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Pensacola State faculty negotiations also at impasse

Pensacola State faculty negotiations also at impasse

PSC Press Release: Pensacola State College and the Pensacola State College faculty association (PSCFA) bargaining team did not reach an agreement today on the proposed contract. The PSC administration has declared impasse. Bargaining has been taking place since February 2013 on the 2013-2014 [...]

Mayor works on lasting solutions to April flooding

Mayor works on lasting solutions to April flooding

courtesy Governor's office In his latest "Upwords," Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward writes that the city has taken action on 62 different flood recovery projects, completing 37 of them. He said, "Staff is working through the FEMA process simultaneously and I expect the City to be fully [...]

City Employee and Police pensions graded D

City Employee and Police pensions graded D

A report released Thursday by the LeRoy Collins Institute said local-government pension plans continue to place a significant burden on municipalities across Florida. The report evaluated 151 local pension plans, including the city of Pensacola general employee and police pensions. The two [...]

Women candidates to speak Sept. 30

Women candidates to speak Sept. 30

Six of nine women candidates running for office in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties will bring their campaign messages to the Women’s Civic Forum on Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The event will be held in the large meeting room of the downtown Pensacola library at 239 North Spring [...]

Time for Hayward  and City to separate legal representation

Time for Hayward and City to separate legal representation

The daily newspaper reported today that Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward "retained an attorney at the law firm of Beggs and Lane to handle his involvement in the federal investigation." According to the paper, the mayor is personally paying for at least some of those legal expenses. The federal [...]

City Papers: Investments

City Papers: Investments

The Federal Grand Jury asked for city records concerning its Requests for Investment bids from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2013. Inweekly has reviewed the over 700 pages released by the city. Nothing stood out as out of the ordinary, other Pam Childers telling Todd O'Brien of BBVA Compass in July [...]

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Galusha gets $318,541 judgment against City of Pensacola

Arthur Shimek sent me an email this morning that his client, Paul Galusha, won his case,#2013 CA 001565, against the city of Pensacola and received a verdict for $ 318,541.58. However, because the city has sovereign immunity, Galusha will only receive $100,000. Inweekly published a story on [...]

Charlotte’s Web hearing set for October

Charlotte’s Web hearing set for October

An administrative law judge has scheduled a hearing for mid-October in combined challenges to the Florida Department of Health's plan for carrying out a new medical-marijuana law. Judge W. David Watkins last week set the hearing for Oct. 14 and 15 in Tallahassee. Earlier, Watkins had [...]

Three Wanted for Questioning in Truong Homicide

Three Wanted for Questioning in Truong Homicide

Escambia County Sheriff's investigators would like to talk to Willie Mae Thornton, 39, Devarian Tevion Weatherspoon, 19, and Brittany Janeisha Dixon, 20, concerning the Sept. 13 homicide of 50-year-old Phuong Nguyen Truong. They are wanted are wanted for questioning only. Investigators had been [...]

State of UWF: Bense calls for unity

State of UWF: Bense calls for unity

University of West Florida President Judy Bense presented the 2014 State of the University address on Wednesday in which called on the faculty, staff and students to join together to meet the challenges facing the university. “Our success is up to us,” Bense said. “We have huge challenges, [...]

Viewpoint: FSU president search a farce

Viewpoint: FSU president search a farce

By Diane Roberts, Context Florida And in Florida State University news: the Heisman-winning quarterback is a clueless brat with a million-dollar arm and a five-cent head; the feds are investigating our handling of sexual assault accusations; and the new president-elect is a Koch-head political [...]

Florida TaxWatch bullish on Northwest Florida

Florida TaxWatch bullish on Northwest Florida

In its September report, Florida TaxWatch, the nonpartisan, nonprofit taxpayer research institute, recognizes the efforts to diversify our economy in the Panhandle. "Florida is experiencing increased investment in all regions of the state, and as new companies develop and existing companies [...]

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