Enough is enough! We deserve the same safe neighborhoods that our current mayor and congressman enjoy. We need a new police chief. We need a new mayor. Even the police rank and file want a new police chief. Our leadership is a failure; the current approach is a failure and we deserve better. I will do what is necessary, using every legal means possible, to make our neighborhoods safe for ALL of our citizens.
The needle "exchange" has been a $1 million failure, with your tax dollars. We have diabetics that can't get clean syringes, but we give them to addicts to leave in our yards? STDs and fatal overdoses are on the rise. Subsidizing drug use with taxpayer dollars defies economic principles by lowering the overall cost of drug use. This also means a windfall for tax-avoiding, murderous drug dealers and organized crime.
This approach is not compassionate; it's cruel, and it must stop.
Prostitutes turn tricks in close proximity to drug dealers. In the Wilder Park area, "johns" are hitting on teenage girls. This is wrong. Prostitution is both a legal and a public health danger. Also, in some cases, human trafficking or servitude could be a factor. We must not take a feather-light approach to this crime. I am willing to take new approaches to rid our neighborhoods of illegal activity that endanger life and property.
"Sanctuary City" is not an option. It is not even defined by law. On the other hand, our police have enough on their hands. I want our brave men and women of law enforcement to tackle the issues facing our community. We should cooperate with the federal government where legally required and beneficial to our city. While I support all of our law enforcement personnel, the job of enforcing immigration policy belongs to the federal government.
Our current mayor and council spent over $20,000 on a study to explore raising our sales tax in Jefferson County to 7%. We are already losing residents and businesses. I shall oppose local optional sales tax initiative.
Insurance Rates for residents of District 15 are too high. We are being punished for a police chief and mayor that is soft on all crime. I will work with insurance companies to lower are rates. I will work with our law enforcement to reduce crime. I shall work diligently to force a change in leadership for our LMPD.
By the end of January, I want to see a full plan on how things will be done differently in 2019. Part of the plan must be to provide residents near Churchill Downs, in the Lucky Horseshoe, Oakdale, Taylor Berry, Wilder Park and South Louisville neighborhoods access to their homes before, during and after the sporting events. The Kentucky Derby is not an emergency; it's a sporting event. Our people deserve better.
Our neighborhoods, our district, has a code enforcement problem. It also has a code education problem. I will spend the first six months of my term working to educate residents on the laws affecting their properties and their legal responsibilities. I want to see absentee landowners care better for their properties. In Wilder Park, there are squatters living in houses, and human feces in the yards. I am prepared to take any and all legal means necessary to protect the property values and safety of citizens of District 15. My opponent will do the same thing his campaign manager and current council person has done: nothing.
We have a shortage of banks, barber shops, restaurants, and other establishments that improve the quality of life for our residents.
Some in the establishment want to put a new vehicle impoundment lot on the old Hazelwood housing site. I shall chain myself to a fence before I let that happen.
We have no Target stores west of I-65. We need jobs; we need commerce. Commerce improves livability, incomes and property values. We work hard; we deserve nice things. Don't you agree?
I want a website showing every street, with a schedule of when that street is to be repaved. The current system is corrupt, political, damages vehicles, and decreases livability. We also do not need more bike lanes, especially when then bike lanes are painted on rutted streets.
I love trees; I agree that we need more. But, we must prioritize our resources. We must also not plant trees, or the wrong kind of trees, in areas that will damage infrastructure.
In the Wheatmore area, off Manslick Road, the city planted the wrong type of tree in too small of a space. Now, the tree roots have damaged all of the sidewalks and mask light coming from the streetlamps. it is actually unsafe to use the sidewalks. They deserve better, and I'm going to help.
Some streets and neighborhoods have no sidewalks. I want to work with those areas to make sidewalks happen. One example is on Longfield Avenue.
The city heard me talking about how Longfield and Philips Lane were catastrophes. Also, Churchill Downs is adding more parking and remodeling entrances. So, the city paved Longfield Avenue. Thanks!
The problem: Longfield still has the same drainage, parking and sidewalk issues. It's just like the establishment to do the minimum and "pave over" problems in an election year. As always, we get the minimum.
The residents of Longfield deserve better. And, since Churchill Downs attracts so many visitors, locally and otherwise, we all deserve better.
A similar issue exists on Philips Lane in front of our Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds claims to be the 6th largest facility of its type, yet the road is chewed up with potholes, no sidewalks, and no restaurants for our visitors. It's a black eye to our city's leadership.
We must do better!
Unlicensed drivers and vehicles are a dangers to our citizens. Operators are uninsured, operate recklessly, do not pay taxes on their vehicles, and damage property values. Accidents involving these operators and vehicles in the area also increase insurance rates for everyone. This must be stopped before someone is killed.
There are major issues with parking on our streets and around (in) our parks. This damages our parks, sidewalks, streets, insurance rates and property values. The current establishment is not addressing these issues. I am prepared to address these issues with urgency and accountability.
I have empathy for folks that are down on their luck. Business First reported that there are $15 jobs available, but applicants can't pass drug screenings. Senior citizens can't go to the grocery or sit on their front porches without aggressive panhandling.
I will work with business owners to keep these persons (many never lived in Kentucky before but came after the disastrous KY Supreme Court decision) off private property, and ask law enforcement to honor all laws regarding criminal trespass and menacing. I will pressure our government to honor our local ordinances about camping on public lands.
I am also prepared to pressure our city to follow the Clean Water Act, prosecuting individuals that expose and relieve themselves in public and on public lands. IF the city will not honor the Clean Water Act, I am prepared to take the city to court to insure its cooperation.
Panhandlers are a business, and should be treated as such.
Business First just reported the highest paid persons on the public payroll in Louisville Metro. Almost every person on the list was at MSD or the Louisville Water Company. I shall never agree to any rate increase until MSD undergoes a full financial audit, job performance and salaries of all of its leaders is reviewed, and a full-disclosure 20-year plan is created, in non-technical terms, and made public.
I strongly support the full disclosure of every expenditure of every taxpayer dollar, period. Government, its employees and elected officials have no secrets when it comes to the public treasury.
Harassment, groping or retaliation has no place in our workplaces. I am a certified human resources professional. Unlike the current District 15 councilperson, I shall never enable harassment. Unlike my opponent, I shall always condemn harassment and retaliation. We have had enough law suits, verdicts and settlements that cost the taxpayers millions of dollars. I shall not put up with it.
Our current metro council and mayor voted to prop up the YUM! Center by an additional $2 million a year for 30 years ($60 million) with your tax money. I feel the primary tenant at the YUM! Center is the University of Louisville Athletic Association, and, as such, they should pick up that amount.
Our brave law enforcement officers of LMPD are working in a condemmed building. A new police building would cost: $60 million.
Our city leaders put basketball over public saftey, again. We Deserve Better.
Our district is home to Churchill Downs, the University of Louisville and the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. Click here to read more about Richard's bold vision for our district.
Mayor Fischer said his plan to address our opioid epidemic will take two years. We don't have two years! Read what Richard will do to protect all of our citizens, starting on day one in office.
Our neighborhoods have never experienced a full sense of community, because of failed central leadership and lack of investment. So many feel forgotten. Richard will change that.