Amazing no linemen get killed repairing the circuits. Takes a lot of communication between crews and training and some high priced equipment (safety and mechanical) to accomplish an overwhelming number of outages. Way to go MLG&W linemen.
Just keep it simple, and everyone will be happy.
Thank you for this article. You hit every point that deserved addressing.
The most recent statement issued by the Parks & Neighborhoods Deputy Director LaSonya Hall explained how the policy would help the budget....
"Positive Fiscal Impact (which may resonate with taxpayers, but maybe not with animal advocates):
The proposed change in hours will assist with the reduction of holding time of animals from 5 days to 3, saving 104 days annually in the cost of food, work hours (animal care techs and vets), housing, medical supplies, etc."
So....taxpayers will be happy with the reduction of hours open to the general public because money wil be saved by KILLING the animals at MAS faster....
The pension fund has recouped the money lost during the recession and even more. It now has 2.209 BILLIN DOLLARS in it. The so called unfunded liability is how much money is needed if ALL EMPLOYEES retire at the same time and all have completed twenty five years of service. Both are impossible! Everybody can not have the exact same number of years on the job. Everybody can not retire at the same time for various reason mainly because if their years of service not conforming to the retirement rules.
We pay 30% of our health care insurance and about 8% of salary into the pension. We pay our way!
These benefits were conditions of employment.
The city has squandered money like a drunken sailor! How about giving 66 million dollars to a dead mall? The owners do not even want this money. The city has given away almost one half BILLION dollars to private sector projects.
It is not a health insurance or pension problem. It is a spending problem.
With this ungodly amount of money passing Into the private sector, it sure raises a lot of questions?
I waited over an hour and a half to be picked up at a restaurant not too far from downtown Memphis.
It was 10:00 pm on a Thursday night and I had to call the call the cab operator at least 3 times (each with a 15 minute call wait time) to get somone to show up. I would have just walked but I did not trust the neighborhood so I had no choice but to cab it.
With Uber I have waited 15 minutes max and that goes for any city they service I have been in.
It is time for the traditional cab companies to step it up or die on the vine.
July 16, today is the 15th lol
It boggles the mind by the reasoning he uses. Give the vet more time to process adoptions? Adoptions from who? The people who have no job that can go the the facility before 5PM? Our elected officials are turning this town into a joke. Actually our elected officials are the joke. MAS needs a director, and supervisor, that have experience running a successful shelter. Not the mailman and the car inspector.
Tops Gallery is the best looking space in town. With the rebirth of Midtown I am hoping a new contemporary gallery space will be sprouting up somewhere in the same vain as Tops.
I also wonder if the Artspace South Main project - living spaces for artists will include a galley or performance space. We should already be working with the Artspace folks to open another living space for artists in Midtown.
Sounds like the typical pushback you get from unionized businesses when competitors threaten their age-old business models. Do some kind of regulations need to exist on these new ride share companies? Maybe. But as a frequent Uber user, I like it much better than traditional taxis. Especially in Memphis where they are slow as Christmas to respond unless you're a drunk tourist on Beale St.
The gist of it is: Uber and Lyft are taking business away from the traditional taxi companies because their customers like their services better. Period.
Can't wait till she has another dinner like that. It was so good and fun to see her again.
Don't despair, ... the Brooks saga is entering a new chapter with the TBI looking at the situation, and determining if there are criminal violations.
Seems, there may very well be some of those. I know we're all looking for a fact based resolution to this residency "mess", aren't we, Hank???
Five new executive positions, eh? That sounds like a story worth reporting.
