Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Sunday, December 27 @ 12:00 PM Sunday, January 01 @ 12:00 PM
MCCJ: Bridging Faiths In recent months, the eyes of the world have been focused on the religion of Islam, particularly immigration of Muslim refugees and the perceived threats that accompany them. Some believe, including some politicians that the nation is moving toward a religious litmus test for those coming to the United States. One local organization's goal is to foster a mutual understanding between all religions by embracing diversity.
Guests: Dave Lawrence, Jr., The Children’s Movement of Florida Roberta Shevin, Miami Coalition of Christians & Jews
Mentoring Month During the holidays, donating food and toys is a common occurrence. But some need more than this - they need your time, year-round. Mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami have a proven record in improving children's behavior and academic performance - with as much as 95% going on to college. But there are challenges getting ‘Bigs’- 2014 study ranked South Florida last in the volunteer rate out of 51 major metro areas.
Guest: Lydia Muniz, MSSA, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami & The Mentoring Resource Center
Friday, December 18 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 20 @ 12:00 PM
Interview with Mayor Carlos Gimenez Last week, City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado was our guest to discuss two contentious topics that affect both the city and county – the boat show in Key Biscayne, which was approved this week by county commissioners, and the on-going negotiations for a major league soccer stadium in Overtown. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez discusses these issues from a county level and how driverless cars will impact local transit.
Guest: Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Broward County: Tutoring & Climate Compact According to The Literacy Coalition, 43% of third graders do not read at grade level. But with just 30 minutes a week, a computer and a phone, a new program makes it easier to match volunteers to first graders in Broward County's low-income public schools. Broward Commissioner Beam Furr discusses this “game changer” and an initiative to better coordinate Southeast Florida’s fight on climate change.
Guest: Beam Furr, Broward County Commission, Dist. 6
Friday, December 11 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 13 @ 12:00 PM
Soccer Stadium & Gentrification After nearly two years of negotiations and three failed proposed sites across Miami, David Beckham and his partners announced last week that they have finally found the real estate to build a 30,000 seat soccer stadium on a nine-acre lot in Overtown. Situated near the Miami River, the area is a combination of county and private land that sits within City of Miami limits. Will this be a boon for the impoverished area? Mayor Tomas Regalado discusses this and the apparent gentrification of Little Haiti.
Guest: Mayor Tomas Regalado, City of Miami
Trust to Defund Buses In 2009, when the Metrobus system was in dire need of additional funds, Miami-Dade County Commissioners voted to use the funds from the half penny sales tax to help - subsequently diverting the money earmarked for new transportation projects. Now, the Citizens' Independent Transportation Trust has voted to withdraw its financial support of the county's bus system over the course of 3-5 years, in order to “reaffirm the original intent of the People's Transportation Plan”. Trust Chairman Paul Schwiep explains why this will strengthen the Trust and urges the county to find other sources to fund the buses.
Guest: Paul J. Schwiep, Esq., Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust
Friday, December 4 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, December 6 @ 12:00 PM
M-D 7th in Police-Involved Killings The latest statistics show Miami-Dade County ranks 7th nationwide in most deaths involving police officers. 14 people, all men, have been killed in Miami-Dade in 2015 as a result of confrontations with police. According to the database maintained by The Guardian, half of the deaths involved the Miami-Dade Police Department, followed by the City of Miami, which is said to be responsible for three. What can be done to create real change in our community?
Guest: Cristina Beamud, City of Miami Civilian Investigative Panel
Local Government Transparency Campaign finance disclosure is an essential public accountability mechanism and the lack of access to such information can make for a skeptical voter. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava explains why following the money is critical to informed citizen decision-making, particularly at a local level, and the legislation she hopes will be implemented to make this a reality.
Guest: Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 8
Miami Chamber Tallahassee Visit In an effort to engage members of the Florida Legislature on issues important to the South Florida business community, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce visited Tallahassee along with local business and community leaders. The issues included economic development incentives, K-12 funding and transportation infrastructure needs - specifically funding for the Tri-Rail Downtown Miami link.
Guest: Joseph Yesbeck, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Group
Friday, November 20 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, November 22 @ 12:00 PM
City of Miami Commissioner-Elect Ken Russell When it comes to elections in Florida, things are never easy, and the recent City of Miami District 2 election was no different – in fact, it was unprecedented.
After coming in a distant second to businessman Ken Russell in the primary, Teresa Sarnoff, wife of out-going Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, announced she would withdraw from the race, though a run-off election would still need to take place by charter. Nonetheless, City of Miami residents came out to the polls, resulting in 2,700 votes for Russell, solidifying his win. The commissioner-elect joins Helen to discuss his plans for District 2 which includes solving transportation woes and preserving open, green spaces.
Guest: Ken Russell, Commissioner-Elect, City of Miami Dist. 2
Bill to Shrink School Districts The State of Florida is home to five of the country's largest school districts, including Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties -- but could they be too large? Proponents of a legislative bill say yes.
If approved by state legislators and voters, school districts as we know them, could fall under the governance of cities as opposed to counties - allowing more local control. Opponents argue this would cause a greater inequity between more affluent schools and schools in inner-city areas -- a concern that killed a similar bill in 1998.
Which is best for our students?
Guest: Martha Barantovich, Ed.D., College of Education, Florida International University