Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sun Valley to host "Meet and Greet" featuring metro, state lawmakers

UPDATE:Due to potential snowfall and the current winter weather advisory in effect for the area on Thursday, January 20th, the “Meet and Greet” event set for the Sun Valley Community Center has been postponed to a later date.

With a new year underway, three members of the Louisville Metro Council invite residents in southwest Jefferson County to an Old Fashioned “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, January 20th.

Council members Bob Henderson (D-14) Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25) will join members of the Kentucky General Assembly at the event beginning at 6:00pm.

“The people of our districts will have a chance to come out and speak directly to us and let us know if there are any concerns or issues they want us to be aware of,” says Henderson. “With state lawmakers in Frankfort, it’s a good time to tell them your concerns on a state level.”

Joining the Council Members will be State Representative Charlie Miller District 28, Rep. Joni Jenkins District 44 and State Senator Dennis Parrett of District 10.

“I am looking forward to meeting constituents in what will be the first of many events like this,” says Yates. “I want to hear from the people of District 25 and this is an easy, informal way to come out and talk with the people who represent you.”

The Pleasure Ridge Park and Valley Woman’s Clubs are hosting the event which includes an “all you can eat” Bean Soup and Cornbread Dinner. The cost is just $6 per person and the money raised from the dinner will benefit the Club’s Scholarship Fund. The Dinner will begin at 5:00pm.

“Metro government can do many things to help an area but we need to have feed back on how well things are working,” says Welch. “But it is also important that resident get to know the people who pass laws and handle problems in their area and I look forward to meeting with them.”

The event will be held at the Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.

For more information about the “Meet and Greet: Call Councilman Henderson’s office at 574-1114, or Councilwoman Welch’s office at 574-1113 or Councilman Yates office at 574-1125.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today is V.I.T.A. Day at Sun Valley Community Center

It is a program that has returned millions of dollars to thousands of low income families in Metro Louisville and today, January 18th the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program returns to the Sun Valley Community Center.
“When we began this program four years ago, I knew we were doing some good for families having a tough economic time,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D-14). “As we begin this fourth year and with the help of many volunteers, the goal is a simple one of helping as many people as we can.”

The purpose of the V.I.T.A. program is to offer free tax preparation to persons making $49,000 or less. Over the years, volunteers have been able to find deductions to help families receive better tax returns when filing their 2010 federal income taxes.

The V.I.T.A. operation at the Sun Valley Community Center will begin Tuesday. The Community Center will offer the assistance Tuesday through Saturday.

The Hours of operations are as follows:

Tuesdays 9:30am to 7:00pm

Wednesdays 9:30am to 4:30pm

Thursdays 9:30am to 7:00pm

Fridays 10:00am to 3:00pm

Saturdays 10:30am to 1:30pm

Monday, January 17, 2011

Metro Citizen's Bill of Rights reveals: You're a "customer"

Mayor Greg Fischer recently released his "Citizen's Bill of Rights". It is published on the city's website for your convenience. The Bill of Rights is loaded with "corporate-speak" and double-talking jive. It is surely corrupt communication.

It is my opinion citizens are not "customers" and should not be treated as such. They are the "owners".

While a detailed Bill of Rights for citizens is a good thing, the wrong approach was taken on this one.

The text of the Bill of Rights can be found after the jump...