Saturday, March 17, 2018

“I’m not going to take the sunshine away”, said Lake Worth Commissioner Scott Maxwell in 2011.

Within the 2011 Willdan Report (more details and a video below) there were clues a previous City administration’s effort to try and scuttle the contract with PBSO wasn’t the smartest of things to do.

The Willdan Report.
Click on image to enlarge:
“PBSO responded to the public’s demands
for better law enforcement.”

And below is an excerpt from an oft-cited 2012 blog post titled, “Why does Lake Worth have PBSO and not its own police department?”

Commissioner [now recently re-elected Vice Mayor] Scott Maxwell, who voted against the study in January, said he will continue to support the sheriff’s contract because the sheriff’s District 14 office has helped reduce gangs and the crime rate in Lake Worth.
     “The PBSO is the best thing that’s happened to Lake Worth since sunshine,” Maxwell said. “I’m not going to take the sunshine away.

The Willdan Report was a huge topic in the City of Lake Worth and well-chronicled on this blog back in 2011. To learn more about this history in our City click on this link to read, “It’s not about the money; it’s about control” and about a City Commission Work Session in May of 2011 when,

“I [Wes Blackman] was one of the moderators at last Saturday’s “Voice of the Choice” meeting, along with Bob Lepa and Karri Casper. The major weakness of the Willdan report was the complete lack of public input in its creation. The meeting we organized Saturday to fill that void.
     We designed the meeting to be informational and friendly to all points of view. We included ways to contact all of you and talked about future meeting dates. There was overwhelming support for the sheriff by the over two hundred people in attendance.”

You see, a whole lot of people ‘back in the day’ didn’t appreciate one bit a previous administration’s efforts to,

“[T]ake the sunshine away.”

The video below is from May 2011. Yours Truly was there that day for this press conference and asked two questions at the 6:15 mark you can hear and see for yourself.

On the left at this presser is a former District 4 commissioner, Suzanne Mulvehill, along with Susan Stanton who was the former city manager. Stanton was fired later that year, in December 2011.

Enjoy the video.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Question: Because Mr. Drew Martin refused to drop out of race for mayor, did that decision damage Sarah Malega?

FYI. Just in case you may have missed this.
     The blog post below is from yesterday with additional information following the municipal elections here in the little City of Lake Worth.
     For example, has an endorsement in The Palm Beach Post become the ‘kiss of death’ in close elections for popular women candidates in Central Palm Beach County?
     And did you know. . . Mr. Drew Martin originally filed to run against Commissioner Andy Amoroso? But Martin changed his mind and skipped furiously on back to City Hall on the last day to qualify, and then filed papers to run against Mayor Pam Triolo instead.
     Why? Did he think Mayor Triolo, insultingly referred to as ‘The Queen’, was the weaker of the two electeds? Learn more about that at the end of this blog post..
     Anyhow, without further ado. . .

District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell: 54.28%.

Challenger Sarah Malega: 45.72%.

and. . .

Mayor Pam Triolo: 73.06%.

Challenger Drew Martin: 26.94%.

The results above are from Election Day in the City of Lake Worth, Tuesday, March 13th, 2018.

The race between Commissioner Maxwell and Sarah Malega was predicted to be a very close one and also predicted to be a race Maxwell could have very well lost. Both the Maxwell and Malega campaigns understood this and both campaigns were working very hard in the final two weeks to gather and garner support.

But Maxwell won with a comfortable lead and will now serve another term on the Lake Worth City Commission but this time for a three-year term following a referendum that passed in March 2017.

So. Why did Maxwell win so handily?

Was it because of Drew Martin?

It’s quite possible, or even likely, that a significant percentage of voters believed that Martin and Malega were running on a “slate” just like former commissioners Ryan Maier and Chris McVoy, PhD, did in March 2015 in those election victories:
A slate is a group of candidates that run in multi-seat or multi-position elections on a common platform.

A winning ‘slate’ in March 2015.

Click on image to enlarge:
But this slate was ‘wiped clean’ two years later when then-Commissioner Maier opted not to run for re-election and McVoy, PhD (aka, the “gadfly”) was booted off the City Commission dais by now-District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy.

