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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

La Gaceta Endorses

District 6 Runoff
Guido Maniscalco

► Like a forlorn ex-boyfriend or girlfriend who just can’t let the relationship end, ex-School Superintendent MaryEllen Elia is making the separation awkward.
This week, she called acting-School Superintendent Jeff Eakins and asked him to not attend a meeting so she could go and represent the district…Elia’s attempted return from vacation had people scrambling.
Eakins let her know he would represent the District at the Foundation meeting. In a stalker-esque moment, Elia couldn’t stay away and attended the meeting so she could at least introduce School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb, who introduced Eakins…(to read more, buy a paper)

► City Council members Yolie Capin and Frank Reddick endorsed Guido Maniscalco for the District 6 City Council Seat…(to read more, buy a paper)

► We congratulate County Commissioner Al Higginbotham for standing up for diversity. In late February, the County Commission received a list of people to serve on a nominating committee to replace the retiring Rick Garrity as executive director of the Environmental Protection Commission. Higginbotham noticed there were no Blacks or Hispanics on the nominating committee and held up the vote until a more diverse group could be picked…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine was in the Bay Area last week promoting his city’s centennial celebration. We chatted with the personable mayor in front of Bernini on a beautiful Friday afternoon…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The election for Tampa City Council District 6 is on Tuesday, March 24.
We believe the race is too close to call. Jackie Toledo had a large lead in the first election but Castellano’s voters seem to have moved over to Guido Maniscalco. More voters realize Toledo is a Republican and Guido Maniscalco is a Democrat and this is a heavily Democratic district.
The negative third-party campaign seems to have backfired and drawn sympathy for Maniscalco and condemnation of Toledo and her consultant, Anthony Pedicini.
We endorse Guido Maniscalco. He is prepared to serve on the Council. He’s a volunteer member of the city’s Code Enforcement Board, which gives him a perspective on a majority of the work that comes before the Council.
He’s learned about his community and given back through his memberships with the Optimists Club, Lions Club, Sons of Italy, Human Rights Council and Round Table. As president of his neighborhood association, he’s grown to understand the relationship between the city and its neighborhoods.
On the other hand, Toledo seems to have woke up one day and decided to run for office…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The League of Women Voters will hold its annual awards luncheon on Friday, March 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at the University Club, at the top of One City Center, in Downtown Tampa.
The League will honor Mary Figg with its Lifetime Achievement Award and Jan Tomlinson Smith, with the Sydney and Thalia Potter Civic Leadership Award…(to read more, buy a paper)

► We are glad to hear Matilda Garcia will be inducted into the 2015 class of the Hillsborough County Women’s Hall of Fame on May 8, at the Tampa Convention Center.
Matilda Garcia’s career was at Social Security, but her life is about advocating for those less fortunate, always with a Latin twist. She is a dynamo and one of the best ambassadors Tampa’s Latin community will ever have.
While Garcia will be inducted into the 2015 class, she is in a class all by herself.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► …I’ve had varying degrees of success and failure in my attempts to predict the outcome of this rite of spring, but a lot of that has depended on how far Syracuse advanced. Most years, being a blind fan and stupid gambler, I pencil in Syracuse as the winner of the tournament. With Syracuse only winning the NCAA tournament title once, in 2003, you can see how this strategy hasn’t worked out most years…(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► …That was a cheap shot that Gasparilla recently took from “The O’Reilly Factor.” In the on-the-street interviews segment called “Watters World,” producer-interviewer Jesse Watters asks questions to elicit embarrassing reminders that we have a lot of clueless, ill-informed people in this country. Indeed, we get that, but it shouldn’t require going to a place where a bunch of inebriated, partying millennials are being asked to identify (former Taliban captive Bowe) Bergdahl and Gitmo (Guantanamo).
Frankly, Jay Leno’s “Jaywalking” around Hollywood intersections and asking current-events questions was more entertaining – and more to the point that there are major informational deficits beyond pop-culture. Plus, sober ignorance is valid…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► …La comunidad hispana de Ybor City y West Tampa se adelantó, a fines del siglo XIX, a los niveles de integración racial correspondientes a su tiempo y ello es más significativo si se tiene en cuenta el entorno en que se desarrolló. Cuando en el sur de los Estados Unidos prevalecía la segregación racial más violenta, unos miles de cubanos –blancos y negros – viven, trabajan y se reúnen en espacios sociales que no están marcados por el color de la piel. Y conviven en un emplazamiento poblacional junto a españoles, italianos y algunos miembros de otros orígenes europeos e incluso asiáticos, sin presiones de mentalidad que quiebren el agrupamiento humano…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► …Alejo Carpentier (1904-1980) es una de las figuras significativas de la narrativa contemporánea y precursor, tanto estilística como cronológicamente, de una nueva forma de escribir en Latinoamérica. Es el heraldo de la nueva novela histórica americana y el generador, por así decirlo, de lo ‘lo real maravilloso’…(to read more, buy a paper)

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