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Transportation

Miami-Dade is one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan counties in the nation. However, as a result of empty promises, poor planning and lack of leadership, it is also one of the most traffic-congested metropolitan areas in Florida and the country. Seventeen years have passed since the County started collecting the half-percent sales tax that voters approved in 2002, yet after collecting billions of dollars in revenues, South and West Dade families have yet to receive the transit solutions by way of rail extension as originally promised. County leaders must stop the games and double-speak and get serious about mass transit.
As your next County Commissioner I will fight to:

• Bring about the long-promised, but never delivered, state-of-the-art transportation systems like light rail to South and west Miami-Dade to improve resident mobility and alleviate much-needed traffic congestion.

• Encourage new, large and small businesses to locate their operations in southern and western Miami-Dade County, thereby, reversing the congestive traffic flows from the major business hubs currently located in the easternmost part of the county. This would eliminate the need of many residents from commuting long hours.

• Propose legislation calling for a county-wide moratorium on highway tolls administered by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) until such time as the Florida Legislature and the County Commission complete a thorough and independent audit of MDX’s daily operations, it’s expenditures, and future plans.

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Affordabillity

Miami-Dade County is an amazing place to call home. Regrettably, however, According to Florida International University’s (FIU) Prosperity Feasibility Study of 2016, the average household pays a whopping 62 percent of their income in housing and transportation costs. This situation, coupled with stagnant wages, a lack of new, high paying jobs, and even gentrification, have caused a housing affordability crisis that, for a staggering number of working families and fixed-income elderly, alike, has priced them out of their homes, to find themselves barely able to afford living in their hometown anymore.

• I will fight to pass legislation which would increase the current caps the County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund is able to spend on affordable housing projects, as well as accelerate the release of these funds, once they are allocated, so that the monies targeted for affordable housing do not sit idle, year after year – so that more projects may be built at a faster rate.

• I will also demand that until this affordability crisis is under control, the County’s Affordable Housing Fund’s annual budget be significantly increased to accommodate the needs of lower-and middle-class working families who are in need of stable and affordable housing.

• Incentivize our business community to invest more in our county’s workforce housing program to provide affordable housing opportunities for our first responders, teachers and nurses.

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Small Businesses & Wages

As a lifelong small business owner, I know firsthand the needs and challenges that every small business owner faces to succeed. I intend to work closely with my colleagues to make county government a true partner to small businesses in order for them to expand and create high paying, quality jobs for all our residents. My experience in working with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council gives me the unique ability to develop strategies geared to attract large and small businesses from around the country to relocate and make Miami-Dade County their new home.

• I will pass legislation allowing new and existing small businesses to open their doors faster and expand their operations by reforming the burdensome permitting process, eliminating needless bureaucratic hurdles, and cutting red tape so that local government becomes a true partner and not an obstacle to small businesses.

• I will propose legislation for the expansion of the County’s popular “Mom & Pop” Small Business Grant Program by doubling the amount of grant money the county provides annually so that more struggling small businesses can benefit from this valuable program, as well as allowing new and qualified businesses, and startups to access this program.

• Incentivize our local colleges and universities to expand their curriculums to offer more vocational courses in trades in order to prepare the many young men and women, not inclined for a traditional education, to obtain the skills necessary for them to build fruitful careers and become part of our workforce at a much faster rate.

• I will work tirelessly with local, state and national economic development organizations and institutions in order to attract large and small businesses from around the country to relocate their operations and make Miami-Dade County their new home, and provide our residents with the quality, high-paying jobs they need and deserve.

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Climate Change & the Environment

As South Floridians, we have the unique advantage of living and working in paradise. The year-round tropical climate and its world-famous beaches makes Miami-Dade an ideal place to call home. Moreover, in southern Miami-Dade, we have the additional bonus of having two national treasures in our backyard – Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. However, the adverse effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise are beginning to threaten our communities, as well as weaken the thousands of delicate ecosystems that provide the balance we enjoy for sustainability in South Florida.

