Sunday, August 08, 2010

Back To Business

"Life's a voyage that's homeward bound."  - Herman Melville

The Valley Report is back after a much-needed vacation. I will soon be filing a report on my trip, which unexpectedly turned into a fact-finding mission on transportation in big and small cities located throughout the Old South. Of particular interest: Three bridges with tolls in an area with high unemployment, still-climbing home foreclosures and virtually no public transport options. Oh, and the local government is broke, too.

But lets get to the local news:

- Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch was among 16 people honored by the National Association of School Resource Officers last week for her work with two District 13 schools and Louisville Metro Police. [Metro Press Release]

- As is the usual custom, Councilman Rick Blackwell will host the monthly "Coffee With Your Councilman" on Saturday August 14th. Come on out to Sister Beans, 4956 Manslick Road beginning at 10:00am. There is no formal program, just stop by and talk with the Councilman. There is also no agenda, just a chance for you to interact with your representative and support a home-grown, local business in Southwest Louisville.

- While I was out: Councilman Doug Hawkins held a fundraiser for his re-election campaign in the Bashford Manor area. For those of you keeping score, that is not in District 25.

- Via The Local Weekly: A career fair will be held at the Sun Valley Community Center at 6505 Bethany Lane on Monday, August 23, from 10 am to 3 pm. The fair is being hosted by The Lifesong and is being supported by the Louisville Urban League, JOB News and OET (Office of Employment and Training). If you are interested in finding a new job you should bring your resume. You will also have the chance to meet and greet representatives from over 35 companies, colleges and universities. This will be your chance to discuss your strengths and skills which could lead to a new job or career.

Among the companies and schools scheduled to participate are: AFLAC, AutoZone, Avon, Bellarmine University, Crowne Plaza, Jefferson Community & Technical College, Physicians Mutual, and UPS. For a complete list as well as information on the free TARC Job Hunter Bus, go to and click on Career Fair.


  1. To be equally fair Brian the fundraiser was held at the Republican Headquarters which is in the Bashford Manor Lane area on Champions Trace.

    Insinuating that Hawkins went outside the District, without mentioning the event was held at Republican HQ since he is indeed a Republican, was beneath you.

  2. Who really cares what area of town the fundraiser is hosted. While Councilmembers represent geographic areas of Louisville, they vote on issues impacting our entire community.

    Yet, if you feel compelled to highlight out-of-district is one you missed: "On January 26th, Councilwoman Welch kicked off her re-election campaign with a fundraiser in downtown Louisville. For those keeping score, that is not in District 13."

  3. Although I understand the need to raise money, I don't like out-of-district fundraisers for Metro Council races. I have been critical of Hawkins' opponent, David Yates, for doing the same thing. I think that they BOTH should try to find locations in District 25 to host such events. They seem to be saying either there is no suitable place to have a fund raiser or they cannot attract donors to the district. Both of these perceptions are unacceptable. It is just my opinion, as I directed the comment toward "those keeping score". Obviously you are not. So skip it.