Museum of Ice Cream: Miami

Even though this blog is normally used for my published work rather than my school work, I decided to post this Chroma Key assignment since I have no on-camera work. From writing my script, to being on camera, reading the teleprompter, and editing myself onto a virtual set, this was such a fun project! Hope you enjoy it.


Impact of Trump Presidency on Florida Environment A Concern

Local politicians and environmental workers say they are concerned about the impact of the Trump administration on Florida’s delicate ecosystem.


The Community measuring flooding during King Tide 2016, in Miami Florida.

Jim Murley, the chief resilience officer for Miami Dade County, said he is particularly concerned about King Tide events, which are expected to increase due to global warming.

“These impacts must be addressed because they affect our economy, our mobility and our quality of life now and in the future,” he said.

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has been a supporter of legislation to restore coral reefs and combat local climate change, said that sea level rise, and its local impact, are no longer up for debate.

“While there may be some substantial differences of opinion, some facts are simply incontrovertible – sea levels around South Florida have risen significantly over the past century,” she said.

President-elect Donald Trump has publically stated that he will encourage the production of domestic fossil fuel and open up leases on federal lands and waters, a stance that concerns local watchers.

Ros-Lehtinen, in particular, opposes any efforts to conduct oil-shore drilling.

“While we are just beginning to understand how vulnerable our community may be to the significant impacts of climate change, it is all too well known that offshore oil drilling poses an intolerable threat to the beautiful, natural ecosystems that define our community and buttress our economy,” she said.

She added that the best approach to educating her colleagues and federal officials on the threats to South Florida’s natural resources is having discussions with one person at a time.

“No matter who heads the EPA, other federal departments or agencies, or the relevant House or Senate committees, I will continue my efforts to protect South Florida’s environment by engaging on the facts and building broad support for sustainable and impactful solutions,” she said.

For his part, Murley said he will work to reduce fossil fuel emissions because it makes good business sense.

“Regardless of the actions taken locally and/or world-wide, we will still experience impacts from climate change and sea level rise,” he said. “It is important that we continue to both reduce and avoid greenhouse gas emissions, and begin to adapt and build resilience to current and future impacts.”

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Presidential Election Poll Examination


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A popular website/blog that keeps up with current polls in the general election and state elections called, states that Clinton currently holds the lead with 78.5 percent of the votes.

With Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Colorado considered the most critical battleground states in this election, candidates are doing the best they can to reach out to those few undecided voters in the last few days of the election.

Because the president doesn’t get elected by popular vote, but instead by the electoral college, these few states can ultimately lead in deciding who our next president will be.

According to the NY Times,

“there is a 57 percent chance that one of these six states will provide the deciding electoral vote in 2016”

Below are the most current statistics of the general election that I’ve gathered up.


Florida is most critical tipping point. POLL PHOTO by the NY TIMES

By the polls I’ve researched and examined today, Clinton is winning 6 out of the 8 states listed as critical tipping point states.

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Disclaimer ***The photos and polls on this blog post were taken from the NY Times and FiveThirtyEight. 


Obama campaigns for Hillary Clinton at Florida Memorial University

“I wasn’t a perfect man, and I wasn’t going to be a perfect president, but I told you I would work as hard as I could every single day, on your behalf, that I would fight for you, to make life a little easier for working families across this country.” -Obama

Obama holds a Hillary Clinton campaign at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens a few days after the last presidential debate of 2016. He mentions how this will probably be his last visit to Miami as President and reminds everyone of the progress he’s made through out his presidency. His visit right before election day can mean the difference between a win or loss against their opponents.

“8 years later we can look back and we can say, we fought our way back from a recession, our businesses have turned job losses into 15 million new jobs, we have slashed our dependance on foreign oil, we’ve doubled our production of clean energy, incomes are rising, poverty is falling, the uninsured rate is at an all time low, we brought our brave troops home to their families, we delivered justice to Osama Bin Laden, marriage equality is a reality in all 50 states, we’ve been busy these last eight years. By every measure, our country is stronger and more prosperous than when I came into office, but all that progress is at stake, if we don’t do the right thing these next 19 days.” -Obama

His speech then focused on the importance of getting out to vote, and his support for Hillary Clinton for President and Patrick Murphy for U.S Senate.

He goes into comparisons between the four candidates; how Marco Rubio tried to defund Planned Parenthood, and abandoned the hispanic community when things got difficult. How Trump is the first candidate running for President in decades that hasn’t released his taxes, praises dictators, and tells our allies that we won’t stand by them if they don’t pay up.

“If you want leaders who actually value hard work, respect working americans, who want higher wages, and better benefits, and a fairer tax code, who want equal pay for equal work for women, than you should vote for Hillary Clinton, and you should vote for Patrick Murphy.” -Obama


Photo Taken at the Hillary Clinton Campaign office in Coral Gables

South Miami Ballot Measures

South Miami is asking voters to consider four measures on the Nov. 8 ballot, including an advisory vote on building a new City Hall and new voting rules for affordable housing and downtown development projects.

The first measure deals with updates to South Miami’s charter. South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard said several parts need to be changed to stay in compliance with state law. Though city law requires a vote, an update is required regardless.