Remember. Mayor Pam Triolo and Commissioner Maxwell were running on a ‘slate’ and it’s likely that some voters just assumed Martin and Malega were a slate of candidates as well. And if people did believe that — going from the stunning result in the City’s mayoral race — there would have been about a 1 in 4 chance (≈ 20% odds; a very bad day at the craps table) that anyone would have voted for Malega believing that she or her campaign would ever support such a terrible candidate like Drew Martin.

Put another way, you would have had a much better chance of getting a Letter to the Editor published in The Palm Beach Post or if you were someone named Dawn Pardo. Why?

Because if you went to the polls on March 13th, 2018, and were worried about what Mr. Drew Martin said in an interview that you and your neighbors would, “[J]ust automatically put the same person in power over and over again”, without being able to make your own educated and informed decisions, well, that could be a bit offsetting to most women and most men as well.

Now let’s pause momentarily and consider this.

In Central Palm Beach County (CPBC) has the Post endorsement for women candidates on the ballot become the ‘kiss of death’ in close elections?

The election results from March 2017:
Sarah Malega received the Post endorsement this year and lost. Last year Maryann Polizzi received the Post endorsement and also lost in a close election to now-Commissioner Herman C. Robinson.

Now back on topic:

Below is the entire quote from Drew Martin, just another in a long line of sarcastic political stunts to try and get attention and pick up a few more votes. But this latest stunt went way too far.

And along the way, acting out this latest stunt he split the local CPBC community of environmentalists right down the middle and Martin embarrassed the Sierra Club and other organizations as well.

Here is a political door-hanger
from March 2017:
Could Mayor Pam Triolo have been beaten in the March 2018 elections? Unlikely but possible. But Drew Martin wasn’t the one to try and topple Triolo. It was former-Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, who had much better odds.

It may take many years for the environmental community to recover from what Drew Martin did. And it never had to happen in the first place. Martin had plenty of time to drop out of the race at the very beginning. He refused. 

Later in Mr. Martin’s ‘campaign’ for mayor we learned, apparently, that he thinks you’re all just a bunch of feudal peasants or serfs, “the great unwashed” that can’t be trusted to make their own decisions. That you’re just told what to do and then you go and do it.

So one could conclude that Drew Martin thinks he only lost to now-County Commissioner Dave Kerner because the public wasn’t smart or educated enough? Well, actually, Kerner didn’t have to talk much about Mr. Martin at all. Martin did much of the talking himself and the public listened.

And then the public marched to the polls in 2016. . .
Former State House Rep. Dave Kerner was elected anyway by a very wide margin, despite Martin’s political stunt, to become District 3 County Commissioner Dave Kerner.

Once again, there was a lot of disappointment within the environmental community that Mr. Martin even ran for mayor in the first place for two reasons. First, no one really understood why he chose to run for mayor since Mayor Pam Triolo has such a great record on environmental issues.

And secondly, everyone was expecting a spirited race for mayor of Lake Worth between Mayor Triolo and former Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD. So one can understand why there is so much disappointment.

If you recall, when journalist and writer Dierdra Funcheon penned her well-received article about the “Best Environmentalists in South Florida” back in 2016 she cited then-Commissioner McVoy but never even mentioned Drew Martin. Not one single time. The outspoken Anarchist Mr. Panagiotis Evangellos Nasios Tsolkas was also cited as one of the “Best Environmentalists” as well. Both Messrs. McVoy and Tsolkas were residents of the City of Lake Worth at the time and so was Drew Martin. But Martin never made the list.

Dave Kerner could have been unopposed in his effort to become County Commissioner Kerner. But instead, Drew Martin forced Kerner into a race that Martin knew he could never win unless something earth-shattering happened; it was an election and anything can happen. So money had to be raised and money spent to send out mailers and to have printers print more door hangers, handouts, and political yard signs. Not exactly what one would expect from an ‘activist’ who claims to care so much for the environment.

