DAUGHTER OF MANILA NATIVE
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
A 21-year-old Filipino American college student, Sabrina Javellana, was elected to a four-year term as commissioner of Hallandale Beach, a beach community
of 39,000 in the Broward County of Florida, some 17 miles north of Miami, during the last November 6 general elections, according to a Facebook post of her Manila-born father, Tyrone “Ty” Javellana, a certified public accountant and a human rights advocate.
Her father quoted another post: “A really special lunch with the fantastic Vice Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Florida Sabrina Javellana! Sabrina, thank you for your commitment to Equality Florida. We can’t wait to see all the amazing things you’re going to do, and teaming up with us to enshrine protections for the LGBTQ community of Hallandale! Sabrina made headlines in November as the youngest elected official in the city’s history. As an openly LGBTQ woman, she will become an incredible champion for all of us.”
As winner of Commissioner Seat 2, Ms. Javellana was chosen Vice Mayor by her peers who also were elected Commissioners of a medium-sized city, the 77th largest community in Florida. Hallandale Beach is described as “neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Hallandale Beach is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hallandale Beach who work in sales jobs (15.82%), office and administrative support (12.38%), and management occupations (10.69%), according to a website, Neighborhood Scout.
Four positions of Commissioners and a mayor were up for grabs in the last elections and Miss Javellana beat incumbent Commissioner Richard Dally, a president of Broward Young Democrats. As Commissioner, Ms. Javellana will draw an annual salary of $36,000.
WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS:
VICE MAYOR SABRINA JAVELLANA (third from right), her father Tyrone “Ty” Javellana (fourth from left) and her younger brother, Ethan (extreme right), are joined by their relatives and friends in this photo. (Photo courtesy of Ty Javellana used with permission)
According to Broward Palm Beach New Times, “Dally was sworn in under unusual circumstances and questions whether other commissioners violated public meetings laws to coordinate his appointment in a city recently mired in controversy.
“TRYING TO CHANGE IT WITHIN”
“I definitely consider myself to be a progressive within the Democratic Party. And trying to change it within,” Miss Javellana was quoted as saying.
There is no term limit to run as Commissioner.
The City of Hallandale Beach is a Commission-Manager form of government, consisting of five elected officials: a Mayor, a Vice-Mayor and three Commissioners who establish legislative policies; which are then carried out by the City Manager.
The Commissioners and Mayor are elected at-large at municipal elections that are held the first Tuesday of November in even numbered years. Commission members select the Vice-Mayor from their own membership following each election.
WITH YOUNG FAMILY:
SABRINA JAVELLANA was six years old in this photo with her Mom, Cynthia “Cinder” Franke, a native of Rockford, Illinois and a stockbroker, when this family photo was taken in 2003 with Tyrone “Ty” Javellana cradling Sabrina's younger brother, Ethan (now 17), in his doting father's arm. (Facebook photo used with permission by Ty Javellana)
According to its website, the "City of Hallandale Beach is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in our community in a fiscally responsible manner by providing superior services that meet the needs of our community as well as plan for their future needs through continued communication."
With a white majority at 44.6% followed by 35% Hispanic or Latino with only 1.5% Asian population, Hallandale Beach (formerly known simply as Hallandale) is a city in Broward County, Florida. The city is named after Luther Halland, the son of a Swedish worker for Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railroad. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,113.
The city is known as the home of Gulfstream Park (horse racing and casino) and Mardi Gras Casino, a greyhound racing track which hosts the World Classic. It also has a sizable financial district, with offices for a number of banks and brokerage houses, plus many restaurants. Due to the large number of tourists who eventually retire in the city, Hallandale Beach has one of the fastest-growing populations in Broward County and in Metro Miami.
SCENE OF HURRICANE KATRINA'S LANDFALL
It was between Hallandale Beach and Aventura, Florida when Hurricane Katrina first made landfall in 2005.
Sabrina Javellana is a lifelong Hallandale Beach resident, an activist who participated at #AbolishICE protests in Miramar and the March for Our Lives among other organizing efforts, and a founder of the Hallandale Beach Area Democratic Club. Javellana also works at a consulting agency run by former Democratic state Senator Eleanor Sobel.
TY WITH REPORTER:
TYRONE “TY” JAVELLANA (right) is shown in this photo with journalist, Joseph G. Lariosa of PM (philamessenger.com) in this photo taken in 2003 in Miami, Florida. The journalist was covering the extradition hearing of the Manila Congressman Mark Jimenez. At that time, Sabrina was six years old. They were introduced to each other by a mutual friend Filipino American Dennis "The Voice" Villanueva of Dunnellon, Florida. (JGL photo)
“Broward can be the starting point in Florida for more progressive elected officials if we as a people support these people-powered and focused campaigns. Concession is often mistaken for progress,” Javellana said. “We’re a place like no other in this state and I’m stepping up and running to serve my community because I see the future we can be.”
In her post, Sabrina Javellana said she is a proud, lifelong resident of Hallandale Beach whose family migrated from the Philippines and Illinois. Sabrina graduated from Hallandale High School and is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science at Florida International University.
As a progressive activist in Hallandale Beach and Broward County, Sabrina works to be an advocate for social justice especially in terms of economic, racial, and gender-based issues.
She has worked in governmental relations consulting regarding issues of access to affordable healthcare, increased public education, protection of children and seniors, and effective disaster preparedness. Increasing communication and relations between levels of government from local to county, state, and federal is of high priority to her to increase opportunities for the people of Hallandale Beach. As a people’s representative, Sabrina will make knowledge-based and community-informed decisions for the good of the people and the city.
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