Members-Only Event: GGG Town Hall with Commissioner Kirk Menendez

Gables Good Government Committee
Members-Only Event*

GGG Town Hall with Commissioner Kirk Menendez

GGG members will have the opportunity for a conversation with Commissioner Menendez on the current issues of concern to Coral Gables residents.


Wednesday, January 31, 2024
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
5:30 – 6:00  p.m. – Refreshments
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Program/Q & A


Coral Gables Congregational Church
Fellowship Hall, 3010 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables
(Parking is available in front of church.)


REGISTRATION REQUIRED by January 30, 2024: Click box below; Email gablesgoodgov@gmail.com; or Call GGG President Susi Davis at (305) 582-5827.

THIS IS A MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT


RSVP TO 1-31-2024 TOWN HALL

    Yes I am attending the event Jan 31 2024 with Kirk Menendez

    Members-Only Event: Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson

    GGG Members-Only Event 

    Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson
    Coral Gables City Commissioner

    GGG members will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with

    Vice Mayor Anderson on issues of concern for Coral Gables residents.

    Tuesday, November 28, 2023

    5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
    5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Refreshments  
    6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Program/Q & A
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    Coral Gables Congregational Church
    Fellowship Hall, 3010 De Soto Blvd, Coral Gables
    (Parking is available in front of church.)

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED 
    by November 27, 2023.
    Register with the form below.

      Yes I am attending the Town Hall with Vice Mayor Rhonda Anderson Nov. 28 2023.

      This is a Members-Only Event.

      Email gablesgoodgov@gmail.comor Call GGG President Susi Davis at (305) 582-5827.

      The Gables Good Government Committee is registered with the State of Florida and the City of Coral Gables. GGG member dues are not tax deductible.
      DOWNLOAD A MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

      Letter to the Commission from Gables Good Government Committee

      Dear Mayor Lago, Vice Mayor Anderson, Commissioner Menendez, Commissioner Castro and Commissioner Fernandez:

      The current Coral Gables City Commission seems to be reaching a point of near dysfunction since the new term began in April 2023.  There have been several oral and written statements by commissioners, both on and off the commission dais, that have been negative and hostile toward their fellow commissioners.

      For most Coral Gables residents, the time is now for you, our elected officials, to return to civil, collegial and productive discussions of city issues, and to act professionally as is expected of any member of a civic organization that has adopted Robert’s Rules of Order: “Debate must address issues, not personalities – no one is permitted to make personal attacks or question the motives of other speakers.”

      The Gables Good Government Committee strongly believes a functioning, focused commission is the key to maintaining Coral Gables as a first-class, prosperous city.

      Respectfully,

      Gables Good Government Committee (GGG)

      GGG Board: Officers – Susi Davis, President; Ines Calderon, Treasurer; Robert Gill, Interim Secretary; Mayor Don Slesnick, Chair, Advisory Council; Tom Snook, Past President. Members – Sally Baumgartner, Debbie Register, Debbie Swain. 

      GGG Town Hall with Mayor Vince Lago


      Gables Good Government Committee

      MEMBERS-ONLY EVENT

      GGG Town Hall with
      Mayor Vince Lago

      GGG Members will have the opportunity to exchange ideas with  Mayor Lago on issues of concern to residents of Coral Gables.

      Thursday, September 28, 2023

      5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
      5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Refreshments
      6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – Program followed by Q & A Session

       Coral Gables Congregational Church

      3010 De Soto Boulevard, Fellowship Hall, Coral Gables

      (Parking is available in front of the church)

       REGISTRATION REQUIRED by September 27, 2023:

      Fill in Registration Box below; or call GGG President Susi Davis at (305) 582-5827.

      This event is for GGG Members Only.


      To Join GGG or Renew Membership Click link:  gablesgoodgovernment.org/membership.


      The Gables Good Government Committee (GGG) is registered with the State of Florida and the City of Coral Gables. GGG member dues are not tax deductible. 

        Yes I am attending the Mayor Lago event on Sept. 28, 2023.


        ‘Ethics in Public Service’ Event – May 22 – RSVP Now!

        Gables Good Government Committee

        In Collaboration with the Institute for Ethical Leadership, St. Thomas University

        Ethics in Public Service

        Ethical practices ensure the integrity of both the governmental
        decision-making process and the electoral process,
        “restore public confidence in government
        and serve as the guardian of the public trust.

