Lost in translation: The multilingual mayoral forum hosted at the Americana Center in the Beechmont neighborhood was an excellent attempt to highlight the issues important to the immigrant and refugee community living in Louisville. The latest census data shows Louisville’s immigrant population is 4.5 percent — a number community advocates say is outdated — and they are commonly put on the peripheries of city politics. Unfortunately, last night’s forum also showcased how some of the candidates in the crowded field are out of touch or just plain amateurs when pushed outside their comfort zones. According to some of the news report, a lot of the candidates didn’t seem properly prepared to answer the international communities questions.
The bull horn still roars: The city’s planning agency has scheduled a public meeting for a proposal to change 34th Street to Louis Coleman Way to honor the controversial late civil-rights activist and minister. The name change was proposed by west Louisville Metro Council members Judy Green, D-1, and Cheri Bryant-Hamilton, D-5, who represent the areas bounded around the thoroughfare.
Dallas bound?: Louisville Metro Police Chief Robert White is one of six finalists named to take over as chief of the Dallas Police Department. Hired by Mayor Jerry Abramson to head up Metro Police in 2003, White’s future has been uncertain given that Abramson is not seeking re-election. Last year, for instance, White told media outlets he was considering about a half-dozen other cities since Abramson announced he was running for lieutenant governor.