Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

Julia Mandell

Sal Territo to succeed Julia Mandell as Tampa City Attorney

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

There’s a changing of the guard with the top legal position in the City of Tampa. After three and a half years as City Attorney, Julia Mandell announced her resignation. She is leaving the position to become an attorney at Carlton Fields. Mandell will be succeeded by Sal Territo. Since 2005, Territo has served as Chief Assistant City Attorney as the head of the transactional and administrative section of the Legal Department. “I want to thank Mayor Buckhorn for the opportunity to serve as the City…

Keep Reading

Hillsborough GOP contributes $1K to Jim Davison’s Tampa City Council campaign. But is it legal?

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Although technically a nonpartisan board, party politics have been at play on who serves on the Tampa City Council for awhile. So it shouldn’t be too surprising that the Hillsborough County Republican Party is backing Jim Davison in the District 7 race. However, its $1,000 contribution to his campaign may have gone too far. According to the Tampa City Charter, Section 8.19, “A candidate for municipal office shall not: 1) Campaign as a member of any political party; 2) Publicly represent or advertise as a member of any…

Keep Reading

Mike Suarez selected as chairman of Tampa City Council

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at the end it got downright ugly, but after a half-hour of voting and and intense discussion, the Tampa City Council elected Mike Suarez on Thursday to be its chairman. It took 14 different ballots to get there. The first 12 times around, it remained deadlocked between three candidates: Suarez, Harry Cohen and presiding chairman Frank Reddick. Councilman Charlie Miranda nominated Suarez, and the two voted for Suarez every time. Councilwoman Yolie Capin nominated Reddick, and with…

Keep Reading

Tampa City Council approves “compromise” proposal on civilian review board

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The Tampa City Council voted late Thursday afternoon to have Chairman Frank Reddick meet with Mayor Bob Buckhorn in an attempt to fashion a compromise on the vexing issue of how many members can the council select to be part of a police civilian review board. The motion, proposed by Councilwoman Lisa Monteleone, calls for City Council Attorney Martin Shelby to work with the city’s legal staff on a draft ordinance of Buckhorn’s executive order to create a civilian review board. The…

Keep Reading

Tampa activists call on City Council to stay strong in civilian review board fight

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

On Thursday, the Tampa City Council will hold a workshop to discuss the proposal floated by County Chairman Frank Reddick that would allow council to select the majority of members on the newly created police civilian review board. Specifically, Reddick’s plan gives the Council seven selections, one for each member. Mayor Bob Buckhorn could name the two remaining board members and the two alternates. That’s not what the mayor has announced. His plan calls for him to name nine of the 11 members…

Keep Reading

Mitch Perry Report for 9.23.15 — The best of Tampa Bay, mostly

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Welcome to the the autumn equinox, Yom Kippur, Pope Francis’ first full day in the United States, and……the unveiling of Creative Loafing’s annual Best-of-the-Bay issue. Tonight, the folks associated with the local alternative weekly will publish their BOTB issue, literally and figuratively the biggest paper that the company will produce this year. As some of you may know, I served as political editor of the paper for five years before making the move over to Florida Politics/SaintPetersBlog last November, right after last year’s midterm…

Keep Reading

Meltdown at Tampa City Council in latest skirmish on civilian review board issue

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The rocky relations between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City Council deteriorated to a new low this morning at City Hall, after City Council Chair Frank Reddick angrily disagreed with City Attorney Julia Mandell’s choice of an attorney to review if her office has a conflict of interest regarding who she represents at City Hall. The fiery confrontation between the two ended with Reddick muttering, “I’m not going to be a butt-kisser to no one.” The larger issue regards the…

Keep Reading

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Go to Top