Observer Corps

Observer Corps

Observer Corps

OBSERVER CORPS


Understanding how our local governments work is BASIC to League effectiveness. A local League observer is the eyes and ears of the League. Observers learn how the governing bodies work and about issues that are, or may become, items for local study and action. Consistent League presence at these meetings adds to the League’s visibility and credibility.

The objective of the Observer Corps is to monitor governmental bodies for information of importance to the League and the community/state.

Being an observer can be interesting and fun. It puts the League on the inside, hearing decisions that will affect the Observer Corpscommunity/state and the League.

 

 

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BOCC Meeting – July

Joyce Smookler
Joyce Smookler, Observer Corps Chair, read a statement on behalf of LWVPBC informing the Board of our support for restoration of voting rights for felons and encouraging all present to sign a petition in favor of our position. She also shared the news that LWVPBC is the 3rd largest league in the US.

The statement, prepared by President, Karen Wilkerson, will be read at all Board & Commission meetings attended by the Observer Corps members this month. Our goal is to keep elected officials aware of our activities. A different statement will be read each month.…

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Observer Corps June Reports

Observer Corps June Reports

If you do not see your municipality listed below, we probably need your help! Many members are away visiting and vacationing over the summer. Please lend us a hand.

 

Arlene Ustin attended the Delray City Council meeting, and reported that it was, “Quite wonderful.”

  • The city was recognized as an “All American City” because of the kids’ summer programs.
  • A proposal for $27K lifeguard tower updating was approved.
  • A test “Ambassador Program” was discussed.  The ambassadors wear yellow shirts to assist people from 6 AM to 11 PM.  The Delray Development Authority challenged the program’s $290K fund increase to double the staff, saying they should focus on other problems in the area, like discouraging drug use and crime.
  • A redesign of the seawall and docks was also
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Observer Corps May Reports

Observer Corps May Reports

REPORTS FROM MAY MEETINGS

School Board — Vivian Koppelman attended the May 10, 2017 meeting.

Chuck Shaw expressed gratitude to the League for all they have done for the students and the committee.

  • Attendees were urged to call the governor’s office to ask him to veto the Education Bill, HB 7069.
  • Concern was expressed that  African American students weren’t being served, but assurances were made that they were being served.
  • Charter Schools. The Board had tried to deny the approval of Renaissance schools, but because there is a law that doesn’t allow the school board to object, they were overruled. The Board is now suing over this issue.
  • Suggestion for Language Line to be implemented to help out with the language barrier.
  • Odyssey Middle School in Boynton Beach
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Observer Corps April Reports

Observer Corps April Reports

REPORTS FROM APRIL MEETINGS

School Board Debra Chandler reported that Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell, representing the entire LWVPBC, spoke in support of county schools maintaining the privacy of its students.  Our League had voted on this issue at the Annual Business Meeting earlier that day. Notably, politics was not the issue, only support for the children.  PBCBCC–Three sessions were attended and reported on.

  • April 4, 2017 Morning Session–Carol Stender reported that the morning session of the County Commissioners meeting was taken up by further discussion of allowing PACE (a private loan company for home improvement funding, including solar panels) to operate within the county.  Discussion centered on the fact that the loan becomes a tax lien and if the homeowner defaults on the loan, they could
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Observer Corps March Reports

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender, CoChairs

Observer Corps

Observer Corps members (left to right) Carol Stender, Arlene Ustin, Nancy Ballen, Joyce Smookler, and Patty Whitehill pause for a photo op before observing the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners meeting.

 

The Observer Corps continues to monitor  meetings throughout the county.  Our ranks have grown to a healthy size, but the need for Observers is never satisfied. A few members have stepped up to coordinate coverage of some cities.  Clare Miller has agreed to coordinate coverage of Lake Worth, Sheila Jaffe will coordinate Boca Raton, and Cindy Sheehan-Hartwell will coordinate the city of West Palm Beach.

Two League members received recognition at the Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners Meeting in March.

  • Debra Chandler was appointed to the Citizens
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Observer Corps February Report

Observer Corps February Report

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender, Co-Chairs

Allocations of funds, environmental concerns, traffic control, expenses imposed by presidential visits.

These topics–and more–were discussed at various municipal and county meetings.  Members of the LWVPBC Observer Corps were in attendance. We are becoming a consistently visible presence throughout the county.

Join us and help “make a difference” at the grassroots level!

 

Members reported the following activity from the past month’s meetings:

PBC School Board  Regular Meeting, February 15, 2017

  • Concern over new Social Studies textbooks as they focus primarily on slavery, rather than achievements, as the significance of Black History. Teachers were reminded to supplement textbook curriculum.
  • Concern expressed that teachers must attend too many meetings. They need more time for classroom preparation.

 

PBC School Board PBSCD Workshop,

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Barbara Walker talks about Advocacy

Barbara Walker talks about Advocacy

Barbara Walker talks about Advocacy in the LWVPBC.

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Observer Corps Report Feb 15th

Observer Corps Report Feb 15th

Observer Corps

By Joyce Smookler and Carol Stender

The Observer Corps has been busy attending commissioners meetings throughout the county and taking notes! We are pleased that the Corps has grown from four to sixteen members in just a few short months.

The larger the Observer Corps becomes, the more influence we have on elected officials.  We are always looking for new Observer Corps members who want to attend local meetings. Coverage is still needed in Wellington, Lake Worth, Riviera Beach, and Palm Beach Gardens.

 

Next Observer Corps Members Meeting:

Thursday, February 23rd, 1:00 PM

Compass Community Center

201 N Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL

Hope to see you there!

 

REPORTS:

Palm Beach County Board of Commissioners

  • Developers continue to chip away at the AgReserves.
  • Dave
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Priorities from the Schools

Priorities from the Schools

The Legislative delegation met with the school board to discuss priorities from the schools. The meeting was opened by this 1st grader who stole the show leading us in the pledge. Karen, Elayne Goodman & I attended. We did a lot of networking there.
-Debra Chandler

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