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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

04:37 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Evening, Felix Vega and Reggie on the board. So here's the breaking news. The presidential debate scheduled for October, 15th is cancelled. Both campaigns have now told the commission that puts these on they have other plans. The debate on October 22nd in Nashville is still on And both campaigns have agreed to a traditional debate. See, I'd like to see one debate in the town hall format. I always think that we've seen them one on one. I think the town hall format adds a completely different dynamic. It looks like what's gonna happen is on the 15th. You will get town halls. But the candidates won't be together so you'll have a Biden Town Hall on ABC, and it looks like potentially a trump Town hall on NBC, and then we have to see how they're going to do it. Hopefully they would do it. You know where it was maybe like I don't know. Dying to 10 10 to 11 who goes first. Who goes second. I'm now they're goingto you wanted. You've got to avoid the counter programming so people can watch both of them like I don't think it's wise to write a stack a mob on the town hall nights, especially since the network's gonna be running them. I would think they would come to some agreement about who's going to hear when Yeah, I debated God. 8 to 9 39 32 11. Maybe if you want to do an hour and a half you could do that, But I wonder. What the fight would be like who would want to go first. Who would want to go second? How that would toss a coin potentially work? That's a good idea. You could do it that way. I don't I don't care. Just do it The easiest way. I don't want that becoming The next controversy in in the election cycle. Honestly, I don't care about seeing another debate, I think, for the most part Everybody's got their mind made up, and I don't think these debates are going to have much of an impact. I will say if I were the president, I would want at least one more debate because he's got too close to the ground, and that really gives him the best opportunity to do so. And next week, maybe the town hall setting will be Good for both of them. Typically, I think Joe Biden does better in the town hall settings, although like we're going to talk about right now. Sometimes they're set up that way. It seems like on purpose to help him. Do better. So going back to that recent town hall that You had Joe Biden do on MSNBC or was an NBC News Town hall and I don't know if I didn't run on both NBC. I didn't watch it. It was on NBC and MSNBC since Lester Holt posted it Okay? So it was a town hall supposed to feature you know, undecided voters, And here was the headline. The next day, and this was in politico. Our good friend Marquet Puto wrote this. Biden receives a nationally televised hour long infomercial. The voters hardly sounded undecided. And if you thought that was the case well, some of them weren't undecided. Believe it or not, they actually featured Two individuals who appeared on MSNBC as anti trump voters. So here's like a minute clip. You can get a census to who the people were. Welcome. Welcome Miami and the Town Hall meeting with former Vice President Joe Biden is taking questions from undecided voters. Peter Gonzalez has next question. Welcome to Miami. Mr Vice President. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and I've been living in Core Gables for the last 20. Plus years way, get four more years of Trump. Good luck. That's the same guy with the future, attracting younger voters go to his mail. Yano, who voted for Hillary Clinton four years ago, but his voted Republican in the past. What's your question for president that Joe Biden said during his speech resonated with me was what defines America's possibility. Same Daniel Gomez joins us now, first time voters into the US from Colombia at age to welcome a lot. The Lester for the introduction watching the debate. Matteo Gomez told us he really didn't feel like we got a whole lot out of it. And it really did not do a lot to help him. You had to pull the trigger and vote for someone tomorrow. Probably.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

04:51 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Felix Vega joined the show. Not too long ago, Jack Harris will be back next week. Tough loss for the Bucks Last night I went to bed. They were winning before the end of the first half, and I woke up and they had lost and I was said so now. I'm going to drink. Yeah, Friday. You know what this is What I have in my hand, a delicious, hazy EPA, and it is from three daughters brewing. And it is the former New England EPA. Why? Why is it a former New England? I pay? Of course. It's theme for the former New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And I feel like after I drink this The Bucks will have their luck again and they'll be back to victory's starting next week when they take on Green Bay. Joining us on the hotline. Now the VP sales and marketing director over at three daughters brewing, Brian Horn. Good morning, Brian. Good to talk to again. Good morning. Good to talk to you guys, too. So what we have here is a hazy, juicy EPA here 12, ounce can and it reads kudos to New England for having been home to the rise of great things, But we know the truth. It's always more fun in the Florida sun. How'd you come up with us? You know, funny story we were on our calendar. We actually had New England had the idea because you know, in the craft your world is really it right now, Right in an ideal world, hazy New England style is really kind of all the rage. So we've had a recipe. We've been serving at the brewery for several years and one of my personal favorites, and you're just kind of talking about. You know what You should do in New England style. How can we rap in the whole bucks thing and just kind of all suddenly just came to us and said, Wow, it's just big, basic, simple, just called former doing life. And Brian, this is Felix Vega is so with all the craziness that's going on. It seems like you're still having fun. With your business. How is your business going His own about Teo Crack open my own beer because I will sad. It's Friday. I had I'd said Felix, you grab a beer and you drink it, buddy. It's Friday. Yeah, right. Well, it's been a rollercoaster, obviously for everybody, but you know, over the last month or so, the tasting room down ST Pete has opened up fully, and so we're very excited about that. Three bars and restaurants are opening. And so that's great. We're getting a lot of people in that hospital industry back work in our off premise or what we consider package when you drink out of a can. You know that's been pretty strong people, obviously, with bars and restaurants being closed went to Publix is and pull the lines and ABC stores by there, so You know, it's been up and down like the rest of us, But we're in a good position. We're excited about the future. It's the former New England EPA. A. It is from three daughters brewing, and you should definitely try it. It's delicious, Brian. You bring up the hay zis I have recently in the last year and a half Really The hazy I P s are the on ly. My pee is that I love right now, Like, really, I don't know what it is about. The hazy is what separates why people are so into it Right now. The taste is just it's on point. Yeah, You know, I think to be perfectly honest with you. It's one of the things that has kind of just made its way into the craft your world and because it's just it's juicy. It's got a lot of flavors. It's very complex. You know, you can really do a lot of different things with the beer. So from a craft brewer standpoint, there's just a lot of different ways. You can take that hazing meeting style. And make it your own, which I think is why you see so many craft breweries right now, coming out with soniya awesome different beers styles like Brian. Three daughters. Brewing has to have the idea in the works, and I don't want to get too ahead of myself, especially after Ah loss from the Rays in the Bucks last night, but Stanley Cup champion lightning potential world serious champion Rays and maybe Super Bowl champion Buccaneers and that would be in our backyard at Raymond James Stadium. Can we Are we starting to come up with a concept may be in the works for a trifecta of the three No. Three championship team. Is in the area. A three championships. Three daughters We've already got Several things are lined up. So we're you're ready to go. That is perfect. Brian. If people want to go check this out and try the former New England for themselves a CZ Just go 23 daughters Brewing isn't anywhere else right now. Yeah, three daughters. We also have it. Ah, like Publix is total wining and ABC throughout the camp area. Awesome Esso and check it out and try to Literally one of my 140 years we've done it's probably one of my top favorite three daughters brewing in ST Petersburg. Go check him out there. Awesome over there. Not only great great people to Brian website and exact location where you're out for people. Yeah, we're located right down by the actually the race stadium in 22nd Avenue on Petersburg. It's like you 2 to 22nd Street south and then also on our website at three Growing dotcom. Thank you for sampling the beers with us this morning and have a great weekend. Brian will catch up with you soon. Thank you.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

06:45 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Gorman with me this evening Felix Vega and James Burr land there on the board taking a look at the situation involving police reform in the sentence it does not look like the Republican police reform bill is gonna make it there are some big differences between Democrats and Republicans on the legislation it looks like house Democrats are going to pass their version of policing reform what's in the Senate the two sides can't seem to come together on an agreements and look there's a lot of politics being played here so you're going to hear both sides accusing the other side of of messing around and not acting in good faith and and I can guarantee it just like with just about everything else there's a little bit of truth coming from the Republicans a little bit of truth coming from the Democrats in terms of the process and and why this isn't likely going to get done so you've got democratic senators Cory Booker and Kamala Harris along with Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer they sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today stating that Senate Republicans police reform bill is not salvageable the letter calls the Republican legislation so threadbare and lacking in substance that it doesn't even provide a proper baseline for negotiations there considering filibustering the bill and McConnell's having trouble finding the seven Democrats he needs to even be able to open debate on the bill Harris and Booker helped to author the Democrats police reform legislation which is much broader and more comprehensive than what Republicans are proposing including on the qualified immunity issue that has been a non starter for Republicans and that's been something that Democrats have included in their legislation I gotta tell ya after everything that we've seen after all the protests if Congress can't figure this out and come to an agreement and go see and get this done I mean give me a break and and you know you've got Senate Democrats complaining that Senate Republicans didn't include them in the negotiations that it was basically just Republicans working on the legislation with the same thing happened in the house the the house Democrats including house Republicans in the crafting of their bill neither side wants to work together during the crafting the legislation then they wanna start debating this stuff in these procedural ways it the whole thing is it's it's ridiculous it really is I thought they'd be able to get something done and and then you really don't know where the president stands on on any of this because it really hasn't talked much about it and it's been led by South Carolina senator Tim Scott he's been he's been leading the way on the Republican side of the Senate not easily the White House hasn't had much of anything to do with the house Democrats legislation that they're going to pass so that's that's where things stand at the moment basically be police reform legislation it's on life support right now I mean the only thing they can do is I get the house bill over to the Senate and I would hope they Tim Scott in some you know moderate Democrat will kind of get together and say like let's see over some of the stuff out and but I'm just hoping beyond hope so let's just make well I I guess Tim Scott he's been talking with Cory Booker okay and so they've been having some discussions on how to move forward but again you're gonna hear a lot of back and forth about procedural issues parliament Terry issues like you know you'll have Republicans saying we we want to allow for the amendment process to take place in debate and all of this but if it moves forward a certain degree then that changes the dynamic again this is there's a lot of inside baseball of politics being played here the bottom line is house Democrats have their legislation they will likely be able to get past but it will probably be on a party line vote with very few if any defectors from the Republican Party the Republicans in the Senate they have the votes they they have like a majority of votes to get something passed but they don't have the support they need to move it through the proper process that the bill would need to go through so you're at a stalemate here that's just a quick overview of the two bills Democrats and Republicans both want to make a lynching a hate crime when it comes to curbing qualified immunity for law enforcement the democratic bill we'll do that and they also want to change the standard of intent for prosecuting misconduct the Republican bill wants none of that and I'm a little surprised that Republicans aren't going to the table when it comes to qualified immunity because rand Paul certainly wants to scale that back right it rand Paul wants to scale back you would think that Mike Lee would want to scale it back that maybe even Ted Cruz would be somewhere in there you're talking about the the more libertarian leaning part of the party Ben Sasse maybe we know we're Clarence Thomas I mean one of the right most conservative justices stands on qualified immunity this is not scaling that back is not a Republican Democrat issue although it is in these bills for some reason in terms of establishing a database of disciplinary records to limit the rock hiring of problematic officers this is the big difference between the two bills both want to establish that database Republicans and Democrats Republicans one public records of cases involving misuse of force and racial profiling Republicans don't want that information open to the public so it's a transparency issue between the tail and.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