District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso was unopposed this year and automatically re-elected to another term on the City Commission, this time for three years. Mayor Pam Triolo could have been unopposed and re-elected as well were in not for this twisted reasoning by an ‘environmental activist’:

“If I didn’t run, there would have been no challenge to the current mayor. She would’ve just been annointed [sic], like some ruler in one of these countries where you don’t have an election, you just automatically put the same person in power over and over again. You end up with people who’ve been in power 70 years.”
Quote by Drew Martin from interview on WJNO radio’s “Election Spotlight: Lake Worth Mayoral Race”, Feb. 2018.

Mayor Pam Triolo was never ‘anointed’ to anything. She fought and fought hard for every election she ever won. The first one was in 2011, then another in 2013, and another in 2016.

So in this City of Lake Worth when the voters had their one chance to speak their mind, maybe many of them remembered what Drew Martin thinks about all the voters in this City.

Martin thinks you’re just a bunch of lemmings who have no clue what to do and that Mayor Pam Triolo was just ‘anointed’ and she didn’t have to work for it.

Pretty insulting isn’t it?

In conclusion: It’s very possible, even likely, a percentage of voters thought Sarah Malega was on a ‘slate’ with Mr. Martin. So besides Mayor Triolo having to pay the price for Martin’s stunt — forced to campaign in a race that never needed to happen in the first place (fundraisers and mailers and yard signs and all those knocks on doors) — maybe Sarah Malega paid a very high price for Martin’s political stunt as well.

Commissioner Andy Amoroso was unopposed this year. What would have happened if Mayor Triolo was unopposed as well? That would have changed the entire dynamics of the Maxwell/Malega race.

What would have happened? Who would have won and who would have lost? Would the turnout have been higher or lower and what issues would have dominated the discussion? Would more focus on Malega have helped her gain more support and raised more campaign money or would Maxwell have benefited more?

We’ll never know now. Thanks to Drew Martin.

However, we do know this. Little did Mr. Martin know that his fateful decision to skip, whistle and hop back to Lake Worth City Hall on December 11th, 2017the final day of the Qualifying Period — to file his papers and run against Mayor Pam Triolo would end up a terrible call and damage the image of so many well-intentioned and hard-working environmentalists we’ve relied on for so many years to help guide us along the way.

For example. . .
A YouTube video from four years ago:

TOMORROW — Special Meeting of the City Commission in the little, vibrant City of Lake Worth.

Executive Brief: Resolution No. 19-2018 — certifying the results of the Municipal General Election.

Summary: The resolution certifies the results of the election in accordance with Article III Section 2 of the Charter.

Background and Justification: On March 13, 2018, the City held a Municipal General Election for Mayor and Commissioner, District 1.
     Incumbent Andy Amoroso, Commissioner, District 3, had been unopposed and was deemed elected in December 2017. In accordance with the City’s Charter, the results of the election shall be certified by resolution of the City Commission. The resolution will be presented at the meeting.

MOTION: I move to approve/not approve Resolution No. 19-2018 to certify the returns of the municipal election.

Meet the Lake Worth
City Commission.

Mayor Pam Triolo is flanked by District 2 Commissioner Omari Hardy (left) and District 4 Commissioner Herman C. Robinson.
On the far left (not politically speaking) is Vice Mayor and District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell and on the far right (also, not politically speaking) is District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso.

Remember, the City of Lake Worth holds
nonpartisan elections.

The Agenda: City of Lake Worth Special Meeting in the City Hall Commission Chambers this coming Friday at 4:00:
  • Roll Call.
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Vice Mayor Maxwell.
  • New Business: Resolution No. 19-2018.
  • Swearing In of newly elected officials by the City Attorney: A) Mayor Pam Triolo. B) Commissioner, District 1, Scott Maxwell. C) Commissioner, District 3, Andy Amoroso.
  • Comments by newly elected officials: A) Mayor Pam Triolo. B) Commissioner Scott Maxwell. C) Commissioner Andy Amoroso.
  • Adjournment.

The Electeds! Start getting ready for the PrideFest Parade parade on Sunday, March 25th,
in just eleven days!

