On Thursday, August 1, 2019 the MDCLC hosted it's monthly Board of Director's meeting at Hialeah Park. Councilwoman Vivian Casals- Muñoz of the City of Hialeah gave the invocation. MDCLC Past President and former Councilman of Hialeah Luis Gonzalez recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Mayor Carlos Hernandez of the City of Hialeah gave the host city presentation and spoke of the progress the City of Hialeah has made and the importance of local government uniting for the betterment of our communities.

Two candidates for the 2nd Vice Presidency of the Florida League of Cities (FLC) joined us at this month's meeting, Mayor Anne Gerwig of the City of Wellington and Mayor Randy Henderson of the City of Fort Meyers. Both candidates spoke of future plans during their tenure, and the importance of home rule if elected. Mayor Gerwig and Mayor Henderson asked for support in becoming the next 2nd Vice President of the FLC.
U.S. Census Bureau Partnership Specialists Ms. Lubby Navarro and Ms. Ana Maria Diaz informed everyone that every 10 years, the  U.S. Census Bureau  conducts a census to determine the number of people living in the United States. This census provides the basis for reapportioning Congressional seats and distributing billions of dollars in federal funding to support services and infrastructure in communities across the country. Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr., Miami-Dade County and Chair of the 2020 Census Task Force encouraged all to participate in the 2020 Census. He expressed that participation is crucial to ensure our County receives its fair share of federal funding to support local services and infrastructure as well as proper representation in Congress. He informed everyone that the questionnaire contains a few simple questions and only takes a few minutes to complete. This year, people will have the opportunity to complete the census online, making it easier than ever to participate.
Associate Superintendent Ms. Iraida Mendez-Cartaya and Police Major Ivan Silva of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools spoke of new school year initiatives, programs and the educational improvements public schools have made within the past 3 years. She proudly announced that the MDCPS is an "A" rated school district. MDCPS Police Major Ivan Silva presented public safety guidelines for the new school year and spoke of SB 7026 in place. He mentioned that the Legislature will provide law enforcement and the courts with the tools to enhance public safety by temporarily restricting firearm possession of a person who is undergoing a mental health crisis and when there is evidence of a threat of violence. Additionally by enhanced coordination between education and law enforcement entities at the state and local level it will promote school safety.
MDCLC President Claudia Cubillos updated everyone on the proposed whistleblowers ordinance by Commissioner Sally Heyman which would have mandated all municipalities to adopt the ordinance. MDCLC Executive Director Richard Kuper, President Cubillos, Past President JC Bermudez, Weiss Serota Helfman... attorney's Susan Trevarthen and Robert Meyers met with Commissioner Heyman and her staff to discuss alternative language for this ordinance. In conclusion, it was agreed that the proposed language will give municipalities the option to opt-in; this will go before the Board of County Commissioners for 2nd reading.
Past President Jordan W. Leonard presented the 2018 Associate Member award to Mr. John Brunetti, Jr., President of Hialeah Park for his support and dedication to the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.

Best Practices Conference:  October 3 rd , 2019
      Location: Hilton Miami Downtown
                      1601 Biscayne Blvd.
                      Miami, FL 33132

Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday,September 5 th , 2019
      Location: Rusty Pelican Restaurant
                      3201 Rickenbacker Causeway
   Key Biscayne, FL 33149

Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday,November 7 th , 2019
      Location: Homestead Air Reserve Base
                      360 Coral Sea Blvd.
                       Homestead, FL 33033

Board of Directors Meeting: Thursday,December 5 th , 2019
      Location: T.B.A