01:49 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"With me this evening Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board and look what I'm trying to do here is get to some of the underlying issues that are behind the anger the outrage the sadness that so many Americans are feeling I know there's a lot of focus on the riots and the looting and all of that and I get that and we'll talk about that on the show but there are other issues that need to be discussed and addressed as well because if those issues aren't confronted then this is just gonna be a cycle that keeps happening in this country and this I'm sure some of you don't care about any of this I'm sure some of you don't agree with what you're hearing but maybe a couple of people your eyes will be opened you'll have heard something that gives you a better understanding of what others go through in this country and and that's all I'm looking for just a start to hopefully broader change that makes this a better country makes us allows us to live up to what America is supposed to be so joining me this evening is queen bee from our sister station ninety five seven to beat and she's been kind enough to stick around and will open up the phone lines here if you wanna make a comment if you have a question for queen about any of the things that she said or her life experiences eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two is the number of queen thank you again for sticking around we appreciate it absolutely thank you for having me let me go to Mary in Saint Pete first Mary thank you for the call.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

04:45 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"May eighteenth Ryan Gorman with me this evening Felix Vega and James Burr lander on the board we're talking about Florida's unemployment issues and the fact that the governor he seems to believe based on his comments on Friday and then again today that individuals who are being deemed ineligible for unemployment benefits that it's their fault for not filling forms out properly and he doesn't seem to think there are other issues that are leading to people who should be receiving unemployment benefits leading them to get nothing and I just don't think that's the case and spaced on all the great reporting done all across the state by local journalists and based on the calls that that we've been getting for weeks here on PM Tampa Bay it just seems like there's a disconnect so what we're doing is we're taking your phone calls and we'll take as many as we get at eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two again eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two I'm gonna put all these phone calls together in a podcast and omitted tweeted at the governor we're gonna email it to the governor's office we're gonna send it to the Florida department of economic opportunity maybe all the powers that be hearing your voices in your stories maybe that will help them better understand what's going on as opposed to reporters just posing questions on behalf of people they'll hear your stories first hand because they can't really hear your stories over the phone because the the phone systems you can can get old anybody eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two let me go to Christopher in Clearwater Christopher thank you for the call well thank you Ryan I appreciate you doing this this afternoon because I'm one of thousands I'm sure yeah and just about to blow Cork I need an outlet so what's your story step us through what's happened with with your unemployment benefits process okay job loss April tenth attempted to get online and media believe that the wall of the bureaucracy and the poor system and waited a week trying constantly to file online then resorted to all following a paper copy send that off and just like so many people there was no communication indicating that there was a receipt of any of my information waited waited waited and just today got online and establish the pin up until this point a month after better than a month had no pin to be able to get online and check and see if my claim was active pending refused whatever and I found out that they had gotten my my unemployment date incorrect by a month so even though I have some hope that I might be getting paid in the near future a month behind it benefits let me ask you this did you try calling in getting someone on the phone oh boy did I I got somebody on about a week ago after hundreds of attempts and they proceeded to tell me that they couldn't help me in any way because their computer was down yep we've heard that right now mmhm I asked them why they even bother answering the telephone the paper application that you filled out are you sure that you filled it out thoroughly and correctly that all the information that was asked of you is in there and it's right I am more sure than the governor is the group of people that don't know about exactly this is what I'm saying well Christopher thank you for the call again I'm sorry to hear what you're going through and hopefully now maybe things are moving now that your claim got approved but but still looks like there's some work to do because you're short amount yes no benefits so far all right well best of luck to you Christopher eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two is the number eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two I'm going to John in Clearwater now John thank you for the call thank you for taking the call for strong color but not a first time listener we.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

06:32 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"On Ryan Gorman with me this evening Felix Vega and James Berlin on the board we have a jam packed Tuesday show for it so much to get through if you missed my interview with beach boys co founder Mike love last night we've got it up Fauria as a podcast and I gotta tell you I could talk to him for like an hour we had to talk about the new song that he made with John Stamos because that was really what the interview was supposed to be about and all the proceeds from that song are going to feeding America and and we discussed that how it came about and his relationship with John stay most which I found cannot just seem like a weird pairing but the two of them are very up close and have been for years and then we didn't touch on his career a bit what he thinks about today's music a bit but I really I I could've spent another hour talking about his career because there are so many fascinating aspects to it just in the conversation we had he talked about going overseas and meditating with the Beatles I mean I I didn't have enough time to dive in but I have so many questions I can see if I can get back on sometime I want to know more about that and you know so much drama with the group and his family members semi lawsuits and wild accusations and we touched on a little bit of that but I feel like there's a lot left I need to know well I would be dying to know about his daughters Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Wilson Phillips yes right I mean there's all of that's in a you know he's he's telling me he's overseas with the Beatles there there meditating and he's helping Paul McCartney write songs and like I and and and like I said last night you know the beach was not my favorite group but they're an iconic group they've got some of the catchiest songs you'll ever hear and just when you have the opportunity to talk to somebody like that you know there there's a ton more I wanted to know I mean at the rock and roll hall of fame induction he starts ripping all these huge artists like Paul McCartney like the Rolling Stone is talking about the beach boys are better than all of them like that there's just a lot of stuff we didn't get into so maybe one day I'll have a chance to catch up with them again if you want to hear the conversation we did have just search for it on your I heart radio after apple pie cancer Google podcast PM Tampa Bay is what you need to put in to find it coming up we're gonna have the chairman of medicine at Saint Joseph university hospital Dr Baba Hida he'll join me to explain this really on corona virus related health issues popping up in kids Ross gonna talk about co morbidity having both an underlying health condition and scope it nineteen and why those deaths are counted in state dept trolls are plus another passenger blasts United Airlines for apac flight were to get into that mess and top health officials including doctor found she testified before a Senate committee today I'll run through the highlights a bit later so all of that more on the way our top story today some updates on Florida's unemployment system mass I talked to Morgan a little while ago to get an update on how she was handling the whole unemployment process ends her status is currently active and pending which it it has been for like over a week last time I talked or same thing there's no communication as to why or what's the hold up is so she has no idea what's going on and and keep in mind she got one round of benefits and then nothing and no explanation she said which is why just one week right while she got approved for one week in and nothing and no explanation as to what the hell happened and she can't get a hold of anyone on the phone she keeps getting messages says all the lines are busy try go on online and of course when you go online you see that your status is active in pending and no further information cell that's firsthand account from our very own Morgan struggling with the system and on that note first coast news out of Jacksonville did a really big investigation into the call centers remember these call centers were supposed to help alleviate pressure on the website and they were part of the hundred twenty million dollar package to fix the system the governor Disentis rolled out back in early April first coast news learn the call center basically just a bunch of temporary employees spread all across the country who have been told to provide callers with the basic information you can find on the website now I did talk to on the phone I talked to a baby's nine reporter Greg angel a little while ago about this report and says he's hearing some of the same things now him a couple other reporters from different news organizations they couldn't they've been struggling to verify some aspects of this report but first coast news at a Jacksonville did and they talk to some of these call takers and just wait till I run through all of what they had to stack according to first coast news this report they conducted interviews with several current and former call takers responsible for manning the phone lines it says here these call takers paint a picture of a disorganized and dysfunctional system for receiving calls that is compromised by a systemic lack of communication in the conversations they had with call takers first coast news found that call takers were not equipped at the start to work with connect and throughout their time they've been unable to answer claims specific questions threats of suicide by callers aren't unheard of and call takers were prepared to handle those situations oh my god yeah he got desperate people you know if if you've gone without a paycheck since March yep you know you're gonna get some people who are in a really difficult emotional state the supervisors directly overseen call takers have just as little and in some cases the last knowledge then the call takers themselves the department of economic opportunity the agents there the people capable of actually revising claims and wage verification they're not readily.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

12:01 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Bay on Wednesday may sixth Ryan Gorman with me this evening Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board got an interesting show lined up for you coming up we're gonna tell you how Florida's theme parks are planning on re opening and will run through with state and federal officials are doing to prepare for a possible hurricane corona virus combo that would not be a lot of fun do we really need to talk about that we really do it's it's important it's actually picked up there's been a lot of discussion about it over the past week or so not just again on the state level but also on the federal level with FEMA plus one guest I really wanted to have on is someone who can offer some insight into what the hell is going on with Florida's unemployment computer system and why it's so messed up we've talked about the failures of the system overall but I want to find out what exactly is the issue why can't you get on to the website why all the servers that were added since this whole crisis began how come that's not helping more why does it have to be a shut down every night for twelve hours and it seems like every weekend lately so I've gots information technology and innovation foundation vice president Daniel Castro he's going to be on with us on and maybe we'll get some answers for you at seven thirty five and continuing with our efforts to highlight organizations doing really great work across the Tampa Bay area I'll be joined by the Tampa Bay network to end hunger talk about their operations during this pandemic and what you can do to support them so all of that and more is on the way first up I wanted to start the show with something different this evening we've been covering a lot of heavy intense corona virus related issues every single day and we usually leave the show with whatever the biggest one is I figured everyone could probably use a break from that so we're gonna get things rolling with some of the most ridiculous idiotic viral corona virus related stories I can find I can sit on some of these for over a week so I I think it's time to dive into them we start with the woman in Washington DC who allegedly pepper sprayed others at a local Walmart the reason she didn't sell was that she wanted to maintain social distancing that's one way to do it witness Dominic gamble said the woman didn't even have a mask on the woman was apparently trying to keep other people off an elevator at the Walmart and tried to close the door another woman tried to get in with a cart but she was pepper sprayed the woman also pepper sprayed the store security guard somehow she wasn't arrested or even charged hello I don't know I guess they let her get away with one I can misunderstand I have no idea that's like the worst one of the worst forms of aggravated battery it's a pepper spray someone yeah it's not fun I've I've been in an area that's had pepper spray before not directly like this this sounds like it be a horrible thing to experience I let me think how I should put this I understand even in non coronavirus times the impulse to use pepper spray to keep other people out of an elevator you know gets crowded they start hidden different buttons slows you down so I I get that part and specially with corona virus you don't want somebody that close to you what Walmart's have elevate I was thank you I was gonna ask the same thing I've never been a longer there's an elevator nearby I'm not it's in this one was in DC James said he asked if there was a parking lot maybe that's maybe maybe if there's a parking garage attached to it right on like that because like I could be we have that up stairs target on Dale Maybury yeah you know I had a target when I was in Chicago and and that was the deal it was the parking garage that's that's what you need the elevator for it that must be it Carmen Lita Barella and Rosetta Shabazz were charged with robbery in federal court and their alleged ammo was pretty unique they coughed and said they had covert nineteen the US attorney for the Northern District of California said quote it's an unfortunate reality that there will be those in our community who try to take advantage of the current pandemic to prey on people's fear of contracting co but nineteen authorities say the robbery happened at a Walgreens in San Francisco Morella and Shabazz allegedly entered with empty bags and no masks the store manager offered to help Shabazz's response was to cough without covering her mouth so the manager asked her to leave if she was sick but your bass allegedly went over to Morella and both defendants coughed audibly while putting store products in their backs and the manager eventually just told them to go then when the woman said they echo the nineteen while they kept coughing as they left the store without paying for what they took and I don't want those products back you you're not gonna you're gonna stop them and say Hey you can't now give me back the product after that cost all over the if somebody if I was in a store and somebody was coughing like that I would say just go take whatever you want to get the hell out of here right but we have the case in Saint Pete where the guy was coughing and spitting on the officers and the feds picked up two is now they'll charge of a false bio weapon attack exactly yeah it's not just you know something that you get in trouble for locally now now the feds can bring this kind of stuff which is good what we're talking about California a planning commissioner of a city in the state resigned after throwing his pet cat ereli drinking a beer during a zoom meeting between city officials that was made public during the teleconference of the city's Planning Commission Chris Plante Sir announce quote I'd like to introduce my cat and then picked up his pet before suddenly tossing the animal off screen plaster was seen sipping from a green bottle during the meeting after the conference ended he can be heard making derogatory remarks he has resigned now from the Planning Commission effectively effective immediately he said quote I did not conduct myself in the zoo meeting in a manner befitting of a planning commissioner and apologize for any harm I may have inflicted you really didn't conduct yourself in a manner manner befitting at a decent human being if you're tossing your cat all over the please state your end while you're on as soon call while you're drinking beer yeah I know cats land on their feet but and I have seen the video so I don't know if it was like a little you know like one of those where you show the cat and you just kinda Johnson on them right or if it was like a throw but apparently it was it was bad enough whatever it was that he had to resign a Spanish reporter went viral when a naked woman walked into the frame during a live news segment the reporter was later identified as political commentator Alfonso Merrill us according to a Spanish a new station the mystery woman is Alexia Reavis a reporter and one quarter of a love triangle between Meraas and his estranged wife Martin Lopez after the video went viral Lopez who's best known as a contestant on Big Brother too slammed her ex husband in the press hello is probably apologize but was unhappy that his private business was made public he said quote it's quite unpleasant that their intrusions in my private life and that the professional facet is not separated wall it's not really his fault I mean he had that that half naked woman in the background right of the TV shot if you don't want your private life to become public don't have a half naked woman in your life TV shots don't I mean how many times we talked about the use the zoom conferences and all these commentators on TV and like their backgrounds and their shots up their noses like my number one rule is I live alone but I also have a space set up for when I do these meetings or conferences where no one can walk behind me even if someone was in my house exacted rule of thumb no surprise kids known a great boyfriends or girlfriends you now know animals popping up anywhere they didn't have a conversation he didn't say Hey I'm gonna go on TV you know try not to walk out naked yeah I mean that doesn't conversation take place if you do in life hits you with from your house it's amazing you know who went viral locally meteorologist Paul Delgado from foster no yeah because his dog is always in in whether shots yeah that was everywhere Kentucky governor Andy Beshear wasn't happy with people filing for unemployment the state under false names he called out one person in particular for filing is to pop **** core the sheer said quote we had somebody apply for unemployment for Tupac Shakur here in Kentucky and that person may have thought they were being funny except for the fact that because of them we have to go through so many other claims but according to the Lexington Herald leader the claim was from a real resident named to pocket Maleek sure core he was named after the rapper on I don't know or changes next court said he's he's been calling Frankfort frequently to try and figure out why is Clinton can go through he said he's been wondering why it was being held up but never would have guessed it was because officials thought it was a joke the paper reports Beshear's office said the state could not verify the identity on the application they received and the governor since called him to apologize but you're also publicly apologized she Kerr told the Herald leader after the call Anderson is dealing with a lot mistakes happen look if if you've got an appointment I mean how many people wanting to pop your Cork come on of course you can I think that's a fake name that's pretty funny one of not be and that was the example that he use now I have been a real with the guys like and I don't know that's that's me staying in Kentucky in order was a viral stories to kick off the show today a little bit of a a different five to start things a woman there is accused of violating a self quarantine order for the third time after testing positive for the coronavirus the Lexington Herald leader reports Kendra Burnett is thirty seven was arrested and charged with five counts of first degree endangerment and one count each of contempt of court and second degree criminal mischief according to the paper Burnett violated a court order by shopping at a Kroger grocery store in Louisville she was seen on surveillance video making contact with about five people at the store that's how you become a super spreader the arrest comes one month after Burnett was fired from a senior facility we were struck with the deadly outbreak her mother Elizabeth Burnett denies her daughter even has the virus into the fourteen day safety window already past the police said it was the third time she refused quarantine after testing positive for the virus you put other people at risk when you do something like that she can come together on video in contact with those five people imagine if you're those five people now now it's up into their life.

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10:45 min | 2 years ago

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"Me this evening Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board let's get to some other counties making announcements today we'll start with Hillsborough County extending their closures through March fifteenth this came as a bit of a surprise didn't Felix yeah I don't expect them to make this announcement today because our the meeting tomorrow they're meeting on Thursday which is where they were their target date of was there waiting on to see what governor on the sentence was doing they have this whole discussion yesterday about that they are going to see the governor was going to reopen or make some announcement but they basically said all of our plans are on hold as far as re opening nonessential businesses just like bell's kinds having to DO and so they were wanting to see also see order expired on Thursday they were waiting to see what the government was going to do so it kind of surprising we just got this afternoon that they're sending everything to may fifteenth whether or not they'll reconsider that and draw that back after they've but maybe just giving them some some time in order to you do you do this whole phase three opening that they want to DO because again now over here they're more very very focused on testing and keeping the testing up and running the contact tracing going we talked about last night basically tracking down people that are positive patients have been in contact with get them isolated and continue with that so what they're gonna do on Thursday it's gonna be interesting because they kinda now just say well what I can do anything until the fifteenth or what are they gonna leave in place are they gonna kind of dial back some stuff based on what distintos decides tomorrow he's coming out with his announcement so I don't know where why the rush to put this out today was rather just waiting until Thursday to address it yeah governor to Santa's ants today when he was with the president that he's gonna make his big announcement on plans to reopen the state tomorrow I don't see how the governor does in X. stands the state home water for the state of Florida just a little bit like I think he's got a extended at least until Monday until the fourth to give local officials time and even businesses to get everything organized and ramped up because the stay at home order for the state of Florida that ends Friday right that's Thursday it matters in another yeah but here so I can't imagine that he doesn't extend it a little bit because that's going to give people no time between unless he just wants to end the order put the phase one plan into place and everybody can kind of go at their own pace I guess that's possible one is very very all over the place right now right and this is kind of when we started with all these orders there there was a lot of the confusion because Hillsborough night of their stay in home water you have the governor saying I'm not going to go any further on stay at home one other option and he made here which some states I've seen doing as well he could extended the statewide order through the eighth and then announce what he's going to do and let it expire on the eighth which would then revert everything back to the county level in order to do what they want to do in terms of re opening nonessential businesses opening up parks beaches that sort of thing here in Hillsborough County so there's a lot of different options on the table but again that both counties were looking for direction from the governor before they did anything they were there was a whole other discussion today in Pinellas county I know we talked about them a lot but they want to know what the businesses and they had a table all that because they had no nothing to go on from the governor today so it's like you can't have a discussion about the businesses and told the governor sides what he's gonna do with the statewide order that's why I'll be honest with you and I tweeted this out earlier today when the governor goes around and seemingly takes like a lot of credit for how Florida has performed when it comes to flattening the curve I kind of pisses me off because he really didn't make any of those decisions he left it all up to local officials throughout the state the only thing he really did was add a bunch of confusion every step of the way it was mainly local officials deciding to do this are deciding to do that there wasn't much leadership coming from Tallahassee and even now on the re opening there's not a lot of communication and leadership we'll see what his announcement is tomorrow but you've got counties who are ready to start implementing some phase one plans and they don't know what to do because they don't the governor is going to do yeah hopeful mode no more in our tomorrow but based on his comments today at the White House they were he was asked by one of the reporters you know you took a lot of criticism for not issuing a stay at home order earlier and he fired right back in list off every state that he thinks is doing worse than us and blame the media saying that it was all you all the media said we were gonna be as bad as Italy and we weren't so it's like now our enemies he's been big on going after the the media I mean again to some of these politicians they just never take any responsibility at lock it there's no question that the governor did nothing but cause confusion every time he got involved in something it was local officials who were putting these orders in place who were doing the work that was required to flatten the curve he was not leading from the outset he was leading from behind the whole time and and right now it's just another example where they then local governments just don't know what to do I mean if he rolls it out tomorrow is that enough time for them to be organized enough let's say he he lets the order expire and on Friday you can start to reopen in some phase one process or or maybe extended just a Monday to give people the weekend is that enough time for these officials to get everything in order because they haven't heard anything from him on this right what they could do because like I said the the order will then revert back to the county if you let it expire on Thursday they're going into Thursday night into Friday so what that counties can then DO is then set up their own time line kind of what they were operating in before yeah governors what order went into effect so we would actually help the county's because they can kind of guide themselves on this in terms of what they wanted right here if he goes ahead and extends it but then with the and giving them notice that I'm gonna let it expire on the eighth then you have all the another week to plan everything that could be another option they could be very tenable right now he's as well but give people the you know saying like look this gonna and on the eighth we're gonna work the next week to reopen everything and get our plans together which would be a basically dangling a carrot in for our residents who are anxious to re open so the answer is on Thursday dander give me the pressure is on for the county to start going over the plan as soon as possible and that's assuming that the water that he puts out is clear and to the point and makes sense to everybody because when he put the state wide stay at home water into a fact eventually after weeks of not doing something like that there was a lot of again there's a lot of confusion people that know what it meant it's and it actually made everything a little bit worse that the messaging was all over the place local officials local county attorneys were trying to figure out how to fit what he ordered with what they had already done because he didn't order anything from the start so you just hope that the reopening process goes a little bit smoother in terms of what the water might look like Alabama they've issued their phase one safer home water which is gonna be from April thirtieth through may fifteenth and I think this is another guy to keep an eye on I'm looking at states like Alabama Texas maybe not so much in Georgia because the president criticized the governor of Georgia so I don't think governor Santa's gonna go down that road I wouldn't seem to make any sense politically so I'm looking at some of these other states to get a sense as to what governor to Santis might do in Alabama stories are to be able to open a fifty percent occupancy that seems a little high a lot of other states and I think even Texas are doing twenty five percent to begin for the first phase something that's probably more reasonable beaches will open up in Alabama non work gatherings limited to ten people schools are staying close I know the president kinda had some comments I think was yesterday about maybe getting the schools re opens for this current school year that's just not going to happen so I don't see states of Alabama is not doing it I don't see other states certainly New York California they're they're not likely going to do anything like that and the reason that you don't want to rush into the school re opening part of all of this is because number one the school year is almost over and over to I think the school districts need to spend some time planning what could happen in the fall how they would handle certain scenarios because there could very well be a second wave the potted in the fall to disrupt the school year and if you're disrupting the school year that early on you need to have serious contingency plans in place restaurants bars breweries are to be limited to take out and curbside delivery in Alabama so those are not opening up in this phase one re opening and then Jim's hair salons theaters all staying close so I I think you'll probably see a combination of like what Alabama's doing what Texas is doing some combination of what some of the states South Carolina what some of them are doing in terms of what the governor announces tomorrow other counties in the Tampa Bay area voted to open up beaches and parks commissioners and her her Nando county made that decision today that will go into effect tomorrow manatee county decided to open up their beaches on Monday may fourth parking is going to be open but it's going to be they're doing some different things it looks like the parking to some people don't camp out for the whole day right it sounded like the end of the thing with the parking lots is important because it depends on where the beaches are located so if you're in Sarasota you know for for example wrong scene Armand circle it's a shopping district there's a lot of parking it's back further from the beach where you're not acting residential areas for example like you say clear waters ago whenever that's in a more touristy area but write it down into Saint Pete beach like where the grandpa's is across the street that's all residential neighborhood so you close yeah the immediate beach parking lots all the overflows going into those neighborhoods that's why they decided generally phased opening we let him go open completely and then one final point I want to make on re opening because I.

