Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunset 2-23-17

Diamond & Silk on Maxine Waters


Vote NO on three Year Terms

It was nearly a decade ago when three year terms lost by a landslide in Lake Worth.  We had  three lazy commissioners back then. Below are the particulars on that election.

Citizens Come First, Political Action Committee, was formed in Palm Beach County on December 26, 2007. It has subsequently closed.

Our first campaign was for the defeat of three ballot issues voted on by 3 out of the 5 City Commissioners in Lake Worth and placed on the January 29, 2008 ballot:

1. Three year Commission terms:......NO (68%) YES (32%)

2. Eliminate run-off elections:......... NO (67%) YES (33%)

3. Residency requirement for
Police & Fire Chiefs:..............NO (49.76%) YES (50.24%)

Because of the confusing ballot language of Item 3 (we wanted our chiefs to reside in the City by Charter), it lost by 21 votes. It is moot now because Fire Rescue is in PB County.


We encourage you to VOTE NO once again on March 14. 

Mulligans tries to shift responsibility for Grease Trap spill

Page 1 news is now on page 9 of the Palm Beach Post--

Whose responsibility is it to pay for the clean-up?

"Restaurant says it will share costs of grease spill cleanup"

Mulligans says it is partly the city's fault because of the ballroom upstairs. Just one problem--that little kitchen is only a prep facility--they don't fry food. Mulligans says it is the city's responsibility per their lease to maintain the grease traps. Normally I would think there is probably something to that as the city maintains NOTHING. However, under a typical Repair and Maintenance section of our restaurant merchants' leases, it is the tenant's responsibility to maintain and repair grease traps. It would be hard to imagine that Mulligans was given an exception.  City Manager Bornstein says maintaining the grease traps is a condition of their permit.

Palm Beach County Republican Party Meeting

Ryan Hnatiuk
Republican Party of Palm Beach County Executive Director

Yesterday Katie and I went to the Republican Party of the Palm Beaches lunch meeting at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in West Palm Beach.

Mr. Hnatiuk was the speaker and gave the local party’s view of the political events of the recent past and what to expect going forward. His aim is to make Florida "red" which all starts at the local municipal elections.

Local candidates who spoke were Ron Berman, Michael Paolercio and Joe Russo all from Palm Beach Gardens.

Fun and Games in Lake Worth - Prostitution Sting

Read about it...11 women rounded up. We can't, however, get the gang bangers or the shooters off the streets.

Why are we having so much of this going on in Lake Worth? Addicts looking for a fix. Sober Homes attracting addicts and the circle continues.

Commissioner McVoy and candidate Maryann Polizzi are making Sober homes and crime a priority focus.

Suicide bomber in Iraq former Gitmo prisoner

An Islamic State suicide bomber who attacked an army base in Iraq this week was a British former Guantanamo Bay prisoner who was awarded more than $1 million in compensation by the UK. It is uncertain at this time whether any others were killed by him. The Associated Press reported that a series of suicide bombings in that area of Mosul on Sunday killed at least seven soldiers.

Read about it...
This won't happen under President Trump as he has vowed to fill GITMO with "bad dudes." There are still around 41 prisoners and won't be released as Obama did.

Principle on behalf of Women's Rights


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tonight's Sky 2-22-17

President Trump makes surprise visit

Unbeknown to reporters and a surprise to 800 attendees, President Trump made an appearance: at an elegant fundraising gala being held for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, held at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property and headlined by musician David Foster.

Our city attorney, Glen Torcivia, was at the event and took the following photos.  He said he was approximately 10 feet from our president.


CNN's Don Lemon Does "hit" interview on Trump - Fake News

When he finally got to Paris Dennard, a former staffer in the George W. Bush administration and now a political analyst and commentator, Paris called Lemon's segment "fake news." Lemon cut him off...he only wanted people to agree with him. This is something liberals do.

And this CNN Lemon segment was very fake news!



FL SB 10 - Water Resources in Everglades

SB 10: Water Resources

GENERAL BILL by Bradley

Water Resources; Providing an exception to the requirement that bonds issued for acquisition and improvement of land, water areas, and related property interests and resources be deposited into the Florida Forever Trust Fund and distributed in a specified manner; requiring the South Florida Water Management District to seek proposals from willing sellers of property within the Everglades Agricultural Area for land that is suitable for the reservoir project; increasing the minimum annual funding for certain Everglades projects under specified circumstances, etc.

