Anna Lopez Brosche

Friday on First Coast Connect  our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Bauerlein from the Florida Times-Union, WJCT business analyst John Burr, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth and First Coast Connect producer Kevin Meerschaert (01:06).

We spoke with Generation W founder Donna Orender and guest speaker Shelley Diamond about next week’s big Gen W conference (46:00).

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Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche Friday discussed her recently frosty relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry at the First Coast Tiger Bay Club.

She said the city’s residents deserve a government that is both transparent and amicable.

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Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche wants to create a government-transparency task force. Brosche said despite the timing — with a contentious possible JEA sale on the table — she’s been wanting to establish something like this for months.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Mario Decunto, who is chairman of Mayor Lenny Curry’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, about the  U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling on DACA students and this week’s Hispanic American Leadership Awards (01:06).   

Our premiere edition of #realtalk hosted by WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs featured public safety analyst Ken Jefferson, attorney Rhonda Peoples-Waters and meteorologist Steve Smith (25:20).

WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo talked about the next Beyond The Core event taking place in Arlington (40:15).

Travel blogger Judy Wells told us about what it’s like to take a Carnival cruise out of Jacksonville 46:00). 

 

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs (01:51).

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal Melanie Hammer, Executive Director of the Douglas Anderson Foundation Jackie Cornelius and former student Tanner Lane talked Saturday’s annual Extravaganza (38:49).

Author Amy Chua told us about her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (46:00).  

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Following an investigation, city lawyers said the mayor’s chief of staff didn’t violate any laws, after a Jacksonville City Hall employee this week formally accused him of creating a hostile work environment.

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Tessa Duvall, contributor Fred Matthews, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and Beaches Leader columnist Jon McGowan (01:21).  

Florida Blue and Guidewell CEO Pat Geraghty talked about grief counseling they are making available to anyone in the wake of the Parkland shooting and his recent trip to the World Economic Forum and Davos (46:00).   


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If public utility JEA were to be sold, it could net the city of Jacksonville as much as $6.4 billion, according to a final evaluation report released Wednesday.

The sale price was revealed during a contentious city council meeting.

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Mayor Lenny Curry’s chief of staff, Brian Hughes is being formally accused by a city employee of accosting her using “fierce anger” and “creating a hostile work environment.” A complaint, that Hughes says is false.

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Politics reporter AG Gancarski about the most recent news regarding the possible sale of JEA and the latest poll numbers showing Florida voters know little about the candidates for Governor in both parties (01:15).

We spoke with Jeannette Walls, bestselling author of The Glass Castle ahead of her talk next week in Jacksonville (27:23).

With Valentine’s Day around the corner we heard a live in-studio performance from the Sapphire Quartet (38:54).

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including next weekend’s Daytona 500, golf, men’s college basketball and the Winter Olympics (46:00).  

  

Friday on First Coast Connect, our weekly Media Roundtable featured David Cawton from the Financial News and Daily Record, blogger Fred Matthews, Florida Politics reporter A.G.
Gancarski and WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride (01:18).

Ahead of his appearance January 1 at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, we spoke with artist and punk rock legend Henry Rollins (29:42).  

We heard about the upcoming showing of the documentary of women entrepreneurs “She Started It!” with Karen Harding from Johnson & Johnson Vision’s Women’s Leadership Initiative TriciaRae Stancato from the Girls Scouts of Gateway Council (36:59) also joined us.    

We were told about the upcoming performance of “‘Evil Dead: The Musical” at the 5 & Dime Theatre. (44:00). 


Thursday on First Coast Connect we spoke with University of North Florida pollster Mike Binder on a newly released poll regarding Mayor Lenny Curry’s popularity and opinions on several issues in Jacksonville (01:09).

To commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month we spoke with Dr Laila Samiian from UF Health Jacksonville and Dr. Kathryn Pearson Peyton, founder of Mammosphere (21:51).   

Managing Partner of PS27 Ventures Jim Stallings spoke about their upcoming Leadership Week at UNF (32:54).

Suwannee Roots Festival Director Beth Judy told us what to expect during this weekend’s music festival which kicks off Thursday (44:00).  


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Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche said she wants to make sure she has complete information before possibly introducing a bill to move Confederate monuments and markers from public spaces to museums.

Policy Matters is quarterly program hosted by Rick Mullaney, director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. The latest edition included interviews with Rep. Al Lawson (D-Fl) and Jacksonville  City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche.

Lawson talked about his first seven months in office and his thoughts on the job being done by President Trump.

Brosche discussed her proposal to remove Confederate memorials from public places and place them in a museum.

 

  Friday on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, David Cawton of the Financial News and Daily Record, blogger Fred Matthews and Charles Griggs from the Jacksonville Free Press (01:56). We heard an update on the Zika virus in Georgia with Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health Dr. Patrick O’Neal and Director of Environmental Health Dr. Chris Rustin (37:24), and we heard about a movie that’s being filed in Jacksonville, “I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday,” with director Durden Godfrey and executive producer Jared Rush (43:47).


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