TRENDING TOPIC FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 5TH: President-elect Trump’s possible changes to U.S. policies towards Cuba.

MIAMI-DADE CONTINUES EFFORTS TO ERADICATE ZIKA: Bernadette Pardo spoke with Miami-Dade County’s Director of Communications Michael Hernandez on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710AM.

Hernandez mentioned that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is currently in Atlanta meeting with the Director of the Center for Disease Control Dr. Tom Frieden. The CDC invited Mayor Gimenez, as well as other mayors who are battling Zika to discuss strategies and best practices. Hernandez said, “he invited the mayor and others to speak and discuss the possibility of developing a vaccine. That is the solutions we need. We can have aerial fumigation and go city by city, but at the end of the day, what we really need is a vaccine. Miami-Dade County is going to work with the CDC to develop the vaccine in the next two years, although ideally we would like for it to be within the next year but we don’t believe it will be possible.” When asked what zones have been cleared of Zika, Hernandez explained, “there are four, but the one that Governor Rick Scott lifted was in the area of Little River in the City of Miami. It was the smallest zone, and after 45 days where there haven’t been any local transmissions, or identified anyone that works or lives in that zone to have Zika, we were able to remove them from the list. The southern part of Miami Beach from 28th street to 8th street is still remains an issue. The 45-day window is closing there soon, and if we don’t receive reports of anyone else who has been affected by Zika, then we will be able to lift the warning there as well.”  Regarding the fact that there aren’t as many mosquitoes now because of the change in weather and because it is not raining as often Hernandez added, “last year, in December, we had temperatures reach the 90s and it was still raining a lot, so the county is still urging all of its residents to drain any standing water, and asking them to continue using mosquito repellent during dawn and dusk hours when mosquitoes are most active.”


Alex Leary ‏@learyreports  December 5
.@AllenWest talks national security at Trump Tower and “how maybe I can continue to serve my country.” http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/former-florida-rep-allen-west-seeking-job-with-trump/2305184

Allison Nielsen ‏@AllisonNielsen  December 5
.@realDonaldTrump Florida campaign manager Susie Wiles endorses @BlaiseIngoglia for RPOF chair: http://ow.ly/m7Px306OTZJ  #sayfie #FlaPol

Craig Pittman ‏@craigtimes  December 5
Btw, @RealBenCarson is the 2nd person with a home in #Florida‘s Palm Beach County to be tapped for #Trump Cabinet …http://postonpolitics.blog.mypalmbeachpost.com/2016/12/05/donald-trump-taps-palm-beach-gardens-man-ben-carson-for-hud-secretary/ …

Julie Davis ‏@juliehdavis  December 5
Former VP @algore says he had a “lengthy & very productive session” w @realDonaldTrump, “a sincere search for areas of common ground.”

Kenneth P. Vogel ‏@kenvogel  December 5
.@IvankaTrump is meeting with @algore today at Trump Tower to discuss climate issues. @anniekarni has the backstory: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/ivanka-trump-climate-czar-232031

CONGRESSMAN CURBELO ON THE ISSUES: Congressman Carlos Curbelotalked about President-elect Trump’s cabinet picks and provided a Congressional update on “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.

Pardo asked what we could expect from this last session of Congress this year. Curbelo said, “right now the main issue is coming up with a resolution before December 8th to continue running government operations, and to avoid a shut-down without going through too many complications. We have also had a some successful bills in Congress. One of them is the 21st Century Cures Act that would invest $25 million for the National Institute of Health to find cures for different types of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and illnesses that have been prominent in this century. It was a bi-partisan bill, and surely the president will sign it this week. Another bill has to do with reforming the criminal justice system for juveniles and minors. It promotes rehabilitation instead of putting them in jail. It is a lame duck congress, but there is still a lot of activity that is benefiting the entire country.” Pardo brought up that President-elect Trump has selected Dr. Ben Carson for Housing and Urban Development Secretary. She mentioned the importance of that department to South Florida because we have a housing crisis. Curbelo commented, “hopefully, we can get some help in finding a solution to this problem, because the county has not received federal funding. There is always a lot of back and forth where the county feels that the state won’t give them funding, and then the state blames the federal government for not providing a sufficient amount of funding either. I hope that we can resolve this and that Ben Carson puts forth a great effort, because we know that a few weeks ago he said he did not want any position in Trump’s administration. It seems they convinced him and I hope he does a good job.” When asked about Trump’s likely policies towards Cuba based on the people that have been named to lead the charge with Cuban policy, Curbelo responded, “everything seems to indicate that the new government is going to support the policy of having sanctions, and the people that Trump has named have for the last 10 years been proponents to that idea. These are people that don’t believe in concessions for the Cuban government, without the regime taking concrete steps to creating a democratic society in Cuba. If these appointments are any indication as to how this government is going to treat the issue of Cuba, then we can expect a policy similar to President Bush’s.”