News & Updates

Views and opinions about the key issues facing Nashville

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 »

September 01, 2016
One Touch Make Ready

On September 6, Google’s Model One Touch Make Ready bill is up for second reading. I have told all of the main players that I won’t decide my vote until… Read more »

September 01, 2016
Affordable Housing

I support both affordable housing bills that are on 3rd reading on September 6. This includes the inclusionary housing bill and the Mayor’s incentives bill. These have been discussed at… Read more »

September 01, 2016
Short Term Rental Property Bills on Sept. 6

I have three short term rental property bills on second reading on September 6, and another on first reading. I will ask the Council to approve two of the bills… Read more »

September 01, 2016
High Velocity Ammo Protection

The Mayor has asked the Council to approve spending just over $1 million on new body armor for our Police Department. This is a request from MNPD in the wake… Read more »

August 11, 2016
New STRP Bills

I am the lead sponsor on three short term rental property bills that are set for first reading on August 16. My goal is to find a better balance between… Read more »

July 05, 2016
1st TIF Report from MDHA

Earlier this year, the Council passed an ordinance that changed the way Metro handles tax increment financing in three key ways – Metro will get its property tax revenue back more… Read more »

June 16, 2016
Budget & Finance Committee Working Session on the Operating Budget

Yesterday, the Council’s Budget & Finance Committee had a working session to consider the “Wish List” items proposed by various Council members for the operating budget.  All Council members were invited,… Read more »

June 14, 2016
Flood Wall Planning in CIB

This evening, the Council considered the Mayor’s Capital Improvements Budget (CIB). I proposed an amendment to delete the $110 million flood wall from the CIB. I mentioned yesterday that: There… Read more »

June 13, 2016
Was the Joint Statement Real?

When the Mayor and the Sheriff issued their Joint Statement on June 7, 2016, it was immediately before the Council meeting that evening. In the statement, they urged the Council… Read more »

June 13, 2016
Capital Improvements Budget Up Tomorrow

On June 14, 2016, the Council will consider the proposed Capital Improvements Budget (CIB). The proposed CIB is here, and proposed CIB ordinance is here. The Council’s Office just posted… Read more »

June 07, 2016
Mayor-Sheriff Joint Statement Issued Today

The Mayor and the Sheriff met today over lunch and issued a joint statement about the Criminal Justice Center project. You can read their statement here. I am glad that… Read more »

June 06, 2016
Follow-up: Capital Spending Plan

Earlier today, I posted about my plan to try to amend the Capital Spending Plan to remove $40 million related to the Sheriff’s Office. This afternoon, I was told that… Read more »