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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.
Post-Election Luncheon- Hot Topics
Published on: 10/17/2018
Once the fall elections are finally over and all the ballot issues and political campaigns decided, what did it all mean? Who are the real winners and surprise losers? And what do the election results portend for 2020? Read More...
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.
Read More...
Our Voice is Our Vote
Published on: 10/2/2018
I have been honored be asked to be a panelist at the Oct 25 Nationalist Coalition of 100 Back Women Breakfast. (see attachment) Susan Bucher and Lillian Tomayo of Planned Parenthood are the other panelists. I am equally honored to be on the dais with them. Read More...
SAVE THE DATE for Mental Health -November 28th at PBSC
Published on: 9/29/2018
A Community Education Exchange, Educators Responding to community Needs, Call for Community Action, Nov. 28, 2018, Palm Beach State College
League Interns Jose Garcia Receives honors
Published on: 9/24/2018
Jose Garcia, League intern and senior at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres was honored with the Hispanic Heritage Award by the Puerto Rican – Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for outstanding community service and academics.

This was no surprise to those of us who know him. We can expect great things from Jose in the future!
LWVPBC Interns Receive Certificates
Published on: 8/16/2018
I had lunch with Dayalis Zamora and Faith Maniti before they head off to college. They were both very proud of their certificates from the League Women Voters. Dayalis will be going to NYU and Faith will be at the University of Florida. Both of them eventually plan on becoming lawyers.

Recent News- Civics Education

MINI Crossword Puzzle Booklets Series 3
Published on: 11/16/2018
The Civics Education Committee would like to thank everyone who contributed content or donated money to help us complete Series 3 of the MINI Crossword Booklets. This booklet includes questions from the Grade 7 Textbook – Gateway to American Government: The Bridge to Success on Florida’s EOC Test. It will be an interesting, innovative and fun new study tool for all Florida Schools and a wonderful way for all of us to learn more about our country. Read More...
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

Countywide Education Referendum
Published on: 10/31/2018
The LWVPBC Education Committee has been actively working to support the Countywide Education Referendum, which is the final question on the ballots for voters in Palm Beach County. Also endorsed by the county's Classroom Teachers Association, Parent Teacher Association, and other groups, the referendum would make a small increase in the millage rate of property to provide much-needed money for several key needs in our schools: increased pay for experienced teachers, expanded mental health services in our schools, support for arts enrichment programs, and filling the gap left by the legislature in funding the mandatory placement of police officers in all of our schools. Public education is essential to the effective functioning of our society, and it requires adequate funding to meet the needs of our community's students. The allocation of money will be overseen by a citizen's committee to ensure it is used for its intended purpose. Below is a video that explains more.
WHOOP! Judge Agrees with the League
Published on: 8/20/2018
Amendment 8 to the Florida Constitution is off the November ballot. The Tallahassee judge ruled today that the League was correct in its claim that Amendment 8 was misleading to voters. The amendment did not specify that local school boards would lose the right to authorize charter schools. It also bundled that proposal with two others...term limits for school boards and a civics requirement for students. Civics is already required for students; it just is not in the constitution. Read More...
Education Committee
Published on: 7/23/2018
The LWVPBC Education Committee has been busy preparing one-page, leave-behind sheets that can be used to educate the public and legislators about the Committee's priorities. These priorities include encouraging the legislature to provide adequate funding for public education, requiring accountability and transparency in charter schools, opposing taxpayer-funded voucher programs for private schools, and promoting early-childhood education. Additionally, we are preparing a sheet dealing with proposed Constitutional Revision 8, proposed by the Constitutional Revision Commission, which the League opposes because it includes provisions that could be harmful to students and public education generally. The Committee members plan to use these sheets for League events relating to education and for meetings with legislators planned in coordination with the Advocacy Committee to inform legislators about key educational issues they will be facing in the coming session. Read More...

Recent News- Environment

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;
10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit
Published on: 9/24/2018
10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit- October 24-25, 2018
Miami-Dade County will host the 10th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit on October 24-25, 2018, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Join us in celebrating a decade of progress with critical discussions on adaptation, innovation, and resilience. The Summit will feature keynotes and panels with local, state, and federal government officials, business and nonprofit leaders, and other experts discussing plans to ensure the region not only survives, but thrives, in the face of sea level rise and other climate impacts. View the draft agenda here.
This annual event is coordinated by the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, a partnership between Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach counties; their municipalities; and other partners. The Climate Leadership Summit is a major regional event focused on facilitating climate-rel
Oceans of Plastic
Published on: 9/5/2018
How bad is the pollution? A garbage truck’s worth of plastic is dumped into our world’s oceans every minute. All told, humanity has dumped up to 14 million tons of plastic pollution into the seas, and bits of it can be found from the water’s surface down to its most extreme depths. You wouldn’t know it looking over the side of a ship- Read More...
When will the Algae Blooms End?
Published on: 8/6/2018
Blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, is a type of algae found naturally in freshwater environments. This algae is a microorganism that functions like a plant in that it feeds through photosynthesis and derives its energy from the sun. Blue-green algae can be found all over the world, and occur in Florida’s freshwater and brackish habitats, such as lakes, rivers and estuaries. Read More...

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...
SOLAR CO-OPERATIVES CO-OP 2 STARTS IN PALM BEACH COUNTY
Published on: 10/22/2018
We thought about solar. We have talked about solar. And now we have formed cooperatives to obtain solar energy. The League of Women Voters of Florida is already responsible for over 1,000 solar installations. 
Here in Palm Beach County, our key person, Diane Marks, is in the process of forming another cooperative. The great thing about a co-op is that you don’t have to go-it-alone. Instead, the members of the co-op review vendor proposals
and negotiate prices, warranties, etc. This way you have group pricing and leverage in making sure installations and warranties are consumer friendly and affordable.
Read More...
Spread the Sunshine
Published on: 10/15/2018
Anyone single-family residence homeowner or stand along business with a sunny roof can sign up for free at www.solarunitedneighbors.org/palmbeach. There’s sooo much sunshine to go around.
Facebook links to info sessions- read more...

Recent News- Housing in PBC

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...
Gardens: Avenir can pay $10 million instead of including workforce housing
Published on: 12/11/2018
The Avenir builders will pay the city $10 million for a pass on the commitment to include 250 homes priced for working-class families.

It’s a move the city says will allow Palm Beach Gardens to get workforce housing faster in a better location, but a housing advocate and a resident both are questioning who’s getting the better deal. Read More...
Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis' first task: Safeguard affordable housing fund - Orlando Sentinel
Published on: 11/18/2018
Greetings, Gov.-elect DeSantis. Congratulations on your win in Tuesday’s election. We’re confident you’ll live up to your promise to look out for all Floridians, including the good men and women who struggle every day to pay the bills and provide for their families.
They’re the people who power our economy. They make the hotel beds. Prepare the restaurant food. Fix our roofs. Cut our grass. Sell theme park tickets. Drive buses. Care for our elderly.

You talked on the campaign trail about family and expanding opportunity. Helping seniors. Improving educational opportunity. Restoring the Everglades. Read More...
Jupiter officials: Apartment still failing to comply with affordable housing rule
Published on: 11/4/2018
Builders in Palm Beach County increasingly promise affordable “workforce housing” for teachers, police and other employees to get projects approved or building limits eased.
But Jupiter’s first extended whirl with the concept has produced continuing clashes over how to set rents, with town officials maintaining residents have been overpaying by hundreds of dollars a month in some cases. Read More...
With high housing values in West Palm, seniors get low-income building
Published on: 10/9/2018
WEST PALM BEACH —
Amid rising property values and rents citywide, West Palm Beach and Related Urban officials this week broke ground on an apartment building for low-income senior citizens.

