Facing South Florida With Jim DeFede
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenz got soccer star David Beckham to back off his port site and agree to another spot on the water and he negotiated a new deal with the Miami Heat that starts paying the county $1 million a year immediately.
Miami Gardens new police Chief Stephen Johnson discusses with CBS4’s Jim DeFede the challenges he faces as well as the controversy over the city’s version of stop and frisk where nearly 100,000 people were stopped for being suspicious.
Jim devotes the entire half hour to the big national news headline of the week — the scandal within the Dep’t of Veteran Affairs, which led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. The scandal surrounding veterans’ health care issues mirrors the problems CBS4 Investigator Jim DeFede uncovered here in South Florida. Jim and his guest, Congressman Joe Garcia, talk about that and how to fix the problem.
The FPL power line issue took center stage in South Florida and Tallahassee this past week. Jim sits down with the leading opponent to talk about the impact these ten-story high poles will have on the various communities they’ll run through. FPL declined an offer to come on the program.
Miami Dade Police Officer Mario Gutierrez, the officer stabbed last October preventing a man from setting a gas station underground tank on fire, talks about what it was like to be honored in Washington as one of the top law enforcement officers in the country.
The climate report issued this week by the White House talks about the impact climate change on the country overall. There are particular concerns for South Florida, which Jim will address with his guests.
Jim sits down with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to discuss David Rivera’s decision to run for his old seat in Congress, he chances of immigration reform, Venezuela, Obamacare, VA issues and much more.
This past week former Congressman David Rivera decided to jump into the race for his old seat. Rivera, who lost his election in 2012 amid a flurry of scandals, remains under federal investigation. Before Rivera added himself to the crowded republican primary field, the person who seemed in the best position to win was Miami-Dade school board member Carlos Curbelo.
Jim talks to Curbelo to get his reaction to the surprising turn of events.
Jim sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to discuss the county budget, whether the mayor supports a vote on increasing taxes to help county libraries, the proposed soccer stadium at the port, the status of stadium negotiations with the Dolphins’ Stephen Ross, and much more.
Florida’s two U.S. Senators-in town at the same place, at the same time, and on the same page. At an appearance in Doral, Senators Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson met with the Venezuelan community to demonstrate their solidarity with the Venezuelan people. Both senators have been vocal about their support for Venezuela during this time of crisis. We hear what they have to say and continue the conversation with local journalists covering the story.