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Monday, June 9, 2008
Rep. John Mica fires back at commuter rail critics; Lebowitz reveals all
Received my Central Florida Political Pulse earlier this afternoon and finally noticed the interesting story below that should be of interest to all of you.
For both good and bad sometimes, the one thing that Rep. John Mica of Winter Park -and brother of former Rep. Dan Mica- has always been known for is his dogged persistence.
Based on my experience of seeing him in person at congressional hearings, as well as his comments and persona at Florida-oriented functions in D.C., my sense of things is that Mica won't be giving up the fight for a commuter rail in Central Florida ant time soon.
I also expect that he realizes that the most recent approach, whatever its intentions, simply failed to take into account that the popular sentiment of Central Florida residents alone would not guide elected officials behavior.
He also probably figures it's time for someone like him to use his influence while he has it to force some other third parties, with power, influence and smart upper-management, who've been sitting on the public policy sidelines of this fight, and to FINALLY get suited up and into the game.
To become more fully engaged supporting the common sense transit approach, before Central Florida becomes more paralyzed than South Florida.
You can't win with just diplomats, and it's always good to have someone on your team who's willing to push and cajole others and make crystal clear the reality of their situation.
Make clear that his memory's working fine, thank you, and that his future actions and behavior will be, in some fashion, directly related to their willingness to participate, work hard and share the financial burden of getting things done, rather than simply talking things to death.
That approach clearly has about as much efficacy up in Central Florida as it does down here.
John Mica's just sick-and-tired of Paralysis thru Analysis.
I wish that more local and state elected officials were taking that approach on transit down here, but...
In my opinion, in this particular case, Mica's unwillingness to simply give up on this issue is very helpful, since his spirited marshaling of the facts will, if nothing else, help prevent mis-information from being the coin of the realm down here in the future, where it might be recycled to fight commuter rail locally, along what should be a natural transit-oriented corridor along the FEC tracks.
You know, the place that the City of Hollywood is actively engaged in, however imperfectly, even to the point where Bernard Zyscovich specifically mentioned the positive tangible effect of a commuter rail line, with a station on Hollywood Blvd., on its downtown area last Thursday at the public forum I attended at Hollywood City Hall.
Meanwhile, as with so many things, the City of Hallandale Beach snoozes at their peril.
That point was underscored by the fact that last Monday, at the most recent public presentation by EDAW's Donald Shockey of the city's Master Plan, I was the only person to ask questions about the so-called transit corridor, and whether or not EDAW drew up any projections in their plan that contemplated the tangible effects on the city of a future commuter rail.
One that connected Hallandale Beach residents to their jobs and diversions in both downtown Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.
One that would encourage development away from the beach and Hallandale Beach Blvd. and get it focused on points west, maybe even to the Northwest!
As it happens, I was the last member of the public to ask questions that night.
While they used certain generic transit phrases in their presentation and the documents that were printed, for all practical purposes, from my p.o.v., the answer to my question was Nope!
In late February at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center, when the much-anticipated and overdue Hallandale Beach Transportation Study was presented by Kenneth J. Kelgard of HDR Engineering, I was concerned by some of the thing I was hearing, like traffic measures conducted during the slowest part of the calendar year.
But I was more concerned by what I wasn't hearing.
Finally, when given a chance, I took the microphone and asked, among other things, why as a HB resident, I needed to go to Hollywood or Aventura in order to attend a SFECC public forum.
Why were none ever scheduled in Hallandale Beach to get the input and thoughts of HB's own residents, when that might've been possible?
Hallandale Beach City Manager Mike Good said that he would have his staff find out if there'd ever been a possibility of that happening, but I've yet to hear anyone at Hallandale Beach City Hall publicly speak about this matter at any meeting I've attended in the intervening three months.
Both locations were easy enough for me to get to, it's just that the folks at Hallandale Beach City Hall were asleep at the switch when it counted, and weren't pro-active about getting a formal presention scheduled at the Hallandale Beach Cultural Center when it might've benefited everyone concerned.
Frankly, to actually have some FEC commuter rail facts interjected into that debate locally would've only been an improvement, since I've met so many people over the past two years around here who have no tangible sense of what it's all about.
What they do recall is usually some hazy remembrance of something they heard in a two-minute local TV news report from early 2007, and is usually incorrect.
I checked the website of the group mentioned below which is sponsoring today's John Mica Regional Rally for Rail, he Central Florida Partnership, but didn't see many specifics.
