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Recent News

Obituary of Susan R. Kent, Esq.
Published on: 10/27/2018
Susan grew up in Vermont. She attended the University of California where she spent three years working for the college’s pre-med and biomedical research facilities. After graduating from college, Susan attended law school at the University of Miami. She continued her studies of medicine and was retained as a medical counsel by other law firms throughout the country.
In Palm Beach County she worked for Nationwide Insurance Company. Where she tried more than twenty- five cases, handled appeals, and coordinated the company’s defense of personal injury claims. She helped establish the exhaustion of PIP benefits as a legal defense to claims in the State of Florida. Read More...
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.
Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote
Published on: 6/22/2018
Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks.
First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Read More...
Tips for Better Calendar Control
Published on: 6/22/2018
As we are a VERY busy League (and that is a good thing!), and since we just went live with our new CX website and calendar, just a few hints (and pleas) to make things go smoother:
-When you need to schedule an event or a meeting, always check the calendar first to be certain that there are no major conflicts. (Just go to lwvpbc.org, click on Events, then click on Calendar.) You can look at Calendar in grid form or linear form. (There is a box at the top.) Read More...

Action Issues

Immigration Call to Action
Published on: 7/10/2018
The National League of Women Voters, along with 300 other organizations, signed a letter (see link https://www.lwv.org/immigration/league-calls-congress-defund-hate), calling on Congressional leaders to "reduce funding for detentions and deportations and provide zero funding for an unnecessary border wall.”

Many migrants arriving at our borders from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are fleeing violent persecution at the hands of their own governments and private actors. These families have endured the trauma of uprooting themselves and making the dangerous trek from their home countries... READ MORE.
Amendment Position Clarifications for the League
Published on: 6/14/2018
We heard you! We have clarified our explanations to the positions we took on the amendments that will appear on this year's ballot. As you know, this year's amendment count is higher than usual due to those submitted by the Constitution Revision Commission.
The board examined every amendment that voters will decide on and determined positions on each. The bundling of topics within amendments presented a challenge, but the board weighed already established League positions heavily in their decisions.
Below you will find brief descriptions of each amendment and the board's position. We hope this clarifies any remaining questions you might have.

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

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...
The Everglades’Coastline
Published on: 7/20/2018
For those living along the lower east coast of Florida, the Everglades is a backyard wilderness, the source of our drinking water and important hurricane buffer. It is also a flat, low-lying wetland with an inconspicuous slope, making it vulnerable to sea-level rise. Once a 50-mile wide “River of Grass” extending from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, the Everglades is now divided by canals and levees into units we know as Everglades National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve and the Water Conservation Areas. Read More...
Protecting Our Drinking Water from Rising Seas
Published on: 6/22/2018
Over seawalls and up through storm drains and even into wells needed to keep faucets flowing, the sea is invading South Florida. Sea level rise isn’t just a flooding threat. The invading sea is also seeping underground and coming for your drinking water. Decades of too much pumping and draining to provide both drinking water and flood control leave South Florida susceptible to “saltwater intrusion” - that’s when the ocean moves in and contaminates underground freshwater sources. Read More...

Recent News- Go Solar

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- Gun Safety

It's the Guns, Stupid
Published on: 6/7/2018
When confronted with the fact that America’s levels of gun violence are dramatically higher than those of other advanced countries, gun rights advocates tend to argue that this is not due to our easy access to guns but our more violent culture, higher rates of mental illness, or greater preference for violent videos. None of these arguments are factually correct. Examining unintentional gun deaths, my most recent article shows that these deaths are closely linked to gun availability. To read the article, Read More...

Recent News- Housing in PBC

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...
Housing Broward: An Inclusive Plan
Published on: 5/30/2018
2018-2028
RECOMMENDING HOUSING POLICY, GOALS, AND ACTIONS
The Deep, Uniquely American Roots of Our Affordable-Housing Crisis
Published on: 5/30/2018
Nearly half of all renters can’t afford rent, and over half a million Americans are homeless on any given night. How did we get here? (as published on the The Nation) Read more...

Recent News- Immigration

Call to Action: Separation of Immigrant Families
Published on: 7/20/2018
The National League of Women Voters, along with 300 other organizations, signed a letter (see link https://www.lwv.org/immigration/league-calls-congress-defund-hate), calling on Congressional leaders to "reduce funding for detentions and deportations and provide zero funding for an unnecessary border wall.” 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

National Popular Vote Takes Giant Step Forward
Published on: 7/20/2018
The Big news at the LWVUS national convention came from Palm Beach County--the National Popular Vote initiative won tremendous support from delegates who met in Chicago in late June, making NPVIC a league priority nationally. Read More...
National Popular Vote Gains Popularity in Palm Beach County
Published on: 6/7/2018
Connecticut became the eleventh state to pass national popular vote legislation in May, and almost simultaneously, many League members in Palm Beach County expressed a strong desire to support NPVIC—the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact—to align the electoral system with the will of the American People in presidential elections. They are signing up to learn as much as they can about NPVIC and how it would work if enough states pass it to equal or surpass 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. Carol Nikov organized the May 19 orientation, and Lorna O’Connell and Cynthia Archbold held another June 2, to explain how NPVIC works— 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

Do We Need A Miracle? The Federal Courts and the Second Amendment
Published on: 10/25/2018
December 5, 2018, 5-7 pm
Featuring Hannah Shearer
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
Temple Beth Tikvah, 4550 Jog Road, Greenacres, FL
Chanukah refreshments: latkes +
$10 per person
Read More...
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.
Citizenship Question on the 2020 Census
Published on: 6/25/2018
NPR: What government records say about why they want a citizenship question on the 2020 Census

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...