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Which Miami-Dade commissioner to recall? Activists plan to pick name out of hat


Two groups of activists upset with Miami-Dade commissioners who did not fully fund an animal-welfare plan intend to take the first step Friday to recall one of the politicians.

But there’s a twist: The activists don’t know which commissioner they will target. Really.

Instead, they will put the names of eight commissioners in a hat and pick one at random, said Michael Rosenberg, one of the founder of the Pets’ Trust.

“I think this will wake up people,” he said.

Eight of 13 commissioners — Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, Vice Chairwoman Lynda Bell, Bruno Barreiro, Esteban “Steve” Bovo, Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Javier Souto, Xavier Suarez and Juan C. Zapata — voted on July 16 in favor of Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s proposal to keep next year’s property-tax rate flat.

That decision meant the far-reaching animal-care plan drafted by the Pets’ Trust and supported by 65 percent of voters in a nonbinding ballot question last year would not receive the full funding Gimenez had initially proposed, which would have required a tax-rate hike.

Rosenberg said the commissioner chosen for what could be a long and costly recall campaign — reminiscent of sports trades that include “a player to be named later” — matters less than sending a message to the board four days before it holds its first public hearing on the budget.

More here.