  • I will sponsor legislation which would require any new county-owned buildings to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Certified, essentially making them “green buildings” by 2025, and require all county-owned properties to be retrofitted to meet this certification by 2030.
  • Once my transportation proposals are implemented, Miami-Dade residents will have a range of options in getting around – from light rail, clean natural gas-powered buses and local trams, allowing them to leave their automobiles at home, significantly reducing our overall carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
  • I will work closely with local, state and national authorities, as well as my colleagues on the Commission to take proactive action to address the adverse effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise so that not only our own generation but future generations may continue to call Miami-Dade and all of South Florida their beloved home.
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Farming & Agriculture Community

The boundaries of Commission District 9 encompass all of southwestern Miami-Dade County, and almost all of the farming and agriculture communities located within the City of Homestead, Florida City, and The Redland. Few residents realize that aside from tourism, our very own agriculture community provides Miami-Dade with more than $2.7 Billion in direct economic impact annually.

In Miami-Dade County, our agriculture industry employs well over 20,000 people. This number increases dramatically to over 200,000 when one factors in additional industries that rely on a successful harvest: the trucking industry, international shipping, grocers and supermarket chains, home improvement stores, plant nurseries, fruit and produce stands, etc. Additionally, our agriculture industry in southern and western Miami-Dade supplies a significant portion of Florida’s produce year-round, and more than 80% of fresh vegetables to all of the northeastern United States during the winter months. In exchange for this economic windfall, Miami-Dade County provides for a little over $200,000 annually through the Miami-Dade County’s Office of the Agriculture Manager, as well as the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service.

  • I will be a steadfast supporter and defender of our Agriculture Industry and will work closely with my colleagues so that the funds that our County government sends to support this vital, local industry, is not reduced or threatened from any annual budgetary cuts.
  • My office and I will make it a priority to inform and educate our fellow residents of the many benefits and importance that this industry brings to all of Miami-Dade County

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Transportation

Miami-Dade is one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan counties in the nation. However, as a result of empty promises, poor planning and lack of leadership, it is also one of the most traffic-congested metropolitan areas in Florida and the country. Seventeen years have passed since the County started collecting the half-percent sales tax that voters approved in 2002, yet after collecting billions of dollars in revenues, South and West Dade families have yet to receive the transit solutions by way of rail extension as originally promised. County leaders must stop the games and double-speak and get serious about mass transit.
As your next County Commissioner I will fight to:

• Bring about the long-promised, but never delivered, state-of-the-art transportation systems like light rail to South and west Miami-Dade to improve resident mobility and alleviate much-needed traffic congestion.

• Encourage new, large and small businesses to locate their operations in southern and western Miami-Dade County, thereby, reversing the congestive traffic flows from the major business hubs currently located in the easternmost part of the county. This would eliminate the need of many residents from commuting long hours.

• Propose legislation calling for a county-wide moratorium on highway tolls administered by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) until such time as the Florida Legislature and the County Commission complete a thorough and independent audit of MDX’s daily operations, it’s expenditures, and future plans.

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Affordabillity

Miami-Dade County is an amazing place to call home. Regrettably, however, According to Florida International University’s (FIU) Prosperity Feasibility Study of 2016, the average household pays a whopping 62 percent of their income in housing and transportation costs. This situation, coupled with stagnant wages, a lack of new, high paying jobs, and even gentrification, have caused a housing affordability crisis that, for a staggering number of working families and fixed-income elderly, alike, has priced them out of their homes, to find themselves barely able to afford living in their hometown anymore.

• I will fight to pass legislation which would increase the current caps the County’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund is able to spend on affordable housing projects, as well as accelerate the release of these funds, once they are allocated, so that the monies targeted for affordable housing do not sit idle, year after year – so that more projects may be built at a faster rate.

• I will also demand that until this affordability crisis is under control, the County’s Affordable Housing Fund’s annual budget be significantly increased to accommodate the needs of lower-and middle-class working families who are in need of stable and affordable housing.

