We passed some changes to Drew Street after seven years of the neighborhood asking for relief from the dangerous traffic.
There's been years of debate over how to deal with Scientology downtown. They secretly purchased the majority of buildings starting in 2017 and have left them empty since then.
Nothing made me angrier than to discover that Scientology drove an affordable housing project out of our downtown behind our backs. The developer dropped the project after constant pressure from Scientology and only the city manager and the mayor were aware of what was happening.
I will often use my closing comments to talk about a Scientology issue in the news. Too often, courts will force former members to go through Scientology's phony arbitration process instead of going to trial. One judge asked about the use of coercion and seemed to understand the issue...before sending the case to arbitration.
After the council approved safety changes to traffic in the Drew Street neighborhood, our former mayor and our chamber of commerce, Amplify Clearwater, went behind our backs to try unsuccessfully to sabotage the project from the state level.
When reporter Tracey McManus was working on a story about a front man being used to purchase and develop property in our marina district, her questions enraged Scientology spokesperson Ben Shaw who forwarded his angry responses to City Hall.
Journalist Tony Ortega invited me on his podcast to discuss the announcement of my reelection bid.
Aaron Smith-Levin has a very popular YouTube channel and invited me on to talk about my race for a second term.
In this campaign update, I talked about a phone call I got from a supporter who told me about the impact of my first race for office on her life.
In this episode of Change Agents, an IRONCLAD Original, I speak with Andy Stumpf about allegations of abuse by the Church of Scientology and allegations of efforts to hide them.