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Council Watch

Billy Manes paying attention to local government so you don't have to

Item: The city adopted a resolution extending the emergency fuel surcharge for taxis.

Translation: Gas prices are high, taxi drivers are complaining, so the city is allowing cabbies to charge you an extra 50 cents per trip – or $1 per trip if your ride originates at the airport, tourist – at least until gas prices dip under $3.40 a gallon (never). Also, Daisy Lynum would like you people to stop blaming President Obama for gas prices.

Item:The city will rename Revere Avenue, which runs alongside the Educational Leadership Center near the Centroplex, Blocker Avenue, after the first African-American Orange County Public Schools superintendent.

Translation:Actually, last week, the city decided to name the road Ron Blocker Avenue. But then the school district called and said they wanted it to be “Ronald Blocker Avenue.” So, with the legislative equivalent of a shrug, City Council agreed, and amended the ordinance before passing it. “That was supposed to be a secret from Ronald Blocker, but we'll see,” Buddy Dyer said.

Don't quit your day job, Buddy.

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