• Incentivize our business community to invest more in our county’s workforce housing program to provide affordable housing opportunities for our first responders, teachers and nurses.

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Small Businesses & Wages

As a lifelong small business owner, I know firsthand the needs and challenges that every small business owner faces to succeed. I intend to work closely with my colleagues to make county government a true partner to small businesses in order for them to expand and create high paying, quality jobs for all our residents. My experience in working with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council gives me the unique ability to develop strategies geared to attract large and small businesses from around the country to relocate and make Miami-Dade County their new home.

• I will pass legislation allowing new and existing small businesses to open their doors faster and expand their operations by reforming the burdensome permitting process, eliminating needless bureaucratic hurdles, and cutting red tape so that local government becomes a true partner and not an obstacle to small businesses.

• I will propose legislation for the expansion of the County’s popular “Mom & Pop” Small Business Grant Program by doubling the amount of grant money the county provides annually so that more struggling small businesses can benefit from this valuable program, as well as allowing new and qualified businesses, and startups to access this program.

• Incentivize our local colleges and universities to expand their curriculums to offer more vocational courses in trades in order to prepare the many young men and women, not inclined for a traditional education, to obtain the skills necessary for them to build fruitful careers and become part of our workforce at a much faster rate.

• I will work tirelessly with local, state and national economic development organizations and institutions in order to attract large and small businesses from around the country to relocate their operations and make Miami-Dade County their new home, and provide our residents with the quality, high-paying jobs they need and deserve.

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Climate Change & the Environment

As South Floridians, we have the unique advantage of living and working in paradise. The year-round tropical climate and its world-famous beaches makes Miami-Dade an ideal place to call home. Moreover, in southern Miami-Dade, we have the additional bonus of having two national treasures in our backyard – Everglades and Biscayne National Parks. However, the adverse effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise are beginning to threaten our communities, as well as weaken the thousands of delicate ecosystems that provide the balance we enjoy for sustainability in South Florida.

  • I will sponsor legislation which would require any new county-owned buildings to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED Certified, essentially making them “green buildings” by 2025, and require all county-owned properties to be retrofitted to meet this certification by 2030.
  • Once my transportation proposals are implemented, Miami-Dade residents will have a range of options in getting around – from light rail, clean natural gas-powered buses and local trams, allowing them to leave their automobiles at home, significantly reducing our overall carbon emissions into the atmosphere.
  • I will work closely with local, state and national authorities, as well as my colleagues on the Commission to take proactive action to address the adverse effects of Climate Change and Sea Level Rise so that not only our own generation but future generations may continue to call Miami-Dade and all of South Florida their beloved home.
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Farming & Agriculture Community

The boundaries of Commission District 9 encompass all of southwestern Miami-Dade County, and almost all of the farming and agriculture communities located within the City of Homestead, Florida City, and The Redland. Few residents realize that aside from tourism, our very own agriculture community provides Miami-Dade with more than $2.7 Billion in direct economic impact annually.

In Miami-Dade County, our agriculture industry employs well over 20,000 people. This number increases dramatically to over 200,000 when one factors in additional industries that rely on a successful harvest: the trucking industry, international shipping, grocers and supermarket chains, home improvement stores, plant nurseries, fruit and produce stands, etc. Additionally, our agriculture industry in southern and western Miami-Dade supplies a significant portion of Florida’s produce year-round, and more than 80% of fresh vegetables to all of the northeastern United States during the winter months. In exchange for this economic windfall, Miami-Dade County provides for a little over $200,000 annually through the Miami-Dade County’s Office of the Agriculture Manager, as well as the Miami-Dade Cooperative Extension Service.

  • I will be a steadfast supporter and defender of our Agriculture Industry and will work closely with my colleagues so that the funds that our County government sends to support this vital, local industry, is not reduced or threatened from any annual budgetary cuts.
  • My office and I will make it a priority to inform and educate our fellow residents of the many benefits and importance that this industry brings to all of Miami-Dade County
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