The $21.5 million Georgian Gardens project is to provide 87 apartments at 4330 Community Drive, just east of Military Trail and a mile north of Okeechobee Boulevard. Read More...
Adopt-A-Family donors give $500,000 for Third Avenue Homes affordable housing unit
Published on: 9/24/2018
Jayne and Tim Donahue of Palm Beach Gardens have pledged $500,000 toward Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches’ new affordable housing development, Third Avenue Homes, in Lake Worth, according to a news release.

The soon-to-be-built community will sit at North A Street and Third Avenue North and provide housing for 14 families with children who are homeless, or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. The agency is now over 50 percent of its goal of $6.6 million, of which about half will be used for construction and half will be used for program operations and social service delivery, according to the organization.
Letter to the Editor, Palm Beach Post
Published on: 9/6/2018
YOUR VIEWS LETTERS @PBPOST.COM
Affordable housing is a critical issue

I was glad to see that the editorial on Sunday, “Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues,” included affordable housing among the critical issues that the candidates for governor must address. 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...
Housing affordability falls to 10-year low in Palm Beach County, Nation
Published on: 8/18/2018
By Jeff Ostrowski - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Mirroring a national trend of rebounding home prices and rising mortgage rates, Palm Beach County saw housing affordability fall to a 10-year low in the second quarter of 2018, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index.
Just 54.9 percent of homes sold in Palm Beach County in the second quarter were affordable to a median-income family, according to the index. That's the lowest affordability reading since 2008. Read More...
Fewer state dollars, fewer in county to live American Dream
Published on: 8/6/2018
Evelio Deluna and his family bought their first house about one month ago west of West Palm Beach. It’s a three-bedroom, two-bath with a pool. The Delunas’ share of the American Dream came with the assistance of the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program that addresses the affordable housing crisis. Read more...
Palm Beach County home prices hit another post-crash high
Published on: 8/6/2018
Palm Beach County home prices continued to rebound in June, a month when the median price of a single-family home hit another post-crash high. The typical house sold by a real estate agent last month cost $355,000, up slightly from $354,000 in May and $345,000 in June 2017, the Realtors of the Palm Beaches and Greater Fort Lauderdale said Monday. Read More...
At last, affordable new apartments coming to Heart of Boynton
Published on: 8/6/2018
After more than a decade of failed attempts to develop a vacant plot of land in the Heart of Boynton, a Miami Lakes based developer has cleared a major hurdle on its way to breaking ground on an affordable apartment complex. 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- Nat. Popular Vote

NPV Workshop
Published on: 12/13/2018
NPV will be holding a Workshop on Friday, January 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm prior to the beginning of the LWV’s annual Leadership Conference which starts on Friday, January 18 at 5:00 pm through Saturday, January 19. The Workshop and Conference will be held at the Doubletree Downtown Hotel in Orlando about a block from the new LWVFL offices. The workshop will begin with a lunch (salad/sandwiches) at 1:00, followed by an NPV educational session featuring a review of the NPV PowerPoint Presentation, the NPV Quiz, small group discussions, and some role-playing.

This workshop will be open to anyone attending the Leadership Conference who is interested in learning more about NPV. If you want to attend this workshop- Read More...

Recent News- Speakers Bureau

LWVPBC Speakers Bureau Public Events 2018 November Election Ballot Proposals
Published on: 9/24/2018
List of additional LWVPBC Speakers Bureau Public Events for October 2018
The Speakers Bureau Report- September
Published on: 9/24/2018
During the month of September 2018, the Speakers Bureau committee will focus on delivering speeches throughout Palm Beach County on the 2018 November Election Ballot Proposals. Palm Beach County covers 2,383 square miles and contains 918,931 registered voters. Our committee may not reach each voter directly but we are offering opportunities, in both the densely populated eastern coastal area and the rural area to the west, for them to listen to a well thought out Power Point Presentation. Thirteen events were held between September 4 and 14, reaching 658 voters.
The Speakers Bureau Report, August
Published on: 9/12/2018
The Speakers Bureau has announced Marcia Herman as the new committee chair. Outgoing Chair Ethelene Jones provided Marcia with well-organized files documenting communication, contact information and dates for future presentations by the committee members.

