Past Events

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City County - Committee - Code Enforcement Improvements

Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 09:15 AM

The City Council - PSI committee - will consider a proposal to streamline the
enforcement of yard parking and the removal of junk, trash and debris. They comes out of a proposal of Councilmember Nurse's to shift the enforcement to the major issues of a neighborhood.

City Council -

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 03:00 AM

Councilmember Nurse's proposal for workshop review of tax incentives in the sunshine comes to city council

City Council - Public Services Committee - Open Goverment Proposal

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 09:15 AM

Councilmember Nurse is proposing to use the City's TV station to broadcast debates in city elections starting next year. Many communities in Pinellas already do this. This provides free, direct communication of the choices for
the voters and promotes open government.
PASSED COMMITTEE 3-0.

City Council - Housing Committee - Foreclosure Prevention Assistance

Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 10:30 AM

City Council will get update on Councilmember Nurse's proposal for Foreclosure
Prevention Assistance. The plan includes funding for non-profits to counsel
homeowner's through the refinancing process and a large event with bankers
and non-profits at the Coliseum in October.

July 24th - Victory - Funding is being transferred by August 1st for additional foreclosure prevention counselors for the non-profit housing
related agencies.

Stadium Referendum - Withdrawn

Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 09:00 AM

Stadium Referendum - City Council votes.

Foreclosure Prevention Event

Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 09:00 AM

A large Foreclosure Prevention Event will be held on Saturday, August 16th, at
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the Enoch Davis Center, 1111 - 18th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. The event is sponsored by Congresswoman Kathy Castor with assistance from Councilmember Nurse and the City of St. Petersburg. The banks
will have representatives there to start the refinancing process. Several non-profit agencies will be there to help homeowners through the process.

Red Tide Village Forum

Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 07:00 AM

7PM - St. Pete Times Auditorium, 490 1st Ave S, St Petersburg

Learn what causes Red Tide and what we can do about it. City Council is looking at an ordinance to help in this area.

Tropicana Parking Workshop - City Hall

Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 01:30 AM

City Council will meet in workshop with our Transportation and Parking staff to see what else we can do to prepare for the largest crowds ever to attend games at the Trop. The increased attendance makes it obvious that we need to provide more parking, more shuttles and better signage as we approach the play-offs!

Workshop - Open Government & Economic Development

Thursday, September 18, 2008 at 08:08 PM

City Council and staff will meet on Sept 18th to review how we handle economic development tax breaks. My goal is to find ways to make the process more transparent and still attract businesses that provide good jobs.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop - at the Coliseum

Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 09:00 AM

The City with help from the County is sponsoring a foreclosure preventation workshop at my request. The event will allow homeowners to meet with their bank and/or a foreclosure prevention specialist from a non-profit agency at
no cost. The goal is to refinance mortgages to 30 year fix rate, reasonable
interest rates and sometimes a reduction in the principal. We hope to save several hundred homeowners from foreclosure at the event.

Predatory Lending Workshop - Amscot - No longer needed!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008 at 03:00 PM

12/12/08 City Counci will no longer need to meet to discuss our relationship with Amscot since the administration cancelled the contract. This is a victory for financial common sense.

12/05/08
City Council will meet to discuss my request that the City not encourage customers to go to Amscot to be charged $1 to pay their Water Bill. The City
is planning a utility bill insert promoting this product. My concern is that Amscot specializes in payday loans which charge as much as 250% interest for short-term loans. This is legal loan-sharking in my opinion and the City should not be encouraging people to go to these businesses.

Green Jobs, Green Houses

Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

My proposal for "Green Jobs, Green Houses" comes before the Council Housing
Committee. If approved, it could be operational within a few months. See details under the topics section.

Police Update to City Council

Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 02:00 PM

The police department and the city council will meet in Room 100, City Hall, to discuss the state of policing and crime in St. Petersburg. Citizens may
attend but are not allowed to speak in workshops.

Star Index Community (national Green Cities) - Employment & Workforce Training

Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 03:00 PM

I have been asked to serve on a national committee of local elected officials to help develop goals and models to grow the Green Jobs we so desparately need. In a test of just how serious I am, the three day meeting is in Racine,
WI startig February. Green Jobs can be our fastest growing source of jobs if
we focus on it so I will dress warmly!

Convenience Store Safety

Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 04:00 PM

Ordinance comes before city council for first reading on 2/19/09. We should pass this on March 5th.

1/25/09
City Council will hold a workshop at my request to discuss a potential ordinance to require convenience stores to follow the proven anti-crime tactics such as keeping the windows visable to make it more difficult to
rob and kill the operators without witnesses seeing the crime and calling
the police. The legal department and police department will participate
in developing the ordinance.

COPS funding - Do we want more police?

Friday, April 24, 2009 at 06:49 AM

Council meets at 9 AM, Thursday, March 26th to discuss the COPS funding which will pay for additional police officers for three years with all funding to come from the stimulus or recovery act. We would have to maintain staffing levels for the fourth year.

I believe this is a good deal for our community. It will provide jobs for entry level officers who are currently in the police academy or just graduated
and it will make us a safer community.

4/24 - UPDATE - Administration agreed to apply for 10 police officers to be funded by the stimulus act. We should hear if we are receiving this funding within 4 weeks.

Press Conference - Pace Financing - Jobs and energy caught in a cross fire

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at 10:28 AM

St. Petersburg Council member Karl Nurse will host a press conference, Tuesday,July 13th at 10 AM in Room 100 of City Hall, 175 5th St.N, to encourage the federal government to release millions of dollars earmarked for weatherizing homes and buildings.

Joined by Council Members Dudley, Kornell and Newton, Nurse will ask the federal government to resolve a dispute between the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the Federal Housing Finance Agency that has blocked millions of dollars of "PACE" funds from being distributed to local communities, including St. Petersburg. PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) funds enable local governments to finance renewable energy and energy efficiency projects on private properties, including residential and commercial buildings. As an example, Boulder, Col. used PACE funds to complete 600 buildings in the first year, with 400 additional properties now waiting until the federal dispute is settled.

"This fight between two federal agencies has thrown a monkey wrench into a great oppportunity for cities to create jobs, reduce utility bills and energy comsumption, reduce property insurance bills, protect our properties from hurrican damage and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels," said Council Member Nurse.

At the press conference, representatives from Senator Bill Nelson's and Congresswoman Kathy Castor's office will have updates on the efforts to eliminate this roadblock to funding. The U.S. Senate is scheduled to consider energy legislation later this month, and it is hoped PACE financing can be added to the legislation if the issue is not resolved by that time.

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