APPROPRIATION: Indeterminate Effective Date: Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law
Last Action: 2/8/2017 Senate - Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on the Environment and Natural Resources Location: In committee/council (AEN)

Bill Text

When I asked Drew Martin, this was his reply:
"I think that we must purchase land south of the lake and move water south or we will continue to destroy our estuaries. This water always flowed south before the lake was altered and the land south of the lake was drained. Property values along the estuaries and businesses along the coast have suffered greatly. This does not prevent agriculture south of the lake or destroy the communities south of the lake. We can have both storage and agriculture. Without it we are putting greater pressure on the berm around the lake and putting communities at greater risk along the rim of Lake Okeechobee."

People with wet noodles can damper a party


Our pool got a reprieve last night. There were four reasons why the city commission did not act but tabled the aquatic facility presentation and any idea to go forward with it at this time--

1.  The chamber was 95% in favor of saving our present pool--the room was filled with swim noodles.
2.  The Mayor--the pool has been neglected, mistreated and left to rot when it closed in 2012.
3.  Commissioner McVoy--Wants the city to develop a list of all the work that needs to be done getting opinions from 3 experts. Does not want to rely on one opinion.
4.  Comments from the public.  I especially appreciate Jim Finnegan's comments and putting Maxwell and Triolo's mind at ease as he revealed that he was Commissioner McVoy's unnamed source {McVoy had taken heat earlier for not naming his source] who did an analysis on the pool with a pool expert who said all of the pool problems are fixable.

Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell saw the odds before him and did not get into the fire. He knows exactly when to fold them. In fact, he was on the vote to table it. There was no mention as to when it would come back to the Commission and there was no mention that the city would do anything but continue to ignore the problems there thus making them worse.

It doesn't matter whether our pool is old, something everyone wants to tell us. With proper maintenance, it can be fine. We sat through a presentation by Bob McAllister, Aquatic consultant, hired by city manager Bornstein at a cost the city is not revealing. No one really wanted to sit there for two hours to listen to the three different super expensive scenarios for fixing/replacing our pool. We were there to see if the Trio would lower the boom on our pool and all the residents who want to save it..
  • Option 1--$2,772,500 was to repair the pool and build a new locker room and make the necessary repairs to the Pump House.
  • Option 2--$3,272,500 or $4,612,500 with extra features includes Option 1 and converts the pool to zero depth so that little kids can walk in with no problem.
  • Option 3--$7,310,921 build a new aquatic facility

I'm sure that the dollar figures that were floating around were giving Scott Maxwell a headache.

Enterprise Florida Dead as a Doornail?

The House Appropriations Committee just made a lousy decision. Yesterday, they voted 18-12 to advance a measure that
  • 1) eliminates Florida's 21-year-old economic development agency
  • 2) emasculates its tourism marketing arm.
[Orlando Sentinel] "A House budget panel voted Tuesday to slash state spending on tourism marketing and eliminate Florida’s main economic development agency, drawing harsh criticism from Gov. Rick Scott."

Governor Rick Scott is madder than hell saying, “Today’s vote by politicians in the Florida House is a job killer. I know some politicians who voted for this job killing bill say they don’t necessarily want to abolish these programs but instead want to advance a conversation."

Read about it...

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Another pretty Lake Worth Sunset

Yesterday

More on the Grease Spill at the Casino

PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT

CITY OF LAKE WORTH
10 SOUTH OCEAN BOULEVARD
LAKE WORTH, FL 33460
LAKEWORTH.ORG

February 21, 2017

Contact: Ben Kerr, Communications Specialist
Phone: 561.586.1631
Email: BKerr@lakeworth.org

WHAT: MULLIGANS’ GREASE TRAP FAILURE AND CLEANUP
WHEN: FEBRUARY 19th & 20th, 2017
WHERE: MULLIGANS RESTAURANT - CITY OF LAKE WORTH CASINO BUILDING

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Lake Worth, Florida- On February 19, 2017 at 5:00pm the City was informed by staff of Mulligan’s Beach House Restaurant in the Lake Worth Casino building that the Mulligans’ grease trap was overflowing. At 5:30pm further inspection revealed a more serious problem and a City vacuum truck was dispatched to vacuum out the grease trap. During this process the parking lot in that area was cleared to allow clean up to take place.

