Case Against Green Will Likely Change Council Grant Oversight, Amounts

On Thursday, the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing on a complaint against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green. Green is accused of using a city-funded summer jobs program to benefit members of her family. The commission could also take up other charges related to the misuse of Neighborhood Development Funds.

The accusations have led the council and the mayor’s office to take a new look at how those funds are monitored.

As Green’s Ethics Hearing Nears, Council Members Withhold Judgement

The council hasn’t encountered a situation like this before. If the Ethics Commission finds evidence of wrongdoing, then the council could act to remove Green. But Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says it’s important to make sure no one rushes to judgment and that every process of the law is conducted unencumbered. That’s both to give Green a fair chance and to avoid setting unwelcome precedents.

Insight Franchise Agreement Under Review in County Attorney’s Office

A Metro Council committee approved the contract—called a franchise agreement—last year when it was up for renewal. But, when council members raised questions about whether the document should require Insight to be more open about its finances and operations, the contract was sent back to committee and its sponsors withdrew.

Ethics Commission Hearing On Complaint Against Green Is This Week

The Louisville Metro Ethics Commission will hold a hearing this week on an ethics complaint filed against Metro Councilwoman Judy Green.

The complaint was filed by retired police officer and activist Ray Barker, Senior, who ran unsuccessfully for Green’s First District seat in last year’s Democratic primary.

Councilman Miller Says Noncompetitive Contract Renewals May Hurt Minority-Owned Businesses

Miller—who was elected last year to represent the 19th District—spoke up at a recent council meeting to comment on an action the council frequently takes. The body must approve contracts negotiated by the mayor’s office and other city departments. Miller took issue with the number of contracts that were renewed by departments then approved by the council without being re-opened for bids from other possible contractors.