The Miami Mayor's race is still five months away, but a majority of the city's politically influential power brokers are lining up behind Commissioner Francis Suarez, who is looking to take out popular incumbent Tomas Regalado with more than one million bucks in his campaign war chest. Regalado has ... More >>
Even though both were elected into their respective mayorships thanks in large part to their opposition to the Marlins Park deal, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado aren't on the same page on much else. As Regalado's reelection efforts heat up, Gimenez now ... More >>
As the Marlins gear up for what many predict will be their worst-performing, least-attended season ever -- just one year after opening a taxpayer-funded ballpark -- the wolves are howling outside owner Jeffrey Loria's door. The latest barrage of bad press comes in Sports Illustrated, where former Mi ... More >>
After weeks of speculation, City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez officially announced today that he will challenge Mayor Tomas Regalado. Suarez is only 35, and has spent barely three years on the commission, but his family connections have given him a boost to the top of the city's political la ... More >>
Ever since she beat two separate criminal cases against her last year, Miami City Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones has been quietly preparing for an epic take down of Mayor Tomas Regalado and Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle -- the two politicians she blames for almost destroyi ... More >>
Remember how the City of Miami made some controversial plans to allow protesters to gather in the Orange Bowl when Fidel Castro dies? Yeah, well, the city has never updated those plans even though the Orange Bowl was demolished and replaced with the Marlins Stadium.Don't expect the city to make new ... More >>
See ya, Expo! Miami's finest reality-show filming, mayor-baiting police chief catastrophe is officially looking for a new job thanks to Michelle Spence-Jones's vote.MSJ evidently decided her district's outrage over the Miami Police Department's wave of seven fatal cop-involved shootings this past ... More >>
To sidestep union demands and deal with its burgeoning financial crisis, the City of Miami declared a situation of financial urgency. It is the second straight year the city has done this. The idea stinks. (The text of Martinez's declaration follows the jump.) It gives the union 14 days to nego ... More >>
In today's Miami Herald, you'll find an article by Miami City Hall beat reporter Charles Rabin that blathers on about Mayor Tomás Regalado's allegedly unflappable resiliency. Rabin, late to the game by a week, notes Regalado is facing a recall threat from the police and fire unions as the c ... More >>
Okay. I'll be honest. It was hard logging onto my computer last week and having Mayor Tomás Regalado's face pop up on my screen accompanying an article listing ten reasons why he should be recalled. Every time his kindly mug cycled on the homepage rotator, I thought of my uncles and older cousi ... More >>
Still doubt that the beef between Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and his police chief Miguel Exposito has reached Biggie-vs-Tupac-ian heights? Here's some more kerosene to toss on the campfire: Regalado has just sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to investigate the killing ... More >>
As Banana Republican reported earlier this morning, following our story detailing 10 reasons to recall Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, the Miami police union's chiefs voted last night to do just that. Now, they're not alone -- the firefighters union's executive board has voted to do the same."It was ... More >>
This place has some curious ideas about a hiring freeze.You'd think hiring freeze is a pretty cut-and-dried concept. In the private sector, at least, it means you're doing twice the work because your company can't afford any new faces; if you're unemployed, it means no one short of the organ dona ... More >>
via City of MiamiHours after the Hoedown in Hadley Park, Riptide caught up with Mayor Tomas Regalado in Little Haiti to press him on the $400,000 "bribe" Chief Miguel Exposito says he was offered to resign. This time Regalado argued the deal was a perfectly legal severance package -- negotiated s ... More >>
photo by Tim ElfrinkJohnny Martinez takes the podium at City Hall.Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado tried to sound a reassuring note this morning while introducing Miami's third city manager in six months. The hiring of Johnny Martinez, previously assistant city manager, should reassure investors that M ... More >>
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado and U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen want to make sure that everyone in Miami is counted. The two are demanding that the U.S. Census Bureau recount the number of City of Miami residents they tallied in 2010. The feds say only 399,457 residents live in the city, which is ab ... More >>
Is Miguel Exposito thumbing his nose at the mayor?Miami police arrested eight business owners and confiscated 32 gaming machines this afternoon in an operation that seems certain to escalate the ugly feud between Chief Miguel Exposito and Mayor Tomas Regalado.In January, the embattled chief accus ... More >>
Mayor Tomas Regalado stands in the lobby of the intercontinental hotel and stares up at an off-white marble sculpture that resembles a skewed donut hole surrounded by folds. "You have to say it's pretty," the mayor says. "But I don't get it."
via YouTubeHalloween night in Coconut Grove is a well-known annual mad house, and police are out in full force. Though, this year it seems that City of Miami police officers may have gotten out of hand with their use of force on partying patrons. A YouTube video has been making the rounds in city ... More >>
Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado believes in up-to-date homeless sports fashion.It was a funny, inspired idea on the part of a few forward-thinking Clevelanders: Ship pallets of Cavaliers' LeBron James jerseys -- those that weren't in flames -- to Miami to give to the local homeless. But nothing is si ... More >>
The city's top politician visits new Wynwood galleries.
