Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Esteban Bovo

Facing South Florida: One-On-One With Esteban Bovo


CONGRESSWOMAN WILSON, THANK YO WELCOME BACK. 3 THEM RACE FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY 3 MAYOR IS GETTING CROWDED. 3 THIS WEEK WE SAW FORMER MARY 3 ALEX PENELAS AND A COUNTY 3 COMMISSIONER GET INTO THE RACE. 3 THEY JOIN CURRENT COMMISSIONERS 3 AND MY NEXT GUEST, ESTEBAN 3 BOBO. 3 IS BEEN ON THE COMMISSION SINCE 3 2011. 3 BEFORE THAT HE SERVED IN THE 3 STATE HOUSE. 3 AND HE JOINS US NOW. 3 THANK YOU FOR COMING IN. 3 THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. 3 A VERY CROWDED FIELD. 3 WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY 3 MAYOR? 3 2020 IS A CROSSROAD FOR OUR 3 COUNTY. 3 WE HAVE SEEN GREAT GROWTH AND 3 GREAT ECONOMIC PROSPERITY BUT 3 WE HAVE CHALLENGES. 3 WE HAVE CHALLENGES AND WE WANT 3 TO SUSTAIN TRANSPORTATION, 3 WORKFORCE HOUSING, 3 ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, ECONOMIC 3 DEVELOPMENT. 3 THEY ARE INTERTWINED TO EACH 3 OTHER. 3 BUT IF WE WANT TO SUSTAIN MIAMI-3 DADE COUNTY INTO THE FUTURE 3 THESE ARE ISSUES THAT NEED TO 3 BE ADDRESSED TODAY IN AND 3 AGGRESSIVE AND TRANSPARENT 3 FASHION AND ON THE PERSON MOST 3 QUALIFIED. 3 BECAUSE BASICALLY I’VE BEEN 3 WORKING ON THESE ISSUES FOR THE 3 LAST 8 YEARS AS I’VE BEEN 3 SERVING ON THE COMMISSION. 3 SOME COULD ARGUE IF YOU BEEN 3 WORKING ON THEM THE LAST 8 3 YEARS AND THEY ARE NOT GETTING 3 BETTER, ARE YOU THE BEST PERSON 3 TO TURN AROUND. 3 I WOULD SAY THE OTHER 3 COMMISSIONERS WOULD SAY THEY’VE 3 BEEN WORKING ON THE ISSUES. 3 WHAT DIFFERENCE YOURSELF? 3 TAKE TRANSPORTATION FOR 3 EXAMPLE. 3 TRANSPORTATION WAS A MOOT ISSUE 3 UNTIL 2013 WHEN I BECAME THE 3 CHAIR OF THE TRANSPORTATION 3 COMMITTEE. 3 WE STARTED ACTUALLY TACKLING 3 THE PROBLEM. 3 WE FELT FRUSTRATED LIKE MANY 3 RESIDENTS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY 3 AND DID NOT SEE THE DEVELOPMENT 3 OF TRANSPORTATION AND EXPANSION 3 WE THOUGHT WE WOULD BE SEEING. 3 DEFINITELY BY THAT TIME. 3 IN ALL HONESTY IF WE DON’T 3 START TALKING ABOUT IT WE 3 STARTED REALIZING THAT 3 HALFPENNY WAS NOT ENOUGH MONEY 3 AND WE NEEDED MORE MONEY TO 3 FIGURE OUT OTHER WAYS OF BEING 3 ABLE TO DO IT. 3 I DON’T THINK WE EVEN HAD THE 3 CONVERSATION. 3 I WOULD TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE 3 MOVED THE DIAL FROM A FUNDING 3 STANDPOINT. 