TV, RADIO COVERS "KEEP WPB TERM LIMITS COMMITTEE"
Yesterday, we attached a link to the Post's breaking story announcing the new people's PAC. Later in the day, WJNO ran short spots every hour with the announcement. See http://www.wjno.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=120981&article=7418186.
WPBF TV Channel 25 ran a full segment with Committee Chair Rick Shepherd in his downtown WPB condo. It even urges citizens to attend the Aug. 9 city commission meeting to make their voice heard. Check it out: http://www.wpbf.com/politics/24451384/detail.html
Our presence at Friday's charter review board meeting at City Hall was even noted by the Palm Beach Post : http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/westpalmbeat/2010/07/charter-committee-pens-a-few-ordinances/#more-1534
INQUIRIES COMING IN: HOW CAN I HELP?
We are getting inquiries from many West Palm Beach citizens about how they can help protect West Palm Beach's term limit. The best thing you can do right now is to attend the city commission meeting at 4 p.m., Aug. 9, at City Center, 401 Clematis Street. At this meeting the decision will be made whether or not to put the anti-term limits question on the ballot for November, since the politician-led 'citizen' intiative to do this has failed. You can speak to the commission during the comments period, or just stand with us holding a "Keep our 8-year term limits" bumper sticker (these will be provided). Brings friends!
Sadly, we have been told by some interested citizens, particularly business and property owners, that they are afraid to openly participate in our effort because they wonder what will happen to them if the mayor wins her fight for a third term. The power of a mayor -- particularly in a strong mayor form of government -- to hand out favors and punishments is tremendous. This is the top reason why we have 8-year term limits. But don't worry, the people support the 8-year term limit and they will win.
THE COMMISSION SCORECARD -- WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS!
The Palm Beach Post reported the other day that the informal vote count on the commission was 4-1 in favor of putting Mayor Frankel's anti-term limit measure on the ballot in November without citizen signatures. We have spoken to two commissioners now who now say they will vote against that idea on Aug. 9. So now the vote is only 3-2. Friends, that means we only have to convince one more commissioner to vote NO on Aug. 9. Please call or email West Palm Beach city commissioners and ask them how they plan to vote and urge them to vote no. Let us know what response you get!
Here's a link to their email addresses and telephone numbers: http://www.wpb.org/commission/maycom.php.
"KEEP OUR 8-YEAR TERM LIMITS" BUMPER STICKERS AVAILABLE
These are high-quality vinyl and easy to remove from your vehicle after the campaign. Please put one on your car and get friends and family to do so. Send a request for stickers to Philip Blumel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to provide your mailing address.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Several of you have reported sending letters to the editor of the Palm Beach Post in favor of WPB's 8-year term limit. Keep 'em coming! You can send them to email@example.com, letting the city know how you feel about the mayor's attempt to use her power as a strong mayor to game the system and get around her 8-year term limit. For additional background and talking points on the issue, use our daily updates or see http://pblumel.blogspot.com/2010/07/west-palm-beach-mayor-clings-to-power.html
Paid pol. adv. paid for by the Keep West Palm Beach Term Limits Committee -- Richard Shepherd, chair; Jon Fogt, treasurer