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once 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 calls out Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Miami really needs to get rid of Mayor Tomas Regalado. It's time to recall his ... More >>
In early April, Mayor Tomas Regalado stood before a packed room of reporters and politicos at the Miami Police Department to praise the results of a sweeping corruption probe. Regalado's corruption probe has turned into a black eye for his administration."This is not another black eye for t ... More >>
Speaking to a jam-packed room of reporters, cops, and politicians yesterday, Mayor Tomas Regalado trumpeted eight corruption arrests as proof of his commitment to cleaning up city government. "For the first time ever in the City of Miami, we have an anti corruption department," Regalado crow ... More >>
At this Thursday's Miami city commission meeting, Mayor Tomás Regalado and Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff will sponsor city legislation that would require elected officials and lobbyists to complete an ethics training course. No one is going to argue that ethics reform is long overdue at 3500 ... More >>
If there was any lingering confusion about why Tomás Regalado chose his old friend Miguel Exposito as Miami's new chief of police, the veteran officer quickly cleared it up at his official introduction earlier this afternoon.Photo by Tim ElfrinkNew Police Chief Miguel Exposito stands with (from lef ... More >>
Miami Mayor Tomas RegaladoMiami Mayor Tomas Regalado's insistence that Gov. Charlie Crist appoint a replacement for suspended commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones is getting ugly.Over the weekend, Regalado and Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff were pressuring Angel Gonzalez -- who resigned yesterday ... More >>
City of Miami Police Chief John Timoney has resigned, according to sources. His resignation comes as Tomas Regalado is being sworn in as mayor. Regalado made firing Timoney a frequent point in his campaign. It appears Timoney beat Regalado to the punch before he could pressure the city man ... More >>
The handful of City of Miami voters who bothered to roll by the polls yesterday sent an age-old but always cringe-inducing message: Cash and name recognition wins elections.via Tomas Regalado for MayorYour next mayor's real campaign slogan: NO!Actual plans for the city? Meh. Not so important.In t ... More >>
Almost a month after Riptide broke the story that likely mayor-in-waiting Tomas Regalado once helped lead a fundraiser for Miami's most infamous terrorist, it looks like Regalado has finally admitted his role on the record.via Tomas Regalado for MayorIf the other radio stations jumped off a cli ... More >>
With a fragile local economy, tumbling real estate prices, a heated debate over a baseball stadium, and bonkers budget issues, the race to replace term-limited Manny Diaz as Miami's mayor should have been a blockbuster.Instead, with just a little more than a week to go till November 3's election, ... More >>
The group that gathered last night for the City of Miami mayoral debate between commissioners Tomas Regalado and Joe Sanchez made Joe Wilson, Kanye West, and Serena Williams look like upstanding examples of manners. Maybe they didn't get the message they're supposed to act civilly for the next we ... More >>
Fight at Miami City Hall. During a budget meeting, Mayor Manny Diaz said Commissioner Tomas Regalado had taken a cheap shot at him. Regalado said the mayor has been living like "the mayor of Beverly Hills." Diaz then reminded the commissioner that his office once spent $25,000 for coffee. Anyway, th ... More >>
Illustration by Alex Izaguirre In this week's print edition of Riptide, I wrote that none of the candidates in the Miami mayoral race will crack the $1 million benchmarks set by Manny Diaz in 2001 and 2005. Nevertheless, City Commissioners Tomas Regalado and Joe Sanchez are shoring up support with s ... More >>
Miami's Mayoral frontrunners struggle to raise money in recession.
And he's doing just fine, thank you.
Miami commissioners use a well-worn strategy to avoid public notice of their sweetheart deals
How did Miami commission candidates spend their excess campaign funds? On family and friends, of course.
Darts and tarts
Notable South Floridians with unpaid parking tickets
Commissioner Tomas Regalado screwed around. Now his felonious former mistress wants revenge.