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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► The big surprise this week was the selection of County Commissioner Les Miller as chair of the Commission over Commissioner Sandy Murman.
For years, the chair vote followed a partisan path. The occupant of the chair might change but his or her registration had to be Republican to match the majority.
This year, the chair went Democratic in spite of a 5-2 Republican dominance.
Miller drew four votes on the first round — he, fellow Democrat Kevin Beckner and Republicans Ken Hagan and Victor Crist. … It’s the consensus among pundits we called that Crist and Hagan voted against Murman because of her last-minute unveiling of her own transportation plan. Her move to replace the 1/2-penny sales tax with a mobility fee and other funding was badly timed and badly packaged. It was a grenade tossed among her Republican peers and an afront to the lady behind the curtain, Beth Leytham. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► Charlie Crist will hold one of his first fundraising events at the Seminole home of Gordon Chernecky. The event is Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Costs are $1,000 to be on the host committee, $250 for a “friend” designation and $100.
The address is 13779 Oak Forest Blvd. North. Call 727-204-0385 if you’d like to attend.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Hillary Clinton will make her first campaign stop in Tampa. She will be at the Thonotosassa home of Alex Sink on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Price is $500, or $2,700 if you want a photo with Clinton. To attend, go to www.hillaryclinton.com(strong>to read more, buy a paper)

► Another big surprise this week was Tampa City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione filing to run for State House District 63. She will give up her Council seat, which she could have held until 2019. She will have to resign to run and must send in her resignation letter 10 days before qualifying, which will be in mid-June. She will have to leave office in November. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Clerk of the Circuit Court Pat Frank’s campaign sent out a press release touting labor endorsements. One was from the Hillsborough County Firefighters. That’s a strong endorsement. County Commissioner Kevin Beckner is Pat Frank’s opponent and as commissioner, has a vote over the Hillsborough County Fire Department’s budget. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Donald Trump wants to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants in an operation similar to the one during the Eisenhower administration called “Operation Wetback.” That operation wasn’t aimed at illegal immigrants, it was aimed at illegal Hispanic immigrants and was focused on just a few states.
The operation was cruel, inhumane and people died. Trump promises his deportation will be humane. How does one act humane performing an inhumane task? Trump wants a police force to go to the homes of suspected illegals and take into custody fathers and mothers, tearing them from their loved ones, possessions, communities and jobs.
Think about how this works. An enforcement agent comes to a house or apartment and immediately takes the occupants into detention until they can be deported. Their belongings are lost, stolen or confiscated. Their employers wonder what happened to their workers. A landlord or mortgage holder deals with the loss of income and the abandoned property.
What’s worse is when a father and mother are both deported. Children who are naturalized Americans have to leave the schools they attended for years and their friends and go to foreign countries where they don’t know the language. Alternatively, these children could find guardians in this country and become estranged from their fathers and mothers. There is no way to be humane about this action. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► The discourse on immigration at the Republican debate failed to address the Cuban Adjustment Act and its abuses.
The Act allows Cubans who arrive uninvited to this country to immediately become eligible for food stamps, welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, disability benefits and Social Security. The Sun-Sentinel recently reported on Cubans abusing and gaming the system by the thousands. … (to read more, buy a paper)

► Comedian, entertainer, teacher and sometimes bearer of bad news for the Sheriff’s office Jack Espinosa penned an enjoyable collection of stories about different times in his life and packaged them in his new book, “Sacafiesta.” … He will sign books on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the West Tampa Sandwich Shop, 3904 N. Armenia Ave, and on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Ybor City Museum, 1818 E. 9th Ave.(to read more, buy a paper)

