09/21/14 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — The future of the local branch of the NAACP remains unclear a week after state officials ordered board members to suspend all activities and relinquish all assets.
A padlock prevents anyone from getting into the parking lot at the branch's headquarters at 16th Street and 15th Avenue S. Students who attended GED classes there have been told to meet at the nearby Campbell Park Recreation Center. ...
Smoking is not allowed in airports anymore but selfies still are and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman took full advantage Saturday in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Kriseman tweeted out a pic taken with a sunglass-wearing Richard "Cheech" Marin and sleepy-eyed Tommy Chong, the veritable stoner comedy duo.
A subtle smoke signal on the upcoming statewide medical marijuana referendum, perhaps? ...
First, our apologies. We've been having a blast popping into Tampa Bay Fashion Week events (another reason September is a favorite month). But with this week's main runway show being in the middle of the week, our schedules were thrown off, and we just got a chance to pulling this together.
Can anyone say "fashionably late"? (Too cheesy? It's Friday; cut us some slack.)
This year's show was at the Hilton in downtown Tampa. Someone told us the president was also there around the same time, but you can probably read about that on another blog ;) Our focus was on the fashion....
09/18/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG -- The City Council adopted a $483.35 million operating budget for 2015, after just about an hour of discussion and public comment on Thursday.
With subsequent unanimous votes, the council also approved a 6.77 millage rate — the same as last year — and a five-year capital improvement plan. Council member Jim Kennedy was absent.
It was a striking change from last year's budget negotiations and process, which grew contentious and lasted until late at night as the council and administration wrestled over how to spend money. ...
09/13/14 Human Interest
ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg branch of the NAACP has been ordered to cease operations as state officials of the civil rights organization work to reorganize the unit, according to a letter sent to local board members Friday.
A letter signed by Adora Obi Nweze, president of the Florida State Conference of the NAACP, listed irregularities in the branch's fiscal practices and programming, and said it is not in "good standing" with the organization's bylaws....
Check my shoes today. Cute, right? When I got them, the girl at the counter remarked how she, too, had been on the hunt for a good pair of nude pumps. I smiled.
Look at the picture again. These shoes, while I adore them probably even more than most of the others in my current collection, are not "nude" -- at least not on me.
This is not new to me or any other woman of color who has -- pretty much forever -- known that when the latest "nude" or "neutral" trend comes along, it's never 100 percent for us. What most of my friends call nude, whether it's shoes or clothes or underthings, my sistas (yes, THAT "sistas") and I call "peach." Or "light pink." Or "beige."...
We've finally reached September. (Or as I like to think of it, "birthday month."
The heat and the summertime showers haven't let up, but I have a pretty active day of appointments today, so I opted for pants. To liven things up, I grabbed these teal trousers I got quite a while ago from Forever 21. I love them because they have a navy and white detail around the waist that essentially looks like a belt....
09/03/14 Economic Development
ST. PETERSBURG — A new development featuring a gas station, a retail store and a fast-food restaurant is being planned for the remaining parcel of land in the Tangerine redevelopment area of Midtown.
Mayor Rick Kriseman has started negotiating with Amscot executive and former mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons, who submitted a proposal earlier this year to transform a little more than 2 acres on the southeast corner of 18th Avenue S and 22nd Street....
08/28/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — A string of city workers, union officials and community members went before the City Council on Thursday to demand that the city do something about racial tension within its workforce.
"We have real issues here," said Robin Wynn, a stormwater worker who recently filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the city for what she calls discriminatory treatment. "This city promotes institutional racism."...
08/28/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — City Council members said they are getting more comfortable with Mayor Rick Kriseman's proposed 2015 budget after a meeting Thursday to hash out details.
The council insisted on the special meeting a few weeks ago with hopes of not repeating last year's down-to-the-wire and sometimes-contentious budget hearings.
The first public hearing on the $216 million general fund budget is Thursday. ...
08/27/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Thomas Cavallaro was looking for certain things when he decided to move south from New York.
His new home needed to be walkable, have lots of amenities and be coastal. Downtown Tampa was a contender, but the pull of St. Petersburg's waterfront was stronger.
"I'm an urbanite," said Cavallaro, 66, who lives in a condo across the street from the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. "I like this town a lot. I'm not embarrassed as a Manhattanite to bring my friends here."...
08/27/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — A consultant began conducting sensitivity training classes for employees in the city's stormwater and water departments this week, following recent reports of racial tension.
From now to October, the city plans to hold 16 such sessions to ensure all employees, from directors down, complete a four-hour course called "Unique Like You!"
Hundreds of staffers across the two departments will get the training, which costs the city $500 per class, said Chris Guella, director of human resources....
St. Pete employees get reminder about city's new vision after revelations about racial tension in some city departments08/22/14 Blog
ST. PETERSBURG | Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin issued a memo to all employees this week in the wake of stories in the Tampa Bay Times about racial tension among employees, most noticably in the Stormwater Department, where a white supervisor spray-painted the back of a black worker's back and made reference to the Klu Klux Klan.
Tomalin began her letter, which went out Thursday, by reminding people of the city's new vision, unveiled when Mayor Rick Kriseman's administration took office this year. One of the chief values, Tomalin said, is diversity and inclusiveness....
ST. PETERSBURG | State Sen. Arthenia Joyner and state Rep. Janet Cruz are expected to endorse University of South Florida St. Petersburg professor Judithanne McLauchlan for the Senate District 22 seat currently held by Republican Jeff Brandes.
The Democratic lawmakers are making it official Saturday at the "Diversi-Tea" event at the Manhattan Casino, hosted by Business and Professional Women/St. Petersburg-Pinellas. The event is aimed at celebrating the 9th Amendment....
08/22/14 Local Government
Former St. Petersburg police Chief Goliath Davis III opposes a proposed change to the city charter that would protect council members from being removed from office for voicing their opinion on mayoral appointments.
Davis, writing in the Weekly Challenger, urged residents to vote against the change on Nov. 4.
Supporters of the charter change are unhappy with Mayor Rick Kriseman's decision to select Clearwater police Chief Tony Holloway as the city's new chief, Davis wrote....