The strength of Miami Lakes town government has always been intelligent and meaningful debate, as well as independent officials who make their decisions on the best interest of the Lakes, without influence by special interests. We have always had a diverse council, until now.
Currently, Miami Lakes is one of the few, if not the only, town council in Miami-Dade County without any diversity — not a single female is a town that is half female. Our Miami Lakes government has become an exclusive boys’ club where no one disagrees on anything and the officials do what the town manager or attorney tells them.
That is why my opponent in the Town Council election, Ceasar Mestre, recently voted to impose new garbage tax and to raise fees. That is why no one on the council is talking about the fact that the Youth Center, which should have been ready over a year ago, is going back to the drawing board after the old contractor that the council voted for did not finish the job. This has left an eyesore in town center for a year, but Mestre and the rest of the council don’t seem to mind.
Where is the independent voice on the council that used to make our government so great? It doesn’t exist anymore. But, more important, I agree with last week’s that Mestre’s campaign reports and special interests leads one to question what he will be thinking about when Hialeah wants to open the bridge over 154th street. I don’t understand why slot machine manufacturers, waste companies and developers think it is important to dump thousands into his campaign.
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It is time to put a female back in town government and put in town affairs an independent voice who is not part of the gang, but who only cares about the people.
Xiomara Pazos, Miami Lakes
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