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File Number: 073373
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File Number: 073373 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1275-07 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: CODESIGNATE PORTION SW 56 ST. OFF. JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO ST. Introduced: 11/14/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 12/4/2007
Agenda Date: 12/4/2007 Agenda Item Number: 5C
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING SW 56TH STREET (MILLER ROAD) FROM SW 147TH AVENUE TO SW 157TH AVENUE AS OFFICER JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO STREET
Indexes: RENAMING OF ROADS, BUILDINGS & FACILITIES
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Dennis C. Moss, Co-Sponsor
  Katy Sorenson, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Audrey M. Edmonson, Co-Sponsor
  Barbara J. Jordan, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Bruno A. Barreiro, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
  Natacha Seijas, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 12/4/2007 5C Adopted P
REPORT: First Assistant County Attorney Abigail Price-Williams read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. County Attorney Robert Cuevas advised Commissioners Heyman and Gimenez asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. The public hearing was opened. It was closed after no one appeared in response to Chairman Barreiro’s call for persons wishing to be heard. Commissioner Jordan asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor to Agenda Item 5C. Following Commissioner Moss’ suggestion that a check for the collective amount of County Commission and Mayoral donations in memory of Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano be presented to the Somohano family at the time of the street naming, Chairman Barreiro asked Ms. Jennifer Glazer-Moon, Budget Director, Office of Strategic Business Management, to provide the County Commission with a breakdown of how much each Commissioner had contributed to the Police Officer Trust Fund in the name of Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano. Following further discussion regarding Commissioner Moss’ suggestion, Commissioner Edmonson asked that she be listed as a co-sponsor to Agenda Item 5C. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Commission proceeded to vote. Later in the meeting, Commissioner Martinez provided each commissioner with a handout of the funds raised for Officer Somohano’s family, as well as each commissioner’s donations. Commissioner Moss requested the Commission defer further discussion on presenting the contributions to the Somohano family to December 6, 2007.

County Attorney 11/14/2007 Assigned R. A. Cuevas, Jr. 11/14/2007

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION CODESIGNATING SW 56TH STREET (MILLER ROAD) FROM SW 147TH AVENUE TO SW 157TH AVENUE AS OFFICER JOSE LAZARO SOMOHANO STREET

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WHEREAS, this Board has conducted a public hearing to consider codesignating SW 56th Street (Miller Road) from SW 147th Avenue to SW 157th Avenue as Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano Street; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano was born in Miami, Florida on June 2, 1970; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano graduated from Miami Southwest Senior High School in 1989; he obtained his Associate in Arts Degree from Miami-Dade College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida International University; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano, who grew up wanting to be a police officer, was a Correctional Officer (Sergeant) at the South Florida Reception Center, then joined the Miami-Dade Schools Police Department where he was a detective, and then was hired by Miami-Dade Police Department on October 2003 where he was assigned to the Cutler Ridge District; and
WHEREAS, Officer Joe Lazaro Somohano lost his life when he was gunned down on September 13, 2007; and
WHEREAS, on September 18, 2007 Miami-Dade Police Department Director Robert Parker told thousands who packed the Florida International University arena that "as we mourn, we remember the man and the life he lived. Officer Somohano had a clear and guiding sense of purpose serving his entire adult life as a law enforcement officer. He was a true hero who gave his life in service to the community and he will be remembered for his actions; "and
WHEREAS, Miami-Dade Police Lt. Denise Bernhard delivered one of the most moving and colorful eulogies at the service giving everyone the sense that they knew Officer Somohano by recalling stories like the one where Somohano made coworkers laugh as he chased chickens in circles after a cockfighting bust, or how he was a neat freak who would start cleaning up while parties were going on; and
WHEREAS, Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano loved being a police officer, but he loved his family more. He was proud of and devoted to his wife Elizabeth, son Christopher, daughter Alyssa, his parents Jose and Ana, his sister Lorena, and brother Hubert; and
WHEREAS, heroes like Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano live forever in our hearts and will never be forgotten; and
WHEREAS, this Board would like to honor the memory of Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano with this codesignation; and
WHEREAS, this proposed codesignation is located in County Commission District 11,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that:
Section 1. This Board approves the codesignation of SW 56th Street (Miller Road) from SW 147th Avenue to SW 157th Avenue as Officer Jose Lazaro Somohano Street Section 2. The Clerk of the Board is hereby directed to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the United States Postal Service, the Traffic Signals and Signs Division of the Public Works Department and Land Development Division of the Public Works Department, the Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department.



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