The following day (February 20) at 06:00am the City dispatched a street sweeper and vacuum truck to carry out the next stage of clean-up. Shortly after 5:00pm it was reported that the vacuum process had failed and the grease trap began to overflow again, this time after the trap was emptied a plumber was brought in by Mulligan’s who discovered that the sewer outflow pipe was clogged with grease due to improper maintenance. The outflow pipe has now been jetted and the grease trap is fully serviceable again.

The City is continuing with clean-up and will be bringing in hazardous waste specialists to assist in ensuring any environmental impact is minimized.

Chapter 14 of the Utilities; and Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM-W) for the Water/Wastewater Utility Department states that commercial and industrial facilities must demonstrate monthly maintenance on grease traps to remove fats, oils and greases as a condition of their annual Fat, Oil and Grease Permit.

At this time no decision has been made regarding who will incur the cost of clean-up. An investigation into this event is being undertaken by the City. Recommendations will be issued to ensure that such a problem does not occur again.

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Communications Specialist with any questions or comments.

Quote of the Day - Ted Cruz on Expatriate Terrorist Act

“The Expatriate Terrorist Act will ensure that any American who forfeits their country to intentionally join [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] will have their citizenship stripped and won’t be able to use a U.S. passport to come back and murder American citizens.”

~ Sen Ted Cruz

From The Hill:
Under this bill, an individual could have their U.S. citizenship revoked if they pledge allegiance to, work for or serve in the military of a group or government designated as a foreign terrorist organization; commit treason against or try to overthrow the U.S. government, or provide material support to a terrorist group. Cruz’s bill would also let the secretary of State deny a passport to someone who joined or is trying to join a terrorist organization or is a “threat to the national security interest of the United States.” An individual would have 60 days to try to appeal the State Department’s decision.

Neighborhood Associations ARE Political

As much as they like to tell us that they are a forum for neighbors to share information, concerns and ideas about creating a family friendly community with a voice in Lake Worth, they all deny that they are political. We know better. In some respects, they have dangerous and influential leaders to indoctrinate the residents.

The only Neighborhood Associations that are not political are ROLO and Murry Hills. The Rest of them forget about it. Even the NAPC is politically charged...just take a look at its Board of Directors with Mary Lindsey now an exception and someone who does a hell of a great job for our city.

This notice below is to show you just what I'm talking about. The president of this newly formed neighborhood association, Sam Goodstein, is also affiliated with a current candidate's campaign acting as  Treasurer. He is the President of the Lake Worth Democratic Club.

And all these people are incensed about anarchists in our city (I only know one) but then they turn around and protest against our president or anyone with a different or conservative view.

3 story Townhouse planned on S. Federal Highway

The applicant is proposing a 7 unit townhouse development. The unit mix will consist of 7 three (3) bedroom townhouses, located within three (3) buildings. Each three (3) bedroom townhome will have 2,557 square feet of area under roof, (2,018 consist of air-conditioned space), and a 752 square foot paver patio for each townhome. The units will be allocated throughout three (3) buildings, with each being three (3) stories with a height of 35 feet. On the first floor there will be a covered entry (87 square feet) along with a 430 square foot two car garage for each home. Also, there will be a 42 square foot covered balcony on the second floor and a 28 square foot open balcony on the second floor

 In addition, there will be a 30 square foot open balcony on the third floor for each home. Entrance and exit from the site will be from South Federal Highway.

Presently only 30 feet are allowed, or two stories. Staff is recommending the approval of Long Boat.

The owner of this property?  Charles Gusmano, principal of Longboat Development, and the very same Charles Gusmano, Founder and COO of Southern Waste Systems (Sun Recycling). Mr. Gusmano and Longboat Development have been around Lake Worth for years and involved in our local politics.

Click here

Grease spill from Mulligans at the Lake Worth beach to A1A


Photo contributed to the PBPost

This is an important article. It was relegated to page 4 in the Local section of the PBPost. It halted traffic for 4 hours and was an environmental nightmare.

Lake Worth Solar Energy Project - Ribbon Cutting

PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT
CITY OF LAKE WORTH
7 NORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
LAKE WORTH, FL 33460
LAKEWORTH.ORG

February 1, 2017

Contact: Ben Kerr, Communications Specialist
Phone: 561.586.1631
Email: bkerr@lakeworth.org

Ribbon Cutting – Lake Worth Solar Energy Project

On Tuesday, February 28th at 2:00pm Mayor Pam Triolo will unveil the Lake Worth Solar Energy Project located at 1200 Washington Avenue, Lake Worth, FL. The initial project developed 5 acres of an unused 63 acre landfill into a high capacity solar energy field.

