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Inauguration notes, spotted in the crowd

by Joe Arnold


Posted on January 4, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 4 at 6:22 PM

  • Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Sheldon Berman.
  • Police Chief Robert White (one of Fischer's first actions as mayor was to tour the LMPD headquarters).
  • Fire Chief Greg Frederick.
  • State Auditor candidate Adam Edelen (D) worked the crowd.  The former Chief of Staff of the Beshear administration touted his campaign fundraising as a sign of the strength of his campaign.
  • PR executive Susan McNeese Lynch provided media with advance copies of Fischer's address.
  • KentuckianaWorks head Michael Gritton 
  • Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter says Fischer toured his new office after the inauguration. Furniture from the old aldermanic chamber has been pulled from storage for use in Fischer's offices. 
  • Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau President Jim Wood 
  • Though the inaugural planners modeled much of the event after a presidential inauguration, there was one significant difference.  Former Mayor Jerry Abramson was not seated near Fischer and did not walk to the podium with him.  Instead, the "mayor for life" was seated at the extreme west end of the podium. When emcee Matthew Barzun acknowledged Abramson during a litany of recognitions, Abramson stayed seated while his wife, Madeline, offered a wave.
  • The frigid temperatures a factor, the inaugural parade had multiple times more participants than the 100 or so spectators who stayed to watch it.  
  • Former mayoral candidates Tyler Allen and Jackie Green were in the public viewing area on Jefferson Street for the Fischer inauguration, though Green appeared to be just passing through on his bicycle.  Green did stop to chat with Allen.  And, Green - who endorsed Fischer after negotiating for input into environmental issues - released a statement Tuesday calling for Fischer to act on public transit:

 Indianapolis has public transit, but not Louisville

On the back of the Metro page in the Courier-Journal, 24 Dec 2010
“Indy leaders unite on mass (sic - should be public) transit...Coalition pledges to ‘take next steps’...elected officials, business leaders, Mayor, Senator, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, US Rep,...$2.4 billion...private business sector is taking the lead...” 

Where are our business leaders? Our elected officials?
We are loosing ground.
We are becoming less competitive.
We are becoming less sustainable as a community.
Time for a course correction.
One of the responsibilities of the Office of Sustainability should be to put together the Louisville coalition for public transit.