Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Explainer: City of Lake Worth is a “Welcoming City” but our City IS NOT and NEVER WAS a ‘sanctuary city’.


Below are two excerpts from The Lake Worth Herald that sum up this situation quite well.

But first, please remember the term “sanctuary city” is a fallacious term (also called a Red Herring), just an urban myth really that was created to divide the public and to demonize diverse, integrated areas and therefore the term should always be used in quotation marks or with air quotes (see definition below) or when speaking in public employ what are called “finger quotes” when enunciating either of the terms ‘sanctuary city’ or the plural “sanctuary cities”.

It’s worth noting that according to newly-adopted standard uniform English-speaking accepted style guideline the mythical term “sanctuary city” should always be lowercase within a sentence and in public speaking the speaker should always raise both hands in the air, above the shoulders, pause momentarily and wiggle the index and middle fingers of each hand prior to saying the words “sanctuary city”.

Air quotes are, as explained in Wikipedia:


Air quotes, also called finger quotes, are virtual quotation marks formed in the air with one’s fingers when speaking. This is typically done with hands held shoulder-width apart and at the eye level of the speaker, with the index and middle fingers on each hand flexing at the beginning and end of the phrase being quoted. 


Now let’s proceed to the topic at hand, the news in The Lake Worth Herald about the City of Lake Worth being a “Welcoming City” and not a ‘sanctuary city’.


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Here are two excerpts from the Herald about our “Welcoming City” of Lake Worth:

The City of Lake Worth has named April 17, 2018 as Welcoming City Day [see proclamation below], celebrating all residents of the City. The proclamation, read by Commissioner Omari Hardy declares Lake Worth fosters a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, enhances Lake Worth’s cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations.

and. . .

[T]he City encourages the business leadership, civic groups, other governmental agencies and community institutions to undertake their own initiatives, beyond this resolution, to make Lake Worth not only a welcoming place for new residents from other countries but also a center of world commerce.
     A resolution was passed by the City Commission after much debate with the commission instructing City Attorney Glen Torcivia to add a paragraph stating Lake Worth is not a “Sanctuary City” [sic].

By the way. . .

Two of the highlights at the City Commission meeting on April 17th were the Legislative Update from State Senator Lori Berman to start off this Commission meeting and at the end was an update from Electric Utility Director Ed Liberty who explained in great detail the power outage on Monday, April 9th into the morning of April 10th.

The quote of the night was by Vice Mayor Andy Amoroso who said, “Are you listening Kevin Thompson? That’s a quote!” referring to the Post beat reporter and the headline editor’s over-hyped ‘misery’ during that power outage.


Mayor Pam Triolo was absent; the gavel was passed to Vice Mayor Amoroso who did an exceptional job running the proceedings.
The “Welcoming City” item was originally on the Consent Agenda but was pulled for discussion. Thanks to the Vice Mayor instead of an ‘all-nighter’ this item was dispensed with calmly and swiftly. All of the electeds ended up happy with the result. The vote was unanimous, 4-0.

What follows is the agenda item from the City Commission meeting held on Tuesday, April 17th, “Proclamation declaring City of Lake Worth a Welcoming City”:


PROCLAMATION


WHEREAS, Fostering a welcoming environment for all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity or place of origin, enhances Lake Worth’s cultural fabric, economic growth, global competitiveness and overall prosperity for current and future generations; and

WHEREAS, Lake Worth has long been recognized as a hospitable and welcoming place where people, families and institutions thrive and the contributions of all are celebrated and valued; and


WHEREAS, Lake Worth is committed to continue building a welcoming and neighborly atmosphere in our community, where all are welcome, accepted and integrated; and

WHEREAS, Community efforts that promote understanding and collaboration between our native-born and foreign-born community member regardless of legal status, are crucial in encouraging and preserving Lake Worth’s welcoming environment; and

WHEREAS, Lake Worth encourages the business leadership, civic groups, other governmental agencies and community institutions to undertake their own initiatives, beyond this resolution, to make Lake Worth not only a welcoming place for new residents from other countries but also a center of world commerce.


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Pam Triolo, Mayor of
the City of Lake Worth, Florida, by virtue of the
authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim


APRIL 17, 2018
AS
WELCOMING CITY DAY


In the City of Lake Worth, Florida and we urge
all residents of Lake Worth to do their part in reaching out to and welcoming all who live in
and visit our City. 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the Seal of the City of Lake Worth, Florida to be affixed this 17th day of April, 2017.