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District 12 Newsletter
Commissioner Jose District 12 e-Newsletter

Dear residents,

It's the end of October and you know what that means - Halloween! As you and your family get into the holiday spirit and prepare for trick-or-treating, please be mindful of safety tips provided by our own Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. These tips will help you navigate roads at dark, find safe costumes, and more. Just remember to be safe and have fun!

Wishing all of you a 'spook-tacular' Halloween!

Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz
District 12

October 2012
SOUTHCOM honors Commissioner Diaz
On October 11, Commissioner Diaz was presented with the Outstanding Civilian Service Award by Gen. Douglas Fraser, Commander of U.S. Southern Command for his longstanding support to SOUTHCOM and the Miami-Dade County's military community. Commissioner Diaz has always been supportive of SOUTHCOM since it relocated from Panama in 1997. The Outstanding Civilian Service Award was created in 1959 by the Secretary of the Army, to recognize private citizens for outstanding service resulting in noteworthy contributions to a command.
Responsible pet ownership
On October 2, the Board of Commission passed an ordinance presented by Commissioner Diaz that will tighten animal regulation and expand the County's dangerous dog ordinance to promote responsible pet ownership. The ordinance will now penalize those who train fighting dogs and training dogs to fight as an act of cruelty and raises penalties for injuries caused by dogs. The ordinance also calls for a creation of an online dangerous dog registry to inform the residents of Miami-Dade County about dangerous dogs in their neighborhood.
Commissioner Diaz teams up with Badia Spices to raise funds for Autism
On October 30, Commissioner Diaz joined Badia Spices CEO Joseph 'Pepe' Badia on the factory line to label and package Badia's one liter extra virgin olive oil to raise funds for children and young adults with autism. For each bottle sold from September 1 to December 31, Badia Spices will donate 5 percent of the proceeds to the Dan Marino Foundation to empower children and young adults with special needs so their future can take root and blossom. Commissioner Diaz has always been a strong supporter of raising awareness and funds for autism. The Commissioner also sponsored a resolution in 2011, urging the Florida Legislature to establish the Dan Marino Foundation Florida Vocational College, which will assist students ages 18 to 28 who have development disabilities and who are no longer eligible for exceptional student education funding due to age or graduation from high school, with the opportunity to obtain a post-secondary education on a college campus setting.
Commissioner Diaz praises start of U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement Adobe Acrobat Logo
Commissioner Jose 'Pepe' Diaz applauded news that the U.S.-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement Adobe PDF will go into effect starting October 31, 2012. Commissioner Diaz had been a major advocate for the agreement and is a member Commissioner Diaz is a member of the Federal Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee on Trade under the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He supported the passage of free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, all of which were approved by Congress last October.
WrestleMania 28 generates $102.7 million for Miami-Dade County Adobe Acrobat Logo
In April, Miami-Dade County had the pleasure of hosting WrestleMania28Adobe PDF and as the Chairman of the Miami-Dade Sports Commission, Commissioner Diaz is happy to report that the economic impact generated was $102.7 million for Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade County and the Miami-Dade Sports Commission look forward to hosting another WrestleMania in the very near future.
Miami-Dade Animal services to benefit from Miami Improv comedy show
On Wednesday, November 7th at 8pm, the Miami Improv presents 'Puppies & Kittens!'  It will be a special night of stand-up comedy, and the entirety of the proceeds from the ticket sales will be donated to Miami-Dade Animal Services Department. The show features local comedians Forrest Shaw, Lisa Corrao, John Wynn, and Nery Saenz, all of whom are proud owners of adopted pets.  Tickets are only $15.
Fuel Frugal Tips to help you save money
Americans have been feeling the impact of rising gas prices at the pump and everything seems to indicate that it will continue to increase. The Federal Reserve's announcement last week to move forward with more stimulus measures in an effort to spur economic growth has caused oil prices to jump. Find out how you can save at the pump.
Need assistance paying your utility bills?
The Miami-Dade Community Action Agency’s (CAA) Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is currently assisting eligible residents with payment of their gas or electric bills.  The program assists individuals who are experiencing an increase in their energy bill due to the weather as well as individuals with final notices or those who have had their services disconnected.  Applications for LIHEAP are available Monday through Friday at CAA Service Centers like the Hialeah Service Center, 300 E. First Avenue, or the Sweetwater Service Center, 250 SW 114 Avenue. For a complete list of all the CAA Service Centers or to download the application, please visit the County’s website or contact the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency at 786-469-4600.
SR 836/Dolphin Expressway closures
On November 30, 2009, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six in partnership with the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) began a reconstruction project of the State Road (S.R.) 826 (Palmetto Expressway) and S.R. 836 (Dolphin Expressway) Interchange. Now that construction has begun, there will be many upcoming lane and ramp closures on the Dolphin Expressway. For more information about construction-related activities, please contact Oscar Gonzalez at 786-280-0983 or via e-mail at ogonzalez@mrgmiami.com. General information can be found at www.826-836.com. Motorists are encouraged to call 511 before they drive, or log on to www.fl511.com for real-time traffic and lane closure information.
Looking for a job? Need to update your resume?
To help Miami-Dade County residents, the Miami-Dade Public Library System is offering a wide assortment of vital information and valuable assistance for job seekers! From computer classes and access to the Internet, to help with resume writing, job interviewing skills and test preparation, the Library wants to help patrons prepare for and search for jobs. Free classes are held throughout all 47 branch locations and are available in both English and Spanish. The Library’s website, www.mdpls.org, has created a “Job Search” section for individuals to access from any location 24/7. For more information, contact 305-375-BOOK (2665) or visit www.mdpls.org. You can also click here for places looking to hire.

Upcoming events
November 3 and 4, 2012 - Wings over Homestead - Salute to Veterans. For more on information on this FREE EVENT, please visit their website at www.wingsoverhomestead.com

Contact us

Downtown Office
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW First Street, Suite 320
Miami, FL 33128

District Office
8345 NW 12th Street
Miami, FL 33126


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