#jaxmayor Episode #5 – Taking A Turn For The Weird

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Early voting begins today! Photo credit: Bettina Neuefeind

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We recap first televised mayoral debate, go through all the news and talk about this mayors race and how it’s taking a turn for the weird.

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EVENTS and RESOURCES
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Early voting tomorrow Monday, March 7
The election is March 22 (2 weeks away)

Last Week on First Coast Connect
March 15th Steve Irvine

ThinkVoteJax
Monday 3/7 at 8pm Debate #2 The role of government in Economic Development
Thursday 3/17 at 8 Debate #3: The role of government in Public Health & Safety

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EMAILS and TWITTER QUESTIONS
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@SunshineEmpire asks Question: Which candidate benefits the most from light voter turnout, and which does from heavy turnout?

@JaxMayorShow @abelharding Folio Weekly suggests Warren Lee’s campaign is a Republican plant. Any real evidence supporting their claim?

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NEWS
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This election has taken a turn for the weird…

  • Warren Lee a stooge for the Republican party (Folio Article) http://www.folioweekly.com/documents/folio0301wkl006.pdf
  • Mike Hogan again getting into hot PR water on Preservation Lands and still refusing to show up for debates http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/david-bauerlein/2011-02-28/mike-hogan-says-he-would-consider-selling
  • Abel Harding: Leadership isn’t found in empty chairs http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/abel-harding/2011-03-01/abel-harding-leadership-isn%E2%80%99t-found-empty-chairs
  • Part of Mullaney’s pension paid by Jacksonville’s operating budget http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-03-04/story/part-mullaney%E2%80%99s-pension-paid-jacksonvilles-operating-budget

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DEBATE Growth and the Environment
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Is there a clear winner / loser?
Who helped their movement the most / hurt their movement the most?
Is there any significance to the number 34?
What are public private partnerships Alvin Brown kept mentioning?

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MEDIA MONITORING
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Will we seen any ads from Brown, Irvine or Lee?

Moran: 3 new ads http://www.youtube.com/user/ImWithAudrey#p/u/4/npcEbUbvnTQ
Hogan:
Lee:
Mullaney:
Irvine:
Brown:

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FAVORITE TWEETS
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Faves http://twitter.com/JaxMayorShow/favorites

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#jaxmayor Episode #4 – Another Place You Don’t Want To Go To

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Rick Mullaney on ending funding for the Automated Skyway Express: he says loses $5 million to $6 million a year and “It takes you from a place you’re unlikely to be to another place you don’t want to go to”.

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We discuss whether or not Mike Hogan is gaffe prone, why Rick Mullaney won’t ride the skyway and we break down the pension issue in a way that won’t make your eyes bleed.

Show intro

Joey Marchy from Urban Jacksonville
Abel Harding Business Reporter and Political Blogger from the Florida Times Union and Jacksonville.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JaxMayorShow
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaxMayorShow
Email: JaxMayorShow
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Early Voting and Election Day

The election is March 22, and early voting starts March 7

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EVENTS and RESOURCES
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The election is March 22, and early voting starts March 7

Last Week on First Coast Connect
Feb 17 Listen to Warren Lee
Feb 22 Listen to Rick Mullaney
Feb 23 Listen to Alvin Brown
Feb 24 Listen to Audrey Moran
Feb 28th Mike Hogan (will not appear)
March 15th Steve Irvine

Mar 3 – FPRA is hosting an analysis/panel of experts moderated by #jaxmayor show’s own Abel Harding on the Mayor’s race from 11:30 to 1 at River City Brewing. Non-involved observers include Bruce Barcelo, Jim Bailey and Matt Corrigan. More info at http://fpra-jax.org/.

