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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A response to the Sarnoff article in the New Times

I'm not sure how this concerns the Grapevine, but since it came in our email, was marked, "Press response," and Mike is a Grovite and it concerns the District 2 Commission Race. Here it is.

From Mike Simpson, Candidate for District 2 Miami City Commission:

Mrs. Sarnoff (just as her husband before her) is the epitome of what's wrong in Miami today. When a Cervera realtor (sales/management of almost 100 luxury hi-rise buildings in Miami-Dade) gets $20,000 from the Melo Group (developers/designers/contractors of 13 District 2 luxury hi-rises) and $12,000 from the Terra Group (financing/design/construction/sales of luxury hi-rises, most notably the Bar Napkin towers going up in Coconut Grove) in less than 30 days, it's pretty apparent which of her husband's values she admires and agrees with.  Or, perhaps her stances on crime, education and quality of life will mirror her husband's and we can look forward to many lively Commission meetings making homelessness more illegal for the safety of us all while remaining silent as the County tries to close all our libraries?

If Mrs. Sarnoff was going to be a voice for change in our community, where was that input during the eight years she was married to a Commissioner?  Surely she had ample opportunity to affect change then?  Or, perhaps she did, and the Commissioner has been bringing her views of the future of our city to the Commission all along.  Either way, to reasoning people, four more years with a Sarnoff in that chair does not bode well.  The City Commission should be the referees between the various factions inside and outside our community and not participants; they should be balancing our resources, providing direction, and even occasionally preventing small missteps in the community before they become huge, costly ones.

I'm tired of watching our city fall into disrepair and gridlock as special interests divvy up the millions of dollars of our city's revenue into a few pockets, mostly from corporations and companies that aren't even Miami-based.  I'm tired of Commission meetings where the votes are, for all intents and purposes, pre-determined and where the public commentary is merely for show.  I'm tired of projects being approved that are little more than ideas on paper, only to watch as lawsuits and problems that should have been reasonably anticipated grind them to a halt.   I'm tired of a City Commission that seems to forget that our City is part of a larger community, county and state that we should be active in, rather than just worrying about our four walls, as it were.  I'm tired of single-issue commissioners and candidates who only care about the goings-on of their own backyard and forget the rest of the District.

More than all that, like most of the residents of Miami, rich and poor alike, I'm tired of driving an hour to get to my job seven miles away, then spending 45 minutes looking for parking, all because our civic leaders are so busy looking at the cranes flying high above our city that they aren't looking at the problems of the folks on the ground.

I don't care if I raise my funds $5 at a time, what resources I am entrusted with I will use to make sure that the voices of ALL Miamians are heard in our Commission and that their resources are used to benefit the most of us, not just an elite few.

"She thought none of the current candidates posed a substantial threat"?  Madam, I wasn't counting on your endorsement or your vote in the first place.....

Mike Simpson
Candidate, Miami City Commission, District 2

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

"More than all that, like most of the residents of Miami, rich and poor alike, I'm tired of driving an hour to get to my job seven miles away, then spending 45 minutes looking for parking..."

So Mr. Simpson supports building more parking garages then?

March 25, 2015 11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said Candidate Simpson.

Anonymous 11:00 AM

Based on my interpretation Mr. Simpson's gripe is to have a more efficient transportation infrastructure. One which alleviates the congestion of vehicle traffic and thus eliminates the need for "more parking garages".

Last time I checked the incumbent commissioner is the only individual that has supported more parking garages every time he approves another high rise in our district.

Will his wife be his proxy in getting more "parking garages" approved via more high rises?

Maybe you should call Terra Group or Mello Group to confirm an answer to your question.

March 25, 2015 12:05 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

Good letter.

During the next few months on the Grapevine we will probably see a lot of discussion on this topic.

Commenters and letter writers, you will be perceived as more intelligent if you write about the good things that you, or your candidate will do. (Positive approach)

In the United States, most campaigns focus on bad stuff about the other guy. (Negative approach)

It's good that Mr. Simpson will make sure that the voices of all Miamians are heard in the Commission.

He should have mentioned more of the good things that he will do.

The readers would love to hear specific things. For example, instead of saying that a candidate will reduce crime, talk about bringing the number of burglaries down from X number to Y number in a certain zip code. Also tell us how the candidate plans on accomplishing the goal. This will show the public that the candidate has actually done some research on the job.

Also, it give us a reason to vote for that person.

March 25, 2015 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I completely agree with you! It's too easy to criticize, gripe, and pull apart; finding solutions is the hard part.

Also, insulting the residences of your future constituents ("Bar Napkin towers") is not only bad taste, but bad politics. I'm glad Tom posted this because as of now, Mr. Simpson does not have my vote.

March 25, 2015 1:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


We live in a major city. Parking is not going to be easy. Just ask any New Yorker. Having said that, Metrorail has expanded to the airport, there are more free trolley routes, and companies like Uber are offering commuting solutions. So unless Mr. Simpson wants to partake in these, he needs to stop whining about looking for parking.

March 25, 2015 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


First. There currently is no free trolley ride that can be accessed from the Grove. Based on candidate Simpson's information he is a 33133 resident. Second, he is referring going to work not the airport. Third, Uber is a private service, we pay enough in taxes already. Fourth, freedom of speech is our right. You should not try to silence those that actually have the courage to stand up for something.

What solutions do you present? Which candidate do you support?

March 25, 2015 1:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Why is anyone entitled to free parking in Miami? Our tax money doesn't subsidize that, and this is not a Monopoly board game. There are commuting options, all but one of them is free unless he wants to walk or ride his bike; I don't know what city offers an alternative that. New trolley routes are always being proposed, perhaps he should get behind one of those. And what does free speech have to do with anything? This wasn't a constitutional issue.

I'm glad I struck a nerve with you though. I currently do not support any candidate, but maybe you can forward along your candidate's muddled messaging to his staff for clarification.

My regards to the campaign! Simpson's district and competition are challenging. Good luck!

March 25, 2015 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can provide with a list of cities hat do not charge parking. The Metro Mover is free and applying a fee is current issue that is being addressed in the county. Many folks are behind extending the trolley. Any idea why our current commissioner has not pushed to extend the Mercy route to the West Grove??? Stating that someone should "stop whining" is basically an approach of silencing one's freedom of speech. Not every issue has the same affect on everyone. Do you commute to work?

You've struck no nerve at all, it's an adult conversation. I myself do not support any candidate. I just stand up to futile attacks on constituents that have the courage to run and the courage to express their points of views in the open.

Happy 2015 Elections in District 2! May the best candidate win....

March 25, 2015 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would absolutely love to see a list of major cities that do not charge parking.

March 25, 2015 6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually according to many experts, parking should be more expensive, way more, worldwide.

Now don't be lazy, and Google this up.

The only Free parking should be Valet Bike Service.

March 25, 2015 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good letter. Many excellent points.

March 25, 2015 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Mike Simpson said...

I will support more garages as part of a larger plan to allow us all to get where we're going. The current Grove Harbour and SkyRise Miami projects include parking structure plans, but they won't fix our infrastructure issues alone. There will still be huge traffic snarls on Bayshore and Biscayne getting TO the new attractions, and that won't restrict the tourists--it'll keep the Kendallites, the Doralians and the Homesteaders away.

Development can't exist in a vacuum.

March 26, 2015 11:43 AM  
Blogger davegrovite said...

Id like to see these two either get a room or hop into a mud wrestling and settle their differences. Cheers.

March 28, 2015 1:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grace Solares attended the Commission Meeting last Thursday. No other candidate showed up.

March 28, 2015 2:54 PM  

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