WE FILL THE GAP - WHERE THE MIAMI HERALD HAS GIVEN UP
Actually I am going to the Miami Herald for material for my Saturday Morning Speak-up. Fabiola Santiago said it better than I ever could:
To the county powerbrokers anchored in downtown Miami, the small bedroom communities in Northwest Miami-Dade may be expendable in their quest to increase the tax base and create jobs.Do I care about people who live in Western Miami? I hardly have any readers there. Hmmm. They don't drink wine and they don't eat cheese (that is Javier Souto's euphemism for Whites). Yes, I care when ANYONE is taken advantage of. Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava has an Achilles' heel. When she hears the word JOBS her eyes glaze over on the other deficiencies and that is her focus: jobs. They will not pay $15 an hour at the American Wet Dream Mega Mall, and that isn't even a living wage for a family. I want Levine Cava to focus instead on job training. I have heard the job mantra for years with Barbara Jordan and they never come through with good paying jobs with a future. How are you going to make a sows ear job into a silk purse job? Maybe we need a different concept. And, the Mayor has grossly inflated the amount of jobs that this project will generate. There are just so many theme park malls one community can handle. This one sounds like a boondoggle. Working in a dying concept -- a mall -- is not lucrative in the Sunshine State. We already have Mall saturation and I bet we can count on one hand how many African Americans they will hire for this Western Dade location. And this mall has no water supply. When the land was put in the UDB it had to produce its own water supply. The Hialeah plant is plagued with problems.
But if Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the Miami-Dade County Commission are going to destroy the quality of life of residents with their push to bring a grotesque megamall and theme park to their doorstep, they ought to at least listen to the people whose lives they’re up-ending.
“There’s such gridlock already we can’t get out of our own neighborhoods,” says Patricia Collado, a paralegal, mother of a Tennessee-bound firefighter, and president of the Palm Springs North Civic Association. AND:
To add the proverbial insult to injury, giving just a week’s notice to residents affected, the county commission has scheduled a key vote for Tuesday to assemble land, now in state hands... ”
We need less buggy whips and slide ruler makers. We need to train in the jobs of the future not the past. Since we don't look for any industry, except for theme parks, and we wasted the $70 million of bond money to attract new businesses, I guess here in Miami Dade the future is caring for the elderly. What else do we have? We are killing farming, the cruise ships employ foreigners, and a Burger King was closed recently for health violations. Bagging groceries is a budding career choice, especially at Whole Foods where they think cutting down trees to make bags is better than using plastic bags.
We should get a good vote on this land deal on St. Patrick's Day from Steve Bovo who hates last minute crap. Everyone on the Commissioners should follow his lead on last minute crap. Hopefully Pepe Diaz will be too drunk to show up since I have given up on him having an epiphany anytime soon. I will be going to the Hallandale Beach Theme Park because I can play Texas Holdem at the same time. They have combined shopping, water theme park, horse racing and gambling. That is a budding career for people: card dealer at all the casinos. You need to be dexterous and you only have to know about 20 words in 3 languages.
If they build the American (wet) Dream Mall they are going to shake with rock mining blasting. People will be caught in avalanches. OMG what a way to die, on a theme park mountain. How is Sylvester Lukis the lobbyist going to deal with that one? Here is how, he also works for the rock miners as well as the mall.
Now you all see my thinking process at work -- This is the all over the place editorial.
MIAMI BEACH: I think supplying sunscreen to beach patrons is the best idea ever.