ThinkVoteJax
Thursday 3/3 at 8pm The role of government in Growth/the Environment
Sunday 3/6 at 10am School Matters Special: Mayoral Forum on Education
Monday 3/7 at 8pm Debate #2 The role of government in Economic Development
Thursday 3/17 at 8 Debate #3: The role of government in Public Health & Safety

Candidate surveys from the St. John’s Riverkeeper

What do you consider to be the most significant threats to the health of the St. Johns River and its watershed and, if elected, what will you do to address those problems

Live chats with each candidate on Jacksonville.com
Warren Lee, Alvin Brown, Mike Hogan, Audrey Moran and Rick Mullaney

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MIKE HOGAN NEWS
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Mike Hogan pulls out of more forums and debates

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-galnor/2011-02-25/mike-hogan-will-only-attend-two-four-tv-mayoral-debates

Mike Hogan Abortion bomb
Is Mike Hogan gaffe prone?

http://jacksonville.com/news/florida/2011-02-24/story/jacksonville-mayoral-hopefuls-take-shots-tea-party-forum

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NEWS
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Glorious Johnson takes aim at Rick Mullaney’s pension

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-02-26/story/former-rival-takes-aim-jacksonville-mayoral-candidates-pension

Mayor’s race: How pension and budget are intertwined

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-02-26/story/mayors-race-how-pension-and-budget-are-intertwined

Mallaney to stop funding skyway http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-galnor/2011-02-23/rick-mullaneys-skyway-pledge-draws-attention-forum
Observation from listening to all these Mayor forums is how fucked up this city is. We are in really bad shape. Education, Violence, Business Development, Pension, etc.

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MEDIA MONITORING
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http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/matt-galnor/2011-02-24/another-rick-mullaney-ad-no-punches-thrown-%E2%80%94-yet

Mullaney: New ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy9piQ6aJXw

@abelharding : Overwhelmed by sheer volume of @Mullaney4Mayor ads on @wtlvdotcom tonight. Haven’t seen one for other candidates.#jaxmayor

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2) FAVORITE TWEETS
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Faves http://twitter.com/JaxMayorShow/favorites

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ELECTION ISSUES – PENSION
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Hogan require employees in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan to take money when they leave, not roll it over as an investment. Slash appointed positions at City Hall, reforming the city’s purchasing code and eliminating funding for the Human Rights Commission.

Brown pledged to review the budget and pension plan to find ways to cut costs and eliminate duplicative and ineffective services. Will create a financial review task force of experts to oversee a top-to-bottom review of city programs and services, including size and salaries of mayor’s staff and appointees. Brown said he would take a 20 percent pay cut to lead by example.

Lee would give a certain percentage of a payout to people drawing a pension then restructure the plan. by repealing the garbage, stormwater and drainage fees. He proposed no changes to the budgeting process. Will look at appointed employees and specific budget cuts.

Moran require employees to work longer before earning benefits, modifying benefits to current employees, possibly moving general employees to a 401(k) plan, cuts in appointed officials, fleet management and the city’s use of space.

Mullaney shift to a market-based DROP plan instead of a guaranteed 8.4 percent return, increase minimum service requirements from 20 to 25 years, increase employee contributions from 7 to 8 percent and push the cost-of-living increase back to year five. Also contains a combination of cuts and a restructuring of finances, including pensions, salaries, purchasing, procurement, contracts, privatization and technology.

#jaxmayor Episode #3 – You’ve Got Roads All Over Town Named Hogan

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Hogan Street downtown, a testament to Mike Hogan’s family influence in the city of Jacksonville. It this sometihng that will help him in the election? Hogan is profiled in today’s episode. Show title runner up: “He’s a master debater”.

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In This Episode

We profile Mike Hogan and Rick Mullaney. We discuss news from the week and our favorite tweets. In our Media Monitoring segment this week we discuss Audrey Moran and Mike Hogans’ first TV spots.

Show intro

#jaxmayor
Joey Marchy from Urban Jacksonville
Abel Harding Business Reporter and Political Blogger from the Florida Times Union and Jacksonville.com
Twitter: JaxMayorShow
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaxMayorShow
Email: JaxMayorShow
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id418770210 (please rate us)
Send a question to @JaxMayorShow, JaxMayorShow or on Facebook.com

Voter Registration Deadline

Voter Registration and early voting. Deadline to register is 29 days before the election so February 22nd.

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EMAILS and TWITTER QUESTIONS
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@SunshineEmpire: Who do you both feel are the most likely two candidates to reach an inevitable run off?

