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Hillsborough County workers' pay raise issue mishandled

If Hillsborough County Administrator Pat Bean believed her top six aides truly deserved raises ranging from 7 to 17 percent, she should have gotten out in front of the story in November when the increases went through. Why not explain the decision to the public then? She had to know it would come under scrutiny.

Now the county commissioners are grousing, the rank and file are livid and people are trying to figure out how much political capital Bean spent rewarding her key staff. ...

The All-America City Awards kick off this week at the Marriott Waterside, and the Tampa delegation is psyched about its chances of earning the honor.

Yet it's also a great opportunity for people to get civically engaged. Highlights include a spirited orientation Wednesday and a civic action fair and entertainment showcase Thursday. Register at online or at the hotel Tuesday and Wednesday. ...

Seen on a bumper sticker: To Save Time, Let's Just Agree That I Know Everything. ...

Bin 27 owner Michael Wuliger says with Latin Fusion cuisine, 32 parking spots and power lunch pricing, his Tampa restaurant will contend to fill the void left by Valencia Gardens. I listed five more established places last week, but I'm all for competition.

Congrats to Kristi Cheatham, who is the incoming vice president for Leadership Tampa Bay and will serve as president in 2010. Cheatham is best known as the external affairs manager for Clearwater Gas, but I know her as the standout Eustis High athlete I covered as a young reporter oh-so-long ago.

That's all I'm saying.

Hillsborough County workers' pay raise issue mishandled 06/14/09 [Last modified: Sunday, June 14, 2009 6:17pm]
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