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2112054 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2013-03-29 20:08:32.0 UTC 2013-03-29T16:08:32.000-04:00 true st-petersburg-mayor-bill-foster-convenes-meeting-on-homeless published 2013-03-29 20:10:41.0 UTC 2013-03-29T16:10:41.000-04:00 With a recent uptick in homeless, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will meet with county officials to find ways to get some people off the streets. Foster said he and Police Chief Chuck Harmon will meet next week with Pasco-Pinellas Public Defender Bob Dillinger, Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Thomas McGrady, chief judge of the Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit. One topic is the many people arriving from New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy hit the state in October, Foster said. Many homeless people are telling outreach workers that St. Petersburg is a destination because of the services it provides, he added. The city, Foster said, can’t solve the issue by simply slapping handcuffs on people. “We’re looking at alternatives to jail,” the mayor said. Council member Charlie Gerdes praised city workers for their work, saying: “Doing a wonderful job at things has a double-edged sword.” Mark Puente baybuzz St. Petersburg, homeless St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster convenes meeting on homeless false templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/baybuzz/2013/03/29/1364587842-st-petersburg-mayor-bill-foster-convenes-meeting-on-homeless BlogArticle With a recent uptick in homeless, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will meet with county officials to find ways to get some people off the streets.St. Petersburg, homelessSt. Petersburg, homelessMark Puente 1133642 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2012-10-25 12:56:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:56:18.000-04:00 mark-puente published 2016-07-15 20:39:30.0 UTC 2016-07-15T16:39:30.000-04:00 Mark Puente <p>Mark Puente covers Pinellas County government, including the constitutional officers and the way they operate their offices. Puente returned to the <i>Tampa Bay Times</i> in July after two years at The Baltimore Sun. He worked as an investigative reporter and was on the team that was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Freddie Gray saga and city's riots. His "Undue Force" series about police brutality led to reform efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Baltimore. The series won the Institute on Political Journalism's Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States.</p> <p>He joined the <i>Times</i> in November 2010 and covered real estate issues as part of the <i>Times'</i> Business team until June 2012. He then covered St. Petersburg City Hall until March 2014. He spent more than five years with the <i>Plain Dealer</i> in Cleveland where he won multiple journalism awards for his investigative work. His reporting forced a 32-year sheriff in Ohio's largest county to resign from office in 2009 and plead guilty to theft-in-office charges.</p> <p>He took a different path to journalism, logging more than 1 million miles in the cab of a semitrailer truck over 14 years. After leaving the trucking industry, Puente earned a political science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a wife and three sons. Go Tar Heels!</p> Times Staff Writer writers DTI 66743675 Mark Puente covers Pinellas County government, including the constitutional officers and the way they operate their offices. Puente returned to the Tampa Bay Times in July after two years at The Baltimore Sun. He worked as an investigative reporter and was on the team that was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the Freddie Gray saga and city's riots. His "Undue Force" series about police brutality led to reform efforts by the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Baltimore. The series won the Institute on Political Journalism's Clark Mollenhoff Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award for reporting on racial or religious hatred, intolerance or discrimination in the United States. He joined the Times in November 2010 and covered real estate issues as part of the Times' Business team until June 2012. He then covered St. Petersburg City Hall until March 2014. He spent more than five years with the Plain Dealer in Cleveland where he won multiple journalism awards for his investigative work. His reporting forced a 32-year sheriff in Ohio's largest county to resign from office in 2009 and plead guilty to theft-in-office charges. He took a different path to journalism, logging more than 1 million miles in the cab of a semitrailer truck over 14 years. After leaving the trucking industry, Puente earned a political science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has a wife and three sons. Go Tar Heels! <p>Phone: (727) 892-2996</p> <p>Email: <a href="mailto:mpuente@tampabay.com">mpuente@tampabay.com</a></p> <p>Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkPuente">@MarkPuente</a></p> 1 /resources/images/dti/2013/05/Mark_Puente_wp_10744255.jpg true templatedata/tampabaytimes/AuthorProfile/data/66743675-mark-puente AuthorProfile 2012-10-25 12:56:18.0 UTC 2012-10-25T08:56:18.000-04:00 2280774 2016-06-08 18:07:04.0 UTC 3 Months Ago st-pete-deputy-mayor-leads-push-for-cpr-training baybuzz St. Pete Deputy Mayor leads push for CPR training BlogArticle 2269786 2016-03-17 18:47:57.0 UTC 5 Months Ago four-st-petersburg-city-council-members-endorse-crist baybuzz Five St. Petersburg City Council members and deputy mayor endorse Crist BlogArticle 2275941 2016-05-04 19:49:36.0 UTC 4 Months Ago oldsmar-mayor-pokes-fun-at-rays-beef-with-st-petersburg-wvideo baybuzz Oldsmar mayor pokes fun at Rays beef with St. Petersburg (w/video) BlogArticle <p> </p> <p class="bodycopy">With a recent uptick in homeless, St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster will meet with county officials to find ways to get some people off the streets.</p> <p class="bodycopy">Foster said he and Police Chief Chuck Harmon will meet next week with Pasco-Pinellas Public Defender Bob Dillinger, Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri and Thomas McGrady, chief judge of the Pinellas-Pasco County Circuit.</p> <p class="bodycopy">One topic is the many people arriving from New Jersey since Hurricane Sandy hit the state in October, Foster said.</p> <p class="bodycopy">Many homeless people are telling outreach workers that St. Petersburg is a destination because of the services it provides, he added. The city, Foster said, can’t solve the issue by simply slapping handcuffs on people.</p> <p class="bodycopy">“We’re looking at alternatives to jail,” the mayor said.</p> <p>Council member Charlie Gerdes praised city workers for their work, saying: “Doing a wonderful job at things has a double-edged sword.”</p> <p></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:23:57