Earlier this week, Riptide was the first to report that recalled Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez has now reinvented himself as a championship-winning senior bodybuilder. In case you needed proof that those picture of the former pol overly tanned, super muscled and in something so small we don't even ... More >>
What happens when your political career is blown to smithereens by an angry electorate and a billionaire car dealership mogul? If you're Carlos Alvarez, the former Miami-Dade mayor who was booted from office in the largest recall of a local politician on March 15, 2011, you become a Bizarro version ... More >>
Eleven candidates are vying for the job of leading Miami-Dade County after the disastrous missteps taken by Carlos Alvarez that led to a historic recall. Whoever replaces him has the daunting task of rebuilding county hall's relationship with residents, who these days seem wary of any local polit ... More >>
Welcome to The Chum Bucket.We're a year from the new Marlins Stadium opening, but it's already one of the most hated edifices ever built in Miami. (Just ask Carlos Alvarez). So while we spend the next 40 years paying down the $2.4 billion in interest on this elephant we never wanted and didn't ge ... More >>
Add the position of Miami-Dade Transit director to the increasing number of county jobs the new mayor will have to fill when he replaces recently recalled Carlos Alvarez. Harpal Kapoor, the current director of Miami-Dade Transit who was appointed by Alvarez in 2007, has decided to step down from ... More >>
Clear your calendar on May 24 because we're holding an election! The Miami-Dade County Commission meet this morning and, as expected, officially set the day for the election to replace recalled Carlos Alvarez on that Tuesday. Though, the mayoral race won't be the only thing on the ballot. Voters ... More >>
After Tuesday's unambiguous recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas, could you even imagine what would happen if county commissioners decided to exercise the option to appoint a new mayor themselves? If not a full-out voter revolt and more recalls, at least cert ... More >>
Fox News declares a Tea Party Revolt"Tea Party Revolt: Miami Mayor Recalled," proclaims Fox News' Fox Nation website, while other Tea Party segments of the world wide web take glee in the ousting of Carlos Alvarez. True some of the politics involved share similarities: raising property taxes was ... More >>
Today is it for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, who are on the verge of becoming the first county elected officials to get recalled since the '70s. An official poll and our informal poll show the two politicians are going down for the count, victims of citi ... More >>
Losing a recall might not be enough to keep Alvarez out of office.Don't line up that tag-team wrestling job just yet for Carlos Alvarez -- even if voters recall the county's strong mayor today, Alvarez says he's seriously thinking about running in the special election. Alvarez tells a Wall Street ... More >>
Courtesy Genius of Despair from Eye On MiamiWith the news that Miami-Dade County Manager George Burgess is using county resources to help "set the record straight" about all the great and wonderful things he and his clan of bureaucrats do for us ungrateful residents, Banana Republican thought we' ... More >>
All illustrations by Pam ShavalierThe election to recall Carlos Alvarez is in five short days, but the County Mayor has done little in the way of mounting much of a public campaign to save himself. But it's not too late, there are still plenty of communities within the county rich with potential ... More >>
Alex Diaz de la PortillaAlex Diaz de la Portilla, a former state senator known for engaging in dirty political campaigns, is rounding up votes to stop Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas from getting recalled, according to two sources close to both politicians. In the midt ... More >>
Carlos Alvarez enters the final battle against his recall.Over the next two weeks, we'll see if County Mayor Carlos Alvarez can muster up the support that propelled him to office in 2004 and 2008, as well as giving him more powers. Earlier today, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces dismissed ... More >>
An attempt by local police and U.S. Marshals to serve an arrest warrant on a murder suspect in Liberty City turned into a violent shootout this morning, leaving multiple officers injured -- and two dead in the line of duty. Officer Roger Castillo died on the scene during the gun battle outside a ... More >>
Carlos Alvarez already has a cantankerous billionaire -- and 95,000 equally irate voters -- trying to get him canned. Now the Miami-Dade County mayor can't even find peace through Farmville: His Facebook page is under attack by animal rights activists.
