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Tampa Bay Times

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Recent articles by Charlie:

Tampa Council asks Mayor Jane Castor for notice when state or feds investigate

The motion, made by mayoral adversaries Bill Carlson and Lynn Hurtak, was approved unanimously. → Read More

Tampa Fire Union backs City Council incumbents. And Janet Cruz.

Newly elected fire union president Nick Stocco says loyalty is important to firefighters. → Read More

Tampa election first locally to test new absentee ballot law

A new state law means that voters will have to request a mail-in ballot for the March 7 city election by Feb. 25. They no longer arrive at your home automatically. → Read More

Tampa mogul Blake Casper is running on a pro-police platform

Former police chief Brian Dugan will appear alongside the South Tampa restaurant owner at his Feb. 2 campaign launch. → Read More

Mayor Jane Castor says her communication could have been better in first term

But the mayor says she has no major regrets and says she doesn’t care about her legacy. → Read More

Tampa continues to plug away at leaky water and sewer pipe fixes

A recent rash of water main breaks highlights the long run ahead for a massive overhaul of the city’s aging underground infrastructure. → Read More

Mayor Jane Castor doesn’t draw serious challenge. Her rival does.

Blake Casper, whose family owned Tampa Bay’s McDonald’s empire, files to run against mayor’s nemesis Bill Carlson at the last minute → Read More

Tampa Mayor Jane Castor vetos charter changes. Will City Council override her veto?

It’s the first Tampa mayoral veto in decades and sets up a potential showdown at Thursday’s council meeting. → Read More

Joseph Citro chose home, business and political career over paying off debt

The Tampa City Council member, up for reelection, has a portion of his council salary garnished to pay off credit card debt. → Read More

Tampa City Council members all take reelection plunge

Mayor Jane Castor also drew another challenge. → Read More

Tampa City Council approves charter changes to voters

Mayor Jane Castor’s administration has opposed some of the five amendments slated for voters in the March 7 city election. → Read More

Playground for ‘every single body’ brings kids together in New Tampa

The recently opened “All-Abilities Playground” in Tampa Palms has advocates, kids and their families cheering. → Read More

Departed Tampa police chief’s husband sees rapid rise at City Hall

Key city officials, including the husband of former police Chief Mary O’Connor, declined comment. → Read More

Tampa, Hillsborough await Rays’ stadium pitch

Tampa Bay Rays reveal stadium renderings the same day developer Darryl Shaw buys Ybor property. → Read More

Tampa City Council advances charter changes for voters

One measure would limit council members to four consecutive terms. → Read More

Tampa City Council nixes Harbour Island hotel for second time

The 10-story project now heads back to court. → Read More

Janet Cruz says she’s a unifying force for Tampa City Council

The recently defeated state senator is the mother of Mayor Jane Castor’s partner, Ana Cruz, → Read More

Hillsborough NAACP chief says Mayor Jane Castor snubbed national leader

The mayor sent a late Sunday email to the local branch president citing a scheduling conflict. → Read More

Jane Castor launches reelection bid with Ybor fundraiser

The mayor says the city has arrived. So far, she doesn’t face a serious challenge. → Read More

Tampa Council members react to Police Chief Mary O’Connor’s resignation

The mayor made a mistake, they said. And so did O’Connor. → Read More