Fergus Nolan 
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Re: “A Compromised Greensward “Solution”

Dennis Lynch and my proposed parking plan at fnolan.com/z/ shows that the Zoo parking needs can easily be met - and 1000 additional spaces besides, on the Zoo's footprint, without taking one square inch of Greensward. And throws in an improved traffic flow which eliminates traffic backups in the park and on N. McLean.

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 07/04/2017 at 5:15 PM

Re: “UPDATE: CLERB Ordinance Passes; New Language Retains Subpoena Power

Even a well-managed community-oriented police force can have some bad apples, and the Blue Wall of silence is a real thing. Transparency improves policing, and CLERB hearings are (unlike IAD processes) subject to the Open Meetings Act. At the July 5th City Council meeting, a police rep said that CLERB is not anti police and the police IAD sometimes refers cases to CLERB. We saw BLM close down Hernando de Soto Bridge in July. BLM's agenda stems from citizen distrust of the police. Like it or not, when a few hundred protestors can close down a major artery, and the subsequent MPD Level 3 alert costs $1.9M, the cost of lack of transparency at MPD is too much. If CLERB becomes a powerful tool to add transparency to police processes, it can help the police force become better and more community-focused.
We also saw, on April 2nd, 85 officers arrayed to intimidate a bunch of moms and toddlers (with balloons) on the Greensward, at a cost of $37,000. Again, bad policing is expensive, and this intimidatory show of force was a major factor in focusing citizen attention to the Overton Park issues. Five people sitting down in a park can force dozens of police to respond. CLERB is only a part of the solution to making the police force more acceptable, but an important part.
Worth Morgan's role in the CLERB discussions, and his apparent marshalling of 9 councillors to challenge Kemp Conrad (the 8 Yes votes plus Robinson, who seconded the motion but did not vote), marks a new dynamic at City Council. He seemed asleep at the wheel in earlier issues this year, including his vote for the Greensward occupation on March 1. Unanimous votes supporting Kemp Conrad were the rule.
But this time Worth Morgan appears to have assembled a large bloc willing to vote down Conrad. Conrad is appalling on the CLERB issue and delivered an ad-hominem diatribe in 1995 against Paul Garner of Memphis United from the Council dais, which was scurrilous and counter-factual. I have been very critical of Worth Morgan in the past and I have to say, I like the new version of Morgan, with cojones, a lot better. Seeing Conrad punished for awakening both the Greensward protests and the groundswell of support around CLERB is priceless. I look forward to seeing CLERB do good things. City Council is paying attention now and who knows what surprises are in store there.

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 08/11/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “UPDATE: CLERB Ordinance Passes; New Language Retains Subpoena Power

Kemp Conrad voted against the CLERB ordinance. He did not say anything during the debate. He is on record as saying that subpoena power is useless to CLERB, because wrongdoers will plead the fifth. Which is as dumb as the usual Conrad output, because subpoena power can also be used to summon witnesses and obtain physical evidence and data. What was going on here? Did someone at CC grow a pair and put Conrad in his place?

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 08/09/2016 at 8:09 PM

Re: “Zoo President Shot After Falling Into Gorilla Enclosure

Davis Christopher, may I add a limerick by Sarah Terry from our April Limerick Competition, which is strangely prophetic.

Chuck Brady, his methods nefarious,
Makes the state of the Greensward precarious.
He hates those park champions
Waving signs behind stanchions.
And his PR missteps? They're hilarious!

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 07/01/2016 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Zoo President Calls Strickland Proposal 'Disappointing,' Wants 'Status Quo'

Also according to the Zoo's last filed tax return, they had 24,170,441 in liquid assets, including 11,603,576 is savings and ready assets, 8,754,994 in publicly traded securities, and 2,125,159 in pledges and grants receivable as of about a year ago, the most recent numbers available. The Zoo can easily afford $3M for its own parking improvements. In fact, they could afford the $14M for a parking structure and still have about $10M in ready cash available. The Zoo's stupidity, losing mediation costs and etc has already cost OPC over $37,000. They should not have to pay a penny. The Zoo should reimburse the OPC for the frivolous mediation costs and for any other legal costs they sustained.
The Zoo has also been in breach of section 4.5 of their contract with the City because they have not been filing the monthly unaudited financial statements with the City which the contract requires.

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 07/01/2016 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Zoo President Calls Strickland Proposal 'Disappointing,' Wants 'Status Quo'

Actually, Chuck's salary and 'other compensation' was $404,023 in the last filed form 990, not $250K as suggested above. This, for running the Zoo's brand into the dirt and alienating the Zoo's neighbors, which, up to this year, were the Zoo's best customers and most likely to be Zoo members.

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Posted by Fergus Nolan on 07/01/2016 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Wreckless Eric at the Galloway House

Whole Wide World is brilliant, and Wereckless Eric was onto the WWW 15 years before it was invented. But the ultimate punk song was 'Keys to your Heart' by the 101ers.

Posted by Fergus Nolan on 04/21/2016 at 6:14 PM
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