Jamie has done a tremendous job of doing outreach to neighborhood groups, business groups, churches, non-profits, schools and other organizations in District 5.
1) He held a meeting with neighborhood group leaders and got commitments from neighborhood groups to adopt an elementary school and help meet their needs (particularly mentoring and tutoring needs). This has already resulted in an increase in tutors in our elementary schools.
2) He held a meeting with the faith community in District 5 and got commitments from them to get engaged with the institutions that serve children in our community (including our schools but also early education providers like McNeilly and mentoring organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters)
3) He has met with every elementary school principal (save one that has been difficult to pin down) to learn more about their needs and their schools 4) He held a District 5 meeting on the convention center as well as collaborated with other Council members on an additional meeting. He actually listened to what his constituents had to say and is voting with the majority of those that shared their opinion. You would be surprised how few Council members are approaching the issue that way. He has also been working hard to get the departments that serve Metro to focus on our area.
In particular, he has made great use of the Sheriff's Department to clean up our alleys and streets. He is helping our neighborhood deal with the bureaucratic red tape that is holding the repair of a CSX bridge (promised to us last year by Public Works).
Frankly, the fact that he will answer his phone is already a dramatic improvement over his predecessor. If there is something that you think needs to happen in your corner of the neighborhood, I strongly suggest you contact him. You will see results ....
Richard Lawson is just looking for some controversy to drive hits to his fairly useless, always biased column. Don't feed the troll.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In response to yesterday's SouthComm blog post highlighting the baseless pseudo-journo theories of corporate shill Richard Lawson, Carol McCullough inventories CM Jamie Hollin's contributions in his short time at the helm of District 5: