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Miami-Dade Finance Department's Annual Budget Meeting Foodstand for United Way

Hooking up a café con leche. price - $1
Hooking up a café con leche. price - $1
Every year, for the past 8 years, members of the Miami Dade Finance Department get together and sell coffee and snacks to the politicos at the Public Budget Meeting to raise money for the United Way. Graciela Cespedes, the Deputy Finance Director, says, "We wait til the coffee shop downstairs closes, we're not in competition with them."

She's talking about the Bottega Express, and don't worry Graciela, this isn't an investigative takedown piece, or is it? "So where do you get all the stuff you sell?" I ask her, thinking it would be funny if they were stealing it from the office. "We buy it or we bring it from home." When I ask if this is how they're making up the budget shortfall Graciela laughs and tells me that their coffee shop raises about $250 a year and it all goes to charity.

Here are some more pictures from last night and early this morning's final public budget meeting. 
Le Menú. Funny that they put a pig on there.
Le Menú. Funny that they put a pig on there.
The coffee shop.
The coffee shop.
A valued customer.
A valued customer.
1:02 a.m.
1:02 a.m.
1:08 a.m.
1:08 a.m.
Sergeant at Arms Jorge Brito and Mariela Gonzales, Director of Cash Management for the Miami-Dade Finance Department
Sergeant at Arms Jorge Brito and Mariela Gonzales, Director of Cash Management for the Miami-Dade Finance Department
The scene, 1:18 a.m.
The scene, 1:18 a.m.
Money Shot.
Money Shot.

 

Here are some bonus scenes from the meeting.

These were handed out to the audience.
These were handed out to the audience.
People watching via tv from the press room.
People watching via tv from the press room.
The Commission Chamber.
The Commission Chamber.
The commissioners decided on some changes to Mayor Alvarez's proposal.
The commissioners decided on some changes to Mayor Alvarez's proposal.
A dance director waits to hear about funding for the arts.
A dance director waits to hear about funding for the arts.
Guy thinking about stuff.
Guy thinking about stuff.
We The People.
We The People.
5:03 a.m. - leaving the meeting.
5:03 a.m. - leaving the meeting.
The End.
The End.

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