Last week, at the University of Miami's Gusman Auditorium, Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas gave his final State of the County address. In this optimistic political libretto he hit all the high notes, mentioning the county's fiscal health and burgeoning cultural scene, evidenced by the Latin Grammy Awards here last year. "But all the culture in the world doesn't mean anything if our residents are afraid to walk down the street," the mayor intoned. "That's why I'm pleased to report to you that criminal activity in Miami-Dade County is at its lowest... More >>>