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August Cool Topics- Fake News Panel

Cool Topics

WE SOLD OUT!

We are officially sold out for the Fake News Panel but we want you to be there! So, we will simulcast the event on our facebook page starting around 9am Saturday morning: click here





This event is FREE – but please Register online.August Cool Topics- Fake News Panel

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Analysis: What stopped the first Lake O reservoir in mid-construction?

It’s been nearly 10 years, but debate continues: What stopped a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee in mid-construction?

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Observer Corps June Reports

Observer Corps

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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New Members – July 2017

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WELCOME TO OUR NEW MEMBERS—July 2017

 

We now have 628 members!  For contact information, go to the Member Directory at lwvpbc.org.  

For the member password, contact Darlene Kostrub at 561-852-0496 or email at dkostrub@aol.com.

Joseph Anderson
Riviera Beach (Reinstated)

Penny Arons
Palm Beach Gardens

Iris Bergman
Palm Beach Gardens

Barbara Boehm
Juno Beach

Cynthia Brodrick
Greenacres

Marva Callender
Loxahatchee

Rebecca Cohen
Palm Beach Gardens

Marcia Danziger
Palm Beach Gardens

Mi Sun Donahue
North Palm Beach

Regen Foley
Palm Beach Gardens

Adriana Gonzalez
Lake Worth

Marianne Guerre
Palm Beach Gardens

Lisa Harris
Lake Worth

Lisa Huertas
Jupiter

Emma Lehman
North Palm Beach

Elaine Lerner
Boca Raton

Marilyn Lewis
Juno Beach

KaShamba Miller-Anderson
Riviera Beach (Reinstated)

Cliff O’Neill
Jupiter

Sharon Pardo
West Palm Beach

John Pastore
Boca Raton

Richele

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Civics Education and Senator Bob Graham

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The Civics Education Committee, under the energetic leadership of Christene Campbell-Gabor, continues to seek out new opportunities to make a positive difference!

On June 29, representatives from our League joined Senator Bob Graham for a productive meeting regarding the history and the future of Civics Education in Florida. Ideas and advice were exchanged between Senator Graham, LWVPBC Vice President Debra Chandler, LWVPBC Civics Education Chair Christene Campbell-Gabor, Intern Faith Maniti, and LWVPBC President Karen Wilkerson.

Promote Protect the Vote

Roundtable discussion with (l. to r.) Debra Chandler, Senator Bob Graham, Christene Campbell-Gabor, Faith Maniti, and Karen Wilkerson.

Senator Graham, a charming, Southern gentleman, was Governor of Florida from 1979 to 1987. Currently, at the University of Florida, he heads the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, …

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Protect the Vote! Promote the Vote!

Promote, Protect the Vote

July 9, 2017

Next edition of the Newsletter- July 30

STATE OF THE STATE

THE VOTE

Modern western democracies are based on certain premises:
  • every citizen of voting-age should have an unobstructed right to vote
  • citizens have a duty to participate in the political system by voting and doing so thoughtfully
  • leaders are selected at elections by the majority of voters

That is how electoral democracy is supposed to function at the most basic level.  Of course, from the beginnings of this nation, each of these premises had major caveats: from denial of the right to vote to women until 1920 to effectively making the exercise of the vote for Blacks impossible (especially in the south) until 1965.   The Electoral College “insulated” the choice of the President from …

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Florida complies with data request by Trump commission

Trump Commission
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Environmental Report- July

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Environmental Team

July, 2017

The LWV is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. League works to increase understanding on major policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Official League position statements are issued only by the President or designee. Action on issues should be done as an individual and not as a League member.

During this time of political change, how will we most effectively meet the environmental challenges.

Our issues:

  • Solar with co-ops May 17 Hot Topics was a fun and informative luncheon. The LWVPBC and the Sierra Club will have their kick off with WPB Mayor Muoio and PBCC Mayor Burdick on October 4 at Pine Jog Environmental Center. Contact Diane Marks to volunteer
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A New Member’s Convention Experience

by  Nikki Descoteaux

How does a new member discover the breadth of the League’s program? This newbie of four weeks decided to explore by going to the Biennial LWV Florida Convention held in Ft. Lauderdale June 9-10th.  It was exhausting and intense, but intensely rewarding as well. Firstly, it was an excellent opportunity to get to know the delegates from Palm Beach County, my home territory. They were the largest delegation there, twenty-five involved, impressive women, plus one hard-to-keep-up-with intern, Faith Maniti.

There was not a lot of “down” time, since during registration hours workshops began, followed by three Plenary Sessions attended by all delegates. There I learned the outstanding highlights of each Florida chapter’s actions over the past year. Even tiny Upper Keys attended local government meetings, …

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State Convention- Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) Meeting

Sat. 6/9/16   12:45pm

By Elayne Goodman

 

This was an excellent workshop that was used to describe the VPK  for 4yr olds. Presenters were from The Villages LWV and Lake/Sumter County  AAUW. Their project, not considered a study, was conducted from  2015 to 2016 and their final report is available on their website.

The survey was divided into seven sections. CHILDREN (number served), FACILITIES,  TEACHING STAFF, CHILD ASSESSMENT, CURRICULA, FUNDING, AND INFRASTRUCTURE.

VPK is a free state-funded program “that prepares early learners for success in kindergarten and beyond.”   It was mandated in Florida in 2002 with a constitutional amendment that required quality programming for all 4-year-olds in the state.  Florida’s VPK is underfunded and is meeting only 3 of 10 criteria of quality.  Florida’s VPL ranks 37th among …

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