Wednesday, August 09, 2006

FLORIDA DIGEST August 9, 2006


Broward School Board's referendum for $749 million bond issue derailed

By Jean-Paul Renaud
South Florida Sun-Sentinel Education Writer

August 8, 2006, 9:18 PM EDT

Hopes of taking out the biggest government loan in Broward County historycollapsed Tuesday when school board members evenly split over askingtaxpayers for $749 million.

The 4-4 vote effectively killed the proposal that would have asked voters inNovember to let the board borrow enough money to build new schools, renovateold ones and upgrade the district's television station.

"I am elected to represent my district," said board member Stephanie Kraft."I have a responsibility to be responsive to my community and my communityis asking that we not put this on the ballot."


Another research center looks to follow Scripps
Torrey Pines Institute considering Boca Raton among other Florida locations
August 9, 2006

Another California-based research center has Florida on its mind, butlife-science seekers are too tied up to take notice.

Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies is the latest La Jolla,Calif.-based research center to announce intentions of expanding intoFlorida. The entity, similar to Scripps Research Institute expanding intoPalm Beach County, has its eye on Boca Raton, but has also looked at Port
St. Lucie, Orlando and Tampa, said Richard Houghten, Torrey Pines' founderand president.

"We are still deciding where the best place for us to be is," Houghten said."But nothing is fixed in stone."


Posted on Wed, Aug. 09, 2006

Broward slots dealt major blow by court

Backers of slot machines in Broward County were dealt a setback Tuesday by a court ruling that will give opponents a chance to argue that the 2004 amendment that led to slots should have never made the ballot.


TALLAHASSEE - Concerned that dead people and phantom voters may have signed petitions to force a slot-machine vote, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday that a lower court should throw out the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 2004 if it can be proved that election law was broken.

The 2-1 decision by the First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee could deal a crippling blow to the four parimutuel facilities in Broward County that were banking on the slot machines. State voters approved the amendment in 2004, leading to slot referendums in Broward


Guest Opinion: Carol Ann Wehle

Everglades restoration takes big steps forward

. Cooperation between local, state and national government this year is making restoration goals possible. One outcome will be to limit releases of Lake Okeechobee into other bodies of water.

Originally posted on August 09, 2006

2006 is proving to be a very good year for Everglades restoration.

From the halls of Congress to the chambers of county commissions, Everglades projects continue to get the green light.

Last month's Senate passage of the Water Resources Development Act is, for me, icing on the cake of a very productive year.Here in South Florida, we have already started digging, literally. Four groundbreakings in the past six months launched construction on critical reservoirs and treatment wetlands that will improve the Everglades ecosystem, our coastal estuaries and Lake Okeechobee.

These projects are part of the state's Acceler8 initiative, an action-oriented plan for stepping up the pace on eight key restoration projects.

The groundbreaking of the Acceler8 project was on Aug. 2. We turned dirt on a giant water storage reservoir in the Everglades Agricultural Area, south of Lake Okeechobee.


The Miami Herald
Posted on Wed, Aug. 09, 2006


Sugar growers finance attack on Davis

Big Sugar is investing big money on behalf of Democratic state Sen. Rod Smith's campaign for governor.


Four years ago, a group financed by sugar growers hurled attacks at Everglades crusader Mary Barley and helped sink her bid for state agriculture commissioner.

This week, the group that calls itself Florida's Working Families surfaced again, this time in the contest to replace Gov. Jeb Bush.The new target: Democratic candidate Jim Davis, who often tells voters that if he had been governor, he would have vetoed a 2003 measure weakening
Everglades pollution limits on sugar growers.


Hi Good People,

Please let us know asap if you will be at the JENNIFER GOTTLIEB FOR BROWARD
SCHOOL BOARD fundraiser/reception on Sunday afternoon - August 13 - 5pm at
Storks on Las Olas.

We are counting on the GLBT Community to demonstrate our committment and support for a progressive school board.

Reminder - this Board seat is one of the 2 county-wide seats on the Board and is presently occupied by Darla Carter who is supported by the right wing - Steve Kane and his ilk.

And, if you can't attend, please send a check (any amount will help) to:

Jennifer Gottlieb
715 Harrison Street,
Hollywood, Florida 33019

Please respond and let us know if you can/can't attend and if you have
mailed your check.

Best, and Thanks!

Ray and Michael

Deanna Black
Christopher Boykin
Michael Cooper
Douglas Cureton
De Palazzo
Stratton Pollitzer
Ray Rideout
Nadine Smith
Jim Stork
Joe Van Eron


South Florida Rock the Vote 2006

South Florida, you're invited!

Host: Nancy Ferreira
Location: Hollywood Beach Theatre/Band Shell
Johnson St & Boardwalk, Hollywood, FL View Map
When: Friday, August 18, 7:00pm to 11:00pm
Phone: 954-270-5516

Join us for a four hour medley of music, comedy and spoken word to attractyouth through music and the arts for 100% voter registration. This is anon-partisan event. Performances by Comedians: Steve Strowbridge, WillWatkins & A.Z., Spoken Word by Renda Writer & Michelle Riu. Musicalperformances by Survival Trillest Records, Brendan O'Hara & The Humble Ones,
The Tommy Dalton Band & Shawn Elliot, Mitch Gunz. This is a FREE/ALL Agesconcert on the Beach. Rock, Jazz/Indie Soul, Hip Hop, Rap, for the whole family! Special thanks to SEIU-Local11& Complete Mortgage Financing. Representatives from the Broward Supervisorof Elections Office will be present to register voters.


From the desk of
Rep. Robert Wexler
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Dear Floridian's,

We are proud to strongly support our friend Jim Davis in his campaign to become the next governor of our great state.

Jim stands up every day andfights for Floridians on many important issues, including education, healthcare, and the environment. And in his nine years in Congress, Jim has alsobeen a tireless advocate for and defender of Israel.

But despite his unwavering record of support for Israel, Jim's opponents arelaunching a desperate and deceitful attack against him, and we must rallyaround him to show our support in the face of this false attack.

As Jim's coworkers in Congress, we have seen first hand how he hasconsistently fought for and defended Israel. One of the most important waysa member of Congress can stand with Israel is to vote for economic andmilitary aid to Israel to keep the country strong in the face of attacks.
Jim has repeatedly and consistently backed foreign aid to Israel, totalingover $5 billion during his time in Congress. In addition to voting for sucha large amount of aid for Israel, Jim fought against an attempt to slash aidto the country, because he believes - as we do - that it is extremelyimportant to support Israel in every way we can.