Nov 30

Nashville General Hospital – Nov. 29 thoughts

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    Nashville General Hospital - Nov. 29 thoughts
    November 29, 2017 Here are some things I think about Nashville General Hospital: I don't have any idea what is going to happen. It feels like options are narrowing, which is never good. There are too many chefs in the kitchen.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Nov 09

Following up on the community oversight bill on 1st reading…

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    Following up on the community oversight bill on 1st reading...
    November 9, 2017 At our Council meeting on November 7, legislation for a police community oversight board was introduced on first reading. With all the attention earlier this week on soccer, I wanted to do a quick follow-up on this. I think there is a general consensus that a citizen's board of some kind is possible in Nashville.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Nov 06

Soccer thoughts (11/6/2017 edition)

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    Soccer thoughts (11/6/2017 edition)
    November 6, 2017 Here's an update about where I am on my issues. Excuse typos - I've been trying to get this out quickly and still get some client work done today. After Friday (see my thoughts from then), I had several open issues.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Nov 03

Soccer thoughts (11/3/2017 edition)

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    Soccer thoughts (11/3/2017 edition)
    November 3, 2017 Yesterday evening, the administration sent the Council a Substitute Resolution for the soccer stadium. See here. After digesting where the parties ended up, I don't think I can vote for it. I do appreciate that many of my requested changes were made.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Oct 29

Transit thoughts (10/28/17 edition)

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    Transit thoughts (10/28/17 edition)
    October 28, 2017 The Mayor outlined her transit plan on October 17, 2017. So far, only high level summary bullet point, pictograph, and animated information is available about the plan. I am not expecting to see the detailed financial assumptions and modeling behind the plan until December.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Oct 23

New Pedal Tavern Lawsuit

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    New Pedal Tavern Lawsuit |
    A rider has sued a pedal tavern company and the driver after her foot slipped off the pedal. The lawsuit alleges that the rider was injured when her foot was dragged after she slipped.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Oct 09

Unfunded OPEB liability to cross $3B mark this year

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    Unfunded OPEB liability to cross $3B mark this year
    October 9, 2017 I have written before about Metro's pension and OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits - e.g. health insurance) liability. This is brief update. Metro's Finance Director gave the Council an update about these liabilities today. The pension fund is in good shape with more than 98% of the pension liability funded.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Oct 08

Soccer thoughts (October 8 edition)

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    Soccer thoughts (October 8 edition)
    October 8, 2017 Let me start by saying that soccer is exciting. It is the most popular sport on the planet. I would love to see Nashville get a top-level soccer franchise. That said, voters elected the Council to be good stewards of public resources.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 22

Recovery Court Audit

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    Recovery Court Audit
    August 22, 2017 The General Sessions Recovery Court was audited in the aftermath of former Judge Casey Moreland's indictment. As a member of the Metro Audit Committee, I received the audit report when it was issued last Friday. It usually takes several days for Metro to get it posted online.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 16

Tried to condemn white supremacy this evening…

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    Tried to condemn white supremacy this evening...
    August 15, 2017 After the events in Charlottesville over the weekend, I submitted a late-filed resolution condemning white supremacy. You can see it here. Multiple additional Council members signed on as co-sponsors. Under our Council rules, because it was late-filed, I had to move to suspend our rules in order to consider the resolution tonight.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 13

After Charlottesville…

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    After Charlottesville...
    August 13, 2017 Words are failing me after Charlottesville. There are too many emotions and thoughts to make sense of. I know this post doesn't cover it all, but this is where I am today... A core American strength is our marketplace of ideas.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 13

Knowledge and Ideas and Debate Beat Hate

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    Knowledge and Ideas and Debate Beat Hate
    August 13, 2017 I feel like words are failing me after Charlottesville. So, my apologies if this rambles... A core American strength is our marketplace of ideas. A robust freedom of expression allows room for passionate, open debate with the best ideas rising to the top.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

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