Citizen power starts with knowledge

ames Madison succinctly described the importance of an informed electorate: “Knowledge will forever govern ignorance. And a people who mean to be their own governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” This is also a call for government transparency, as only voters informed in how their government works can effectively use the ballot . . . → Read More: Citizen power starts with knowledge

Tampa looks to spend $4M on surveillance cameras and police gear for RNC

By Richard Danielson, Times Staff Writer
In Print: Thursday, March 1, 2012

TAMPA — The City Council will be asked today to spend nearly $4 million on downtown surveillance cameras and police gear for the Republican National Convention.

A $2 million camera contract would go to Aware Digital, based north of Miami. Police have said they want about 60 cameras . . . → Read More: Tampa looks to spend $4M on surveillance cameras and police gear for RNC

Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

BY TIMES STAFF

Bonnie Hazelton, director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Public Services, will take over as director of Gov. Rick Scott’s Office of Open Government, Scott’s office announced today. Current director, Carolyn Timmann, is leaving to run for clerk of Martin County Court.

The move is one of several announced today, including replacing Karen Giorno . . . → Read More: Tampa Bay Times: Scott names new public records director

St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times

BY PAUL TASH
Times Chairman and CEO

Since I started here as a reporter in 1978, I have answered my phone with some version of “St. Pete Times.” I will need to learn a new habit.

Starting Jan. 1, this newspaper will become the Tampa Bay Times. The new name reflects the growth of our newspaper and our vision . . . → Read More: St. Petersburg Times: A new name that fits the Times