TRENDING TOPIC FOR TUESDAY, JUNE 13TH: The White House announcement that Trump will travel to Miami this Friday to reveal his administration’s changes to the US-Cuba policy continues to be a hot topic in South Florida.
TRUMP TO REVEAL CUBA POLICY IN MIAMI: Bernadette Pardo spoke with Miami Herald journalist Patricia Mazzei about Trump’s visit this Friday to announce his Cuba policy, on her show “Pedaleando con Bernie” on Radio Mambi 710 AM.
Mazzei explained how last week the White House gave them the official notification that Trump was going to make this announcement, as well as others that are involved with the president’s policies, and that they were going to come to Miami (read more here). She said, “we don’t know the details of what he is going to say or what his final decision on Cuba is, we are still waiting to find out what this will entail.” When asked if Senator Marco Rubio and Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart have had any influence on what might be the policy changes towards Cuba, Mazzei responded, “we know that Senator Rubio and Congressman Diaz-Balart have been involved in this process with the White House, but we this is a policy that is very complicated and cannot be changed overnight. There has to be many rule changes in federal agencies and they have to provide representatives for each department, so this isn’t going to happen fast.” Pardo mentioned that in Mazzei’s article it says that many people have urged the president to stay vigilant about Cuba. Mazzei said “there are of course the Republicans from Miami that are interested in this, but there are also some Republicans from outside the state that would benefit from commercial opportunities in Cuba. So representatives of states like Minnesota, Texas, and Arkansas have asked the president to let the policies that Obama had put in place remain, because they are going to help businesses in their state. So they are representing interests that are completely different from our local leaders. Outside of Miami, the Cuba issue isn’t as controversial as it is here, and they don’t understand why there are restrictions on travel to the island.” Pardo talked about the poll that was conducted by Florida International University, which showed that 56 percent stated that they want better relations with Cuba, and asked how this disconnection between the majority and the elected officials is going to be managed. Mazzei said, “many of the people that favor Obama’s policies are the same people that don’t vote and those that vote are the ones that like a stronger stance on the Cuba policy. Those that tend to vote are older Cuban-Americans they are the voters represented by these elected officials. For Diaz-Balart and others like him, it is not a popularity issue or what will get him votes, it is about what is morally and ethically right for Cuba and the need for them to become a democracy. They would be in favor of having better relations with the island if things change for its people.”
MIAMI-DADE TRANSPORTATION: Roberto Rodriguez-Tejera and Juan Camilo Gomez spoke with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa who discussed transportation on their show “Contacto Directo” on Actualidad 1040 AM.
Rodriguez-Tejera began by talking about transit, and how many residents feel frustrated that the county is not doing enough to rectify all of the issues Miami-Dade has. Sosa commented, “they are completely right to feel that way. In Miami-Dade County, the elected officials of the past never anticipated that the county would have the intense amount of immigration that it got from Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela and all of the different nationalities that have come here. Hundreds of people arrive every month who want to live in Miami-Dade, and we are registering many people that are coming here. We can’t keep anyone from having their own vehicle and this adds thousands of cars to our roads.” She described some proposals that she will like be discussed in the next transportation meeting. Sosa said, “one of the proposals is having reversible lanes on highways. It is something that has been successful in places like Bogota, Puerto Rico and some cities in Spain, where there is a lot of traffic. This is a cheap fix because all that needs to be done is add an arrow to the traffic light to direct people when they can go in a certain direction. It will help with the congestion.” Sosa also talked about the half-cent initiative and that those who benefit the most from these funds are the municipalities, “because they use it for the trolley services that are free to the resident, and they are getting millions of dollars from the half-cent.” Sosa said, “we want to use these funds from the half-cent for necessary infrastructure and I believe that Commission Chairman Esteban Bovo is looking for alternatives anywhere he can so that we can help the residents get from one place to another.”