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Jane Castor mostly unrepentant as she goes before Tampa City Council on “biking while black” controversy

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Accompanied by three burly members of the Police Benevolent Association, Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor went before the City Council this morning for nearly an hour, discussing the issues around the disproportionate number of citations written against black citizens in the city that were exposed in a Tampa Bay Times story last weekend. The charges have prompted Castor and Mayor Bob Buckhorn to call on the Department of Justice to review the department’s performance regarding the citations. But as she…

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Tampa wants dibs on any future U.S.-Cuba pact signings

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They’ve already declared their support for a Cuban consulate to be housed in Tampa. Now they want any major agreement between the Cuban and U.S. governments to be signed in Tampa as well. By a 5-0 vote, Tampa City Council on Thursday passed “The Tampa Accord.” The  resolution proposed by Councilwoman Yolie Capin offers the city to host any official agreement signings between the two neighboring countries. Charlie Miranda and Lisa Montelione were not at the dais at the time…

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Bob Buckhorn among the speakers at Fight for 15 protest in Tampa

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The “Fight for 15” movement for fast-food and retailer workers advocating for higher wages and better treatment has been ongoing for over two years now, and on this Tax Day culminated in a protests in over 200 cities across the country, including events at City Hall in St. Petersburg and later in the day in Tampa’s Copeland Park. Although the movement has focused on fast food workers, the effort – organized by the Service Employees International Union – has also…

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Tampa City Council taps Frank Reddick to become new chairman

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It was over in less than a minute. The much anticipated vote for City Council chair was decided quickly this afternoon, as the newly sworn-in City Council named Frank Reddick to become their new chairman for the next year. As expected, it was a close vote, with Reddick defeating current chair Charlie Miranda on a 4-3 vote. Voting for Reddick (besides himself) were Yolie Capin, newly elected Councilman Guido Maniscalco and Mike Suarez, the man considered to be the swing vote…

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After 8 years, Mary Mulhern signs off from the Tampa City Council

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It was someone fitting that on her last daytime meeting serving on the Tampa City Council, Mary Mulhern chaired a workshop discussion on the update of the city’s comprehensive plan regarding climate change and raising sea levels. The environment has always been a central concern for Mulhern, who is leaving the Council after eight years next week due to term limits. “I know that some of you and I have had our disagreements and we’ve always been collegial and I appreciate that,”…

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1,278 people have voted today in Tampa City Council District 6 race (as of 3 p.m.)

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There was 5,049 people who voted either by absentee ballot or in the seven days of early voting in the Tampa District 6 City Council runoff. And today, Election Day, where lately there have been fewer people voting? As of 3 p.m. 1,078 people have gone old school and gone to the polls today. That makes for a total of 6,327 voters all told. That’s 12.8 percent of the eligible voters in the District 6 race. There’s a total of…

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The Tampa City Council argues about diversity vs. status quo in choosing who will lead them

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The Tampa City Council has an election every year to choose a new chairperson. But the majority has chosen the status quo in recent years, continuing to choose longtime member Charlie Miranda as their leader, with nary a vote for any of the other six members on the board. That lack of diversity in leadership has bothered a few members of the Council, leading to a proposal today by Councilwoman Yolie Capin that would place a limit of one year…

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