Friday, February 26 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, February 28 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host – Henry Mack
Code of Silence - Youth & Gun Violence
It started with a Facebook feud and ended with an innocent first grader being killed. The senseless shooting death of 6 year old King Carter has struck a nerve with both local officials and residents and they are demanding both change and immediate action. The consensus: speak up. A vocal proponent of ending this “code of silence”, M-D Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said "we must not allow ourselves to become desensitized when news of juveniles getting shot in our community becomes an almost daily occurrence.” So, what is being done by law enforcement and how can the community help?
Major Ricky Carter, Miami-Dade Police Department, Northside Dist.
Steve Gallon, III, Ed.D., Fmr. Principal, Miami Northwestern Senior High School
Uber Regulations & Frost Museum Funding
This week, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners continued discussions on regulating the popular ride-sharing app Uber, in order for the company to continue operating in the county. Commissioner Rebeca Sosa urged fingerprint checks for Uber drivers, citing last week's shooting spree in Kalamazoo, Michigan - by an Uber driver. The Miami Herald’s Doug Hanks gives us the latest on this and the status of current and potential future funding of the troubled Frost Museum of Science. Is the county willing to pitch in?
Doug Hanks, The Miami Herald
Friday, January 29 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 31 @ 12:00 PM
Guest Host: Henry Mack
Transportation & Frost Bailout
Earlier this week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez gave his annual ‘State of the County’ address, praising accomplishments of the last year. Commissioner Esteban Bovo shares his take on the state of the county including the road to legitimacy for Uber, funding for transportation and a potential $45 million bailout for the Frost Museum.
Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County Commission, Dist. 13
Fight to Ban Fracking
In response to a landowners request to drill an exploratory well, this week the Broward County Commission unanimously passed an ordinance banning the controversial practice of drilling for oil using chemicals, or fracking, in the Everglades. Now, a bill passed by the state legislature looks to supersede all South Florida counties’ control over fracking.
Matthew Schwartz, South Florida Wildlands Association
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Joseph Yesbeck, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Group