Abel: I don’t think we know enough to answer that question at this point. TV just starting.

Note: 3 candidates are talking with us: Warren Lee, Audrey Moran and Mike Hogan. Begs the question if a candidate doesn’t tweet and wins, is Twitter a relevant political tool for our city?

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EVENTS
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DVI is hosting 2 candidate forums 2/18 AND 23

Feb 18 – Downtown In-depth – our mayoral forum on Friday, February 18th

http://downtownjacksonville.org/Media/InTheNews/11-01-30/Downtown_In-Depth_a_Mayoral_Forum.aspx

Next Week on First Coast Connect
Feb 22 Rick Mullaney
Feb 23 Alvin Brown
Feb 24 Audrey Moran
Feb 28th Mike Hogan
March 15th Steve Irvine

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Notes on Twitter
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Few people heading out to live tweet forums, something new for a Mayors race: @TrumanDem Headed out to Dist 1 cand forum at 7:00. @eirksetzer Tonight I’ll be posting live from the RCRC Jacksonville mayoral forum. You have been warned. #jaxpol #jaxmayor

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NEWS
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Voter Registration and early voting. Deadline to register is 29 days before the election so February 22nd.

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/abel-harding/2011-02-17/john-peytons-endorsement-not-coveted-jacksonville

http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2011-02-06/story/anti-crime-group-says-next-jacksonville-mayor-needs-focus-public-safety

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-02-13/story/jacksonville-mayoral-race-voters-want-focus-creating-jobs

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/abel-harding/2011-02-16/mike-hogan-alvin-brown-split-union-endorsement

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/timothy-gibbons/2011-02-17/alvin-brown-calls-foul-ad-group-supporting-rick

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/paul-pinkham/2011-02-17/three-gop-mayoral-candidates-square-forum-convention

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2) MEDIA MONITORING
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Audrey Moran 30 second commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVJhuF7uXVo
Mike Hogan 30 second commercial: http://hoganformayor.com/mike-hogan-home.php

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2) FAVORITE TWEETS
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Faves http://twitter.com/JaxMayorShow/favorites

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Candidate Profiles
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http://news.jacksonville.com/specials/mayorsrace

Mike Hogan (http://hoganformayor.com)
Rick Mullaney (http://mullaneyformayor.com)

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#jaxmayor Episode #2 – We’re Not Here To Make Friends

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But I will let you pet my bird trophy. Peter Rummell (center) and other business leaders said they wanted to take a more public role in presenting solutions to problems facing local government. The Jacksonville Civic Council employs a full-time executive director and meets frequently with the media to discuss its work. After studying issues to determine what’s needed to correct problems, the Civic Council won’t pull punches on its recommendations, said Peter Rummell, chairman of the council. Read more.

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In This Episode

We profile Audrey Moran and Warren Lee. We discuss news from the week and our favorite tweets. We also have two new segments this week: Events and Media Monitoring. In events we talk about debates and forums coming up around the city so you can stay informed. Media monitoring takes at candidate advertising and messaging.

Show Notes

Joey Marchy from Urban Jacksonville
Abel Harding Business Reporter and Political Blogger from the Florida Times Union and Jacksonville.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/JaxMayorShow
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JaxMayorShow
Email: JaxMayorShow
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id418770210

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EVENTS
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DVI is hosting 2 candidate forums 2/18 AND 23

Feb 18 – Downtown In-depth – our mayoral forum on Friday, February 18th

Feb 23 – Forum with all Downtown candidates (District 4, 7, 9 and At-Large 4, 5) except one or two attending.

Mar 3 – FPRA is hosting an analysis/panel of experts on the Mayor’s race from 11:30 to 1 at River City Brewing. Non-involved observers include Bruce Barcelo, Jim Bailey and Matt Corrigan.

luncheon prices are: $35 for non-members of fpra and $25 for members. The invite will go out next week. I can send you the info. And the website is http://fpra-jax.org/.

Alvin’s meeting: http://www.alvinformayor.com

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Notes on Twitter
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@MaxImprovement in response to your blog post over the weekend said: It is not an either/or, nor an “and”. First things first, cuts and then what next. Multitasking or multitaxing.