3 THE FACT WE HAVE UBER AND LYFT 3 , FREEBIES, TROLLEYS, ALL THIS 3 PRODUCT OF THE WORK WE’VE BEEN 3 DOING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF 3 YEARS. 3 YOU BRING UP THE HALFPENNY 3 SALES TAX FOR TRANSPORTATION. 3 FOR POPE — FOLKS WHO DON’T 3 REMEMBER, THIS WAS AN 3 INITIATIVE THAT WAS PUNCH PUSH 3 FORWARD BY ALEX CANALIS. 3 DID HE SELL A BILL OF GOODS AS 3 TO WHAT WOULD DELIVER? 3 SNAKE OIL. 3 DID HE KNOW AT THE TIME? 3 NOT ONLY DID HE KNOW IT, ALL 3 THE REPORTS AND INDICATORS 3 SHOWED THAT IN FACT HE MADE 3 STATEMENTS QUICKLY AFTER THAT 3 AND WOULD HAVE KNOWN ALL OF THE 3 FACTS. 3 HE PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE 3 PUSHED FORWARD BUT THE PROBLEM 3 IS WE OVERPROMISE. 3 THERE WAS A HUGE REACH FOR 3 VOTERS BY GIVING THEM THINGS 3 MANY DON’T USE. 3 I WILL GIVE AN EXAMPLE. 3 MOVER IN DOWNTOWN MIAMI. 3 FANTASTIC FOR THE ONES WHO LIVE 3 THERE. 3 IT IS FREE, THE PTP PAYS FOR IT 3 BUT DOES NOTHING FOR 3 WESTCHESTER, HOMESTEAD OR 3 NORTHWEST DADE WHERE I 3 REPRESENT. 3 ON AND ON IT WENT. 3 THE PROMISES MADE. 3 THIS YEAR WITH THE CITIES BUT 3 AT 20% WE WERE ALMOST GIVING 3 THEM A QUARTER OF $275 MILLION 3 TO CITIES TO IMPLEMENT TRANSIT 3 PLANS. 3 TO BRING PEOPLE UP-TO-DATE 3 ON WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, 3 ONE OF THE SELLING POINTS WAS 3 TO GET CLIENTS FROM CITIES TO 3 PROMOTE AMONG CONSTITUENTS WHEN 3 IT WAS VOTED ON. 3 I CAN’T REMEMBER, 2000 — 3 2002. 3 17 YEARS AGO AT LEAST. 3 20% OF THE MONEY WOULD GO TO 3 LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES. 3 WE HAVE SEEN IT IN A LOT OF 3 QUESTIONS AS TO HOW THE 3 MUNICIPALITIES HAVE SPENT THE 3 MONEY. 3 AT FIRST THEY WERE SPENDING 3 IT BY BUILDING SIDEWALKS, ROADS 3 AND STREET BEAUTIFICATION. 3 NOW THEY ARE IMPLEMENTING IT IN 3 A BETTER WAY WITH TROLLEYS THAT 3 GIVE FOLKS DIFFERENT OPTIONS. 3 BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, ALL OF IT 3 WAS POLITICAL BY OFF. 3 20% OF THE CITY ONBOARD. 3 THE GOLDEN PASSPORT, NO WOULD-3 BE WAS ASKING AT THE TIME. 3 IT IS FOR SENIORS TO WRITE 3 FOR FREE. 3 AND ADDED THE PATRIOT 3 PROGRAM FOR VETERANS. 3 THESE ARE GOOD THINGS. 3 THE PROBLEM IS AS YOU STARTED 3 DILUTING THE MONEY, YOU START 3 TO REALIZE HE WILL NOT HAVE 3 ENOUGH MONEY TO FULFILL THIS 3 EXPANSION OR MASS EXPANSION OF 3 THE METRO. 3 THEREFORE WE HAVE THIS ISSUE 3 THAT AFFECTS QUALITY-OF-LIFE. 3 BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IS, ALEX 3 PENELAS PLANS TO RUN ON 3 TRANSPORTATION. 3 WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IF YOU END 3 UP IN A RUNOFF? 