LouisvilleKY’s THE WEEK: Candidates Declare, Mayor, GLI, More Politics and the Va Va Vixens

The cast of Peter and the Starcatcher. Photo by Bill Brymer

We emerged from the latest meteorological over-hype with our roads clear and a new forecast of a record high of 70 for Groundhog Day. My highlights this week included the Greater Louisville Inc. annual meeting at the Palace, the Ballotin Blues party at Meta, Peter and the Starcatchers (see picture) at Actors Theatre, and all this:

The Future’s So Bright: Did you listen to WFPK’s 20-day series looking back at its two decades as the region’s coolest music station? It was cool, and made me look back at my Business First archives to see my 1998 story about the Public Radio Partnership’s fundraising campaign to occupy a new building, which is now a staple of Fourth Street. The heading here was the first song played on the new FPK.

The Future’s So Bright, Part 2:  Nary a discouraging word was heard in speeches by public officials this week. It’s all good for Louisville businesses, according to GLI CEO Kent Oyler in Tuesday’s annual meeting. The Mayor certainly spoke in rose-colored tones at his annual address. And they broke ground on the Omni Hotel complex downtown.

The Omni Site
The Omni Site

Good News, Bad News: The Kentucky Senate passed a bill that will require schools to provide CPR training to students in grades 7-12, a topic in my Insider Louisville piece. But the Planned Parenthood political battle will have a new focus on Kentucky, as the organization began performing abortions in Louisville and Gov. Bevin used his harshest words in vowing to shut it down.

Congrats to these former Rusty Satellite Show Guests: All met the filing deadline to run for office:  Metro Council – David James, Gill Holland, Stephen Reilly. State House: Sarah Provancher, Phil Moffett, Jerry Miller. State Senate: Morgan McGarvey, Perry Clark

Yates Backs Up Regs for Airbnb: Newly-elected Metro Council President David Yates, in a moving-day-for-david-yates-a-vunderful-talk-with-the-va-va-vixens/” target=”_blank”>Rusty Satellite interview, backed up the Council’s plans to regulate Airbnb-type rentals in the city, which will

photo by Bill Brymer
photo by Bill Brymer

require property owners like me to register and pay a fee. As an owner, I say it’s a totally unnecessary regulation, a solution chasing a problem that doesn’t exist. Here’s my listing, a great place to stay.

Vunderful Voices: Listen in to the Va Va Vixens, and plan to go see them on one of the first weekends in February at Headliners.

2016-01-27 09.29.23Foot Joy: This week the cast was removed from my right foot, and Dr. George Quill said my healing was ahead of schedule. I’m hopping around at a much faster rate.