LB housing….two weeks after our cover story: Left Behind Part 2: Housing

…two days after In Your Radio discusses it:  Listen to Program 6
Duwayne covered the press conference yesterday: Morris Court press conference Saturday, Aug. 26

WEAR TV didn’t show at the press conference at all.

Here is the PNJ article:  Move-out deadline looms


Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/24/06

August 25, 2006

Rick's BlogTop 10 posts of the day

  1. Has Mark O’Brien lost it?
  2. SOC declares war…pro-park signs stolen
  3. SOC shows waterfront plan
  4. Stop Our City kicks DeWeese out of meeti
  5. W.D. Childers – prison mug shot
  6. Who is stealing Grover’s signs?
  7. Park recap…while you were sleeping
  8. It’s late …..and I’ve had too much to
  9. Powerful new ad for Community Maritime P
  10. Tie Deputy breaks 21 yr old’s arm…then arr/ Health of Escambia County is Bleak

docThat’s what Dr. James Studnicki told the audience at the public meeting held today at Heritage Hall. Studnicki was sharing the results of the Comprehensive Assessment for Tracking Health report that was commissioned by the Partnership for a Healthy Community.

On many health indicators, this community is no better than some Third World countries.  Of all the health factors studied Escambia County scored favorable in less than 26%. The death rates of Escambia county is almost 20% higher than the state average.

Major problem areas:

Elderly abuse, suicide rates, all cancer deaths, cardiovascular and heart disease deaths, stroke-caused deaths, poison fatalities, preventable hospitalizations (like diabetes).

No Escambia County Commissioners or Pensacola City Councilmen were in the audience.  Escambia County is spending less on public health today than it did 20 years ago.

Rick's BlogThe hottest posts over the weekend.

  1. Port Royal Cocktail Party Buzz

  2. Latest Touart and Whitehead power grap

  3. Did Elebash write Johns’ viewpoint?

  4. Crist pops out of Barkley House

  5. Review of Sunday papers across the state

  6. BSoc Scorecard – 8/19/06 am

  7. David Letterman joins BSoc

  8. IN YOUR HEAD RADIO still rocks

  9. Kathy can’t pack ‘em in like Charlie

  10. From Slate: Washington Buzz for week ended 8/18/06

questionYesterday, 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.

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/4/06

August 5, 2006

Rick's Blog

The top posts of 8/4/06

  1. Sorry, Todd – You are a monkey’s uncle
  2. Stop Our City, Part 4
  3. Port may land big fish
  4. Stidham stalls
  5. Studer Group/Covenant Hospice Alliance
  7. UWF prez speaks
  8. Drinks on the house
  9. Charlie Crist’s double life
  10. IN Your Head Radio – 8/3 show

newspaperHouse Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) has made it clear Social Security reform is next on his list for legislative action. Washington Times article

“In 1990 when I first ran for Congress, I talked about the need to reform these big entitlement programs because the sooner we began the process, the easier it would be to make the necessary changes so that these programs were sustainable for the long term.

Here it is 16 years later and while we’ve done some things on Medicare of the market reforms in the prescription-drug bill will pay big dividends — we as a nation need to step up to this tsunami that’s racing right at us and deal with it.

I talked to the president about it because I threw cold water on his commission idea. You know, typically, when politicians don’t want to deal with something, they create commissions. I have had serious conversations with the Senate about a joint select committee — made up of the chairs and subcommittee chairs and maybe a few other interested — members to deal with this. Democrats didn’t want to participate.

If I’m around in a leadership role come January, we’re going to get serious about this.

According to Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Pres. Bush’s privitization plans would sharply cut guaranteed benefits – especially for medium earners. An AP poll conducted this spring showed 60% of Americans don’t like the way Bush is handling this issue. Click for the polling data.

Nevertheless, Bush, Boehner and the Neo-con conservatives are going to plow ahead with their plan. If you have to make cuts – look at other U.S. handouts – farm subsidies, oil industry incentives. Abolish Homeland Security – move its functions back to Justice and Interior. Abolish the Dept of Education – something Reagan wanted to do in the 1980s.

Hot, Hot, Hot – 8/1/06

August 1, 2006

Rick's Blog We moved into Top 30 Blogs. Today’s most viewed posts:

  1. Dammit, why can’t we be first in something
  2. Steve K corrects Outtakes column
  3. Walmart and Healthcare
  4. High paying job opens up
  5. SOC secret weapon unleashed
  6. WD Childers campaign card – the backside
  7. Oh, My God, Part II – Check out Tom Wells
  8. WCOA Blog down
  10. IN thoughts on WD Childers going to jail ; Democratic Chair goes after me; PYP Political Forum Update

New logo Also our radio show, In Your Head Radio has taken off and quickly becoming a cult favorite on WUWF & WEBY. If you missed the first two shows, you can download them – IN YOUR HEAD RADIO

Rick's Blog New record for hits

Today’s Top 10 Posts 

  1. WCOA Blog down
  2. Steve K corrects Outtakes column
  3. Healthcare for some, Part 2
  4. Democratic Chair goes after me
  6. School Salvation
  7. Arnold stands up for Paul
  8. Fetterman Night Success
  9. Good news, bad news
  10. Stop Our City ironies


Here are the Top 10 for the month of July

  1. Stop Our City Video
  2. Stop Our City Video – Part 2
  4. Democratic Chair goes after me
  5. WCOA Blog down
  6. Oh, my God! or is it Todd’s God?
  7. What is next for Stop Our City?
  8. Who is stealing Grover’s signs?
  9. SOC tapped out
  10. School Salvation

Long overdue

July 31, 2006

lensWest Florida Regional Library system has been woefully underfunded. For most communities, their public library is a key public service and solid fixture in the community. Not here.

Why should we care? Read this PDF – Five Things Community Leaders Should Know About Public Libraries