Thursday, January 21, 2010

PRP Cans Fire Captain

UPDATE: PRP Fire Captain Danny Heil has been fired for racially harassing a fellow firefighter. The civil case against Heil was dropped just days ago amid his completion of sensitivity training. [CJ]

Beware The Banker Dressed in the Clothes of the Working Man

Just as I haven't scattered the morning dew in a while, I haven't laughed out loud at a news item in quite some time.  Until tonight.  The Courier-Journal has an article online about Mayoral candidate and Councilman Jim King and his "labor plan". After reading the entire piece, it is my professional opinion that the journalist, Dan Klepal, doesn't give two shits about Jim King.  Of course, I could be wrong. But it is much more fun to imagine he doesn't.

Naturally, I was intrigued at the mere mention of unions.  After all, I am known in some circles as a Union Man and I'm concerned anytime some hack goes around squalling about his "plan" for unions. Here's a gem of a quote I pulled from the article, as King struggles to align himself with everyday workers...
“I will stand strong for the working men and women of this community,” he said. “You can take that to the bank.”

King is a rich banker who leads the mayoral race in fundraising because of a $760,000 loan he made to his own campaign. But he said that his roots are Working Class.
I can't believe King didn't try and turn this press event into a commercial for his chintzy-ass bank. I can see it now..."Damn roots are working class! You can take that to the bank!  Hell, take it to King Southern Bank! Maybe if you guys work hard, someday YOU can own a bank and BUY YOUR DAUGHTER SOMETHING NICE! Like an ELECTION!! Damn!!  Hell!!"

To date, King's contribution to Organized Labor has been his co-sponsoring of the "Labor Standards Ordinance", which failed miserably and was later rewritten to exclude nearly every project it was intended to include in the first place.

It is now clear to me that King's campaign has turned to wax. But did John McCain's. And that doddering old fool whipped many others at extremely long odds to become his party's nominee. If King & Co. can continue to persuade people to jump into the mayor's race, the percentage he needs to actually win continues to dwindle. We cannot afford to let that happen. Are you with me?

HOT!! This Just In:  Good Ol' Working Class Jim King's campaign website was designed by Kinematic Studios in Quezon City, Philippines. King OFF-SHORED the development of his site while local web developers sit idle. Nice job, Jim. Way to support "working class" Louisvillians.  Tip O' the Hat to my friend Steve Magruder.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Yates Getting Serious in Bid for 25th

25th District Metro Council candidate David Yates is bringing out the big guns as he officially files for office tomorrow. Yates has scheduled a fundraiser to be hosted by Kentucky Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo on Wednesday, January 27th at 5:30pm. The event is being held at Makespace Media Studio located at 1236 S. Shelby St.

The South Louisville Democrat will face the winner of the Republican primary this May between Dr. Robert Thrasher and incumbent Doug Hawkins.  Click HERE for a map of the 25th District.

Here's more on Yates:
David Yates, born and raised in the South end of Louisville, is a graduate of Holy Cross High School, earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Louisville and the degree of Juris Doctor from Northern Kentucky, Chase College of Law. David has worked for the Legislative Research Commission and clerked with the United States District Court before working with the Commonwealths Attorney’s Office. David served as a Kentucky Assistant Attorney General where he represented the Commonwealth before the Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. David was later retained by the UAW Legal Plan where he practiced primarily in consumer protection litigation. He is now the sole owner of a general practice law firm, teaches part-time at JCC Southwest Campus, and supports, volunteers, and participates in numerous events throughout the community.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

New Year, New Look.

Welcome to the new and improved design of The Valley Report @ If you have any comments or suggestions on the new layout, feel free to let me know. Now...on to the news.

- E.On, the foreign, for-profit owner of LG&E and Kentucky Utilities, is offering to replace faulty thermostats that were given away to customers through their "Demand Conservation" program. The thermostats may overheat and cause a fire. Chip Keeling, spokesperson, is vague and sounds a little misleading to me in this Courier-Journal article on the situation.

- The Local Weekly is reporting Valley High School is to receive $26 million in federal stimulus funds to transition Valley to a “Medical Magnet School”. This will provide a three-career pathway for students interested in jobs in the medical and health fields, as well as environmental careers. More info soon.

- Our community has a new neighbor - the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, committed to Brotherhood, friendship and community service, along with a healthy dose of patriotism and national pride. The chapter is involved heavily in the community - hosting fund-raising drives for various charities throughout the Metro - the most significant being the Toys for Tots, Indian Summer Cancer Camp for Kids in conjunction with the Support Families in need in the community. Other notable charities sponsored by the Iron Motocycle Club includes: Independence Animal Shelter, Hope House, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, and St. Jude's Hospital. Already, they helped two local Fairdale families at Christmas with over $600.00 in food, gifts and clothes for their families. The Clubhouse at 10008 Mitchell Hill Road is open to motorcyclists and the community every Friday from 7pm till 11pm. They can be reached at They look forward to meeting the community and taking an active role in local charities. Thanks to Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch for this info.

2010 VITA Volunteers Needed

Henderson puts out the call for 2010 VITA Volunteers
Program returned $1.5 million to Southwest Community in 2009

Last year, 1400 families in southwest Jefferson County were able to receive an estimated $1.5 million dollars in income tax returns because of a special group of volunteers. Now, the call is going out for volunteers in the 2010 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

“The VITA program gets results for people who need the financial help,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “I am proud of the volunteers who over these past few years have done so much good for families who otherwise would not receive the refunds they are entitled to.”

VITA is a program of the Louisville Asset Building Coalition. It is a free tax preparation program for low income families making less than $49,000 a year. No experience is necessary to become a volunteer. The LABC works with the IRS to provide easy training to be either a tax preparer or site support personnel.

“Volunteers are the key to this free service,” says Henderson. “You will be able to work a very flexible schedule and there are no minimum hours required if you decide to help us out.”

For more information about becoming a 2010 VITA Volunteer, contact Kathy Pullen at Be sure to write VITA in the subject line. Or you can call Councilman Henderson’s office at 574-1114.