Is there a red light (camera) at the end of the…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Concerned Citizen Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here July 9, 2018 at 7:59 pm john Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Ray A. Shackelford, Ph.D, M.P.H. thanks LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Where have you been Dr. Shackelford? I have missed you. You are so right…they need to keep their campaign promises, otherwise, we will remember them at the next election. If they don’t keep their campaign promises about removing the red-light cameras, many of us voters who voted for them, and took them for their word, will just assume that they are wanting campaign donations from the red-light camera company, next election, like someone else we knew really well! On a positive note, I was stunned that there were no police resource officers at the 4 elementary schools in Apopka! I don’t have children or grandchildren, so how could I have known that? However, I was floored, considering the Sandy Hook shooting at the elementary, as well as all the school violence issues, and I am glad to see Mayor Nelson address this lack of police there, really fast, and get some protection in place at the elementary schools quickly, as I would not like to see any tragedy happen, when it comes to our innocent little kids. I hope there is money somewhere to match an FWC grant for city bear-resistant garbage cans, although it may not extend to my area, but that is okay. If not this year, maybe next year, to help prevent bears in the subdivisions plundering through the garbage, and to cause concerns with kid’s and pet’s safety. Well, we will see how the new council members, vote in the end, when the flip-flop talk is over, and since they are no longer in the “trying to get elected” mode with their “promises”. July 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm July 9, 2018 at 9:47 pm The Anatomy of Fear 7 COMMENTS It’s been over a decade since Apopka installed red light cameras at several key intersections in town, and for almost that long it has been one of the most contentious issues facing residents, drivers, elected officials, and political candidates alike.And it was never truer than in the 2018 Apopka municipal elections.In a poll taken by The Apopka Voice shortly after the elections ended, 10.6% of respondents stated that the red light camera program was the number one reason they voted for the candidates they chose, and 27.6% included it as a top five issue.Three candidates, Mayor Bryan Nelson, Commissioner Alice Nolan, and Commissioner Alexander H. Smith, all ran against the red light camera program and subsequently defeated an opponent that supported it. Despite revenues estimated to be between $800,000-900,000 generated by the red light cameras, all three were steadfastly opposed.Here is what they said during the election:“My response is easy…I’m going to get rid of every red light camera in Apopka,” Nelson said in a mayoral debate against then-Mayor Joe Kilsheimer.Nolan had a similar posture. “I have done a lot of research into the red light camera situation,” she wrote in an election guide published by The Apopka Chief in March. “Depending on where the research is done and how the questions are asked you get a study saying they are good or a study saying they are bad. Something I noticed in each of the articles I read was that people are overreacting when approaching a red light. They slam on their brakes or stomp on the gas to get through. Many people dispute their tickets and win for many reasons. Red light cameras may help in not running lights but they are also causing more accidents and stressful driving by intersections that have them. Overall I would get rid of red light cameras and find alternative solutions to the difference in the money they make.”Smith too was in favor of the red light cameras being removed. “After sitting and listening to the presentation to the City Council (in 2017), I was left with the impression that the red light cameras were being used to generate revenue for the city,” he told The Chief. “That being said and if that is the case the cameras need to go. I have also noticed that at intersections drivers seem to make sudden stops to cause rear-end accidents. I have also talked with citizens that drive out of the way to avoid intersections with red light cameras. I do support the police department that cameras help to solve crimes. Other cities have cameras that are used to help solve crimes but are not used to issue traffic citations.”After the election, Nelson re-stated his desire to turn the red light cameras off. In an interview with The Apopka Voice before his swearing-in, he said this about phasing-out the program:“I think we’ll just wait until the contract runs out which is at the end of the year,” he said. “The other option would be to turn them off now and pay the vendor what we owe, but that would be an incredible waste of taxpayer money.”In a 2017 City Council vote, the red light camera program survived by a slim 3-2 margin, with Commissioner Doug Bankson voting for, and Commissioner Kyle Becker voting against the program. Bankson and Becker are the only two remaining commissioners from the 2017 City Council, but given the opinions of the three new Council members, it seemed as though the red light camera program would finally go dark.But then, a funny thing happened at the July 5th City Council Budget Meeting/Workshop. Light emerged at the end of the tunnel. A distant, foggy red light that is.Apopka City Administrator Edward Bass, despite cutting the 2018-19 Fiscal Budget to its bones, was still approximately $800,000 from balancing. He offered up four options to close the gap:Increase the millage rateContinue the red light camera programCut the budget additionallyUtilize the general fund reservesAfter ruling out additional cuts and dipping into the general fund reserves, Bankson contrasted the idea of raising the millage rate with extending the run of the red light camera program.