The 2 megawatt (MW) solar plant is the first step in a long-term investment in solar that will make Lake Worth’s rates more competitive and position the City as a leader in renewable energy in Florida. While a few Florida cities, such as Jacksonville and Orlando, are buying solar power, Lake Worth is the state’s first municipality to own and operate a solar farm.

Lake Worth expects the initial 6,490 solar panels to generate about two percent of the City’s load – enough to power more than 230 homes per year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than four million pounds. That’s the equivalent of taking 445 cars off the road. Under its contract with Siemens, the city has the ability to increase the solar farm’s capacity to as much as 10MW at the same location.

“In addition to helping the City achieve energy and financial savings, this project also marks a major commitment to diversifying our energy portfolio to include clean and renewable energy sources.” ~ City of Lake Worth Mayor, Pam Triolo

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Communications Specialist with any questions or comments.

Early Morn 2-21-17

Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunset 2-20-17

Lt. Gen Herbert McMaster just named as National Security Adviser


President Donald Trump has named Lt Gen Herbert Raymond "HR" McMaster as the new national security adviser.

President Trump made the announcement at Mar-a-Lago. He said McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience."

Vote NO

The Media can't destroy Trump

Rush Limbaugh weighed in on President Trump‘s tweet calling the media the “enemy” today, saying, “I think there’s something to it.”

Saudi Arabia praises Trump; warms up to Israel

Trump is already making inroads in the Middle East, a hot bed of insanity and brutality. Saudi Arabia says that Iran is the biggest threat to the Middle East and is warming up to Trump who believes the same thing. Saudi Arabia also says it wants to solve Arab/Israeli relations.

The problem is, Saudi Arabia will always be under Sharia law. We have a toxic relationship with them. They behead people and women have to be completely covered from head to toe. They have little regard for western culture or human rights in general. The Saudi government has always denied that it has any connection either with Islamic State or with Al Qaeda and we're supposed to believe it. They try to tell us that they are the good guys.

Obama destroyed much of our relations with the Saudis during his 8 years in office and openly questioned Saudi Arabia's value as an ally, accusing it of provoking sectarian conflict in the region. I, too, question it.

Read about it...

Our Lake Worth Pool

There are still plenty of us in Lake Worth

Tuesday night the city will be talking, once again, about our pool...how it doesn't pay for itself. We've been hearing this ever since Mike Bornstein was hired. The city wants this amenity and our entire beach complex to be a commercial enterprise. They don't consider it an amenity. In fact, City Manager Bornstein considers it a "white elephant." It's all about dollars and cents and they spend little dollars and cents on repairs.

There will be a presentation by McAllister, a pool consultant, who says our pool should be closed. Of course, he also wants to be involved in anything the city might consider from his proposals. He has concluded that the following must be done to our pool:

Pool and Wading Pool Needs Cost Estimate

• Main drain sump boxes and 4” drain lines clearing and compliance to VGB $ 10,000
• Remove failing marcite coating and epoxy paint from both pools and re-marcite $ 150,000
• Discover and repair leak in main drain line in the wading pool and repair. $ 5,000
• Replace all lane line and trim ceramic tiles in both pools $ 12,000
• Cut channels in stress fractures fill with hydraulic cement and finish with marcite$ 3,000
• Pull up deck pavers every 5’ along the perimeter of the northeast sides of the 50-meter pool for the length of both 25-yard and 50-meter and sound check on original deck for voids from pool leak erosion. Discover voids and back fill voids and replace pavers as needed to finish. Allowance $ 20,000
Sub-Total $ 200,000

If the city wants to do everything McAllister recommends, it could  be a price tag of  $4,612,500.

SUMMARY: The Aquatic Facility Assessment presentation provides detailed information regarding necessary repairs and renovations needed for the safe operation of the municipal pool, pool bathhouse and pump room. Staff was directed at the August 8, 2016 Budget Workshop, to bring back a report on the pool for the Commission to review.

Just one slight problem with this Summary: There was no budget Workshop held on August 8 so that is probably just a typo. But there was one on August 9 and according to the Minutes from the August 9, 2016 Budget meeting, no one told the city manager to hire a consultant to do a report.  My question would be, have any repairs been done in the last six months when the commission asked that it be brought back?

