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NLC Congressional Cities Conference Recap

One of my responsibilities as a commissioner is to represent our City at the local, state and national level. This past month, I was honored to do just that in Washington, D.C. at the National League of Cities (NLC) Congressional Cities Conference.

Municipal officials from across the country meet and share ideas at this conference. While there I took several NLC University courses, attended conference workshops and met many of our congressional members.

I was fortunate to meet with Senator Bill Nelson, Congressman Alcee Hastings and staff for Senator Marco Rubio. We spoke about the importance of keeping Community Block Development Grants (CBDG) and other grants that cities like Tamarac depend on since we derive the majority of our budget from sources other than property taxes.

Additionally, Commissioner Gomez and I ran into both Congressman Ted Deutch and Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and gave them the same message. The nice thing about the Broward County Congressional Delegation is that they work together for the betterment of our county.

I will be traveling to Tallahassee this week to address members of the Florida Legislature on a number of bills that could have an impact on our City. I will let you know how that goes in the next edition!

Racial Equity

One of the courses I took at the NLC Congressional Cities Conference discussed the difference between racial equality and racial equity.

Racial equality is when people of all races are given equal opportunity -  legally, morally and politically - by ignoring their racial physical characteristics.

Racial equity occurs when you don’t try to predict advantage or disadvantage by race but treat everyone equitably, or justly, according to their circumstances. Racial equity recognizes that we don’t all start at the same place and that our needs differ.

For example, even though there are equal numbers of men’s and women’s restrooms,  sometimes there is a line for the women’s but not the men’s room. Because the needs of men and women differ, equal restrooms are not the solution to a line for the women’s restroom.

Neighborhood Meetings

Each year Tamarac holds Neighborhood meetings for the four districts in our City. While residents are encouraged to attend any of the meetings, each meeting is geared toward the specific district it is being held for. This way residents get an update on what’s happening in their district.

Below is a list of the remaining meetings:

District 3 – Wednesday, April 19th at 6:30 pm in the Kings Point Club House, 7620 Nob Hill Road
District 2 – Thursday, April 27th at 6:30 pm in the Concord Village Club House, 6501 N. University Drive
District 1 – Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Mainlands 6 Club House, 4920 NW 51st Court

Bring your questions and concerns as City staff will be there to answer them.

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