Friday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 1 @ 10:30 AM
Community Redevelopment Agencies
In January, we aired our latest Issues Reports investigation on community redevelopment agencies -- or CRAs. We reported that though the results of some CRAs have been positive, there have been others that left much to be desired. Redevelopment Management Associates were contacted during our investigation, but said they were unable to participate. Since the programs airing, they reached out to us wanting to correct what they feel were inaccuracies on the topic.
Kevin Crowder, CEcD, Redevelopment Management Associates
Lt. Governor on 2015 Legislative Session
March 3rd is the start of the 2015 Florida Legislative Session and there is a lot up for debate. Some of the hot-button issues on the table for discussion range from standardized testing in public schools to reforming the troubled prison system and Medicaid expansion -- not to mention an almost $77 billion state budget. Florida’s Lt. Governor joins Helen to discuss these topics and more state news.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Friday, January 30 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 1 @ 12:00 PM
CRAs: Boon or Bust?
Some of South Florida’s trendiest districts benefit from taxpayer dollars set aside to help the neediest neighborhoods. And it’s all perfectly legal. It happens thanks to decades old legislation and community redevelopment agencies – or CRAs.
CRAs operate under different rules than local governments. They can exist for decades and redefine their original mission. But how are they kept in check, and who is managing the tax payer dollars. Policy makers love CRAs because projects can move on a fast track. Politicians love it because they do not have to justify projects to the public through a vote.
But do CRAs still work to combat slum and blight?
Pastor James Adams, St. John Institutional Missionary Baptist Church
Esteban Bovo. Jr., Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Dist. 13
Bertha Henry, Administrator, Broward County
Dale V.C. Holness, Commissioner, Broward County, Dist. 9
Frank Rollason , Manager, North Bay Village
Juan C. Zapata, Commissioner, Miami-Dade County, Dist. 11
Marc Sarnoff, Commissioner, City of Miami, Dist. 2/ Chairman, Omni CRA
Frank Schnidman, J.D., LL.M., Professor, FAU’s School of Urban and Regional Planning
Michael Lewis, Miami Today, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
Friday, January 16 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 18 @ 12:00 PM
Sun Sentinel Investigation: “The Cuban Criminal Pipeline”
On the heels of President Barack Obama’s announcement of changes to policy with Cuba, the Sun Sentinel has published a three-part series – "Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline". After a yearlong investigation, they found that money stolen in the U.S. by Cuban thieves living in South Florida is going back to Cuba -- all by taking advantage of the special status given to them by the U.S.
Megan O’Matz, Sun Sentinel
Amendments to Cuba Sanctions
This week, the Obama Administration outlined specifics for a plan to ease restrictions between the U.S. and Cuba. While not ending the 50 year embargo with the communist nation, these plans significantly loosen restrictions on American trade, travel and investment with Cuba. What will this mean for Cuban-Americans here in the U.S. and their families still on the island?
David Duckenfield, U.S. Department of State
For the first time in more than half a century, the United States reinstated formal diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced he is using executive action to increase business and travel to Cuba, In addition, remittances will be dramatically increased and the use of debit and credit cards from U.S. banks in Cuba will now be allowed. The president is also asking Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s status as a terrorist state and plans on re-opening embassies on the island.
As South Florida’s Cubans remain torn, our guests join Helen to discuss their reactions to this sweeping change and what this will mean for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Guests in order of appearance:
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Ana Carbonell, The Factor, Inc.
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
George LeMieux, Former U.S. Senator
Friday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 7 @ 12:00 PM
Judge Rules on Feeding Fort Lauderdale Homeless
Tuesday, a Broward County Circuit Judge ordered city officials to cease enforcing a controversial law which limits to where outdoor feeding sites for the homeless can be located. This temporary suspension comes after weeks of protests and challenges coming from activists -- most notably from 90 year old Arnold Abbott, who challenged the ordinance after being arrested twice in November for serving food to the homeless through his group, Love Thy Neighbor. The hope is that both sides of this issue can come to a mutual understanding through mediation.
Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel
Local and State News of the Week
Helen reviews some of the week’s top news stories:
- Marriages for Same-Sex Couples in Florida After Jan. 5
- NY Times: Art Basel’s Unfulfilled Promise
- Florida Releases Teacher Evaluations
- Jeb Bush Weighs Presidential Bid
- Suspended North Miami Mayor Faces Trial
Prosecuting Social Media Threats?
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court was tasked with drawing the distinction between illegal threats made on social media and violent speech - which is protected by the first amendment. Previous Supreme Court rulings have said the government can prohibit such threats but, what those threats are, has never been clearly defined. How should the courts prosecute threats made on social media?
Caroline Mala Corbin, J.D., University of Miami School of Law
Friday, October 17 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 19 @ 12:00 PM
Broward College Gubernatorial Debate
Florida politics has once again been thrust into the national spotlight with one term: “#fangate”. The day after the gubernatorial debate at Broward College, “#fangate” was front page news and the butt of jokes by late night talk show hosts and on social media. Did this incident deter potential voters or will this newly added interest in the gubernatorial race bring them to the polls?
Victoria Brower, Broward College
Ray Ruga, CVOX Group
Justin Sayfie, SayfieReview.com
Re-Authorization of Children’s Services Council
A re-authorization for each Children's Services Council in the state is required by law to ensure an electoral oversight on how tax payers' dollars are used and to justify themselves to voters. On the November 4th ballot, Broward County voters will be asked if their Children's Services Council should remain in existence.
Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, Children’s Services Council of Broward