For the Sake of Humanity

April 1st projected death rate in the U.S. by August: 240,000  “even with blanket nationwide adoption of stringent mitigation efforts” April 7th  projected death rate: 82,000. April 8th projected death rate: 60,415. May 11th projected death rate: 137,000 and largely attributed to increased mobility/states re-opening. May 13th projected death rate: 140,000 Wash your hands frequently. … Continue reading For the Sake of Humanity

“Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s fraud.” ― DaShanne Stokes

2018 Follow Up to an original post from 2014 entitled "My Email to the City Manager: Our Treatment of Ms. Lori Holt and the Heitman Family" It has now been 7 years since Alex Heitman died.  With the current events, it would seem appropriate timing to repost this. It was, after all, a turning point … Continue reading “Leadership by deception isn’t leadership. It’s fraud.” ― DaShanne Stokes

Bums

Who dine like celebrities while feeding you what you want to hear Who rejoice in exotic locations after inculcating you with fear Who pay themselves six figures from your taxes and your tithes Who silence their critics with propaganda, slander and lies Who offer forgiveness for your sins, but for their own evade consequence Who … Continue reading Bums

Flushing Your Cash Down the Drain: The Infamous Oak Ridge Marina Bathroom

This is old news, but so many people continue to ask me about it that I’ve decided to share everything I know here. For those who have never visited our lovely marina bathrooms, you might think that they had marble walls and gold plated urinals given the steep price tag borne by taxpayers. Think again. Pictures … Continue reading Flushing Your Cash Down the Drain: The Infamous Oak Ridge Marina Bathroom

Leftover School “FUN”d Money – The Data Doesn’t Lie

My usual detractors are in a tizzy over my most recent column and a discussion had during a council meeting (reported on here) regarding the school's practice of stockpiling cash while claiming poverty. I also stated, "in spite of being one of the most heavily funded systems in the state, much of your money is not making it into the … Continue reading Leftover School “FUN”d Money – The Data Doesn’t Lie

Council Votes: 5/9/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the May 9, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the June 2016 … Continue reading Council Votes: 5/9/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

May 2016 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9th  at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: A contract award to TML for property, liability and workers comp insurance for $884,744. A professional services agreement award to Cannon and Cannon for engineering services regarding pedestrian safety improvements on the Oak Ridge Turnpike for … Continue reading May 2016 City Council Update

Council Votes: 4/11/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the April 11, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the May 2016 Regular Meeting … Continue reading Council Votes: 4/11/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 3/29/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SUMMARY

DOE WATER CONTRACT The following represents an unofficial account of the discussion and vote on the 2016 extension of the DOE water contract during the March 29, 2016 City Council Special Called Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here. No video of the meeting was made. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be … Continue reading Council Votes: 3/29/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 3/14/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the March 14, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the April 2016 Regular Meeting … Continue reading Council Votes: 3/14/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

March 2016 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 14th  at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Multiple authorizations for local businesses engaged in alcohol sales Authorization to apply for and accept a grant of $250,000 up to $500,000 for synthetic turf at Blankenship. 50% required local match. Water Services Contract with DOE … Continue reading March 2016 City Council Update

Holding On

The time is fast approaching, clinging to every fleeting moment While the joy is still so abundant, still so pure Plays with dolls, tells silly jokes, questions everything Laughs hard, loud and often Climbs trees, doorways, rocks Always planning, plotting, working NYC to CZM to OBX My travel buddy, museum docent, trailblazer Kitchen chemist, delightful dancer, … Continue reading Holding On

Council Votes: 2/8/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the February 8, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here, here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the March … Continue reading Council Votes: 2/8/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

February 2016 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: The City Attorney’s annual evaluation Resolution of intent to reimburse the itself up to $500,000 from the proceeds of issued bonds (debt) related to site selection and architectural/engineering fees for the construction of a new preschool … Continue reading February 2016 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Trash Talk

As you may have read recently, City Council has been discussing our contract with Waste Connections, the company that has provided your weekly trash pick-up service since 2002. Though their contract still has five years remaining, the company asked council to consider waiving the competitive bid process to give them an additional five years. When … Continue reading Trash Talk

Council Votes: 1/11/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the January 11, 2016 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted on the city website in the February 2016 Regular Meeting Agenda … Continue reading Council Votes: 1/11/16 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

January 2016 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 11th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: A presentation by Realty Link (potential buyer and developer of the mall property) The City Manager’s annual evaluation Multiple contract awards to Lamar Dunn exceeding $400,000 for sewer-related planning and engineering services Waived bid awarding Waste … Continue reading January 2016 City Council Update

Council Votes: 12/14/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the December 14, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and here a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as … Continue reading Council Votes: 12/14/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

December 2015 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: A special report on the Land Bank Adoption of the state and federal legislative agenda Transfer of $325,000 from the general fund to the golf course fund for supplemental operational funding Modification of the water services … Continue reading December 2015 Oak Ridge City Council Update

Council Votes: 11/16/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the November 16, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as … Continue reading Council Votes: 11/16/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

 Council Votes: 10/20/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING/WORK SESSION SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the October 20, 2015 City Council Work Session  and Special Meetings. The complete agenda packets are found here and here. Joint Work Session with the Board of Education: Presentation of the Preschool Committee’s Recommendation for a new Preschool Building Mayor … Continue reading  Council Votes: 10/20/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING/WORK SESSION SUMMARY

Council Votes: 10/12/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the October 12, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 10/12/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

10/15/15 Special Meeting: MTAS ORPD Review Results

Post Updated 10/16/15 with MTAS Report and media coverage linked as follows: MTAS 2015 Report WATE Coverage OakRidger MTAS Report Coverage KnoxNews MTAS Report Coverage OakRidgeToday MTAS Report Coverage --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Tomorrow night at 6:00p.m. the Oak Ridge City Council will meet at the municipal building to hear the results of the MTAS review/investigation of the … Continue reading 10/15/15 Special Meeting: MTAS ORPD Review Results

October 2015 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 12th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: A briefing from the city’s audit firm regarding the marina bathroom project. At our last meeting, Ms. Garcia Garland requested clarification on an apparent $40,000 discrepancy. Though I requested all invoices and purchase orders affiliated with … Continue reading October 2015 City Council Update

My Response to Matt Bailey RE: The MTAS Investigation

I submit the following in response to Mr. Louis Matthew Bailey’s public accusations against me. Mr. Bailey has marginalized the concerns of both our police officers and our citizens by claiming that I’ve overstated the police department’s turnover. In reality, the HR Director, Penny Sissom omitted the names of at least two known departures, thereby … Continue reading My Response to Matt Bailey RE: The MTAS Investigation

Council Votes: 9/14/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the September 14, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 9/14/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

September 2015 City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for tonight, September 14th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: - A vote on the Special Events Advisory Task Force recommended changes to the Secret City Festival - Contract extension for employee medical insurance with the state for $4.5M - Award of roughly $350K to multiple … Continue reading September 2015 City Council Update

Council Votes: 8/10/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the August 10, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 8/10/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 7/27/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARY/FY16 Budget Votes

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the July 27, 2015 City Council Special Meetings. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 7/27/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARY/FY16 Budget Votes

Council Votes: 7/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Budget Scheduling Note: The state has now certified our tax rate at $2.52, which is the rate necessary to maintain revenue neutrality with the new assessment value data. Though this rate is up from the current rate of $2.39, it does not equate to an overall tax increase.  Council will hold a work session on … Continue reading Council Votes: 7/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

July City Council Update/ORPD/Budget Updates

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 13th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include the waiving of the competitive bid process for over $2 million of various contracts as well as a resolution in support of establishing Oak Ridge as the headquarters for the proposed Manhattan Project National Historical Park. … Continue reading July City Council Update/ORPD/Budget Updates

Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Sixteen years ago, Partners for Progress successfully lobbied the city to spend over $15 million of your (the taxpayer) money to launch a major development on the West End of Oak Ridge. The promises were enough to make people starry eyed. There was to be a picturesque subdivision of nearly 4,000 homes along with an industrial complex that, when … Continue reading Give It Away, Give It Away, Give It Away Now

Council Votes: 6/15/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/2016 Budget Discussions

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the June 15, 2015 City Council Meetings. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the July 2015 Regular Meeting … Continue reading Council Votes: 6/15/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/2016 Budget Discussions

Council Votes: 6/1/15 & 6/8/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/2016 Budget Discussions

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the June 1st & 8th 2015 City Council Meetings. The complete agenda packets are found here and here and a video of the June 8th meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city … Continue reading Council Votes: 6/1/15 & 6/8/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/2016 Budget Discussions

June City Council Update/2016 City Budget Schedule

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 8th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include the first reading of the city’s 2016 budget. The second and final reading will be held during a meeting on June 15th. As it stands right now, the city manager has proposed a 1 cent tax … Continue reading June City Council Update/2016 City Budget Schedule

Backyard Adventure: The Virginia Creeper Trail

The Virginia Creeper Trail is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, an initiative that converts abandoned railroad tracks into scenic trail ways.  We rode all 34 miles of VCT this weekend  and breathtaking doesn’t begin to describe our experience. If you’ve never gone, it’s only a couple hours away from Oak Ridge and well … Continue reading Backyard Adventure: The Virginia Creeper Trail

ORPD Investigation Update/Results of 5/20/15 3rd Special Meeting /Bobby Hill Emails

Given that there is some confusion over recent events, I offer the following summary about where we are, how we got here and where we are headed with regards to the ORPD investigation. The ORPD has seen a total turnover rate of 45% in the last four years having lost 34 of our 76 employees. … Continue reading ORPD Investigation Update/Results of 5/20/15 3rd Special Meeting /Bobby Hill Emails

Council Votes: 5/11/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

NOTE:  Council will hold another special meeting on May 21st at 6:00p.m. See Appearance of Citizens below for details. The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the May 11, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and a video of the meeting … Continue reading Council Votes: 5/11/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

May City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 11th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Resolution awarding a contract to Knox Blount Maintenance for janitorial services for city facilities - $214,935 Resolution extending the lease on the Daniel Arthur Building for the purposes of operating the senior center Ordinance repealing and … Continue reading May City Council Update

Council Votes: 4/21/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARIES/More on ORPD Investigation

“Vigorously hunt for that witch, with a study designed to ferret out the witch, as though one indeed exists.  Then, when none is found, the citizens will be reassured that no stone was left unturned, that if there were problems, they would have been found.” – Dr. Horton The following represents an unofficial account of the … Continue reading Council Votes: 4/21/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETINGS SUMMARIES/More on ORPD Investigation

2nd Special Meeting Tomorrow Re: ORPD Investigation

At 3:40p.m. today, council was informed that we will have a second special meeting tomorrow night following our work session at the Central Services Complex behind Kmart. The agenda, located here, mirrors an email councilmember Callison sent to all of council last night which is also very similar to an email BOE member Angi Agle … Continue reading 2nd Special Meeting Tomorrow Re: ORPD Investigation

Barton Shares Interview Names with Akagi/More ORPD Investigation Developments

At the encouragement of multiple council members during the Appearance of Citizens at our April 13th meeting (and in direct contradiction to what council voted on in our March 27th meeting), a retired officer contacted MTAS requesting to be included in the interview process. As you can see in the email below (see #1 below), … Continue reading Barton Shares Interview Names with Akagi/More ORPD Investigation Developments

Council Votes: 4/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the April 13, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet is found here and here and a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part … Continue reading Council Votes: 4/13/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY/More on ORPD Investigation

Meeting Results and Commentary for the March 27, 2015 Special Meeting (ORPD Investigation)

In February, council unanimously committed to initiate a fair and thorough investigation of the very serious issues that had come to our attention regarding our police department and its leadership. (See below and read here, here, here and here). Last night, however, council reneged on its promises to the community and to the men and … Continue reading Meeting Results and Commentary for the March 27, 2015 Special Meeting (ORPD Investigation)

ORPD Investigation: Last Minute Agenda Item Added NOT In Line With Council Agreements

Council just received the following email from the city manager's assistant who is acting as the city clerk. My response follows. On Mar 6, 2015, at 3:02 PM, Applegate Jr., Bruce M. <bapplegate@oakridgetn.gov> wrote: Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers, There has been an update to the agenda items included in the March 9th, 2015 City Council … Continue reading ORPD Investigation: Last Minute Agenda Item Added NOT In Line With Council Agreements