For example, Commissioner Maxwell may want to consider a larger vehicle this year:
Of course, no parade is complete without District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell who also serves
as the City’s Vice Mayor.

City of Lake Worth Commissioner
Herman C. Robinson.

Commissioner Omari Hardy.

And here is Vice Mayor Pro Tem Andy Amoroso. Unfortunately, Mayor Pam Triolo was out of town on City business and was unable to attend last year.

Enjoy this video of last year’s PrideFest Parade:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

On ‘white elephants’: An Olympic-
sized lap swimming pool at the
Lake Worth Beach.

Who was the first to call a lap swimming pool at
the Lake Worth Beach a “white elephant”? The answer may surprise you. Find out below.

And many of the people who say they want a brand new lap swimming Olympic-sized pool at the Beach didn’t even use the now-condemned pool when it was open.

Don’t you think it would be “repugnant” — as one current City commissioner said this year at a budget workshop — to construct another ‘white elephant’ at the Lake Worth Beach? Also, as the editor at the Herald wrote, “Does it have to be there?” The headline of that editorial earlier this year was “Stop the bleeding”:

     Lake Worth needs a pool, but they also need some Staffers with some creativity. How many times do we have to fail at the same thing before we realize it is the taxpayers who suffer in other areas so we can keep failing?
     If staff won’t get creative, maybe the electeds should take take the wheel and not just take staff’s worn out ideas that have proven time and again to be extremely expensive to the taxpayer.

So. Who was the first to call an Olympic-sized lap pool at the Beach a “white elephant”? It was Mr. Tom McGow back in 2010:
“Commissioners need to take a hard look at
the economic realities of our pool and the national trend towards municipal aquatic parks.”

Fast-forward to 2017. . .

“[T]o subsidize what’s happening at the Beach is repugnant to me on many levels.”
Quote. Lake Worth Commissioner Omari Hardy
at a City budget workshop, July 11th, 2017
(see entire quote below).

We know. . .

  • A new 50-M lap pool at the Lake Worth Beach and Casino complex will need to be subsidized using City taxes. 
  • Why subsidize a new lap pool when so many of the people who will be using it are not even Lake Worth residents?
  • Many of the people who say they want a new pool didnt even use the former pool at the Beach when it was open. 
  • When the next recession hits, and it will, we’ll be left with a pool the City will not be able to maintain. Back to square one. . .
  • Our City can have a pool for the public — for swimming lessons, lap swimming, and exercise — in any number of locations in the City.
  • A pool at the Beach, we know, is an amenity that will never make a profit or even break even (budget neutral).
  • If a new lap pool at the Beach is constructed, it will continue on the failed business model from back in 2010.
  • However, a small aquatic complex would be an attraction for visitors and tourists (fewer lifeguards, less maintenance).

The entire quote from Commissioner Hardy:

“When this line [Hardy referencing Beach Fund graph] gets to zero in Fiscal Year 2018 that means we’re taking money out of the General Fund. As far as I understand, it’s not like we have a lot of money from the General Fund to spare.
     For me, the idea of taking any money out of the General Fund when we’re barely able to afford the services we’re providing for our residents right now, and when we need to fund additional services, and we’re unable to do that, the idea of taking money out of the General Fund to subsidize what’s happening at the Beach is repugnant to me on many levels.
     I don’t think that we should ever allow ourselves to get to that point, and if we do, we need to make hard decisions about what’s important and what’s not.”

Think this comment is hard-hitting? Then click on this link for another quote by Commissioner
Omari Hardy from another budget workshop
earlier this year.

Have thoughts on this issue?
Click on this link to contact your
“Mayor and Commissioners”.

UPDATE: No letters got published so far. But don’t be discouraged!

Stay positive! Some time soon contact the editor by phone, email, fax or snail mail. All that information is below.

Contact the editor and politely ask, “Are you planning to publish my letter any time soon?”

Three days later there have still not been any letters published in The Palm Beach Post from Lake Worth in response to a silly malcontent from Greenacres who got his letter published on the editorial page in the paper last Sunday.

