Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Here are my ten thoughts/predictions for 2015



1. The St. Pete Pier Project will go well and citizen participation in the on line survey will surpass all expectations.

2. The final Pier selection will be the Citizen's choice.

3. Tampa will not be able to find a suitable site for a baseball stadium nor the money to finance it. Buckhorn will throw the ball back to Kriseman and hold him responsible for keeping baseball in the Bay area. Kriseman will punt. Never did really understand the game.

4. Unless it's a fire sale, Stu Sternberg will not sell the Rays for one simple reason: there will be no buyer. Sternberg's hard nosed dealings with the City, all that weaseling to get out of the use agreement, and Major League Baseball's attitude toward the franchise will be enough to turn off all but the most ego maniacal maniac buyer. Even baseball will take a walk.

5. The Rays will have a less than stellar 2015 season and attendance will continue to sink. Beer and hot dog prices are likely to rise. Mortgages will be available to those wishing to purchase season tickets.

6. The Rowdies will have a great year ultimately making the play offs. Attendance will be up, way up. The games will be exiting, fun and reasonably priced. Home games will grow into a significant downtown event.

7. The City will open the MSB parking garage for Rowdies home games parking and donate the proceeds to the Arts Community. The Edwards Group will staff the garage. Much better idea than the beer cup thing.

8. There will be at least one Rowdies home game where attendance will exceed the Rays lowest home attendance.

9. Mayor Kriseman will finally rediscover his campaign promise to the west side and actually do something beyond 16th street.

10. The Mayor and City Council will stop just taking credit for being an arts destination and build permanent arts funding with a 1 million dollar line item in the 2015 budget.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Is de Blasio Ready for the Big Time?



Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD 

When I started to work in municipal government one of my early mentors told me there are just a few vital things people want from their local government.

When their house is on fire they want the fire department to show up, when they flush the toilet they expect what's in there to disappear, they want good roads to drive on and they want their police department to keep them safe.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio must have missed at least part of that message.

de Blasio has managed to almost completely alienate the new York City Police Department rank and file.

You can see the details by Allen McDuffee in The Atlantic NYPD Commissioner Says Snubbing of Mayor de Blasio was ' Inappropriate'

I would expect the Police Commissioner to support the Mayor.

I spent 5 years in our local PD as a civilian employee and one of the things I noted was the impact of how the Administration viewed and respected the Police department.

de Blasio is a well educated man: New York University, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University but as is frequently the case, common sense does not necessarily follow from high power education.

The circumstances surrounding Eric Garner's death were tragic and possibly avoidable but pandering to protesters and the headlines does not a Mayor make.

The New York Mayor has created a riff with the Police Unions and the rank and file that will be difficult to heal.

Policing cannot be effective if the Police, from the Commissioner right on down, don't believe the City Administration supports them. That does not mean the Mayor cannot be critical, but it needs to be done in a professional manner, not like another street protester.

It must not feel real good to be a New York City voter and wondering if the guy you voted in as Mayor has what it takes to run a City like New York.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas

Isaiah 9:6 King James Version (KJV)

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.


May his salvation and the joy of the season be yours.

From our family to yours have a very merry Christmas

Doc