3 THE WAY IT WORKS, WE HAVE A 3 VERY CROWDED FIELD. IF NOBODY 3 GETS 50% OF THE VOTE IN AUGUST 3 HE GOES TO A RUNOFF. 3 AND WITH A SUCH CROWDED FIELD 3 WE ARE ANTICIPATING A RUNOFF. 3 IS ALEX PENELAS YOUR MAIN 3 COMPETITION? 3 IF YES, WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE 3 AGAINST HIM? 3 HE’S GOING TO RAISE A LOT OF 3 MONEY IN THIS RACE. 3 FIRST AND FOREMOST, COUNTY 3 HALL SHOULD NOT BE FOR SALE. 3 IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER HOW 3 MUCH MONEY YOU RAISE. 3 MORE IMPORTANTLY HAVE A 3 TRANSPARENT DIALOGUE. 3 I RESPECT ALL THE OPPONENTS 3 RUNNING IN THIS RACE. 3 I THINK THEY ARE ALL DECENT 3 PEOPLE AND ALL HAVE VISIONS WE 3 WOULD LIKE TO CARRY OUT. 3 BUT I WILL TELL YOU THIS JIM, 3 THE COUNTY CANNOT GO BACKWARDS. 3 WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO MOVE 3 FORWARD. 3 TO BRING BACK IDEAS OF PAST 3 CENTURIES ARE NOT GOING TO WORK 3 AS FAR AS I’M CONCERNED. 3 WE HAVE A VERY DYNAMIC 3 COMMUNITY THAT EXPECTS REAL 3 SOLUTIONS. 3 I WOULD TELL YOU NOT ONLY ARE 3 WE READY TO ENGAGE ON THESE 3 ISSUES, WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT 3 FOR A WHILE. 3 I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE TEND 3 TO DIVIDE TRANSPORTATION INTO, 3 YOU ARE ONE OF 2 CAMPS. 3 THE BUS CAMP OR THE RAIL CAMP. 3 ARE YOU A BUS GUY OR A REAL 3 GUY? 3 I’VE BEEN A REAL PROPONENT 3 FROM DAY ONE. 3 WE NEED TO EXPAND RAIL. 3 IS VERY EXPENSIVE. 3 IT IS EXPENSIVE AND THERE’S 3 GOOD PREDICTABILITY AND 3 INVOLVEMENT WITH RAIL. 3 LET’S MAKE NO MISTAKE. 3 IF YOU DO NOT GET THE RIDERSHIP 3 AND THE DENSITY IN ORDER TO 3 BUILD RIDERSHIP THAT YOU NEED, 3 YOU’RE NOT GOING TO GET FEDERAL 3 HELP. 3 NO MISTAKE, WE DO NOT HAVE THE 3 MONEY TO BE ABLE TO DO IT 3 ALONE. 3 YOU NEED FEDERAL PARTNERS. 3 ALSO, PUBLIC PRIVATE 3 PARTNERSHIPS. 3 WE SEE HOW THIS IS STARTING TO 3 PLAY IN THIS SPACE WHERE 3 PRIVATE MENTORS COME AND PUT 3 MONEY UP FRONT. 3 SOMEWHAT RAIL AND SUMMER 3 LOOKING AT BUSES. 3 BUT YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE AND I 3 SAID IT MANY TIMES, IN SMART 3 PLANS YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A 3 MIXTURE OF DIFFERENT METHODS OF 3 TRANSPORTATION. 3 IT MAY BE THE BRIGHT LINE IN 3 NORTH EAST, BUS IN THE SOUTH 3 AND RAIL IN THE NORTH. 3 THE REALITY THOUGH IS WE NEED 3 TO BE HONEST WITH FOLKS, TELL 3 THEM HOW MUCH IT WILL COST, HOW 3 MUCH IT IS GOING TO MAINTAIN, 3 HOW MUCH TO OPERATE AND GO 3 AHEAD AND MOVE FORWARD. 