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Re: “Frank Scott's mayor campaign finished in the hole by $74,000

Agreed Vanessa, but that is the exception and legal statutes try, as best as they can, to try and stay away from exceptional circumstances in defining their future legal precedent.

Posted by Clayton J on 02/08/2019 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Frank Scott's mayor campaign finished in the hole by $74,000

I am still confused about this new statute that modifies how to change the form of government. While it is a bit of a smart move to overcome the board's resistance to a straight out ordinance, because now they do not have to run again for office, it still means, as it stands, that the city ends up with an odd number of wards and directors without the at large in office. So, as is, the mayor only serves the function of breaking a tie in any board decision and that cannot happen with an odd number of directors, so the Mayor's function, in that capacity, is nonexistent. So, with the requirement to go to an even number of wards the lines would have to be redrawn and this would require the present directors to run again for a new ward position (with the new borders).

Maybe this is why they are doing all this worming around to try and find a way to convert the at-large to positions of newly drawn super wards. Sounds to me like the makings of a perfect storm of litigation contesting this route of local government change.

Posted by Clayton J on 02/08/2019 at 12:36 PM

Re: “LRPD and Mayor Scott encourage public to "see something, say something" after five domestic violence-related homicides in January

Well, according to a certain director, that was recently interviewed by the Times, this is just the kind of negative talk that they accused the new mayor of being guilty of and their point seemed to be that talking about these things was giving Little Rock a bad reputation.

I, on the other hand, believe this kind of talk is just what is needed to start to solve the problem, one cannot solve a problem they fail to admit exist. And one of the key ways of admission of its existence, and beginning a process to resolve it, is to talk about it.

It is not the talking about it that gives the city a bad reputation. That is, in fact, accomplished to a greater extent by the nonresident observer's recognition that the city has just been handling it for decades by just "putting their heads in the sand" and ignoring it all together and just continuing a level of conversation that makes nice and ignores it.

As well, Marvin, this is just the reason the answer to your question is "yes". Is living in the city directly responsible for making you a better cop (or through cop talk by living in the city), not entirely but neither does insulating yourself from the day to day "regular citizen" activities one experiences by living in the environment you manage. Consider the kind of dinner conversations those officers might have over dinner with their kids about what the kids experienced and discussed concerning every day life of the LR resident. Not living in the city does not leave them entirely ignorant of the issues confronting the city but it cannot be denied that the nuances of those issues are often clearer by living in the middle of them and recognizing them. I believe, that will give the officers greater empathy in their interactions in many cases and to pursue, with stronger enforcement, others they discover are at the root or real sources of the problem.

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/31/2019 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Frank Scott to take control of police chief hiring and other powers at City Hall

The chamber has no control over an ordinance calling for a special election (aside from their control over half of the BODs), once passed it is called for and must be completed in a specific amount of time by the statute. Then what follows the chamber and other powers to be do have some control over, as is the case in all elections. Yet considering the voting base that Mayor Scott has carried with him into city hall (given they are not inclined to see a black mayor, thus their insertion of Kurrus into the election), he carries a lot of momentum into the election. Now, in the end, that is the point to this whole thing, the BOD and powers never let it get to an election because they know no matter how much time and money they spend opposing it, they will likely lose in the end.

Now as for transitioning to a mayoral/council form of government after winning the election, that process is clearly spelled out in the statute. It does spell out 2 things pretty clearly, that the city manager and city attorney turn into simple mayoral staffing and due to his mayoral function of voting in tied votes there must be an even # of wards. Thus it is very likely that ALL the new wards will have to call for new elections, likely at the next November election date, which is what prevents the BODs from voting for such an ordinance. But then, isn't that how democracy works?

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/15/2019 at 8:26 AM

Re: “Frank Scott to take control of police chief hiring and other powers at City Hall

I'd rather the citizens of Little Rock be given the choice to make it official...mayor/council form of government (in other words no at-large). Sounds like time the new CEO mayor gives the city attorney the job of crafting an ordinance calling for a special election to determine if LR should go in that full mayor/council direction and offer it to the board for their approval. Then we can find out if the board believes in democracy or if that is just for the powers to be in city hall and not for the little people (or residents of LR).

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/14/2019 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Frank Scott Jr. promises 'new day', draws large crowd in Little Rock mayoral inauguration ceremony

I was one of the residents in that audience and while, yes, it was mostly minority (would remind the readers that LR is a majority minority city) there was still a healthy presence of white residents spread throughout the audience.

In Fact, I would say it was fairly representative of the electorate that elected Mr Scott as our new mayor. I have spoken with Kurrus supporters and I get the real feeling they are not ready to accept the legitimacy of Mayor Scott's election. I would warn them that they need to study the polling place numbers before adopting that position. While they may have some issues with his methods they sure cannot argue or dispute the results.

After a quick study of the polling place numbers it is clear this mayor did something no previous candidate has ever been able to accomplish. All polling places total # of votes are fairly similar, unlike that in past elections with the standard white candidate. In those cases the total voting numbers for places south of 630 would be much smaller than those north of 630. Yet, even more significant, the numbers clearly explain why Mr Kurrus' campaign was doomed from the start, his ground game failed miserably south of 630 while that of Mr. Scott's did just what it needed to do to win (as I suggested to him he take a look at a couple weeks before the runoff). They first insured they would get out most of that 25000 vote base they had in the general but went after the white vote north of 630 and the polling numbers show it worked. The numbers show that while he lost most northern polling places he still carried 15 to 30% of the total voters. Yet in the case of the southern places, he won all polling locations by a 90% margin, which left Mr Kurrus with a piddly 2 to 10% of the voters south of 630 (whose total numbers, as stated earlier, were very similar to that north of 630). So, as many of us in the trenches have been saying for years that if the voters in the south of LR would just come out and vote then there was no way they could loose and our new mayor took that to heart and accomplished it for the first time, I just have to say....good job and congratulations.

Now comes the hard part, the campaign is over and now comes the time in which he and his LR majority (much of which is the minorities living in the south of the city) must govern. We will see if they have a better path than the past minority white administrations. If not, then complaints of inequality will likely fall on deaf ears in the future, just hope they realize this and am wishing them and Mayor Scott the best of luck and a successful administration.

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Posted by Clayton J on 01/02/2019 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Another bad headline on crime in Little Rock

And those numbers are for the metroplex but most of those incidents are in Little Rock. Given that the #s for just Little Rock are MUCH higher, which makes the Little Rock city limits the most dangerous of the entire metroplex. But according to city hall and the residents of the west we do not have a crime problem. Their cure for the last several decades just ignore the problem (don't talk about it), stick your head in the sand and it will go away on its own.

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Posted by Clayton J on 12/14/2018 at 12:33 PM

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