Old City Hall tumbles down but Mayor Curry’s wall is still up.

Mixed feelings from seeing the old City Hall turned into dust. I spent many hours in that building, day and night, covering local government as a reporter. In 1970, the Jacksonville Journal took a new approach to covering local government. It created the “governmental...

Do you believe crime is down in Jax? What say you?

Mayor Lenny Curry says crime is “down” in Jacksonville. Curry’s claim apparently relates to criticism from City Council Member Anna Lopez Brosche, who has filed as a candidate for mayor in the spring elections. His claim is impossible to fact-check. If you look at the...

Curry’s Wall: Stonewalling information to the City Council???

One member of City Council may have gotten a wake-up call after asking for public records. Garrett Dennis asked the administration for some information and got a note from a bureaucrat advising him that it would cost $3,000 to compile the data. At first the councilman...

Mayor’s Campaign Promises: Move the jail and then what?

People howled when the local government wanted to build a $350 million courthouse to replace one that was 50 years old. Now, the Curry administration is talking about spending $400 million to build a jail to replace one that is not even 40 years old. I can remember...

JEA: We have our Eye on you and you’re looking good!!

  If you have ever had your home appraised, you know how exciting it is to hear it's worth more than you imagined.  And the next question in your mind would be -- "Is this a good time to sell?"  It's a game homeowners play with their equity.  Should I sell or...

Downtown Revitalization: Are we beating a dead horse?

Downtown “revitalization” has been a topic in City Hall for as long as I can remember. In the 1940s, Mayor Haydon Burns led an effort to clean up the city, especially the waterfront, where aged and unsightly docks ruined the view of the magnificent river. Burns...

Soil & Water on the Ballot: Here’s what you should know

Soil & Water has always been a little foreign to big city voters and yet it is very important.  These candidates will help manage these vital resources throughout the county. In political circles, it has always been recognized as a place to get your name on a...

Judges on your Ballot: Informative Information

Everyone who votes always wonders "Where do I find information about the Judges?"  Since Judges can not identify with party politics, you can check out who appointed them to their position and learn more about them from their bios and papers they have written. For...

The mess at JEA: Who caused it? Who will pay for it?

As the city tries to extricate itself from the Plant Vogtle mess, it keeps getting deeper. Recently, the city’s bond rating has been lowered, prompting an injudicious outburst from the city’s chief administrative officer. “The city’s action calls into question its...

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