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9 July 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 84 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com.
3:27 – Grant expressed his support for the recent resolution passed by the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners condemning Donald Trump’s recent comments on immigration. Trump’s comments created outrage in the Latin American community and have cost him business relationships with Univision, NBC, and Macy’s.
8:35 – Grant welcomed Carlos Miller, founder and publisher of PhotographyIsNotACrime.com to the show. They spoke about a situation in Jacksonville where the acting chief judge for the Jacksonville County Court has issued an order that disallows any protests that are critical of the court or its judges on the courthouse grounds. The order is being challenged by PINAC as being a violation of the First Amendment to the Constitution. UPDATE: The day after the show aired, the judge reconsidered his order and has scaled it back significantly. For ongoing coverage of this situation and other First Amendment violations, visit photographyisnotacrime.com.
12:41 – Local attorney Thomas Cobitz called into the show. He and Grant began by talking about the push to equip Miami-Dade police officers with body-worn cameras. They talked about Sunshine Law requirements for the video footage from these cameras. Thomas expressed concern for tipsters because of the likelihood for retaliation based on those they accused being able to request the footage to know who turned them in. Likewise, concern was expressed for making the inside of a private residence public record. Carlos Miller joined the conversation and talked about the length of time that videos should be preserved. Current legislation indicates that they would be preserved for 90 days. However, some defendants are held for that long or longer and may not be able to submit a records request until after the footage has been deleted. Cobitz argued that a fairer solution might be to preserve the footage until the statute of limitations for the crime has expired.
25:54 – Grant and Carlos were joined by PINAC’s Jacksonville-based reporter Jeffrey Gray, who talked about what he does for the website. He talked about his experience filming the courthouse in Jacksonville from a sidewalk that was not covered in the judge’s order and how he was approached by law enforcement and harassed anyway. Carlos talked about how PINAC will respond, since credentialed media are exempted from the order, but the judge reserves the right to determine who is or is not credentialed media.
41:49 – Grant was joined by Timothy Canova, who talked about the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a trade agreement that many are troubled by. One such aspect is that businesses could challenge U.S. law and have their case decided by a trade arbitrators. This could have implications for environmental law, as corporations could potentially appeal such laws to an arbitrator to avoid compliance or to receive compensation. For more information about this ongoing debate, visit isdscorporateattacks.org or search Twitter for the hashtag #stopTPP.
47:14 – Grant continued his conversation with Carlos Miller talking about a civil action in Jacksonville to protest Chief Judge Mahon’s order. PINAC is sponsoring a meet-up and protest at the Duval County Courthouse on July 20. They also talked about the case of Michale Hoffman, who was arrested for holding a sign critical of the Transportation Security Administration at the Jacksonville airport.
56:15 – Grant welcomed local composer Jim Camacho to the show. He talked about his upcoming show on Saturday, July 11 at 8:30pm at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center that will feature his compositions, including a world premiere. For more information or tickets, visit smdcac.org. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
1:08:02 – Grant, J.J. Colagrande, and Brandon Mowry talked sports, reveling in the fact that the Heat and Dwyane Wade have come to terms and looking forward to the coming Heat season. They also talked about free agency for the rest of the league, including admiration for what the Spurs were able to achieve in free agency.
1:28:20 – J.J. Colagrande interviewed Forrest Shaw, a comedian in L.A. who grew up here in Miami. They talked about his career and his upcoming show at Gramps in Wynwood. He will be appearing on July 15 with a few other comedians. For more information, follow Forrest on Twitter (@forrestshaw) for information on upcoming shows and links to purchase tickets.
1:39:31 – Grant, J.J., and Brandon continued talking sports. They talked about the U.S. Women’s National Team and their big Women’s World Cup victory this past Sunday. They also lamented losing Giancarlo Stanton for a couple weeks due to his hand injury.
23 June 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 82 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with J. J. Colagrande talking with Grant Stern about the launch of the new OnlyinMiami.co news website.
2:51 – Grant began the show by talking with local activist Peter Ehrlich of Scenic Miami about the proposal as part of the Miami Innovation District to construct a 600 foot tall tower whose sole purpose would be displaying advertisements on LED screens. Peter talked about his group and their opposition to the visual pollution that billboards and especially LED billboards provide. He talked about three upcoming meetings about the tower. First, a meeting will be held on June 23 at the Planning, Zoning, and Appeals Board at City Hall. Another meeting, this time with the City of Miami Commission, is scheduled for June 25. A final meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 29 with the Southwest Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency board. For more information, visit Scenic Miami’s website (scenicmiami.org) or find them on Facebook (facebook.com/ScenicMiami).
9:17 – Grant was joined by local writer J. J. Colagrande. They talked about the new OnlyinMiami.co which will launch June 1. It will feature daily Miami-specific news stories, a feature lacking in many local news outlets who have moved operations to Doral or Miramar, despite the center of the South Florida metroplex being the City of Miami.
