LEO follows Courier Journal re: Fischer

“OK, Greg…  you’ve got one more crack at it. One last chance to do something radical. One last chance to prove that you aren’t a corporate Democrat who means well, but does… I’m not entirely sure, outside of keeping donors happy… The West End …. Devote people and resources to it. Stop just crossing your fingers and hoping that Junior Bridgeman does it for you. … improve services, make community policing mean policing for the community…. Talk is cheap and promises evaporate in the slimy and convoluted world of politics…We’ve been dancing around declaring Louisville a Sanctuary City for long enough… back up that statement with a stricter policy — something like: no officer assistance for ICE unless a violent crime is in the process of being committed…. declare Louisville a Sanctuary City. Let’s stand in solidarity with the other cities…. The effects of climate change are upon us, putting us at risk for catastrophic flooding. Flash flooding in particular is an increasingly serious threat to public safety for neighborhoods inside the Watterson Expressway, where the combined sewer system is rapidly overwhelmed during heavy rain events. MSD has begun updating this essential infrastructure, but progress is not keeping pace with our warming planet…. decrease the volume of stormwater entering the drainage system through the use of green infrastructure. Public Works could replace swaths of asphalt and concrete with permeable pavers….  increase green space acreage and naturalized areas, especially wetlands. We need ordinances and initiatives that will equip and empower individuals and businesses to install rain gardens, cisterns, and green roofs on private property. That’s all going to take bold leadership. Be a leader, Mayor Fischer….  solve food deserts… and grow the local food economy…. We can’t eat bourbon…  develop markets for regional farmers….Cool the heat island… We need a real tree ordinance, one that protects more than trees on rights of ways…. relieve the strain on our water and sewer infrastructure…. Louisville can be a leader in the region…. Do more for the homeless… truly become the compassionate city he’s (Fischer has) proclaimed it to be…. sanction encampments, tiny homes, more transitional housing….”

Courier Journal

The Courier Journal’s editorial echoed our mayoral campaign.  Quoting the editorial:
“It’s time to take risks….It is time to craft an aggressive, detailed vision for Louisville….But, Mr Mayor, now is the time for a truly daring new chapter. There is much work ahead if Louisville is to compete with such regional neighbors as Indianapolis, Nashville and Cincinnati. These cities are attracting thousands more 25-to-35-year-olds than Louisville. These are the smart and talented people that we need….This is not the time for incremental thinking or measured approaches. We need big dreams and bold ideas. Now is the time to take chances and lead. Louisville needs a jolt. We need innovative moves related to public transportation….Under his watch, changes have not come fast enough…. If we are to attract more young people and more desirable businesses, if we are to compete with our neighbors, we must move more swiftly. We can’t take the long view. We need major change. Now.”


Thank you, platform supporters

A sincere ‘Thank You!!’ to all supporters of the policies and priorities represented in our platform. Thank you. And take heart. Louisville is more ready to address climate instability than the election results suggest. Consider the numbers of WLKY’s chart below in relation to:
1. Fischer raised $1.5 million in the five months previous the election. Our campaign expenditures consisted of a couple of TARC tickets purchased. Do the ‘dollars per vote’ math. Our campaign trounced Fischer’s.
2. Our campaign was denied the opportunity to share the podium with Fischer in the mayoral forums/debates.
3. While media followed Fischer’s every step, our campaign received major media coverage only in protest.
4. Many voted for Fischer,  fearing their vote would give Trump, McConnell and Bevin a Republican mayor.
5. Many supportive citizens were silent during the campaign, unable to stand in opposition to Fischer.
6. Fischer re-surfaced every road he could find the two months before the election.
Again, thank you. There will be a 2022 mayoral candidate committed to recreating Louisville as the most sustainable city in North America.


Is Louisville Prepared For The Next Great Flood?

For sixty years Louisville’s leadership has been ignoring an increasingly threatening danger. Most vulnerable to the threat are low income populations. WFPL’s Jonese Franklin and Ryan Van Velzer report on climate change’s impact on Louisville in  ‘Is Louisville Prepared For The Next Great Flood?’. Louisville must reduce ground level surface parking and contain water from elevated surface parking lots and roofs. Having taken the lead, Louisville then can insist that cities upstream follow our lead.  (WFPL image by Ryan Van Velzer) https://wfpl.org/recut-is-louisville-prepared-for-the-next-great-flood/?utm_source=Membership&utm_campaign=486f085faf-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_08_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_31d173f954-486f085faf-166828397&mc_cid=486f085faf&mc_eid=76438e3548

Fischer passes the’gun’ buck

“… guns fall under the jurisdiction of the state and federal governments,” Fischer said. They are the “ones that have the power to make our country safer, our cities safer, our schools and churches and our groceries safer, they act as if nothing can be done.”

Fischer is not taking responsibility for the city’s role in embracing violence. The city, under his administration, hosts gun shows, knife shows, military air shows. The city puts officers armed with  assault weapons in our parades. The city sends officers to our neighborhood meetings, to our public libraries, and to our parks armed as though they are going into battle. The message, the tone that is communicated by the city is one of violence.

