What’s Happening This Week: Jan 14 – 19

Thank you all so much for the positive feedback to our first This Week newsletter! There is a lot going on locally this week, so we will start there.

LOCAL
Monday, January 14
Conversation with Commissioner Gail Johnson Commissioner Johnson has asked local organizations to discuss their 2018 successes and their 2019 goals.
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: GRU MultiPurpose Room: 301 SE 4th Ave

Tuesday, January 15
Alachua County Commission Special Meeting The Alachua County Commission will be having a special meeting regarding the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA). Here’s the agenda, some good background info and info on the CRA.
Time: 10:00am
Location: 12 SE 1st St, Gainesville

City of Gainesville Rental Housing Subcommittee Meeting on Renters’ Rights & Responsibilities. If you are not familiar with the Alachua County Labor Coalition’s campaign to improve the rental housing stock in Gainesville, visit their page. The agenda for the meeting can be found on this page.
Time: 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: GRU MultiPurpose Room: 301 SE 4th Ave

Alachua County School Board Regular Meeting. The agenda can be found here.
Time: 6:00pm
Location: 620 E. University Ave

GNV4ALL General Meeting Learn more about the Gainesville Empowerment Zone and how you can help.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Eastside Community Center: 2841 E. University Ave

STATE
There will be a Putnam County State Delegation meeting. “The purpose of this meeting is for the Putnam County Legislative Delegation to hear from local constituents, organizations, and elected officials on the issues facing their communities.” Putnam County is represented by Keith Perry in the Senate (District 8) and by Bobby Payne in the House (District 19).
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm, Thursday, January 17
Location: Putnam County Board of County Commissioners Boardroom: 2509 Crill Ave, Suite 100, Palatka.

For a look back at a busy inauguration week, check out The Tampa Bay Times’ The Buzz on Florida Politics blog.

FEDERAL
Congress is in session this week, Monday through Thursday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Senate will be holding confirmation hearings on Attorney General Nominee, William Barr.

The most important news continues to be the shutdown, which is entering its fourth week. Here is Indivisible National’s latest recap: TRUMP WANTS TO DECLARE A FAKE EMERGENCY TO GET HIS WALL. It lists the three demands we need to make of our representatives should Trump make this authoritarian move.

Contact Information:
Federal Representatives Contact information:
House of Representatives:
* Ted Yoho
* * Email: Click here to fill out your email.
* * Phone:
* * * DC office: (202)225-5744
* * * Gainesville office: (352)505-0838
Senate
Marco Rubio
* Email: Click here to fill out your email.
* Phone:
* * DC office: (202)224-3041
Rick Scott
* Phone:
* * DC office: (202)224-5274

Have a great week!

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