Call it Farenheit 305. Ever since he released a proposed budget plan that would have shuttered 22 libraries across Miami-Dade earlier this summer, County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has been trying to put out a fire of his own making. The backlash prompted him to find a way to keep those libraries open, bu ... More >>
Six weeks ago, Miami-Dade County commissioners refused to touch the property tax rate, knowing that without an increase they'd have to drastically chop services. County Mayor Carlos Gimenez's solution -- shuttering 22 libraries -- was met with a rowdy public protest. This weekend, Gimenez told comm ... More >>
When Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez warned that 22 of the county's 49 libraries could be closed due to budget cuts, the news was met with loud resistance Dade's bibliophiles. Well, Magic City readers can breathe a small sigh of relief, as the number of closures has been reduced to just four librari ... More >>
With County Mayor Carlos Gimenez changing his mind on a tax increase, it's looking more and more likely that 22 of Miami-Dade county's 49 libraries will shutter next year. After a week of opposition to his proposed property tax increases, Gimenez will recommend to county commissioners today that no ... More >>
The Perry Hotel is about to transform into the modern and eco-friendly 1 Hotel. The $100 million renovation, which will begin in the spring, is a "full gut of nearly everything in the property," according to the property owner, Starwood Capital chairman and CEO Barry Sternlicht. In an interview wit ... More >>
1,209 workers will find themselves out of work soon. American Airlines has filed a notice with the state that it plans to layoff 1,414 people between November 16 and December 16, just in time for the holidays. The vast majority of those jobs will be coming from Miami International Airport. Updated.
The Miami economy got a shock today when the county's largest private employer, the University of Miami, filed a notice that it plans to lay off 800 employees from its medical school. The move comes two weeks after university president Donna Shalala said the medical school was planning on cutting ba ... More >>
At the Miami Herald, staffers are facing two weeks of unpaid furloughs this year and a hiring freeze has left key jobs unfilled for months. The paper's parent company, McClatchy, saw revenues drop 8 percent last year while advertising plummeted by 9 percent. So news that McClatchy has handsomely rew ... More >>
Apparently Jerry Power wasn't joking about Plum TV's sad financial state. The company, which produces local television in luxury markets such as Miami Beach and the Hamptons and for a short while was in the magazine business, announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Meanwhile, ... More >>
North Miami Beach has fired two police department employees after they allegedly were caught in the office trying to cast a Santeria curse on the city manager shortly before mass layoffs were planned. Veteran officer Elizabeth Torres and office manager Yvonne Rodriguez were canned last week over ... More >>
Back when Jerry Powers agreed to take the reigns as CEO of Plum TV, he had to pay Niche Media, the luxury publishing company he sold Ocean Drive magazine to, $3.5 million to get out of a non-compete clause in his contract. Now that he's resigned from Plum TV after claiming he was misled about the ... More >>
Just in time for the holidays, the top brass at Jackson Health System have decided to cut 240 jobs from their rolls. That means 170 people are now out of work just weeks before the holiday season. The rest of the job cuts are made up by the elimination of unfilled positions.
