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County Enterprise Funds report

February 13, 2009

The first quarter reports for Escambia County were submitted to the county commission earlier this month. They cover from Oct. 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2008. The Solid Waste Fund is ahead of budget, having already made $827,666…

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Staff told to draft regulations for bingo halls

February 13, 2009

Council member Maren DeWeese got the Pensacola City Council to approve asking city staff to draft an ordinance to regulate bingo operations. Other cities have such laws and the city council has recently approved a code…

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Another marathon City Council meeting

February 13, 2009

The Pensacola City Council is working hard. They held another 3 hour-plus meeting last night. IN reporter Sean Boone was there: News:Speed Limit Reduced For $12k by Sean Boone Drivers will now be forced to drive…

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ECSO beefs up traffic enforcement

February 12, 2009

Sheriff David Morgan says that during his campaign one of the top five complaints he heard was the lack of traffic enforcement. “I still hear at my meetings with citizen’s groups and neighborhood associations complaints about…

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Street level law enforcement

February 12, 2009

Thyrie Bland reports in the daily newspaper that Sheriff David Morgan is walking the neighborhoods. I spoke with Sheriff Morgan this morning. He is also visiting with neighborhood associations and without any publicity stepped up arrests.…

Pay to quit plan

February 12, 2009

Last year the county commissioners paid about 50 senior leaders $2.7 million to quit. This year, the county is considering pay $4 million to get some 370 more county employees to quit. Who else gets such…

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PJC Faculty- greedy union

February 11, 2009

I received this email yesterday: I am commenting about your article, “PJC FACULTY OUTRAGED OVER CUTS”. The article, very well written by the way, showed just how selfish, and greedy the PJCFA union is. The faculty…

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Another view on using locals

February 10, 2009

Mark O’Brien brings up an interesting point on his blog: “What happens when Mobile, Milton and Gulf Breeze also decide to keep their dollars in their communities? Better to get the lowest and best bid for…

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Commissioner upset about Saenger

February 10, 2009

Commissioner Grover Robinson isn’t happy about a Michigan paint contractor getting the work over a local business that was apparently the low bidder. Robinson thought that Robertson Curtis had the contract. “This is a problem. If…

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Local contractor was low bidder on Saengar paint job

February 10, 2009

By IN reporter Sean Boone When Dooley-Mack was awarded as the contractor for the Saenger Theatre’s renovation project, Robertson-Curtis Inc. was under the impression it was going to be working as a painting sub-contractor. The company…

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Boone Report: Locals would paint Saenger for $16/hour

February 10, 2009

IN reporter Sean Boone interviewed the protesters: Members of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades stood outside the Saenger Theatre on Tuesday morning to protest the use of out-of-town contracted painters for its building renovations.…

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Local painters picket Saenger Theatre

February 10, 2009

The painters working on the renovation of the Saenger Theatre are making $26/hour, but unfortunately they are from Michigan, not Pensacola —according to the leaders of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades. The local…

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Petland to be picketed

February 10, 2009

The Junior Humane Society of Pensacola will mark St. Valentine’s Day by sponsoring a protest at PETLAND at 6235 Davis Highway in Pensacola from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14. Anyone interested in…

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Miller votes against Children’s Health Insurance

February 10, 2009

Congressman Jeff Miller voted last Wednesday against Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. Total vote: 290 yeas to 135 nays. The bill will have a posi tive impact on the area’s only children’s hospital…