UA Library Board member sponsoring creationist talk at UAHS

Charles DarwinA "young earth" creationist, intelligent design (ID) advocate and philosophy professor Paul Nelson, will be speaking at Upper Arlington High School on Feb 11th.

A UA Library Board of Trustees member, Bryce Kurfees, is listed as the contact on the event's invitiation. Mr. Kurfees owns an investment business in Dublin. Interestingly, there is a link to "Biblical Money Management" on his website (http://www.kurfeescapital.com/).

Many ID advocates are classic creationists, arguing that the geologic ages are an illusion, and the world is less than 10,000 years old. Dr. Nelson is no exception:

"It's no secret that I hold a young earth view."
---- Dr. Paul Nelson at the Skeptics Society Annual Meeting, Los Angeles (June 22, 2002)

For anyone planning to attend the event, here are some links to help you brush up on the both sides of the argument:

One Day of the Iraq War

Earn $$ as Democratic Poll Worker

There remains a critical need for Democratic poll workers in Franklin County for the March 04 Primary.

This need includes Presiding Judges (who manage the polling place and supervise the other judges) and regular Judges (who variously oversee the poll books and voter indentification and signature requirements; oversee the provisional ballot process; or oversee the operation of the voting machines).

Presiding judges are paid $160 for the work, training and transportation costs. The presiding judges are required to take a four-hour training course.

The other poll workers are paid $110—$95 for Election Day and $15 for the 2-hour training.

Even young adults can be presiding judges. Pass this on to anyone interested.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100 or sign up at http://vote.franklincountyohio.gov

Judges are needed because Governor Ted Strickland, a Democrat, won all but 22 of Franklin County's 854 precincts last year. State law requires a presiding judge to the the same political party as the gubernatorial candidate who last won that precinct.

Currently, there are 41 Democratic Presiding Judge slots that are uncommitted for the Primary. There are 210 Democratic regular Judge spots that are still uncommitted for the Primary.

Those interested in working can register online at or call the Board of Elections at (614) 462-3100.

A UAPA supporter, who served as a Presiding Judge for the last election and will be doing so again for the Primary would be happy to share experiences and/or assist in getting you involved as a poll worker. Sign up here if you would like to be contacted.

CoolUA nominated for 2007 UA Community Enrichment Award

On January 15th, 2008 Virginia Barney, UA's City Manager, sent CoolUA a letter stating that CoolUA had been nominated for the 2007 Community Enrichment Award.

A presentation to the final award winner will be made this Monday, January 28th at the UA Municipal Building at 6:30pm.

Congratulations to everyone at CoolUA for raising community awareness about the environment and encouraging local officials and individuals to adopt energy efficient policies!

Videos of the excellent presentations from CoolUA's 2007 Town Hall Meeting can be found here.

Not One--But Two--New Columbus Radio Stations Geared to Progressives

"Information is the lifeblood of democracy — and when viewpoints are cut off and ideas cannot find an outlet, our democracy suffers."

Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media

New to Columbus: Progressive Talk Radio

WVKO, 1580 AM

Just over a year ago, central Ohio's only progressive radio station was pulled from the AM dial leaving a tremendous void for those of us who spent a part of each day tuning in to hear thoughtful interviews, discussions and a little bit of silliness (for those Stephanie Miller fans). It's been a long road back, but Progressive Talk Radio can be heard once again at WVKO, 1580 AM. Check to see the impressive lineup of shows.

During the work week, may we suggest Randi Rhodes, Thom Hartmann and Rachel Maddow--three insightful radio hosts who will wow you with their intellect and thoughtful commentary.

For Progressive Talk Radio to continue, listener support is essential. Please listen to 1580 AM and spread the word to your friends. And please support the station's sponsors and ALWAYS let them know where you learned of them. And if you own a business of your own, remember that this format is "loved by its listeners" (to quote Dispatch media reporter Tim Feran), and 1580 AM serves a devoted and loyal audience.

 

New to Columbus: Community Radio Station

WCRS, 98.3 FM in Columbus and UA; 102.1 FM in Westerville, Gahanna, New Albany and Bexley

WCRS is a community radio station new to central Ohio and like most community radio stations it provides music and news that is popular to local audiences but is overlooked by more powerful broadcast groups.

During evening drive time, may we suggest Democracy Now! (3:00 to 4:00 pm and again at 7:00 to 8:00 pm) and Free Speech Radio News at 5:30 pm.

The beginning of a more productive City Council?

Table 1: Progressive voters made the difference. Only 1 vote per precinct separated the 2nd and 3rd place finishers
and the 3rd and 4th place finishers.
Official City Council Results
Candidate Votes % Vote Margin Vote Margin / 34 UA Precincts
Erik Yassenoff 6,18623.3%71721.1 votes
Mary Ann Krauss 5,46920.6%
31.91 votes
Ed Seidel 5,438 20.5%
391.15 votes
Dan McCormick 5,399 20.3%
1,322 38.9 votes
Leslie Heath 4,077 15.3%

UAPA's endorsed candidates win re-election

After waiting well over a month for certified election results and taking a break for holiday merriment, we can finally announce that UAPA's best-outcome election scenario won the day in UA's City Council race! A belated thank you to the UA progressive community for realizing the importance of this City Council race and coming out to vote. Our endorsed candidates, Mary Ann Krauss and Ed Seidel, were re-elected in a race that was very close.