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01:58 min | 2 years ago

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"Evening Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board could Florida businesses get protection from corona virus lawsuits senator Jeff Brandis is preparing legislation that would protect Florida businesses from being sued to someone contracts the corona virus while working or receiving goods and services on their premises now bad actors who ignore required precautions whether it's social distancing our P. P. E. or something else that would potentially be required they would not be protected under this legislation now whether or not this legislation actually gets enacted Brandis said he would file it at a special session if one's convenes at the moment it doesn't necessarily look like there is going to be one so he would be able to file it till the next regular session so I don't know where this protection stands at the moment when it comes to Florida businesses Felix you took a look at this what stood out to you well one thing I'd kind of juggling said yeah we have a thirty percent chance of a special session happening so I don't think he ever happen at any time this year one thing they would they would have to DO if they do passes next session if they start seeing lawsuits pop up is they would have to make it retroactive which is going to be dicey because at what point do you say like India's gonna county by county is gonna be a statewide mandate there's a lot of things he's got to work out because you're gonna see possibly outbreaks in certain regions that at a higher level of like southeast Florida versus you know parts of the panhandle so there's a lot of work that needs to be done on that I will say this for business owners and their insurance there's a lot of different scenarios that they're going to look at as well because when you look at insurance models that they have available and I know this from working at a law firm I did insurance defense for about a year at.

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03:42 min | 2 years ago

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"AM Tampa Bay amber joined now by Felix Vega our WFLA legal analyst Dan knows a little about everything kind of guy here and we're gonna put there had a couple of questions for him but this was way too much going on hello here we go I found it but I did want to ask you about we heard that Sarasota beaches are going to be opening yep there and open up on Monday with limited restrictions you can go for no legal recreational yeah I know lead out lever sunbathing at home leave your scores at home you can only go for exercising swimming fishing surfing essential recreational activities like we've seen in some of the other counties starting to ease up on the restrictions no limit on hours right now so that's good so they're trying to stagger the opening so they're starting on Monday we're hoping they'll get a lag and I see what we saw last Friday in Jacksonville where everyone rushing down there at five o'clock on a Friday afternoon so what they'll do the plan is now to you open the beaches with those restrictions and then the parking lots are still gonna be closed but they are going to re address that in the next two weeks to decide whether or not they can phase in some parking because they recognize that not everyone lives along Sarasota county beaches and I want people from the inland areas do you know to come in eventually start coming enjoying the beach again tale yeah that was what I was going to ask you why are they keeping the parking lots close when they're opening the beaches they're trying to prevent a flood of people going down there and they're trying to control the things we want to maintain social distance thing and her trying to gauge it are people going to you know kind of follow the rules and they were very complimentary to people Sarasota county commission yesterday for everything they because they kept all their parts open while this was all going on and they they had no problems with people following the rules they wanna make sure that they can do the same thing with the beaches commissioner deter dancer deterred she was very adamant that they want to get to be just completely open and the parking open so they're doing a gradual phase in to see where they go make sure everyone knows like Hey there's rules right now we're getting to the point they want to give them a ray of hope and say look we're going to get back to normal but let's get to this point see how it goes and then we'll keep going from there so but if you ever stop if you have to drive there it means you're going to have to park in some neighborhood yeah exactly that's what the concern is is they're hoping the people kind of stay away first let them get the parking lots open and then go from there can I throw a football with a friend technically I guess you could if it's just you and one other person not at large exercise for me that's exercise right it's just you and one other person that should not be a problem yeah okay yeah I'm I'm thinking what was the deal we had on saying that it's okay to engage in sex but you can't have groups of ten and also you can't get within six feet of your sex might that could be true draw those I guess it's been around a little bit and then you can figure out how far away you can get I'm guessing you can make it work yeah I can make or make anything work did somebody in have a question I'm really uncomfortable said we have right now now let's let it no question like it questions at her house so one of the other things real quick I want to get to you in Hillsborough County reminder there are additional testing sites that are open for the corona virus testing those locations are Lee Davis community center on.

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15:19 min | 2 years ago

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"With me this evening Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board and joining us on the hotline right now we have Florida politics associate editor Janelle Irwin Janelle how are you doing this evening I'm all really good sale last night Felix and I are talking to a caller about the nursing home issue which I've been ranting on and on about lately because I just I find it very frustrating that the governor won't let these families know what the situation is like in these nursing homes and long term care facilities in the state of Florida whether or not they're positive cases that kind of stuff and Azam having this discussion on the air I get a tweet from somebody I I don't know who the person actually is it's kind of like an anonymous account but it was about a situation unfolding in Seminole long term care facility and that dozens of residents are now going to three different Pinellas county hospitals because of the corona virus ands you know I can't see anything on here because I can't verify this and another time to verify during my show but luckily you were working on it so when I saw your report break I managed to talk about it for a little bit in the eight o'clock hour to kind of step us through I know there's an update but you've got today but step us through how things unfolded last night what are probably around seven maybe seven thirty last night on all somebody who worked at one of the three hospitals where patients were sent on obviously I'm keeping the person on information anonymous because they could possibly be from retribution other work done but are there in from the original information was that there were seven patients each sent to three different hospitals Morton plant order Medical Center and St Phanie so total of twenty one odd people sent to the hospital the total number was estimated to be thirty people who had either already tested positive or were pretty positive and then another six employees the thirty six total do you update that's number it is it well it got it got bigger on I don't mean to laugh certainly not funny that this is you know just tragic that this is happening but on today at the on disability and question and that is the freedom square facility and seminal on they announced that there were a total of thirty eight and six staff members so what he said is thirty eight residents and then six staff members on top of that yes that is a crossing that is a huge number so what real quick how did you learn which facility it was are the person who the tech told me okay they came from and then I was able to confirm not through north county commissioner Pat Gerard who confirmed it through hills north county administrator Barry Burton although we did have we did have verification last night but the numbers that we work on that had been originally verified were not quite as high as what on it ended up being and and that's not that's not even taking into account you know other people who might still have the estimate don't know about it but number still gonna grow it further on it what's what's most tragic about this is this is not happening in a fight well so this is a huge outbreak in Kanawha county it certainly the biggest that we know about in the Tampa Bay region but it's it's just it's shining a light on the fact that these facilities will lack the type of quality personal protective equipment PPE that they need to keep their residents and their staff six you can scream staff members coming to work every day all day long and ask them you know have you had contact you can take your temperature you can do all these preventative measures he could be happening but it's just not enough if people have to reuse masks or they have to make their own mass but are not medical graded and that's what we're hearing it's happening not just and not actually but instability is all across the state on nearly half of all Florida long term care facilities in the poll indicated that they only have enough PP the last month or two weeks and if there were any cases or suspected cases they would burn through those supplies even faster and that is a huge problem do you know this is Felix Vega my question is do the families of these residents know how sick they were number one before they are moved out or had any idea that they have tested positive for the corona virus this highlights another troubling on the situation and that's a great question and one that quite frankly we should have an answer to it and dumped on there has been a concerned about what I believe to be a concerted effort on the part of state government to withhold information about how breaks in long term care facilities on the governor's office the Florida department of health they are releasing total number of cases is not supposed to use but they refused repeatedly to say where those outbreaks are happening families are complaining that they don't know enough information to make decisions were pleading for their elderly loved ones and in specifically the Kanawha county case I have been getting all day long calls from people who again are asking to remain anonymous sharing the top ability in particular was not communicating with staff members was not communicating with family and that the problem with P. P. E. or more expensive than what's been reported statewide now of course the facility of denying that I spoke directly with the executive director on in there they're staying up not the case but when you have multiple people calling you who claims to have worked either in the past or currently you know you have to wonder how much truth there is to these complaints that this this facility was just not prepared and is there any indication that the families have been either reunited or like the process of the ones have gone to the hospital are they being linked up at this point or are they still kind of not knowing how to react to this there has not been on any communication in terms of public statements about the status of communication between all residents of the facility who are affected and their family members so what I can tell you is that on a typically when a person is admitted to the hospital with covert nineteen or suspected of having co the nineteen they're completely shut off from anyone no one is allowed to visit them people are quite literally dying in new facilities without a family member to hold their hands which is one of the darkest parts about the fire yeah definitely catch it and you're going to die if you die from it you're going to dial out on another painful deaths I might add so these individuals who are in the hospital on it is I would say with ninety nine percent certainty that they are not being able to access at least not in person one thing I'm sure they're afforded communication via your phone but not in person we're joined by Florida politics associate editor Janelle Irwin who's done some fantastic reporting on the seminal long term care facility experience a massive corona virus outbreak there you can find out more Florida politics dot com should help let me ask you about the conditions of the individuals the residents who are now in these three different Pinellas county hospitals do we know how they're doing do we know if there are any in critical condition I mean how bad workday when they finally got taken to the hospital do we know did they get taken to the hospital immediately when they tested positive or was there a lack there there was a lag on the first person tested positive on April ninth and they were not taken to the hospital until this Tuesday so there definitely was a lag on the facility claims they were trying to manage the situation on their own the hospital system on now what you need as for the status of the I've got a problem occurred here guys that's what the status of those on those individuals who were taken to the hospital I only know a little bit about on the individuals were taken to one of the three facilities all because I was able to be in contact with somebody there on who without violating any part of the world was able to describe their their statuses of being stable on numbers that mean that they're going to remain stable about half of the question on and then the the individual but the other two hospitals I I am not aware of what their status you are see and this goes to something that Felix we were talking about last night because you have this this group that's trying to pressure the governor and the governor is listening right now he hasn't done anything just yet but he's listening to them where they don't want to be liable for anything that potentially comes out of this crown of iris outbreak in their facilities and this is a perfect example of a situation where you have a long term facility in Seminole where there was a lag between when they knew all of the positive infection and when the residents were taken to the hospital and that would be a prime example of a case where the families could sue the facility right because they're not set up to be a hospital facility they're set up to be skilled nursing so in terms of like any late extraordinary care they would need to be put on a ventilator or some sort of breeding machine and if there's there if you know what what channels are porting is into being your true is that they they thought that they could handle it better than you want or over burden the hospitals yes absolutely negligent yes well Jack let me interject amount for just a moment that level of speculation for me as a journalist turned me a little bit on but because if if a person has the virus but their symptoms are mild and they don't require hospitalization sending them to the hospital is not only a burden to those facilities it's a burden to the to the patient because they are being cut off from any access to anyone other than those directly caring for them which is pretty much the way that they are in the answer yeah exactly anyway but it's still it's not as comfortable I've been in parliament so if they're not showing severe symptoms if we're able to breathe on their own with only mild distress there is no reason to take him to the hospital that has been what has been reported on so the question is and this is a big what if and has not been answered was how severely were those who were transported to the hospital how severely where they experiencing symptoms and if they were only moderate symptoms then you know I think that the facility would argue that they were not negligent driving up to the hospital they did so only when the sometimes got to a point where it was no longer be eligible in their facilities fieldpoint but I'm just concerned that you know because my mom was in a nursing skilled nursing facility so I know the the set up of it and what you know how hard it is to get you know people in and out and especially if you're cutting them off from their loved ones so I might as a former prosecutor is a lawyer by thinking as if it what was the level of their severity that's what I was getting I well I'm just on on the legal and the point that we are making on the legal and is you know you've got a situation where the governor is deciding whether or not to basically give immunity to these facilities on this issue and here's a situation I'm not saying this is one where there would necessarily be a lawsuit but there could be depending on what we learn and that's what makes that decision the could be coming from the governor so important for these families who again have no idea what's going on in these facilities because the governor and and state leaders won't say people in his administration won't let the public know which facilities have positive cases also I think we have to take into account these are the most vulnerable types of individuals when it comes to this infection and I'm sorry but you've got help I mean we're talking thirty eight different people who have test how many are in the hospitals right now how many are in the hospital from that facility or just yes on the facility from from that person twenty one twenty one okay that that's a lot of people to all of a sudden take to the hospital if they're in all really not that symptomatic at like why would you take twenty one people you know I mean it that I don't know I I I of course there's got to be more digging yes it does seem curious that they did it all at once right on the sand what I'm hearing is that there was a delayed process of on having those people moved from the from the nursing home facility into the hospitals it was something that started in the evening on Tuesday and went through into the morning on Wednesday so it was there yes it wasn't they'd piled seven people on one side on their way but on all of these questions that you're asking very important questions that need to be answered and the problem that we're finding is that finding those answers have been not only difficult in many cases it's been impossible the Miami Herald threatened to file a lawsuit seeking their detailed data on where the cases were being reported at which facility they were not asking for any personal identifying information that would violate the laws they were merely saying which facilities have instructions on them and the governor's office not only refused to provide on that data that request he had his office are you had a good turn you on you know reach out to the Herald's own legal staff and they said you need to drop the S. and then exit so that's just a troubling on level of meddling in the public process and and as a journalist even when that happens with somebody else's outlet it makes you angry yeah and you know I I mentioned this last night this isn't a state if it's not like we haven't seen a situation unfolds where negligence leads to death during a crisis involving a nursing home in Florida you only have to go back to hurricane Irma to air conditioning to see a situation that involves really quickly and it feels like we're heading down that road here in the state of Florida and all this secrecy this lack of transparency my biggest question is and I brought this up with Peter shorts the other night I put it on Twitter I know it's taking a.

