Alachua Chronicle seeks to provide honest, data-driven stories about local issues in Alachua County, Florida. While most media focus on national politics, local governments have a large impact on our daily quality of life (education, public safety, roads, taxes, utility rates, zoning rules, etc.). We report on local issues and government meetings to keep the public informed and provide the transparency that keeps governments accountable.
As Madison said in Federalist 51: “If men were angels, no government would be necessary… In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” History shows governments do not control themselves without well-informed, active citizens.
At Alachua Chronicle, we do our best to stick to facts and report what happened. We do not intend “gotcha” stories or hit pieces, but when politicians stray from the facts or hide the truth, calling them out can seem like a personal attack. It’s not. We also do our best to distinguish between our reporting, a press release, and an opinion piece.
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About our authors
Jennifer Haskins Cabrera moved to Gainesville in 1976 and attended Ft. Clarke Middle School and Buchholz High School. She earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University, followed by an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. She returned to the area in 1992 and has worked for her family’s agricultural business since 1993. Her two daughters, now grown, attended Alachua County Public Schools for middle school and high school.
Len Cabrera grew up in South Florida and is the son of Cuban immigrants who fled communist persecution in 1961. He has a BS in Operations Research from the Air Force Academy, an MS in Operations Research from Stanford University, an MBA from the University of West Florida, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Florida. He served as an analyst in the Air Force, worked in flight test and logistics planning, and finished his career as the Director of Economics at the Air Force Academy, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Since retirement, he’s tutored students at UF and Santa Fe College and was an adjunct professor of mathematics at Santa Fe College. He is the author of Basic Personal Finance and fantasizes about completing a microeconomics textbook.
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Alachua, FL 32616