Our commissioner, Marc Sarnoff, writes and talks like a robot with a few wires missing. In his Thursday letter printed in the Miami Herald, he rambles on about the great things he's done for the city, complains about his critics and adds, "truth is the daughter of time."
In truth, Mr. Sarnoff has done some positive things for Miami but at the same time, many disagreeable ones as well. The gap between his thoughts and the public has grown wide. While I first supported him years ago I soon found him to be remote, self-righteous, and unwilling to share his intentions with the citizenry.
We need someone to replace Sarnoff that will be open, straight with the people he (or she) represents. We are tired of being deceived.
The Grove needs additional parking yet the Mary Street parking garage was recently sold to a developer. The voters had no idea Sarnoff was having a "garage sale." We still can't figure it out. [Al Crespo has video of the meeting, part one here, part two here].
Commissioner Sarnoff didn't like our much-loved symbol of "the old Grove," Scotty's Landing restaurant, so he handed it over to a developer friend. City parks and property are being given out to big-money interests like there's a garage sale going on at City Hall.
Mr. Sarnoff showed up at a public meeting last month to discuss commuters speeding dangerously through the South Grove. He chose to lecture us on how we, the people attending the meeting, were causing the problem because "we talk on cell phones while driving." He added incongruously, "I'm guilty too. I texted while driving here tonight." Sarnoff can be so out-of-touch with his constituents.
Mr. Sarnoff is term-limited, forced to give up his office soon. His current project is to get his wife, Teresa Sarnoff, elected to replace him. In campaigning for her he tells us she is most qualified candidate to lead District 2 but does he really believe this? I would love to hear him say, "I love this job and hate to leave it. Your vote for my wife will allow me to extend my term another four years."
Sadly, he is unable to utter anything like that. If truth is the daughter of time, deception is its son.
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