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12:51 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Gorman with me this evening Felix Vega and James Burr lander optim an up in a little bit we'll talk about the president's guidelines for re opening the economy really I'll run through the general guidelines that are being put out but as was always going to be the case this is going to come down to what each state decides to do and it also looks like some governors some states are taking more of a regional approach which in certain areas is is definitely a smart way to go about it so we'll run through the guidelines and and then really every states can implement them on their own time table and how they see fit the big local news today Hillsborough County rescinded the curfew that was in place that nine PM to five AM curfew also a mandatory facemask policy was voted down now let's move on to Pinellas county are they have decided not to reopen the beaches just yet but Felix you said that really wasn't the main topic of discussion during their meeting today no it was it came out during the meeting by vice chairman Dave Eggers that there really was no vote that was scheduled on the agenda he made a comment at their last meeting on Monday and apparently that's what's brought up in the media that they were possibly going to take of but really it's more a planning meeting for how we're going to unwind all the restrictions down the line because they're really focused and it's was interesting as well there are hard and focused on April thirtieth whether or not the governor is going to stand the state wide order and that's gonna free them up on on one level which is the business as well talk about that in a minute but if they do if he doesn't how far is it going to go so I think they're gonna keep the beaches close till the thirtieth would what they extended their emergency order again today what they have to do every seven days I've now done it for the rest of the month so the pools part condo condo complexes in apartment complexes that was the means of most of the argument between all the county commissioners aside from the businesses of the beaches they had a presentation about if we were still interesting because the beaches have really been the main focus everybody's been watching what's going on with the beaches but they're focused on the war today in our meeting yeah I totally shifted because the county administrator I gave a presentation they've he went through the situation with the polls he brought the beaches there's a risk with the beaches where even if you open it up for you know exercise or if you open up your hotel pools there's gonna be a draw to go back to the beach anyway yeah and so they can really wanted him to mitigate that and what he made a great point I was saying is like we need to see a fourteen day decrease in the number of cases new cases that are coming up not necessarily the ones we've already gone through and what you see that fourteen day P. R. the curve go down there you can start to make the decision about the beaches and exactly guidelines and you know I'm I was very adamant last night and I've been adamant on Twitter as well you can follow me there Ryan Gorman try to update it as much as I can throughout the day that I didn't think it was time to reopen the beaches yet right not right now because again we're still in a critical phase here I don't know what the governor is going to do I I just I gotta be honest with you I can't figure out what to say at this is thinking throughout this entire crisis so I don't know if he'll extend the stay at home order past April thirtieth we've seen other places do that New York extended theirs to may fifteenth today I think you're gonna see that date may fifteenth are used by a lot of different states just to buy an extra two weeks to kind of get a better sense as to where everything's at and also by some time to ramp up testing and other health care measures that need to be in place before you can start to open things up but you know the Santas he's done a lot of things that I was surprised that so far so I don't know what it is that he's going to do but we do know that the the peak of the fatalities you're in the state of Florida is likely going to come within the next two weeks or so towards the end of April may be the very beginning of may somewhere in that time frame so it doesn't make any sense to get too far ahead of ourselves right now I'm not saying that we won't be able to open up the beaches soon for certain things but right at this moment I think it's a mistake and Jacksonville actually announced today that they're gonna be re opening their beaches in a in a phased in way where they'll do certain hours for certain activities to begin and that's great you know what let's see how it goes in Jacksonville maybe there are some lessons that will be able to learn based on what they experience there the will be able to apply here in Pinellas county when we're ready to potentially re opened things even if it's in a phased in manner so I like that you know what taxable go ahead like do your thing re open how you want to do it we'll watch and then that will help us with our decision making down the road right and that's in palisade they were talking about the flattening of the curve and one is gonna be the peak and so as a it's their looking at different models as well just like everyone else as they mention the Washington state model they have the other models that they look at on a daily basis for Dallas County Hillsborough County our charter did two county region and you're seeing a yelp the flattening of the curve but they don't they want to see that do you have before they start taking any further actions one thing we've seen in certain instances we've seen where it flattens but it's a long plateau right and it also another part of that is when you flatten the curve it pushes the peak out further so so for example if you're if you're if you have a policy and you push down on it the scenes in a spread out further so that high as part of the scene before it drops off that's when you'll start to see that it doesn't mean it's going to be that much worse it's just going to take longer to get to that point because exactly where do you get the things that we're doing are supposedly working back to the full fight it was epic and because the people are they were talking they were getting hundreds of calls emails with people will reopen our polls real problem ask you let me ask you because you may I. I'm perfectly fine here in my apartment so this doesn't really apply to me I never go to the apartment pool but you love going to your apartment I think you go like all the time yeah I go water every week what are your thoughts I mean do you think that it should be open right now yeah I honestly I'd rather wait till at least the end of the month now yeah a get through another two weeks of this whatever because I'm I yes I know its killing yeah it is but the these are the points they brought up it was the logic was this we typically have a very controlled environment out there this time of year but when some people are kids are out of school if that that pool was open that place will be packed every single day of the re opened it and that's my fear and they don't have the manpower to you even in the summertime there's people that are there for nine ten twelve hours a day they don't live there one person lived there bring over like journey forty people take over the entire pool deck were none of us that live there can you get a seat so I'm I'm scared of those situations redeveloping if there is a way where they could monitor the number of people coming and going but they don't have the staff and so on said then the sanitization has to be at a certain level so I'm fine with until they were out of this are a little safer than that but it was commissioner Kathleen Peters she was the one driving this issue going back and forth with Bob Gualtieri the share of through most of the meaning of let's see she started talking thirty five minutes and I have them still going at it up until the top of the hour almost on this poll issue they keep going back and forth and back and forth on it and so she was saying that it's not there the people in smaller condo complexes that maybe only have like you know ten twelve units they have a pool they can't use it but then he was pushing back saying that while you have larger complexes that have a hundred and twenty units so you know what who's going to monitor that so this was only make it more confusing than it needs to be right and it and to her credit she was representing her constituents however I thought the sheriff handled it and classic Bob Gualtieri form take a look take a listen from the radio one of the ways I can tell you for sure is that any decision that's made has to be all or nothing it is impossible we seen this Barack was over to do things on an incremental basis for it it's an unfortunate nightmare and it also creates what does only reality but certainly perception of unfairness is you can't save it okay we're just gonna open the Congo pools and the H. away calls for nocturnal hotel pools rock and open the country was rocket open just for that what it is I haven't have not situation and it all it also say that no I haven't people in the pools where we stand it is though yes some people use the correct but also we don't people consider exercise trucking about what's important what's most kinds of things and it really it has to be all or nothing in I thought that captured the argument yeah I know exactly and you know it's been fascinating to see several theory and how I would say his position has changed better originally he didn't want to shut down the beaches and do all that kind of stuff and now he's been adamant like okay now that we're in it we need to just stick with it a little while longer and not start you know open up this little thing and that little thing and then it starts to snowball and get out of control right he keeps using that the analogy it's like you don't drink half the penicillin for your prescription an exact halfway through it it's and then you get sick all over again so that's the kind of wear he's looking at it so that was and like I said that prima dat in small business issue dominated the entire meeting that went on for over two and a half hours so for the small business issues they just want to wait and see what the governor decides before making any decisions on that right because what the governor's order did is there any restricted their ability to allow nonessential businesses that were left open originally other than the Dallas County state safer at home order to stay open and practice social distancing and the sheriff was patrolling that with all his deputies he said you know we went to four thousand businesses in the course of like two days looking for violations he found less than one percent there were actually that's a really great job yeah that's a really great job bye bye Pinellas county residents and he said he's like I credit the business owners because they stepped up and the customer stepped up because they didn't overburden the system they played by the rules invited by shopping at home so here what they do also what they do is have the same complaints from the dog groomers and the the car wash people because they were at the meeting again today on the video conference is still about the automatic car wash yeah and it's like you don't understand that did they explain their their position is that they're an essential service because they wash cars for other essential vehicles like uber eats keep that keeping them clean yeah and these are the these are the automatic washers not the washes where you've got a bunch of people working in their drive in the car or anything like that but no I don't like it it's I first it was the automatic watches that that's what they're spending it today was more about the the ones with the details where there's people there and the automatic watch it made no sense that that would be shut down because you can easily get your car washed it does without coming into contact with anybody this is basically D. for lack of better term the car wash union in St Peter Pinellas county editorial about this of the dog groomers they were back out at out back out there again and then the there's a force it also spoke about she's fine with staying up close and told the thirty that's you the governor did because she deemed nonessential but she's like can I at least have employees in there for social distancing because he does lift the order they've got mother's day coming up and she can roll all right back into my business and if they get to do that the front end work over the next few days and weeks then she can pick right back up in her revenue stream becomes opening and and just starts at the relying on small business loans and additional help from the government yeah okay now there were some public comments correct there is a lot in common and just you said this was one of the most interesting parts of either the Hillsboro meeting or the panel's.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

