Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A sitting Lake Worth City commissioner and a former commissioner — “in their own words”.

A brief explanation about what you’ll read and see for yourself below: Former Lake Worth City Commissioner Ryan Maier at a Commission discussion about a “curbstoning” ordinance in September, 2016, used a “Red Herring” to try and confuse the public by linking the issue of selling used cars illegally with panhandling and aggressive panhandlers.

City Attorney Glen Torcivia did a real good job of keeping the discussion on point, explaining that this ordinance is a simple yet necessary change to an existing one, already used by the County to curb the illegal selling of used cars.

Maier used this item on the agenda as a way to bring up one of his most important topics of all, to the exclusion of nearly all others, the homeless. Since that time he opted not to seek re-election. However, whilst Maier was still a sitting commissioner and had not yet decided whether or not to run for re-election, on this blog opined:

“If you’re OK with aggressive panhandling and public urination (remember, ‘It’s not that big a deal) then Maier is the candidate for you.”

Former Commissioner Maier:
     “I do not support aggressive panhandling ordinances.
     “I cannot see any definable loss through aggressive panhandling except that it’s maybe annoying.

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso:
     “Aggressive panhandling means somebody that’s literally following someone down the street.
     “It does affect my business, the downtown businesses, City as a whole . . . and it’s the same ones over and over and over.