WLRN: Legislation To Ensure Pay Equity For Miami-Dade Women In The Works

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Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is currently drafting legislation to ensure pay equity for women in the county. It’s a CEDAW ordinance — Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

CEDAW was adopted by the United Nations in 1979. The United States is one of the few countries in the world that hasn’t ratified the convention.

Cities and counties within the U.S. have taken it upon themselves to incorporate the principles of the international treaty for women and bring it down to a local level. Levine Cava says the county’s Commission For Women would lead the Miami-Dade CEDAW.

“We’re looking at legislation that would allow them to have an annual reporting function on how well we’re doing within the county itself on pay equity for women,” Levine Cava said.

Laura Morilla is the executive director for the county’s Commission for Women. She says it’s not just a fight for Miami-Dade women — men should support the legislation too.

“It means you can maybe buy that house, you can get that car, you can go on that vacation. I mean, it really is a family issue,” says Morilla.

Levine Cava expects to have the legislation completed by June or July to then have the County Commission vote on it.

But Florida is actually not doing so bad in terms of gender wage equality. Just this month, Institute For Women’s Policy Research released a new report putting Florida in the spotlight.

“Among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Florida is projected to be the first state in the nation where women’s median annual earnings will reach parity with men’s, but not until the year 2038,” according to the report.

WLRN: Levine Cava Highlights County Services For Domestic Violence Victims

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava toured the county’s Coordinated Victims Assistance Center Monday. She wanted to showcase how $7 million in tax funds from the county are spent to help domestic violence victims.

Violet Felipe-Diaz, a domestic violence victim advocate for CVAC, says about 350 victims sign in per month in Miami-Dade — and 85 percent of those victims are women.

“Understand that these ladies get into an abusive relationship, they leave, and then they go back. So that’s why we get so many returning clients,” Felipe-Diaz says.

CVAC offers these victims about 35 services free of charge — protective orders, divorce filings and mental health counseling, to list a few. They’ve even repaired automobiles.

“We hear all the time the abuser put sugar in her tank to keep her from going to work,” says Felipe-Diaz.

Miami-Dade Commissioner Levine Cava says she’s impressed with the amount of services CVAC offers to local victims.

“Help is here. This is a warm, engaging place. Everything is done to make it easy to access,” says Levine Cava.

The commissioner says this visit was meant to demonstrate how the county is helping women as March — Women’s History Month — comes to a close.


Miami’s Community Newspapers: Commissioner debuts video highlighting Everglades trek

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava has unveiled a video showcasing her four-day canoeing trip through Everglades National Park called Postcards from the Everglades.

The commissioner was accompanied by her husband and two children, Everglades National Park acting superintendent Bob Krumenaker and Miami-Dade County EcoAdventures lead naturalist Ernie Lynk. The video details the trek through the national park and showcases the beauty and importance of this unique ecosystem.

“The Everglades is one of a kind and so many Miami-Dade residents are unaware that it is in our own backyard,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “There are countless opportunities to explore the Everglades and develop a robust tourism industry around it, beginning with locals visiting this unique natural resource.”

The video includes “postcards” that explain the importance of the Everglades to local communities and to the entire state. It also underscores the commissioner’s legislative agenda, including the use of Amendment 1 funds for water and endangered land preservation.

“Besides its natural beauty, the health of Everglades National Park is essential to our future. It is the primary source of water for all Miami-Dade County residents and a third of Floridians,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “I couldn’t think of a better way to mark my installation as county commissioner than by raising awareness about the importance of restoring and protecting this natural resource. We have only one Everglades and it is up to us to protect it and ensure that future generations have the same access to its beauty and resources.

“This video highlights these issues and I hope that it will bring attention to the importance of the Everglades in our community,” the commissioner explained. “I would like to thank the County Information and Outreach Department for putting this beautiful video together.”

Postcards from the Everglades. can be found in the February edition of the District 8 newsletter, on the Commissioner’s Facebook and Twitter pages or on YouTube.

Miami’s Community Newspapers: Commissioner Levine Cava opens new District 8 office

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Miami-DadeCounty Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, elected to the District 8 seat in fall 2014, formally opened her office at the South Dade Government Center on Saturday, Feb. 21, with a high school band as well as many guests and supporters attending.

Commissioner Levine Cava, who had promised during her campaign to return the District 8 office to that location, was clearly excited about the event and its significance. The office had been in a private shopping center the previous four years.

“It was really such an honor and privilege to be elected to serve this great district, and now we’ve brought our offices back to South Dade, more in the center of the district, and we’re trying to bring back services to South Dade,” she said.

“We want to make sure that the people of South Dade get their fair share and today is a great example. We’re going to see what we can do to bring back some of the critical services to people.”

Levine Cava said that going downtown for services in not convenient and is time consuming.

“We are fortunate, we do have the busway; we do have Metrorail. Those are great services for downtown, but commuting is everyone’s worst nightmare,” she said. “And we’re trying to fix that problem, too. We’re really trying to bring some common sense and real commitment to the transit system.”

The Junior ROTC Color Guard and Jazz Band from Miami Southridge Senior High participated in the event and Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn and Cutler Bay’s Mayor Peggy Bell and Vice Mayor Ernie Sochin attended.

“I think it’s really wonderful that Commissioner Levine Cava has brought the office of the County Commission District 8 back to the Government Center,” Mayor Bell said. “That’s an important place for our residents to be able to find all of the services in the same spot. I want to congratulate her. We’re very excited, the Town of Cutler Bay, about working with our commissioner for the betterment of all of the residents of District 8.”

As part of the opening there was a county services fair with nearly two dozen county departments providing information about Public Works, Transit, Animal Services, Miami-Dade Police, Miami-Dade Fire and other areas. The commissioner’s office hosted a light bulb and showerhead exchange, as well, and attendees dropped off book donations for children and incarcerated adults, and cell phones for victims of domestic violence.

Flinn also was pleased with the restoration of the District 8 office to its original location.

“Starting here, reopening these offices down here in Cutler Bay, bringing the county services here is great,” Mayor Flinn said. “If you have an issue, you can go upstairs and meet with your county commissioner, so it’s a one-stop shop again, and that’s good for the residents.”

In her brief speech Commissioner Levine Cava thanked the students of Southridge High School, Homestead Hospital for their sponsorship, and Catering by Les for providing the refreshments.

The District 8 office will be open Monday- Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. To contact the office call 305-378-6677, 305-375-5218 or send an email to district8@miamidade.gov. In addition to the South Dade Government Center office, Commissioner Levine Cava holds monthly office hours the second Wednesday of every month at Homestead City Hall.