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Summary of Convention Reports
Published on: 6/20/2019
Submitted June 14, 2019

OVERVIEW: Twenty-five LWVPBC members attended the LWVFL Convention on June 7 and 8, 2019 in Naples, Florida. Five members presented during workshops.

WORKSHOPS COVERED:

Actions to Reduce Poverty in Florida: League Responsibilities

New powerpoint used for the workshop which is added to state web site (lwvfl.org/issue/poverty-action-team)
Must advocate to local leagues to increase involvement
Similar to PBC efforts on housing. Read More...
Impressions: My First LWVFL State Conference
Published on: 6/20/2019
· How would you sum up in one word – Your experience at this year’s state conference in Naples?
Invigorating!
· Did the conference setting contribute to the meeting’s success?
The Ritz Carlton Naples Conference Center offers spacious meeting areas. Yet, it was very comfortable and convenient to access attendees.
· Were you overwhelmed or intimidated interfacing with League leaders and attendees?
Everyone was very friendly, helpful, and well informed. No matter where you sat in a workshop setting or at a Plenary Session, you were able to immediately strike up a conversation with your neighbors. Read More...
NEWS STANDARDS
Published on: 6/7/2019
Requirements for Newsletter 'NEWS' articles. See the following guidelines. Read More...
May Hot Topic: Orie Bullard, Reentry Center Director
Published on: 6/3/2019
In Riviera Beach, as described by Orie Bullard, grant-funded programs with high success rates are available at the City of Riviera Beach Reentry Center to support those recently released from Florida’s Department of Corrections as well as Federal prison. Read More...
Daytrippers
Published on: 5/19/2019
The League of Women Voters Palm Beach County is sponsoring a trip on July 9th at 1 pm to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Park, 6751 N Jog Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33412. The tour is free and takes about 2 hours. No meals are included but, if you want to arrange lunch with a few friends, please make sure you are at the tour center by 1 pm. The tour involves walking about 1000 ft. in and out of air conditioning and a bus tour. Read More...
INTERN JOSE GARCIA AWARDED $2500 SCHOLARSHIP, ATTRIBUTED TO LWV PARTICIPATION
Published on: 4/16/2019
Feeling, down, depressed and generally negative about the direction our country is taking? Are you looking for a pick-me-up? Spend an afternoon with League intern José García!

José came to us recommended by Andrea McCue, city manager of Greenacres. I called him and the very next day he met Christene Campbell-Gabor and me for an interview and we instantly realized that we had an amazing young man on our hands. It was like trying to hold on to a rocket because this young man was obviously going places!
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Own our Tomorrow – Help Guarantee our Future
Published on: 4/15/2019
Those of us involved and committed to the goals and mission of the League of Women Voters understand why the League must be in a position to continue its important work for years to come. The League’s past accomplishments are many and have made uncompromising differences in all of our lives. Learning from the past, we understand how vital it is for the League to sustain itself for the future. Read More...
Daytrippers Agricultural Tour 2019
Published on: 3/18/2019
Video Highlights
League of Women Voters- Palm Beach County- Daytrippers Agricultural Tour
Belle Glade, Loxahatchee, March 8, 2019
Choose LWVPBC's ED FUND as Your Amazon Charity
Published on: 1/15/2019
It's so easy to donate to LWVPBC'S ED FUND all year round by Shopping amazonsmile!

amazonsmile.com is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop onAmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice, LWVPBC.
Interfaith Cafe for October- Ballot Amendments Demystified
Published on: 10/15/2018
November 6, 2018 is Election Day. Florida ballots contain 13 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution as well as county referendums. The proposed Constitutional amendments and county referendums will affect Florida residents on both personal and public levels. The amendments as written are confusing.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
South County Civic Center
16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Recent News- 2020 Census

Census Committee Meeting
Published on: 2/22/2019
The Census Count Committee (CCC) will meet at the Lantana Branch Library on Tuesday, March 12 from 7 to 8:45 PM.

Recent News- Civics Education

Crossword Puzzle Review
Published on: 5/19/2019
Letter from Palm Springs Middle School- 7th Grade Civics
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Civics Education Minutes April 2019
Published on: 4/18/2019
LWV of PBC Civics Education Committee
MINUTES
April 16th, 2019
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Photos- Civics Education in PBC & Florida
Published on: 4/22/2018
Photo Highlights from Cool Topic- Civics Education in PBC & Florida.
View the album...

Recent News- Education

Teaching our History
Published on: 3/28/2019
Teaching Our History- a status report
Saturday, March 30, 2019
Palm Beach Lakes HS
3505 Shiloh Dr., West Palm Beach, FL Auditorium
Free and open to the public. No registration required.
For additional information, contact Brian Knowles at 561-434-8879 or Brian.Knowles@palmbeachschools.org Read More...

Recent News- Environment

We Need YOU!
Published on: 6/20/2019
Refuse!  Reuse!  Reduce!  Recycle!

We need YOU to set an example for your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. We need YOU to become more environmentally friendly. Preserve the planet for our children and future generations. We need YOU to take proactive steps toward cleaner living habits to protect the environment. Remember the 4 Rs:  Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. Let’s break them down. Read More...
Friends of Palm Beach
Published on: 5/20/2019
Diane Buhler, Founder/President, Friends of Palm Beach, spoke to the LWV, Environmental Issues Group, on April 13, 2019. Diane lectures and attends events to educate the community on the ocean’s plight and how everyone has the power to combat single-use plastics. Read More...
Earth Day – a Great Day
Published on: 4/15/2019
Members of the Environmental Issues Group (EIG) were pleased to participate in Earth Day 2019 hosted by Palm Beach Atlantic University on April 12.

Information on alternatives to single-use plastics and a message of “Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle” were provided to over 70 individuals (primarily college students) who stopped to see examples of alternative products that can be used in place of plastics and to receive their free beeswax wrap – an inexpensive and easy-to-make alternative to plastic wrap. Read More...
My Plastic Free Life
Published on: 4/15/2019
HOW TO BREAK YOUR PLASTIC HABIT

We are all aware of the problems with plastic, right? Statistics tell us that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute. Eighteen billion pounds of plastic is tossed in the ocean each year. You shutter at the statistics! It’s a good thing we recycle, right? Well, it turns out that only 30% of plastics actually get recycled in the USA - and 9% globally. And none of it has ever biodegraded.
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Agriculture Tour
Published on: 3/25/2019
The tour began in a radish field with Gary Noland of Hundley Farms. Gary explained that Florida’s agricultural area is the largest east of the Mississippi River. The soil is rich in phosphorous, making it perfect for farming. The crops are rotated with vegetables, rice, and sugar cane. Sugar cane is a cousin of bamboo. It is 75% water, 12% sugar, 12% fiber, and 3% molasses. Sugar turns brown due to the molasses.
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Be Straw Free
Published on: 12/13/2018
A seemingly harmless way to sip a beverage - the plastic straw is typically used once and discarded without a thought. But now businesses and patrons are thinking about the environmental damage done by plastic straws, bags and other single-use plastic products that often escape landfills and find their way onto the beaches and into the ocean. The plastics are not biodegradable and are harmful to birds, sea turtles and other marine life that consume them. Read More...
Environmental Learning and Activist Opportunities Fall 2018
Published on: 9/24/2018
Environmental Learning and Activist Opportunities Fall 2018
Sign up for the Webinar! FREE Trouble in Paradise Webinar Wednesday, September 19 from noon to 1:30;

Recent News- Go Solar

Solar Tsnuami
Published on: 1/3/2019
PV Magazine. Developers have applied to build 139 GWac of large-scale solar projects in the territory of six grid operators – around five times what is currently online across the country – and that figure doesn’t even cover the entire United States. By any metric, we are looking at an unprecedented boom in solar development over the next five years.
Some of it is the pending drop-down of the Investment Tax Credit from the end of 2019 through the end of 2023. Some of it is a series of decisions by states, cities and corporations to decarbonize their electricity supply, and to use solar as a main means of doing this. And some of it is the continual decline in PV system prices, which makes large-scale solar the cheapest form of new generation in much of the United States. Read More...

Recent News- Gun Safety

LWVPBC Gun Safety Meets with Sheriff Bradshaw
Published on: 6/3/2019
At the May 28, 2019 meeting at PBSO Headquarters, Sheriff of Palm Beach County Ric Bradshaw enthusiastically related to LWVPBC representatives, Arlene Ustin, Martha Smith, and Marsha Vinson that he and his department, the largest law enforcement agency in the county, wholeheartedly support the mission of the League of Women Voters including Gun Safety and Mental Health initiatives. The Sheriff shared his favorite motto... Read More...
Cool Topics Report- Lock It Up (& more)!
Published on: 5/19/2019
An outstanding panel and discussion moderated by LWVPBC President Ken Thomas and organized by the LWVPBC Gun Safety Issue Group highlighted critical issues surrounding the safe storage of guns. The expert panelists providing the audience with an in depth, fact-packed view of the impact of safe storage on gun violence and gun deaths were: LWV of Broward County Gun Safety Issue Chair and Originator/Lock It Up -Barbara Markley, Dr. Monica Monahan, Suicide Prevention Team Lead, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, and LWVPBC member/mentor for the Gun Safety Issue Group-Tom Gabor, a leading criminologist and author of Enough! Solving America’s Gun Violence Crisis. Read More...

