History 2010 and 2011
Alliance Board meets with Delray Medical Center
Working toward quality living in South Florida and Linking the Community with its Hospital
Seated at conference table from left: Susan Zuckerman, Alliance President’s Assistant; Margie Walden, Alliance Executive VP; Bob Schulbaum, Alliance Pres.; Norma Arnold, Alliance Director; Mark H. Bryan, Delray Medical Center CEO; Dr. Lori Vinikoor, Alliance VP ; Charles Laufer, Alliance Director; Stanley Kalish, Alliance Treasurer; Stan Goodman, Alliance Director, Ed Berger, Alliance Director; Mickey Mazor, Alliance VP; Dick Herman, Alliance 1st VP PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ALLIANCE/DELRAY MEDICAL CENTER WELLNESS SCREENING EXPO WELL ATTENDED
Hundreds of Community Members Received Multiple Screenings
Healthy Cooking Demonstration with Samples enjoyed by visitors
The Alliance Board of Directors along with Delray Medical Center’s Staff worked to present an event that was of great benefit to the local community at the South County Civic Center on March 31, 2011
Alliance Presents: Highlights of US Senator Nelson’s Visit
August 19, 2010 Morikami Museum Auditorium in Delray Beach
Alliance Executive VP Margie Walden (at lectern) initiates the meeting. Seated from left: Congressman Ted Deutch, Commissioner Burt Aaronson, COBWRA President Ken Lassiter, WBCC President Sheri Scarborough, US Senator Bill Nelson. PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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Gulf Oil Spill:
PRESIDENTS COUNCIL MEETING AUGUST 5, 2010 HUGE SUCCESS
ALLIANCE AND JOSHUA GERSTIN, ESQ. PRESENT
2010 COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
AUGUST 5, 2010 PRESIDENTS COUNCIL MEETING FROM LEFT: JOSHUA GERSTIN, ESQ.; BARBARA ZEE, ALLIANCE VP LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS;
BOB SCHULBAUM, ALLIANCE PRESIDENT; MARGIE WALDEN, ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE VP. PHOTO: COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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SENATOR-ELECT SACHS VISITS ALLIANCE PRESIDENTS COUNCIL MEETING AND TALKS ABOUT HER DISCUSSIONS WITH COMCAST TO AID IN RELIEF FOR COA’S AND HOA’S IN FORECLOSURES AND COLLECTIONS. ALSO, SPEAKS ABOUT GIVING MORE POWER TO THOSE THAT LIVE IN CONDOS AND HOA’S. SEE THE VIDEO ON RETROFITTING SPRINKLER SYSTEMS:
THE ALLIANCE SPEAKS AND GOVERNMENT LISTENS
EPA POSTPONES NUMERIC NUTRIENT CRITERIA ENFORCEMENT UNTIL 2011:
TAKES SECOND LOOK AT THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE WATER QUALITY CRITERIA WHICH
PERTAINS TO WATER BODIES SUCH AS SPRINGS, LAKES, AND FLOWING WATERS, ESTUARIES, AND COASTAL WATERS
Here is an Example of One of the Meetings that the Alliance Held Prior to the EPA’s Delay Letter:
Alliance Membership Hears from
Lake Worth Drainage District (LWDD) on Really Hot Topic
with Great Potential Impact on YOUR COMMUNITY
ALLIANCE BRINGS THE EXPERTS TO SPEAK TO THE COMMUNITY March 3, 2010
Photo From Left: Mort Mazor (seated), Alliance 1 st VP; Bob Schulbaum, President Alliance; Patrick Martin, PE Director of Engineering LWDD; Ronald Crone, PE, Manager LWDD shown answering questions from the Alliance Membership on the potential impact of the EPAs Proposed Numeric Nutrient Criteria. PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The EPA is proposing “numeric water quality criteria” pertaining to nutrient concentrations to protect aquatic life in lakes and flowing waters, including canals, within the state of Florida. In addition, the EPA is also proposing regulations to help Florida develop “restoration standards” for impaired waters.
HOW WILL THIS IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY?
Dollars and Cents:
It is estimated that residential water utility bills may increase six fold.
PBC Utilities estimates modifications needed to increase the treatment of reclaimed water could cost as much as $300 million for one 30 million gallons a day plant.
LWDD estimates it would have to establish 21,000 acres of stormwater treatment areas to meet the low EPA numeric standard for phosphorus.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Request a halt to EPAs enforcement of proposed numeric nutrient low values.
Require EPA to conduct thorough scientific investigation as to the validity of established standards as applied to our area.
Require an economic impact study be performed.
Request that EPA continue working with FDEP and TAC to develop site specific water quality standards for Florida.
