Mayor’s office taking lessons from Nancy Pelosi?

One of our readers sent me this picture. Eye thanks our readers for keeping us in the loop on news worthy items. We can't be everywhere so having your "Eyes" out there helps us. When we saw this picture and posting by City Council Vice President Tommy Hazouri - our...

Is justice fair in our city government? You decide.

Before anyone starts screaming at me that I don't support this new bill placing tougher regulations on strip clubs and establishing the Sex Trafficking Survivors Leadership Council in Jacksonville, hear me out. I can speak to this issue because I have a family member...

JEA: The Virus of Manipulation. We beat it!

We are all watching the news about the "latest" world wide pandemic -- the Coronavirus. I'm in my 60s and I've seen this played over and over again. It has been proven that just before elections, suddenly a world crisis occurs and a new disease is spreading. The...

Jacksonville hopes to have a new Tide Czar. What?

Jacksonville politicians want to go along with the crowd. Because almost every other county in the state has jumped on the bandwagon, the City Council now is considering a bill to create a “resiliency” office, at an initial cost of $300,000 a year. The new “tide czar”...

Jacksonville’s voting process is secure

One of the reasons foreign nations are constantly trying to hack into computers in the U.S. that contain elections data is to sow distrust in our voting process and election integrity. The entire Russian Collusion Delusion was based on this false premise. There are...

Food deserts, Camelot, Bigfoot and other flights of fancy

It has gotten way too easy for politicians to lead the media around by the nose. There are plenty of examples at the national level but there are some in Jacksonville, too. One classic example: Local media faithfully report on the mythical phenomenon of “food...

What’s next for JEA? A turnaround expert.

There were a few times in my career when one of my CEO clients got into a situation that required a Turnaround Expert to be called in to help. Sometimes that situation was their own doing and other times, it was someone within the organization that had messed things...

Everyone in Jacksonville will miss Jake Godbold

Former Mayor Jake Godbold Jake Godbold, one of Jacksonville’s outstanding political figures, has died at the age of 86. He was the second mayor of the consolidated government, following Hans Tanzler. Before that he was a city councilman and served as a council...

Can downtown be saved? Lori Boyer is trying

It must be tough to be Lori Boyer right now. Lori is a former City Council Member and now runs the Downtown Investment Authority (DIA). Downtown development is not easy and has been a thorn in Jacksonville's side for many, many years. Jacksonville is in a messy...

JEA Board: It’s time to Admit. Apologize. Act.

The headlines in the local newspapers created head-shaking. But I wasn't surprised. All the fingers are pointing and those who made poor decisions are looking for others to blame. It's pretty typical of weak leadership. And at this point in time, the JEA Board is weak...

Care about our city? Join this group

OurJax is a newly formed group of concerned citizens who care deeply about the governance of our beloved City of Jacksonville. Sounds like our kind of people!! Because of the recent JEA debacle and some other issues that have raised red flags about our city...

Crime rates are not as malleable as the media seems to think

The local media in Jacksonville is going through another spate of hand-wringing over the crime rate and looking for someone to blame. The usual remedy is to hire more police. That decreases response times, which means police get to a crime scene quicker. But it does...

Fight over 5G wireless technology is heating up in Jax

Residents of Jacksonville who are concerned about the new 5G technology are continuing to press the City Council over proposed changes in local law that would enable its rollout in Jacksonville. Last week at a workshop, city laws provided a comparison of what the...

Mayor Curry’s legacy: The toxicity of our City

I’ve seen Mayor Curry’s “leadership” traits before.  Sadly many of you have seen similar leadership in the workforce.  His leadership style is toxic. Books have been written about toxic leadership and in an article in Psychology Today, dated July 6, 2016, it...

All the Mayor’s Men have made a mess again

Over the weekend another news outlet uncovered information about the men around Mayor Curry. According to the Florida Times Union, Mayor Curry's political strategist, Tim Baker, sat in on numerous JEA "closed-door" meetings at the insistence of Aaron Zahn - now the...

2019 didn’t work out too well for the Great JEA Sale Caper

Demolition of the Jacksonville Landing produced a large pile of rubble but the debris was small compared to the wreckage of the JEA sale scheme. In what probably was the biggest local story of 2019, an effort to sell the city’s water and utility company took off and...

Zahn is leaving JEA post but many questions remain behind him

Aaron Zahn Aaron Zahn is out, but hold back your tears. He was named CEO of JEA last year, despite having no qualifications other than being a friend of Mayor Lenny Curry. He pretty much screwed up what apparently was his No. 1 job – selling the JEA. Despite that, he...

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