Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM & Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
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Friday, July 18 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera
The Florida gubernatorial race took a new turn with Charlie Crist's announcement of local Colombian-American Annette Taddeo-Goldstein as his running mate. Lieutenant Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera considers her a “class act”, but thinks she’ll “have a tough time with this race.”
He joins Helen to discuss the campaign, All Aboard Florida, Medicaid expansion and why he feels former Gov. Crist was “never focused on the job at hand” while in office.
Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera, (R) Florida
Miami-Dade County Commission: Budget Vote, Police Layoffs & Exile Museum
The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks joins Helen to discuss the latest in Miami-Dade County Commission news:
-Commissioners voted in favor of raising property taxes to avoid cuts to an already under-funded library system.
-Layoffs are still anticipated for the county's police force, with a proposed 8 percent cut to their payroll, eliminating 230 positions.
-Commissioners approved a Cuban Exile Museum for the land behind American Airlines Arena
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, July 4 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, July 6 @ 12:00 PM
New Charter School Option in Miami
This August, a new school will open in Miami, where charter school meets boarding school - The Seed School of Miami and Florida Memorial University have teamed up for this unique academic learning environment, where at-risk students from 6th to 12th grade will live and study on campus and follow a college-prep education model.
Fran Allegra,SEED School of Miami
Roslyn Artis, J.D., Ed.D.,Florida Memorial University
George Cabrera,ASPIRA of Florida
Economic Development in SE Florida
Research has shown that minorities are driving development in Southeast Florida. According to PolicyLink, a research institute advancing economic and social equity, by the year 2040, 76 percent of the region’s population is anticipated to be people of color - with Hispanic, Asian and black populations leading the way. So what is the best way to prepare for equitable growth?
Isabel Cosio Carballo, South Florida Regional Planning Council
Friday, June 27 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 29 @ 12:00 PM
2015 Miami-Dade County Budget
Mayor Carlos Gimenez is set to propose his 2015 budget to commissioners next week for approval. In an attempt to fulfill his original pledge not to raise taxes when he took office in 2011, the mayor is recommending shifting money from property taxes which fund services such as the county’s fire department, and putting it toward the county's libraries. Will this be the key to a balanced budget?
Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade County Libraries
Miami-Dade County’s libraries are preparing for a $45 million budget in the upcoming fiscal year, which is five million less than the current budget. But, advocates estimate that $64 million is the real cost of keeping the libraries up and running. Though mayor is working on restoring library funding in his proposed budget, is it enough to make the system sound?
John Quick, Esq., Weiss Serota Helfman, P.L.
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Friday, June 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 15 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez
One thing officials seem to agree on is wanting a soccer stadium in Miami, but exactly where in Miami is a different story. The second proposed site at the FEC boat slip "is off the table", according to City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado. Commissioner Francis Suarez joins us on the program to discuss why he feels offended by this decision.
Francis Suarez, City of Miami Commission, District 4
State & Local News of the Week
Our guests join us to discuss some of this week’s local and state political news:
• Governor Rick Scott signs a bill granting in-state tuition for “Dreamers”
• Former Broward Republican Senator Ellyn Bogdanoff is calling for a rematch with Senator
• Redistricting trial
• Equality Florida endorses Charlie Crist for governor
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University