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River health rates high on new Jacksonville City Council president’s list

River health rates high on new Jacksonville City Council president’s list Jack Webb said his year as Jacksonville City Council president will focus on the health of the St. Johns River, fiscal reform and revising the city charter. Webb acknowledged during his installation speech Thursday that leading the council through another tough financial year will be a challenge. “This is one of, if not, the most difficult times to be a public servant,” he said.

He said he was prepared to lead the group of 19 without letting personal agendas or vendettas get in the way of doing what is right for the city.

Webb said signs that an algae bloom was forming in the river and recent fish kills should worry all Jacksonville residents. The government should be encouraging water conservation, environmentally friendly landscaping and low-impact development, he said.

“If we value our quality of life and the economic prosperity that the river provides to us, we must each do our part to preserve its health,” Webb said.

He also pledged the council would review the Charter Revision Commission’s recommendations, which were submitted in March. Webb said he would push for ethics reform, as the commission has suggested.

Both Webb and Stephen Joost, who was installed as council vice president, said pension reform was an unavoidable reality for the upcoming fiscal year.

Joost, who enjoyed strong union support when elected in 2007, pleaded for his “union brothers” to agree to benefit reductions. He said the city’s pension debt is roughly $200 million in one year.

Even if a new mayor and 19 new council members were elected, Joost said, “It simply will not change the math.”

Joost wore a suit he said one of his Firehouse Subs colleagues gave him back when the company was in its infancy and he was not yet drawing salary. He got the suit tailored for $60.

“I wear this suit to keep it real,” Joost said. “And I think in a lot of ways it symbolizes what this city is going through. We have to make do with what we got.”

Article by Tia Mitchell taken from the Florida Times Union

Ohio's "One Bite" Program Changes

The Ohio Medical Board has for some years had a “One Bite” program where a physician with a substance problem could undergo treatment. The treatment was private and not disclosed to the Medical Board. If the problem was later disclosed, the physician obtaining treatment would avoid sanctions from the Medical Board.

Jury Awards Care Center $225,000

Congratulations to Scott Sandrock on the jury verdict in favor of our client. The verdict stems from the lawsuit filed on behalf of our client against Spectrum Cable for fraud in connection with business services. The jury awarded Plaintiff $22,000 for compensatory damages, plus $225,000 in punitive damages and recovery of attorney fees in favor of our client.

BMD Beefs Up its Attorney Force with 7 New Hires

Founded in 2000 by three entrepreneurial and business-minded attorneys to provide a legal platform for companies and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of industries, Brennan Manna Diamond (BMD) has been in growth mode ever since. The firm, which began in Akron with just seven attorneys, now has three Ohio and two Florida offices as well as an international location in Shanghai, China through a joint venture with the law firm Jade & Fountain. BMD recently added seven more lawyers, six who are located in the Akron office.

Akron Devil Strip Becomes First US News Co-op

Starting Nov. 1, Akronites can become part owners of The Akron Devil Strip. With the legal guidance of BMD's legal team, Matthew A. Heinle, Esq. and Michael D. De Matteis, Esq., the arts and culture magazine is breaking ground as the first news co-op in the United States.

Community Legal Aid honoring BMD Attorneys Duriya Dhinojwala and Michael Steel "Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year"

Community Legal Aid honoring BMD Attorneys Duriya Dhinojwala and Michael Steel "Pro Bono Attorneys of the Year"