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Rawlins conduit to DC funds for NBM

From our research, one of the stronger links between No Boss Mayor and the ICMA is Beth Rawlins, a Clearwater political strategist who specializes in helping Florida cities stop efforts to convert to Mayor-Council formats and to fight consolidation attempts around the state of Florida. Rawlins is [...]

Take Stock in Children

I attended today a luncheon for Take Stock in Children - a college scholarship program for Escambia County's public school students. Each year, sixth grade public school students who are financially eligible can apply for this program at their school and are chosen through a selection process. [...]

ECSO seeks murder witness

Press release: Escambia Sheriff’s Investigators are asking anyone who may know the whereabouts of Terri Lynn Lewis, (40) of Pensacola, to call the Sheriff’s Office at 436-9620 or Crime Stoppers 433-STOP. Ms. Lewis may be a possible witness to the Oct 10th 2009 murder of Derry Dickerson [...]

Palm Beach Post questions Crist appointee

Dara Kam, political reporter for the Palm Beach Post, is in town investigating the recent Gov. Crist appointment of former ECSO CFO and current bar owner Steve Stevens to the Florida Public Service Commission. She caught with Stevens at his bar "Rick's Cabana" and blogged on that and his promotion [...]

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 4

Opinion 4 THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY MUST STEP UP According to the most recent Quality of Life Survey conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, the leading concerns among local citizens are the “economy and job security.” The overwhelming majority of local citizens gave the economy a [...]

Bay bridge not expected close

Latest Press Release: **Tropical Storm IDA - Lengthening Windy Period** The most current forecasts call for IDA to make land fall in Mobile county, AL. and to turn east sharply once it makes landfall. Although this has been a reasonably fast moving storm, the Gulf Breeze area is forecast to [...]

Valentino gains another opponent

Karen Sindel has filed to run against Escambia County Commissioner Gene Valentino in 2010. Valentino now faces five opponents in the Republican primary, including former County Administrator George Touart, Andy Kowalski and Robert Kelley.

More on pensions

The comparisons are even worse. The Escambia County Public School District: 2006 5,668 employees, pension costs $14.9 m, cost per employee $2,632 2007 5,765 employees, pension costs $19.5 m, cost per employee $3,381 2008 5,676 employees, pension costs $18.7 m, cost per employee $3,286

Pension plan train wreck

One of the biggest examples of the financial risks in having an administrative branch of city government that isn't directly answerable to the public is the city pension/retirement system. The staff - with the approval of a large ten-member council - has created a huge financial "black hole" that [...]

What is the CMP bond plan?

The bond financing plan recommended by staff and approved by the council uses New Market Tax Credits which will allow UWF to get $12,256,785 for the maritime museum (if the NMTC portion is approved in November). The bonds includes the interest payments for the first 3 years (called capitalized [...]

Another regional alliance

Gov. Bob Riley of Alabama and Gov. Haley Barber of Mississippi will announce today the formation of "The Aerospace Alliance” ---a four-state region from NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi to Panama City, Florida whose mission will be to establish the Gulf Coast as a world class [...]

Patrick Gonzalez booked for battery (updated)

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office website shows that Patrick Gonzalez has been charged with aggravated battery. We've requested the arrest report. From arrest report: Kevin Dale Wilkins is housed in the cell adjacent to Gonzalez. According to Wilkins, on Sept. 26, Gonzalez had permission [...]

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