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  • Dayalis Zamora
    A Former LWVPBC Intern Questions the Status Quo in Non-Profit Work
    By Dayalis Zamora As I am about to begin my sophomore year in college, life-determining questions are asked of me. What major am I declaring? Where do I want to go after college? These are tough questions to ask a 20-year-old, but thankfully, my internships have given me enough experience that such queries are not as daunting to me. In...
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  • HOT Topics
    Palm Beach County’s Changing Economy
    JUNE 2019 HOT TOPICS: PALM BEACH COUNTY’S CHANGING ECONOMY Reported by Marsha Vinson  Michele Jacobs, League of Women Voters member and President, Economic Council of Palm Beach County, gave League members a fascinating ‘tour’ of Palm Beach County – where we are now and a detailed profile of Palm Beach County’s future.  Michelle urges League members to familiarize themselves with FLORIDA...
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  • Summary of Convention Reports
    Summary of Convention Reports
    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...
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  • Impressions: My First LWVFL State Conference
    Impressions: My First LWVFL State Conference
    Interview by Marsha Vinson 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...
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  • Hot Topic - ORIE BULLARD
    May Hot Topic: Orie Bullard, Reentry Center Director
    Reported by Marsha Vinson 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. These programs established in 2006 include implementation of community-based transitional strategies and comprehensive case management services targeting...
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  • Daytrippers
    Daytrippers
    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...
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2020 Census

  • The State of Play
    The State of Play
    Hacking, Glitches, Disinformation: Why Experts Are Worried About the 2020 Census The government plans to deploy new technology Click HERE for The New York Times article By Chris Hamby July 3, 2019 In the run-up to the 2020 census, the government has embraced technology as never before, hoping to halt the ballooning cost of the decennial headcount. For the first...
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Affordable Housing

  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Advocate for Affordable Housing
    By Sammy R. Alzofon, Affordable Housing Issue Group Fresh from the League of Women Voters State Convention victory: housing trust funds are now an official issue for 2019/2020, we traveled south to attend Broward County’s League of Women Voters Affordable Housing Forum on June 22nd. We learned a lot from a panel of experts: Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich; Broward...
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  • housing chart
    Legislative Budget Update
    Legislative Budget Update- Register for Upcoming Webinar- May 6 Dear Sadowski Coalition and Sadowski Affiliates: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...
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    Housing emergency in public housing: Your comments are needed
    by Sammy Alzofon   Make public comment on the proposed rule. We have until July 9, 2019 Read the rule at: https://bit.ly/2YlhauI Read HUD’s analysis of the impacts of the proposed rule at: https://bit.ly/2HcddT4 Read the joint press statement by advocates opposing the rule at: https://bit.ly/2Vqp2xX...
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  • Affordable Housing In PBC
    How did affordable housing trust funds fare?
    Sammy R. Alzofon Affordable Housing Issue Group sammy.alzofon@gmail.com Sadowski Act state and local housing trust funds were the focus of advocacy work all over the state, from the adjournment of last year’s legislature until the close of this year’s. As the legislature convened, the Senate, as last year, recommended full funding. The surprise was the same recommendation from the Governor’s...
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  • Housing Sadowksi
    Sadowski Legislative Session Update- Week 7
    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...
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  • Housing Sadowksi
    Full Sadowski Funding in Governor’s Budget
    FULL SADOWSKI FUNDING IN GOVERNOR’S BUDGET   Dear Sadowski Affiliates: YOU DID IT! 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...
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  • Brookings_housing_article
    The devaluation of assets in black neighborhoods
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  • gardens avenir
    Gardens: Avenir can pay $10 million instead of including workforce housing
    Link to The Palm Beach Post article By Sarah Peters Posted Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:09 PM Updated Dec. 10, 2018 at 6:30 PM PALM BEACH GARDENS — 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...
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  • De Santis and Housing
    Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ first task: Safeguard affordable housing fund – Orlando Sentinel
    By Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board Link to the Orlando Sentinel article 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...
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  • Jupiter_Housing_article
    Jupiter officials: Apartment still failing to comply with affordable housing rule
    By Charles Elmore Posted Oct 29, 2018 at 4:05 PM Updated Nov 2, 2018 at 8:57 PM Read the Palm Beach Post article online. JUPITER – 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...
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Civics Education

  • New citizens register to vote
    Harvard Civics Project
    Dear Fellow League Members, I just wanted to congratulate all of you who successfully nominated teachers for the August Harvard Civics workshop! Professor Moss and the Harvard Case Method Project team have been very complimentary about the caliber of teachers selected. I thought you would like to know that we have nearly 80 teachers attending from 21 different states nominated by 50...
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  • Harvard Civics Program
    Harvard Civics Program
    Congratulations to the two PBC teachers who were accepted for the extraordinary opportunity to attend a Harvard Civics Program this summer. How much and what kind of power should the federal government have over the states?  This foundational question will be the focus of the August 2019 event being hosted by the League of Women Voters of Greenwich, Connecticut, Greenwich High School Social...
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  • Florida Civic Advance - Civic Excellence Program - under the auspices of FSU
    Florida Civic Advance – Civic Excellence Program – under the auspices of FSU
    LWVPBC is competing in the ‘Voter Education and Civic Service Award’ category. The files requested for this award consideration are available by clicking the link below: LWVPBC-civics education documents  ...
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  • Crossword Puzzle review1
    Crossword Puzzle Review
    Christene, Students are actively working in their Crossword Puzzle books this week. Our countdown is on for the Civics EOC Exam! We test on Monday- May 13th. I can’t begin to tell you how much we are loving the books. It is the ultimate review! THANK YOU!!!!!! Sari Simpson Palm Springs Middle School 7th Grade Civics Social Studies Department Instructional...
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  • Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019
    Civics Education Meeting Minutes April 2019
    LWV of PBC Civics Education Committee MINUTES April 16th, 2019 Attendees: Phyllis Goldenberg, Claire Press, Nikki Descoteaux (via conference call), Karen Wilkerson, Keeter Martinson, Steve Perell, Liela Brode, Lori Dool, Rebecca Freeman, Sandy Hendrick, Karen Leader, Christene Campbell-Gabor. Guests from Lynne University Project Civitas – Robert Watson, Jerry Hildebrand, Reagan Fox Note: Items requiring follow up before our next meeting...
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  • Naya_Payne
    MINI Crossword Puzzle Booklets Series 3
    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...
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  • better_civics_education
    Civics Education
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Environment

  • Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority
    Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority Tour
    The LWV participated in a tour of the Palm Beach County Solid Waste Authority (SWA) on July 9th. The SWA was formed in 1975 by the Florida State Legislature. They provide solid waste disposal and recycling services to the county’s 1.4 million residents. Each person produces approximately 12 pounds of waste daily. That equates to nearly 17 million pounds of...
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  • We Need You!
    We Need You!
    LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS   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,...
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  • A floating plastic grocery bag
    Friends of Palm Beach
    by Kathy Panko 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. Friends of Palm Beach is a non-profit organization that removes trash from local private resident beaches through...
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  • Earth Day
    Earth Day – A Great Day
    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...
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  • My Plastic Free Life
    How to break your plastic habit
    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 are 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...
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  • ban_plastic_straws
    Be Straw Free
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Go Solar

  • Solar Tsunami article
    Solar Tsnuami
    Christian Roselund and John Weaver | Published on 1/3/2019 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...
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Gun Safety

  • Gun-Safety
    LWVPBC Gun Safety Meets with Sheriff Bradshaw
    Reported by Marsha Vinson 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...
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  • trigger lock
    Cool Topics Report- Lock It Up (& more)!
    by Marsha Vinson Stem Center, South Florida Science Center May 11, 2019 reported by Marsha Vinson 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...
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Healthcare

  • Falls Prevention Awareness
    Falls Prevention Awareness
    Nancy Gau, Healthcare 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...
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National Popular Vote

  • Kathleen Crampton
    Four More States adopt the National Popular Vote
    By Cynthia Archbold On June 5, Oregon became the fifteenth state to pass National Popular Vote bills in both chambers of the state legislature; the governor is expected to sign the measure into law. NPV supporters in LWVPBC are working to ensure that Florida also will adopt the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. “The National Popular Vote Compact is designed...
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  • NPV Chair Kathleen Crampton, left, and LWVFL President Patti Brigham
    NPV Workshop
    Want the President to be elected by Popular Vote? Learn how the National Popular Vote works by attending the NPV Workshop on Friday, January 18 from 1:00 to 4:00 NPV will be holding an informative 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...
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Speakers Bureau

  • May Speakers Bureau meeting
    Appropriate Public Speaking Techniques
    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. Pat Doman, demonstrated the presentation on the 2020 Census. Committee meetings for the...
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Voter Services

  • Voter Services Gearing Up For A Busy Season
    Voter Services Gearing Up For A Busy Season
    by Pam Maldonado After a quiet summer, Voter Services is preparing for a flurry of activity as the school year starts, highlighted by National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) and Constitution Week activities in local high schools and colleges. Rather than doing registration in all 23 high schools on a single day this year, the League, in coordination with the School...
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  • Pam Maldonado - Voter Services
    Pam Maldonado – Voter Services
    Below are videos, images and an article produced by Pam Maldonado.  The images are of events she organized, awards she has won and the video link takes you to interviews with NEW voters sharing their first moments being American Citizens.   ARTICLE: PARTYING AT THE POLLS Voter Services Committee Partied Till They Dropped By Pam Maldonado, Voter Services Chair   Voter Services capped...
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  • World Refugee Day
    Leaguers Celebrate World Refugee Day
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Voting Rights

  • Floridians may lose vote again
    How SB7066 Affects Voting under Amendment 4
    Legislation passed by the Florida Legislature which substantially limits felon’s rights to register to vote goes into effect July 1.  Justice Ira Raab discusses the impacts on this video:   https://www.newsy.com/stories/some-floridians-will-lose-their-right-to-vote-again-july-1/   The Voting Rights Coalition will not meet again until September, but we are working on an expedited way to restore voting rights.  If you’d like to help or...
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  • The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy
    The Florida GOP’s Assault on Democracy
    Last fall, voters overwhelmingly passed a referendum giving the vote back to felons who complete their sentences. Now the legislature is trying to block it. By Sasha Abramsky June 18, 2019 Link to the article. 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...
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  • Hot Topic - ORIE BULLARD
    May Hot Topic: Orie Bullard, Reentry Center Director
    Reported by Marsha Vinson 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. These programs established in 2006 include implementation of community-based transitional strategies and comprehensive case management services targeting...
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  • Palm Beach Post Opinion
    The Palm Beach Post Opinion
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Young Leaguers

  • Young Leaguer's Feature Kevin Baker
    Young Leaguer’s Feature Kevin Baker
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  • Young Leaguers News
    Young Leaguers News
    Article Written By Rebecca Freeman: 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...
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  • Young Leaguers Beach Cleanup
    Young Leaguers Beach Cleanup
    by Rebecca Freeman 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...
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  • Young Leagers CRF Feb 2019
    Young Leaguers Candidate Reflection Forum
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