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Pamella Settlegoode isn't too keen on City Hall



ST. PETERSBURG-- Educator Pamella Settlegoode is campaigning as a reformer who will shake up City Hall.

In a recent interview with the St. Petersburg Times' editorial board, she lambasted City Hall's top earners, City Council members and Mayor Rick Baker. But rival Council member Leslie Curran took the brunt of her criticisms.

"She comes up with very few initiatives on her own," said Settlegoode. She also criticized Curran for supporting the dismissal of cultural arts manager Ann Wykell.

She said Curran came across as short tempered during a recent candidate forum. "She seems to have a very short fuse," Settlegoode said.

Settlegoode isn't impressed by the rest of City Hall, either.

"Nobody here has had a vision or if they did, they got beaten down," she said.

Settlegoode also said she would call for wage cuts to balance the budget.

"If you are a public servant, you shouldn't be making more than $100,000," she said.

She said she would push for a new convention center, an expanded police force and a new police chief.

She said she would oppose funding for a new baseball stadium.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:01pm]


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