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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

► The next mayor of Tampa needs to fix the Construction Services Division, which issues building permits. People in the construction industry tell us it is often taking one, two or three months to get a permit. The same request at the Hillsborough County Building Department takes just a few days and is half the cost.
There is little excuse for the long waits, as governments are allowed to charge contractors and property owners the costs of providing the permit. So, if the City is understaffed, it can hire more inspectors and staff and pass the costs directly on to the requestors of the permits. …(to read more, buy a paper)

► The 13th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission narrowed down the 24 applicants to six to fill the vacancy on the circuit bench created by Judge Laurel Lee’s move from the judiciary to serve as the Florida Secretary of State.
The six names sent to Governor Ron DeSantis from which to choose are Jessica Goodwin Costello, Brigid Anne Merenda, James S. Moody, III, Thomas N. Palermo, John A. Schifino and Judge Jared Smith.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Hillsborough County Property Appraiser Bob Henriquez made a bold move in adopting a living wage at his office by setting it at $15 per hour for full-time workers. This will move his minimum wage up from $11.90 per hour. Minimum wage employees will get a jump of $6,448 a year to an annual salary of $31,200. Florida’s minimum wage is $8.46.
Henriquez is not the first elected County official to adopt a $15 minimum wage. Supervisor of Elections Craig Latimer led that change for his full-time employees in 2017.
Mayoral candidate David Straz has taken the $15 minimum wage one step farther. Not only is he promoting a $15 minimum wage for City workers if elected, he’s already paying $15 minimum wage to any paid canvassers, which of course are part-time workers.(to read more, buy a paper)

► USF students elected their first African-American woman as their student body president. The honor went to Britney Deas.
USF students, over the past few years, have elected student body presidents from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. This is the latest glass ceiling to be broken by this new generation, which seems to embrace sexual orientation, racial and ethnic diversity better than past generations.(to read more, buy a paper)

From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► … This is why we leave theological education to the theologians.
I’m sure detractors of this bill will have written of its problems ad nauseam by the time you get this newspaper in front of you, but the one thing none of them seem to be asking is, why is Kimberly Daniels a Democrat?
She thanks God for Donald Trump, his family and his possessions yet was a harsh critic of President Obama. She’s ultra-conservative. She has been surrounded by controversies regarding ethics, anti-Semitism, homophobia, campaign finance, misuse of church funds and many, many more.
Democrats are certainly capable of a few of those issues, but I don’t know of any in Daniels’ league.
I can only assume the answer can be found in Matthew 7:15.(to read more, buy a paper)

From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill

► … The sentencing guidelines that were notably disregarded in the “white-collar” Paul Manafort case also contained a gobsmacking, cringe-worthy rationale by U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III. He referred to Manafort’s “otherwise blameless life.” We’re talking about a consummate schemer who had carved out a lucrative, living-high career on the felonious dark side. Moreover, his country was worse off for his self-serving agenda. This is like saying that Al Capone, convicted of tax evasion, had led an “otherwise blameless” life. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From In Context, by Doris Weatherford

► As I walked past the TV, I saw the CNN headline news and saw, “White House blames Congress for ballooning national debt.” This congress has been in office for just two months and has not passed any legislation that affects the economy – and until about 60 days ago, both houses of Congress were controlled for many years by Republicans. Tell me again, which party is responsible for the (genuinely) ballooning debt? …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Silhouettes, an interview with Jim Nixon, by Tiffany Razzano

► As a teenager, Jim Nixon dreamed of enlisting in the military. So, after high school, at 18 years old, the North Carolina native joined the Navy.
There was one catch: he was a gay man serving before the 1994 implementation of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which allowed gay American citizens to enlist as long as they remained closeted.
At the time, Nixon wasn’t worried, though. As quartermaster, he was a navigational expert and just wanted to focus on his work. “I thought I could do my job and not have it impact me,” he said. “But unfortunately, it did.” …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► … Como se indica en el título, esta es la segunda parte del artículo dedicado a Herman Glogowski. Por si algunos no leyeron la primera y no les es dable acceder a La Gaceta de la semana anterior, reitero que la motivación a escribir sobre esta figura surgió desde saber la atención que le brindó a José Martí y otros patriotas cubanos, al invitarles en una ocasión a visitar lugares sobresalientes de este lugar. Asimismo, porque siendo Alcalde de la ciudad en cuatro ocasiones, representó el advenimiento y afirmación de la industria del tabaco en Ybor City y West Tampa.
También fue significativa la actitud del gobierno de la ciudad, presidido por Glogowski, para la construcción de muchas obras que hoy son parte importante de su patrimonio, como la edificación del hotel de Henry Plant, uno de los más lujosos de su tiempo y hoy perteneciente a la Universidad de Tampa. Las concesiones de impuestos y la construcción de un puente que la ciudad ayudó a costear para facilitar el acceso al flamante edificio, contribuyeron a hacer realidad una obra que atrajo a miles de visitantes. Fue el Alcalde quien, el 26 de julio de 1888, colocó la primera piedra de lo que sería el Hotel Tampa Bay. …(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … Los sucesos de la revolución estudiantil contra el impopular gobierno mexicano de Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, del Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI) –cuando la atención del mundo estaba centrada en la ciudad de México por motivo de los Juegos Olímpicos de 1968–, reprimida con la masacre y los hechos violentos que acontecieron en la zona comprendida entre la plaza de Tlatelolco, también llamada de las Tres Culturas, y los edificios contiguos, el 2 de octubre de 1968, han quedado plasmados en la novela testimonio La noche de Tlatelolco, de Elena Poniatowska.
El movimiento estudiantil mexicano en la década de los años sesenta del pasado siglo desplegó una férrea lucha contra el régimen establecido en ese país, caracterizado por la violación de los derechos democráticos. …(to read more, buy a paper)

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