“Obviously, the red light camera program is an emotional issue and I personally don’t like them. But looking at the bigger picture and because we did go through this last year and extended that program as opposed to a millage rate increase. Keep in mind that a quarter mill is going to put us at 4.0376% and that only gets us $775,000. It’s close to the amount we need, but not quite the amount. It’s also important to know that annexation is a big part of our growth, and the Orange County millage rate is 4.048%, so when we get closer to their number, and literally to hit this $800,000 number we’re going to have to be at the same number… so why would someone in the county want to annex into the city? We’re automatically losing revenue that could be coming into the city. So I think that’s a number we really need to keep in mind that we want to keep far away from so it’s an advantage to annex into the city of Apopka. So millage rate is something you never want to do politically, but if we’re in a dangerous situation where we have to recoup I understand, as long as we can go back down later… which leaves us with red light cameras. I know that was something during the campaign, but let me break this down…everyone I have talked to after I laid out the facts has agreed to keep them except one person. First of all, these aren’t tax dollars. If the red light cameras go away it will come out of the taxpayer’s pocket or we will have to cut services. These revenues are coming in from infractions, and 70% of them are from out of town drivers. Again, there are different studies out. Some say it doesn’t reduce incidents, others say it does, but from our numbers and from my observations, it is something that is making us safer. The bottom line is we’re here to accomplish the will of our citizens within the rule of law. And if our citizens overwhelmingly, when they know the facts, say they want the red light cameras gone, then we are obligated to uphold their will. I’m fine with that. But as we lay this out, as we get information out to the public and they really weigh-in, then rather than this being an emotional response, it’s an educated decision.”Nolan was also open to the idea of phasing-out the red light camera program beyond the proposed December 2018 deadline instead of pulling a large income stream from the budget when it was needed to close a gap. In fact, she suggested it earlier in the meeting. She referenced a large group of Apopka residents who had contacted her after the election who were in favor of keeping the cameras in place even before the budget shortfall was known.“I know there’s a strong group that doesn’t like them (red light cameras), but if we get the education out on red light cameras, I think it would help. I know since I took my seat I have gotten an overwhelming amount of emails and phone calls of people stating how much they like them, which is a lot different than what I had heard on the campaign trail. I don’t know why it flipped so much, and it’s weird how that happened, but I did challenge people when I was on the campaign trail to prove me wrong, and as much as I could find good, I found bad. And so I personally think that we should consider keeping them and build up our revenues and make the decision to get rid of them later. That is a big item in our revenue base that we would be taking out, and that is hard to do. I think going through during an election season and asking isn’t the best way. When things are calm is when we should ask. There are a lot of things this city wants. The kids want a skate park, others want more festivals and things like that. If they knew 70% of the revenues came from people outside the city, they might just want to keep them around. I’ll go with what the citizens want. I just see this as our best option at the moment.”Smith did not state a preference during the meeting but later seemed open to the possibility of delaying an end to the red light camera program as well. “The jury is still out so a verdict has not been reached,” Smith told The Apopka Voice today. “We were presented with five options: raise taxes, keep red light cameras, make cuts, use more reserves or wait and see what the unknowns are. Mr. Bass mentioned several times that he was still going through the finances and we may not be in as bad of a situation as it appears. However, I realize that time is not on our side. The unknown is how long it will take to give a true picture? We don’t know what is in the general fund reserves, because all the unknowns have not been discovered. Department heads, in my opinion, have done a great job of presenting a bare minimum budget based on maintaining the current level of service to our citizens. That leaves a choice of raising taxes (millage rate) or keeping the red light cameras. At this point, these are the only two options on the table. I still say that the purpose of red light cameras should not be to generate revenue even if 70% of individuals cited are not Apopka residents. On the other hand to impose a millage rate increase on the citizens with only a two-month notice… Is that fair? I represent the citizens of Apopka. Therefore, the will of the majority of the citizens of Apopka will be the way I proceed.”Nelson did not make any sort of statement that supported red light cameras, but he did leave the issue open for the next round of discussion. His alternative was a modest increase to the millage rate, which could be lowered if the budget balanced in another way.