News-Sun photo by CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY Victor Valdez, civil rights commissioner for the League of United Latin American Citizens, told city council and staff his organization had withdrawn complaints to the attorney general regarding city proposed zoning changes.
published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
LULAC and City of Charm agree to dump proposed ordinance 15-12
By CHRISTOPHER TUFFLEY
AVON PARK -- Peace was reached at the city council meeting Monday night, when Victor Valdez apologized to the city council as a whole and to City Manager Julian Deleon and Administration Services Director Maria Sutherland specifically.
Valdez is the League of United Latin American Citizens National/Florida State's Civil Rights commissioner.
LULAC had registered complaints with its ethics committee and the Florida attorney general regarding proposed Ordinance 15-12, which would have relegated migrant housing to outside city limits. The ordinance was introduced last fall.
Valdez told the council LULAC was withdrawing those complaints.
"We have reached an agreement," Valdez said. "The (city) administration and us believe that the 15-12 ordinance is no more. It is no longer on the agenda."
In a related issue, Valdez said LULAC would not offer comment on the disagreement between the city and the owners of 1 W. Main St. The owners want to open a boarding house for agricultural workers; the city has objections.
"We are not saying (the owners) have rights, we're not saying they don't. We don't know," Valdez said. He hoped to remain involved in future discussions.
With regards to ordinance 15-12, Deleon told the News-Sun, "it was poorly written from the start, and this simply led to confusion and misunderstandings. The city's primary intent is to address the over-crowded housing in single family zoning districts." He added that issue was still a concern.
At the meeting, Councilor Parke Sutherland complimented Valdez. "I want to sincerely thank you for coming," he said. "You were under no obligation to explain."
He followed that up with a question, "Have you encountered any discriminatory actions," Sutherland asked.
"After I got here I received very good treatment from both Julian and Ms. Sutherland," Valdez said.
Parke Sutherland and Maria Sutherland are husband and wife.
Carpet Baggers (by: James Henderson - 1/31/2013)
These clowns should not get special treatment. They arrive in town like the Mexican Mafia, and they want everyone to treat them like royalty.
Ethics problems? Nooo Really? (by: Politics 101 - 1/30/2013)
Of course they dropped the propose ordinance. LULAC file an ethics
(by: white feather - 1/30/2013)
Let me get this straight. Wasnt this the guy that went to a council meeting with that Austin woman and accused Deleon and Sutherland of wanting to create a ghetto? I hope he realizes who he is dealing with when it comes to Austin. She has been against the city ever since she was denied tax dollars to plant a tree and put in a fountain to commemorate cinco de mayo.
1 West main (by: paying attention - 1/30/2013)
The Fernandez are the owners of that property and are seeking to line their pockets with ilegals renting from them. they have other horrible properties around Avon Park. Go take a look at the Sharon Motel on HWY 27 and see the beauty they have there. Its a dump of a place and a miracle anyone would want to live there. Inhumane conditions.
who is this guy? (by: Just sayin' - 1/30/2013)
I just love it when we get these crazies that come here to "defend" justice. If anyone is paying attention, this LULAC is the excuse for corruption among local slum lords that rent to illegals. Most of the slum lords are hispanics themselves. Its all about the cashola!
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