If you live in Miami, you know that we are always complaining about our government doing absolutely nothing to protect our beloved city from the ravages of sea level rise. Now’s our chance. You can vote YES for the Miami Forever Bond. It’s a $400 million bond that funds the things everyone I know keeps asking about – flood control, sea level rise mitigation, affordable housing, better parks and pedestrian projects like Baywalk and Riverwalk. Continue reading Do you want to live in Miami Forever? Then get out there and vote
How did I spend my Sundays in August and September? Reviewing the Miami-Dade County Budget. I wasn’t alone, and that was a good thing. I’d certainly spoken up in the past for things I’d wanted to see funded, but hadn’t ever really poured through the budget to understand what was funded and what was missing. I have lots of people to thank for helping me dig deeper to understand what’s there and what’s not. Especially David McDougal & Maggie Fernandez.
In Richmond, CA police identified a mere 25 people causing 70 percent of the city’s violence. When I learned these statistics were similar to ours in Miami, I asked what I thought was a simple question. “If you know who these murderers are, why don’t you just arrest them?” The answer is not so simple. These people often escape arrest and prosecution because witnesses are too fearful to testify. So, no, the police can’t just arrest them even though they’d like to.
Here are a few more ideas for just how important voting yes on the Miami Forever Bond can be. These ideas are just from Downtown, but every neighborhood has important new capital projects on the list. Because the last bond is winding down, we can approve this new one without worrying that our property taxes will increase much.