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State Rep Jose Javier Rodriguez Talks About Tallahassee Dysfunction – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 75 – 5/4/2015

5 May 2015

State Rep Jose Javier Rodriguez Talks About Tallahassee Dysfunction – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 75 – 5/4/2015

Episode 75 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with Florida state representative Jose Javier Rodriguez who talked about the legislative session that just concluded in Tallahassee.

Host Grant Stern started off the show by talking about the plan negotiated by then-Governer Charlie Crist to purchase certain agricultural land from U.S. Sugar to be used for Everglades restoration. The purchase of the lands would allow the water flowing into the Everglades to be purified of pesticides and other pollutants. Funding for the purchase was provided for in a constitutional ballot initiative this past November; however, Governor Rick Scott and the Florida legislature are so far refusing to finalize this transaction. All concerned citizens are urged to contact their state representatives and senators to let them know there is broad support for this purchase.

State representative Jose Javier Rodriguez then joined the show to talk about the legislative session that ended recently. He started by talking about the discussion surrounding healthcare funding. The federal government has authorized funds to expand Medicaid programs for low-income residents. However, certain Republican leaders in Tallahassee are refusing to accept the federal money. In fact, due to an impasse between the House and Senate, the House adjourned several days earlier than planned in order to avoid some of these difficult decisions. Representative Rodriguez then talked about Florida Power and Light. FPL is looking to expand the nuclear power generating facility at Turkey Point, adding two new reactors. However, they have not yet received approval from federal regulators. The expansion plan also includes a component that would construct transmission lines along US-1 through the communities of Pinecrest, South Miami, Coral Gables, and Brickell. The 100-foot tall towers would bisect these neighborhoods and create not only an eyesore, but also potentially lower the property values surrounding the corridor. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is accepting public comments about the expansion plan until May 22; for help submitting comments, please call Representative Rodriguez’s office at 305.854.0365.

Representative Rodriguez also spoke about how FPL has been rigging the game against distributed power generation. In essence, companies who own property and would like to install solar panels for their own needs and to sell excess power to the grid are forced to sell any excess power well below the market rate. In fact, it is so low that investors and developers have agreed that it will not pay enough to make it worthwhile. A new coalition of citizen activists, Floridians for Solar Choice, will be advocating for changes in the regulations to make it possible for individuals and businesses to create a distributed solar power generation network. He also spent a few minutes discussing fair districting which would seek to eliminate some of the more egregious gerrymandered districts statewide. To connect with Representative Rodriguez, follow him on Twitter at @josejavierjjr.

Then, Omar Rivero of Occupy Democrats joined the show. He talked about the history of the site and their mission. He gave his thoughts on the issue of the pending purchase of big sugar land to aid in Everglades restoration and how citizens might get involved in the political process to encourage Florida lawmakers to appropriate the funds. He also talked about the recent issues of police brutality that have come to light in Baltimore, Ferguson, and elsewhere, and how addressing economic inequality might be able to curtail some of the illegal activities that occur among inner city youth.

Omar also spent some time talking about the upcoming 2016 presidential election and the two Democratic candidates who have announced their candidacy, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. He talked about the positions, sometimes surprising, that the two candidates have espoused in the first few weeks of the campaign. He also talked about the difficulties surrounding campaign finance due to the Citizens United ruling that allows virtually unlimited funds to flow to candidates and political action committees. For continuing coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, visit occupydemocrats.com or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/occupydemocrats.

At the beginning of the second hour, Casey Rodriguez joined the show to talk about the upcoming Spring Ballet Gala presented by the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, which will feature the Shostakovich Suites and Pentimento. For more information, visit http://www.artsballettheatre.org/p4.html or for tickets, visit aventuracenter.org (for the May 9 performance) or browardcenter.org (for the May 10 performance).

Finally, Grant was joined by producer Brandon Mowry and Daren Bentley to talk about sports, including the NBA playoffs and a recap of the Dolphins draft.

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DJ Andres Fresko Talks About His #OnlyInMiami Story and Ultra

24 March 2015

DJ Andres Fresko Talks About His #OnlyInMiami Story and Ultra

Episode 69 of the #OnlyInMiami Show featured interviews with Juan Cuba, Jorge Andres Cortes, Juan Patron, DJ Andres Fresko, and Jeffrey Greenberg.