March City Council Update/ORPD Investigation Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 9th at 7:00p.m. at the Municipal Building. Significant items include: Resolution awarding a contract to Wright Contracting, Inc for the replacement of windows at the water treatment plant - $150K Resolution awarding a contract to S&W Contracting Co, Inc for the installation of a traffic signal … Continue reading March City Council Update/ORPD Investigation Update

My Comments RE: Oak Ridge Today Article on Heitman Note Development

It is worth noting up front that Mr. Huotari did not contact myself or the Heitmans before he ran his story. Instead, he left us messages 4-6 hours after the fact. Below is my response to him. He has yet to update his story with my comments and has not re-attempted to contact the Heitmans per … Continue reading My Comments RE: Oak Ridge Today Article on Heitman Note Development

Additional February Meetings/ORPD Issue Follow Up

Due to the increased activities in your local government, I am sending out a second update for this month. The following schedule is subject to change, but as it stands, here are the upcoming meetings: Feb 17th: City Council Work Session 6:00p.m. Central Services Complex (behind Kmart) – Read the agenda here. Feb 20th – *Proposed* … Continue reading Additional February Meetings/ORPD Issue Follow Up

Council Votes: 2/9/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY (ORPD & Censure Issues)

I want to express my sincerest appreciation to and admiration for the countless individuals who participated this night and in the weeks preceding it via letters to the editor, emails and phone calls to council and social media discussions.  With a packed court room and tremendous overflow outside, this council meeting brought out the largest … Continue reading Council Votes: 2/9/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY (ORPD & Censure Issues)

Timeline of Events (ORPD Issues)/My Response to Hensley

While the focus of our city’s current crisis should be on the well-being of our police officers, I am compelled to respond to some of the allegations that have been publicly made against me by Councilmember Charlie Hensley. I have broken no laws nor have I committed any of the infractions alleged by Mr. Hensley … Continue reading Timeline of Events (ORPD Issues)/My Response to Hensley

My Investigation Requests Re: ORPD Police Chief James T. Akagi

As reported on here and here, the following is my complete letter to the city manager and city clerk sent 1/30/15. It was triggered by Mr. Watson's comments to the press in response to my initial communication regarding our high turnover rate in the ORPD and this grievance filed by Officer Bayless.  Mr. Watson/City Clerk, As  you … Continue reading My Investigation Requests Re: ORPD Police Chief James T. Akagi

ORPD Turnover Issues: My email to the city manager

The following email was sent on 1/25/2014 to the Oak Ridge City Manager, Mark Watson and copied to all of city council and the press: Mark, I commend you for swiftly responding to Officer Christopher Bayless’ January 14th “Grievance to Proposal of Disciplinary Action.” I have read this 48 page file and agree with your … Continue reading ORPD Turnover Issues: My email to the city manager

Council Votes: 1/12/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the January 12, 2015 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet as well as a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the January … Continue reading Council Votes: 1/12/15 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: 12/8/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the December 8, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet as well as a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will most likely be posted at the city website as part of the January … Continue reading Council Votes: 12/8/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

December City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for December 8th.  Significant items include: A resolution transferring 6 city-acquired properties to the Land Bank Allocation of $34,000+ to local social services agencies $1.9M EPA mandate-related spending $239K bid award for LED replacement lighting in the library A resolution for the city to accept infrastructure responsibility for Summit … Continue reading December City Council Update

Council Votes:  11/24/14 Mayor Vote/OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the November 24, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet as well as a video of the meeting can be viewed here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted at the city website as part of the December 2014 Regular … Continue reading Council Votes:  11/24/14 Mayor Vote/OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Council Votes: Oct 13, 20 & 27 Oak Ridge City Council Meeting Summaries

It has been another busy month! For the sake of time, I've consolidated three of our most pertinent meetings into this one post.  10/13/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY  The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the October 13, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete … Continue reading Council Votes: Oct 13, 20 & 27 Oak Ridge City Council Meeting Summaries

