TRENDING TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH: Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement about selecting Carly Fiorina as his running mate struggled to dominate the news cycle yesterday. We will keep you posted if news on Cruz’s VP pick makes it to South Florida’s Spanish-language media.
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY UPDATE: Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez was on “Todo Noticias” with Julio Cesar Camacho on Actualidad 1020AM.
Mayor Gimenez initially focused on how much Miami-Dade County has grown. “I believe we have 2.7 million people in our county now. What we have accomplished as a community is extraordinary. We see change in every aspect, new technology, new jobs, and new investments. Everyone is looking to do business in Miami-Dade, because people know that this is a growing community.” Gimenez continued, “many consider Miami-Dade the capital of Latin America. If you ask any businessman in South America where is the best place to do business, they will tell you Miami. We are the gateway to the Americas.” Gimenez also took phone calls from listeners and answered some of their concerns mostly dealing with transportation. The mayor spoke about the county’s efforts to alleviate the issues and mentioned several ongoing projects. When asked about ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, Gimenez said, “next Tuesday we will have a vote to legalize Uber and Lyft. I am in favor of this legislation, what we are trying to do is bring the taxi and limousine industries into the 21st century. I would like for everyone to work under the same regulations and have the same benefits, so it remains competitive. We let the market decide what kind of transportation they want. Without a doubt, Uber and Lyft are already part of the community. Young people are using these services more and more. I would like to see taxis and limousines offer a better service, so that residents have the option of not using their car to move around Miami-Dade.” Gimenez also briefly mentioned the “SMART plan” that was approved by the Metropolitan Planning Organization last week. He said, “we are giving people more options when it comes to transportation. With the unanimous vote by the MPO, the next step is to conduct the studies where these six new railways are going to be. We need these studies to be eligible to receive federal funds for construction. Federal funding could cover up to 50 percent of the cost of these new lines. If we are able to receive the 50 percent from the federal government, then the state will fund an extra 25 percent and the county only has to pay for the last 25 percent of the cost for these projects.” He emphasized the need for new means of transportation, but reminded listeners that it will take some time to get all this done. Gimenez concluded discussing smart traffic lights and the bus system. He stated, “we are working with FDOT (Florida Department of Transportation) to do testing on main streets, so we can start the process of changing all of the traffic lights. Regarding the bus system, we are looking for different options to make the buses more efficient. For example, instead of having a bus stop every 100 feet, we would have fewer stops, making the trips much faster.”
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES: Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera and Ricardo Brown discussed the results of Tuesday’s primaries with Democratic Pollster Fernand Amandi and Republican Analyst and Donald Trump supporter Lorenzo Palomares on their show “Roberto y Ricardo” on Actualidad 1020AM.
Rodriguez-Tejera started the conversation asking if we finally had the nominees for both parties. Amandi said, “your audience has known for months what we have talked about and now the media is catching up, Donald Trump has the Republican nomination and Secretary Hillary Clinton has the Democratic nomination. Tuesdaymade it more than official, and now we can all focus on November. It will likely be the most entertaining and interesting presidential campaign in the US.” When asked what the candidates had to do to win, Amandi responded, “in Hillary Clinton’s case, she is facing two areas she needs to improve on. First, she needs to do better among younger voters, those under 35 years old. They have demonstrated a lack of enthusiasm and interest for her candidacy. If she can’t find a way to appeal to those voters, she will have problems in November. I don’t believe we will see young voters going to Trump, but if those voters are not excited about Clinton they won’t participate. A large amount of these young voters who have been polled identify with Democrats, but one thing is to identify with the party, and another is to actually vote for the party’s candidate. Obama was able to light a fire with that sector of voters and if Hillary can’t it will be an issue.” He continued, “white male voters are also very important for Clinton. She has had a lot of problems with this group of voters, she needs to get them if she wants to win.” Amandi also spoke about Trump’s strategy, “he needs to get better with Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian-Americans, women, and young voters, he already has a bad record with these groups. However, Trump is doing very well with the white vote. It is possible for him to win the election with just those votes, but it is very difficult because he would have to receive 60 to 70 percent of that vote to win.” Amandi concluded “if Trump wins, it would divide the country, as his rhetoric is very polarizing.”
Palomares also commented on Tuesday’s results, “for eleven months, I have been getting hits from the anti-Trump movement. Now I think that the movement is finally dead. We saw that the alliance between Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich was defeated. Nobody considered it a progressive alliance. Trump’s victoryon Tuesday was overwhelming. In those five states, there wasn’t a single county where Cruz or Kasich won.” Palomares explained that “the worst case scenario for Trump is that he goes to the convention with 1,210 delegates, if he only gets half of the California delegates. If he wins 54 percent in California, which is reasonable, he will get to the convention with the necessary delegates.” Palomares highlighted that Trump has won 29 out of the 50 states.
STATE REP. RODRIGUEZ ON ISSUES WITH FPL: Yoly Cuello spoke with State Representative Jose Javier Rodriguez about the Florida Power and Light and Turkey Point on her show “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.
They started the interview commenting that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has asked Florida Power and Light (FPL) to explain how water from the cooling canal reached the Biscayne aquifer. Rodriguez commented, “the plant in Turkey Point has used and contaminated the water in the reserve that we could have used in the future as drinking water. We have been asking Governor Rick Scott and the EPA to protect the public and the drinking water for the community. They could have done that by simply doing their job, which includes enforcing water preservation laws.” He continued, “there was an administrative judgement punishing the company for ignoring the clear evidence that this water is contaminated. What the department has done, which is not enough but it is something, is that they gave FPL 21 days to respond with a plan on how they are going to take care of this problem. They have known about this issue since 2000, why is it that now they are just starting to realize what the situation actually is? They don’t need to conduct studies, they know what is wrong and they should impose restrictions on FPL to force them to change their practices.” Rodriguez expressed his frustration and said they are going to keep putting pressure on the department, so that they do their jobs and fix this problem. Rodriguez also discussed FPL’s plans to expand Turkey Point and the extension of power lines and amplification of reactors, which was approved by Governor Scott, but ultimately rejected by a court. Rodriguez said, “they have wanted to expand the Turkey Point plant and part of it has to do with building 105-foot towers on polls by US-1, which would be surrounded by residential communities. FPL argued that they could do this without respecting local laws or requests to install these lines underground. The governor approved FPL’s plan to construct wherever they wanted and build as tall as they needed. However, an appellate court ruled against them and found that the governor was using power he didn’t have.” Rodriguez concluded, “as legislators, we have to go through the process of figuring out what is lawful and what is not. We are using our power in the legislature to put pressure on the EPA to take immediate action on these issues. We need action now and not in the future.”