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Hot Topic: November Meeting

HOT TOPIC: HOUSING CRISIS IN PBC

By Marsha Vinson

 

Suzanne CabreraThe November Hot Topics Luncheon speaker, Suzanne Cabrera, shared her wealth of knowledge in the area of Workforce/Affordable Housing with League members.  Suzanne (pictured right) is the President/CEO of the Housing Leadership Council of Palm Beach County.

 

Many Affected by the Crisis

Suzanne, a descendant of Susan B. Anthony, made the audience aware that Palm Beach County truly does have a housing crisis.  She stressed that the crisis affects not only the homeless, but also service and minimum wage workers as well as teachers and county employees.

Many people who League members do business with are living paycheck to paycheck or have no place to live in the county despite holding a steady job. Wages have not …

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Lake Okeechobee Dike Repair

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

 

Lake OkeechobeeLake Okeechobee is the second-largest natural freshwater lake in the continental United States, covering 730 square miles. It was built in the 1930’s using sand, rocks, limestone, clay and peat that came from local dredging.  The federally operated Herbert Hoover Dike that surrounds the lake requires significant reinvestment that commenced in 2001, but yet remains in desperate need of repair.

For the thousands of Floridians who live in the shadow of the 80-year old dike, there is always a fear that the earthen barrier might fail.  If the dike were built today, better material would be used and it would be packed tighter.

The Army Corps of Engineers oversees the Herbert Hoover Dike.  After Hurricane Irma caused a 3.5 foot

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Florida Citrus & Irma

FLORIDA CITRUS GETS GUT-PUNCH FROM IRMA

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

florida citrusHurricane Irma blew through Florida’s citrus crops on September 10th, littering the ground with the precious fruit and flooding the fields for days.  Irma arrived just weeks before the start of the grapefruit and orange harvests.  It may not be until the end of the season – March for grapefruits and May for oranges – before citrus farmers know the full impact of Irma’s destruction.  While most of us in Palm Beach County are getting back to normalcy, it’s a new normal for Florida’s agricultural industry.

The double whammy of wind and torrential rain is something that Florida citrus farmers never previously experienced.  Florida’s orange crop is expected to drop 21% (a 71 year

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Leadership Palm Beach County Update

By Debra Chandler

Deb ChandlerAfter a two-day orientation retreat in early September, intense learning was due to begin later that month.  Due to “Irma,” the first of the nine scheduled sessions was postponed until May.  We began with session two.

Debra Chandler, League Vice President, attended her first comprehensive session of Leadership’s “Engage” Program on public safety on October 11, 2017.  The morning began at 7:45 a.m. by boarding a bus to Palm Beach State College.  Over breakfast, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and Sheriff Rick Bradshaw addressed the 55-member class of future community leaders on public safety issues facing the county.  A tour of the Police Academy gun range and the Fire Academy followed, including a demonstration of fire extinguisher use.

The next stop was the Palm Beach County …

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Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

health-care

by Nancy Gau

Open Enrollment period for ACA Health Insurance for 2018
begins Nov. 1, 2017 and ends Dec. 15, 2017.

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OPEN ENROLLMENT

For more information or to make an appointment, call 1-888-880-8242 or go to www.enrollpbandtc.org

These events have been organized and staffed by Health Council of Southeast Florida (www.hcsef.org),

and is being promoted by League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (www.lwvpbc.org).

 

There are 9 enrollment events throughout Palm Beach County during this period:

Nov. 1 – (5:00pm-9:00pm) at Cidra Church in WPB

Nov. 4 – (12:00pm-4:00pm) at PBC Library on Summit Blvd. in WPB

Nov. 9 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at Boynton Beach City Library on S. Seacrest

Nov. 16 – (5:00pm-8:00pm) at COMPASS on N. Dixie Highway in Lake Worth

Nov. 18

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Expanding the Moving to Work program

Paving the way for more affordable housing: Expanding the Moving to Work programBrookings.edu Housing article

Brookings.edu    Greg Russ and Robin Snyderman – 

Public housing experts and regional planners don’t typically speak the same language, let alone collaborate. But the 2016 expansion of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Moving to Work (MTW) program has members of both circles talking.

Read the Article.

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Sierra Club Recycled Materials Fashion Show

The Loxahatchee Group of the Sierra Club, the nation’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, held their annual fundraiser, the Thanks & Giving Celebration and Silent Auction, on Saturday, November 11th. The featured portion of the evening was a Trash Fashion Show by Argentine designer Aidana Baldasarre, who crafted outfits using old inner tubes, discarded highway banners and even old issues of the Sierra Club Magazine.

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Let the People Vote

Let the People Vote

The winners of Tuesday’s elections – Republican or Democrat, for governor, mayor or dogcatcher – all have one thing in common: They received more votes than their opponent. That seems like a pretty fair way to run an electoral race, which is why every election in America uses it – except the most important one of all.

 

Read the NY Times article.

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Commentary on Mass Shootings

Friends,
Here is a commentary I wrote today for Fortune Magazine on the Texas slaughter.  The piece focused on President Trump’s claim that these mass shootings are a mental health issue rather than a “guns situation”. Click on the image to read the article.

Commentary: Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Health Issues Alone Is Disgraceful

Click to read the article

All the best, Tom

Tom Gabor, Ph.D.

Criminologist and Sociologist
Author, Confronting Gun Violence in America (Amazon’s #1 new release in Criminology)
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Reading for Insight and Action

Hillbilly ElegyBy Faith Schullstrom

 

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis by J.D.Vance

This highly regarded memoir of growing up in the Appalachian regions of Kentucky and Ohio, examines the roles of class, neighborhood, family, mentorship and opportunity in this section of America. J.D.Vance tells his “coming of age” story in the context of the culture that shaped him yet required him to escape, haunts him yet fills his heart with love and respect.  He reveals lessons and aspirations born in abuse, poverty, alcoholism and chaos, reflecting on policies that seldom meet the needs of the people they intend to assist. It is Vance’s story and the story of “his people”—white, working class residents of the Rust Belt who have lost belief in …

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