        — Edited Excerpt from Mission Statement of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust


        Program Speakers

        • DAVID DORISCAR (Moderator), Professor, PH.D. Program in Ethical Leadership, St. Thomas University
        • JOSE ARROJO, Executive Director, Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics & Public Trust
        • ANNIE BETANCOURT, Former Member, Florida House of Representatives; Former President, League of Women Voters
        • HOLLY MERRILL RASCHEIN, Mayor Pro Tempore, Monroe County Commission; Former Member, Florida House of Representatives
        • DON SLESNICK, Former Mayor of Coral Gables; Former President, Florida League of Mayors

        Monday, May 22, 2023

        5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
        5:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Registration and Reception   
        6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Program: Panel Presentations / Q & A Session

         

         Coral Gables Museum

        285 Aragon Avenue – Coral Gables

        (Street Parking; Parking Garage Across the Street)

         

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         REGISTRATION REQUIRED by May 21, 2023:  Click RSVP link in box below or

         

        click on gablesgoodgov@gmail.com or call GGG President Susi Davis at (305) 582-5827.

        This event is open to the public and requires advance registration.

         

        RSVP TO 5-22-2023 ETHICS PROGRAM

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        To Join GGG or Renew Membership
        Click link:  gablesgoodgovernment.org/membership
        or click “Download Membership Application” below.

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        The Gables Good Government Committee (GGG) is registered with the State of Florida and the City of Coral Gables. GGG member dues are not tax deductible.

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        Gables Good Government Committee Coral Gables Election Questionnaire with Responses from Commission Candidates

        To GGG Members and Friends: 

        The six Coral Gables Commission candidates have provided their answers to a questionnaire sent to them by the GGG Board and Advisory Council.  All responses are published as written by each candidate. We thank all the commission candidates for giving their views to Coral Gables voters on many of the issues that are important to our community.  VOTE ON APRIL 11th!!!!

        Election Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

          • Vote by Mail Ballot
          • Vote Early:
            • Saturday, April 1
            • Sunday, April 2
            • Saturday, April 8
          • Vote on Election Day

        Responses from Commission Candidates

        Candidate Response: IVETTE ARANGO O’DOSKI

        Group IV Candidates:
        Ivette Arango O’Doski | Melissa CastroJackson ‘Rip’ Holmes | Sean McGrover

        GENERAL QUESTIONS

          • Why are you running? What is the most important issue you would address or advocate for if elected?

        O’Doski: My roots in Coral Gables are deep. I am running as a member of this community that has lived in Coral Gables for over 30 years. I want to keep Coral Gables as a community and would like to use my experience in advocating for issues that matter to all of us to ensure that our city is a place where our children will want to stay and grow their own families. I want to support our local businesses and protect our neighborhoods by supporting police and fire and opposing overdevelopment that erodes the character and culture of our residential areas. Continue reading “Candidate Response: IVETTE ARANGO O’DOSKI”

        Candidate Response MELISSA CASTRO

        Group IV Candidates:
        Ivette Arango O’Doski | Melissa Castro | Jackson ‘Rip’ Holmes | Sean McGrover

        GENERAL QUESTIONS

          • Why are you running? What is the most important issue you would address or advocate for if elected?

        Castro: I am running to serve the residents of Coral Gables due to the passion I have to make our community the best in the nation and the desire to make a difference. I also possess unique skills and experiences that could help improve the lives of many residents here in the Gables. My presence on the Coral Gables Commission will help bring new perspectives and ideas to the table. As someone who is actively involved in my community, I know that residents are eager to see a bigger change. The most important issue I would advocate for is improving the Permitting Department, in which I know I can put into effect. If elected, I can be a fresh voice with experience to advocate and make the changes all residents urge to see. Continue reading “Candidate Response MELISSA CASTRO”

        Candidate Response: JACKSON ‘RIP’ HOLMES

        Group IV Candidates:
        Ivette Arango O’Doski | Melissa Castro | Jackson ‘Rip’ Holmes | Sean McGrover

        GENERAL QUESTIONS

          • Why are you running? What is the most important issue you would address or advocate for if elected?

        Holmes: My main issue is overdevelopment. Citizens United makes it legal for developers to buy City Hall. The developers donate 4 times more to candidates than all taxpayers combined.  As a result, we no longer have a democracy, but instead a developer-ocracy. Our best way of fighting this is to amend the City Charter to require voter- referendum approval of any major development, as the City of Miami Beach and the City of Key Biscayne have done. Continue reading “Candidate Response: JACKSON ‘RIP’ HOLMES”

        Candidate Response: SEAN McGROVER

        Group IV Candidates:
        Ivette Arango O’Doski | Melissa Castro | Jackson ‘Rip’ Holmes | Sean McGrover

        GENERAL QUESTIONS

          • Why are you running? What is the most important issue you would address or advocate for if elected?

        McGrover: I am running because I believe we need more diversity on our board. Presently, all seats are held by attorneys, and I feel most, if not all attorneys look at issues the same way. My background is in building businesses and investing, and I believe I can look at issues differently that will add value to decisions. The most important issue I see for our city is the oncoming recession that is going to heavily impact the community if we are not proactive in cutting costs, lowering our debts, and putting together a plan to increase revenues through attracting large businesses to our community. Continue reading “Candidate Response: SEAN McGROVER”