I received this tweet from GTP member Jim Sharp yesterday:
We ENCOURAGE YOU to ATTEND the NEXT Alachua County Commission meeting and join the crowd of citizens who are committed to being there. Show your support for the right to vote on Tuesday, 6/24. Your attendance may make all the difference in getting two initiatives brought forth by the citizens of FixAlachua.com on to the November ballot for a vote in Alachua County.
Issue #1: Term Limits for County Commissioners. 2 consecutive terms of 4 years or 8 years total.
Issue #2: Single Member districts for the County Commission. The sole reason single member districts were created was to ensure minority voices are heard.
It is IMPORTANT to understand that the citizens are NOT asking to make a choice on these two initiatives, ONLY to have them put on the ballot for a vote. Citizens are asking county commissioners NOT TO SUPPRESS the vote or block access to voting because of self interest. Currently, the City of Gainesville, the State of Florida and the Federal Government have single member districts and term limits.
Even thought the organization that was tasked with getting the petitions needed to add these items to the ballot never really got off the ground, the county residents still had Bruce Nelson.
Mr. Nelson has shown the Commissioners that this is a very worth while and valid vote for the residents to have, and as such, the Commission will debate and vote on whether to add it to the ballot for YOU to vote on it.
Meeting starts at 5:30pm- (arrive early for a good seat)
Where: County Administration Building
Room 209, 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville, FL 32601
We look forward to seeing you there. We encourage you to bring a friend and see how the process of local government works if you’ve never attended a commission meeting before!
Do you remember the Fire Assessment that the County wanted to institute several years ago? It was only due to the 200+ residents showing up to show their displeasure that it did not pass. You can have an effect on this too.
An Op-Ed by Pete Hegseth, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America
The Obama administration wants to be clear: they’re very, very angry over the dysfunctional state of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where reports of falsified wait lists and delayed care at VA medical centers are growing into a national scandal for the executive branch.
Specifically, administration officials say they’re “mad as hell.” That’s how VA Secretary Eric Shinseki described his response to the scandal in testimony to the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week. Read more at foxnews.com.
The VA scandal has hit “home” as it has reached the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center here in Gainesville.
When Representative Perry was elected he pledged to fight for his constituents by standing firm against irresponsible governing. No governing has been more irresponsible than the administration of Gainesville Regional Utilities by the City of Gainesville Commissioners. Now is an opportunity to join Rep. Perry by signing his petition demanding accountability from the commissioners.
From your State Representative Keith Perry..
“After years of irresponsible decisions leading to some of the highest utility rates in the state, GRU and its managers in the City of Gainesville must be held accountable. Their poor decisions affect the lives and pocketbooks of their customers, including the thousands of customers living outside of the Gainesville city limits who can’t even have a vote to challenge their decisions.
Currently, if you aren’t a Gainesville voter, you have no say in electing the City Commissioners who set your energy rates and policy. I will continue to work hard with legislators and local leaders to give ratepayers a stronger voice and fight for lower rates.”
Link to Petition..http://votekeithperry.com/GRU
VOTE: CITY OF GAINESVILLE COMMISSION
The Todd Chase Campaign from District 2, The Craig Carter Campaign from District 3 and The Annie Orlando Campaign , At-Large, have put party politics aside and appear to be the only candidates who care about ALL the voters. They were the only campaigns to inquire about what concerns many of the Gainesville Tea Party supporters had about the future of the city.
Rick Santelli’s Rant Feb., 2009
Hat Tip: rightwisconsin.com
Thanks to the valiant efforts of a dedicated group of citizen activists an INDEPENDENT Special External Audit of GRU is being discussed tomorrow night, Thursday, February 6, at 6:30 at City Hall in downtown Gainesville. MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND! It is very important that the auditorium be filled with ratepayers who want to hold GRU accountable for the irresponsible financial decisions made by the commission over the past few years. (Parking is free). Only by showing that the ratepayers demand this audit is there any chance that it will actually occur. This is an opportunity for you to make a difference! Please see the letter below.
Support an audit!
Please join me and other fed-up citizens at City Hall on Thursday @ 6:30 pm in the auditorium to support a desperately needed external special audit of Gainesville Regional Utilities.
Properly designed special audits are necessary to gather information about past decisions that cannot be obtained any other way.
Unfortunately, several anti-progressive machine politicians on the Gainesville City Commission — those who have been responsible for bringing Gainesville the highest electric rates in the state, who are wrecking our environment and who continue to call out-of-state and overseas wood-burning energy speculators their “partners” — do not want a special audit.
Expect excuses like “too expensive,” “fishing expedition,” or “it’s time to move forward,” or, if those excuses don’t work, expect cynical efforts to limit the scope of the audit with arguments like “we need to concentrate only on what we can in advance guarantee will result immediately in identifiable reductions in electric bills.”
Cynical. Outrageous. Enough.
At least GRU ratepayers are subsidizing power customers within the county in the contract with the City of Alachua but are we now expected to subsidize customers throughout the state? It would appear so. GRU management is giving power away to the City of Winter Park for (.062 per kWh) is substantially LESS than what GRU customers will be stuck paying for in fuel charges alone in 2014 (.071 per kWh) rising to 0.084 per kWh in 2015.
“Gainesville Regional Utilities. GRU offered four options for a 7 day per week 24 hours per day must take power. The offerings included 10 MW and 20 MW for either three or five years. Negotiations with GRU resulted in an extension of the GRU deal for a 6 year period. The pricing for GRU options include fixed energy prices for the duration of the offering. Negotiations with GRU have resulted in a GRU agreement to provide the fixed price must take offering for a period of 6 years starting in 2015 following the expiration of the current SECI agreement. The GRU offering has an evaluated price of $62.84/MWh for the six year evaluation period.”
City of Winter Park Commission Agenda for June, 2013…http://cityofwinterpark.org/
If you are in Gainesville this Saturday, the University of Florida chapter of Students For Liberty will be hosting this years regional event. You do not have to be a student, but if interested in your future and being around other liberty minded individuals, this is the event to attend. I am looking forward to the line up of speakers (click link for list).
The registration is free so just click on this link-