Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson http://wfpl.org en African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide http://wfpl.org/post/african-american-council-members-civil-rights-group-raise-concerns-over-dan-johnsons-top-aide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversy surrounding the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur" style="line-height: 1.5;">alleged use of a racial slur</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;by the new legislative aide to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;boiled over into a Democratic caucus meeting Thursday evening.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:08:59 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9601 at http://wfpl.org African-American Council Members, Civil Rights Group Raise Concerns Over Dan Johnson's Top Aide Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles http://wfpl.org/post/councilman-dan-johnson-declines-share-legal-opinion-regarding-aide-s-dual-roles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, is refusing, for now, to share the contents of a legal opinion on whether Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews can also serve as Johnson’s legislative aide.</span></p><p>This comes as many constituents in Johnson's district are demanding more answers from the councilman on the hire, and raising concerns about Mathews'<a href="/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur"> firing by a former employer for allegedly using racial slurs.</a></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:57:28 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9574 at http://wfpl.org Councilman Dan Johnson Declines to Share Legal Opinion Regarding Aide’s Dual Roles Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson's Top Aide Fired From Last Job After Alleged Racial Slur http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-dan-johnsons-top-aide-fired-last-job-after-alleged-racial-slur <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Matthews, a newly hired Louisville Metro Council aide, was fired from a previous job for allegedly using racial epithets about African-Americans.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:55:46 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9559 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman Dan Johnson's Top Aide Fired From Last Job After Alleged Racial Slur Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide http://wfpl.org/post/jefferson-county-judge-executive-bryan-mathews-also-working-metro-council-aide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews is taking on a new public service role—Louisville Metro Council aide.</span></p><p>Mathews, who has served as judge-executive since 2011 and he is seeking re-election this year, started a new job last Monday as a legislative assistant for Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21.</p><p>Mathews' dual roles — a county official also working as a Metro officer — raises a host of questions.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:03:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9523 at http://wfpl.org Jefferson County Judge-Executive Bryan Mathews Also Working as Metro Council Aide Louisville Councilman to Request State Audit of KFC Yum Center's Overseer http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-councilman-request-state-audit-kfc-yum-centers-overseer <p>A Louisville Metro Councilman plans to ask the state auditor to conduct a review of the Louisville Arena Authority, which oversees the KFC Yum Center.</p><p>Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, says the authority—which is a state body—has been mismanaged, and the University of Louisville’s control over the authority’s board has caused it to underperform.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:09:51 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8082 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Councilman to Request State Audit of KFC Yum Center's Overseer Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Remains Confident in KFC Yum Center; Acknowledges Taxpayer Concerns http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-mayor-greg-fischer-remains-confident-kfc-yum-center-acknowledges-taxpayer-concerns <p>Even though it's plagued by financial woes, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer remains steadfast that the KFC Yum Center is a good deal for the city.</p><p>Two credit rating agencies have recently lowered the facility's bonds <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/news/2013/11/15/moodys-downgrades-rating-on-arena-debt.html">despite lobbying efforts by the Arena Authority</a> to upgrade the rating.</p><p>In the last budget, the city increased its contribution to pay off the arena debt from $6.5 million to $9.8 million a year.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 20:36:34 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8071 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer Remains Confident in KFC Yum Center; Acknowledges Taxpayer Concerns Ethics Watchdog Group Requests Councilman Dan Johnson Step Down from Shanklin Removal Trial http://wfpl.org/post/ethics-watchdog-group-asks-councilman-dan-johnson-step-down-shanklin-removal-trial <p>The chairman of an ethics watchdog group is questioning whether Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, should serve as a juror on fellow council member Barbara Shanklin’s removal trial.