According to published reports from the Associated Press...
"Florida officials are investigating an unemployment agency that spent public money to give 6,000 superhero capes to the jobless.
"Workforce Central Florida spent more than $14,000 on the red capes as part of its "Cape-A-Bility Challenge" public relations campaign. The campaign featured a cartoon character, "Dr. Evil Unemployment," who needs to be vanquished."
UPDATED 4/21/11 be sure to click on read more
The Kissimmee power authority KUA has revamped their policies to draw more revenue from the cities hardest hit consumers from the economic collapse. I, like most people who live in Kissimmee, are shocked to hear stories of people opening up their KUA power bill to find an additional $500 added to the months bill, not for services but for an out of the blue deposit to be paid on top of the normal months bill. When customers contact KUA to inform them that the statement has an error in the amount of $500 they are told it’s not a mistake and if payment is not made in full a shutoff notice will be issued for the electric and water along with all the fines and penalties. Recently they implied higher deposit for new customers (which you now no longer get back in a year, they keep it) and the reinstating of a deposit on existing customers that they have decided to be at risk of losing their home and moving away without paying their last bill. I was told by Susan Postans vice president of customer services that that is about 1/3 of the KUA customers.
They have also increased the ways to fine and penalize customers that are having a hard time making their bills. For example if you are issued a cut of notice and you do not pay by 2:00pm your power will not be restored until the following day unless you willing to pay an afterhours fee of $50 on top of the Late fee of 4% and the before 2:00pm reconnect fee of $35. It’s about $100 for a family to continue receiving power or wait until the following day. If your power is off they can’t bill you for the consumption. This means they would prefer to make more off the fine and leave you the customer in the dark then make an honest buck of services rendered.
I have noticed that Jay Wheeler is the subject of quite a few bloggers here. I ran across some old video footage I thought I would share.
We get some bonus footage of our old friends Jeanne Van Meter and Carlos Irizarry.
Be sure to check out Jay's political advertising at 0:06. Jay comes on about 1:30 and really brings down the house!
Rock on Jay!