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03:31 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"Me this evening Felix Vega and James Burr lander on the board I feel like Debbie Downer this evening first of Morgan news then all this sobering modeling I don't mean to be Debbie downers just a lot of good news to talk about at the moment it's the nature of the work right now unfortunately we have to DO but we're doing a service for your listeners do you need to stay on top of those our let me get back to some of what was said during the course of this White House coronavirus task force briefing which is still under way right now it's the question and answer phase Dr Burke said something very notable we are following the models out of Italy to get an idea of what to expect here in the United States that's obviously not great news we would much rather be following the modeling out of South Korea but we just didn't do the aggressive testing measures early enough to be able to come close to what South Korea has managed to do with this outbreak so we are more along the path of Italy also doctor Burke said and I'm quoting here and this is something I've been saying an awful lot on the show there is no magic bullet there is no magic vaccine or therapy it's just behavior I know you're hearing a lot about this potential treatment or that potential treatment for this vaccine or tdap vaccine it's not going to be ready in time for the height of this outbreak we've just run out of time there's no other way to put it what we need to do is follow the guidelines it's the only thing we can do to stay safe to flatten the curve and to limit the amount of deaths in this country that doesn't mean at some point there won't be a treatment that we learn works and it doesn't mean at some point there won't be a vaccine because there will but it's not gonna happen soon enough just like I know you're hearing a lot about five minute tests and forty five minute tasks in this test and that test and they're coming but not quick enough a lot of that stuff will be useful on the backend as we try to re open society that rapid testing will make that part easier but in terms of right now before the worst hits it's just not right the same with the ventilator issue I scroll down here because I had an anecdote I want to make sure I talked about this evening on that point so this is from Catherine Herridge over at CBS used to work for for fox news fourteen G. E. healthcare our building fifty thousand ventilators in Michigan in the next Hundred Days thirty thousand a month after as needed and they're looking to start production the week of April twenty that's great but they're not going to be ready in time likely for the peak maybe towards the hopefully at that point towards the downturn I mean if we're still peaking in April twentieth that's not good so the ventilators are coming just not.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

03:02 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"The latest news and information I'm Felix Vega a brutal quarter ending on a down note the Dow fell more than four hundred points to close down nearly two percent the S. and P. drop more than one and a half percent well the nasdaq fell just shy of one percent the Dow has dropped twenty three percent this quarter the worst for stocks since nineteen eighty seven as for the oil market this is the worst quarter ever West Texas oil has lost sixty five percent U. S. consumer confidence tumbled in March to the lowest level in nearly three years as for that stimulus cash you'll be getting the IRS and the treasury department say people should start receiving checks in the next three weeks the method still up in the air direct deposit paper checks are possible but visa MasterCard PayPal then mo and square are all asking to be involved in dispersing the cash payments some workers at whole foods stores called in sick today but it's not clear how many they're asking for better corona virus protection from Bloomberg I'm Mona Rivera for news radio W. FLA Pasco news radio WFLA ninety nine point one FM being at home longer Lisa Brady fox news Illinois among multiple states now extending stay home or it's safer at home orders through April thirtieth that's to meet the new federal guidelines for social distancing to be extended through the end of April many governors still expressing also in need of supplies we have twenty seven thousand masks and we need about two to three million so we have short supply is certainly in that area Utah governor Gary Herbert also talking about the need for more event to leaders worldwide they are now more than eight hundred forty thousand cases of covert nineteen and in the U. S. more than one hundred eighty thousand the U. S. cases still include about forty percent New York state cases it has now spread to all but two counties in New York state the acting U. S. navy secretary says the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt could be sidelined in the western Pacific after a spike in covert nineteen cases on board now nearly two hundred sailors the ship's commanding officer says the entire five member crew should be also and I escalated while the ship is disinfected the result is currently pier side for now and go on this testing on the crew continues the U. S. military has over seven hundred cases among service members worldwide an eighteen percent spike in one day Holland America cruise ship denied entry to multiple countries is heading to Florida hoping to dock in fort Lauderdale dozens of passengers and crew of flu like symptoms for elderly passengers of diners op ed in the South Florida sun Sentinel Holland America's president right the covert nineteen situation is one of the most urgent tasks of our common humanity to slam the door in the face of these people betrays our deepest human values Sox's.

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12:27 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"In studio Morgan lash Felix Vega and James Berlin there on the board really get to Disney story in a minute but first since we're just talking about grocery stores and all of that I have this audio from a nurse in Tennessee who went to a grocery store and then just decided to record herself commenting on what she had just experienced like a verbal Facebook grant yeah it seemed like it was therapeutic for her so I want to play it and I also want to open up the phone lines to eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two of the numbers eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two really just think of it this way the phone lines are always open now if there's anything that you want to talk about current virus related specifically right now we're talking about the stores in the shopping the opening a little bit early for elderly and at risk people to get in there you wanna talk about that you want to talk about your experiences at the stores lately eight hundred nine six nine ninety three fifty two so here's that nurse in Tennessee listen to this woman and up until today I have my mission not ever have to do a rant video on Facebook but apparently today is my day just like the grocery store and as we all know the corona virus code not team whatever we're calling it this week has driven people completely insane and the woman in line in front of me just apropos of nothing just starts shrieking at the poor little guy rang her up that he has just touched his face and he therefore must wash his hands treating this to top of her lungs I'm assuming she surely to god must be the head of the CDC because she says it with such conviction and bodily lady it's you're not supposed to touch your face that really matters much he touches here yes full gases I can't wash my hands right now she says a white great wall waiting I guess late in sanitizer so he takes like a quarter of a little squirt does this little thing on his hands for about a quarter of a second which basically would have just served to incite arrive maybe kill off two small weak germs which the head of the CDC in her kitten covered lab coat nods and fervently agrees that he's you know save the universe without he cannot refrain from rolling his eyes which I think makes it a St and then she goes on to whip out her credit card and use the debit pad that every finger licking booger picking double digit IQ idiot has touched all day long after going to the bathroom and not washing their hands and then she just walks on it with our groceries completely oblivious to the fact that everyone who handle those groceries part her getting them has left their little touching Tracy germs all over and that going down a conveyor belt they probably picked up taking jeeps and everything else but thank god that can use that quarter of a squirt of curial she has saved the day and kept us all safe from the coronavirus the all it doesn't matter what we do there so many stupid people in this world we're never gonna survive anyway I'll touch base just to touch it just it it's awfully I feel her frustration yeah medium you know I thought about that too when I've been in stores are I pay I I went through the drive through yesterday to pick up some food on my way into work and I handed the woman my card and then I'm like and she hands it back well yeah cards any type of cast learn how to deal with this now I mean there are really so many things that do you have a lot of germs whether they're associated with corona virus or not just in Germany stuff in general and that's why it doesn't make a ton of sense to literally freak out the way that some people do and be nasty and mean scream at somebody because of our car yeah don't freak out like now I'm worried that my OCD is going to be like off the charts after this it was already bad to begin with now it's on my mind what that what if this goes on for a while that becomes like the new way I think so are you gonna be like this person who is like excuse me Mr cast year guy can you please wash your hands before you handle my groceries is that gonna be out for right now no when I went to Winn Dixie on Sunday night and got a couple things when I got home I lay solves all the products that I bought because the cashier had touched them all what are you supposed to do she's not sure she touched all the stuff she bagged it when I went to Publix I think it was the week before I bag the groceries myself so I have to worry about that yeah but people touch stuff sitting on the shelf down there yeah no someone stocks the shelves of somebody touched it then and then somebody might pick it up or punching well a lot of times I I don't I don't take the first item anyway the like the one behind the desk it's I hate to break it to you Ryan I believe someone in the history of that product's life has touched it with their little finger I don't think like that there may be a grubby little finger thank you you don't like the the stake in meat section for people you know people move around the stakes like looking for a specific size but I wasn't in those sections all all of the products that I bought words like sealed you know so do you use like spray Lysol Lysol wipes I I Lysol wipes the stuff that I bought you know like I bought a couple of paper plates I buy remember any like laundry detergents artist you're wiping it down yeah I went down so now she touched it but like this lady is saying there's so many things that you touch in day today life like not really I mean maybe you need to pick up a pen somewhere now I know you people have picked up that pen she said the lady type dinner pan on the been bad like yeah I know today type in their pens on the pen back and I haven't done that recently I think there was a situation where I had to do it's like a week or two ago and I did with my knuckle I am interested the row after once there are ways you just got to think about it ahead of time like in here I wipe down my whole section but then there's one remote that I you know I'm not gonna waste Lysol on that so I just I need to change one of the TV's I just grab a paper towel and I don't touch it there are ways to do it you just have to be proactive we'll see all right let me get to this story involving a man in California who passed away and just days ago he had tested positive for cocaine nineteen here's the story the man recently visited Walt Disney world and Universal Studios here in Florida in a Facebook post family members of Jeffrey busari and who's thirty four years old city died this morning at a Pasadena hospital after being hospitalized for several days his family stated he had a history of asthma and frequent bronchitis as a child he also had beat testicular cancer back in twenty sixteen which made him a higher risk for contracting coronavirus and unfortunately in dealing with the most severe symptoms of the virus according to TMZ a sister stated he suffered a lot and put up a good fight according to his family good sorry and flew from Los Angeles to Orlando on March second for a work conference during his time in Orlando he went to Disney world and universal theme parks with friends TMZ reported the busari and began to develop cough on March seventh and the next day he coughed up blood he returned to LA on March ninth and immediately went to the emergency room where he also had a high fever EMC reports of medical personnel performed a chest X. rain confirm the bizarre and had to Monia he was reportedly tested for covert nineteen before it was sent home with antibiotics and fluids I was instructed to self quarantine while he awaited the results he found out he tested positive for corona virus on March thirteenth the next day he was taken to the hospital by ambulance and quickly transferred to the ICU doctors chose to sedate and intimate I'm in hopes that using a ventilator would help his lungs heal that did not happen any passed away today so he's he won when he flew from LA to Orlando March second by March seventh he had developed a cough twelve days later he's dead god ends just think about all the people he came in contact with at Disney world and Universal Studios think about that flight back to LA from Orlando well in this row and L. Y. a N. LA acts yeah the airports yep that's why you gotta it's crazy you got to stay home we gotta practice this social distance one it sounds like with him that he didn't notice anything until the seventh exactly was that the parks before that sum of money even realize how sick he was yep infecting all these people that's the problem and you know how many times I said on the show early on in all of this word about Orlando yeah I'm worried about the theme parks you got people coming in from all over the world are I just you knew something like this was going to happen at some point N. my god I mean from actually developing symptoms we don't know exactly when he contracted cove in nineteen the from developing symptoms around March seventh to March nineteenth that's quick severity collect and I want to talk a little bit about young people here for a second let me go back to yesterday's White House coronavirus task force press conference Dr Burks said this about young people to important that you listen to this there are concerning reports coming out of France and Italy about some young people getting seriously ill and very seriously ill in the icy use we think part of this may be that people heeded the early data coming out of China and coming out of South Korea that the elderly or those with pre existing medical conditions were at particular risk it may have been that the millennial generation our largest generation our future generation that will carry us through for the next multiple decades there may be disproportional number of infections among that group and so even if it's a rare occurrence it may be seen more frequently in that group CBC data is showing that thirty eight percent of coronavirus patients who are sick enough to be hospitalized were between the ages of twenty and fifty for half of those were between twenty and forty four so I know we keep talking about the elderly and the at risk people with underlying medical conditions that does not mean if you're younger you're just gonna automatically be a symptomatic if you get infected with this coronavirus there was a study of twenty two hundred corona virus patients and since it broke down adults kids and toddlers and infants and this is the percentage of each age group will eventually reached serious or critical condition adults twenty percent the highest so if you're an adult you're most at risk for the most of your symptoms kids six percent.

