Saturday, March 12, 2005
Steve Reece at Democratic Forum
Democratic Candidate Forum
Reece was a little better than I expected, and I have to admit her plan to ban smoking is very attractive to me, so I am partial to that. But most of her other ideas seemed to be disconnected, and seemed to be a lot of more of the same of what we've seen from the city in the last three years (and what I've come to expect from the democratic party)... which is very few ideas, but lots of criticism for the work that others have done (Convergys, Saks, etc). I just think that's the wrong way to govern and lead. You work your ass off behind the scenes to stop something you don't believe in, but in order to make things happen in the future you temper your criticism in public.
David I think did a nice job at being honest about things he supports and things he doesn't (without bashing the things he doesn't).
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Alejandro Escovedo Back in NKY - June 2
Alejandro Escovedo collapsed after a show in April of 2003. Hepatitis C had taken it's toll on the musician, sending back to his home in Texas to recover. He spent over a year of his life recovering, but the loss of income from playing music, combined with the medical bills was devastating. Being an independent musician Alejandro had no medical insurance. Friends and fans came together to create the Alejandro Fund to help pay his bills. Now that he is healthy (or at least healthier), the Alejandro Fund is still kicking, but is used to support other musicians in getting Medical Insurance.
Alejandro was once a relentless touring musician, frequently spending more than 5 months on the road at a time, playing to audiences ranging from 12 to 1200. Since his illness this life is no longer possible. He tours about one weekend a month. What this means is much less frequent visits by this amazing musician. The Southgate House is bringing him to town on June 2nd, and you better take the chance to see him. There is no telling how long it will be before he returns!
NKU Looking at Division I
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
Jungle Jim's to Cincinnati Millworks
Great news for the Cincinnati Millworks development at the old GM plant. Jungle Jim's is ready to sign on the dotted line and make it's first expansion outside of it's site in Fairfield. That's the kind of unique development I like to see, not your standard Target/Wal-mart, but a genuinely unique Cincinnati Store...
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
Keep the Checkbook Open - Buy Comair
Reds for Sale - Get Yours Today!
The 51% Ownership Group is looking to sell their stake. Uncle Carl will retain his ownership (and presumably continue on as CEO of the Reds), but you can get your piece. I'm guessing all you'd need is about a Billion in assets with a couple hundred million in liquid assets...
I'll think about making my bid...how about you?
Young Pros and Charity
This article is right on. While giving is a good thing to get used to, and you should start early in your career (just like your 401(k)). There are things that take precendence, like rent, eating and setting yourself up for retirement. In the meantime you can focus giving on time (volunteering), and maximizing the contribution that you can afford. Finding specific causes that are dear to your heart, and focusing your volunteer and financial efforts towards that. Finding ways to help lead organizations (board positions, committees, etc). Give Back Cincinnati is built on this model. Very little financial contribution, but making efforts through volunteering that will build connection to the community and when you're ready financially to give, you'll have that connection to organizations that you care about.
Brent Sprence Bridge Project
It's just funny... both articles are pretty much about the same thing. Brent Spence Bridge money to study and build a new bridge is not in the Federal Transportation bill. But the Post focuses on small wins (couple million here and there), and the Enquirer focuses on the current negitive side of things. It appears to me, that it's working through the process, and when complete, money for the bridge will be there.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Microsoft Man Talks about Schools
I love the idea of looking at schools with real data, and having an action plan in place to address those that are failing. Maybe it's me, but the comment below sounds a lot like 'No Child Left Behind':
"Second, publish the data that measure our progress toward that goal. We already have some data that show us the extent of the problem. But we need to know more: What percentage of students are dropping out? What percentage are graduating? And this data must be broken down by race and income.
Finally, every state should commit to turning around failing schools and opening new ones. When the students don't learn, the school must change. Every state needs a strong intervention strategy to improve struggling schools."
Although I like what Bill has to say, this comment seems funny to me coming from a guy who dropped out of college:
"The idea behind the old high school system was that you could train an adequate workforce by sending only a small fraction of students to college, and that the other kids either couldn't do college work or didn't need to."
Covington Art District
Charles Attal who I recently talked about buying the Madison Theater also comments on his commitment to redeveloping the area. Stay tuned for more details.