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A year later PNJ writes on pensions

April 19, 2009

In its Sunday edition, the Pensacola News Journal has a story on how pensions are breaking the city budget. On April 24, 2008, we wrote about this issue (Feed the Beast). We even led with the…

Escambia County

Buzz:Does ECUA need money from the City?

April 2, 2009

The recession has caused bids for many projects to come in much lower than expected. The New York Times (Companies Pretty Up Prices to Win Stimulus Projects) reports construction companies, hungry for work in the dismal…


Pratt keeps city pension

February 6, 2009

On her blog, Council member Megan Pratt defends her decision to enroll in the city retirement plan….simply because Pratt sees that it’s part of her compensation and she deserves to paid to be on the city…


City staff obligated to finance CMP

February 5, 2009

People and the news media are starting to question the proposal that Dick Barker, city’s finance director, quickly presented to the Pensacola City Council at its workshop meeting last week. As I understand, Barker wants to…


Oops, Lewis, we pay more property taxes than you

January 20, 2009

CJ Lewis ends his latest diatribe with: “Lastly, thank you for your interest in the City of Pensacola. As a non-resident, non-voter, and non-taxpayer we appreciate your input and will give it the weight it deserves.”…


CMPA board positions

January 15, 2009

Mayor Mike Wiggins and Council member Megan Pratt have been nominated to fill John Fogg’s seat on the Community Maritime Park Associates Board of Trustees. Wiggins has told me that he doesn’t want to sit on…


Buzz: Coby no longer interim

January 13, 2009

Mayor Mike Wiggins stunned yesterday’s crowd at the city council meeting when he referred to Al Coby as the city manager. “Al agreed to stay on, not as interim city manager – we have made him…


Pratt joins blogosphere

January 5, 2009

From Pensacola City Council-elect Megan Pratt: I mulled creating a website vs creating a blog for a while. Finally bit the bullet and started a blog since it was faster than creating a website. It is…


Boone interviews Nobles on Hall’s retreat

December 15, 2008

Councilmember says Hall’s absence ‘unfortunate’ by Sean Boone Pensacola Councilman Jack Nobles told the IN on Monday that Sam Hall’s abrupt departure from last Thursday’s Council meeting was something that should not have happened. “I think…


Stalking Sam Hall

December 15, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien tells today the story of how Pate Cold Storage owner Mike Pate sent his son, Jeremy, and his girlfriend..described by Pate as “a real good-looking woman.” To go to Hall’s home and…


Notes: Charter review

December 11, 2008

Sean Boone attended yesterday’s Pensacola Charter Review Commission meeting. He reports: The Charter Review Commission agreed upon several powers and duties for an executive mayoral form of government. Members voted to require anyone running for the…


Downtown Library switcheroo

December 10, 2008

We hear that architect Miller Caldwell will be making a proposal to the City and the Friends of the Library to move the proposed new downtown library away from its current Gregory Street location and the…


New council may be slow, too

December 8, 2008

PNJ columnist Mark O’Brien points out in his column today that Mayor-elect Mike Wiggins has called for a goal setting workshop. This sound great, right? Only problem is the workshop is 33 days after the new…


Will PYP wake up for Charter review?

July 21, 2008

The Pensacola city council is looking to diversify its Charter review commission. Council members have been asked to nominate and eventually appoint a black male, a female, and a white male as alternates to the commission.…