WAKING UP TO THE OTHER HALF
OF SOUTH FLORIDA’S POLITICAL CONVERSATION

TRENDING TOPIC FOR THURSDAY, MAY 5TH: Happy Friday and happy Mother’s Day to all the moms. We leave you with some updates on the issues that have made headlines this week.


COMMISSIONER SOSA ON THE ISSUES: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa gave an update on county matters to Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera andRicardo Brown on Actualidad 1020 AM.

They initially focused on the recent issues with Florida Power and Light and whether the company will continue to be the energy provider for Florida. Sosa commented, “FPL has always been a good business and a good partner. They have always tried to have initiatives to help protect the environment. After I requested the study is when it was determined that FPL allowed a certain level of contamination, but there is no danger to our drinking water. We recognized the problem and there is time to fix it. I had a meeting with environmentalist, FPL and the mayor, and we demanded that the nuclear plant make the necessary repairs.” The commissioner also mentioned the need for the company to modernize, and have cooling towers instead of continuing to dredge more canals. When asked about what authority the Miami-Dade County Commission has over FPL, Sosa responded, “the state has the most control and jurisdiction. The state is the one that can make demands.” Sosa praised FPL for keeping its costs low and providing a reliable service.

Regarding transit in the county, Sosa said, “at some point we all need to sit down and talk about this. Traffic is a problem for all of us. The county gets all the criticism for the traffic problem, but the cities contribute to that problem.” She continued, “a lot of people don’t know that the half a cent that they contribute goes to municipalities as well. Municipalities get millions of dollars and are using it for the free trolleys, which is a good service. But when it comes to the infrastructure, all of the criticism goes to the county. If we don’t work together, control the growth better, and preserve our oldest roads so that traffic can continue to flow, we are going to have bigger problems.” Sosa discussed some of her proposals to alleviate the traffic situation, including “having reversible roads that open additional lanes going in a particular direction during peak traffic hours. This can be done with traffic lights at a minimum cost. Alice Bravo, the Director of Miami-Dade Transit, is currently looking at my proposal and trying to figure out where we can test this idea in the near future. We have had a population growth, and we see more and more cars on the highway, and everything costs money. As elected officials we cannot sit down and say ‘we don’t care how much it costs, we are going to charge taxpayers anyway.’” Sosa concluded, “it takes long because we must make a good decision that has the smallest impact possible. This is why we need to identify the best and most cost effective option, so we can use the money we receive for projects our community need.”


MORE ON THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Bernadette Pardo discussed the Clinton and Trump campaigns with Democratic Pollster Fernand Amandi on her show,“Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM.

Amandi highlighted that “this is a historic race. Never in the history of the Democratic or Republican party have we seen someone get the nomination for the party like Donald Trump did.” Pardo mentioned that many polls put Secretary Hillary Clinton 10 points ahead of Trump, and asked what Trump could do to beat Clinton. Amandi said, “the people who think that Donald Trump can’t beat Hillary Clinton are the same people who thought he was not going get the GOP nomination, that he wasn’t going to win any primary or caucus as a republican, but look at where we are. Polls reflect the reality of a moment, like the moment last August that showed people had a unfavorable opinion on Trump. He has changed all of that from one month to the next and from one week to the other.” Amandi continued, “I think Trump will likely not win, but we can’t discount the possibility.” When asked if Trump was capable of winning over groups like women and Hispanics, Amandi said, “let’s use Obama as an example, he had the young voters, Hispanics, African-Americans, Asians, and single, white women. Within those groups, I don’t see the possibility of Trump getting any support. He is going to have to maximize the white male voters, and get a historical turnout.” Regarding Senator Bernie Sanders, Amandi said, “everyone in the Democratic Party, not just Clinton’s camp, has been asking when is Sanders going to drop out. Mathematically speaking, it is impossible for him to get the party’s nomination. I speculate that part of the reason why he is still campaigning is that he continues getting money. Last month he raised 25 million dollars. While he continues to raise funds like that, he won’t end his campaign, because it could give him influence and power.” He concluded, “Clinton has to continue spending money and time campaigning against Sanders, when she could be focusing on Donald Trump. It is an irony that Trump is the sole candidate for the Republican Party, while Hillary is still battling for her spot. Everyone thought that it was going to be the other way.”


ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR DORAL MAYOR: Yoly Cuello spoke with City of Doral Councilwoman Sandra Ruiz, who announced her candidacy for Mayor of Doral on “Noticias del Mediodia” on Caracol 1260AM.

Ruiz focused on her reasons for running for Doral Mayor, “I made a promise to the community. I have worked for this city for three years, and I have 15 years of experience. There have been projects we could have moved faster, and we have had problems that I feel I could help solve in a timely matter. I can give the residents and businesses the attention they deserve.” Ruiz also discussed traffic, which she considers the biggest issue in Doral. “This is not a new issue, we have been working on it since 2001 and 2002. What was not expected was the drastic change Doral went through in terms of population growth that led to more construction.” When asked about the other candidates running for the seat, Ruiz said, “it will be interesting since the former mayor is running again, as well as the incumbent mayor. I sincerely hope that we can give the residents of Doral and the voters good options, good working plans and that we can run a campaign worthy of Doral.”