“Apopka is making the transition from a bedroom community to a vibrant city where you want to live, work and play. We’ve had so much residential for so many years, but we’re starting to make the transition to more commercial, but right now we’re still residentially-heavy. So one of the things I’m going to look at is the cost of services per house because it doesn’t matter the size of the house, the services are basically the same, so at some point, we are giving more services than the ad valorem taxes rate we are charging. We will have to look at that as we go forward. With all that said, my recommendation is, and only because as Edward (Bass) said we can go down easier than we can go up… My suggestion is that we put in a quarter point ad valorem tax increase. At least we set it in motion so that we can come back with our ducks in a row, look at what we’re going to do with the red light cameras, or ad valorem tax increase and continue to look at the budget, but if everybody can agree we can put it into motion.”The day after the budget meeting, Nelson told The Apopka Voice his vow to end the red light camera program still stands.“I campaigned on getting rid of red light cameras and will do what I can to fulfill my campaign promise.”Becker, who was the most vocal opponent on the Commission against red light cameras in 2017, also supported a millage rate increase.“Because the idea is we can come back later and go down on the millage rate, we should do a half mill, because the quarter mill doesn’t even get us to a balance. If that’s the philosophy, this allows us the opportunity to potentially put economic development back into play and we can start coming up with the sizzle-thing within our city outside of just great services. It also allows us the opportunity to start putting money back into the reserve balance which gets us back to a level playing field.”The City Council meets again on July 18th at 7 PM for its regular meeting, but the millage rate will be an agenda item and expect this discussion to be rekindled. Mama Mia July 10, 2018 at 12:12 amcenter_img TAGSApopka City CouncilRed Light Camera Program Previous articleFlorida Appeals Court court blocks the use of smokable medical marijuana: Let’s Talk About ItNext articleEverything you want to know about red light cameras… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply 1. Stop using public safety as a reason to increase taxes.2. Freeze the 2018-2019 budget at the 2017-2018 level with a .5 tax increase.3. Freeze salaries increases for staff earning more than $100,000 a year.4. Keep campaign promise to remove red light cameras.5. Do not use reserves to balance budget, otherwise, a repeat of the past 4 years.6. Seek more public/ private partnerships for programs and services for the youth and families.7. Maintain confidence in the new administration to do what is right for all communities and people with fiscal integrity. Mama Mia Mama Mia It is July 12th and the City of Apopka still has not posted the audio of the budget meeting workshop of July 5th, that is normally on Apopka.net….why is that? The blackened out video just has a big exclamation symbol and says the video is not available, and an arrow to the right. I clicked the arrow and it went to you tube and a Southwest Airlines ad, and nothing else on that video. What in the world? Why can’t they post the audio discussions of the budget workshop from the city council meeting? Please enter your comment! July 10, 2018 at 10:57 pm July 9, 2018 at 9:43 pm Reply July 12, 2018 at 12:53 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I suppose we Apopkans will have to call the national headquarters of that pizza chain that starts with the letter D, and tell them our city council says we don’t have enough money ( bare bones budget) and our city road’s potholes will have to wait to be fixed, and that you pizza corporate folks can send your road fixing crew out to Apopka, Florida, and handle it for us, as we don’t want bad roads to ruin good pizza. This is their latest national campaign. You pick up a pizza, head home, and you hit a pothole, and your pizza slides off the seat, onto the floorboard upside down….lol Reply Or you hit the brakes in absolute fear of getting one of those outrageous red light camera tickets, and your pizza ends up in the floorboard upside down, here in this city! Reply Reply Reply Has the City of Apopka considered perhaps selling unused property that they own to help meet the budget? I’m sure they own several hundred pieces of property and not all those perhaps are being used for anything. There’s a nice house on Dream Lake that’s been own by the City for years that they could sell for at least $200k. Also, why did they ever buy that?last_img read more

Time to plan your career

first_img Previous Article Next Article John Lees, author of the best-selling book How To Get A Job You’ll Love,suggests taking a totally fresh look at your career Having a career plan seems like hard work, so we don’t do it. We give moretime to home decoration decisions than our careers. The result? Our job changesare guided mainly by chance. Creating your own career revolution, on the otherhand, can be done in just three simple steps. Step 1: Career awareness Career awareness focuses on what we can do now. It begins with three basicquestions: What kind of work do I find meaningful and challenging? What outcomes doesmy present or next employer really seek? How can I exploit the overlap, orcreate one? This is a model that requires you to audit yourself regularly. Spend atleast one day a quarter focusing on your career – cataloguing your successesand looking at areas where you can add to your learning. Career awareness is also about having a concrete wish list: your values, theskills that energise you, and your personal motivators. You become able to communicate a concise ‘message’, conveying what you wantto bring to your job within the next 12 months. This doesn’t have to mean changing jobs, but it is healthy tobe prepared forwhen it is time to move on. Step 2: Using creative business thinking We cannot rely on the career planning tools we learned from the previousgeneration. If you want an above-average career, you need a better toolkit. Lateral thinking in career development is about choice and strategy. Thinkabout what you can do next, and how you will get there, and not