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A.G. GancarskiOctober 18, 2017
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A week after the Jacksonville City Council passed his Kids Hope Alliance bill, Mayor Lenny Curry signed the reform bill into law Wednesday. The KHA, a new seven-person board that will replace the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Jacksonville Journey, will command a roughly $35M budget for services for what the Mayor calls “at-hope kids,”  […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 10, 2017
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Tuesday night saw the Jacksonville City Council pass a bill authorizing the Kids Hope Alliance, a new seven-person board that will replace the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and the Jacksonville Journey. The bill passed 18-1 , after a chippy discussion that lasted almost four hours, exposing and exacerbating fissures on the Council that have moved from […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 10, 2017
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On one side, there’s the Mayor. Lenny Curry asserts that his proposed Kids Hope Alliance bill is the “real reform” Jacksonville children’s services need. On the other side, there’s Council President Anna Brosche, who asserts the process needs to be more deliberate and transparent. And there’s also Council Finance Chair Garrett Dennis, who has his own bill for […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 3, 2017
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Monday saw a Jacksonville City Council committee move Mayor Lenny Curry‘s children’s program re-orginization — the Kids Hope Alliance (KHA) — through by a 6 to 1 vote. Discussion of the bill to replace the Jacksonville Children’s Commission and Jacksonville Journey was brutal. It took over three hours, and it became clear that one primary skeptic of the bill […]

A.G. GancarskiOctober 2, 2017
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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry‘s Kids Hope Alliance bill cleared the first of three City Council committees  Monday. And he was on hand, at least at the outset of a discussion that sprawled for almost three hours, to make sure that happened. The bill, which seeks to consolidate functions and programs of the Jacksonville Journey and Jacksonville Children’s […]

A.G. GancarskiAugust 24, 2017
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8min246
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry unveiled ambitious reforms to Jacksonville children’s programs earlier this summer. And when he launched the bill at a press conference, 14 Jacksonville City Council members raised their hands in support of the bill he sold to them, one by one, in the days before that high-profile presser. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission and […]

A.G. GancarskiJuly 20, 2017
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11min389
Those who were paying attention during the latter stages of the 2015 Jacksonville mayoral campaign may have noticed a sea change in the narrative. As the election between Alvin Brown and Lenny Curry neared, the Republican challenger found himself speaking to a skeptical group of African-Americans at a community center in Grand Park — one of Jacksonville’s […]

A.G. GancarskiJune 19, 2017
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A little over two weeks ago, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and a number of City Council members called a presser to announce a stopgap resolution of a problem months in the making: insufficient funding for summer camps. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission, which greenlighted the process, was trying to privilege quality over quantity. Yet, as camp […]

A.G. GancarskiFebruary 21, 2017
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2016’s race for Jacksonville City Council VP was full of twists and turns and betrayals. John Crescimbeni pulled it out, after a pledge for opponent Doyle Carter flipped. On Tuesday, 2017’s race for the slot — a prerequisite for the presidency — started in earnest, with Southside Republican Scott Wilson declaring his candidacy. In his letter to […]


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