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

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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…

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

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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…

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Indie attorney says City of Tampa lawyer has no conflict of interest in civilian review board controversy

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Gwynne Young, the independent attorney hired by the City of Tampa’s Legal Department for $10,000 to render an opinion on whether City Attorney Julia Mandell has a conflict of interest in the controversy over a civilian review board, has determined that Mandell has no conflict. “The fact that constituents of the organization have internal disagreements does not change the fact that the lawyer’s only client is the organization,” Gwynne writes in her eight-page opinion made public on Tuesday. “The lawyer’s…

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