I recently attended the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County where City Commissioner Christina Lambert talked about her vision for West Palm Beach. The forum looked at issues like our property taxes, the city budget, traffic, sea level rise and homelessness, to name a few.

Commissioner Lambert not only showed a command of the issues, but has brought the leadership to address them.

On budget and taxes – As President of the City Commission, Christina is the only candidate in the District 5 race who has managed our city’s nearly $200 million annual budget. She has held the line on the current millage rate and put forward a plan to reduce taxes using the additional revenue from new projects that are coming onto our city’s tax rolls.

On improving traffic – Commissioner Lambert outlined our city’s mobility plan; detailing how new construction projects will help fund future traffic solutions and how our city is working with the county to fix the timing of traffic lights and bridge openings during rush hour traffic. That’s a plan we can all support. Christina outlined her experience in improving efficiency and what the city can do today to improve communication between the various departments in city hall when it comes to lane closures and events.

Sea level rise and sunny day flooding continues to impact North and South Flagler Drive. Christina recently voted to move forward with Phase 1 of the city’s work to update the tidal valves and other infrastructure to better prevent this flooding. As a member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities, Christina is working with other cities and agencies on best practices to address these flooding issues and other infrastructure needs to prepare West Palm Beach for the future.

Homelessness was also a big topic, and Commissioner Lambert highlighted the city’s successes on addressing this issue. Christina worked to connect our city with Mental Health America, so they can provide peer to peer counseling services to get homeless individuals the help they need, and has supported the city’s work with the Lord’s Place. Also, the city has a renewed focus on adding needed workforce housing so people can afford to call West Palm Beach home. More work is needed, but Christina is bringing the leadership to get it done.

This election, to me, comes down to one simple fact – Commissioner Christina Lambert is making a difference, bringing real solutions to the issues and making sure the community has a voice.

Join me and vote Christina Lambert for City Commission on Tuesday, March 17th.

To learn more about Christina, or to volunteer, donate or get a yard sign, please visit www.ChristinaForWPB.com.

Sincerely,

Claudia Mendoza

Concerned Resident