News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

August 09, 2017
Knowles Assisted Living Facility Audit

On July 18, 2017, Metro’s Internal Audit department published its report about the Bordeaux LongTerm Care and J. B. Knowles Assisted Living facilities. The audit covered the period after Metro privatized… Read more »

August 03, 2017
“City Heights”

There was an article today in the Tennessean about gentrification inside of 440 and north of Charlotte.  The addresses in the article are a few minutes walk from Swett’s and… Read more »

May 26, 2017
Immigration Bills in line with State and Federal Law – would not create “Sanctuary City” status

Along with co-lead sponsor Colby Sledge and a growing list of additional co-sponsors, I have submitted two bills to guide Metro’s role in federal immigration enforcement. First reading will be… Read more »

April 30, 2017
Unfunded OPEB Obligation Going Over $3B in 2018?

Between now and the end of June, the Metro Council will approve our budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Before we get too deep into that process, it is worth… Read more »

April 27, 2017
Math is hard

For the 2017 fiscal year, Metro’s general obligation bond debt service was either 10.1%, 10.85%, or 11.35% of the budget — depending on what document you look at. According to the… Read more »

April 21, 2017
Jackson Law – rubbish or not?

Last November, CM Nick Leonardo introduced an ordinance for Nashville to adopt the State’s “Jackson Law.” If adopted, the Jackson Law would require new and expanding landfills to be approved… Read more »

April 02, 2017
April 4 Council Agenda

For the April 4 Metro Council agenda, here’s what I am looking at: For public hearing There are two bills (-641 and -642) that were disapproved by the Planning Commission. Since… Read more »

March 15, 2017
Latest STRP scam

I’ve stumbled into learning about a scam to get Metro Codes to issue an improper owner-occupied short term rental permit when the property is really a large investor-owned hotel-like property…. Read more »

February 28, 2017
Statement about Judge Moreland

I’ve been asked whether I will join the list of Councilmembers asking Judge Casey Moreland to step off the bench while the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct investigates recent allegations…. Read more »

February 21, 2017
Council Meeting Protest Tonight

The Metro Council meeting tonight was brought to a halt by protesters demanding a response to the shooting death of Jocques Clemmons by an MNPD flex officer. The protest is covered… Read more »

February 05, 2017
Feb 7 Council Agenda

The Metro Council has a long agenda on February 7. I am guessing that the short term rental bills will generate the most public interest. I have put those items… Read more »

February 02, 2017
Three new short term rental bills

There are three new short term rental property (STRP) bills filed for first reading next week. I am not the sponsor of any of them. This post is really me… Read more »

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 »