acceptinglimitations before you have even started. If you were an organisation, you might be holding a board meeting today.Your company will only thrive if you develop new products and services. If yourplanning meeting shoots down every new idea, the chances are you are going downthe tubes. Businesses know the value of ‘what if’ thinking, and how importantit is to push the benefits of new ideas. Sadly, our mindset for career choice is locked in logical, A-Z thinking.Lateral thinking has far more chance of coming up with an action plan that istruly original and differentiates you from the pack. Step 3: Open the exploration box To fully explore ideas about your career future, avoid the temptation of‘yes-no’ thinking. See how quickly you find a reason to say ‘no’ to a job idea– we are eager to find a reason why challenging ideas won’t work. We putdecision-making too early in the process, and don’t spend enough time reallyexploring options. Recruit supporters who will actively help you explore and research options,and will push you to see the benefits of doing things differently. Explorationrequires you to deal with what’s out there, which means talking to real peopleabout real jobs. Whether you are after promotion or the next career move, thinkresearch before job search. Career revolution: the result If you want an average career with average career satisfaction, continue thepassive route. Promotion, a new balance, or a better job may well mean not justa new CV, but a new way of thinking about your choices. How To Get A Job You’ll Love is available from McGraw-Hill, www.mcgraw-hill.co.uk Comments are closed. Time to plan your careerOn 27 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

MBB : Jardine held scoreless in final home game; Syracuse turns focus to Big East tournament

first_imgWith about seven minutes left in his Senior Day game, Scoop Jardine had to deal with former Syracuse star Derrick Coleman poking fun at him.Coleman playfully let Jardine know he still had yet to score on a day that was supposed to celebrate the senior point guard’s career at SU.Jardine gave him a simple response: ‘But we’re winning.’‘That’s how I am,’ Jardine said. ‘It doesn’t matter. We won. At the end of the day, I’m the starting point guard and I’m a leader, and I’m the heart and soul of the No. 2 team in the country that 17-1 (in the Big East) and 30-1 overall.’Jardine failed to score in his final game at the Carrier Dome but No. 2 Syracuse (30-1, 17-1 Big East) still knocked off No. 19 Louisville (22-9, 10-8 Big East) on Senior Day on Saturday. The point guard played just 18 minutes and finished with three assists, three turnovers, a rebound and a block. But for Jardine, the game was about more than just statistics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘I don’t care about scoring,’ he said. ‘I never did. But when they need me to make plays, I’m there. Everybody knows that. Through my career, you’ve seen that. Today wasn’t my day. But the most important part was we got the win.’It was the second time this year Jardine has failed to score against the Cardinals. Head coach Jim Boeheim said Saturday’s lack of scoring may have been a result of the Senior Day hype.‘Seniors sometimes put a little bit too much pressure on themselves in their last game,’ he said. ‘I think that’s what happened tonight.’Jardine missed two 3s and turned the ball over before subbing out just six minutes in. Fellow guards Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters sparked the Orange on the offensive end, making Jardine a spectator for much of the game.His three assists, however, all came on 3-pointers — two by Triche at the start of the second half and one by Waiters that started a 12-0 run in the first.It was the ninth time this year Jardine has scored five points or less in a game, but his teammates agreed that their point guard’s contributions don’t always show up in the box score.‘People will remember him as a leader,’ Triche said. ‘He’s a guy who matured over (five) years. He’s been through a lot of ups and downs.’And for Jardine, even though he failed to score, he will still look back and know he got a win in his final game at the Dome.‘I’ll always remember these moments and cherish this because you only get this once,’ he said. ‘And I’m happy for it, and I’m going to cherish every moment.’Tournament talkWith the win over Louisville on Saturday, Syracuse capped off the best regular season in program history. The Orange is the Big East’s No. 1 seed for the conference tournament and has a double-bye before playing in the quarterfinals Thursday.As Dion Waiters put it, there’s no reason the Orange shouldn’t be looking to win the Big East tournament title, too.‘That’s the biggest thing for us is to try and win everything,’ Waiters said. ‘We didn’t come this far to come up short. We might as well try to win everything now.’Syracuse will play West Virginia, Connecticut or DePaul depending on who wins the first- and second-round games Tuesday and Wednesday. Head coach Jim Boeheim said earlier this year that he does not like the double-bye, but his point guard Jardine said the extra two days off shouldn’t affect the Orange.‘We just have to play basketball,’ Jardine said. ‘When the lights go on and the ball goes in the air, we still have to play basketball. It doesn’t matter if we have a double-bye or if we’re playing every day. We just have to play Syracuse basketball, play the right way and it shouldn’t matter.’Waiters echoed those sentiments and said the Big East tournament should prepare SU for the NCAA Tournament in two weeks. If the Orange can pull out the championship, he said it would set Syracuse up nicely for the following week.‘It’s the momentum going into the NCAA Tournament,’ Waiters said. ‘You win that, you’re confidence is at an all-time high. If we win the Big East tournament, it’d give us a huge boost.’[email protected] Published on March 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more