Hopefully, there'll be more specifics available by tomorrow morning, and I might even be able to catch some local Orlando TV 11 p.m. news segements from tonight, via my computer.
Closer to home, if you haven't already started reading Larry Lebowitz's insightful Miami Herald series on the broken promises and consequences of Miami-Dade's vote for the half-penny tax increase six years ago, get with the program and get on the bandwagon.
Sunday June 8, 2008
Dade transit watchdog finds its power limited
A special panel was meant to be a watchdog over the transit tax, but government attorneys and politicians took away most of its bite.
Monday June 9, 2008
Some Metrobus routes motivated by politics not need
Congrats on the great series, Larry!!!
Your head must ache from all the negativity and incompetency you encountered and wrote about, knowing you couldn't possibly include everything you found out about.
I know the feeling.
Central Florida Political Pulse
Mica fires back at commuter rail critics
posted by Mark Skoneki on Jun 9, 2008 11:10:57 AM
Jay Hamburg just filed this report
In an effort to rebuff critics of commuter rail, U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, released a national study today that shows the proposed liability agreement is in line with about 20 other similar freight-and-commuter arrangements around the nation. "It will debunk some of the myths relating to commuter rail liability," Mica said of the study done by the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Highways and Transit and Railroads Subcommittees. Some opponents of the $1.2 billion Central Florida commuter rail project have attacked the proposed no-fault liability arrangement between the state and CSX.
Both sides were to carry $200 million liability insurance for the 61-mile system to run from DeLand to Orlando to Poinciana.
To read the rest of the story, go to: http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2008/06/mica-fires-back.html
For more information on the issue of liabilty agreements, see
CSX Safety Issues Cloud Liability Deal
and the Central Florida Political Pulse archive stories on commuter rail
#HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy
Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016
Last night at #election2016 #party in #hollywood #city. Congratulations #joshlevy #newmayor #hollywoodcity. Privileged to be with the #sunsentinel #sunsentinelnewspaper #photographer #makeamericagreatagain #neverforget #anighttoremember #life #liberty #pursuitofhappiness #blessed #yourphotographer #miamiphotography #photography #proudtobeamerican ����
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Esther Chuang, Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2015
Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.
Today is the day. Today is a celebration. Today is my day. Today, I hiked, I photographed, and I explored. Today I choose to love. Today I'm happy. Today I'm blessed. Today is my birthday. Today is a special day for you and me. #birthdaygirl #birthday #birthdaymonth #brazil #braziltrip #rio #theview #livingthelife #lifeisgood #morro #rio #praia #travel #miami #miamigirl #luckygirl #loveisintheair #justdoit #artist #photographer #photography #taiwan #beautiful #vacation #viajar #instagood #smile #dreambig #wishes #true
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My next boyfriend isn’t allowed in Brazil. The women are too hot. ��— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 19, 2018
Beach day. pic.twitter.com/TGMXzzpDKI— Bebe Rexha (@BebeRexha) March 19, 2018
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My #WhatsApp: I remember happy moments like that. And soon a day that I never ever thought could be reached, nor ever wanted to be reached, Day 101, will be over. Triple digits. To quote someone I'm forever quoting, "Wow." ☹️ And I'm not in #Sweden , either. ☹️☹️ pic.twitter.com/upD1rLQTaB— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
Bad news on the #Sweden front: How that very disturbing news re violent #crime in Sweden you probably didn't see/read about in the U.S. media yet, affects me... I'm NOT flying to ���� & #Iceland���� this week as I'd previously planned. ☹️�� Here's why: https://t.co/mcg8gidFmv— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
@instapundit In 2018, nothing's more precious than U.S. news media getting on thr high horse to lecture us abt personal relationships in workplace. Just don't think of Ben Bradlee @washingtonpost or Les Moonves @CBS, whose girlfriends worked for them there https://t.co/EErNGuIy1n— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 25, 2018
Seems like a good time to remind everyone that the guy spouting off about morality below slept with his candidate's wife while still working for the candidate. pic.twitter.com/aXy7Z6XKVx— RBe (@RBPundit) January 24, 2018
@EstherPerel @matthewhussey @LewisHowes @SexWithEmily 1 of most insightful pieces re #MeToo precisely bec it acknowledges that human behavior -even among well-educated ppl who shld know better- is so often inexplicable and full of hypocrisy and betrayal. https://t.co/UseNuI0vP8— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 21, 2018
@fredrikstrage @CallMeCilia @magnusswede @didigital_se @maralkalajian @SpotifyBusiness MT @cheriehu42 In many ways, #Sweden ���� is taking the lead on #tech & #diversity in the music industry. My latest @billboard >> https://t.co/Gevel7oX8X— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 19, 2018
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." - Martin Luther King, Sept. 1962. #MLK I was a young kid living in #Memphis with my family that April night in 1968 when we returned home from a trip to #McDonalds and like so many nights before, I raced to the TV set in the living room to beat my two younger sisters to be the one who turned on the TV. As my parents walked in and settled down on the family couch, to see what was on TV, literally, within one minute, came the Breaking News that Dr. King had been shot elsewhere in the city. And the news only got worse as the night went on as news soon confirmed that Dr. King had died as a result of the assassination attempt, and soon there was widespread looting and violence in Memphis, the very things he had adamantly opposed. Eventually came the news that the city was under curfew, and sometime before midnight, because my family lived in a new-ish apt. complex that was on the same road as the nearby Armory, my parents and I and many of our neighbors watched in silence from the sidewalk/curb as tanks driven by members of the mobilized National Guard drove towards downtown Memphis, because the city's powers-that-be had decided that this would show the people who was boss. As my mother tells the story, one of my neighbors remarked on the irony of U.S. Army tanks being used to try to stop violence by Americans who were upset about the murder of a great man who had won the #NobelPeacePrize. It was the first time I remember ever hearing this strange word: #irony.