ALLIANCE PRESENTED ANOTHER HUGELY SUCCESSFUL EVENT and
PERFORMED ANOTHER SERVICE FOR THE COMMUNITY with its
2010 COA AND HOA SUPPLIER EXHIBITION on February 26, 2010
COLLAGE OF PHOTOS FROM THE FEBRUARY 26, 2010 COA AND HOA SUPPLIER EXHIBITION
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Alliance Working for its Membership
Rep. Sachs Blue Ribbon Committees Meet Again Before 2010 Session Begins
Photo: From left: Lori Vinikoor, VP Special Projects discussing practical alternative power sources with Representative Maria Sachs in the February 19, 2010 Blue Ribbon Committee on Energy meeting. PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
FLORIDAs NATURAL RESOURCES ENERGY OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Cellulosic Ethanol (Biofuel)
Ocean Energy Technology
Another important goal concerning Energy is to promote investment in Florida renewable and alternative energy resources for electricity and transportation needs (ss. 366.92, 377.601, and 377.802, F.S.; Audubon, Florida Chamber, SACE). WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU?
Property tax assessment restrictions for renewable energy resources (Fld. Const.)
Tax credits for renewable and biofuels (ss. 220.191 220.193, F.S.)
Sales tax exemptions (s. 212.08, F.S.)
Electric Utility standard offer contracts (s. 366.91, F.S.)
Alliance Board Member Barbara Zee, VP Legislative Affairs, participates in the Blue Ribbon Committee on Disaster Preparedness.
Alliance Board member Ed Berger participates in the Blue Ribbon Committee on Education.
ALLIANCE ATTENDS BRIEFING CONDUCTED BY STATE ATTORNEY MICHAEL McAULIFFE AND HELPS IDENTIFY AREAS NEEDING ATTENTION AS PART OF THE STATE ATTORNEY ADVISORY BOARD
Photo: Taken in West Palm Beach Commission Chambers January 26, 2010. State Attorney Michael McAuliffe meets with Alliance and other Community Leaders. Seated far right: Alliance President Bob Schulbaum. PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
The reorganization of Economic Crimes into a White Collar Crime Section Including a specific attorney handling Crimes Against the Elderly and aggressively prosecuting cases of crimes against seniors
A Public Integrity Unit Addressing Public Corruption
Progress on the Predator Unit which works out of Boca Raton: now on its 35 th defendant with a full investigative staff and its own prosecutor
Legislative Front: Activity in the attempt to pass legislation related to anti corruption, official misconduct, and bribery laws
Striving for a high standard of performance and accountability by having all attorneys in the Office of the State Attorney produce Annual Performance Plans and conducting Written Performance Evaluations
Gang and Gun Unit Update: proceeding full speed on all R.I.C.O.-nature cases
Repeat Offenders: continual improvement in identifying violent repeat offenders and being very aware of not letting repeat offenders slip through the cracks. There is also a commitment to identify repeat offenders in lifestyle crimes, i.e. trespass, nuisance, subsidized housing fraud, by working closely with neighborhood and community leaders, city officials, and local law enforcement.
Pill Mills and Prescription Drug Abuse: there will be increased focus and increased prosecution in the future concerning this by replicating a task force similar to that of the Gang and Gun Unit, by working with County Commissioners on regulating efforts, and by conducting a summit in the Spring which will include community leaders, officials, and health care professionals to address this issue.
ALLIANCE LEADING COMMUNITIES IN EFFORTS TO PROVIDE AID TO HAITI
Photo: Taken in front of the United Haitian Baptist Church, West Palm Beach Sunday January 24, 2010. Rep. Sachs and other community leaders provided instruction and information regarding travel to Haiti and other important benefits for the Haitian Community during this time of sorrow. Pictured from left: Alliance VP Special Projects Lori Vinikoor meeting with Rep. Maria Sachs and Ronald Hirschel, US Deputy Ambassador for Human Rights 1978-1979. PHOTO COPYRIGHT 2010 LORI VINIKOOR ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
ALLIANCE AMONG REPRESENTATIVE SACHS’ “NINE EXPERTS” FOR SOLUTIONS TO CONDO AND
HOA FORECLOSURE CRISIS
First photo: Briefing before the Power Meeting Alliance President Bob Schulbaum pictured with Representative Maria Sachs. Second Photo from left: Scott Tennell, Florida Mortgage Professionals Association; Rep. Sachs; and Robert Rubinstein, Attorney from Becker and Poliakoff. Photos copyright 2009 Lori Vinikoor All Rights Reserved.
