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City showed investments were competitively bid

City showed investments were competitively bid

The federal grand jury subpoena requested from the city of Pensacola documents related to the city investments and that it include Requests for Investments disseminated by Pam Childers "on or about Nov. 1, 2011 and Feb, 7, 2012." Childers, who was elected Escambia County Clerk of the Courts in [...]

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

Hayward and Jerry Pate Design contracts reviewed and cleared by State Attorney last year

As I reported, the federal grand jury process is done in secret. Mayor Ashton Hayward does not know what the jury is investigating, only the documents that the jury has subpoenaed from the city and which staff members have been summoned to testify on Sept. 3 in Tallahassee. Interim City [...]

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

Hayward uses the B-word…Bribery (updated)

This post was updated at 7:45 a.m. See note below. In an interview with PNJ reporter Rob Johnson yesterday, Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward said the federal investigation into possible bribery involving city officials was a distraction, but he denied any wrongdoing within his [...]

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

No press conference from the city on federal investigation

Inweekly has been officially notified by Pensacola city officials that Mayor Ashton Hayward has declined our request for an interview. Also the mayor has no plans to hold a press conference.

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Waiting by the phone, record requests languish

Inweekly has three significant public record requests outstanding. We have challenged Escambia County's position that its consultant's report on the April 30 jail blast is a work document of attorney Ed Fleming and therefore not a public record. Our position is the county lost that privilege to [...]

How a federal grand jury works

How a federal grand jury works

The Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors provides information on how a federal grand jury works. The federal grand jury's function is to determine whether a person shall be tried for a serious federal crime alleged to have been committed within the district where it sits. Matters may be [...]

350 Pensacola Statement: Support the City’s Climate Change Task Force Resolution

350 Pensacola Statement: Support the City’s Climate Change Task Force Resolution

Press Release: In January 2012, 350 Pensacola presented a sustainability proposal, “A Citizens’ Proposal: Global Problem, Local Solutions,” to the Mayor and Pensacola City Council. At that time, we asked the City to develop a vision that would address our changing climate on a local level and [...]

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

City attorney out of the loop on federal investigation

Councilwoman Sherri Myers requested copies of the federal subpoenas served to "staff persons, employee or elected official." She sent her request to Interim City Administrator Dick Barker, City Attorney Jim Messer and Asst. City Attorney/Council helper Rusty Wells. She received this [...]

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Was Ashton in City Hall yesterday? …yes

Inweekly received an email from a city official before noon on Thursday verifying that the mayor was at city hall yesterday. The necessary updates were made to the original post. No reply on our interview request. Attorney Bob Kerrigan emailed to say he was Mayor Ashton Hayward was working at [...]

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

Federal subpoena focuses on Mayor Ashton Hayward, Jerry Pate and city contracts (updated)

This post was updated after receiving additional information from city staff. Per a public request made by Inweekly earlier today, Tamara Fountain, the city of Pensacola's Chief of Operations, released the federal subpoena issued by the U.S. Attorney's office to the city, dated August 15. [...]

Mayor moves disparity plan to the FastPass lane

Mayor moves disparity plan to the FastPass lane

Four years ago the Pensacola City Council approved Mayor Ashton Hayward's recommendation to hire MGT of America to perform a full disparity study to review disparities in the distribution of city expenditures and to recommend "legally defensible methods to remedy any disparities" at cost of [...]

No Surprises in Governor’s race

No Surprises in Governor’s race

By DARA KAM THE NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA Republican incumbent Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist are headed for a November battle of the governors after both easily sailed through Tuesday's primary elections. The race between Scott and his predecessor Crist is already one of the nation's [...]

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