</p><p>The 20-member <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/louisvilles-council-court-sets-removal-trial-date-barbara-shanklin">council court convened earlier this week</a> to schedule a hearing after the Ethics Commission ruled Shanklin violated five provisions of the city’s code of ethics.</p><p>City lawmakers will sit as a jury to decide whether to oust Shanklin in a trial beginning July 23.</p><p>Last September, however, Shanklin’s attorney Aubrey Williams entered an <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/143015752/Affidavit-of-Aubrey-Williams">affidavit alleging Johnson told him the commission was prejudiced</a>&nbsp;against his client, and mishandled the proceedings.</p><p>"Johnson called ... and informed me that his wife’s sister’s husband was a friend of a certain Commission&nbsp;&nbsp; member, who had told the friend that the commissioners were out to get Barbara Shanklin," Williams wrote. "That is to say that they had made up their minds to rule against her. He stated that he did not think they were going to be fair to her when the hearing got underway."</p><p>Common Cause of Kentucky Chairman Richard Beliles filed the initial ethics complaint against Shanklin. He&nbsp; says Johnson’s prior interference in the case raises concerns if the south Louisville Democrat can adequately serve on the jury.</p><p>"It’s really important that the public has confidence in whatever jury. So from that standpoint, reading about and hearing about the questions about Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, it would seem to me that perhaps he should consider recusing himself from that jury," he says.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 18:27:53 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 5502 at http://wfpl.org Ethics Watchdog Group Requests Councilman Dan Johnson Step Down from Shanklin Removal Trial Councilman Dan Johnson Joins Roundtable Discussion on Louisville NBA Team http://wfpl.org/post/councilman-dan-johnson-joins-roundtable-discussion-louisville-nba-team <p>Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is joining a panel discussion in downtown Friday on bringing an NBA team to the city.</p><p>The roundtable will feature Jefferson County Judge Executive Bryan Matthews and attorney J. Bruce Miller, who has been an advocate for bringing professional basketball to the city.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer has also been a vocal proponent of bringing the NBA to Louisville, but he's faced <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/fischer-u-l-athletic-director-trade-jabs-over-nba-talks">criticism from University of Louisville officials</a>. Supporters are optimistic, but a <a href="http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Identities-of-2-people-trying-to-discourage-Lou-from-getting-NBA-team-181068981.html">study by a pair of media executives</a> outlined how the cost of the NBA outweighs the benefits.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.whas11.com/news/local/Controversial-study-released-on-possibility-of-NBA-team-in-Louisville-179223791.html">WHAS-11</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A new study from Cambridge Economic Research showed a relatively unfavorable impact that an NBA team could have on Louisville.<br>&nbsp;<br>It concluded that Louisville could not sustain a pro franchise. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 16:14:55 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 2728 at http://wfpl.org Councilman Dan Johnson Joins Roundtable Discussion on Louisville NBA Team Johnson Accused of Trying to Buy Colonial Gardens as City Funds Economic Study http://wfpl.org/post/johnson-accused-trying-buy-colonial-gardens-city-funds-economic-study <p>Louisville Metro Councilman David Yates, D-25, is raising ethics concerns about allegations that fellow Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, made an offer to buy the historic Colonial Gardens property in the midst of a city funded feasibility study.</p><p>The council spent $14,000 to study the economic viability of the Iroquois Park corridor&mdash;the southwest Louisville neighborhood that contains the property. Five council members, including Johnson and Yates, contributed to the grant from their Neighborhood Development Funds for the non-profit Southwest Dream Team to commission the feasibility study.</p><p>In a July 23 letter to Johnson and the county attorney, Yates says constituents have told him that Johnson, who is a real estate agent, is seeking to buy the property and profit from any redevelopment projects.</p><p>&quot;My concern lies with the possible ethical implications of what may appear to be an attempt by you as an elected official to profit from the purchase of said property. Let me be clear, I do not have firsthand knowledge, other than your statement, of any wrong doing; nor am I making any allegations that you acted with malice.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 22:08:29 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 1189 at http://wfpl.org Johnson Accused of Trying to Buy Colonial Gardens as City Funds Economic Study