St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice

St. Pete considers banning Super PAC money in local elections

St. Petersburg City Council is considering banning the influence of Super PAC money in local elections. The idea was introduced Thursday afternoon by council vice chair Darden Rice. “I’m introducing a new business item to start council discussion on evaluating an ordinance that would abolish Super PAC influence in local elections. Number one, we want corporations that donate to candidates… Read more »

Women’s Show resuming in August

Photo via Flickr by DonkeyHotey/CC 2.0 license There will be no show July 21st or July 28th due to”Democracy Now” covering the Republican and Democratic conventions from 9-11 am. From a Woman’s POV will resume programing at 10 am on August 4th.

Women’s Show – So Many Shootings?

After last week, do you feel you are on a powder keg that is just about ready to explode?…. …or have we been on an active volcano for a long time and just haven’t paid any attention to the lava flow?  Everything is connected, and I am more and more feeling that the problems at… Read more »

Wetlands Whole Foods Sarasota

Environmentalists object to Sarasota comp plan changes

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is being updated and some environmentalists are concerned that at the same time protections of the public interest will be eroded. Commissioners approved changes to the comp plan Wednesday. Listen to the story here: Before their vote Sarasota attorney Dan Lobeck used two examples to tell Commissioners that comp plan… Read more »

Perspectives on TBX project on the eve of major MPO vote

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160621_110617_radioactivityT1_187.MP3 By Rob Lorei On Radioactivity Tuesday we talked about the controversial TBX project that will be voted on the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization on Tuesday. TBX is the proposal to widen much of the interstate system in Hillsborough County by adding 90 miles of toll lanes to the currently free I-4, I-75 and I-275. The… Read more »

Fixing the Failure Factories: Pinellas school board candidates offer their plan

Pinellas County School Board candidates are sharing their ideas to change the school system. During a forum last Saturday at Childs Park Recreation Center in Saint Petersburg, three candidates acknowledged dire problems. But they differed on the tools to fix them The three candidates differ in their approach to combating the racial disparity of behavioral… Read more »

Karl Nurse no fracking

Fracking banned in Pinellas County, Florida

The Pinellas County Commission has outlawed fracking within the county limits. The oil and gas drilling technique is also known as hydraulic fracturing and critics, like Environment Florida director Jennifer Rubiello, say it’s dangerous for water supplies and contributes to climate change. She says St. Petersburg and Clearwater are also working on ordinances to ban… Read more »

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Wastewater discharged into Tampa Bay and other Pinellas waters

Because of flooding from Tropical Storm Colin this week several cities in Pinellas County urged residents to stop using the sewer systems and had to release partially treated wastewater into the open water. Beginning at 4:00 p.m Tuesday the City of St. Petersburg discharged partially treated wastewater into Tampa Bay about one-quarter of a mile east… Read more »

The “Presidentalization” of Donald Trump-From a Woman’s POV

Photo via DonkeyHotey   We can’t get away from the election, can we? What does “presidential” mean?  Donald Trump has said, “It’s no job to act presidential, I can be presidential any time I want” while addressing claims that he was advised by friends and family  to change his demeanor while campaigning. While campaigning in… Read more »

Eric Ward and Bob Buckhorn

Tampa Police Chief takes questions from council on “biking while black”

The Tampa Police Chief answered questions Thursday morning from members of City Council about last month’s Department of Justice report that found police disproportionally stopped black bicyclists. The report concluded that despite evidence of “stark racial disparities” there was not racial discrimination because of “race-neutral motivations.” City Council member Lisa Montelione asked Chief Eric Ward how… Read more »

Lisa Montelione

FDOT now has less money to buy property in the way of TBX

The Florida Department of Transportation now has considerably less money to purchase homes and businesses that are in the way of its proposed TBX expressway project. Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione said Tuesday morning that at the Hillsborough MPO Livable Roadways meeting the nearly $25 million budgeted has been reduced to half a million dollars…. Read more »

Women’s Show on Women’s Health and Climate Change

Photo credit: Nasa Goddard Space Flight Center New York is the anti-fracking center of the U.S.  With the primary coming up, fracking and fossil fuels are  major issues.  When Eva Resnick- Day recently asked Hillary Clinton about keeping fossil fuels in the ground, Hillary Clinton got down right testy and accused her of being a… Read more »

Rick Kriseman

St.Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman talks recent economic boom, Rays move to Tampa, and troubled schools on WEDU’s Florida this Week

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160404_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 by Rob Lorei Once known as a city for the retired, St.Petersburg has experience a rebirth over the last decade as one of the most livable cities in the countries, known for its walk-able streets and thriving arts scene. Today on Radioactivity Monday, we listen to an interview with St.Pete mayor Rick Kriseman from… Read more »

cheese grater buildings st pete

Preservationists want to save St. Pete’s “cheese grater” buildings

Preservationists in St. Pete say they’re filing a landmark designation application Thursday to try to save two buildings in downtown; Peter Belmont, vice president of St. Petersburg Preservation, wants to stop the demolition of what are called the “cheese grater” buildings in the 400 block of Central Avenue. He says behind the more recent metal coverings… Read more »

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune

St. Pete will work toward 100% clean energy

St. Petersburg is the first Florida city pledging to work toward 100% clean energy; Sharon Wright is the City of St. Petersburg’s sustainability coordinator and joined the Sierra Club Tuesday morning to officially launch the “Ready for 100” campaign. “First steps in energy efficiency, there’s a lot we can do, there’s a lot our leadership… Read more »

Florida This Week; Trump rally violence continues in Arizona

http://sound.wmnf.org/sound/wmnf_160321_110618_radioactivityM1_348.MP3 BY Rob Lorei Today we start of Radioactivity with the latest edition of Florida This Week, a political talk show on local PBS station WEDU that is hosted by Rob Lorei. An expert panel of political insiders and analysts discuss the biggest stories in Florida politics: the results of the Florida Presidential Preference primary; Rick… Read more »