TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13TH: The Democratic presidential debate. Although some predicted it wouldn’t be as entertaining as the GOP debates, on Spanish-language media anticipation grew throughout the day. The line of the night came from Bernie Sanders – “Enough about Hillary’s emails, let’s talk about the real issues facing America.” Also, it was interesting that most GOP candidates were barely mentioned, including Donald Trump. We will bring you more coverage tomorrow, in the meantime, we leave you with other local topics discussed yesterday.
TRENDING #TUITS – THE DEMOCRATIC DEBATE
THE MIA PLASTIC WAR CONTINUES: On “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM, Bernadette Pardo discussed the recent issue with baggage plastic wrap at Miami International Airport (MIA), with Emilio Gonzalez, Director and CEO of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, who oversees operations at MIA.
Gonzalez explained that the efforts to regulate the luggage wrapping companies operating outside the airport would require MIA employees to become “the plastic wrap police.” He continued, “Safe Wrap wants to do this because they say they are being challenged by outside vendors and are trying to address a financial matter with an operational issue that would create more problems and delays in the airport. Who will make sure travelers are not using ‘illegal plastic’? It is not worth the effort to increase Safe Wrap’s revenue.” Gonzalez stated, “the airlines are completely against it. The delays will affect them considerably and they have said in writing that they wouldn’t enforce this legislation.” When asked about a possible veto from Mayor Gimenez, Gonzalez said, “the cost of implementing this can be a lot more than the alleged problem. I made a very passionate, but unsuccessful, plea at the County Commission. I would support a veto and our airline partners have asked the mayor in writing to veto.” Gonzalez concluded the interview on a positive note by discussing how well MIA is doing and the growth it has had over the years, “we have accomplished a lot and we have a lot more to do.”
FREE LAPTOPS FOR MANY MIAMI-DADE STUDENTS: School Board Member Martha Perez was on “Noticias del Mediodia” with Yoly Cuello on Caracol 1260AM, discussing the free laptop program implemented by Miami-Dade County Public Schools for needy students and families (read more here).
Perez explained that this program for underprivileged children is used to provide computers to students with low resources who cannot afford a computer to use in school and at home for homework. “We want our students to do well in school and use technology to learn.” Perez continued, “we have given away around ten thousand computers to students from 7th, 8th and 9th grades. Access to technology is extremely important, it has become part of daily lives. It will also help students prepare for the tests they have to take using computers. It is crucial for our children to know how to easily use them.” She highlighted that M-DCPS “is the only school district that has been able to accomplish something like this, with a lot of help from different organizations. We are proud of that.”