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…

Six takeaways from first poll of the Savannah mayoral race

The Savannah Morning News on Friday published the results of an automated phone survey by Rosetta Stone Communications of 400 likely voters about their preferences in the city’s upcoming mayoral election. The four candidates are Eddie DeLoach, Edna Jackson (I),…

Finally, Ben Affleck moving ahead with “Live by Night” filming on the Georgia coast?

I was way ahead of the curve, it appears: I was writing over two years ago about the likelihood that Ben Affleck would make his next movie in Savannah and surrounding areas. But things — like Batman — happen. Now…

Food trucks in Savannah? A case study of the old Sears parking lot

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In my City Talk column on Sunday, I wrote about the restrictions in the city of Savannah’s first draft of a food truck ordinance. Sure, sure, sure, city officials keep saying that it’s just a draft and that everything in…

Photos of historic Frankfort, Kentucky, on a quiet afternoon

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in my hometown of Frankfort, Kentucky, over the last year and a half. I was up there again for Labor Day weekend, and I took a long walk on Sunday afternoon. I started…

What are our options for redesigning Drayton and Whitaker streets in Savannah?

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In my City Talk column on Sunday — Is it time to talk traffic calming in downtown Savannah? — I focused entirely on Drayton Street and Whitaker Street. Many drivers on those streets greatly exceed the posted speed limit (35…

What are the chances that Edna Jackson will be reelected mayor of Savannah?

So what are Savannah mayor Edna Jackson’s chances for reelection in November? Short answer: very high. We could find examples in relatively recent history of incumbent Savannah mayors losing their reelection battles (Rousakis and Weiner in the 1990s), and we…