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Important points about Tallahassee City Council

Important points about Tallahassee City Council

Tallahassee only has five council members, if you include the mayor. Pensacola has ten, including the mayor. The Tallahassee city council members are at-large, meaning the entire city votes on the positions. The at-large districts haven't hurt minority participation in government. Both the [...]

What was the charter commission charged to do?

Charles Fairchild has a new pet phrase to fight the charter: "Review, not redo." The insinuation is that the Charter Review Commission overstepped its charge from the city council. Others have already started to pick up on the same misstatement. From the City's 2008-2009 Budget: "The Charter [...]

Caton video

Here is the video of former City Attorney Don Caton addressing the Pensacola City Council on the charter proposal during open forum. ... The Tallahassee charter review that Caton mentions took place in 1996---13 years ago. Caton doesn't mention that they actually adopted a hybrid form of [...]

What is in the proposed charter? Article III

I will try to breakdown the various parts of the proposed charter. Article III – Elected Positions Sec. 3.01 Form of Government * Separates the Mayor from the City Council, reducing the size of the council to nine members---seven single-member districts, two at-large seats. This allows the [...]

Caton blasted Fairchild in 2003

During the debate over the first development plan for the Trillium property (2002-2003) --which was a staff proposal, not from the private sector--- City Attorney Don Caton reprimanded Charlie Fairchild for his antics at a city council meeting. While speaking at the podium, Fairchild removed the [...]

PAC man wisdom

This quote is from another Viewpoint by Charlie Fairchild: "City Hall usually undertakes studies to provide the verification and justification of some heavily biased, expensive and usually unrealistic staff proposal. Generally taxpayers see through this charade, voice objections and the plan [...]

Once upon a time…

There was a time that Charlie Fairchild, the new head of the PAC against the proposed charter, regularly attacked city government....He labeled it "City Hall" so as to include city staff and the city council. He is quite a prolific letter and viewpoint writer to the daily newspaper. Here are some [...]

UWF wants to accelerate maritime museum

In a letter to the CMPA board, UWF President Judy Bense asks that Site A be delivered as an acceptable pad ready construction site by August 2010. “However, we recognize there may be additional unplanned costs associated with accelerating this site. Therefore, in the spirit of cooperation the [...]

PAC man is back

PAC man is back

Charlie "PAC Man" Fairchild is back. His latest political action committee (PAC) will be the one opposing the proposed new city charter. Here is a list of the PACs Fairchild has been a part of over the past six years: 8574 CITIZENS ALLIANCE CITIZENS AGAINST TRILLIUM SAVE OUR [...]

Caton upset with blog

A friend called last night to let me know that Don Caton wasn't too happy with me and this blog for publishing his pension benefits. Caton served as city attorney for 34 years and 3 years as an assistant city attorney. His pension is a public record. We actually first published it on our April 2008 [...]

“I would run.”

I've done an informal poll of teenagers and their parents to find out how the teens would react if they were somewhere they weren't suppose to be, doing something that they shouldn't and law enforcement drove up. "I would run" was the most common reply. Why? "Because if the cops catch me, I'm [...]

Construction at CMP

Construction at CMP

The site work has begun on the Community Maritime Park. Ed Spears sent me this photo. Here Ed points out what is on the site: fun stuff10-8-09

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