Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD: Keep our LOCAL politics about our LOCAL issues. “Keep It LOCAL!”

UPDATE, Bryant Park candidate forum last night (1/23): Just as expected, Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, is running on the platform of successes by Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and Commissioner Andy Amoroso. No surprise there.

And it’s also no surprise he’s using the same old tactics that worked before to get elected, read more about that below. Take note of McVoy’s body language though (click on photo below), he looks worried doesn’t he? And maybe a little confused too? He’s concerned about Omari Hardy (standing in photo below) and he should be.

Remember there’s a City Commission meeting tonight and the elections are on March 14th.

Omari Hardy speaking to the crowd. Commissioner McVoy (in blue tie) looks on. Take special note of McVoy’s body language. The blog post from yesterday follows, posted prior to the forum last night, a prediction that turned out true:

Lake Worth, if you didn’t know, is just one of 39 cities in Palm Beach County. With under 40,000 residents and about 6 square miles it does stand out in a very big way: The City has more than its share of difficult problems to address. And it doesn’t help matters when one City commissioner in particular tries over and over again to distract the community.

It’s true. Lake Worth elections can be very entertaining for the rest of Palm Beach County, especially the skill and political savvy displayed by some elected’s to skirt, duck, or otherwise avoid the actual issues the City has to deal with. 

If you’ve been following this blog you know Commissioner McVoy is trying hard to find an issue to run on. McVoy was first elected in 2010 and one of his tactics to get re-elected is to hang on the backs of the majority and their successes, not his own. Why? Because he doesn’t have any or very few at most. Leadership is not part of McVoy’s skill set.

However, one of the ways McVoy tries to distract the community is to bring up issues like “sea level rise” (SLR), comparing Lake Worth to much larger cities like Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, and Hoboken, NJ. It’s no secret Lake Worth is not to scale of those cities..

Although a very important and timely topic many in Lake Worth have been very concerned that SLR is being used as a “wedge issue to distract the community from things like our crumbling roads and potholes, street lighting, and public safety. In 2014 this tactic did work when McVoy campaigned against the LW2020 bond to fix our roads. By just 25 votes that referendum failed.

Anyhow, now there’s this from a reader of this blog, something discovered on the City’s Wikipedia page* that was just recently added:
“The [Lake Worth] pier is home to a tide gauge with a sporadic history, showing an above average rate of sea level rise.[18]”
Here is footnote 18:
“Mean Sea Level Trend 8722670 Lake Worth Pier”. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved December 30, 2016. [emphasis added]
Hmmm. Would this be the lead-up to another lecture by McVoy at a future City Commission meeting? Stay tuned. However, for some perspective about the image below cited on the City’s Wikipedia page:
3.56 millimeters = 0.1401575 inches
The following image is from this website:

McVoy has a PhD and he reminds people all the time about that. But if SLR is brought up as an issue again can he stick to the “Imperial system” of inches for everyone to understand, instead of using the metric system?

*Please take note: If you visit the City’s Wikipedia page on a frequent basis always look at the very bottom of the page for a line like this: “This page was last modified on 9 January 2017, at 02:07.” That way you know when the page was last updated.