• Fought against Mercy Hospital/Related Group
illegal spot zoning for massive condo project.
• Fought to make RFP process fair for
Scotty’s Landing/Chart House/Grove Boat Storage.
• Fought to make RFP process fair for Peacock Park
Glass House.
• Fought against subsidizing Marlins Stadium
• Fought against Global Agreement.
• Fought against Museums in Bicentennial Park.
• Fought against SkyRise tower project.
• University of Miami, History Major, Magna Cum Laude,
and Phi Beta Kappa.

Teresa Sarnoff
• Nepotism

Mike Simpson
• ???

Rosa Maria Polamino
• ???

Nepotism is a common accusation in politics when the relative of a powerful figure ascends to similar power seemingly without appropriate qualifications. Teresa is related through marriage and blatantly unqualified for any government office weather appointed or elected. It is shameful, humiliating and a betrayal of trust to think that any elected leader would be so greedy to hold power, so arrogant to think deserving and so miscalculating of our citizens concerns, to even suggest that their spouse should inherit their political office.

January 18, 2015 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Her Grace does not have the staying power to win this. I doubt she can raise any money or even get 1,000 votes.

Campaigns are not about qualifications. They are about money and work. Grace can't do that.

Time will show who the real anti-Sarnoff will be.

January 18, 2015 7:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was going to support Grace until I met Rosy Palomino yesterday. She is a lovely lady with a great vision of what our Grove can be. She told me that her first act of as commissioner would be to hold a series of townhall meetings were the public can voice their concerns and let us decide which problem is the most important to tackle first. She said that creating safe bike paths and improving our park spaces was on the top of her list of priorities and her passion.

Let's elect someone born and raised in the Grove!

January 18, 2015 7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a minute. She's not launching her campaign in the Grove. Big mistake! You can't win without us!

And I hope it doesn't show that she'll ignore us just like the current commissioner since no Grove establishment is good enough for her.

January 18, 2015 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brad is looking to control the omni cra and millions of public dollars. Its not a good sign for Solares to be associated with a developer known use city police to disrupt Wynwood events and was himself arrested for criminal trespass. Google Miami Worldcenter Developer Arrested.

January 18, 2015 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


And you can't win the race with just the Grove. Ask Michelle Niemeyer.

January 18, 2015 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah.. the RFP leeches out there so early on, salivating upon a piece of the pie, or at least a couple special "favors."

January 19, 2015 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why don't you try your hand at typing an original post. That has to be the third or fourth time you've made that comment. Post something relevant to the article or thread.

January 19, 2015 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is highly unlikely that Grace Solares has a chance in this election. Her frivolous lawsuits have angered the powers that be. The City of Miami residents are also probably not too happy having their tax dollars being spent to defend against her cases which have absolutely no merit and are designed to promote her image. Hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars spent in court just to get her name in the papers. Shame on Grace Solares.

January 19, 2015 4:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@4:47 Let start over and try not to misrepresent the facts. Unfortunately, when our elected officials and city employees choose to disregard the laws then there are few options. One option is to file a lawsuit and ask a judge to rule on the propriety of the case. The other is to not reelect those politicians who continually subvert the intent of the laws that govern our city. Grace Solares is stepping up on both counts. Her lawsuit re the Grove Harbor project is to require the City to follow the City Charter which requires there to be a minimum of 3 respondents to an RFP for waterfront property. Additionally, it requires there to be a a minimum of 2 independent appraisals to determine what fair market value is for the property and finally the initial term of the lease can not be more than five years. This is what our City Charter requires and Sarnoff and the city staff decided to do what they wanted and then hide behind a referendum process to argue that the voters approved it so it's OK. It's egregious beyond belief that the City would agree to accept only one respondent for such prime waterfront real estate. Our community is fortunate to have individuals like Grace Solares who at significant expense in both time and money file lawsuits to force the City to follow their own rules and laws. Perhaps Sarnoff, instead of complaining about the delays and costs of these "frivolous" lawsuits, should have been directing his staff and the City's staff to follow the law initially and do a better job writing and advertising the RFP and attracting top quality developers to redevelop our waterfront. Instead we got a deal that was put together in the back room with the same developer that already controls the adjacent waterfront property. How convenient but how sad for the taxpayers of Miami. This is only one example of Sarnoff manipulating the process. Vote for Teresa if you want the same back room dealings to a select group of political insiders or vote for someone like Grace Solares who will follow the rule of law and the wishes of the voters.

January 20, 2015 5:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And yet the courts have decided in the City's favor regarding the RFP. You just proved my point.

January 20, 2015 6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot the 3rd measure of curbing corruption: RECALL!

We should have recalled Sarnoff long ago. Solares said she would but apparently made some backdoor deal to not do that.

Same game, same type, all hype. Sarnoff and Solares.

January 20, 2015 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace Solares is far more qualified to be commissioner than Marc Sarnoff ever was.

January 20, 2015 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Divide & Conquer

You will recall the 2000 presidential election when the candidates included George W. Bush (GOP), Al Gore (Dem.) and Ralph Nader (Green Party).

For those disenchanted with both major parties , they felt good casting their vote for Nader. But that euphoria was soon lost when they realized that W won by a slim margin of 537 votes.

Needless to say Nader will forever be known as the “Spoiler” that helped elect W.

District 2 Commissioner race is facing a similar scenario. Some citizens will feel great about voting for Mike Simpson or Rosa Maria Polamino. But I guarantee they will be most unhappy if Teresa Sarnoff gets elected and inherits her husband’s office, chief-of-staff, polices and developer pals.

There is no doubt that Mike and Rosa truly care about our community and really don’t want another Sarnoff at City Hall. They should indeed voice their concerns and express their vision for our future. But they should also offer their support to Grace Solares or risk the chance of forever being known as “Spoilers” that helped elect Teresa.

January 22, 2015 10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

... Or better yet. Grace Solares should back out and support one of the others. I don't think she has any chance at winning this election.

January 22, 2015 2:57 PM  
Anonymous Gabriel Mendoza said...

We live in a district that has over 41,000 registered voters. In the 2011 District 2 race for commissioner a total of 4,667 voted of which the incumbent commissioner won with 2,456. This lack of engagement fosters our political environment, where only a few voices engage in the discourse of the dialogue and determine its outcome. Ten percent of the electorate grant the special interests on both sides the power to define the vision and purpose of our dynamic district. With the engagement of more constituents, diverse ideas flow and measures are implemented based on our collective interests.

Gabriel Mendoza

January 22, 2015 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good point, Mr. Mendoza.

January 22, 2015 5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Williams Alfred Armbrister Sr.
Percent of total votes
3.49% 190
Kate Callahan
Percent of total votes
19.58% 1,067
Donna Milo
Percent of total votes
14.48% 789
Michelle Melin Niemeyer
Percent of total votes
9.74% 531
Marc Sarnoff
Percent of total votes
52.72% 2,873

January 22, 2015 5:38 PM  

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