And keep this in mind when some of the folks involved in this scandal cry victim about the scrutiny they are under - they were willing to have a lower-level employee criminally prosecuted (based on extremely flawed understanding of the law) because they got embarrassed.
To wit: This is what ousted CEO Aaron Zahn was telling people in a meeting in December shortly before he was put on leave (according to a written recollection of someone at the meeting): Image
Oh, and this ire was not limited to council members or subordinates. Here is JEA's then-general counsel complaining about and making serious accusations against the city's ethics director, who insisted on sitting in on negotiating sessions and raised questions about transparency. Image
Oh, and this ire was not limited to council members or subordinates. Here is JEA's then-general counsel complaining about and making serious accusations against the city's ethics director, who insisted on sitting in on negotiating sessions and raised questions about transparency. Image

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20 Jul
One observation about the @lennycurry budget, which is overall strong and encouraging: Council needs to add a direct contribution to @JaxLegalAid on par with our peer cities, which would be about $1 million. We have an eviction/foreclosure crisis on our doorstep.
And JALA provides civil legal aid for a lot of other services as well, for which most Jacksonville residents are eligible. It's one of the strongest ROIs possible for the city.
Some background here. Last year, just before the pandemic, JALA lawyers helped get the state to put more than 30,000 people back on Medicaid, many of whom were medically vulnerable. That's the sort of work they do - and in that case they almost certainly saved lives.
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20 Jul
You don't need a source for that. It's in the bloody CIP. Again, for the thousandth time, the city had before the gas tax and has after the higher gas tax the borrowing capacity for these projects. The gas tax is an entirely irrelevant part of this discussion.
The only thing the gas tax has allowed for is the completion of a lot of road and transit projects faster, plus a commitment to extending water and sewer service, at the same time that it's paying for Jags stuff the city *would be paying for anyway.*
So, to be as clear as I can, there are two worlds:

- No higher gas tax, but the city paying for the performance center/shipyards stuff.

- Higher gas tax, and the city paying for the performance center/shipyards stuff.
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25 Sep 20
The public has a right to know Florida's governor has chosen a herd immunity strategy, and he has an obligation to admit it. His politicized, polarizing approach has been confusing to residents and business owners, and it's craven.
And more than anything, his response has been wildly incompetent. He pawns off some decisions to local governments, like mask mandates, but then usurps them on issues like whether breweries should be shuttered - and, of course, if schools should re-open. It's a mess.
DeSantis and his team clearly don't believe the virus is much of a threat. He implies this in public statements, in articles linked in newsletters he sends to the press, and of course by his actions. But he won't just come out and say it. He should at least do that much.
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29 Aug 20
1. It would have been closer to $5 billion because @lennycurry’s preferred CEO created a billion-dollar bonus plan.
2. NextEra or whoever else would have been permitted to increase rates (de facto tax increase).
3. Documents show ratepayers were still going to eat Vogtle costs.
Of all the sale talking points, Vogtle is the most misleading. JEA worked out a plan that would have allowed a company to acquire all of JEA minus Vogtle, and the standalone Vogtle “company” was going to bill ratepayers *in addition* to the new utility.
What was going on here was nothing other than a possible tax increase, but dressed up as a reform. If the city needs billions so bad, then assess a sales tax and get on with it. That’s at least an upfront, honest tax increase.
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28 Aug 20
“(T)he Mayor only cared about getting JEA sold and didn't care that his self appointed team at JEA and his political consultants were all going to make outlandish sums at the expense of the citizens,” a lawyer at one of JEA’s firms, Foley & Lardner, wrote.
jacksonville.com/story/news/col…
The conversations among attorneys at Foley & Lardner, a large and politically connected law firm with offices in Florida and across the country, were part of a recent batch of records JEA provided in response to a records request from the Times-Union.
They provide remarkable insight into the origins of the controversial bonus plan, the concerns of some of the key people who crafted it and the lengths to which they worked to implement it despite numerous roadblocks in Florida law designed to prevent such payouts.
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27 Aug 20
I think pretty obvious questions are, given NextEra's bid amount, the bonus plan Zahn wanted would have yielded a payout of $1.1 billion if all of the 100,000 units ("shares") were sold, OR, on the low end, $374 million. When did he realize this, and why didn't he disclose it?
(JEA execs had access to NextEra's bid long ago - far in advance of it becoming a public record this week.)
Zahn says he had no preference on any option, but a sale, coupled with the bonus plan he wanted, could have made him a millionaire.
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