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NEWS
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Warren Lee contacted me on Facebook interested in posting an op-ed on Urban Jacksonville. Any candidate is invited to do the same. I know all of you are listening, or should be.

We are now in the iTunes store. Please go to the podcast page and review the showhttp://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/id418770210
Database: Contributions and expenditures of Jacksonville mayoral candidates http://jacksonville.com/content/database-contributions-and-expenditures-jacksonville-mayoral-candidates

The Net Worth of Every Candidate on the March Ballot http://www.jaxobserver.com/2011/02/10/the-net-worth-of-every-candidate-on-the-march-ballot/

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/401574/abel-harding/2011-02-09/downtown-redevelop

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2) MEDIA MONITORING
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Audrey billboard

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2) FAVORITE TWEETS
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Faves http://twitter.com/JaxMayorShow/favorites

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Candidate Profiles
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http://news.jacksonville.com/specials/mayorsrace

Mayoral candidates Warren Lee and Audrey Moran use the same Washington consulting firm

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/blog/403455/deirdre-conner/2011-02-02/mayoral-candidates-warren-lee-and-audrey-moran-use

Both Moran’s campaign and Gaillot staunchly deny that there is any involvement between the two campaigns — although they share Alvin Brown as a political fo.

Warren Lee (http://warrenleeformayor.com)
Audrey Moran (http://www.imwithaudrey.com)

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Announcing the #jaxmayor show: A new podcast on the 2011 Jacksonville mayors race

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Announcing the #jaxmayor show: A new podcast on the 2011 Jacksonville mayors race

This Show Is Seriously Awesome

#jaxmayor is an evolutionary, first-of-its-kind, audio podcast. Although I had a slight recording recording issue (we will hammer out the left/right audio issue by next show) the production and content on this show is top notch. This is the best podcast I have put together to date. The content is amazing and I know you will find it informative. I hope you share it with your friends.

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Updates Since We Recorded

  1. Warren Lee does his own tweeting
  2. Steve Irvine actually does have a Facebook page » here
  3. Audrey Moran received Associated Builders and Contractors endorsement

What Is This Show About?

I started the #jaxmayor show to help educate the City of Jacksonville on the 2011 mayors race. I want to cover the race in a way no one else can or will, in an accessible, audio format. Abel Harding and I will discuss candidates, news, issues and the role technology and culture plays in the race.

#jaxmayor is scheduled for eight episodes between now and the March 22nd election. Should we have a run-off election (if you listen to the show you know we will) we’ll extend the show to the final election date. It will be recoded on Thursday night and published Friday morning.

What’s Up With the Name #jaxmayor?

Yes, we did name the show after the Twitter hashtag #jaxmayor. People in the city are using this tag in their tweets to organize content around the topic of the mayors race.

Our show embraces technology and recognizes the pivotal role it plays. This is the first year in Jacksonville’s history that technology will play such a large role and we want the show to discuss the impacts of technology and how it will influences the race.

In a way the name a nod to all the people out there discussing these issues saying yeah, we hear you. We know what’s going on, this is a huge deal. In addition it is a good opportunity to market the show on a daily basis.

Show Notes

This is literally an inside look at my notes from tonight’s show. I won’t always post them like this, but I thought it would be an interesting insight into how the show was run.

Show intro
#jaxmayor
Joey Marchy from Urban Jacksonville
Abel Harding Business Reporter and Political Blogger from the Florida Times Union and Jacksonville.com
Twitter: JaxMayorShow
Facebook: JaxMayorShow

Send a question to @JaxMayorShow or Facebook.com/JaxMayorShow

* show name WHY
* about this podcast
* schedule: every Friday from now until the election and we will continue the show if there is a runoff
* what we will cover in the show (news, candidate and issue profiles)
* twitter.com/JaxMayorShow/jaxmayor
* election is march 22nd, how can someone win?
* early voting
* http://news.jacksonville.com/specials/mayorsrace/

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NEWS
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1) Former Mayor Jake Goldbold (77) joins Moran’s campaign to help with voter outreach » how significant?

