Monday, March 27, 2017

Look Back: A blog post from April 8th, 2016 with observations about the elections in 2017.

The blog post was titled, “It’s already started. And it’s only early in April. Why? The people of Lake Worth want big changes on our City Commission.”

Fortunately, one of my predictions, that the elections on March 14th would just be the primary election for the run-offs to be held two weeks later, turned out not to be the case. Here is the blog post from last year the day after “Herman C. Robinson has declared his intent to be a Commissioner. . .”: 

Someone has already filed to be on the ballot for the March 14th election in Lake Worth next year. Here is an email from the City:

From: Karen Hancsak
Sent: Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:10 PM
To: Pam Triolo; Scott Maxwell; Andy Amoroso; Christopher McVoy; Ryan Maier
Cc: Michael Bornstein
Subject: Candidate for Commissioner, District 4

Please be advised that Herman C. Robinson has declared his intent to be a Commissioner for District 4 in the 2017 election.
Karen E. Hancsak
Interim City Clerk

And there are many more people having serious discussions, I’ve heard, about being on the ballot to defeat commissioners Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy. How about you? Would you consider a run for a City Commission seat?

You see, there’s a big difference between obstruction/delay versus open and genuine debate. Commissioners can disagree on issues, and they do all the time, but still engage in honest discussion bringing up their constituents concerns. However, what Maier and McVoy have been engaged in is complete obstruction and tactics to delay anything and everything that they can. Be it the Park of Commerce, beefing up code enforcement, the Gulfstream hotel redevelopment, or the failing Casino complex, they only try to obstruct the process instead of moving the discussion forward in an honest, reasonable way.

Expect the election on March 14th, 2017, to be more akin to a primary with the actual election two weeks later on March 28th, for both Districts 2 and 4. Hope to see a field “flooded” with candidates that want the City Commission, all five of them, to be completely focused on our crucial issues.

Fully expect any future debates and discussion to be about what Lake Worth can do instead of what isn’t possible in this City with so many issues to address. City Manager Mike Bornstein had a thing or two to say about that recently.

And lastly, pay special attention to any candidate that devotes too much time and effort on things the City can’t control, such as climate change and rising sea levels just to cite two. Those topics do nothing other than take the focus off potholes, fixing the roads, broken street lights, crumbling water pipes, and crime. Which is exactly why those topics are brought up in the first place: to distract the public.

So, back to the question. . . have you considered running for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission?