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Hillsborough County is now offering diversion program for teenagers possessing pot

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Although it is not exactly following in the footsteps of the city of Tampa’s move to decriminalize the possession of pot, the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department has begun a year-long pilot program with other local agencies that will offer an alternative to arrest for first-time offenders caught with marijuana between the ages of 8 to 17. The Delinquent Act Citation Pilot Program (DAC Pilot Program) is a Hillsborough County alternative to arrest and a possible criminal record for juveniles found…

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Hillsborough County Commissioners dismiss call for affordable housing trust fund

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A proposal advocated for by the Hillsborough Organization for Progress and Equality – HOPE – to have the Hillsborough County government establish a $10 million affordable housing trust fund, fell by the wayside on Wednesday. Commissioner Victor Crist won praise from his colleagues for bringing the issue up for discussion, but they politely rejected the concept for the moment, saying that they still have yet to address other important issues that would require funding, such as transportation. “This is a community problem, and it begs…

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USF Bulls lose another coach as Danny Hope leaves team

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For the USF Bulls, Hope is gone. Co-offensive coordinator Danny Hope has left the USF team to be closer to his family, making another defection from coach Willie Taggart‘s staff. Earlier, defensive coordinator Tom Allen left for Indiana and wide receiver coach Ron Duggans left for Miami. Hope is the third offensive coordinator to leave the Bulls in three seasons. “I would like to thank Danny for his significant contributions to the success of our program over the past season,”…

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Tampa activists blast Bob Buckhorn’s version of a police Civilian Review Board

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If it were up to Bob Buckhorn, there wouldn’t be a police Civilian Review Board (CRB). The mayor signed an executive order creating such a board late last week, after activists and later City Council Chairman Frank Reddick began calling for such an agency in the wake of the report by the Tampa Bay Times in April that the Tampa Police Department was disproportionately citing blacks for bicycle infractions. However, those same citizens who were calling for its creation are criticizing what the…

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Koch Brothers latest to seize on ‘ban the box’ movement; is Tampa next?

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“Banning the Box” on job applications for companies who contract with the city of Tampa was a bridge too far for the City Council to consider back in February, but it’s good enough for the Koch Brothers and other major corporations. In February, the Council declined to pass a law that would have “banned the box” for city contractors. “Ban the box” refers to the nationwide movement that has spread over the past decade, where local governments have removed the…

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