What You Missed This Week in La Gaceta
From As We Heard It, by Patrick Manteiga
► … The Court has now released the vote details. Ficarrotta received 46 votes. Judge Bill Levens attracted 14 votes. Some judges did not cast a vote. (to read more, buy a paper)
► Harry Cohen is reporting just over $30,000 in contributions for his reelection campaign for Tampa City Council. (to read more, buy a paper)
► Mary Mulhern told Creative Loafing’s Mitch Perry she is not running for the Tampa City Council District 4 seat against incumbent Harry Cohen. The article adds, “at least not at the moment.”
The comments and the article were in response to our printed words last Friday that read, “Mary Mulhern told her closest supporters that she will run for Tampa City Council District 4.” … We then added, “If Mary Mulhern runs, and that’s still a big if … ”(to read more, buy a paper)
► Ann-Marie Gonzalez has been named assistant principal of Roosevelt Elementary. Ms. Gonzalez is married to Joe Gonzalez, owner of Henry Gonzalez Plumbing. (to read more, buy a paper)
► Supporters of Uber, an app-based dispatching company for gypsy taxis, have framed the fight in Tampa between Uber and the local cab companies as small independent entrepreneurs vs. big cab companies. The negative political mail campaign recently funded and launched by Uber reveals the true nature of the battle. Uber is a big outside business interest that wants to take over the taxi business in America with Tampa now it its sight. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► Darryl Shaw and Ariel Quintela have a strong vision for the old Oliva Factory in Ybor City. The two want to convert the three-story building into 40, 500 to 700 square foot apartments. So far, the project seems to be embraced by the City of Tampa, the Barrio Latino Commission and the community. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► Attorneys David Singer and Katherine O’Donniley have successfully navigated Tampa City Council for zoning changes to the Fort Homer Hesterly site. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► The only line longer in downtown Tampa than the one to get into the courthouse on jury selection day is the one at the new Holy Hog Barbecue to get a helping of barbecued pork, beef, chicken or turkey. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► … La Gaceta wholeheartedly endorses a “YES” vote on the Levy for a one-percent sales surtax for Greenlight Pinellas.
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► Democratic candidate for Attorney General George Sheldon asked Attorney General Pam Bondi for five debates. So far, Bondi’s counter offer is only one. … (to read more, buy a paper)
► US Senator Bill Nelson will be the keynote speaker for the Hillsborough County Democratic Party’s Kennedy-King Dinner. The event is Saturday, Sept. 20, starting at 6 p.m., at the Hilton Tampa Downtown.
Tickets cost $100. Call Victor DiMaio at 813-361-1922 for more information. (to read more, buy a paper)
From O’Pinions To Go, by Joe O’Neill
► … Florida State University cannot be faulted for considering Sen. John Thrasher in its presidential search. It can, however, be faulted for making him the early fron- runner and now a finalist. And it would certainly be a major fault line through its credibility if it ultimately were to make him president.
While the majority of top jobs in academia still go to career academics, they have been increasingly going to nontraditional academics. There’s precedent in this state. Former FSU president “T.K.” Wetherell and the University of Miami’s Donna Shalala, while achieving high visibility in the political arena, both had prior higher-ed experience. … (to read more, buy a paper)
From Chairman of the Bored, by Gene Siudut
► … This means that popular music is now directly marketed to that demographic. Music enthusiasts who were always waiting for the next wave in popular music are at a loss because popular music is no longer changing as there is a never-ending supply of teenage girls to buy music.
Artists such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande are what’s in. Electronic dance music (EDM) has replaced any and all other forms and until another demographic starts buying music en masse, this is likely not to change.
That is, unless 13-year-old girls start liking rock music all of a sudden.
New music will always be around, but if you want to hear it in any form that does not involve scantily clad girls singing nonsensical lyrics, you’ll have to find it somewhere other than the radio. (to read more, buy a paper)
From Líneas de la memoria, por Gabriel Cartaya
► Gualterio García, uno de los líderes del independentismo cubano en Tampa, le escribió a Gonzalo de Quesada: “Sabrás que tenemos en ésta a la ma¬dre de nuestro querido Martí. Vive en West Tampa cerca de Fernando. La pobre está ciega, pero está rodeada del cariño que como madre de él se me¬rece”.
El tiempo que vivió la madre de Martí en West Tampa, co¬rresponde a los meses finales de la Guerra de Independencia en Cuba, a la intervención de las tropas norteamericanas en el proceso que concluyó con el Protocolo de Paz firmado en agosto de 1898 y a la termina¬ción de la dominación española en Cuba.
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