- Posted August 22, 2008 by
Lake Worth, Florida, Florida
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Small Town Show Down Over Immigration
Lake Worth, Florida - Tuesday, September 2, at 6 PM the Lake Worth City Commission will tackle the immigration issue once again. With two seats up for re-election this November this could be a defining issues for city voters. Lake Worth is plagued by works lining the streets leading into the downtown. The question is how to solve this problem? The majority of the laborers are Mayans from Southern Mexico and Guatemala.
Com. Cara Jennings, District 2, is pushing for the creation of a Day Labor center. Com. Jennings was a founder of the radical cheerleaders and continues to actively protest issues such as the Western Palm Beach County Power Plant, Mecca Farms project, and Scripts. She envisions placing the Day Labor Center at Lake Worth's Shuffle Board court and Community Center. Her opponents Mary Lindsey and John Jordan are both opposed to the plan.
Com Dave Vespo, District 4, is also opposed to the plan. His opponent Rene Varela, a marine biologist, has not made his position clear on this issue. Varela is a Florida native of Cuban decent.
The political atmosphere couldn't be more charged. Both sides are rallying troops to fill the commission chambers at the September 2nd meeting. This past Monday local resident Katie McGiveron went as far as to send a robo call out to the community asking residents to attend the meeting and speak against the center. McGiveron is Chairwoman of Save Our Neighborhood, PAC (SON).
This meeting promises to be a heated battle of words with Mayor Jeff Clemens appearing to be the swing vote on the issue. Both incumbents up for re-election are looking for a win!