Mayor Carlos Gimenez

This photo of Georgia Ayers was taken in October 27, 2011  outside the oldest Baptist church in the city of Miami which was used for her Alternative Program to help people stay away from a life of crime. (Photo Credit: CHARLES TRAINOR JR MIAMI HERALD STAFF)

Georgia Ayers, Activist & Founder Of Alternative Program, Dies At 86

Georgia Ayers, a well-known activist in Miami’s African-American community has passed away.

CBS Miami–02/17/2015

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Facing South Florida: One-on-One with Mayor Carlos Gimenez

Jim Sits down with Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez for a special half-hour to cover a variety of topics. During the one-on-one interview Jim and the Mayor discuss, among other things, the Mayor’s plans for the Liberty Square Housing Projects, his plans for the proposed Miami Skyrise tower, and Donald Trump’s recent comments about Crandon Park. Jim and Mayor Gimenez also talk about the fallout from Jim’s CBS4 investigation into the recent death of transit bus driver Laquita Alvin, who was killed by her own “runaway bus”, specifically the investigation the county has now launched to look into it.

CBS4–02/16/2015

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Facing South Florida: Runaway Buses

On December 5th, a Miami-Dade transit bus driver was run over and killed by her own bus. Our CBS4 News investigation revealed that county officials have known for years that they have a problem with so-called “Runaway Buses”. While investigator Jim Defede was looking into Laquita Alvin’s death, he learned the county failed to maintain the very warning device that would have saved her life, and they continue to send out buses without that device. Jim uncovers how Miami-Dade’s aging bus fleet could also be putting the public at risk, which leads Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez to launch an investigation into what’s being called “bus safety issues”. And, the chairman of the county commission’s transportation committee said he would initiate his own review of the transit department.

CBS4–02/09/2015

Miami-Dade Bus (Source: CBS4)

Miami-Dade Mayor Orders Review Of Transit Department

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez has ordered an immediate review of the Transit Department to determine why a critical warning system on hundreds of buses was either broken or disabled.

02/04/2015

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County Pushing to Tear Down Liberty Square Housing Complex

Flashing lights, bullet holes, and teddy bear memorials have become so common in the Liberty Square Housing Project, ask any neighbor and they will point out multiple spots around their homes where people were murdered.

01/30/2015

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Bicyclists Push For Safety Plan Following Rickenbacker Causeway Death

One day after a cyclist died on the Rickenbacker Causeway, other bicyclists are calling on lawmakers for a crisis intervention.

01/22/2015

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Advertising Error Forces Miami-Dade To Re-Approve Budget, Tax Rate

A state agency is forcing the Miami-Dade County government to redo its property-tax budget for 2015.

11/18/2014

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Miami-Dade Police Receive Grant To Cut Crime In Northside District

The Miami-Dade Police Department has received a federal grant to help them clean up their crime ridden Northside District.

11/06/2014

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat is ready for action.   (Source: CBS4)

Miami-Dade Fire Boat Ready To Serve

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat is back and ready for action.

10/13/2014

Boot Camp (Source: CBS4)

Facing South Florida: Last Chance Boot Camp

Jim updates his 4-month investigation which aired last week as a special half-hour edition of Facing South Florida. It now appears that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez will restore the money to save the state’s remaining boot camp. This happened the day after Jim’s special aired.

CBS4–09/22/2014

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