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The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners passed its fiscal year 2014-15 budget on September 18.

As Chairwoman, my goal was to ensure that our local government continues to meet the needs of its residents while keeping the burden on taxpayers as low as possible. In the end, my fellow Commissioners and I, working alongside the Mayor’s administration, were able to reach a balanced budget that maintains all our sworn police officers, preserves all our libraries, avoids an increase in transit fares and places a renewed focus on providing core services such as landscaping of medians and parks while also continuing to provide meals for seniors. We achieved many important victories this budget season, including restoring funding for organizations that provide food for the needy and for our acclaimed Mom and Pop Small Business Grant program, but we still have much to do. Our real work begins now, and as your representative in County government, I pledge to continue advocating on your behalf and making sure local government is responsive to your needs.


Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners
District 6

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa
October 2014

Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to offer free mammograms on October 18, 2014

Pre-registration is required and space is limited, so call 305-470-5634 to schedule your appointment.

“Preventive care is key to keeping our community healthy,” Chairwoman Sosa said. “As a survivor, I know first-hand the importance of early detection, and I want the women in our community to have the opportunity to get screened regardless of income.”

DMV to Go

Thursday, October 16, 2014
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Stephen P. Clark Center lobby, 111 NW 1 Street, Miami, FL 33128

Residents can receive assistance in attaining or renewing a driver’s license or identification card, as well as several federal services. Due to limited space, residents interested in obtaining a driver’s license or ID card must make an online appointment. Those with appointments must bring proper documentation as required by the DMV. A list of suitable identification is available at www.gathergoget.com. DMV-to-Go representatives do not administer driving exams.

Hispanic Heritage Month events

Check out this list of Hispanic Art Exhibits & Events happening throughout Miami-Dade in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month!

Free Spay & Neuter event

Chairwoman Sosa partnered with the Miami-Dade County Animal Services Department to host a free Spay & Neuter clinic for dogs at her district office on Saturday September 20, 2014

Miami Children’s Hospital 5K Race

Chairwoman Sosa joined Mayor Gimenez in proclaiming September 20, 2014 as the 4th Annual Miami Children’s Hospital 5k Run/Walk for Healthier Happier Kids Day an event that benefits the children of our community.

Governor Rick Scott Visit

Chairwoman Sosa joined Governor Rick Scott as he visited local businesses.

Puerto Ricans Organized Overseas in Florida's 24th Anniversary Gala

Chairwoman Sosa attended the Puerto Ricans Organized Overseas in Florida, Inc.’s 24th Anniversary Gala as the guest of honor and was presented with a plaque in recognition of all of her achievements on behalf of the community.

 9/11 Tribute

Miami-Dade County pays homage to all those who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks on September 11. We Will Never Forget.



Miami-Dade urges state to improve protections for children

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution on Sept. 16 urging the state to examine reforms to improve protections for children in the wake of a number of deaths of children whose cases were handled on some level by the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa, the resolution calls on Governor Rick Scott, the Florida Legislature and the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families to create a panel tasked with investigating, reviewing and recommending changes in law and policy to protect children from preventable harm. The resolution also urges the state to prioritize the protection of at-risk youth, improve training of DCF investigators and strengthen the DCF’s relationship with local law enforcement.

According to recent Miami Herald reports, more than 477 children have died following some level of DCF investigatory activity, including 4-year-old Javon Dade, Jr., who was mauled to death last month by his father’s dogs after multiple calls to the DCF alerting them of dangerous conditions in the boy’s Miami-Dade County home.

“These horrific tragedies signal the pressing need for reform and an immediate change in the way DCF investigators assess and handle cases,” said Chairwoman Sosa. “These investigators need to be thorough and well versed in our local laws which might have helped save lives.”


Chairwoman Sosa calls on state to restore incentives for film industry

In a move to help foster economic development and job creation, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners on September 16 adopted a resolution that urges the Florida Legislature to restore incentives for the film, television and entertainment industries.

Citing the Florida Legislature’s lack of funding for the Florida Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program in recent sessions, the resolution sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa highlights the need for providing continued incentives to the entertainment industry to remain in Florida.

In the span of a four year period, the Florida Entertainment Industry Financial Incentive Program led to approximately $500 million in direct spending by the entertainment industry in Miami-Dade County. Since the program’s incentives were depleted, direct spending has decreased by over 50 percent and more production companies are expected to continue taking their business to other states.

“Our economic health is based upon our ability to keep the industries we have while working to attract additional investment,” said Chairwoman Sosa. “Not continuing to incentivize the entertainment industry effectively puts Miami-Dade at a huge competitive disadvantage and results in the loss of jobs for our residents.”


County Commission calls for reforms to the student loan system

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved a resolution on September 16, 2014 that was sponsored by Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa to press Congress to address the issue of student loan debt.

The resolution, which is in the spirit of a similar resolution adopted in July 2013, urges Congress to pass the Dynamic Repayment Act of 2014 (S. 2612) or similar legislation that would provide better repayment options for student borrowers. The Senate bill would simplify the student loan process, limit payments to 10 percent of a borrower’s paycheck, and provide a tiered system for loan forgiveness and static interest during repayment.

“Our nation’s young people are falling into massive debt and desperately need help to keep from defaulting. We cannot allow this issue to continue spiraling out of control,” Chairwoman Sosa said.

Student loan debt has now eclipsed credit card debt, becoming the second largest financial obligation of United States households.

Helpful Information

Contact Chairwoman Rebeca Sosa

District 6 Office
1000 SW 57 Avenue, Suite 201
Miami, Florida 33144
305-267-6377 Phone
305-267-6366 Fax

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-5696 Phone
305-372-6090 Fax

E-mail: [email protected]
Web: www.miamidade.gov/district06

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