Up until election day, November 6, 2018, the committee members will present the 2018 November Ballot Proposals presentation to over 100 Palm Beach County groups and organizations. The committee met Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the STEM Center in Dreher Park, West Palm Beach, to become familiar with this topic. Read More...

Recent News- Voting Rights Coa

Why Courts Matter: Gerrymandering And The Courts with Tom Wolf
Published on: 9/24/2018
Watch the video.
2018-19 NCJW Why Courts Matter Events
Published on: 9/24/2018
2018-19 NCJW Why Courts Matter Events: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018: NCJW Sarasota-Manatee, Tuesday, Oct. 23: NCJW Miami, Wednesday, Dec. 5: NCJW Palm Beach, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019: NCJW SE Altantic.
John Oliver Urges Floridians to Vote Because Convicted Felons Can't on Last Week Tonight
Published on: 9/13/2018
Read the article in TIME or watch the HBO video on YouTube.

Recent News- Voter Services

Photo Album- 2018 National Voter Registration Day
Published on: 10/2/2018
League volunteers register young voters at Palm Beach County schools
League member Pam Maldonado with Lori Dool
Published on: 9/26/2018
League member Pam Maldonado with Lori Dool, Secondary Social Studies curriculum planner from Palm Beach Schools drop off 1940 voter registration forms gathered from students at 23 high schools on Tuesday, September 25, National Voter Registration Day.
League member Pam Maldonado with Lori Dool & Susan Bucher
Published on: 9/26/2018
Pam Maldonado with Lori Dool and Supervisor Of Elections, Susan Bucher with the voter registration forms gathered at 23 county high schools on National Voter Registration Day.
Voter registration Team from Park Vista High School
Published on: 9/26/2018
#pbcvotes
Constitution day at PBSC Main Campus
Published on: 9/24/2018
Dorneth Weir and Diane Marks
Race and the Election
Published on: 9/24/2018
Picture taken at Channel 25 taping of a panel discussion on Race and the Election.
League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Publishes 2018 VOTERS’ GUIDE
Published on: 9/24/2018
(West Palm Beach, FL – September 24, 2018) The League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County (LWVPBC) continues its tireless efforts to prepare local voters for the upcoming Midterm Elections with the publication of the 2018 VOTERS’ GUIDE, a 28-page nonpartisan overview of current candidates and ballot issues.

Nearly 125,000 of the Guides are being distributed throughout Palm Beach County, primarily through next Sunday’s issues of The Sun-Sentinel (Boca Raton, Delray Beach) and The Palm Beach Post (Boynton Beach to Jupiter). Copies have also been sent to libraries, government agencies, churches, schools and civic organizations.
Successful Voter Registration Training
Published on: 9/12/2018
We had a really successful training on Saturday at the School District. We now have over 200 volunteers for the September 25th National Voter Registration Day event in the high schools. There is one more training this Thursday and then we’ll be ready to go. Read More...
LWVPBC Voters Guide
Published on: 9/6/2018
View the poster for the 2018 LWVPBC Voters Guide.
LWVPBC Rep. Pam Maldonado building bridges with community leaders
Published on: 9/5/2018
Pam Maldonado with Pastor Villefranche Jerome of L'Eglise Sur Le Rocher, Sunday, Aug. 26th. See photo...
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

Join the Young Leaguers
Published on: 8/8/2018
Join the Young Leaguers
2018 Voter Guide: Review and explain the ballot for this coming year. This is a must attend event as there are 13
amendments this year.
September 5, 2018, 6:30 p.m. 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.

News

Florida Supreme Court rules Rick Scott can't replace retiring justices before he leaves
Published on: 10/21/2018
The next governor, and not Gov. Rick Scott, has the authority to appoint three new justices to the Florida Supreme Court, the court ruled Monday.

Scott, who will leave office in January and is running for U.S. Senate, had repeatedly asserted the right to appoint replacements for justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince, who will leave the court in January because they have reached a mandatory retirement age.
Read More...