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ICYMI: Fischer’s Terrible Week

When leadership fails at setting priorities, things clog up and it all flows downhill…or onto the police chief’s desk as it did earlier this week when sewage backed up at the crumbling LMPD headquarters, flooding Chief Conrad’s office (Courier Journal, 6/11/18, Phillip Bailey).

Metro Council has called on Fischer to prioritize replacing the unsafe police headquarters (Courier Journal). However, Fischer said it wasn’t important enough and, “when it rises to the top, we’ll fund that” (Courier Journal). The raw sewage that ensued was only part of Fischer’s terrible week:

Four homicides in 4 days
Four people lost their lives to violence between June 5 and June 8 while Fischer was busy claiming “crime is down.”

  • Homicide investigation underway in south Louisville (WDRB, 6/5/18)
  • Louisville police investigating overnight homicide in Park Hill (Courier Journal, Thomas Novelly, 6/6/18)
  • Louisville police investigate fatal shooting in Iroquois (Courier Journal, 6/7/18)
  • Police are investigating the fatal shooting in Pleasure Ridge Park (Courier Journal, Darcy Costello, 6/8/18)

Fischer refuses to show transparency on $109K in Derby spending
Fischer hemorrhaged taxpayer dollars on Derby tickets, gifts, and Omni hotel rooms but refuses to disclose the guests who benefited from his $109,000 bill and his over $300,000 Derby spending since 2015. We don’t know if these people are benefiting from city government, campaign donors, or even personal friends.

“Those who spoke with the Courier Journal, including the Metro Council president, said the lack of transparency is troubling and that Fischer’s guest list should be disclosed much like council members are required to do when using public funds for events.” (Courier Journal, 6/13/18, Phillip Bailey)

“Fischer’s invite-only Derby weekend extravaganza cost taxpayers about $109,000 this year, according to city records obtained by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting through an open records request. But the mayor’s office keeps the guest list secret, and has consistently refused to provide any details about who his guests are or what they do.

“City officials have spent a total of $390,000 on Fischer’s private Derby events since 2015, records show.” (WFPL, 6/12/18, Jacob Ryan)

Fischer’s Department of Metro Corrections in shambles
State inspectors found over a dozen areas of noncompliance with state standards including chronic overcrowding and pervasive sanitation issues.

“The records detail over a dozen items of noncompliance, including:

  • Repeated overcrowding issues in all three of the jails operated by the LMDC, specifically units housing low-level offenders and work-release inmates.
  • Multiple instances of a lack of running water, deficient plumbing or other hygiene-related failings in multiple housing units across all facilities.
  • An inspection of a “shower area” in the Hall of Justice jail on June 9, 2015, which found that humid conditions created “issues with mold.”
  • A gnat infestation in cells in the main jail facility, according to a May 23, 2017 inspection.
  • Inmates using newspaper to block lighting fixtures or vents in order to regulate light and temperature in their cells.” (Insider Louisville, 6/12/18, Jonathan Meador)

Public housing complex Infested with bed bugs
Over the last 2 and a half years, over 340 units in the Dosker Manor Public Housing Complex have called to report a bed bug infestation. Their pleas for help have been ignored by the Fischer administration.

“Each night, before Malone climbs into the bed in her tenth-floor apartment, she sprays it down with 91 percent rubbing alcohol and hopes it will keep the bugs away. She laughs when asked if the housing authority takes care of her and her neighbors.”

“‘You better take care of yourself,’ she said. ‘That’s the only thing I can say.'” (KyCIR, 6/12/18, Jacob Ryan)

Fischer ignores abandoned cars littering our road
Despite knowing abandoned cars and a full impound were growing problems, Fischer never prioritized them and now taxpayers have to spend millions on a new impound lot.

“Louisville is seeing a surge in complaints about vehicles abandoned on residential streets ever since the city’s 13-acre police impoundment lot hit capacity (and then some).”(Courier Journal, 6/7/18, Phillip Bailey)

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