Days after warning Sweetwater commissioners that the city will be broke by August, the mayor won court approval Monday to use his version of the budget.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces ruled that the commission had violated Florida law by balancing the budget with the anticipated proceeds from the sale of a real estate parcel that, at the time, hadn’t even been listed.
The budget the commission approved at a September meeting also reinstated salaries for city employees laid off by Mayor Orlando Lopez and excluded pay for Lopez’s hires in the west Miami-Dade suburb. Areces found the commission did not have the power to appoint or remove administrative employees reporting to the mayor.
“Basically, this mayor’s back in charge of the city, and they’re running off his tentative budget, which is a balanced budget,” said Alan Kluger of Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine in Miami. Kluger and his colleagues Todd Levine and Jorge Delgado represented the mayor.
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A minority view to the contrary remains, which is supported largely by conservative political and religious views. Practitioners of these therapies have been described as using treatments “ranging from the novel and humorous to the appalling and dangerous.” Jonathan Sacks, “Pray Away the Gay?” an Analysis of the Legality of Conversion Therapy by Homophobic Religious Organizations, 13 Rutgers J.L. & Religion 67, 70 (2011). These include electroshocks, the inducement of nausea while watching same-sex erotic images, and hypnosis.