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Civilian Review Board issue provokes fiery Tampa City Council meeting

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To say that Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn‘s executive order he signed last Friday creating a Civilian police Review Board (CRB) that would allow him to control all but two of the 11-member board has not been warmly received by all parts of the community — or the City Council — would be a massive understatement. With City Attorney Julia Mandell and City Council Attorney Marty Shelby at loggerheads about whether the city’s Charter allows the Council — and not the mayor…

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Tampa City Council member questions payment to Go Hillsborough effort

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More than a few people have questioned the now $1.3 million that Hillsborough County taxpayers are spending to fund transportation consultant Parsons Brinckerhoff for outreach on a potential transportation tax that residents would vote on next year. One of those today was Tampa City Council member Lisa Montelione. The District 7 representative questioned the city being asked to spend $74,985.09 to Parsons Brinckerhoff, the first time that the city has been asked to contribute to the Go Hillsborough, the name of…

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Tampa Police say they’ve written only 13 bike tickets this summer

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Tampa Police Chief Eric Ward told the City Council this morning that bike citations in the city are down 69 percent this summer – a radical reduction in citations after a published report this spring showed that the police department had written more bike tickets in the past three years than Jacksonville, Miami, St. Petersburg and Orlando combined – with 80 percent of them going to black people. Police gave out 59 bike tickets from May through July, Ward said.…

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Critics of Tampa Bay Express project now targeting Chamber of Commerce

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A Tampa grassroots organization still smarting over the decision by the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Organization to approve a controversial toll lanes project in Tampa is now directing its ire at the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Sunshine Citizens is a nascent group formed to oppose what is known as the Tampa Bay Express project, a multibillion-dollar plan from the Florida Department of Transportation that would add tolled express lanes on I-275 from the Gateway area of St. Petersburg to Bearss Avenue in north…

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William March reports what we’ve already reported

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William March is something of a hero among journalists in the Tampa Bay area. He’s been a staple of enterprise reporting for decades. When he was abruptly let go from his longstanding post at the Tampa Tribune, colleagues and competitors alike were astonished, angered and, of course, saddened. But alas, he has returned as a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Times. Now March is penning columns for the area’s biggest print newspaper following all the insider politics readers loved from…

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Alan Clendenin & Mark Danish talk about their political plans

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Mark Danish is entering a new phase of his life. The native New Yorker and lifelong school teacher stunned the local political world at the age of 58 back in 2012 when he upset Shawn Harrison in the House District 63 race. He only made it through one term, however, as Harrison won back the seat in another GOP tsunami in Florida last year. Danish has left his Hillsborough County middle school position, and has now transitioned to selling real estate.…

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Tampa town hall meeting on race brings out raw emotions

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Two nights after Baltimore burned in anger at the death of Freddie Gray, the young black man who died in police custody there, mass demonstrations were held in cities like Washington, D.C.; Philadelphia; Denver; New York City; and Minneapolis on Wednesday night. No such protests occurred in the Tampa Bay area, but Baltimore was very much on the minds of the overflow crowd that crammed into a conference room at the Ferguson Law Center in Tampa. The subject was the…

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