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Alvin Brown Names Transition Team

Alvin Brown Names Transition Team

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown named his transition team today.  These are the advisors who will help him create his strategic plan and plan for his permanent staff.

The transition team:

Education and Children: Betty Burney, Dr. Kerry Romesburg

Legal: Neil Henrichsen, Paul Perez

Military Affairs: Donnie Homer, Bobby Stein

Inter-Governmental Relations: Cyrus Jollivette, State Rep. Mike Weinstein

Strategic co-chairs: Peter Rummell, the Rev. Henry Rhim, Delores Weaver

Co-chair: Audrey Moran

Co-chair: State Sen. Tony Hill

Boards and Commissions: Charles "Bucky" Clarkson, Robert Spohrer

Budget and Finance: Charlie Appleby, Matt Carlucci

Downtown Revitalization: Dr. Chester Aikens, Bob Rhodes

Governor Rick Scott's Robocalls Anger Constituents

Governor Rick Scott's Robocalls Anger Constituents

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We started hearing about the robocalls by Governor Rick Scott right after the budget passed in May.

Then a week later another call about wasteful spending, and the week after that the phone rang again.

 

 

 

 

 

"Hi, I'm Governor Rick Scott," the call begins.

For the past month, the calls have been coming to households all over the state, with Governor Scott touting his pre-recorded accomplishments.

"I'm calling to personally tell you about the state budget I signed," the call continues.

The Republican Party of Florida is funding the calls, which on average cost about two cents a piece. And while it won't disclose who the calls are targeting, a statement released says: "The party is committed to helping the Governor communicate his accomplishments directly to the voters of the state."

Mayor-elect Brown Attends Bipartisan Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting Focusing on Job Creat

Mayor-elect Alvin Brown is attending the first annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting today in Chicago focusing on business growth and job creation.  Brown was invited by President Bill Clinton to attend the bipartisan meeting, along with a diverse group of 700 participants from across the country including Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, and many other business and civic leaders.

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

Over Resident Protests, New Landfill Approved for the Westside

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The traffic, the noise, the smell.

A lot of different reasons why Westside neighbors don't want a new landfill in their neighborhood. 

"I've lived there for 15 years. I don't want it. I don't know who in their right mind, just like I said in there, would want a landfill near their house," said Otis Road resident James Diamatta.

He was one of dozens of people in the neighborhood to speak out against the landfill, which he said will decrease his property value, and hurt the environment.

"Who wants to hear 60 dump trucks a day? On top of the traffic, on top of the fact I gotta work at night, it just don't add up," said Diamatta. 

The Council listened to more than an hour of public comment on the bill, which got heated a number of times.

Children’s Inauguration Planned for Jacksonville’s Youngest Citizens

Children’s Inauguration Planned for Jacksonville’s Youngest Citizens

Jacksonville, Fla. – Even though they are not old enough to vote yet, the children of Jacksonville won’t be left out of the excitement surrounding the inauguration of Mayor-Elect Alvin Brown. They have the chance to take part in a special inauguration planned just for them.

The Children’s Inauguration will take place Thursday, June 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Hemming Plaza in downtown Jacksonville. This event is open to the public and is for children of all ages.

Postal Service Asks Congress for Action

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has asked members of Congress — including Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House appropriations committee to enact legislation to return the organization to financial stability.

Your Money: New Bill Would Change How Council Approves Large Projects

Your Money: New Bill Would Change How Council Approves Large Projects

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There may soon be more oversight when Jacksonville City Council spends your money on larger projects. The possible change comes after a First Coast News investigation.

In May, we told you about a new synthetic soccer field at Losco Regional Park in Mandarin that cost $660,000. Councilman Art Shad pioneered the project without the thought of saving money and without full council approval.

If Councilman Bill Bishop had a chance to vote on Shad's state-of-the-art soccer field, he said the outcome could have been much different.

"Probably would have voted no, considering that the cost of that project far exceeded anybody's understanding of any sort of rational payback.  So I probably would have voted no on that. You could buy a whole lot of sod for what that AstroTurf costs," Bishop said.