***DO NOT BE FOOLED*** by the blatant manipulation and misrepresentation by our city officials. The FY15 proposed budget for Memphis Animal Services is more than the FY14 forecast and FY14 adopted budget. There are NO REDUCTIONS proposed fo...r MAS in FY15. Convenient timing for a CHANGE (NOT a REDUCTION) in hours for MAS in order to create "operational efficiencies." The whole city is hurt over the loss of benefits for MPD and MFD and looking for $$$. Instead of senselessly killing more animals, let's just NOT HIRE the FIVE NEW EXECUTIVE POSITIONS planned. PLEASE SPEAK UP FOR OUR CITY!! Issues with MAS, MPD, or MFD may not call you to action. But, when something does, there may not be anyone left to speak up for you. See More
Tap-dancing razzle dazzle! No matter how you twist it, the new schedule will be NINE hours less per week for the possibility for adoptions. 36 hours less per month for the public to adopt. More restrictive time does not mean more access or more adoptions. It's one week less per month for a companion animal to potentially find a new home. (I'm sure someone else can do the math on the value lost for incoming adoption fees for 1/4 of every month).
Smoke and mirrors! There is an army of volunteers out there under the right conditions and management that would gladly help clean kennels, the floors, feed and walk the animals - if it meant keeping more of them alive for longer.
Heartless, inhumane, cruel, defies comprehension. So that there isn't any "misinformation" of salient points being missed: animal advocates ARE tax payers (though they're apparently the only ones that know when something is fundamentally wrong, and this is wrong), killing when there are open kennels is wrong and killing at all has been proven to be unnecessary under the right leadership - in even worse conditions of intake volume and low income.
Clinical efficiency math does not equate to more adoptions, it is however more achievable when killing happens more often than spaying/neutering. Less alive+less surgeries=more time to clean equipment and floors!
Beyond even the incredibily dishearting decisions coming out of Memphis Animal Services, and supported by the city, is the fact that they didn't even bother to share them with ALL of the Pet Placement Partners that they have on file ahead of time, didn't even bother to contact or share with a groups for input that they have asked to work on a relationship of trust. Just a bombshell dropped at a public meeting that not everyone can attend.
How much do the existing taxi companies actually pay in taxes & fees to the City? And the airport?
If the cab companies were really wanting to fend off competitors, how about making possible to actually rate & blacklist some of the ridiculously terrible drivers here in Memphis? There are good ones, but at night especially, the proportion of dangerous and/or fraudulent drivers to good ones seems past the tipping point.
Better taxi services (from whoever) would go a long way to improve tourist experiences and general road safety.
Oh for the sensible days of Nixon's Washington.
"A woman sporting a T-Shirt conspicuously bearing the name of candidate Garner-Williams rose to ask how the Board might enlarge the number of out-sourced contracts awarded to minority (i.e., African-American) firms."
The Board should do nothing of the sort. This woman and her racist friends should be shown the door and told to come back when they wake up in the 21st century. No special favors to certain businesses on the basis of race--how hard is that for people to understand in Memphis?
Thank God I left the MPD in 1997. I would have been eligible for retirement in June 2014, and as it sits now, I would not have been able to afford it...citizens of Memphis and the U.S. have no idea what the Police Officers in the City of Memphis have had to endure.
Mayor Wharton -- Are you in outer space somewhere? Please get rid of this joke of a shelter director James Rogers and appoint someone who cares about animals and who has business savvy. Preferably NOT someone who is your golfing buddy. Cutting shelter hours for the public when you have the staff there anyway and when you have thousands of animals waiting to be reclaimed, adopted or rescued is beyond comprehension. Administrator Rogers falters from one excuse to another, none of them making any sense whatsoever. No wonder Memphis has such a poor image across the nation and noone wants to move here. Between our rampant crime rate and our mismanaged and backward city entities, such as Memphis Animal Services, our city is tabu to outsiders and even our own citizens. Please Mr. Mayor, start putting Memphis back on track and reform MAS now!
The justifications for reducing hours do not make sense. Using their budget without true financial cutbacks or their vet's hours for more possible surgeries which will not come with a lesser chance to view the animals are not logical. Banning photos of animals was illogical and subsequently overturned. Killing an animal after their 3-day hold is expired is illogical and determines this as a high-kill shelter instead of one that should take steps toward becoming a No-Kill shelter like what many others are doing across the country. If these are examples of this man's logic and the mayor agrees, then this just shows how logic and good leadership are so rare, or non-existent in Memphis.
By John Klyce Minervini
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