3 I WANT TO RAISE AN ISSUE 3 THEY GET RAISED ABOUT YOU 3 SOMETIMES AND GIVE YOU A CHANCE 3 TO ADDRESS IT. 3 WHEN YOU WERE CHAIR OF THE 3 COUNTY COMMISSION, YOU CAUGHT 3 SOME GRIEF FROM AMONG A NUMBER 3 OF PEOPLE WHO THOUGHT YOU SHUT 3 DOWN CONNOTATIONS. 3 WHEN YOU CAME UP TO THE PODIUM 3 TO SPEAK MIKE’S RETURNED OFF, 3 POLICE MOVED THEM OUT. 3 THEY WERE SAYING THINGS THAT 3 YOU MAY NOT HAVE LIKED. 3 YOU SET IT UNDER THE QUORUM BUT 3 I WANT TO PLAY AN EXAMPLE OF A 3 WOMAN WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE 3 COMMISSION AFTER HURRICANE 3 IRMA. 3 THERE WAS A LOT OF CONCERN THAT 3 AS A RESULT OF THE HURRICANE, 3 THAT FOLKS IN HOUSING PROJECTS 3 WERE NOT GETTING ICE. 3 INSULIN WAS GOING BACK. 3 THEY WERE NOT GETTING FOOD. 3 SHE WAS CRITICIZING THE 3 RESPONSE TO HURRICANE IRMA AND 3 CALLING OUT THE MAYOR. 3 LET’S PLAY THAT SOUND. 3 THE EVENTS OF THE PAST WEEK 3 HAVE DEMONSTRATED THE MAYOR HAS 3 FAILED TO ADEQUATELY PLAN AND 3 PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE 3 COMMUNITIES. 3 PRE-STORM WE ASKED THE MAYOR TO 3 ENSURE FEDERAL, STATE AND — 3 WHY DID YOU CUT OFF HER 3 MICROPHONE? 3 WE HAVE RULES OF DECORUM IN 3 OUR MEETINGS. 3 EVERYONE WHO COMES TO A MEETING 3 AND MANY OF THOSE ARE 3 HABITUAL’S THAT COME TO THE 3 MEETINGS UNDERSTAND WE HAVE 3 RULES OF DECORUM. 3 THE MOMENT WE START BREAKING 3 AWAY TO TURN TO PERSONAL 3 INSULTS OR MAKE PERSONAL 3 ATTACKS OF THE ISSUES, ALL I 3 WAS DOING WAS PAUSING HER. 3 AND ASKING HER TO REFOCUS. 3 IF IT TURNS INTO AN ATTACK ON 3 THE MAYOR OR ATTACK ON ONE OF 3 MY COLLEAGUES, IT STARTS TO 3 DEGENERATE. 3 WE HAVE HAD OTHER FOLKS COME 3 AND LITERALLY INSULT MEMBERS BY 3 CALLING US , DICTATORS. 3 I UNDERSTAND THAT. 3 IF WE HAVE RULES OF THE 3 KORAN WE NEED TO FOLLOW THOSE 3 RULES. 3 I’M WITH YOU. 3 IF SOMEONE USES PROFANITY. 3 SHE WAS SAYING THAT THE MAYOR 3 FAILED. 3 IF YOU ARE ELECTED MAYOR AND 3 SOMEONE STEPS FORWARD AND SAID 3 I THINK YOU FAILED, WOULD YOU 3 WANT THEY ARE MICROPHONE SHUT 3 DOWN? 3 WHAT YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT 3 SAYING SEEING IS THAT WE HAVE 3 OTHER INSTANCES THAT PEOPLE TRY 3 TO INCITE. 3 PERHAPS IN THAT PORTION, YOU 3 MAY NOT KNOW AND WHAT THE 3 VIEWERS ARE NOT SAYING, WE HAD 3 INCIDENTS OF FOLKS WHO HAD COME 3 UP TO TRY TO INCITE. 3 ALL I DID WAS PAUSE HER. 3 IF THE VIDEO ROLES SHE 3 CONTINUED HER STATEMENT. 3 SHE DID CONTINUE BUT THERE’S 3 A CHILLING EFFECT. THIS IS 3 GOING TO BE AN ISSUE THAT YOU 3 WILL HEAR FROM SOME CRITICS. 