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INSIDER Newsletter (4/14/2019)

APRIL 14, 2019

 
 
 
 

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James Calls for Fair, Affordable Housing

Mayor Delivers Remarks on 51st Anniversary of Fair Housing Act

 

 

VIDEO: Mayor Keith James Calls for Fair, Affordable Housing

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West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James called for fair, affordable housing when delivering remarks at “A Symposium on Fair and Affordable Housing: A Basic Civil Right.” The event, held on April 11, 2019 in Manalapan, Florida, was hosted by Holy Ground PBC, which shelters and mentors homeless, pregnant and parenting young mothers and their children in Palm Beach County. The event’s keynote speaker was Avery Friedman, CNN legal correspondent and America’s best known civil rights lawyer and law professor. Of note, Mayor James delivered his remarks on the 51st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act which protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities; additional protections apply to federally assisted housing.

 

“It’s so important for us to recognize that fair and affordable housing is an issue in our community that needs to be addressed,” said Mayor James. “Whether you live in Washington, D.C., West Palm Beach, or small-town Wichita, Kansas, where I was raised, it’s an issue. As a city, county, a state and nation, we want to make sure that we are creating opportunities for affordable housing. Equally important, we have to make sure that all housing is fair for all.”

 

“In West Palm Beach, we are working to build a community of opportunity for all. We want all of our residents to be able to lead happy, healthy fulfilling lives,” he said.

 

Mayor Keith James with Avery Friedman

 

In delivering his remarks, Mayor James recalled his very first home purchase in Palm Beach County in the 1980s; “whites only” was a prerequisite—albeit an illegal one-- for the purchase of his home. The incident made a lasting impression on Mayor James, and the memory has strengthened his resolve to ensure fair, affordable housing in the City of West Palm Beach.

 

Mayor James also voiced support for the City’s Housing and Community Development Department and its efforts to address the issues of affordable housing and homelessness which include:

  • 572 new units of affordable rental housing serving the elderly, homeless and families which have either been developed or are under development in West Palm Beach;
  • At least another 51 new homes which have been constructed or are under construction that have provided affordable home ownership opportunity to families and great stability to neighborhoods;
  • Dozens of other affordable rental and homeownership housing units in various stages of predevelopment that will come online in the next two years;
  • Connecting the City’s homeless population to resources to ensure their basic needs are met, whether it be in housing, employment or healthcare, through: 
    • Homeless Peer Outreach teams funded through the Lord’s Place;
    • West Palm Beach Housing Stabilization Program;
    • Youth Homeless Prevention Program through VitaNova;
    • Vickers House of West Palm Beach;
    • Homeward Bound program;
    • A full-time police officer dedicated to addressing the issue of homelessness;
    • And many more outreach efforts.

“We want our residents to achieve their true potential—no matter what their background and circumstances,” said James.

 

For more information on the City’s efforts to create affordable housing and address the issues of homelessness, please visit: http://wpb.org/hcd.

 

Mayor Keith James was elected in March 12, 2019. Focused on creating a community of opportunity for all, Mayor James has a vision for West Palm Beach that is resident-driven. Mayor James is committed to creating a customer friendly culture that focuses on neighborhood initiatives, regional collaboration and community partnerships.

 

Mayor James is the City’s first African-American “strong mayor,” whereby the Mayor is the City’s Chief Executive Officer directing the administrative structure, and the City’s fourth African-American Mayor. For more information about Mayor James, please visit: https://wpb.org/About/Mayor-s-Page/Mayor-s-Bio.

 

For more information about the City of West Palm Beach, please visit: https://wpb.org/.

