Letters to the Editor

Ethical candidate

In the Oct. 22 editorial, Herald picks for Miami Beach, you discussed the Group 4 race for commissioner in Miami Beach, and you were kind enough to mention my progressive ideas.

Well, let me tell you precisely what they are.

I oppose Mayor Philip Levine’s ethically questionable effort to fill three commission seats with PAC-funded, pliant commissioners.

That is a plan that would wreck the city charter’s system of checks and balances.

I’m the only candidate in Group 4 who will vigorously challenge the transfer of $163,000 to David Custin’s PAC, which he is using to support the mayor’s slate. We need to restore trust in our city government.

Second, I support the kind of development that minimally impacts traffic and is compatible with local neighborhoods.

And, that I’m the only candidate in Group 4 who has vigorously opposed referendum item #2, which would amend the city charter, opening the door to a very lucrative but hugely out-of-scale project in the Ocean Terrace area of North Beach.

Third, if I’m elected, I will urge that the city commission adopt a professionally prepared administrative plan to ensure that our human, material and financial resources are optimally deployed.

Kristen Rosen Gonzalez, city commission candidate,

Miami Beach