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Time for change on the composition of the Hillsborough BOCC?

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For over three decades, the seven-member Hillsborough County Commission has consisted of representatives from four single-member districts and three at-large seats. But the county is much larger now, and there are a lot of people who think its composition needs to change to reflect that growth. In the past few years, there has been two futile attempts to add another single-member district and eliminate an at-large seat. The opportunity to debate the issue comes back this Tuesday night in Tampa, where the…

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Les Miller: TPD bike policy should be suspended, but still confirm new Chief

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Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller thinks the Tampa Police Department’s policies on bicycle infractions, which disproportionately singled out blacks in the city, is wrong and should be discontinued until the Justice Department concludes its review of the policy. But he doesn’t think it should hold up the confirmation of newly appointed Police Chief Eric Ward. “I do understand what some of the argument is — that a lot of these gangs are riding these bicycles, and that they (the police) are stopping…

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Marilyn Smith booted off Hillsborough County Charter Review Board

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Hillsborough County community activist Marilyn Smith was removed from the County’s Charter Review Commission on Friday. The move came after County Commissioners Ken Hagan and Les Miller heard heaps of criticism about Smith from members of the Latino community, following the first meeting of the newly constituted Review Commission last week. Smith was accused by fellow board member Yomari Rodriguez of being disruptive during the meeting and making racially provocative remarks. After the meeting concluded, Rodriguez says Smith told her, “You people won’t…

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Les Miller will challenge Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White in 2010

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From PoHo: Long-rumored and believed to be dropped early to beat Tampa City Councilman Thomas Scott to the punch, here is Democratic politico Les Miller’s formal announcement that he will run for Hillsborough County Commission. It will be a lively Democratic primary, even if Scott doesn’t run: FORMER SENATOR LES MILLER TO RUN FOR COUNTY COMMISSION TAMPA – Former State Senator Lesley “Les” Miller has filed to run for Hillsborough County Commission, District 3. Miller’s entry into the race will…

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