Monday, November 10, 2014

UPDATED: Blackwell, Welch and Yates: Three Heartless Councilmembers of the Apocalypse

UPDATE 11-11-2014: CW Cindi Fowler (D-14) has become a co-sponsor of the ordinance that would raise the minimum wage in Louisville.

[Editor's Note: This post originally appeared at Louisville Courant and is being reposted with permission]

From Facebook.
Four Louisville Metro Council members are being shamed in Louisville's social media for their opposition to  (Seattle was first.) 
became the second US city to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

The shamed councilmembers are, from left in the image, Rick Blackwell (District 12), Vicky Aubrey Welch (District 13), Cindi Fowler (District 14), and David Yates (District 25).

All four of these Council members are Democrats who were elected after pledging to Louisville labor leaders to support working people.

In October, Congressman John Yarmuth spoke before the Council's Labor and Economic Development Committee in support of raising the wage:

Kentucky Jobs with Justice has a webpage set up just to let Metro Council members where you stand on the proposal to raise the minimum wage.

Do that now.

The next Labor and Economic Development Committee public meeting will be Monday, November 10, 2014, at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Metro Council chambers, 601 W. Jefferson St. Show up and let your Metro Council know it's time to #raisethewage!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

2014 Southwest Community Festival news and information

The Southwest Community Festival is one of the biggest community events in Louisville celebrating and showcasing Southwest’s people, businesses, and culture. The Southwest Community Festival draws over 20,000 people, each year, to this one day event. The festival will be held at Sun Valley Park on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at 6505 Bethany Lane in Valley Station. New this year there will be a “Concert in the Park”. The concert will be Friday, October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Several events which lead up to the festival include: Concert in the Park on October 3, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm enjoy live music at Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane. Please remember to bring your own chair to the concert. On October 9, 2014 starting at 6:00 pm, Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy,  will host a community Spelling Bee for area elementary school children; The 29th Southwest Community Festival kicks off in the morning with a pancake breakfast at Sun Valley Community Center from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The pancake breakfast will also include sausage biscuits and biscuits/gravy and the proceeds go to Southwest Community Ministries.

FREE festival events include: Hundreds of booths to browse showcasing the Southwest; A car and motorcycle show from River City Street Rods, Inc.; Kids City with free games and inflatable’s sponsored by Valley View Church; arts, crafts, food booths; Teen City, Toddler Town, Men’s tent, and a Senior Tent with bingo and drawings.

Dance the day away! The Monarchs will provide live entertainment from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm playing music from the 50’s and beyond. Free shuttles will be provided to the car show and festival events by South Jefferson Christian Church. We would like to thank our sponsors Kentucky One Health and LG&E. For more information about The 2014 Southwest Community Festival, call 502-403-6188 or visit the website at  SERVICE ANIMALS ONLY

Be a part of the festival! Applications for booths and sponsorships can be downloaded at or call 502-403-6188.

Southwest Community Festival “Concert in the Park”
Friday, October 3, 2014, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Bring your own chairs and blankets!
Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane

Southwest Community Festival Spelling Bee
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 6:00 PM, Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Hwy

Southwest Community Ministries Pancake Breakfast
Morning of Festival, October 11, 2014, 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sun Valley Community Center, 6505 Bethany Lane.  Proceeds Benefit Southwest Community Ministries

29th Annual Southwest Community Festival
Saturday, October 11, 9 AM to 5 PM, Sun Valley Park, 6505 Bethany Lane

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Car show, community meetings start fall off with a bang in SW Louisville

The weather is just right for outdoor activities, and the regular schedule of exciting events is once again in place. Grab some friends and get out for some local entertainment this weekend and all through the month of October.

- 35th Annual Louisville Street Rods car show at Iroquois Park. Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 8am until 5pm Saturday. 8am to 4pm Sunday.

- District 12 residents know that one Saturday a month they have a chance to talk one on one with Councilman Rick Blackwell. The next “Coffee with your Councilman” is set for Saturday, October 5th. This event will take place at Sister Beans Coffeehouse, 5225 New Cut Road beginning at 10:00am. There is no formal program and no need to sign up, just stop by and talk with the Councilman about any issue or concern you may have for the district. For more information about the October “Coffee with your Councilman”, contact Councilman Blackwell’s office at 574-1112. 
- A free canoeing event will be held October 5th at Riverview Park (Greenwood Boat Dock). Registration is required, but there is no fee or charge to participate. Come enjoy this awesome new event in Southwest Louisville. Click HERE for the event flyer and more information!  

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Wednesday, August 07, 2013

District 13's "Coffee with your Councilwoman" returns Saturday, August 17th

Councilwoman Vicki Aubrey Welch will bring MetroSafe to District 13 at her next “Coffee with your Councilwoman” as the series returns on Saturday, August 17th.

