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Hillsborough state and local lawmakers celebrate bipartisanship in saving the Tampa Heights community center

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When the Florida Department of Transportation announced their plans to add toll lanes to I-275 in what is now known as the Tampa Bay Express project, Tampa Heights residents reacted in shock last year. FDOT officials said that as part of the ultimate construction of the project, there are properties in Seminole Heights and Tampa Heights that will be have to be removed – including the former Faith Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Palm Avenue that in the past five years…

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Hillsborough County Young Democrats discuss and criticize Tampa’s Citizen Review Board

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With Mayor Bob Buckhorn naming his selections to the Tampa citizen police review board (CRB) earlier this week, the City Council needs to select its four members before the new agency meets for the first time in December. Don’t think, however, that the activists who pushed for its creation in the first place are at all satisfied with the model that city leaders have produced. Tuesday night at CoWork Ybor on Seventh Avenue, two members from Tampa for Justice, the group formed…

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ACLU tells Tampa City Council they have legal authority to name civilian review board members with subpoena power

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The ACLU of Florida said today that they believe City of Tampa Attorney Julia Mandell was incorrect in her assessment that the city’s charter only allows the mayor to have the right to name the members of a civilian review board. The issue of who controls the power to name such an advisory committee has roiled City Hall over the past month, as a majority of the City Council – backed by their own attorney – insists it has the power…

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The black community in the Bob Buckhorn era discussed at Tampa town hall

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Friday night in Cincinnati, police arrested six people at a rally held to honor Sam DuBose, a black man killed by an ex-University of Cincinnati Police Officer last month. The incident was the latest involving a black person dying it the hands of law enforcement captured on video and broadcast throughout the country. While there have been no such incidents in Tampa, it would be a mistake to believe that there aren’t significant tensions between members of the black community and…

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