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Housing Summit Links

Click HERE for the Presentations from the Palm Beach County Housing Summit

WATCH the entire Summit on PBCTV Channel 20 On Demand Programs

PBCTV Channel 20 On Demand Programs- Housing Summit

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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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Status of Women by County – Heat Maps

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June Hot Topics Luncheon

June Hot Topics Luncheon

June 21, 2017   

11:00 am is the time to register and chat with friends.
11:30 am- Lunch is served
1:00 pm- Meeting is concluded.

Atlantis Country Club, Atlantis, Florida

RICHARD ROCHE, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES FOR THE HEALTH CARE DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY

Rick Roche
Chief Administrative Officer and Hospital Administrator

Featuring Rick Roche

To attend the luncheon you should reserve online or call Estelle at 561-968-4123

Rick Roche is the Health Care District of Palm Beach County’s Chief Administrative Officer and Hospital Administrator for Lakeside Medical Center. Rick is in his fifth year at the Health Care District, and has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare operations.

Prior to joining the Health Care District, Rick served as Vice President for Human Resources and Support Services at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. Prior to that, he was the …

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C-Span Classroom

C-Span Classroom

Are you a Political Guardian? Do you want to learn more or refresh your knowledge about Government and Politics? Check out these “Cram for Exam” videos on C-Span Classroom. They are free to watch and learn!!!

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Faith Maniti – New LWV Intern

By Emily Rosen

Faith ManitiFor anyone losing faith in the humanitarian values and character of today’s youth, take heart – and meet Faith Maniti, our recent LWV intern who is working with Christine Campbell Gabor on the Civics Education  Committee. And for anyone out there (though not likely in our LWV community) who questions the value of having a pro-active immigrant population  — again – here is  new member Faith who embodies everything we could want in our melding culture of young people.

Born in Manilla in the Philippines, Faith moved with her family to Florida when she was 6 years old and in August she will begin her senior year at Oxbridge Academy in West Palm Beach where they live.

“My school has played a large part in

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Housing Summit 2017

Housing Summit 2017Solutions for increasing Attainable Housing in Palm Beach County

By Sammy Alzofon

There is a housing crisis in Palm Beach County. The current median gross rent of $1,900 is unaffordable for 80 percent of renters and 75 percent of households do not have adequate income to buy a single-family home at the current median price of $327,00. Housing Summit 2017 is the starting point for a convening of interest groups to find solutions.

A coalition of interest groups came together at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on Wednesday, May 31, to discuss both the challenges  and possible solutions for assuring long-term access to affordable and accessible housing in Palm Beach County.  This issue has reached a level of crisis, as reflected in the 500 who attended (and

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Legislative Wrap-Up a Success

By Karen Wilkerson

On May 25, 2017, the PBC League conducted a Legislative Wrap up for county state senators and representatives. It was cosponsored by the ACLU, COBWRA, NCJW, the YWCA, Palm Beach State College, Planned Parenthood, NOW, Empower of the Palm Beaches, NCBW, the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Women’s Foundation of Florida, and the E. Malcolm Cunningham Bar Association.

Video of Legislative Wrap-Up:

In addition to the attendees who actually came to the Duncan Theatre in Lake Worth, over 1,600 additional people watched the live stream on FaceBook.

LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson poses questions to members of the PBC Legislative Delegation from l. to r. Senator Jeff Clemens, Senator Bobby Powell, Representative Joe Abruzzo, Representative Lori Berman, Representative David

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Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

Guns and Kids: Preventing Tragedies

By Rosalie Almborg

 

  • In Florida, more children die from guns than from illness.
  • In Florida a child is shot every 17 hours.
  • The U.S. has 49 times the gun homicide rate for 15-24 year-olds when compared to  22 other high income countries.
  • Handguns are banned in the United Kingdom.
  • In Canada, only 50 to 100 people have a permit to carry a gun for protection, compared to Florida where 1,800,000 people have similar permits.

 

A panel discussion brought out the above facts and statistics on Saturday, March 13, at the League-sponsored event Kids and Guns: Preventing Violence.  The well-attended event took place at the Hagen Ranch Library in Delray Beach.

 

On the panel were Tom Gabor, author and criminologist; Dave Kerner, County Commissioner; Capt. Mike …

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Winners of Government Bee

Winners of the Second Annual Government Bee

In addition to prize money the event sponsors took the winning teams to Sandpiper’s Cove Restaurant to celebrate. We are all looking forward to next year’s event.

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