► … In the past two years, the park service had to cut four people out of each of its five districts. Our district is District 4 and has 35 parks. One would think these staff reductions would be spread out or focused on less-attended parks but that is not the case.
Of these four positions which were eliminated, two were at Hillsborough State Park, which also runs the Ybor City State Museum. The result is that the Ybor Museum will be unable to stay open seven days a week. It’s likely to close up on Mondays and Tuesdays. We find it outrageous that these cuts were concentrated here and that we are suffering cuts at all. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … in traditional sports betting, a bettor could wager $100 on the Bears to win. If that person wins, he or she wins $100. If he or she loses, the loss is $110. That $10 difference is called the vig. That’s how casinos make money on sports betting. The goal is to get an equal amount of people betting on different sides of a contest and the casinos take in the vig. This is why you will see teams as favorites or underdogs in games. Las Vegas oddsmakers try to determine how much better a team is than another in order to even the odds. When more money is wagered on one side than the odds are changed to help even out the money. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► Presidential candidates going on late-night, TV entertainment shows is nothing new. It harkens back to John F. Kennedy’s appearance with Jack Paar on the old “Tonight Show” in 1960. It was a savvy move to get in front of a demographic far removed from newspaper editorial pages and Sunday morning political talk shows.
It still is, if done right.
Bill Clinton playing the sax on “The Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992 was cool. Then submitting to questions – including one about “shorts or briefs?” – wasn’t. You know it when you see it.
A few weeks back Hillary Clinton appeared on “Saturday Night Live” and arguably helped herself. It was a self-deprecating, three-minute cameo as “Val” the bartender chatting with cast member Kate McKinnon, who regularly plays Clinton. Net result: Clinton can deliver a punch line setup, she can take a joke, and she can look likeable. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, by William March: An interview with Gary Sasso

► Gary Sasso says, in the quiet, understated, precise speech of a litigator, that he has to stay busy to be happy.
If so, he must be very happy.
Sasso’s career, both in law and community activism, started fast and stayed that way. Now in his early 60s, he’s not thinking about tapering off.
Sasso is president/CEO of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, one of Tampa’s most prominent homegrown law firms, dating to 1901 and begun by members of the Mabry family and Doyle Carlton, Florida’s 26th governor. Its Website now boasts nearly 400 attorneys in offices in 10 major cities in five states and the District of Columbia. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► Julie Jenkins, former city council candidate and the director of development at St. Peter Claver Catholic School, asked me to write about this historic institution in Ybor City. I have done so before, especially in “Real Women of Tampa” (2004), which again is available from the University of Tampa Press. St. Peter Claver began as a school for African-American children in 1894, just 15 years after other nuns started Tampa’s first Catholic school for White children, the Academy of the Holy Names. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Grito es el nombre con que quedó bautizado el estallido independentista en las diversas regiones de Hispanoamérica, acompañado a un manifiesto donde se daba a conocer al mundo el derecho inalienable de cada país a caminar por sí mismo en el concierto de las naciones libres. El apelativo nació unido al lugar donde se produjo el contecimiento, por lo que se fue incorporando a la historia como Grito de Dolores (México,1810), Grito de Asencio (Uruguay,1811), Grito de Capotillo (República Dominicana, 1865), Grito de Lares (Puerto Rico, 1868) o Grito de Yara, (Cuba, 1868), por sólo citar algunos. En realidad, el de Cuba fue el último de todos y la historiografía ha ido corrigiendo el nombre, porque en realidad el del 10 de octubre de 1868 debe llamarse Grito de La Demajagua, por el lugar, cerca de Manzanillo, donde Carlos Manuel de Céspedes dio la libertad a sus esclavos, leyó su manifiesto independentista y dio inicio a la guerra que duraría 10 años. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … El sevillano Diego de Silva y Velázquez, uno de los artistas más célebre de todos los tiempos, muchos de cuyos datos personales han desaparecido de los archivos de los historiadores, hubiera cumplido 416 años de edad este 6 de junio el 2015.
De lo poco que le conocemos, sabemos que a los diez años ya estudiaba pintura en un famoso estudio de Sevilla bajo la tutela de Francisco Herrera. … (to read more, buy a paper)

From Desde mi escritorio, por Arturo Rivera

► … La guerra en Siria comenzó en el año 2011. Hasta el momento el número de muertos asciende a cerca de 330 mil personas, el país está devastado y se ha creado una grave crisis de refugiados. Hay aproximadamente 4 millones de refugiados desplazados, los cuales han buscado refugio en países cercanos del Medio Oriente y Europa, creando una crisis migratoria en la Unión Europea. … (to read more, buy a paper)

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