Willow Grande Just Needs To Quit It

You can thank Greg Fischer for this horrible national press. [Click the Clicky]

Kelly Downard says LG&E is misleading the public. “I’m going to outline a consistent record of misrepresentation of facts by Louisville Gas and Electric,” Downard said. “In some cases, there can be no other interpretation of statements by LG&E than the intention to mislead the public, to mislead you, and the flagrant and intentional violation of laws of the Constitution of the Commonwealth.” [WDRB]

Yet another legal challenge has been filed against the embattled Willow Grande condominium tower, this one seeking to overturn a city planning agency’s recent approval of zoning concessions for the proposed Cherokee Triangle project. [C-J/AKN]

A Jefferson County Public Schools Resource Officer and LMPD officer Jonathan Hardin, 31, was indicted April 21 in a case involving a physical confrontation with a student. [WHAS11]

Kentucky Utilities’ customers will pay more for their monthly electric bill while Louisville Electric & Gas customers will pay more for their gas bills according to a settlement reached Tuesday concerning the companies’ rate requests. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! No arrests have been made a year after the slayings of a Nelson County teacher and her teenage daughter. [WLKY]

Luisa Cintron, 25, is sitting up as straight as she can, perched on the edge of the neatly made bed that doubles as a couch inside her dimly lit apartment. She is wearing a sweater and slacks, talking about the government program that she says changed her life, and trying — without much success — not to get distracted by the 4-year-old talking loudly about Batman in the next room. [HuffPo]

Students began a sit-in Monday afternoon outside the office of University of Louisville President James Ramsey over the school’s contract with a popular apparel manufacturer. [WAVE3]

President Obama’s approval ratings have reached their highest mark in almost two years, according to a new poll from CNN/ORC. [The Hill]

Louisville Metro Council members looking into the controversial handling of an injured dog last year by Metro Animal Services said on Monday that the agency still hasn’t turned over all the requested emails and information. [WFPL]

As Earth Day approaches, a new survey shows overwhelming support from Kentuckians for environmental education, but room for improvement in residents’ environmental literacy. The Survey of Kentuckians’ Environmental Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviors from the Kentucky Environmental Education Council (KECC) reveals that while 96 percent of Kentuckians believed that environmental education should be taught in schools, some basic information, such as the primary source of water pollution in Kentucky, was unknown by the majority of survey respondents, according to KEEC Executive Director Elizabeth Schmitz. [Press Release]

KentuckyOne Health Inc., operator of Jewish Hospital, University of Louisville and other facilities, is dropping its plans for a $55 million inpatient facility in Bullitt County. [Business First]

The field was narrowed down to the best 21 certified and 23 classified employees from Greater Clark County Schools, with one chosen to represent each school and building in the district as a Champion for Children. [News & Tribune]

Owen’s Been Aware Of The Problem For Years

Tom Owen claimed, according to A Kentucky Newspaper, he was unaware of Airbnb-style rentals in his district until last month in this story:

Councilman Owen, who has many of the 440 Airbnb rentals in his district that includes The Highlands, said he was not aware of them until last month when an attorney called his office. He said he has not had any complaints about them.

“I’m not opposed to the concept, but you can imagine in a highly competitive hospitality market the established venues have perhaps contacted metro government,” said Owen, D-8th District.

But… that’s not the case. He either misspoke or the dying Gannett paper has misreported what he said.

A group of Cherokee Triangle residents have been complaining to and communicating with Owen regarding several problematic short-term rentals since at least 2012. In April 2014 he told that Cherokee Triangle group this:

About 18 months ago a delegation of Barringer/Edgeland residents came to my “Talk With Tom” to complain about the weekend rental there. At that point, I recall that there is nothing in our building code that prohibits short-term rentals. While I fully support Derbytime short-term rentals, I would support a change somehow limiting the number of days/weeks that a property could be rented. WHO KNOWS WHETHER THAT CHANGE WOULD SURVIVE A VOTE OF A 26 MEMBER COUNCIL COMPOSED OF MEMBERS WHERE THIS PROBLEM DOES NOT EXIST.

That group of residents started communicating with Owen after coming to us for help. We advised them that Owen’s office would be a big help and he was. He, despite having no help from any other agency, apparently worked some magic because quite a few troublesome weekend rentals stopped being problems.

In late August 2014, the Cherokee Triangle Association (according to the group of residents living there who provided us copies of emails) submitted a request to MetroCall regarding properties operated by a local realtor. She owns multiple houses and condos that she rents out on various sites for nights, weekends, whatever.

Here’s a look at one of them:


FROM METRO CALL SITE

Neighbors, as Owen mentioned, were (and still are — two families directly across from one property have sold their homes, one as recently as a week ago) experiencing nightmare parking scenarios, loud parties, problem after problem.

Some of her rentals:



CLICK EACH TO ENLARGE

Note: Seim didn’t respond to requests for comment via email or voicemail.

Those neighbors, according to emails provided to us, have tried to resolve problems with the owner but were shot down with response like:

Your facts are in error and you seem to take pleasure in being rude. Good day.

