Friday, October 30th @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, November 1st @ 12:00 PM
Gridlock: South Florida Transit
Residents and visitors in South Florida face a tangled mess of congestion with few options for reliable transportation. How did we get here...and what are the solutions?
Ric Katz, Communikatz
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?
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
Michael Lewis, Miami Today, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher
For the first time in more than half a century, the United States reinstated formal diplomatic relations with Cuba. On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced he is using executive action to increase business and travel to Cuba, In addition, remittances will be dramatically increased and the use of debit and credit cards from U.S. banks in Cuba will now be allowed. The president is also asking Secretary of State John Kerry to review Cuba’s status as a terrorist state and plans on re-opening embassies on the island.
As South Florida’s Cubans remain torn, our guests join Helen to discuss their reactions to this sweeping change and what this will mean for the 2016 Presidential Election.
Guests in order of appearance:
U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R) District 27
Ana Carbonell, The Factor, Inc.
Alejandro Miyar, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP
George LeMieux, Former U.S. Senator
Watch the latest installment of Issues' new investigative series, Issues Reports - Smuggling: Baseball's Open Secret, Friday, September 19th at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September 21st, at a special time, 11:00 AM on WPBT2
Friday, September 12 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 14 @ 12:00 PM
Miami-Dade County: Police Body Cameras & Budget
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez has called for all county police to wear body cameras; making this camera plan a centerpiece of his public agenda. With the support of the local NAACP and push-back from the police union, commissioners still need to approve the purchase of the devices in the coming months.
Carlos Gimenez, Mayor, Miami-Dade County
Video of former NFL player Ray Rice beating his then girlfriend – whom he later married - has brought the issue of domestic violence to the forefront of the American consciousness. We discuss why this incident sparked a national conversation on social media and why some victims find it hard to leave.
Ellen G. Cohn, Ph.D., Florida International University
Last week's Issues:
Opposition to Soccer Stadium Plan
There are many who have been vocal about their reservations to a water front location for the proposed soccer stadium. Greg Bush from the Urban Environment League joins us to discuss why he and his group so strongly oppose what they call a “hastily drawn plan”.
Greg Bush, Urban Environment League
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