Here’s an excerpt from that nonsense about the City of Lake Worth:
[I]t’s like one huge cheap biker bar. [emphasis added] Other than Paradiso, I drive right through on the way to the bridge. And the city parking lot adjacent to the restaurant looks like a block in Syria.

So. If you wrote a positive letter about the City of Lake Worth stay upbeat and keep trying! It may get published in the upcoming Sunday edition. For more about, “We’re fine, now quit complaining” and the ways to contact the editor at the Post please click on this link.

By the way, Dear resident of Greenacres: You can’t drive past the elegant Paradiso Ristorante “on the way to the [Robert Harris] bridge.”

You take Lake Ave. — a one-way avenue — when you drive to the bridge. Paradiso’s is on Lucerne Ave., not Lake Ave. Try contacting one of these people some time and maybe they’ll take you for a short stroll around the Downtown, show you where Paradiso’s is located, and then show you this City is not ‘like one huge cheap biker bar.’

Now get cracking on those letters!

Maybe write something positive and uplifting about the mayor of Lake Worth!

Meet Lake Worth Mayor Pam Triolo, City Manager Michael Bornstein (center), and Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell:
And by the way, Dear resident of Greenacres, have you heard the latest about PBSO District 16.

The City of Lake Worth and District 14 PBSO need your help to get the facts out.

Here’s the latest. . .

A reporter claiming to be a “veteran journalist living in Tampa, Florida” using information “prepared by NeighborhoodScout” is once again recycling garbage news about crime here in the City of Lake Worth.

Garbage news is called GIGO:
“Garbage In Garbage Out”:

ORLANDO, FL - Two Florida cities have been listed as “Murder Capitals of America” for 2018. Orlando ranked 20th on the list and Lake Worth made the list at No. 30. The list was prepared by NeighborhoodScout, a web-based platform from Location, Inc. . . . In Lake Worth, a city with about 37,800 people, there were 10 murders in 2016 [TWO YEARS AGO!] for a murder rate of 0.26 per 1,000 residents. The safest neighborhood in Lake Worth: Hagen Ranch Road and Northtree Club Drive.

Hagen Ranch Rd. is way out near the Florida Turnpike. Nowhere near the City of Lake Worth.

Now. For the facts about crime in the City of Lake Worth. . .

Did you happen to read an article recently in The Palm Beach Post about crime in this City of Lake Worth? Because, if you did, there is a lot of information that was missing from the story.

There are images and a video of PBSO Cpt. Baer’s presentation given to the Lake Worth City Commission below. Much, much more information was presented than was reported in the Post article.

The story last month was about PBSO Cpt. Baer’s District 14 update to the City Commission. The subtitle on page B1 was, “Number of homicides fell, but sexual assaults increased, data show.” Note that on the issue of sexual assaults Cpt. Baer said:

Sexual assault reports, I read all of them. No sexual assaults are good but they were mostly known offenders. There were no cases where the victim was sexually battered and didn’t know their offender. It was usually familial, unfortunately, or a dating situation. Not that that is good but that’s incredibly difficult to prevent because it’s in their households and whatnot. It’s not out at a bar and things like that.

Cpt. Baer went on to point out. . .

But otherwise all the [crime data] arrows are down including every single property crime. So that’s a good thing. So overall I would be happy to have double-digit decreases. We play a role in that but there’s much more to it as you [Lake Worth City Commission] all know. The City plays a huge role, the economy, so many other factors but it’s encouraging to see [crime decrease]. So I wanted to make sure you are aware.

Note that in one particular “Persons Crimes”, in comparison, West Palm Beach had twenty-seven (27) homicides last year.

If you recall, it was Lieutenant Anthony Johnson who reported the City of Lake Worth will see a 11–13% drop in crime for 2017. Click on this link to learn more
about that City meeting on Jan. 11th.
To learn more about PBSO District 14 and contact information click on this link.

Here are the topics discussed on Jan. 16th.
As you can see, much more was discussed than
just the issue of crime.

What Cpt. Baer referred to as a “regional issue”,
overdose cases (click on image to enlarge):

Click ‘Play’ to watch the entire 22-minute
presentation by Cpt. Baer:

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 2016: Editor at Palm Beach Post endorsed Mayor Pam Triolo and District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell.

