Natacha Seijas

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    February 27, 2014
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    February 25, 2014

    Dear Javier Souto: Cubans No Longer Wield Power In Miami-Dade

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2013

    Arrested Development Miami: The Bluth Family and Their Real-Life Miami Counterparts

    After a seven-year hiatus, cult sitcom Arrested Development returns on Netflix this weekend. Of course, in Miami, a city of sociopathic, vain crooks you might not be aware that a show about a family of sociopathic, vain crooks has been off the air for so long. In fact, since the show's initial cance ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2012

    Miami's Top 10 Political Bloggers Rank Dade's Worst Politicians

    Miche Ratto​This week, Miami New Times profiled the ten hardest-hitting blogs that make life miserable for public officials in South Florida. At a time when the Miami Herald and other media outlets are shaving back coverage of civic and public affairs, bloggers are filling the void to investigate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2011

    Vanessa Brito Sued For Defamation By Seijas Supporter Who Took 'Miami Voice' Name

    Vanessa Brito says she has the right to protect her committee's name.Anyone who followed the recall movement versus former Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas knows the group that sought her ouster calls itself Miami Voice and is chaired by activist Vanessa Brito. Miami Lakes dentist David ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2011
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    April 26, 2011

    Esteban Bovo: The New Natacha Seijas

    ​Thought the recall election would change things at county hall? Think again. If campaign money is any indication, former state Rep. Esteban Bovo is a shoo-in for the Miami-Dade Commission seat representing northwestern parts of the county vacated by Natacha Seijas. And he is beholden to a lo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Special Election for Mayor Officially Set for May 24

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Supermoon Rising: This Week's Five Signs of the Apocalypse

    ​In ancient Greek, apocalypse translates as "a revelation." So what could possibly be more apocalyptic than the giant freaking orange moon due to pop up tomorrow night? After all, it's the biggest and closest it's been in nearly two decades. FYI: the "extreme supermoon" is also predicted to (1) ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Special Election, Not Appointment, Likely for Next Mayor

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Animal Rights Activists Want to "Recall" Animal Services Director Sara Pizano

    ​Miami-Dade has reform fever, and the only cure is more recalls. Following Tuesdays political massacre of Carlos Alvarez and Natacha Seijas at the polls it's no surprise that other groups feel inspired and want to see more change. Now a group of animal rights activists is calling for the "recall" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Ten Other Things We Wish We Could Recall

    ​Even if you didn't think yesterday's recall of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez and Commissioner Natacha Seijas was a good idea, you must admit it was immensely satisfying to watch those lopsided results come in. We posit that it was better than sex. Fornication is wonderful and all, but how oft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Recall Results: Alvarez and Seijas are Gone

    ​The people of Miami-Dade have spoken and they were not ambiguous about it: county mayor Carlos Alvarez and county commissioner Natacha Seijas are out of a job. The total vote count isn't in just yet, but as of right now both were ousted with about 88 percent of voters checking "yes."

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    Luther Campbell Calls For Special Election

    Michael McElroy​Mayoral candidate and Miami New Times columnist Luther Campbell wants to get it on. At the ballot box. Not the champagne room. Now that voters have shown Carlos Alvarez the exit door, the onetime raunchiest man in hip-hop is calling on the County Commission to set a date for anothe ... More >>

  • News

    March 10, 2011
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    March 8, 2011

    State Legislators Want to Take Away Some of County Commissioners' Powers

    ​With an election set in a week to recall Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commissioner Natacha Seijas the air of reform is steadily streaming through County Hall, but two state lawmakers don't just want a change in leadership. They want to see the powers of Miami-Dade County Comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Things Natacha Seijas Said on the Recall Trail

    ​Natacha Seijas is one week closer to her political reckoning, which means she will get only more viciously cantankerous than ever. Since the second attempt to recall her in four years kicked off, the county commissioner representing Hialeah and Miami Lakes has been on a rampage, threatening colle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Tio Luther Campbell Declared Mayor of Ke Fuerte, Cleansed of Bad Spirits

    ​For the second time since announcing his run for Miami-Dade mayor, Luther Campbell appeared on a Spanish-language television program to appeal to Hispanic voters. "Tio" Luke was the special guest on last night's Ke Fuerte show on América TeVé, where he informed hosts Ivan and Carlucho that he h ... More >>

  • News

    February 3, 2011
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    January 27, 2011

    Natacha Seijas Takes Donation From Businessman Once Banned By Miami-Dade County

    ​The top individual donor to the political action committee seeking to block Miami-Dade Commissioner Natacha Seijas' recall is a Hialeah businessman who was barred from getting county work. The campaign treasurer's report for Abre Los Brazos shows that Zitro Inc., a company owned by Hector P. Orti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Commissioner Carlos Gimenez Purposely Delayed Recall Meeting

    Carlos Gimenez​Today the Miami-Dade County Commission was supposed to meet to set a date for the election to recall Mayor Carlos Alvarez. Problem was only six commissioners showed up, because Commissioners apparently find it OK to act like school skipping children. Which means the commission fell ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2010

    Effort to Recall Five County Commissioners Launched

    Comm. Natacha Seijas is one of five being targeted​Billionaire 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 >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010
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    January 18, 2010

    Return to Sender: Commissioners Mail Holiday Greetings on Your Dime

    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 >>

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    October 8, 2009
  • News

    August 6, 2009

    Miami-Dade Property Appraiser Misleads Citizens

    The county's online property search doesn't disclose foreclosures.

