Renaissance (Matthew Herbert)


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Kansas City man arrested following pursuit and crash in southwest Lawrence

When a spike strip won't work at completely stopping all traffic, you can always rely on a roundabout to do the trick. (:

September 10, 2015 at 6:30 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former City Commissioner Terry Riordan to apply for vacant spot on commission; no applications on file yet

Greg - The commission accepts applications from anyone who applies. The only rules that exist require the applicant to be an eligible voter and a resident within city limits.

September 4, 2015 at 10:17 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City delays action on fire codes for animal facilities

Kristine -
Thank you for your concern about constituent e-mail and specifically your concerns about a lack of a response. The e-mail you are referencing arrived in our mailboxes at 1:43 yesterday afternoon. Yesterday's meeting began at 4:00, with most of us having arrived at city hall by 3:30-3:45 (we had a city-county meeting prior to the commission meeting). Assuming commissioners checked their e-mail right as your note arrived, this would have left commissioners no more than a 2 hour and 17 minute window to read and respond to your note prior to our meeting. Given that all of us also have day jobs, this could have proven quite difficult. I cannot speak to the inbox of any other commissioner, but I can tell you that regarding city commission issues, yesterday I received 43 e-mails between 6:00 a.m when I woke up, and 3:30 pm when I arrived at city hall. Your feedback is absolutely important to me and I value what you and the other 92,000+ residents of our community have to say. I have made it a point to try and respond to every e-mail I have received, but I would simply ask that you give us a reasonable time to read and respond to your e-mail. For greatest effect and likelihood of a response/dialogue, in the future I would recommend you and other community members who wish to offer support or opposition to a specific issue do so prior to the afternoon of the commission meeting.

September 2, 2015 at 10:10 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Former Congressman Jim Slattery urges passage of Iran nuclear arms deal

Having had the chance to hear Representative Slattery give this speech on Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center in front of a crowd of roughly 40 people, I must say that regardless of your opinion on his stance, the man has done his research and is familiar with the region and their culture. Unfortunately, much of our Congress has not (on BOTH sides) and are simply stating a party-issued message. When you actually study the issue and read over the agreement, you will note that a large amount of rhetoric on BOTH sides is simply inaccurate as the result of misunderstanding the issue(s) at hand. We are steadily becoming a country that governs on emotion and that is a very dangerous thing.

September 1, 2015 at 7:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

City Commission outlines 'transparent, open' process for picking new commissioner by early October

Hi David,
Earlier this week I submitted my list of three individuals I was appointing to the commissioner selection committee. In the spirit of transparency, I am happy to give each a brief write-up to explain their individual backgrounds/qualifications.
Michelle Fales is a business development officer/vice president of Silver Lake Bank. Her area of focus within the bank is business development within Douglas County. In addition to her work with Silver Lake Bank, Michelle serves her community as treasurer for the Free State High School Booster Club and member of the USD497 Finance Advisory Council. Michelle's strength on this committee comes from her wealth of experience in Lawrence politics having served as a campaign manager for both Hugh Carter and Judy Bellome in their city commission races as well as serving as treasurer for Mark Bradford's school board run.
Mark Preut is an assistant principal at Lawrence High School and a KU graduate holding a degree in political science. Though he has lived in Lawrence 17 years, Mark's strength on this committee comes from the outside perspective he brings in with his experience with city government outside of Lawrence having served as President of the Nortonville city council (the equivalent of our vice-mayor as their mayor is elected separately) from 1999-2003.
Dustin Rimmey is the director of debate and forensics and chair of the international studies program at Topeka High School as well as serving as a member of the district's race and equity team. Dustin holds degrees from Emporia State and Kansas State including a master's degree in political science and government. In addition to being a National Forensics League Diamond Coach, Dustin has earned a James Madison Foundation Fellowship. Dustin's strength on this committee comes from his ability to critically analyze candidates in a forum style debate. Having served on the National Forensics League National Judging Committee for the last two years, I feel confident in saying that no member of this committee will be able to critically analyze candidates to the depth of Mr.Rimmey.
I am proud to have the opportunity to promote three strong candidates who deeply value public education.

August 22, 2015 at 6:55 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lions’ Bledsoe has handle on hype

I wanted to post about what a 'good kid' Amani is. But, when he's half a foot taller than you and has you by a SOLID 100 lbs of muscle., you don't call him a "kid". So, instead, I'll simply note what a fine young MAN he is.

August 10, 2015 at 4:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

City board recommends approval of tax incentive for downtown apartment project

Clara- the issue hasn't even come before the city commission yet. It came before a public incentives review committee. Can we at least have the opportunity to speak on the issue before we are accused of lying to the public or being weak? @ David- as to where we stand today, my position remains unchanged. It will take a compelling argument to get me to support the incentives, and $1000/room rent being sold as "affordable" is not it.

August 5, 2015 at 9:29 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

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 )