15:11 – Diana Umpierre from the South Florida chapter of the International Dark Sky Association joined the show to talk about the LED tower that Grant and Peter spoke about and the light pollution it would create. She talked about the impact of light pollution on resident’s quality of life and also on the environment. For more information about the International Dark Sky Association, visit darksky.org. To find out more about the local chapter, visit their website at idasouthflorida.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/IDASouthFlorida.
23:30 – J. J. Colagrande and Grant Stern talked about local Miami politics, including the hotly contested campaign for the District 2 seat on the City of Miami Commission. They talked about the upcoming virtual debate between the candidates and about what issues are the most pressing facing Miami. They spent some time talking about the issue of homelessness and what can be done to address the 1,000 homeless persons living in downtown Miami. They also talked about the SkyRise Miami project and what it might mean for the city.
40:36 – J. J. Colagrande talked about what topics the new OnlyinMiami.co will be covering. The big areas will be News, Culture, Sports, People, and Events. He talked about the voice that the site will use, which will not be sarcastic, but a serious but still fun look at Miami from the perspective of Miamians. The website will include a number of writers and a number of different formats, seeking to tie together many different forms of media, like podcast, film, and the written word, into one site.
55:41 – Taylor Hardy, a correspondent with PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, joined the show to talk about his experiences with PINAC, including being charged for wiretapping violations simply for calling a Massachusetts Public Information Officer about an incident. He also talked about a recent case in Miami Gardens where a man was arrested more than 150 times for trespassing at his place of employment. Police needed to fill certain quotas (which are illegal) to achieve funding levels, so they would arrest this man simply for statistics purposes.
1:08:00 – J. J. Colagrande, Grant Stern, Darrin Bentley, and the Drastic Fanatic talked local sports. J. J. offered a wrap-up of the NBA Finals and talked about how Miami Heat fans should have supported LeBron James as a thank you for his four years in Miami. They also talked about NBA free agency and the drama surrounding the contract negotiations between the Heat and Dwyane Wade.
21 April 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 73 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with Steve Janowicz of Patients Out Of Time, Fred Frost of Stop the TPP, and Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance.
The show began with Grant Stern talking about the initiative to legalize marijuana for medical use in Florida. He stressed the need to be properly registered to vote and to do so when issues like this arise.
Grant was then joined by Steve Janowicz from Patients Out Of Time, who talked about the upcoming conference on medical marijuana that will be held in West Palm Beach from May 21 to 23. For more information about the conference, visit patientsoutoftime.org.
Then, Fred Frost joined the show to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is a trade agreement involving twelve different countries bordering the Pacific Ocean. This agreement has been kept mostly quiet from the public, but deserves attention due to the devastating effects it could have for the American worker. In essence, it would easily allow American companies to outsource certain labor to countries like Vietnam, where workers are paid only 70¢ per hour. This could result in a vast quantity of American manufacturing jobs being moved overseas, since labor costs would be significantly reduced. For more information and updates, visit cwa-union.org or search Twitter using the hashtag #StopTheTPP.
Steve Janowicz then talked about in more detail about Amendment 2 in the 2014 election which would have legalized marijuana use for medical purposes. The amendment received almost 58% of the vote, yet failed because it required to be passed by a supermajority of 60%. Steve detailed that turnout and undervotes in the populous counties like Miami-Dade contributed to the amendment not being adopted. He also talked about the disparity in advertising in the closing weeks before the election as another reason why the initiative failed. Finally, Steve and Grant talked about the differences between competing legalization plans, including limits for medical use only to full legalization for anyone.
At the bottom of the hour, Jag Davies from the Drug Policy Alliance joined the show to talk about civil asset forfeiture laws, which basically allow law enforcement agencies to confiscate personal property and/or money if certain criteria are met. Jag related that approximately 75% of people who have had property seized are never convicted of a crime. It has become a four billion dollar industry for police departments across the country. The Drug Policy Alliance issued a report in the Los Angeles Times in which they report on the actions of a number of small municipalities in Los Angeles County who are illegally creating department budgets based on future civil forfeitures. They tend to prey on lower income minorities who have a hard time fighting to have their things returned because of the time and money required. It seems as though police are using these laws as a legal means to steal. For more information about civil forfeiture, read the L.A. Times here. For more information about the Drug Policy Alliance, visit drugpolicy.org or follow them on Twitter at @DrugPolicyOrg.
At the beginning of the second hour, Grant spoke with Sarah Trudgeon (@SarahTrudge) from the O, Miami poetry festival happening throughout April. She talked about how she got her start in poetry and read a poem called 2006. For more information about Sarah, visit saratrudgeon.wordpress.com, and for more information about the O, Miami festival, visit omiami.org.
