Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center: let’s do it right

If you’re a regular Spoleto U.S.A. attendee, you’re probably already familiar with the excellent venues available in downtown Charleston. The Emmett Robinson Theatre at the College of Charleston isn’t as grand or historic as other festival venues, but it makes…

A few thoughts on the connection between “nonviolent” street crime and really violent street crime

So we had a big night on Tuesday — a new mayor and two new city council members were elected. And for a handful of families, it was a tragic night. I hadn’t been in bed very long when I…

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah runoff election

Diverse opinions on upcoming election expressed in today’s Savannah Morning News – a few reactions

The Savannah Morning News editorial page has a number of items of interest as we approach the Tuesday, Dec. 1, runoff for three city positions — mayor, alderman at-large post 2, and 2nd district alderman. A few thoughts: Letter to…

Watch young poet Andre Massey’s White House speech about the impact of Savannah’s Deep Center

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“I am a poet, and I finally know where I fit in.” That’s how 14-year-old Savannahian Andre Massey, Jr. finished his speech today at the White House, where First Lady Michelle Obama honored Deep Center and 12 other 2015 National…

Live blog of the 2015 Savannah municipal elections

Not exactly endorsements, but some things to think about before Savannah city elections on Tuesday

I don’t do formal endorsements of political candidates — and I’m not sure that any would want my formal endorsement! — but here’s an extended and somewhat idiosyncratic post taking a look at Savannah’s mayoral and aldermanic races. Some of…

What’s next for Savannah-Chatham County police merger?

The Savannah City Council today adopted the last police merger agreement that passed the Chatham County Commission. That “framework” establishes a further process for evaluating costs and will require at least another vote next year to finalize the merger (which…

Check out Friday’s “emergency” meeting by Savannah City Council

As most readers of this blog probably know, a 5-4 majority on the Chatham County Commission voted last Friday to end talks with the City of Savannah regarding the decade-old police merger and instructed County Manager Lee Smith to reconstitute…

PAC with close ties to Savannah Chamber endorses Mayor Jackson, four incumbent aldermen, four new faces

The Savannah Area Business Political Action Committee, which is closely associated with the Savannah Chamber of Commerce, has endorsed Mayor Edna Jackson and four incumbent aldermen for re-election. The group has also endorsed Brian Foster for the open Alderman At-Large…

A few thoughts on the RICO civil suit filed by four former Savannah cops

If you’re interested in the RICO civil lawsuit filed a few days ago by four former Savannah police officers against 11 others, the best summary might be by Jan Skutch at SavannahNow: 4 former Savannah-Chatham cops sue ex-chief Lovett, others…

The full video + 9 takeaways from the first Savannah mayoral forum

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Thanks very much to the Savannah Jaycees for hosting the mayoral forum on Monday night, and thanks to WTOC for streaming it live and posting the embeddable video that you can watch here. Takeaways (these are of course my personal…