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

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06:57 min | 2 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"M. Tampa Bay and Felix Vega's with us our WFLA legal analyst and he was giving us some pretty important stuff on this increase in the minimum wage in the state of Florida but also you're just telling me off the year about a good thing it'll be on the ballot yeah in twenty eighteen when they re did the election laws that especially when it comes to the amendments the legislature passed a law where these financial impact statements they're done every single year on all the amendments I see them because I read the news updates to come through the news room but if there are there in the actual text of the amendment we don't read the full member that's on the department of elections website then you may not know about it when they change one twenty eighteen now the financial impact statement we physically on the ballot when you go to vote in November so if you're get when you get your your balance your sample ballot in the mail you'll be able to see what I was telling you guys about the financial impact of the minimum wage and all the other amendments that are gonna be on there weather affects the state level whether Texas Pacific county or region of the state all that the information is going to be on there were voters can say is this something you want to vote for and support given the economic impact of the the amendment versus what it will do for individuals or groups of people across the state of Florida one other amendment they're talking about putting on there for the second time would be regarding transportation because the Florida Supreme Court has put a big hold on it now with all the money they have been okayed by the by the voters for the most part Ellsberg county for all for transportation this isn't tied up in court since it passed because there was the county commissioner that sued and then that basically they said that the you could strike out certain parts of the offer transportation tax rate where it dealt with specific value amounts like allotting you know ten million dollars to temple terrace ten million dollars to this roadway project that would have to be done by the county commission well the county commission immediately I'm back and did what they said we agree with all these allotments but then it went to the appeals court in now to the Supreme Court basically saying to the amendment take away the the fundamental powers of the Hillsborough County commission which he did and by way of the the court striking it down initially and basically they just kind of what you said yeah we're gonna adopt all this and we did it ourselves so not sure what the challenge delays because they already fixed to give themselves the power back by way of the a member but still implement the programs that will collect the money and then do all the the road working everything they will infrastructure projects they want to do initially yes we may be voting on that again probably yes let's look to the US of the failed amendments here because marijuana we're not taking that medical marijuana we're talking about recreational marijuana it did not get the amount of signatures needed to make the ballot and now they've failed at six hundred and seventy two thousand you need seven hundred sixty six thousand which was close which I think this will come up again probably in twenty twenty one to twenty twenty two there's a lot of money going into this by John Morgan who was the one to lead the medical marijuana push as well so eventually you would see this past and basically it would set the age not at eighteen below twenty one similar to the drinking age in the state of Florida and other states and also would limit you can transport up to two and a half ounces interesting that this is come up because now here in Hillsborough County you I think you guys talk to share crossed on Friday where there's an ordinance of passwords now civil citation only in Hillsborough County in some other counties are doing this as well where instead of being arrested for a misdemeanor criminal charge your soul citation go to court to pay the fines and be double the world not go on your record so there is a push towards decriminalizing marijuana in the state of Florida as well as other drugs on the coming out of the legislature there is a huge bail on drug trafficking and drug sentencing reforms is now being signed on by Attorney General actually moody where it would give the judges the ability to no way these were very heavy minimum mandatory sentences for drug trafficking especially in cases where you're called like thirty or forty pills interfacing you know seven or fifteen years in prison yeah the prosecutors agree that you're you know you're not a dealer in there certain requirements then they can submit that to the judge the judge can say okay I'm not gonna send you to prison I'm gonna give you probation or community control that that's really is great because a lot of the problems here if you see somebody with a crack the probably dealing the crack you see someone with a bunch of pills there's a good chance that they're just an addict themselves are not actually selling the hill and when I left the state attorney's office that was the number one question we're acting in our drug trafficking cases are they a dealer or user and so right now under current law in the state of Florida only the state attorney's office has the ability to remove that minimum mandatory sentence from your possibility of whether or not you resolve your case you go to trial so if you had someone for example one of my friends had a case where was the your sixty year old woman who was decide to sell some pills to you unfortunately a undercover detective and at her nephews or grants as I can remember he's like a grandma you could sell your pills for awhile you'll get like you know a couple hundred dollars towards it really this is a great idea and guess what she ends up getting arrested the grand twenty five year minimum mandatory that she was facing giving out pills that you sold because her grandson thought that they could make a quick Buck so this is kind of you will be a big reform for those low level offenders I know the sheriff's office police she's been pushing back on whether not drug users are low level offenders or not but it's one of those considerations will give more power to the judges in order to find have some say in what goes on because prosecutors you know you're the old the old phrase you can indict a ham sandwich there you go US grandmother on the bus yeah I'm pretty much sounds like he did well I alternately marijuana is going to be legal recreational eventually all across fruited plain but it'll take some time and anyway Felix right twenty one has got to go out on that one S. Felix Vega or WFLA legal analyst and if you have any questions you'd like to ask him by all means let us know about it either said on Twitter or send us an email or something like that can always work with them yeah or call in it's eight twenty eight on A. M. Tampa Bay turn up your radio here's a Sean Hannity morning minute Gallup saying the president's job approval rating is at a record high now the latest survey finds on a further increase in national satisfaction with the president sixty one percent of Americans say they're better off than they were three years ago a higher percentage than in prior election years when an incumbent was running citizens that have the highest competence in the direction of the U. S. since the president's inauguration forty six percent.

