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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why I decided to run for City Commissioner

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

The choice to serve the public should never be about oneself, nor one’s personal future ambitions; it should be about what the words state “Public Service”.


Javier Gonzalez
District 2 is the most complex District in the City of Miami encapsulating a wide range of communities from single-family neighborhoods to a bustling urban core and as a donor District it should be represented by someone who has extensive knowledge and experience in the economic, social and political fabric of the city. As a longtime resident and business owner I understand that local government cannot be run by a ‘disruptive’ business model, nor chasing the ‘low hanging fruit’ but one of thorough planning, sound judgement and strong personal commitment.

Public service is not new to me, as a past elected member of the Coconut Grove Village Council, of which I was the chairperson of for three years, one of my goals was to open the lines of communication with local, county and state officials as well as their staff; through this process, we were able to create several ongoing committees that hold public meetings to inform and update the community on existing /upcoming projects.

Our current commissioner may have good intentions and sincere community outreach, but we need more than aspirations, we need action. We need someone on the Dias who not only understands the needs of the community but who can build strong relationships and consensus to achieve tangible results and real reform. Specifically, his lack of leadership, focus and decision making, has not moved Coconut Grove nor the District forward in any meaningful way.

He had his opportunity and he may talk a good game but ‘the devil is in the details.’ To that end, what has he accomplished in his term?

Great Social Media content?

Now is not the time for more videos, it’s time to solve problems and get it done!

Thank you.
Javier Gonzalez
Candidate, City of Miami Commission District 2

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9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say we are a "donor District". What is that and how does it affect our daily lives?
You write "Public service is not new to me, as a past elected member of the Coconut Grove Village Council, of which I was the chairperson of for three years, one of my goals was to open the lines of communication with local, county and state officials as well as their staff; through this process, we were able to create several ongoing committees that hold public meetings to inform and update the community on existing/upcoming projects". So, that's makes you partially responsible for the realities we in the Grove now face today, is that correct? Jobie Steppe

March 12, 2019 7:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Javier ,never wear sandals on less you are Jesus .

March 12, 2019 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To piggy-back on Jobie's comments, can you please explain what your current business is and how it gives you 'extensive knowledge and experience in the economic, social, and political fabric of the city.'

It seems like one of the problems of the City is that a lot of people think that they know more then they do just because they were elected to some random Board by a 100 people or because they put together a group of like minded friends and call themselves 'activists' they gives them more say in matters that affect everyone in the community.

So please, besides the fact that you run Grove 2030 and sit on the toothless Village Council, can you please let us know what qualifies you more then a Ken Russell to make decisions for the rest of us???

March 12, 2019 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More candidates should improve the debate about the innate kleptocracy in local government. Believe it or not there are no more than a couple of major camps in town up and down the establishment at the city, county and courthouse and they keep their eyes on the big prize because once in office they get away with anything at our expense. The corruption in Miami is sickening and more independent candidate must run for more positions to rattle the establishment.

March 12, 2019 1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Solve what problems and how? Give specifcs, not chest-thumping and empty text. Grove 2030 is completely moribund and the Council has achieved bugger all. Hardly something to boast about.

March 12, 2019 4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have worked with Jav in Grove 2030 and witnessed him in action when he was President of the Village Council. I can attest to the fact that he is a "doer" that gets things done. Ken Russell talked a big game (and continues to) but ultimately panders to a small subset of our community (West Grove) at the expense of others. Ken has some nice small wins when it comes to environmental issues but is largely ineffective. To boot, his staff is terrible. They don't return phone calls or emails unless you are from the West Grove and appear to be completely incapable of doing anything other than setting up a photo opportunity or snappy social media post -- something I never experienced when Marc Sarnoff was commissioner.

March 12, 2019 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 4:17 - Are you ashamed, fearful or have something to hide, friend of Jav? You're not savvy thinking the best you'll have to do is bash Ken. We need more anon.

March 12, 2019 5:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a thought. Instead of pretending you are the messiah that can fix it all and you know whats is better for us, how about you focus on enforcing laws, providing us security and allowing markets to be free. It's tiresome to listen to the same BS from career politicians.

March 13, 2019 10:29 AM  
Blogger wbgoodnightgracie said...

Interesting piece as a representation of qualifications. Without detail it means very little.
The writing is distracting with so many grammar issues.
I would up my game in these categories if I wanted to win any office.

March 18, 2019 9:13 AM  

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