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Mike Suarez selected as chairman of Tampa City Council

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It wasn’t pretty. In fact, at the end it got downright ugly, but after a half-hour of voting and and intense discussion, the Tampa City Council elected Mike Suarez on Thursday to be its chairman. It took 14 different ballots to get there. The first 12 times around, it remained deadlocked between three candidates: Suarez, Harry Cohen and presiding chairman Frank Reddick. Councilman Charlie Miranda nominated Suarez, and the two voted for Suarez every time. Councilwoman Yolie Capin nominated Reddick, and with…

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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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Bob Buckhorn responds to Lisa Montelione’s comment on not being accessible

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(UPDATED with Bob Buckhorn response) At last week’s Tampa City Council meeting, the tension between some members of the board and Mayor Bob Buckhorn was on full display for the public to witness. The mayor’s announcement that he had signed an executive order on a police civilian review board (CRB) six days in advance of a previously scheduled Council meeting with Police Chief Eric Ward was a catalyst, while the dispute about who can name the members of the CRB remains the…

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Meltdown at Tampa City Council in latest skirmish on civilian review board issue

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The rocky relations between Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and the City Council deteriorated to a new low this morning at City Hall, after City Council Chair Frank Reddick angrily disagreed with City Attorney Julia Mandell’s choice of an attorney to review if her office has a conflict of interest regarding who she represents at City Hall. The fiery confrontation between the two ended with Reddick muttering, “I’m not going to be a butt-kisser to no one.” The larger issue regards the…

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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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