Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness made the U.S. Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke responds to a county commissioner's claim that Cubans made Miami. Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto tried to persuade his col ... More >>
A group of animal rights activists want to send a big message to the Miami-Dade County Commission for not passing an animal welfare plan. They plan on recalling one of the commissioners who voted against the plan. They're just not sure which one, so they are literally going to put the names in the h ... More >>
Three years ago, nine Miami-Dade County Commissioner voted in favor of the Marlins Stadium deal, and to no one's surprise a few of them regret the decision. The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson called up eight of the nine and asked them how they feel about the deal now. Commissioner Javier Souto didn't ... More >>
Laine Doss Dim Ssäm à GoGo and Sakaya Kitchen's Richard Hales spoke on behalf of food trucks at today's commission meeting.Earlier today, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed a new food truck ordinance by a vote of 7-1. It will affect about half the truck gatherings, inclu ... More >>
Javier SoutoA Miami-Dade County commissioner wants us to know that $790,000 is a "little bit of money and not a whole lot." During the May 3 discussion concerning the Public Health Trust's executive board, Javier Souto digressed from one of his typical winded soliloquies on the role of county com ... More >>
Comm. Natacha Seijas is one of five being targetedBillionaire Norman Braman's quest to have Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez recalled was officially approved by the Clerk of Courts yesterday. Today, and effort to recall five county commissioners was launched by a political action commi ... More >>
52-0. That's how many times incumbent county commissioners have won at the polls since 1994. And it certainly looks like Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Javier Souto, or Dorrin Rolle will keep that winning streak alive by the time the polls close tomorrow.Diaz, who raised $325,000 to crush an opponent who coll ... More >>
Miami-Dade CountyJavier Souto should have been sent out to the political pasture a long time ago.But lobbyists and special interests know they can cajole the rambling county commissioner to do what they want. So they make sure he stays in power. And even though 71-year-old Bay of Pigs veteran is ... More >>
Bill CookeWhen it comes to campaign donations, Al Maloof drops it like it's hot.Raising cash for county commission and school board races in Miami-Dade is like making it rain at the strip club. The more loot you fling, the more popular you are! As voters start going to the polls for early voting, ... More >>
Miami-Dade Commissioner Javier Souto.Every year, they arrive punctually on the same festive stationary, and every year, they're tossed out faster than stale fruitcake. Well, dear reader, by throwing out your commissioner's holiday newsletter, you're trashing your own cash. Each newsletter costs y ... More >>
My favorite moment in yesterday's nine-hour discussion of the new $2 billion Marlins Stadium came at 9:27 p.m., when Commissioner "Space Cowboy" Javier Souto began defending himself from concerns that Mayor Carlos Alvarez runs him like an Italian train: "My vote is not for sale, rent, or lease," Sou ... More >>
Saturday's Kentucky Derby favorite arrives fresh from South Florida.
"Money used to reverse the rezoning is money dedicated to the preservation of Vizcaya"
These folks want to stay, but soon they'll have no choice
Earlier today, loquacious county Commissioner Javier Souto paid a visit to the governmental operations and environment committee. The former state senator was hoping to convince his colleagues to support his legislative measure aimed at cracking down on scoundrels who pile up bulk waste, such as old ... More >>
"Connolly's a scumbag"
The county may ban trans fats. Nobody, including cooks, knows what the heck they are.
This past Tuesday, Miami-Dade County commissioners took up the issue of the strong mayor ballot. At first they wanted to cut the salary, but then they chickened out. Indeed, it seems every time they discuss this issue, they act loopier than Reverend Jim Ignatowski rampaging through a political conv ... More >>
Santa's Enchanted Forest may be a children's favorite, but for one county commissioner it's an outrage
Where your humble state legislators work hard by day and play hard by night
Think financing a Marlins ballpark is tricky? Just try finding a place to put it
Miriam Alonso may be under criminal investigation but that hasn't distracted her from creating her own city
Judge Federico Moreno "disappears" the Cuba ordinance
On one side are politicians and influential business interests. On the other are environmentalists and some very wealthy private citizens. In the middle is Homestead Air Force Base. Dead ahead: An explosive confrontation.
From the issue of August 17, 2000
Wanna know how county commissioners earn their keep? Don't bother checking financial disclosure forms.
Scenes from a splintered city
Commissioner Javier Souto isn't angry at the homeless people in his district. He just wants them to go away.
Citing a flood of red ink, officials drew a bead on Dade's only public gun range. Now shooting enthusiasts hope to overturn the death sentence.
The ACLU claims Dade County is using a temporary employment law to keep Hispanic day laborers off the job and in jail
Homestead Air Force Base: Hundreds of millions of dollars. An arrogant developer. Nine compliant politicians. A vote taken so late at night you never knew what hit you.
The most lucrative contract in the history of Miami International Airport is about to be awarded to one lucky company
While you were sound asleep, the Dade County Commission spent hundreds of millions of your dollars. Aren't you glad they didn't bother to wake you?
She's naive. She lacks experience. She's too "nice" to survive in Dade's policitical jungle. So why is Katy Sorenson so dangerous?
The Dade Community Relations Board doesn't and isn't very good at relations, either