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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 »

September 19, 2016
“Hold Harmless” Amendment Follow-Up

In my last post, I described the “hold harmless” amendment I am proposing for OTMR. A Google representative promised to get back to me about whether Google would support the… Read more »

September 14, 2016
Trying to add “hold harmless” language to OTMR

I filed an ordinance for first reading on September 20 that would amend the pending OTMR ordinance to allow an Attacher the choice to hold Metro harmless if threatened litigation were… Read more »

September 14, 2016
My unscientific OTMR poll

Over the last month, everyone in the Council has received huge numbers of emails about the proposed “One Touch Make Ready” ordinance.  Many of them have had an identical “Subject”… Read more »