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Consolidation Commission killed itself early

Consolidation Commission killed itself early

In an article on NorthEscambia.com, State Rep. Clay Ford says the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission chairman Ken Bell disbanded the commission, which was actually formed by the Florida Legislature, early when he announced that it was dissolved on Jan. 14. According to Rep. Ford, the [...]

Another view of Monday’s meeting

Another view of Monday’s meeting

We asked one of our college interns/free lancers to attend the Monday meeting on consolidation to offer up what she saw and heard. Some of this didn't make the PNJ report: About 150 people attended this meeting held in the WSRE building of PJC Monday. A panel of four members sat on stage. The [...]

NorthEscambia wants more time, too

NorthEscambia wants more time, too

William Reynolds of NorthEscambia.com agrees that consolidation needs to be studied and vetted more before it is placed on the ballot. He really skewers the process in his viewpoint (read). The entire process was rushed faster than a kid’s science project the day before it was due. [...]

PNJ has it backwards

PNJ has it backwards

BACKWARDS PROCESS Consolidation battle has not become about the details of the plan. Instead, the fight has been over whether the public should vote on the plan that no one other than the study commission got to see before it was set in stone and sent to our lawmakers. For the Independent News, [...]

Video to rally support for plan

There is a video on YouTube asking voters to pressure the local state legislators to place the Consolidation Plan on the ballot next fall. It's mantra - "Tell your lawmakers you want better government." Great - but who got to decide what that "better" government will look like? It wasn't the [...]

Two More Years

Two More Years

The state legislators should table the Consolidation Plan until the proposal is fully discussed by the voters and modifications made to it based on the voters' input---not based on the demands of constitutional officers, politicians, bureaucrats and special interest groups. Commissioner Wilson [...]

Tick, tick…Consolidation plan deadline approaches

Tick, tick…Consolidation plan deadline approaches

The local legislative delegation will vote on Feb. 22 whether it will present a consolidation bill to the state legislature. All bills must be be turned in the first day of the 2010 session, March 2. Our state representatives are either silent or non-committal on the plan. Only Dave Murzin [...]

Consolidation Forum Tonight (read summary of plan)

Consolidation Forum Tonight (read summary of plan)

Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission will present tonight its consolidation plan: New World Landing, 600 South Palafox St., 5:30-7 p.m. Here is a summary of the plan: A SUMMARY OF THE ECCSC UNIFICATION PLAN I. Structure of Government: Mayor-Council Form A. LEGISLATIVE BRANCH: [...]

Courthouse buzz: ECCSC and sunshine

Courthouse buzz: ECCSC and sunshine

There is a persistent buzz around the Escambia County Administrative Complex about two members of the Escambia County Consolidation Study Commission, Ken Bell and Rick Harper, may have violated the Florida Sunshine laws when they met with the Pensacola News Journal editorial board on the [...]

Consolidation fails to get council approval

Consolidation fails to get council approval

The Pensacola City Council vote, 5-4, against telling the state legislative delegation that they support placing the proposed consolidation plan on the ballot next November. Mike Wiggins, John Jerralds, Jewel Canada-Wynn and Megan Pratt voted in favor of consolidation. P.C. Wu was absent, attending [...]

Bid integrity

Bid integrity

There are four hot topics being discussed around town: Malcolm Thomas and the Brownsville Middle School fiasco Consolidation - what will happen next? Victor Steen case - $10 million lawsuit and the coroner's inquest Escambia County Commission throwing out Maplewood bids In our small [...]

What’s the problem with consolidation?

What’s the problem with consolidation?

The bill that passed by the Florida Legislature gives the Escambia County Consolidation Commission this charge: To study and develop a proposed consolidation plan for local governments or unification of administrative services in the City of Pensacola, the Town of Century, and Escambia County, [...]

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