... And so the search begins

There is a Metro Council Meeting tonight at 6:00 pm… An agenda has been provided, and you can watch the meeting live via channel 3 or stream live on your electronic devices.

There's a public hearing tonight as well... Tune in to the meeting to call on any item to speak for or against the ordinance. 

Recent MNPD Timeline

Here's a quick timeline of all that has transpired recently with Metro Police Department. 

  • On June 8, a number of Metro Council members signed a resolution asking the mayor to remove, Chief Steve Anderson as the Metro Nashville Police Department Chief of Police. In an article released by the Nashville Scene, the full resolution language was reported. The resolution cited the "Driving While Black" Report by Gideon's Army and that Chief Anderson did not fully address the report. Also, the resolution cited the overwhelming response from the citizens of Nashville by voting in favor of a Community Oversight Board by referendum, but Chief Anderson and MNPD did not work well with the Board.
  • On June 18, the mayor announced the retirement of Chief Anderson during a COVID-19 press conference. Chief Anderson was to remain as the Chief of Police until October.
  • On August 1, the infamous "Fashion House Party" took place. When interviewed by the Tennessean, the mayor's office said that this event was in clear violation of the public health order to wear a mask and socially distance. 
  • On August 5, MNPD arrested a man experiencing homelessness for not wearing a mask after increased scrutiny regarding the current mask mandate and photos of people not wearing masks on Broadway and posing with Metro Police. The mayor mentioned, prior to the arrest, that MNPD will strictly enforce the mask mandate on Broadway.
  • On August 6, in a tweet, the mayor announced that Chief Anderson will be resigning and that it was his "...final day in command..." It was also announced the MNPD Deputy Chief John Drake will take over as interim Chief of Police.
  • On August 14, the mayor announced a Police Commission that will be tasked with 1.) Aiding the city in finding a replacement for Anderson and 2.) helping to aid the city and the new Chief of Police in efforts to reform how policing is handled in Nashville. 

I hope this helps you catch up. We are now in the process of choosing a new Chief of Police. I have been in contact with the mayor's office and I'm working to make sure the voices in District 21 are heard and your thoughts will be seriously taken into consideration. Until we have a call scheduled with the mayor's office, please visit Hub Nashville to voice your thoughts.

Click Here to visit HUB Nashville!

Complete your Census Today!

District 21 in Nashville, our District, has one of the lowest Census response rates throughout the State of Tennessee. Please reach out to me if you'd like to help move the Census forward. Don't forget to complete your Census. You can visit 2020Census.Gov to complete it now. Davidson County currently has a response rate of, only, 59.8%, however, District 21 is closer to 30%. The Census is extremely important for our communities to receive much-needed investments. This helps funds to reach us from the federal government directly to your neighborhood. Williamson County (I'm not a fan of comparing ourselves to Williamson County) has a 75.6% response rate. When you are driving through the city on federal highways, think of the Census! If we need funds to increase lanes, fix that pothole, or add better signage and lights, the Census is what gives our representatives in the federal government to advocate for those needs.

Tornado Relief 

FEMA's grace period for tornado relief has Closed.  Please look at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and several organizations rooted in North Nashville that are helping with disaster and emergency relief. Here are a few that are working now... Gideon's Army, Interdenominational Ministers Fellowship (IMF), Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership, Inc. (J.U.M.P.), Lee Chapel AME Church, New Covenant Christian Church, Greater Heights Missionary Baptist Church, NAACP Nashville, Northwest Family YMCA, Catholic Charities of Tennessee - McGruder Family Resource Center, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University Foundation, Rebuilding Together Nashville, The Equity Alliance, and Urban League of Middle Tennessee. These organizations jumped in on the ground floor and have committed to working until individuals in our communities are back to whole and better. If you or someone you know need relief, of any kind, from the tornado, please reach out to one or several of these organizations to find the help you are looking for.

What to expect tonight:

We will be electing an individual to fill a vacancy on the Health Educational Facilities Board this evening. I nominated Ms. Malika Clinkscales to serve on the board. 

RS2020-480 - This resolution would only allow two charter amendments per term (4 years). The Charter is the basis of the law of the city; the sovereign power that our city is governed by. 

RS2020-481 - The State of Tennessee, Division of Elections is awarding a grant to Davidson County of $672,36.50 (no match required) to provide assistance with the 2020 election cycle during a global pandemic.

BL2020-401 - An ordinance being introduced tonight, to which I'm a proud co-sponsor. This ordinance would authorize subpoena power on behalf of the Community Oversight Board (COB). At the inception of the Community Oversight Board, the charter was amended to authorize the COB to issue subpoenas. The state restricted subpoena power from COBs throughout Tennessee, unless the local legislative body approves the power by a majority vote.

BL2020-417 - This is a development in Midtown that will replace an adult entertainment venue for retail, apartments, and a hotel. we have been working on this since the end of last year and it's being introduced on first reading. I'm the sponsor of this bill. 

BL2020-420 - This legislation was inadvertently filed and I will be withdrawing the proposed ordinance this evening. 

BL2020-388 - This ordinance would not allow parking in the grass on personal property. You will also only be able to use 25% of your unimproved property (property that does not have a permitted building or structure) to park vehicles.

I'm sponsoring a BL2020-393 that is accepting new manholes and sewer main lines.

Dates to remember:

  • All in-person meetings (large/small groups or one-on-one) that I have scheduled are postponed in light of the increasing COVID-19 concerns and will not be rescheduled until further notice. 

Lets Connect:

I invite all District 21 residents to reach out to me directly with any information or concerns in our community. Email is the best form of communication, but invite you to call me as well. My contact information is below.

Contact information: Email - [email protected] / Phone: 615.946.9700

Best regards,

Brandon

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