The guests were: the president of the Tampa Independent Business Alliance , Carla Jimenez, (TIBA) www.tibatampa.org and Stacy Mitchell , author of The Home Town Advantage: How Chain Stores are Harming Our Communities and What We Can Do About It. They discussed the impact of "big box" stores on local economies. Jimenez is co-owner of Inkwood Books and Mitchell is a board member of the American Independent Business Alliance (http://www.amiba.net/), a researcher with the Institute for L...
The newly constructed Board of Hillsborough County Commissioners convened this morning in Tampa to name new a new Chairman and assign Commissioners to the various boards on which they are to serve.
Unlike previous times, the nomination for a new Chairman and Vice Chair were voted on the first ballot Ã¢â¬â as nominated by County Commissioner Rhonda Storms (roll tape#1
o.q.Ã¢â¬?Mark Sharpe for ChaplainÃ¢â¬?)
Mark Sharpe and Brian Blair are the 2 new faces on the Com...
Pinellas county administrator Steve Spratt spoke in front of the suncoast tiger bay club this afternoon in Clearwater. Spratt has been the counties administrator for the past 4 years; he said his biggest obstacle is getting the different government entities within the county to work together to solve problems and cut costs.
Ã¢â¬ËWe have too many layers of government and they re too vulcanized; this is the impediment to solving problems, we have 24 cities, fire dept, taxing dist...
Our guests were debating proposals being floated by Bush Administration allies to create private Social Security accounts for younger workers.
MARK WEISBROT, http://www.cepr.net Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and co-author of "Social Security: The Phony Crisis," said it's false to believe that Social Security was "running out of money." He says according to the Social Security Trustees' Report, the standard source for economists as well as both the Bush...
Of the 8 Constitutional Amendment placed on the Florida Ballot earlier this month, the vote on Amendment 4- which would allow Miami/Dade and Broward Counties to vote on allowing for more gambling, was by far the closest.
The measure narrowly won Ã¢â¬â but the opponents say that there were statistical anomalies that make them question the final result, and today they announced a lawsuit against the Broward County Supervisor of Elections, demanding a rccount of all the absentee ballo...
The Boca Raton News reported last week that more than a dozen traumatized John Kerry supporters have sought and received therapy from a licensed Florida psychologist since their candidate lost to President BushÃ¢â¬Â¦.
Boca Raton trauma specialist Douglas Schooler said he has treated 15 clients and friends with Ã¢â¬Åintense hypnotherapyÃ¢â¬? since the Democratic nominee conceded 12 days agoÃ¢â¬Â¦
Now journalist Gene Stone has come up with a book to help those still depress...
A judge temporarily halted a just-approved state constitutional amendment that would yank the license of doctors who commit three acts of medical malpractice, saying that some specifics need to be spelled out before it takes effect.
Circuit Judge Janet E. Ferris agreed in part with hospitals that sued seeking to block the amendment from taking effect until some aspects of it can be clarified, most likely by the Legislature when it meets in the spring, or by the courts.
Ferris barred Ame...
It took over a year to close the deal, but the dysfunctional desalination plant near Apollo beach finally has a new operator. The Tampa Bay water board has unanimously agreed to enter into a contract with American Water-Pridesta, despite a last minute plea by the broken plants previous operator to let them try to fix it one more time. WMNFÃ¢â¬â¢s Andrew Stelzer reports.
The water utilities Using a ratings system, they tentatively choose American water from sev...
MARILYN ANDERSON, Director of Education, Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida will talk about the proposal in the Sarasota Public Schools to teach only abstinence as the only method of birth control. There is also a proposal to stop Planned Parenthood from providing sex education in the high schools. They are requesting people to testify on their behalf at the November 16 and December 7 Sarasota School Board meetings. This topic is on the agenda for the December meeting. Det...
Films at Cineworld Film Festival and their relation to today's world. 2 films were mentioned in particular: Notre Musique directed by Godard (French/Swiss) and Purple Butterfly directed by Ye Lou (Japan).