 

City of West Palm Beach Recent Policy Actions

 

For a summary of some of the approvals and decisions made by City Commission during the April 8, 2019 City Commission meeting,

please visit: http://wpb.org/getattachment/Meetings-Events/Meetings/City-Administration/City-Commission-Meeting-04-08-2019/04082019-CC-PASS-FAIL.pdf;

 

City of West Palm Beach Public Meetings

 

***Meetings held in the Commission Chambers and Flagler Gallery are located at City Hall, which is located at 401 Clematis Street***

 

 

MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

  • 10:00 A.M. Mayor/Commission Work Session Flagler Gallery
  • 2:10 P.M. Selection Committee Meeting – RFP 18-19-211, City Center, 5th Floor
  • Marketing Consultant Services for Community Events Room 519
  • 2:30 P.M. Civil Service Board - Special Meeting Commission Chambers
TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019
  • 10:30 A.M., Coleman Park Task Force Meeting;  (City Center, 2nd Floor Planning Dept. Open Area)
  • 12:00 P.M., Library Advisory Board Meeting (411 Clematis St. 3rd Floor)
  • 6:00 P.M., Planning Board Meeting (Commission Chambers)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2019
  • 9:00 A.M., Special Magistrate Code Compliance Hearings (Commission Chambers)
  • 4:00 P.M., West Palm Beach Housing Authority Board Meeting (Paul Laurence Dunbar Senior Complex Clubhouse 820 Grant Street)  
  • 5:30 P.M., Mayor’s Meeting with North End Neighborhoods (Flagler Gallery)
THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2019
  • 11:00 A.M., City Commission Agenda Review (Mayor's Board Room)
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019
  • 8:30 A.M., West Palm Beach Police Pension Fund (Police Benevolent Hall, 2100 N. Florida Mango Road)

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation announces it is now accepting summer camp registrations. The “CityFun” summer camp offers a variety of programs for everyone, every interest, and at five different locations. Sports and specialty camps include sailing, skateboarding, dance and cheer, fishing and swim lessons. There are camps for preschoolers, teens, and a counselor-in-training program. Multi-child discounts are available for City residents, and Palm Beach County Scholarship and ELC is accepted. For more information or to register, call (561) 804-4900 or utilize the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department Online Registration System at http://www.wpb.org/Departments/Parks-Recreation/Program-Registration-Search

 

CWPB Named 2nd Best City in U.S. for LGBTQ Retirement in 2019
WPB Makes SeniorAdvice.com’s ‘Top 20’ List

 

 

The City of West Palm Beach has been ranked as the second-best city in the nation for LGBTQ-friendly retirement destinations, according to SeniorAdvice.com which provides directories of assisted living facilities and senior care services. In creating its ‘Top 20’ list, the website considered multiple factors including: the percentage of LGBTQ population in the area; available social activities; festivals; weather; LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce presence; quality of healthcare; number of hospitals and pharmacies; cost of living; and general awareness of the LGBTQ community’s needs. To continue reading, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/West-Palm-Beach-Named-2nd-Best-City-in-U-S-for-LGB.

 

Make a Difference at Historic Evergreen Cemetery

 

The City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce The Great American Cleanup 2019 event at the Evergreen Cemetery, located at 2825 N. Rosemary Ave, on Saturday, April 27th, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Volunteers will assist with cleaning cemetery gravestones, trimming hedges and providing general maintenance of the cemetery. Please join us!

 

In 1913 a group of seven men identified as trustees and owners had the Evergreen Cemetery laid out.  Joined by four others, they formed the Evergreen Cemetery Association in 1916. For over 85 years, Evergreen Cemetery has been the final resting place of some of the city´s most influential African American citizens including Dr. T. Leroy Jefferson, the City's first African American physician; J.W. Mickens, an early educator; Henry Speed, a real estate investor; and Dr. J.R. Vickers, a physician. In 1981, the City Commission declared Evergreen Cemetery a site of local historical significance. The City acquired and assumed responsibility for Evergreen Cemetery in 1987.

 

Due to the historical nature of the project, the City is particularly interested in having individuals and groups who are familiar with the cemetery or the surrounding area as volunteers, but no specific experience is required to volunteer. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering or you know of a group that is interested, please contact City of West Palm Beach Volunteer Coordinator Mario Arguelles at (561) 804-4938, marguelles@wpb.org.