Some illiterate little paper I had never heard of -- and never hope to hear of again -- the South Florida Chronicle -- was reveling this morning in the fact that I had to lay off an employee a couple of weeks ago.Sorry, you simpletons. There were no big layoffs. One person in Miami and one i ... More >>
Carlos Gimenez has Carlos Alvaritis Disease. Symptoms include acting like the mayor who was just recalled. Anyone expecting some radical new ideas from Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez can just forget about it. Just like his predecessor, Gimenez is screwing over the county employees who can least ... More >>
Miami has been hit hard by unemployment, mass layoffs, and foreclosures. Mitt Romney, meanwhile, is estimated to be worth as much as $250 million and is so loaded he's looking to quadruple the size of his West Coast mansion. So it sure was weird when he came to Miami yesterday and implied in ... More >>
Less than a week after the departure of CEO Jerry Power and a day after mass layoffs were announced, the crumbling Plum TV luxury media empire now faces another loss. President Robert Gregory is leaving to take the same position at Newsweek Daily Beast Co. Of course, considering the state he left ... More >>
Just days after the resignation of CEO Jerry Powers, it seems Plum TV is headed for an uncertain future. Plum airs luxury lifestyle coverage on cable networks in a few high-end markets across America, including Miami Beach, Nantucket and Aspen, and recently launched magazines in Miami and the Ham ... More >>
To Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Florida's serious unemployment level is apparently a laughing matter. While talking to potential voters during a stop in Tampa today, Romney was listening to Floridians discuss the trouble of finding work. With a laugh, Romney said he too was unem ... More >>
Just days after hammering out an agreement that would avoid teacher layoffs in Miami-Dade, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho has announced the implementation of the first performance-based pay plan for teachers in the state. Carvalho claims that some teachers could earn more than $100,000 a year, a ... More >>
Florida International University's former Associate Vice President of the Office of Business Services Patti Bamford has filed suit against the school, claiming that it fired her after blowing the whistle on some shady handling of money. Bamford claims the school publicly stated it didn't have the ... More >>
The takeover of Burger King by private equity firm 3G Capital continues to have an aftertaste for longtime employees worse than their cardboard-y fries. The Miami-based, quick-meat chain has laid off 413 workers company wide, with about 261 of those coming out of South Florida. The brunt of those la ... More >>
Burger King's new Brazilian owner, 3G Capitol, just officially took control of the company days ago, and they've wasted little time in cleaning house. At least seven high-level executives at the Miami-based fast food chain have been laid off. The move is surely a sign of changes to come in the fr ... More >>
It seemed for a while that the worst for the Miami Herald may be over, but the paper just announced that they're cutting 49 jobs across the Miami Herald Media Company. Nine of those positions will come from the Herald's newsroom, with another six coming from El Nuevo Herald's newsroom.
Fidel Castro now claims that his statement claiming that the Cuban model of communism no longer works was misinterpreted and taken out of context by an American journalist, but actions speak louder and words as the island nation has announced a major layoff of state workers. At least 500,000 workers ... More >>
via The HeraldPerhaps after a long, stressful day of crunching numbers and contemplating layoffs, some Miami Herald executive decided to go for a walk to clear his head. This being Miami and all, he came across a beggar asking for spare change. Wait, he could have thought, Maybe we have it a ... More >>
A couple months ago, the City of Miami's budget was about as well-balanced as Gary Busey on PCP. The Commission, Mayor Manny Diaz and the city's three unions staged a vicious tug-of-war over who would feel the most pain in plugging a $118 million hole.But as Tomas Regalado prepares to take o ... More >>
Adrien Cegora stood outside Miami Beach City Hall yesterday with a crease in his brow. The fit firefighter wore a red Metro-Dade T-shirt, along with about 50 of his co-workers. They hoped to send city commissioners a message: Indian Creek and Surfside? That's our territory. "Miami Beach is trying t ... More >>
Local The city's preservation board unanimously decided the Bacardi buildings are worthy of historic status. [Herald] FIU's journalism school gets accreditation, just in time for the death of journalism as we know it. [Herald] Two local schools that were close due to swine flu have reope ... More >>
It's a municipal pastime in almost any city to riff on the daily paper -- and we've done our fair share -- but there's no delight in seeing those papers fall apart. Especially when names of the laid off start replacing cold, hard numbers. New Times Broward-Palm Beach's Bob Norman has a growing list ... More >>
Supermodel Christy Turlington just celebrated her 40th birthday and is still booking gigs. She recently spent some time poolside in Miami Beach with famed lens man Mario Sorrenti, shooting the spring/summer ads for Swiss luxe leather maker Bally. Good to know the recession hasn't forced major sup ... More >>
Focus on the Family spent millions battling gay marriage this election cycle, and is believed to be the single biggest donor to Amendment 2 sponsors Florida4Marraige (Homophobe in Chief John Stemberger was awarded the "Family Champion Award" by the group, and has close ties to leader James Dobson). ... More >>
Layoffs, partnerships, and the Net conspire to kill South Florida's dailies.
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The City of Miami's version of the EEOC hasn't upheld a discrimination claim in years