Today, March 13th, 2018. It’s Election Day once again. And whomever wins the race for mayor and District 1 commissioner will serve a three year term on the Lake Worth City Commission.

In the District 1 race the two options for your vote are: “[I]t is not time to stop the train” and the other choice, is it ‘time to jump off the train’ and hope for the best?

The choices were very clear in March 2016. And now two years later the initiatives proposed by Mayor Pam Triolo and and Commissioner Scott Maxwell have been either completed or moving forward and the vast majority of promises made have been kept.

Post endorsements from March 2016.
District 3 Commissioner Andy Amoroso was unopposed this year. Mayor Pam Triolo and District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell are on the ballot once again seeking another term.

From the editor at the Post, the endorsement for Mayor Pam Triolo in March 2018:

“Long-neglected streets, water and sewer lines have at last begun to be upgraded thanks to a voter-approved $40 million bond issue. A solar farm is producing 2 megawatts of power on a former landfill, one reason the city-owned utility’s notoriously high electric bills are dropping. . .”

and. . .

“When she took office in 2009, the city had more than 2,200 vacant, foreclosed and abandoned properties. With new codes enacted and enforcement improved, there were fewer than 500 in 2017.
     Crime rates, fueled by the heroin epidemic, too, have improved. The latest figures for the first six months of last year show a 13 percent drop.”

The editor at the Post acknowledged all that hard work by Mayor Triolo and Commissioner Maxwell two years ago.

However, as things kept improving here in the City of Lake Worth the editor at the Post is now trying to have you believe that Maxwell’s role in all this was somehow insignificant or irrelevant.

Absurd. Commissioner Maxwell’s role has been pivotal in District 1 and in his role as vice mayor as well. And for the editor at the Post to barely acknowledge or even give a Maxwell a nod for his involvement and hard work is just plain inconsiderate.

Maxwell’s challenger in the race for commissioner in District 1 is Sarah Malega and according to the editor at the Post, she is “disappointed in his [Maxwell’s] responses to such intensely local problems as run-down properties and too-few stop signs.”

Here is the endorsement from the editor at The Lake Worth Herald, the reasoning to re-elect District 1 Commissioner Maxwell:

“Sarah Malega has challenged Vice-Mayor Scott Maxwell for the District 1 commission seat. Malega, a local business owner has been active in the community and says she wants to do more for the areas in the south and west sides of the city. . . . He [Maxwell] has had a strong voice in the issues creating what have led to the very reasons we endorse Triolo. [emphasis added]
     Malega has good ideas and ambitions, some of which are already in the works. With the momentum in the city moving strong it is not time to stop the train.
     The work of the past six years is coming to fruition and Maxwell should serve one more term to see the work to the finish.”

It’s hard to argue with the reasoning made
by the editor at the Herald.

Now is not the time to ‘jump off the train’:
Meet Mayor Pam Triolo and
District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell.
The case for re-electing Commissioner Maxwell is best summed up this way: “The work of the past six years is coming to fruition and Maxwell should serve one more term to see the work to the finish.”

On the City of Greenacres and police dept. merge with PBSO 2½ years ago.

“Through it all, Councilwoman [Judith] Dugo . . . has maintained a singular focus on making the city safer. With that, she was a key voice for the city’s 51-member police force merging with PBSO. . . . [T]here is no debate about the result. Overall crime is down, and available law-enforcement resources are far better.” [emphasis added]

Quote. Editor at The Palm Beach Post, March 10th, 2018. Click on this link to learn more about this very important public policy and law enforcement topic.

In the elections today in Greenacres, The Coastal/Greenacres Observer, The Lake Worth Herald, and The Palm Beach Post all endorsed District 3 Councilwoman Dugo. However, the endorsements in the District 4 race between Councilman Anderson Thelusme and a former councilman, Johnathan Pearce, the newspaper endorsements are split. Use this link to read more about that race

Monday, March 12, 2018

District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell “in his own words” setting the record straight and dispelling myths.

