Third Best Choices for City Commissioner No. 4
April 8, 2011 3 Comments
Economist talk about the “first best” (the really best, the optimal), the second best (less than optimal, of which there may be many), but here in Coral Gables we seem to be facing “third best” candidates for commissioner No. 4 (ex-Whithers).
(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
We have Mr. Quesada who has shown is lack of knowledge and, especially, interest and experience in the government of Coral Gables. Too often he has mentioned his “study” of other local government experiences while he has taken a some vague-I will see positions about the big financial and organizational issues of the city.
We have Mr. Sanabria. He also has demonstrated very little actual background in the day-to-day issues of the city, but he seems tough enough to deal with city problems. He has the support of the police union (a negative for me).
We have Mr. Alvarez. He is a totally unknown quantity and, perhaps, this is why he got the support of the Miami Herald.
We have Mr. Rosenblatt. He represents essentially the Miracle Mile business district and rehabilitation interest, has campaigned on things like saving the Biltmore, keeping taxes low (are they really “low”), etc. I think he will be a big spender.
We have Mr. Martin. Seems to be community-minded. Has an unfunded, weak campaign. He is becoming the perennial candidate.
We have Mr. Holmes. Mr. Miracle Mile himself. I don’t see that he has a consistent, coherent campaign program or goals for the city. I don’t understand his positions.
These are truly third best choices, without any evidence that we will get a strong voice of support for the taxpayer and voter after the election.
None of the candidates has pushed much for openness, transparency and participation (basic democratic values) in government.