News & Public Affairs05/05/06
The City of Tampa and the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority were told something this week that they already knew. They paid $221,000 to find out that Minorities and Women werenÃ¢â¬â¢t being awarded their fair share of government contracts. The question right now doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t seem to be why, but rather what are they going to do about it. Stan Davis reports.
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Last October, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council held an all day workshop on affordable housing, bringing together over 100 business, non profit and government employees to discuss the dwindling stock of affordable housing in the region and come up with some solutions. One of the potential action steps has been employer-based solutions to workforce housing, and 20 local business and government officials gathered in Pinellas Park this morning to discuss some of the potential options. Av...Be the first to comment
Baseball superstar Barry Bonds has become a cultural icon in recent years - as well as perhaps one of the most hated men in America.
The San Francisco Giants slugger is in Philadelphia tonight, where he is expected to be cascaded by jeers and perhaps other worse behavior, as he stands just 2 home runs from tying the one of the greatest sports heroÃ¢â¬â¢s Ã¢â¬â Babe Ruth and his 714 home runs.
Henry Aaron owns the all time record at 755 homers Ã¢â¬â and that recor...Be the first to comment
David Sirota is a Democratic Party strategist and the author of Ã¢â¬ÅHostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government- and how we take it back, which is about the toxic level of corporate influence in Washington DC.
Sirota loads his book with a multitude of examples of how the system is set up against the average American and FOR corporations, and yet, he remains optimistic about how citizens can regain their democracy.
In the 2nd part of our int...Be the first to comment
When this years legislative session opened, Pinellas county state Senator Jim Sebesta, who has long been a proponent of public transportation and transportation planning, introduced a bill to create a Tampa Bay regional Transportation Authority. Modeled after a plan that has worked in the Florida Panhandle, the Authority would plan transportation for Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, Polk, Manatee, and Sarasota counties, with an emphasis on alternatives to simply building mor...Be the first to comment
As the Florida State legislative session comes to a close on Friday, one of Governor BushÃ¢â¬â¢s remaining objectives is to get an energy bill passed. One aspect of the bill may jumpstart to construction of new nuclear power plants in the state, and environmental advocates are concerned that it will leave citizens and local communities without a say on the expansion of an expensive and potentially deadly technology. WMNFs Andrew Stelzer reports.
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According to the findings of a study released today at the City Council meeting, the City of Tampa does NOT award enough contracts to minority and women-owned businesses.
The study was conducted by the Oakland, California based Mason Tillman Associates.They looked at contracts awarded by the City from October of 2001 to September of 2004Ã¢â¬Â¦.Because Mayor Pam Iorio wasnÃ¢â¬â¢t elected until March of 2003, the study effectively looks at the last 2 Administrations record on hiring women...Be the first to comment
The Chicago Tribune describes David SirotaÃ¢â¬â¢s new book, Ã¢â¬ÅHostile TakeoverÃ¢â¬? as a book that tells you more about our corporations and politicians than our corporations and politicians think you really ought to know, while the website alternet calls it one of the most important books to come along in awhileÃ¢â¬Â¦
Sirota used to work as a Press Secretary to Vermont Socialist Congressman Bernie SaundersÃ¢â¬Â¦He now advises MontanaÃ¢â¬â¢s Governor, Democrat Brian...Be the first to comment
An energy plan that encourages construction of new nuclear power plants and provides tax breaks for renewable energy won approval yesterday in the Florida House.
Proposed by Gov. Jeb Bush, the plan removes legal and financial obstacles to nuclear power in an attempt to diversify the state's fuel sources, now dominated by natural gas. It also creates a tax holiday for the purchase of energy-saving appliances and provides tax credits and other incentives for solar power and other forms of al...Be the first to comment
Tampa Watering Restrictions
Today the Tampa City Council voted unanimously for an emergency ordinance that imposes once-a-week watering restrictions on all citizens, effective immediately.
Brad Baird is the new Director of the Tampa Water Department (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â¬?and thatÃ¢â¬â¢s what this council doesÃ¢â¬?) The Ordinance will cut back from lawn irrigation from 2 days a week to 1 day a week, and includes residents who use wells for their potable water.
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On Monday, former USF Professor Sami Al-Arian was given the maximum sentence in his Federal Terrorism trial Ã¢â¬â 57 months. This came after Al-Arian pleaded guilty to one count of providing material support to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad last month, months after a Tampa jury found him innocent on 8 of the charges against him, while deadlocking on the other 9.
But while Al-Arian now knows his fate for the next year and a half. After that, he will be deported Ã¢â¬â but to wh...Be the first to comment
More than 100 residents of an apartment complex in South St Petersburg were shocked Tuesday afternoon when they found out they were being evicted by the city with only a few hours notice. The evictions took place because of numerous fire code violations in the building, but the residents say that those problems along with dozens of others have been present for years, and the landlord hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t fixed them and the city hasnÃ¢â¬â¢t forced him too. Now many people have no place to go, and...Be the first to comment
Due to drought like conditions in the Tampa Bay Area, the Tampa City Council is expected tomorrow (Thursday) to officially pass an Ordinance limiting citizens to watering their lawns to just one day a week.
Hillsborough County may soon follow suit.
Today the CountyÃ¢â¬â¢s Water Director, Paul Vanderploog, says that unless county residents begin conserving water at a more dramatic rate, or the heavens open up and start flooding the area with rain, he will come back befo...Be the first to comment
In a rare display of bipartisanship, Congressional leaders are calling for the re-authorization of provisions of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
The law was first passed in 1965 in response to the civil-rights movement. The purpose was to prohibit laws, such as literacy tests, that had been used to deny blacks, American Indians and others the right to vote.
It was last reauthorized in 1982, and it is scheduled to expire in 2007.
Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbre...Be the first to comment
A controversial plan for to use tourist tax payer dollars to help out the Tampa Bay Lightning and other professional sports teams , originally scheduled to be discussed at todayÃ¢â¬â¢s Hillsborough County Commission meeting, has been delayed until at least next week.
But the proposal still was discussed, when Commissioner Tom Scott objected that he learned that the proposal Ã¢â¬â being spurred by calls by the Lightning, which has lost been delayed by reading the mornin...Be the first to comment