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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 4

November 10, 2009

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…

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Bay bridge not expected close

November 9, 2009

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…

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Valentino gains another opponent

November 2, 2009

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.…

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More on pensions

October 30, 2009

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,…

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Pension plan train wreck

October 30, 2009

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…

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What is the CMP bond plan?

October 27, 2009

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).…

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Another regional alliance

October 26, 2009

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…

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Patrick Gonzalez booked for battery (updated)

October 22, 2009

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…

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Thoughts on Mexican Mafia

October 22, 2009

Today the daily newspaper published the interview with Silvano Gonzalez, that we posted on this blog on Monday. Based on that interview, the paper reports “Mafia theory falls flat in Billings murder case.” I don’t know…

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New Agruments from Fairchild PAC

October 22, 2009

These are the latest arguments by the No Boss Mayor PAC against the proposed charter: 1. Only the mayor will have the executive power to enter into contracts, write and approve leases, and buy and sell…

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Tice creditor claims Mexican mafia a hoax

October 19, 2009

The State Attorney’s Office released today more documents and DVDs of the interviews with suspects, persons of interest and witnesses – 36 CDs and DVDs. Among the documents is an interview with Silvano Gonzalez, the former…

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Dead baby thrown away by mother

October 14, 2009

It’s one of those stories that’s so horrific that you don’t want to hear it. Mothers are suppose to love their babies, take care of their babies, protect their babies against the evils of the world…not…