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.
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.
Guest: 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.
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?
Guest: 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.
Guest: 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.
Guests: 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.
Guests: Sean Foreman, Ph.D., Barry University Charles Zelden, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University
Friday, February 6 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, February 8 @ 12:00 PM
Swing State Polls & Legislative News Looking ahead to the 2016 presidential election, a new Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll shows Hillary Clinton tops possible Republican candidates, except in Florida, where she is tied with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. At the same time, the former governor is ahead of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio among Florida Republicans. Our panel joins Helen to discuss this and more including Common Core and the ouster of FDLE Commissioner Gerald Bailey.
Guests: Dan Gelber, Former State Senator Jose Mallea, JM Global Consulting Richard Perez, Esq., Holland & Knight, LLP Olga Porven, Esq., Olga Porven, P.A.
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?
Featuring: 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
Studio Interview: Michael Lewis, Miami Today, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher