Issues has responded to the community’s need for in-depth representation of local concerns for almost 30 years, bringing together local leaders and journalists to discuss the important topics facing South Florida. The weekly half-hour public affairs and news program provides the type of extensive and probing analysis that addresses the community’s continuous concerns.
Friday, July 31 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, August 2 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Renegotiating Police Pensions? As the City of Miami deals with its current fiscal crisis, Mayor Manny Diaz and Police Chief John Timoney have raised concern over the cost of police and fire pensions. Is the City of Miami negotiating with the local police union in good faith?
Guest: Armando Aguilar, Fraternal Order of Police, Miami Lodge
ISSUE TWO: Healthcare Reform and South Florida Congress has been debating President Barack Obama’s proposed healthcare plan, agreeing not to rush through the process and to re-address it following the August recess. We gathered a panel to discuss the proposal as it stands and how it would affect South Florida residents.
Guests: William Donelan, University of Miami Linda Quick, South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Assoc. Jeffrey Ritter, D.B.A., Barry University John Rock, M.D., Florida International University
Friday, July 24 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 26 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with Former City of Miami Manager Joe Arriola Joe Arriola joins us to discuss his thoughts on the fiscal health of the City of Miami and his tenure as the City Manager under current mayor Manny Diaz.
Guest: Joe Arriola, Former City of Miami Manager
ISSUE TWO: Journalists’ Roundtable: Miami-Dade County Budget Last week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez presented his budget proposal to fill a $427 million dollar deficit. We gathered a journalists' roundtable to discuss this and other County-related news such as the hiring of a new housing director and the possibility of a half-penny tax for Jackson Health Systems.
Guests: Joy Reid, South Florida Times Daniel Ricker, Watchdog Report Daniel Shoer Roth, El Nuevo Herald
Friday, July 17 @ 7:30 PM Sunday, July 19 @ 12:30 PM
ISSUE ONE: Interview with City of Miami Police Chief John Timoney Recent high-profile crimes committed with assault weapons have triggered the debate whether or not we should reinstate the federal ban on ammunitions and select semi-automatic firearms. Chief John Timoney joins us to discuss assault weapons in South Florida, and also how immigration reform can affect public safety.
Guest: Chief John Timoney, City of Miami Police Department
ISSUE TWO: Condo Foreclosures with State Rep. Julio Robaina The mortgage crisis has large implications and is not just limited to houses and neighborhoods. When foreclosures occur within a condo association, all residents share the burden. But should they?
Guest: State Rep. Julio Robaina, (R) District 117
ISSUE THREE: Marlins Stadium Latest Figures Michael Mayo joins us on the program to share his thoughts on the latest projected cost of the Florida Marlins baseball stadium.
Last week on Issues, we discussed the questionable plane usage from State CFO Alex Sink and Attorney General Bill McCullom. In a report from The Miami Herald, Sink is using campaign funds to repay the state.