Courier Journal Voter Guide

Read the CJ Voter Guide. The other candidates lack vision.
Q: Why are you the most qualified candidate running for this office?
A: I have the vision and commitment required to face climate change, the dominating issue of this century. All other issues are complicated by/subordinate to climate instability. The poor, the marginalized and youth will suffer the most if we do not slow climate change.

Q: If elected, what would be your top priority?
A: Re-creating Louisville as the most sustainable city in North America by attracting and stimulating economic development with major solar energy investments and re-prioritizing urban transportation resulting in an urban and West and South End redevelopment boom, rejuvenating neighborhoods, creating jobs, businesses and more affordable housing. Our website defines “sustainable city.”


Interview with Rick Redding

“…  as Jackie Green will tell you, he’s the only one in the race with a real vision for the future. Jackie’s focus is on climate change and how we can actually do something about it around here.” (Rick Redding – Rusty Satellite Show – 17 October 2018)
Go directly to the interview by sliding the timer to minute 33 on the following link.

Fischer’s Fish Tales, Fables and Fibs

A few of Fischer’s fish tales, fables and fibs follow.

ECONOMY (“jobs, jobs, jobs”)
. Fischer’s use of data and numbers are out of sync with the Courier Journal reports that Louisville is falling behind our peer cities on economic measures and in recruiting talented youth.
. Fischer’s pride in his distribution jobs ignores the fact that the low pay makes it necessary for many citizens to hold down three “jobs, jobs, jobs” to make ends meet.
. Fischer’s crown jewel (the OMNI) was less of an economic victory than it was a surrender of too much public treasure, too much public land and too much architectural heritage.
. Fischer’s touting of local economic successes ignores the fact that cities across the US are experiencing greater successes.

. Tearing down homeless camps before establishing an official homeless campsite is not compassionate.
. Trying to force a biodigester on the west end is not compassionate.
. Avoiding the term ‘sanctuary city’, calling the term ‘a politicized discussion’ shows no compassion for those fleeing violence and poverty.
. Allowing American Synthetic Rubber to release carcinogens shows no compassion for ASR’s neighbors.
. Allowing AirBNBs to take permanent housing off the market shows no compassion for a community in need of housing.
. Denying public transportation to the marginalized by redirecting TARC routes for street events shows no compassion.
. Putting affordable housing on the remote edge of the county with insufficient public transit, isolates people depending on old cars, showing no compassion.
. Extending remote new roads, bridges, sewers and water lines (for the benefit of land speculators) shows no compassion to depressed neighborhoods in need of infrastructure improvements.
. Imposing the monument to the Confederate soldier on the black community of Brandenburg shows no compassion for that community.
. Tolerating a high murder rate without challenging the state’s open carry law shows no compassion.

. Fischer refused to join other mayors in signing a letter to the EPA insisting that air standards be maintained.
. Fischer allowed American Synthetic Rubber to release more carcinogens into a stressed community.
. Fischer did not challenge the state’s war on solar, assuring more emissions from coal and fracted gas.
. Fischer refuses to reduce fine particulate matter and motor emissions by not reducing the 33 million miles this community drives daily.
. Fischer touts a Dixie Highway fake ‘bus rapid transit system’ that is designed to fail, rather than make easier, quicker, less expensive changes to TARC assured to transform not only Louisville’s transportation system, but also our land use.
. Fischer did not join the mayors of Cincinnati and Evansville in promoting standards be maintained regarding discharges into the Ohio River.
. Fischer refuses to clean up the impound lot’s vehicle fluid discharges into Beargrass Creek.
. Fischer refuses to calm and reduce urban traffic, eliminating the need for a large impound lot and the accompanying vehicle fluid discharges.
. Fischer refuses to take measures eliminating surface parking lots and the resultant flooding.
. Fischer refuses to take measures eliminating surface parking lots and the resultant urban heat island.
. Fischer allows the destruction of farms, fields, forests and flood plains for the new schemes of land speculators.
. Fischer shifts responsibility to the public for tree planting.
. Fischer refuses to challenge the billboard industry.
. Fischer did not oppose the loss of trees around Bowman Field.

. Fischer hides his Derby party lists, his SCALA association, his Amazon bid and other details unseen that we can only ponder.

. Fischer claims successes in dealing with vacant property as half of the properties sold through the Land Bank since 2010 are now vacant.

. The Dixie Hwy line is not a true BRT.
. The buses have no dedicated lanes, so they will be stuck with all the cars in the same slow jams.
. The line’s route is too long.
. The route has too few buses.
. The on-board-bus fare system is three years late in implementation for technical reasons, there is no reason to be optimistic about the technical systems of the
. The Dixie Hwy ‘BRT’ Lite will fail to meet expectations.

. Fischer’s promised urban grocery at OMNI never materialized.