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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New hat in the District 2 commission ring

The District 2 Commission seat is up for grabs next year and it looks like things are heating up. A new candidate has entered the race. Educator and lifelong resident, Rosa Maria Palomino (left) has entered the race as of  Monday, January 5.

"I am excited at the opportunity to serve this great city. Having grown up here, no one knows better than I what a unique, exciting and booming city we have the honor of living in. Although we have come a long way in making ourselves known through-out the world, the residents of Miami know all too well there is still much work to be done right here in our own back yard. With all of the victories of the past several years, we have also experienced many set-backs to our local community. The time is now to raise the bar! From city services to ensuring open government and community participation, the time has come for our City Government to reach higher – side by side to the residents it serves. As Commissioner, I will see to it that YOUR voice is heard, not the “politics as usual” rhetoric," she said.

Others running are activist Grace Solares who announced her run in November and Grovite Mike Simpson who announced his run in December.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

" one knows better than I

Really.. Freaking politicians.

January 06, 2015 9:30 AM  
Blogger HectorinMiami said...

Don't just stand back and watch as idly as other people decide what your home should be. Get engaged and make your voice heard. And while you are at it pitch in some money!

I fully endorse this message!

January 06, 2015 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon @9:30: Either you don't know what a hyperbole is or you're just a flaming Sarnoff or Solares supporter desperate to find something to attack a competitor with the flaws their candidates have.

Alas, let the games begin.

January 06, 2015 9:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Palomino? Really?

January 06, 2015 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lived in Coconut Grove for over 35 years and must confess that I have never heard of Rosa Maria Palomino or Mike Simpson, before I saw their names posted in the Grapevine as candidates for District 2 Commissioner race. What efforts have they made to help improve our community? What knowledge to they have about the process of government? It is true that just about anyone may be elected to office by raising the most funds, buying the most ads and receiving the most votes. But receiving the most votes doesn’t indicate that they are qualified, experienced, capable and deserving of the honor to serve our community. Grace Solares is qualified, experienced, capable and deserving of the honor to serve our community. Our community would be most fortunate to have her vision to help protect our future. The more candidates that run, the more divided the vote and the greater the chance for developers to fund a candidates advertising budget and generate more votes from those that don’t know better. If there are qualification to be a beautician, manicures, bus driver, airplane pilot, lawyer, stockbroker and doctor, than shouldn’t there also be some qualification to be considered for elected office?

Qualifications of 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 SkyRise tower project.

January 06, 2015 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"hyperbole"? Another genius.. I call it stupidity, enduring the first few words of that dumb self-promotion was stupid too, and even much mo stupider to even pursue retarded political topics.

January 06, 2015 1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The qualification to serve in public office is to be a registered voter with a permanent residence in the district. That's it.

If you mean about the qualifications for a good commissioner than you are asking for someone who has the following characteristics:

Honest, not easily swayed with suave explanations.
Hardworking, a good and proven work ethic.
A Good Listener, someone who listens to good counsel (as opposed to being arrogant).
And surrounds themselves with talent (the source of counsel).
And most important of all, a vision for a great city for everyone (not just their corporate developer friends).

I have a problem with someone like Grace Solares who always seems to be doing something but it never works out. I don't want a commissioner who is always looking for the next dragon to slay or worse looking to become the next SUPER or POWER commissioner.

Our next commissioner should care about keeping our streets clean and safe, providing public amenities that our taxes pay for and taking steps to improve my quality of life. And that's all I want my commissioner to do. No more false bravado or grandstanding. Just do your job.

January 06, 2015 2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on 37th Ave and I know Rosa from her work in re-opening Douglas Park. I also know her at the church where we were forced to vote at after Rosa found an alternate location for us to vote. I can tell you she cares about our community.

January 06, 2015 3:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caring is not much of a qualification, unless perhaps your considering taking in a rescue dog.

January 06, 2015 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


We know, you've lived here so long, have known so many people, and only you are qualified to determine who is qualified to run for office.

You've posted this before, and when you hit 50 years of living in the Grove, someone will mail you a gold watch.

January 06, 2015 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosa Maria Palomino???? Please provide a detailed list of how you would have handled the past issues (Skyrise, Grove Harbor RFP, Park Contamination, Met III Tequesta Circles, FEC Slip, World Center, Omni/Park West CRA Land Giveaways, etc...) as well as what you would do to protect and enhance our quality of life. Otherwise, growing up here helps but doesn't really cut it. How many City of Miami Commission meetings have you attended and what public statements to influence the political process have you made? What editorials have you written? Demonstrate that you have earned the public's support beyond just asking for it.

January 06, 2015 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed all candidates should "Demonstrate that you have earned the public's support beyond just asking for it". Tell us what you have actually accomplished for our community and not just your desire to do so. Otherwise please remain an observer, stay out of the campaign and don't take away precious votes from a deserving candidate. We deserve better than just "Grandstanding and Wishful Thinking".

January 07, 2015 9:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a bunch of jackasses we have living here in the Grove.

May the best candidate win!

January 07, 2015 10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


You may want to add, "how have you dealt with these issues aside from filing law suits." Because it seems that filing a lawsuit or making strident comments at city meetings is how most Grovites go about making a name for themselves.

Regarding "precious votes": The Grove, as usual, well split its votes among the two or three "activists" who run for the seat while someone else wins a plurality and eventually wins the runoff against the weak, cash strapped Grove candidate.

January 07, 2015 12:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The smell of juicy RFP's to come, even bloggers are already salivating.

Freakin' politics. Staying faaarrrr from that crap. ALL are creeps, in it for the $$$, power trips and special "favors", of course. Expect more of the same, decade, after decade.

January 07, 2015 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Teresa Sarnoff loves being driven around by a City paid "sergeant-at-arms" in a nice big shiny SUV.

January 13, 2015 10:54 PM  

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