Ethics Officer Failed to Disclose Personal Ties to Board Counsel Applicant During Selection Process

Ethics Officer Failed to Disclose Personal Ties to Board Counsel Applicant During Selection Process

Tallahassee Reports has learned that an applicant for the Board counsel position with the City of Tallahassee’s Independent Ethics Board represented the Board’s Ethics Officer, Julie Meadows-Keefe, in a personal legal matter within the last year. Meadows-Keefe failed to publicly disclose this relationship with John Reid, an applicant for Board counsel, during the Board’s selection […]

Ethics Board to Consider Counsel Appointment…Again

Ethics Board to Consider Counsel Appointment…Again

The Tallahassee Ethics Board is scheduled to discuss the appointment of Board counsel at the March 19th meeting at city hall. The Board is revisiting the previous appointment of John Reid, which was ruled invalid after it was revealed that an Ethics Board board member was ineligible to vote due to an overlooked residency issue. […]

Moody Backs Immigration Proposal

Moody Backs Immigration Proposal

By The News Service of Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody supports a Senate proposal that would give her the authority to file civil actions against local governments that do not fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities. “City officials must obey the laws that they swore to uphold,” Lauren Schenone, a spokeswoman for Moody, said in […]

City Commission Meeting Coming to Gilchrist Elementary

City Commission Meeting Coming to Gilchrist Elementary

For those who live in northeast Tallahassee and believe it is too difficult to travel downtown to a city commission meeting to voice concerns about an issue, it appears that city officials are going to make it easier for you – for at least one meeting. City Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox posted on her Facebook that […]

Washington Post: Express buses speeding migrants to U.S. border

Washington Post: Express buses speeding migrants to U.S. border

The Washington Post is reporting that Mexican smugglers are now using buses to transport Guatemalan migrants directly to the U.S. southern border. The trip – which can cost up to $7,000 – speeds up the process and makes the trip safer. See a summary of the story – A “Conveyor Belt” to the US Border […]

Legislative Session Weekly Roundup

Legislative Session Weekly Roundup

By Dara Kam, The News Service of Florida TALLAHASSEE — Let’s be blunt. Less than two weeks into his first legislative session as Florida’s chief executive, Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking a well-deserved victory lap after strong-arming lawmakers into hoisting the white flag on pot. The Republican governor gave the Legislature an ultimatum shortly after […]

Leon County Report: Pretrial Release Program Saved $13 Mill in 2018

Leon County Report: Pretrial Release Program Saved $13 Mill in 2018

A Leon County report states that the Supervised Pretrial Release Program (SPRP) has saved $13,539,062 in jail costs by diverting defendants into the program during 2018. The Leon County’s SPRP is an alternative to monetary bail for defendants who are likely to appear in court and unlikely to present a danger to the community if […]

Seminoles Survive and Advance

Seminoles Survive and Advance

Florida State got out to a great start in the ACC tournament taking a 17-4 lead just 8 minutes in against Virginia Tech. Devin Vassell, PJ Savoy and even Trent Forrest made threes in the opening minutes. It was a nice cushion for FSU fans knowing that Tech would make a run at some point. […]

Leon County Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Social Services, Special Events in 2020

Leon County Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Social Services, Special Events in 2020

At the Tuesday Leon County Commission, officials voted to approve a $1.3 million funding level for the Community Human Service Partnership (CHSP) for fiscal year 2020. In addition, the County Commission voted to approve a five-year annual commitment of $100,000 to the Kearney Center/Homeless Shelter, $87,500 for county commissioner district budgets and $27,000 for special […]

First DCA Court Ruling Favors Killearn Golf Course Owner

First DCA Court Ruling Favors Killearn Golf Course Owner

Today the Florida First District Court of Appeal, after hearing oral arguments, denied an appeal filed by Jorge Piekarewicz and J. D. Rayburn and affirmed a lower court decision made in favor of Killearn Golf Course owner Barton Tuck. The decision affirmed a ruling made by Leon County Circuit Court Judge James O. Shelfer. The […]