South Florida 912 supports West Palm Beach City Watch for its rally to protest the WPB-led lawsuit against the Inspector General funding.
Many South Florida 912 members live in County Commission District 2. So I wanted to let you know that Commissioner Burdick is having a town hall on Wed. June 5th. If you can make it, I think you will find it very informative.
Wednesday, June 5th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
The Palm Beach County Vista Center
2300 North Jog Road
West Palm Beach (just north of Okeechobee Boulevard)
Some of the possible topics for discussion:
1. Overview of the FY2014 budget
2. Office of Inspector General
3. C-51 Reservoir ($1 billion)
4. Questions and Answers
Please bring your friends and neighbors.
In one of the shortest meetings of a county committee in recent years, the group recently named to consider the expansion of the Commission on Ethics to seven members and term limits for the commissioners finished its work in approximately 15 minutes. The drafting committee was formed after the County Commission voted 4-3 on a motion by Commissioner Taylor to consider the changes to “make the diversity on the Commission be representative of the county at large”.
After some lobbying by other 912ers, County Commissioner Shelley Vana cast the deciding vote to name Dennis Lipp as the second county appointed member of the committee to evaluate a proposal to extend the Ethics Commission to 7 members and consider term limits.
This proposal has the potential to compromise the workings of some of the ethics reforms for which we worked so hard. Watch for an upcoming call to action to monitor these meetings.
For details on the appointment and the other members of the committee, see: Ethics Ordinance Drafting Committee Named – First Meeting Scheduled
Attention South Florida 912ers!
You may have been disappointed about the 2012 elections, but get over it! You have a chance to make an impact on the municipal elections in your city – if you live in an incorporated area, on March 12. Generally only 7-12% of the voters turn out for a city election and the very few decide for everyone. Your municipality has a huge impact on your taxes, zoning, police, fire, licensing, etc. In turn, you can have a huge impact on the results!
The Supervisor of Elections lists all of the candidates/ballot items by city , however polling places are not listed. In many cases – a sample ballot or additional details can be found on the elections or municipality’s clerk page.
The following cities are having an election. Click on the city name for the City Clerk page or elections page for your city. Find out where the candidates stand on the issues. For example – are any of the candidates for withdrawing from their city’s participation in the IG Funding lawsuit? Cities in the lawsuit have an *. Are there other issues key to your city? Find out and vote!
*MANALAPAN (no election but referendum question – contact clerk for details)
*PALM BEACH GARDENS
*PALM BEACH SHORES
ROYAL PALM BEACH
*WEST PALM BEACH
Join the PBC Tea Party in Wellington next Monday for a forum with all three candidates for State Attorney.
This one will set your hair on fire:
Friday was the qualifying date for the State Attorney position. As the date approached, it looked like the choice of the county Democrats, Dave Aronberg, would claim the prize unopposed. Many of the county movers and shakers on both sides of the political spectrum had already lined up to assist in the coronation. BizPac was on board, as well as our two Republican Commissioners Karen Marcus and Steve Abrams, right alongside Ted Deutch, Alcee Hastings, Ron Klein and Robert Wexler. And Burt Aaronson of course. See: Newsmax CEO, Republicans raise money for Democrat Aronberg’s state attorney bid
As you might recall, Michael McAuliffe, who held the position and was seeking re-election until his recent resignation to take a “private sector job”, was an ace corruption fighter. It was he who organized the Grand Jury that led to the Ethics Initiative and the creation of the Ethics Commission and the Office of Inspector General. At some point he crossed a line though and the arrest and plea bargain of former Commissioner Jeff Koons was evidently a bridge too far. Post editorial writer Randy Schultz reports that “…Burt Aaronson returned from vacation and roared his disapproval at the treatment of his fellow Democrat – by a Democratic state attorney.”
Final straw I guess, and the tale of intimidation of McAuliffe, as well as Judge Krista Marx who planned to run for the position has been reported. See Randy’s editorial “Schultz: ‘Corruption County’ tactics to anoint the top prosecutor” for the whole sordid tale.
End of story? Not so fast. Another Democrat, Robert Gershman, who had intended to run against Aronberg but was “strongly advised” against doing so by his local party machine, decided to file anyway, as an independent. Then, at the very last minute, a Republican, former federal prosecutor Dina Keever joined the fray. So there will be an election after all. Both Gershman and Keever are experienced trial attorneys (a qualification for the office we would think), while Aronberg is not.
Given the D+16 nature of county-wide races, and the high profile support for Aronberg, the obstacles for the challengers are daunting indeed. Nevertheless, it is now a race and I applaud Mr. Gershman and Ms. Keever for stepping up. Please give them a look. There are too many races at the county and state level with an annointed candidate and no opposition.