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    Land Use and Campaign Contributions 101

    On its corporate website, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod boasts that its land use and zoning lawyers have "literally helped to reshape the skyline of our community." No doubt the influential downtown Miami law firm knows how to persuade local government officials to allow developers t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2009

    County Commission May Create a Cultural Task Force

    Duane HansonAn online petition encouraging President Obama to create a Secretary of the Arts position has collected hundreds of thousands of signatures and media attention, but considering the hard time Obama has had filling his current cabinet slots, it seems to be the last thing on his mind. You t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    Dennis Moss Picks Committee Chairs

    Dennis Moss is done putting together the new make-up of the county commission's committees and I'm impressed with most of his selections. In case you don't know, the commissioners use the committee system to hammer out decisions that ultimately impact our tax dollars, from formulating new ways to ta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2008

    Esto solo pasa en Meeyami

    Today, the last day of 2008, Banana Republican highlights his ten favorite news stories of the year, the tales that truly capture life in a sun-drenched, third-world dimension. 10. Marc Sarnoff's Memo to Himself. The Coconut Grove loving city commissioner has a super secret meeting with Joe Arriol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2008

    Ugly Shirts Keep Florida Delegates Safe

    via eBay Apparently you can buy these things. Last week during the Democratic National Convention the Herald's political reporters were so bored they took to incessantly blogging about the hotel arrangements of the Florida delegation. The Republicans have -- thank goodness -- spiced things up. B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Give Money, Get Contracts, Part III

    When election time rolls into gear, the union representing Miami-Dade County fire fighters doesn't waste time getting into action. According to campaign financial disclosure reports, Dade County Firefighters Local 1403 contributed $500 each to the reelection campaigns of Bruno Barreiro, Audrey Edmon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    Bilo, Borat's Bro, For Strong Mayor

    And why not? Miami-Dade government is about as stable as a Sagdiyev family reunion. I have to thank an anonymous commenter over at eyeonmiami for the headline. It was in response to a post about Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez endorsing Natacha Seijas for reelection, nearly two years after Carlito a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2008

    Give Money, Get Contracts

    As our great Banana Republic of Miami-Dade County gets ready to celebrate Independence Day, I decided to scour the campaign financial reports of Mayor Carlos Alvarez and the seven county commissioners running for reelection. After all, nothing is more patriotic than greasing the wheels of politics. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2007

    Seijas-Friendly PAC Returns the Favor

    When a group of citizens mounted an effort to recall Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas, unions representing county employees, including the South Florida AFL-CIO, rallied around her. Not only did the union provide man power at the polls, they pumped tens of thousands of dollars into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2007

    Let's Talk Corruption

    This morning Parrot Jungle was swarming with anti-corruption law enforcers and ethics watchdogs. Alas, they weren’t there to blow the lid off another public scandal involving Miami-Dade taxpayer money. In fact, no crimes were being committed at the publicly subsidized bird park. Parrot Jungle was ... More >>

  • News

    March 29, 2007

    Behind the Boot

    Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez is on a rampage. Here's the skinny.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2007

    Souto, on a Trash Tear

    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 >>

  • News

    February 8, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of February 8, 2007

    "It seems rational. Wanna bet?"

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    January 24, 2007
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    January 18, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of January 18, 2007

    "How is it that Carlos Rios has a phone?"

  • News

    January 11, 2007

    Letters from the Issue of January 11, 2007

    "Beasley has been working tirelessly behind the scenes"

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2006

    Scary Terry

    "I'll get you, my Patty... And your little dog, too!" This past weekend, Terry Murphy, chief of staff of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas (subject of this week'scover story), was busy protecting his cushy government post. For the past two months, a political action committee has been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2006
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    April 14, 2005
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    January 13, 2005
  • City Life

    May 15, 2003
  • News

    October 25, 2001

    Return of the Bullies

    The school board wades through a smear campaign

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    By the Hour

    It was easy for the county to pass a law requiring workers to earn a living wage. It wasn't so easy making it stick.

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Dan Ricker Wants You!

    He's Miami's premier citizen advocate. He attends scads of boring meetings so you don't have to. He's on a mission. And he's going broke in the process.

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