Election Analysis

1. The progressive vote had a race-determining impact --- only one vote per precinct separated the candidates in 2nd and 3rd place and the candidates in 3rd and 4th place. Table 1 shows the official vote tallies.

2. Kingsdale was arguably the single biggest election issue. The election of Seidel, Krauss and Yassenoff, who all share a common mixed-use vision for Kingsdale, strongly suggests that voters believe the City has a responsibility to UA citizens to negotiate for the best possible use of this scarce, commercial property in the very heart of UA.

Why follow Gahanna’s lead?

Regency Centers has proposed a Kingsdale redevelopment plan that is 100% retail, includes a big-box Target store, and would require 16 variances to UA's strategic Zoning Ordinances due to its lack of office, residential and civic space.

It wasn’t too long ago that the local Gahanna newspaper nicknamed city council meetings “the Tuesday night fights.” Because of dissention among council members and other factors, the community was fading fast. But a determined group of residents, elected officials and city administrators were able to find ways to cooperate and vitalize their city.

The result is the Creekside development, an innovative mix of commercial, retail and living spaces in downtown Olde Gahanna.

Why should Upper Arlington citizens care what happened on the other side of town? Because we have an opportunity to bring innovation to our own area by insisting that Kingsdale once again become a jewel in our city’s crown.

The Regency preliminary proposal is not forward thinking. It is not sensitive to the neighborhood. It requires 16 variances to accomplish. It will not increase city revenues, but will increase demand on city services.

Let’s make our voices heard

Gahanna’s path to being named one of the top 100 cities in the U.S. was not always smooth. But planners listened to public opinion (at one point holding 12 forums to hear what residents thought) and incorporated what they heard into their concepts for Creekside.

Updates: BZAP Kingsdale meeting postponed, Regency promises mixed-use

Columbus Dispatch news brief from November 20, 2007, page C13.

Here are two updates on Kingsdale. On the left is an email from the City's Chad Gibson. On the right is an article from today's Columbus Dispatch.

 

From: Chad Gibson [mailto:cgibson@uaoh.net]
Sent: Monday, November 19, 2007 2:51 PM
To: [Recipients removed to protect privacy]
Subject: 11/26 BZAP Meeting Postponed

Dear Resident,

Please be advised that the special meeting of the Board of Zoning and Planning to hear the Kingsdale Preliminary Development Plan proposal has been postponed. Regency Centers, LLC has requested a delay until the New Year, per a letter received from its legal representative Smith and Hale LLC on Friday, November 16, 2007, which reads as follows:

"As you know, Regency and the City Staff are currently working on the Regency proposal for the redevelopment of Kingsdale to make the final plan for the center a "win-win" for both the City and Regency. We appreciate the City's efforts to date but after discussions with City staff and their planning consultant, we feel that further study is warranted to investigate the possibility of adding a mixed-use component into the plan. Therefore, because we believe it is beneficial to continue to work with the City, Regency respectfully requests that the hearing before BZAP scheduled for November 26 be tabled or held over to the next BZAP hearing date in January.

Chamber members support mixed use and public funds for Kingsdale

The results from the UA Chamber of Commerce's Kingsdale survey #1 are in:

"... 2 stark results from previous survey include: 88.3% support making Kingsdale a mixed use development, 83.3% support the use of public funds for developing Kingsdale into a focal point for the community"

From the results, it's clear that Chamber members understand the importance of mixed use redevelopment and leveraging the Kingsdale's central location in UA to create a town center. They are also in favor of a public/private partnership.

Here's the Chamber's most recent letter to their membership. It has some excellent facts and observations about Regency's Kingsdale proposal:

Rankin and Ciotola endorse Dan McCormick and Leslie Heath

Endorsement Scorecard: With Rankin's and Ciotola's new e-mail endorsements, the two political camps have emerged.

City Council Candidate Endorsements

  Seidel
and
Krauss
YassenoffHeath
and
McCormick
Current
Council
Members
Don Leach
YES
YES
 
Tim Rankin  
YES
Frank Ciotola  
YES

Former
UA
Mayors

Hon. Priscilla Mead (1986-90)
YES
YES

Hon. Reed McClelland (1990-92)
YES
YES

Hon. John Allen (1994-96)
YES
YES

Hon. Yvonne S. Perotti (1996-98)
YES
YES

Hon. David A. Varda (1998-03)
YES
YES

Hon. Clark Pritchett Jr. (2003-06)
YES
YES

 Upper Arlington
Progressive Action
YES


Right-wing Council members Tim Rankin and Frank Ciotola just announced by e-mail that they are endorcing both Dan McCormick and Leslie Heath for UA City Council. That alone should give UAPA members a good idea of where these candidates stand.

The endorsement's delayed release on the day before the election is to avoid the inevitable letters to the editor pinning Rankin's controversial right wing agenda on McCormick's and Heath's foreheads.

Don Leach endorses Seidel, Krauss and Yassenoff

A few weeks ago Councilman Don Leach sent out his endorsement letter to his constituents. He's backing Seidel, Krauss and Yassenoff -- all people he knows he can work with.

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