First, Juan Cuba called in to the show to talk about the new Downtown Democrats group, which will be a space for those who live or work in downtown Miami to connect with other like-minded politically-engaged individuals and to discuss local, state, and national issues. It will also be a forum for candidates to connect with energetic young professionals about their candidacies and the issues that concern them. To find out more about the Downtown Democrats, visit their website at www.downtowndems.com, connect with them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DowntownDems or follow them on Twitter: @DowntownDems.

Next, Jorge Andres Cortes of the South Florida Entrepreneurs called in to the show to talk about their organization and their upcoming event; a networking event to be held at LMNT Studios in the Midtown Miami neighborhood on March 25 at 7pm. The event will feature live DJs and speakers and will be hosted by Al Nelson, who recently appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank and received funding for his company, EZVIP.com. There will also be a chance to meet other entrepreneurs and network with them. If you have questions or would like more information, message Jorge Andres Cortes on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jorgecortesrestrepo.

Host Grant Stern was then joined by DJ Andres Fresko, a Miami native who is making the circuit in the electronic music scene. He will be performing at this weekend’s Ultra Music Festival, as well as other events in town. He talked about getting started in the EDM music scene and about his recent tour with DJ Carnage. He also shared some of his recent tracks and talked about the creation process for his music. He played one of his newest tracks, a remix done for Borgias, which is so new it hasn’t been officially released. To connect with Andres on social media, connect on Facebook at facebook.com/AndresFresko, follow him on Twitter at @AndresFresko or on Instagram at @andresfresko. You can also find him on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/andresfresko.

Juan Patron, CEO of the South Florida Entrepreneurs also stopped by the show to talk about the networking event coming up as a collaboration between Andres Fresko and the South Florida Entrepreneurs. He talked about the reasons they founded the organization and their goals for the group.

In the second hour, Grant was joined by Jeffrey Greenberg, event sales manager for the Miami Marlins, who talked about their upcoming event, Passover at Marlins Park, which will happen on April 7. There will be kosher barbeque, a family fun zone, and a performance by the Maccabeats. For more information about this event, visit www.passoveratthepark.com.

Then, Jeffrey was joined by Drastic Fanatic to preview the 2015 Marlins season. They talked about Jose Fernandez’s rehab schedule, the various offseason signings, and the Marlins prospects for making the playoffs this year in what could be a crowded NL East field. They also talked about the recent announcement that the Marlins will be hosting the 2017

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Miami-Dade Dems compete for Florida Legislature seats

3 November 2014

Miami-Dade Dems compete for Florida Legislature seats

Miami-Dade Democrats field full Florida State House of Representatives Slate for first time since 2008

UPDATE: New Interview below with Daisy J. Baez (D), Florida House of Representatives Candidate in District 114:

We’ve interviewed 5 of the 7 candidates for Florida House of Representatives on the Democratic ticket in Miami-Dade County.

Miami Dade Democrats running for Florida State office

Carlos Periera, Omar Rivero and Juan Cuba are candidates on the 2014 ballot for Florida House of Reps. in Miami-Dade County. Annette Taddeo is running for Florida Lt. Governor with Charlie Crist.

Episode 43 of the Only in Miami Show featured three Candidates for the Florida House of Representatives in Miami-Dade: Omar Rivero (District 118 South Dade), Mariano Corcilli (District 111 Hialeah-Miami Lakes) and Carlos Periera (District 105 Doral).

The three featured studio guests are all members of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party who for the first time fielded challengers in all of the Florida legislature races in this county since 2008.

Florida House District 116 stretches from the southern portion of Doral to Miami-Dade Kendall Campus and is being contested by Juan Cuba. His current position as the Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Democratic party gives him unique insight on local, state and national politics today.

House Candidate Mariano Corcilli is a former Marine sergeant, now attorney practicing in Miami. He’s concerned that fire fighters who have service connected illnesses – as approved in 20 other states – do not have those same protections in Florida.

Omar Rivero grew up in Miami, graduated Cornell and founded the Occupy Democrats movement online. He’s concerned that Florida’s education funding is 49th out of 50 states and wants to do something about it.

Carlos Periera lives in “Doralezuela” and is concerned about state policies enacted by Governor Rick Scott to create 169 miles of “Lexus Lanes” as well as the effect of rising tolls on drivers throughout Miami-Dade County on roads that were once freeways.

Oct. 2014

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