Renaissance (Matthew Herbert)


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More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

David, the two examples you provide (Vegas and NYC) have populations of 600,000 and 8.5 million respectively. I'm not sure those will be our comparison models in determining the efficient needs of Lawrence. Keep in mind that since KU operates their own bus system, the population our public transit is pulling from is about 70,000 people.

July 19, 2015 at 7:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

More details emerge on pending west Lawrence retirement community; city set to tackle bus hub question; major changes to 21st Street possible

I would encourage any community members wishing to speak and be heard on the topic of the T or T hub to come join in the open forum I have established. I want to hear your thoughts. Today's topic is the T hub.

July 18, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Dole Institute's youth leaders learn about politics, civic engagement

One of the best, most unique aspects of this program is the fact that unlike other summer sports/debate camps high school kids can attend, students at the Youth Civic Leadership Institute pay absolutely nothing. If you can get yourself to KU and home from KU everything else is 100% covered. Happy 10th anniversary, YCLI.

July 17, 2015 at 8:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Streets, infrastructure polling higher than police headquarters in new city survey results

Just as an FYI: The 2016 proposed budget includes $8.7 million in residential street maintenance and major street projects from the General Fund, infrastructure sales tax, gas tax revenues and general obligation bonds. This amount reflects the city-share only of these projects and does not include the East Ninth project costs or the funding for design of Wakarusa drive improvements. This amount is approximately $1.4 million over 2015 budget.

July 7, 2015 at 9:43 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence sees 1.86 inches of rain on Friday

2.25" out by Rock Chalk Park.

July 5, 2015 at 8:14 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Trio of Lawrence commissioners say they want to get tougher on economic incentives

At the end of the article, where it notes that Commissioners wish to spend $75,000 studying the issue of affordable housing, I would like the record to show that I DID NOT support that expenditure and in fact spoke out against it in the study session. We have $110,000 in an account SPECIFICALLY for affordable housing. I believe that money ought to be put towards affordable housing expenses, NOT to hire an outside company to come in and tell us about a problem we already know exists.

June 9, 2015 at 9:54 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Important input

4) "It’s an important decision that deserved a more thoughtful process than it apparently will receive."

Under the proposal that was withdrawn by Commission Boley (not voted down/rejected as the article states, incorrectly) our ad hoc group was to be asked for a recommendation by November. If we had any hope of proceeding with facilities within the 2016 budget, a recommendation was to be required by July, from a group that as of June 1st didn't even officially exist. When we met with three of the individuals who were suggested for the group they themselves agreed the timeframe was probably unrealistic given that the ad hoc committee would have to arrange meeting times around individual work schedules and was unlikely to meet more than 3-4 times per month. Even if we moved budgeting to the 2017 budget and gave the group until November as presented, the ad hoc group was unlikely to meet more than a dozen times before a recommendation was to be presented. As to the implication that this is rushed, recall that discussion for expansion of the police facility began in 1993. An ad hoc group would have added 90 days to a process that has been in the works for 22 years.

June 5, 2015 at 4:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Editorial: Important input

There are a few facts that are either presented wrong or conveniently left out of the editorial in an effort to sell the narrative. Allow me to present a few facts so that your readers may understand the ENTIRETY of the story.

1) "a majority of city commissioners on Tuesday decided they knew everything they needed to know about the topic and that further input from an ad hoc committee of community and law enforcement people wasn’t needed."

INCORRECT. The individuals whose names were submitted to form this ad hoc group had a combined experience in law enforcement of exactly 0 days. There was absolutely NO ONE from law enforcement that was taking part in this group.

2) "From their discussions, it appears commissioners are preparing to move forward on a police facility that is similar, if not identical, to what voters turned down"

INCORRECT. The proposal that voters rejected by 500 votes in November involved a significant sales tax increase. This is why, legally, it was put to a vote. The building of public safety infrastructure such as fire stations, police stations and water treatment facilities (like the one we just voted on last month without an ad hoc commission and at a cost more than double a police station) require no public vote if done within the existing budgetary confines. You cannot raise sales taxes without a vote. A majority of the commissioners, myself included, on Tuesday night made it very clear that IF we are to proceed with a police facility it must be done within the context of the existing budget. This is not a minor insignificant difference from the previous rejected proposal. Additionally, as to creating a facility "identical" to the one voted down in November, it is conveniently not mentioned that a different proposal is being looked at, involving the owner of the Journal World presenting a sales offer to the city for the facility and stands to make many millions of dollars from the deal. That fact is not mentioned in the editorial anywhere.

3) Advisory boards and task forces are not the same. See Michelle's comment above for an understanding of the differentiation. Rejecting the idea of one does not necessarily equate to a rejection of the other.

June 5, 2015 at 4:40 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lawrence construction totals on pace for record year; more details on costs of large apartment project; eco devo leaders confirm details of new manufacturer

Richard, where in the article does it mention EPS receiving ANY taxpayer incentives or corporate welfare?

May 28, 2015 at 3:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )