Weekend Update District 4 - April 17th 2020

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Today marks six weeks since Governor Andy Beshear declared a State of Emergency in Kentucky. Much has been done and much remains to be done. We are only half way through the federal government’s recommended “30 Days to Slow the Spread” until April 30th and that may be extended.

We are seeing increasing demands to reopen the economy. Yes – paychecks matter. Lives matter more.

Planning for our re-entry is well under way in Kentucky, I say Kentucky, and has been since this crisis began. Governor Beshear is working with several Governors from nearby states to develop a logical, safe plan of action. Ultimately each Governor will lead the way for their respective state.

Our local chamber of commerce, GLI, formed a Renewal Task Force of business and community leaders who began discussions this week to provide guidance on business response efforts to COVID19. They are initially focused on testing, PPE and financial relief.

I serve on the Metro Council Budget Committee and we are entering our busiest time of year. Mayor Fischer will deliver his annual budget address remotely on April 23rd and we will begin reviewing the spending plan immediately. Public hearings will begin May 4th. We’ll announce next week ways you can comment on the budget and a schedule for public hearings you can view remotely. This will be a tentative budget and we know the losses will be huge and that services will be reduced if we do not receive more federal relief.

We must work together finding ways to unite because this too shall pass. We must not forget. Green is the color of compassion, empathy and renewal. Together we light our businesses and homes in remembrance of those gone before us.

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The Muhammad Ail Center shines in the night for all to see.


Neighbors in Paristown Pointe join together as a beacon of Hope.

Dear Friends,

In the world or social distancing and virtual connectivity, it becomes increasingly important to share our human existence. One of the greatest gifts in life is to know thyself. I’ve always said if we change our itty bitty story we can change our itty bitty life. Although that’s easy to say, doing it is a whole different matter.

Let’s get started! Answer these three questions:

  1. What do you want?
  2. What is the truth?
  3. What are you willing to do to get it?

Now take some time to contemplate the curious unevenness of your blessings and look for the intersection of the world’s hunger and your heart’s desire. That’s the sweet spot. Get to work – on yourself.

Two more questions:

  1. What six words define you?
  2. Are you willing to die doing what you are doing today?

An unexamined life is not worth living. The reality is we really are going to die in a minute and waiting until tomorrow may be too late. Minutes matter. Are you willing to risk everything for something you believe in? Young Cassius Clay did just that.

How is it that one man can live 74 years by Six Core Principles with 15,000 people attending his memorial service whilst 135 countries watched 200,000 people line the streets of our city to say good-bye? His hearse drove over a carpet of 84,000 rose petals placed by a teacher, as it entered Cave Hill cemetery only minutes away from his final resting place.


That’s the life Ali was living!

Sit back, take five minutes, breathe and watch this inspiring short video. You’ll be glad you did.

I am Ali

Fear Not – Love One Another

Together Today – Stronger Tomorrow!

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Send me in Coach I’m ready to go!


Please remember to save resources for those who need them most, and only seek testing if you are symptomatic or believe you've been exposed.