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More notes on Valentino meeting

More notes on Valentino meeting

The meeting with Gene Valentino could have been contentious, but it wasn’t. The meeting with the Commissioner and County Administrator Bob McLaughlin had been scheduled two weeks ago. I went into it wanting to give Commissioner Valentino a fair opportunity to present his economic development plan [...]

Conservative blog trends

Conservative blog trends

Here are the overnight trends for the conservative blogs according to NetRightNation.com: Issue Trends 1. Medicare: + 265.52 % 2. Social Security: + 165.91 % 3. EPA Restrictions: + 103.85 % 4. Freedom of Information: + 50.00 % 5. AIG: + 33.33 % 6. Cap & Trade: + 16.22 % 7. Health Care: + [...]

Valentino shares his plan (updated)

Valentino shares his plan (updated)

Updated 11:42 am, May 15 Commissioner Gene Valentino gave the IN a peek into his black box to see his economic development plan. He will fully present his proposal –yes, it is on a DVD– at the joint meeting of the commission and the Pensacola City Council next Tuesday, May 19. The plan [...]

No inner city soccer fields

No inner city soccer fields

I know some of the council members are scrambling to learn more about soccer fields inside the City limits. The only ones I can find are next to Roger Scott. There are none on the west side of Pensacola.

WEAR picks up IN human trafficking story

WEAR picks up IN human trafficking story

Of course, we did the story two years ago - Shauna's Story of Slavery. At the time we got national attention - CBS News and Air America Radio. Last year, NBC and MSNBC picked up the story and interviewed Shauna Newell. The networks even used our cover as the backdrop. Here is the WEAR story.

Man arrested for Domestic Violence put into PTR (Correction)

Man arrested for Domestic Violence put into PTR (Correction)

Correction: We originally incorrectly reported the judges involved in this case. Judge Thomas Johnson handled the first appearance. Also the State Attorney's office did object to the PTR. This week's cover story is on Escambia County's Pre-Trial Release (Fortunate Felons). Judges should not be [...]

Canadians follow local trial closely

Canadians follow local trial closely

A lawsuit against a major tobacco company that is being tried in Escambia County is being closely followed by a team of Canadian lawyers interested in fighting “Big Tobacco” in their own country. This case (Martin v. R.J Reynolds) is the first Engle case to be tried in Escambia County since [...]

Sink to run for Governor

Sink to run for Governor

It's official-- Florida CEO Alex Sink has announced that she will run for Governor in 2010. She issued the following statement regarding the 2010 Florida governors race: “Floridians from Pensacola over to Jacksonville and all the way down to Key West are facing enormous challenges. Each [...]

Valentino has a public record request problem, too

Valentino has a public record request problem, too

Perdido Key residents have been trying to get Commissioner Gene Valentino's emails regarding the bingo casino that is proposed for their area. They received emails but they only are from March 10 and forward. The residents know that Commissioner Valentino had been talking about this project as [...]

Gaetz: No deep cuts for K-12 funding

State Sen. Don Gaetz reports that funding for K-12 will remain about the same per student for the upcoming school years: Escambia County will earn $6,577.03 per student in 2010, a slight increase over this year’s $6,575.88. But the district will have $6,569,828 less in income next year [...]

Commissioners vote to cut own pay

Not in Escambia or Santa Rosa counties. It is in Pinellas County where the commissioners voted 4-3 during a budget workshop to cut their salaries by 4 percent next year---a $3,638 cut. According to the St. Pete Times, the county faces an $85 million budget shortfall next year, and hundreds of [...]

Wood: Hall called about PEDC

Just got off the phone with Charles Wood, the senior vice president for economic development for the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. On April 28, at approximately 3:30 p.m., Wood received a phone call from Councilman Sam Hall. Hall did the call over a speakerphone. We know based on [...]

Did Hall and Valentino violate Sunshine Laws?

Did Councilman Sam Hall and Commissioner Gene Valentino violate Florida Sunshine Laws? Hall and Valentino both serve on the Pensacola-Escambia Economic Development Commission (PEDC). Valentino is the chairman, Hall vice-chair. According to Commissioner Valentino’s appointment calendar, the [...]

Missing the point about ACLU suit

North Escambia.com has an article on the Northview High School seniors holding a baccalaureate service. The class is "not going to let a federal judge and the ACLU put an end to the school’s history of holding a Baccalaureate service." (Read) The ACLU suit with the Santa Rosa County schools, [...]

Wiggins gives Pensacola Promise the cold shoulder

Wiggins gives Pensacola Promise the cold shoulder

After listening to hours on schools, bathrooms for Roger Scott, freedom of speech lawsuits and wage/benefit comparison studies, Mayor Mike Wiggins shot down Council member Maren DeWeese's college scholarship before she even had a chance to explain it and ask the council to form a task force. [...]

Tennis bathrooms win over youth soccer

Tennis bathrooms win over youth soccer

The Neighborhoods committee approved the reallocation of LOST funds from youth soccer fields to bathrooms for the new clay courts at Roger Scott Tennis Center. City staff argued that the fields aren't needed. Although Jewel Cannada-Wynn and Diane Mack questioned the reallocation, the committee [...]

OMG: City Council spends 20 minutes discussing schools

OMG: City Council spends 20 minutes discussing schools

For the past 20 minutes, the Pensacola City Council has spent time convincing each other that the Escambia County School Board should give the city land - for low income housing, business incubator. What a waste of time! The topic is the City's interlocal agreement over school planning. Mayor [...]

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