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Alliance Membership Briefed by State Attorney
December 2, 2009 South County Civic Center: State Attorney Michael McAuliffe discusses crime, anti-corruption, gangs, special victims unit, and recent cases. Seated to his left are Mickey Mazor, Alliance 1 st Vice President and Margie Walden, Alliance Executive Vice President. Photo copyright 2009 Lori Vinikoor All Rights Reserved
Rep. Maria Sachs, PBSO Lt. Pete Ebel, and Special Presenter on Foreclosures Joshua Gerstin, Esq. at December Meeting
Photos copyright 2009 Lori Vinikoor All Rights Reserved:
ALLIANCE PARTICIPATES IN REP. MARIA SACHS BLUE RIBBON COMMITTEES
and brings the information back to its members
Discussions on November 19, 2009 Center on Education, Health Care, Energy, Disaster Preparedness, and Human Trafficking
First Photo: From left: Alliance VP Special Projects Dr. Lori Vinikoor discusses auto industry conversion technology in Rep. Maria Sachs Blue Ribbon Committee on Energy with Rep. Sachs listening and encouraging the participants to discuss ideas to resolve problems which affect Floridas energy needs. Second Photo: Representative Maria Sachs (third from right) with her Blue Ribbon Committee on Energy.
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Alliance VP Legislative Affairs, Barbara Zee participated in the Blue Ribbon Committee on Disaster Preparedness
ALLIANCE BRINGS THE INFORMATION BACK TO ITS MEMBERS: Note regarding future improvements you may make to your home involving renewable energy sources and storm-related improvements:
Effective January 1, 2009, thanks to Rep. Sachs House Bill 229, Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Technologies, the Property Appraiser is prohibited from assessing the value of hurricane shutters or other storm-related improvements made to rental homes, second homes and homestead properties. Her bill also exempts the value of renewable energy source devices such as solar water heating systems or solar power panels.
GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE NEW RUTH RALES JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE SENIOR CENTER COMING SUMMER 2010 TO WEST DELRAY
First Photo: Dignitaries Don Their Hard Hats. From Left:Ivan Gefen, Past President Ruth Rales; Commissioner Burt Aaronson; Senator Ted Deutch; Alliance President Bob Schulbaum; Ruth Rales President Larry Blair. Second Photo: Physically Breaking the Ground to Begin construction of the 12,000 square foot Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of Palm Beach County Senior Center Coming the Summer of 2010. Photos Copyright 2009 Lori Vinikoor All Rights Reserved
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Shovel goes into ground to begin construction:
Alliance President Bob Schulbaum Welcomes Ruth Rales to West Delray:
Commissioner Burt Aaronson Speaks to His Community
Senator Ted Deutch Acknowledges the Alliance of Delray
Alliance Board met October 21, 2009 with Elected Officials on Issues Vital to our Community
SECURITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING
THURSDAY OCTOBER 15, 2009
ALLIANCE PRESENTS AN OVERVIEW OF PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE AT SEPTEMBER 2, 2009 MEETING: BATTALION CHIEF TOM TOLBERT SPOKE AND HIS EMERGENCY RESCUE TEAM PRESENTED A LIVE DEMONSTRATION.
WATCH LIVE PALM BEACH COUNTY FIRE RESCUE DEMONSTRATION FROM TODAYS ALLIANCE MEETING. CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:
ALLIANCE WORKS FOR ITS MEMBERSHIP ON FORECLOSURE ISSUES AFFECTING ASSOCIATIONS
Highlights of Meeting with Rep. Maria Sachs and PBC Chief Judge Peter Blanc
At Palm Beach County Courthouse on July 21, 2009
Photos: Palm Beach County Courthouse 7/21/09 ; Center Photo: Rep. Maria Sachs in briefing session which took place in the Law Library of PBC Courthouse Seated are Katerina Draganova, Assistant to Rep. Sachs and Samuel Golden, Esq. Foreclosure Attorney ; Last Photo: Chief Judge Peter Blanc discussing the Foreclosure issue in Judge Blanc’s Administrative Office PBC Courthouse. Photos 2009 by Lori Vinikoor All rights reserved
STATISTICS DEMONSTRATE THE PROBLEM
Recordings of Foreclosure Certificates (titles):
First 2 ½ months of 2009: 1198
NUMBER OF FORECLOSURES FILED IN JUNE 2009: 2376
The discussion with Judge Blanc and Rep. Sachs on how to get foreclosure numbers under control included:
How the courts, while working in their own boundaries, can help Associations expedite foreclosure actions
Moving to fill several judge vacancies which have arisen in the past few months
Asking judges to volunteer to take on more foreclosure cases
EPA DELAY LETTER:
CONGRESSMAN PUTNAM’S PRESS RELEASE: