Hilarious/Terrifying Tip We Received…

Remember Donald Robinson?

One of the architects of the Sadie scandal at Metro Animal Services? The guy who ultimately got a promotion to work for Develop Louisville?

A tipster tells us he’s received ANOTHER PROMOTION!

He’ll allegedly be serving as an Assistant Director in Codes & Regulations.

What’s next? Giving Margaret Brosko the job Sadiqa Reynolds is leaving behind?

Possumbilly City.

Hope Henderson Doesn’t Copy Secrecy

A family is trying to figure out why their dad was stabbed at a Louisville gas station. [WDRB]

A backup power generator at a pumping station could have prevented April’s massive flooding and a big sewage spill at Louisville’s Morris Forman Water Quality Treatment Center, state officials have concluded. [C-J/AKN]

The Phoenix Hill Tavern (PHT) and Jim Porter’s Good Time Emporium closed permanently on Monday, June 1. [WHAS11]

The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics has wrapped up a 10-year, $2.5 million donation from BB&T that will result in a new program on capitalism and funding toward the college’s $65 million renovation. But Gatton officials stepped back from the more controversial aspects of the original 2004 agreement, including a requirement for an Ayn Rand reading room, named for the novelist and free market philosopher. [H-L]

A Louisville park is hosting a night of camping in June as part of a national celebration. [WLKY]

U.S. police have shot and killed 385 people during the first five months of this year, a rate of more than two a day, the Washington Post reported on Saturday. [HuffPo]

A minister has a new plan to try to curb crime in West Louisville. [WAVE3]

It’s almost like these folks in Henderson didn’t bother talking to anyone living in the real world in Louisville. [Henderson Gleaner]

A resident must work full-time and earn at least $14.17 an hour to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment in Louisville, according to a recent study from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. [WFPL]

Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study. [Reuters]

Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields said aluminum-body F-Series Super Duty Trucks will be launched next year and that the design will “wow people.” [Business First]

Parts of South Clarksville could be the next Newport, Ky., or at least a bustling addendum to the Louisville metropolitan area. [News & Tribune]

History Ignored In Compassionate Land

Two years ago the University of Louisville, Metro Council, Mayor’s Office and the Downtown Development Corporation unveiled some historic markers downtown.

The markers, designed by renowned sculptor Ed Hamilton, were to be placed at sites denoting locations of sit-ins on 4th Street.

Here’s a look back at the event:


Here we are in 2015.

Discarded to make way for what is presumed to be an Embassy Suites parking lot:


We reached out to Greg Fischer’s folks last night to find out what’s going on. You know we’re not going to sugar-coat anything, so here’s the deal: they lied, had no idea what was going on, claimed they’d received no communication on the matter.

But here’s the deal. This issue has been quietly bubbling up over the past few days and several elected officials have received emails and telephone calls about the destruction of history. People like David Tandy, Tom Owen, other council members and Greg Fischer.

Here’s a taste of the messages they’re receiving:

I am deeply disturbed that the marker commemorating the civil rights era sit-ins on Fourth Street sits with some trash leaning against a building. These markers were initiated by the late Dr. J Blaine Hudson and designed by Ed Hamilton. Reportedly this is to make way for a parking lot for the Embassy Suites hotel. For a long time now there have been complaints of routine racial profiling and discrimination against African Americans on Fourth Street Live. This development adds insult to injury and is unacceptable. This is shameful and I would like to know how you will address this outrage.

Claiming there’s nothing to see here, move along, just business as usual? Seems fitting. Particularly in light of the non-stop discrimination and racial profiling going on at 4th Street Live.

Maybe someone will finally stand up to the Fischer steamroller and force his team to think before acting. Maybe someone like Christy Brown will finally chastise Fischer publicly instead of behind closed doors. Maybe David Tandy, who is in part responsible for the Cordish mess, will have the sense to say something profound?

Possibility City. Compassionate City. Buzzwords.

Pretty sad. It’ll be whitewashed in 3, 2…

It’s Downtown Demolition Update Time!

This weekend Greg Fischer took a wrecking ball to some historic buildings downtown that resulted in a major backlash.

His crew have claimed an asbestos danger had to be taken care of prior to demolition.

But guess who can’t/won’t provide documentation when asked about it.

If the documentation exists? They should pony up. If not? It’s time for fines.

Related: How on earth does the city pull together an emergency demolition crew overnight and on a weekend like that? There’s lots of speculation that the demolition was planned long before the wrecking ball rolled in. When previous instances of Fischer secrecy are considered, it’s tough not to wonder.

It’s Groundhog Day With Fischer & Trees

Some pretty horrific news rolled out this week about Louisville losing eleven billion trees a day.

That’s despite all the hype Greg Fischer has attempted to generate the past couple years over trees. Attempted and failed because… trees. Only a handful of us get excited about trees.

So what’s he do when there’s negative news?

Rushes out and tries to hype all the puppies and rainbows up to confuse the public. Complete with headlines like:

  • New nonprofit sees major tree planting push [C-J/AKN]
  • Mayor outlines strategy for more trees [WAVE3]

Heaven forbid there be something Fischer and his team of communications hacks (Really? He’s still using Margaret Brosko on his comms team!) not use your tax dollars to spin into oblivion.

Maybe this time all the trees won’t die? Unlike the last time Fischer planted a bunch.

And remember this headline from not too long ago?

Leaders of Louisville’s fledgling tree commission are accusing Mayor Greg Fischer of cutting them off at the roots — saying the mayor has ignored their advice in his grand plan to restore the city’s shrinking tree canopy. [C-J/AKN]

Apparently not much has changed.

Note to those who aren’t paying attention: Fischer usually holds tree pressers to distract from scandals or bad press. Sometimes to combat bad press about trees, which seems to happen frequently.

It’s real life Groundhog Day with this. Good grief.

A Fun Blind Item For Your Snow Blind Friday


  • She allows her cabinet to spread rumors about the sexual orientation of her employees
  • She’s hired three (3!) hot messes/communications directors in less than four years
  • She told her employees their pay was being frozen on a Friday at 4:00 P.M.
  • She puts things on meeting agendas and then tries to remove them after facing heat
  • She promised her employees that a monster of an audit wasn’t about salaries… but it obviously was
  • She has her ombudsman handle HR matters so there are zero checks and balances when it comes to who she hires
  • She’s knee-deep in the collusion game with a wealthy board member
  • She’s being rewarded with four more years

Do you know who she is?

Because the EPSB certainly does.