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2011-02-03/story/godbold-joins-morans-mayoral-campaign

Mike Hogan’s camp, which had sought Godbold’s endorsement. “Clearly, Audrey’s Obama-like liberal policies, like pro-choice and higher taxes, are being embraced by our former Democratic mayor,” said senior consultant Paul McCormick.

Godbold said he thought his endorsement could deliver tens of thousands of votes and large amounts of money but didn’t believe either would be deciding factors.

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2) TWITTER
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* Faves
* Twitter Total

Mike Hogan 233 (1605)
Audrey Moran 443 (1408)

Steve Irvine 0 (0)
Rick Mullaney 147 (900)

Alvin Brown 56 (339)
Warren Lee 339 (285)

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Candidate Profiles
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Steve Irvine (http://savingjax.com)
Alvin Brown (http://www.alvinformayor.com)

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Outro
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#jaxmayor
Joey Marchy from Urban Jacksonville
Abel Harding Business Reporter and Political Blogger from the Florida Times Union and Jacksonville.com
Twitter: JaxMayorPodcast
Facebook: JaxMayor

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Campaign To Stop Georgia Pacific Pollution Pipeline Launches

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The St. Johns Riverkeeper is launching a new website today called CleanerGP.com The website is part of a campaign to encourage Georgia-Pacific (GP) to abandon its plans to build a pipeline to the St. Johns River and to pursue alternative solutions to its wastewater pollution problems. 

This website is a counter blow to Georgia Pacific’s own CleanerStJohns.com which tries to build a case in support of the pipeline. Here is a little more background on the pipeline:

The Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Palatka has been discharging its wastewater into Rice Creek, a tributary of the St. Johns, since 1947.  Unable to meet water quality standards in Rice Creek, Georgia-Pacific (GP) wants to build a pipeline almost four miles long to divert its wastewater into the heart of the St. Johns River.  The proposed pipeline would be a major setback to the ongoing efforts to reduce pollution and restore the health of the St. Johns.   
 
Determined to find a solution, St. Johns RIVERKEEPER recently hired a team of engineers and water-quality experts to analyze the GP study that was used to justify the pipeline.  The preliminary findings of the St. Johns RIVERKEEPER analysis clearly demonstrate that viable alternatives exist and important questions about the pipeline remain unanswered.   The final results of the technical review will be released soon. 

Some of the website features include

Finally a message from Neil, the St. Johns Riverkeeper

“Building a pipeline to relocate polluted wastewater to the heart of the St. Johns River is not a solution.  This will only add additional pollutants to a river that is already sick.  We believe that viable alternatives exist that would allow GP to meet water quality standards in Rice Creek, keep jobs in Putnam County , and help protect the St. Johns River.

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Learning About Jacksonville Education and Public Schools

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photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt
photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt

This post is about beginning my search for information on public Elementary schools in Duval County. My wife and I went to Magnet Mania this weekend and it was pretty overwhelming.

We talked to few schools, but the whole process was hurried, crowded and confusing.

So, we got home that afternoon and did what we know. We made a spreadsheet charting the schools we want our 5 year-old to attend, along with their grades (ranking?) from the past 4 years, location, continuing middle and high schools and gut feelings about each. We’ll be able to visit three open houses next week, but after that, it’s on us to research.

There are no local education blogs out there (or are there? you tell me…) so I am starting with a few sources on Twitter and building from there. The first one is the Jacksonville Public Education Fund (@JaxPEF) who is:

committed to increasing the academic achievement of all students in Duval County Public Schools with a special emphasis on at-risk students and low-performing public schools through advocacy, community engagement and data analysis. They also envision every student in Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) will graduate prepared for success in post-secondary education, work and citizenship.

I plan on building my knowledge organically so if you have any resources or ideas you can share, I’d be grateful. I’ll be building an education list on Twitter you can follow along with and subscribe to: twitter.com/joeymarchy/education

So far I am following @JaxPEF, @DuvalSchools, @marykellipalka and @ReporterTopher.

I’ve also been checking out the Jacksonville elementary school pages on the GreatSchools.org webiste. Has anyone used this site for anything other than reading user reviews on various schools?

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