Greg Fischer Animal Shelter Pee Alert

Check out this tweet from Mr. Transparency:


Seems innocuous, right? That was a guy the Center for Nonprofit Excellence and Fischer invited to give a talk.


Ten minutes into his presentation, he told a story about how a friend of his has worked on numerous occasions to develop NO-KILL ANIMAL SHELTERS. He went on to provide a few examples and highlighted how it was done.

Isn’t that great? Fischer had no idea he planned to unload.

Even after all that, Fischer didn’t have the guts to share the man’s words of wisdom.

Cherry on top: Sadiqa Reynolds got up and left the presentation until he was finished.

Get Ready: Everybody Is Gonna Get Run Over

Good fucking grief. And you wonder why there’s a behemoth of a racial divide in Louisville. [WDRB]

What? Tom Owen has gone against his word to his constituents? Surely not. Dollars to doughnuts he blames it on old age or something shady like that. Several Louisville Metro Council members have proposed a resolution asking Metro Government to stop issuing and enforcing violations against homeowners renting space through websites such as Airbnb as the city weighs new regulations to address such rentals. [C-J/AKN]

The city of Jeffersonville has a new police chief. Mayor Mike Moore has appointed 21-year police veteran Kenny Kavanaugh to the post. Kavanaugh is the first African American to lead the department. [WHAS11]

University of Kentucky students from the Bluegrass State will pay 3 percent more for tuition and fees this fall, an increase that brings tuition to $10,780 a year for first-year students. [H-L]

Another day, another pedestrian struck in Possibility City! An 8-year-old girl was injured Monday evening after being hit by a car. [WLKY]

An obscure item in the president’s new budget would put an end to the longstanding practice of states and cities using tax-exempt bonds to finance professional sports arenas, a practice that costs the U.S. Treasury $146 million, according to a 2012 Bloomberg analysis. [HuffPo]

Wait, nope, there was another one. Police and an EMS crew are responding after a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle on East Muhammad Ali Boulevard at South Jackson Street. [WAVE3]

A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise. [WaPo]

The public will have a chance later this month to offer input on the tentative selection of a Virginia company to handle electronic tolling on new Ohio River bridges linking Kentucky and Indiana. [WFPL]

Will T. Scott, the 67-year-old former state Supreme Court Justice running for the Republican nomination for governor, trails three other Republicans in the polls and in fundraising. [Ronnie Ellis]

Growth in Kentucky’s bourbon industry is probably something you’re aware of by now. But that growth has helped fuel an escalation of related services. [Business First]

The Indiana Commission on Judicial Qualifications cut short its investigation of former Clark County Judge Jerry Jacobi, after he agreed to never again seek a judicial office. [News & Tribune]

JCPS School Buses: Big, Yellow Accident Magnets

A 5-year-old girl was left alone on a school bus at a Jefferson County Public Schools bus compound Wednesday after she fell asleep and the driver failed to notice her, according to a JCPS spokesman. [WDRB]

The Greg Fischer kiss of death is a real thing and it is alive and well. [C-J/AKN]

Homicide detectives with Louisville Metro Police say they may have discovered additional human remains at a construction site in Lake Louisvilla in far eastern Jefferson County. [WHAS11]

The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 119, which includes language allowing school districts to waive some of their mandatory 1,062 instructional hours this year because of snow days, if the districts cannot make up the time by June 5. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Attorneys for accused killer and cannibal Joseph Oberhansley want a change of venue in his case. [WLKY]

Two police officers were shot outside the Ferguson Police Department just after midnight Thursday, police and eyewitnesses said. The shootings came during protests following the Ferguson police chief’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon. [HuffPo]

A school bus has been involved in a wreck on Taylor Boulevard and Berry Boulevard. [WAVE3]

Even though the two sides have narrowed their differences, the Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate still have no agreement on how to attack the rise in heroin addiction and trafficking. [Ronnie Ellis]

Kitty Head remembers asking one of her adult education students years ago what his plans were for Thanksgiving. The man had been homeless and said he didn’t have any friends or family to spend time with during the holiday. [WFPL]

Of the million or so women who have abortions every year in the U.S., nearly a quarter end their pregnancy using medications. But just as states have been passing a record number of restrictions on surgical abortion, more are trying to limit this option as well. [NPR]

The Waterfront Development Corp. says a now-empty block of land along Witherspoon Street, between Floyd and Preston streets, could someday have a very valuable view, and officials are looking for ideas on what to do with the land. [Business First]

As if the state-level bickering, extended testing times and executive orders weren’t enough, Mother Nature has gotten in on the ISTEP+ slugfest. [News & Tribune]

Are You Excited For Not Diana To Visit?

Everybody is freaking out about Prince Charles and that lady who is not Diana coming to Louisville. [WDRB]

Mayor Greg Fischer on Monday nominated Sujata Barai Chugh, a public policy and nonprofit grant writing consultant, to fill one of two open seats on the Metropolitan Sewer District board. [C-J/AKN]

An underground service explosion caused a disruption to power to some customers in the areas of 4th, Liberty, Fifth and Jefferson streets, according to LG&E spokesperson Natasha Collins. [WHAS11]

Raising the minimum wage is a top issue for Kentucky voters, contrary to the nonsense Greg Fischer has spewed. [H-L]

WARNING! RIDICULOUS AUTOPLAY VIDEO! Louisville police are investigating human remains found on a construction site in Lake Louisvilla in eastern Jefferson County, on Monday. [WLKY]

When he published Diana: Her True Story in 1992, Andrew Morton faced a “cataclysm” from the British establishment, who wished to “deny the message and denigrate the messenger” behind the explosive biography. [HuffPo]

Now we’re leaving shootings (okay, not really) and are getting back to good old fashioned stabbings. [WAVE3]

Hypocrisy. Disappointment. Frustration. That’s how Democrats described their feelings about Republicans as they listened to President Barack Obama call for a renewal of the Voting Rights Act in front of the Edmund Pettus Bridge on the anniversary of the march that helped get the law passed 50 years ago. [Politico]

Louisville Metro Government will pay $1.5 million to settle a legal suit filed by a group of young men wrongfully arrested in summer 2014. [WFPL]

No new research projects will begin at the U.S. government’s key livestock study center until animal welfare is improved through stronger oversight and better training of standards, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday. [Reuters]

Nucleus, an economic development arm for the University of Louisville Foundation, plans to keep its deadline intact for the construction of a six-story parking garage at 220 S. Preston St. in downtown Louisville. [Business First]

The Indiana Senate’s top budget writer said Thursday he wants to consider ways of possibly easing proposed school funding shifts that could lead to cuts for many urban and rural districts with shrinking enrollments. [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:


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:


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.

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.