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Democrats charge conflict in parking meter deal

September 22, 2010
Scott Olson
A city lobbyist who also is registered to lobby for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., which was chosen to receive a 50-year lease deal to manage meter operations, says he was not involved in the deal.
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Proposed city parking deal would bring 200 jobs

September 21, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
A proposal to lease the city’s parking meters for 50 years would require the vendor to bring 200 jobs to Indianapolis for at least seven years. The salaries and benefits would range from $16,000 to $95,000 a year.
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City's parking deal similar to much-maligned Chicago pact

September 18, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Officials promoting a 50-year lease of Indianapolis' parking meters have taken pains to point out the differences between their proposal and a controversial 75-year parking meter lease in Chicago. But a close look at both contracts shows Indianapolis' pact largely uses the Chicago template.
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Former councilman indicted in strip club case

September 16, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Federal officials on Thursday charged a former City-County Council member in an extortion scheme to use his official position to grease the wheels for opening a strip club, taking $6,000 in exchange for the help.
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City finance chief to leave post for state role

September 15, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
City Controller David Reynolds, who started with the city when Mayor Greg Ballard took office in January 2008, has accepted a job as senior fiscal analyst for the Indiana Senate's Republican majority caucus.
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Conseco Fieldhouse to get new video signage

September 14, 2010
Scott Olson
The new "video ribbon," which could cost up to $1.6 million, will be paid for with funds from the Capital Improvement Board. It will be installed around the entire upper fascia of the arena between the second and third levels.
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Brizzi controversies loom over prosecutor's race

September 13, 2010
Mary Dieter
Democrat Terry Curry and Republican Mark Massa say restoring trust is job one for the next Marion County prosecutor.
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Downtown merchants want parking plan revoked

September 13, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
About 80 downtown business owners and employees have signed a petition urging Republican Mayor Greg Ballard's administration to nix major plans to revamp metered parking in Indianapolis.
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Traffic-signal maker flashing red over Indianapolis contractRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Domestic vendor who thought "buy American" provision would help it win contract loses out to Taiwanese supplier.
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CIB approves 2011 budget

August 30, 2010
Scott Olson
Including debt obligations, the CIB's total budget for 2011 is expected to be $104.4 million. The City-County Council is set to receive the budget at its Sept. 20 meeting and could approve it Oct. 25.
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City parking agreement to receive first scrutiny

August 30, 2010
Indianapolis' Department of Public Works Board and its City-County Council Rules and Public Policy Committee both will meet on Monday to consider the long-term deal. It would need approval from the City-County Council before taking effect.
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CIB's 2011 budget slated to grow by $10 million

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Capital Improvement Board president says initial $10 million payment to the Indiana Pacers is not only reason for the larger budget. Rather, she insisted it's largely due to $5 million in renovations slated for Conseco Fieldhouse and other CIB-operated facilities.
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City chooses firm to oversee parking-meter operations

August 20, 2010
Scott Olson
The city has entered into a 50-year lease agreement with Dallas-based Affiliated Computer Services Inc. The city will receive $35 million upfront and a share of revenue to make sidewalk and street repairs. Parking meter rates are expected to double in some areas.
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City lands $13.8M more than expected from water deal

August 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city's AAA bond rating boosts proceeds to $153.8 million. It originally expected $140 million for street, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Bank On Indy initiative nearing first-year goal

August 19, 2010
Program that aims to reach local population without bank accounts so far has helped more than 7,500 people open an account.
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IT firm approved for tax breaks on $29 million project

August 19, 2010
Lightbound LLC plans to construct 50,000-square-foot data center near Kentucky Avenue on the city's southwest side. The abatement should save the company $2.5 million.
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Parking rates could double under city plan

August 11, 2010
Scott Olson
City leaders expect to select a manager to oversee parking operations within the next week.
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Seven cab companies denied licenses

August 3, 2010
The city of Indianapolis' Department of Code Enforcement rejected the applications largely because the companies didn't have a dispatch facility or didn't have employees to staff a facility.
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Council advances utilities transfer proposal

July 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
City-County Council members voted 19-10 Monday night to approve Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s $1.9 billion plan to transfer Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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Key vote ahead for utilities transfer

July 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A plan to transfer the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group faces a key vote Monday night at a meeting of the City-County Council.
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Shelbyville, county plan economic development projects

July 17, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Millions of dollars in tax revenue that flows from the Indiana Live casino to local government coffers will be set aside for economic development. Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson hopes to present new projects to the city council in the next month or two.
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Indianapolis launches three Web business tools

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The sites offer insight into government contracts and other business activities of local government.
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CIB approves $33.5 million deal to keep Indiana Pacers

July 16, 2010
Mason King
The three-year agreement is designed to help the franchise shoulder the costs of operating Conseco Fieldhouse. One dissenting voice called the team and city back to the negotiating table for a longer-term deal.
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CIB saves $1M after state agrees to lower loan rate

July 16, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
State officials decided to reduce the interest rate on a $9 million loan to the city's Capital Improvement Board by 1 percentage point. The news couldn't come at a better time for the agency, which is trying to find money to assist the Indiana Pacers.
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Library board saves branches, seeks long-term fix

July 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library board of trustees agreed Thursday to keep open two library branches targeted for closure next year. Board members also outlined $2.5 million in proposed budget cuts for 2011 to help stem the growing gap between revenue and expenses.
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  1. Only half a million TV Viewers? And thats an increase? I knew Indycar was struggling but I didn't know it was that bad. Hell, if NASCAR hits 5 Million viewers everyone starts freaking out saying its going down hill. It has a long way to before Indycar even hits NASCAR's bad days.

  2. IU has been talking that line for years with no real progress even with the last Dean, Dr. Brater. Why will an outsider, Dr. Hess, make a difference? With no proof of additional resources (cash in the bank), and a concrete plan to move an academic model that has been outdated for decades with a faculty complacent with tenure and inertia, I can count on IU to remain the same during the tenure of Dr. Hess. One ought to look to Purdue and Notre Dame for change and innovation. It is just too bad that both of those schools do not have their own medical school. Competition might wake up IU. My guess is, that even with those additions to our State, IU will remain in its own little world squandering our State's tax dollars. Why would any donor want to contribute to IU with its track record? What is its strategy to deal with the physician shortage for our State? New leadership will not be enough for us to expect any change.

  3. How do you think the Bridges got approved? I spent a couple days researching PAC's and individual contributions to some city council members during that time. My printouts were inches thick on the two I concentrated on. Finally gave up. Was disgusted with all the donations, and who they were from. Would have taken me days and days to compile a complete list. Tried to give it to the Star reporter, but he thought it was all just fine. (and apparently he was treated well himself) He ended up being laid off or fired though. And then of course, there was land donated to the dad's club, or city, as a partial payoff. All done in the shining example of "charity." No, none of these contributions are a coincidence.

  4. I agree what kind of help or if any will be there for Dr. Ley's patients. I was a patient myself.

  5. What about the hundreds of patients who sought this doctor for the right reasons, to quit drugs. what option do these patients now have, experience horrible withdrawl or return to heroin?? those are the choices. what about the children of these former addicts who's parent(s) WILL not b able to maintain their job, for @ least 2 weeks.. There needs to b an emergency clinic opened for these patients.

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