Below are three very short videos from the Bryant Park Neighborhood Assoc. candidate forum
held two weeks ago.

Not enough infrastructure spending in District 1?

Commissioner Scott Maxwell said,

“That’s a boldface . . . well, it’s just not true.”

Then Maxwell goes on to explain that his district, District 1, received many millions of dollars in infrastructure spending and more details
in this first video:

About the neighborhood associations, the NAPC,
new home construction and “Green Energy”:

Scott Maxwell said,

“Thirty years ago when I came to Palm Beach County and needed a place to live the first three things people told me was:
‘Don’t go to Lake Worth. Stay away from Lake Worth. Avoid Lake Worth like the plague.’
   I didn’t take their advice. I’m glad I didn’t take their advice.”

In this video Maxwell talks about the beginning of the Neighborhood Assoc. Presidents’ Council in the
City of Lake Worth as well:

The closing statement:

Maxwell said,

“There was a time when your property taxes were the only primary ad valorem resource we had in the City.”

“Once again, I want to thank all of you for coming out tonight. . . . I believe in my heart that Lake Worth is much better off today than it was when I first
took office some years ago.”

Thank You for visiting today and hope this information helps.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

A look back to a particularly ‘spirited’ and quite interesting election here in the City of Lake Worth.

Just in case you may have missed this stroll down memory lane last week,

“[I]n fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me. . .”

And. . .

Have you ever read about the Anarchists’ honorary “Wes Blackman Memorial Sh■■■er”?

Below are excerpts from writer Rachel Monroe’s well-written article in the Oxford American titled, “Monkeywrench”. And also continue reading to learn more about that ‘special’ honorary commode bestowed on Yours Truly.

To read the entire article by Rachel Monroe which
is quite lengthy, very well written, and highly
entertaining click on this link.

Two excerpts from the article are below.
Remember the Anarchist (“I’m Chuck Bass”) that ran for a seat on the Lake Worth City Commission? The ‘musical’ that had so many people worried?
The article by Rachel Monroe is a look back
to those heady days.

Bonus! Read about the Anarchi
sts’ honorary
“Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter” in the
second excerpt below:

     “Most people in the room were not Floridians; instead, they lived in fringe towns—Ithaca, Bloomington, Oakland—where the rent was cheap enough that radical politics could flourish. They wore black boots and rode bikes; they all seemed to know each other from protests and actions and summers spent picking blueberries in Maine.
     They were here because, in October 2015, just as the winter chill had started to creep into people’s bones, a flyer began circulating among activists, inviting anyone willing and able to travel to sunny Lake Worth for the month of February ‘to help devise, build, perform and otherwise scheme on’ a musical that celebrated the history and philosophy of the radical environmental group Earth First! (In 2010, Earth First! had moved its publishing operation from Tucson to Lake Worth, making the town the de facto headquarters of the diffuse, controversial organization.) ‘The show will involve audiences writing to political prisoners, cast members repelling [sic] down cardboard redwoods, and seating based on willingness to risk arrest,’ the flyer promised. ‘Hurrah!’ ”

Later, near the end of the article. . .

     “I [writer Rachel Monroe] left Florida early the next morning. When I talked to Donna later, I learned that during the remaining weeks of rehearsal, Wes Blackman doubled down on his angry blog posts; there was no question of inviting him to watch the musical. There’s an Earth First! tradition of naming the toilet in honor of the enemy of the moment, and so at the final performance in late February, the musical’s audience was invited to use the Wes Blackman Memorial Shitter.
     In March, Ryan Hartman lost the election by a 2-to-1 margin.”

To read Ryan Hartman’s concession to District 1 Commissioner Scott Maxwell click on this link. Note that in conceding the election to Commissioner Maxwell there was this very unfortunate line by Mr. Hartman in reference to a beat reporter at The Palm Beach Post:

“[I]n fact, Kevin Thompson lied in two of his articles about trying to contact me. . .”

The election results from March 2016:
And Mr. Hartman added, “Two days before the election, the majority of my ‘team’ dropped me like a bad habit to focus on another challenger. . .”.