The City Sentinel
Archive for: January, 2014

A College Campus Downtown for enrichment, education and fun

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By Candice Parker Downtown Oklahoma City transforms to a unique college campus in the evenings and weekends. It offers courses for college credit or enjoyment, classes for leaning languages, self-enrichment, exercise and several kinds of certification and continuing education trainings. “These classes are not just for your typical college student, but for anyone who enjoys […]

A to Z Inspector attains prestigious Haag Engineering Residential and Commercial Roof Inspector Certification

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    Special to The City Sentinel W. Cord Werner of A to Z Inspections Group completed the Haag Roof Inspector Certification for residential and commercial roofs in November.  This intensive five-day course, conducted by Haag Engineering in Kansas City using real-world case studies, covered all aspects of roofing, including manufacture, installation, weathering, hail damage, […]

OCU Hosts Mezzo-Soprano Susanne Mentzer; In Oklahoma Debut of Emily Dickinson Tribute

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  Staff Report American mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer will present the Oklahoma premiere of Citizen of Paradise, a monodrama based on letters and poems of Emily Dickinson with music by Carlisle Floyd. The Jan. 26 event kicks off the 2014 Distinguished Artists Series at the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University. The concert begins […]

Local Americans United for Separation of Church & State announces 2014 Legislative Preview

Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State (OKC-AU) guest speaker Dr. Victor H. Hutchison will discuss proposed bills involving religion and science education during the 2014 Legislative Preview. Photo provided.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   The Oklahoma City Chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church & State (OKC-AU) will hold its fifth annual Oklahoma Legislative Preview on Saturday, Jan. 25. The event titled, “Crossing the Line” will be held at the Belle Isle Library, 10 a.m. – noon, 5501 N. Villa in […]

Convention Center fiscal analysis: headquarters hotel a must, along with operating subsides from taxpayers

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  by Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher   A 2009 analysis prepared for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce assumes taxpayer subsidies will be required to operate convention facilities, more or less permanently. The conclusion is based both on widespread policies for the convention and visitor business across America. The analysis documented around $10 […]

“Feasibility Analysis for Potential Development of New Downtown Convention Facilities in Oklahoma City, presented to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber February 24, 2009”

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Patrick McGuigan   In the Jan. 16 edition of The City Sentinel, I reported on the contents of an executive summary of the report listed above. In my capacity as associate publisher of the newspaper (and as bureau chief for Watchdog.org and editor of CapitolBeatOK, online news organizations), I requested a copy of the full […]

Mayoral candidate Shadid calls city planning the key to a happier and healthier Oklahoma City

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  By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   The American Planning Association defines planning as a “dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Mayoral candid Ed Shadid believes there is a decline occurring in the […]

President Obama praises Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn

Tom Coburn and Barack Obama

By Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – Next winter, Tom Coburn will leave office two years before the scheduled end of his second term in the upper house of Congress. In response to a request for comment, President Barack Obama led the chorus of praise for the passionate conservative Republican from Muskogee. Obama said, […]

Oklahoma’s state debt better than most, but that’s no reason to relax

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By Patrick B. McGuigan Associate Publisher Oklahoma’s economy is growing. Despite some projected tightening in state revenues, the Sooner State remains among the nation’s healthiest. However, a new study of state-level debt in all 50 states provides sobering analysis that hints at imminent crisis. The annual state debt report from State Budget Solutions (SBS) projects […]

Councilman Ed Shadid backs initiative petitions to stop OKC’s new convention center and hotel

Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid (right) discusses the two initative petitions filed on Jan. 2. The first calls for citywide votes to prohibit use of sales taxes for a new downtown convention center and hotel and the other would end the MAPS 3 sales tax in 2015, instead of 2018.  Photo provided

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid is advocating for two initiative petitions filed Jan. 2. The first calls for citywide vote to prohibit use of sales taxes for a new downtown convention center and hotel. The second would end the MAPS 3 sales tax in 2015, instead of 2018. […]

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