Sincerely,
Deidre Seim

They tell us there’s not much else Owen can do to help them and not much else they can do on their own. Neighbors say she’s operating what are effectively hotels but isn’t licensed, doesn’t pay occupancy taxes and has no concern for those living next to her properties. And her behavior makes it difficult for respectful, responsible short-term rental operators to exist in the city.

Whoops, got sidetracked. The point? Owen has been well-aware of this situation for a long time. If that wasn’t misreporting by the paper, that’s jacked and it’s time to be worried about him.

And what the heck is with these shysters who buy up properties solely to use them as short-term night and weekend rentals? They ruin everything for good people who try to follow the law and do the right thing for the city.

How Will Hipsters Hate On Norton Commons Now?

Norton Commons, the New Urban development in northeastern Jefferson County, is about to build what it calls “the largest 100-percent geothermal residential community in the United States.” [WDRB]

In recent months, several Westport Village businesses have left the shopping center and a group of tenants has filed a lawsuit against the development’s new owners. [C-J/AKN]

A father and son are facing assault charges after they allegedly attacked a Doss High School basketball coach after a game Jan. 24, but they claim the coach is the one who assaulted them. [WHAS11]

Does it seem like President Obama and the new Congress are off to a bumpy start? No worries. Kentucky is sending help, in the spirit of compromise and bourbon. [H-L]

Major preparations are underway at Slugger Field to welcome a new pro soccer team to town. [WLKY]

Legal marijuana is the fastest-growing industry in the United States and if the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry. [HuffPo]

PEE ALERT! Calling his ticket historic, a Louisville businessman has filed to run for governor and is shaking up the Republican primary. [WAVE3]

A significant number of American companies plan to raise wages in the next three months, a survey showed on Monday, bolstering expectations of an acceleration in wage growth this year. [Reuters]

A majority of Kentuckians think that the state’s domestic violence laws should include unmarried couples who haven’t live together and those who don’t share a child. [WFPL]

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Hahahhahahahaaha. Matt Bevin. Hahahahahahahahhaha. [H-L]

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan will call a special meeting of the City Council tomorrow night, where he will ask the council to consider a $7 million bond package to help modernize the General Mills plant. [Business First]

A bill that would increase the number of magistrates Clark County Circuit Court is authorized to appoint from two to three passed through committee Wednesday and will be considered by the full Indiana House of Representatives. [News & Tribune]

Southern Indiana & Sewer In The Same Sentence

Seventy-eight years ago this month, Louisville suffered from what’s considered to be the largest natural disaster in the city’s history. The flood of 1937 devastated the city. [WDRB]

Emissions of the cancer-causing chemical 1,3-butadiene doubled in Louisville in 2013 over the year before, but they still were substantially less than before the city enacted a new pollution control plan a decade ago. [C-J/AKN]

There was not an empty seat at the Capitol, Senator Wendell Ford is the 21st person to lie in state. [WHAS11]

Interest groups spent a record-breaking $18.4 million to lobby the Kentucky General Assembly in 2014, the state’s Legislative Ethics Commission said Friday. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Metro Police are investigating after a man was murdered in the Portland neighborhood. [WLKY]

The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.3 cents in the past two weeks, falling to its lowest level since late April 2009, but the end of a months-long slide may be near, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. [HuffPo]

University of Louisville students completed a project on Sunday that will last a life time, spending the morning putting up birdhouses. [WAVE3]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has directed agency staff to create and deliver an updated Animal Welfare Strategy plan within 60 days, according to an internal email reviewed by Reuters. [Reuters]

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana officials say a new mentoring program launched this school year has been a success and will be expanded next year. [WFPL]

Greg Stumbo keeps pushing for the release of that LRC report. So what’s not in the report that he’s so excited about? Remember, the LRC released a report about the Kent Downey Sexytime Condom Tree Scandal that helped House leadership escape the mess. You can probably expect the same sort of whitewash here. [WKYT]

A Ford Motor Co. executive said Friday that a “critical” goal for the company in this year’s contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers union is to “maintain a competitive environment.” [Business First]

The town of Clarksville stands to save about $500,000 by refunding sewer bonds it issued in 2005. [News & Tribune]

Everybody Is Really Mad At Lynn Winter Again

A former Jefferson County Public Schools bus driver is facing charges after police say she allowed two students to engage in sexual relations in the seat behind her while she was driving. [WDRB]

Two Democrats — one in the Senate and one in the House — have introduced bills that would allow the use of medical marijuana in Indiana. [C-J/AKN]

Mayor Fischer’s son is expected back in court to face drug charges. [WHAS11]

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is running for statewide office, but which one? [H-L]

A Louisville woman sentenced to 15 years in a murder for hire plot is expected at a shock probation hearing to ask a judge to release her from prison early. [WLKY]

A construction worker was killed and a tractor-trailer driver injured when an interstate overpass undergoing demolition collapsed in Cincinnati, fire and emergency medical officials said. [HuffPo]

For the first time residents of a Louisville neighborhood are coming out against a former restaurant owner. Surely no one expected her to do the right thing for the community after she took advantage of her employees and then shut down rather than do the right thing. [WAVE3]

