Observations and musings on Jacksonville Politics

Godbold Meets With Fire Union, Scolds Police Union Chief

According to News4Jax.com, former Mayor Jake Godbold met with members of the Duval County Fireman’s Union on Wednesday to express his disappointment in the Police Union Chief’s call for a Gate boycott.  Godbold also encouraged the fire union to refrain from resorting to the similar tactics as the Mayor prepares to address pension reform with the city’s unions.

Goldbold told News4Jax that he had never seen personal threats of this kind in all of his years in Jacksonville politics.

Nelson Cuba, the police union chief, has since backed down from his earlier calls for a union-wide boycott.

The full article can be read here.

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A 1980’s Mayor

No-bid contracts may be reminiscent of certain previous Jacksonville Mayors, but John Peyton is taking hits for not entering the digital age, at least in his published accessibility to the public.  While the Governor of Florida (and Lt. Governor) publish contact information on their website, John Peyton publishes no contact information on the Mayor’s page of coj.net.  When a visitor clicks on “Contact Us” at the top of the page and then selects the Mayor’s Office, it simply takes them back to the Mayor’s page—with no available e-mail address.  It’s something that’s been brought up before, but this particular e-mail was rather interesting.

Post To:   Ronnie Fussell’s Email
 Conversation:   Jacksonville in the news
 From:   Ron Bailey on behalf of Turning Point Propellers – Ron Bailey  Posted:   Wed 3/4/2009 8:54 AM
 Subject:   Jacksonville in the news
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This Business Week article was splashed on AOL today : http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/02/0226_miserable_cities/1.htm

Jacksonville ranks in the top ten unhappiest cities.  This cannot be good for the city to continue to be seen in such a negative light nationally.
We are currently considering relocating our business from Chicago to Jacksonville, but this is not encouraging for an employee retention perspective.

Also, why is there no readily search able email address for the mayor?  Is he that isolated from the public that he is cannot answer mail from his constituents?



Best regards,

Ron Bailey
Ron Bailey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Phone: (847) 437-6800 | Fax: (847) 437-6868 | Direct: (847) 305-1547 
Email: rbailey@turningpointpropellers.com | Website: www.turningpointpropellers.com

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Jacksonville’s Ethics Hotline Cases

The City’s Ethics Officer has released an update on complaints made via the Ethics Hotline. (630-1015, just in case anyone has something they would like to report.) Once again, although the employees of the City (and citizens) are to be commended for reporting behavior that they deemed unethical, it does appear that the majority of these cases seem to be swept under the rug. Among the most recent cases:

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