Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bus Rapid Transit?

April 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Educational, Hot Topics, Local Info

Gainesville Residents! Time To Vote For Your Commission!

March 4, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info


Please VOTE (early or March 11) to help bring  representative government back to the citizens of Gainesville and elect people  that put citizens first rather than rigid political ideology!$116  million in unjustified biomass costs were shifted to GRU customers, against the  advice of legal counsel, while the majority of the City Commission was asleep at  the wheel giving GRU management outstanding performance review and  raises.We can’t afford this malfeasance or to keep paying the highest  electric rates in Florida (and going higher) because of the fiscally  irresponsible decisions made by a City Commission that doesn’t listen to the  citizens.

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.

Happy 5th Birthday, Tea Party!

Rick Santelli’s Rant Feb., 2009

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Alachua County Residents: Attend Transportation Tax Meeting!

February 6, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

ONE CENT TRANSPORATION SURTAX PUBLIC MEETING: Tuesday, February 18 at 5:00, Room 209 of the County Administration Building at 12 SE 1st Street, Gainesville.
From our responsible commissioner, Susan Baird:
Now you and everyone else who have complained about the roads have an opportunity to make your voices heard! On Feb. 18th, 5:00, the  BoCC will have a public meeting about the Transportation Sur Tax initiative that  will give us a chance to give input to the current referendum for the November  ballot.  Commissioner Hutch along with two other commissioners have already approved the tentative draft to  include:
One cent sales tax for ten years
Maintaining the same split as 2012 for each municipality with each town providing its own project wish list.
The project list for the county is for resurfacing – no new capacity.   We have yet to see what the City of Gainesville will include in theirs – whether or  not they have Bus Rapid Transit with dedicated bus lanes and even their Trolley.
If you only go to one meeting this year, this could be the most interesting  one that will affect all of you and easy to understand.  Put it on your  calendar.


February 5, 2014 by  
Filed under Local Info, Press Releases

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.

Ernesto Martinez,



January 28, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

A herculean effort on the part of active and concerned citizens has forced the Gainesville City commission to begin the process of conducting a Special Audit of GRU’s financial decisions leading to the current state of charging the highest utility rates in the state. ATTEND THE MEETING OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE TOMORROW TO INSIST ON A SPECIAL AUDIT!
PLEASE attend tomorrow: Wednesday, Jan 29th, at 5pm @ City Hall, downtown Gainesville, in the auditorium (parking free after 5pm). Discussions will begin for a Special Audit of GRU during the audit and finance committee meeting.
This is far too important to miss.  A “Special Audit” is needed for the financial health of our utility and community.
A large crowd is needed.
Thank you.
“Why do GRU customers pay the highest electric rates in the state, and what can be done? Only a special audit can provide the answers. Let those commissioners who want to delay or cover up details of what has occurred know that you want them to move immediately forward with a special audit of GRU.”
Letter to the Editor of the Gainesville Sun…

Alachua County Residents: PLAN TO ATTEND!

January 7, 2014 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

Alachua County Legislative Delegation
Hearing Date Announced
State Representative Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) announced today that a delegation hearing has been scheduled for Friday January 10, 2014 at 9:00am . The delegation, which includes Senator Rob Bradley, Representative Clovis Watson, Jr., and Representative Elizabeth Porter, will hold this public hearing in order to vote on two local bills.
The discussion and voting will be limited to the two local bills: a referendum to determine the need for an independent utility authority to manage and operate the Gainesville Regional Utilities and; the Repeal of the Boundary Adjustment Act.  These topics were previously discussed at the November 20th Delegation Hearing.
The delegation hearing will be held in the Santa Fe CIED Center located at 530 West University Avenue Gainesville, FL. 32601.
For additional information, or to be placed on the agenda, please contact Amanda at the office of State Representative Keith Perry at (352) 313-6544 or

My Dog Barked at the Meter Reader

November 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Info, Taxes

My Dog Barked at the Meter Reader on Friday

GRU Ratepayers: Time For You To Subsidize Power Customers Across The State

October 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info

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…

Youngsters Should Attend

October 7, 2013 by  
Filed under Educational, Local Info, Press Releases

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-




City of Gainesville Special Meeting on Biomass Noise

October 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Info

Still wondering what is happening with the Biomass Plant, the noise levels, Turkey Creek resident complaints and what if anything can be done about it?

Plan to attend the Gainesville City Commission special meeting today.

Today- October 2nd at 5PM

Gainesville City Hall
200 East University Avenue

Discussion of GREC Noise

130360. GREC Noise (NB)

RECOMMENDATION The City Commission discuss GREC noise issues
and take action deemed appropriate.

City Hall Auditorium
City Commission Special Meeting REVISED

Bruce Nelson Working Tirelessly For The Residents of Alachua County

September 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Local Info


The Social Engineers – Coming Soon to a City Near You

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Tea Party Abandoning GOP

Tea Party abandoning GOP, just 3 in 10 approve of Republican leadership.

This article should have a special meaning to those who have seen a Trevor Louden presentation ( Trevor will be speaking at the Tea Party Netrwork Meeting this weekend).

The Tea Party has had it with Republican leaders, abandoning the GOP in stunning numbers at a time when mainstream leaders are arguing for immigration reform and support for an attack on Syria.

A new Pew Research Center poll provided to Secrets on Wednesday found that just 27 percent of Republicans who agree with the Tea Party approve of Republican leaders in Congress. A whopping 71 percent disapprove.

While Pew did not gauge support for Tea Party leaders like Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., the findings are a good sign for him and other conservatives who are trying to steer the Republican Party onto the Tea Party’s policy tracks. Read more at:


July 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Hot Topics, Local Info


GRU ratepayers! This week you have the opportunity to speak your mind about the out of control rate hikes that you are paying RIGHT NOW and are increasing dramatically in the fall! Ratepayers who live outside of the city of Gainesville are subsidizing the city budget with a transfer of funds from GRU which is now the LARGEST revenue portion of the budget! How do you feel about paying for city services that you DON’T RECEIVE? Attend these meetings and speak out! MAKE THIS GRU WEEK!

TUESDAY, July 16, 10:00 AM at City Hall, downtown Gainesville. Please attend and if you do not plan to speak please yield your time to Nathan Skop so he can represent the ratepayers with his expertise.

WEDNESDAY, July 17, 5:30 PM at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church, 120 SE Williston Road. This is a workshop hosted by the Gainesville Chamber of Commerce to obtain feedback and recommendations from residents and business owners about energy consumption and costs.

THURSDAY, July 18, 5:30 PM, (citizen comments at 6:00)at City Hall in downtown Gainesville. This is a City of Gainesville Commission Meeting. Plan to arrive early to rally on the steps of City Hall to protest the 25 MILLION dollars in OVERCHARGES that ratepayers have already paid to camouflage the true rate increase that will come into effect when the biomass plant comes online. Demand a refund of these of these overcharges!

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