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What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta

From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga

La Gaceta Endorses
Mayor
Bob Buckhorn

City Council
District 1
Mike Suarez
District 2
Charlie Miranda
District 3
Yvonne Yolie Capin
District 4
Harry Cohen
District 6
Guido Maniscalco

► … We’ve pulled out our crystal ball, cleaned the glass and are ready to offer our fearless predictions.
Turnout
… We think it will run between 25,000 and 30,000 voters coming out to cast their ballots.
Mayor
… Buckhorn, of course, will be victorious.
City Council
District 1

Incumbent Mike Suarez is being challenged by Susan Long. Suarez should win…
District 2
… Miranda places first in this race. It could go to a runoff and if so, we see Jenkins going to the next round.
District 3
… Capin is well liked and we see her winning by the largest margin of all the incumbents in council races…
District 4
… King just can’t get any traction against Cohen, whom we see as an easy winner.
District 6
… We believe this race goes to a runoff between Toledo and Maniscalco.
(to read more, buy a paper)

► School Board Member Doretha Edgecomb already has an opponent for 2016. It’s Tarance LeNoir, a teacher for children with intellectual disabilities at Pepin Academy. School Board Member Carol Kurdell also has an opponent. Randy Toler has signed up against her. It’s his second try. He just placed poorly in the August election against April Griffin; he was sixth in an eight-person race and received 6.54 percent of the vote.
Edgecomb and Kurdell have been strong supporters of the soon-to-be ex-superintendent of schools, MaryEllen Elia.
The pro-Elia group has a mantra, “elections matter,” which refers to the elections of Board members critical of Elia. It also seems to be used as a threat against the four Board members who fired Elia. What we find intriguing here is that so far, the only School Board candidates with opposition are those who supported Elia.(to read more, buy a paper)

► Melissa Polo hasn’t let her loss in her runoff election in November against Robert Bauman slow her quest to sit on the bench. On Dec. 11, 2014, she filed for the Group 24 Circuit Judge seat…(to read more, buy a paper)

► Want to celebrate with your favorite politician? Here is the list of victory parties on Tuesday night.
Bob Buckhorn – Ulele, 1810 N. Highland Ave.
Charlie Miranda – Vincent & Tampa Cigar Co., 3103 N. Howard Ave.
Yolie Capin – Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Ave.
Harry Cohen – Pané Rustica, 3225 S. MacDill Ave.
Guido Maniscalco – Montauro Ristorante, 2501 W. Tampa Bay Blvd.
Mike Suarez – Rick’s on the River, 2305 N. Willow Ave.
Jackie Toledo – Piquant, 1633 W. Snow Ave.
(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 Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut

► …The Ybor community hung posters throughout the district and even Clear Channel donated several electronic billboards with the message of a desperate plea to find a missing woman.
With money raised and prayers received from a close-knit community, a heart-wrenching wait was all that was left.
Tragically, on Sunday, Feb. 22, Apryl Foster’s car was found in a lake just a half-mile from her home in Brandon. With police divers finding her body inside, the search was over…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya

► …Emiliano Salcines ha sido profesor y varias universidades le han distinguido con premios por su labor. Creo que sus conferencias y publicaciones dirigidas a la docencia han contribuido a los estudios jurídicos de este país. Podría hablarme sobre esta importante labor.
Bueno, eso ocurrió cuando yo estaba despuntando con mi actividad en la Asociación Nacional de Fiscales de Distrito. Un día, un catedrático muy famoso de la Facultad de Derecho en la Universidad de Northwestern, en Chicago, me dijo: Yo quisiera que usted impartiera clases en los cursos que anualmente ofrecemos en Chicago para los fiscales. Le dije que sí y me pasé 35 veranos viajando por una semana a ese estado, preparando a los profesionales que hoy son los fiscales electos, jueces, magistrados o senadores. Entonces, la Facultad de Derecho en Stetson –que actualmente tiene una sede aquí en Tampa– me pidió que fuera Profesor Adjunto y he tenido el privilegio de representar a Stetson en conferencias que he dado en España, Argentina, Colombia y México…(to read more, buy a paper)

From Briznas culturales, por Leonardo Venta

► … En su 87 edición, la entrega de los Premios Oscar, concedidos por la Academia de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas de Hollywood a los artistas, técnicos y películas más destacados del 2014, se celebró con el glamour habitual en el teatro Dolby de Los Ángeles el pasado domingo, 22 de febrero de 2015.
Sin embargo, no todo fue glamour en la magna celebración de la industria cinematográfica estadounidense…(to read more, buy a paper)

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