3 I WANT TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO 3 RESPOND. 3 I WANT TO MOVE ON TO OTHER 3 SUBJECTS THAT WE’VE GOT. 3 AS OUTLINED BEFORE, THIS WILL 3 BE A RACE TO SEE WHO GETS INTO 3 THE RUNOFF IN NOVEMBER. 3 EVEN THOUGH IT IS A NONPARTISAN 3 RACE, DO YOU VIEW YOURSELF AS A 3 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE IN THIS 3 RACE TO TRY TO ATTRACT 3 REPUBLICANS TO SO SUPPORT YOU? 3 OTHERS ARE ON THE DEMOCRATIC 3 SIDE. 3 DO YOU SEE AN ISSUE OR A CHANCE 3 TO DIVIDE THE ELECTORATE THAT 3 WAY? 3 JIM, I’M A REPUBLICAN BUT AT 3 THE SAME TIME WHEN I WAS CHAIR 3 OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY 3 COMMISSION I TACKLED ALL 3 NONPARTISAN ISSUES. 3 IN FACT I BECAME THE CHAIR OF 3 THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION 3 WITH MAJORITY DEMOCRATS SUPPORT 3 TO MAKE ME THE CHAIR. 3 NOT REPUBLICANS. 3 THE SERVICES THE COUNTY 3 PROVIDES ARE NOT BLUE OR RED. 3 THEY’RE NOT DEFINED 3 CONSERVATIVE OR LIBERAL. 3 TAXPAYER AND BUSINESS OWNER 3 EXPECTS SERVICES TO BE 3 RENDERED. 3 THE FUNCTION OF THE MAYOR IS TO 3 MAKE SURE IN THE BUDGET PROCESS 3 WE ARE ADHERING TO THE SERVICES 3 THAT THEY WANT MOST. 3 POLICE, FIRE. 3 WOULD YOU SAY YOU ARE A 3 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE? 3 I’M A REPUBLICAN BUT I’M A 3 CANDIDATE FOR THE RACE. 3 BY THE WAY I STARTED NON-3 PARTISAN CAPACITIES. I HAVE 3 MOVED ON A REPUBLICAN. 3 OF COURSE AM A REPUBLICAN. 3 30 SECONDS ON ANOTHER ISSUE. 3 HOUSING. 3 I THINK HOUSING IS A MAJOR 3 ISSUE. 3 WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO TACKLE THE 3 ISSUE OF HOUSING? 3 WE HAVE TRIED SOME PROCESS 3 WHERE WE FORCE DEVELOPERS TO DO 3 CERTAIN THINGS. 3 I THINK THERE ARE TOOLS WE 3 COULD BRING TO THE DANCE. 3 I THINK IF WE BRING ISSUES LIKE 3 LAND THAT THE COUNTY HAS THAT 3 WE COULD HELP INCENTIVIZE AND 3 TRY TO ENCOURAGE DEVELOPERS TO 3 BUILD. 3 PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS. 3 PUBLIC AND PRIVATE 3 PARTNERSHIPS BUT WE CAN ALSO 3 BRING UTILITIES TO LAND WE 3 OWNED OUR COST TO INCENTIVIZE. 3 THE PERMITTING PROCESS ON MANY 3 BUILDINGS TAKE MUCH TOO LONG. 3 REGULATIONS AND PERMITTING 3 SOMETIMES DRIVES COSTS OF THESE 3 THINGS. 3

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  1. Esteban Bovo Jr Blocking Metro Rail expansion since 2010 https://www.facebook.com/groups/326230464789937/ Citizens of Miami for Metrorail

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