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Discussing Medical Marijuana, TPP, and Civil Forteiture – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 73

21 April 2015

Discussing Medical Marijuana, TPP, and Civil Forteiture – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 73

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.

TPP CountriesThen, 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.

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Activist Roger Craver Talks About Preventing Causeway Chaos – Only In Miami, Episode 71

7 April 2015

Activist Roger Craver Talks About Preventing Causeway Chaos – Only In Miami, Episode 71

Episode 71 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured an interview with blogger Roger Craver, an activist whom the Wall Street Journal called “a assassin of all things right-wing.”

The show began with Grant’s rant on the recent tactic employed by the city of Miami to combat citizens seeking good government who have challenged the city’s actions in court. The City of Miami is fighting numerous court cases challenging it actions by arguing that these citizens who are suing the city lack the standing to do so; in other words, because they are not personally harmed any more than any other citizen, they need to express their discontent at the ballot box, not in court.

For the balance of the first hour, blogger Roger Craver joined host Grant Stern to talk about his background in helping create citizens’ action groups such as Common Cause, the National Organization for Women, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Greenpeace. They also talked about the issues currently facing the city of Miami, including the need for transparency in city government dealings. Roger spent some time talking about how average citizens can get involved in government and become active in achieving change. He also talked about the upcoming elections for the city of Miami commission, primarily the race to replace District 2 Commissioner Mark Sarnoff. Finally, Roger and Grant talked about one of Roger’s newest projects, the Coalition Against Causeway Chaos, which, among other things, is challenging the proposed Watson Island Flagstone development, where developers received a below-market rent for city-owned waterfront property to construct a shopping center, hotel, and marina. However, citizens are questioning the value of the project and the potential traffic impact to the MacArthur Causeway.

In the beginning of the second hour, Grant talked with Ashley M. Jones from the O, Miami poetry festival which will be happening throughout the month of April in various places around Miami. She shared her own poem, Letter to Miami (Using Lyrics from the Golden Girls Miami Jingle). The first big event of the festival happens at the Soundscape Park on Sunday, April 12 from 4pm to 9pm. For more information about all of the events of the O, Miami festival, visit their website at http://www.omiami.org/. You can also follow them on Twitter (@omiamifestival).

Finally, Grant talked about the Marlin’s Opening Day, which included perhaps the first rain delay in a stadium equipped with a roof. He also talked about the Heat, who are in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in five years because of numerous injuries.

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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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Drastic Fanatic and Grant Stern Preview MLB’s NL East

9 March 2015

Drastic Fanatic and Grant Stern Preview MLB’s NL East

Drastic Fanatic joined host Grant Stern to talk about the start of spring training and the upcoming Major League Baseball season. The two talked about the offseason moves by the Marlins (@Marlins) and how they might translate on the field. They also talked about how the Mets (@Mets) and Nationals (@Nationals) might fare in the NL East, which seems to have significantly upgraded competition from last year.

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Mayors Cindy Lerner and Phillip Stoddard Talk Conservation and Energy – Only In Miami, Ep. 66

3 March 2015

Mayors Cindy Lerner and Phillip Stoddard Talk Conservation and Energy – Only In Miami, Ep. 66

Episode 66 of the #OnlyInMiami Show began with an editorial by Grant Stern urging residents who care about preserving what is left of native Florida habitat to make their voices heard at the County Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 3 in opposition to the plan to pave over a native pine rockland forest adjacent to Zoo Miami. For ongoing information, visit the Miami Pine Rockland Coalition website, connect with them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Sebastian Rusk then joined the show to talk about his book, “Social Media Sucks (if you don’t know what you’re doing).” He will be having a book signing at Books and Books next Monday. For more information, visit his website: SebastianRusk.com.

Then, Grant was joined by Pinecrest mayor Cindy Lerner, who talked about her city and her views on conservation, development, and smart growth. Mayor Lerner was then joined by South Miami mayor Phillip Stoddart who talked about FPL’s plan to construct transmission lines along US-1 through Pinecrest, South Miami, and Coral Gables. The two mayors discussed the reasons why FPL was resistant to alternative alignments or underground lines.

JennyLee Molina joined the show to discuss 305 Cafecito and their upcoming event, 305 Day. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/305cafecito.

In the second hour, Grant was joined by Josie Romero of the Miami-Dade Public Schools to talk about the upcoming Parade of the Stars talent show sponsored by the school district. For more information, or to apply to perform, call 305.261.8383 or e-mail josieromero@dadeshools.net.

Drastic Fanatic joined the show to talk a little sports, including a preview of the upcoming baseball season, specifically, the state of the NL East.

Bea Garcia joined the show to talk about the upcoming Formula E series race that will be held on the street of downtown Miami in a few weeks. The motorsports series features electric racecars on city center street courses.

Finally, Sol Ruiz of Picadillo joined the show to talk about her Miami roots, her band Picadillo, and their upcoming performance at Carnaval on the Mile. For more information about the festival, visit carnavalmiami.com

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