In response to the May 31 Letter to the Editor from Hilda Fernandez, Assistant City Manager, Miami Beach:
Ms. Fernandez reacted angrily to my disclosing that indicted Code Compliance supervisor Jose Alberto had whispered to me “She’s lying” while she was making a presentation on noise complaints to city commissioners. Her defense to providing bogus data to commissioners and to the public is that Alberto fed her the phony numbers: “[They] were numbers provided to me and the manager’s office by, or under the guidance of, Mr. Alberto”.
For years, residents and commissioners repeatedly asked Ms. Fernandez to probe into why more than 80% of residents’ noise complaints had been deemed “INVALID” by inspectors in the office over which she was responsible. Now, she claims she never probed, but simply accepted “numbers” that were given her. This raises very serious questions about why she didn’t probe further.