Carlos Alvarez and Norman Braman: Dirty Dozen 2010

Each year, New Times puts together a list of the sketchiest politicians and unholiest celebrities and weirdest human beings to call the Magic City home. So who made the filthy cut this year? We're releasing the names one by one ahead of next week's issue, which comes with a full-page illustration of the dynamic dozen.

Carlos Alvarez is the kind of County Mayor your college poli sci professor warned you about: A BMW-drivin, staff-raises givin', property taxin', stadium buildin' whirlwind tone deaf to growing voter outrage. Norman Braman is his Bizarro World doppleganger: A billionaire who somehow became the Indian Creek-mansion-owning voice of the people when he poured his cash into a recall campaign. Alvarez is the one who will pay for giving the Marlins the worst stadium deal this side of the Miami Heat, but really the men are dueling sides of the same, endlessly flipping coin: Miami's broken county government.

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Tim Elfrink is a former investigative reporter and managing editor for Miami New Times. He has won the George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.
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