Disguised as a letter to the editor, this hit piece against Miami Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, really seemed odd when I read it this morning.
First how did it make the SUNDAY Miami Herald? Why Sunday? The Miami Herald's most popular day.
The letter admonished the Commissioner with regards to Homeless Vets (like who doesn't like homeless vets?) being ignored by Daniella Levine Cava while she was focusing her efforts on illegal aliens (who of course do not get to vote). The letter writer Adrian Ajeda, claims to be a Veteran in Commissioner Cava's district. Hmm.
I looked up the name and nothing popped up with the name Adrian Ajeda but Adrian Ojeda popped up instead all over the place. His address was in Dennis Moss's District, not Daniella's. The letter writer said he lived in her district so he could single her out. Adrian Ojeda also is a Republican Operative and a Committeeman. If my instincts are correct the letter originated from him. I think this letter was meant to damage Daniella not make her aware of the plight of homeless vets. This was a Republican attack ad in my mind.
Republican who vote in Cava-Levine's district don't care too much for illegal immigrants. So the letter writer emphasized that Levine Cava went to a lot of trouble helping them: "Why does she lend her voice to those who have broken the law instead of those who wore our nation's uniform." In other words: How unpatriotic of her. DON'T BE MANIPULATED!!! Daniella is working with others on a VA Clinic in Homestead and is involved in a program to train veterans to be be farmers. In fact, she has always been a homeless advocate with Catalyst Miami for at least 20 years. In 2016 she was a Sponsor of establishing a veterans court that included programs for homeless vets. (see below) So this guy is just doing his political assassination thing against her without proof of her neglecting our vets because she hasn't.
This Herald letter wanted to make me barf. It is a polished piece of writing and --if I could figure out something appeared to be going on here--I think the Miami Herald could have too instead of giving ink to what appeared to be a partisan ad in a non-partisan campaign. She made the Mayor look bad over bowing to Trump's threat and the Mayor is probably doing "back at you." Of course, I might be totally wrong but my instincts are so very good about lying scum. I guess the 2018 election has officially begun. (If an Adrian Ajeda does exist, even though I searched public records, and did write this letter -- Never mind).
WHEREAS, the Veterans Court would be modeled after similar courts
throughout the nation and would endeavor to provide specialized services
tailored to meet veterans’ unique needs, including veteran-on-veteran
mentoring, all with the objective of assisting veterans encountering the
criminal justice system with their healthy reintegration into civilian
life, reduced likelihood of recidivism, and receipt of proper mental
health care; and
WHEREAS, the approach to ensuring the success of the
Veterans Court was holistic, embracing action by both the Military
Affairs Board and this Board, beginning with Resolution No. R-774-14
which this Board adopted on September 3, 2014; and
WHEREAS, Resolution No. R-774-14 resulted in the redesign of
the arrest forms used by law enforcement throughout Miami-Dade County
to identify veterans at the time of arrest; and
WHEREAS, the Military Affairs Board and this Board also have
taken steps to ensure that veterans who are not identified at the time
of arrest are identified at the time of booking into the jail, and
provided with literature informing them of the benefits available to
incarcerated veterans under applicable laws, which this Board adopted on
September 3, 2014, through Resolution No. R-773-14; and
WHEREAS, in addition to undertaking efforts to ensure that
veterans are identified at the time of arrest or booking, the Military
Affairs Board has also endeavored to ensure that the Veterans Court is
modeled after the most successful programs in the nation by observing
the functioning of those programs and engaging in dialogue with those
officials who organize and manage the programs; and
WHEREAS, through these information exchanges, the Military
Affairs Board has determined that a mentorship program, designed to work
hand-in-hand with the Veterans Court, was crucial to the Veterans
Court’s success and, as such, the Military Affairs Board used its broad
network within the military community to recruit, and encourage other
entities to recruit, volunteers to serve as veteran mentors; and
WHEREAS, the Military Affairs Board has also lent
substantial funding support to the creation of the Veterans Court, by
committing $75,000 raised through fundraising efforts to be used as the
matching component for a grant from the United States Department of
Justice, under the authority the Military Affairs Board was granted
pursuant to Ordinance No. 12-37; and
WHEREAS, on September 21, 2016, the County was notified that
the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance,
had approved a $350,000 grant for the establishment of the Veterans
WHEREAS, in addition to federal and local efforts, this
Board would like to urge the Florida Legislature to appropriate state
funds to the Miami-Dade County Veterans Court during the 2017 session;
WHEREAS, during the 2016 session, the Florida Legislature
appropriated $2,437,032 in state funds to veterans courts in 13 counties
elsewhere in Florida; and
WHEREAS, this Board desires to commend the Military Affairs
Board on its successful initiative and encourage the State of Florida to
provide state funding to build on the Military Affairs Board’s success.