Published: Sept. 30, 2007  
What they're saying

"If they had properly spent all the federal funds that have come down here to fight poverty, our streets would be paved in gold."

- ANNETTE EISENBERG, community activist and member of an Empowerment Trust advisory board

"We can't control the trust. If we can't control the trust, I don't want to be held responsible for its actions."

- CARLOS ALVAREZ, Miami-Dade County mayor, who cut the county's ties with the trust in July

"There were some mistakes made, but I feel like the intentions overall were good."

- GARY FERGUSON, Empowerment Trust board member

"The neighborhood is still in the same dilemma that it was always in. How are you going to make ends meet when there are no jobs?"

- BOBBY MCGHEE, of the Empowerment Trust advisory board for Liberty City

"They had a mission and they did what they said they were going to do."

- VELDRIN FREEMON, Empowerment Trust board member

"We really did not have any dissention at all in any of the decisions we made."

- SALLYE JUDE, Empowerment Trust board member