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Dear Friends of District 8,

Happy New Year and thank you for reading the latest District 8 news. Team 8 is back in full swing and we have many exciting initiatives planned for 2016.

Several of our legislative items were heard at the first Board of County Commissioners meeting of the year, including important transit legislation. Keep reading to find out more.

The South Dade Solutions Summit was a major event this past June and we have since created the South Dade Success Plan. We are dedicated to reporting back to the community and we have many solutions and achievements to share. Check out our South Dade Success Plan Mid-Year Report below and tell us what you think!

In January, we honored Dr. Martin Luther King's enduring legacy. Among his many teachings, the wise Dr. King advocated for a more engaged citizenry that prioritizes service and civic participation. Let us honor Dr. King every day of the year by lifting up our community and working together to move us all forward.

I am always eager for your thoughts and ideas. Please reach out to us at district8@miamidade.gov, call us at 305-375-5218/305-378-6677 or chat with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Yours for a participatory 2016,

Daniella

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
January 2016
Daniella Delivers

Mid-Year Report: South Dade Solutions Summit 2015

We are committed to reporting back to the community. Check out our South Dade Success Plan Mid-Year Report.  

Discussing community issues at the 2015 South Dade Solutions Summit.

 


 Starting 2016 with Legislative Solutions

2016 kicked off with an array of legislation sponsored by Team 8 passing the Board of County Commissioners.


Team 8 Holds First Cultural Arts Grant Workshop

Our first District 8 Cultural Arts Grant Workshop: Meet Miami-Dade's Grant Makers, was a great success. 

Department of Cultural Affairs staff provides more information on grants


What's Coming Up

Upcoming Legislation

I have several pieces of legislation coming up next month. I hope you will join me in supporting these items at the February 2nd Board of County Commissioner's meeting.


Watch Inside Out with Team 8

I hope to see you at the first District 8 movie night of 2016!


Keep Up with District 8

Honoring Dr. King

There were numerous events in South Dade and throughout the county celebrating the life of one our greatest heroes. Check out the Daniella Delivers website to read more about Martin Luther King Day in South Dade

 Checking out our local businesses at the Martin Luther King Business Expo

 Celebrating Dr. King's life at the West Perrine Parade

With the inspiring Congresswoman Frederica Wilson at the 5000 Role Models of Excellence MLK Breakfast


Lobbying for Miami-Dade in Tallahassee

The legislative session started early this year, and I traveled to our capital to lobby for Miami-Dade needs. I testified in support of expanding KidCare to more U.S. resident children and met with several legislators to discuss our community's priorities.

HB 89/SB 248 would eliminate the 5-year waiting period before legal US resident children are eligible for KidCare. The bills would make health coverage available to a significant number of legal immigrant children at a much lower cost than treating children in the emergency room. I commend Rep. Jose Feliz Diaz and Senator Rene Garcia for sponsoring this legislation.


Talking Child Services at History Miami

I was honored to moderate a panel on child services at the History Miami Pedro Pan exhibit. Panelists included members of the Children's Trust, Amigos for Kids and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Many residents who came to the United States under Operation Pedro Pan attended the panel and told their inspiring stories about a historic moment that helped shape the fabric of Miami-Dade. Check out History Miami's 2016 exhibits and programs here.  

 

The panel at History Miami

The Pedro Pan Exhibit brought this historic exodus to life


Contact Daniella and Team 8

District 8 Office
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211th street, suite 103
Miami, FL 33189
305-378-6677 Phone

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Government Center
111 NW 1 Street, Suite 220
Miami, Florida 33128
305-375-5218 Phone
305-372-6073 Fax

E-mail: district8@miamidade.gov
Web: www.miamidade.gov/district08

Facebook: CommissionerCava   Twitter: @dlcava    IG: @dlcava

What's Happening?

The Seminole Theater's First Showcase Series

Mark your calendars! Check out the newly opened theater's showcase series at the City of Homestead website.


Neat Streets Miami Clean Up and Green Up Poster and Video Contest

Attention Students: Design a poster or video on how to best clean up and green up our community and enter to win an awesome prize. Deadline is February 19th!


Help Us Fight Human Trafficking

January is Human Trafficking Month and State Attorney Kathy Fernandez Rundle will host a forum the human trafficking forum on January 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus (300 N.E. 2nd Ave). Make sure to RSVP at johannarojas@miamisao.com


Watch the State of the County

Mayor Carlos Gimenez will give his annual State of the County address on January 27th at 10:00 am. The SOTC is open to the public and will be livestreamed on the county website.


Enjoy the 67th Annual Homestead Rodeo

The Homestead tradition returns on January 22, 23, and 24. View the schedule of events and buy tickets at the official rodeo website. Look for me in the parade Saturday at 10 a.m. I will be riding a horse with the Trailriders Association.


Homestead Hospital Celebrates 75 Years

Join me as the Homestead Hospital celebrates its 75th year with the Health and Wellness Fair on February 6th. Get free health screenings, see free cooking demonstrations and more.

 

Delivering Excellence Every Day