Vote for Garcia Garland for City Council – She won’t sell out

Please consider voting for my friend Anne Garcia Garland for City Council. Though we come from different ends of the political spectrum, Anne and I work very well together to ensure transparency and accountability. I respect her beyond words for being a woman who stands solid on her convictions. You can vote for her with … Continue reading Vote for Garcia Garland for City Council – She won’t sell out

October City Council Update

Council’s next regular  meeting is scheduled for October 13th .  Significant items include the City Manager’s annual performance review,  a grant application to install a round-a-bout at Malfunction Junction and renewal of the CVB contract. See the agenda packet here for complete details. Results of the September regular meeting are found here. Additionally, per my … Continue reading October City Council Update

THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS – 9/29/14 SPECIAL MEETING: MALL TIF Changes

Governments that are oblivious to the burdens they have placed on their taxpayers do not hold the prescription for our economic maladies. And though Oak Ridge has substantial history that proves this, we refuse to learn from our past mistakes. Instead, year after year, the same players push their solutions wrapped in the flag of … Continue reading THE PEOPLE’S BUSINESS – 9/29/14 SPECIAL MEETING: MALL TIF Changes

The People’s Business – 9/26/14 Special Meeting: Chamber of Commerce formation of Progress PAC

Aside from the pathetic display of hatemongering by a BOE member’s husband who thought it an appropriate venue for spewing more vitriol at Ms. Paine, last night’s meeting exceeded my expectations in a number of ways. Originally, my meeting request, as outlined here, was for an executive meeting to discuss taking legal action against the … Continue reading The People’s Business – 9/26/14 Special Meeting: Chamber of Commerce formation of Progress PAC

Injunction Request Against the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Krushenski, I request that you seek an immediate injunction that prohibits the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce from conducting any and all political activities on city-owned land until such time that the courts can determine whether or not the Chamber misrepresented their intent to the City Council in our July 14th meeting. Those activities … Continue reading Injunction Request Against the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

City of Oak Ridge Financial Snapshot: Why Your City’s Financial Matters Matter

I was recently invited to speak to the Anderson County Tea Party. The following were my talking points. Critical documents are hyper-linked in blue. Why Your City’s Financial Matters Matter  Just about anything that happens (or doesn’t) in Oak Ridge has a direct tie to money, your money. Local government spending directly impacts your wallet. Think not only … Continue reading City of Oak Ridge Financial Snapshot: Why Your City’s Financial Matters Matter

9/8/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

The following represents an unofficial account of the significant items discussed and/or voted upon during the September 8, 2014 City Council Regular Meeting. The complete agenda packet as well as a video of the meeting can be viewed here and here. Draft meeting minutes will be posted at the city website as part of the October … Continue reading 9/8/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

Letter to the Editor of the Oak Ridger: Correction of my statement about the Chamber of Commerce

To the Editor: I misspoke during our August 11th city council meeting and wish to make a public correction. Per a recent article in the Oak Ridger, I stated that “We pay the Chamber of Commerce $275,000 per year, compared to Farragut who pays $7,000 per year to be a member of their chamber.” While … Continue reading Letter to the Editor of the Oak Ridger: Correction of my statement about the Chamber of Commerce

8/11/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

NOTE: On this same evening, the BOE held a meeting in which they voted 4-1 (Angi Agle voted “no”) to fully reinstate transportation for all students, effectively suspending the “Parental Responsibility Zone” aka the walk zone upon full re-implementation which is expected to take up to 2 months. The following represents an unofficial account of … Continue reading 8/11/14 OAK RIDGE CITY COUNCIL MEETING SUMMARY

You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first ~Frederick B. Wilcox

By year’s end, we’ll have had three major elections. Tomorrow, however, may prove to be the real tipping point in our community. A number of citizens have expressed an intent to take a stand in support of their positions on two issues – the school transportation cuts and the future of Clark Park. For weeks, … Continue reading You can’t steal second base and keep your foot on first ~Frederick B. Wilcox

Afterthoughts on the 2015 Budget Discussions

A lot of incomplete, and sometimes inaccurate, information has been disseminated to the public regarding the FY2015 city and school budgets. Such inconsistencies compound citizen frustrations as they begin to feel the impact of both bodies’ decisions. I would like to offer some clarification along with supporting resources which are hyperlinked below. First, let me … Continue reading Afterthoughts on the 2015 Budget Discussions