It is unlikely that residents of Coral Gables will be comforted by Mayor Jim Cason’s assertion that crime is down in the city. Simply put, residents who have been paying attention to the issue over the past two years do not believe much of anything Cason has to say about issues of public safety or crime.
The wounds to Cason’s credibility were all self-inflicted.
Last Sept. 11, an overflow crowd of frustrated residents confronted Cason at City Hall over his dismissive attitude toward crime victims. Earlier that same day, the Chief of Police resigned rather than be held accountable at that meeting. In April of 2014, City Manager Pat Salerno was forced to resign when it was discovered that he was intentionally trying to mislead the City Commission about public safety issues and Cason was the only member of the commission willing to tolerate Salerno’s penchant for mendacity. He alone voted to keep Salerno in office — public safety be damned.
Fortunately, we have a new and trustworthy city manager who will do what needs to be done to allow residents to feel safe in their homes once again.
Dr. James Hinrichsen,
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