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And No Drinking til 6

I don’t really like this new weather guy at Fox41. Ever since Jude Redfield’s been on the air, the weather has sucked.  Some Paul Emmick fans started a Facebook group “Keep Paul Emmick on Fox 41 News.” But only 40 people joined. Bueno Bocaditos : The popular Seviche restaurant on Bardstown Road in the Highlands will close Sunday, but that’s a good thing for fans of Chef Anthony Lamas’ Latino cuisine.  For four weeks, workers will be busy expanding into the old ear-x-tacy space next door, creating an additional 30 seats, a new lounge and bar, and there are 40…


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Metro Councilman James Getting Married

Metro Councilman David James is engaged to be married. The bride-to-be is Michelle Myers, an assistant in the Jefferson County Attorney’s office. Myers also volunteered on James’ campaign to win the 6th District seat on the Metro Council. The wedding is set for July, and will take place at the Women’s Club of Louisville, in James’ district. Myers said the couple is house-hunting in Old Louisville. Both James and Myers have daughters in their 20s. James is a member of the University of Louisville police force. He was elected to the Old Louisville seat last fall.


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Only One Way to Look at It: Two-Way Traffic is Good

Last night, the Metro Council approved a plan pushed by Council member David James that will convert parts of First and Brook streets in Old Louisville from one-way to two-way streets. It was the culmination of an idea being pushed for years and adopted by James when he got into office last year.. “More two-way streets are an important part of our strategy to renew historic neighborhoods near downtown,” says James. “Converting a majority of one-way streets to two ways allows for additional parking, trees, and bike lanes that calm traffic, making neighborhoods more livable for all who utilize the…


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Obviously Those Metro Council Funds Should be Cut

This morning’s C-J editorial addresses an obvious point to anyone who wants good government — the discretionary money provided by the city to Metro Council members should be drastically reduced or eliminated. No one other than the groups getting the money would notice if the funds went away. As the editorial points out, a lot of the money is given to churches and faith-based groups, or organizations like Dismas Charities, which already has a black eye from the public’s point of view. Small cities and support for public schools may be worthy causes, but the way the money is awarded…


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Green’s Ethics Battle Just Beginning

The long and slow process of relieving Judy Green of her duties on the Metro Council kicks off today. She’s the focus of a meeting of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission beginning at 11:30. The meeting may not take place, however. The original complaint, filed by political rival Ray Barker in January, has triggered an avalanche of other accusations against Green. She’s been dodging cameras, then agreeing to interviews, all the while claiming innocence in spite of irrefutable evidence that she’s done plenty wrong. Barker’s complaint focused on Green’s mismanagement of a bogus program to hire members of Green’s family…


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Hanging on a Street Corner with my Local Councilman

Living in a nice, friendly neighborhood is great, but I often forget how many of us still hole up in our homes, giving barely a nod to acknowledge passers-by or other neighbors. It’s not as bad as when I lived in New York, but it’s still easy to live anonymously — or at least pretend that you are. This morning I had a nice reminder that we share our living areas. I was out with a cup of decaf (watch out, world!) gathered on a street corner at 7:30 am with several neighbors and our friendly Councilman, the ubiquitous Tom…


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Catfight on the Council – Green Faces the Music

A funny thing happened when troubled Metro Councilwoman Judy Green appeared on the Simmons Saturday Morning Solutions program on WLOU-AM 1350. It’s a gospel station, and some of its programming, including this show, is underwritten by the Rev. Kevin Cosby’s St. Stephen Church, of which Green is a member. The show offered Green yet another opportunity to defend her actions — hiring relatives for a jobs program, taking a bribe, using an assistant’s name to run up a $25K credit card debt. Her actions are the focus of an Ethics Commission complaint, which will be considered next week. Thus far,…


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Time for Green To Get Cleaned Out of Office

And some of us in the media thought Metro Councilwoman Judy Green was simply guilty of setting up a sham company in order to pay her relatives with government money. That may be true, but it’s really only a small part of the story with Green. You should check out Phillip Bailey’s excellent reporting in LEO this week, which reveals several embarrassing facts, including: Green may have lied about losing tickets to a special event at the Yum! Center, got replacements, then may have arranged for her assistant to use the original lost tickets. The assistant, Andrea Jackson, at first…


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Got Two Cents on the Iron Quarter? Jeff Noble Has Designs on the Future of the Row

Jeff Noble is a resident of Butchertown, a Legislative Aide to Councilman Brent T. Ackerson, senior political adviser to the Yarmuth for Congress campaign, longtime Democratic Party activist, and a local blogger at www.ohioriver606.blogspot.com. His first involvement to save a local structure was in 1979 when he opposed the demolition of the Will Sales Building at 4th and Liberty streets. His views are his own and should not be construed as anything other than his own. In a perfect world we would demolish the buildings saving only the facades; construct an open-air market on the 1st Street end to replace…


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Yates on the Southwest: Library, Development are Big Issues

David Yates may be a bit naive, but he’s certainly enthusiastic about his new job as a member of the Metro Council. He is pushing to get the Southwest Library built, and believes that new restaurants and other business will come to Dixie Highway once some improvements are made. Take a look: