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Best-seller to officials: ‘How to Kick a Can Down the Road’

Best-seller to officials: ‘How to Kick a Can Down the Road’

Congratulations, Miami-Dade, your county hall has preserved our library system via its tried-and-true fiscal policy: kick the can down the road. If we can’t pay now, let someone else pay…

County can score vital gain as commissioners reverse field

County can score vital gain as commissioners reverse field

In tackling a single unremarkable item, Miami-Dade commissioners last week faced up to lingering challenges that could reinvent county government. Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa promised them broad scope soon at a…

To raise playhouse curtain anew, solve backstage problems

To raise playhouse curtain anew, solve backstage problems

Most people who give it thought agree it would be very nice – good for everyone – to save the crumbling and vacant Coconut Grove Playhouse. Headlines indicate that restoration…

How independent an appraiser? Probably less than he wants

How independent an appraiser? Probably less than he wants

Energetic Property Appraiser Carlos Lopez-Cantera has done a lot since he started in January. He rebuilt offices to be friendlier, issued assessed values three months earlier, created an informal assessment…

More, better taxi service would benefit visitors, residents

More, better taxi service would benefit visitors, residents

A vital concern for Miami-Dade’s economy is whether fixes to taxi service can defeat industry pushback. It’s a stretch to call it “service.” Taxis answer calls sporadically. Many are old…

The hooking of cheap crooks and the ones who swim away

The hooking of cheap crooks and the ones who swim away

Don’t you feel worse about the arrests of two Miami-Dade mayors because the scam was so cheap? Couldn’t FBI undercover agents have trolled bigger bait? After all, they hooked two…

Las Vegas model becomes even worse gamble for Miami

As we await a casino-ready resort to replace the vacant Miami Herald building on Biscayne Bay, a timely New York Times report should make even casino backers cringe. The Herald…

Our governments add costly corollaries to Parkinson’s Law

C. Northcote Parkinson would feel quite at home in Miami. That’s unfortunate. In the long run it’s very costly. Cyril Northcote Parkinson was a British naval historian who wrote 60…

Isolationist bid preference plan a lose-lose county handicap

In a county whose income rests on national and global ties, we act like economic isolationists by erecting contract preference barriers. On the one hand we labor to lure hubs…

Profile: Jimmy Morales, City Manager, City of Miami Beach

Jimmy Morales has close to 20 years of experience in public affairs. Born and raised in Miami Beach, he attended Harvard for college and for law school. After working in…

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