Each year, New Times puts together a list of the sketchiest politicians and unholiest celebrities and weirdest human beings to call the Magic City home. So who made the filthy cut this year? We're releasing the names one by one ahead of next week's issue, which comes with a full-page illustration ... More >>
Mayor Alvarez: 'cat killer' investigation was not a waste of taxes"Cat owners can breathe a sigh of relief today."That was Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez speaking in July of last year about the arrest of alleged "cat killer" Tyler Weinman. The 18-year-old was charged with 19 felony counts of ani ... More >>
Michael MillerCounty mayor Carlos Alvarez (center) helps break ground for the new Miami Art MuseumMiami may not produce delicious paella, world-class wine, or soccer teams so good an entire nation has an orgasm every time its scores.But we will soon have an art museum to rival classy Barcelona's ... More >>
At last glance, more than one in ten Miamians are unemployed and a solid chunk of the rest are proud pledging members of Broke Phi Broke. That's why County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is in serious danger of getting recalled -- and the rest of the County Commission shouldn't be feeling too comfortable e ... More >>
In this week's New Times, we lay out four reasons you should support billionaire Norman Braman's efforts to recall County Mayor Carlos Alvarez. We're obviously not alone in believing the measure has merit -- Braman announced last night that more than 90,000 folks in Dade County have already signe ... More >>
In today's news roundup: Mayor Carlos Alvarez is not going to take Norman Braman's recall efforts lightly, UM students react to Tyler Clemente's suicide, a man is shot on the Palmetto, a worker is shocked on South Beach, and the Marlins have gone to the dogs.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez hasn't said a peep about the corrupt actions of some of his close friends in the Miami-Dade Police Department, which speaks volumes about hizzoner's willingness to combat violations of the public trust when it involves his boys in brown. It's time for Alvare ... More >>
photo by Kai Mork, via Wikimedia CommonsAlvarez has been known to favor expensive BMWs like this.You know that fancy new BMW Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez drives around town? The one that you, Miami-Dade taxpayer, helped pay for? Well, it seems it was in a bit of a fender-bender today. Alvarez was ... More >>
Sure, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is king of a county where the hospital is bankrupt, one in ten residents doesn't have a job, and mortgage fraud is the only growth industry.photo by Kai Mork, via Wikimedia CommonsIt's easier to ride through decaying neighborhoods of unemployed constituents ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreTomorrow evening, Miami-Dade County Commissioners will finally set the budget for the upcoming year. We already know that Mayor Carlos Alvarez is proposing some seriously draconian cuts and will make good on his promise to lay of 1,700 employees, which does not bode well for south F ... More >>
Alex Izaguirre Kudos to Miami Herald reporters Matt Haggman and Scott Dolan who today whacked Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez really good. Turns out our dear alcalde fuerte was doling out raises to his favored employees while he takes the axe to the rest of the county budget. Of course, don't for ... More >>
Jacob KatelFarm Share clientsFarm Share is a non-profit organization that provides food directly to 6,500 families a month. They also work with 250 agencies to distribute fresh produce, donated goods, and USDA commodities to people all over Florida. Mayor Carlos Alvarez's budget proposal for 2009 ... More >>
Miami-Dade County execs drive expensive cars on the taxpayers' dime.
The more Riptide dissects Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez's proposed budget cuts in order to make up a $427 million shortfall, the more we realize el alcalde fuerte is not gonna mess with his executive staff's perks. The mayor's spokeswoman, Vicki Mallette, confirmed Alvarez will not ax the ... More >>
Alex IzaguirreUPDATE: Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County spokeswoman Vicki Mallette responded to my earlier report regarding executive salaries. I apologize to my readers for not posting her response sooner.She insisted that Alvarez is proposing in the budget a ten percent reduction to the coun ... More >>
When in doubt, pay the chiefs and forget the workers.
County Mayor Carlos Alvarez is now proposing sweeping pay cuts for municipal workers. [Herald]Marco Rubio finds it just hurtful and disrespectful when you whisper things about him behind is back ...like that he may drop out of the senate race and run for AG. [NakedPolitics]West 8 has officially been ... More >>
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