Friday, June 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, June 14 @ 12:00 PM
M-D County – Transit, Development & Budget
Mayor Carlos Gimenez's push to bring Tri-Rail downtown took another step forward this week with the approval of $13.9 million in county transit taxes. These funds would bring the government-run commuter line to a new rail depot in Downtown Miami, but not before a final vote later this month. And what will this year's county budget look like - will there be layoffs? tax cuts or increases? Communications Director for the county, Michael Hernandez, discusses this and more county developments.
Michael Hernandez, Miami-Dade County Office of the Mayor
Miami-Dade’s Tolls – “Highway Robbery”?
In November of last year, two major Miami-Dade expressways, the 836 and the 112, went under dramatic toll expansions. Prior to November 15th, only a portion of these roads were tolled -- now it's the entire highway, leading drivers to dig deeper into their pockets. Miami-Dade's Expressway Authority (MDX) said this added revenue would help finance improvements and ease congestion. But seven months later, commuters are still up in arms. In last Sunday’s Miami Herald, a calculator was available for on-line readers to figure out the new cost of these tolls -- leaving most commuters outraged. Opponents to these toll hikes feel consumer outrage will bring about necessary reforms, but have these increased tolls been a benefit to decrease congestion?
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, March 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr. on Fixing Transit Woes
South Florida residents are all too familiar with daily, traffic congestion. A decade ago, residents of Miami-Dade County were hopeful a half penny tax would help traffic by funding upgrades to public transportation - but that has not been the case. As our communities continue to grow, what is the real solution?
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
High-Speed Rail & Tourism
Whether it’s for the arts, the weather or the shopping, there is always a reason to visit Miami Beach. Traveling to this iconic city, and elsewhere in South Florida, may become easier for tourists and residents alike, with the arrival of high-speed rail service to the area. Our guest shares his views on the benefits the arrival of All Aboard Florida and the impact it will have on the tourism industry.
William Talbert, III, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Friday, March 6 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 8 @ 12:00 PM
Last week, the second round of high level talks between the U.S. government and Cuba were held, this time in Washington D.C. While the U.S. has held firm to its stance against relations with Cuba for 50 years, Canada has had a special relationship with the island nation -- as both investors and tourists. The former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba shares his unique insight into what could come of a stronger relationship between Cuba and the U.S.
Mark Entwistle, Former Canadian Ambassador to Cuba
Miami – Future Tech Hub of The Americas?
Touted as the "organization dedicated to securing Miami's future in technology", eMerge Americas looks to continue its mission in May by holding its second annual 5-day tech conference in Miami Beach. Founder Manny Medina sees Miami as being the tech hub of the Americas, but says there's still a lot of work to be done including education and building the employment base to keep the jobs here.
Manny Medina, eMerge Americas
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, February 20 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 22 @ 12:00 PM
Commissioner Rebeca Sosa – Former Chairwoman Looks Towards Future
For the last two years, Rebeca Sosa has chaired the Miami-Dade County Commission, during which important debates relating to infrastructure needs, stadium deals and contracting issues have been debated and/or resolved. The commissioner joins Helen to discuss what’s next on her agenda including sea level rise, jobs and transportation – is a run for mayor in her future?
Rebeca Sosa, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 6
Raquel Regalado – Skyrise Miami Lawsuit & Mayoral Run
Raquel Regalado is suing the City of Miami, with the help of businessman Norman Braman, because public dollars are being slated for Skyrise Miami. Critics say this and other lawsuits are a public relations ploy to pave the way for other political aspirations.
Raquel Regalado, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Dist. 6
Friday, February 13 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 15 @ 12:00 PM
Raquel Regalado’s Political Future & More County News
It's no secret that Miami-Dade County School Board member Raquel Regalado is seriously considering a run for county mayor in 2016, challenging current Mayor Carlos Gimenez. She was involved in derailing a courthouse ballot initiative last year and is now suing to block the Skyrise Miami subsidy with the help of prominent businessman Norman Braman. We discuss this and more county news including the Uber and Lyft lawsuit and Donald Trump’s interest in the public golf course in Crandon Park.
Jorge Luis Lopez, Esq., Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm
Brian May, Floridian Partners
State Budget Woes, Jeb Bush on Education & Immigration
State lawmakers have discovered a potential billion dollar problem for Florida involving coverage of Medicaid costs. Our guests discuss the potential impact of such a deficit on other areas of the budget and Jeb Bush’s education summit including his views on Common Core and immigration.
Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University
Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University