“Many people are unaware of the role MetroSafe plays in connecting people with Police, Fire and EMS,” says Welch. “This one agency of government is vital to public safety and I want everyone to have a chance to learn more about it.”

Debbie Fox, Director of Metro Safe will be Councilwoman Welch’s special guest for the event. A District 13 resident herself, Fox will talk about MetroSafe’s services and how the public can play a vital role in safeguarding the community.

“Coffee with your Councilwoman” is an informal gathering open to the public and offers an opportunity to discuss community issues with Councilwoman Welch in a relaxed setting at First String Family Grill, located at 5921 New Cut Road beginning at 9:00am.

Do you have a question about Louisville Metro Government? How about a concern for your neighborhood? Is there an important issue facing our community you’d like to share? This is your chance to ask those questions over a free cup of coffee. No appointment is needed.

“The start of a new school year is just around the corner and so are many other events in District 13,” says Welch. “Come out and find out about all that is going on in the district.”

For more information about the August “Coffee with your Councilwoman”, contact Councilwoman Welch’s office at 574-1113.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Metro Council's Democratic Caucus members encourage public to attend meeting concerning tolls for the Ohio River Bridges project

Members of the Democratic Caucus of the Louisville Metro Council are encouraging anyone who is concerned about tolls on the new Ohio River Bridges to voice their concerns or opinions at two open house meetings early next week.

“The project’s coordinators want to hear from any low income or minority groups that will feel the impact of tolls,” said Councilman David James (D-6), chairman of the Caucus. “It is important that all voices and all areas of Louisville and Southern Indiana be heard.”

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Indiana Department of Transpiration currently have a draft assessment of the impact of tolls for the project. The Open House meetings are being held to gauge more public input.

On Sunday, several members of the Democratic Caucus held a news conference encouraging public participation. “Right now all attention is focused on the beginning of construction but it is important to remember when these bridges are completed, tolls will become a reality,” said Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12).

“Many people are still struggling in this economy and for some these proposed tolls are going to be a burden. That’s why now is the time to voice how you will be impacted if tolls are placed on these new bridges,” says Councilwoman Attica Scott (D-1).

Here is the information for both meetings from the Ohio River Bridges Project::
· Monday, July 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. EDT at the Holiday Inn Clarksville, 505 Marriott Dr., Clarksville, Ind.
· Tuesday, July 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. EDT at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, Ky.

 For those using public transportation, the route information for Transit Authority of River City (TARC) is:
· July 22 meeting – Take TARC to the Spring Street stops at 14th or 15th streets in Jeffersonville, Ind. Shuttle to Holiday Inn Clarksville will be provided at that point.
· July 23 meeting – Take TARC to the Muhammad Ali & 17th Street stop.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Riverview Park Independence Festival returns on Saturday, June 29th

The Riverview Park Independence Festival returns on Saturday, June 29th for an evening of music, family
fun, and a barge load of fireworks on the Ohio River.

“This is the Independence Festival’s second year and we have expanded the fun and entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment,” said Councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12). “This is the only Independence Day Celebration of its kind in Southwest Louisville.”

“This festival is a great chance to build community and bring families out to one of the Southwest’s crown jewels,” says Councilwoman Cindi Fowler (D-14) “Riverview Park is the perfect setting for a festival and fireworks show.”

The Riverview Park Independence Festival will run from 5:00pm to 11:00pm on Saturday, June 29th. It is a free event. Joining Blackwell and Fowler as Metro Council sponsors are Vicki Aubrey Welch (D-13) and David Yates (D-25).

Among the highlights of this year’s Festival:
  • Events emcee’d by Southwest Louisville’s own Dawne Gee 
  • Musical performances by 31W (6:00pm – 8:00pm) and Ode 2 the Gnu (8:30pm – 10:30pm) 
  • Kids’ activities include appearances by Louisville League of Mascots, “Make your Own Slime” and “Make your Own Cotton Candy” provided by Mad Science of Kentucky; and the wonderful Riverview Splash Park! 
  • Louisville Water Company providing the “Bubbler” – refillable water station – so be sure to bring your own Louisville Pure Tap refillable bottles 
  • Food Vendors include Traveling Kitchen and Genius in a Box from Louisville Food Truck Association and Ron’s Hot Dogs and Ehrler’s Ice Cream 
  • Fantastic Fireworks Show on the Ohio River at 10:30 pm!
Limited parking is available at the park. Additional parking will be available at PRP High School (5901 Greenwood Road) and TARC will be providing a trolley shuttle service for attendees.

To see a listing of all the events for the Riverview Park Independence Festival go to