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My first blog post of 2018: Changes to look for in me and at #HallandaleBeachBlog in the year to come -and some oblique clues about the upsetting past few months and why you haven't been seeing me quite so much lately around #SoFL. https://t.co/c67K6YM2ts pic.twitter.com/oLLpULXe3W— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 11, 2018
Like the gangs who've tagged @MyFDOT_SEFL signs on US-1 in southern #Broward for well over decade, esp. #HallandaleBeach? In Jan. of '14 = over 95% of all signs/FPL poles b/w NE 213th St. & HBB, inc. "Entering #Broward County" sign that's been laughingstock 4 years. @GlennaOn10 pic.twitter.com/zXfNpWtDrW— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 18, 2018
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2 0 1 7. I made new mistakes and old ones again. I learned things I didn't know and I things I had already learned the hard way but needed to repeat either way. I fell in love again and again, with the same man, and realized that is the way to do it. I stopped thinking life happened to me and started enjoying taking control of what tomorrow would entail. I wrote even when it hurt and I apologized even when they didn't. I almost gave up but woke up and stood up and spoke up and didn't budge and moved on and forgave myself for not always knowing what to do. I decided the most important thing is to be proud of who I become and to make sure she is someone to be proud of. All I truly have is the opportunity to be whoever I want to be, and knowing that is everything.
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The boyfriend of Mikaela -Malin and Jennifer's sister- wrote above: "Honey, you are my everything, my dream, my imagination, my reality, my future. Sounds like something that I would write to someone special -and have!
New to my #NewYearsResolutions: 1/ Eat Breakfast more often B4 leaving 4 work, and NOT via FastFood! 2/ Have B'fast in bed more often! 3/— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 1, 2018
Whenever possible, have #fashionblogger/Instagram models over 4 B'fast when latter occurs! The @micahgianneli Rule �� https://t.co/YCVJSE5NqR
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FYI: There are 10 photos below, including a rare one of yours truly!
When not possible to have #fashionblogger/@instagram models over for Breakfast -and deep discussions abt trends in #SocialMedia��- head over to Chocolada Bakery & Cafe, #HollywoodFL for Breakfast and get in some high-quality #peoplewatching AND writing done! On my way there NOW! pic.twitter.com/GZFzpnXUPe— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) January 1, 2018
Last night, ChristmasEve, on #TheBroadwalk, #HollywoodBeach FL, near Hollywood Beach #Marriott hotel. In b/w giving directions/dining advice to northern visitors who sized me up as a well-informed local whom they could trust after they walked up to where I was sitting - I have that trusting face thing down!- I ruminated on the many inexplicable things that have happened to me the past 3 months that have turned my life upside down, and the important decisions I will be making in the coming weeks as 2017 morphs into 2018.
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Unlike amazing #SergelsTorg in beautiful #STHLM, #Christmas holiday reindeers in sunny #SoFL, at least in #HallandaleBeach, are NOT life-size, much less, larger-than-life. Another thing that makes me miss #Sweden����. @CallMeCilia @magnusswede @LindaZachrison @LolaAkinmade pic.twitter.com/Iu5JWVcYIC— HallandaleBeachBlog (@hbbtruth) December 5, 2017