Tough to imagine a worse unforced error in @MayorDaniella's first week than appointing Jimmy Morales Chief Operations Officer. If her idea of "a new day" is to empower the same villains who made us the most corrupt county in America, it's going to be a long 4 years. #BecauseMiami
Everything @MayorDaniella says about Jimmy Morales here is a lie. How she can appoint him to such an important position in our county and be so staggeringly ignorant about his record is alarming. It's like she cancelled her own administration before it even started. #BecauseMiami
For the last 7 years, Jimmy Morales was the city manager who ran Miami Beach into the ground: the city has been paralyzed by corruption, pollution and violence. Exactly what @MayorDaniella promised to fix in Miami-Dade. Here are some lowlights of his disastrous tenure:
2015: @MiamiBeachPD cop Fabio Cabrera violated department policy and executed a suspect on the street during #ArtBasel with an AR-15. He was never disciplined and, instead, got promoted. This is the "forward-thinking leadership" of Jimmy Morales @MayorDaniella talks about?
Miami Beach Det. Philippe Archer beat a handcuffed woman on video, several men, has 55 misconduct complaints for abuse, wrongful arrest and taxpayers have settled 9 lawsuits against him for $500,000. Still on Jimmy Morales's police force: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-beach-cop-who-beat-up-115-pound-woman-and-good-samaritan-sued-yet-again-9045269
The situation has gotten so bad, former @MiamiBeachPD chief @DanielJohnOates wrote a whistleblower op-ed admitting his officers routinely lie to internal affairs. Jimmy Morales and his newly hired chief @RClementsMBPD had no comment. @MayorDaniella https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/12/i-used-be-police-chief-this-is-why-its-so-hard-fire-bad-cops/
Opinion | I used to be a police chief. This is why it’s so hard to fire bad cops.
Police labor organizations have immense power to block the discipline of bad cops. There can be no true reform until we elect leaders willing to stand up to the unions.https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/12/i-used-be-police-chief-this-is-why-its-so-hard-fire-bad-cops/
Just this past Spring Break, @MiamiBeachPD officers were caught running amok, beating and falsely arresting Black tourists on Ocean Drive. This is Jimmy Morales's FAILED strategy to get the declining Entertainment District "under control." @MayorDaniella https://twitter.com/BillyCorben/status/1237933376662679552
After this, @miami_naacp demanded the resignation of @CityManagerMB Jimmy Morales and @MiamiBeachPD Chief @RClementsMBPD. Nothing happened. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article241225286.html
Jimmy Morales helped institute lots of rules to discourage certain demographics from coming to Miami Beach (he'd bring back Jim Crow laws if he could): @MiamiBeachPD cops will arrest people for playing music "too loud" during Memorial Day Urban Beach Week http://miaminewtimes.com/news/naacp-warns-memorial-day-miami-beach-loud-car-ban-targets-blacks-10335673
NAACP: Miami Beach's "Loud Car" Crackdown on Memorial Day Targets Black People
Miami Beach is loud 365 days of the year, and 366 days when it's a leap year. Pitbull sits atop an entire subgenre of pop-rap dedicated to singing about how, at its core, club-filled, liquor-fueled,...http://miaminewtimes.com/news/naacp-warns-memorial-day-miami-beach-loud-car-ban-targets-blacks-10335673
Under Jimmy Morales's mismanagement, Miami Beach has been sued multiple times for racial discrimination. In one case, a 37-year city worker says a supervisor called him a "stupid-ass n*gger" and "the city just threw [his formal complaint] under the table." https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/another-racial-discrimination-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-miami-beach-11354597
For years, Jimmy Morales allowed Miami Beach stormwater pumps to dump oil, dirt, debris, dog feces, pesticides, and other runoff into Biscayne Bay, polluting our waters — so @MayorDaniella appoints him to run the whole county Water and Sewer department? https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-beach-stormwater-pumps-still-polluting-biscayne-bay-former-infrastructure-director-mike-alvarez-says-11207231
Then Miami Beach city manager Jimmy Morales tried to cover it up by demanding $73,000 for PUBLIC RECORDS containing information about the city’s water quality monitoring http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article86939277.html
The @MiamiNewTimes won a public records lawsuit requiring Miami Beach to release audit investigating the local towing industry, but Jimmy Morales continued to cover it up, saying it would "result in significant, irreparable damage" to the towing companies https://miaminewtimes.com/news/city-of-miami-beach-wont-release-2019-towing-audit-despite-public-records-lawsuit-11319706
Miami Beach Parking Dep. is a criminal racketeering organization engaged in a pattern or practice of giving tickets when parking is paid for. Then make it tough to dispute so tourists & locals just pay fines. Jimmy Morales helped parking director Saul Frances continue this fraud.
