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FOP, City Locked in Hearings over Salary Cuts

FOP, City Locked in Hearings over Salary Cuts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Fraternal Order of Police and the city are facing off today in an impasse hearing over the police labor contract.

The two sides have been in disagreement over the terms of a new contract. FOP President Nelson Cuba said this is the final step in a two-year contract dispute.

The city of Jacksonville is asking union members to take a 2 percent pay cut, and contribute to their health insurance and pension.

Mayor John Peyton has been summoned to appear, but it is unclear if he will. The hearing is scheduled for one day, but at the current pace is expected to take longer.

At its conclusion, the arbitrator will have 15 days to present his findings.

If they disagree on the findings the contract will go to the Jacksonville City council for a final vote.

The city's Chief of Human resources Chad Poppell said they hope to have this resolved before June 30.

Scott Approval Rate Hits New Low

Scott Approval Rate Hits New Low

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Rick Scott's approval rating has dropped to a new low, although he's been on the job for less than five months.

A poll released Wednesday shows Florida voters disapproved of the way Scott's been doing that job by a 57 percent to 29 percent margin.

The Quinnipiac University poll, though, shows the Republican governor has plenty of company. Voters rated the GOP-controlled Florida Legislature about the same. They disapproved of lawmakers' work 56 percent to 27 percent.

Scott and the Legislature each are down from 35 percent approval ratings they got in a similar poll released April 6. Pollsters called 1,196 registered voters on cell and land lines May 17 through 23. The poll has an error rate of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

Job Fair in Downtown Jacksonville

Job Fair in Downtown Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Rep. Corrine Brown was in town today hosting the 19th annual Job and Resource Fair at the Prime Osborn Convention Center.

In 2009, the fair drew about 10,000 job seekers; last year the number had increased to 14,000, and more than 110 employers expect more today.

"With so many people in Florida out of work, this is, unfortunately, an extraordinarily difficult time for job seekers both in the state of Florida, as well as around the nation," said Brown. 

"That said, attendance at the Job Fair is even more important this year, since it will provide a great opportunity for those searching for work to network and speak directly with prospective employers."

Nearly 150 companies and agencies are signed up to be at the fair.

The resource portion of the fair included workshops for people to improve their job-seeking skills, plus representatives will be on hand to assist people with mortgage and foreclosure questions.

New Mayor - New Direction

New Mayor - New Direction

As an African-American male, this election has shown that Jacksonville has matured;
there is a change of mindset, a change toward psychological acceptance for a new vision.
A desire and need to seek another direction for the unification of a divided community.
Jacksonville has continued to grow into a community that is embracing its diversity and
understands that in order to grow into a progressive 21st century metropolis it is time
for a new course of thinking, a new path for leadership and providing an opportunity
for someone (Alvin Brown) with a new vision to lead our community.

Alvin Brown Stresses Unity in Victory Speech | FULL SPEECH

Alvin Brown Stresses Unity in Victory Speech | FULL SPEECH

MORE: Election results

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Alvin Brown, the winner of the mayoral election, said today that his victory is about the future of the city and stressed unity.

"My administration will be bipartisan," said Brown. "We are one city...it's going to take all of us to work together."

Brown was joined by his wife, Santhea, and sons on a trip earlier today to City Hall, where he visited with Mayor John Peyton then gave his victory speech.

Following a count of final provisional ballots Wednesday, Brown defeated opponent Republican Mike Hogan by about 1,500 votes. Wednesday night, Hogan conceded the race.

Brown thanked Hogan as well as his family and friends, campaign workers and volunteers. "This victory was about Jacksonville and its future," he said.

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

Support Children's Health in Duval County, Keep PE in Our Schools

On Wednesday, May 18, 2011, the Duval County Public School Board began making recommendations to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals for the 2011-2012 budget. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association understands the school board is working with the best intentions and is in an unfortunate financial situation.

However, the American Heart Association is concerned increasing the class size in art, music, and PE would greatly reduce the quality of instruction.  In addition, it is possible afterschool sports and activities might be reduced or even eliminated and without afterschool transportation many students with working parents would be unable to participate. Students in the lowest family income brackets would be disproportionately impacted and we know these families are often vulnerable to both high rates of obesity and high dropout rates.

Alvin Brown Supporters Celebrate Impending Victory

Alvin Brown Supporters Celebrate Impending Victory

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- After watching the votes tally up in Alvin Brown's favor for hours, supporters and campaign staff celebrated the Democrat's impending victory right inside the Supervisor of Elections center.

"I'm happy to be a part of history. I'm happy to be a part of African American history, this city's history. This is a momentous, momentous occasion right now," said one campaign worker.

Through tears, supporters who have been with Brown from the start talked about what his victory meant to them. "We have a vision now to work towards, a vision to make Jacksonville the greatest city in Florida," said Travis Bridges, Duval County Democratic Chair.

And for people in Alvin Brown's corner, that mission begins tonight. 

"We're going to follow, and he's going to lead. We're so proud of Alvin Brown," said Bridges