A major HATE group in the U.S.

LOOK WHO'S ON 'ANTI-GOVERNMENT HATE GROUP' LIST

The political left loves to slap labels on people and groups it hates.

The Southern Poverty Law Center needs to rip up its list and start anew and heading the list should be, you guessed it, them! Next, nothing would surprise me if they included the entire Republican Party or Christianity. They've already included Dr. Ben Carson for his belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

And now, it's out with its new "anti-government hate group" list, and look who's prominently featured ...

Read about it...

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunset 2-19-17

Has Pope Francis lost his mind?

Ashton Kuchner - ending Human Trafficking


Candidate Maryann Polizzi Speaks to the People

Dear All,
As March 14th draws near the ugly part of politics has hit me. If you receive any material NOT FROM ME, or my campaign manager, Colby Mims, please do not believe that any part is true.

A little about me:
I love all people.
I don't have a cell in me that is racist. I love all races and ethnicities.
I don't talk about my opponents.
Nor, do I talk about anything else but my own goals for this city.
I am an open book. You ask me how I feel on certain issues and I will tell you.
I have put my heart and soul into this election. I love talking to people and solving problems for them.

With this being said, if any posts, blogs, personal pages say anything about me that DOESN'T come from me, PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE IT.

I have had so many people say things they overheard and luckily they came and asked me. Politics in Lake Worth isn't pretty. I will absolutely fight the fight with the utmost confidence and never back down. I won't tolerate people saying things that are not true. I have never spoken ill of any of my competitors, Herman and Ellie, nor have I spoken about anyone in District 2. I consider each a friend.

The nasty letter has me running with Omari and William. Not true and they are fabulous guys. Thank you to all, who took the time to read this. It's extremely important. Please share!! Thank you and have a wonderful night.

Maryann Polizzi
Political Advertisement paid for and approved by Maryann Polizzi for Lake Worth city commission district 4

Unhinged Tyrannical Left


The government employees at the EPA are so upset over Scott Pruitt becoming Donald Trump’s Director of the EPA that they are lobbying their Senators. This appears to be an organized violation of the Hatch Act that forbids such behavior. Add to that the leaks that continue to flow from within the government and you have sabotage, pure and simple. This all should warrant prosecution.

Read about it... from Allen West.

The "Oppressed" - Sleeping with the Enemy

ISLAMISTS FIND NEW GROUP OF 'USEFUL IDIOTS'

This is a group you'd never expect to find common cause with Islamists infiltrating the West. Yet despite their almost polar-opposite views on things each holds essential, they're working hand-in-glove. So, what unites them?

They have a shared, deep hatred for President Trump in spite of their polar differences to the detriment of their own well being. I never knew women could be so stupid to fall for the ploy.

Read about the tools

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tell Congress to Build the Wall


Tree Festival today in Lake Worth

Lake Worth Arborist Dave McGrew and
Tree Board Chair Richard Stowe


As I live in a condo, I don't have a need for a tree so I headed straight for the goodies. Bought some date and honey bread baked by Kathleen from A Kookie Jar located in Loxahatchee. Having a piece right now topped with cream cheese--fab!


Bought some homemade mango preserves made from Lake Worth mangoes! All sorts of trees for sale today.  You too can grow your own mango tree.

Quote of the Day - President Trump

But it’s very important to me, but this isn’t Donald Trump that divided a nation. We went eight years with President Obama and we went many years before President Obama. We lived in a divided nation. And I am going to try – I will do everything within my power to fix that.”

~ President Donald Trump

President "burns" the Press

Miami-Dade Commissioners Reject Sanctuary City Status

[USA Today] The Miami-Dade County Commission on a 9/3 vote rejected emotional pleas from residents Friday and voted to become the first county in the nation to drop its "sanctuary" status by agreeing to fully cooperate with federal immigration officials.

Read about it...

Obeying the law should be normal operating procedure.

Early Morn 2-18-17

Tiffany Trump Bullied

[Allen West] It isn’t easy to be a Trump right now, especially when your name is associated with the leader of the free world, and rabid, crazy journalists are consumed with the idea of destroying him and his administration, no matter the cost.


