Carlos Gimenez’s ‘age friendly’ initiative for premium voters

Carlos Gimenez’s ‘age friendly’ initiative for premium voters
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Ladra had to laugh out loud when she read the announcement.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, in partnership with the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, gimenezviejoswill launch the “Mayor’s Age-Friendly Challenge,” encouraging business, civic and elected leaders “to take a pledge to help make our community more age-friendly.”

Okay, I know that Ladra is a jaded bitch, but is this seriously something that the county’s top elected official is supposed to be doing on a Tuesday morning? Are there not more pressing government duties he could be attending?

Or is this just a golden opportunity to campaign on an issue near and dear to a majority of the county voters?

Apparently, there is a Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Summit on Tuesday, at which the mayor will speak, which joins non-profits like the Alliance for Aging, AARP, Health Foundation of South Florida, United Way and Urban Health Partnerships in “forming the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, a collaborative effort to help foster a physical and social environment for older adults to stay active and healthy.”

The summit focuses on ways to encourage everyone to look at the aging population in different and better ways, both in providing services to them and in how they can contribute to the community. And it’s a great idea — especially since our 65 and over population is going to increase by 60 percent in the next two decades. Health Foundation of South Florida started this in 2012 with an assessment of what older people need and want in order to create a framework to make Miami-Dade County a more livable place for seniors.

And it looks like they were going to have this summit with or without hizzoner’s blessing, pero whatever. Gives Gimenez an opportunity for a little me time and soundbites on los viejitos. He couldn’t resist glomming on with a useless, feel-good 12-step pledge that includes things like “encouraging family, friends and co-workers to consider older adults’ needs,” and “improving access and quality of public transportation and safe streets for older adults,” which only governments can really do.

The former is something our priest or rabbi or pastor might tell us to do. And the latter is what the mayor should be doing instead of issuing statements like this one.

“Miami-Dade County is committed to continuing to provide excellent services for our older adult population,” Gimenez said in a press release distributed last week. “Our seniors are our ‘honored citizens’ and we are working to ensure that we address critical areas that are vital for the well-being and dignity of older adults in neighborhoods across the County.”

They should be honored citizens. They better be honored citizens. Especially around November, when they are worshiped with pastelitos and domino tables at their comedores (read: AB collection centers). Because, let’s face it, they vote more than the rest of us.

Ladra can’t believe that it’s a coincidence that all this hoopla raquelcarloscomes as the mayor faces a real re-election challenge from Miami-Dade School Board Member Raquel Regalado in 2016.

Earlier this year, he unveiled a major redevelopment in the heart of Liberty City, a predominantly black neighborhood. Last month, he attended a Republican Women’s club meeting in Coral Gables. This month, he’s courting seniors.

Raquelita is una nina linda with the Hispanic viejitos that grew up listening to her mom and dad on the radio.

Everyone knows that the 65+ voter bloc is the biggest and most coveted. These are the high performing voters who are always fulfilling their democratic duty.

And this is where the absentee ballots really are.

The county does a lot of things for seniors — from extra tax exemptions to lowered transit rates to free park programs — and we should do more. That should be the mayor’s suggestion to the commission so that they can direct staff to do more.

But speaking at a summit where true senior advocates could, or should, talk about government shortcomings, among other things, at the very least looks more like a political opportunity than part of the mayor’s job description.

7 Responses to "Carlos Gimenez’s ‘age friendly’ initiative for premium voters"

  1. Fulanito   May 9, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Instead of chasing the all mighty absentee ballot with his $3 million campaign chest, have this blue blooded mayor explain why Lester Sola has spent three years at Miami Dade Internal Services and has failed to correct the accounting problems at the Parking section (as reported by The Herald). The same graft, mismanagement and disarray is going on in every one of the 26 departments “merged” by this genius of a mayor. Miami Dade voters got exactly what they voted for in 2012. Watch the sheep line up once again in 2016 to vote for this megalomaniac. Our voters do not read, research or understand the true criminality of our mayor, thus, they deserve the type of government they live under.

    • Ana Perez   May 11, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      This is 100 percent correct. Corruption and fraud should be his title. Placing friends and family in county jobs. No leadership. Poor employees.

  2. teresita   May 11, 2015 at 9:50 am

    VIEJITOS, MY FOOT. HE HAS NEVER CARED FOR THEM HAS VOTED AGAINST THEIR BUDGET ANd does not spend a minute in tallahaasee in their issue. he is a unpleasant and obnoxious casi viejo. DONT FORGET THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTH, NO INTEGRITY AND NO VALUES. BOY I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER WHEN THE TIME COMES.

  3. Donna Shelley   May 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Yes, I am an old person living in Miami-Dade County and the only privilege I have gotten from the county is the golden age pass for public transportation. Thanks, that is nice and I really appreciate being able to travel for free. But what I need is a regular job. This is just about impossible because I do not speak Spanish. Interesting that the county has NO programs available for those in the minority facing the prejudice of being an English-only speaker. The ability to learn Spanish at a reduced rate would go a long way to help a viejita in need.

  4. HEY DONNA   May 11, 2015 at 11:41 pm

    Your library card gives you access to expensive language courses.

    http://www.mdpls.org > Research and Databases > Languages

    Three Spanish courses to choose from:

    1) Discover Spanish (cartoons)
    2) PowerSpeak – Spanish is one of nine languages

    and the best

    3) Mango Languages – chose between Spanish (Spain) or Spanish Latin American. Includes lessons revolving around texting, romance, medical, legal, or basic.

    Mango Languages has 65 language courses and 20 or so ESOL courses. FREE with an up-to-date library card.

    Mango Languages rival RosettaStone.

  5. Donna Shelley   May 12, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Thank you. It appears that the offices of at least two commissioners did not know about (nor did I). I will tackle it in the morning.

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