I believe that media’s interest in this particular budget hearing on this particular day, which of course directly led to the media reports in question, was the result of Councilman Jameson’s effort to create a controversy intended to influence a Planning Department personnel decision. My husband and I were, it now appears, merely the unintended victims of his “advocacy” efforts and perhaps a reporter’s efforts to create a more sensational story.Then CM Jameson:
At this point, there appears to be evidence (1) that one of the Planning Department’s staunchest neighborhood advocates was the subject of discussions with a developer, deputy Mayor, and contractor; (2) that these discussions occurred after Kleinfelter insisted (appropriately) on compliance with the minutes regarding sidewalk construction; (3) that the sidewalk contractor also serves as the Planning Commission Chairman and holds a 50% interest in the underlying development; (4) that Kleinfelter was purportedly blamed for delays that he in fact didn’t cause; and (5) that he was subsequently advised that his contract would not be renewed .... That is more than a sufficient basis for asking questions about the operations of a department during the sole annual opportunity we have to ask such questions.And, finally, the Nashville Scene stands behind its reporter:
“Jameson said what we reported he said,” [Editor Liz] Garrigan stated. "That is our response [to Mike Jameson's denial that he did not talk to Jeff Woods]."I have got to tell you that given their past track records (especially with regard to Diane Neighbors ambiguous stance on development), I am more apt to believe Jameson than I am Neighbors. Navigating this flap is not going to be as easy as running for Vice Mayor against Carolyn Baldwin Tucker. Mike Jameson has stellar, unimpeachable credibility that begs the benefit of the doubt.
I also wonder if Mayor Dean is involved in this intramural struggle. Has Vice Mayor Neighbors, already buoyed by her marriage to a developer, also been emboldened in any way by the Mayor's pro-development leanings?