Can't stand The View regardless.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sunset 2-17-17

2nd Avenue South Road Project



PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT
City of Lake Worth
7 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, FL 33460
lakeworth.org

February 17, 2017

Contact:           Jamie Brown, Public Services Director
Phone:             561.586.1720
Email:              jbrown@lakeworth.org  

Public Engagement Meeting - 2nd Ave South project:  Dixie Highway to Federal Highway
March 2, 2017 
6:30 PM
1121 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL

The City of Lake Worth is hosting a public engagement meeting on March 2nd regarding the 2nd Ave South Project. The segment of 2nd Ave South from Dixie to Federal Highway is in severe structural disrepair, the purpose of the 2nd Ave South project is to undertake the full roadway reconstruction. The project is being partially funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The March 2nd meeting will allow members of the community to engage with City personnel and the project engineers to address community needs/concerns that may be incorporated into the project’s design.

Please contact the Public Services office with any questions or comments.

John Becker is gone


John Becker passed away two days ago.  He was 82, a long time resident of Lake Worth living at Murry Hills and a very talented man.  Aside from the many things in which he was involved like being in the plays produced at Murry Hills, he was a former lifeguard at the Lake Worth pool and other aquatic centers until age 75. He was an artist and a good one too!  One of his murals is at North Grade Elementary School.

Funeral Services are Sunday, February 19, 2pm at All County Del Lago, 131 S. Lakeside Dr

President Trump rescues Coal Miners


President Trump back at Mar-A-Lago today

The president tweeted about a Saturday 5 p.m. rally at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport,  “Join me in Florida this Saturday at 5 p.m. for a rally."

Trump Tweets - NSA

Whistleblower says President Trump's phones tapped.

Someone(s) leaked the information. This is domestic spying.


Day Without Immigrants

Another protest against President Trump.  Now it's illegals and immigrants using their children. Illegal immigrants get their public education courtesy of the legal American who pays for it all.

"But yesterday, hundreds, possibly thousands, of Palm Beach County children from immigrant families skipped school in what appeared to be a symbolic protest tied to the nationwide Day Without Immigrants demonstration organized to highlight the role of the nation’s foreign-born workers." Lake Worth was hit the hardest in Palm Beach County.

Read about it...

Crowd Size

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunset 2-16-17

Venezuela shuts down CNN

The Venezuelan government shut down CNN’s feed of their Spanish-language channel Wednesday as the relationship between the government and President Donald Trump’s administration appeared to be deteriorating.

Read about it...

Juan Ruiz promoted to Assistant City Manager Lake Worth

Juan gets a promotion!

PRESS RELEASE
FOR RELEASE UPON RECEIPT
CITY OF LAKE WORTH
7 NORTH DIXIE HIGHWAY
LAKE WORTH, FL 33460
LAKEWORTH.ORG

February 16, 2017

Contact:           Ben Kerr, Communications Specialist
Phone:             561.586.1631
Email:              bkerr@lakeworth.org 

Promotion of Juan Ruiz to Assistant City Manager for the City of Lake Worth

Juan Ruiz has been promoted from the role of Director of Leisure Services to Assistant City Manager for the City of Lake Worth. Juan, a graduate of Lake Worth High School, has worked in public service for 17 years and will serve as City Manager, Michael Bornstein’s, first Assistant City Manager in the City of Lake Worth.

Juan is being brought on to focus on upcoming projects as the City continues to build on its recent successes. In addition he will manage the City’s Emergency Management Operations. During the transition period Juan will continue to carry out the duties of overseeing and directing the Leisure Services department until a replacement is identified.

“Juan has a true passion and love of Lake Worth.  His efforts running a very diverse set of complicated, high profile and difficult operations give him a depth of knowledge and experience necessary for this next step.  Juan not only demonstrates on a daily basis his care for the citizens and businesses but also through our major City events such as the Holiday and Veteran’s parades.  He understands our challenges and will be a great asset to helping me fulfill the commission’s policy direction and moving the City in the right direction.  I look forward to having him serve in this new capacity on my Team.”
~City Manager Michael Bornstein

“I absolutely love this City, the residents and all the cool quirky things that make this City unique. The excitement that we all see on the horizon makes coming to work every day to serve the public that much easier.  2017 marks my 17th year in the public service arena and I look forward to continuing many, many more years serving our residents and ensuring that we’re doing everything we can to deliver a high level of service to the community, as simply put it’s what they deserve.” 
~Lake Worth Assistant City Manager Juan Ruiz

Please contact Ben Kerr, the City of Lake Worth Communications Specialist with any questions or comments.

