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South Miami vice mayor to Pam Bondi: Investigate Trump Institute

South Miami Vice Mayor Bob Welsh has taken aim at the presumptive Republican presidential nominee — Donald Trump.

The main item

At Tuesday’s city commission meeting, Welsh sponsored a resolution calling for Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to investigate the case against the Trump Institute and any affiliated entities and individuals, to appoint independent counsel, and join the lawsuit filed by the state of New York.

In 2013, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against Trump, The Trump Entrepreneur Institute (formerly Trump University), and Michael Sexton for engaging in persistent fraudulent, illegal, and deceptive conduct in connection with the operation of Trump University.

In March, the Washington Post reported that Trump’s aides said that his charity “made a mistake” when it donated $25,000 to a political committee backing Bondi.

Trump recently found himself in hot water when he attacked the Hispanic federal judge presiding over the case.

“With what has been said about Judge Gonzalo Curiel, it shocks me that… [Deputy City Manager Shari] Kamali, and her children would not be considered American, or [Police Chief] Rene Landa and his children would not be considered American…let’s bring this back with teeth. Lest, we not be considered Americans,” Welsh said on the dais.

“I’d like to get it out to the rest of the elected officials in the state of Florida, soon. I think it’s imperative that everybody gets on board with New York attorney general to say hey, ‘Texas and Flordia should not have dropped this.”

Welsh’s resolution was deferred. It would direct the city clerk to send copies of the resolution to the governor, his cabinet, and every elected official in the state of Florida.

Other business

Crimes Against Cops: The commission unanimously agreed to pass a resolution requesting the Florida Legislature to amend state statutes to include enhanced penalties for felonies and misdemeanors committed against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency services personnel due to their employment status.

Animal Cruelty: Commissioner Walter Harris’ resolution, which passed unanimously, calls for the city to encourage a Miami-Dade County ordinance regarding cruelty to animals and to address abandonment of animals in the Everglades.

Tablets: The commission unanimously consented to authorize City Manager Steven Alexander to execute a grant agreement for the purchase of three tablet computers for the police department in the amount of $4,540.

They said it

“Every public official, community leadership, (should) always conduct themselves in a manner where they don’t target people based on their ethnicity,” Commissioner Gabriel Edmond said on the dais. “Needless to say, any official in whatever role, whenever you do that, it’s very inappropriate. As an immigrant myself, I find it very offensive. I hope that leaders in all levels of government will conduct themselves where they don’t target people based on their ethnicity.”

The next meeting

When: 7 p.m. June 21

Where: City Hall, 6130 Sunset Dr., South Miami

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