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Wu named Home Rule Hero

Wu named Home Rule Hero

The Florida League of Cities (FLC) recognized City of Pensacola Council Member and League president P.C. Wu with a 2014 Home Rule Hero Award at a local city council meeting on July 17. This prestigious award was presented to Council Member Wu for his tireless efforts to advance the League’s [...]

Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Weekend Buzz: Hayward exercises veto, Recycling comeback and Larry The Lion roars

Mayor Ashton Hayward notified the Pensacola City Council on Friday that he has vetoed Ordinances 26-14 and 27-14 that were passed by the council to better manage the mayor's power to enlist outside attorneys. In an email to the council, Hayward said that the City Attorney (Jim Messer) and CFO [...]

LBJ bashes Myers at end of council meeting

LBJ bashes Myers at end of council meeting

This morning I reviewed last night's Pensacola City Council. The Council Communications section near the end of the the three-hour meeting had a surprise. Councilman Larry Johnson went after Councilman Sherri Myers and asked that the city council investigate Myers’ conduct to “determine [...]

Pensacola City Council did brainstrom on the budget

Pensacola City Council did brainstrom on the budget

Councilwoman Megan Pratt emailed me last week about a budget workshop that she chaired in June. Unfortunately much of the discussion got overshadowed by the mayor's firing of the council's executive. "I found the budget workshop really positive," wrote Pratt. "The general idea was to come up [...]

Council member challenges mayor’s legal expenses

Council member challenges mayor’s legal expenses

Councilwoman Sherri Myers shared this report from Ann Regan on her battle to gather the facts on the city of Pensacola's legal expenses since Mayor Ashton Hayward has taken office. Regan has sent it to several members of the Pensacola City Council: Over the past three plus years of Mayor [...]

Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

Hayward MIA from Freedom to Marry petition signed by Florida mayors

The city of Pensacola is one of a handful of city's that has a domestic partnership registry. In December, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 41-13 that created the registry that provides registered domestic partners with various rights and benefits. Recently Southerners for the Freedom to [...]

Climate Change debate comes to Pensacola

Climate Change debate comes to Pensacola

Press Release: 350 Pensacola calls for the Pensacola City Council to support proposed Climate Change Task Force resolution. The Pensacola City Council is set to consider a resolution to create a Climate Change Task Force to help our community mitigate the causes and adapt to the impacts of our [...]

Councilwoman Myers holds town hall on LOST, July 15

Councilwoman Myers holds town hall on LOST, July 15

From Councilwoman Sherri Myers: I am hosting a Town Hall meeting to provide City Council District 2 residents and businesses with an opportunity to have input on how the city and the county should spend future Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds. Because the LOST is a county initiated [...]

Time to get serious about city and county budgets…and local option taxes

Time to get serious about city and county  budgets…and local option taxes

Yesterday's county budget workshop brought to light the financial challenges for Escambia County in the aftermath of the April flooding and the jail explosion. County staff and a couple of the county commissioners always like to point to sheriff's budget and try to pick it apart, but that is only [...]

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Weekend buzz: Rule by viewpoint, more taxes on horizon, Underhill gets unexpected boost

Mayor Ashton Hayward chose a viewpoint in the daily newspaper to explain his firing of Council Executive Lila Cox and defend the charter --unamended or, more accurately, only as he wanted it amended. The News Journal added a note after Hayward's viewpoint: "After the City Council voted last week, [...]

City Survey questions focus on rating city services

City Survey questions focus on rating city services

City Communications Administrator Tamara Fountain called to further explain the city's survey that will be conducted by the HAAS Center for Mayor Ashton Hayward. The questions will focus on city services and ask city residents to rate them. "We need to create a baseline so that we can properly [...]

Hayward unites Council…against his decision

Hayward unites Council…against his decision

The Pensacola City Council called a special meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, after learning that Mayor Ashton Hayward fired Dr. Lila Cox, who served as the council executive. City Council members let it be known with their comments and their votes that they have had enough of Hayward’s autocratic [...]

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