Jimmy Morales spent $300,000 in Miami Beach taxpayer money to commission an #ArtBasel sand piece on climate change that may have polluted beach with toxic materials #BecauseMiami (Beach): https://pagesix.com/2019/12/09/art-basel-installation-about-climate-change-accused-of-missing-the-point/
The @ACLUFLMiami sued Jimmy Morales for censoring Black artists after he removed their art honoring #RaymondHerisse, who was shot 16 times by cops who fired 100+ rounds, wounded 4 bystanders on Memorial Day 2011 — @KathyFndzRundle cleared all the cops: https://facebook.com/groups/GreaterMiamiChapteroftheACLU/permalink/1291317701259245/
In March, following years of warnings that city pipes are 50-100 years old, Jimmy Morales dumped 1.4 million gallons of raw sewage into Miami Beach waters after multiple breaks ( @MayorDaniella put him in charge of our county's Water and Sewer department): https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article241036341.html
2018: Winmar Construction Inc. and AlliedBean Demolition illegally demolished a building on Collins Ave and 57th St, killing a construction worker after his leg was severed in the disaster. Jimmy Morales did nothing, let them keep working @MayorDaniella: https://www.local10.com/news/2019/04/02/lawsuit-alleges-firms-were-reckless-in-demolition-that-killed-worker/
After declaring an emergency and imposing a "stay at home" order last Spring, Miami Beach city manager and Pandemic Profiteer Jimmy Morales sent out his parking enforcement goons to ticket residents
Miami Beach residents complained for 5 months about illegal “MIA Experience" party house with armed bouncers, luxury cars & porn shoots, warned @CityManagerMB "you’ll be sorry when something serious happens;" then 2 people got shot, bullets hit other homes https://twitter.com/BillyCorben/status/1280257264893509634
The @USACEHQ gave $22M contract to convert @TheMiamiBeachCC into coronavirus field hospital, but it had no Certificate of Occupancy "due to issue with fire alarms," was a construction site not safe to be occupied by the public. Jimmy Morales let it happen. https://therealdeal.com/miami/2020/01/29/miami-beach-convention-center-contractor-sues-city-alleging-90m-in-unpaid-work/
Someone stole $3.6 million from Miami Beach City Hall’s bank accounts over the course of six months and city manager Jimmy Morales didn't notice @MayorDaniella: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article125421019.html
No one noticed $3.6 million being stolen from Miami Beach City Hall over six months
In the summer of 2016, someone started pilfering one of Miami Beach City Hall’s bank accounts by rerouting automatic payments intended to pay vendors and other government bills.https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/miami-beach/article125421019.html
Now @MayorDaniella appoints Jimmy Morales Chief Operations Officer to oversee Water & Sewer, Transportation & Public Works, Department of Regulatory & Economic Resources, Parks, Recreation & Open Spaces, Solid Waste Management, Elections, Aviation, and the Seaport. #BecauseMiami
We elect our first female mayor and first thing she does is appoint 4 men to chief positions. A progressive environmentalist who promised to "reform county government” and she hires Jimmy Morales, a corrupt regressive polluter, who has poisoned Miami-Dade politics for decades.
I reached out to @MayorDaniella for comment on how, in her words, "Jimmy Morales brings forward-thinking leadership...to help us tackle these challenges and build a more resilient Miami-Dade for the 21st century." In the meantime, you can contact her here: https://www.miamidade.gov/global/government/mayor/contact.page
P.S. This was a partial list but didn’t want to forget: Jimmy Morales sold $8 MILLION county-owned property for $10 for affordable housing in Coral Gables’ only Black neighborhood; 17 years later, developer will build a gas station instead @MayorDaniella https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article247077207.html
West Grove was promised affordable housing. So, why are they winding up with a Wawa instead?
The original vision for a prime triangular piece of public land along U.S. 1 at Grand Avenue in West Coconut Grove was to build island-style affordable housing that would revitalize a downtrodden...https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article247077207.html
CORRECTION: We elect our first female mayor and first thing @MayorDaniella does is appoint FIVE (not 4) men to chief positions: Edward Marquez (CFO), J.D. Patterson (Public Safety), Peter Paige (Chief Medical Officer), Morris Copeland (Community Services) and Jimmy Morales (COO).
#BREAKING: @Miami_NAACP calls on @MayorDaniella to withdraw her appointment of Jimmy Morales to Chief Operations Officer: “Morales should not be celebrated, tolerated or promoted to lead any office in Miami-Dade County.”
Jimmy Morales ran for Miami-Dade mayor in 2004 on platform of campaign-finance reform & limiting contributions, took $350,000 in public campaign funding then set up secret slush fund called "Hispanics for Better Government," violating a law he wrote as commissioner #BecauseMiami
Morales lied about the scheme but @MiamiHerald had the receipts, exposed him as a fraud & he lost the election. He was accused "of accepting prohibited gifts, violating campaign finance laws by accepting contributions from corporate entities & prohibited contributions by a PAC."