Aug 22

Recovery Court Audit

227 15th Avenue North

    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…

227 15th Avenue North

    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…

227 15th Avenue North

    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

227 15th Avenue North

    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

Aug 09

Transit Referendum

227 15th Avenue North

    Transit Referendum
    August 9, 2017 Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current thoughts about each of them. This post is about the potential transit referendum.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 09

Knowles Assisted Living Facility Audit

227 15th Avenue North

    Knowles Assisted Living Facility Audit
    August 9, 2017 On July 18, 2017, Metro's Internal Audit department published its report about the Bordeaux LongTerm Care and J. B. Knowles Assisted Living facilities. The audit covered the period after Metro privatized day-to-day operations of these facilities. In 2013, the management of the Knowles facility was taken over by a private operator, Autumn Assisted Living Partners, Inc.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 09

Ft. Negley Park (aka “the post you can’t even name without taking sides”)

227 15th Avenue North

    Ft. Negley Park (aka "the post you can't even name without taking sides")
    August 9, 2017 Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current thoughts about each of them. This post is about the commercial development proposed for Ft. Negley Park.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 09

Soccer Stadium

227 15th Avenue North

    Soccer Stadium
    August 9, 2017 Over the next six months, the Council will be asked to take positions on several important issues. Before these debates come to a head, I want to share my current thoughts about each of them. This post is about the potential soccer stadium.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

“City Heights”

227 15th Avenue North

    "City Heights"
    August 3, 2017 There was an article today in the Tennessean about gentrification inside of 440 and north of Charlotte. The addresses in the article are a few minutes walk from Swett's and barely a mile from Meharry and Nashville General Hospital. I have written before about the hospital.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Immigration Bills in line with State and Federal Law – would not create “Sanctuary City” status

227 15th Avenue North

    Immigration Bills in line with State and Federal Law - would not create "Sanctuary City" status
    May 26, 2017 Along with co-lead sponsor Colby Sledge and a growing list of additional co-sponsors, I have submitted two bills to guide Metro's role in federal immigration enforcement. First reading will be on June 6.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Unfunded OPEB Obligation Going Over $3B in 2018?

227 15th Avenue North

    Unfunded OPEB Obligation Going Over $3B in 2018?
    April 30, 2017 Between now and the end of June, the Metro Council will approve our budget for the 2018 fiscal year. Before we get too deep into that process, it is worth remembering where Metro stands on its financial obligations to Metro retirees.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Math is hard

227 15th Avenue North

    Math is hard
    April 27, 2017 For the 2017 fiscal year, Metro's general obligation bond debt service was either 10.1%, 10.85%, or 11.35% of the budget - depending on what document you look at. According to the 2017 Budget Presentation given a year ago, it was 10.85%. See page 17.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Jackson Law – rubbish or not?

227 15th Avenue North

    Jackson Law - rubbish or not?
    April 21, 2017 Last November, CM Nick Leonardo introduced an ordinance for Nashville to adopt the State's "Jackson Law." If adopted, the Jackson Law would require new and expanding landfills to be approved by a Metro Council ordinance before a state permit could be issued.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

April 4 Council Agenda

227 15th Avenue North

    April 4 Council Agenda
    April 2, 2017 For the April 4 Metro Council agenda, here's what I am looking at: For public hearing There are two bills (-641 and -642) that were disapproved by the Planning Commission. Since the media coverage in January about how the Council approaches disapproved bills, I don't think we have passed any disapproved bills on 3rd reading.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Latest STRP scam

227 15th Avenue North

    Latest STRP scam
    March 15, 2017 I've stumbled into learning about a scam to get Metro Codes to issue an improper owner-occupied short term rental permit when the property is really a large investor-owned hotel-like property. Here's how it works. There is a corporate development company that is setting up multiple LLCs each to own a single property.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Statement about Judge Moreland

227 15th Avenue North

    Statement about Judge Moreland
    February 28, 2017 I've been asked whether I will join the list of Councilmembers asking Judge Casey Moreland to step off the bench while the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct investigates recent allegations. I will not be taking a position on this - let me tell you why.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Council Meeting Protest Tonight

227 15th Avenue North

    Council Meeting Protest Tonight
    February 21, 2017 The Metro Council meeting tonight was brought to a halt by protesters demanding a response to the shooting death of Jocques Clemmons by an MNPD flex officer. The protest is covered in the Tennessean already, and I expect to see a Scene article soon.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Feb 7 Council Agenda

227 15th Avenue North

    Feb 7 Council Agenda
    February 5, 2017 The Metro Council has a long agenda on February 7. I am guessing that the short term rental bills will generate the most public interest. I have put those items in bold so you can skim for them easily.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

Aug 03

Three new short term rental bills

227 15th Avenue North

    Three new short term rental bills
    February 2, 2017 There are three new short term rental property (STRP) bills filed for first reading next week. I am not the sponsor of any of them. This post is really me thinking out loud in an effort to understand the new bills.
    http://www.mendesfornashville.com

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