This morning the internets have been going wild since the Indianapolis Council passed the parking deal 15-14 last night. There have really been two hot topics on the deal.
- 1. Indianapolis Times has a poll that was supposedly done by former supporters of the parking deal saying the deal is unpopular. Paul Ogden wonders why the poll was never released and speculates it was done by the Ballard folks. His logic is that the Ballard team wouldn’t release negative polling numbers for their project so it must be their poll.
First off, this poll is junk. It doesn’t give you any indication of what they actually asked. Anyone who knows anything about polling knows the phrasing of the question determines the answer from the respondent.
Second, there is no way that a poll done by Ballard’s team would find its way into Terry Burns’ hands. It simply is not possible. If someone was going to leak information to a blog because they didn’t like the deal, there is no way they would leak it to the local Democrat blog. This is a Democrat poll.
Which does beg the question why it was never released if the findings are so negative for the deal? Our guess is that the question was completely skewed and the poll over sampled Democrat areas like Center Township and under sampled Republican areas like Franklin Township.
2. Ryan Vaughn is an evil yes man for Barnes and Thornburg and should have recused himself from the vote. Plus, he is strong arming Republicans.
Our take: Seriously? First off, ACS is not one of Ryan Vaughn’s clients. Since he is not a partner in the firm and ACS is not his client, Vaughn has no conflict. He receives no payment to work on behalf of ACS and his salary is completely unrelated to their success or failure.
And while Paul Ogden may think he knows how things really work in the supposed smoke-filled backroom, there is no way Vaughn’s job was at risk if he didn’t vote for the parking deal.
As for the supposed strong arming, Christine Scales indicated she was going to vote against the parking deal. Later that day, she was informed that Aaron Freeman would take her place on the public safety committee. It makes a lot of sense that Freeman, a former deputy prosecutor and new councilor, should serve on the public safety committee. We’re going to guess this was in the works for quite some time.
If you ask us, the city is going to increase revenues brought in off the meters, use the revenues to make our streets and infrastructure better and get meters that take credit cards installed and operated on ACS’ dime. (Note: We may be a little biased since we encountered a defective meter that wouldn’t take 3 of our 4 quarters this morning and thought it would be great to be able to use a credit card right now instead of running the risk of getting a parking ticket.)
Does ACS benefit from this deal? Of course—last we checked you don’t get something for nothing. That said, this is a good move for a city that has been in need of long-term vision to really reach its full potential.