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Florida State Convention Introduction

PBC DELEGATES ATTEND FLORIDA STATE CONVENTION

By President Karen Wilkerson

 

Our Palm Beach League had a large delegation attend the recent state convention that was held in Fort Lauderdale in June. Our strong presence included twenty-five members and our intern, Faith Maniti. View a list of our delegates. Seek them out to hear about their experience!

 

Some of the highlights included:

  • Our Civics Education Chair, Christene Campbell-Gabor and our student intern, Faith Maniti conducted a workshop
  • Nancy Cohen and Kathleen Crampton presented on the concept of a national popular voting system for the election of U.S. President. Through our Ritter Grant we were able to provide a keynote speech on this issue.
  • Mark Schneider gave a workshop on the restoration of voting rights for former
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Business Forum- Housing in Palm Beach County

By Sammy Alzofon

Housing in Palm Beach County

A key concern in Palm Beach County revolves around housing.  Member Sammy Alzofon will be reporting on housing issues for LWVPBC. Below, read the first of her reports.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Business Forum Meeting

Speaker: Richard Reikenis, https://www.reikenis.com/
Facilitator: Joe Rooney

 

Economic Council of Palm Beach County

This forum meeting was to hear a summation of the May 31, 2017 Housing Summit convened by Verdenia Baker, Palm Beach County administrator.

Rick Reikenis, as guest speaker, noted a number of items, directed at those present who had not attended the summit. These included:

  • A description of the formation of the task force appointed before the summit to do most of the planning.
  • Acknowledgment that the topics were wide-ranging, from homelessness to workforce housing.
  • Many
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More Housing in AG Reserve?

By Kathy Panko, Environmental Issues Group

More Housing in Ag ReserveFlorida homebuilder, GL Homes, wants to increase the number of homes they can build in Palm Beach County’s Agricultural Reserve, a 22,000-acre farming and conservation zone west of Boynton Beach and Delray Beach.  Instead of proceeding with their already approved plan to build 3,900 homes in Indian Trails Grove, a 4,900-acre site west of the Acreage, GL now wants to change the rules.

Currently, the rule reads:

The County requires that developers conserve 60 acres in the reserve for every 40 acres they develop.  Land outside of the Agricultural Reserve cannot be used to meet preservation requirements for development in the reserve.

GL Homes is trying to change the County’s comprehensive plan so they can develop more of the property they own …

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Immigration

IMMIGRATION

On June 13, members and friends met at the Palm Beach Post Building to hear an evening Why Courts Matter presentation on the Role of the Courts in Immigration. Attorney Jackie Delgado provided a history of immigration in the United States and, also, explained the present systems that pertain to family sponsorships, “dreamers,” backlog of citizenship applications, etc.

 

This was the first in our 2017 series of Why Courts Matter. To view the entire presentation, please go to the LWVPBC’s Facebook page at   https://www.facebook.com/pg/LWVPBC/videos

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Tech Tips- Video Streaming

tech tipsWe are working hard to bring you content even if you cannot make it to an event!  You can view it, share it and even comment.

To access our live video streaming of events presented by the league, go to our Facebook page www.facebook.com/lwvpbc (please like the page and share it with friends) and click on videos.  All the streamed content will be there to view anytime and it’s easy to share.

For those who want a direct link to the video page:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/LWVPBC/videos/

 

Ken Horkavy

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100th Anniversary Campaign

In just a few short years, the League will celebrate our centennial and we are excited to kick off the League’s 100th Anniversary Campaign: Creating a More Perfect Democracy.

As League leaders, we wanted you to be among the first see our 100th Anniversary Tool Kit.

100th Anniversary Campaign Tookit

Getting Started

The 100th Anniversary Committee developed this Tool Kit to help every League participate in our centennial campaign as we approach 2020. This Tool Kit includes anniversary logos, social media graphics, messaging guidelines and more to help you get started with the celebration.

This is just the first piece in the collective campaign  – so stay tuned for more tools and tricks to celebrate in the months ahead.

Sharing Your Stories

If your state or local League is …

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Immigration Video- The Role of the Courts

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What does the Health Care District do?

Inspiring to learn what the Health Care District of Palm Beach County does!

Thanks Rick Roche! Here is a link to their facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/healthcaredistrict/?ref=br_rs

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A Good Day for Solar in the Sunshine State

Solar Amendment 4 We Did ItIT’S A GOOD DAY FOR SOLAR IN THE SUNSHINE STATE!

Amendment 4, which voters approved with a 73% vote last August and which the Florida Legislature unanimously voted to implement this Spring, has officially been signed into law by Governor Rick Scott. This is a major victory for Florida and would NOT have been possible without all of your hard work. Whether you volunteered at the polls, made phone calls, sent emails, distributed yard signs, made your OWN yard signs, or any of the other amazing, creative efforts we saw, YOU made a difference. Floridians will enjoy lower energy costs as burdensome taxes on solar energy systems are reduced beginning January 1, 2018.

Here’s what just a few of the Floridians for Solar Choice coalition members had to …

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Voting Rights Updates- June 2017

voting-rights

Lots of great articles about so many voting rights issues.  Don’t miss the Times article about Kris Kobach, the inspiration for the Voter Fraud inquiry.  -Nancy


Automatic voter registration-

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/democracy/reports/2017/06/07/433677/votes-automatic-voter-registration/

 

Increasing Voter Turnout for 2018 and Beyond-

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/opinion/increasing-voter-turnout-2018.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region®ion=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=0

 

Hiring people with criminal records is good business-

https://www.citylab.com/crime/2017/06/the-case-for-hiring-ex-offenders/529896/?utm_source=atldaily061517-2&utm_source=nl-atlantic-daily-061517

 

Follow up to our recent Why Courts Matter presentation on Immigration: Denaturalization threat-
League Joins Amicus in Maslenjak v. United States

The League joined an amicus in Maslenjak v. United States. The case will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on April 26, 2017. The brief argues that the Sixth Circuit’s holding—that any knowing false statement or omission can be grounds for denaturalization and criminal prosecution—would have dire consequences for naturalized citizens, significantly discourage lawful immigrants …

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