SCHULTZ: "WHAT WON'T SHE DO TO FINAGLE A THIRD TERM?"
Randy Schultz at the Palm Beach Post asks this question in his latest editorial on the 'plots of Mayor Lois.' He points out that she stymied a 2006 petition drive in spite of the fact it had successfully gathered enough signatures. Now that she is running a petition drive, she wants her question on the ballot even though her committee has not successfully gathered enough signatures. It is a valuable recent history lesson.
In its West Palm Beat blog, the Post also mentioned the new weblog of the Keep West Palm Beach Term Limits Committee.
D-DAY FOR WEST PALM BEACH TERM LIMITS, AUG. 9!
Unless the petition drive somehow revives, the fate of the mayor's anti-term limits proposal hinges on a vote scheduled for the Aug. 9 city commission meeting. The mayor is asking the commission to put her question on the ballot even though West Palm Beach citizens are not signing the petitions to do so. Please attend and let the commissioners know you support the current 8-year term limit and do not approve of short circuiting the citizen initiative process.
HELP PROMOTE THE AUG. 9 EVENT
Please send a message to your friends, family and associates in West Palm Beach. Here’s a sample message you could cut and paste:
A MESSAGE FROM THE 'KEEP WEST PALM BEACH TERM LIMITS COMMITTEE' -- PLEASE FORWARD!
If you would like to help protect West Palm Beach's existing 8-year term limit law and prevent the mayor from running for a third term, the best thing you can do is to attend the city commission meeting at 4 p.m., Monday, 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). Bring friends!
For background and more information, see:
Philip Blumel (561) 254-8458
Pd. Pol. Adv. from the Keep West Palm Beach Term Limits Committee -- Rick Shepherd, chair; Jon Fogt, treasurer
THE COMMISSION SCORECARD
The proposal to weaken West Palm Beach's 8-year term limit needs 3 out of 5 commission votes to get on the ballot in November without citizen signatures. As of know, here's how we see the votes:
Molly Douglas NO
Kimberly Mitchell NO
Isaac Robinson UNKNOWN
Jeri Muoio UNDECIDED
Bill Moss YES
Please call and/or email the commissioners before Aug. 9 and either thank them, where appropriate, or encourage them to do the right thing on Aug. 9. For contact info, see: http://www.wpb.org/commission/maycom.php
"KEEP OUR 8-YEAR TERM LIMITS" BUMPER STICKERS AVAILABLE
Requests are coming in for the high-quality vinyl stickers. Don't worry, these will be easy to remove from your vehicle after the campaign. PLEASE put one on your car and get friends and family to do so. Let's see them moving around downtown. Send a request for stickers to Philip Blumel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to provide your mailing address.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
One weak link in our campaign so far has been letters to the editor. To our knowledge, none have appeared for over a month during the mayor's first attack on the voter-approved 8-year term limits law. You can send letters via email 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