Federal Bill proposed to reduce Immigration

[Numbers USA] Sen. Cotton officially introduces, S. 354, the RAISE Act, to reduce immigration by up to 50%

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) has officially introduced the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment (RAISE) Act, S. 354, in the Senate. The bill would reduce legal immigration by up to 50% by ending future chain migration and the diversity visa lottery.


Roy Beck, President and Founder of NumbersUSA responded saying, "the RAISE Act has a number -- S. 354 -- and one that we will do all possible to ensure that lives on through history as one of the great achievements of this period of our country."


The RAISE Act would:
•    End the Visa Lottery,
•    Limit annual refugee admissions to 50,000,
•    End chain migration,
•    Reduce the worldwide level of family-sponsored immigrants from 480,000 to 88,000 by prioritizing nuclear family,
•    Add a nonimmigrant, renewable visa for parents of adult U.S. citizens.

Lake Worth's 12th Annual Festival of Trees

Click to enlarge

Clay Glass Exhibit $5 original art

Bicyclist hit by car at 6th Avenue S and A Street

The accident happened early yesterday and the bicyclist was taken to Delray Medical Center.

Read about it...

Christopher McVoy answers Constitutent on Sober Homes issue

There is a woman on Facebook, a non-supporter of Christopher McVoy, who said the following and used another blogger's videos who also supports McVoy's opponent:
"Mcvoy keeps escalating his claims about his involvement with sober home resolutions. Meanwhile, I can find nothing indicating he has had any involvement at all.
At the Bryant Park Forum he claimed to be active with sober home legislation. * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkhl2fkYLE8
In his closing at the Playhouse he then claimed he “provided leadership on interdepartmental and inter agency cooperation” on sober homes (whatever that means). *https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkhl2fkYLE8
Because she doesn't know or understand the facts nor did she contact Commissioner McVoy to clarify his statements at the two forums, the following is a brief explanation submitted by his campaign that might set her mind at ease:

"It means that while other commissioners did nothing but wring their hands, the city attorney did nothing but make excuses for inaction, and city departments that could have worked together instead operated in silos, McVoy at least made PBCFR, PBSO, utility management, city attorney, city manager, William Waters, and Code Enforcement personnel meet together in the same room to establish a cohesive plan of action. Because of this meeting that he facilitated, these departments are now sharing information that will ensure that sober homes have rental/business licenses and the city knows where they are, and so does PBSO.

He is also pulling together a series of ordinances similar to those enacted in other cities [Click here] that will establish a moratorium on new sober homes.

Christopher is not afraid to stand up for residents, unlike our other commissioners who are MIA on this issue. McVoy does not call the Palm Beach Post every time he helps his constituents, or pat himself on the back in public meetings like some others do so often. He simply does his job."

Emergency Hearing to stop spying on Trump

The NSA and CIA are allegedly spying on President Trump, and now there's an emergency push to slam the hammer on it.

The attorney handling the case says: "'Our own government has committed biggest violation of constitutional rights in American history."

Read about it...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Sunset 2-15-17

President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau

[E-Headlines] One of President Trump’s primary goals for America is improving the economy and our trade relationships around the world — something desperately needed after the mess made by the White House’s former occupant.


The Enemy Within - The Alt-Left Democrats

It's all about the bad deal with Iran. It's about President Trump sitting down at the table with the Russians and working things out. It's about getting rid of ISIS. It's sabotaging the President's efforts to Make America Safe. It's about making the President's life hell.  Democrats are in over-kill.

Flynn’s resignation was coordinated by a group of former Obama officials and loyalists who wanted to protect the Iran Deal from its largest critic. The effort included planting stories meant to discredit Flynn, the national security advisor to President Trump.

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[Free Beacon]  “It’s undeniable that the campaign to discredit Flynn was well underway before Inauguration Day, with a very troublesome and politicized series of leaks designed to undermine him,” said one veteran national security adviser with close ties to the White House team. “This pattern reminds me of the lead up to the Iran deal, and probably features the same cast of characters.”

[Allen West] While all the attention is upon Mike Flynn, Reince Preibus, and President Trump, the big picture is being overlooked. This is an attempt by the socialist left to do more than impeded the Trump administration. This is about the peaceful transfer of power and is being carried out by the alt-left wing of the Democrat Party.