September 8, 2006
From San Francisco Bay Guardian:
1. THE FEDS AND THE MEDIA MUDDY THE DEBATE OVER INTERNET FREEDOM
2. HALLIBURTON CHARGED WITH SELLING NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN
3. WORLD OCEANS IN EXTREME DANGER
4. HUNGER AND HOMELESSNESS INCREASING IN THE UNITED STATES
5. HIGH-TECH GENOCIDE IN CONGO
6. FEDERAL WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION IN JEOPARDY
7. US OPERATIVES TORTURE DETAINEES TO DEATH IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ
8. PENTAGON EXEMPT FROM FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
9. WORLD BANK FUNDS ISRAEL-PALESTINE WALL
10. EXPANDED AIR WAR IN IRAQ KILLS MORE CIVILIANS
Read the details: CENSORED!
August 29, 2006
PNJ columnist Reggie Dogan missed the point of the Morris Court press conference(Morris Court press conference Saturday, Aug. 26). He sees it as a miscommunication problem. The Area Housing Commission simply didn’t do a good job of telling the poor, elderly residents that they had to move.
No, Reggie, the problem is the AHC had no plan for where to move these folks. They have no safe place to live that they can afford. (Left Behind Part 2: Housing)
Reggie, you bought the party line without really hearing what the Morris Court residents were saying (Failure to communicate). You could have made a real difference in helping these people.
August 27, 2006
….two weeks after our cover story: Left Behind Part 2: Housing
WEAR TV didn’t show at the press conference at all.
Here is the PNJ article: Move-out deadline looms
August 26, 2006
Local pastors and poor, black residents railed on Area Housing Commission officials’ plans to demolish the low-income Morris Court housing project and build a new $12 million complex that will be unaffordable to the poor.
Morris Court residents testified Saturday they have not received official notice of the plans, have not received any assistance to move and in many cases cannot find low-income housing because of a shortage of units due to Hurricane Ivan and Dennis, which damaged many homes and created more homeless, revitalization that has wiped out the number of affordable units, rising market prices and other factors.
Rev. Jackie Slaughter of the Myrtle Grove UMC church, which has joined with about 50 other local pastors to oppose AHC’s plans and help Morris Court residents, says, “This is unfair and unjust. Jesus Christ has mandated that we love our neighbor. We will seek social justice.”
Rev. Michael Collins of The Charity Chapel says it is low-income housing that needs to be built and called on other political and community leaders to address the problem. “What do we call affordable? There is no place to go and the Housing Commission is doing this in the wake of Hurricane Ivan.”
Morris Court residents say Escambia County Commissioner Marie Young and City Councilman Ronald Townsend have been of little help.
“The tenants are in a panic. It is very stressful,” says Cathy Bascomb, the Morris Court Tenant Association president. “We want to know the truth of what is going on and we don’t know yet.” –Filed by Duwayne Escobedo
August 21, 2006
There are a glut of houses for sale in the greater Pensacola area – more listings than ever before. In Sarasota, homeowners are looking at real estate auctions as an option: Desperate sellers turning to auctions.
August 20, 2006
The hottest posts over the weekend.
August 20, 2006
Miami Herald sees the Sept. primary as a vote on the Jeb Bush legacy: 06 Primary: The Florida vote
St. Pete Times analyses the Davis vs. Smith race: Davis vs. Smith a hard sell in S. Fla.
(RO NOTE: Could it be Mark O’Brien and others plans to replace CMP plan with condos really might not work?)
Sarasota Herald Tribune -Property owners in Charlotte, Manatee and Sarasota counties are facing a $300 million tax increase this year, fueled by last year’s real estate boom.To rebate or spend windfall?
(RO Note: Okaloosa County is the only one up here that is lowering property taxes)
And the PNJ does a solid job of reviewing the Community Maritime Park vote: A city divided; Project opponents say funds from CRA would serve better purpose elsewhere; Funding from public, private contributions.
August 18, 2006
Yesterday, United Way of Escambia County held a meeting in conjunction with Florida Dept. of Health and Partnership for a Healthy Community – labeled “Escambia Community Collaborative 2006”.
Some of those in attendance: Blaise Adams, Evon Emerson, Dr. John Cavanaugh, Dr. Tom Delano, Kevin Doyle, Flack Logan, Michael Duncan, Honor Bell, Dr. Rick Harper, Steve Deneke, Rhette Anderson, Dr. John Lanza, Francis Dunham and representatives of Legal Services, Council of Aging, Dept. of Children & Families, United Celebral Palsy, DEP, Children Home Services, Catholic Social Services, Catholic Charities, Escambia Coalition on Housing, Lakeview Center, Families First and Better Save Our City.
No elected officials – no Escambia County Commissioners, No one from County Administration, no Pensacola City Councilmen and no one from Stop Our City.
Objectives: Define a vision for a strong, healthy Escambia County; community-wide focus to improve priority issues; develop strategies and target resources to combat problems.
Heated moment: PNJ Publisher Kevin Doyle pushed for the group to list six main issues. One participant chimed in what happens if we do a survey, but public doesn’t want to pay for the solution?
My response: “We lead! We say it’s no longer acceptable to be the poorest or second poorest county in the state of Florida.”
At Chamber Pres. Evon Emerson’s request – the group identified these issues:
Education, Affordable Housing, Poverty, Healthcare, Living Wage, Environment, County-wide Public Transportation.
There are more meetings ahead,but this was a good start.
August 15, 2006
Many of the pastors for the predominately African American churches in Pensacola are upset about how the Area Housing Commission is handling the evictions of 35 families in Morris Court (see IN article – Left Behind Part 2: Housing). They are banding together to ask chairman Marie Young to call a special board meeting to discuss the issue.
Meanwhile, AHC staffers are increasing pressure on the 35 families to accept whatever housing they offer them. It’s rumored that their strategy is to get as many families out of the complex so that the pastors won’t be defending many families at the special board meeting.