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.
Miami-Dade Finance Department's Annual Budget Meeting Foodstand for United Way
September 18, 2009 | 1:04pm
Here are some bonus scenes from the meeting.