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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is asking the state Legislature to extend a half-cent sales tax to pay off the city’s $2.6 billion unfunded pension liability. Police and Fire Pension Fund debt make up more than half of it.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Paula Horvath, Florida Times-Union columnist; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and WJCT analyst John Burr.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry this week convening the second of three community conversations about the city's human rights ordinance, Congresswoman Corrine Brown vowing legal action over a new congressional map, and more.

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On Thursday evening, hundreds of people packed the bleachers of the Edward Waters auditorium. It was the second community meeting Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry held to examine the inclusiveness of the city’s human rights ordinance, and clergy were the focus.



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Seventy-seven Jacksonville faith leaders have signed a letter in support of an inclusive human rights ordinance. If Jacksonville’s ordinance is expanded, the LGBT community would gain protections in housing and public accommodations.

The faith leaders declared their support for the protections at Friendship Fountain Thursday afternoon before a community discussion about the ordinance Thursday night.


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Openly-gay Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker shared advice about equal rights at a Democratic gala in Jacksonville Monday night.

Houston made headlines last month when city residents voted down an equal rights ordinance already passed by the Houston City Council. It banned discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, among a list of other areas.

We discuss the week's top news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Ron Littlepage, Florida-Times Union columnist; Fred Matthews, Examiner blogger; Matt Shaw, Folio Weekly editor; and Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor.

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry and Gov. Rick Scott asking Congress to stop plans to accept Syrian refugees following the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the first of several community conversations about whether Jacksonville should expand anti-discrimiation laws to cover LGBT citizens, and more.

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In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris, U.S. officials at all levels of government are questioning the country’s system for accepting Syrian refugees.

Skeptics worry allowing a proposed 10,000 resettlements could put people at risk.

But descendants of older Syrian refugees in Jacksonville want to remind locals of their community’s existing presence.

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On Thursday morning Mayor Curry revealed his trip to London to watch the Jaguars play also doubled as a business deal.

Curry announced that because of that trip, a recruitment outsourcing organization, Resource Solutions will create its North American center in Jacksonville.

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Business leaders, advocates and politicos met in Jacksonville Wednesday to call for solutions to mass incarceration.

Two of Operation Reform’s attendees were Republican Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

The progressive and conservative mayors found themselves meeting in the middle.

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Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams and Mayor Lenny Curry say security will increase at Thursday night’s nationally televised Jaguars game, following attacks on Paris last week.

Williams says fans can expect to notice more officers, but that’s about it.

“We’re going to hold off on specifics,” Williams said. “I mean it’s additional officers, it’s additional pieces of equipment, that type of thing. But again, it’s just kind of a ramp-up — if you will — of the things that we normally do at the games, just more of it.”

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Jacksonville is poised to be one of the next cities with super-fast Internet service from Google.

Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday the tech giant is exploring the Bold City for its Google Fiber connection.

But, it could be several months before Jacksonville residents will know whether they can sign up for the service.

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The Jacksonville City Council voted to replace two members of the city’s Planning Commission, Tuesday.  

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry asked them to resign, but they refused.


The Jacksonville Journey has a shorter name along with increased funding. An oversight committee decided Thursday the crime-prevention initiative will now be called the Jax Journey.

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The Jacksonville City Council Rules Committee voted to replace City Planning Commissioners Lisa King and Joey Mckinnon Tuesday afternoon. The matter now passes to the full Council.

Mayor Lenny Curry asked both members to resign mid-term, saying their goals do not align with his, but they refused.

Councilman Tommy Hazouri, a former Democratic Jacksonville mayor, was the lone member to vote against replacing them. He says they did nothing wrong and should be allowed to finish their terms.

A recent 90-day audit of the Jacksonville's city finances revealed serious problems with unsustainable budget deficits and looming challenges down the road, from pension obligations to how to pay for an expensive dredging project for the St. Johns River. We discuss the findings of the audit and what could be next for the city with A.G. Gancarski, reporter for Florida Politics.

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

Topics include Mayor Lenny Curry asking for all members of the JEA board to resign, the first lawsuit against the company that owned the missing cargo ship El Faro, and more.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has voided the passing score Eureka Garden received in its last HUD inspection.

HUD Field Office Director Alesia Scott-Ford said the move is extremely rare. It came after a meeting Wednesday morning with Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and other city leaders.

Scott-Ford said HUD feels that the owner of the complex, Rev. Richard Hamlet with the Global Ministries Foundation, "has not been aggressive enough with his repairs." Hamlet "has not had enough maintenance crews out at the property," she said.

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More than 40 people showed up at Tuesday’s Jacksonville City Council meeting to protest the replacement of two city planning commissioners.

Mayor Lenny Curry has been asking people to resign from various boards, saying their visions for the city do not align with his.


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New, alternative-fuel buses are projected to save the Jacksonville Transportation Authority nearly $6 million over the next 15 years.

JTA is welcoming 23 new buses that run on compressed natural gas instead of diesel. New buses also means new, faster routes.

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The tenants of Eureka Garden Apartments have complained of deplorable living conditions and the city responded with a two-day code raid spearheaded by Mayor Lenny Curry.

Eureka Garden is owned by the Rev. Richard Hamlet and Global Ministries Foundation, the focus of a News4Jax investigation. His evangelical nonprofit and real estate portfolio spans across the country and does big business in Jacksonville where he owns six low-income apartment complexes.

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The largest city in Florida is getting its own IKEA store.

The Swedish home goods company says it will break ground in Jacksonville next summer with an anticipated opening date of fall 2017.

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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.


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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Lisa King

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.