10/24/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — A judge ruled this week that an ordinance regulating two-hour parking restrictions in the city's downtown core violates the law, sparking questions about an often-buzzed-about topic.
Pinellas County Judge William Overton declared city code section 26-152, which sets out rules for parking limitations in central downtown, to be unconstitutional.
In doing so, Overton sided with St. Petersburg lawyer Chris Sierra, who launched a legal campaign this year after he says the city erroneously issued him a ticket for remaining too long in a two-hour parking space. He argued that the city's restrictions were too vague for drivers to understand....
St. Petersburg | The City Council signaled its support on Thursday to fund a handful of projects from the city's Weeki Wachee Fund, including a proposal to support the arts with up to $1 million over the next 5 years.
Other projects that got the green light include a $150,000 proposal to fund lighting at the volleyball courts at North Shore Park, $50,000 for shade structures at Lake Vista and Riviera Bay parks and $25,000 to study the feasibility and potential location of a regional skatepark....
10/23/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Organizers of the much-talked-about 2020 Plan have officially kicked off their five-year effort to reduce poverty in the city's poorest neighborhoods by 30 percent.
Mayor Rick Kriseman and City Council member Wengay Newton joined several community leaders Thursday morning at Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church to tout the plan and announce one of its first initiatives: a campaign to get 200 more youth jobs next year....
10/21/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Calling it "a step in the right direction," Mayor Rick Kriseman on Tuesday proposed raising the minimum wage for city workers to $12.50 an hour.
Flanked by Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin, City Council members and community organizers on the steps of City Hall, Kriseman also announced support for the "ban the box" initiative, which eliminates job candidates from automatically having to disclose previous arrests on city job applications beginning Jan. 1. (Background checks for public safety and other sensitive positions will remain in place, and all hires will continue to be checked for criminal convictions.) ...
I hope there's not some obscure fashion rule about how many buttons one is supposed to wear at once, because if there is, I'm probably breaking it.
I don't know how this happened. Buttons on my skirt. Buttons on my shirt. This brings a whole different perspective to the "matchy-matchy" trap. It's no so bad, though, right?
I think you guys have seen both pieces before, though maybe not together. The shirt -- covered in abstract multi-colored flowers, cause why not!-- was a find at a thrift store at least a couple years ago. The skirt, I think, came from a closeout sale at another thrift store. (It's Monday, I'm fuzzy on details, OK?)...
State Senate | District 22
Republican incumbent Jeff Brandes is seeking a second term for this seat, which he won in 2012. He's facing challenger Judithanne McLauchlan, a political science professor at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Though Brandes has the advantage of a bigger fundraising chest, McLauchlan has been a scrappy opponent, saying she will work for middle class families and is the foil to her wealthy opponent. By Kameel Stanley, Times staff writer ...
Remember a few weeks ago when you guys indulged my rant thoughts on the lack of "nude" clothing for women of color? And then I gushed about a new online retailer setting up shop across the pond (the big one). called Nubian Skin?...
10/14/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — Later this week, residents will start to see a new kind of meter around downtown.
The city has taken a dozen old parking meters, painted them bright yellow, and slapped stickers that say "The Power of Change" on them. Workers will install them in places — not parking spots — where people gather, as a kind of donation station.
The idea is for people to fill them with coins — money that will go to the city's homeless outreach team....
State lawmaker says St. Petersburg should not fight lawsuit filed by teen shot, severely injured by officer10/08/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — State Rep. Darryl Rouson said he wants the city to "do the right thing" and settle a federal lawsuit filed this week by the family of a teen shot and maimed by a rookie police officer last December.
Rouson said he called Mayor Rick Kriseman and police Chief Tony Holloway on Wednesday morning to tell them so.
"We must urge our agencies of government to admit wrong when it is clear and do the right thing," he wrote in a letter delivered to City Hall later in the afternoon. "This is an opportunity to make a difference, send a message and right a wrong timely."...
This afternoon, the internet read me like a book. Or rather, a tweet read me like a ... oh, whatever. Just look:
Your closet floor is a MESS, and 7 more style signs you're a Libra: http://t.co/0GkT91eN7W— Glamour Fashion (@glamour_fashion) October 7, 2014
Voters in the competitive state Senate District 22 have been known to swing from left to right when it comes to representation.
The behemoth district, which stretches from St. Pete Beach to South Tampa, went for President Barack Obama and Democratic U.S. congressional candidate Alex Sink in the past. But two years ago, voters sent conservative Jeff Brandes, a Republican from St. Petersburg, to represent them in Tallahassee....
TAMPA — Quade Everett was considered all but dead after a rookie police officer shot him in the head and shoulder in December in St. Petersburg.
But the teen — struck by bullets as he was driving a truck that police said was stolen — survived, though he was severely disabled.
Now Everett and his mother are suing Brian Fernandez and the city of St. Petersburg in federal court. A second officer, Brian Priest, also is named in the lawsuit, which was filed Monday....
10/02/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — City officials on Thursday presented the most comprehensive details yet about the universal curbside recycling program they hope to start next year.
Public Works director Mike Connors presented a 16-page slide show to City Council members as they prepare to approve a $6 million loan to buy new trucks and containers.
"I can only imagine the impatience of some council members and members of the public," Connors said of the program, which has suffered from a series of fits, starts and setbacks since Mayor Rick Kriseman first announced it in February....
10/02/14 Local Government
ST. PETERSBURG — It's official. Starting today, businessman Bill Edwards will take over management of Al Lang Stadium, the home turf for his soccer team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Edwards has pledged to spend $1.5 million to fix up the aging downtown stadium and will control the facility for the next four years in a deal the City Council approved 7-1 on Thursday.
"I came to the conclusion this is overwhelmingly a win-win-win," said council member Darden Rice, following remarks by some lamenting the end of baseball at the storied stadium. "I think this is a new day for the city. That death kind of happened a while ago....
It's that time again - let's swoon over sweaters even though it's still to hot in Florida to wear them10/02/14 Blog
It's officially fall. And for most of the rest of the country, that means things are cooling down. Not so much here in Florida, though I swear I did feel a breeze the other day -- right before the sweltering noontime hours and after some thunderstorms.
No matter. Even though we may not be able to wear sweaters here yet (except maybe in the office) there's no harm in lusting after those we would buy if it was practical. Everyone likes a planner, right?...