If I Were Mayor

What Does Homestead Mayor Jeff Porter Need To Know?

Mar 2, 2014
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Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors in office. Homestead's mayor Jeff Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges. During Porter's campaign trail, he listed a four-point plan describing what he would do if he were elected mayor: create jobs, reduce taxes, tackle traffic congestion and look into public safety. For our If I Were Mayor...

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors . We spoke with Homestead's new mayor, Jeff Porter. Mayor Porter, a former councilman and vice mayor, took office last fall. He follows Steve Bateman, one of the three mayors arrested in August of 2013 for corruption charges. The position of Homestead mayor pays $6,000. It is intended to be a part-time position. We spoke at Homestead City Hall and began by discussing the referendum coming up in May . Homestead...

Key West Mayor Craig Cates Responds To Your Ideas

Feb 24, 2014
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Our final If I Were Mayor interview was with Key West Mayor Craig Cates . Mayor Cates is a 4th generation Key West resident and has been the mayor of Key West since 2009. Though he got his second term with 70 percent of the vote, in 2013 he garnered only 54 percent, a difference he attributes to his approval of a controversial dredging study and his support for a 24/7 homeless shelter . Check out some of what we've heard so far .

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In our If I Were Mayor interview with Miami Mayor Tomá s Regalado , we asked him a few questions about the state of homelessness in the area. He said, “Unfortunately the media focuses on the 800 homeless that we have still in Miami-Dade County and the 500 we have in downtown Miami. But seven years ago we had 8,000 homeless. Most of these people, they are living in transitional housing. So the big story, which I think is being missed, is that many homeless people are no longer homeless.”...

Mayor Carlos Hernandez: Hialeah Gets A Bum Rap

Feb 5, 2014

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves . We spoke with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernández , who was re-elected last fall. Here are excerpts from our conversation with him: WLRN: Reddit user Digital 565 asked if you would consider putting financial disclosure forms for Hialeah elected officials on the Hialeah website so people would have easier access to them. I have no problem with that. Everything is a public record. I will look into that. I think...

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves . Mayor Wayne Slaton was the first mayor of Miami Lakes after the town incorporated in 2000. He was re-elected in a special election last year after the suspension of former mayor Michael Pizzi, one of the three mayors in Miami-Dade county arrested in August for corruption charges. WLRN’s Elaine Chen began by asking how the town had been affected by the Pizzi’s arrest.

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado Responds To Your Ideas

Jan 17, 2014

Our If I Were Mayor project continues as we bring your ideas to the mayors themselves . We spoke with Miami mayor Tomás Regalado who won a second term last November . Mayor Regalado responds to your ideas to expand park space and help undocumented immigrants. He also explains why the City is pursuing a more aggressive approach to the homeless and what Miami police have done in response to a federal Department of Justice report last summer finding that they engage in a pattern of using ...

For our If I Were Mayor project , we asked what you would do if you were in charge of your town. Now, after the elections, we’re taking your ideas to the mayors. I spoke to Philip Levine, who was sworn in as the new mayor of Miami Beach Monday, Nov. 25. This is Levine's first time in elected office; he is the CEO of a multi-million dollar cruise ship media business. Here are highlights from that interview: Q: The position of Miami Beach mayor pays $10,000 a year. You have no veto power, no...

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Though voter turnout in this off-year election was low in Miami-Dade county, some changes will be tangible and immediate: like the property tax hike to pay for renovations of the Jackson hospital system. We review other local election results from this week. While it’s not yet 2014, elections for next year are already gearing up. Charlie Crist declared his candidacy for a return to the governor’s seat. He’ll face off first against former state Senator Nan Rich. We speak to both Democratic...

With several mayoral races underway, WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to know what you would do if you were in charge of your town. The project is called "If I Were Mayor." Send us your ideas on how you'd improve your community and why . Make sure to tell us how that issue affects you personally. We'll be posting your ideas and stories online and sharing some of them on-air. You can also tweet us #IfIWereMayor . [ View the story "Your Ideas" on Storify ] T his project is supported by The Miami...

Although the position of Miami Beach mayor pays only $10,000 a year and carries no veto power -- or any executive power, really -- the race is one of the few competitive elections in South Florida. It's been an active battle among candidates Steve Berke , Michael Gongora and Philip Levine, even garnering unofficial endorsements from national influencers. Former president Bill Clinton, Virgin CEO Richard Branson, billionaire Norman Braman and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson have weighed in on who they...

Do South Florida Mayors Do Anything?

Oct 23, 2013

From reading hundreds of ideas for our If I Were Mayor project, we’ve learned two things: 1. People are thinking big . From new, east-west train routes to more edible landscaping and higher educational standards, South Floridians have clear visions of what they’d like to see in their towns. 2. The powers of local government are confusing and far more limited than the ambitious visions of their citizens. As it turns out, it’s not always easy to figure out who is in charge of your community....

What Would You Do If You Were Mayor? Tell Us

Oct 16, 2013
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WLRN-Miami Herald News wants to amplify your views on the issues affecting your community through a series entitled, If I Were Mayor . How would you improve your town? Give us your ideas and tell us why this issue matters to you. In addition to publishing your ideas and stories, we're taking them to the mayors themselves. Use the form below to tell us : &amp...

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Lets start with a smaller story about wasted words. Barry University political science professor Sean Foreman is editing a collection of articles by big city professors about mayoral campaigns in their own cities. Its for a book hes writing called The Keys to City Hall. Foreman wrote the Miami mayoral story himself. It starts like this: Mayor Tomas Regalado versus Commissioner Francis Suarez brings old Miami versus new Miami and déjà vu all over again. Its likely to be a typical Miami...

If I Were Mayor: In Key West, Naps And Better Bocce Courts

Oct 1, 2013
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For our If I Were Mayor project , we spoke to Key West residents about what they would do if they were in charge of their town. Key West is holding its mayoral election today. Incumbent Craig Cates is running for his second consecutive term against repeat challenger Margaret Romero. The candidates disagree on several issues, including whether to do a study on dredging the main channel to the city, a question also on the ballot. The winner of the race will serve a one-year term after voters...

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