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14:30 min | 3 years ago

Lawmaker accuses Justice Department of blocking whistleblower disclosure

"On August twelfth a whistle blower father a whistle blower filed a complaint with intelligence community inspector general Michael act concerned who serves as the watch dog for the US intelligence community that he named was credible and urgent within the definition of the law The Washington Post reported last night that the complaint concerning communication between trump a foreign leader in which the president made some kind of promise. acting director of national intelligence just acquire has refused to turn over the complaint to Congress as is usually required by law today actions and declined to provide lawmakers on the house intelligence committee with details of the whistle blower complaint The New York Times reported that the complaint is said to involve multiple acts by trump not just one conversation with a foreign leader the president tweeted this in response to the reports quote another fake news story out there never ends virtually any time I speak on the phone to a foreign leader I understand that there may be many people listening from various US agencies not to mention those from the other country itself no problem knowing all of this is anybody dumb enough to believe that I would say something inappropriate with a foreign leader while on such a potentially heavily populated call I would only do what is right anyway and only do good for the USA joining us now to offer some insight into these reports and how all of this works is national security lawyer Brad mas he can follow on Twitter at Brad mosque he S. Q. Brad how are you. good right how you doing this evening good thank you so much for joining us so let's start with how normal intelligence community whistle blower complaint works something you've handled and no well and then we'll get to this specific situation sure so in a standard situation and what you would have is the individual which wrapped up whatever is the nature of the complaint they waited submitted to the inspector general of the intelligence community and the inspector general refuse that determinate the credible in qualifies it's what's called an urgent concerns and urgent concern being a lay great abuse of long that is not simply a public policy dispute and if the inspector general says yes this is credible he for that on to the director of national intelligence and a director of national intelligence send it to the intelligence committees that did not happen here so real quick what what generally constitutes these complaints sent to the inspector general. so could be any number of things that can be that they you know that there's a mid level manager miss using agency assets for personal use personal enrichment you can think of is systemic misuse of agency authority in terms of how an agency is managing surveillance powers and how they're submitting applications anything along those lines and how frequently do these complaints to the inspector general occur. they're not often this is not typically use thing any you're talking maybe it doesn't twenty at most of the year and most of them are not found to be credible. okay this one was found to be credible credible correct it it it got classified as urgent. yes correct it did and the more important part it apparently implicates a very senior level official if not the present United States court reporting so what makes this complaint then different from a normal complaint in terms of the steps that it would go through. so the problem here and this is what we've seen that with what happened in the subsequent Spahn it is the way the statue in the relevant statutes call the intelligence community whistleblower protection act the statute was not designed to address the situation in which the individual against whom the whistle is being blown was someone above the director of national intelligence or facing an unprecedented situation and so the problem that we are facing is how to handle it when the person is beyond the D. and icy profession okay so because everybody who's typically under the director of national intelligence once the D. and I received a complaint he would just take it to the house intelligence committee that would be the normal process be because this is somebody who's above the D. 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I. it's preventing him from doing that. that's what the justice department is apparently it by the end I could do so at the end I could have simply transmitted it but because the individual against him the whistles being blown was apparently the president he sought guidance from the justice department the justice department reviewed the complaint and said this does not fall within the mandatory obligation for you to transmit this to the intelligence committees because the president is not under your supervision and the purpose of this stature the purpose of the icy WPA with you give whistleblowers away to notify Congress and particularly the intelligence committees in particular the oversight entities yes the these oversight entities that we created in the aftermath of mixing to give them access to an understanding of the problems that are ongoing within the intelligence community not just to limit it to the executive branch itself here's the problem I have though if it stays within the executive branch whether it's at the department of justice and and the only people that know about it's the D. and IT inspector general department of justice all executive branch figures then you have no oversight. correct in that. it's about the president because the president oversees the department of justice. in the the difficulty we're facing here the struggle were facing is because the statute never envisioned that this type of factual scenario it didn't have the mechanism properly designed to address what did the and I should do and so the advice the legal advice that was given to the end I from the justice department had some legitimate basis based off a very narrow but still legitimate reading of the strict language of the statute and at that is that if it does not that the urgent concern only applies if it falls under the supervision of the D. and I and so this is this you know political no man's land facing. all past practice of the last twenty one years tells you this is how it's still possible to be done but your facing a scenario that you've never had before we're talking to national security lawyer Brad mossy can follow on Twitter at Brad mas E. 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Q. so the inspector general went before the intelligence committee today and didn't really say anything because he couldn't write that the director of national intelligence must've instructed him based on what the department of justice said not to reveal the complaint to Congress. so in a letter that came out shortly after RB inspector general's testimony included I believe was released by the house intelligence committee there was a letter from the specter general dated two days ago that outline that he had been repeatedly asking for authorization from the director of national intelligence to reveal at least some detail to the intelligence committee about what had gone on what was the nature of the disclosure even if it wasn't to be disclosing disclosing the complaint itself and at the end I had continued to refuse and until the IG has that authorization. he can't say anything and that's why you had what you had today where he could not. confirm anything he could not address any of the reporting now what power does Congress have to compel the D. and night to provide them the complaints that the whistle blower issue is there any recourse that Congress has. very little for the way Congress set up the statute no it didn't create any rate of judicial review or any private called the faction all it all they have the ability to do it actually everything. they could subpoena the director of national intelligence. I can testify in open session on next Thursday if he doesn't answer the questions they can hold them in contempt and they could refer him for transportation to the justice department which of course is not gonna do anything. they can try to use their own inherent authority you have the sergeant arms arrest him which of course they're not going to do they could sue. claiming that the year so their subpoena has been obstructed and try to compel disclosure but then becomes the legal debate in court over a very new wants to narrow piece of language in the link the statue for. they essentially try to define parts the deny as leverage which would be politically dangerous let me ask you this in terms of. god. a bread on just for a quick this is Felix Vega could the whistle blower themselves go directly to Congress. now so here is I own a copy out that under the terms of the I. T. W. P. eight it does not grant the whistle blower the authority on their own to just go to a member of Congress now there are those of us including myself who argue that they be visible or already has that authority to go to select committees like the intelligence committee get they have the necessary security clearances they have the relevant facilities that they should be allowed to go do that no one's ever been criminally charged that contact but if the whistle blower were to do that they would almost certainly be fired in the clear. is this a form is this some form of executive privilege basically that is being invoked here because it involves the president conversations that he had that apparently this was a blower was privy to that that is why the department of justice believes that it doesn't have to be turned over to Congress also at the moment it's only a classification issue that clearly been involved and that's why the I. T. W. P. A. this as a mechanism is because these are classified disclosures they're coming to Congress yes though this became a legal fight in court between the house intelligence committee and the president or the M. night there would be an issue indications of executive privilege because yeah this is something involving the president's communication we're talking a national security lawyer Brad mas here on PM Tampa Bay if the president wanted to because the president claims look there's nothing to see here if he wanted to he could immediately declassified a whistle blower complaint and make a public correct. course he cut which also course in the end says well wait a minute he's made clear he has no prom exercising that authority the with the NO a president has done yet he hasn't done that here despite all this media spectacle we've had for the last six days about what's going on here and now these reports suggesting he basically made some illicit promise to a foreign head of state why wouldn't he want to just the classified it and let the information come out well at the sixty four thousand dollar question only Donald J. trump after that year in DC you're in the middle of of the national security apparatus they're clearly somebody is leaking information now to the media about the complaint we learn that allegedly it involves now the Washington post is reporting the complaint about president trump involves Ukraine so that's a new report but we're learning that involves potentially conversation between the president and a foreign leader then we learned that it could be multiple incidents that are contained in this complaint so we'll be information do you think get out there anyway and how dangerous is that for people to leak are parts of this complaint. we'll be clear anybody who's leaking parts of that complaint at a moment after at a minimum they're risking have being fired and losing their clearances and depending on if parts of it are classified that they're leaking out they could also face criminal penalties that all being said yes it seems that the majority if not all of this complaint will eventually get leaked out. the only question is will it all be done before the actual verified details get provided the Congress or this one the situations with a whistle blower tried to do it right went through the process in the end because of obstruction from that the N. nine the White House is that gonna of actually be under cut in the very thing he or she was trying to keep quiet and properly report to Congress without leaking it to the public is gonna get leaked out anyway it's by other individuals with their own potential agenda and Brian terms of this statue just seems like it makes no sense. once again that there would not be a fail safe for anyone above the D. and I too you know there if someone did something wrong and basically blocks anyone above the D. and I from being reported to Congress and anyone finding out about this is this something Congress can change in the interim possibly or do they have to wait until you know that this is over with. all the I mean they could change it tomorrow but when applied to this situation necessarily unless the contact gently can't make it retroactive like that but I think the reason why they never contemplated applying this far higher level above that the N. nine there was some legislative debate arming Congress when they passed the original bill back in nineteen in the late nineteen nineties wise you ultimately at that higher level perfectly the president you're dealing with someone with so much discretion and so much inherent constitutional authority that it's very difficult to imagine that anything that would actually fall within the scope of a flagrant violation or abuse of law as opposed to simply dispute over public policy matter is opposed to someone who's more of a mid level manager just relying on what the delegated to them so there there there were there were been inherent constitutional Kanya tension with trying to apply this to the president I'm sure that something that would come up if they're all the litigation over this which is why it's never been applied to

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"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

Newsradio 970 WFLA

01:55 min | 3 years ago

"felix vega" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA

"And Felix Vega a former school guardian was arrested after deputies say he pawned his gun and other issue to quit men and then re bought them later the Pinellas county sheriff's office said Eric Russell who's thirty seven was first arrested on September fifth on charges of domestic battery and false imprisonment deputies say they learned Russell was a school guardian with equipment issued by the sheriff's office their investigation deputies found Russell appointees issued Glock seventeen nine millimeter gun a body armor vest and magazines multiple times at value pawn on US nineteen in Clearwater deputy say Russell admitted to pointing the items because he needed gas money. Russell was charged with five counts of false verification of ownership he began his employment with the school system in twenty fourteen and served as a substitute teacher through April twenty nineteen the transition to a role as a school guardian on April twentieth according to Ellis county school district spokeswoman Lisa wolf Chasin Russell completed guardian training at the end of may he's no longer employed by the school district will chase and said that due to Russell status as a protected employee she could divulge the name of any schools were Russell what worked this is the first time a Florida school guardians been charged with pointing a service weapon last October James Johnson in Duval county guardian was accused of pointing his issued firearm on two occasions his wife was an elementary school principal in the Duval school district. so these are the weapons the body armor and magazines everything was given to him by the school district this this was his equipment issued by the sheriff's office to be a school guarding. and he pawns the items. because of gas money. gas money to get to his job. I.

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Tampa, Michael Drake and Orlando discussed on Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

00:36 sec | 4 years ago

Tampa, Michael Drake and Orlando discussed on Glenn Beck

"Scientists are warning a quick flip, of the earth's magnetic field to cost trillions of dollars in damage and international team of scientists has new research shows the earth's magnetic fields can flip much quicker than previously thought rather than taking three hundred thousand, years the group's found evidence a reversal of the magnetic north and south poles can happen. In as little as two hundred years the team including scientists from Australian National University, says if the, magnetic field. Reverses it would increase solar radiation and destroy power and. Communication systems around.

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Hillsborough River, Tampa and Bridge Shakila Denson discussed on AM Tampa Bay

AM Tampa Bay

01:16 min | 4 years ago

Hillsborough River, Tampa and Bridge Shakila Denson discussed on AM Tampa Bay

"A now heard on ninety six point seven. FM So the big local, story this morning unfortunately and, we, we, started, talking, about this story yesterday evening on PM Tampa. Bay because that's that's about the time that it broke A four year old girl died yesterday after her mother threw her into the Hillsborough river multiple witnesses reported seeing the incident near four PM on the West Bank. North of the Columbus drive. Bridge Shakila Denson twenty six years old waited about half way. Across the, river and tossed her daughter gyro Daniels. Four year old in the water that's what witnesses told police then she turned around and walked back to the, river Bank rescue divers, plunged in about a half hour later rescuers could be heard over a police. Radio frequency in route to Saint Joseph's Hospital with an unconscious child police chief Tampa police chief Brian Dugan said the girl down, about seventy five feet offshore did not survive. An autopsy will determine the. Cause of the child's death Denson now faces a charge of, first, degree. Murder joining us in studio nine seventy WFL a, legal. Analyst Felix, Vega so let's step through this there are a couple of different charges that the mothers facing right right and we We only..

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