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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► …The City should make plans to build separate bathrooms and showers for women in all of its fire stations. We don’t expect this to happen overnight, but rules should be in place requiring these upgrades when fire stations are repaired, remodeled or newly built.
The department should also develop a pregnancy policy so women firefighters and management have a roadmap on how to address workload and scheduling for pregnant women.
The department now has a gag order on its personnel to discourage individuals from speaking to the media. Before the cone of silence was placed on the department, conversations were taking place that made it apparent to us that management could use more tools to deal with problems that arise from a workforce that lives together…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Tampa is looking to do its part in helping Hillary Clinton launch her presidential campaign.
The first local fundraiser for Clinton’s 2016 campaign will be on Tuesday, April 28, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the South Tampa home of Clerk of the Court Pat Frank. Additional hosts are former Mayor Sandy Freedman, City Councilman Harry Cohen and Stacy Frank…The minimum donation is $250; the maximum is $2,700. Call 813-335-3329 if you’d like to attend.(to read more, buy a paper)

► It looks like political consultant Anthony Pedicini moved his act of dirty tricks and sleazy campaigning to the Sarasota City Council race.
He’s doing almost the exact same thing in Sarasota that he did in Tampa that helped his candidate, Jackie Toledo, lose the race to Guido Maniscalco. In fact, the circumstances of the races are almost the same…(to read more, buy a paper)

► The United Nations Association Tampa Bay will host a discussion titled “Cuba: Embargo or Not?” on Monday, April 27, starting at 6:00 p.m. with a meet and greet and the discussion beginning at 6:30.
The event will be held at the University of Tampa in the grand salon on the 1st floor of Plant Hall. It will feature this writer taking the side of ending the embargo and E.J. Otero taking the side of keeping the embargo.
Fox13 anchor John Wilson will moderate the event, which is open to the public.(to read more, buy a paper)

► The Tampa Bay Times did the community a great service by exposing the Tampa Police Department’s program of aggressively ticketing bicycle riders in low-income Black communities in Tampa. The report exposed that 2,500 citations were written in three years with close to 80 percent of those ticketed being Black.
Stops to give Blacks tickets for bike infractions seem to be an excuse to question and search individuals in hope of discovering other crimes.
The City has now asked the US Department of Justice to investigate if the program violates civil rights. That should be a short investigation that ends with a resounding Duh!
This department already has a black eye running a quota-driven DUI squad that trampled people’s rights and reputations. We hope the TPD starts doing a better job of policing its own.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► …In the new category, I am an uncle for the third time.
My brother, Anthony, and his wife, Cara, just welcomed Anthony Joseph Siudut to the world. He is the spitting image of his father, which may or may not work out for him, but having another Siudut to muck up the waters is a cause to celebrate….(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► How unsurprising that Sen. Marco Rubio made this week’s presidential-candidacy speech at Miami’s Freedom Tower. The 90-year-old landmark had once been used as a processing center for Cuban refugees fleeing the Castro revolution. We know how that emotional optic played – even if Rubio’s own parents were not, as we came to know, political refugees….(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► …En el espacio Líneas de la memoria, revivimos con frecuencia fragmentos del pasado de la ciudad de Tampa, especialmente relacionados con figuras sobresalientes que, desde su fundación, contribuyeron al crecimiento material y espiritual de esta bella ciudad. A la hora de mirar al pasado, casi siempre se privilegia a los personajes centrales que grabaron su nombre en la historia, y que constituyen ejemplos cimeros de generosidad humana. Sin embargo, se nos pierde en el tiempo el ejemplo de tantos que consagraron un preciado tiempo de su vida a luchar con desinterés a favor de su comunidad, que es la manera de luchar por un mundo mejor.

China aprueba decisión de Obama sobre Cuba
El Gobierno chino celebró el pasado miércoles la decisión del Presidente de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama, de sacar a Cuba de su lista de estados patrocinadores del terrorismo, al tiempo que pidió al mandatario norteamericano que levante lo más pronto posible la política de embargo sobre la Isla.

Histórico diálogo en Panamá entre los Presidentes Barack Obama y Raúl Castro
Los presidentes Barack Obama y Raúl Castro sostuvieron este sábado un histórico diálogo que consolida su decisión de avanzar en la reconciliación de Cuba y Estados Unidos, enemistados por más de 50 años.
“Esta es obviamente una reunión histórica”, dijo Obama antes del evento, en la antesala de la VII Cumbre de las Américas, celebrada el viernes y sábado pasados en Panamá
(to read more, buy a paper)

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