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January 09, 2017
Quick update before Council meeting tonight

Tonight, there is a meeting of the Council Public Safety Committee and its Minority Caucus in response to the Driving While Black report issued in October 2016 by Gideon’s Army…. Read more »

January 05, 2017
Context for the Upcoming Supplemental Hospital Appropriation

On December 29, 2016, the Hospital Authority voted to request a supplemental appropriation from Metro for Nashville General Hospital. I expect this request to come before the Council on February… Read more »

December 14, 2016
FY2016 Audited Financials Are Out

Metro’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Year Ended June 30, 2016, or CAFR, was accepted by the Metro Audit Committee yesterday and is posted online. It’s 320 pages of financial… Read more »

December 04, 2016
That DWB report…

On October 25, 2016, a report entitled “Driving While Black – A Report on Racial Profiling in Metro Nashville Police Department Traffic Stops” was released by Gideon’s Army in collaboration… Read more »

December 01, 2016
That next $10 million…

It costs Metro more than $35 million for Nashville General Hospital to operate. The average annual cost to Metro to operate NGH has been more than $35 million per year for… Read more »

October 31, 2016
New FCC filing in LOU

Here is the new FCC filing in the Louisville OTMR lawsuit. In my blog post on October 13, I said: “In Louisville, if AT&T wins the federal preemption argument in… Read more »

October 25, 2016
Comcast sues Metro

The debate over the One Touch Make Ready ordinance has moved from the Council to the courts, and I am moving from advocating about it to analysis of the lawsuits…. Read more »

October 21, 2016
STRP Case Ruling Today

Judge Kelvin Jones apparently ruled today that Metro’s short term rental ordinance is unconstitutional. Stacey Barchenger and Joey Garrison have the most complete reporting I have seen. You should read… Read more »

October 13, 2016
October 18 Council Meeting

Here’s what’s up on October 18: Resolutions Bridgestone givith: A resolution (-398) to accept artwork being donated by Bridgestone to the Metro Arts Commission. Bridgestone taketh: A resolution (-399) to extend the $500 per… Read more »

October 13, 2016
My take on OTMR litigation so far

For several weeks, I have avoided offering commentary on the OTMR litigation because I know that, no matter what I say, some are going to think I’m looking at it… Read more »

October 13, 2016
Metro asking to extend time to respond to AT&T suit

This morning, Metro filed a motion to extend their time to November 14 to file a “responsive pleading” to the AT&T lawsuit.  I haven’t looked to see when the original deadline… Read more »

October 12, 2016
Resolution To Track Marijuana Enforcement

Although I don’t support fully legalizing marijuana, I did vote in favor of Metro’s new ordinance that allows police officers to issue a civil citation instead of a misdemeanor warrant… Read more »

October 12, 2016
My STRP Bills On The Council Agenda Next Week

I have two short term rental bills that are set for 2nd reading next week — one is about maximum occupancy for a unit, and the other is about how… Read more »

September 30, 2016
That TIF Ordinance Earlier This Year…

I have a feeling that the TIF ordinance the Council passed earlier this year might be coming up in connection with the Gulch pedestrian bridge.  I wrote about the ordinance… Read more »

September 19, 2016
Sept. 20 Council Meeting

The Council still has a lot going on. Here’s a quick summary: One Touch Make Ready You all know what this is.  The bill is on 3rd reading. Council Member… Read more »