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The Pension Fiasco plot gets deeper

The Pension Fiasco plot gets deeper

We now know how the General Pension contributions jumped from $400K to $6 million. We see how the staff miscalculated the financial impact of the changes to the pension system and the City had its unfunded pension liability go from $2.9 million to $28.9 million in two years to over $50 million by [...]

General pension fiasco and a smoking gun

General pension fiasco and a smoking gun

The City pensions have puzzled me. How did the City end up with such a huge jump in pension costs? The City's contributions to the pension plans are eating up a sizable chunk of the City's revenue. The unfunded portion of each of the three plans continues to mount, even though the City closed [...]

Open letter to No Boss Mayor

Last week, No Boss Mayor get attention for releasing its early campaign finance information, insisting that it believed that voters should know who is financing each campaign. We agree and have asked both sides to remain transparent. Believe in a Better Pensacola has done so. No Boss Mayor has been [...]

Gulf Power

Press Release Gulf Power Company News For immediate release – Nov. 10, 2009 All power expected to be restored today Gulf Power expects to restore power to all customers by midnight tonight as damage was minimal from Tropical Storm Ida. “Our crews will work as fast and as safely [...]

State EOC

Press Release: For Immediate Release November 10, 2009 Contact: State EOC Media Office (ESF-14) 850-921-0217 NEW INFORMATION At 6:40 a.m. EST today, Tropical Storm Ida made landfall on Dauphin Island, Alabama. As of 7 a.m. Ida was located 25 miles south [...]

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 6

Opinion 6 from Byron Kessler There are those in our community who contend that the lack of sufficient concentration of power is at fault for our failure to achieve greater economic progress. If only, they tell us, we had greater authority vested in a single individual, we would free ourselves [...]

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 5

Opinion 5 from Don Caton, former City Attorney The more I hear from those that advocate a new strong mayor for Pensacola, the better I feel to be a small part of a large group of citizens who strongly oppose turning our city over to what would be an extremely powerful "bossman" who would have [...]

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 [...]

Deconstructing No Boss opinions, Part 3

Opinion 3 “Too often, people who deal with the public's money and do the public's business view the state's excellent Sunshine Law as, at best, a hindrance. It's not. In fact, it is a good thing for those very folks, because it builds credibility. When everything is done "in the Sunshine,'' [...]

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 2

Sam Horton tries again. Opinion 2 Soon the Citizens of Pensacola will be asked to vote on a new form of government for the city that is best described as a Strong Mayor. This change will not be beneficial to our community and I strongly urge you to vote NO when you get your ballot in the mail. [...]

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 1

The No Boss Mayor website has five opinions to support their opposition to the proposed charter. Here is the first one: Watching the proponents of the Strong Mayor proposal reminds me of the old-fashioned Snake Oil salesmen of yesteryear. They went door to door touting Snake Oil – the magic [...]

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 [...]

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