Then, Grant was joined by Shayne Leighton (@shayneleighton), a South Florida musician whose first recording, Invincible, was just released. She is also about to start out on her Rock It Like a Redhead Beauty Tour. She talked about her musical inspirations and shared a few tracks from her EP. For more information about Shayne or her tour information, visit shayneleighton.com or follow her on Twitter at @shayneleighton.
Finally, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic to talk sports. They started out talking Marlins and Mets baseball and how the Marlins can’t wait to get Jose Fernandez back in the starting rotation. They were then joined by Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops (@hothothoops) to talk about the Heat who have now begun their longest off-season in a long time. They talked about the team’s chances in the lottery and the offseason dealings that the Heat could engage in.
14 April 2015 Brandon Mowry
Episode 72 of the #OnlyinMiami show featured interviews with Commissioner Xavier Suarez from the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and journalist Carlos Miller from the Miami-based national news website, photographyisnotacrime.com.
Grant began the show talking about recent discussions to route approximately half Tri-Rail commuter trains into the proposed downtown Miami terminus of the All Aboard Florida intercity train. The trains would travel north using the Florida East Coast right-of-way from downtown through the neighborhoods of Wynwood, Midtown, the Design District, Morningside, and the Upper East Side before turning to the west to join the existing line just south of the Metrorail Transfer station. The move would not only allow commuters from Broward and Palm Beach counties to easily travel into downtown Miami, but would also potentially allow new stations in some of these neighborhoods as well.
Then, Grant was joined by Carlos Miller, a local journalist and photographer who is the founder and publisher of Miami-based national news website, photographyisnotacrime.com. The site focuses on issues of police and government accountability and upholding constitutional rights for photographers and videographers. They talked about the recent police shooting of Walter Scott by a police officer in North Charleston, SC, where a citizen journalist was able to record a video of a police encounter gone wrong. The video shows the suspect fleeing a police officer when he was shot in the back five times by the same officer. The incident has made national news because the video appears to contradict the report made by the officer after the incident. Carlos also talked about another incident out of Oklahoma, where a reserve deputy, intending to discharge his Tazer to subdue a man, ended up using his gun instead, killing the man, Eric Harris.
Grant and Carlos were then joined by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier Suarez. They talked first about the issue of police-worn body cameras and whether footage from these cameras should be available to the public under government sunshine laws and what exceptions are reasonable to expect. They also talked generally about police accountability and how best to achieve it. Then, the conversation moved to Miami-Dade politics and whether or not Commissioner Suarez would seek the Miami-Dade County Mayor’s seat. Commissioner Suarez said that he was considering the possibility, but that he felt that it was too soon to begin campaigning and raising funds with some of the issues and needs facing the city, including the pressing need for transit expansion. Finally, they talked about the need for citizens to be able to hold their government accountable and the methods that should be available for them.
In the second hour, Grant was joined by Annik Adey-Babinsky to talk about the O, Miami poetry festival which will be taking place throughout Miami during the month of April. She talked about some of the upcoming events, including the O, Wolfsonian event, where museum visitors are encouraged to write a poem about one of the pieces in the collection. The event will happen this Friday from 1pm to 9pm. She also shared some poetry from visitors to last year’s festival’s O, Wolfsonian event. For more information about O, Miami festival events, visit their website, omiami.org.
Then, as usual, Grant was joined by Drastic Fanatic and Jose el Rey to talk sports. The NBA regular season is winding down, and the guys talked about the prospects for the Heat to make the postseason. They also talked about their predictions for the NBA’s second season and who might be able to come out of the East and the West. Finally, they spent a few minutes talking about the upcoming NFL Draft and how the Dolphins might approach it.
22 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
The Power U Center Miami is a community advocacy and organizing group that seeks to work for social equity and justice for all. It was founded to advocate for the residents of Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood and to help prevent developers from pushing residents from their homes. Recently, they have been involved in reproductive rights and the #blacklivesmatter movement as well. Yeshi Milner stopped by the show to talk about the organization and their work. She opined on the recent discovery of the North Miami Beach Police Department using arrest photos as targets during firearms training, as well as the recent police violence against unarmed black citizens Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
20 January 2015 Brandon Mowry
Last week, it came to light that snipers from the North Miami Beach Police Department were using arrest photographs for target practice at the Medley Firearms Training Center. Police chief J. Scott Dennis defended the practice, stating that the officers involved were being trained in facial recognition and that the practice is widely used in law enforcement. He further said that there were minority officers who were involved in the training. Nevertheless, community reaction has been swift and negative.. Power U and the Miami Committee on State Violence have organized a protest that will be held on January 20 at 6pm at the North Miami Beach Police Headquarters located at 16901 NE 19th Avenue, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. For more information about this story and for ongoing coverage, visit our partners at Photography is Not a Crime.