 

CWPB to Host Quarterly Procurement Meeting

 

                  

SPRING YOUR BUSINESS INTO ACTION on April 18, 2019 at Gaines Park Community Center located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue  from 4-6 pm.  This quarterly procurement event is for aspiring Small Business and Minority/Woman Business Enterprises.  Our expert presenters will discuss how you can position your business to get opportunities through the Procurement Department.  Come meet banking representatives that will have small group discussions on: 1) Lines of Credit; 2) Small Business Loans; and 3) Other Business Products for your business.  This will be an EXCELLENT networking opportunity to meet firms in your industry!  Refreshments by Troy’s BBQ and Lemonade Bar by Top Shelf Gourmet Pops! To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-your-business-into-action-tickets-59362848879. For more information, please visit: https://wpb.org/Departments/Procurement/Overview

 

 

 

 

Mayor James Delivers Remarks at National Crime Victims' Rights Week Kickoff: Mayor James Recounts Personal Story as Relative of Violent Crime Victim in Advocating for Victims: To read Mayor's remarks, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MAYOR-KEITH-JAMES-REMARKS-Delivered-at-the-Victims

 

FAA Sets Public Meeting for WPB on 4/18/19: FAA to discuss project that proposes new changes to PBI. For more information, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/NOTICE-FAA-SETS-PULIC-MEETING-FOR-4-18-2019-IN-WES

 

***CWPB Offers Yard Waste Amnesty Days for Advance Hurricane Season Preparation. Yard Waste Amnesty Days allow residential customers to place large amounts of vegetation waste for weekly pickup at no charge from April 22 - May 31, 2019.*** For more information, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/CWPB-OFFERS-YARD-WASTE-AMNESTY-DAYS-FOR-ADVANC-(1).

 

Road and Dock Closures Update: Week of April 14, 2019: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/ROAD-DOCK-CLOSURES-UPDATE-WEEK-OF-APRIL-14,-2019.

 

WPB-TV HEADLINES

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VIDEO: CWPB City Commission Meeting (April 8, 2019)

 

VIDEO: Community Redevelopment Agency Meeting (April 8, 2019)

 

 

VIDEO: Wyland National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation

 

VIDEO: WPB FOG Team Keeps Restaurant Pipes Unclogged

 

VIDEO: 'Vision Zero' Crash Reenactment Brings Safety Message to Teens

 

 

 

 

Have you heard the news? The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is celebrating its 10th anniversary at 411 Clematis Street with a gift for patrons - FINE FORGIVENESS! For the entire month of April, the library will forgive ALL fines for overdue and lost materials. Just bring a current ID, along with any overdue items, and all fees will be waived. Come back and check out what's new at the library including our expanded digital library-with no late fees ever!

 

 

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

April Highlights:  LOTS OF FREE EVENTS & ACTIVITES

April 1-30        FINE FORGIVENESS – Bring a current ID and any overdue materials and we’ll remove ALL fines!

Mondays            Money Smart Series presented by Capital One

Apr. 17         Millennials Ruin Book Club at Subculture Coffee

Apr. 19         Kids Art Day with Ms. Jeanne / Teen Fortnite Tournament

Apr. 24         Leslie Gray Streeter Presents:  The Power of the Idea

Apr. 25         Kids Can Cook interactive class

Apr. 27         Mock SAT Exam for teens presented by Path to College Fellowship

 

To see a full list of Mandel Public Library's April events, please visit: https://www.wpb.org/News-Video/Archive-News/MANDEL-PUBLIC-LIBRARY-EVENTS-FOR-APRIL-2019.

 

 

 

 
 
 

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City Job Opportunities: http://wpb.org/Departments/Human-Resources/Home/I-want-to-work-for-the-City-of-West-Palm-Beach

 

Utility Bill Payments: http://wpb.org/utilities/paying-your-utility-bill/

 

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Public Works Request for Service: http://wpb.org/Departments/Public-Works/Public-Works-Forms.

 

Volunteer Opportunities: http://wpb.org/volunteer

 

Vickers House of West Palm Beach: http://wpb.org/vickers

 

City Clerk: http://wpb.org/Departments/City-Clerk/Office-of-the-City-Clerk

 

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