“State law supersedes our charter, so even if this doesn’t pass a vote, the charter will still be updated,” Stoddard said.

The second measure is a nonbinding referendum on the City Hall building. Updates for police department and library buildings are also being considered. In addition, the measure also includes language about replacing septic tanks with municipal sewage lines. According to the ballot language, the improvements will involve “no cost to the taxpayer.”

Commissioner Walter Harris said that though nothing is set in stone, the preliminary plan would be to sell the current building. The cost of the new City Hall would be funded by the sale of the old one.

Stoddard said the current buildings are run down and not comfortable work environments for city employees.

“Our workers currently do not have a good spot to work,” he said. “It’s a building that is relatively old, small and has run into structural problems such as mold.”

Though the adjacent Silva Martin building would be preserved, the current City Hall building would likely be torn down, Stoddard said. The exact location of a new City Hall has yet to be determined.

The police building, he said, would potentially be moved from its current location on Sunset Drive to an area north of the South Miami Metrorail station.

“Our officers often have trouble getting in and out simply because of the traffic in the area so the new building will add relief to that,” Stoddard said.

Commissioner Gabriel Edmond, however, stressed that no decision has been made regarding any new buildings, and he still has a lot of questions regarding the funding of the projects.

“I’m skeptical that we even need to sell City Hall,” he said. “I don’t believe we’re ready for that yet.”

Finally, the measure asks for voter input on sewage problems in low-elevation areas.

“The last thing I want is for residents to be forced out because of failing septic tanks,” said Stoddard, adding improvements would also have an environmental benefit.

The last two measures on the ballot involve loosening requirements for approvals on development and affordable housing. Currently, all five commission members must give their approval for variances to city codes on such proposals, among other items. The measure, if approved, would reduce the necessary vote of approval to four of the five.

“In the past we have had one person vote opposite of the other four commissioners and just one vote can scrap the entire thing,” Stoddard said.

The measures are focused on two specific, and separate, areas. The development measure deals with the business district around downtown including the Shops at Sunset Place, while the affordable housing measure deals with the areas near the intersection of Southwest 64th Street and Southwest 59th Place.

Outside of the areas in the ballot measures, development variances will still require a unanimous vote.

The mayor said the city wants to redo Sunset Place, a plan he believes will not happen unless the unanimous-requirement rule is changed.

“We’ve had projects scrapped and not done because one person voted no and then that person eventually left office,” Stoddard said. “And it always ends up being because of a small disagreement or the commissioner feeling they are not getting enough out of it.”

Similarly, the mayor said the unanimous rule has blocked needed — and federally required — affordable housing projects.

“Four times we have had the plan for replacing affordable housing blocked by a single vote,” Stoddard said.

Most people seem to be on board with each of the four measures, he said.

“We may have one or two people that do not agree, but there really is no organized opposition to any of these measures,” Stoddard said.

South Miami’s clerk’s office confirmed no official opposition has been filed to any measure on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Jill Stein Event at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus

Jill Stein visits Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus to promote her campaign in the 2016 Presidential Election. She stands for ingenuous rights, human rights, and speaks about the importance of ending fossil fuel.


“Were running because in this election were not just deciding what kind of a world we will have, but whether we will have a world going forward.”

She talks about the political establishment, and how the media isn’t allowing third party candidates like herself and Gary Johnson participate in the debates.

“Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have had approximately 20,000 times as much mainstream media coverage as our campaign, but they
are not doing 20,000 times better, they are only doing about 10 times better.”

She continues speaking about how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are the two most distrusted and hated candidates in the history of the presidential election and that people are voting for them not because they like them, but because they are choosing the lesser of two evils.

she said, three quarters of Trumps supporters don’t necessarily like him as a candidate but dislike Hillary Clinton, and two-thirds of Hillary’s supporters are not motivated by her but by disliking Trump.

screen-shot-2016-10-30-at-1-49-22-pm“Democracy is not a question of who do we fear the most, and who do we hate the most. Democracy needs a moral compass, it needs an affirmative vision of what were about and what we are going towards, WE must be that moral compass.”

She stresses the importance of not voting for the two corporate parties, who keep throwing the American people under the bus.

“The best thing to do with your vote, is to invest in our future, in the social movements that are transforming our future that the green party and our campaign stand for.”

Churchill’s Pub In Little Haiti holds debate watch-party 9/28/16

Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti, usually known for featuring local bands, held its first 2016 presidential debate watch party, organized by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Those in attendance included Dwight Bullard, the current Florida state senator for Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, who is running for reelection against Frank Artiles and Dr. Mario Gimenez.

“I agree with Senator [Bernie] Sanders in supporting her as the nominee and ‘right choice’ for president,” said the first-term Democrat.

Bullard said his main focus this election cycle is education.

“I agree with Clinton’s debt-free proposal for college and the use of government funding to make college education debt free.”

He said he believes his on-the-ground work sets him apart from Artiles, a Republican who is a current member of the Florida House of Representatives, and Gimenez, an independent running on a conservative platform.

“Getting involved with the community and putting the people first makes me stand out from the rest of the candidates,” Bullard said.

— Cassandra Cabal, South Florida News Service