Here’s the latest from Greg Fischer:
Be sure to ask him all of these questions and more.
UPDATE: Here are the highlights from his appearance…
- Fischer said Louisville doesn’t have a gang problem
- Doesn’t know how many homicides occurred in 2011 – couldn’t even ballpark it
- Says Occupy Louisville is a public safety issue, shouldn’t be allowed to protest overnight
- Founders Square isn’t a park, according to the Attorney General and Fischer says Public Works controls it – but he still wants to apply Parks rules
- He said heaters at Founder Square could catch on fire at night and that’s a public safety issue. (They can’t catch on fire during the day?)
- Mentioned pension problems on the state level as Louisville’s main budget problem – didn’t mention that his guy, Tommy Elliott, bought a spot on the Kentucky Retirement Systems board
- Says nixing Metro Council discretionary funds is on the table when it comes to tackling the city’s deficit – said he’ll ask the council members to “think about it”
- Cracked a joke about a caller complaining about LMAS problems, said she should run a fundraising campaign to save it
- Said LMAS is making “good progress” on euthanasia rates
- Claimed cities that have gone no-kill have been at it for a decade. Unfortunately, Austin, TX did it in two years. Northern Kentucky did it in FIVE MONTHS.
- Said he’ll keep his campaign account open to recoup his personal funds, cracked a joke about people giving him advice
- Says the media didn’t factually report, you know, the FACTS about an Insight lobbyist contributing to his campaign DURING city negotiations, says there’s no issue at all
- Insinuated Ed Hart and Bruce Lunsford lied about their campaign contributions being misappropriated. Said he gave Ed & Bruce the choice to contribute to the campaign or the inauguration – a lie – Hart released the emails to the media. Insinuated that Ed & Bruce are lying. Said questions about it are silly.
- Said Tommy Elliott wasn’t involved in the appointment process. Despite, uh, already admitting otherwise.
- Said perception is an issue when it comes to campaign finance, doesn’t like it, need to have a firewall between campaigns and administrations. So we’re not sure why his official mayoral spokesperson is issuing statements on behalf of his campaign regarding campaign finance matters.
- Says some Metro overtime is abuse, considering cutting overtime
- Said he did a lot of good things and created jobs. Said he received recognition from Bloomberg and Brookings for doing so.
Note: You can catch the replay of this WFPL interview on MetroTV at 10:30 P.M. Saturday or Noon on Sunday.