Rent Ordinance

Last week, the Orange County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 to put rent stabilization on the November 8 ballot. Constrained by state law, the associated ordinance has exemptions including affordable housing, mobile homes, luxury rentals, single family homes and accessory dwelling units, properties with 4 units or less, among other exemptions. It will apply forContinue reading “Rent Ordinance”

Nazism

At a gender affirming care rally last weekend, hateful individuals displayed signs that said “Stop Grooming Kids” with a Star of David. QAnon and related conspiracies are rooted in the idea that Jews are wealthy pedophiles trying to run the world and that the ‘Jewish/LGBTQ+/immigrant/etc. Agenda’ is out to replace you. There is no ‘agenda.’Continue reading “Nazism”

We Need a Holistic Approach to the Rent Crisis

Last week, the County Commission voted to require landlords give 60 days notice before rent increases larger than 5%. This is a small step toward creating a comprehensive tenants’ bill of rights. In August, we will have the final hearing to consider  putting a 1-year rent freeze of existing rentals on the ballot. This willContinue reading “We Need a Holistic Approach to the Rent Crisis”

Rent Stabilization and Tenants’ Rights

On the 26th, Orange County Commissioners will continue deliberating options to alleviate the rental crisis. Measures being discussed include a notice requirement, tenants’ bill of rights and potential rent freeze referendum. Hillsborough and Miami-Dade Counties recently passed tenant protections, but the rent stabilization question is trickier. Proponents reason that a lack of affordable housing inContinue reading “Rent Stabilization and Tenants’ Rights”

Separation Between Church and State

On July 12, I had the privilege to invite Winter Garden resident Joseph Richardson to give the invocation at the Board of County Commission meeting. Richardson is a founding member of the Central Florida Freethought Community and prominent humanist, and he gave a secular invocation discussing the importance of respecting each other, critical thinking, freedom,Continue reading “Separation Between Church and State”

Antisemitism

The distribution of anti-Semitic literature in neighborhoods in Clermont earlier this month is concerning. According to the most recent FBI statistics, anti-Jewish attacks constitute 60% of religious attacks. We as individuals can fight against this discrimination by speaking out about anti-Semitic rhetoric and advocating for policy to support our local Jewish communities. No Holocaust survivorContinue reading “Antisemitism”

Budget

On July 13 and 14th, Orange County will be evaluating our Draft Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023. Orange County’s Budget is approximately $5 billion, 65% of which is restricted money funded by and to be spent towards Municipal Service Benefit Units/Municipal Service Taxing Units (MSBU/MSTU). Please tune in online at ocfl.net for OrangeTV’s liveContinue reading “Budget”