Recent News- Healthcare

Falls Prevention Awareness
Published on: 6/22/2019
Falls can kill! And according to recent studies published by JAMA, deadly falls among older Americans are on the rise, nearly tripling in recent years. The actual numbers are shocking. Approximately 25,000 older Americans died last year as a result of a fall. You CAN help prevent yourself from becoming one of these statistics. Here are some tips from the National Council on Aging, and similar agencies:

MEDS

Some blood pressure meds and anti-anxiety drugs can make you lightheaded or dizzy and more prone to falls. Speak to your physician! Review your list of meds and their dosage and discuss any needed changes. And hydrate! It is a good way to fight dizziness. Read More...
Florida Medicaid Expansion Campaign Overview
Published on: 4/9/2019
The Affordable Care Act gave states the opportunity to expand Medicaid to low-income adults and families -- with the federal government footing most of the cost. Today, 34 states have opted to take this deal and have covered more than 17 million Americans. Unfortunately, Florida has not.

If Florida expanded Medicaid, adults earning up to $17,000/year would be eligible for coverage and the federal government would cover 90 percent of the costs. This would mean more than 700,000 Floridians would get much-needed health coverage, including access to preventive care, cancer treatments, and prescription drugs. The people who would be newly served include working parents, retirees, and veterans. Not only would the federal government pay for most of these newly eligible people, the State of Florida would see significant savings to other programs. The Florida Policy Institute has estimated that Medicaid expansion would save our state over $500 million each year while also covering m

Recent News- Housing in PBC

Housing emergency in public housing: Your comments are needed
Published on: 5/19/2019
Make public comment on the proposed rule. We have until July 9, 2019. Read More...
How did affordable housing trust funds fare?
Published on: 5/19/2019
As the legislature convened,
the Senate, as last year, recommended full funding. The surprise was the same recommendation from
the Governor's Office. Full funding means the use of all the documentary stamp tax funds allocated for
the Sadowski trust fund be used for housing, this year $331,000,000. Since 2001 the legislature has
taken two billion trust fund dollars for other purposes, with more than $125 million to be taken this
year. Read More...
Legislative Budget Update
Published on: 5/3/2019
Mark Hendrickson created the Housing Budget Chart below based on the May 1 published budget numbers.

Click the chart to see far right column for final numbers from the legislature.

We will have a Sadowski Affiliates Webinar on Monday, May 6 at 11 am to review the final budget from the legislature and to talk about possible next steps.

REGISTER HERE...
Sadowski Legislative Session Update- Week 7
Published on: 4/18/2019
Dear Sadowski Affiliates:

We are at the “hurry up and wait” point of the legislative session.

The House and Senate have passed their respective versions of the budget, and conference on the budget has not begun.

Housing is fully funded in the Senate, but the House sweeps over $200 million from housing, and what it appropriates for housing is only on Hurricane Michael impacted counties. The House version excludes almost all of the state from both SHIP and SAIL funds.

This issue will be decided at the leadership levels—meaning
Appropriation Chairs Representative Cummings; Senator Bradley; Speaker Oliva; and Senate President Galvano.
READ MORE...
FULL SADOWSKI FUNDING IN GOVERNOR'S BUDGET
Published on: 2/1/2019
The emails you sent last Friday to key staff in the Governor’s office resulted in a meeting for the Sadowski Coalition in the Governor’s office on Thursday, January 31. We filled the conference room with representatives from each of the 30 Sadowski Coalition organizations, from Associated Industries of Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Realtors and Florida Home Builders Association to Florida AARP, Volunteers of America, Habitat for Humanity of Florida, Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, and of course, the Florida Housing Coalition. Read More...
The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods
Published on: 1/12/2019
Homeownership lies at the heart of the American Dream, representing success, opportunity, and wealth. However, for many of its citizens, America deferred that dream. For much of the 20th century, the devaluing of black lives led to segregation and racist federal housing policy through redlining that shut out chances for black people to purchase homes and build wealth, making it more difficult to start and invest in businesses and afford college tuition. Still, homeownership remains a beacon of hope for all people to gain access to the middle class. Though homeownership rates vary considerably between whites and people of color, it’s typically the largest asset among all people who hold it. Read More...
How much salary do you need to afford a median-price home in South Florida?
Published on: 8/21/2018
The median home price in South Florida has increased 31 percent since May 2015 — and so has the median salary that banks say you need before they’ll approve a loan on that home.

And that’s a problem, experts say, because the median household income in South Florida is well below that of comparably sized metro regions throughout the nation and income growth is failing to keep pace with home-price increases.

According to HSH.com, which sells mortgage data to the home-selling industry, you’ll need to make $78,337 to afford to buy a house for $353,000, which is the median priced home in the metropolitan area that includes Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. Read More...
Subsidized homes raise hopes in a tight market
Published on: 7/17/2018
Low-income buyers can qualify to get mortgage breaks, save thousands.

By Jeff Ostrowski Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
POST COVERAGE AFFORDABLE HOUSING

For nine years, Michelle Meeks crammed herself and her two daughters into a two-bedroom unit in what she describes as a "fly-by-night" apartment complex.

The single mom saved money by skipping cable, and she slept in a bedroom where the air conditioning barely worked. READ MORE...

Recent News- Membership

New Member Orientation
Published on: 5/2/2018
THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
invites you to attend our
ORIENTATION FOR NEW MEMBERS AND OTHERS INTERESTED IN
KNOWING MORE ABOUT THE LEAGUE:
Date: Saturday, May 5
Time: Registration and coffee 9 a.m.
Orientation starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m.

Where: Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth Center for Bachelor’s Programs Building—Room CBP-103

RSVP: Darlene Kostrub at dkostrub@aol.com or leave a message at 561-852-0496.

We look forward to having you join us!

Recent News- Speakers Bureau

Appropriate Public Speaking Techniques
Published on: 5/19/2019
At a recent Speakers Bureau committee meeting, the members were introduced to 3 issue-related presentations, at Chair Marcia Herman's home.
1st Vice President Christene Campbell Gabor showed the members two presentations related to Civics Education; Your Voice, Your Power, Your Vote, and The Three Branches of Government. Read More...

Recent News- Voting Rights Coa

The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy
Published on: 6/22/2019
Last November, an extraordinary coalition of groups from across the political spectrum helped push Florida’s Amendment 4, which restores voting rights for the nearly 1.4 million Floridians with felony convictions in their past, across the electoral finish line.

Constitutional amendments need at least 60 percent support to become law in Florida. In the final tally, Amendment 4, which allows all felons except those convicted of murder or sex offenses to apply for restoration of their voting rights upon completion of their sentence, got nearly 65 percent backing—1 million more votes than any political candidate received in the state’s elections that year. Florida voters—across racial, economic, and party lines—came out in favor of re-enfranchisement. Read More...

Recent News- Voter Services

Voter registration- Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Delray Beach
Published on: 8/20/2018
Percy Alexander, Jamila (don't know last name), Annetta Jenkins (seated), Robbie Alexander, Pam Maldonado, Ellen Norman
Voter registration at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Delray Beach.
Sunday, Aug. 19

Recent News- Young Leaguers

Young Leaguers News
Published on: 5/28/2019
On Tuesday May 14, 2019 the Young Leaguers learned about the 20/20 Census. Pat Doman of the Census Committee discussed the 2020 Census in great detail by explaining the history of the census and its importance to society. The Census can bring finances for better roads and schools in our state, and the Young Leaguers can't wait to start promoting this initiative. Read More...
Young Leaguers Beach Cleanup
Published on: 4/19/2019
The Young Leaguers of Palm Beach County participated in a Beach Cleanup at Red Reef Park on March 9th. League members met at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton and were given a tour of the nature center and learned about their facility. Tour Guide Susan Datres educated us about the harmful impact small plastics have on sea turtles and other sea creatures. We then cleaned the beach and filled 16 buckets of trash. This event allowed us to make a small but significant step to take care of the environment.
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Young Leaguers Candidate Reflection Forum
Published on: 1/30/2019
Please join the Young Leaguers for our Candidate Reflection Forum. At the meeting, former candidates will share their experiences of what it was like running for office. We are lucky to have Judge Sarah Willis, Edgardo Hernandez, Alcolya St Juste, Samson LeBeau Kpadenou, and Jeremy Zubkoff as our panelists. Read More...

Recent News- LWV National

The League Update - JULY 5, 2018
Published on: 7/9/2018
Last week was an inspiring Convention of the League of Women Voters of the United States in Chicago. More than 1,000 League leaders convened for thoughtful conversations and important trainings with the focus of the future of the organization. We passed our budget for the upcoming biennium and set our program in place to continue the Campaign for Making Democracy Work®.

I was honored to introduce Convention attendees to the LWVUS incoming CEO, Virginia Kase. Since 2011 Virginia has been a leader at CASA, an organization at the forefront of the immigrant rights movement representing... READ MORE.