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Unsealed global child porn ring indictment papers

Here is a pdf of the indictment papers: 022122008.pdf

Pensacola makes ABC news for child porn ring

From ABC News about a Global Child Porn Ring indicted in Pensacola. The FBI has arrested 12 Americans for their alleged participation in a sophisticated international child pornography ring that distributed more than 400,000 images and videos of child sexual abuse. ...The 34-count [...]

County staff offers budget priorities

Here is how county staff sees the county priorities: Required Sales Tax Bonds 5,772,728.00 Required 1997 GBLP Loan 919,150.00 Required Central Energy Loan 315,243.00 Required Leonard Street Energy Plant 464,870.00 Required Medicaid 3,500,000.00 Required Department of Juvenile Justice [...]

County starts off in budget hole

Jean Kassab, Director of Administrative Services sent a memo to the Escambia County Commission for today's budget workshop. She anticipates a $12 million reduction in the General Fund due to Amendment 1. She projects several budget increases. EMS will need $1 million subsidy to "maintain current [...]

No Escambia County delegate for National Convention

The Democrats met last weekend to chose the official delegates to the National Democratic Convention. No one from Escambia County was selected. No one. Judy Byrne Riley, Niceville - Clinton delegate Bill Vincent,Gulf Breeze - Edwards delegate Naomi Hardison, Ft. Walton Beach - Obama [...]

City and county must cut jobs

WEAR TV 3 interviewed Pensacola City Manager Tom Bonfield on how the City will cut $4-$5 million from its budget. Bonfield said that it means 70-90 workers could get laid off. From the news report: Pensacola has 6 hundred employees eligible for job cuts. He's not saying which departments [...]

Legislative delegation provides cosmetic leadership

Legislative delegation provides cosmetic leadership

In the Sunday edition of the News Journal, an article on our local state legislative delegation listed their proposed bills for the 2008 session. Sen. Don Gaetz had the most impressive list: managed healthcare, illegal immigrants, truth in government, school grading systems. Rep. Clay Ford: [...]

City held hostage 545 days

545 days since the CMP referendum was passed. 545 days without 1500 construction jobs and their $1 million dollar payroll circulating through the city. 1 year, 5 months, 27 days. 47,088,000 seconds 784,800 minutes 13,080 hours 77 weeks (rounded down)

Should City opt out of pensions and retirement

Should City opt out of pensions and retirement

The total budget for pensions and retirement contributions for Pensacola city employees is $12,810,80. This costs every man, women and child living inside the city limits an average of $237. Maybe we should set up a special assessment for employee benefits instead of fire service. The News [...]

City council now on state retirement

City council now on state retirement

I've been reviewing the City of Pensacola's 2008 approved budget. The Mayor and City Council have added this fiscal year for the first time $23,100 for the Florida Retirement System. This is incredible. It's a tough budget year and they give themselves retirement benefits!!!!! One more reason [...]

More from Feb. 28 council meeting

From the council's follow-up paperwork: Council authorized the City Manager to enter into a ten-year lease with Robert A. Cole d/b/a Bob Cole Imports for use of certain airport property. Council authorized the City Manager to execute a three-year lease agreement with Aero Pensacola in the [...]

Notes: City Council meeting

COUNCIL MEETING, COUNCIL CHAMBERS FEBRUARY 28, 2008, 7 P.M. All members were present at Thursday evening's City Council Meeting. The following issues were discusses in a public hearing format. A) REQUEST TO VACATE RIGHT OF WAY – JEFFERSON STREET – SAENGER THEATER [...]

City held hostage for 542 days

The Community Maritime Park construction will generate 1,500 jobs. The estimated weekly payroll is between $1 and $1.5 million per week - money that would be circulating through our community. It has been 542 days since the city approved the park referendum. Ground has yet to be broken. Don't [...]

Sour milk

If you have a pitcher of sour milk, no matter how many glasses or how small the servings, every glass will contain sour milk. We can not expect better results from our city government, if we continually elect the same people. It will only be more of the same. We have to change the cast of [...]

Tech park may be ambushed

Rumors are flying that a group may try to ambush the Commerce Tech Park tonight at the Pensacola City Council meeting. There may be a push to add a minority contractor set-aside as condition for the city to participate in the project. The Pensacola City Council has yet to make any commitment [...]

Mobile wins again

The National Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico - which is located in Mobile - announced Tuesday that the Charting the Course Capital Campaign has topped the $7 million mark thanks to donors who have committed over $1 million since the campaign’s official launch in June 2007. A donation of [...]

Paper halts adult service ads

Unfortunately, it is not our local daily newspaper, but the Orlando Weekly. The Orlando Sentinel reports that its area's alt-weekly, Orlando Weekly, has agreed to forever stop running "adult services" ads in order to have a racketeering charge against the paper dropped. The three newspaper [...]

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