What's Coming Up?
Board of County Commission Meetings
The BCC is back from summer break and ready for the new fiscal year! Our September meetings are on the 1st and the 16th. Below are some important items to look out for on the September 1st agenda.
- An ordinance proposed by Team 8 that implements the United Nations' Convention to End Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at the County level. This ordinance addresses economic, educational and health issues that disproportionately affect women in our community.
- An ordinance requiring the Mayor to provide a written social equity statement for any proposed county ordinance. The statement would analyze any effect a proposed legislation may have on housing affordability, employment, wages, cost of living, etc.
- PASSED: A resolution directing the Mayor to study the feasibility and benefits of starting a county I.D. card program.
- A resolution supporting SB 120/HB 45 in the state legislature. This bill would prohibit discrimination in Florida on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Special Taxing Districts: several items which will raise or lower the rates for many special taxing districts which provide street lighting, security services and landscaping for communities throughout Miami-Dade.
Meetings may be seen online through the Miami-Dade website. You may also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information.
Tell the Board your Budget Priorities
The budget hearings for the next fiscal year take place on September 3rd and 17th. The hearings begin at 5:01 pm at the Stephen P Clark Government Center (111 NW 1st street). I urge all residents to attend and speak about their budget priorities. If you are unable to attend, make sure to catch the meeting live on the Miami-Dade County livestream.
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Get Hurricane Ready
We all breathed a sigh of relief this weekend as Tropical Storm Erika was downgraded. I was thankful to see that residents took the necessary precautions and were tuned in to the latest updates on the storm. It is imperative that we all prepare for hurricane season. If you haven't put together your kit and plans, make sure to get hurricane ready. The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management is an excellent resource. Take a moment to plug your address into the evacuation and flooding map to see if your neighborhood is vulnerable in a storm event.
If you have any questions, please reach out to Team 8 at [email protected] or at 305-378-6677. Our number one concern is the safety of our County residents. We want to be sure that you have all the information you need to stay safe.
Introducing the District 8 Small Business Academy
Team 8 is proud to launch the first District 8 Small Business Academy! The month long program will provide training and resources to our local businesses so that entrepreneurs have the tools they need for success. Our office is dedicated to economic development in South Dade. We created the Small Business Academy with input from the priorities expressed at the South Dade Solutions Summit. The academy is free of cost, just remember to RSVP on the Small Business Academy registration page.
A very special thanks to our sponsors: Partners for Self-Employment, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Miami-Dade County Small Business Development Division, The Beacon Council, CareerSource of South Florida and the Florida International University Small Business Development Clinic.
Step-Up 2015 Kicks Off this Month
The Children's Trust and Catalyst Miami bring the Step-Up program to South Dade for its second year. Step-Up is a training program that develops neighborhood leaders so that they may address critical community needs. Free childcare and dinner are provided at each session. The program begins September 17th and meets every Thursday at the Goulds Park Community Center (11350 SW 216th street). Contact Gina Ha at 786-414-1296 or [email protected]