The effort by LG&E to charge solar and renewables users out the rear? It’s part of a national right-wing effort to screw people. [Think Progress]

Fresh pavement, sidewalks and a 12-foot-wide, two-lane bicycle track are in the works for a stretch of Lexington Road, city officials said. The Lexington Road Corridor Transportation Plan has been in development since mid-2014 and will lead to changes on the road spanning from Grinstead to Baxter Avenue. [WFPL]

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage are sponsoring an exhibit of the commission poster series, the Gallery of Great Black Kentuckians. The exhibit will be on display in honor of the National Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday and the national February Black History Month. The commission will display 55 posters in the series. [Ashland Independent]

Neighbors of Lynn’s Paradise Cafe are coming out against the former restaurant’s owner. [Business First]

A pre-Civil War era home sitting in a brand new downtown park could one day have a new use, but city officials have a few hurdles to clear first. [News & Tribune]

Of Course Jim King Opposes A Basic Living Wage

Jerry Abramson is abandoning the insignificant and obscure office to which he was elected — lieutenant governor of Kentucky – for an even more insignificant and obscure office in the White House — deputy assistant to the president and director of intergovernmental affairs. [WDRB]

Residents near Louisville International Airport who don’t qualify for free home insulation work to help protect against air traffic noise could get help from proposed state legislation that would offer up to $3 million annually in tax credits for self-bought insulation. [C-J/AKN]

City leaders are asking the public to weigh in on a complete revamp of a stretch of Dixie Highway. [WHAS11]

These scores aren’t that great for Jefferson County Public Schools… [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Another big part of honoring our veterans is taking care of their medical needs, which is why the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is building a new medical center in Louisville. [WLKY]

Kentucky Baptists on Tuesday chose to sever ties with a Louisville church that is open to performing same-sex marriages. [HuffPo]

A wave of business owners, including a well-known restaurateur, presented dire scenarios about a proposed minimum wage hike to Louisville Metro Council on Monday. [WAVE3]

If you’re some kind of jackass like Ted Cruz, you probably need help understanding net neutrality. [The Oatmeal]

Some motorists—namely, people who don’t have a mobile phone or credit card—are being excluded from a new pilot parking program in downtown Louisville. [WFPL]

Republicans like Brett Guthrie pocket mountains of telecom cash and are fighting against an open, honest internet. [Gizmodo]

Louisville-based Humana Inc. has agreed to buy $500 million in its stock from Goldman, Sachs & Co. [Business First]

The Tiger Baby Playtime attraction in Charlestown was often a sold-out fundraiser event this summer with patrons paying $25 to play with tiger cubs. For $20 more in cash, they could pose for a photo with one in their arms. What visitors may not have know was that some grown tigers outside the tent were lounging in cages inspectors have deemed inadequate to prevent escape, that Stark pleaded guilty to selling an endangered animal and that he’s boasted he’ll never shut down — no matter what the law says. [News & Tribune]

Corrupt Politicians Occasionally Held Accountable

Ignore for a moment the reality that WDRB seems to have a serious problem with giving proper credit. Even their competitor stations properly source where they’re stealing stories. Let’s focus on Greg Fischer claiming those photographs were taken a decade ago. Yet another lie from Greg Fischer. [WDRB]

A Jefferson County teacher has been named Kentucky’s “Teacher of the Year.” [More WDRB]

Seems like only yesterday Michael Macfarlane’s campaign manager was telling us that John Yarmuth was toast. Interesting how that worked out. [C-J/AKN]

Glad to have a teevee station give credit where it’s due. Despite them trying to make the story about us, of course (calling/texting/trying to get us to do interviews). [WHAS11]

Alison Daddy’s Name Grimes is accusing Mitch McConnell of trying to take the right to vote away from black people. While at the same time treating the first black president as the devil. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Greg Fischer lied about the current Animal Services mess not having an impact on staff changes. Donald Robinson was forced to resign and there’s a damn criminal investigation going on. Absurd. [WLKY]

America has been doing income taxes wrong for more than 50 years. [HuffPo]

Two candidates vying for an open seat on Louisville’s Metro Council vowed to run a positive campaign in a district focused on traffic and taxes. [WAVE3]

Sure, Grimes’ refusal to say that she voted for the president, and her hollow explanation about upholding the Principles of Privacy at the Ballot Box, isn’t as important in the scheme of things as Mitch McConnell’s inability to articulate anything resembling a coherent Obamacare position. But it was pathetic. And also damaging to her reelection prospects in a way that few mentioned at the time: It’s a kick in the teeth to black voters, some of whom will be wondering, Why exactly should we support her candidacy, aside from the fact that she’s not Mitch McConnell? [Salon]

A pattern of urban neglect—vacant houses, a lack of access to to services—has the potential to spoil Louisville’s Smoketown neighborhood, according to a report released Tuesday. [WFPL]

That’s right — W. Keith Hall got indicted by a federal grand jury this week! [Page One]

The latest project from Hillbilly Tea owner Karter Louis will open Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Highlands. [Business First]

Floyd County is considering a move that could save up to $100,000 annually from the general fund. [News & Tribune]