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Iorio discusses Obama endorsement listen

05/23/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Before Sen. Barack Obama took the stage at his campaign rally in Tampa on Wednesday, the host city’s mayor, Pam Iorio, announced her endorsement of Obama for president.

Today, WMNF’s Seán Kinane spoke with Iorio about her endorsement and why it came this week.

“[I’ll] certainly make sure he knows what Tampa’s needs are and how the federal government can be of help,” Iorio said.

Photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

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Co-op nurtures Tampa bike community listen

05/07/08
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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The second meeting of the Tampa Bike Co-op was held Monday at Transitions Art gallery on Columbus Avenue E. Green gearheads with a passion for cycling came together to share skills, tools and parts.

Dave Shapango is a bike courier in downtown Tampa. He dreamt of a cooperative that brought together experienced cyclists with those who wanted more experience.

Lilly Richardson is a co-founder of the co-op. She first started hanging out at Transitions Gallery with her band four years ago. ...

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Survey asks: Who is a downtowner? listen

04/30/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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This morning the Tampa Downtown Partnership unveiled the results of their surveys of people who live or work downtown. They call it the first-ever downtown study to determine who is a Downtowner?

According to its website, the mission of the Tampa Downtown Partnership “is to be the steward of Downtown Tampa, while cultivating effective public/private partnerships to facilitate catalytic physical and economic development.”

HCP & Associates conducted two surveys that relied on people...

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Interview With Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio

04/22/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Tuesday)
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Pam Iorio was re-elected to her second term as Tampa mayor last year. Previously she served as Hillsborough supervisor of elections and was a Hillsborough County commissioner.

Iorio is a strong advocate of the environment, neighborhoods and mass transit. But her tenure has been marked by budget cuts, tension between her and the City Council and problems getting major projects such as the new art museum and the Riverwalk under way.

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Should Tampa bargain harder with TECO?

02/19/08 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)

Former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik joined us in this segment to talk about the negotiations between the city of Tampa and Tampa Electric over the new franchise agreement for the utility company. The previous 25-year agreement has expired.

This time around some environmentalists in the city want energy conservation, buried power lines and alternative enrgy generation to be required in the new agreement. Cities have reduced power (because of changes in state law by the Legi...

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Iorio meets with City Council on budget listen

02/13/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Today Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio briefed members of the City Council about budget concerns resulting from Amendment 1.

The property tax cut approved last month by Florida voters will greatly reduce revenues for local governments. In the meeting at City Hall, Iorio said the city projects collecting $4.1-million less in property tax in 2009. That would result in a $16.8-million difference between total revenues and total expenditures.

Iorio proposed making up $3.4 million of that deficit with ...

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Hillsborough discusses consolidating services

02/06/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners today discussed how to bridge longstanding differences with the city of Tampa. It was part of dealing with reduced property tax collections coming to local governments in the wake of Amendment 1’s passage.

Commissioner Al Higgenbotham said he wanted to have county staff develop plans to merge the county’s Parks and Recreation department with the city’s.

Higgenbotham and Commissioner Rose Ferlita both told the Tampa Tribune last week that they w...

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Tampa Council uphappy with Green Ordinance timetable listen

01/24/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Currently, the city of Tampa has no LEED certified "green" buildings. Nor does it have a green building ordinance, or any incentives for developers to be environmentally sustainable.

That’s led City Councilman John Dingfelder to put together his own task force to create a Green Building Ordinance. Prompted by his actions, an official with the Pam Iorio administration came before the Council today to report on the status of the administration’s own green building ordinance.

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Hearing held on privatization of city jobs listen

12/20/07 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Last month, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio announced a new program called “Changing the Business of Government” that attempts to save the city money.

One of the most contentious parts of that program involves privatizing the jobs of some low-paid city employees in addition to layoffs announced earlier in the year. About 100 city employees, most of them from security and janitorial services, would be laid off and private companies would be contracted to provide these services.

There has been...

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