Politics

General pension fiasco and a smoking gun

November 11, 2009

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…

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Open letter to No Boss Mayor

November 10, 2009

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…

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Gulf Power

November 10, 2009

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…

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State EOC

November 10, 2009

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…

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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 6

November 10, 2009

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…

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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 5

November 10, 2009

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…

Escambia County Politics

Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 4

November 10, 2009

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…

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Deconstructing No Boss opinions, Part 3

November 10, 2009

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…

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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 2

November 10, 2009

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…

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Deconstructing No Boss Mayor, Part 1

November 10, 2009

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…

Escambia County

Bay bridge not expected close

November 9, 2009

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…

News

Child Sex Tourism case has local link

November 9, 2009

Pensacola man, who worked at NAS Pensacola, was sentenced on Friday to 6.5 years for taking trips to Thailand for sex with young boys. Mitchell Kent Jackson of Pensacola pleaded guilty in November 2008 to traveling…

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Shrinking Pensacola could be a problem (updated)

November 9, 2009

Using the US Census Quick Facts, I looked at similar sized Florida cities what has been happening to their populations from 2000-2006 Pensacola, 2000: 56,255…2006: 53,248 DOWN Sarasota, 2000: 52,715…2006: 52,942 UP Bradenton, 2000: 49,506…2006: 53,662…

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Analysis of City Manager/City Council system

November 8, 2009

I want this post and comment thread to be on the current Pensacola government, not the proposed charter, not strong mayor. No personal attacks or conspiracy plots. ——————– Pensacola has a unitarian form of government, meaning…