The United States in number one in the world for human trafficking. The state of Florida is quickly approaching Texas as number the number two state in the U.S. Here in South Florida we are number one. While there has been some progress in Tallahassee, we in Tamarac should not wait to protect our city from this form of modern day slavery. I have asked that this issue be part of the City's 2019 Strategic Plan. This would include :
At our Commission meeting in July of 2019, before we went on our Summer break, the Commission approved the ordinance! I was very excited to have it pass. In addition to the passing of the ordinance, the City of Tamarac is hosting a Human Trafficking Awareness Summit on January 11, 2020!
A number of our Boards and Committees were created many years ago and may no longer reflect the needs of our community. I have asked that we look at this as part of the Strategic Plan in 2019 and 2020. I want to make sure that when a resident volunteers their time to the City, the resident feels like they helped to make a difference in their community. Let me know if you have any ideas for a Board or Committee you would like to see. Here are a couple I have spoken about:
Recent events around our country have made it clear that we still have a long way to go before equity is reached and discrimination is no longer a part of our society. In recognition of this, I am proposing a number of changes to the City Charter, which I asked for at our June 10th Commission meeting, as part of my request to include "natural hair and protected hairstyles" in the definition of race in the City's HR Manual. Here are the changes I am proposing:
These changes will make it clear that discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated in our city!
With new families moving into Tamarac on a daily basis, education will continue to play an important role. As the saying goes, "Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself." (John Dewey)
That said, it is vital to our City that we all get involved in educating our young people. Some of the things I will be working on in addition to what is currently being done:
One of the reasons I moved to Tamarac was because of the small town feel and it's location near the Everglades to the west and the beach to the east. This location gives us the best of both worlds but it also means we have the concerns of both as well. Saltwater intrusion will affect us as well as the dumping of chemicals from agriculture into the waters of the Everglades. We are also seeing a larger number of wild animals as our city continues to grow. Looking at long term solutions to these issues is a must. Some of the things I would like to see done in Tamarac:
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