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April 28, 2016
SOCIAL DEBATE: HOW TO USE FACEBOOK FOR A CONTROVERSIAL CONVERSATION (AND NOT TRIP IN THE MUD)
Elected officials are no strangers to landing smack in the middle of heated discussions and differing opinions. With social media as our new leading form of communication, these moments happen in real time, all of the time, and in front of an eternal audience.
Still, don’t let that scare you from posting about controversial topics. If it affects your community or your constituents, you want to play a role in constructive dialogue. These intense back and forth discussions often lead to some of our most effective legislation.
April 22, 2016
DMO Resolution on LGBT Rights
DMO supports the dignity and rights of all LGBT individuals to full participation in civic, community, and economic endeavors, and to freedom from discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and civil rights.
DMO encourages cities and towns, municipal leaders in general and DMOs in particular
- To advocate for the dignity and civil rights of our LGBT citizens and residents;
- To support laws and educational efforts involving them fully in our communities and protecting them from discrimination; and
- To actively oppose state-level efforts to pre-empt local initiatives in this area.
DMO encourages its members and supporters to consider adopting concrete local efforts in this area such as those discussed in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index: http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/municipal-equality-index.
DMO calls attention to, and supports, the national Democratic Party platform plank which reads, “[N]o one should face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status.”
April 14, 2016
Building an Online Presence for the Era of Perpetual Campaigning
It’s now more important than ever for Democratic municipal officials to maintain a consistent online presence. We’re living in the age of the never-ending election cycle, where attacks don’t end in November and competition for attention is always fierce. By engaging online, maintaining your website, and contributing to social media throughout your term, you can ensure that your constituents have the right image of you before you launch your reelection campaign.
Consistency is key to maintaining control of this image and your message as well. Blogging regularly, sharing news on social media, updating your website, and steadily building your mailing list are all invaluable ways of keeping on message. They also serve to solidify a positive image of yourself as a leader in your community.
While it is important to remain consistent, it is equally important to know which tactics are a constructive use of your time. The following pointers will help you start building and maintaining your year-round image and message.
March 30, 2016
Democratic Municipal Officials joins in celebrating today's major win for working families. By a 4-4 tie vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has left standing a long-settled right of public sector employees to negotiate together for good salaries, benefits, and working conditions. By upholding nearly four decades of Constitutional precedent and sound law, the decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association benefits responsible public employers and employees alike.
February 09, 2016
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September 06, 2015
DEMOCRATIC MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS HONORS CONTRIBUTIONS
OF THE LABOR MOVEMENT ON LABOR DAY
This Labor Day, Democratic Municipal Officials (DMOs) across our nation salute the city and town workers who keep our communities running every day
Chicago, IL – September 6th, 2015 – “During this Labor Day, whether enjoying our family picnics in a city park or at the beach, please recognize the hard work our municipal (and state) workers do who staff, maintain, and clean our parks,” said Tampa City Council Member Mike Suarez. “And as we travel this holiday, please appreciate the hard work of our road crews, and the police who help keep the traffic moving safely, even on a holiday.”
DMO leaders noted that this is also a time to recognize the contributions of the organized labor movement. Without the rights won by workers’ reform campaigns, led by them through their unions, we wouldn’t have work holidays like Labor Day in the first place.
July 27, 2015
Resolution Supporting Strengthening Limits on Ozone and Smog Pollution
WHEREAS, smog air pollution represents a widespread threat to the health of Americans, especially in urban and other areas impacted by power plant emissions, worsening health problems including asthma, COPD, and other cardio-pulmonary conditions; and
WHEREAS, nearly 26 million Americans, including 7 million children overall and 16% of African-American children, suffer from asthma; and
WHEREAS, approximately 45% of the American population (over 140 million people) live in counties receiving a failing grade from American Lung Association reports on air quality; and
Mayor Cindy Lerner
DMO Board of Directors
Mayor Cindy Lerner was elected as Pinecrest's third mayor on November 4th, 2008 and re-elected for a second term without opposition on November 6th, 2012. Mayor Lerner currently serves on the Miami-Dade County Community Based Care Alliance, is Vice Chair of the National League of Cities' Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy Steering Committee and is the incoming President of the Miami-Dade County League of Cities.
City Council Member Joe Buscaino
DMO Board of Directors
Councilman Buscaino (bOO-sky-EE-no) is a member of the Los Angeles City Council, elected on January 17, 2012. In addition, he serves as the Mayor's appointee to the South Coast Air Quality Management District as well as on the Board of Directors for the League of California Cities and the National League of Cities.