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JEA Board Vice Chairwoman Lisa Weatherby resigned a week after Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry first demanded it.

Weatherby announced her resignation in a letter Tuesday amidst controversy over how the board conducts its official business.


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Residents of a low-income apartment complex on Jacksonville’s Westside say the living conditions are horrendous.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics this week include proposed legislation that would allow people with concealed weapons permits to bring their firearms on college campuses, how Duval County Schools fared in the first round of the Florida Standards Assessment tests, and more.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking for the immediate resignation of JEA board member Lisa Strange Weatherby.

Emails from the mayor's office show Weatherby refused to meet with Curry amidst his probe of JEA.


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Jacksonville’s Mayor Lenny Curry signed off on next year’s city budget Wednesday after City Council unanimously passed it Monday night.

 

Curry held the signing at the North Florida Criminal Justice Center, where the new police officers provided for in the budget will be trained.

 


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More money for infrastructure and for programs to help at-risk young people are among the changes in the newest Jacksonville city budget.  The 19-member City Council passed the new spending plan Monday night.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida Times-Union columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; A.G. Gancarski, Folio Weekly and Florida Politics columnist; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include the showdown between Mayor Lenny Curry and Planning Commission Chair-Elect Lisa King, the second Republican presidential debate, and the uncertain future of the Jacksonville Skyway people mover.


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The Jacksonville City Council will decide whether the city’s newly elected Planning Commission Chair Lisa King stays on the board at all.

As first reported by Florida Politics, Mayor Lenny Curry asked King and two other planning commissioners to resign this week, saying he wants people who better align with his business-friendly vision. But King wrote Curry back, saying she won’t quit the board.

Despite the mayor’s wishes, the Planning Commission appointed King Chair-Elect, Thursday.

 

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On Thursday, mental health professionals, county officials and law enforcement officers started planning to create a centralized facility meant to keep people with mental illness out of jail.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; Susan Eastman, Folio Weekly reporter; and A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics reporter.

Topics include Tropical Storm Erika, this week's Florida Mental Health Summit, and local business and civic leaders pushing for Mayor Lenny Curry to lead a community discussion about the city's Human Rights Ordinance.


We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable local journalists: Larry Hannan, Florida Times-Union reporter; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.


Billed as a unique program to help the city's at-risk youth, the One City, One Jacksonville Leadership Week is connecting 100 young men with some of the city's top political and faith leaders this week. The goal is to help them make better decisions, respect authority, and do well in school. We speak with Rev. John E. Guns, founder of Operation Save Our Sons, who organized the initiative with the City of Jacksonville.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry says he opposes a draft water plan that includes a possible withdrawal of water from the St. Johns River.

The draft plan is part of a larger strategy to deal with a projected shortfall in central Florida drinking water.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry sent a letter opposing the St. Johns River withdrawals to the Central Florida Water Initiative, a consortium of water managers and stakeholders, the last day of extended public comment on its draft plan.

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The city of Jacksonville plans to participate in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program.

Mayor Lenny Curry plans to finalize the distinction applied for by former Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative is an effort to identify cities that show great resilience in the face of economic, social and environmental catastrophes, but may need some extra help to keep it up.

Curry’s spokesman Bill Spann says the new mayor is fully committed to the project.

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The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee considered funding for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Thursday.

Sheriff Mike Williams was on hand to answer council members’ questions.

“We’ve done a lot of work prior to today to prepare you know working with the council and the mayor’s office,” Williams said. “But I think this is the kind of meeting you get when you have a council and a mayor and a sheriff that really do work together every day.”

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