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Board of Equalization overhauled;
Beddy bye time; Bedford demurs;
Jetsam & flotsam; Graddick campaign fete;
LWV-Mobile offers course on local politics

By Chip Drago
Mobile Bay Times
Political tidbits of late.

Out with old, new with the new. Gov. Robert Bentley has cleaned house at the Mobile County Board of Equalization, installing three new appointees to supplant those of ex-Gov. Bob Riley.

Bentley's penchant for the unorthodox was again on display. One of his appointees is none other than venerable Democratic stalwart William Clark, a former state legislator and retired school administrator whose many rental properties doubtlessly qualify him to sit in review of property values.

Bentley's other appointees are former state Rep. Ken Kvalheim and Tommy Tyrrell, who also recently was appointed to the Board of Water and Sewer Commissioners of the city of Mobile.

The part-time position pays about $12,000 a year.

Riley appointees leaving the board include ex-state legislator Jeannette Greene, real estate businessman Ruffin Graham and former county Revenue Commission official Doug Sanders.

Various municipalities throughout Mobile County recommend prospects for the equalization board to the state revenue commissioner, currently Julie Magee of Mobile County. The commissioner in turn sent her picks on to the governor.         

Campaign tidbits
Mobile attorney Eaton Barnard, a GOP candidate for the circuit judgeship being vacated by Judge Jim Wood, has released his latest campaign video spot. State Sen. Ben Brooks is also in the hunt for the judgeship.

Keahey's welcome baby girl
State Sen. Marc Keahey (D-Grove Hill, Dis. 22), Lara Keahey, Marc II and Scarlette welcomed the newest addition to their family, Laren Louise Keahey on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Laren Louise was born at 3:04 p.m. at the Mobile Infirmary in Mobile, Ala. and weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. Grandparents are Ronnie and Lainie Keahey, from Grove Hill, and Johnny and Linda Bishop, from Roanoke, Ala.

Beddy Bye Time
Starting Tuesday, Nov. 1, Mobile police began enforcing the nighttime version of the city’s new Juvenile Curfew, which targets teens 17-years-old and younger.

Mayor Sam Jones, who recommended the curfew, said, “Everyone must do their part to ensure the safety of our children and the community. This curfew is not about arresting children, but about a parental accountability, a change in behavior and a sincere desire to see youngsters live a long and prosperous life.”

The citywide nighttime curfew hours during weekdays are from 11 p.m. through 6 a.m. and 12:01 p.m. through 6 a.m. on weekends.

In the downtown entertainment district, the curfew hours are 10 p.m. through 5 a.m.

The daytime curfew will go into effect on Jan. 1 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

The mayor said the Curfew Assessment Center, located at the corner of St. Anthony and Broad streets is not intended as a jail for juveniles, but a holding facility until parents or a responsible adult can be reached. If additional services are needed by the juvenile’s family, the center, which will be run by the Police Department Intervention Team, will also be linked to the Mobile County Public School System, Department of Human Resources, Strickland Youth Center and other social services organizations. 

“By working closely with our partners, we can develop a proactive and far-reaching approach to helping our children stay in school and become productive members of the community,” Jones said.

To ensure that youngsters, parents and the community are knowledgeable about the curfew, the city has launched an awareness campaign that includes:

In addition, the city will schedule some open house “informational sessions,” at the Curfew Assessment Center.

For more information, call Barbara Drummond at (251) 208-7807.

Mobile Baykeeper leader to speak at NRDA meets
Casi Callaway, Executive Director & Baykeeper of Mobile Baykeeper, this week will speak at two conferences in the Washington, D.C. area – NRDA for the Gulf and the second annual White House GreenGov Symposium.

At both events, Callaway will share the perspective of the people of Alabama and their struggle to restore their environment after impacts from Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf of Mexico 2010 oil disaster.

“The world needs to continue to understand how these disasters have not only impacted the people of Alabama and the Gulf Coast, but the rest of America and the world,” commented Callaway.

On Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., she will appeared on the Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief panel at the Washington Hilton. Callaway is scheduled Friday at 1:30 p.m. to speak at the National Aquarium.

Callaway is responsible for coordinating advocacy, public education; community organizing; research and fundraising. Mobile Baykeeper has over 4,000 members and deals with issues that impact the environment and Gulf communities including sewage, air toxics, mercury exposure, permit violations, industrial growth and other public health protection issues.

Information about the symposium follows:

NRDA for the Gulf: Improving Our Ability
to Quantify Chronic Changes

GreenGov Symposium

Graddick fundraiser scheduled
A reception to raise money to fuel Mobile County Presiding Circuit Judge Charlie Graddick's campaign for Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court is scheduled at the Fort Conde Inn in downtown Mobile Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m.

There are about 150 hosts and hostesses for the event. Among them are:

Incumbent Chief Justice Charles Malone is running for a full term after drawing an appointment to the court from Gov. Robert Bentley this summer after Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb retired.

Both Graddick and Malone are Republicans.

The Fort Conde Inn is located at 165 St. Emanuel St.

Obama for America Mobile doings
Democratic phone banks in Mobile County are underway and more than 500 calls were made on a recent Thursday evening, according to Obama worker Ty Burden. She reported that locally the re-elect Obama effort was "on target." Phone banks will continue each Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at local Democratic Headquarters, 918 Government St. next to Compass Bank near Broad St.

League of Women Voters
offers course in local politics
The League of Women Voters will a new course -- Civics 101:  Your Government Today -- A Venture into Local Politics -- beginning Thursday, Sept. 29 from 11 a.m-12 noon at Dauphin Way Methodist Church, Room E205, 1507 Dauphin St. (corner of Catherine St.), according to LWV of Mobile spokeswoman Mary McGinnis.

The public is invited to attend the entire course or come to the classes that fit an individual's schedule. Each class is taught by a different guest speaker knowledgeable about the topic, according to McGinnis.

The remaining lecture topics and schedule are:

The course is open to all. For more information call 251-378-8378 or email
350 Dauphin St.
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