News & Public Affairs

Wednesday July 30, 2014

COUNTY BUYS 70 ACRES OF FLATWOODS--BUT FOR WHAT?--Andrew Stelzer

Last night, Hillsborough county commissioner Jim Norman came to Benito Middle School in New Tampa to hear what citizens had to say about the possible purchase of 70 acres of land of the edge of Flatwoods Park. Although the county voted today to buy the land. There may be a battle brewing between those who want it to be turned into ball fields, and other people who want it to be preserved as environmental land. ----------------------------------

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BAYSHORE RUN - Mitch Perry

The February death of 39 year old runner Melissa McKenzie as she crossed Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa - the third death of a pedestrian along the popular roadway in the past year - has led to a serious effort to try to make the Bayshore safer.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio convened a Task Force that has met 3 times to try to address problems along the road....The fourth meeting, which will allow the Public to weigh in for the first time, takes place next Tuesday night at the Kate Jackson Commu...

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GOV. BUSH ENDORSES ILLEGAL ALIEN DRIVING BILL - Mitch Perry

A proposal that would allow giving undocumented immigrants drivers licenses in the Florida legislature got a big boost yesterday when Governor Bush backed the legislation..

Last year in California, a similar type of bill was credited with helping defeat former Governor Gray Davis in that state's historic recall election.....

But supporters of the Florida legislation insist that the proposal calls for much stricter security measures than what Governor Davis signed last year.

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HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY - Radioactivity

THE UPCOMING HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY COMMEMORATION AT THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM IN ST. PETERSBURG. Warren Miller will be the keynote speaker at this event, Miller is the Chairman of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. The Commission is the agency of the U.S. Government charged with protecting and preserving monuments, historic buildings, cemeteries and other property important to the foreign heritage of Americans through mutual cooperation with...

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SHOULD IT BE HARDER FOR CITIZENS' GROUPS TO AMEND THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION?

Paul Jacob, President of Citizens in Charge, a national, non-partisan, non-profit grassroots citizens' lobby dedicated to protecting and expanding initiative and referendum rights.
Jacob, is urging citizen's groups and civic leaders to join a statewide fight against three constitutional amendment bills passed March 11th by the Senate Ethics & Elections Committee. Jacob's describes (SJR 2392, 2394 and 2396) as attempts to "steal voting rights from Florida citizens" and vows the help of th...

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REP. DAVIS ATTENDS TOWN HALL MEETING ON MEDICARE-Andrew Stelzer

Congressman Jim Davis attended a town hall meeting on the new Medicare law in Tampa today. Organized by the Florida Consumer action network, the goal of the meeting was to educate seniors and others citizens about the new prescription drug plan, which will end up costing most seniors more money than they pay now, despite the claims of the Bush administration. WMNF’s Andrew Stelzer was there and filed this report.

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LIVING WAGE TASK FORCE HEARING-Andrew Stelzer

In may, the Hillsborough county commission will be deciding whether to create a standard living wage for county employees and people contracted by the county. Last year, the county decided to have a task force gather public input on the issue before they make their decision—the task force is holding 4 hearings to hear from concerned citizens. So far there have been three task force hearings on the living wage, at each hearing, at least a dozen citizens have spoken in favor of a livi...

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MAYOR IORIO'S ADDRESS - Mitch Perry

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio observed the anniversary of her 1st year in office , by giving a State of the City Address to the Tampa City Council this morning.

Echoing what Presidents and Governors generally say at their annual speeches, the Mayor affirned that Tampa is doing well (roll tape#3 o.q."is good")

Most of the Mayor's presentation came via a 15 minute video, featuring comments by City Councilmembers, neighborhood leaders, and citizens speaking about the positive quality of...

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