But first we have some good news on the heels of last Friday's column calling for more cameras in cop cars: Orlando police Chief Paul Rooney says he agrees.
It's a good start. And some on the City Council, including Commissioner Daisy Lynum, want to take the plan even further.
Good for them. Cameras protect both cops and citizens from false claims. They help make cases. They are unblinking witnesses to the truth.
Let's get to work
•Did you see that Gov. Rick Scott showed up in Jacksonville this week for the groundbreaking … of a 7-Eleven? Hey, I respect a politician who ain't too proud to beg. Still, some states have governors landing thousands of high-wage, high-tech jobs. Ours poses for pictures with giant, inflatable Slurpees.
•On the flip side … courting high-wage jobs doesn't always work out either. As the News Service of Florida just reported, Bay County and the state are suing to get back $750,000 in incentives money given to a health-care company that doesn't have quite as many jobs as it originally promised … because it's now closed. Once again: If you invest in your state's quality of life, you don't have to try to bribe companies to come here — or risk their taking off with the bribe.
•Put your money where your mouth is. A few weeks ago, I suggested that the folks screaming the loudest about Citrus Bowl renovations should back up all that big talk with serious cash. After all, that's what we required of backers of both the arena and arts center. Well, it appears a growing number of people may agree — including Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Jacobs was among those nodding at a recent forum where candidates for Orlando mayor were also calling for private contributions before any renovation starts. In fact, if hoteliers ever send Jacobs another resolution demanding "prompt action" on the Citrus Bowl, they should include a check. If this deal is such a money-in-the-bank proposition, those who will reap the biggest benefits should be the biggest investors.
•And one other thing … Some hoteliers act as if they're already contributing to the Citrus Bowl through hotel taxes. Hogwash. When I pay an extra 6 percent tax at the Hilton, that's my contribution to the public coffers — not Hilton's.
•Regular old 'parents.' Wondering why it's so hard for Average Joes to be heard? Check out Florida's new task force on school grades. The group had three spots for regular ol' "parents" — yet filled two of those spots with political insiders (the executive director of Jeb Bush's education foundation and daughter of state Sen. John Thrasher). Regular ol' parents indeed. I swear, nothing terrifies these people more than interacting with the commoners they supposedly represent. (More on this one at OrlandoSentinel.com/takingnames.)
•What they're 'worth.' Finally, Orange County commissioners decided their visitors bureau leader should make as much as $474,000 a year, saying he must be paid his "worth." I have no problem paying people what they're worth. I just find it interesting that folks usually trot out the pay-people-what-they're-worth line only when they're talking about CEOs. I've yet to see a politician with the guts to tell a social worker or pre-K teacher that they're only "worth" subpoverty wages.
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