SDM received a comment over the weekend asking us to look carefully into Daniella Levine Cava’s history presumably because doing so will help us to jump on her bandwagon. Well, SDM already looked into the commission candidate’s background and what we saw unnerved us.
In addition to the Miami Herald report stating that she was put into the race by the local Democratic party, a fact alone that should make every South Dade taxpayer tremble, we also looked into her work history. Today, we will reprise our previous blog for those who are new to this site.
The fact is that Ms. Levine Cava will be a liberal vote on a county commission that is over loaded with like minded tax and spenders. Our distaste for Mrs. Bell notwithstanding, the last thing this community needs is another braying yes vote for every county spending plan.
Levine Cava Campaign Kicks Off (Originally published January 8, 2014)
Yesterday, Daniella Levine Cava kicked off her campaign to unseat the very beatable Commissioner Lynda Bell. SDM is glad she joined the battle but we’re also extremely worried about Ms. Levine Cava’s beliefs and views.
Ms. Levine Cava founded an organization called the Human Services Coalition, which eventually turned into Catalyst Miami. In a recent Miami New Times story about Ms. Levine Cava (who is identified only as Daniella Levine, interestingly), she says that “Catalyst is an emanation of my soul…and I believe in pulling people in the right direction instead of pushing them.”
So what emanates from Ms. Levine Cava’s soul? Here are some examples from Catalyst Miami’s website:
- The Penny Wise Campaign: “The Penny Wise Campaign was launched when Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez proposed a budget for FY 2009-10 that would eliminate all funding for community-based organizations in social services, environment and the arts. Thousands of Miami-Dade residents organized in response to these plans, attending planning meetings, signing petitions, demonstrating at rallies and collaborating across organization and sector. Thanks in large part to a strong shared message from community organizations, nonprofits were not eliminated from the budget. Instead, 70% of the previous year’s budget amount was preserved. In 2010, Mayor Alvarez proposed cutting 25% of CBO funding. Again, because we organized, our funding was preserved.” (Emphasis added by SDM.)
SDM Wonders: Will Ms. Levine Cava be a permanent vote for the bloated county social services budget of which she was so recently a beneficiary? If so, this view of the county’s responsibilities will be quite different from that of Ms. Bell and many fed up taxpayers, too.
- The Harvest Democracy Program, according the Catalyst website “helps nonprofits accomplish their missions by incorporating advocacy and policy analysis into their organizational strategic planning, and by being effective advocates at all levels of government.”
SDM Wonders: Surely Ms. Levine Cava recognizes that 501c3 nonprofits are not supposed to be lobbying, so why would Catalyst be encouraging nonprofits to “contact members of their congressional delegation as needed on issues related to a public policy agenda”?
- Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare): Catalyst serves as a “navigator” for the federal health care program. “If you would like to know more about how you can navigate the marketplace in search of health insurance, contact Catalyst Miami today! Our navigators are ready to help you with you (sic) needs. Call us today! 305-576-5001“.
SDM Says: One would be hard pressed to find an issue that divides the right from the left more than Obamacare and Ms. Levine Cava’s Catalyst is the go-to organization implementing this disaster of a program.
There is more, but you get the picture. Ms. Levine Cava represents a sea change in county commission candidates: a true believer in the liberal/progressive world view of government being the ultimate catalyst for social change. Even the left-leaning, former Commissioner Katy Sorenson couldn’t boast such a frightening record before she entered politics.
SDM won’t be climbing on board this particular train.