Thomas1Kemp

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Eau Claire Energy Cooperative Provides…

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replied to: Does anyone calculate the cost…

Certainly such a thing could be done but with the shifting costs, incentives, and externalities (e.g. rising health-care costs make pollution more expensive) between alternative forms of energy any study would soon be out of date.

You can bet that -- right now -- the two are reasonably competitive or there wouldn't be so much investment in each.

Brickhouse bandit nabbed via eBay

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Great to hear!

Two cheers for the folks at Brickhouse keeping things downtown and providing us with a great music store. I can't wait to see the new location.

-Tom

Fenris Unchained

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It's great to hear that people are making films in Eau Claire.

That said I think it should be noted that the title and original plot of this production was taken from a published work by local author Phil Kavney.

Train to stop in Eau Claire?

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This is good news for everybody in Western Wisconsin.

I would encourage everybody to talk this up as much as possible. Most people that I've talked to did not know that this was even a possibility. Spread the word and get people talking -- We need to make this happen.

Tom

Brandon Buchanan resigns from EC city…

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I don't mean to take away anything from Volume One's timely coverage but Julian E. from the L-T was interviewing Brandon immediately after the announcement and put together a nice piece for today's paper (Wed).

Personally I think it's great we have multiple news outlets like Volume One and the L-T in Eau Claire.

-Tom

Brandon Buchanan resigns from EC city…

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Brandon will be missed. Hopefully he will choose to return to Eau Claire after Law School. I wish him the best of luck in school.

Thomas Kemp
3rd District Rep.
Eau Claire City Council

City Council Says No to Downtown Jail

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Since people asked I'll respond. If anybody wants more depth I'll be happy to clarify -- just email my council address.

1) My main concern was the riverfront. The comp. plan suggests use different from that of a jail for riverfront. In the county's revised plan the jail/courthouse was moved more than 200 feet back from the river leaving a very nice green-space between it and the river. If you want to see the final plan let me know -- I'll be happy to share it with you.

2) Sprawl. A "remote location" means more cars, more driving, and more roads. This is something Eau Claire can do without. Sprawl should be all of our concern.

3) Cost. The citizens of Eau Claire demand the best buy for their tax dollar. To my knowledge the best buy seems to be at the current location.

4) Urban development. I defy anybody to show -- using actual data -- that the construction of government facilities if a limiting factor in urban renewal. When you build downtown you grow downtown. All the talk about coffee shops and such -- Well just ask the folks in charge of the North Barstow redevelopment . There's plenty of open space right now. External commercial development downtown is at a standstill. Residential is the only thing growing.

5) As for being "out of touch" let me assure you that I read every email, every letter, listened to every phone call, and talked to every person who had something to say on the matter and they were about evenly split. Half were for the jail downtown and half against. The notion that this was all one sided is simply incorrect.

Finally I'd like to say that as somebody else posted this issue was not black and white. I have close and long time friends who I respect on both sides of this issue. There were --in my opinion-- real reasons to oppose this project. However, in the aggregate I felt they were not enough to outweigh the points listed above.

I'd also like to say that I think we put way too many people in jail. I'd much rather the money be spent on schools and parks. This will not happen so long as we keep electing "Tough on Crime" folks to office.

Thomas Kemp
3rd District Rep.
Eau Claire City Council